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October 2017 No.277 Distributed to: • Bishopton • Bridge of Weir • Brookfield • Elderslie • Houston • Howwood • Kilbarchan • Kilmacolm • Langbank • Lochwinnoch • Quarriers

Queensferry Crossing by Chloe McGinn



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Contents local news....................8-13 legal blog......................8 optical blog.......................10 dental blog........................11 what’s on........................14-23 finance & tech.................24-31 financial blog.........................24 I T b l o g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 local history......................28 - 29 on the road.....................31 outdoors........................32-37

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pet news.....................38-39 pet blog............................38 village news....................40-51 school news.................52-57 sport news....................58-63 sporting blog.....................61 business classified..............64 church listings....................65 sales & wants......................66 advertizer directory................67 deadlines dates...................67 pick up a copy..................67

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You may immediately recognise the front cover photo as the new and iconic Queensferry Crossing. My family was lucky enough to get tickets for the ‘once in a lifetime’ Open Day to walk across the new bridge which gave my daughter, Chloe, the chance to take some fantastic photos, one of which adorns the front cover. On the day, the weather was beautiful and everyone involved in marshalling and security was most helpful, making the whole occasion feel very jolly. Buses took us from outside The Gyle in Edinburgh to the south side of the bridge, where we had about an hour to walk across to the north side. At each gantry there were information boards with details of the bridge construction. Once on the other side, we were bussed back to our starting point over the original road bridge, giving us a fantastic view of the new bridge. Following on from last month, I’m delighted to see that the seagulls are avid readers of the magazine and they seem to have gone off to bother some other community. I’m all for feeding the birds, but please remember not to leave food out in the open for them as this seems to encourage the gulls to visit. There’s nothing slower than watching paint dry! Other than sitting in the lengthy traffic queues at Deafhillock roundabout. However, I timed it this morning and, when I’d just missed a changing of the lights, surprisingly it only took 1min 40secs before I had a green for go. Maybe I just got lucky. Although, to be honest, that short stationary spell still felt like a lifetime. Deafhillock roundabout roadworks are still causing a lot of grief for drivers. Our Councillors are taking note of our comments and hopefully the Council can apply some pressure to the developers to get a move on and get it finished. Meantime, all I can suggest is that you keep lobbying your local Councillors to keep them aware of your concerns. Staying on the theme of disruption, developers/builders are happy to show us pretty architectural proposals of landscaped streets and houses, but the reality is often upheaval and upset, certainly little or no benefit short-term or even long-term for the existing residents. A prime example being the Gladman Developments proposal for the fields aside the Knapps Loch in Kilmacolm.We have further information on p12, and an article on p43 from the newly formed Kilmacolm Greenbelt Alliance who encourage anyone concerned by this and any other proposed developments to get in touch with them. Gladman Developments seem to specialise in this sort of development and are also behind the plans to build in the fields approaching Bridge of Weir from Kilmacolm. Although the application has been refused by the Council, Gladman has appealed and, following a site visit from the Reporters in August, the evidence will now be reviewed and a decision is expected around November. Running low? With no local petrol station we now need to make a journey just to fill up. The nearest ones are almost all located at supermarkets with the likely consequence that a trip to fill up also becomes a shopping trip, thus depriving our own local shops of much needed trade. There are suggestions of a new supermarket and petrol station on the east side of Bridge of Weir, but that would be just as counter-productive for the retail core of the village. How about saving the petrol facility that already exists at the former Bull’s Garage and integrating this into any new development of that site? Hopefully some common sense will prevail when our planners are considering the future. Finally, I hope you’re sitting down as this month I am mentioning the ‘C’ word. Yes, the season for Christmas Fayres is approaching - we’ve got a few already mentioned in the village news. These are great for picking up Christmas gifts and catching up with friends, and all for good causes, so please support them if you can.

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

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Jobs figures will cheer local businesses Get free, confidential and impartial advice now Take a look at this there anything on here that you’re worried about right now? • Food • Legal issues • Money and debt • Energy bills • Consumer issues • Welfare benefits • Health • Housing Maybe you are in a crisis or emergency situation and you need help urgently? There are people here in Renfrewshire who can help, and the easiest way to reach them is to phone Advice Renfrewshire.

Scotland’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, below the UK figure of 4.3%, according to official statistics published last month. Stuart Mackinnon, external affairs manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland said: “Low unemployment is great for Scotland and good for firms that serve our local communities. While we know that some firms are concerned about skills and labour shortages, that shouldn’t detract from what is good news for the country. “We’d highlight that an increasing number of Scots are self-employed; about one in eight of those in work are their own boss. Therefore more government policies need to be designed with these people in mind – specifically childcare and welfare initiatives.”

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Want to Make a Difference to the Lives of Women and Girls? Now that the evenings are getting shorter are you looking for a new interest?

Soroptimist International of Paisley is a group of local women who are working together to help change and improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Bumper family fun day! Helping this amazing little guy get some new (much needed) equipment!... * BOUNCY CASTLE * FACEPAINTS


* MICKEY & MINNIE APPEARANCE * STALLS * RAFFLES * FOOD * & MORE... Two of our very brave customers Gordon Ohara & George Robertson have agreed to be waxed! You can sponsor them in the pub or they have sponsor sheets too.

Raising awareness of trafficking, practical support for Renfrewshire Women’s Aid and homeless women in Glasgow, and fundraising for RAMH are only some of the things we are involved in. Over the next few months we will be filling Christmas shoeboxes for Blythswood Care, hearing all about the work of food banks, learning how to get our voices heard in government and having an evening of fundraising and fun at our Quiz Night. If you are interested in what we do, we are having an Open Evening on 23 November in the Glynhill Hotel. Contact us at, complete the Contact Us form and one of our members will get in touch with you.

Staff & Customers will be taking part in a fun run/dash around the village. Please come and join us (get the kids involved). Dress up & have fun!! There will be sponsorship forms in the pub if you would like to donate or if you want to get sponsored yourself. IT WILL BE GREAT LAUGH...

Legal Blog by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law

The Grounds For Divorce In Scotland Divorce in Scotland is governed by the Divorce (Scotland) Act 1976 as amended by the Family Law Scotland Act 2006. There are only two grounds of divorce. The first ground is “ a recognised gender change of either party to the marriage.” This is established by issuing an interim gender recognition certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The second and more common ground is the “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”. Irretrievable breakdown may be established if at least one of four specific situations is proved: 1. The defender’s adultery. 2. The defender’s unreasonable behaviour. (Such behaviour by the defender that the pursuer cannot reasonably be expected to cohabit with them.) 3. Non cohabitation of the parties for a period of a least one year provided the defender consents to the divorce. 4. Non cohabitation for a period of at least two years. Consent is not required. It is up to the party raising the divorce proceedings to prove on the balance of probabilities that at least one of the four situations exist. In terms of adultery, the proceedings must be based on the defenders

adultery. It is not possible for the pursuer to raise the divorce proceedings averring their own adultery. The adultery must be since the date of marriage. If you are separated, but not yet divorced, and start a sexual relationship with another person (one act of adultery is sufficient) your spouse would have grounds to raise divorce proceedings on the basis of your adultery. Divorce can be raised straight away on the basis of adultery or unreasonable behaviour. With the other two grounds, you either have to wait one year from the date of separation and require the consent of your spouse or wait two years from the date of separation, whereby consent is not required.

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Kilmacolm Slimmers reach their Walk All Over Cancer goal Kilmacolm slimmers raise £637.86 with a combined 6,292,247 steps!

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A group of slimmers from Kilmacolm have raised £637.86 for Cancer Research UK by getting sponsored to increase their step count. The group were taking part in the Walk All Over Cancer with Slimming World campaign where slimmers across the UK and Ireland were sponsored to hit a self-selected steps target by their friends and families. To honour their achievements and raise even more money for the charity, the group held their own celebration event at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. The champion slimmers attend the Kilmacolm Slimming World group run by Slimming World Consultant Linda Stewart. As well as raising vital funds for charity, the members aimed to raise awareness of the fact that keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing 13 types of cancer. Weight loss Consultant Linda Stewart, who runs the Kilmacolm Slimming World group each week said: “ We had lovely weather conditions for our walk and in true Slimming World-style our members and their families were there to support each other. They showed just what can be done when we come together – both in terms of achieving something amazing and raising money for a great cause too. “I’m so proud of all of my members, who set themselves the challenge of walking more this August and absolutely smashed it! At Slimming World, we help our members find enjoyable ways of getting more active and encourage them to increase their activity levels step-by-step, until it becomes part of their daily routine. In our group, we all support each other to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. It’s amazing to see just how much of a difference their weight loss has made. “Getting active doesn’t have to be joining the gym or running marathons. It can be walking the kids to school, doing the gardening, hitting the dancefloor anything that raises the heart rate a little counts under our Body Magic activity programme. All that activity really helped to boost step counts and enables members to reach their Walk All Over Cancer goal. “I’m sure my members will inspire more people to get active and improve their health, while also raising awareness of the links between obesity and cancer. The money raised will go towards an amazing cause – one my members feel very passionate about – helping to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers.”

Linwood Farm Pub Quiz in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice

Get ready for an unforgettable night of entertainment as these girls blaze a trail through all the huge hits of chartconquering X-Factor winners Little Mix when they come to Port Glasgow Town Hall on Saturday 14 October. This high-energy, all singing all dancing show is an authentic representation of the look, sound and spirit of the world’s biggest girl group. The girls cover all of Little Mix’s biggest hits spanning their career, and with their expertly choreographed dance routines, costumes and uncanny sound-a-like vocals, are sure to thrill fans of all ages. The concert, which coincides with Glory Days Little Mix Tour is being held to raise money for local charity Ardgowan Hospice and tickets include a meet and greet with the girls after the concert. Tickets are £15 each* (plus booking fee). * Please note: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

You Dancin’? This autumn Ardgowan Hospice will be hosting a St Andrews Ceilidh at the Gamble Halls in Gourock, with a fabulous might of entertainment coming from the Scottish Ceilidh Band calling the dance until late. The hall will be filled with the sounds of traditional Ceilidh music and revelers are encouraged to come in full Scottish regalia to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Guests will be treated to dinner and a wee dram to get them in the dancing mood. Alex Mula, Fundraising Officer at Ardgowan Hospice said, “I’m really excited we’re holding a Ceilidh in November. I’ve never been to one myself, but will be measured up for a kilt to join in the dance.” Smith’s in Greenock will be donating 10% of Kilt hire for the Ceilidh from the Black Isle, Grey Isle or Hebridean Heather range directly to the hospice to help bring the fundraising total to a maximum. Tickets to the Ceilidh are £25 each and include a dram, dinner and dancing. To book yours, call Alex at the hospice on 01475 558888 or email fundraising@

Kind hearted staff at Linwood Farm Restaurant have pledged their support for local hospice care by hosting a number of different fundraising activities throughout the year, in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood. Adding to their ongoing fundraising efforts, Linwood Farm will now donate the £1 entry fee for their pub quiz night that takes place ever Tuesday evening at 9pm. Linwood Farm General Manger, Pamela McLachlan “We are delighted to have this opportunity to get involved in the community and to support St Vincent’s Hospice. We hope our customers will give generously and help us support this deserving charity”. Why not help to support St Vincent’s Hospice and have some fun at the same time! The Linwood Farm Quiz night takes place every Tuesday from 9pm and costs only £1 to play which is donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

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21st edition of Provost’s Community Awards Local heroes across Renfrewshire are to be recognised as the Provost’s Community Awards open once again for nominations. The awards are into their third decade and aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire, and are making a difference to their community. Nominations can be made in six categories this year, an increase from five in previous years. A new Arts and Culture award has been created which will seek out the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene. Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community. Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “This will be my first Community Awards in my role as Provost and I can’t wait to see the nominations coming in. “Our area is full of inspiring community members who deserve to be recognised for the difference they make to the lives of those around them.

“There are a number of different categories to nominate in so don’t miss your chance and nominate the people or groups who you think deserve to win a Community Award.” The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities. Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community. Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena. Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour. This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment and have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their staff. Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award. Further information can be found on Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices and facilities. The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December. The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017. For further enquiries contact: provostawards@renfrewshire.

Optical Blog by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Presbyopia comes to us all! Presbyopia is part of the natural ageing process of our eyes and starts to affect most of us in our early forties. The crystalline lens in the middle of each eye, responsible for focusing on things close-up, becomes progressively less flexible and unable to focus properly. This usually first presents as a difficulty in reading small print, holding the print further away to focus (“arms aren’t long enough” syndrome) or the need for brighter light when reading. There is no cure for presbyopia, but there are solutions! Simple reading glasses can be prescribed. Care should be taken with over-the-counter readers though - the prescription will be the same for each eye, astigmatism won’t be corrected and the centre of the lens may not match the eyes perfectly. Prescribed glasses are made-to-measure so the frames and lenses will be fitted professionally. Bifocals or varifocals can be better options if a distance correction is also required. Bifocals have a visible line on the lens, separating the distance and near powers. Varifocals are the most popular option nowadays due to the fact they have many powers to allow focusing at many different distances but with no visible line. Trifocals are rarely used - they have 2 lines separating three powers. Contact lenses are another popular choice with options available for daily, two weekly or monthly disposables. Monovision, where one eye is corrected for distance and the other for reading, is another option and although it sounds strange it can be surprisingly effective. With all options, whether it’s glasses or contact lenses, it may take a few weeks for the brain to adapt. As always, if you notice any changes in your vision, you should have an eye examination to identify the exact cause. For further information please contact the practice on 01505 614700.

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by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

True or False? There is lots of misinformation about oral health so we thought it would be good to put the record straight! Here are our top 5 myth-busters: 1. White teeth are healthier – FALSE Teeth vary in shade from person to person and we still find cavities and infections whatever the shade. A good oral health regime and regular check-ups are the most important factors in maintaining healthy teeth. 2. Scrubbing your teeth when brushing causes damage to teeth and gums – TRUE Vigorous over-cleaning and/or applying too much pressure can lead to enamel damage, gum recession and tooth sensitivity. Ask your dental hygienist about the best teeth-brushing technique or invest in an electric toothbrush with pressure sensor and timer. 3. Over-brushing makes your gums bleed – FALSE The truth is that bleeding gums are often a sign that plaque and food particles are accumulating along your gum line and the gums have become irritated and inflamed. You actually need to brush more thoroughly (take note of 2. above) to remove the offending articles if you want the bleeding to stop. We recommend the use of inter-dental brushes to get rid of hard-to-reach areas. If the bleeding persists go and see your dentist. 4. Sipping drinks is better for your teeth- FALSE “Chugging” or gulping down sugary or acidic drinks is much better for your teeth. You will limit the time that your teeth are exposed to a low pH and you are less likely to continually coat your teeth in a film of sugar and provide a feast for bacteria. We recommend water as the most toothfriendly drink. 5. Chewing gum is good for your teeth - TRUE Evidence has shown that incorporating sugar-free gum into our busy lifestyles can improve our oral health. Saliva helps replace the minerals that the enamel has lost after eating. Chewing sugar free gum after eating or drinking helps you produce more saliva to significantly speed up the recovery process.

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Nicola’s Bike & Hike success

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CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola Hanssen of “ROAR Connections For Life” for a gallant effort completing the 2017 Arran Bike & Hike, raising money for local mental health services.

Iconic views may be lost At their presentation in the Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm, on Tuesday 19th September, land developers, Gladman Scotland, were telling us that their proposals would create a green and aesthetically pleasing southern entrance to the village. Isn’t that what we already enjoy? Does the entrance to the village (above photo) require any improving? The Knapps loch has featured on a number of websites as one of the most iconic and beautiful places to visit. It is indeed one of the most popular photo locations that we receive at The Advertizer. The Gladman proposals encroach on the right hand side of this iconic view.

Nicola had a reasonably dry Saturday; circumnavigating the island from Brodick to Lochranza. Sunday was pretty gruelling as Nicola completed the cycle from Lochranza to the foot of Goatfell, totalling 56 miles cycled. She was then one of just 4 people who made it to the summit at 847m, in the relentless downpour. Nicola said “it was an excellent weekend, and it’s great fun once you get going!” Nicola has raised an extraordinary £515 for local mental health services and at RAMH everyone is incredibly proud and grateful for her fantastic efforts. The event was organised by Sport Ecosse Events. If you would like to fundraise for RAMH contact or 0141 847 8900 for a free fundraising pack.

Keeping connected is essential for wellbeing

Loneliness and social isolation can be as detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Although we often hear about loneliness affecting older people, it can actually affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Staying connected is crucial to sustain good mental health. Reaching out and talking to people you trust is important because it lifts moods and enhances wellbeing. RAMH is doing more work later this year to investigate how we can facilitate “Connectedness in our Communities”. Keep a look out for our questionnaire and consultation events on how local organisations can help overcome chronic loneliness.

There are a significant number of developments already with planning approval in and around the village. Close to one hundred housing plots in the pipeline comprising several individual developments and larger projects at the foot of Smithy Brae, the former Balrossie School and the extension to Leperstone Avenue. Now with the threat of 200 houses being suggested for the Quarry Drive site, isn’t this all getting a bit too much? Even without all of this, the proposal for the Knapps is still ludicrous! And it gets worse. With the map below showing the areas identified by prospective developers for further housing, when does a village stop being a village? People choose areas such as Kilmacolm for the community, the open space, proximity to the country-side, peace and tranquillity. In a word, that village “feel”. Either we accept that the village will eventually become a small town or we must establish a boundary which defines and protects the village. So what can we do about it? A new group has been formed, the Kilmacolm Greenbelt Alliance, who have written for us on p43 this month. If you feel stongly about this issue, please get in touch with them to register your interest. Together we are stronger!

The RAMH AGM will be held on Thursday 12th October, from 11am–3pm at the Paisley Lagoon and you are warmly invited. Contact 0141 847 8900 or for more information and to register your attendance.

Photos & Videos Wanted At the Advertizer, we are always keen to get updates for our website and we’re sure there will be plenty of great photos and videos out there taken by our readers. Plus 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

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2017 Canyoning Challenge a leaping success A team of 22 RAMH supporters completed the canyoning challenge in Aberfeldy on Saturday 26th August, raising a staggering £5,500 for local mental health services. Similar to many of the people that RAMH provides services for, they had to overcome their fears and believe in themselves to complete the challenge. Chief Exec, Stephen, said “we had a fantastic group of people take on the 2017 Canyoning Challenge to support mental health services. They all did incredibly well and we are delighted with the staggering sponsorship totals that everyone reached; this money will really enhance the holistic services we are able to provide, empowering local people on their recovery journey from mental ill health”. The challenge involved swimming, sliding and jumping through the canyon on the River Tay. The highest jump was a nerve wracking 8.5m. Big thanks to everyone who took part including top fundraiser and RAMH volunteer Dawn Kyne, who raised over £600! Thanks also to AK Rentals who donated the day’s hire of the minibus to get all the supporters up to Aberfeldy. The next event is the RAMH Firewalk on Saturday 6th January 2018, in Paisley. Last year’s event was a sellout, so be quick! For more information visit www. or email for a registration form.

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Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch. 10am to 4pm

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St Columba’s Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm. 7.30pm

with Pat Pettinger, Jamie MacDougall,Calum Macdonald, Walter Blair, accompanist Svetlina Stoyanova, Hilary & Cara Ewing-Mackie, Andrew Pattison, bagpipes. Tickets £10.

Bat Night

The nights are drawing in! Winter opening hours begin at Castle Semple. Greenock and Muirshiel Visitor Centres are open at weekends until Sun 22nd October or by prior arrangement.

Kilbarchan Smile Planning Meeting

Old Library Centre, 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan. 7pm

New members welcome - meet new friends, help care for your village, bring in ideas. For more information and to get involved email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Wed 4 Oct BoW Embroiders’ Guild

The Bridge, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. 7.30pm Guest speaker is renowned textile artist and designer, Malcolm Lochead, on “Sewing the Senses’. Members and visitors welcome!

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch. 7.30pm 7.30pm – late! Bring a torch! In the evening (Friday) we’ll have an interesting presentation on bats, followed by a guided walk with bat detectors and the experts if weather permits. Please book, as places are limited and due to the popularity of this event, please pay at time of booking. Please book, as places are limited and due to the popularity of this event, please pay at time of booking. Cost: Adults: £6; Children: £3 (RSPB members: £3/£2)

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Thu 5 Oct Outlook

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm. 2pm to 4pm India – Susan and Colin Houston Travelogue / Photographs.

Fri 6 Oct Fundraising Quiz and Italian Night

The Allander Jazz Band

Church Hall & Carrick Centre, Houston. 7.30pm Come along and enjoy the happy, foot-tapping music, for Dixieland and Traditional Jazz enthusiasts. Tickets includes cheese & wine. Tickets £10.

Casino Night

BRIGHTER BRIDGE OF WEIR’S ANNUAL FUN CASINO NIGHT. Help raise funds and have great fun too! £5 entry fee includes 1 casino chip.

Coffee Morning & Book Sale

Langbank Parish Church, Main Road, Langbank. 10am to 12noon

Sale of books, DVDs, CDs, jigsaws and children’s games. Donations of items or baking can be handed into the church on Friday 29th from 7pm – 9pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for a coffee, home baking and a browse.

Scottish Drawing Competition Sat 28th Oct - Sat 25th Nov Paisley Museum and Art Galleries High Street, Paisley


Schedule and Downloadable Labels @ or send SAE to: PAl Secretary, Box 114, Abbey House 43 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AH

Duchal Nursery Open Morning

Duchal Nursery School - Kilmacolm. 10am to 12noon An excellent opportunity for anyone with pre school children interested in Duchal to visit the nursery and meet current parents and teachers and see the wonderful facilities and opportunities that are on offer. For further information please contact us on 01505 874358 or visit our website at and our Facebook page.

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Gryffe High School PTA are hosting a Quiz night at the River Inn. Tickets priced at only £12 per Adult, £8 per child or £36 for a family of four. Lots of games and fabulous prizes are on offer, as well as the quiz and a great dinner! Tickets available from the school office.

Carrick Nights

Royal British Legion, Livery Walk, Bridge of Weir. 7.30pm

Paisley Art Institute

The River Inn, Houston Road, Houston. 7pm

Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston. 8pm The new season of Carrick Nights features the well kent singer and BBC presenter Jamie Macdougall’s and his Bardic Trio. Tickets are £12 or Concert Series tickets discounted to £36. Concessions for children and students all thanks to financial assistance from Enterprise Music Scotland. Pre concert Meals are available in the Carrick Cafe but prior booking is necessary. For tickets or further information call 01505 229597 or email

RSPB Renfrewshire Local Group McMaster Centre, Donaldson Drive, Renfrew. 7.30pm

There will be an illustrated presentation by Jim Coyle entitled - The Birds of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves. All welcome.

Sat 7 Oct Lochwinnoch Curling Club “Come & Try” Session

Bowfield Rd, Howwood, PA9 1DE. 3pm Ever fancied trying Curling? Now’s your chance. We’re inviting you along to the “come and try” session. All you need to bring is warm clothing and a pair of trainers (that you didn’t walk in with!) For more information, please contact Jennie on 07752 431 135 We look forward to welcoming you along.

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Thu 12 Oct

Coffee Morning for Christian Aid

Kilmacolm Civic Trust Autumn Talk

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm. 10am Come along to our Coffee Morning for Christian Aid. Stalls, homebaking, everyone welcome.

St Columba’s School Open Morning

St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm. 10am to 1pm Junior School, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4EQ and Senior School, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AU There is no better way to experience the true atmosphere of St Columba’s School than to come and see it for yourself. Open Morning provides the perfect opportunity for prospective and current families to see our Early Years, Junior and Senior Schools in action – tours, variety of activities and a welcome presentation from the Rector, Mrs Angus, at 10.15am and then again at 11.45am in the Senior School Hall. A minibus service will operate between Junior and Senior School. Please do come along from 10am1pm and let our pupils show you what makes St Columba’s so special.

Sat 7 - Sun 22 Oct Explorer challenge: Could you be a Hedgehog?


Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm. 7.30pm

“Building the Dream”. In 1987 Civil Engineer Graham Roxburgh conceived the idea to bring to life Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1901 competition design for the House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston in Glasgow. Join us to hear how this complex and challenging project was brought to its successful and iconic completion. Open to members and residents of Kilmacolm, Quarriers and the surrounding countryside. Contact

History Lecture

Paisley Museum. 7.30pm Renfrewshire Local History Forum’s next archaeology lecture will take place in the Shawl Gallery in Paisley Museum when the speaker is Ronan Toolis of GUARD Archaeology. His topic is Discovering Dark Age Galloway and the Lost kingdom of Rheged. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Fri 13 October Advertizer November Deadline

Neva Place, Bridge of Weir. If you would like anything published in our November issue, please email info@advertizer. or call the office on 01505 613340. Don’t miss out!

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct Scotland’s Boat Show

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch. 10am to 4pm Spend some quality family time together at RSPB Lochwinnoch! This event is not your usual kind – you do it with your own family in your own time! Simply pop into the Visitor centre, where the friendly staff will get you started. Then, go out on the reserve and find out what it might be like to be a hedgehog! (centre open 7 days) Cost: £3 per child (RSPB members £1) [Normal trail fees apply for accompanying adults] Email: lochwinnoch@ Tel. 01505 842 663

Sun 8 Oct Identify Trees

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank 1pm to 3pm Ranger led walk to identify trees – the tricky ones have no leaves.

Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions

Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan. 1pm Take part in gardening activity and fun for all the family. Help us plant bulbs around the village – grab some for your own garden! Expert advice - bring your questions. All welcome. Free. No need to book - just come along. For more information and to get involved email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Wed 11 Oct Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan. 2pm

Kip Marina, The Yacht Harbour, Inverkip, PA16 0AS. All Day

We’ll be there at Scotland’s biggest show offering accessible sailing and powerboat taster sessions. MORE INFO:

Fri 13 - Tue 24 Oct The Spree

Paisley - various venues Paisley’s National Festival and one of the biggest events in Scotland’s cultural calendar, The Spree is back for its sixth consecutive year with some of the biggest names in Scottish music, comedy and entertainment, including a sold-out homecoming show from Paolo Nutini. The twelveday extravaganza will see dozens of events take place throughout Paisley between 13th and 24th October and tickets are available now via www.

Sat 14 Oct Family Fun Day

Gryffe Inn, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. Raising money for “BRAVE LITTLE FOX FUND”. Bumper family fun day with Bouncy Castle, Facepaints, Tarot Cards, Mickey & Minnie Appearance, Stalls, Raffles, Food & More....... Two of our very brave customers Gordon Ohara & George Robertson have agreed to be waxed!! You can sponsor the guys in the pub or they will have sponsor sheets too!! Staff & Customers will also be taking part in a fun run/dash around the village. Please come and join us (get the kids involved). Dress up & have fun.

Take part in gardening activity and fun for all the family. Help us plant bulbs around the village – grab some for your own garden! Expert advice - bring your questions. All welcome. Free. No need to book - just come along. For more information and to get involved email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Sun 15 Oct

Thu 12 Oct

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank. 1pm to 2pm

Sòlas Bereavement Group

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm. 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Conker Championship

Who will be victorious in the Finlaystone Conker Championship. Prize for the winner.

Sòlas Bereavement Group.

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Sat 21 October

Fri 27 October

BoW Embroiders’ Guild

Lochwinnoch Explorer Group: Fungi Foray

Fright Night

Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. 2.30pm

Guest Speaker Jane Currie on “Stumpwork, from Charles I to Picasso”. Members and visitors welcome!

Thu 19 October Outlook

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

Mon 16 Oct Make Your Own Mondays: Happy Hedgehog Homes

Gentle Keep Fit with Grace. Plus Mary’s Meals - Isobel.

Mon 16 - Tue 17 Oct

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank. 1pm to 3pm

Mon 16 - Fri 20 Oct Junior Multi Activity Week

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

Get the kids active on land and water. Get 6 or more children together and book your own course. COST: 5 FULL DAYS £160 MORE INFO: Look online and book ASAP

Tue 17 Oct Den Building

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank. 1pm to 3pm Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls.

Wed 18 Oct Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm. 7.30pm

The first of the Winter lectures ... Sheila and John Hamilton will present GARDENS OF JAPAN with a travelogue and photographs by projector. Followed by refreshments plus the chance to talk with Sheila and John.

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

Sun 22 October

Thu 19 - Fri 20 Oct

Spooky Scarecrows

BCU Paddle Power Passport

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

An advanced junior course using more types of craft in more challenging conditions. COST: £85 more info online and book ASAP

Kilbarchan Messy Church

Join our Rangers and gather woodland materials to make your artistic creation.

RYA Stage 3 Dinghy Sailing Course

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

Calling all children! Come along and learn about nature, but most importantly, get dirty and have fun doing it! This month we will explore the reserve in search of some fantastic fungi! Ages: 5 to 14 years. Please note that all children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Cost: £5 (£3 RSPB members) (adults go free) Email: Tel. 01505 842663.

Autumn Woodland Art

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch.

11am - 1pm OR 2pm - 4pm Hedgehogs need a nice safe place to spend the winter – let’s build them some cosy hogitats in a quiet corner of the reserve! We’ll also have a go at building dens big enough for us to fit inside – but will they be dry & warm enough to last the winter?! Booking essential. Cost: £5 (Wildlife Explorers £3) - Adults go free! Email: Tel. 01505 842663.

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch. 10am to 12noon

A junior course to learn paddlesport skills in kayaks and canoes on flat water. COST: £80 MORE INFO: Look online and book ASAP.

RYA Stage 2 Dinghy Sailing Course

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank. 1pm to 3pm Bring your old clothes and design your own scarecrow (best ones will be displayed on our Halloween walk).

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road nr Lochwinnoch. PA12 4LB 10.30am to 3.30pm

A chance to see our native woodland birds up close and literally ‘in the hand’ while they get their identification rings. MORE INFO: tel 01505 614 791 in office hours.

Classic Car Show

Fri 20 October

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch. 11am to 3pm

An improvers course for juniors to get their confidence up to solo sailing. COST: £108 MORE INFO: Look online and book ASAP.

Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew. 7pm

Sparkling drinks reception at 7pm followed by a delicious two course meal. Our host for the evening will be the fantastically entertaining Steve McKenna who will lead us through an evening of fun and entertainment. To secure your race night badge, please contact a member of the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email Badges are £36pp and available now.

Fri 20 - Tue 31 Oct Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Join us for the 8th Classic Car Show on the hard standing beside Castle Semple Loch, this year raising funds for St Vincents Hospice. MORE INFO: Tel 01505 842 882.

Mon 23 October Stargazing at Castle Semple

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch. 7pm to 9pm

Join us for an evening of astronomical exploration at the new location of Castle Semple this season. Run by our friends from Coats Observatory Paisley. Not suitable for under 10’s MORE INFO: Look online and book or tel 01505 842 882

Wed 25 October Various locations Scotland’s home of stories, the Scottish Storytelling Centre is celebrating the 2017 Scottish International Storytelling Festival this October. Now in its twenty-eighth year, the festival is a twelve-day event happening in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland from 20th October to 31st October which demonstrates how, through stories, we can connect with people from around the world.

Beware the woods tonight!! Take part in a guided walk like no other, if you dare, as we meet some of the reserve’s creepier characters! When you’ve had enough of being spooked, try out some fun crafts in the visitor centre. There will also be tasty home-baking for sale! (Tours every 20min hour, starting 6:20pm & last tour leaving at 8:20pm). Please book and pay in advance. Booking essential, as space is limited. Cost: £6 (RSPB members £3) Email: lochwinnoch@rspb. Tel. 01505 842 663

Spinning Yarns around the World Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan. 7.30pm

Travel around the world without leaving the little handloom weaving village of Kilbarchan, with a trio of talented tale weavers. Don’t miss this spellbinding storytelling journey, beautifully complimented by Alissa Murray on the Celtic harp. This is a BYOB event. Tickets £7/£4 [conc.]

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Oct Paisley Halloween Festival

TnT Bird Ringing Demonstration

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

St Vincent’s Hospice Race Night

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch. 6.15pm to 9pm

Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan. 2pm

Paisley - various venues Join us for a two-day spooktacular celebrating Halloween with lots of fun activities planned including a Halloween Ball and Club night in Paisley Town Hall, Museums at night in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. There will be a spooky parade through Paisley town centre with the magical Spark! LED drummers, a fire garden, spectacular illuminated structures, a fire stage featuring Flame Oz and lots surprises in the town centre.

Sat 28 October Finlaystone Halloween Party

Finlaystone Country Estate - Langbank. 6pm to late Our Scariest Halloween Yet. Shudder at the Horrible Histories and Fearsome Follies of the Frightful Finlaystone Estate! Booking is essential.

Kilbarchan Habbies Art Class Art And Craft Fair Guide Centre, Barn Green Kilbarchan. 12noon to 4pm

Christmas is coming (Oh, yes it is !) Take advantage of the really unique, hand crafted gifts for sale at our Art and Craft Fair - a great selection of jewellery, cards, wood carvings, candles, textiles, paintings and more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Take part in gardening activity and fun for all the family. Help us plant bulbs around the village – grab some for your own garden! Expert advice - bring your questions. All welcome. Free. No need to book - just come along. For more information and to get involved email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Sat 21 October

Thu 26 October

Live easy listening music evening

Rotary Curry Night

Shimla Cottage Restaurant, Bridge of Weir. Royal British Legion, Livery Walk, Bridge of Weir 8pm to late

Music provided by Pete West from 8 till late cost £5 - come and dance the night away. Visitors welcome. For more information talk to us on 01505 613530.

In support of the Rotary End Polio campaign. Tickets available at £18/head to cover a threecourse gourmet meal and entertainment. There will be a raffle and offers of prizes will be gratefully accepted for this very good cause.

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Sat 28 October Hessilhead at RSPB Lochwinnoch!


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RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch. 12noon to 3pm Come and learn about the wonderful work done by the local Hessilhead Wildlife Hospital. Meet some of their patients and hear about the different things the staff deal with at the hospital. Cost: FREE Email: Tel. 01505 842663.

Sat 28 Oct-Sat 25 Nov Scottish Drawing Competition Paisley Museum

Biannual competition open to all artists of Scottish connection by birth or residence. This exhibition showcases the best work from the open submissions.

Sun 29 October The Kilbarchan Smile Big Autumn Clear Up Ewing Street Car Park Area, Ewing Street, Kilbarchan. 2pm to 4pm

Meet at the Ewing Street car parking area opposite Bog Park. If you want to make a difference to the village please come along and “Do Your Bit” – as they say many hands make light work! Equipment including litter pickers, hi viz vests, bags, bag hoops and gloves will be provided. Please wear strong shoes or boots. For more information and to get involved email or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Tue 31 October ROAR Information Day

Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. 10am to 12noon

Pirie Information Centre Anne Marie Cullen from ROAR will be happy to tell you more about all that is available and details of venues and eligibility. Come along if you wish to find out more for yourself or for someone else you think may be interested. We will be serving tea and coffee and hope to make you very welcome.

Sat 4 November Coffee Morning

Elderslie Kirk 10am to 12noon Elderslie Kirk Guild Coffee Morning with cake & candy stalls. £3.

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every Monday

2nd Wednesday monthly

Lochwinnoch Community Walk

Inverclyde Carers Outreach

The Cross, Lochwinnoch 10.30am

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am - 2pm

This event will not take place on public holidays.

Email or call: 01475 735180.

Sat 4 November

FitSteps with Jennifer

2nd Thursday monthly

Kilmacolm Bonfire & Fireworks

Quarrier’s Village, 6:30pm

Tel: 07709 340675 for further information

Sòlas Bereavement Support Group

Pilates Class

Kidston Hall. 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

Kilellan Halls Houston 615-7.15 and 7.30 - 8.30.

For more information or to book a place call Katie on 07972474965

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

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

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

2nd Saturday monthly

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

‘Brunch & Browse’

Singing for Wellbeing

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

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

Kilbarchan Guide Centre, Barn Green, Kilbarchan. 1pm to 4pm

Knapps Loch, Kilmacolm.

Beat the rush and start your Christmas shopping early!! Stallholders include Annabelle’s Christmas decorations, Sweets and Knits, Threepwood Fayre, BrawBricht Jewellery, Mandy’s Rainbow Glass, All things nice jams and pickles and many more. All funds raised will go towards World Challenge India 2019. Check out our facebook page ‘Kilbarchan Craft Fayres’ for further information. Entry includes Tea and Coffee: Adults £1.50 Children £0.50

50th anniversary of the Bonfire and Fireworks at Knapps. Police request that people do not stand on the pavement opposite and in the lane up the side of the field. Entry is only £3 (adults) £2 (youngsters).

Photography Exhibition

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

last Friday monthly

every Wednesday


Knitting Group

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

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Knitters of all levels welcome!

last Saturday monthly

Skinny Minnies

Table Top Sale

Come along and have a look at the work of 2 local professionals – Andy Stark of and Al Goold of

Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm

Showcasing the work of The STUDIO – Bridge of Weir

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

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

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

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

Open Days with gardening and wildlife activities on offer

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

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

every Sunday Weekly Volunteer Group Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 10am - 12noon

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

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

All volunteers welcome and all equipment supplied.

2nd & 4th Wednesday BoW Senior Citizens Club Cargill Hall 7 - 9.15pm

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

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

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

Crafty Hobbies Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston 7.30pm

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

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

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2nd THU & last SAT Paisley Cross

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

Now in it’s 7th year this popular local show will run on Sunday 22nd October. Be prepared to be delighted and dazzled by our annual Classic Car Show! Run by Visitor Centre Assistant Jane, this show will open for cars and owners to book their display slot in summer 2017. Want to display? Numbers are strictly limited to 80 cars. If you would like to enter your classic into the show then we are collecting a £5 donation per car to be given to St Vincent’s Hospice. Please email for full entry information. Please provide Jane with your contact details and tell her about your car. Payment can be made either by cash to Castle Semple Visitor Centre, £5 cheque (made out to St Vincent’s Hospice) or postal order. Just a member of the public wanting to come along and visit? Great! Just come along on the day between 11am and 3pm to enjoy beautiful classic cars and FREE entry. Parking will be limited in our own car park so we ask that you use alternative parking at Lochwinnoch Annex or park considerately in the village of Lochwinnoch itself. Thank you!

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Paisley Halloween Festival

Join us for a two-day spooktacular celebrating Halloween on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October. We have lots of fun activities planned including... On Friday 27th October, a Halloween Ball and Club night in Paisley Town Hall, a Murder Mystery night with three course meal in Zambretto Italian Restaurant and Museums at night in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. On Saturday 28th October there will be a spooky parade through Paisley town centre with the magical Spark! LED drummers, a fire garden, spectacular illuminated structures, a fire stage featuring Flame Oz and lots surprises in the town centre Plus there will be activities for all the family at Spook Central including Halloween arts and crafts, mascot meet and greats, free face painting, Halloween market, zombie apocalypse workshops and much, more! Funfair and live entertainment from local dance and theatre groups A fantastic selection of local street food vendors Information on how to reserve your place at workshops or the Halloween Ball will be released shortly visit for updates.

Race Night FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER - GLYNHILL HOTEL, RENFREW Sponsored by The Glynhill Hotel

Dig out your fascinator, press your suits and make sure you have purchased your race badge for St Vincent’s Hospice Race Night and join us on Friday 20th October at the Glynhill Hotel for our first Race Night. The evening, which has been kindly sponsored by The Glynhill Hotel, will start with a sparkling drinks reception at 7.00pm followed by a delicious two course meal. Our host for the evening will be the fantastically entertaining Steve McKenna who will lead us through an evening of fun and entertainment. To secure your race night badge, please contact a member of the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email Badges are £36pp and available now. We look forward to seeing you in your finest attire!

St Vincent’s Hospice can benefit from coins & stamps Spare foreign coins left over from your holiday, stamps from that postcard … You can help St Vincent’s Hospice by donating any of these to the hospice. Simply pop into anyone of our nine hospice shops or call into the hospice reception or Barn Tearoom. Thank you!

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

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Thursday 19th October, 2.30pm & 7pm – Tickets from £14 - £16 A fast moving, roller coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Including songs by Brenda Lee, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Jersey Boys, Michael Buble and many more..


The Real Mediums Of Glesga

Thursday 19th October, 7.30pm – Tickets £15 “Scotland Straight Talking Medium” George Wyllie and “Scotland’s very own Angel of the North” Angel Anne. Join them as they connect with loved ones who have passed on to the higher side of life, giving a true insight into the spirit world and how they wouldn’t want to see any long faces only smiles and laughter.

Psychedelic Confessions Of A Primal Screamer

Sunday 1st October, 8pm – Tickets £7 The original tambourine man of embryonic Primal Scream from 1984-87 will be reading selected chapters of his self-published musical memoirs that also take in the early days of Creation Records – Splash 1 club nights and Silverfoilcity, Byres Rd living.

Guys & Dolls

Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th October , 7.30 pm – Tickets from £16 – £18 Kayos Youth Theatre present their 25th anniversary show.

Des McLean Stand Up 2017: One Night Only

Friday 20th October , 8pm – Tickets from £12 - £14 Multi-award winning stand-up comedian, TV & radio presenter, event host & actor, Des has recently toured America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and even played the iconic Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas! He also won three prestigious Sony Radio Awards for his comedy sketches on Radio Clyde.

Joe Longthorne

Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £20 - £22 Join Joe with his sensational live band and special guest artist, as he takes you on a rollercoaster of Songs and impressions including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and his incredible impression of Sammy Davis Jr, all delivered with 100% accuracy!

Cathal McConnell Trio

Wednesday 4th October, 8pm –Tickets from £10 - £12 Cathal McConnell is one of Irish music’s true legends. A founder-member of Boys of the Lough, he presents his sweet singing and tin whistle and flute virtuosity with superbly talented friends, Kathryn Nicoll (fiddle and viola) and Karen Marshalsay (harp).

Bonnie Fechters

Friday 6th October 6, 8pm – Tickets from £10 - £12 Inspiring stories and songs of women’s activism and struggle – from the Scottish witch-killings to Vietnam, from the infamous Magdalene institutions to Zero Tolerance. Threaded through with names of courageous women who changed the world…..

The Swingcats: Sisters of Swing

Saturday 7th October, 8pm – Tickets £13 - £15 A tribute to The Andrews Sisters and the great female vocalists from the jazz and swing era including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone. Accompanied by the Karen MacIver trio and featuring their unique three part harmony arrangements.

Ollie Howell Quintet

Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm – Tickets £12 - £15 Given his first pair of drum sticks by Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Howell is now emerging as a creative force and has been described as ‘an unbelievable drummer.’ If you like the pulse, rhythm and beat of jazz then this is the gig for you.

The Dolls Abroad

Sunday 22nd October, 3pm & 7pm – Tickets £25 The must see comedy is back by popular demand! Fasten those seatbelts for the gutter trip of a lifetime with Scotland’s favourite scrubbers! Suitable for 16+

The Andrews Sisters

Wednesday 25th October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm – Tickets from £17 - £18 The UK’s only celebration of the Andrews Sisters backed by a full big band (the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK) re-creating those swinging days with numbers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Rum & Coca Cola along with the best loved instrumentals from the big bands such as In The Mood, Opus One and Moonlight Serenade and showcase solos from each of the Sisters.

Horizontal Collaboration

Wednesday 25th October, 8pm – Tickets from £10 - £12 Sex, power and politics collide in this courtroom drama with a dark twist. Four steely UN lawyers read startling interview transcripts from their laptops in a tribunal concerning ‘horizontal collaboration’ – the name for the supposed wartime crime of sex with enemy soldiers. Age 16+, disturbing descriptions of sex and violence

Opera Highlights

Thursday 26th October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £5 - £12 Each year Opera Highlights takes four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, by land, air and sea, taking a musical mix of operatic treasures to every corner of the country.

Dirty Dusting

Friday 13th October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £19 - £21 Dirty Dusting is pure theatrical Viagra. Three elderly cleaning ladies attempt to boost their dwindling income by starting a “Sex Chat Line!” This is feelgood comedy will have you rolling in the aisles and unable to answer the telephone without having a sneaky giggle!

Men Should Weep

Friday 13th – Saturday 14th October, 8pm – Tickets £12 Following the lives of the Morrison family struggling to make ends meet in 1930s Glasgow, the audience is taken on a journey exploring poverty and the role of women in a challenging and changing social climate. This hard hitting drama has touches of warmth which will endear you to the characters and their struggle for a better way of life.

The Sunshine Ghost

Friday 27th October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £15 - £17 The wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ – Hollywood’s favourite astrologer. Brought brick by brick from a remote rocky outcrop on a small Scottish Island all the way to Naples, Florida, they soon discover that the castle’s previous owner has not quite ‘left’ the building…

Dracula: A Radio Play On Stage

Friday 27th October, 8pm – Tickets from £10 - £12 Join three plucky 1940s radio actors as they tackle Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula, as you’ve never heard it before. Vampiric lust against a backdrop of wartime austerity, this radio play features live sound effects and period music.

MacFloyd: The Animals Tour

Saturday 14th October, 7.30 pm – Tickets from £14 –£18 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Animals album. The band will perform this classic album in its entirety as well as favourites from The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and many more. Enjoy an impressive light and laser display alongside stunning visual effects.

Dougie MacLean in Concert

Sunday 15th October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £18 – £20 Scotland’s finest singer-songwriter is internationally renowned for his songs and inspired performances…including his ending of the Closing Ceremony of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, viewed by over a billion people worldwide! He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

Alice in Wonderland

Saturday 28th October, 3pm – Tickets from £7 - £9 Join Alice as she falls through the rabbit hole into a magical topsy turvey world of peculiarities. Alice in Wonderland brings together talented young dancers from across Inverclyde who take part in Beacon Youth Dance, West College Scotland and Clydeview Academy.

Welcome My Son

Saturday 28th October, 7.30pm – Tickets from £10 - £12 A unique interpretation of Frankenstein; as told through Frankenstein’s monster. Seamlessly melding the disciplines of Chinese Pole and Physical Theatre with storytelling in this exciting rendition of the classic story, Phil Hardie explores the Mary Shelley Classic in a new and exciting way.

Don’t Dribble On The Dragon

Wednesday 18th October, 2.30pm – Tickets from £8 - £10 When young brothers Jack and Tom’s friendship falls apart, can a magical dragon help them put it back together again? Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by TV legend Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show. (Not recommended for under 2s).


Tuesday 31st October, 7pm – Tickets from £7 - £9 Devised and performed by Beacon Youth Theatre’s Primary Classes and written by Marianne Yeomans, the mysterious Wheesht sail through the cracks in time when the clocks go back and the nights grow long. Bogles, sea snakes, witches and ghosts take the streets of Inverclyde by storm but what could they possibly want from us?


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Thur Mairi Campbell: Pulse

5 Oct

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 8+

The award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents her solo theatre show Pulse - the story of her musical homecoming, journey of the heart and quest to find her pulse.

FRI NNE Presents: 80’s Mania



Paisley Town Hall, Paisley 7pm Tickets: £18 + bkg fee*

Europe’s Official 1980’s Multi-Tribute Concert featuring 25 chart topping pop icons authentically recreated with live band and awesome dancers. With tributes to Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Madonna, Wham!, Nena, Toni Basil, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Madness and many many more!

SAT Damned Rebel Bitches

7 Oct

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee*

The thing about getting old is that everyone who can tell you off has died. Septuagenarian Scottish sisters Ella and Agnes survived the Clydeside Blitz in 1941 and now, in New York in the teeth of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, they are searching for Ella’s feckless grandson, whose life is in danger.

FROM Rocket Post

20TO 21 OCT

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 12.30pm Friday / 11am & 2pm Saturday Tickets: £6 (£4 conc.) + bkg fee* Age 6+

July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS! Based on a true story.

TUES Without A Hitch

24 Oct

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee* Ages 7+

‘Hip hop, ya don’t stop’ – but all good things must come to an end. Without a Hitch follows the downward spiral of a four man b-boy crew as ambition, jealousy and frustration manifest in a group struggling to move in the same direction.

wed Renfrewshire Restored

25 Oct

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 7pm

Free event

RA night of local films screenings which bring the past back to life! Organised by Paisley Camcorder Club and RMHAFF (Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival), as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

FROM Hands on a Hard Body

26TO 28 OCT

The Wynd Centre, Paisley 7pm Tickets: £10


Fat Bob has enlisted Stu to be his second as he competes to win a car in the ‘Hands on a Hard Body’ contest. The nine professional competitors and Fat Bob attired by local sponsors slowly fall out of the competition literally till only two survive. Can Bob and Stu’s master plan succeed to see the overweight local man triumph against the professional athletes or will he burn out in a haze of glory.

FROM Halloween Moon

26TO 28 OCT

The Wynd Centre, Paisley 7pm Tickets: £10

Set in two flats in a tenement close in Glasgow, when disturbed by a potential burglary the couple in the top flat (Angela and Steve) find themselves locked out and having to wait in the Mortimer’s flat below while a relative arrives later with a spare key. After Angela tells them about a dream she had, Kate Mortimer persuades Angela to hold a séance in her flat with unexpected results.

sat Love Song to Lavender Menace

28 Oct

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee*

It’s 1987 and shop workers Paul and David are getting ready for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of LAVENDER MENACE, Scotland’s foremost lesbian, gay, feminist bookshop. From its humble beginnings in the cloakroom of an Edinburgh nightclub, (that saw a performance from the Village People!), this trailblazing venture has become the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT community. But can it survive in Thatcher’s changing Britain of capitalism and commodification? Call us on 0300 300 1210 or visit to book

If you are aged 9-18 and play a brass instrument come and join us. Rehearsals take place in St John’s Church Hall, Port Glasgow every Friday from 5pm. Pop in and talk to us or get in touch with us at

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Kids programme unveiled for The Spree festival Paisley’s annual The Spree festival has unveiled its family programme offering a range of performances and activities to help keep the kids entertained this October break.

Spinning Yarns around the World Travel around the world without leaving the little handloom weaving village of Kilbarchan, with a trio of talented tale weavers. Immerse yourself in the magic of Maori tales from New Zealand – “The Land of the Long White Cloud” with storyteller Joe Harawira. Experience the wonder of world tales from international multi-award winning Michael Kerins and host, Kilbarchan’s own Anne Pitcher. Don’t miss this spellbinding storytelling journey, beautifully complimented by Alissa Murray on the Celtic harp. Once again Kilbarchan will be part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival on Tour, as it was in 2015 with “Warp & Weft Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song”. This year’s theme is “Open Word, Open World” engaging audiences with a rich tapestry of tales from around the globe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear stories from around the world in a cosy ceilidh atmosphere. To book tickets priced £7/£4 [concession] for “Spinning Yarns around the World” on 27th October at 7.30pm in the Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD, please contact Anne Pitcher on 07708 059770. This is a BYOB event.

The bumper music, comedy and arts festival, which is now in its sixth year and taking place as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, will take place from Friday 13 to Tuesday 24 October with a jam packed programme of activities for the family. The majority of the shows under the family programme are free to attend and will offer a range of experiences for kids. The National Theatre of Scotland will perform their fantastically fun new show Rocket Post which has a great mix of songs and storytelling and is full of humour, heart and hope for the future. The show is based on a true story set in the Western Isles in 1934. It’s a tale of miscommunication, vaulting ambition and the joyous discoveries that happen when everything goes wrong. Those looking for an exciting challenge can take part in Big Telly Company’s Operation Paisley: Alien Pursuit, a game for families where they are challenged with deciphering a number of clues as a team. Little ones will be kept entertained with a range of activities from interactive Bookbug sessions and opportunities to meet Badger the Mystical Mutt, star of a series of chart-topping illustrated children’s books. There will also be old favourites like the Punch & Judy puppet show in the town. Also taking place over the festival is a comedy show written and performed by kids who have participated in workshops where they will learn how to write and deliver sketches based on their own funny experiences. Meanwhile music fans can learn more about Gaelic singing and drumming at Fèis Phàislig Workshops or find their groove with the award-winning Buddy Beat group. For older kids interested in digital art they will have the opportunity to participate in a digital graffiti board session where they can also learn about coding with Computer Xplorers. Craft enthusiasts can unleash their creative flair at jewellery workshops while budding artists and writers can join AS Creatives for a range of activity workshops covering everything from art to creative writing and poetry. This year’s line-up includes a spectacular show from Frightened Rabbit, who are collaborating with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra for a once in a lifetime performance in the stunning surrounding of Paisley Abbey. Frightened Rabbit frontman, Scott Hutchison commented “This will be the last show of our current campaign and we’re excited it’s going to be such a special one to end on. Playing with the RSNO will be an absolute privilege and we can’t wait to hear it as much as everyone else. Having seen previous performances by The Twilight Sad and Idlewild, I’m sure it’s going to be a special night. See you round the organ for a heart-warming rendition of Keep Yourself Warm!” Trad heavyweights, Breabach are joined by some of the country’s finest, world class musicians; Kris Drever and Talisk; as multi-award-winning Irish artist Sharon Shannon, will take to the stage with finalists from this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk awards, Fara. This year’s festival will be kicking off with a twist, opening with a celebration of twin festival, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) one of India’s most prestigious festivals; the musical collaboration will weave together the two cultures featuring traditional music from India and Scotland in celebration of friendship and connections. Other acts on the bill include Dougie McLean, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, the Pictish Trail, Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert, and a very special show where James Grant explores Paisley’s Untold Story. The Spree is renowned for hosting some of the biggest names in Scottish comedy and this year is no exception, teaming up with the Gilded Balloon to showcase some of the hottest names in comedy which are set to have the audience in stiches from start to finish. Places for many of the family activities and performances can be booked online at www. Tickets can be bought online at and from Renfrewshire Leisure on 0300 300 1210. Tickets are also on sale in InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street; Paisley Arts Centre, New Street; and Feel the Groove, Causeyside Street.

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Fundraising Quiz and Italian Night The River Inn, Houston Road, Houston. On Friday, 6th October, the Gryffe High School PTA, together with pupils from Gryffe High School, will be hosting a Quiz night at the River Inn. This year’s food theme is Italian, so come along and enjoy some wonderful Italian cooking from the River Inn, before getting stuck into the Gryffe High pupil’s quiz, which promises to be a challenge in itself! There will be lots of fun and activities to suit all age ranges, so please bring the whole family, grannies, grandpas and little brothers and sisters. It’s also a great value night with tickets priced at only £12 per adult, £8 per child or £36 for a family of four. Lots of games and fabulous prizes are on offer, as well as the quiz and a great dinner! Please come along and support the Gryffe High pupils and the PTA and help us to raise extra funds for the school for the benefit of all the Gryffe High students! Tickets are available NOW for purchase from the school office.

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with Colin Fyfe of Colcom

by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Pension Death Benefits Nominee or Successor? What happens to your pension fund when you die? What choices do your beneficiaries have? Following on from last month’s blog on pension death benefits, the newly introduced Pension Freedoms created a new class of potential beneficiary – the Successor. However, if your pension plan provider does not offer the flexibility of beneficiary drawdown to all classes of beneficiary, or you do not update your death benefit nomination, your beneficiaries could be denied the full range of options available. A successor is someone not nominated directly by the pension plan holder but a person who could potentially become a beneficiary of the pension on death. Let us look at examples; • You do not make a death benefit nomination and you are survived by your spouse and brother. The spouse is keen for some benefit to be paid to the brother. The scheme cannot offer the brother beneficiary drawdown because he was not nominated by the plan holder, and the scheme cannot nominate him because there is a dependant. • You nominate your spouse and subsequently divorce. You are survived by your ex-spouse and adult children. Your adult children cannot access beneficiary drawdown because they were not nominated by you, and the scheme cannot nominate them because your ex-spouse has been nominated.

On October 17th we can expect Microsoft Windows 10 to begin its ‘Fall Creators Update’. This update will be quite a large download and install procedure making both cosmetic changes and deeper security and system alterations across the windows platform. The procedure may well get underway of its own accord, leaving you to guess whether or not you have been updated. A quick and easy way to tell will be to attempt to diagonally alter the size of the Windows 10 start menu, like you may do to a window. I gather this will be one of the more cosmetic changes that will take place along with disappearing scroll bars and some other visual thematic changes. Microsoft Edge, the internet browser bundled with 10 is due a substantial improvement too, I am yet to be impressed by the browser but I gather that it is set to improve with this update in many ways. With this release, Edge now has better PDF and EPUB support, a new read aloud feature, an updated favourites system and a load of stability issues have been addressed. Maybe it is time to have another look at the browser. Further general improvements that I am interested to see are the inactive program throttling function, this could improve slow and bogged down computers. Battery life improvements are always a blessing for those working on the hoof and I am also interested to hear that Windows Cortana, the Siri-like voice that frightens the bejesus out of me when I am in the office late at night, she can now talk to Alexa, Amazon’s inhome media player cum salesperson. I don’t think the conversation will be up to much, they will be too busy monitoring each other like North Korean border patrol guards.

So, the key is to make sure that beneficiaries have the maximum flexibility allowed under the Pension Freedoms. Check that your plan provider can offer your potential beneficiaries the full range of options on your death. This information is not financial advice. If you require advice you should consult a professional adviser. The first meeting is normally free and there is no obligation. Carl Melvin is a regulated pension transfer specialist. Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or Alternatively, pop into the Affluent office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir.

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Members speak at club meetings Members of the Gryffe Valley Rotary Club have a very wide range of professional and business experience (including engineering, banking, manufacturing, agriculture and medicine…) and this leads to some very interesting meetings and discussions. In the last month, three of our speakers, Hamid Khatib and Colin Bird and Sai Kumar, have been members talking on their own areas of expertise at the dinner meetings in the River Inn. August 23 – Hamid Khatib – An oil and gas project Hamid Khatib is a Chartered Engineer with a lifetime’s experience in the oil and gas industry. The Britoil Amethyst Gas Field Development is located 40 kilometres east of the Humber, the fifth project in the North Sea that was discovered in 1970. I was not until 1985 that plans began to be developed as there were numerous challenges to be overcome. Hamid was appointed Engineering Manager by Britoil. With a team of dedicated engineers and with the collaboration of nine other partner oil companies the project succeeded in delivering gas into the National Grid in 1990. Challenges included the installation of four wellhead unmanned platforms (two built by UIE on the Clyde) in the busy shipping area and finding technical solutions to prevent hydrates, carbonic acid corrosion and liquid slugs in the 30 in. Diameter, 49 kilometre wet gas export pipeline to shore. This was done by methanol injection premixed with a corrosion inhibitor at the wellhead using a 3 in. Piggy back pipeline. Slugging was prevented by regular “sphering” through the installation via an automatic launcher at the furthest eastern platform to sweep the liquids to shore into an onshore slug catcher. Remote control of production including the automatic release of spheres was carried out using a fibre optic link incorporated into the 50 kilometre, 10kV power import cable. They had to comply with the UK requirement that pipelines must have facilities to enable in-service inspection (NDT) by intelligent Pigs ( originally invented by British Gas ) to ensure technical integrity. Amethyst was the first totally unmanned, remotely operated field and was highly profitable, supplying 4% of UK’s needs. Hamid is justifiably very proud of the whole project that has been copied by other companies and is still producing. After many questions to Hamid, President Nigel offered our congratulations. August 30th – Colin Bird - Plastic Pipes for life Colin qualified in Metallurgy and has worked for most of his career in Nondestructive testing (NDT) in the power, nuclear and oil and gas sectors. He recently retired from Doosan Babcock. His talk focussed on the use of ultrasonics to inspect welded joints in plastic pipes used for gas or water. Techniques which he developed are now used widely on UK nuclear power stations and abroad on gas pipelines and nuclear plant. Q+A covered details of the technology, the economics of testing and the techno- politics of health and safety regulations in different countries. Past President Angus gave the vote of thanks.

Sept 16th – Sai Kumar on Hip Replacements and the Rotary District Governor Gary Louttit Sai, who has now retired as an orthopaedic surgeon, talked about was on the history of Total Hipjoint Replacement (HRT). He suggested that most of have had such a procedure or know someone who has, but we don’t know much about it. Aided by some rather graphic props (see the photo) he took members through the evolution of the process from a surprisingly early start in 1891 to today with high volume and a high success rate. Some interesting materials were used over the years, like gold foil, pigs bladders and glass used for the new socket attached to the bone and a cup to accomodate the femeral stem, before the development of current high spec polyethylene and alloys. Sai finished off with a short but graphic videa of an actual operation - not for the faint hearted but a fitting conclusion to the story of a great medical success story, with painfree mobility restored to some 75,000 people each year in the UK alone. On the same evening, Gryffe Valley was delighted to have a visit from Gary Louttit from the Renfrew Rotary club who is currently District Governor for the West of Scotland. He reminded the club of this year’s strapline “Rotary Making a Difference” and he talked of Rotary can and does make a difference, both at a global level like ending polio, and at a local level with the many projects pursued by clubs like Gryffe Valley. The aggregate of such effort at all levels helped to make Rotary a rewarding activity for members. Rotary BBQ and Disco a great success – over £2000 raised for charity

The annual Rotary BBQ and Disco was held on Friday 25th August 2017 at Brookfield Village Hall. Following an excellent meal of steak or salmon (expertly cooked by Kilbarchan Scouts), salads and sweets (provided by Anne-Marie Mackay of the Carrick Centre), the evening’s fund-raising raffle took place. Thanks are due to The Coach House, The River Inn, and WH Malcolm group and members for the prizes they donated and to those present for their generosity in buying tickets. For the rest of the evening we were well entertained by the Disco with DJ Archie in his usual fine form and a crowded dance floor to the end. Date for the diary: Thursday 26th October – Rotary Curry Night at Shimla Cottage in support of the Rotary End Polio campaign. Tickets available at £18/ head to cover a threecourse gourmet meal and entertainment. There will be a raffle and offers of prizes will be gratefully accepted for this very good cause.

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Supreme Sacrifice Bridge of Weir and the Great War



100 years ago this month – October 1917 Private James Burns, Army Service Corps

Coal: A Hidden Secret The Gryffe area is not often associated with the working of coal. In 1912 it was claimed that Renfrewshire “is not a great mining county -? it lags behind its neighbours,” yet, 130 years earlier, Semple described the county as “abounding with coal”. Thus early coal mining is one of the hidden secrets of the area. Small amounts of coal had always been worked from outcrops, but more organised workings were in the form of numerous holes, or ‘bell pits’ (shallow shafts worked close together) at Goldenlee (Houston), Brookfield and Quarrelton. The earliest workings followed the valleys of the Gryffe, Black Cart and Locher, where the coals were shallower, and to where the workings could be drained. From Bridge of Weir, coal was worked down the Gryffe at Kaimhill, Locherside, Sandholes, Craigends and the appropriately named Coalbog. Along Barr and Photo: Collier’s house and coal Castle Semple lochs, coal works pits at Goldenlee in 1750 appeared at Nervelston, Blackdyke, and Lochside, then down the Black Cart from Coalhouse (Howwood), and Corseford to Elderslie. The earliest and most intensive workings were in the Quarrelton area, which had one of the thickest coal seams in the country. From the 1770s, ambitious estate owners were seeking sources of income beyond farming. Landowners, such as Speirs of Elderslie who drilled bores on his lands of Newton, was soon working coal from several pits. By the 1790s the availability of coal was described as one of the main advantages of local parishes. At Quarrelton, Corseford and Kerse, the pits were initially kept dry using pumps driven by water wheels or horses. Gradually, larger pits including Nervelston, Thorn and Elderslie added steam engines to lift out the coal and pump out water. To anyone passing through the area around 1800, coal workings would have been a common sight. By the Victorian period, much deeper coal was worked under the flatlands of Linwood Moss and Fulton. The only visible signs were pitheads, which came and went in a few decades, leaving little trace. This led to the perception that coal working barely existed in the area. A local supply of coal had been crucial for the growing settlements such as Johnstone, Kilbarchan, Houston and Bridge of Weir. However, the biggest use of coal was not to ‘boil the pot’, but to process another little-known mineral: limestone. This will be investigated next month. © 2017 Stuart Nisbet, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

Archaeology Lecture Thursday, 12th October, 7.30pm - Shawl Gallery, Paisley Museum The Forum’s next archaeology lecture will hear from guest speaker Ronan Toolis of GUARD Archaeology. His topic is Discovering Dark Age Galloway and the Lost kingdom of Rheged. Visitors are welcome to attend.

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The war took some of Bridge of Weir’s young men to parts of the Empire they could scarcely have expected to see when they volunteered in 1914. James Burns for one. James was born in 1893 in Mauchline, the elder of two sons born to domestic coachman James Burns of Fenwick and Margaret Jaffray, who had married in Glasgow in 1892. In 1911, the Burns family was living in 43 Claremont Terrace Lane, Glasgow but James (18) had left home and was a domestic groom for the Ogilvie family of Corsliehill House, Houston. By the time he volunteered in November 1914, he was a chauffeur at Gryffe Castle which had been let to William Alexander Campbell, a cousin of former Prime Minister Henry Campbell Bannerman. Experienced drivers were often recruited to the Army Service Corps, the logistics and transport support to the front-line troops. James was assigned to Mechanical Transport Reinforcements and embarked for Dar es Salaam to join the East Africa Campaign. German East Africa (now mainly Tanzania) bordered British East Africa (Kenya) and their colonial armies started fighting each other a few days after the European War began. British forces were larger but the German commander, von Lettow-Vorbeck, fought a shrewd guerrilla war, conceding territory but avoiding pitched battles, his aim being to tie up significant British manpower and keep them away from the Western Front. His small force was never caught, despite being chased across East Africa, for a time by the former Boer commander General Smuts, now a loyal servant of the British Empire. The Germans finally surrendered two weeks after the Armistice. Word took time to reach the further flung cockpits of the world war. Africa was a hazardous assignment, not so much from German bullets but from tropical disease, and James contracted dysentery and died on 8th October 1917 in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), and was buried in the War Cemetery. His younger brother Robert had already been killed at the battle of Arras in May 1917. Their parents had lost their only two sons within six months. Read more about James Burns’s life and untimely death at http://www. and in the 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.

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Johnstone History Society Our second meeting of the season will be on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall Collier Street. This month our speaker will be Colin Mackie and his subject will be “Southern Necropolis” the Gorbals city of the Dead this should be a very interesting talk. We hope for a good attendance of members and visitors and all will be made welcome. Our membership fee for the year is £10 per person and £2 per night for visitors. We had a very well attended first meeting of the year and our speaker Donald Reid gave us a very interesting insight into life in the mining villages of the Doon Valley many of which have now disappeared. The Museum continues to open Wednesday Friday and Saturday from 10.30am till 4pm. We were open 2nd and 3rd September for Doors Open Day and had a very busy weekend with many children coming in to get their books stamped and were able to take part in our quiz. On Sunday there was a walk round the Centre of Johnstone led by Gerry Rafferty who has a vast knowledge of Johnstone. We also have a display of uniforms and information of the some of the organisations available to young people in Johnstone and the surrounding area. There are many books and maps for sale in the Museum, these may also be purchased online at johnstone and may be paid for via PayPal.

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100th Anniversary Of The Balfour Declaration The 1917 Balfour Declaration is widely regarded as one of the most formative and far-reaching documents in the modern history of the Middle East. It was the cornerstone of the Zionist project to transform Arab Palestine into a ‘Jewish state’. The Declaration and subsequent events changed not only the demographic map of the region but also its political, social and military configuration as well. British liberal public opinion at the time felt that the West had a responsibility to enable a Jewish homeland due to historical injustices suffered by the Jews for which they believed the West was to blame. In the aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust, the push for a Jewish homeland intensified amidst growing international support for the Zionist Movement and the creation of the State of Israel. What was the Balfour Declaration? The Balfour Declaration was a brief letter dated 2 November 1917 by Lord Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary at the time, addressing Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, a British Zionist peer, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The letter read as follows: Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following Declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet. ‘His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.’ I should be grateful if you would bring this Declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. Yours, Arthur James Balfour

Kilbarchan October 1917 Private Adam Deans served in the Australian Imperial Forces. He was born in Alexandria but in 1891 the family was at 1 Church Street and in 1911 at 5 High Barholm. Adam migrated to Australia in1911 and was employed as a miner. When he enlisted on 25th May 1916 he was married to Janet Deans and they lived at Harvey Street, Collie, with their daughter Agnes. Adam was 5 feet 4 and a half inches in height, weighed 123 pounds, had a fresh complexion and blue eyes and brown hair. He embarked at Fremantle on HM Australian Transport Argyllshire and arrived at Devonport on 10th January 1917. After training as a pioneer he went to France, via Folkestone on 6th August 1917. On the 22nd of August he was posted to the 10th Australian Infantry Battalion. The Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele was under way. He was killed on 8th October, on the eve of an offensive at Poelcapelle on he 9th. A letter to his parents at 36 Steeple Street, confirmed his death. Adam Deans has no known grave and is remembered on Panels 7-17-23-27-29-31 on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

McDowalls butchers crowned Scottish Champions McDowall Butchers Ltd Paisley recently won the best speciality pie in Scotland for their steak and sausage pie from the Craft Butchers Club. They’re thrilled to win the award as gold is an achievement but diamond is the icing on the cake! Iain and Alison Telfer previously owned the Achengree farm shop in Ayrshire and got over 30 awards but never this one. They bought McDowalls two and a half years ago and have slowly been getting to know the business as well as putting their own stamp on it. They have 7 awards at McDowalls, one of the oldest butchers in Paisley (est. 1870). It is a family affair with Iain running the business alongside his wife, Alison, and their son, Cameron, who just left university with a degree and joined the business in spring. They have three other employees and three vans on the road making deliveries 6 days a week to Paisley, Glasgow, Johnstone, Bridge of Weir, and the surrounding areas for free! (the deliveries, not the pies!) Iain and Alison also visit Arran twice a week where they supply meat products to the hotels, restaurants and residential customers.

To the Zionists, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 laid the foundation for the formation of the State of Israel. To the Palestinians, however, it was an act of dishonesty and betrayal by Britain. So who is Balfour? What was the declaration? And why does it remain contentious? Come and find out more about the issues of peace and justice in Israel/ Palestine with Dr Michael Marten, leader of the Iona Community Balfour Evening, Nov 14th at 6.30, The Bridge, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. All welcome but places limited find out more Dr Michael Marten of the Iona Community will speak about the issues related to this pivotal document Michael is the first lay person to be appointed as leader of the Iona Community and has lectured in Middle East politics at the University of London and in religion at Stirling University. He is actively committed to justice, peace and environmental issues and also campaigns on issues related to wider Middle East and Christian Jewish and Muslim relations.

Photo: Iain (left) is pictured with son Cameron (right), receiving their prize at the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards last month.

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Features to look for on the new polymer £10 note

Follow these simple steps to verify your new £10 note’s security features. Remember do not rely on just one feature, check a few. There is a large see-through window on the note. A clearly defined portrait of the Queen is printed on the window with the words ‘£10 Bank of England’ printed twice around the edge.

The foil £ symbol in the window is silver on the front of the note and copper on the back of the note. 3. At the side of the window is a coloured quill which changes from purple to orange when the note is tilted. This effect can be seen on the front and back of the note.

Since the scheme was launched in February 2017, more than 1000 drivers have taken part in workshops with Police Scotland to enhance their hazard perception skills when behind the wheel.

5. On the front of the note, above the see-through window, is a silver foil patch containing an image of the coronation crown which appears 3D. When the note is tilted a multicoloured rainbow effect can be seen.

Superintendent Nichola Burns, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division, said “Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council is a fantastic way for us to reach out to new drivers through their modern apprentice programme. “It allows us to promote road safety by discussing opinions and driving styles, and highlighting the dangers of peer pressure and bravado whilst in control of a vehicle.

6. On the back of the note, there is a book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letters JA. It is immediately behind the silver crown on the front. 7. Check the polymer and the raised print The note is printed on polymer which is a thin and flexible plastic material. By running your finger across the front of the note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, around the number 10.

10. Check the ultra-violet feature If you look at the front of the note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 10 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “This new programme will be a fantastic resource for our Modern Apprentices to take advantage of and will prepare them for life on the roads, both in their own vehicles and when using the council fleet.

“This training will ensure that all young drivers who have access to the council fleet will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to drive the vehicles safely and appropriately as they carry out their role within the organisation.”

On the front of the note, below the see-through window, is a silver foil patch. When the note is tilted the word ‘Ten’ changes to ‘Pounds’ and a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen.

Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait - you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.

The course will use case studies to identify the missed hazards which ultimately caused a collision, recognise why they were missed and provide the solutions to ensure that drivers will not make the same mistakes.

“It is important that young drivers are able to deal with the hazards which may present themselves on the roads and the course allows the risks to be addressed in the classroom before facing them in reality.

4. Check the foil patches

9. Check the microlettering

More than 40 driving instructors and learners attended a launch event at the Gleniffer Hotel which outlined the benefits of the programme through presentations by Police Scotland and the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain.

The scheme will link with the Council’s Modern Apprenticeship programme and young drivers will have the opportunity to attend workshops designed to improve their hazard perception.

2. A finely detailed metallic image of Winchester Cathedral is positioned over the window. The foil is gold on the front of the note and silver on the back of the note. When the note is tilted a multicoloured rainbow effect can be seen.

The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

Young drivers at Renfrewshire Council are set to improve their skills behind the wheel as Police Scotland launched a new partnership programme in Renfrewshire.

The new driver scheme aims to provide young drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to lower the risk of a collision for inexperienced drivers.

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New partnership programme launches in Renfrewshire to keep young drivers safe on the road

“Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council allows us to improve road safety by delivering the right messages to the right audience and at the most appropriate time. We hope our presentations will change attitudes and behaviours.”

The Council will make the course available to all its modern apprentices, with an initial focus on those who will have access to the Council fleet. All employees currently have to undergo a pre-assessment check before being allowed access to a council vehicle and the training will expand on this to ensure all necessary precautions are in place. Constable Craig Beaver of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Department, said: “We will be delivering the New Driver Scheme to all apprentices within Renfrewshire Council over the next few months. “Our resource is impactive, informative, and puts the hazard perception skills which new drivers have acquired into a real life context.”

If you are a new driver, or an employer of new drivers and feel you may benefit from this free opportunity, please get in touch via newdriverscheme@ For more information on the scheme visit: www.

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october 2017 Queensferry Crossing by Chloe McGinn


Thanks to everyone who took part in LEAP’s Cycle for Summer Local people, their families and a member of Ride 63 based at Clyde Muirshiel, got on their bikes to cycle a total of 3153 miles between July and August this year for LEAP’s Cycle for Summer challenge. 11 participants collectively clocked up these cycled miles, a distance equivalent to a cycle from the West to the East Coast of USA, as the crow flies. Organiser Lesley Ritchie from LEAP, said of this achievement, ‘It just goes to show that when people come together for a challenge, there’s no end to just what can be achieved, and as just under half of these cycled miles were to replace a car journey or to commute Michael Divers to work, people are fitting in cycling cycling on Dalry Moor in August 2017 to their daily lives. Well Done to everyone who took part in this year’s community cycling challenge!’ Michael Divers, from Ride 63, pictured here on the Dalry Moor, personally contributed to just under half of the cycled miles achieved including daily cycling journeys of 25 miles to and from work. For more information about LEAP’s future cycling activities, contact or join us on facebook at myleapproject for upcoming events, such as group cycles. Lochwinnoch Bike Swap was a Big Bike Revival success For LEAP’s latest Bike Swap at Castle Semple Loch on 2nd September, we combined the Bike Swap with a full programme of cycling activities funded by the Big Bike Revival, Cycling UK. Over 80 people attended the event and took part in the Bike Swap by swapping and/or donating bikes, getting tips on cycle safety and maintenance or a check of their bike, by taking part in one of our electric bike or manual guided cycle rides, or by getting a taster trial of electric and manual cycles at RT Cycles base in Lochwinnoch. Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy cycling and for all the partners who lent their time to come out on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon. For more information on our Bike Swaps, contact susie@ and visit our facebook page at myleapproject.

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Kilmacolm Flower Show 17

Autumn Leaves us Wondering

Saturday 2nd September in New Community Centre, Kilmacolm Kilmacolm Horticultural Society was formed in 1879, one of the oldest Societies still active in Scotland today. Thank you to all our exhibitors who entered the 2017 Kilmacolm Flower Show. A happy day ! Here are the Cupwinners’ Results for 2017: Alex Inglis

Most Meritorious Exhibit in the Show

Derrick Russell

Best exhibit in Annuals, best exhibit in Chrysanthemum, Best exhibit in Gladioli, nest exhibit in Herbaceous, most pts in Annuals, most pts in Onions, most pts in Sect 1 Cut Flowers, most pts in Sect.3 Vegetables

Andy Aitken

Best exhibit in Dahlias, best exhibit in Tomatoes, most pts in Dahlias

Mrs Irene Gillone

Best exhibit in Fuchsias,

Jack Taylor

Best exhibit in Containers/Hanging Baskets,

Jim McCann

Best exhibit in Sweet Peas

Mrs Margaret Anderson Best exhibit in Roses Mrs Elizabeth Manson

Best exhibit in Pot Plants, Most pts in Sect 2 Pot Plants/Containers/Hanging Baskets

Vince Graham

Best exhibit in Garden News sponsorship of TOP VASE

Miss Mahri Gilbert

Most points in Children’s Section

Mrs Jennifer O’Rourke

Most points in Kitchencraft

Mrs Susan Collin

Most points in Novices

Mrs Helen Calvert/ Mrs Lilian McWilliam

Most points in Floral Art

Mrs Judith Russell

Winner of the Jimmy Whittet Trophy at the March Spring Bulb Competition

The first of the Winter lectures is on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30p.m. in New Community Centre, Kilmacolm. Sheila and John Hamilton will present GARDENS OF JAPAN with a travelogue and photographs by projector. Followed by refreshments plus the chance to talk with Sheila and John.

The PICTURE GALLERY depicted an entry depicting ‘A Favourite Flower, or Fruit, or Vegetable’ All entries were highly commended – imaginative, colourful, exciting. Three Winners were chosen : Tom McGoldrick, Holly McIntyre, Eleana Ferguson.

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Those who follow the work of Brighter Bridge of Weir know that we plant and maintain flowers and shrubs throughout the village. This year, for the first time since we began, we planted some trees too. Not many, just four so far, one in the village at Main Street, and three at the east entrance, nearby our ‘Welcome to (Brighter) Bridge of Weir’ sign on Johnstone Road (pictured). Unfortunately something, possibly water logging, has claimed the life of one of those in the Johnstone Road site. It was a sorbus, which would have looked spectacular in autumn, spring and summer, but we’ve had to dig it out and dispose of it. Now we’re wondering if the others will survive. We’ve done what we can to improve the ground conditions and drainage round the other two but we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed that they make it through the winter. Anyway, clouds, silver linings and all that; local residents and passers-by have told us how impressed they have been by this year’s floral displays in the village, and certainly the basket and planter displays have flourished and lasted well throughout the year. From about the middle of this month we’ll start clearing these out in preparation for the planting of next year’s flowers. And then there’s the festive season…can we mention that yet? Well, we do say that we intend to make Bridge of Weir brighter all year round! Our annual fund-raising Fun Casino Night was held on the last day of September. You can find out how it went by following us on Facebook or visiting www.brighterbridgeofweir. org.

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Kilbarchan Beekeepers Ivy is the last of the honeybees main source of pollen for the year, and the colonies are now full of the bees that will see the hive through the late Autumn and Winter months into spring. It is really key that we don’t tidy our gardens too much at this time of year and cut back essential pollen sources such as Ivy, this job should be left to late winter / early spring where possible. Beehives are now being prepared for overwintering, with some being loaded with Sugar Syrup, especially if they have had their honey taken away for extraction by the beekeeper. At this time of year the beekeeper is less hands on in the hives and attention is turned to storing the dry honey Super frames for winter, clearing out old and damaged comb and sterilizing equipment ready for its use again in Spring. Also honey extraction, wax and propolis harvesting is underway and the products from the hive turned into jars of honey for consumption, honey for making mead, wax for making candles or cosmetic use (which propolis is also used for). Propolis is one of the lesser known products of the hive, it is a substance that is from the resin collected from tree buds and sap and mixed with the bees saliva and sometime wax, which the bees use for sealing gaps or unwanted spaces in the hive, and sticking things together to stop them moving. Propolis is said to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and there is a market for this usually in creams and tinctures for wound healing. Shown are some pictures of beeswax and propolis being used in Lip balms and moisturisers by some of our Association members at the recent Scottish Beekeepers Convention in Ayr. KBA hold evening meetings during Autumn & Winter months in The Steeple Halls, Kilbarchan between 7.30–10.00pm. You can come along and find out more about Honey bee husbandry and topics, drop in to find out more at one of the meetings below. 9th January Evening Programme 2017/18 Beekeeping DVD’s Peter 10th October Stromberg Frame & Box Building - Peter 13th February Stromberg Products of the Hive Christine 14th November Matthews Honey Show - Judge: Alan Riach 13th March 12th December Microscopy Ian Craig & Peter AGM ALL Stromberg

Woodlands Fall is upon us. Our woodland trees are starting to turn into beautiful autumn colours of browns, red and yellows such as the Birch, Maples and Lime. Garden Transition for summer into autumn now for example the Cornus Kousa Chinensis in the walled garden with its berries now turning deep red. The leaves are turning a beautiful yellow on the Cercidiphyllum japonicum, The Katsura Tree which gives off a burnt sugar or toffee apple smell. The shrubs Hydrangia potentilla and Clematis ‘Bill Mackenzie’ are still in bloom. The Herbaceous plants Phlox and Japanese anemone in Knot Garden are turning. The apples and pears and picking is already underway and the Nerine flowers in the walled garden are starting to appear. Café The Café is open weekends and over the October School Break from Monday 16th to Friday 20th. Events Here is a list of our events in October. Sunday 8th Identify Trees 1-3pm Ranger led walk to identify trees – the tricky ones have no leaves. Sunday 15th Conker Championship 1-2pm Who will be victorious in the Finlaystone Conker Championship. Prize for the winner. Tuesday 17th Den Building 1-3pm Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls. Thursday 19th Autumn Woodland Art 1-3pm Join our Rangers and gather woodland materials to make your artistic Creation. Sunday 22nd Spooky Scarecrows 1-3pm Bring your old clothes and design your own scarecrow (best ones will be displayed on our Halloween walk). Saturday 28th Finlaystone Halloween Party 6pm till Late Our Scariest Halloween Yet. Shudder at the Horrible Histories and Fearsome Follies of the Frightful Finlaystone Estate! Booking is essential.

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Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park

October Holiday Fun – Book now! This October week treat them to a new exciting watersports experience with our fun activity courses. Exclusive 2 day sailing and paddling courses PLUS for 8-15 yr olds try them all during our Junior Multi Activity Week running Mon 16 to Fri 20th October. Just £160 for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, biking, archery, raft building and lots more! Book online now. Greenock Cut Oak Shortlisted for Tree of the Year! The Woodland Trust’s Scottish Tree of the year competition is open for your vote until Sunday 8th October. Visit Classic Cars set to Steal the Show! – Roll on Sunday 22nd October when we will again host Classics at Castle Semple. If you would like to display your pride and joy email classicsatcastlesemple@ for details or save the date and come down to enjoy! Tesco Vote: Muirshiel Visitor Centre has been shortlisted in the Tesco Bags of Help campaign for a floor facelift! You can vote for our project in Kilbirnie and Largs stores until the end of October. Thank you. ©FJB Photography

Craft Fair: Back again for 2017 is our lochside pre-Christmas Craft Fair, if you would like a stall please contact Helen at the Castle Semple Shop ( and pop the shopping date in your diary – Sunday 26th November.

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Bog Stomp! On Sunday 3rd September the second Clyde Muirshiel Bog Stomp took place! Congratulations to Keiran Cooper for being the fastest runner to complete the course two years in a row.

Project News Another month done and we now have six gulls who have migrated. Last month we told you about Gary, Flyback and Stephen C. Gull. They are still in England, Casablanca and Republic of Ireland respectively. Stephen has now been joined by two more gulls in the Republic. Gully MacGullface hung around in Northern Ireland for a spell before heading to some of the foraging grounds that Stephen has used previously near Trim. We thought this would mean that he might meet up with Stephen but he had other plans. He decided the coast was for him and has headed to County Cork where he is feeding on fish and worms. Stuart also headed to the Republic, making a very brief stop on the eastern coast of Northern Ireland. He has headed to County Cavan and is feeding up there. The most impressive movement we have had so far has come from Clyde who lived in Beith. Clyde flew south on a similar route to Flyback but instead of stopping in Northern France he carried straight across the Bay of Biscay to the western tip of Spain. He then headed into Portugal and spent a few days living it up on the beaches there. But Portugal was not for him and he headed to Morocco. He arrived near to Casablanca but has headed along the coast and is currently at Safi feeding out at sea. Comparing him with Flyback he is a speedy gull. Flyback took 25 days to make this trip, Clyde took 8 days and 21 hours. What a bunch of gulls. I’d really like to say thank you to all the people who have shown an interest in the project when we have been out and about. We have started the school workshops in Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire and are blown away by the positive response we are getting from pupils and teachers. Thanks also to the Chatterbox team who have donated £75 towards the yearly download cost of Roger’s tag.

New What’s On Out now! Pick up your copy at your local Centre and attend an event at Clyde

To keep up to date with what our gulls are up to you can follow them at or at

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 5th October with a guest speaker if anyone is interested in joining them. Check out their website and syllabus for more info.

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

Muirshiel soon.

Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Tuesday evening’s the current club ride although the nights are drawing in so check facebook for ride updates. Contact the club by emailing the secretary for a membership form and ride info. Tag-n-Track Project update It’s time for the monthly roundup from Project Officer Hayley Douglas. TnT is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

One of the projects aims is to train volunteers in the use of our camera traps. The joys of camera trapping are that you never know what you might capture. We are looking for volunteers to use and monitor our camera traps for 3 month periods. All training will be provided and it is something that only requires a couple of hours a week to collect and go through the footage. If you would like to find out more then please contact me on Event News Join us on the 22nd of October for our next bird ringing demonstration at Muirshiel Country Park. Pop along any time between 11am and 4pm to see what we have caught in the nets.

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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A chill is definitely in the air with the onset of October. This drop in temperature causes our cold blooded friends to really start to slow down and go off to hibernate. In October frogs, newts and toads all go off to hibernate and see out the winter in their chosen cosy areas such as hedgerows and ditches. Frogs, newts and toads have long been associated with witchcraft and wizardry so we often think about these slimy and warty friends at this time of year as Halloween draws closer. Will some still be lurking around in the dark undergrowth as you join us on our Frightnight is begin run on Friday 27th October? Our spooky Frightnight tours will be running every 20minutes from 6.20 – 8.20pm. Don’t forget to book early as this is a very popular! Toadstools and mushrooms are also associated with this spooky time of year and October also holds a wonderful array of mushrooms and toadstools. These fungi love the damp cold weather and rapidly sprout up amongst the woodland leaf litter and fallen branches in a magnificent variety of different colours, shapes and sizes. Children will love our Lochwinnoch Explorer Group fungi foray on Saturday 21st October 10am-12noon. For more information about the reserve or any of our events, please call 01505 842 663 or email

Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan. The Gateway Garden team will be on hand again to welcome visitors on Sunday 8th October from 1pm at the monthly drop in session (every 2nd Sunday) and team members will also be at the garden on Wednesdays 11th and 25th from 2pm. Take part in gardening activity and fun for all the family. Help us plant bulbs around the village – grab some for your own garden! If you would like expert advice please bring your questions. 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. All welcome. Free. No need to book - just turn up. And don’t forget the Kilbarchan Smile Big Autumn Clear Up on Sunday 29th October, 2pm-4pm. If you want to make a difference to the village please come along and “Do Your Bit” – as they say many hands make light work! Equipment including litter pickers, hi viz vests, bags, bag hoops and gloves will be provided. Please wear strong shoes or boots. Meet at the Ewing Street car parking area opposite Bog Park. For more information and to get involved email hello@ or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

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Diaporama Our first meeting of the year on 11th September was a chance to catch up and arrange the syllabus for the year. This was followed by sequences on interesting places we had visited over the summer. Gerry started off with his show “Birds in a Gilded Cage” about his prolonged, eventful holiday in Mauritius. It allowed us to share some of the atmosphere of the island and see some of the flora, fauna, glorious sunsets and beautiful beaches.

David had photographed and made a sequence of “The Clyde Swim 2017” which is an open water challenge in the Clyde finishing at Greenock. It was a documentary of the hardy swimmers who completed the swim and were happy to pose for photos at the end. Kate took us on a historical trip to Newtonmore Highland Folk Park to see a re-enactment of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion complete with Redcoats and Jacobites, and brought to life with the use of musket fire in her soundtrack. A must for Outlander fans! Hugh’s sequence took us to Holland, a land of windmills, bikes and canals. We had a wander through Amsterdam, Delft and The Hague to see some of the interesting architecture, the canals, windmills and the world famous museums. Bill’s first show “Le Pigeonnier” was made for the owner of the gÎte he stayed in on his French holiday and I am sure his superb photos of the interior will tempt visitors. His second show titled “Poppy Fields” was produced using only five slides in different ways. Val’s sequence was called “Mermaid of the North” and was shot in Balintore where there is a mermaid statue on Clach Dubh. It was accompanied by interesting facts about the statue. We ventured off to Corfu with Jim to see “Rodica’s Garden” A lovely, colourful, harmonic little garden with excellent flower shots. Ronnie brought us back to the lovely Kintyre coast and Point Sands where we saw abandoned boats, long sandy beaches, lovely sunsets and family fun. Fiona’s show “This is Home” took a look at the places gulls call home: from cliffs in Iceland to rooftops and window ledges in Rorvik and diggers and fish drying racks in Svolvaer. It was an enjoyable evening and if you are tempted to join us you will be very welcome. Our next meeting will be on Monday 9th October in The Carrick Hall Houston.

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Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society The Annual Flower Show was held at the end of August, after a spectacular thunderstorm earlier in the week. Our Summer was described by the Met Office as a washout and sunshine was also in short supply; only 91% of what we expect. It was therefore heartening to see exhibitors carrying in selections of flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables. It was equally cheering to see so many younger gardeners bringing in exhibits and displaying varying interpretations in their ever-favourite classes creating: ‘Miniature Gardens’, ‘Fantastic Beasts’, ‘a Person or Animal using Fruit or Vegetables’ or ‘Flowers in a Mug’. In the Vegetables & Fruit section, Bridge of Weir Primary did themselves proud by winning a prize with their rhubarb and Houston Primary Gardening Club won 4 prizes with their potatoes, cabbage and tree fruit. Alistair McKillop and Toby Bradnock won equal first, over more mature exhibitors, with their potatoes and peas respectively. They have agreed to share the [The Society Cup for Vegetables (Novices)] 50-50 over the year. Mrs. Carol Vallance, recently retired Head of Bridge of Weir Primary, was the guest of honour as were the Gala Queen and her attendants. It was good to see so many people coming along to see what Bridge of Weir can do. It’s hard work putting on a show and support from everyone is appreciated and, indeed, essential so a big thank-you goes to exhibitors and visitors. Our first meeting of the new Season will be held on Thursday 12th October in The Royal British Legion at 8p.m. When we will start with a talk from Carole Rowe entitled “Rhododendrons at Kilarden”. Rhododendrons do particularly well hereabouts so, If you’re new to gardening come along and pick up some tips. Regulars will already know they are in for a treat!

The list of principal Cup and Trophy winners are: Cup Cairns Cup for Roses Cairns Cup for Vegetables John Woodrow Cup for Best Pot Plant Mrs William Steele Cup for Pot Plants Cargill Trophy for Cacti Mrs Fred Donaldson for Chrysants Mrs Longley Cooke for undisbudded chrysants exc class 37 Margaret Beeton Cup for Chrysants Society Cup for Dahlias A.A.B. Beeton Memorial Cup for Dahlias Harold Telfer Memorial Cup for Floral Art Robert Sharpe Cup for Floral Art (Novices) Society Cup for Vegetables (Novices) x 2 James Barclay Memorial Trophy for Annuals exc sweet peas William Steele Cup for Sweet Peas Mrs MA Watson Cup for Herbaceous Society Cup for Gladioli Canadian Shield for class 26 chrysants J.S Grant Memorial Cup class 38 Dahlias James Ferrier Cup - children 13 –16 Cairns Cup - children 9 –12 Society Cup - children under 8 years Society Trophy for Best in Show – Children’s Classes Neil Ferrier Cup for Best Exhibit in Show National Vegetable Society Medal & Certificate Top Tray (Vegetables) Top Vase RHS Banksian Medal Winners in last 2 years NOT ELIGIBLE

Name Janis Keir Alex Inglis Megan Lovett Elizabeth Manson Ewen Brown ______________ Jim Crawford ______________ Jim Crawford Jim Crawford Lorna Campbell ______________ Alistair McKillop and Toby Bradnock Marion Whiteford Peter Rentoul Hazel Russel Lorna Carruth

Aisling Murray Keanna McMillan Skye Kandyba Aisling Murray Alex Inglis Alex Inglis Alex Inglis Vicky Martin Peter Rentoul

All too soon ‘summer’ is over, although we might be lucky and be able to enjoy some bright October days. We will be keeping our displays going for as long as possible, but by the end of the month it will be time to say goodbye to the begonias, geraniums etc. That have served us so well, despite the weather. Thank you to all who have made complimentary comments about our selection of plants. Special thanks this month to local camera enthusiast, David Walker, who took these lovely photographs of our ‘Pullman plants’. You can see more on our website. Next up is the planting of bulbs for spring 2018, as well as continuing to keep an eye out for weeds and any litter on areas already planted. Even after two plant-buying nursery visits for the borders at Market Place there are still some gaps, so maybe we’ll add a few more plants. It will take us a season or two to work out which plants will thrive, or at least survive, in these shady areas, and which will need to be replaced – a work in progress! We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. One idea currently under consideration is more involvement with children and young people in our village, so any thoughts or offers on this would be welcome. Colourful Kilmacolm is open to all. If you are able, you can choose to be an active gardener, helping when you can with looking after the displays, but we also welcome non-active members. The very modest £5 annual subscription supports our efforts. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website or you can phone Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963973031).

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

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

Warning to Dog Owners over Assistance Dog Attacks Dog owners across Scotland could face criminal charges if their dog attacks an assistance dog. From January 2016 to September 2017, 25 dogs from Guide Dogs Scotland were attacked by other canines. Nine animals had to undergo vet treatment, leaving their owners without their lifeline support during the recovery period. 22 of the aggressor dogs were not on a lead or tied up in when the incidents happened, with all but one of the attacks happening in a public place. Four people were also hurt in the attacks while 19 owners were left emotionally affected by the incidents. Police Scotland is publishing a film highlighting the impact of a dog attacking a registered assistance dog, and reminding the public, and its officers, of the seriousness with which such an incident will be treated. As a result of changes to Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs (Scotland) Act 1991, any person in charge of a dog, whether they are its owner or not, can be charged if the dog in their care attacks an assistance dog. Guide dog owner Elaine McKenzie is featured in the video talking about the effect on her life and on her dog Una after she was attacked while the pair were out shopping: “I can only liken the noise she made to that of a screaming

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Fireworks Phobias

Many pets find Bonfire night a very frightening, stressful experience. Signs of anxiety and fear can include: • Cowering or hiding • Trying to run away or escape • Passing urine or faeces in the house • Restlessness e.g. Pacing and panting • Dogs barking There are many products designed to help pets cope with scary situations, including diffusers which release calming pheromones, oral products to reduce anxiety and in some severe cases mild sedatives may be useful. There are a number of things you can do to help your pet cope. Before the fireworks begin: • Walk dogs before it gets dark. Keep cats indoors. • Feed your pet. A high carbohydrate meal may help make dogs sleepy and calmer. • Ensure the house and garden are secure. A very frightened animal may try to escape. • Settle your pet down. Animals will cope better if they are in safe, familiar surroundings. • Provide a safe hiding place for your pet. Cats will often prefer to hide in an elevated position.

child, she was in so much distress. Shop staff tried to pull the attacking dog away but it was relentless. Una bled a lot and had several puncture wounds in her chest. “For two weeks after the attack, I couldn’t get out and about with Una. My independence was taken away. It then took two months of gentle, patient work, with the support of Guide Dogs staff, to get Una back to working confidently. “Fortunately, she recovered, but it took quite a long time for us both to get enough confidence to get out and about like usual.” Niall Foley is Guide Dogs Scotland’s Engagement Manager and said some animals are so badly injured or traumatized that they have to be withdrawn from service: “An Attack on a guide dog can be devastating for the owner and their dog. It can leave someone with sight loss traumatized, isolated at home and robbed of their independence and freedom. “We urge all dog owners to be responsible when they meet guide dogs and other assistance dogs. We welcome Police Scotland ensuring their officers are aware of the serious effects of an attack on an assistance dog, and their commitment to keeping our guide dog owners safe.” To view the video visit or www. for more information.

• Turn on the TV or radio to provide some background noise and close the curtains. During the fireworks: • Keep your pet indoors. • Don’t leave your pet alone during the fireworks. • Never punish your pet for expressions of fear. • Try not to reward fearful behaviour by providing excessive attention. However, if your pet comes to you for reassurance provide comfort by stroking gently and calmly. • It may help to keep your pet busy e.g. with games or training exercises. After the fireworks: It may be beneficial to visit a behaviourist for a desensitisation programme. This type of programme takes several weeks to months and can be very beneficial in dealing with noise phobias, which helps with fireworks fears as well as many other day to day noisy events such as vacuum cleaners or loud traffic. Contact Petvets on 01505 800366 to arrange an appointment with our qualified behaviourist Catherine Lindsay.

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Re-homing Pets

We can also put updates on our website & Facebook. There is no charge for this service!

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets? Buddy - 2½ y/o male cat Buddy is a lovely, friendly big cat who is very laid back, but he doesn’t like getting his tummy tickled or being disturbed when he’s sleeping. He would like to be adopted into a family that have no children or other pets and that have an outdoor home away from busy roads with a nice quiet back garden for him to explore.


Dove - female domestic long-hair Dove came into the Branch after having her kittens. They have all found good homes but Dove needs a home of her own. Cardyke Farm, Langmuirhead Road, Auchinloch, Glasgow G66 5LD - Telephone 0141 779 3341



Halloween Collections Pets at Home

27-29 October Find out how to get involved visit

Martha - 3-4 month-old female syrian hamster

Martha is a gorgeous wee girl who arrived in our care after her owners were no longer able to look after her. Martha loves to run about so would love a nice big cage with lots of tunnels and toys to explore. She is not used to being handled so would be best suited with a confident owner who can give her very gentle introductions and allow her to gradually get used to being picked up.

Puff - Bearded Dragon

West Renfrewshire Fundraising for Guide Dogs for the Blind are looking for your help We have a number of bucket collections in the following months Can you help out? One hour would be helpful for this worthwhile cause Please call Anne 01505 705602

Puff arrived in our care through no fault of his own. He is now looking for his forever home. Puff is a lovely little lad who is well handled and loves to see what’s going on around him. Puff would love an experienced owner who can give him the specialist care he needs.


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

Khoi - 5-7 y/o male Foxhound Khoi is a lovely boy who can be a bit overwhelmed by new people so he would like a new family that will come and meet him a few times to start building a relationship before he goes home. Khoi is looking for a home with children over the age of 14 years. He is a very strong lad so will need an owner that can physically manage him when out on a walk. He gets on well with other dogs and would like having a buddy around the house. He cannot live with cats. Khoi can be left in the house for 3 to 4 hours at a time and is housetrained and well behaved although he may need someone around most of the day initially. Khoi would be looking for a home with a secure garden with a 6 ft fence. He can be worried by some handling so is looking for a home that will respect this.


Chip - 2-5 y/o male terrier: lakeland Chip is a typical wee terrier who isn’t a little lap dog. He loves to be on the go, playing with toys and exploring. He would benefit from living in a quiet home with few visitors. Chip can live with people aged 16 years and over and needs his own secure garden to practice his training in. Chip needs an owner who is experienced with terriers and who is around for most of the day initially but he can be left for a few hours and is housetrained. Chip needs to be the only dog in the home and cannot live with cats. He is looking for a hands off home who will recognise when to give him the space that he needs.Chip needs a few meets at the centre to build a relationship before going to his new home.


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

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The Bridge of Weir shopping centre car park continues to be a problem, it has been suggested that we should adopt the Inverclyde clock disc system, and others have suggested resident permits with restricted parking of two or three hours. I welcome local feedback about this.

12 weeks and counting to Christmas!! Christmas! Please call into The Bridge to see our selection of Christmas Cards, Wrapping Paper Gift Bags and Tags, Money Wallets, Diaries and choice of colourful Notelets.

Parking is problematic in Langbank also. The re-opening of Coast restaurant seems popular; add commuters plus bowling events to make for difficulty getting along Main Road, and I sympathise with residents who have to park on the road here. There is discussion as to utilising the space between Main Road and the A8 for additional parking spaces. I welcome your thoughts on this.

Christmas Cards - As well as the usual relation cards, Greetings from Bridge of Weir Cards and Traidcraft cards we are selling two charity Christmas cards commissioned by The Bridge - “Morning Light” designed by Alison Bannerman, local artist and trustee of The Bridge, and “Christmas Post” which depicts an aptly named post box. Buying a pack of our charity cards is a great way to support the work of The Bridge. Calendar - Our annual Calendar again is a must buy. The stunning photographs taken by members of the Paisley Colour Photographic Club truly showcase our village and surrounding area - a great gift for yourself, family and friends. Post Office - Donald, Anne and Stuart will be delighted to serve you. To avoid disappointment, please call in to check the latest posting dates for your overseas cards and parcels. Children at university or travelling abroad? - never let them run out of money. Sending a Moneygram is an efficient and secure way of ensuring they remain solvent. Please ask for details. Post Office staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming you in the run up to Christmas. Cafe - After browsing, enjoy a cup of coffee in the café and take time to appreciate the regularly changing art work on display.

The Bridge – Your Community Centre, Shop and Post Office

Did you know that in Renfrewshire a road surface defect becomes a pothole if it is 40mm deep and the location of the defect is deemed unsafe to the road user? There are issues for vehicles with large wheels fitted as the tyre wall may only be 35mm deep leaving them vulnerable to damage on our roads. Interestingly, there is no regulation or single definition of what constitutes a pothole and Renfrewshire Council are in line with the majority in using 40mm as their threshold. Should the definition to be changed locally? Paisley’s bid to become City of Culture should increase tourism and with it many new jobs and some volunteer work. Empty properties may become new shops and grant funding should come for a number of projects in the Paisley area. The villages have a lot of history too that tourists may be interested in. Please note my revised surgery details: Langbank Parish Church Hall - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm), Bridge of Weir Primary School - 2nd Monday of every month (6.30pm), Bishopton Community Library - 3rd Monday of every month (6.30pm) I can be contacted by phone on 0300-300-1291 or by email to cllr.james.maclaren@ . Check out my Facebook page for more information and articles Working with you and improving our local area. Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns, and I am happy to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.

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Our first meeting of the new session will be on Thursday 5th October. We are looking forward to a talk and presentation about Barshaw House in Paisley and the role it played in the First World War.

Join us at the Pirie on Tuesday 31st October.

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ROAR Information Day

Our meetings also include a time for refreshments and the chance to meet new and old friends. We meet in the British Legion Hall at 7.15 pm for 7.30pm. New members and visitors will be made very welcome.

ROAR - Connections for Life is a locally based organisation providing a variety of activities and services which enable older adults to make the most of their lives. The options available include digital classes, gentle exercise sessions, health and well being clubs, befriending, foot care and films. There are also opportunities for volunteering. To find out more please visit us at the Pirie Information Centre Freeland Church from 10am to noon on 31st October. Anne Marie Cullen from ROAR will be happy to tell you more about all that is available and details of venues and eligibility. Come along if you wish to find out more for yourself or for someone else you think may be interested. We will be serving tea and coffee and hope to make you very welcome.

Voice Of Hope 2 Major Events to note in your diary! In Langbank Village Hall 20th October

Light & Life Fayre 8th December

Christmas Special For further information please contact Angus or Anita McAulay 01475 540700.

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The first TARA meeting after the summer break was well attended, and our thanks go to Cllr. Natalie Don, Housing Officer Chris Smart and the Police for their attendance.

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Well it’s been a whirlwind first few months as your local Labour Councillor and my thanks yet again go to everyone who voted for me. As a local resident Elected Member it has been enlightening to hear the issues raised across the three villages and to get a good grasp of the challenges facing our communities. I have so far been out to meet most of the local Community Councils and tenants and residents associations in the area and have been interested to hear their views on a range of issues. I would encourage residents to get involved in these groups as far as they are able, particularly those with young families, so that all views of the community can be heard on matters such as planning, development, schools and other community issues. Whilst there is a vibrant online community with regards to these issues, the Community Councils offer a formal pathway for consultation on such issues. I have been representing the community on a number of issues, ranging from the restoration of pavements following works by Virgin Media, the ongoing works at Deafhillock Roundabout at Brookfield, overcrowding of schools and adoption of privately owned pavements and roads across the villages. On the latter, the Council has been willing to adopt where the existing owners bring the pavements and/or roads up to standard. A recent motion by Council stated willingness for the Council to assist owners in doing so through advice and signposting for funding, but ultimately the Council has made it clear to me that they will not directly fund improvements to privately owned areas due to budgetary constraints. On the Deafhillock roundabout, the new delays are due to the need to install water mains for the new houses being constructed. Why this wasn’t co-ordinated better by the Developer and the statutory bodies is of great concern to me and I have asked for assurances that further delays will not follow.

On a final note, I was relieved to see common sense prevail and the whole Council agree to protect the services currently offered by Capability Scotland at the West Lane Gardens and Whitehaugh centres, giving some security to service users and staff alike. Services such as these are vital lifelines to vulnerable people and I hope that a permanent solution can be found by the Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Joint Board. I currently offer surgeries every third Saturday of the month, at Cargill Hall in Bridge of Weir and the Community Library in Bishopton. In addition, I’m happy to meet at a mutually agreeable time and place. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates also. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Food Bank Urgently Needed in October Renfrewshire Food Bank donation bins in CO-OP STORES – KILBARCHAN, HOUSTON, BRIDGE OF WEIR and BISHOPTON.

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

*CEREAL* *SOUP* *TINNED FRUIT* *TEA* *COFFEE* *TAMPONS & SANITARY TOWELS* Many thanks for your kindness – Renfrewshire Food Bank

While TARA has had a break from meetings during the summer, it has still been active around the village working with local Councillors and Renfrewshire Council to try and get the improvements in services which the village needs. One of the areas where TARA has been active is by having direct talks with Renfrewshire Council regarding Houston Road Park. Discussions have been around the repair of the zip slide, the replacement of the big swings, and the general upkeep of the park. The zip slide has now been replaced, although it took much longer than was anticipated. TARA has been informed by Community Resources that the procurement process for the replacement of the big swings is now taking place. A number of issues have also been taken forward by our local Councillors, around pavements, fencing, steps, overgrown foliage and road signage. Livery Walk car park is currently being monitored by Renfrewshire Council in an attempt to get to the bottom of the congestion ensuing there, and there are currently patrols by the Wardens Service regularly in the vicinity. The drop curb at the top of Lintwhite Crescent is regularly being obstructed by inconsiderate drivers parking their vehicles across it. This facility is intended to be used by disability scooters, etc. Please let it be left accessible for this. With the nights drawing in, it’s another time to remind people to cut back their trees around street lighting around the village. If you’re a tenant report any offending foliage to your landlord, and if you’re a house owner check and cut back any foliage on or emanating from your land. The next meeting of Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association is on Tuesday 17th October in the Pirie Centre, Freeland Church at 7.30pm. So if you got an issue within the village why not come along and air your views. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

British Legion Bridge of Weir Shortly Poppyscotland’s annual collection will be upon us. The poppy symbol has always had a dual purpose. It is both a national symbol of Remembrance and a means to raise vital funds for our Armed Forces community. The Royal British Legion Scotland’s Bridge of Weir Branch will be placing collection tins in various premises throughout the Village and sales of poppies and Poppyscotland’s merchandise will be on sale from the front door of the Legion Club on the mornings preceding Remembrance Sunday. We are all inspired by those who have gone before us so please support the appeal.

Club News: MUSIC EVENING A date for your diary an evening of live easy listening music provided by Pete West on Saturday 21st October from 8 till late cost £5 come and dance the night away visitors welcome. Annual memberships are now due, new members are welcome. It’s a perfect time to consider joining by being a member; as well having use of our excellent club facilities you will help the Legion Scotland charity to support veterans through comradeship befriending and much more. As part of your membership package you receive discounts with Glenton Holidays as well as access to Legion Scotland Branches and Clubs across the country. For more information talk to us on 01505 613530.

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I note with interest also that the Council has instigated “Team Up to Clean Up”, to encourage communities to get together and tidy up areas. Community involvement is of course admirable and should be encouraged, but I feel that the Council ought to have made it clear that they expected residents to do it themselves!

The Police report for the last two months showed there were nine crimes committed within the village. Included amongst these was the attempted theft of a trailer, the theft of the back and front number plates off a vehicle, a breach of the peace and three road traffic offences.

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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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Bridge of Weir Community Council The Annual General Meeting of the Community Council will be held in the Cargill Hall on Tuesday 3rd October 2017. Sharon Marklow, Planning Development, Renfrewshire Council has agreed to address this meeting where she will discuss planning and other issues of concern. An update on the next Local Development Plan. Reasons for the extended traffic disruption and the possibility of scheduling works that minimises future disruption when the work is started on the slip road at Deafhillock roundabout. The closure of Clevans Road has now extended beyond 20 weeks and is causing various access problems to outlying farms and residents of Barnbeth Cottages. She will be asked why the closure is necessary over such a lengthy period. Parking is a particular problem in the village. The shopper’s car park at Livery Walk is bursting at the seams, as is Freeland Church car park alternative. Does Renfrewshire Council have any plans or ideas on how to alleviate this.

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Langbank WI Thursday, 19th October at 7.30pm in the Village Centre Fire Safety Talk (Open Evening) Competitions: Wheaten Scone x 3 Pin cushion, any craft

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Singing for Wellbeing

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

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The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has now launched, with the Council and communities working together to improve our towns and villages. The Council have committed to inspecting all 30,000 gullies across Renfrewshire, increasing street sweeping services and will be undertaking a full review of the roads infrastructure, removing and replacing redundant signage and other materials. There are many fantastic community groups within Renfrewshire and we want to empower and celebrate them. That is why numerous engagement sessions have been carried out across Renfrewshire, with both community groups and members of the public, to find out what you think are the main issues in your area and what can be done to help with activities in your area. This is the beginning of the process of bringing our streets back to a high standard and we want everyone to be involved. Ward Issues Repairs to the wire fence running along Greenock Road, Bishopton will be carried out. Several improvements to the Bishopton cemetery will be carried out including refurbishment of public benches, replacement of damaged bins and repairs to various potholes. An inspection is being carried out in areas of Dargavel to find the best area for provision of litter bins. Warden patrols in the Main Street car park, Bridge of Weir are ongoing. The misuse of disabled bays and parking out-with bays have been identified and notices will soon be issued to drivers. The car park will continue to be monitored to address the issues faced by motorists. The situation with parking on Main Road, Langbank is still being monitored. If you would like more information on any of the above or have an issue you would like to discuss, please get in touch at Surgery Details: First Saturday of the month: The Bridge, Bridge of Weir – 10am, Bishopton Community Library – 11am , Langbank Parish Church - 12pm

We will also ask for an update on the Bull’s Garage planning application. At the September meeting of the Community Council our planning convener reported on planning issues covering the summer period including the recent site inspections at Whitelint Gate and Land adjacent to Gryffe Castle. These sites are the subject of housing and retail proposals which were refused by Renfrewshire Council. The developers have appealed the decisions to refuse and these appeals are now being considered by the Scottish Governments Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). A final decision is expected in November. Other planning issues included the refusal of Cala Homes proposals at Lawmarnock Road which has been confirmed by DPEA. A planning application to develop Bull’s garage site has been lodged with Renfrewshire Council. This application is for a mixed use development comprising a residential care home, retail unit and a food and drink unit with associated car parking. Details can be found on Renfrewshire Council’s web site under planning search using the application number 17/0490/PP. We have been informed of an Application for a POAN to Inverclyde Council by Gladman’s for a site at the Knapps / North Denniston. Community Police Officers Steven Reid and Eilidh O’Hanlon reported 15 crimes since the 6th of June, 6 of these crimes of these have been detected. The Police are aware of speeding vehicles on Kilbarchan Road and are monitoring the situation and taking action. A complaint was raised by a member of the Community Council that a mobile scooter has to be lifted onto the road at the junction of Main Street and Lintwhite Crescent due to cars parked on the pavement. The Police said this was a matter for the Traffic Wardens unless the vehicles are causing an obstruction, however this must be reported at the time. Councillor MacLaren has asked for double yellow lines at this location. Our Renfrewshire Councillors reported various matters to the meeting which included Wardens monitoring Livery Walk Car Park, Street lighting lampposts damaged or missing, Deafhillock Roundabout where Officers are working with the developers to reduce delays, Zip Slide on Houston Road Park due to be repaired by 11th September, toys damaged during works to the Cargill Hall, footpath overgrowth on lane behind Cargill Hall to be cut back, hole in fence at River Gryffe on Main Street Officers are investigating ownership, Kiosk footpath residents lettered regarding overgrowth, Team up to Clean Up - Community Council invited to the event in Johnstone Town Hall on 13th September, further improvements at Houston Road Park, and bushes on pavement between Bridge of Weir and Brookfield being investigated. The Councillors were requested to add Carruth Road and Glendenten Road on to the next programmed resurfacing works. The Project and Fundraising Convener announced that the Community Council were delighted to receive a grant from Awards for All for £10,000 for the exercise equipment to be placed in Ranfurly Park, tendering bids are in progress and equipment due to be in place by October. Additional Christmas tree lights have been purchased as part of the grant funding received from Renfrewshire Council’s Local Area Committee. The next meeting of the Community Council is the Annual General Meeting followed by an Ordinary Meeting and will be held on Tuesday 3rd October at 7pm in the Cargill Hall. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

BoW Embroiders’ Guild 4th October: 7.30pm at The Bridge, Bridge of Weir. Guest speaker is renowned textile artist and designer, Malcolm Lochead, on “Sewing the Senses’. Members and visitors welcome! 18th October: 2.30pm in Freelands Church, Bridge of Weir . Guest Speaker Jane Currie on “Stumpwork, from Charles I to Picasso”. Members and visitors welcome!

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Coffee Morning & Christmas Fayre Saturday 11th November - Kidston Hall 10am-12noon Friends of Ardgowan Hospice would like thank all those who contributed to our recent collection we raised £2842. We look forward to welcoming you at our Annual Coffee Morning. Donations of baking, jams/marmalade and chutney will be most welcome.Kidston Hall will be open from 2-4pm on Friday 10th November for your donations. kilmacolm & quarriers

Kilmacolm Art Class The class resumes on Thursday 5th October and runs until March next year in St Fillans Church Hall. There is a Morning and afternoon session. The class is open to artists of all abilities as there is a tutor in attendance There are a few places available, so if you would like join this friendly and enthusiastic class to develop your talents contact Janice Sinclair, secretary, for more info: 01505 873141

Barely 2 weeks from a Proposal of Planning Application to build houses at Knapps and North Denniston, almost 600 people squeezed into St Columba’s Church Hall for a briefing by representatives from Kilmacolm’s Community Council, Civic Trust and Residents Association, and with no more space in the Hall a further 50 had to be turned away on the night. Our Westminster MP, Ronnie Cowan urged everyone to respond, and provided strong moral support for the community.

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Kilmacolm Responds – in Style!


Gladman Developments are a specialist planning company, who proudly boast their success in achieving planning approval for Greenbelt and other sensitive sites. We have already seen that they are prepared to use questionable information regarding the schools and doctors in the village, and residents attending their public exhibition on 19th September were horrified by the skewed feedback form, which suggests you have to select one of three “options”. Residents are entitled to dismiss all of them on whatever grounds they feel appropriate, whether it’s the principle of the Greenbelt, the strain on traffic, water, medical provision, parking, the environment, or any other issue that concerns you. We encourage anyone concerned by this proposed development to make their comments on the Gladman Developments website, or email Gladman directly at Or write to Gladman Scotland, 2 Eliburn Office Park, Eliburn, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6GR.

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Kilmacolm Civic Trust People Power! Thank you for your positive feedback on the Trust’s response to Inverclyde Council’s Main Issues Report. Of course we’ll keep you posted on the next stages, when no doubt we’ll have to continue to defend our Green Belt. We have also established links with the new ‘Kilmacolm Residents’ Association’ who were so successful in raising the profile of the debate and ensuring more residents made responses to the Main Issues Report. We share a good deal of common ground and we will be consulting with KRA over the next stage, when the Proposed Plan is published next March.

We would also appreciate if you could send a copy of your feedback to the Kilmacolm Greenbelt Alliance. The deadline is 31st October 2017, so get typing! See page 12 for more details. Keep abreast of this story by continuing to read the Advertizer, and by emailing for updates. If you have any skills or resources, we’d really appreciate hearing from you.

During July, and in common with many residents, the Executive Committee were appalled by the biomass project and the flagrant planning violations. We engaged directly and robustly with Inverclyde Planning to protest on members’ behalf. You may have been irritated by the ‘Snack Bar’ sign that appeared on Port Glasgow Road, whilst others have noted the ugly grey box housing Virgin media equipment on Lochwinnoch Road diagonally opposite Whitelea Road. We have been assured by Inverclyde Planning that they will enforce regulations by obliging the owners to remove/paint the offending items, so watch these spaces!

Was your house built between 1870 & 1920? Over recent months one of our members, and a former Chairman of KCT (1983-85), Professor Frank A Walker has been compiling a data base of information on all (most) houses built in Kilmacolm between 1870 and 1920. This has entailed research in Building Authority records, censuses, etc., and with individual residents. To date almost 400 houses have been logged on. Inevitably, however, much information remains elusive. If you are an owner of a Kilmacolm house built in the 1870-1920 period and would like to assist in this research, Professor Walker would be grateful for your help, specifically in terms of this information: It is envisaged that this Inventory of Kilmacolm Houses will in due course be made available online. 1. current name of your house

Autumn Talk

2. address of your house

Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm, Cargill Centre

3. previous name(s) of your house

We look forward to seeing you at Graham Roxburgh’s talk, “Building the Dream” about how his vision brought the ‘House for an Art Lover’ to its glorious completion in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.

4. date of feu contract / building 5. first owner 6. architect / builder 7. any other point of interest If you are able to respond to any or all of these headings, please contact Professor Walker at

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I attended the public meeting called by the Kilmacolm Greenbelt Alliance on 14th September to listen to the views of my constituents on the proposed housing developments at the Knapps and North Denniston. Given the huge turnout and the strong feelings expressed on the night it is clear that the developers will have a battle on their hands if they decide to proceed with a formal planning application. I was disappointed to hear that statements from Gladman Properties had raised concerns among parents about the future of Kilmacolm Primary School. Our Provost, Martin Brennan, in his capacity as Vice-Convener of the Education and Communities Committee, has written to both parents and Gladman to make it clear that there is no threat of Kilmacolm Primary closing. It will continue to educate the children of Kilmacolm and Quarrier’s Village for many generations to come. Indeed the Council’s Education and Communities Committee last month discussed a proposal to expand nursery provision at KPS to meet the Government’s plan to increase the entitlement to early learning and childcare from 600 hours to 1,140 hours per year, the termtime equivalent of 30 hours per week. The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, will be visiting Kilmacolm Primary School on 2nd October to hear about the school’s successful ‘Reading Challenge’ initiative. This visit arose from Mr Swinney’s discussions with a group of pupils from KPS when they sang at the Scottish Parliament last session. I was pleased to be the official starter at the Kilmacolm Running Festival on 10th September. Despite the inclement weather nearly 500 runners participated in the three races, with many others lending support. Well done to all who took part and to Inverclyde Leisure for organising another successful event.

I have one surgery this month in Kilmacolm Community Centre from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 10th October. You can contact me directly to discuss any matters that are of concern to you by telephone on 01475 712020 (during office hours) or by email to Stephen.McCabe@ Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL. You can keep up to date with my work as a Councillor by visiting my blog: http:// and follow me on Twitter @CllrSMcCabe.

Hall to Hire Kilmacolm Guide Hut

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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Kilmacolm Surgeries On the last Monday of every month PC Jamieson, the local neighbourhood officer, will hold a 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 and Quarriers Christian Aid Annual Coffee Morning Kilmacolm and Quarriers Christian Aid Committee invite you to their Annual Coffee Morning, to be held in Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm on Saturday 7th October at 10am. Entrance £3. If you can contribute to the Stalls - Homebaking, New but unwanted Gifts, China and Glass, Paperback Books, or make a tray bake for serving at tables, please bring along any donations to Kidston Hall between 6 and 7pm on Friday. Thank you, please support Christian Aid.

Bridge For Beginners Do You Want To Learn To Play Bridge?? Classes held on Tuesday evenings commencing Tuesday 5th September 7pm – 9pm in the Kilmacolm Community Centre. This class is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience in the game. Further details telephone 01505 872345. kilmacolm & quarriers

Local Artist selected as a Finalist in Scottish Portrait Awards 2017 Local artist, Moira McInally from Kilmacolm, has been selected as one of 30 Fine Art finalists for the Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, which is to be held in the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh in November.

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The Bonfire and Fireworks at Knapps, by kind permission of Lord McLay and Robert Baxter, will be on Saturday 4th November. This is my 10th running of the event and the 50th since Councillors Alex and Helen Calvert started it. Helen will have the honour of lighting the bonfire and because of the occasion Lawrie Campbell and his team will have a few extra squibs to play with. The Police have asked that people do not stand on the pavement opposite and in the lane up the side past Mrs Mills house. We also need to take as much monies at the gate as the event is increasingly expensive to run. Adults £3 youngsters £2 at the gate. Because of the generosity of Andrew Malcolm and Michael Tracey, we do not need wood. Any queries to myself at the numbers below. The Pre Application Notice Proposal for residential development at Knapps and North Dennistoun was registered on 14th September with Inverclyde Council by Gladman’s. I attended a public meeting, in this regard, at St Columba’s Church Hall, which certainly had at least 400 attendees. There will be more applications for housing developments around the village. The Council has been good at protecting the green belt around the village. A key exception was Officers support for an extension to St Columba’s School and a relief car park in the pony field in Lochwinnoch Road. This I did support because of the much needed long term parking and the economic benefits of the school to the village. I chair the Operations Committee, with responsibility for bus, subway and ferry, at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. The SPT Board has Councillor representation from 12 West of Scotland Councils. Glasgow Subway is going through a massive modernisation programme and is one of the largest engineering projects in Scotland. Bus subsidy in the West of Scotland is £5 per head of population, in comparison, London is £100 and Manchester is £25. SPT subsidises many rural and socially necessary bus routes. In Kilmacolm the bus to Johnstone Station and evening and weekend to Greenock. In general Inverclyde is well served by McGill’s buses. I am attending the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service to St Columba’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Expedition Volunteers. I am sure I will know several from the bronze expedition camping at Dykefoot. The volunteers were usually wetter and colder than the participants, having stood for hours waiting on them appearing over Corlic Hill.

One of the judges is the esteemed Scottish artist, John Byrne (who has recently completed a portrait of Billy Connolly, shown on BBC 1) Moira’s work is called, The Apprentice, and is a portrait of her son who is an apprentice with BAE Systems in Glasgow. It will be on display, along with the other finalists’ work within the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh from the 7th November until the 2nd of December (Tuesday - Saturday only). If you love Art, and want to see some of the amazing artistic talent Scotland has to offer, then this exhibition is a must-see! kilmacolm & quarriers

Renewal Status by FAIRTRADE for Kilmacolm and Quarriers We are very proud to announce that Kilmacolm and Quarriers have been given renewal status by FAIRTRADE following a concerted effort by local shops, businesses, public buildings. The certificate was first gained in 2005, the needs of FAIRTRADE workers are as valid now as they were twelve years ago. Please help, ask for FAIRTRADE in cafes, restaurants, think which brand to support when shopping, make a difference at ground level.

My surgery is October 21st at the Cargill 10am - 11am and I can be contacted at david. and 01475 741969 and 712727 and 07766 992294.

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A new Kilmacolm Heritage Gallery is shortly being opened on the first floor of the Community Centre, which highlights the rich history of Kilmacolm Parish and worthy individuals from within it, who have made a significant contribution to Scottish life. The company requires to raise funds to allow Interpretation Panels and other material to be attractively displayed in the new gallery.

Community Appeal £20,000

This new centre will be a major attraction to residents, tourists and “historic” audiences. It should also bring business benefits to the community. The directors believe that the new Heritage Centre will benefit the community from a heightened sense of identity, unity and pride. Please give generously, making cheques payable to:- Kilmacolm Heritage Centre

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Outlook ‘OUTLOOK’ is a social community group in Kilmacolm, that was created to welcome everyone, young and old, to come to share friendship and fellowship together. It is led by the Community Issues team of Kilmacolm Old Kirk. The group meets In Kidston Hall on 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons monthly, from 2pm to 4pm. The programme includes invited Speakers, afternoon tea, items of community issues for discussion, dates for your diary, plus entertaining activities.

PROGRAMME – October to December 2017 5th October India Susan and Colin Houston - Travelogue / Photographs 19th October Gentle Keep Fit with Grace Plus…Mary's Meals – Isobel 2nd November Dickens Revisited Gerard McKeon - A Walk through Old City of London 16th November Sole Solutions – Laura Kelly Vino 13: Drinks for Christmas – James Kelly. 7th December With our Minister - Rev Peter McEnhill Plus, Christmas Tea followed by Carols at the Piano with Sandra The OUTLOOK team of Margaret Cook, Sandra Crawford, Andrea Hargreaves, Gordon McGibbon, Rae McPhee, Heather Mutch, Catriona Miller, Judy Adams and Jill Russell invite you to Come along, bring a friend, spread the word that OUTLOOK is for fellowship and friendship. kilmacolm & quarriers

Congratulations to everybody who took part and organised the Kilmacolm Running Festival. I was planning to participate but…...always next year though! I am pleased to see that the vegetation around the 30mph signs on the village has been cleared. I notified the Council on the condition of the signs using the Inverclyde Council App which is available in Goole Play and iStore. I would recommend downloading the App and give it a try. As discussed in my last article, the process to prepare the next Local Development Plan from 2019 is ongoing. I note that sites identified in the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise around Kilmacolm will be subject to habitat and ecological surveys as part of this process. In order to assist consideration of issues emerging from the proposed Plan a short life Members-Officers Working Group has been established. This group consists of 6 councillors, including myself, and will provide a sounding board for the emerging proposed Plan.

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Separate to the preparation of the next Local Development Plan, a Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to Inverclyde Council with respect to the Knapps and North Denniston in Kilmacolm and a 12 week public consultation process began on the 31st of August. Following this Notice, if any planning application is made thereafter, it will be assessed in relation to the full range of material planning considerations, including the existing Local Development Plan and the emerging Local Development Plan, with recommendations being made to the Planning Board by officers of the Council. I have attended the public event by the Developer on 19th September and the earlier joint meeting held by Kilmacolm Community Council, Kilmacolm Civic Trust and the Kilmacolm Residents Association on 14th September. I will continue to engage with the Community, Developer and Council Officers so that I may come to an informed position on this matter, as I may be required to consider any planning application to follow, either through the planning board or at a meeting of Inverclyde Council. My next two formal surgeries will be 10am - 11am on 21st October (Kilmacolm Community Centre) and 7pm - 8pm on the 25th October (St Francis School, Port Glasgow). I will also be undertaking more informal ‘walking surgeries’ and these will be advertised through my Facebook page (@Ward1chriscurleySNP). You can contact me directly to discuss any matters by telephone on 07768 460073/01475 712370, by email to or by messaging me via my Facebook page.

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the advertizer 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, linda.kelly@ or 07919216353

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One of the biggest issues that has faced us over the month has been the proposed closure of the Paisley and Johnstone day care centres by Capability Scotland. At the special Council meeting that was called to debate the concerns of all users and carers, I was pleased that my added amendment to the initial motion was accepted and the motion was carried without any further debate being necessary. All our Councillors will be monitoring the situation very closely in order to ensure that the final outcome will be satisfactory to users and carers. The Lochwinnoch Elderly Forum proved, as usual, a very lively affair. Comment was made about the length of time that pathway restrictions at the junction of Calder Street and High Street was causing concern, with people having to walk in the road as tripping hazards made the temporary pathway unusable. At the same junction a blocked drain was spewing out very disgusting brown coloured fluid which, I have been assured, will be addressed in the very near future. A very valid point was again raised about the lack of co-ordination between train times and the local buses that serve Lochwinnoch Station. The blame surely is with the bus company as the trains have strict timetables and more often than not, despite what you read in the media, run on time. It seems that when a train is due in or out the bus driver will not give any leeway on times whatsoever which can mean very vulnerable people having to make their own way home by foot, It is about time that Scot-rail and the bus company got together to sort this situation out once and for all. I have been assured that the roads inspector will ensure a full assessment of the pathway from the RSPB Lochwinnoch and Loch House to address the overgrown state of vegetation and take the action as necessary to improve the access along this route. The Johnstone Gala Day proved a great success on Sunday 27th August at Thomas Shanks Park. Many thanks must go to the gala team who put in a lot of hard graft which paid off in the end. The biggest issue to overcome was the amount of bureaucracy that had to be dealt with to set it all up in the first place. Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, litter clearance etc. etc. These requirements being insisted upon by Renfrewshire Council. Yet after my complaints about the condition of the park with pot holes, puddles and broken glass everywhere, which is the responsibility of the Council, it seems to be a case of ‘do as I say not as I do!’ I understand that there is £250,000 available from the Parks Investment Programme for neighbourhood parks. It’s about time we used some of it to upgrade Thomas Shank Park which has so much potential. The Glasgow Airport Flight Path Fund Committee, of which I am a member, has allocated funds to a number of worthy causes this past year. A few of the recipients within our area are as follows: Howwood Wildlife and Woodlands £2,000, Johnstone High School PC £1,500, Renfrewshire Young Carers Project £5,000 and most recently Ride 63 Cycle Club (Lochwinnoch) £1,234. The Fund is open to apply to by any club, individual, Community Council or organisation looking for funding for a particular project. Every application is assessed on its merits so please apply now CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: 0300 300 1423 e-mail: Mob: 07976 239 881 SURGERIES: 1st Monday each month HOWWOOD 6pm, 2nd Wednesday each month KILBARCHAN 6pm, 3rd Monday each month JOHNSTONE 6pm, 4th Wednesday each month LOCHWINNOCH 6pm.

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Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at Knit Knax, 37 High Street Johnstone, also weekly Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. Contact details: Pamela 07743 156738 or email bknitting@hotmail.

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

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


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

I sit here contemplating what I should submit for an article in the Advertizer. One of the problems I have is that as there are four Councillors for the Ward, there is a good chance that you may end up reading the same information four times. On the other hand, you may not read anything, as we assume that someone else has written the article. If we do tell you anything in this column, the information will be at least two weeks old due to the lead time for articles. I have noticed, during my wandering around the Ward and listening to constituents, that there are a number of home occupiers who have allowed the trees and hedges in their gardens, to protrude over the footpaths. Add this to the motorists who choose to park on the footpaths and one finds the footpath to be impassable for wheelchairs and prams. Another issue about which I receive complaints, is the amount of dog fouling on footpaths and recreational areas. There is no excuse for not picking up after your dog. I was in Barshaw Park recently and observed a dog owner with two Border Terriers, on the lead, deposit on the grass where children play. The person concerned thought it quite acceptable to leave the waste and when challenged refused to remove said waste. We can all do our bit to improve our environment. Whether it be sweeping up the leaves and litter from the front of our homes, or communicating with elderly or infirm neighbours to see if there is anything they need. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Kilbarchan Habbies Art Class Art And Craft Fair Christmas is coming (Oh, yes it is !) With this in mind, now is the time to take advantage of the really unique, hand crafted gifts for sale at our Art and Craft Fair. We have a great selection of jewellery, cards, wood carvings, candles, textiles, paintings and more. Why fight your way through the crowds and struggle to find a parking spot when you can find something really different on your own doorstep ? Not only are the prices very competitive, but some stalls are offering a special 10% OFF on production of this advert . Please note that this only applies to stalls displaying the 10% off sign. Other stalls may have their own special offers. This is a great opportunity to get ahead with your Christmas shopping or just spend a relaxed, enjoyable afternoon and perhaps find something special for yourself. You will find us at The Guide Centre, Barn Green, Kilbarchan on SATURDAY, 28th OCTOBER between 12noon and 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

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During the month of October the group will have an evening about Brazil, the country chosen this year by the National Group. We shall find out about the education and political systems, enjoy some food and also a quiz. In October we shall also have a discussion entitled “Women in Film”. We would be delighted to welcome new members, please phone 703786 for more information or see the website:

Tuesday 17th October: Working as a JP by Mr Jim Hair

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Competition: Favourite Plate Hostesses: Jane Millar & Nan Steel Vote of Thanks: Nan Robertson Tonight a donation to Sandpiper Trust New members will be made very welcome. For further information please contact Irene MacTaggart on 01505 704800.

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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. ♥ But, performing CPR could double that person’s chance of survival

♥ Recovery position ♥ CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) ♥ Heart Attack ♥ Choking ♥ Serious bleeding New venue for Howwood courses “The Boarding House” To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact Morag Thow on 07868 752814 to book onto one of our courses: Tuesday October 10th

7 - 9pm

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Wednesday November 15th

7 - 9pm

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Tuesday 12th December

7 - 9pm

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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 - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Over the last month I attended a site visit in Howwood, at the triangle, with both council officers and members of Howwood Community Council to investigate the best position for a Christmas Tree for the village. This has been very frustrating for the village but I am pleased to have been able to persuade the Council to do its duty by Howwood residents. I have also met with residents in Bowfield Road who have had long standing issues with flooding and I am working to try and resolve this problem. I was the only ward Councillor to attend the DEPA hearing at Erskine and I went to support Kilbarchan Community Council in opposing the Branscroft development, Mr Bruce McFee and Mr Ken Ives spoke forcibly for the interests of the village and I sincerely hope our voices are listened to. The last Kilbarchan Community Council discussed the draft traffic plans for the village at length and they are very much needed. I have been assisting residents at Lade Court in Lochwinnoch who are very concerned about the excessive growth of the large trees behind their properties, which are of such a size that they touch the roofs at Lade Court during storms and bad weather. While there is no right to light in Scotland I am working with residents and council officers to try and resolve this problem for the Lade Court residents.

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A special meeting of Renfrewshire Council was held on 30th August in response to the threatened closures of the day centres at West Lane Gardens Johnstone ,and Whitehaugh Paisley. At the meeting I moved that the learning disability service provided at these centres continue, as it is invaluable to some of our most vulnerable citizens, including those from Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch who attend these centres. This was agreed and it is now the responsibility of the council administration to ensure that action is taken to protect this service. As I write, Renfrewshire Council has launched a new initiative “Team Up to Clean Up” which aims to encourage local communities to clean up the streets which are affected by litter, dog fouling and fly tipping. I attended a launch event at Johnstone Town Hall on 12th September, which involved a presentation by the council and was attended by community representatives from Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch, and which outlined what is expected of communities. Subsequently I have received a very mixed response to this initiative, primarily arising from the promise made by the new administration that improving the environment was its major priority. This commitment seems to have changed, and now council tax payers are expected to take the lead role. I acknowledge that in the local community indeed everyone has a significant part to play in keeping our streets clean, and the community is indebted to those who work tirelessly in organising litter picks and take pride in their villages. However, the Council needs to take the lead role in providing the necessary resources to maintain a clean and safe environment, and enforce existing legislation by holding to account those who show no concern for their community whether through dog fouling, litter or fly tipping . It is almost a year since the new LED street lighting was installed across Renfrewshire. I have received a number of reports in Kilbarchan and Howwood where the new lights have been installed adjacent to trees, with the result that the trees have overgrown to the extent where they are now obscuring the lighting. I have asked the council to take the necessary action to rectify this problem. I am also aware of difficulty experienced by some villagers in getting through to the customer contact centre of Renfrewshire Council to register complaints and concerns. Constituents also report a failure of the council to return phone calls and respond to emails. There is nothing worse than being effectively ignored and having raised these issues. I will keep an eye on this matter with the expectation of improvement in customer service.

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Heartstart courses are free of charge and it only takes two hours to learn the skills which may someday save a life:

My surgeries are on the first Saturday of every month except January and July at 9am in the McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch, 10am in Howwood Village Hall and 11am in the Steeple Hall Kilbarchan. Meantime please contact me at cllr.derek.bibby@ or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534 156007.

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 on the 4th Wednesday of the month 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 cllr.andy.

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The Kilbarchan Smile Big Autumn Clear up Sunday 29th October taking place from 2pm-4pm Meet at the Ewing Street car parking area opposite Bog Park.

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FAB News for the Old Library Centre We are starting a new exercise class for over 60’s FABS which stands for Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance, and Strength. It is an easy to follow exercise class for both men and women. Everyone is welcome – it can help you feel fit for life. Get your vitality back – come to a Move it or Lose it! class. This will be held on a Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm – 3.30pm, starting on 21st September. The cost will be £4 per class or £30 for 10 classes. However the first class will be free so come and try it and see how you get on. Telephone the Old Library Centre on 01505 706070 for further information and to put your name down or contact Fiona on07811 766672. Johnstone Credit Union are having a new collection point in the Old Library Centre on Wednesday mornings. They will be having a launch event on Wednesday 4th October when refreshments will be provided. Come along and find out about joining and the services provided. For more information contact Johnstone Credit Union on 01505 327148. We have a new group starting and if you are interested in keeping you fluency in French you might like to join the conversation in the centre in Thursday mornings. This meeting will be a self governing group. The cost will be £1.50 which will cover the cost of a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit if available.

Kilbarchan Smile was set up to help make improvements to the village with the support and involvement of the community. To this end the group is organising the “Kilbarchan Smile Big Autumn Clear Up” for Sunday 29th October taking place from 2pm - 4pm. Volunteers (Smilers) are being asked to meet at the Ewing Street car parking area opposite Bog Park. The event will support Renfrewshire’s new ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ campaign and equipment including litter pickers, hi viz vests, bags, bag hoops and gloves will be provided as part of this. If you want to make a difference to the village please come along and “Do Your Bit” if you can (we are happy for volunteers to pick their own area for attention) – as they say many hands make light work! We usually provide some well-earned treats and giveaways at the end of the day! For more information and to get involved in either the Gateway Garden or other Kilbarchan Smile activities email or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

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The Kilbarchan Smile Gateway Garden team is delighted to announce that the Kilbarchan Guides and Trefoil Guild have adopted a growing space each. Francesca Scott introduced the guides group to their plot and the rest of the garden and despite a dark wet evening they had great fun harvesting potatoes. A number of families have also now adopted a growing space each too but more volunteers are still needed to help ensure the continued access and use of the garden. Just a few hours a month makes all the difference – we have made such a difference to what was a real eyesore at the entrance to our lovely conservation village, let’s make sure all the efforts so far are sustained into the future. If you are interested in making a positive difference to your village please do get in touch, have fun and make new friends. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

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Our second Messy Church of this session will meet in Kilbarchan Parish Church halls on Saturday 21st October from 4pm to 6pm. All children, with an adult, will be made most welcome. Everyone joins in and by the time we sit down to eat together new friendships will have been made, or old ones renewed. Look out for more details on posters, Facebook and by e-mail.

We meet on Wednesday 11th and 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm in the Church Hall. All Welcome. For More information call 01505 341 206.

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Join us on Saturday 4th November for a Coffee Morning in the Church Hall from 10am - 12 noon. £3 entry with cake & candy stall.

Other classes and groups in The Old Library Centre are as follows:• Monday: morning Pilates • Tuesday: afternoon Craft Group (every 2nd week) • Wednesday: morning Yoga, morning Credit Union, afternoon Pilates, evening Yoga • Thursday: morning Conversational French, morning “1st Love Music” – music and movement for babies and toddlers, afternoon FABS exercise class • Friday: afternoon Bridge Club If you are interested in any of the groups mentioned above please contact The Old Library Centre to register your interest and to get more details of the group times. The Yoga classes are full at present. Tel 01505 706070 or email - kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Early Bird Christmas Gift and Craft Fayres Sunday 5th November, Kilbarchan Guide Centre, High Barholm, Kilbarchan: 1pm to 4pm. Beat the rush and start your Christmas shopping early!! There will be a variety of stalls from local crafters to suit your every need. Stallholders include Annabelle’s Christmas Decorations, Sweets and Knits, Threepwood Fayre, BrawBricht Jewellery, Mandy’s Rainbow gGlass, All Things Nice Jams and Pickles and many more. Browse our 21 stalls and stop for a coffee and a chat with friends. All funds raised will go towards World Challenge India 2019. Check out our facebook page ‘Kilbarchan Craft Fayres’ for further information. Entry includes Tea and Coffee: Adults £1.50 Children £0.50 kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Kilbarchan Parish Church Blythswood Shoebox Appeal ~ Once again, we shall be supporting this very worthwhile charity and forms are now available by phoning 703786. The filled boxes should be returned at the beginning of November to be dedicated on Sunday 5th, prior to dispatch to the recipients in Eastern Europe in time for Christmas. Kilbarchan Parish Church Drama Group ~ Rehearsals are now underway for the November production “Murder at the Asylum”, a comedy/mystery to be performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 23rd - 25th November in the Parish Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from Bobbins by late October, price £8, school-age £5. Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club ~ The club takes place on Mondays from 9.15am -11.30am in the Church Hall, when we are delighted to welcome tots from birth-3 years, along with their accompanying adults. There is a huge variety of toys and bouncy castle for the tots and enjoyable company with tea/coffee for the adults. The cost remains £1 for adults. The Hallowe’en Party is on 30th October from 9.45am - 11.15am, when the tots will be in fancy dress costumes.

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october 2017 (Houston Old School Trust) What’s on October 2017 Monday to Friday, Woodlands Out of School 01505 615438 Coffee Shop: - Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm Sat, 9am-4pm



Sewing Group (Weekly) 10am–12noon

Gryffe Quilting Group (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) 1.15pm - 3.15pm (19th 10am )

Yoga (Weekly) 1pm Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112 Diaporama 9th 7.30pm

Primary Colours (Weekly excl 19th) 3.30pm – 4.30pm Crafty Friends 5th, 19th 7.30pm

Young Farmers 9th, 16th 7.30pm

Folk Club (weekly) 8pm iaintdawson@ 07786 078952

H.O.S.T. AGM 9th 7.30pm


Paint Pot Tots (Weekly excl 17th) 10am Dawn Campbell 07789 262350 Galaxy, Musical Theatre (Weekly excl 17th) 4pm - 7pm Yoga (Weekly) 7pm M/s Lawson 01505 613690 Lirico Languages (Weekly) 7pm– 8.30pm (Fiona 01505 614306)

Galaxy (Weekly excl 19th) 3.30pm– 7pm


Yoga (Weekly) 10.30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 Big Kids Little Learners (Excl 20th) 1pm – 2pm Janine Neil 07870 697010 Galaxy Dancing (Weekly Excl 20th) 3.30pm - 7pm

Councillor Surgery 3rd 6.45pm – 7.30pm

Gavin Newlands M.P. Surgery 13th 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Big Kids Little Learners (Excl 18th) 10am – 11am Janine Neil 07870 697010

Carrick Concert 6th 8pm


Galaxy (Excl 18th) 4pm – 7pm Gryffe Melody Makers 4 & 18 th



Community Council 18th 7.30pm Gryffe Camera Club, (Weekly) 7.30pm

Young Farmers 13th (Whist Drive) 7.30pm


Galaxy Dancing (Weekly excl 14th) 9.30am - 5pm Councillors Surgery 7th 11.30am – 12noon


Baptist Church (wkly) 11am and 6pm Booking enquiries to: Ian Simpson 01505 612203 Bill Haddow 01505 690693 Stewart Scally 01505 674277 or The Coffee Shop houston, crosslee & brookfield

Carrick Nights 2017/18 Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston The new season of Carrick Nights commences on Friday 6th October at 8pm and features the well kent singer and BBC presenter Jamie Macdougall’s and his Bardic Trio. The season continues on Saturday 4th November with The Vocalise Trio, Alison MacNeill and Sacha Savaroni on Friday 2nd February 2018 and Barochan Quartet and Maria Wilson and accompanist on Friday 2nd March. Tickets are £12 or Concert Series tickets discounted to £36. Concessions for children and students all thanks to financial assistance from Enterprise Music Scotland. Pre concert Meals are available in the Carrick Cafe but prior booking is necessary. For tickets or further information call 01505 229597 or email thecarrickcentre@ houston, crosslee & brookfield

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.

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Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Houston and Killellan Agricultural Society are holding a Quiz night in J.G.Fleming Bowling Club Houston on Friday 24th November at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 to include a light supper and are available from Isabelle Stuart or from any committee member.

Residents from all across the ward have been contacting me about the new delays at the Deafhillock roundabout which are due to Scottish Water having to do additional work to ensure a safe and secure water supply to the Weirs Wynd development at Merchiston. As a local driver this is every bit as frustrating for me as it is for constituents so please be assured I am liaising with council officers, Scottish Water, and David Wilson Homes, to make sure works are finished by the deadline of 10th December. I am delighted to report that the telephone box at Crosslee is getting repainted by the BT painting team when they are next in Renfrewshire. Not everyone has a mobile phone even these days so I am pleased that BT now recognise this, and Crosslee will at sometime in the future have a shiny bright red phone box once again. I was the only ward Councillor to attend the DEPA hearing at Erskine, and at the site visit in Brookfield the next day, and I went to support Brookfield Community Council in opposing the Sandholes Road development, the two community council representatives spoke forcibly for the interests of the village and I sincerely hope our voices are listened to. 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.

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

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Volunteering at 1st Houston Girls’ Brigade No matter how much time you have to give, there’s an opportunity for you at 1st Houston Girls’ Brigade. Join our group of motivating Leaders to offer occasional support, or simply share a skill or passion with girls in our Company. Our volunteering opportunities can fit around your skills, commitments and interests. You don’t need to have been involved in Girls’ Brigade before to make a big difference and find a role that’s perfect for you. Whether helping each week, or helping out more casually, you’ll run activities, games, projects and events that give girls the opportunity to discover their potential in achieving their badge work. If you’d like to help, you’ll be supported with training. These roles are perfect for you if you: * would like to join our Company * can support our girls on a weekly basis - giving you the opportunity to see them develop and achieve their badge work * help our girls with a range of exciting, adventurous and often messy activities * would like to be part of a team and develop great relationships with our team and our girls If you aren’t able to volunteer on a regular basis, you can still make an impact in a supporting role. No commitment is too small - every role is vital to the running of our Company. If you would like to register an interest in our Company please contact Lisa Dickson on 07739 641816 or by email at houston, crosslee & brookfield

Brookfield Country Dancing We regret, that after many years, age has caught up with us and we have decided to call it a day on the country dance class. We would like to thank our dance teacher Mrs Nancy Brown and everyone who has joined us over the years.

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Houston and Killellan Kirk Postie It's getting near that time of year again and Houston and Killellan Kirk will be offering the Kirk Postie Service once again. This year the Postie will be open 10th - 14th December and all monies raised will go to Alzheimer’s Scotland (Memory Lane Clinic) based in Paisley, more details next month.

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Houston & Crosslee SWI We continue our year with a visit from Neil Smith and his dog Ginger on October 11th when he will tell us about “Hearing Dogs”. On 8th November Mr Harper will talk to us about Farming in Scotland. 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.

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the advertizer Plans progress to regenerate Paisley’s West End

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Houston House

Plans to transform the West End of Paisley have taken a further step forward after Councillors approved detailed development of the proposals. Residents and business owners have already shown their support for the draft Paisley West End Regeneration Masterplan which outlines proposals to convert vacant land and low demand property into new housing. Now members of the Council’s Leadership Board have backed the plans and called for a finalised, fully costed masterplan to be brought back to the next board in December 2017. Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Convener of the Leadership Board, said: “I am pleased that there is collective agreement from across the Council to continue to develop these transformational plans for the west end of Paisley. They have been welcomed by the people who live and work there, the residents and business owners, and it is vital that we continue to listen to them as we develop the plans further. There is a shared desire to improve the quality of available housing and make the area an attractive place for people to live and work.”

A couple from Atlanta USA, David Houston, was in the village looking into his family history and took this picture of Houston House. When he and his wife Alicia were being shown round or wee village by local, James Martin, they were so taken by how beautiful it looks and for once it was a lovely sunday afternoon. houston, crosslee & brookfield

Parlez Vous Francais French Conversation group meets every Wednesday from 9.30 till 12 at Fox & Hounds. Informal tuition same venue 2-4 pm. Phone 01505 871 343, 07463 570464 or email avril.

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Who, Why, How? Are you interested in discussing who we are, why we are here, predestination or free will, western philosophy versus eastern philosophy? We meet in Fox and Hounds once a fortnight. Contact 01505 871343 or 07463 570464 or email

The masterplan proposes to develop around 150 private and social homes and potentially provide new commercial units on land around Paisley’s Well Street through demolition of low demand tenement flats and commercial ground floor properties on the east side of Well Street and vacant residential blocks on Clavering Street East. Land formerly home to University of the West of Scotland Halls of Residence would also be cleared and local community growing areas relocated within the West End under the masterplan proposals. Councillors noted the positive findings of the consultation conducted so far, with residents and business owners backing the plans and commenting on the benefits of the area’s central location, good public transport links and the closeknit community. The consultation also highlighted the challenges facing the area, with high levels of vacant properties in a poor condition and issues such as vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Councillor Nicolson added: “We are committed to regenerating Renfrewshire and making it an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. Paisley’s West End is an integral part of plans to regenerate Paisley Town Centre and we are making excellent progress, driven by projects including the Glasgow City Region City Deal projects and Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.” Consultation is continuing and residents and business owners in the masterplan area as well as people in the wider community can call 0141 618 6003 to discuss the regeneration proposals.

bid backed by all local party leaders Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has received a show of cross-party support – having been backed by all five party leaders on Renfrewshire Council. The final bid document is due to be submitted to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at the end of the month – and elected members are set to consider it when the council meets on September 28. Paisley was this summer named as the only Scottish bidder on the shortlist for the 2021 competition, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea. The bid is part of a wider push to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage offer to make it a key visitor destination within Scotland, and transform the future of the whole Renfrewshire area. And support crosses party lines – with council leader Iain Nicolson (SNP), Labour’s Eddie Devine, James MacLaren of the Conservatives, Lib Dem Eileen McCartin and independent Andy Doig all gathering outside Paisley Abbey to give their backing, joined by children from Williamsburgh Primary.

Councillor McCartin said: “Paisley was once the centre of the world’s textile industry and the legacy of that is still around us in wonderful buildings such as our town hall and Sma’ Shot Cottages. That story should be told to as many people as possible and I back anything which will help do that.” And Councillor Doig added: “Renfrewshire has some great heritage attractions and huge potential as a visitor destination – and a successful Paisley 2021 bid will bring huge numbers of people to the area, giving all our towns and villages a chance to benefit.” The winner of the competition is due to be announced in December. For more info, see

The bid has already enjoyed public support from national political figures including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Secretary David Mundell and outgoing Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. Councillor Nicolson – who also chairs the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board said: “The potential benefits of a successful bid are absolutely massive – for example, the activity before, during and after our planned UK City of Culture year is predicted to create 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period. “When dealing with something of that scale it is important we as elected members put our party differences aside and do all we can to make it happen – so I am delighted to be joined by my fellow councillors today to show our collective support for the bid.” Councillor Devine said: “Over the past two years, the Paisley 2021 bid has energised people throughout the town and given them a reason to believe in Paisley again – Buddies have driven the campaign to date and they deserve this title and all the benefits it will bring them.” Councillor MacLaren added: “We have already seen from previous winners Derry-Londonderry and Hull how winning this title can boost local business and drive investment in infrastructure and industry. I am happy to get behind anything From top left: Councillors Eddie Devine, Andy Doig, Eileen McCartin, Iain Nicolson, James MacLaren. Williamsburgh PS pupils L-R: Cameron Anderson, Abena Agyeman, Morgan Sturrock, Sonny Wardrope, Beau Smith. which could do the same for Paisley and Renfrewshire.”

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october 2017 Paisley Colour Photographic Club

insect macro work, power boat and jet-ski racing at Greenock, speedway at Glasgow Tigers, motor bike racing at Knockhill race circuit and horse sulkie racing at Corbiewood, near Bannockburn. The programme of events was well attended by enthusiastic photographers of all abilities with advanced members of the club always on hand to give the benefit of their experience to those newer to photography. While the formal summer programme


The photographers at Paisley Colour Photographic Club have been stoically embracing all that this summer’s weather has had to throw at them and participating in a programme of Thursday evening and weekend photoshoots. The programme has delivered a wide variety of photo opportunities around the Central Belt and has included landscape, seascape,

Langbank Camera Club


Our September meeting was the first meeting of the 2017/18 session. It was an opportunity to welcome new members and to discuss the syllabus and competition topics for the coming two sessions. We will be providing tutorials and talks on many topics this year. This will include going back to basics for members new to photography as well as more advanced topics. For example, getting to know the controls on the camera and using simple and advanced photo management tools. Computer related topics will also be discussed given that the relationship with photography is so intertwined. During the evening we had a slide show of members’ images taken over the summer months. These images were interesting and very informative as members described where and how the images were taken. The club’s September’s competition topic was “Bronze”. The competition entries were all excellent and varied in style and content. The winning photograph, taken at night, was of Donald Dewar’s statue looking down Buchanan Street, Glasgow, by James Goodall. Second place was awarded to Derrick McPherson for his image of Bobby at Wemyss Bay Station.

is now complete, the club’s photographers remain active with such diverse forthcoming events as canoe slalom at Grandtully, 3 day horse eventing at Blair Atholl, Ayr seafront air show a yachting regatta at Helensburgh and MotoX at Duns all to be exploited for their photographic

As the summer draws to its close the club’s photographers thoughts are turning towards its winter programme of Tuesday night training sessions at Renfrew Leisure Centre and Thursday meetings at the William McMaster Centre in Renfrew, which commence on 7th September. The winter syllabus has something to appeal to all and contains subjects ranging through nature, landscape, sport and astro-photography, digital art, digital processing, the influence of art upon photography and the Forth Equally important to the series of lectures within the winter programme are the club’s internal competition nights which are strongly supported by the photographers in the beginners, intermediate and advanced sections and are always hotly contested. It is a continuing source of pride for the club that the best of the images from its internal competitions often progress to succeed at the very highest level in International Photographic Salons. The long-established club has a warm welcome awaiting for anyone that shares the passion for picture making, either as an active photographer seeking to progress their skills or as a spectator to the quality of photographic talent to be enjoyed throughout the winter season between September and April. More information about the Club can be found on its website at http://www.

The main October meeting will be held on the Monday 9th at 7.30pm. The competition topic is “Columns”. The Projected Digital Image (PDI) meeting will be held on Monday 23rd October at 7.30pm with the theme of “Masks”. All club meetings are held in the Langbank Church Halls, Langbank. Membership of the club is only £10 for the first year. If you wish to find out more about camera club please contact Derrick McPherson at with your enquiries.

Gryffe Camera Club September started with a “Welcome Night “ at the first meeting (we meet each Wednesday evening) for returning and new members. After the welcome from Roger, the club president, the programme for the year was outlined by Rob, the syllabus secretary. Members were then invited to produce postcards, either in digital form or as prints, and the result was a fine selection from the many places visited during the summer. Gryffe Camera Club was established exactly 30 years ago and to mark the event members (at the time of writing) will celebrate this anniversary in the Fox and Hounds on 22nd September. The final meeting for September has an international flavour as we take part in a 4-way competition with camera clubs from Mougins, a commune in the AlpeMaritimes of south-east France, Guadelajara and Grenoble. Exciting! Here’s our programme for October (all Wednesdays): 4th: 1st League Competition (OPEN) 11th: SPEAKER – Pat Allan – “Snow and Ice”, “Bears and Bison” 18th Look to the Future and Members Night with Kate 25th: SPEAKERS: Tom Doherty and Eric Watts on “Glasgow” While the club is for members if any of the evenings appeal please feel welcome to come along. We meet in The Carrick Centre, Houston each Wednesday. www. gryffecamera A selection of images from a couple of last session’s prize winners and a recent visit to Portencross: “Looking at Ya” and “Grand Jorasse” by Andy Stark, “Fly Bee” by Ronnie Logan and “Sunset at Portencross” by Kate Cummings

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Houston Primary School

Primary 5 have made wonderful ‘selfie’ portraits. Do you recognise anyone?

Welcome Back The pupils from Houston Primary School have returned after the summer holidays and have clearly grown over the past six weeks. We welcome our new Nursery and Primary 1 pupils and also very many other pupils who have joined us in other stages of the school. We also welcome Mrs Mead, Mrs McCann, Miss Adam and Miss Brown to our staff team.



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

We look forward to a fun filled year of learning for all of our pupils.

Howwood Baby & Toddler Group

Howwood Parish Church, 10am - 12noon

Class News

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

Primary 6 have been learning about France and have started to make travel brochures about all of the wonderful sites.

every Tuesday

Primary 7 are enjoying taking on the very many responsibilities that comes with being at the top of the school. We have monitors, play leaders and newspaper reporters to name but a few.

£2 contribution. Tea, coffee & biscuits.

The Adventures of Flyback Our Houston gull Flyback is off on a wonderful adventure. Since leaving Houston in July, he has flown to England, France, Spain, Portugal and is now in Casablanca in Morocco! If you would like to track his progress, please visit During the summer holidays the Nursery has had a makeover. Partitions have been removed to open up the space, walls have been re-painted and beautiful new furniture has been purchased. It looks amazing.

Scottish Maths Week 11-17 September This is a brand new initiative to help everyone in Scotland to see maths in a more positive light. The aim is to promote and experience the benefits, joy and beauty of maths in exciting new ways during this week. The staff and pupils are looking forward to taking part in this national event.

Primary 1 pupils have had a fantastic start and are being supported by their Primary 7 buddies. They are excited to learn about ‘p’ for pirates and have been making pirate hats and swords.

Gardening Club

Primary 2 & 3 are heading off to Lunderston Bay to learn more about the seaside and pollution. They have studied seagulls in depth and have even made some amazing 3D gulls, demonstrating excellent cutting and folding skills.

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

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

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am



Kilmacolm Toddlers

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

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

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

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

every Thursday

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

Kilbarchan Tuesday Tots

For 2.5 - 5yr olds. Contact Jen Burrows 07947 983025.

Langbank Under 3’s

Church Hall, Langbank, 10am - 11.45am

Kilbarchan Tuesday Tots meet every Tuesday morning during term time from 10-12am in Kilbarchan Scout Hall.

For children from birth to 3 years

Baby and Toddler Group

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

We welcome parents and carers with children from birth to school age for fun play, sing alongs, chat and most importantly a hot cuppa and biscuits!

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

We offer learning opportunities, friendship, support, and a shared understanding of navigating this rollercoaster that is parenting in the early years. Our sessions are fun, friendly and open to all. This month’s arts n crafts activity included icing biscuits; tasty messy fun. Next month is hand printing on re-useable shopping bags - perfect personal Christmas pressies for loved ones. Please come join us. Adults are asked for a £2 donation and healthy snacks for the children are included.

Community Bookbug Sessions

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

1st & 3rd Friday

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

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Kilbarchan Scout Hall, 10am-12noon

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Our school gardening club has resumed and they have already harvested a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The best of the bunch will be entered into the Bridge of Weir Horticultural Show.

Primary 4 are reading their first class science fiction novel, ‘The Iron Man’ and are really enjoying it. They are also using new fun characters to help them to read, ‘Tryin’ Lion’ is a favourite.

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Kilmacolm Playgroup We hope you are all enjoying the new term and extend a warm welcome to William, James, Ailsa, Doune and Gia and their families who have joined us. As ever it is a busy term so please keep checking our parents/carers information board for up to date information. Up and Coming Events Our Halloween party is on Tuesday 31st October and fancy dress is optional. It will be during the morning session. .

St. Fillan’s Primary School We have all settled well into a new school session and our Primary one pupils already feel at home. Their Primary 7 Buddies have been keen to support them as they settle into their new school routines. Everyone has taken part in their first Committee Meeting and members are working collaboratively to decide their vision and aims for the year ahead. A number of Leadership Roles have been identified within each group and members have been keen to nominate themselves to lead their group as: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Media Liaison Officer. We look forward to monitoring the progress of Committee Groups as their initiatives to improve our school unfold.

October School Break Our last playgroup session will be Thursday 12th of October and we will return on Tuesday 24th of October. We have lots of exciting things planned for the new term giving the children a great opportunity for learning through play. Kilmacolm playgroup provide both structured and free-flow play and follow the pre-birth to three curriculum and the curriculum for excellence 3- 18. We are open Monday morning 9.30am – 11.40am Tuesday morning 9.15am to 11.40am and Thursday morning 9.15am to 11.40am.

Each pupil in our school is part of a House Group who work co-operatively during Assemblies. Older pupils support younger pupils in their learning around the core values that we promote in our school. There is an opportunity to earn ‘House Points’ by living by our values in our thoughts, words and deeds and each house strives to work together to win the title of the ‘Winning House’ each week. Our House Captains and Vice Captains are enthusiastic and motivated to steer their House towards the ultimate goal which is to be ‘House of the Year’ and to lift the trophy! Ogilvie were the winners last year and while they are keen to maintain their title, the other Houses have other plans! We wish them all well in the school year ahead.

All enquiries to the Secretary Iona Marcroft iona@iscassetmanagement.

Strawberry Field Out Of School Care After a busy and eventful summer holiday, we have now moved into our new building. We haven’t gone far – just to the building next door. The transition went extremely well and children are now settled and exploring all our new rooms and layout. The building has been completely overhauled to cater for children of primary school age. We have added new equipment, and everything is freshly painted. Hopefully we will still have a few weeks good weather left in order for us to utilise our vast outdoor space, but on rainy days we can use our covered area to still get lots of fresh air but not get soggy. If you would like to come and visit us we still have limited spaces for term time as well as spaces for school holiday cover. You can contact us at or alternatively give us a call on 01505 615315.

Highland Hustle Tots ... The new class where tots and adults dance together. Developing rhythm, dance, coordination and confidence. Kids love the lively music and simple steps as you exercise with them.

Houston Baby and Toddlers What a fun time we’ve been having at toddlers, creating our own ‘fish bowls’ with plates and stickers and we can not wait to celebrate Halloween together and enjoy the dressing up! We have lots planned over the coming months, including crafts, 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 (Closed Thursday 19 October ) 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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Duchal Nursery School Duchal Nursery in Kilmacolm is celebrating 50 years of providing specialist pre school nursery education for local children. Set up in 1967 by local parents, Duchal Nursery, located at Birkmyre Park in Kilmacolm has grown from strength to strength over the years. With a purpose built facility it is the perfect place for young children (age 2yrs 9mths 5yrs) to flourish and grow in confidence before they go to school. Being an independent nursery our children move on to a number of different schools both in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. We are open term time from 8.15am until 3.30pm every day. At the end of the summer term our Head Teacher Mrs Jean McCarthy retired after 15 years heading up a great team of staff. Former Duchal children and their families celebrated her time at Duchal with a wonderful gathering around the nursery. Life long friends made at nursery came together for an afternoon of fun and games at Birkmyre Park to wish her a long and happy retirement. Families from all 15 years were present just demonstrating what a unique and special place Duchal Nursery is and how lucky the children have been to be part of it. Our new Head Teacher Mrs Judy Ormond has begun the new term full of enthusiasm and great ideas for the next chapter of our nursery and we look forward to the next 50 years of pre school education.

Bookbug Sessions Free Story, Song and Rhyme Sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families. To find details of your nearest Bookbug Session, please visit Songs, rhymes, rhythm and movement! Free, friendly and fun for children aged up to four and their parents. No need to book, just drop in! Find a session near you in one of our libraries.

We are having lots of fun with our “Jungle” topic, we’ve been making tiger pictures and yellow snakes and have created a fantastic wall display which makes us feel we are really in the jungle! Our afternoon club, which runs until 3.30pm each day, are readying Hansel & Gretel and thoroughly enjoying making trails around the nursery to follow and even created an amazing sweetie house! Our Active Starts are great fun which we do each week, getting the children moving first thing. Continuing our healthy living approach we had a fantastic visit from our local Tae kwon do expert there was lots of fun and giggling as we learnt all the moves!! Despite the weather we have made the most of our outdoor space enjoying play and learning in our garden. Our Open Morning is being held at the nursery on Saturday 30th September from 10am – 12noon – anyone with pre school children is welcome to look round the nursery and meet current parents and the teachers. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in Duchal to visit the nursery and see the wonderful facilities and opportunities that we offer. If you are unable to make the Open Morning, we are always happy for prospective parents to come and visit the Nursery at any time so please contact us on 01505 874358 to arrange a convenient date. Also visit our website at and our Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news.

Bishopton Library

Lochwinnoch Library

Every second Thursday. 5th & 19th October, 2nd, 16th & 30 November, 10-10.30am and 1111.30am

Every Tuesday, 9.30-9.55am (baby group from birth to 18 months). Doors open 9.20am, 10.30-11am (toddler group from 18 months to 4 years).

Bridge of Weir Library Please note, Bridge of Weir Library is currently closed for refurbishment. No sessions will take place during this time. Every second Thursday, 10-10.30am Erskine Library Every Monday, 9.45-10.15am (babies and children up to 15 months) and 10.45-11.15am (children from 15months to 4 years) Johnstone Library Every Wednesday, 9.15am (toddler group), 10.00am (toddler group ), 10.50am (baby group), 11.20am (baby group) Every Saturday, 2.30-3pm Kilmacolm Library Every Thursday, 11-11.40am. (t: 01475 715621)

Paisley Central Library Every Monday, 10.15-10.45am (baby group from birth to 18 months) and 11.15-11.45am (toddler group from ages 18 months to 4 years). Port Glasgow Library Every Friday, 10-10.40am and 11-11.40am. (t: 01475 715629) Renfrew Library Every Tuesday, 9.15 - 9.40am, 9.50 -10.15am and 10.25 10.50am St Columba Junior School, Kilmacolm Every Friday, (t: 01505 872768)


Linwood Library Every Thursday, 2-2.30pm. Every Saturday, 10.30-11am

Langbank Playgroup Our Friday morning play sessions are filling up fast and we are now catering for 12 children, we still have spaces available! At playgroup, the children are given the opportunity to develop all their skills, ranging from self-help and independence skills, to literacy and numeracy skills. Over the last few weeks the children have been helping the “new starts” settle into the routine of playgroup. This involves them encouraging and assisting them with their self-help skills, sharing and turn taking. Do you have a child aged 2.5yrs to 5yrs old? Are you looking for a fun, friendly and welcoming place to go on a Friday morning (term time)? Then why not come along and join us in Langbank Village Hall! Everyone welcome from Langbank and surrounding areas. If you would like to join us or for more information please contact Jen Burrows on 07947 983025.

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St Columba School The first school in the country to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Mr Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, represented Her Majesty as he presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to St Columba’s at a special ceremony on Monday 18th September. The Award was conferred upon our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Expedition Volunteers in recognition of the training and supervision which they have provided for over 30 years at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. St Columba’s is the first school in Scotland to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its Duke of Edinburgh activities. This is the highest award given St Columba’s is the first school in Scotland to receive this Award which is considered the MBE for volunteer groups. Mrs Angus, Rector of St Columba’s, said “We are exceptionally fortunate to have such a dedicated, committed and experienced group of volunteers who ensure that the highest standards of training and supervision on the hills is enjoyed by our young people. We are thankful to our Award leaders and the many members of staff, parents, former pupils, former and current parents who throughout the years have truly led by example - often in the most challenging of weather conditions. The life skills developed are invaluable to our pupils’ education.” Community Summer Fete

Open Morning: Sat 7th Oct 10am-1pm Academic Excellence - welcome to St Columba’s. As one of Scotland’s highest achieving schools, the exam results obtained by our pupils are consistently among the highest pass rates and percentage As in the country. Our size is also our strength. Each child aged 3-18 years is known by name and recognised as an individual. Our beautiful countryside location and excellent educational experience create a school environment which is challenging and vibrant. This allows pupils to achieve consistently outstanding examinations results and national success out with the classroom. We offer wraparound care from 7.30am6pm, financial assistance and an extensive coach service is available. There is no better way to experience the true atmosphere of St Columba’s School than to come and see it for yourself. Our Open Morning provides the perfect opportunity for prospective and current families to see our Early Years, Junior and Senior Schools in action – school tours, a variety of activities and a welcome presentation from the Rector, Mrs Angus, at 10:15 and then again at 11:45 in the Senior School Hall. A minibus service will operate between our Junior and Senior Schools. Please do come along from 10am-1pm and let our pupils show you what makes St Columba’s so special.

We had a wonderful day at our late summer community fete on Saturday 16th September. With a selection of stalls, games, family rounders, novelty dog competitions, pipe band, treasure hunt, BBQ and more, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. For further information on St Columba’s School please visit

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Activ8 is back

The Renfrewshire Employability Awards Gryffe High School and will run every Wednesday from three o’clock until four o’clock for eight weeks.

Johnstone High are absolutely delighted that one of our formal pupils has been awarded with the prestigious CV Builder Award, awarded by The Renfrewshire Council Employability Awards. The Employability awards run every year and every year there is one prize awarded to an outstanding young person in the Renfrewshire community. This year, the award has been presented to Morgan Spence. Morgan has worked incredibly hard to deserve this honour. He played a huge part in the Paisley 2021 campaign, he has created animation for Legoland, worked with BBC World Service to create a Christmas advert and has even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, broadcasting his talents to the world. He is currently working as an apprentice for the BBC and is travelling all over Britain developing his talents. As a school, we are beyond proud of all that he has achieved. Well done Morgan!

The first session of Activ8 captivated many pupils from First Year up to Fourth Year, as well as staff members from every department. Activ8 has something for everybody, and new participants are encouraged to join. Basketball, running club, gymnastics and football are just a few of the physical activities offered by the PE department, while debating club (E6), film club (E5), drama club (the Theatre) and stop motion animation (ICT 1) are also available for those who are more interested in activating the mind. There has been a massive turn out with new members expected each week. Aaron Mills – S4 Photographs – Media Team Media Team visits Sky Academy The Media Team at Gryffe High School had an amazing afternoon experiencing the high level of technology at Sky Academy Skills Studio in Livingston. They worked under pressure of time to produce their very own Breaking News story about Money. As Directors, Editors, Presenters or using the Cameras, the pupils were divided into 3 teams and worked on their own set in individual studios. In only one hour, they managed to film their parts, then bring the whole piece together. It was a most enjoyable afternoon and a great insight into how television works.

Maths Week at Howwood Primary School The boys and girls at Howwood Primary School thoroughly enjoyed an array of activities for Scottish maths Week. They started off the week with puzzle day and lots of our P1 and P2 parents came in to help. The boys and girls attempted to solve the mystery of the Missing Fidget Spinner! As the week progressed our youngest pupils visited the local shop to put learning in context while the rest of the school enjoyed visits from the Moneysense team to support financial education. All week we were involved in outdoor maths with the maths trails being a huge hit with pupils. Pupils enjoyed coding sessions and worked well in house groups at the interhouse maths quiz and our P7’s enjoyed their first taste of high school with all feeder school heading to Johnstone High for a mathematical slosh!

Maths Week Johnstone High has been celebrating maths week all week. We are working hard to promote numeracy across the curriculum. Every department has provided interesting maths questions for all pupils across BGE, promoting conversation across the school. The upcoming primary 7 pupils visited during this time and were treated to an assembly highlighting the importance of math skills in everyday life. Pupils across the school got to take part in these lessons and there was even a mathematical version of the Slosh! There were also parent lessons, ensuring that everyone was involved. All staff, pupils and parents had a great time. The Hunter Foundation Before the summer a group of pupils put their heads together in order to imagine what Scotland would look like if they were allowed to rule. This idea was for a competition run by the Hunter Foundation. Although the pupils did not win, their entry has made into the e-book of complied entries. We are extremely proud of their efforts.

Kilmacolm Primary School Nursery Class The boys and girl have been busy at nursery taking part in the Muga mile. Everday at nursery we complete a lap of the Muga pitch. The children in the school are tracking how far everyone is walking. We are walking from Scotland to Australia. Some of our parents and siblings joined in with the walk also.

Maths week ended with a surprise visit from Captain Morgan, a lost pirate. Pupils worked together to help her find her ship and she sailed off safely in to the sunset at 3 o’clock.

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Port Glasgow High School Junior School Paris Trip

49 S2 and S3 pupils and staff had a marvellous trip to Paris and beyond. Pupils spent a day at Asterix Theme Park and a day at Disney Studios. A jammed packed day spent in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower, having a history lesson at the Arc de Triomphe, a trip down the Champs-Elysées and art appreciation at The Louvre and the Sacre Coeur. Pupils also enjoyed a cultural boat trip on the River Seine. No rest on the journey home with a day visiting Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial and also a quick visit to the In Flanders Field Museum. Maths Week Maths week was a very busy time with a plethora of activities taking place. S1 completed a maths trail, with answers to numerical questions found around the school. S2 created mathematical expressions to replace all the classroom door numbers. S3 lessons across the school were given particular focus on numeracy skills and senior pupils participated in the “Maths wi’ nae borders” competition. Singing Children of Africa PGHS warmly welcomed “The Singing Children of Africa”. The group of children from Kenya raise awareness and funds through the medium of music. A busy and enjoyable day was had by all including assemblies, collaborative concerts and question and answer sessions where young people from both cultures exchanged information.

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Abbey Nursery

We had two major events taking place in school. We celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as a character from our favourite Roald Dahl book. We then had a whole school conga line to showcase our costumes which had a wide variety ranging from Oompah-Loompahs, to Matilda and the BFG. Many of our parents joined us for literacy activities e.g making dream jars, Roald Dahl storywriting and quizzes. Thanks to all who joined us.

Abbey Nursery children took part in National Maths Week from 11th - 15th September as part of our focus on numeracy this year. During the week, we explored numbers around us and took the children out and about on number hunts, number matching and recognition. The role play area was turned into a shop where children used ‘real money’ to buy old DVDs, CDs, food, toys, books, etc. Exploring My Body and My Nursery are topics in the Grasshopper playroom for the next few weeks and cutting out and building skeletons and drawing self portraits is a big favourite with the children just now. We also incorporated our maths skills into our topics; how many fingers/toes do you have? Or who many people can count in our group?

We have also held the launch of this year’s Muga Mile Challenge, where we are walking around our Muga to the Gold Coast in Australia for the Commonwealth Games. This will be a massive 33million steps which we are hoping to have completed by April 2018. The boys and girls, with many parents, brothers and sisters, walked with their commonwealth flags, eleven circuits of our Muga to get us started. We will update you with our progress next time. P6 &7 have entered the Gryffe Camera Club Photographic Competition again this year showing a high level of skill in taking interesting photographs in a variety of settings. Good luck to you all. Greener Morton are working with P4, P5 & P6 on their football skills and hopefully developing stars for the future. At the beginning of October we are looking forward to welcoming John Swinney, Education Minister, to our school. Mr Swinney’s visit will focus on literacy, particularly reading, linking to our participation in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge last session and following our invitation to visit the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh which was a huge success. We are all looking forward to sharing the, ‘KPS Loves Reading’ message with him.

Throughout the year the nursery is always keen to invite in people with particular skills that the children can enjoy and learn from. Mini Professors visited the nursery a couple of times recently and the Busy Bunnies experienced exploding pop bottles and other awe inspiring experiments and we hope to continue this in the future. Musicland is another activity we have introduced to the nursery on a weekly basis this term and the children are looking forward to learning from Jo Hames who is a story teller and singer and has started to feed the imagination with her colourful sessions. Following on from this experience, the Little Ladybirds are having fun with senses, smells and sensory activities and just love getting involved in anything to do with messy play! Long may this continue.

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Old Course Ranfurly Amateur Youth Team Championships Glasgow Golf Amateur Youth Championships -

Union Team

Congratulations to Louis Oliver who was part of the winning Renfrewshire 3 man team at the Glasgow Golf Union Amateur Youth Team Championships held at Ralston Golf Club on Sunday 10th August. The tournament was reduced from 36 holes to 18 due to bad weather. The team comprising of Louis (Old Course Ranfurly), Sean Burns (Caldwell) and Stuart Cameron (Elderslie) claimed the title with a total score of 148. Well done guys, another great victory.

Gleddoch Ladies brave the weather at Dundonald

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Raffle for Prostate Cancer UK Old Course member Trevor Wilson, aided with the help of Lyall Campbell and our bar staff organised a raffle to coincide with our Saturday competition on the 26th August. Prizes were kindly donated by our friends & members and home baking was made to help raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, joining the fight to help save men’s lives. A total of £715 was raised so thank you to Trevor and the guys, this will go a long way to raise awareness and help beat prostate cancer. Currently one many every 45 minute dies from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s more than 11,000 men a year and by 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK.

In spite of the weather, some Gleddoch ladies and friends enjoyed their weekend as volunteer scorers at the Scottish Ladies Open, and saw some great golf. The weather has been going from bad to worse, but most of the August competitions took place. The Carlaw Putter was won by captain Mhairi Bryce, with the Silver Salver played at the same time going to Vice Captain Shirley Back with a fantastic 38 Stableford points. Shirley also won the silver division of the Stroke competition the next week, and Margaret Adams won the bronze. Roisin Black and Trixie Brown were Silver and Bronze winners in the August medal.

SGU Area Team Championships Our club champion Stewart Watt was selected to represent Renfrewshire Golf Union as part of their 6 man team at the Scottish Golf Union Area Team Championships in Newmachar. After a strong performance in the strokeplay section, Renfrewshire qualified 4th seed for the knockouts. They would eventually go on to claim a bronze medal after a narrow loss to Lothian GU in the semi finals. Congratulations to the team and to Captain Andy Farmer and Matt Clark of Kilmalcolm Golf Club.

And STOP PRESS Shirley Back beat June Lockhart in a thrilling final to win Gleddoch’s Club Championship for the twelfth time. Congratulations are due to both! Our next competition is our Invitation Day. crossed for a dry day!


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october 2017 Ladies Captains Outing Dunblane was Hazel Kirkland’s choice for this years Captain’s Outing. 41 ladies headed off on a bus from the club on Friday 25th August and despite very challenging weather conditions a great day was had by all. The Captain’s Purple team were pipped at the post by the Vice Captains Pinks, and the overall winner was Ann McKenzie with an impressive 37 points. The day ended back at Old Ranfurly with a few drinks and final sing song!


Newton Shield Captain and Vice Captains Trophy If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps, or struggling with your game, fear not, miracles CAN happen...

September Invitational We had a very successful autumn invitational on Saturday 9th August. We were lucky enough to boast yet another full field and the weather even played its part to what was a great day. Congratulations to popular member Russell Johnstone and his guest for the day Mick Hennessy who claimed 1st place with a score of 61, well done to all of the winner. Thank you to all the participants and sponsors.

Winners of the 2017 Newton Shield Captains and Vice Captains Trophy, Old Course Captain John Clark and Vice Captain Lyall Campbell. Congratulations to both, and well earned with an impressive 41 stableford points on a difficult scoring day.

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Local girls selected for Scottish Ranfurly Castle Rugby Showcase The golfing season is coming to an end and, despite the poor weather, the Ladies section have managed to complete all their major competitions.

On 9th August the Lady Captain’s team played the Lady Vice-Captain’s team in the annual Pooh Putter challenge. The result was a resounding victory for the Captain’s side.

Three local girls were selected to represent West of Scotland, Ellis Martin joined Louise and Siobhan McMillan to challenge the East of Scotland in a hard fought game at Murrayfield. Despite a strong start the speed of the East wings ultimately helped them gain a convincing win. The annual fixture sees the best of Scotland’s womens rugby players take to the field to take back the cup for either East or West and is recognised as a trial for selection for the Scotland women’s squad. The girls did not come away empty handed with Louise being awarded the Keri Holdsworth Plate as player of the match.

On 16th August the Lady Captain’s team took on the Captain’s Team playing for the Halden Cup. This resulted in a 4 games to 3 victory for the Captain’s Team despite Nancy MacGadie having a Hole In One. This was Nancy’s first in a long golfing career and, true to tradition, everyone enjoyed a very nice glass of bubbly to help her celebrate. This was followed by a delicious lunch.

Ellis was also selected to represent Scotland in the U19 7s squad competing in the Sainsbury’s school games in Loughborough at the beginning of September with games against England, Ireland, and Wales. All three girls are now playing for Hillhead Jordanhill who lead the Women’s Premiership having scored 280 points in their first three matches, and only conceded 12. They have made a good start on their goal of winning the league and cup double this year.



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.



Greenock Hockey Club Inverclyde Academy, Greenock, 6.30 - 8pm Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.


Brookfield Village Hall, 5.15, 6.15 & 7.30pm

Hatha Yoga

Large Hall, St Columba Church, 6.30 - 8pm Classes available to all levels. Tel: 07968 207272.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club

every Thursday

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

On-X, Linwood, 7pm

On-X, Linwood, 7pm

5-a-side Football

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

Old Skool Step Class

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

Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton 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

Hatha Yoga

Kilbarchan Athletic Club All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

Kilmacolm Walkers

Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm, 10am David 01505 874192


Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

Saturday 26th August was the Club Finals Day and we were fortunate that the torrential rain of the previous night stopped and the day went ahead as planned. The Ladies final between Marion Munro and Denise Cowan resulted in Marion becoming the Ladies Champion for 2017, the mixed foursomes winners of the Warpelsdon Trophy were Vivien and Alastair Howe, the Club Champion is Andrew Cunningham, the Seniors Champion is James Andrew and the Junior Champion is Angus Frood. Our warmest congratulations go to all. On 29th August the ladies held their invitation day in good weather. Winners, with a better inward half, were Alison Templeton and her guest Margo Maxwell. Doreen McConnell was winner of Nearest the Pin while guest Vickie Sandeman won Nearest the Line. On 13th September Sarah Eckford was winner of the Mitchell Trophy the final one of the season - and Marion Munro was runner-up. Ranfurly Castle Ladies have retained their title as winners of the West Renfrewshire League and congratulations go to all who played in the team. The Greenlees Team have finished the year with a win over Cathkin Braes at home, which secures their place to remain in Division One for the next season. Finally, congratulations to Marion Munro on her victory in the RLCGA County Medal played on 16th August at Whitecraigs Golf Club.

The Shotokan Karate Club

Woodlands PS, Linwood, 7pm & 8pm

Football Training

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


Beith Trust Young Leader Sports Camp

Johnstone Sports Complex PA5 0LD, 6pm

4th October at 3.30pm to 6th December at 6.30pm

Call 07951 365166 for details

Baby Ballet

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

Tweedie Halls, Linwood, 10 - 11am Classes available to all levels. Tel: 07968 207272.

every Tuesday

Bridge of Weir Walking Group

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.


Gryffe Badminton

Strathgryffe Tennis Club, 8pm

Football Training

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

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

Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

Adult Tap Lessons

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



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


01505 613340

Come along and work your way to achieving a Play Maker or young leader award. Starting 4th October 2017 3:30pm-5:30pm @ Beith Astro. £6 per session or £50 group booking (10 weeks) 5-12 years old however participants must be 9 years old to obtain award! Beith Astro, Beith KA15 1BY

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Pitch Up for St Vincent’s Hospice

Hatha Yoga

On Wednesdays 6.30 pm - 8pm in the large hall at St. Columba Church and on Mondays in the Tweedie Halls, Linwood (previously held in Brookfield for 17 years) from 10am - 11am. Both these classes are available to all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Both are friendly, lively environments.

St Vincent’s Hospice hosted our annual charity Golf Event at the beautiful Kilmacolm Golf Club, Kilmacolm on Friday 8th September 2017. Teams of four enjoyed a breakfast roll with tea and coffee in the Club House on arrival before heading onto the course at 9.30am shotgun start.

For further information please contact Janice on 07968 207272.

We were delighted, once again, to have Arnold Clark as our main event sponsor and also our Hole in One sponsor. One lucky golfer had the chance to win a brand new car if they managed a hole in one on the second tee, many came close but nobody managed the golden shot! We also had Longest/Straightest and nearest the pin competitions kindly sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group. After play, the teams enjoyed lunch and catch up on the scores of other competitors to see who would be taking home the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Trophy. The eventual winners and a big congratulations go to Team Boyd insurance who finished with an impressive stableford score of 86 and were delighted with their prizes. The runners up were Ralston B (Gleniffer Estates) and Charlies Angels (CPMS) respectively with a close fought 84. We look forward to arranging our next golf day so any keen golfers out there it’s never too early to make an enquiry into next year’s event, so if you would like to be part of this exciting day and help support St Vincent’s Hospice please get in touch with our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email

GET SET FOR CURLFEST Intu Braehead Ice Rink, 8th October 2017 12 – 4pm CurlFest is an exciting new national campaign rolling out across Scotland this October. It’s a fantastic opportunity for ice rinks to open their doors to the whole community, raising awareness of the sport in Scotland and attracting potential new curlers. We hope it’ll provide an inclusive and engaging experience for everyone who gets involved – and, of course, that lots will return to a Try Curling session in the future. We’ve partnered with Cash for Kids, a wonderful and long established charity, helping to support children across Scotland. Each CurlFest event will be unique; involving everything from face painting, cake and most importantly, lots of fun. To find out more about what’s on in your area, please have a look at our link below:


Sporting Blog by Lesley Handley

Do Smartwatches influence health/ fitness attitudes? Within the health and fitness industry there’s an accelerating pace of technological development, and in recent years the most common wide-spread product is smartwatches. Regardless of makes and models, you see more and more people wearing them daily. As these become more common, cost-effective and fashionable, the question is, do they influence long-term behavioural change? I wear one myself, but, in my opinion, it takes a certain type of person to allow it to influence your attitude towards fitness and exercise. Anyone that has been there knows that when it starts to beep/vibrate to say you have completed your 10,000 steps, or whatever your daily target is, you do feel a sense of achievement, it’s a natural human reaction. I have many types of clients that work with me, and many of them wear a smartwatch. I decided to ask two of them their opinions and behaviour changes since getting them. Client 1 has an active job and is in the gym 2/3 times a week. They said that the watch hasn’t actually increased their activity, but they do have a weekly competition with themselves to see if they have beat last week’s total step count. If they have that’s great, but if they haven’t they really aren’t too fussed about it. The watch itself is more of a fashionable statement and provides information that they find interesting. Client 2, has an inactive job and also goes to the gym 2/3 times a week. They said that since getting the watch it has made them more aware of how little they move when they are sitting at a desk all day. Now they actively seek to move more often in an attempt to achieve their daily step count. In this situation, the watch itself is actively making the individual move more than they normally would have. Looking at external research, there are a lot of conflicting answers. Some state a change in people’s habits and an increase in the amount of daily physical activity they do, predominately through walking. Alternative research shows that any change is short lived and abandoned within a month. Does your smartwatch change your physical activity habits and behaviours?


For more information on personal training or nutrition contact me at lesley@fitsmartfitness. or visit my website at www.fitsmartfitness.

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62Kilmacolm Golf Club Ladies The Ladies Club Championship weekend was condensed to semi finals & finals on Sunday 20th August, because of flooding on Saturday 19th. The semifinalists were Clair Barclay, Marion Stewart, Megan Briggs & Jackie Sayers. Marion & Megan reached the finals, with Megan winning the Club Championship for the 13th successive year. Well done to Megan & to all who reached the weekend’s play.

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Lochwinnoch Curling Club Ever fancied trying Curling? Now’s your chance. Come along to Greenacres Curling Rink, near Howwood on Saturday 7th October 2017 at 3pm. Lochwinnoch Curling Club are celebrating 190 years in 2017 and we’re inviting you along to the above “come and try” session. All you need to bring is warm clothing and a pair of trainers (that you didn’t walk in with!) For more information, please contact Jennie on 07752 431 135

The Ladies Open Day on Thursday 24th August attracted 148 visitors to the course, playing Greensome Stableford. Ladies travelled from Fife, Carlisle, Dumfries & beyond! The sun shone & the players had a good day out at Kilmacolm. On 1st September, The Ladies Committee, a past Captain & 3 team organisers enjoyed a sunny round at West Kilbride. The views of Arran were breathtaking. The winning couple was Sara Bishop & Susan Reid

Ladies Day [organised by the men!] on Saturday 2nd Sept, was a successful shot gun foursomes competition, followed by a buffet supper; enjoyed by all the ladies but especially the winners, Andy & Clair Barclay & runners up Lesley & Sam Handley. Drinks served by Rena at the 11th Hole helped some of us complete our round in good humour! The Megawatt Trophy played at Kilmacolm this year, hosting Gourock & Greenock teams of 3 on 3rd September was played on one of these wet days! The winners were the Kilmacolm players, Trish Brown, Morag Turner & Lesley Brown. Everyone seemed very happy when the game was over & a social lunch was served in the clubhouse!

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Great Scot, He’s Done It! Mark Beaumont in Aberdeen at end of Scotland coast to coast training cycle.

Great Scot and ultra-endurance athlete, Mark Beaumont, has set a new Guinness World Record title, taking one third off the current world record (123) days for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle, completing the challenge in under 80 days on the Artemis World Cycle. As if that wasn’t enough, en route, he also shattered the world record for the most miles cycled in a month. True #ScotSpirit! As Mark returns home to Edinburgh today, he credits the years of training in Scotland, ‘this wonderful wilderness’, from the tender age of 12, as inspiration for this epic challenge. Before setting out on the 80-day challenge, Mark did a final practice ride across Scotland. Argyll to Aberdeen, coast to coast, the ride was 240 miles and took 16 hours… the distance Mark cycled each day for 80 days during the Artemis World Cycle! Fancy trying the Scotland route yourself? Or even a portion of it? Here are some of the highlights!

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Rest and be Thankful, Argyll Rest and be Thankful divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Coe, the highest point on the A83. From the viewpoint of this famous beauty spot you can see the old valley road, engineered by General Wade during the subjection of Scotland following the Jacobite rebellion. It’s at the junction between the B828 and A83 where you can spy the words ‘REST & BE THANKFUL’ inscribed on a stone by the soldiers who built the road. Kenmore, Perthshire Kenmore is a beautiful village at the northern end of the 14-mile long Loch Tay. Idyllic for cycling as well as sailing, canoeing and fishing. The main attraction is the Scottish Crannog Centre, one of the country’s top heritage sites where you can discover what life was like over 2500 years ago! This reconstructed thatched wooden house is built on stilts over the water, with a gangway that would have been lifted up in the event of danger. Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Bigger challenges, more fun games and another fantastic trip has been organised. Places are limited so don’t miss out! Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm £50 for the week or £12 daily fee. *** After an amazing Hampden trip to end our summer camp, we have decided that we will take the participants to Rugby park on Saturday 21st October to see Kilmarnock Vs Hibs in the SPFL Premiership match. Ticket and bus travel are included in the weekly price.***

Surrounded by the fine Grampian Mountains and woodland scenery, Braemar is a haven for cyclists, climbers and wanderers. There are no less than 24 Munros (mountains over 3000 ft high) as well as over 65 miles of cycle routes and high level walks of varying length and difficulty. The ancient village of Braemar is home to Braemar Castle and the world-famous annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. For further information on cycling routes in Scotland, check out visitscotland. com

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Doors Open Days - thousands explore venues in Renfrewshire Thousands turned out across Renfrewshire last month to visit the historic sights and locations which took part in the annual Doors Open Days event. Part of a worldwide event with over 50 countries taking part, Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Days is a celebration of the fantastic design and architectural history of the region. Visitors to Paisley were afforded the opportunity to spot some of the unique features of the town, including the Paisley Abbey gargoyles and ‘Porridge Bowl’ roof of the John Neilson Institute, as well taking a look inside a building they hope never to be in again – Paisley Sheriff Court.


Those interested in the weaving history of the area had the opportunity to visit the Sma’ Shot Cottages and Tannahill’s Cottage – allowing a look inside the homes of both a typical weaver in the 18th Century and also the ‘Weaver Poet’ Robert Tannahill. Across the region, visitors had the chance to explore some of the outstanding visitor attractions which Renfrewshire has to offer.

Great Scottish Run Sunday 1st October 2017 The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10K - This course is a shorter adaptation of the half marathon that hugs the River Clyde and features some of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks and buildings. Half Marathon - Starting in George Square the course will take you across the River Clyde, through Pollok and Bellahouston Park, before heading back for the grandstand finish on Glasgow Green. Super Saturday - From the toddler dash, to the family milers & junior heroes, we look forward to seeing your stars of the future enjoying our safe courses right in the city centre.

Renfrew Fire Station opened its doors to allow aspiring fire fighters a glimpse inside and a chance to see the equipment used in emergency situations in action; while the Grade ‘B’ listed Victory Baths in the town gave visitors a guided tour of the historic, and often rumoured to be haunted, building.

For those who like to experience the great outdoors, Erskine’s Lamont Farm provided the perfect opportunity for families to meet some of the animals which live on the farm with handling sessions put on throughout the day. While at Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch, tours of the lookout tower gave visitors spectacular views across the loch and Garnock Valley. Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron took the opportunity to visit various places across Renfrewshire including a visit to learn more about Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture at the bid base on Paisley High Street. Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a fantastic opportunity to visit those places across Renfrewshire we just never seem to get around to seeing. “I was delighted to see so many people taking up the chance, as I did, to explore the beautiful buildings and venues which make our area such an inviting place to visit. “This was just another part of a terrific year of events in the area and with our annual music, comedy and drama festival ‘The Spree’ just a few weeks away, it is an exciting time to live, work or visit Renfrewshire.” The Spree festival takes place between 13th - 22nd October and has yet another bumper line of talent set to grace the area. Information on who’s playing and how to buy tickets is available at: www.thespree. For information on further events set to take place across Renfrewshire visit or www.

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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: Welcome to our Sunday services at 10.30 am with Junior Church and All A ge ser vices. For more information about our congregation please see www.

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015 05 612975 Han n eke. Marshall@churchofscotland. 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 Services Schedule. All Services conducted by Rev. Ian Bell unless otherwise stated. S.C.O.number. Sco12822. Sunday October 1st Holy Communion Services. Morning - 11am Afternoon - 14pm Evening - 6.45pm. Our communion wine is non alcoholic apart from the common cup. Sunday 8th October - 11am - morning worship conducted by the Kirk Worship Team. Sunday 15th October - 11am - morning worship conducted by the Rev. Sandy MacDonald. Sunday 22nd, 29th October - 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 October: Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout October, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. The services will take place in the hall during

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the work on the church roof. We continue to support the Paisley Food Bank each Sunday. Sunday School and the Crèche will meet in the small hall from 10.45am each week. The service of Harvest Thanksgiving will take place on Sunday 8th. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed on Sunday 29th at 11am and 2pm. ALL WELCOME TO ANY OF THESE SERVICES. For further information about the church and the organisations, please visit Kilbarchan Kirk online:


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!

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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: Cargill Hall: 7pm in February, March, April, May, June, September, October(AGM), November, and December on the 1st Tuesday of the month. (No meetings July and August) BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 7.30pm in February, April, June, August, October and December on 2nd Thursday of the month. HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wed at 7.30pm HOWWOOD: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. KILBARCHAN: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. KILMACOLM & QUARRIERS: Last Tues at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre (NB: No meetings: July or Dec) LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm LOCHWINNOCH: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

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

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Ward 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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Mantua President 1750 English frigate period, 1:60 scale wooden kit 792. Length 520mm. Brand new, unused and unopened item. £50. Tel: 01505 690426. Royal & Langnickel all media easel artist 150 piece set. Never been used, still in original box. £50. Tel: 01505 873140. Artists studio easel, hardly used and still in its original canvas bag. £20. Tel: 01505 873140. Video HD drone with HD built in camera 2.5 GHZ, new in packaging. £60. Tel: 07856 610671. Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2 and new Jinyu tyre 185/60 R15. Stored as spare wheel only. £80. Tel: 07736 067169.


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Wooden trestle table(6 x 2ft top 30in high) folding legs. Free to pick up. Tel: 01505 321908. Childs white bed guard Wooden suitable from moving from a cot to single bed. Excellent condition. Tel: 07814 408192.

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Gibb Stuart . . . . . .. . . . . . . 14,15,16,23

Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 27 Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Penny Lane Homes . . . . . . . . . . 40

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

Home Interiors Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 6 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Restaurant & Bars Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 17


Home Security


Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 2

Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 26

Firewood & Logs

Joiners A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 12 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 12 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 15 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 30 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 14

Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,15,16,23 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 40

LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,36 Miller BioFuels Ltd . . . . . . . . 44 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 7 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 47

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

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 33 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 37 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 33 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 33 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 36 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 37 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 35 Matt Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 32 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 35 West of Scotland Landscape . . 32

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 2 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

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

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 44 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 45

Health, Beauty & Fitness Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 44 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 7 Classical Ballet Classes . . . 61 Decorus Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 9 FitSmart Fitness . . . . . . . . . . 61 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Highland Hustle . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 47 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 11 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 18 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 6 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 43 Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 11 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 10 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 15 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 53

Kilt & Dress Hire


Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 3

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

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 30

Leisure & Recreation Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club . . 59

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 16 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 11 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Matt Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Paul Brady Painter & Decorator . . 15 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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

Pet Services & Training Husse Pet Food . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Pawz and Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 39 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 38

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 11 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 13 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 12 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14 Matt Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Plumbers A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 2 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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

Sports Clubs & Events Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club . . 59

Stoves Iron House Stoves Limited . . 13 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 31

Tiling Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 15 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 37 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,36 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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

Upholstery Services Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,4 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 8

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

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

@ease Removals & Transport . . 6 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 33 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 16 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 37 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 15 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affinity Family Law Experts . . 8 Affluent Financial Planning . . 24 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Stewart - Driving Instruct . . 14 Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 5 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 33 ARC Fleet Services . . . . . . . . . Bk Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 44 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 5 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 17 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 7 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 26 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 11 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 13 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 4 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 13 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 15 Classical Ballet Classes . . . 61 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows Glasgow . . 5 Cochran Dickie Estate Agents . . 27 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Colin Docherty Painter Decorat . . 11 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 33 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Decorus Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Delta Electrical Services . . 12 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 3 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 12 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 36 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 17 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 14 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 15,4 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 9 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 15 FitSmart Fitness . . . . . . . . . . 61 Forefront Scaffolding . . . . . . 6 Freelance Florist . . . . . . . . . 46 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 32 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,15,16,23 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 37 Glenorchy Lodge Hotel . . . . . . 41 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 15 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 31 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 3

Pick up a Copy Bishopton: Post Office, Woodrow’s Store, Keystore, Library, Ingliston Country Club

November ‘17 Issue: • Deadline: 13 October • Delivery: 27 October

December ‘17 Issue: • Deadline: 10 November • Delivery: 24 November

Bridge of Weir: Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s Cafe, Lochnagar, The Bridge, Library (Cargill Centre) Erskine: Garden Centre, Library, Sports Centre, Swimming pool


Highland Hustle . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Husse Pet Food . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 2 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 Iron House Stoves Limited . . 13 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 9 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 12 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 2 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 47 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 31 KC Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,4 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 47 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 11 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 14 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 Laptop and PC Repairs . . . . . . 26 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 18 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,36 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 35 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matt Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 15 MBS Roofing & Building Contrac . . 10 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 14 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 2 Miller BioFuels Ltd . . . . . . . . 44 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 10 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 45 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 6 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club . . 59 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 19 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 8 Paul Brady Painter & Decorator . . 15 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 Pawz and Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Penny Lane Homes . . . . . . . . . . 40 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 32 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 4 Revamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 39 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 43 St Columba’s School . . . . . . . . 55 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1 Strathgryffe Dog Walks . . . . . 38 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 15 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 30 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 40 The Pavilion Tearoom . . . . . . . 15 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 53 Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Wellcentred UK . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 West of Scotland Landscape . . 32 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 14

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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