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Local Events

June brings us St Vincent’s Carfest and Milngavie’s Classic Car Show. Lilias Day, along with Lilifest, Bridge of Weir Gala Week, Accord Summer Fair, Howwood Village Fete, Bishopton Day, Langbank Gala Day, Kilbarchan Agricultural Show, Houston Agricultural Show and the Hessilhead Open Day are all great fun and entertaining - lots of things for all the family to enjoy. If we’ve missed any we apologise - please make sure we get your details by our issue deadlines.

Planning The Proposed Local Plan for Inverclyde has been published for further public consultation with a deadline for responses of 29th June 2018. There are no changes to the status of Greenbelt land, and further Local Nature Conservation Sites have been identified in Kilmacolm. The Civic Trust, Community Council and Kilmacolm Residents Association have all been campaigning to alert Councillors to the importance of the preservation of greenbelt land around the village. Developers may still challenge the Council’s Plan, and planning applications have already been submitted by developers with a view to reversing the stance on Greenbelt. More details in our Villages section. To keep up to date on these plans, visit the relevant websites at https://kilmacolmcivictrust.org/, http:// www.kilmacolmcc.co.uk/ and https://www.kilmacolmra.co.uk/. These groups also have pages on Facebook you can follow. There will be a Pre-Determination Hearing on 14th June, 2pm at Greenock Town Hall to hear the proposed residential development at Knapps and North Denniston, Kilmacolm. Members of the public are welcome to attend but if you wish to speak at the meeting you are asked to confirm this prior to the date. Full details in our Villages section.

Health warning There have been an number of heated debates, particularly on Facebook, regarding the wearing of earphones when out and about. It has become a trend to listen to music whilst participating in all sorts of activities such as walking, jogging and cycling, to name but a few. This is perfectly safe in the confines of a gym, music on the treadmill is great - find your happy place and lose yourself in the beat, but the same carries with it certain hazards in the great outdoors. Personally, I have now twice witnessed a jogger stepping out in front of a car, apparently oblivious to the oncoming hazard. In each instance the jogger was listening to music and I presume they simply didn’t hear the car judging by the look on their faces when they realised their situation; luckily an accident was avoided. On the roads and cycle paths there are plenty of things to listen out for without the distraction of music. This also presents an opportunity, just take the time to listen to the silence, and then you realise just how noisy nature really is - it’s wonderful!

Outdoors With good weather comes busy gardeners. However, gardeners beware. It’s still nesting season and some chicks and young birds haven’t left home yet. Please be wary when pruning and trimming hedges, trees and large shrubs. Have a quick look in the branches before beginning just in case there’s a nest there. Nesting season is nearing an end for most local bird species, so a short delay in the gardening schedule is all that’s needed. I will now say no more about the weather and here’s to a brilliant June!

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Paisley Museum To Be Transformed Ambitious £42m plans to transform Paisley Museum into an international-class destination have pulled off a major coup, with the appointment of AL_A - the award-winning architects behind some of the world’s most striking buildings. The firm’s founder Amanda Levete - a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize - says the Paisley Museum project is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’. It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter - for which they this week won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018. They were also this month shortlisted for the competition to redesign the visitor experience at Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower. The Paisley Museum transformation is the flagship project in Renfrewshire Council’s planned £100m investment in cultural venues and infrastructure key to Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid legacy, and the wider plans to use the town’s unique assets to transform its future. The museum will close this autumn and re-open in 2022 as a revitalised home for Paisley’s internationally-significant textile heritage and outstanding natural history, art and science collections, expected to nearly quadruple current visitor numbers to 125,000 a year. The project will include a contemporary addition to the existing Victorian-era building, creating a new entrance and museum spaces - including a cafe and shop - landscaping and significantly-improved access. There will be major revamps to all four museum buildings including the Coats Observatory, while a complete internal redesign will reimagine the visitor experience and double the number of objects on public display. Current AL_A projects include the revitalisation of the historic Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; and two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford. Completed projects include Central Embassy, a 1.5m sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok, and Sky TV’s new London media campus. Levete was recently named the winner of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, an annual lifetime achievement award for an architect who has furthered the progress of women in the industry.

She said: “This is one of the most radical briefs I have read - it triggered in us a desire to tell the untold history of Paisley and search for a narrative thread that will drive the design. The project is bigger than the building itself and I am excited to re-imagine the relationship between the street and museum. This is not only about finding the way to best show the museum’s collection, it’s also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity.” Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure - which operates the museum - added: “For Paisley to have attracted a design team of such global reputation to come to Scotland for the first time shows we are being noticed around the UK and abroad. Being the first ever town on a UK City of Culture shortlist took our profile to new levels - but this appointment also says a lot about the scale and ambition of the museum project, and the worldwide importance of Paisley’s heritage and collections. The museum was gifted to the people of Paisley more than a century ago by Peter Coats, at the time his family were building a global thread empire headquartered right here.” AL_A were among more than 120 firms to tender for the Paisley Museum project and will lead an Anglo-Scottish multi-disciplinary design team including conservation consultants Giles Quarme and Associates, landscape architects GROSS.MAX, and engineers Arup. They will also provide a wide range of benefits to the Renfrewshire community, including further education and school visits, work experience placements and careers events. The £100m investment in Paisley town centre over the next four years also includes projects to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre into 21stcentury venues, a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street, major investment in outdoor spaces and the town’s transport links, and new sporting facilities and events space at St James Playing Fields. The plans build on the investment already made in the publicly-accessible museum store Paisley: The Secret Collection, opened last year on the town’s High Street, and the launch of the new destination brand and website www. paisley.is The museum project is also being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

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Cycle for Summer Challenge 2018 It’s the time of the year when everyone enjoys cycling, walking or low carbon travel. At LEAP we’re running a 5 week ‘Cycle for Summer’ challenge. Whether you are a regular cyclist, you cycle to work, you cycle as a family or group, or you cycle on holiday or with friends, simply sign up for ‘Cycle For Summer 2018 challenge’, pledge ‘TO CYCLE’ and log your cycled miles or kilometres each week with LEAP. As part of our work to encourage low carbon travel, we’ll count the miles participants have collectively cycled over the challenge period, share your cycling stories, experiences and photographs if you wish, and provide information on cycle paths and routes near you. Cycle for Summer starts on 15th June and runs until 21st July this year and you may cycle for part or all of the 5 weeks. To sign up for the CYCLE FOR SUMMER 18 challenge or for more information, contact the LEAP team on 01505 612034, email lesley@myleapproject.org, and/or pop into our Bridge of Weir Office on Main Street. To celebrate CYCLE FOR SUMMER and low carbon transport, we’ll also be holding a Bike Swap, a Guided Cycle, and Cycle Maintenance Checks on Saturday 21st July at Castle Semple Loch in partnership with the Big Bike Revival, Clyde Muirshiel, RT Cycles, and Ride 63.

Gavin Newlands (MSP) Over the past few months, I have been involved in a number of campaigns on issues affecting people in the local area. The first of these issues involved campaigning with Councillor Natalie Don to try and save the number 8 and 19 bus services. I held meeting’s and spoke to both, McGill’s and SPT, about the importance of these services to local people and that they should be saved. I also raised this matter on the floor of Parliament, but unfortunately, my calls for action ultimately went unanswered. There have been a number of bus services cut across Renfrewshire and this raises some serious concerns about how the area is being served by the current provisions for public transport. I am looking forward to the Scottish Government’s upcoming Public Transport Bill being published to see how it will help such issues. The second issue that I had more success with involved some Universal Credit claimants who live in Bridge of Weir. As many of you will know, Universal Credit will be rolled out across Renfrewshire in September but for administrative purposes, it was decided by the DWP that some people living in Bridge of Weir would be moved over to Universal Credit at an earlier date. The benefit itself has caused a number of problems for claimants since it’s inception. The specific local issue brought to my attention involved local claimants being forced to travel a 20 mile round trip to the Job Centre in Greenock to address matters with their Universal Credit claim, despite the fact that the Johnstone Job Centre is a lot closer to them. I wrote directly to the Secretary of State asking him to intervene to allow people in Bridge of Weir to be able to go to the Johnstone Job Centre rather than having to make the more expensive journey to Greenock. I was delighted that my calls were accepted by the Secretary of State but as Universal Credit begins to roll out across the rest of Renfrewshire, we need to keep a close eye on this to ensure that people aren’t negatively affected by this new replacement benefit. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the volunteers from Brighter Bridge of Weir to hear about their work to enhance the appearance of Bridge of Weir for all who all who live and work there, and visitors alike. This group’s hard work has really paid off with various areas of the village having been brightened up. Their magic touch can be seen right across the village including Torr Road, Main Street and the cycle path and I know that villagers value the selfless work that Brighter Bridge of Weir carry out and I have promised to join them in one of their future sessions.

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Inspired by Jo Cox This year, The Great Get Together will take place on 22nd – 24th June 2018, which would have been Jo’s 44th birthday.

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The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that

As the prime minister said, when she remarked on Jo’s death in her New Year’s message 2017, we have an opportunity to move forward and “bring this country together, as never before”. Jo’s family and friends came up with the initiative and more than one hundred organisations are now supporting us. This weekend is inspired by Jo Cox, but we expect people to take part for many different reasons. You can get in touch at hello@greatgettogether.org or find out how to get involved by going to www.greatgettogether.org/#joinin

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Tam Cowan donned his chef’s whites this week to launch The Big Summer Sizzle. The newspaper columnist and broadcaster joined hospice staff for a barbeque to launch the latest Scotland’s Hospices Together fundraising campaign. Tam is encouraging everyone to reach for the ketchup and mustard and host a barbeque to raise funds for hospices across Scotland: “I am absolutely thrilled to support The Big Summer Sizzle. There’s nothing better than filling your face with a burger or three, so what a great way to raise money for your local hospice.” Scotland’s Hospices Together is a national partnership between ten of Scotland’s independent hospices, working together to highlight the work of local hospice care across Scotland. As part of its remit, Scotland’s Hospices Together will be co-ordinating joint fundraising campaigns to benefit all participating hospices. John Brady, Chair of Scotland’s Hospices Together, explains: “We are delighted The Big Summer Sizzle has returned for 2018. We hope as many people as possible across Scotland to get together with friends, family or colleagues and host a barbeque to support their local Hospice. “These hospices provide end-of-life care and support to patients and their families and are reliant on donations and voluntary support to continue providing that care.” Ardgowan has promotional items to help local groups who would like to organise a sizzle to benefit the Hospice. Please contact the Fundraising Team on 01475 726830.

Thousands Turn Out For World’s Best Pipers Thousands of people descended on Paisley to see more than 130 of the world’s best pipe bands compete in the first of the summer’s calendar of major piping events. The British Pipe Band Championships saw more than 4,000 pipers and drummers descend on the town’s St James Playing Fields, from throughout the UK and Ireland, and as far afield as Denmark. The event - organised by Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – was in Paisley for the third year in a row. The championships will return to Paisley for another three years from 2019 to 2021 as part of the expanded programme of events planned via the legacy of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid. A huge turnout of families from Renfrewshire and beyond enjoyed entertainment including a funfair and Highland dancing competition, plus sporty activities from Renfrewshire Leisure, Paisley Rugby Club, and Renfrewshire’s awardwinning Street Stuff team. Many pipers and their pals also took the chance to relax in the sunshine at the bar and international food village, while there was a range of street traders in attendance. Transport to the event was free, with McGills running shuttle buses to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station, St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 Stadium, and West College Scotland.

Member hospices include ACCORD Hospice, Ardgowan Hospice, Ayrshire Hospice, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), Highland Hospice, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, St Andrew’s Hospice, St Columba’s Hospice, St Vincent’s Hospice and Strathcarron Hospice.

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In the piping arena, local interest came from the Johnstone Pipe Band, the Kilbarchan Pipe Band and the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band – who were making their major championships debut. Handing out the prizes as event chieftain was Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who said: “Once again, the British Pipe Band Championships was a wonderful family day out and it was a pleasure to be part of it. “It brings with it a massive audience from the length and breadth of Scotland and internationally, and that influx of visitors is worth a six-figure amount for the local economy. Today was also a chance for those visitors to explore Paisley and all it has to offer – hosting events like this is helping to establish us as a key destination within Scotland. “It was also great to see our own school pupils get the experience of competing as part of a major championships – and showcase the musical talent we have here in Renfrewshire.” Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “Today kicked off our annual calendar of majors and the standard of piping was top class – as you would expect from a field containing most of the world’s top bands. Once again, Paisley and Renfrewshire made a great host and we look forward to bringing the event back here over the next three years.”

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CarFest 2018 This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to Paisley town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood. For the vehicle enthusiast it has plenty to entertain with classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and some surprises too! But it’s not just a day for motor heads; there will be plenty on offer for all ages with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle. The cars will be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 16th June. The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

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New Guide Opens Doors for Disabled Visitors in Scotland A series of top accessible and inclusive attractions throughout Scotland have been chosen to feature in an inspiring new guide to support people with diverse needs in enjoying a day out – whatever their disability. The revamped edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, now in its 10th year, has for the first time extended its reviews to include information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism and mental illness. The Scottish attractions featured in the new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain include East Lothian’s Scottish Seabird Centre, the Walking on Air modified gliding club at Portmoak Airfield, Invernessshire’s Nevis Range Mountain Experience, and the Scottish National Gallery and Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, packed with world renowned masterpieces.

As well as details of ramps, accessible toilets and parking spaces, visitors can find out well in advance whether a venue offers features such as quiet mornings, picture stories or bespoke queuing arrangements. The refreshed and enhanced edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available online at accessibleguide.co.uk.

Kiltwalk In Memory Of Lily Brown Well done to Julie Hannah and Robert Brown, brother and sister who completed the KiltWalk on the 29th April from Glasgow Green to Balloch in memory of their Gran Lily Brown, from Kilmacolm who sadly passed away in January from Alzheimers. Having raised over £2000 for Alzheimers Scotland, they hope this helps to bring more awareness to this illness.

Why Try Contact Lenses? by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians Some of you will be shuddering at the very thought of putting something on your eye. Believe it or not though, as long as your eyes are suitable and you can handle/take care of the contact lenses properly, anyone can wear contact lenses (CLs). The choice of CLs is now greater than ever. Lots of different materials and huge ranges of prescriptions mean that everyone has an option, even varifocal wearers. From the part-time wearers (once or twice a year) to the full-time wearers (1 month without removing the CLs) and everything in-between, there are CLs for you. The average age to start CLs is 12-15 years of age but fitting a child of 7 is not out of the question. As long as there is understanding of risks/hygiene and competence in handling, then there is no minimum (or maximum!) age. CLs can even have a positive impact on a child’s social behaviour, helping them to feel more confident. Probably the best question to ask yourself is “are there any occasions where I wish I didn’t need glasses to see?”. This can be anything from glasses feeling uncomfortable, steaming up, sports, vanity etc. If the answer is yes, then you should give them a try.

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Most opticians offer free trials which involve an initial assessment and fitting based on a current eye examination, so just ask. You will then be taught all you need to know to safely handle and care for your CLs before the 1-2 week trial begins. After this, you’ll have a check-up, and this is when you decide if you wish to continue wearing CLs. All being well, different wearing schedules can then be discussed.

Paisley’s ever-popular Barshaw Gala Day will return on Saturday 23rd June from midday to 4pm at Barshaw Park, Paisley. It’s a fun, free day out for all the family where there will be the chance to enjoy live entertainment provided by local groups, fun inflatables, free face painting and children’s workshops, community and craft stalls and more. If that isn’t enough don’t forget Barshaw Park also has some fantastic play areas, a nature corner, a large pond, BMX area, plus model ride on train. Entry is free, so come along and join in an afternoon party in the park.

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Jurassic Bricks Paisley is the place to be this summer as Paisley First presents Jurassic Bricks – a free, interactive LEGO® Brick Dinosaur Trail! From Saturday 30th June until Sunday 12th August, there will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition! Find the names of all the dinosaurs to win prizes plus take part in our weekly Golden Ticket Competition to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers! Download our Love Paisley town centre loyalty app, LoyalFree, to save money with great gift and shopping offers plus tasty deals for lunch and dinner too! https://www.loyalfree.co.uk/customers/ Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

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Kilbarchan Smile Teams Up to Clean Up Kilbarchan Smile recently teamed up with Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign. Around 30 Kilbarchan Smilers took part in the litter pick in and around the village collecting around 40 bags of rubbish!

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush by Sheila Macintyre, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

Work has also been ongoing with the Gateway Garden team. Smilers undertook a massive clear up of the hedges and have created a lovely growing area in the Ewing Street car park. Get involved in Kilbarchan Smile yourself: the Gateway Garden team desperately need more volunteers if you can spare a few hours a month. We also need some help with admin, fundraising and social media – great work experience or ideal for someone part-time or retired. Why not start looking after an area outside your home, how about doing your own weekly litter-pick? It only takes a few minutes and if everyone just does little bit it will make a big impact. We can provide litter picking kits for anyone interested. Some companies fund their employees to take part in community work which also forms a key part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards volunteering section. See What’s On and Regular Events for this month’s activities. To find out more, contact 07952169341, email hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook

Sharing a toothbrush may seem like a convenient (or even romantic) thing to do but it comes with a lot of unnecessary health risks that you should be aware of. For a start, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the mouth is home to more than 700 species of bacteria! Sharing a toothbrush is a sure-fire way to transfer bacteria from one person to another and, whilst not all bacteria is harmful, some like staph and E. coli, can lead to infection and serious health issues. Brushing sometimes causes the gums to bleed so, as it is not just saliva you are sharing, the health risks are much higher. Some of the scarier illnesses and diseases that can be passed on include herpes, pneumonia and even HIV and HPV. Colds and strep throat are more common and easily spread (particularly amongst children) through toothbrush sharing. So, if you are ever caught without a toothbrush think twice before sharing one. Whilst nowhere near as effective as brushing with your own toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste some emergency measures you can take include: a plain old swish round the mouth with water; using your (clean) finger and toothpaste if you have it (or some baking soda if not) to rub your teeth cleaner or wrap a paper towel/facecloth round your finger for more thorough plaque removal. Eating celery and plain popping corn also helps give your teeth a clean and chewing sugar free gum helps produce saliva and kills bacteria. Also remember to keep toothbrushes separate (if the brush heads touch, the bacteria we’ve just mentioned is still transferred), keep them clean by pouring boiling water over them every few days or washing with baking powder and/or alcohol and replace toothbrushes or electric brush heads every 3 months.

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Kerbside Glass Collections to End Inverclyde Council is reminding householders that from Sunday 1 July glass will no longer be collected from the kerbside for recycling.

Final kerbside collections are scheduled to take place during June. Environment & Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick: “As part of the Council’s budget review we had to make the tough decision to withdraw the kerbside glass collection service. It wasn’t an easy one as we pride ourselves on our excellent record on recycling. “I appreciate people will now have to go a little out of their way rather than enjoy the convenience of collections but I would encourage householders to continue to recycle and re-use what they can. “Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting the kerbside glass collection service and I hope people will continue to make use of the wide range of recycling facilities we have available in Inverclyde.” Householders are being asked to continue to leave their black box beside their black bin by 7am on their regular residual waste collection day until Friday 29 June. Glass can still be recycled at Pottery Street and Kirn Drive Recycling Centres and at the neighbourhood recycling points, which are situated at convenient locations throughout Inverclyde. Residents can keep their black box after Sunday 1 July to store and transport glass bottles and jars for recycling. Alternatively the boxes can be recycled at Pottery Street Recycling Centre.

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Creative Masterclass Academy is proud to offer tailored workshops and classes for those wishing to learn a new creative skill, up-skill in a specific area of expertise or gain valuable CPD training to take you to your next level. Summer Workshops in the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock Drawing Day – Summer Blooms! 15th June Silk Painting Masterclass 16th June Exploring Textiles ... 17th June Follow A Pattern – Make a Dress! 23rd –24th June Essential Sewing Skills (Part 1) 25th June or 6th August Creative Textiles 26th – 29th June or 7th – 10th August Refresh & Progress 30th June – 1st July To book your place and for more information please get in touch mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www.creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

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Increases in Automatic Enrolment Pension Contributions Employers are required by law to provide a workplace pension scheme for employees. The minimum contributions that both the employer and employee pays are increasing in 2 phases. The first increase started on 6th April 2018 and the second commences 6th April 2019. For employers providing an auto enrolment pension scheme, they must ensure at least the minimum amounts are being paid into their pension scheme.

Weir Networking Some readers have been asking when the next Weir Networking Business event will take place. These are now held quarterly, on a Wednesday in Amaretto, Bridge of Weir. Dates as follows: Wed 13th June, Wed 12th September, Wed 5th December. Breakfast starts at 9.30am. There is a cover charge of £5. Please email colin@magifilms.co.uk or visit their facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/Weir-Networking-350783798430333/ We look forward to welcoming you all.

Want to start a business but not sure where to turn or how to do it? Business Gateway Renfrewshire can give you practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland. Contact us on 0141 530 2406 or on Facebook www.facebook.com/ bgrenfrewshire/, or visit the website at www.yourbusinessgateway.co.uk

The amount payable into your pension scheme will vary depending on the type of scheme you have and the rules of that scheme. By law a total minimum amount of contributions must be paid into the scheme. The changes to the rates of gross pension contributions are as follows Employees will be required to pay more – from 1% of earnings to 3% this tax year and 5% from 2019. Employers must pay 2% this year and 3% from next year. Most employers use pension schemes that required a total minimum of 2% contribution to be paid. The calculation for this type of scheme is based on a specific range of earnings. For the 2018/19 tax year this range is between £6,032 and £46,350 a year (£503 and £3,863 a month, or £116 and £892 a week) Remember, these are the minimum contributions levels – it does not mean that this will provide the retirement income you want. You should review the amount you save to make sure you are saving enough to have the lifestyle you want when you stop working. This information is not financial advice. If you require advice you should consult a professional adviser. The first meeting is normally free and there is no obligation. Call us for a FREE financial review on 01505 59 50 60 or email info@affluentfp.co.uk. Alternatively, pop into the Affluent office opposite Amaretto restaurant on Main Street, Bridge of Weir. www.affluentfp.co.uk

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New I:DEAs for Money Management A programme to help nearly 2000 people in Inverclyde better manage their money and avoid debt misery has been launched. The three-year I:DEAS (Inverclyde Delivery Effective Advice and Support) project aims to increase the financial capacity and improve the social inclusion of the most disadvantaged people and households in Inverclyde. Council Leader and Welfare and Finance Inclusion Champion Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “When people run into money difficulties they often lose the ability to support themselves, becoming financially and socially excluded. This has a knock-on effect for the local economy, local landlords, businesses, the court system, council services, the health service and charities.” The £2.3million I:DEAS programme is funded jointly by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund Scotland through the Delivering Financial Inclusion programme. Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership are the lead organisations in the scheme working with a range of local and national partners. They include Barnardo’s; CVS Inverclyde; Financial Fitness; River Clyde Homes; Scotcash and the Wise Group together with the Council’s Community Learning & Development service and Advice First service. Councillor McCabe added: “.... A big part of the service is to ensure that those who are socially excluded due to debt will no longer be. We will provide family support if required and are looking for volunteers and peer supporters to carry on with the work.”

Don’t single us out again, self-employed urge Government Responding to the launch of the Government’s consultation on off-payroll working rules (IR35), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: “Shifting the IR35 burden onto public sector employers has undoubtedly hurt the self-employed.

“The fear of making an honest mistake could stop employers taking on the genuinely self-employed, even when it’s clearly the right thing to do. Any rule changes made off the back of this consultation need to be straightforward, transparent and come with minimal disruption to small employers who don’t have big HR departments or legal teams.  

“Having responsibility for complying with offpayroll rules means paperwork. By weighing employers down with this admin, you’re threatening to reduce the flexibility with which they can utilise the genuinely self-employed. That flexibility is a key selling point for contractors.  

“We look forward to feeding-in to this consultation over the weeks ahead. This Government must not try and unfairly single out the self-employed once again.”  

“The self-employed community is now 4.75 million-strong. The Government needs to think very carefully about any changes that could stifle the vital contribution it’s making to our economy.  

£13 Housing Project Enters Next Phase at Johnstone Castle Regeneration of current housing at areas surrounding the historic Johnston Castle is underway. The next phase of work will see vacant properties at Cedar Avenue, Tower Road and Elm Drive taken down to make way for the new energy efficient homes. The development will feature a mix of mainly two and three bedroom homes and own-door flats, as well as two specially designed bungalows for tenants with mobility requirements. The regeneration project also features four semi-detached homes with four bedrooms for larger families. Nicola lived in the flats for eleven years with her 22-year-old daughter, and is excited about being considered for one of the new build properties. She said: “I’ve seen the plans and I like the new houses. We’re looking forward to getting our own front door for the first time ever.” Resident Margaret MacKay was also on hand to watch the next phase of the regeneration take place. She lived in number 89 for more than half a century after first moving in as a six-year-old school girl in July 1960. The 64-year-old said: “When we moved in it was so new there wasn’t even a pavement here. “There is a great community spirit in Johnstone Castle and I am happy to be staying in the area. It’s time for the flats to be replaced by something new.” Construction work on the new housing is expected to start soon with the first completions due next spring. Council Officers are also on hand in Johnstone Castle Community Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings if tenants or residents have any questions about the ongoing regeneration work in the area.

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Speaker Meetings at the River Inn Wednesday 18th April -John Blair, “Bridge of Weir Angling Club” John Blair has been the President of Bridge of Weir Angling Club for the past 8 years. The Club is one of Scotland’s oldest angling clubs, having been founded in 1874. It looks after the stretch of the Gryffe River from Quarriers Village to the river bridge in Bridge of Weir. He noted that the growth in commercial salmon farming has resulted in a big drop in salmon numbers coming up the river to spawn - increased sea lice may be the cause. After many varied questions David thanked John for highlighting a popular activity available right on our door step.

Wednesday 25th April - David Shan, Renfrew Rotary “Sikhs and Turbans” David, who is a Sikh, brought greetings from President John of the Renfrew Club, then announced his subject as the tying and wearing of a turban and the reasons for doing so. He gave a fascinating account of the history of Sikhism and how it evolved from Hinduism. He described the variety of turbans and the significance of their various colours. He concluded his talk by showing members what is involved in preparing the length of material required to wind round the head to form a proper turban and enlisted the assistance of his host, Alan, who modelled the headwear very convincingly to the obvious delight of his colleagues!

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Wednesday 16th May – Gerard McKeown, “Charles Dickens – could he have been a Rotarian?” Born in Northern Ireland, Gerard worked in the South of England as a teacher of English before becoming a church minister. He had a particular interest in Charles Dickens and conducted historical tours of Dickens’ London sites. He explained how Dickens had worked incessantly for charitable projects (whilst fathering thirteen children and completing his writing) during his working life of 33 years. He gave 60 -70 benefit performances for charity each year. He was motivated by the practical Christian tradition of the Unitarian Church.

Wednesday 9th May - John Stuart, Renfrew Rotary “CAMRA” John Stuart is a Member of The Rotary Club of Paisley, a beer enthusiast and a very active member of CAMRA. John explained how the recent Paisley Beer Festival had been conceived and planned with 316 different beers! He passed around beer glasses with a plea to fund the Rotary logo and thanked us for previous support. We heard about how a Rotary ‘charity’ beer for ‘End Polio Now’ nearly sold out. He closed by telling us how he had founded his own brewery, Strathalbyn, in Clydebank and tested members with a quick quiz.

Future Meetings Dinner meetings are held in The River Inn, Crosslee at 7.00pm for 7.30. If you are interested in Rotary and would to like to attend, or help at any of our events, please contact the club via the “contact” button on the website www. gryffevalley-rotary.org.uk . • Wednesday 25th May – Alexa Spragg Euroscholar • Wednesday 30th May – St Columba’s Senior Youth Speaks team • Wednesday 13th May – Sharon Kane “Funding Neuro” • Wednesday 20th May – Roisin Eadie “Mary’s Meals”

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Re-homing Pets Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets? Georgie, 12-year-old, female I’m a lovely older lady who enjoys my food. I’m a little plump kitty needing some encouragement to help me lose weight & shed those winter pounds meow. I’m friendly, confident, love company, I enjoy laying on your knee and I don’t like to be left too long on my own as I can become stressed. Cardboard boxes are one of my favourite toys to play with, I hate noisy hoovers and, like all cats I’m not a fan of being picked up. I’m looking for a home that has older children over the age of 8 years old, no other pets and a safe big garden well away from those scary busy roads.

Hessilhead Open Day Come join us on the 10th June, 12noon - 4pm, to see and learn about what we do at the centre (plus some animals!) - we will also have tents which will have games, bric-a-brac, burgers, refreshments plus much more! Tickets - Adults: £3, kids go free, parking is free and sorry but no dogs! Please see our website for more info at http:// www.hessilhead.org.uk/ Find us at

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Gateside, Beith, Ayrshire KA15 1HT Tel: 01505 502415. Hessilhead cares for Scotland’s injured and orphaned wildlife. It has been running for over 25 years, and became a registered charity in 1986. The centre operates a 24 hour emergency service, and is available to give advice on wildlife problems throughout the day. It is not generally open to the public. This is because our patients are wild, and wild birds and animals are usually frightened of people. Regular disturbance would upset the patients, hamper their recovery, or result in hand-reared youngsters becoming tame. Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue has facilities and experience to treat all species of Scottish wildlife. Facilities at the Centre include an intensive care unit, a swan/seal hospital with indoor pool, a hedgehog unit, a surgery with x-ray equipment and more than 60 outdoor aviaries, enclosures and release pens. Hessilhead is primarily a voluntary organisation. Volunteers help in many ways such as fundraising, building and maintenance, driving patients to Hessilhead and daily cleaning and feeding. To find out about volunteering go to www.hessilhead.org.uk The centre is dependent on donations, membership and sponsor-a-patient schemes and fundraising events. Training courses on handling, care and treatment of wildlife casualties are held throughout the year.

Dogs Trust Family Fun Day Come to Chatelherault on 10th June from midday to 4pm for the annual Dogs Trust Glasgow Family Fun Day, helping to raise funds for the dogs in our care! You are all invited! Dogs Trust Glasgow Annual Fun Day 2018 is set to be a great day out. All the family are welcome for jam packed day filled with lots of fun! And why not bring along your furry friend?

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Basil, Kingsnake Is looking for a new home after he was found as a stray. He is a bit defensive so will require a new owner who is more confident with snakes and who is willing to put in the time to handle him and bring out his confidence. He has the potential to be a friendly snake given the correct care. Despite his name, Basil has never been probed so we are unsure of his gender. He will require a new owner who has knowledge on the species and can provide the specialist care he requires. To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999 or visit www.scottishspca.org/rehoming

Jacob, Male Lab Cross, 2 to 5 Years Jacob was found as a stray and has missed out on some basics as a pup so we are looking for an experienced home to continue his training. He can be quite over the top and mouthy at times but is really improving with regular training sessions, which we would need his new owner to continue with at home. Our TBA will assist with this. Jacob loves playing with other dogs and could live with another dog. He could not live with cats. He is looking for an active home that will keep him busy. He will need someone around for most of the day initially until he settles, when he could be left for a couple of hours. He would love to have a garden; this would need to be secure with a 5ft fence. Jacob would benefit from meeting his new owners a few times before taking him home to build a relationship. Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL. Open: 12noon - 4pm (inc weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays; closed: Wednesdays

Local Animal Charities

The Underheugh Ark www.underheugharkrescue.co.uk

Scottish SPCA 0141 882 1688 | www.scottishspca.org

Give a Dog a Bone www.giveadogabone.net

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Dogs Trust Glasgow 0141 773 5130 | www.dogstrust.org.uk

Any Dog’il Do www.anydogildorescue.org

With various activities to take part in and lots for the kids to join in on it’s the perfect family day out. Things to look forward to include a selection of trade stalls, raffle and tombola, yummy refreshments, kids rides/entertainment along with much more the fun keeps going on.

Cats Protection 0141 779 3341 | www.cats.org.uk

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So why not come along and help raise money in support of Dogs Trust, you would be barking mad not to! For enquiries regarding becoming a stall holder or volunteer on Fun Day, please contact Emma-Louise Livingstone, emma-louise.livingstone@ dogstrust.org.uk or 0141 773 5141

Johnstone Cat Rescue 01505 337321 Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue 01505 502415 | www.hessilhead.org.uk

Harvey’s Army Scotland harveysarmy.com Lamont Farm www.lamontfarm.org.uk

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Baby love: Kids And Kitties campaign launched We’ve launched our #KidsAndKitties campaign to encourage parents to keep their pets during pregnancy after a survey found that over half of prospective mums and dads have concerns. The survey outlined that 1 in 12 parents gave up their cat because of having a baby or young children, two thirds of whom regretted their decision. The campaign offers advice to parents on how to keep their children, cats and themselves safe and happy, as well as outlining the benefits of pets in families. We receive hundreds of calls each year from people wanting to give up their cats for reasons related to children and babies. Daniel Cummings, Cats Protection’s Behaviour Officer said: “There seems to be a lot of conflicting advice out there about cats, pregnancy and children so we’re keen to stress that you don’t need to give up your cat if you are pregnant or have young children.” He continues: “With just some simple considerations, cats and children can live in harmony together and this can bring huge benefits such as helping kids to learn responsibility and compassion for living things.” To find out more about our #KidsandKitties campaign, go to www.cats.org.uk/kids-and-kitties

Alabama Rot in Dogs Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CGRV or Alabama rot) is a disease caused by tiny clots forming in blood vessels. Cause The cause isn’t known. Most cases are seen between November and May. There may be an association with cold wet weather. It does not spread between dogs. Clinical Signs The initial lesions include sores, swelling, bruising and ulcers which can be painful. These usually affect the feet and lower limbs, but can be seen elsewhere on the body. It can lead to acute kidney failure within 10 days. Symptoms include reduced appetite, lethargy, altered drinking and urinating, vomiting and collapse. Diagnosis Diagnosis is often based on the clinical signs. Blood and urine samples can be taken to detect kidney disease. Tests will also be done to rule out other skin problems including infections and other causes of kidney failure. The diagnosis can be confirmed with a skin biopsy, but the results may take several days. Treatment Skin wounds should be kept clean. Antiseptic washes or creams can be used, and dressings if required. Painkillers are often required. Dogs with kidney failure will need intensive care with intravenous fluids and other treatment to support kidney function. Prognosis The prognosis for dogs with skin lesions only is good, and most make a full recovery. Unfortunately, most dogs with kidney failure die despite treatment. Prevention As the cause is unknown it is impossible to give any specific advice to prevent CGRV. Measures could include avoiding waterlogged areas during cold wet weather, and bathing and drying dogs if they get wet and muddy. Although CGRV is obviously a worrying condition, it is important to remember it is still very rare, with only four confirmed cases in Scotland in the last two years.

Donations Needed The SSPCA are appealing to the public to make monthly donations if they can. An SSPCA spokesperson said, “These donations mean we can save animals in Scotland today, tomorrow and in the months and years ahead.

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“Please help save lives by making a monthly donation. You can also make a one-off donation. Any amount helps...”

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Scottish SPCA: 0141 882 1688 www.scottishspca.org These centres are always on the lookout for donations and fundraising. If you can help, please get in touch with any of the centres above.

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Image: ‘Escher’s Blue Mating’ - Jim Black, PCPC - Henderson Trophy, 2nd place

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Photographic Honours for Paisley Photographer

Paul Matthews entertained fellow members with a presentation on Alpines. He focused on the Grenoble area of the French Alps with its stunning scenery and range of Alpine plants. The upper slopes may look barren but every level of shale, scree or tufa is home to a wide variety of plants provided with nutrients and water which suit different plants. Sometimes flowers growing in the higher levels appear lower down and in the “wrong areas” but on examination they are growing on rocks which were brought down by avalanches long ago. Delicate orchids thrive in these conditions. There are 470 species of European orchid versus our 74 varieties. Many of these plants are familiar to us and grow here too but we should remember that our wet, temperate climate is too damp and balmy for many to thrive successfully! For those nurturing Alpines, a compost low in nitrogen and with good drainage and grit will encourage growth. Ideally, equal parts of leaf mould and grit will give the best results.

Three photographers from Paisley gained distinctions from the Federation Internationale De L’art Photographique. FIAP is a worldwide organisation responsible for the promotion of photographic art in all its aspects and through all kinds of photographic events.

For enthusiasts with no head for vertiginous heights or cable cars swinging over valleys, Paul recommends a trip to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens where there is an excellent Alpine House. Therein visitors will find a wide range of rare Alpines, so tempting to collectors that measures are now in place to prevent “finger blight”!! This was our last meeting of the current year and ended with the usual Q&A session, raffle, teas and a chat. Members can look forward to two summer outings: a visit to a private garden in the village and an outing to Parklea Gardens. Then it’s fingers crossed for good gardening weather, colourful borders and healthy vegetable patches - and a selection to exhibit at the Flower Show on 25th August. Good gardening everyone!

Allan Donaldson, Iain McFadyen from Paisley Photographic Society and Norma McDowall from Paisley Colour Photographic Society gained their awards by entering FIAP patronised international photographic competitions and meeting the standards set out for each level of award . Allan’s award of A(artist)FIAP is the first level on the scale of awards. This was done by gaining a minimum of 40 acceptances in 15 international competitions in 8 different countries. Iain and Norma’s awards of E(Excellence)FIAP/Bronze is the third level and requires a minimum of 200 acceptances in 5 different countries and additionally winning 4 medals or honourable mentions in 4 different countries. Allan and Iain were presented with their certificates by Clive Turner, also a member of Paisley Photographic Society, who is the FIAP Liaison Officer for Scotland. Paisley Photographic Society is the oldest club in Scotland dating back to 1857. For the past 5 years the club has met at Coats Memorial Baptist Church but due to the unavailability of this venue the club is moving to a new home. From Friday 7th September meetings will be held in the Methodist Central Hall 2 Gauze Street Paisley where they will continue to provide all the services previously on offer. For further information on Paisley Photographic Society email the Society at: Paisleypsenquiries@ gmail.com.

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RSPB News and Events Summer has arrived and the reserve is alive with fresh bright vegetation and blooming beautiful flowers. The fantastic animal life is also in full swing right now. Avian parents are busy raising their young and we have chicks and ducklings aplenty all over the reserve. We also have tadpoles and newts transforming into their adult form in our ponds and butterflies and damselflies fluttering and gliding around in the summer air. To make the most of all this visible wildlife we have our Open Day for Nature & entry to the reserve will even be FREE! With so much diverse wildlife we are bringing in experts from many different fields. They will be available on the day to show you and tell you all about what we find. In June we have the longest day of the year. It is called the summer solstice. The name solstice comes from the Latin word Solstitium, where the sol = “sun” and the stitium = “stand”. So roughly translates when the sun stands still because of how long the day is. On June 21 the sun will rise at 4:26am on that morning and will not set again until 22:02pm! Why not make the most of this longest day of the year and come and join us for our summer solstice walk Thursday 21 June which sets off at 7pm. Our friendly staff have all the best knowledge about the reserve and its wildlife. They will lead you on the walk, where you will experience the wonderful nature of the reserve, as well as making the most of the long summer night. Summer Solstice Walk: Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Thursday 21 June, 7pm – 9pm - Surround yourself with the sights, sounds and smells of the summer. Join our guided walk around the reserve and experience it like never before! Please book, as places are limited. Cost: Adults: £6; Children: £4.80 (RSPB members £4.80/£3.80) Open Day for Nature! Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Sunday 17 June, 10am - 4pm - Come and see our amazing wildlife and what the reserve has to offer! Pond dipping; Natural Play Area; Fairy Trail. With a special Treasure Hunt on the day too. Entry and Activities are FREE! Inspiring everyone to give nature a home. rspb.org.uk/lochwinnoch The RSPB is a registered charity in England & Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654

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Kilmacolm Old Kirk Summer Fete and Barbeque Saturday 2nd June Grounds of the Old Kirk Manse, Glencairn Rd. 11am – 2pm. Entry - Adults £1, Children Free. The Summer fete is held in the lovely gardens of the manse. It is a friendly fun event for the whole village, young and old. BBQ and Tea Room. Stalls – Tombola, Baking, Plants. Children’s activities – face painting, races, ice cream Please come. All welcome.

Gateway Garden Free Drop In Session Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan, every 2nd Wednesday Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions, Gateway Garden, Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan from 1pm Open Days with gardening and wildlife activities on offer. For more information contact 07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

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Welcome to Scotland’s largest Regional Park

Bog Stomp 10K Trail Run Entry now OPEN: £10 per person, charity entry or £20 per person general entry. This includes goodie bag, event t-shirt and donation to Erskine veterans. Summer Holiday Fun for Kids: There may be some spaces left for sailing, kayaking, canoeing or our amazing try-them-all multi-activity week. Call or check online now. Or if we’re all booked up then organise your own course, you just need 6 kids. Lochshore Path Upgrade: The path is a little uneven just now as the work continues so we suggest anyone with a mobility issue use the cycle track in the meantime. Stones from new track should not be thrown in water please. New Planting at Muirshiel Country Park: The Duke of Edinburgh and Castle Semple Thursday Volunteers have been very busy at Muirshiel Country Park clearing sitka spruce brashings and replanting with 160 aspen trees thanks to Eadha. Tesco Bags of Help Campaign: Please vote with your token from the checkout for ‘Al Fresco Dining’ when you’re in Tesco Greenock and Port Glasgow before the end of June. This will increase the number of benches for family picnics at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. Thank you. Clyde Muirshiel Conservation Volunteers: Greenock Cut’s group meet 10.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday and Castle Semple on Thursdays 12.30 – 3.30pm with the odd full day session. See the new spring programme online now. Pound & Pace at Greenock Cut: Join the 12km Charity Walk around the Greenock Cut. There’s always great company and a great raffle! Pay a £1 and pace the cut on Wednesday 13th June, registration from 10.15am. Are your Colleagues in need of Challenge? Develop new relationships, ease office tension, improve teambuilding and volunteer with the Ranger Service doing some tree work or conservation task. Email rangers.castlesemple@clydemuirshiel.co.uk Conservation Bioblitz @ Greenock Cut: Takes place on Saturday 30th June. Book a space online today! Ride 63 Community Cycle Club: Weekly rides on Tuesdays and some Thursday evenings. Look on our facebook group for the next ride date and meeting time. Contact the club by emailing the secretary ridesixtythree@gmail.com for a membership form.

Tag-n-Track Project Update It’s time for the monthly roundup from the Tag-n-Track Ranger Hannah Riley. TnT is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Project News: I am sure you will have all noticed the influx of gulls over the last few weeks! Be sure to keep

an eye out for any tags or colour rings as five of our gulls have now returned home. Stuart came back online on the 17th of April after nearly five months offline. The data shows us that he spent most of his three and a half months away in Casablanca before meandering up the coast. On his return trip he spent a few days in Tangier before heading into Portugal and then on to the south of England. This flight took him only 31 hours. He then took a break in Wales for nine days before dropping into Ireland on the 30th of April . B-y the 2nd of May he had returned to Little Cumbrae - his nesting home last year. Archie, who was named by the Brown Bull pub in Lochwinnoch, has also returned. A late migrator, he left Scotland on the 30th of November and landed in France on the 10th of December. He spent his time in the Le Verdon-sur-Mur region before returning home on the 21st of April. Archie was the only gull to choose to winter in France. The others have travelled much greater distances. The team had a busy few days with bird-ringing demonstrations at the beginning of May up at Muirshiel and Greenock Cut where we caught goldcrests, blue tits, coals tits and great tits. Thank you to everyone that was able to come and see the demonstration. Gull adoptions: Looking for that something different 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, your name on our website and a fluffy gull to call your own. Look for details on our website or email tnt@clydemuirshiel.co.uk to find out more. Event News: The Tag-n-Track team will be at Lilias day in Kilbarchan on the 2nd of June, please come along and find about all of our gulls and our next round of tagging. You can also come along and meet the TnT Team at Muirshiel on the 3rd of June for a Bird Ringing Demonstration. It is a chance to see our native wild woodland birds up close. 10.30am – 3.30pm. Volunteer with TnT: One of the project’s aims is to train volunteers in the use of our camera traps. We are looking for volunteers to use and monitor our camera traps for 3 month periods. All training will be provided. It only requires a couple of hours a week. If you would like to find out more then contact us. Connect with TnT: Details can be found on the Park’s website www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/tag-n-track or by emailing tnt@clydemuirshiel.co.uk. The Project also know has its own Facebook Page which can be found at www.facebook.com/TagnTrack/ Talks to groups can be arranged if you are interested in finding out more about the project and its findings as the project progresses.Gateway Garden Free Drop In Session, Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan.

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Putting Down Roots An enthusiastic group of youngsters turned out one day last month to plant some trees in Bridge of Weir. They were the winners of the ‘Easter Stone Hunt, in which several brightly painted stones were hidden around the village prior to Brighter Bridge of Weir’s Easter Pop-Up Shop fund-raiser. As well as winning a prize on the day they were each given the chance to plant a tree. So there are now four young trees in the open ground at The Grove, opposite Gibb Stuart’s, something for those children to remember. By now, Brighter Bridge of Weir’s summer plants should have arrived and the Group will be spending much of June refreshing the barrier baskets and planters throughout the village, so it’s going to be a busy time for the Group’s volunteers. After a slow, faltering start to the growing season everything now seems to have come at once. And in spite of the poor weather earlier on, the Group were able to ensure that the plants stayed healthy and it looks as if this summer should see as spectacular a display as ever. Don’t forget, you can follow the Group on Facebook or on their website, brighterbridgeofweir.org

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society Our two events in May - the Royal Afternoon Tea Party, and the annual Summer Outing, were enjoyed in a great spirit of friendship. We now look forward to welcoming you to the annual Kilmacolm Flower and Produce Show, to be held in the New Community Centre, Kilmacolm, on Saturday 8th September. Exhibitors are encouraged to enter the Flower, Vegetable, Pot Plant and Hanging Basket section, plus there is a special section for Novices interested in exhibiting for the first time. Always an attractive feature is the Floral Art. For a Show Schedule containing all the Classes information, please contact Jill Russell on 01505 872393. The Garden at the Cross in Kilmacolm has undergone a clean-up as phase 1 of Inverclyde Council’s improvement scheme for towns and villages within Inverclyde. The wall and commemorative fountain have been cleaned and strengthened, new shrubs have been planted which will take a little time to develop into a mature garden. Lets hope for a summer of good weather to encourage growth. Happy gardening everyone!

Visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website If you’re a member of the public wanting to enjoy some fresh air in a local park, or a dog walker, hill walker, mountain biker, horse rider or kayaker, there is information for you and much more. https://www.outdooraccessscotland.scot/

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Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers by Helen Calcluth Little has been published on the history of Kilbarchan since 1902 when the local minister, Rev. Robert MacKenzie, wrote his book , ‘Kilbarchan: A Parish History’. That excellent work is very informative and well worth reading but MacKenzie made little mention of the handloom weaving industry which had dominated the village for the previous one hundred and fifty years and, obviously, nothing on weaving in the twentieth century. Of the three hundred pages in his book, only one page is devoted specifically to the weaving industry. Helen wrote ‘Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers’ because she felt there was a need to research and record the history of handloom weaving in Kilbarchan. The plans for Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers’ began as a simple investigation into the history of weaving in Kilbarchan from the seventeenth century to the 1950s, when the last handloom weaver in the village plied his trade. The aim was twofold – firstly to collate any information available on the types of textiles woven in the village and, secondly, to find out more about the daily life of the Kilbarchan weavers. Her research into the weaving trade expanded and the book includes, in addition, information on early local waulkmills and lint mills and a chapter on the nineteenth century printworks at nearby Locher. Research into the lives of the Kilbarchan weavers has resulted in a considerable part of the book dealing with the social history of the village, including some biographical information on individual weavers and others involved in the textile trade. For anyone interested in the history of Kilbarchan the book, published by Renfrewshire Local History Forum, will be on sale in Bobbins Coffee Shop, Steeple Street, Kilbarchan, in June or can be purchased from our website: www.rlhf.info © 2018, Gina Fisher, Renfrewshire Local History Forum

Johnstone History Society Our final meeting for this session was on Tuesday the 9th May. This was a very interesting talk and Professor Oram ‘s delivery made it even more enjoyable .

Private John Murdoch McJury served in the 4th (Hallamshire) Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was born in Maybole, Ayrshire in 1885. In 1901 the family was in Hutcheston. At that time John was a boot top cutter. He moved to England and married Alice Maud Gibson in Leeds in the Spring of 1914. His brother David was living at 33 Church Street when John was killed, aged 33, on 29th June 1918: he is buried at Hagle Dump Cemetery, west of Ypres, grave reference: 1.H.2.

Supreme Sacrifice Bridge of Weir & the Great War 100 years ago this month – June 1918 Gunner Andrew Houston, 58th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery by Gordon Masterton In early June 1918 the German Spring Offensive was still at full operational intensity. The BlucherYorck thrust across the River Aisne began on 27th May and punched a huge 25 mile gap in the Allied lines, taking 50,000 French and British prisoners, allowing German troops to reach the River Marne for the first time since the early weeks of the war. They were within 35 miles of Paris, and shells were landing there from Krupp’s huge “Paris Gun” that had an unprecedented range of 80 miles. But that damage was more psychological than actual, inducing a degree of panic that led the French government to draw up plans to flee Paris, but on 6th June the Germans’ rapid advance ground to a halt as problems with supply lines, exposed flanks and depletion of manpower took their toll. The Allies mustered counter-attacks and just managed to hold the new line. It was a close run thing. Further north, Gunner Andrew Houston was in 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery supporting the front line trenches in the Pas-de-Calais. The 58th was a howitzer brigade with three 4.5-inch guns each pulled by a team of six horses. Andrew had been a gunner since volunteering in September 1914, and in action since July 1915. His long service might give a misleading impression that the artillery was a safer posting than the infantry. Although not front-line trench fodder, the seven gunners on the Bridge of Weir memorial show just how hazardous their lot was. Each time a shell was fired, the enemy tried to take out the source. Andrew had survived almost three years of dodging shells but his luck ran out on 5th June and he is buried in Pernes cemetery near Bethune. Andrew was born in the Wheatsheaf Inn in 1882, the seventh son of the proprietor Alexander Houston and his wife Ann McNaughton. He became a butcher, lodging for a time with Robert Millar’s family in Gryffe Place. At 37, he is one of the older men on the memorial, but the war was blind to age in the lottery of who lived or died.

The opening meeting for our new session 2018-2019 will take place on the 11th September when our speaker will be Iain McGillivray who will Read more about Andrew’s life and untimely death at http://www. be talking about “Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson “ a well known Glasgow bridgeofweirmemorial.co.uk and in the book “Supreme Sacrifice: A Small architect. We hope to see a good attendance of returning members Village and the Great War available from www.birlinn.co.uk or Abbey Books, and a watt welcome will be given to any new members wishing to join 2 Well Street, Paisley, and other major bookshops or online. the Society. There are many good speakers arranged for our new session and a syllabus can be picked up from the Museum. As usual our meetings will take place in the Masonic Hall in Supreme Sacrifice is a series of articles leading up to the Armistice in November. Collier Street. This is a story of 72 young men whose names are commemorated on war memorials in The Museum will open as usual throughout the summer Bridge of Weir. A village like many others in Britain with similar stories to tell. A village that Wednesday Friday and Saturday from 10.30am till 4pm. was hundreds of miles away from the theatres of war, yet was severely affected. A village We have on sale many books and maps, these can also that would never look on the world in quite the same way again. The war was to change be purchased online at Johnstone history.org These can everything. also be paid for via PayPal. The Society would like to wish The full series of articles is available on the Bridge of Weir Memorial Website at http:// everyone a very good summer and hopefully a sunny one. www.bridgeofweirmemorial.co.uk/

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Our local camera clubs continually supply us with stunning shots which we use throughout the magazine, sometimes as banners or even front pages. If you’ve been inspired, why not join them and maybe see some of your photographs in print!

Paisley Colour Photographic Club: Thursday evenings at the McMaster Centre, Renfrew. www.paisleycolour.co.uk ‘Male Siskin in Rain’ - Mike Cruise, PCPC Henderson Trophy, 1st place set

Langbank Camera Club: Second and fourth Mondays of the month. For more information please contact Derrick McPherson at langbankcc1@gmail.com.

Gryffe Camera Club: Wednesday night at The Carrick Centre, Houston between 7.30pm and 10pm.

Kilmacolm Camera Club: Tuesday evening, 7.30pm (October to March) at the Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01. For more information contact: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595. Website: clikpic.com/kilcamclub/

Diaporama: The next meeting will be on the second Monday of September at 7.30 in the Carrick Centre Houston. For more information about the club contact Hugh Kerr at hughkerr14@gmail.com

In Memory of John (Ian) Craig MBE, 7th June - 17th April 2018 Born John (Ian) Craig in June 1937 to his parents Hugh and Janet, on a sheep farm, Mark of Loch Ronald, Kirkcowan in Galloway, Ian went to the local primary school and then received his secondary education at Douglas Ewart High in Newton Stewart. From there Ian moved up to Glasgow and went on to Jordanhill Training College to study Technical studies. It was there in 1956 he met Aileen, who was studying to become a Primary School teacher. Friendship grew, love blossomed and they married on the 24th July 1962 and they moved to Brookfield. Ian and Aileen went on to have three wonderful children, Alistair, Ronald and Fiona, who in turn bore their beloved grandchildren, Laura, John, Jessica and Scott. Ian was a beekeeper from the age of 13 back on the farm in Galloway, after a local farmer left him a hive and colony of local honey bees. Ian was great supporter of the Scottish Beekeeping Association (SBA) having joined them in 1970 and completed two 3 year terms as SBA President. Ian was not only a member of Kilbarchan and District Beekeepers‘Association (KDBA) for more years than records show, but Secretary for 36 years before retiring in late 2015. In addition to being a member of Glasgow and District Beekeepers (GDBKA) for many years he also presided over this association and the Clyde and Area Beekeepers Association (CABA). It is these associations who benefited most from having Ian as a member and office bearer and along with all beekeepers in Scotland who will miss his presence, patience and knowledge. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, HRH the Queen recognised Ian’s extraordinary contribution to Beekeeping in the UK. In July, Ian was invested at Holyrood Palace with an MBE for his services to beekeeping (see picture). Although the voice of the teacher is silent, Ian’s legacy lives on through all the beekeepers who have benefitted from his knowledge, counsel and practical skills. Also by those who knew him in other ways, it lives on in the skills he helped to impart at Jordanhill Teacher’s College and other teaching locations in the Glasgow and Renfrewshire areas, and it lives on with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren alike, who knew and loved him best. For anyone who knew Ian and wish to do something in his memory, please consider donation of Blood and Platelets in his memory via the Scottish National Blood Transfusions Service, which he benefited from extensively during treatment and fight against Myeloma. Ian received fabulous care from the staff in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde during his illness and none better than that provided by the wonderful staff in Ward 18 of the Royal Alexander Hospital, Paisley. Anyone can contact SNBTS to find out about their local donation centre via 0345 90 90 999 or via their website https://www.scotblood.co.uk/. Donations can also be given in Ian’s memory to Myeloma Research via 0800 980 3332 or via the charity’s website http://www. myeloma.org.uk

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Cllr Natalie Don

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April saw the first of Renfrewshire Council’s Big Spring Clean Weekends and it was a huge success. 31 litter picks took place across Renfrewshire over the course of one weekend, with over 500 bags of rubbish collected. Bishopton Community Council organised litter picks across the whole weekend and I was happy to attend these. It felt really great getting involved and seeing the huge effort across all areas. During the weekend we saw all aspects of the community taking part - children, volunteers, groups, businesses, council workers and elected members were all working together to tidy up their local areas. I am so thankful for the enthusiasm that so many local volunteers have shown to the campaign. I am really looking forward to seeing the progress made throughout 2018, as well as the benefits of the council's increased investment into 'Team Up to Clean Up' taking effect. I recently met with Susan Bell, Head teacher of Bridge of Weir Primary to discuss the congestion outside the primary school and surrounding areas, at peak times. This comes after a series of complaints to myself, regarding speeding, obstruction, and dangerous driving during the pick up/drop off times. Although there is no quick fix, there are measures which could be put in place which may help to ease the situation. In other areas in Renfrewshire, schools have asked parents to adhere to a voluntary one-way system at peak times, and this effort, coupled with support from the police and wardens, has been a very successful approach. Over the coming months, I intend to discuss this, and other potential options further with the staff, parent teacher association and local residents, to ensure that a solution is found that works for everyone. If you are affected by this - you may be a local resident or a parent who’s children attend the school- I would love to hear from you should you have any comments in relation to this. This month I also had the pleasure of visiting the Good Shepherd Centre in Bishopton, which is a secure unit for vulnerable young people. It was great to see some of the projects that the young people are working on, such as gardening and arts and crafts. I also got to meet some of the teachers, including David Nicol. David is the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Champion of the Year, and I heard about his work with the young people, helping them to achieve a number of awards and increase their knowledge of the environment and the different plants and produce they can grow. It was also really fantastic to see the passion and commitment, by all the staff to improve the lives of these young people. Finally, the capital roads resurfacing programme is live and can be viewed online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/roads2018-19. I know many of the roads which have been raised with me are on the list for resurfacing, so I believe this is welcome news. I understand many people will worry if their road has not made the list, so I would like to emphasise that this is just the resurfacing list – repairs will still be made to other sections of road where required. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Senior Citizens Club We meet at Cargill Hall every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7pm - 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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Bishopton Community Centre - Public Access Defibrillator Bishopton Community Centre Association have recently purchased a defibrillator with the assistance of St John Scotland for use by the whole community. St John Scotland is a Scottish charity dedicated to saving and enhancing life. It has been running a project to give community groups, companies and organisations the opportunity to part-fund a public access defibrillator with a heated outdoor box. The project aims to ensure that defibrillators are provided at the most suitable locations, based on advice from the Scottish Ambulance Service who hold a database of all public access defibrillators across the country, for coverage in as many areas of Scotland as possible. Located on the outside front wall of Bishopton Community Centre, next to the small door, facing towards Greenock Road, the defibrillator is voice activated so no training is required on its use. It has also been registered with the Scottish Ambulance service so if anyone in the local area phones for an ambulance on 999 they can be directed to it. Although there will be other defibrillators in Bishopton, such as at the Health Centre, this is the first one in the area that can be accessed by the public 24/7. Volunteers from St John Scotland will be available for CPR training at the drop in session to be held in Bishopton Community Centre from 10am – 12noon on Saturday 9th June. It’s open to the whole community and is free. The Community Centre Association plan to have tea and coffee available to encourage people to come along and be trained!

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Freeland Messy Cafe Litter Picking Scavenger Hunt Saturday 23rd June We had a great time at the 1st Freeland Messy Cafe on 21st April, welcoming about 50 people and lots of new faces. Our next event will be on Saturday 23rd June from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. We are arranging a litter picking scavenger hunt around the village in teams. Absolutely anyone is welcome as long as all children have a responsible adult in charge of them. There will be a prize for the winning team. Refreshments and home baking will be available at the hall throughout for everyone returning from the hunt and for anyone who would just like a cup of tea and cake. We have a baby corner too. We will aim to gather at 2.30pm and start the hunt by 2.45pm but anyone arriving later can still turn up and collect the relevant sheet and equipment. Hopefully this should be a lot of fun and we hope to welcome you all then. Find us on Facebook ( Freeland Messy Cafe) or our website www.freelandmessycafe. wordpress.com

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Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm | www.bishoptoncouncil.com BRIDGE OF WEIR: 1st Tuesday of the month, Cargill Hall: 7pm | www.bridgeofweir.org February - June & September - December (October AGM). (No meetings July and August) LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm

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Would you like to be an OWL? 3rd Bridge of Weir Brownies are on the look out for new volunteers who love adventure, having fun and contributing to our local community. If you would like more information please contact, Christine, District Commissioner on 07801 644998 or christineh_2@hotmail.com bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

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The Police report showed that there were eleven crimes committed within the village over the past month, at the moment one has been detected but there are definite lines of enquiry on others. The offences included the theft of tools from a storage building, a theft from a car, one count of shoplifting, two breach of the peace, a taxi fraud, and one of social media offences. As we get into summer we are reminded once again by the Police to keep our sheds well locked and to watch that money and valuables are not left within easy reach of open windows. The Wardens service reported that there are a once again dog fouling issues within the village. Please “Bag it and bin it!”, and that doesn’t mean then hang it on trees! If no bin is available take it home and use your own bin. A number of abandoned works barriers have been left around the village and the Wardens will be getting these uplifted. The situation regarding the buses, or lack of, coming through and leaving the village is an ongoing pantomime. The bus services that have been but in place to Johnstone are not servicing the needs of many people within the village. The vastly reduced service is totally unreliable, with buses running substantially late, or both services over-lapping within a ten minute time frame, and leaving a gap of nearly two hours till the next bus out of the village. A meeting will be held shortly with the SPT, and TARA will have representation at it. The next meeting of Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association will be in the Pirie Centre, Freeland Church on the 19th June at 7.30pm. This will be the last meeting before our summer break and meetings resume again in September. If you’ve got something about the village which is bugging you, be it dog fouling, parking, drains, etc, why not come along and air your views!? bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Bishopton Day Fun Run: Sunday 10th June | Bishopton Day: Saturday 16th June Bishopton Week Group are excitedly preparing for this year’s events including magic shows, treasure hunt, fun run on Sunday 10th of June with a 5k and 10k run. Bishopton Day itself is on Saturday 16th of June, with the parade leaving from Bishopton Primary School headed by a pipe band, and with numerous floats celebrating the theme of “Oceans” this year. Entertainment on the day includes the Glasgow Vikings, music, entertainment and food stalls. Follow us on Facebook for more information or check our website for updates.

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Our recent Prizegiving and AGM was held in April at Gleddoch Hotel. We had a delicious meal, and after the business of the AGM was completed, the annual trophies were awarded to all the winners. We would love more members to join us in the Village Hall in Langbank when we resume in September. This is one of the oldest clubs in the village, and our varied and entertaining programme will appeal to all ages. Please contact our President, Marion Dornan for further information.

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Cllr James Maclaren

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The latest meeting of Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association was very well attended, with some new faces coming along to air views. Our thanks go to local councillors Colin McCulloch and James MacLaren, the Police, Renfrewshire Wardens Service and Housing Officer Chris Smart for their attendance.

Residents of Langbank have rightly been concerned about the safety at the A8 roundabout for a number of years, and I am of the opinion that it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality. There shouldn’t need to be a serious incident for action to be taken to protect motorists, and the time has come to introduce a speed limit, as well as CCTV cameras, in order to reduce near misses, which are all too common place right now. It is clear that recent improvement works have not gone far enough to allay the fears of Langbank residents, who deserve to have a proper solution at the roundabout. How long does it take to replace a street lamp? After years of the street light being missing following an accident on Kilgraston Road, Bridge of Weir, a new pole has been installed but still missing the lamp head. Residents have consistently complained about this light, and it should not have taken until now for basic repairs to be made. Residents expect better in terms of basic services, and had raised extremely serious concerns about the potential for serious incidents happening at Kilgraston Road. I hope that the works are completed as quickly as possible for the safety of residents. Council had agreed to replace damaged street lamps within one month, but it is not happening!

I’m extremely disappointed at the stress the organisers of gala days and other events are put through when applying for a license, especially when they already have so much other work to do ahead of the day. We should be welcoming events which are a boost to the local economy and a fun day out for all the family but instead, we have council officials trying to make organisers jump through hoops. It beggars belief how much form filling they have had to do, and the process must be made a lot simpler going forward. The Dargavel development has a revised Section 75, which will have been approved by the council Planning Board by the time you read this. I’m glad that it seems to meet the approval of local residents. While not being part of the Section 75, the length of time it takes for the adoption of the roads does concern me. In fact some of the roads may never be adopted. This seems unfair since some households will have the addition of a factoring fee to pay on top of their council tax, while the others get their road maintained by the council.

9 out of 10 bike thieves get away with it! The overwhelming majority of bicycle thefts in Scotland go unsolved. Nearly 90 per cent of reports of a stolen pedal bike went without a culprit being found in the last year. Please be careful to lock up your property. Please note my surgery details: • Langbank Parish Church Hall - 1st Monday of every month (6.30pm) • Bridge of Weir Cargill Hall - 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@ renfrewshire.gov.uk . Check out my Facebook page for more information and articles www. facebook.com/councillormaclaren 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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The Community Council was delighted at the outcome of last month’s Interim Election with eight nomination papers received resulting in five new members and three former co-opted members becoming full members of the Council. The full list will be announced at the June meeting.

Our Chairman took the opportunity to call for the reinstatement of a direct bus to Paisley, for the extension of the X7 beyond Kilmacolm to Port Glasgow and Greenock and consideration for a bus to serve the Moss Road scheme. In backing this up he highlighted the difficulties experienced with transferring, the non- co-ordination of timetabling, the unfair ticket pricing practices, and the high cost of local taxi journeys. As part of Renfrewshire Councils 7.2 million pound road works programme resurfacing works are to be carried out on Houston Road, Kilbarchan Road, Torr Road (Horsewood Road to Craigbet Road), Hazelwood Road (Montrose Terrace to Kilgraston Road) and pavement works at Warlock Road. At the May meeting, a Traffic Calming sub-group was formed, with priority attention to be given to the ineffective measurers currently in place at the Kilmacolm Road entrance to the village. As well as this, the sub-group will consider recommendations for other approaches to the Village. Our Renfrewshire Councillors reported to the meeting that the recent closure of the Johnstone Road was for tree works involving cutting the branches back that were impacting on lighting columns and lantern heads in the area.

Father’s Day 27th June: Why not get a card from our fab selection and let your Dad know how much he is appreciated? Graduation Success: Send your congratulations in a card from our display. We look forward to hosting an exhibition by local artist, Rab Wilson, from 4th June until the 1st July. Please drop in to view and purchase his paintings. Post Office For Travel With the holiday season approaching - travel insurance, ordering of foreign currency and the safe, easy to use Travel Money Card can all be arranged through the Post Office. Unsure of what to buy to commemorate a special occasion? Why not purchase a gift card from the Post Office. These can be redeemed in a large number of retail outlets. Please ask Donald, Anne or Stuart for more information on any of our Post Office services. Film Club The new programme for fortnightly showings is available. Please ask our volunteers for a copy For all your purchases of stationery, greeting cards, pocket money toys and small gift items please support The Bridge where our volunteers work hard to meet your needs.

Councillor Don is in discussion with the Head teacher at the Primary School regarding measures to reduce congestion at school pick up and drop off times. Councillor McCulloch informed the meeting that temporary road repairs are to be carried out on Carruth Road, and a grit bin has been requested for Kilallan Avenue. The Community Police Officers reported nine crimes from the previous month, these included housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle, one internet fraud and one indecent communications offence. Two have been detected. The Police have agreed to meet with members of the Community Council in an informal basis during the summer recess. The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 5th June at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

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Come and join Freeland Church celebrate Kenneth Gray’s 30 years as Minister here in Bridge of Weir

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.

Kenneth Gray - 30 years in the village on Sunday 3rd June at 10.30am.

Singing for Wellbeing

All welcome.

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GALA DAY 2018

Festival week begins on Saturday 9th June with the Gala Parade and ends on the following Saturday with the Ceilidh Night. In between there are many other events held at various venues throughout the village. This year’s theme is Rumble in the Jungle. So plenty to get your teeth into!

The programme changes every year but there are always events to suit every group, from pre-school children to senior citizens. bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir

Langbank Gala Day This year’s event is on Saturday 23rd June, 12pm to 3pm at the playing fields off Station Road. Our Family Gala Day will include a children’s fun run, dog show, BBQ, licensed bar and variety of family stalls run by village groups. All welcome.

On Gala Day, the festival Gala Parade leaves from the Cargill Hall, in Lintwhite Crescent, at noon and proceeds to the Houston Road Park, where there are stalls, displays and events taking place until late afternoon. Ice creams, burgers, teas and coffees, bouncy castle, much more. Many local groups benefit from the fund-raising activities that take place throughout the day.

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Churches in Bishopton, Langbank & Bridge of Weir ... ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ LANGBANK PARISH CHURCH: 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. FREELAND CHURCH: Rev KN Gray BA BD. Sunday Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, Sunday School, Lynx and Cornerstone. Sunday Evening Service 7pm www.freeland.org.uk ST MARY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Johnston Rd, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EE. St Mary’s Episcopal Church is a small, lively and mature Christian community. We are united by our belief in Jesus, the One in whom God fully revealed Himself and through whom we have life in all it’s fullness. Come and worship with us. Our main Service is held on Sundays at 10am. A warm welcome awaits you. Contact: Rev. Heller G. 01505 872961 www.heartlandsec.org/BoW ST MACHAR’S RANFURLY CHURCH: Sunday morning service 10.30am. HOPE HALL: Sun 1.15pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6pm Investigators for Kids, 7.30pm Bible Study and Prayer. www.bridgeofweirchurch.co.uk

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Kilmacolm Surgeries

Coffee Morning Saturday 9th June 2018 in the new Community Centre Kilmacolm, 2nd Floor from 10am to 12pm. Tickets £3.

Every 4th Monday PC Jamieson, the local neighbourhood officer, will hold a surgery in the Community Centre between 10.30 - 11.30am. Please pop in and see him if you want to share any concerns or need advice.

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Proposed Inverclyde LDP by Kilmacolm Residents’ Association

The Kilmacolm Residents’ Association have examined the Proposed Plan and fully supports the Councils’ settled view. Everyone with an interest in the Proposed Plan can make representations of support for the Proposed Plan as indicated below. As you might imagine, the Council's ‘settled view’ will be far from the ‘settled view’ of the developers / builders who will push for permission to build on greenbelt land around Kilmacolm. At the time of writing this article - Gladman still have a live application for Knapps / North Denniston, Mactaggart and Mickel have had a digger in Kilmacolm Meadow (West of Quarry Drive) - to dig trenches and knock over part of a dry stone wall that is over 160 years old - to examine the ground conditions to support an application that they are still planning to make to Inverclyde Council, and Taylor Wimpey are currently using a ‘low key’ approach by holding briefings with interested parties in the village for the land at Planetreeyetts. A big issue is the fact these developers can make applications that are not supported by the LDP and when refused, can then go straight to the Scottish Government and appeal the decision - this is something that you cannot do! An independent ‘reporter’ would then be allocated by Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) who will decide what the outcome of the appeal will be. So it is vital that we give Inverclyde Council our full support for the proposed LDP! This support could be extremely significant should there be any appeals from developers in the future. Your comments and support can be submitted until 29th June 2018 by: e-mail to ldp@inverclyde.gov.uk with the subject heading ‘Proposed Local Development Plan 2018’ completing the e-form available at https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/newldp writing to: Planning Policy, Regeneration & Planning, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1LY (forms are available in the Library too) We are also hopeful that the new Planning (Scotland) Bill, that is currently going through the Scottish Parliament, will soon address the ‘imbalance’ that allows developers to appeal against decisions that have been taken in clear accordance with development plans for an area. We made a written submission to the Local Government and Communities Committee and have met with MSPs at Holyrood on this subject of curtailing these ‘developers rights’. You can read more at this website www.planningdemocracy.org.uk

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Kilmacolm Old Kirk Church Social Events Old Kirk Summer fete and Barbeque, Saturday June 2nd - 11am - 2pm Grounds of the Old Kirk Manse, Glencairn Road, Kilmacolm. Adults £1, Children free. Tea room, plant, baking and tombola stalls, children’s face painting, races, ice cream OK Fest (re-arranged to May 19th) We had stiff competition with the Royal Wedding and the Scottish Cup Final but both events had good attendance. Poetry and Literature readings. The theme this year was ‘Community’. The readers were Deborah Winters, Sarah L Dolan, Jack Hastie, Fiona McFadzean, Louise Turner, Isobel Watt, Eleanor McKellar, Angus Black and Jenifer Paul, drawn from Greenock Writers’ Club, Kilmacolm Dramatic Society as well as individual authors and all gave a splendid selection of readings on the theme.

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On 29th April, Inverclyde Council issued their Proposed Plan which represents their ‘settled view’ as to what the content of the next Local Development Plan (LDP) should be. The Plan can be viewed on the Inverclyde Council website and also in the Library in Kilmacolm.

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Riverside Youth Band from Inverclyde, reigning and three times Scottish Youth Champions, made a welcome return to OK Fest and gave a superb performance. Outlook - There is no Outlook programme in June, July or August. kilmacolm & quarriers

Cllr Stephen McCabe The Council’s Education and Communities Committee has approved the acceptance of a tender for drainage improvements to one of the Birkmyre Park rugby pitches. I would hope work will start on this project imminently. I was pleased to accompany pupils from Kilmacolm Primary School last month to the Tesco Bank National Football Festival at the national stadium Hampden Park. The youngsters gave a good account of themselves and as usual were a credit to the school and the community.

I have recently received representations from constituents in the main Quarrier’s Village settlement about parking and traffic issues. I have met with Quarriers’ senior management to discuss these and other issues. I will be discussing with the Council’s Corporate Director for Environment and Regeneration how the Council might assist both Quarriers and local residents. Colin Christy, the Technical Director of Kilmacolm New Community Centre Company, attended his final board meeting last month as he and his wife Edwina are moving to pastures new. Colin played a very significant role in delivering the new Kilmacolm Community Centre and in overseeing technical matters since it opened. The village owes him a huge debt of gratitude for this. I would like to wish Colin and Edwina every happiness in their new home. I have one surgery this month in Kilmacolm Community Centre from 6pm to 7pm on Monday 25th June. 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@inverclyde.gov.uk. Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL. You can keep up to date with my work as a Councillor by visiting my blog: http:// councillorstephenmccabe.blogspot.com/ and follow me on Twitter @CllrSMcCabe. kilmacolm & quarriers

Old Kirk Summer Fete & Barbeque Saturday 2nd June - Grounds of the Old Kirk Manse, Glencairn Road 11am – 2pm. Entry - Adults £1, Children Free. The Summer fete is held in the lovely gardens of the manse. It is a friendly fun event for the whole village, young and old. BBQ and Tea Room. Stalls – Tombola, Baking, Plants. Children’s activities – face painting, races, ice cream. Please come. All welcome.

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Inverclyde Council’s schools are closing the attainment gap and raising standards in reading, writing and numeracy. The Scottish Government’s interim evaluation of the first two years of the Attainment Scotland Fund shows a strong performance in most areas compared to both the national average and against other Attainment Challenge Authorities. Education & Communities Convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “We are clearly among the best of the Attainment Challenge Authorities with English, writing and numeracy all doing well and there are certainly extremely positive signs. “We are definitely making a difference in closing the poverty related attainment gap but it is too soon to be able to draw definitive conclusions about the overall impact of the funding. The relationship between poverty and health and wellbeing is complex and there are many factors that can have an influence on attainment. “Certainly we are moving in the right direction and it is hugely encouraging to think of the improved opportunities our children and young people will be presented with as a result of this work.” Now in its third year, the centrally funded Scottish Government initiative focuses on improving literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing with the objective of giving all pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds the best start in life. Inverclyde was one of the initial seven Attainment Challenge local authorities in 2015. Six Inverclyde primary schools were involved in the first year. In the second year the focus was on nine primary schools and has now been extended to include all six secondary schools and a total of 12 primary schools. Key components in delivering the aims of the Attainment Challenge are families and communities, meeting learning needs and leadership. The Attainment Challenge team works with school staff and family support workers to identify children and families who would benefit from targeted interventions, building relationships and providing support. Councillor Clocherty added: “We are working hard to make this a sustainable process – something that will continue when the funding from the Scottish Government eventually stops – and to build on our successes which have been recognised as examples of best practice.”

When well-known Kilmacolm resident, Marion Forrester, died six months ago, her daughters had already set in motion a plan to celebrate their mother’s forthcoming 100th birthday on 17th July 2018. Sadly, Marion died unexpectedly in November 2017, but the celebration, now coupled with a Service of Thanksgiving for the lives of Marion and her late husband, Wallace Forrester, will still take place.

Family Comes Together In Celebration of the Forresters

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Wallace and Marion’s daughters, Judith and Anne, plus grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, will be assembling in Kilmacolm for the events planned for 17th July. In total, seventeen family members, from as far afield as Spain, Canada and Australia will unite for the Service of Thanksgiving in St Columba’s Church, Kilmacolm and the buffet lunch which will follow at Kilmacolm Golf Club. The five great-grandchildren, ranging in age from six to eight, are already looking forward to their next visit to Scotland. Wallace and Marion Forrester lived for many years at Avenel, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm. Wallace was a former Captain of Kilmacolm Golf Club and both he and Marion were passionate gardeners. When Marion moved from Avenel after Wallace’s death in 2001, the sale and redevelopment of the 10 acre property was undertaken by the family in a low-density development which preserved the integrity of the beautiful site which their parents had created. In 2015, Marion moved from Elphinstone Mews in Kilmacolm, first to Campbell Snowden House at Quarriers and then to Mosswood Care Home in Linwood. Both Judith and Anne pay tribute to the loving care their mother received at both establishments in her final years. All the many friends of Marion and Wallace are cordially invited to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at 11am on 17th July and to join the family celebrations at a buffet lunch in Kilmacolm Golf Club immediately thereafter.

~ Forrester Service of Thanksgiving ~ Wallace and Marion Forrester

(formerly of Avenel, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm) The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Wallace and Marion Forrester will be present at a Service of Thanksgiving for the lives of Wallace and Marion at St Columba’s Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm on Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 11am

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Volunteers needed

If you have a spare couple of hours a week and would like the opportunity to support a local cause, Ardgowan Hospice are in desperate need for volunteers within their retail shops. We have one shop in Kilmacolm and 3 in Greenock: Unit 1, Carnock Street Unit 4a, Hamilton Way, Oak Mall Shopping Centre West Stewart Street 

All friends are welcome to attend the service and to come to a buffet lunch thereafter at Kilmacolm Golf Club.

For catering purposes please email annielickley@hotmail.com if you are able to join the family at the lunch.

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@ardhosp.co.uk or 07919 216353 kilmacolm & quarriers

Kilmacolm Bridge Club - Summer Duplicate If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not come along to the Kilmacolm Community Centre on Monday evenings? Starting on 7th May at 7pm for a 7.15pm start Come with a partner or come alone and hope to find one there. Further information Tel: 01505 872345

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Personal Prayer Ministry The Pastor of Mount Zion Church, Quarriers Village would like to invite those in need of prayer to contact him through their website, and he will make an arrangement to spend time with you.

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Kilmacolm Friends of Ardgowan Hospice would like thank everyone who donated and supported our stall at the Port Glasgow and Kilmacolm Show. We raised just over £1,500 which will contribute to the Hospice providing services for those in the community facing the most challenging of times with a life limiting illness.

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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Planning Meeting - Knapps/North Denniston Planning Application 17/0403/IC: Proposed Residential Development at Knapps and North Denniston, Kilmacolm Inverclyde Council’s Planning Board will hold a Pre-Determination Hearing on 14th June at 2pm in Greenock Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend. During the meeting, the applicant/agent will be invited to describe and present the case for the proposal, with a time limit of 15 minutes. Individual objectors will be invited to comment, each restricted to a limit of 15 minutes. Repetition of similar points is to be avoided and will be managed by the Chair. Representatives of consultees and bodies will be invited to comment, again each restricted to 15 minutes. The Head of Regeneration and Planning, or his representative, will present his report and recommendation. The applicant or agent will then be invited to reply to any points made by individual objectors, by representatives of consultees and bodies and by the Head of Regeneration and Planning. Members of the Board will then be invited by the Chair to ask questions of those who have spoken and seek guidance on factual matters relating to the application or Hearing procedure from officials. Members of the Board will then make a recommendation of approval or refusal on the application.

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After the Pre-Determination Hearing, a summary report of the matters raised at the Hearing and the Head of Regeneration and Planning’s application report shall be included in the agenda for the next available meeting of the full Council. At the full Council meeting, the Chair shall present the recommendation of the Planning Board for decision. If you wish to make a presentation at the Hearing you are required to advise Karen Macvey by telephone at 01475 712111 or by email at Karen.Macvey@ Inverclyde.gov.uk no later than 5pm on Tuesday 12th June. kilmacolm & quarriers

Telling Old Stories, Singing Songs, Make Me Think of Where I Came From Dougie McLean summed it up in the song, “Caledonia”. Story telling is one of the oldest arts, and since time began,stories have been used to pass knowledge, influence and unify communities. But in the age of the iPad and the ubiquitous mobile phone, is the art of storytelling dying out? The Kilmacolm Civic Trust don’t think so, instead we see technology as an opportunity, not just to record, but to share Villagers’ stories, and thus amplify them around the world. After many months of preparation, experimentation and fund-raising for suitable equipment, we are about to launch an Oral Histories project, aimed at capturing and sharing stories about the village and surrounds. But we need help! We are looking for volunteers to do two things: • Most importantly, we need people who are willing to come and talk to us about their experiences of village life. Is that you or someone you know? • We also need people who will help to record these stories and to publish them on our website. We will provide training for participants, so this is a great opportunity to learn new skills if you don’t already have experience. And of course, you’ll hear the stories first hand! You can view some preliminary stories at Kilmacolm Stories, recorded during our experimentation phase. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jim Hood (jim.hood@btinternet. com)

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All Things Bright and Beautiful Friday 1st-Saturday 2nd June Kilmacolm will be in full bloom as St Columba’s Church hosts a fantastic flower festival over the weekend from 10am-4pm. This is a community event and all proceeds will be directed to Ardgowan Hospice. Tickets cost £3.50 and are available from Rosie Third (873088) or can be bought on the door. Children go free. Why not make a weekend of it and pop into the Old Kirk on the 2nd to enjoy their Summer Fete and barbeque!

Churches in Kilmacolm & Quarriers ... ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ KILMACOLM OLD KIRK: Church of Scotland (Charity no. SC009291). Www.kilmacolmoldkirk.org.uk. Minister Rev. Dr. Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Morning Worship - Sundays 11am. All Welcome. Tea/coffee served after service. Sunday School and Crèche. June 3rd, Morning Worship with the celebration of Holy Communion. June 3rd 6pm, Night Kirk, a reflective service. Sòlas Bereavement Group 2nd Thursday each month at 2pm in Kidston Hall. Starting on Sunday 1st July, and for all of July and August the summer services will be joint with St Columba’s and 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 11am. Rosary Tuesdays 6.30pm. Prayer group meets Thursdays 7.30pm. Further information and contact details www.stcolmsparish.co.uk. 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! www.heartlandsec.org/KLM/index.html Contacts: Revd. Heller G.P 01505 872961 / Maureen Russell (Pastoral Assistant) 01505 872905. 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. The next Gatherin’ is on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 7pm. Our speaker will be Ronnie Burns from Dumfries. Please come and invite others: all welcome!

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Houston Community Council have asked me to ask all the parents of those school pupils at Gryffe High School, who do not eat lunch in the grounds, to please reinforce the message that littering is bad, both for the environment and for the many species of wildlife in and around our communities. The concern of the Community Council is focussed on the constant litter which saturates the roadside from the shops in the village up to the perimeter of the school itself. Now I know that the vast majority of Gryffe High School pupils are decent and conscientious individuals, and that we are only dealing with a small irresponsible minority, but it would do no harm to reinforce the point. Like most readers I have happy memories of my schooldays and most of us will remember favourite teachers who went the extra mile and inspired and interested us in certain subjects. One of my favourites was Mr Beattie who taught me maths at the John Neilston Institute in the mid 1970’s and who I still meet at local church coffee mornings. As a Councillor I am very proud of all the schools in my ward, staff and pupils alike, so I am particularly pleased to report that East Fulton Primary in Linwood has been shortlisted for the Raising Attainment in Numeracy Award in the Scottish National Education Awards. There are four other schools in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire also up for awards so I am very proud that a primary school in my ward is one of them. Well done to the staff and pupils of East Fulton so I hope they win through. 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 December. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07768 130935, or e-mail me at cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk. houston, crosslee & brookfield

Houston Show Saturday 2nd June 2018

Join us in the Playing Fields right in the heart of Houston Village for our annual show. Gates are open from 9am for a fun filled family day out. See our cattle, sheep and heavy horses being judged – who will be best in show? Watch the horse competition taking place all day. Visit the secretary’s tent and enter your prized pooch into the dog show, which takes place at 1pm. See talented local school children perform in our very own Houston’s Got Talent competition and see all the fantastic entries in our craft and baking section. Enjoy watching different teams compete against each other in The Tug Of War cheer on your team to win. Why not buy a ticket for our prize draw and you could be a winner of 1st £100 2nd £50 3rd £25. Come along and meet people from the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and learn more about farming and the countryside and why not have a shot of milking their demonstration cow. Come along and enjoy the food being catered by the local Fox & Hounds Restaurant. Have your ice cream from the ice cream van. Schedules for all sections of the show can be obtained by contacting Show Secretary Mo Lyle houstonshow@hotmail.co.uk or by visiting Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ houstonshow .or contact mobile number 07734 150445. Schedules for the Craft & Baking sections can also be picked up in the Paper Shop, North Street, The Post Office, Strawberry Fields Nursery, committee members, Isabelle Stuart 01505 613479 e-mail issistuart@ gmail.com, Houston and St.Fillans Primary Schools. The Baking and Craft Section is open to all of Renfrewshire.

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The 2018 Houston Kirk Carnival held on Saturday 12th May was a great success, helped by the beautiful weather, the enthusiasm of the children and young people who took part in the parade, the humour and hardwork of the stall holders, and the excellent performances of groups on the Carrick Stage. The 2018 Carnival was promoted as an annual community fun day for all ages. The whole community was encouraged to come along. This year’s theme was Blue Planet, inspired by the recent TV series which has caught the public’s attention and raised awareness of the beauty of marine life and the problems caused by pollution of the oceans. Concern about the environment must start at home and the event promoted awareness in our community and amongst children of the need for less waste (plastic, food, energy, water), more recycling, and avoiding litter! The event started with the Parade from Houston Kirk to the West Church Halls led by the 1st Houston Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band and a beautiful opentop Jaguar carrying the Carnival King and Queen and their attendants to the opening ceremony. They were followed by groups and individuals in fancy dress reflecting, in a myriad of different ways, the Blue Planet theme. At the Opening Ceremony, the Carnival Queen, Abigail Nelson, and Carnival King (a first in 2018), Angus Feeley, were crowned by last year’s Queen Amy Anthony. They were then joined by their attendants Amy Spearing and Murray Gray to present the prizes for the Colouring Competition (100+ entrants) to: Nursery Winner Zac McLlroy Runner Up Alba McClure Primary 1 - 3 Winner Maisie Bain Runner Up Lexi Crangle primary 4 - 7 Winner Freya Hood Runner Up Hannah Speirs Prizes for the Fancy dress were presented to: Individuals under 5 Yrs Winner John Jackson Runner up Kate Jackson Individuals 5 - 8 Yrs Winner Lucy Dempster Runner up Ewan Conolly Organisations Winner BROWNIES Runner up EXPLORERS The best decorated stall was judged to be the Tombola Stall. The King and Queen duly declared the event open and people flocked in to enjoy the stalls, activities and shows. The Carrick Stage was an innovation this year and audiences, young and not so young, enjoyed energetic performances by the 1st Houston Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band, the Kirsty McKay School of Dance, the Kirk Scottish Dancing Group, Singing for Wellbeing, Dancewest Scotland, and Zumba in Houston with George. The local gardening group Bee Happy participated with a lovely stall designed to capture the imagination of children and introduce them to planting flowers and the importance of bees and wildlife. LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) promoted energy efficiency and conservation to young people. Over £10,000 was raised for Kirk and Community Projects! The winners of the Lucky Draw and the Programme competitions will be posted in the Kirk Record. Thank you - the organisers are keen to thank all who helped run the event .

Crafty friends will close for the summer on Thursday 7th June and start again on Thursday 6th September. We would be delighted to see new faces in September. No crafting experience needed. Lorna Cairns. - 612844 Shirley White - 610721.

Your Ward 10 Councillor ... for Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield & Linwood

Audrey Doig, Scott Kerr, Alison Jean Dowling, James Sheridan | Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm February, April, June, August, October and December. HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm | houstoncommcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

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Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 335562 Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 612203 / 331488 Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: Gillian Peters - 07879 407574 or 01505 613759. Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944

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Summer Social - Sunday 3rd June Brookfield Village Council cordially invites Brookfield residents, together with their friends and family, along to the annual Summer Social. This year’s event will take place in the Park on Sunday 3 June from 2.00 5.30pm. Come along and get together with fellow villagers and enjoy some summer refreshments from the bar. Strawberries & cream will also be available. Entertainment will be provided by our very own Brookfield Brass Necks. This will be the fourth year of this event and so far, we have been lucky enough to have a dry day so fingers are well and truly crossed that the trend will continue this year! Village Mailing List

Yogabellies For Pregnancy Is Coming To Brookfield! A new class for all the local mumsto-be is starting in Brookfield Village Hall on Saturday 14 July. YogaBellies for Pregnancy will run from 9.30 10.45am. A lovely way to start the weekend and meet local mums. YogaBellies for Pregnancy offers inclusive, sociable yoga suitable for all levels of experience (no matter how little!) for pregnancy and birth preparation for women 12+ weeks pregnant, suitable right up until you have baby. Each pose will be adapted per trimester and adaptations can always be made for any specific ailments such as Pelvic Girdle Pain, Sciatica or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

A significant aspect of our role is to provide companionship support to senior people in their own homes. We also encourage everyone to find ways to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in our communities. Simple, friendly approaches make all the difference to our senior generation, by making small changes in our daily routines, we can make huge differences to the quality of life for an older person in easy ways: • Start a conversation in the street • Get to know your neighbour • Share some food or invite them in for a meal • Give the gift of your time Home Instead Senior Care are always on the lookout for suitable people who would like to become CAREGiver’s in Renfrewshire. Your job would be helping to support a small number of our lovely clients throughout the area. More importantly, if you know someone who needs our support services, we can be easily contacted at info. renfrewshire@homeinstead.co.uk. Alternatively, feel free to call us on 0141 280 8210 for a chat about the options available. Paul Armstrong, Business Director houston, crosslee & brookfield

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

The members of the Houston NWR group recently visited the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Nitshill.

Monday to Friday Woodlands Out of School 01505 615438 Coffee Shop: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm Sat, 9am-4pm MONDAY Yoga (Weekly) @ 1pm - Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112 | Baby Massage 11th @ 11am TUESDAY Paint Pot Tots (Weekly) @ 10am - Dawn Campbell 07789 262350 Yoga (Weekly) @ 7pm - M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Galaxy @ 4pm Councillor Surgery 5th @ 6.45pm – 7.30pm | Councillor Surgery 19th @ 12noon - 12.30pm WEDNESDAY Big Kids Little Learners @ 10am – 11am - Janine Neil 07870 697010 | Gryffe Melody Makers 6th, 20th @ 7pm | Community Council 20th @ 7.30pm | Galaxy @ 5pm THURSDAY Gryffe Quilting Group @ 1.15pm - 3.15pm (21st @ 10am) | Primary Colours (Weekly) @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Crafty Friends 7th @ 7.30pm | Folk Club (Weekly) @ 8pm - iaintdawson@gmail.com 07786 078952 | Galaxy (Weekly) @ 3.30pm - 7pm FRIDAY Yoga (Weekly) @ 10.30am - M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Big Kids Little Learners (Weekly) @ 1pm – 2pm - Janine Neil 07870 697010 | Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) @ 3.30pm - 7pm | Houston Show Entries 1st @ 7pm – 9pm SATURDAY Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) @ 9.30am - 5pm | Councillors Surgery 2nd @ 11.30am – 12noon SUNDAY Baptist Church (Weekly) @ 11am and 6pm

with Billy Connolly and Botticelli

We had an excellent guide, Joanna who spoke with enthusiasm about the treasures stored in the centre. We were shown a selection of paintings including John Byrne”s portrait of Billy Connolly, and paintings by Botticelli, Peter Howson and Rembrandt. We also saw the extensive collection of stuffed animals and finished with a tour of the Egyptian section. This is an outing that we could all thoroughly recommend. The group meet every two weeks, usually in member’s homes. Our meetings include visits, lively discussions and social activities. If you are interested in joining us please contact Kay (01505 613314)

More information available at http:// www.yogabellies.co.uk/ members/ lyndseyp or to book a place, please e-mail: lyndseyp@yogabellies.co.uk Facebook: brookfieldvillage. org Twitter: @BrookfieldVPA e-mail: brookfieldvpa@gmail.com

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Booking enquiries to: Ian Simpson 01505 612203 Bill Haddow 01505 690693 Stewart Scally 01505 674277 hostbooking@outlook.com or The Coffee Shop

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Many residents have provided e-mail addresses to the Village Council and benefit from receiving news, updates and reminders about village events and activities. As a result of the new data protection rules which came in to effect on 25 May, you will by now have received an e-mail requesting that you reconfirm that you are happy to continue to hear from us. If so, and you haven’t already done so, please reply YES to the e-mail so we can keep you up to date. For any residents who would like to join the mailing list, please e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:brookfieldvpa@ gmail.com”brookfieldvpa@gmail.com confirming your name and address. Please be reassured that your information will not be used for any other purpose.

Home Instead’s Renfrewshire service tailors care to our client’s personal requests and individual needs. With visits lasting a minimum of an hour, we can give our clients the attention and support they value. We offer the full range of companionship, home help, personal and dementia care services and have gained recognition from health professionals and families for the difference we make to our clients’ lives

Churches in Houston ... ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HOUSTON AND KILLELLAN: Services will be led by Rev Ian Bell unless stated otherwise. Sunday 3rd June - Morning Worship - 11am Rev. Gary Noonan Sunday 10th, 17th, 24th June - Morning Worship - 11am. 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 10am - 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. parish@stfillan.org.uk www.stfillan.org.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.nazarene.org.uk

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An enthusiastic Steering Group was set up in August 2014 to establish The Whithorn Way. A Pilgrimage Walk from Glasgow to Whithorn covering 143 miles (229 km). The objective is to develop a trail following in the footsteps of pilgrims over the centuries, stimulate environmental, economic and social regeneration of local communities along the route.

It has come to my attention that the Royal Bank of Scotland is reducing its mobile bank service to the village of Kilmacolm, in Inverclyde. Whilst I have no information to lead me to believe that the very valuable mobile bank service to Lochwinnoch – which I fought very hard to secure when RBS shut their branch in the village a few years ago – is under threat, nonetheless I have contacted RBS management to seek assurances that the mobile bank service to Lochwinnoch will be maintained. I will fight tooth and nail to defend what is a vital service for the elderly community and small businesses in particular.

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They are keen to incorporate places close to the route which includes Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch Village, Howwood, Renfrew, Paisley Town Centre, Johnstone, Elderslie and Kilbarchan. This walk is about 40% longer than the West Highland Way and it is hoped will eventually be awarded ‘Scottish Great Trail Status’. There will be several sections that are specifically established to assist the walker to plan their walk and gain access to local support for businesses, be it accommodation, eating or providing refreshment and transport assistance. This is a leisurely way to boost the local economy and bring more tourists to our villages. If you would like to know more then please visit the web site www.whithornway.org Martin Bonnar of St. Mirin’s Pilgrims is our local contact and I am sure would be delighted to come and give a talk to the Community Council if required. Viewfield Rovers & Lochwinnoch Community Trust have been having talks with Council Officers and Renfrewshire Leisure about either leasing or taking an asset transfer of the premises that Viewfield Rovers has a lease on which was due to expire on the 31st March 2018. Due to the short time frame in which they have to come to some arrangement, Viewfield Rovers will be offered an interim lease so they can fulfil their fixtures for this year. A further interim lease extension for next year has also been offered to Viewfield Rovers Both parties have been asked to consider a joint bid to work together. Failing this the lease will given to the offer which provides the best opportunity for the Community. COMMUNITY COUNCILS NEED YOU! All four Community Councils within Ward 9 are desperate to hear from anyone willing to give up just two hours, approximately, a month to give of their time to assist with making decisions on behalf of your village community. All villages struggle to be heard at the best of times when Renfrewshire Council makes decisions that are detrimental to the needs and aspirations of the residents. Without further recruitment Community Councils die as have many in the past. Please consider coming forward and volunteering. Contact either your local CC direct or myself and find out what you need to do. My surgeries are as follows:Week 1 Tuesday KILBARCHAN Steeple Hall 6pm/7pm. Week 2 Tuesday HOWWOOD Village Hall 6pm/7pm. Week 3 Wednesday JOHNSTONE Town Hall 6pm/7pm. Week 4 Wednesday LOCHWINNOCH McKillop Institute 6pm/7pm. Email: cllr.bill.binks@renfrewshire.gov.uk Phone: 0300 300 1423

At the last meeting of the Council’s Leadership Board there was an update on Renfrewshire’s three City Deal infrastructure projects, that is, the Renfrew to Yoker road bridge, the fastlink project from Paisley Gilmour St to Glasgow, and GAIA (the Glasgow Airport Investment Area). The key point in the update was that the recent announcement of the new National Manufacturing Centre in Inchinnan meant, according to the author’s report, a reconfiguration of the projects. I moved that the full economic benefit of GAIA for my constituents would only materialise if the A737 between North Ayrshire and Kilbarchan was upgraded and dualled. I am delighted to report that other Ward Cllrs on the Board supported me, and it received all party support. This is now an official request which the current administration will take to the City Region Cabinet in Glasgow and I am delighted that we are moving forward with something that should have been dualled at its inception. Both my parents had small businesses so I know how hard the business community in West Renfrewshire works to serve the wider community. Many businesses struggle for investment capital and recently I have pointed some village businesses in the direction of Business Loans Scotland for support and advice. This is a consortium of all thirty two Scottish local authorities which provides loan finance of up to £100,000 to new and growing, and small and medium sized enterprises. If you run a business in Lochwinnoch, Howwood, or Kilbarchan, and would like more information about a Business Loans Scotland loan, please call Renfrewshire Council on 0141 618 7868 to speak to someone. 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 December. But I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8, e-mail me at cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or facebook me on Independent Voice/@Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages.

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How Good is Howwood Village Fete

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Saturday 16th June, 1pm - 4pm, Howwood Primary School Entry £2 (primary school age and under FREE) The theme for 2018 is MUSICALS - there will be a fancy dress competition with prizes for the best costume in each category (pre-school, primary school and adults). ● Kids Tuck Shop ● Hot Dogs ● Craft stalls ● Photo Booth ● DJ ● Bouncy Castle ● Beat the Goalie ● Licenced Bar ● American Diner Tea Room ● Street Stuff Bus ● Kids Games & Activities Book stall ● Tombola’s ● Pub Tug o’ War ● Boarding House Cocktails & Canapes ● Various activities from Renfrewshire Leisure ● Bowfield Hotel Archery & Sporting Activities ● Baking Competition for children and adults You can enter scones or a sponge cake in this baking competition. Entry forms and further information are available from committee members or our Facebook page. How Good is Howwood ~ Village Fete Draw Tickets £1 available on the day or from village groups/ committee members Prizes Include:

Ipad mini (Mactaggart & Mickel) 3 Months Leisure Club Membership for 2 people (Bowfield Hotel & Country Club) £100 Braehead Vouchers (Howwood Community Council) Steak Night meal for 2 with a bottle of wine (The Boarding House) Kids Photoshoot (Monument Photos)

In June, the group has a walking Treasure Trail around Hyndland, will have the AGM and enjoy afternoon tea at the Boarding House to complete this session. The website gives more details: www.nwr.org.uk and the Kilbarchan group would be happy to welcome new members, phone 703786. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

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

Your Ward 9 Councillors ... for Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderlsie

Andy Doig, Derek Bibby, Bill Binks, Emma Rodden | Advice Surgeries: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/councillors ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. Community Halls to Let ... Howwood: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. | www.howwood.com/community-council.php Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758. Kilbarchan: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. | www.kilbarchan.info/community_council.html Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070 Lochwinnoch: Bowling Club: 1st Tues at 7.30pm

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Scottish Country Dance Class

Tuesdays in the McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch at 7.30pm. We always have great fun and it's good exercise too! Phone Lorna Black 01505 843048 for more info.

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Saturday 2nd June, 8pm Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre 8 Steeple Square, PA10 2JD Kilbarchan

Community Coffee Shop - First Friday monthly.

Lilifest - Barchan Mad Comedy

Howwood Parish Church Community Coffee Shop

This popular comedy night returns as a highlight of Lilifest featuring a great line up of comedians in a great venue. With your host for the evening, the indomitable and irrepressible, Graham Barrie. Tickets £10 available online more info / bookings email badhatcomedy@ outlook.com

Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day Celebrations Saturday 2nd June! This year we mark the 50th Anniversary of the revival of our long running village fair and historic parade. Included in the long list of entertainment is the fabulous 3sixty bike display, a kids magic show, Batman, a new craft village, a food village, Johnny Barr’ music tent, 50 fun stalls and the best in local pipe bands! And don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets at the Lilias Day stall for your chance to win £1,000. The parade promises to be our biggest yet with a record number of floats. As well as our new additions we will also be welcoming back our usual stalwarts of Lilias Day - Britannia XIV medieval village and archery, the annual tug of war tournament and the local football derby. Get Involved - Decorate your house or premises - give the village a real festival atmosphere. Judging commences at 10am on Lilias morning. Tug of War - If you fancy something a bit more active you can get

Howwood Parish Church: 10am - 12noon “In the community, for the community” All welcome. Adults £2. children free.

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Saturday 16th June Roadside Field, Monklands Farm, Kilbarchan PA10 2PT (with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs A. Malcolm) Kilbarchan Show Confined Classes

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Dairy Cattle, Sheep and Industrial Section. (District includes parishes of Kilbarchan, Houston, Lochwinnoch, Kilmacolm, Langbank and The Abbey, also Burgh of Paisley and adjoining farms) Kilbarchan Show Open Classes Dog Section, Beef and Highland Cattle, Clydesdale Horses, Light Horse and Pony Classes, Jumping and Sports Join us on Showday!

Judging of cattle, sheep and horses begins at 10am, entertainment from 11am through to 3pm.

Come and see sheep being shorn, meet the Birds of Prey from KG Hawks and send your dog down Springer Rescue Scotland’s Temptation Alley! Dog Show from 1pm.

We are having a ‘Vintage Year’ with our usual vintage tractors, and other farm machinery and artefacts, classic motorbikes and a Cooper showing us his skills. Admission to Show Ground - £3

Children -Free

Free parking for cars in field opposite.

As always we are delighted to have the support of the village, local organisations and businesses without whom Lilias Day would not happen. Each year the event raises tens of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes.

Limited showfield parking available therefore only available for disabled badge holders.

We’re all set for a great day out. Hope you can join us! Park opens at 12noon and the parade starts at 1pm at Tandlehill Road and proceeds through the village to the Park, picking up Habbie Simpson along the way. Entry to the park costs £2.50 for adults and 50p for children.

For further information contact (Hon. Sec. & Treasurer): Aileen Russell t: 07766 221369 (Light Horse Convener): Alison Graham t: 07977 521062 (Please Note that Light Horse entries close Thursday 14th June) e: info @kilbarchanshow.co.uk

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Enjoy a fantastic day out at Kilbarchan Show!

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Kilbarchan Parish Church Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club. The club continues to meet on Mondays in the hall until the summer party at 9.45am on Monday 25th June. The club will resume on Monday 3rd September from 9.15am - 11.30am. Lilias Day - 2nd June - make sure you pay a visit to Kilbarchan Parish Church stalls in the park where you can enjoy strawberries and cream as you try the tombola and sample the home baking for sale.

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. . . Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie . . .

Calder Church Summer Fayre Saturday 2nd June, 10am - 12noon in McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch Would you know what to do in an Emergency?

Stalls include :- Home baking, Plants and garden, Jewellery and accessories, Books, CDs & DVDs, Toys, Bottle, Soft goods, Lucky dip and more....

New Dates for 2018!!

Adults £2, Children FREE, includes Tea/Coffee and cream scones.

♥ 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 Heartstart courses are free of charge and it only takes two hours to learn the skills which may someday save a life: ♥ Recovery position ♥ CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) ♥ Heart Attack ♥ Choking ♥ Serious bleeding To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact Morag Thow on 07868 752814 to book onto one of our courses: Tue 19th June

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The Boarding House Howwood

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Lochwinnoch Masonic Lodge

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Old Library Centre At long last summer is here after such a long winter. The Spanish Conversation group have been making use of our garden area and are having their meeting outside when the weather has been good. It’s been really great to see this outside area been used. The Pilates classes finished up at the end of May for the summer and will start up again in August. We will notify everyone of when this will be. Our other classes will be continuing until the end of June. Don’t feel that you have to wait until after the summer to get in shape, so come along to one of our classes and get that beach body. Intermediate Yoga – Monday 7.30pm, Yoga – Wednesday 10am and 7.30pm and FABS fitness (for over 60s) – Thursday 2.30pm.

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Golf Club Hosts Dementia Friendly Village Afternoon Tea Lochwinnoch golf club very kindly provided a wonderful afternoon tea on the 11th May (Sponsored by Tom McGinley and Robin Cochrane). There was entertainment from Clare and Pauline, our own ‘Witches Brew’ and fun bingo. In attendance, to the delight of the organisers, were Provost of Renfrewshire Lorraine Cameron and Councillors Derek Bibby, Andy Doig, Emma Rodden and Bill Binks. The group wish to thank the golf club staff, all the helpers on the day, the Lochwinnoch Primary Captains and Mrs Bell who came to support the afternoon. The next afternoon tea will be in September date tbc. Pictured: Councillor Bill Binks and Dr. Morag Thow co-ordinator of the Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village Group

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Saturday 16th June, 1pm - 4pm, Howwood Primary School

The centre shuts for the month of July. Doors will close on Friday 29th June and will reopen on Wednesday 1st August at 10am. If you are lucky enough to heading off for sunnier climes and are requiring boarding passes to be printed here, remember to come in before we close. And then perhaps stay and have a coffee and a biscuit: cost is only £1. Our team of volunteers are available to make you feel welcome. We hope all our customers have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you back in August.

Move it or Lose it! FABS Fitness

Old Library, Kilbarchan First Love Music

Some of the ladies from the FABS Class in Kilbarchan enjoying coffee, cake and a chat at Bobbins cafe after the class.

Happy Holidays to the boys and girls who come along every Thursday to First Love Music in Kilbarchan.

The “How Good is Howwood” team are busy planning the annual village fete. It’s shaping up to be another brilliant day, so put the date in your diary and come along with all the family. Along with the usual craft stalls, there will be a bouncy castle, hot dogs, tea room, children’s activities, licensed bar, “beat the goalie”, baking competition and a musicals themed fancy dress competition for all ages. We have some fantastic prizes for the Grand Draw, tickets for which are on sale now from any of the team.

Stall Holders Required The Howwood Village Fete is a great way to raise funds for your group or promote your business. Stalls cost £20 For any Fete enquiries/ stall bookings, please contact Lorna: lostar78@aol.co.uk or Sarah: sarah.galloway@rocketmail.com

Churches in Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie ... ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ KILBARCHAN PARISH CHURCH: The services continue at 11am on Sundays, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. Junior Church and the crèche meet in the halls from 10.45am. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed on Sunday 24th June at 11am and 6.30pm. All services are followed by refreshments in the hall. On Wednesday from 10.30am, the Midweek Fellowship takes place in the small hall. All welcome to any or all of these services .For further information about the Parish Church and all organisations, please see the website: www.kilbarchan-kirk.btck.co.uk 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. LOCHWINNOCH PARISH CHURCH: Mary Jane Bird. Sunday 11am: Morning Worship and Sunday School. All welcome. 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. 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.

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Arts Festival Raises Bumper Amount

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 2018 is delighted to announce that the sum of £1792.78 was raised from all the many events at this year’s arts festival. All the money will go into the continued care and support St Vincent’s provides for our community. Pictured left to right: Dr Mairi-Clare McGowan (Consultant), Brona McGee (Director of Care), Gill Bell and Morag Thow (two of the organisers of the Arts Festival). kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

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Councillor Derek Bibby

All 4 ward councillors have been tasked by Howwood Community Council to get this changed, and accordingly I have written to the Convenor of Roads urging her to reconsider this decision. At the time of writing the situation remains unchanged. Despite promises to fix the roads and provide a fair share of resources for all communities, this will ring hollow across Howwood, and this omission illustrates clearly that the much trumpeted 7.2 million investment is inadequate in dealing with the problem of Renfrewshires roads where, 1 road in 4 is in urgent need of repair. The cost of fixing the roads in immediate need of repair is around 12 million, based on Audit Scotland analysis. At the meeting of Renfrewshire Council on the 3rd May, councillors voted to undertake a review of the maintenance of grassed areas, with a recommendation to reinstate naturalised areas in a future grass cutting schedule. At the same meeting I called for the reinstatement of the Mobile Library Service which was withdrawn on the 27th April by Renfrewshire Leisure who run the service on behalf of the council. The withdrawal of this service has provoked dismay in both Kilbarchan and Howwood, communities that rely on this service and wish to have it continue. I am pleased that Council agreed that the service must be reinstated. Returning to the subject of roads, the Leadership Board of the Council has agreed to approach the City Deal cabinet to have local upgrading of the A737 included in its infrastructure projects. Locally the outcome will be awaited with keen interest.

Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village Launch

The official launch of Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village project on Friday 27th April in the Calder Church was a great success. There was a great turn out from the local community as well as Councillors Bibby and Rodden and David Arthur from Lochwinnoch CC. The evening commenced with an excellent presentation by Iain Houston from Alzheimer’s Scotland who put the personal and national issues of dementia in context. Julie Twaddle from Dementia Friendly Prestwick came next and shared some of her group’s experiences of setting up a dementia friendly community. Loraine and Ron Grey from Playlist for Life explained the background to the playlist based on the experiences of Sally Magnusson and her mother. They described the benefits of music - a moving and thoughtprovoking presentation. Continuing the musical theme, the evening ended on a rousing sing-along with the Renfrewshire Carer Centre Choir and Sean and Frank. The company were in full voice! Tea and cakes were served after and the attendees had the opportunity to explore the ‘reminiscence table’ put together by Julie Gaghan. A big thank you goes out to Archie Ford and all the helpers from the Calder Church.

The consultation period on proposed changes to the governance and structure of the Local Area Commitees has now ended. Proposals for implementing any changes to membership, voting rights, and the system of agreeing grant funding to community groups, will be presented to the next full council meeting on the 28 th June. Full details of the consultation results are on the Renfrewshire Council website. 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 , 11am in the Steeple Hall Kilbarchan, and 12.30pm in Johnstone Town Hall. Meanwhile please contact me at cllr.derek.bibby@renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 300 1274. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie

Plant and Book Sale Get stocked up for summer with books and plants on Sat 9th June at Lochwinnoch Community Garden. If you have any spare plants please can you drop them off at Community Garden on Saturday 2nd June at 1pm. Contact Mo on 07868752814.

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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: Pamela 07743 156738 or email bknitting@hotmail. co.uk.

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The road and pavement resurfacing programme for the coming year has been published,and it makes grim reading for the village of Howwood, as it has been left out of the planned works for 2018/19. This has been met with anger in the local community, as it is self evident that both Main Road and Beith Road to name but two require attention.

I re-work quality furniture, making it very unique, bespoke. I have beautiful stock in at present. I take commissions and can re-work clients existing furniture, furniture that maybe has sentimental value but doesn’t go with the clients décor. I can do it here in my work shop or I can visit clients home and do it there. We are open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am till 4pm. You can also visit at the weekend by appointment.

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Houston Primary School Primary 7 pupils had an amazing five day trip away to Loch Insh. They have returned with a wealth of experience of water sports, with the favourite being wind surfing. On dry land the pupils enjoyed cycling, archery and wayfinding. A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to the staff who accompanied the children. The nursery pupils who will be joining us in August to start Primary 1, have been invited to a Treasure Hunt, Teddy Bears Picnic, Stay & Play sessions and a school lunch. We look forward to getting to know them. School Sports is planned for 30th May at Houston Public Park. Fingers crossed for a dry day. Eco News Our poly tunnel has arrived thanks to the grant obtained from AVIVA and Mrs Morrison, our wonderful ‘Gardening Granny’! We have decided on the perfect location and Darren Gilmour of WH Malcolm has kindly agreed to level the designated plot of land. We look forward to growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in our new greenhouse in the Houston sun! Last term the pupils planted spring bulbs in the planters, supported by Miss Adam. The planters are looking splendid and the children are very proud of their efforts.

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Houston Toddlers Lots of fun times at toddlers again this month. We have been dressing up, playing parachute games and enjoying catching up with all our friends. Some fun dates coming up in June - Thursday 14th June we will be making something for all the Daddies in our lives to say Happy Father’s day; Thursday 21st June is our teddy bears picnic, this takes place in the park. We welcome all children age between 0-4 years old, together with their parents, grandparents or carers to join in with the games, crafts and play on offer every Thursday. The children can enjoy playing, making friends and of course snack time while the adults can catch up with a cuppa.  We meet between  9.30-11.30  so come along when you are ready to the West Hall, Main street Houston PA67EL (next to Carrick centre). We look forward to meeting you all.

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

Kilmacolm Playgroup

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

Howwood Baby & Toddler Group

Howwood Parish Church, 10am - 12noon

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

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Kilbarchan Tots

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

Bridge of Weir Toddlers

Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

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

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

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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

Houston Toddlers

Church Hall, Main Street, Houston

Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am

Kilmacolm Playgroup

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

Art Council Gallery: The school’s Art Council recently produced a wonderful Art Gallery to showcase their creations from throughout the year. This included paper plate animals, fish made from old CD’s, black and white pictures from recycled newspaper, as well as cartoon birds.

Howwood Playgroup

Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am

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Calamity Jane at PGHS Our school show is fast approaching and it is a highlight of the year! Port Glasgow High School presents Calamity Jane on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June in the Port Glasgow Community Campus Theatre. Doors open 6.30pm and performance starts 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 concession. Contact the school office to order tickets! 01475 715200.

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McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am

For children from birth to 3 years.

Litter Picking: In order to support Renfrewshire Council’s “team up to clean up” project a number of the classes in Lochwinnoch Primary School went out and about around the school to litter pick and tidy up their community. Litter pickers and protective gloves were provided and luckily the sun decided to shine on our volunteers.

Finlaystone Trip: P3 and 3/2 recently went on a class trip to Finlaystone Country Estate. They had a wonderful time, jam-packed with activities and even got to go on a minibeast safari.

Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers

St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 10am - 11.30am

River Dipping: P5/4 and P5 enjoyed more water-based fun when, after a short presentation at school on water pollution, they went river dipping in the River Calder to test its levels of pollution.

Garden Party: Nursery hosted a lovely garden party. The ‘soon to be’ Primary 7’s were invited and got the opportunity to meet the new children who will be coming in to Primary 1 in August.

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Bushcraft and Photography: P5, P5/4 and P4 have been down at Castle Semple taking part in a bushcraft and photography workshop. They learned how to start a fire and then enjoyed toasting marshmallows before taking their own pictures around the loch.

Spanish Cooking: P5 have been exploring Spanish culture and cuisine in preparation for their Spanish Cafe. They recently made their own ‘patatas bravas’ using cooked potatoes and covering them in a homemade spicy tomato sauce. They’re looking forward to making their own ‘paella’ next.

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

Langbank Under 3’s

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

Baby and Toddler Group

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

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

Community Bookbug Sessions

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

1st & 3rd Friday Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch, 1pm -2.30pm

£3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa.

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Abbey Nursery Here we are in June and it feels as if we have galloped to this month with so much being squeezed into the last few weeks. May was a busy, busy month with a hint of sun to brighten our spirits and help us celebrate our highs!  Firstly a big well done to Zac as Winner and Alba as Runner Up in the Houston Kirk Carnival children’s competition; the nursery is always happy to support local events. We would also like to thank our families and staff who came along and enjoyed the annual Summer BBQ (with a Royal Wedding theme this year!) as this is a special event where we can all relax together and have a fun time. Our Coffee morning & afternoon events were also a good catch up with parents and we were delighted to raise £90.00 to help a local child who has a challenging medical condition.                    Abbey staff also had a fun day out at the Escape Rooms in Glasgow recently where three teams pitted their wits against each other before the Shield and title was lifted by the Puzzle Princesses!.     Parents Evenings are now over, with detailed written reports produced for all children to mark their achievements and progress across a range of areas and give parents the confidence that we are supporting and challenging the children in equal measure.  The Graduation Ceremony for the Pre School children will take place this month and we will be proud to see them wave goodbye, ready, confident and able for their move to Primary School. Meanwhile in the playrooms we have lots of exciting activities planned for the next month; both indoors and outdoors.  We are continuing to explore different Authors with the Busy Bunnies now looking at less well known books by Julia Donaldson and the children are particularly enjoying A Squash and A Squeeze!  The Bedtime Book Club offering in the nursery gives parents a choice of over 120 different story books for the children to take home and enjoy and hopefully encourages them to choose something different each time. Having already achieved 3 Green Eco School Flags the children are very much committed to helping look after our local and global environment. Just now we are joining the Nation in looking at the problems caused by plastic across the world and talking about how we can reduce the use of this material in the nursery and at home.

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Award Winning Family Fitness App By Renfrewshire Pupils Pupils at a Renfrewshire school who invented a family fitness app praised by NHS Scotland and Andy Murray could see their idea become a reality. A team of five sixth-year students from Erskine’s Park Mains High School the ‘Health Buzz’ app, which tracks the health and wellbeing of the whole family. The prototype won first prize at the prestigious #DigiInventorsChallenge awards, run by the Digital Health and Care Institute in conjunction with Andy Murray. The team of Emily Bannon, Craig Kennedy, Adam Hazle, Luisa Steele and Connor Wilson, all 17-years-old, received a £2,000 cash prize for their school, new personal tech, and industry help to turn the idea into a finished piece of tech. This summer the students will work with Scottish-based technology experts SwarmOnline to find out how to develop the app. Former Wimbledon champion Andy revealed how impressed he is with the pupil’s design and said: “I liked this idea straight away; it’s a really big achievement for the team behind it. Anything that gets people moving more is a good thing and will hopefully help to improve the health of the nation.” Judges also praised the team’s high quality professional pitch and recognised the potential of the app to transform lives by focussing on the family as a whole, and not just individuals. Emily Bannon from the team said: “We are happy to get as far as we have with the app and want to make fitness more a hobby than a chore across the generations... We have become so passionate about it and are excited to see what comes next.” Park Mains Head teacher Michael Dewar, said: “This was an outstanding achievement from a group of very talented S6 pupils. Our hope is that the app will be developed to help make a positive impact on the health and well-being of families across the country.”

It’s been fabulous to be able to enjoy our outdoor classroom with the wonderful weather we have been having lately. The children have been making the most of our garden area and we have been out and about in the park too. There has been lots of preparation for our annual Sports Day, hopefully it will dry for all our budding athletes! We are delighted to have launched our Summer Holiday Activity Camps which will run at the end of June and during August the week before term starts. This is the perfect progression for Duchal after our introduction of longer term time hours and gives parents greater childcare options. The Camps are open to all children (not just Duchal children) aged 3 – 5 years for further information please contact us on info@duchal.com. We are looking forward to our Summer trip to Finlaystone Country Estate, exploring and learning with the Rangers, and then our end of term Summer Concert which will give our children a wonderful opportunity to showcase all they have been learning throughout the year. We have an action packed time at Duchal, learning through play in a friendly secure environment. If you would like to find out more about what we do at Duchal please come and visit us one morning – get in touch on 01505 874358 to arrange a convenient time, or keep up to date with all the latest news on our website duchal.com or on Facebook.

St Columba’s School, Summer Fete We will be holding our Summer Fete on Saturday 8th September in Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm from 2pm to 4pm. With a food & drink marquee, novelty crufts, family rounders, mini-mudder, tennis, rugby, community stalls, raffle, tombola, Pipe Band performance and much more! Fun for all and free entry! To book a stall please email aberry@st-columbas. org

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Kilmacolm Green Light for Greenock School Primary Refurbishment

Parents set to benefit from early years expansion Renfrewshire’s tots will soon get extra nursery time now that funding to expand the area’s early learning and childcare provision has been agreed.

Planning permission has been granted for a Greenock school to undergo a multi-million pound transformation. The £6million refurbishment and extension of St Mary’s primary is the latest key project in Inverclyde Council’s ambitious schools estate investment. The St Mary’s school building has been a feature of Greenock town centre for many years. It is hoped that the refurbishment, which includes double glazing all windows and re-slating the roof as well as adding an extension featuring a gym/assembly hall and new entranceway, will give staff and pupils the best possible facilities whilst retaining the sense of history attached to the well-known building. Inverclyde Council’s £270million school estate investment is on track to be completed five years early. Education & Communities Convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said, “If all goes to plan every child in Inverclyde will be in a new or fully refurbished school by 2020 enjoying the best facilities money can buy. Education remains our top priority and the continued improvement in our school estate over recent years has been reflected in our academic and vocational achievements.“ The new £9.2million St Ninian’s Primary in Gourock and £3.4million Glenpark Early Learning Centre are due to be completed in the coming months along with the refurbishments of Moorfoot Primary in Gourock - £5million – and Lady Alice Primary in Greenock - £3.8 million. Gourock Primary is also due to undergo a £1.7million extension.

More than £14million will be invested in early years buildings and £22million for additional early years jobs has been set aside to support Renfrewshire’s 1140 expansion plans following agreement between Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders. Visiting Hugh Smiley Early Learning and Child Care Centre, Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson expressed his delight that funding for the expansion had been agreed. He said: “Renfrewshire can now put its expansion plans into action and support more children to have the best start in life while allowing parents to take up employment or go back to education. “This financial commitment means we can forge ahead with plans for five new-build early learning and child care centres as well as refurbishing, adapting and building extensions for more than two dozen nurseries. We are absolutely delighted and over the moon to announce that we are finalists in the Scottish Education Awards 2018. The school is a finalist for the ‘Raising Attainment in Literacy’ award for the #KPSLovesReading and #KPSLovesWriting projects. The aim of the projects is to develop the children’s Literacy skills and the focus has been on encouraging the children to develop a life long love of reading books. The school is now full of real life ‘Matildas’! The award ceremony takes place on the 6th June and the winners will be announced then. Our Head Teacher, Simone McCredie will be attending the awards with Ruth Binks (Head of Education), Ailie Glover (P4 class teacher) and two P6 pupils, Emma Boyd and Sam McGoldrick. Good Luck!

“The 1140 hours expansion is about supporting children to have the best start in life and we know that learning through play is a key part of that. We are currently running pilots in some of our nurseries and these continue to help shape what options work best for parents and children - such as staying in full time, part time or the same hours as the school day across term-time and the full year. “We are also working with independent and private nurseries and childminders to ensure they can provide 1140 hours by 2021 remains a key priority throughout the expansion. From August 2018, we will see selected centres and classes beginning to offer 1140 hours to eligible children based on where there are the necessary resources and physical capacity. By 2021, all early learning centres and classes will offer the full entitlement. “The early years’ expansion clearly means more jobs. We have begun discussions with colleges and universities to support young people leaving school who want to become an early years professional. Getting the right skills and qualifications is another vital part of this expansion. We also expect people already in careers to consider retraining in the field as well as parents returning to work. To support them, we are working with partners, including the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire team, to ensure people have the right career advice and support.”

Renfrew High School goes from strength to strength Renfrew High School has received a glowing report after inspectors from Education Scotland visited the school. The report, published this week, outlines the schools key strengths, which include the strong leadership of school improvement to build a positive culture for all young people and the commitment of all staff to promoting positive and nurturing relationships across the school. The school was also praised for its approach to looking after pupil’s wellbeing and ensuring that their needs are met. Another key strength noted by inspectors was the very positive environment within the Pupil Support area for young people, especially those with additional needs. Renfrew High also saw an improvement in the number of pupils achieving Higher passes and the inspectors, who visited in February, said: “The headteacher and his senior team are highly committed to driving the school forward. The strong vision of the headteacher in putting young people at the centre of the work of the school has been an on-going focus for school leaders and is driving the agenda for improvement.” Headteacher Billy Burke said: “We are delighted with the report which shows the strong commitment of staff, pupils, and parents to work together towards ongoing improvement. The increasingly positive attainment and achievement of our learners was recognised, but most pleasingly for me was the recognition for how the wellbeing of our

young people is at the heart of everything we do. “We believe strongly that you can’t learn and achieve if you’re not at your best. It also noted how positively young people think about their school and that they really believe in our values of care, fairness, respect and trust. “I would like to thank all members of the school community for the positive part they play in our success, and we now look forward to continuing to drive improvement for our young people.” Education and Children’s Services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, who visited the school this week said: “It’s clear from the inspection report and also on visiting Renfrew High, how important the wellbeing of the young people who come here is taken. “This is hugely important in ensuring that they have the most positive start in life possible to able to fulfil their potential. There have also been improvements in attainment across the board and I have no doubt that the school will continue to go from strength to strength.” The Education Scotland inspection team said that it was confident the school would continue to improve ad there are no other visits planned in connection with this inspection.

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St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm Pupils Sweep the Board in National Competition On Saturday 12th May, at Exmouth Community College near Exeter, a team of three St Columba’s Senior V pupils were crowned National Champions at the Final of the Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition.

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Teams delivered wonderful presentations in front of their year group, as well as a panel of judges, with the winning team receiving £3,000 for their charity of choice, Stepwell, a local charity that focuses upon improving the health, wellbeing and employment opportunities of vulnerable people. Jan Van Dessel, Head of Social Impact at Stepwell said, “The pupils did an amazing job to digest all the information they took from their visit to Stepwell and delivered a passionate and compelling presentation. We were delighted to win the £3,000 prize which we can use to buy more food, kitchen equipment and deliver training that will help our clients.” Fun in the Sun

Thousands of young people take part in this prestigious competition each year the aim of which is to aid the development of public speaking and speech writing skills for school pupils, providing an opportunity for young people to voice their views in increasingly substantial auditoriums. A main speaker, supported by a chair person and vote of thanks, are required to talk for six minutes on a subject of their choice.

Early Years and Junior 3 children were delighted to receive a visit from Owen and his many Zoolab friends. The children have been studying some of the countless fascinating creatures and plants that can be found within our tropical rainforests, as well as learning how to care for living things.

Finlay Cooper, Mark Connolly and Eilidh McCrudden had competed at club level, district level and then regional level before attending the National Finals with their talk on ‘The Power of Music’. The calibre of competition was incredibly high, with offerings from (as the chief adjudicator noted) the ‘crème de la crème’ of public speakers from across the country.

Early Years enjoyed a glorious picnic in Calderglen Country Park, Junior 6 have been learning important bike-safety skills through their Bikeability training, DofE walking teams are happily dry and our junior and senior athletes are busy preparing for sports days and enjoying the outdoor athletics season.

So impressed were the organisers of the competition that they have invited Mark to speak at the Rotary’s annual conference in order to highlight the charitable work the Rotary do in the field of music therapy.

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Mrs Andrea Angus, Rector, described the achievement as “outstanding” and went on to say, that “An extraordinary number of our pupils achieve success at national or international level in so many areas - sport, music, debating. What we offer here at St Columba’s is a school in which every pupil is nurtured and encouraged to aspire to greatness. It is a school where confidence grows and a school in which a pupil with a fear of speaking publically can challenge that fear and go on to be declared a national public speaking champion. I couldn’t be more proud.” Donation Made to Local Charity, Stepwell The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is part of the Senior II PSE programme. YPI is an inclusive, multi-award-winning secondary school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence.

We were delighted to attend the Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Show on Saturday 12th May and the Gourock Highland Games on Sunday 13th May, and what a glorious weekend it was! We are hoping for plenty more sunshine as we attend various gala days throughout the month of June. You will find us at Lilias Day (2nd June) and Bridge of Weir Gala Day (9th June), where our award winning Pipe Band will also be part of both parades, Bishopton Gala Day (16th June) and Barshaw Gala Day (23rd June) - hope to see you there. We will also be hosting our community Summer Fete at Birkmyre Park on Saturday 8th September - if you would like to book a stall please email aberry@st-columbas.org. Silver Tablet Concert: 11th June Our Silver Tablet Concert celebrates the best of musical talent from Senior VI pupils who compete for this award by performing musical pieces of Grade 8 standard. The concert will be held on the evening of Monday 11th June in St Columba Church, Kilmacolm from 7-9pm. Members of the School community and the wider community are all welcome to attend this lovely musical celebration. Please contact nmckay@st-columbas.org if you wish to attend.

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First of all, thank you very much to everyone who sends in their articles for The Advertizer. Each month we have plenty to choose from and, while we try to include as much as we can, some need to be cut back due to space restrictions.

The appearance of giant dinosaur footprints caused great excitment in Playgroup this month. Digging up dinosaur bones was great fun! The children are enjoying our summer term at Playgroup and looking forward to Space, On the Farm and Under the Sea themes.

To make things easier for the little elves in the office, could we please ask if articles are submitted as text within the email. Ideally, articles should be no longer than 300 words, but we do appreciate that sometimes it is necessary for more to get your message across and we will accommodate if we can. And if sending in photographs, please send these as separate attachments to your email. If they are sent within a word document, we are unable to extract these to the high quality required for a good reproduction in print. These can be sent as JPG or PDF files, and 300dpi resolution is best, resized to within 8cm boundaries. If in any doubt, please call or email the office and the elves will be happy to advise you!

Kilmacolm Playgroup & Toddlers are holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer, including family days out, meal vouchers, gym passes and loads more. Pop into toddlers or Playgroup to purchase tickets or pick up a book to sell. Playgroup runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings 0930-1130 for children from 2 years and 4 months. SPACES AVAILABLE. For more information or to register on our waiting list contact Iona on playgroupmembership@ googlemail.com Our baby and toddler group is on a Wednesday morning 10-1130, open to all new parents, grandparents & carers. No registration required just drop in for a chat and a cuppa while your child plays. For more information on our groups  https:// kilmacolmplaygroupand  toddlers.jimdo.com or check out our Facebook page for latest information.

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Gryffe High School School Athletics Championships The sun shone for the School Athletics Championships held in the school. The amazing weather added to the efforts of the morning. S1 to S3 pupils took part in a series of events including shotput, long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m and 300m run. Winners were then presented with their awards in the theatre, together with all

participants. This is an ideal time of year for the event while S4 to S6 pupils are engaged in SQA examinations.

Renfrew pupils talk mental health with YOYP Champion Young people working on mental health projects got the chance to meet Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion ahead of a showcase at their school. Pupils from Trinity High School, Renfrew, spoke with Councillor Michelle Campbell about their health and mental wellbeing week-long Trinity High School pupils talking with PE teacher Martin McInnes in the wellbeing base. event including Change Ur Mind, which took place on Tuesday 22nd May as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. The showcase included a series of workshops, films and interactive activities for pupils and is also part of Scotland’s celebration of the Year of Young People; the world’s first-ever showcase of youth achievements and contribution to community.

Well done to all participants!

Councillor Michelle Campbell was delighted to talk with young people about mental health. She said: “Having worked in mental health field, I firmly believe good mental health is vital and I’m delighted that young people are developing their own projects to support themselves and their peers. “Young people have a key role in their own education and teachers, youth workers and other adults can do a lot to support that.

S1 Pupils enjoy Salter’s Festival of Chemistry Several S1 pupils enjoyed the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry held yesterday at the University of Strathclyde. Challenges included solving the mystery of the stolen trophy and then identifying fizzy drinks. Leo Downes was amongst those to be selected to receive the ‘Margaret Minns’ prize for inclusion. A great day was had by all. Mrs L Taylor – FH Science

“Having good mental health as a young person is a key vital to their success in later life. As the YOYP Champion, I want to show my support for the fantastic contributions young people are making in here in Renfrewshire.” Sharon Padippurackal, 14, is one of the young people that created and delivered the event Change Ur Mind. He said: “Knowledge is important to making the right choices to support good health and mental wellbeing. I’ve learnt a lot being involved in Hearty Lives project and I’m one of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Youth Panel. “When friends ask me for advice, I can tell them what has been shown to help – such as eating healthy food and getting some exercise. I’ve also learnt that running an event is a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it to help my peers.” Community Learning Officer, Melissa Muir, is part of the Council’s youth services team and worked with pupils to develop the showcase. Melissa said: “We run relaxation classes in school before exams and are developing a wellbeing base to give pupils a place to relax and reduce stress. Young people have also visited local primary schools to work with younger pupils on healthy activities.”

Scout Leaders Wanted

To find out more about Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People activities, visit https://young.scot/renyoyp2018.

Kilmacolm Scouts changes the lives of young people from six to 18 – and now we need YOU to help us. We are seeking leaders for every one of our sections and are urging you to consider giving up some of your time to help us as a uniformed leader. Our sections are:

Beavers:

Cubs:

8 to 10.5

Scouts:

10.5 to 14

Explorers: 14 to 18.

6 to 8

Each section is different with a specific programme designed to ensure our young people get the very best experience suited to their age group. Our leadership team is friendly, committed and can bore you to tears about how great Scouting is and what it has brought them. We are all busy people with busy lives but fitting in space for volunteering is now part of who we are – and the rewards from seeing young people thrive are massive. Volunteering is easier than you think. With full support and training available, you can volunteer on a flexible basis. So please come and support your local Scout Group. For an informal chat, contact Group Scout Leader Stuart Wilson via gsl42nd@outlook.com or 07957 933216.

Elah McCorkindale, Mirren Bisland, Headteacher Margaret Renfrew, youth worker Melissa Muir, and PE teacher Martin McInnes. Front l-r: Sharon Padippurackal, Daniel Potts, YOYP Champion Councillor Michelle Campbell, and Megan McCann.

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In May we were invited back to the Gateway Garden in Kilbarchan to see the progress on the flowers planted at the last visit in October. The children planted peas in growbags and flowers in hanging baskets. They also took home some of the flowers they had grown. As part of our ongoing transition programme for starting school in August, all children now have a ‘buddy’ from Kilbarchan Primary. The school children have visited the nursery as well as having playground sessions with the nursery children. The buddies will be there to lend a helping hand to settle the children into primary school in August. Summer term finishes with parties for all children on 26th June followed by our end of term presentation on 27th June for all pre-school children. We wish them well in their new schools.

Strawberry Out of School Care We have been making good use of the weather and been enjoying a variety of out door activities from rounders to making dens.. We have also been busy indoors doing face portraits to making bunting and invitations for the big wedding. We are looking forward to our summer holidays where we plan to go a variety of trips for e.g tall ship, transport museum, Kelvingrove art gallery, Sma cottages, Scotland Street museum. If you require any care over the holidays please contact Wendy or Sam on 01505 615315.

Youth Sports Grants Fund Open for Applications Sports groups across Inverclyde are being urged to apply for funding from the Council’s new grants system for under 19’s. £161,000 has been set aside for youth clubs to be distributed in the same way as the successful Grants to Voluntary Organisations fund. Committee Chair Councillor Graeme Brooks said: “In the past grants were issued to under-19 groups using a funding formula based on the number of young people at each club. “As the core budget was reduced the clubs received proportionately less money – around two thirds of previous awards. The new system allows clubs to apply for up to £15,000.” To ensure fairness to all applicants the maximum award that can be made has been set at £15,000 – the largest awards made under the previous system. Councillor Brooks added: “Sports groups make an important contribution to the quality of life of young people in Inverclyde. It is therefore vital they are given all the financial support that is available to allow them to keep up their good work.” Applications received by 6 June 2018 will be considered by the Grants Sub Committee at the meeting scheduled for end of June.

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Kilbarchan Park, Park View, Kilbarchan 12noon

Saturday 2 June, park open from 12, parade starts at 1pm Lilias Day historic parade followed by Lilias Day Events and Celebration in Kilbarchan Park. Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day includes a historic parade followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place throughout the day to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. www.liliasday.co.uk

Calder Church Summer Fayre

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Lilias Quiz at The Trust

Scotland’s Gardening Festival

The Trust, Kilbarchan 8pm Special Lilias-Day-themed quiz night to test your local knowledge.

Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs

Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 7.30pm The sensational Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs will perform their classic funk, soul and party music mixed with some great stage routines in a one-off gig at this intimate venue. Tickets £15. BYOB (£1 corkage charge) and more information is available online at liliasday. co.uk / tickets-scotland.com or in person from Bobbins, Kilbarchan. Bring Your Own Bottle! Habbie’s & Trust Pre-Gig Food Offer: £6 for a main course or 2 courses for a tenner (on presentation of ticket/proof of purchase) Habbie’s & Trust Post-Gig Drinks Offer: ½ price Beer or Wine (one per person)

FRI 1 JUNE Lilifest 2018: Thunder Road

The Trust, Kilbarchan 9pm The infamous Thunder Road return to Kilbarchan as part of Lilifest.

FRI 1 - SAT 2 JUNE Flower Festival

St Columba’s Church, Duchal Rd, Kilmacolm 10am to 4pm

Edinburgh Gardening Scotland is a celebration of everything to do with the garden, from design ideas and inspiration to tools and accessories and of course wonderful plants! It’s the gardening event of the year! More info: www. gardeningscotland.com.

SAT 2 JUNE Lilifest 2018 - Barchan Mad Comedy Night Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan 8pm

McKillop Hall, Main St, Lochwinnoch 10am to 12noon Stalls include :- Home baking, Plants and Garden, Jewellery and Accessories, Books, CDs and DVDs, Toys, Bottle, Soft Goods, Lucky Dip and more .... Adults £2, Children FREE, includes tea/coffee and cream scones. We are grateful for the support we always receive and look forward to your continued support!

Old Kirk Summer Fete/ Barbeque

Old Kirk Manse, Glencairn Rd, Kilmacolm 11am to 2pm BBQ and Tea Room. Stalls – Tombola, Baking, Plants. Children’s activities. All welcome, fun for the whole family. Entry - Adults £1, Children Free.

SAT 2 - SUN 3 JUNE Binocular and Telescope Open Day

This popular comedy night returns as a highlight of Lilifest featuring a great line up of comedians in a great venue. With your host for the evening, the indomitable and irrepressible, Graham Barrie. Tickets available online more info / bookings email badhatcomedy@outlook. com £10

Arnold Clark Linwood Ford Charity Football Match

Johnstone Burgh, 57 Auchenlodment Rd, Elderslie, Johnstone PA5 9PE In aid of Cash For Kids Fun starts @ 1pm with Beat the Goalie, Games and Face painting. Football starts @ 2pm, 2 x Teams – Linwood Ford Staff. Food and drink available. Bring your Family along and help us raise money for this worthy cause.

RSPB, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm Sat 2 & Sun 3 June Come and peruse a range of telescopes and binoculars, with knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find the right one for you! Our optics are competitively priced, with the added bonus that you are helping conservation. Cost: FREE

SUN 3 JUNE Tag-n-Track Bird Ringing Demonstration

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road nr Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB 10:30am to 3:30pm

Lilias Day Family Day Fantastic flower festival. This is a community event and all proceeds will be directed to Ardgowan Hospice. Tickets available from Rosie Third 873088, or on the door. £3.50 (kids free)

Habbies, Kilbarchan 2pm Lilifest goes al fresco with outdoor beer garden with fonts, hog roast, bouncy castle and live music (from early evening)

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SUN 3 JUNE West End Festival Sunday Lane Party 2018!

Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ Glasgow, United Kingdom 12noon to 8pm Yup, that’s right. It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Head along as the West End lanes and Vinicombe Street team up to bring you the second rendition of the Festival Sunday Lane Party with Auchentoshan to mark the opening of the legendary West End Festival. This event is completely free!

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MON 4 JUN - MON 30 JULY Water Sports Taster Evenings

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 5:30pm to 7:30pm Mondays starting 4 July. Join us for an easy introduction to kayaks, canoes or dinghies. Three week rotation for each activity. More Info: Details and bookings online or t 01505 842 882 £25

TUE 5 JUNE Lilifest 2018: Pop-Up Vegan Fairtrade Cafe

Habbies, Kilbarchan 5pm to 9pm A popular new happening as part of Lilifest with a choice of dishes featuring Fairtrade ingredients.

WED 6 JUNE Gateway Garden Free Drop In Session Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 2pm to 4pm

Come and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds in the Garden, with advice from our Gardeners’ Questions experts, activities for children and refreshments. All welcome, all ages. For more information, contact 07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Lilifest 2018: Habbie’s Big Quiz

Habbies, Kilbarchan 8pm Special Kilbarchan-themed quiz night for Lilifest. Show off your local and historical knowledge at this special quiz night with special prizes.

SAT 9 JUNE Bishopton Community Centre - Public Access Defibrillator

Bishopton Community Centre, Gledstane Road, Bishopton 10am to 12noon Volunteers from St John Scotland will be available for CPR training at the drop in session - It’s open to the whole community and is free. The Community Centre Association plan to have tea and coffee available to encourage people to come along and be trained!

Bridge of Weir Gala Day

Main Car Park, Gryffe Grove, Bridge of Weir 12noon

Festival week begins on Saturday 9th June with the Gala Parade and ends on the following Saturday with the Ceilidh Night. In between there are many other events held at various venues throughout the village. This year’s theme is Rumble in the Jungle. So plenty to get your teeth into!

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Accord Summer Fayre

Golf Open Day

St Columba’s School: Silver Tablet Concert

11 Christie St, Paisley PA1 1NB 10am to 4pm Our Summer Fayre is back; but this time at a new venue! The Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley! Lots of fun attractions to be annouced and will be updated soon. A fun day out for the family and helping ACCORD to engage with the younger generations.

Plant and Book Sale

Lochwinnoch Parish Church 1pm Plant and book sale, RSPB and tearoom at the community gardens. All welcome!

MND Coffee Morning

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 12noon Please join us in the new Community Centre Kilmacolm, 2nd Floor from 10am to 12pm. Tickets £3.

Summer Fete

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

St Aidan’s are holding their annual fete. There will be a bouncy castle, beat the goalie, wheel of fortune, lots of stalls and a fun day for all the family, not to mention teas, cakes, hot dogs, ice cream and even candy floss! Entrance is free. Hope to see you there!!

Lilifest 2018: Habbie’s Hoolie featuring The Brass Monkeys

Habbies, Kilbarchan 7pm to 9pm The wonderful Brass Monkeys bring Lilifest to a close with “Habbies Hoolie”. A party atmosphere is guaranteed with classic tunes with a big band brass twist on an outdoor stage (weather permitting/indoors if not).

SAT 9 - SUN 10 JUNE RYA Dinghy Course Level 2

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 9:30am to 4:30pm Adults can develop basic skills and become a competent sailor in light winds. More info: details & bookings online or t 01505 842 882. £135

SUN 10 JUNE Dogs Trust Family Fun Day

Dogs Trust Glasgow, 315 Hamilton Rd, Uddingston, Glasgow G71 7SL 12noon to 4pm All the family are welcome for jam packed day filled with lots of fun! And why not bring along your furry friend? Free entry, free parking and nearby railway access. Various activities to take part in and lots for the kids to join in on. Selection of trade stalls, raffle and tombola, yummy refreshments, kids rides/ entertainment along with much more the fun keeps going on.

Kilmacolm Golf Club, Porterfield road, Kilmacolm

For just £465 from June 10th until December 31st, you can have full access to their fantastic course, excellent full-sized driving range and attractive Clubhouse. For those under the age of 30, the cost of Membership is even less! If you would like some more information, please contact the General Manager, David Muir, on 01505 872139 or email him at gm@kilmacolmgolfclub.com. Terms and conditions apply.

Hessilhead Open Day

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust, Gateside, Beith 12noon to 4pm Come join us to see and learn about what we do at the centre (plus some animals!) - we will also have tents which will have games, bric-abrac, burgers, refreshments plus much more! Tickets - Adults: £3, kids go free, parking is free and sorry but no dogs! Please see our website for more info at http://www.hessilhead.org. uk/ £3 adults, kids free

Bishopton Fun Run/10K 2018

Bishopton playing field behind Co-op 1pm Registration opens 1pm, warm up 1.45pm, run starts 2pm. Entry £5 Adults £2 kids (£2 for adults running with kids). Bananas and Water kindly sponsored by the Bishopton Co-op. Warm up brought to you by #teambowfield. Details of the route are on the website: https://www. relive.cc/view/rt10000079797

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St Columba’s School, Duchal Rd, Kilmacolm 7pm to 9pm St Columba Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm, 7pm St Columba’s School’s Silver Tablet Concert celebrates the best of musical talent from our Senior VI pupils who compete for this award by performing musical pieces of Grade 8 standard. Members of the School community and the wider community are all welcome to attend this lovely musical celebration. Please contact nmckay@st-columbas.org if you wish to attend.

WED 13 JUNE Rumble in the Jungle

Moss Road Park - Bridge of Weir 6:30pm to 8pm Family Fun Night with vollyball, rounders and other fun games. Also a puppet show and refreshments. Please note if wet event will take place in the Hope Hall

Weir Networking

Amaretto Ristorante and Pizzeria, 60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir 9:30am Business Network meeting: Breakfast starts at 9:30am with cover charge of £5. Please email colin@magifilms.co.uk or visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WeirNetworking-350783798430333/. We look forward to welcoming you all. £5.00

Pound and Pace

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 11am to 2pm

RYA Dinghy Course Level 2

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 12noon to 4pm The Park will be hosting regular ringing demonstrations throughout the day. More info: t 01505 614 791 during office hours

Bumblebees and Butterflies Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 1pm to 3pm

Walk The Cut in company on this popular 12km route along this historic aqueduct. More info: details and bookings online or t 01475 521 458 Donation of £1 suggested

WED 13 - FRI 15 JUNE Calamity Jane at PGHS

Learn about Scotland’s native bumblebees and butterflies, see them and make some crafts. More info: details and bookings online or t 01505 842 882

Port Glasgow High School, Kilmacolm Road, Port Glasgow 6:30pm Our school show is fast approaching and it is a highlight of the year! Doors open 6.30pm and performance starts 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 concession. Contact the school office to order tickets! 01475 715200.

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Gryffe Voices

Solas Bereavement Group

Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir 8pm An Evening of Songs with the Community Choir. Entrance free – all welcome – donations for Gala Week charities

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 2pm to 4pm Come along and find support. Everyone welcome.

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Planning Meeting - Knapps/ North Denniston

How Good is Howwood Village Fete

Langbank Bowling Club Open Day

Kilmacolm Dramatic Society - Sleeping Beauty

Greenock Town Hall, Cathcart Square, Greenock PA15 1LS 2pm Planning Application 17/0403/IC: Proposed Residential Development at Knapps and North Denniston, Kilmacolm Inverclyde Council’s Planning Board will hold a Pre-Determination Hearing. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you wish to make a presentation at the Hearing you are required to advise Karen Macvey by telephone at 01475 712111 or by email at Karen.Macvey@Inverclyde.gov.uk no later than 5pm on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

FRI 15 JUNE Drawing Day - Summer Blooms!

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Enjoy drawing beautiful flowers through mark making and exploring experimental techniques. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcduk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www.creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

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SAT 16 JUNE CarFest 2018

Paisley - various venues 10am to 4pm

Cars, trucks and bikes of all shapes, sizes and ages on show. Also fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle. The cars will be shown at various locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street. FREE

Silk Painting Masterclass

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Learn silk painting techniques and explore the beauty of this craft! To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www. creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

Howwood Primary School, Semple View, Howwood 1pm to 4pm

(primary school age and under FREE) The theme for 2018 is MUSICALS - Fancy dress competition with prizes, Baking Competition for children and adults, Kids Tuck Shop, Hot Dogs, Craft stalls, Photo Booth, DJ Bouncy Castle, Beat the Goalie, Licenced Bar, American Diner Tea Room, Street Stuff Bus, Kids Games & Activities Book, Tombola’s Pub Tug o’ War, Boarding House Cocktails & Canapes, Fete Prize Draw. Entry forms and further information are available from committee members or our Facebook page. £2

Kilbarchan Show

Roadside field, Monklands Farm, Kilbarchan PA10 2PT 10am to 3pm Judging begins at 10am, entertainment from 11am to 3pm. Cattle, sheep, horses, birds of prey, dog show, vintage tractors, classic motobikes. Admission £3, children free. Free parking in field opposite.

Milngavie Classic Car Show 2018

Milngavie Town Centre, G62 6BW 10am to 4pm Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID) are pleased to announce that the Classic Car Show will return to the town centre on the 16th June 2018. A fun filled day, free to attend with a variety of cars and something for all the family. Lets hope the sun shines! For more details contact Liza.Moran@ MilngavieBID.com

SAT 16 - SUN 17 JUNE RYA Dinghy Course Level 2

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 9:30am to 4pm A two day adult sailing course to develop basic skills in light winds. More info: t 01505 842882 £135

Langbank Bowling Club, Main Street, Langbank 2pm to 4pm As a new member we can offer a 50% discount on your first year’s fees and if you are new to the sport we will provide free tuition and the use of a set of bowls for the first year.

Open Day for Nature!

RSPB, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch 10am to 4pm

Come along and discover how amazing nature is and what it has to offer. See the fantastic wildlife to be found at our beautiful reserve, if you know how to look! There’ll be lots of friendly and knowledgeable folk from all sorts of organizations, to help spark an interest you may not know you had! Cost: FREE

Map and Compass Course

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 10am to 4pm An ideal course for beginners or for those wanting to refresh their skills. More info: details and bookings online or t 01505 842 882 £50

Fathers’ Day - Bushcraft Brunch

The Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 11am to 1pm Learn how to make a fire and cook bannock bread and treat your Dad to a bushcraft brunch. (Bring your own bacon and sausages!) More info: details and bookings (essential) online or t 01475 521 458 £5 per child

Exploring Textiles

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Exploring colour, texture and pattern applied through transfer and bonding techniques to produce your unique fabrics. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www. creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

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Gateway Garden Free Drop In Session

Gateway Garden Free Drop In Session

Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 1pm to 3pm Come and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds in the Garden, with advice from our Gardeners’ Questions experts, activities for children and refreshments. All welcome, all ages. For more information, contact 07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

Cartside Terrace, Kilbarchan 2pm to 4pm Come and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds in the Garden, with advice from our Gardeners’ Questions experts, activities for children and refreshments. All welcome, all ages. For more information contact 07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

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Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 7pm Kilmacolm Dramatic Society are having a read through of their forthcoming Christmas Panto on 21st June followed by auditions on 28th June. If you are interested in taking part please come along or contact Mandy Robinson 01505 873282 or Kate Robinson 01505 874151

Embroiderers’ Guild - Bridge of Weir Branch

The Bridge, Main Street, Bridge of Weir 7:30pm Extraordinary General Meeting. All members welcome for a discussion about next year’s branch structure and plans.

Summer Solstice Walk

RSPB, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch 7pm to 9pm Surround yourself with the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, on the longest day of the year. Led by one of the knowledgeable and friendly reserve team, this will be a gentle stroll on the trails. Please book, as places are limited. Cost: Adults: £6; Children: £4.80 (RSPB members: £4.80/£3.80)

THU 21 JUNE Urban Orienteering

The Compass Centre, South Street, Houston PA6 7ET 6:45pm to 9pm An informal urban, family friendly orienteering event. Starts from 18:45 - 19:30. Courses close 21:00. Electronic timing. Adults £5 Junior/Student/unwaged £3 Family taking part as a family unit pay £3. 3 Courses 1.5k (suitable for under 16s) 2.5k and 3.5, and a score course - find as many controls as you can in 45 minutes.

SAT 23 JUNE Langbank Gala Day Playing Fields, Langbank 12noon to 3pm

Our Family Gala Day will include a children’s fun run, dog show, BBQ, licensed bar and variety of family stalls run by village groups. All welcome.

Comet Festival 2018

Coronation Park, 5 Queen St, Port Glasgow PA14 5EF 11am to 5:30pm Come along for a fun filled day of entertainment. The day starts at 11am and will have live music sessions by local bands, a fun fair, community and craft stalls, food & drink. Everyone welcome, a fun day for all the family. Free entry.

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Freeland Messy Cafe Litter Picking Scavenger Hunt

Paisley Abbey Choristers Visit Martyrs’ Sandyford

Simple Faith

Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir 2:30pm to 4:30pm Come along to our litter picking scavenger hunt around the village, working in teams. Absolutely anyone is welcome as long as all children have a responsible adult in charge of them. Prize for the winning team. Refreshments and home baking will be available at the hall throughout for everyone returning from the hunt and for anyone who would just like a cup of tea and cake. We have a baby corner too. Find us on Facebook ( Freeland Messy Cafe) or our website www. freelandmessycafe.wordpress.com

Barshaw Gala Day Barshaw Park, Paisley 12noon to 4pm

A fun, free day out for all the family where there will be the chance to enjoy live entertainment provided by local groups, fun inflatables, free face painting and children’s workshops, community and craft stalls and more. If that isn’t enough don’t forget Barshaw Park also has some fantastic play areas, a nature corner, a large pond, BMX area, plus model ride on train. Entry is free, so come along and join in an afternoon party in the park.

SAT 23 - SUN 24 JUNE Follow a Pattern… Make a Dress!

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Learn how to follow a pattern and make your own dress! Once booked on you will be advised on quantity of fabric to bring. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www. creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

RYA Dinghy Course Level 3 Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 9:30am to 4pm

Martyr Sandyford Church Of Scotland, Montgomery Road, Paisley PA3 4LQ 2:30pm Paisley Abbey Choristers, under the tutelage of Professor George McPhee, will be presenting a programme covering both sacred and secular music. Tickets are available at the door on the day at a cost of £5. Do come and hear this excellent ensemble. £5

MON 25 JUNE Essential Sewing Skills (Part 1)

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Also available on Monday 6th August Learn the rudiments of sewing! For beginners or a refresher, an excellent introduction to the sewing machine, seams, fastenings, zips, button holes will be covered. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www. creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

TUE 26 - FRI 29 JUNE Creative Textiles

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Also available 7th -10th August - 4 day course Immerse yourself in creativity! This structured highly creative sewing course will lead you through many specialist techniques and make an item on each day. Full briefing in preparation will be given at booking. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcd-uk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www. creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

THU 28 - FRI 29 JUNE

Law View Road, Quarriers Village 7pm Simple Faith are coming to Mount Zion Church, Quarriers Village. The gospel singers from Northern Ireland invite you to an evening of music and testimony. Go to www. mountzionquarriers.org for more information. Refreshments will be provided after the concert. FREE (donation suggested)

SAT 30 JUN - SUN 12 AUGUST Jurassic Bricks coming to Paisley town centre!

Paisley - various venues There will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition!

SAT 30 JUN - SUN 1 JULY Refresh & Progress – 2 day workshop

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock 10am to 4pm Enjoy further exploring and developing your creative textiles! Machine and hand embroidery embellishments with be covered. Full briefing in preparation will be given at booking. To book your place and for more information please contact: mwhitelaw@mcduk.co.uk 01505 874404 (t) 07917 221916 (m) www.creativemasterclassacademy.co.uk

THU 5 JULY Ladies’ Open Golf

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, Ranfurly Place, Bridge of Weir 10am to 3pm

RYA Dinghy Stage 1

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 3:30pm Young sailors will have fun learning the basic skills of handling and steering a boat.

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Kilmacolm village general Comments for Inverclyde Council’s LDP can be submitted until 29 June 2018 by: e-mail to ldp@inverclyde.gov.uk with the subject heading ‘Proposed Local Development Plan 2018’, completing the e-form available at www.inverclyde.gov.uk/newldp or writing to: Planning Policy, Regeneration & Planning, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1LY (forms available in the Library too)

The Ramphorlie Quaich Stableford Greensomes Maximum Individual Handicap 34 Final Entry Date – Friday 29th June Snacks and Meals Available All Day No competitor may win more than one major prize. Book online via BRS Online Tee Booking System where you can choose your time and pay online https://www. brsgolf.com/oldranfurly/opens_home.php or alternatively send your entry form along with a cheque. For more info. Tel: - (01505) 613214 -£16 per couple

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The Art of Etching at Paisley Museum 1ST & 3RD THURS MONTHLY

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Lochwinnoch Community Walk

‘Outlook’

This event will not take place on public holidays.

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

The Cross, Lochwinnoch 10.30am

Gryffe Voices Community Choir

Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir 8pm to 9.45pm

Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 2pm - 4pm

Join us to sing pop, rock, folk, show tunes, gospel. Contact gryffevoices@gmail.com

Crafty Hobbies

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club

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

Mondays - The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan, 9pm 10.30pm Visit www.strathgryffe.org for details.

EVERY TUESDAY Singing for Wellbeing

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

Bridge of Weir Walking Group Outside the Co-op, BoW, 10.30am

1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

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Knitting Group

Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston 7.30pm

2ND WEDNESDAY MONTHLY Inverclyde Carers Outreach Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm 11am - 2pm

Email enquiries@inverclydecarerscentre.org.uk or call: 01475 735180.

Gateway Garden Drop In Sessions Gateway Garden, Kilbarchan from 1pm

Open Days with gardening and wildlife activities on offer. For more information contact 07952169341 or hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or join the group Kilbarchan Smile on Facebook.

2ND THURSDAY MONTHLY

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Sòlas Bereavement Support Group

Knitters of all levels welcome!

Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm. 2pm - 4pm.

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3RD FRIDAY MONTHLY

Weekly Volunteer Group

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Conser vation Volunteers - adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

Kilmacolm Walkers Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm, 10am

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

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Weekly Volunteer Group

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

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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.

The exhibition, Ages of Wonder – Art of Etching, includes prints from artists like Alexander Runciman and David Wilkie to Elizabeth Blackadder and Will Maclean. Visitors can see the best Scottish printmaking of the last two centuries from the RSA’s Recognised Collection of National Significance along with new prints created by contemporary artists. Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The prints created from etching that are on display at Paisley Museum are absolutely stunning. “You can’t help but admire the skill and expertise of the artists and the exhibition is well worth seeing.”

Sleeping Beauty Kilmacolm Dramatic Society are having a read through of their forthcoming Christmas Panto on 21st June followed by auditions on 28th June in the Kidston hall at 7pm. If you are interested in taking part please come along or contact

Hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

2ND SATURDAY MONTHLY ‘Brunch & Browse’ St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm 10am - 2pm

Mandy Robinson 01505 873282 or Kate Robinson 01505 874151

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

LAST FRIDAY MONTHLY TheTerrace St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Hall

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

LAST SATURDAY MONTHLY Table Top Sale Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am - 1pm

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

Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 10am - 12noon

Co-op Car Park 10am – 11.45am

A selection of Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture prints created by etching is now on show at Paisley Museum in a free exhibition, which goes on until June 24.

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1 - 2pm

Weekly Volunteer Group

Houston Litter Crew

Etching as a printing method is thought to go as far back as the 15th century and the exhibition features artwork creating by several different forms of the process.

Hearing Aid Clinic

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Youth Volunteer Group - age 14 - 18 years. Newcomers always welcome.

An exhibition at Paisley Museum shows the intricate art of creating pictures from etching.

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Simple Faith Simple Faith are coming to Mount Zion Church, Quarriers Village, on Saturday 30th June 2018. The gospel singers from Northern Ireland invite you to an evening of music and testimony, starting at 7pm. Go to www.mountzionquarriers.org for more information. Entrance is free, but there will be an opportunity to make an offering towards expenses. Refreshments will be provided after the concert.

10am - 2pm

Gryffe Voices

1ST & 3RD SUN

Loch Lomond Shores

10am - 3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

An Evening of Songs with the Community Choir 8pm, Monday 11 June at Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. Entrance free – all welcome – donations for Gala Week charities

2ND THU & LAST SAT Paisley Cross

10am - 2pm Tel: 01655 770217

2ND SUN Kip Marina, Inverkip 11am - 4pm www.kipmarina.co.uk

Get Your Dancing Shoes On The OIR Dance Group meet on a Monday at 1.30pm in the Clark Memorial Hall, Largs. Dancing consists of Ballroom, Sequence, Old Time and Scottish. All new members are made welcome, so dust off your old dance shoes and come along and join us, come alone or bring a partner. Contact: Bill Alexander 01475 522043 or Archie Adams 01475 649008.

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Fox and Hounds New Menu! Award winning Houston Pub and Restaurant, ‘The Fox and Hounds’, have recently launched a new menu served in their atmospheric Stables Restaurant. The Table d’Hote has two, three or four course (with cheese) options. Starters may include seared scallops, loin of rabbit, whipped goats cheese or duck ravioli. For main course you could choose between daube of beef, lamp rump, roasted red pepper and corn risotto or a classic bouillabaisse. Desserts include such delights as assiette of chocolate, lemon tart or warm rice pudding with mango and lime. A full menu is available on their website. Why not pop in and give it a try!

paisleyabbey Choristers Visit Martyrs’ Sandyford Paisley Abbey Choristers, under the tutelage of Professor George McPhee, will be paying a visit to Martyrs’ Sandyford Church, Montgomery Road, Paisley PA3 4LQ on Sunday 24th June at 2.30pm. They will be presenting a programme covering both sacred and secular music. Tickets are available at the door on the day at a cost of £5. Do come and hear this excellent ensemble. SUMMER ORGAN RECITALS SATURDAY RECITALS 12.30pm Cloister Café with baking from 10am 23 June 2018 Andrew Laird (clarinet) : Ronald McIntosh (piano) Admission £5 payable at the door

SUNDAYS at 3PM 3 June – George McPhee 17 June – Kevin Bowyer Admission £10 payable at the door

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

Summer Fete St Aidan’s are holding their annual fete on Saturday 9th June this year from 11am-2pm.

Taking place on Sat 23rd June at Coronation Park, Port Glasgow. Come along for a great day out, live entertainment, fun fair and community stalls. All the fun of the fair! Starts at 11am, free entry.

There will be a bouncy castle, beat the goalie, wheel of fortune, lots of stalls and a fun day for all the family, not to mention teas, cakes, hot dogs, ice cream and even candy floss! Entrance is free.

Renfrewshire Dates Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire are incorrect. This year’s Doors Open Days will be Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September www.doorsopendays.org. uk/2018-weekends/

Rumble in the Jungle Join us at Moss Road Park Wednesday 13th June from 6.30 - 8pm for a Family Fun Night with vollyball, rounders and other fun games. Also a puppet show and refreshments. Please note if wet event will take place in the Hope Hall

Hope to see you there!! St Aidan’s is on Tower Road just off Beith Rd Johnstone

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Lilifest, the exciting festival of events and entertainment that forms part of the Kilbarchan Lilias Day Celebrations, continues this year until Saturday 9th June. Live music features with well-kent, Thunder Road at the Trust on Friday 1st June and continues on the evening of Lilias Day (Saturday 2nd June) as part of a Family Day at Habbies with al fresco beer and hog roast, bouncy castle. Comedy is also on the cards on the evening of Lilias Day with the return of Barchan Mad Comedy to Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre. This is always a highlight of Lilifest featuring a great line up of comedians hosted by the indomitable and irrepressible, Graham Barrie. A food event is on the menu with a Pop-Up Vegan-Fairtrade Café on Tuesday 5th June at Habbies – with a choice of dishes featuring Fairtrade ingredients. A special Kilbarchan-themed Lilifest quiz. “Habbies Big Quiz”, also takes place at Habbies the following night on Wednesday 6th June. The wonderful Brass Monkeys will bring Lilifest to a close on Saturday 9th June with classic tunes with a big band brass twist at “Habbies Hoolie”. A party atmosphere is guaranteed at Habbies with on an outdoor stage planned (weather permitting/indoors if not). You can see the full Lilias Day programme at www.liliasday.co.uk

EVENTS Tuesday 29th May, 7.30pm Book launch: Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers by Helen Calcluth Old Library Centre, Kilbarchan Published by Renfrewshire Local History Forum, Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers covers the history of the Kilbarchan weavers from the seventeenth century to the 1950s when the last Kilbarchan weaver plied his trade. It also explores aspects of the social history of the village, with some biographical information on individual weavers and others involved in the local textile trade and information on Lilias Days held in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some unique photographs of village life are included and the book is well referenced. See www.liliasday.co.uk for more details.

Tuesday 29th May, 3.30pm (NurseryP3) & 4.15pm (P4-P7) Highland Hustle Tots (and Juniors) Ceilidh Guide Centre, Kilbarchan Special Lilifest Ceilidh for minihustlers! £4per child (£2 for additional siblings) @HighlandHustleKilbarchan on Facebook / highlandhustlekilbarchan.com

Thursday 31st May 7.30pm Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, Steeple Square, Kilbarchan The sensational Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs will perform their classic funk, soul and party music mixed with some great stage routines in a one-off gig at this intimate venue. Tickets £15. BYOB (£1 corkage charge) and more information is available online at liliasday.co.uk / tickets-scotland.com or in person from Bobbins, Kilbarchan. Bring Your Own Bottle! Habbie’s & Trust Pre-Gig Food Offer: £6 for a main course or 2 courses for a tenner (on presentation of ticket/proof of purchase) Habbie’s & Trust Post-Gig Drinks Offer: ½ price Beer or Wine (one per person)

Thursday 31st May 8pm Lilias Quiz at The Trust The Trust, Low Barholm, Kilbarchan Special Lilias-Day-themed quiz night to test your local knowledge. Friday 1st June, 9pm Thunder Road The Trust, Low Barholm, Kilbarchan The infamous Thunder Road return to Kilbarchan as part of Lilifest.

Saturday 2 June, park open from 12, parade starts at 1pm Lilias Day historic parade followed by Lilias Day Events and Celebration in Kilbarchan Park Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day includes a historic parade followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place throughout the day to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. www.liliasday.co.uk Saturday 2 June from 2pm Lilias Family Day at Habbie’s Habbies, New Street, Kilbarchan Outside Beer Garden with fonts, Hog Roast, Bouncy Castle & Live music (from early evening) Saturday 2nd June, 8pm Lilifest 2018: Barchan Mad Comedy Night Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre This popular comedy night returns on Lilias Day featuring a great line up of comedians in a great venue. With your host for the evening, the indomitable and irrepressible, Graham Barrie.

Wednesday 6 June, 8pm Habbie’s Big Quiz Habbies, New Street, Kilbarchan Special Kilbarchan-themed quiz night. Show off your local and historical knowledge at this special quiz night with special prizes. Saturday 9th June, 7pm-9pm

Habbie’s Hoolie featuring The Brass Monkeys Habbies (outdoor stage weather permitting), New Street Kilbarchan The wonderful Brass Monkeys perform classic tunes with a big band brass twist on an outdoor stage (weather permitting/ indoors if not)

Creatures of the Deep Exhibition Comes To Scotland A groundbreaking new exhibition allowing visitors to explore the secrets of life beneath the ocean’s waves is coming to Scotland. Featuring incredible crosssections of animals from whales and penguins to Great White sharks, SEA CREATURES: Life Beneath The Ocean will provide a never-before-seen up-close glimpse of their complex organs. The exhibition opens at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston in Edinburgh between 21 September and 18 October. Sea creatures will be brought to life by a range of digital interactive experiences and will allow visitors to explore the deepest regions of planet earth’s oceans. Early bird discount tickets are available now at www.seacreaturestour.com

Tickets £10 available online more info/ bookings email badhatcomedy@outlook. com

Tuesday 5 June, 5pm-9pm Pop-Up Vegan-Fairtrade Café Habbies, New Street, Kilbarchan Return of this popular new happening with a choice of dishes featuring Fairtrade ingredients.

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West End Festival Sunday Lane Party ‘18 Sunday 3rd June at 12noon – 8pm

Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ Glasgow, United Kingdom Aaahhh Sunday. The day of rest. Wait, what?! Said who? We’ve got much better plans in store for you! Yup, that’s right. It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Head along as the West End lanes and Vinicombe Street team up to bring you the second rendition of the Festival Sunday Lane Party with Auchentoshan to mark the opening of the legendary West End Festival. Let loose on the lanes: * Soak up the party atmosphere in Ashton Lane, Ruthven Lane, Creswell Lane and Vinicombe Street, on the first Sunday of the West End Festival as the lanes team up with Auchentoshan once again to put on the Festival Sunday Lane Party! * Enjoy on-stage entertainment at Ashton Lane and Vinicombe Street throughout the afternoon * Sip on tasty tipples from the outdoor pop-up bars and tuck into delicious food from a range of outdoor eateries in Ashton Lane * Get down early to enjoy loads of family friendly entertainment and activities including roaming bands and dancers, live music, balloon artists, stilt walkers, face painting and lots more * Part of the West End festival and easily reached by Hillhead subway station Sponsored by Auchentoshan, Glasgow’s original city malt (and the only single malt Scotch whisky maker that trip distil every last drop!) who have been loved by whisky aficionados for almost two centuries. We are also having help from one the residents on Ashton Lane: Innis & Gunn who pride themselves on creating well crafted, full flavoured beers, which of course will be sold on the day! This event is completely free!

Saturday 16th June from 10am - 4pm Milngavie Town Centre, G62 6BW Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID) are pleased to announce that the Classic Car Show will return to the town centre on the 16th June 2018. A fun filled day, free to attend with a variety of cars and something for all the family. Lets hope the sun shines! For more details contact Liza.Moran@ MilngavieBID.com

Saturday 21st July at 12noon Finsbay, 44 Main St, G62 6BU Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire After the success of last years Ginfest we are proud to announce Finsbay’s second year of this event. With a plethora of gins from all around the world and a particular focus on some amazing Scottish gins we have another fantastic event in store. This will include samples, cocktails and industry experts talking about their gins. This event will be a sell out so make sure and secure your ticket early. Price: - £5 (entry and gets you one free gin and mix) Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/milngavie-gin-festival-tickets45176739845 Throughout the event there will be live music and entertainment, talks from gin experts, tasty food and lots of chat from fellow gin lovers! Here are just some of the gins to be sold at the event. Harris Gin | Eden Mill | Caorunn | Gin Mare | Rock Rose | Botanist | Hendricks | Koval | Hoxton | King Soho | Edinburgh Gin | Stirling Gin | Saffron Gin | Monkey 47 Our bar will operate on a token system and will not take cash so you will need tokens to get your drinks. Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a single measure of gin, garnish and a mixer. These tokens can be purchased inside at Finsbay. This event is strictly over 18’s only (you may be asked for id) Management reserve all rights

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Charity Golf Day Celebrating 30 Years of beating Cancer Sunday 5th August, Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club 4 Ball Texas Scramble Shotgun start at 1pm Entry fee of £120 per team Food provided after golf ~ Raffle and Auction Karaoke and Dance in the evening ONE ARM GOLF CHALLENGE (at selected holes only) If you would like to participate in the event, sponsor a prize at a hole or donate a gift for the raffle and auction please contact Frank Morrison on 07725 706901 or frmorrison@hotmail.com

Renfrewshire Golf Union at Kilmacolm Golf Club On a beautiful sunny day once again the Renfrewshire Golf Union played their Seniors Championship on Wednesday 16th May at the picturesque Kilmacolm Golf Club where the course was set up well by the green keeping staff for this major County event. The event was well supported by a good number of the 24 clubs in the County with 104 players listed and 97 eventually starting. Round of the day came from one of the late finishers Gerry Donnachie – Greenock Golf Club with a net score of 63 playing off his 7 handicap which matched the best Gross Score of the day, 70 by Brian Adam – Paisley and Stuart Millar Cochrane Castle. His 63 was enough to see him crowned 2018 Seniors Champion.

Abs Advice “Lesley, if I do 100 sit-ups a day, will I get a flat stomach?” I get asked a lot as to what exercises are best for fat loss on the stomach. Hate to be the bearer of bad news... But no single exercise will burn stubborn fat in specific areas. It is a misconception that many people believe to be true unfortunately. Yes, crunches/sit ups, whichever type you use are one of the most iconic abdominal exercises, but doing them isn’t the best way to slim your midsection. Also, if you aren’t performing them with good form, they often put your spine into a painful curved position. The truth is, they don’t actually burn a lot of calories - which is what you want to do when it comes to fat loss - so while they do tone a small portion of your abdominals, they don’t help it in a major way. And if the fat isn’t shifting, your toned abs will just be sitting underneath it. What you should do is focus on movements that use and involve your whole distal trunk - which includes the shoulders and the bum! This then engages your core more effectively. Things like planks and bridges are far more effective when it comes to engaging the core muscles and will have more of an effect on the waistline. Ab exercises are good - but there is a time and a place for them. I often incorporate them into circuits or other exercises that recruit more muscle groups as well - essentially burning a whole load more calories too. Train smart - use exercises that are the most effective! Build an exercise plan that allows you to burn some calories, build some strength, move around a bit more, eat less, get fitter and create a calorie deficit that allows you to manage your weight. Only then will you see the fat loss where you want to see it. by Lesley Handley, Fitsmart Ltd

With this score he won Division 1 by 3 shots from his nearest challenger. In division 2 - Greenock Golf Club were again successful with another late finisher Jim McNeill - claiming the spoils with a round of 79 less 13 for 66 winning this section by 1 shot. The rain earlier in the week had the course in great condition and the fairways, now off preferred lies were tight but fair and the greens were a joy to putt on. This is the third year that the RGU have successfully played this competition at “The Mini Gleneagles” in Renfrewshire and like the “Masters” in Augusta we hope we have found a permanent home for the event. The Renfrewshire Golf Union would like to thank Kilmacolm Golf Club for the use of their facilities to host this event, and to congratulate them on the condition of the course and the in house facilities provided. Results as follows – Division 1: Gerry Donnachie – Greenock 70 – 7 - 63 (overall winner) Danny McNair – Cochrane Castle – 78 – 12 – 66 (b.i.h.) Bill Millan – Old Course Ranfurly – 77 – 11 - 66 Stuart Armitage – Old Course Ranfurly – 79 – 12 - 67 Division 2: Jim McNeill – Greenock – 79 – 13 - 66 Robert Loftus – Old Course Ranfurly – 82 – 15 - 67 Alan Gray – Whitecraigs – 84 – 16 - 68 George Martin - Old Course Ranfurly – 88 – 19 – 69 Earlier in the week on Sunday 13th May, the first round of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Match Play Championship for the Freedman Trophy also took place the Kilmacolm Golf Club, once again in splendid weather. The first round results were as follows:Cameron Percy (Caldwell) bt Euan McNeill (Lochwinnoch) 3/2 John Jack jnr (Gourock) bt Harry Kellock (Kilmacolm) 2 holes Aaron McCue (Greenock Whinhill) bt Evan Cole (Elderslie) 5/4 Roddy McAuley (Fereneze) bt Patrick McCartney (Greenock) 2 holes Due to various issues the semi-final and final will again be played at Kilmacolm on Sunday 5th August.

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Brookfield Bowling Club Brookfield Bowling Club held their first competition of the season - the Helen C Lindsay Centenary Cup. . The winners were : Alistair Forsyth, Robert Cherry, Ann Palmer & Mary Taylor.

Kilmacolm Golf Club Kilmacolm Golf Club will be holding a summer OPEN DAY on June 10th. If you are thinking about joining a golf club, moving to a new golf club or even just looking for somewhere to learn golf, then Kilmacolm is the Club for you. We will be offering some truly incredible deals on the day and these will be for a limited time only. If you are interested in finding out more then please get in touch. Our Junior coaching is well under way and our next session in June coincides with our Open Day on the 10th at 1.30pm. So, if you are a FAMILY that wants to GET INTO GOLF, this would be a great opportunity to see what our coaching sessions look like and how we support and develop our Juniors. We have golf programs for all ages and ability levels. Congratulations to one of our former Juniors, EILIDH BRIGGS, who has recently enjoyed several successes including winning the RLCGA Championship for the 6th time as well as at Whittington Heath on the English Women’s Amateur circuit. Eilidh is fantastic ambassador for our club and we wish her even more success for the remainder of the season! We have a busy schedule of golfing and social events on the horizon including our Harris Gin Night, the ever-enjoyable Club AM-AM and our popular Fun Friday Foursomes which continues throughout the summer. We do our very best to ensure that there is something for everyone. Lastly, in April, the club hosted a spectacular evening of NIGHT GOLF. The weather was crisp and clear and the stars helped to illuminate the fairways, greens and bunkers, which were lined with an array of beautiful coloured lights. The course was transformed into a magical arena with balls making rainbow like arcs through the sky. A fantastic sight to behold! The evening proved to be a huge success with Members thoroughly enjoying the experience. It was a fine result on the night for young Stephen Barclay, who captained the winning team alongside Dad Andy (beating Mum and Grandpa along the way)!

West of Scotland Championship Megan Briggs won the 2018 West of Scotland Championship over Balmore Golf Course on 14th May. This was the 5th time that she has won the championship. We are very proud of her at Kilmacolm and wish her a fabulous golfing season.

The Club welcomes new members who will be made most welcome Anyone interested should contact Dennis on 01505 612417.

Gryffe Valley Langbank Rotary 10K Raises Bowling over £2500 Club Open It was a beautiful day on Day Sunday 29th April for the 130 runners (all abilities from serious runners to novices/joggers) who took part in the 2018 10K Run on hilly country lanes between Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm.

Langbank Bowling Club begins its 126th year it offers a warm welcome to new members, whether experienced or just keen to try out this popular sport.

Well done to first male runner Jack Letson (35.21) and first female runner Elaine Eadie (42.17) but also huge congratulations goes out to all who took part.

As a new member we can offer a 50% discount on your first year’s fees and if you are new to the sport we will provide free tuition and the use of a set of bowls for the first year.

Afterwards, the renowned refreshments prepared by the Rotary ladies were served and awards were presented by Community Services Chair Ronnie Mercer, who thanked all those (led by Ian Jackson) who had organised the event and worked on the day. Sponsorship monies are still being collected but it is expected that £2500+ will be donated to the beneficiary charity Funding Neuro.

Why not come along to the Club and ‘Try a Game of Bowls’ on our OPEN DAY on Sunday 17th June 2-4pm. Or, if you prefer, call our President Ewen McMaster on 01475 540258 to arrange a time that suits you. What have you got to lose?

Join in the Cycle for Summer Challenge 2018 It’s the time of the year when everyone enjoys cycling and walking or low carbon travel. At LEAP we’re running a 5 week ‘Cycle for Summer’ challenge. Whether you are a regular cyclist, you cycle to work, you cycle as a family or group, or you cycle on holiday or with friends, simply sign up for ‘Cycle For Summer 2018 challenge’, pledge ‘TO CYCLE’ and log your cycled miles or kilometres each week with LEAP. As part of our work to encourage low carbon travel, we’ll count the miles participants have collectively cycled over the challenge period, share your cycling stories, experiences and photographs if you wish, and provide information on cycle paths and routes near you. Cycle for Summer starts on 15th June and runs until 21st July this year and you may cycle for part or all of the 5 weeks. To sign up for the CYCLE FOR SUMMER 18 challenge or for more information, contact the LEAP team on 01505 612034, email lesley@myleapproject.org, and/or pop into our Bridge of Weir Office on Main Street. To celebrate CYCLE FOR SUMMER and low carbon transport, we’ll also be holding a Bike Swap, a Guided Cycle, and Cycle Maintenance Checks on Saturday 21st July at Castle Semple Loch in partnership with the Big Bike Revival, Clyde Muirshiel, RT Cycles, and Ride 63.

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Castle Semple Sailing Club Hosting Sailability Event Round one of six saw this year’s opening regatta at Castle Semple Sailing Club start with some new faces, some not so new and some old hands getting to grips with the ever increasing wind. It was a great regatta to kick off the Traveller Series and many thanks goes to Commodore Dawn Kyne and her team at Castle Semple Sailing Club

DANCE

SPORTS

Adult Jazz Class

Bridge of Weir Ladies Badminton

Mondays - Bridge of Weir, 10am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Thursdays - Bridge of Weir Primary School, 8pm Call Kirsty McKay: Tel: 07793 452060.

The weekend began slowly with racing delayed due to the lack of wind. But once set off, the old hands, or Gold fleet, soon got to the front of the pack. Craig Moffett (Loch Earn SC) and Jessica Campbell (Southwest Scotland Sailability) were having a race of their own out front, and in more than one race the winning margin was less than a coiled rope. This remained a theme through the whole of the weekend.

Adult Beginners Ballet Class

Day two saw a change in wind strength and direction, which really suited the Challengers. A different course was laid out due to the wind shift, which made for exciting racing.

Mondays - Freelands Church (Opposite Amaretto), 6.30pm

In between races Castle Semple Sailing Club put on a lovely spread including soup, fresh sandwiches and homemade cake, which was all very much appreciated. Silver fleet winner was Jessica Campbell won Gold Stephen Laycock fleet and the Silver fleet winner was Stephen Laycock; both sailors are from Southwest Scotland Sailability. The Bronze fleet winner was Dave and buddy Jon Hasler from Castle Semple SC. It was Dave’s first time competing in a regatta and he actually beat a silver fleet sailor! Sailability Scotland SCIO supports disabled sailing in Scotland. Having a disability is not required to sail Challengers, but a love of sailing really helps. Many clubs around Scotland have Challengers, including Castle Semple Sailing Club, and you would be welcome to take part in our traveller series. Please visit www.sailabilityscotland.org.uk for more information.

Mondays - Bridge of Weir, 11.30am

Tel: 01505 690757 for further information.

Thursdays - Bridge of Weir Primary School 7pm Call Kirsty McKay: Tel: 07793 452060.

Old Skool Step Class

Saturdays - Freeland Church Hall, 9.15am - 10am Contact Kirsty on 07793 452060 or Kirsty McKay School of Dance Facebook page.

Birkmyre Rugby Club, Kilmacolm Sundays - Youth Rugby Section, 11am 1pm www.pitchero.com/clubs/birkmyre

Boxercise

£4 booking reqd. Tel: 07983 557832 www. sifitness.co.uk

Zumba Light

Mondays - St Fillan’s Church, Kilmacolm, 10am Tel: 07505 126416 For more information.

Move it or Lose it! Fitness for the over 60s

Contact Kirsty on 07793 452060 or Kirsty McKay School of Dance Facebook page.

Call Fiona on 07811 766672 for more infoi

Saturdays - Freeland Church Hall, 10am 10.45am

Adult Tap Lessons

Friday Evenings - Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm Call Gail Ashley on 07415 701667 for details.

Bishopton Belles Line Dancing

Tuesdays - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hall 6.30 - 8.30pm

Tuesdays - Cargill Hall, BoW, 10.30am West Burn Church, Greenock 2pm Thursdays - Old Library, Kilbarchan 2.30pm

Hatha Yoga

Mondays - Tweedie Halls, Linwood, 10 - 11am Wednesdays - Large Hall, St Columba Church, 6.30 - 8pm Classes available to all levels. Tel: 07968 207272.

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

Pilates classes

Kilbarchan Athletic Club - On-X, Linwood

Tel Yvonne 07786 224367 or yvonne@ clydephysiotherapy.co.uk

ATHLETICS

Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm

All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

Mondays - St Machars Church Hall, Bridge of Weir 9.30am & 10.40am. Kilmacolm Community Centre 6.30pm Mondays - Kilellan Halls Houston 6.15 7.15pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm For more information or to book a place call Katie on 07972 474965.

Taekwon-Do - Johnstone Sports Complex

Callanetics - Brookfield Village Hall Mondays - 7.15pm Wednesdays - 5.15, 6.15 & 7.30pm Thursdays - 9.15am & 10.30am Fridays - 9.15am & 10.30am

PA5 0LD Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm

FitSteps with Jennifer

Mondays - Quarrier’s Village, 6.30pm

Falun Dafa practice

Skinny Minnies

Thursdays - Port Glasgow Library 5 - 7pm With five gentle exercises, Falun Dafa is an ancient self-cultivation practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

FOOTBALL

5-a-side Football

Mondays - Powerleague Paisley, 6pm

Tel: Jim on 01505 874215; or jimbretherton@ aol.com

Football Training - Johnstone High School Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm Call Ali on 07775 578795 for details.

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Get Ready To... Bog Stomp!

The third annual 10K Bog Stomp Trail Race is now OPEN for entries! Price from £10 per person which includes goodie bag, t-shirt and donation to Erskine Veterans. The event takes place on Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10am at Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, Loch Thom, Inverclyde, PA16 9LX. A challenging but fun trail, with breathtaking views and a great spirit! For more information go to www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/event/bog-stomp2018

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Contact Liz Baldwin, mobile 07944 607005.

Pre-school Ballet

Call 07951 365166 for details.

Organised by the Clydeside Orienteers. This is an orienteering club based in Glasgow, Scotland. We welcome members from anywhere in Glasgow and the surrounding area, or indeed from further afield. The club runs regular training sessions, supplemented by regular fitness training sessions. These are suitable for all members, and we regularly attend other local and national events. Find out more at http://www.clydesideorienteers.org.uk/

Wednesdays - Inverclyde Academy, Greenock, 6.30 - 8pm

KEEP FIT

Call Gail Ashley on 07415 701667 for details.

www.linwoodkarate.co.uk

3 Courses 1.5k (suitable for under 16s) 2.5k and 3.5k, and a score course - find as many controls as you can in 45 minutes.

Greenock Hockey Club

Thursday Mornings - Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm

Woodlands Primary, Linwood Mondays & Thursdays - 7 - 8pm/8 - 9pm

Adults £5 Junior/Student/unwaged £3 Family taking part as a family unit pay £3.

Tuesdays - Strathgryffe Tennis Club, 8pm

Mondays - Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm, 6 - 7pm

Baby Ballet

The Shotokan Karate Club

On Thursday 21st June at the Compass Centre, Houston - an informal urban, family friendly orienteering event. Starts from 6.45pm - 7.30pm. Courses close 9pm. Electronic timing.

Gryffe Badminton

Tel: 07505 126416 For more information.

MARTIAL ARTS

Houston Urban Orienteering Evening Event

Mondays - Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, 7.30pm

Tel: 07709 340675 for further information

Wednesdays - Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 7 - 8pm For a healthier, slimmer, more energetic you!

Weightwise with Zumba Gold

Tuesday & Thursday, Johnstone Town Hall Tel: Michelle on 07886 991183.

YogaBellies - for Pregnancy

Tuesdays, Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir, 7 - 8.15pm Saturdays, Brookfield Village Hall, 9.30 10.45am

YogaBellies - for Mum & Baby Tuesdays, Houston & Killellan Kirk, Killellan Halls, Houston, 10.30am 11.30am

Contact: Lyndsey, Yogabellies Renfrewshire West & Inverclyde, 07732 056401, lyndseyp@ yogabellies.co.uk

Bishopton Fun Run/10K 2018 Bishopton Week Committee is proud to announce the Bishopton Fun Run/10K 2018 which will take place on Sunday 10th June. Registration opens at 1pm, warm up at 1.45pm, and the run starts at 2pm. Entry is £5 for Adults, £2 for kids (£2 for adults running with kids). Bananas and Water kindly sponsored by the Bishopton Co-op. Warm up brought to you by #teambowfield. Details of the route are on the website: https://www.relive.cc/view/ rt10000079797 Look forward to seeing you for the best event of Bishopton Week.

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Kilmacolm Golf Club Fantastic New Member Offer Kilmacolm Golf Club are having an Open Day on Sunday, June 10th. With the Summer ahead and the weather currently great, it is a fantastic time to take advantage of the fantastic offer price. For just £465 from June 10th until December 31st, you can have full access to their fantastic course, excellent full-sized driving range and attractive Clubhouse. For those under the age of 30, the cost of Membership is even less! If you would like some more information, please contact the General Manager, David Muir, on 01505 872139 or email him at gm@ kilmacolmgolfclub.com General Manager David said ‘This is a great offer with the full playing season still ahead of us. The course has seen the benefit of the recent spell of great weather and is looking fantastic. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and inclusive Club where our Members will make all newcomers welcome. Even if you are new to golf or just thinking about starting the game, Kilmacolm Golf Club has everything you need to get involved.

If anyone fancies coming along on the day to play a few holes, please get in touch and we will sort that out for you. If you can’t make it along on June 10th, please feel free to contact me and I will arrange your Membership under the new deal now. We have already had a number of new Members take up the offer and we look forward to welcoming you too!’ The deal is only valid for a short period of time so if you’re are interested, get in touch soon! Terms and conditions apply.

Ladies’ Open Golf The Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club will be holding their Ladies’ Open on Thursday 5th July 2018 when The Ramphorlie Quaich and Stableford Greensomes will be played. Maximum Individual Handicap 34. Entry Fees are £16 per couple and Final Entry Date is Friday 29th June. Tee times available from 10am to 3pm. Snacks and meals will be available all day. No competitor may win more than one major prize. Book online via BRS Online Tee Booking System where you can choose your time and pay online at https://www.brsgolf.com/oldranfurly/opens_home.php or alternatively send your entry form along with a cheque to The General Manager, The Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, Ranfurly Place, Bridge of Weir PA11 3DE. Tel: - (01505) 613214

Arnold Clark Linwood Ford Charity Football Match in aid of Cash For Kids Saturday 2nd June Johnstone Burgh FC, Keanie Park, 57 Auchenlodment Road, Elderslie, Johnstone. PA5 9PE Fun starts @ 1pm with Beat the Goalie, Games and Face painting. Football starts @ 2pm 2 x Teams – Linwood Ford Staff Food and drink available. Bring your Family along and help us raise money for this worthy cause.

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Strathgryffe Hosts Renfrewshire Leisure Tennis Event Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club was host to 40 budding tennis stars on Monday 14th May with the Renfrewshire P3/4 Schools Tennis Competition being held at the club. This joint venture with Renfrewshire Leisure saw a total of 10 primary schools participating including Arkleston, Auchenlodment, Bridge of Weir, Cochrane Castle, Houston, St Anthonys, St Davids, St Fillan’s, Thorn & Wallace. Each school team consisted of 2 boys and 2 girls who played singles matches against all the teams in their respective round robin groups. Congratulations to Houston Primary who emerged as the over-all winnerm, with Bridge of Weir in 2nd place, and Thorn in 3rd place. Many thanks to the West College students who gave of their time to umpire the matches. Houston Primary will now represent Renfrewshire in the Regional Finals which takes place at Scotstoun on Sunday 3rd June 2018. We wish them every success! For more information on tennis, squash or fitness classes please email:info@strathgryffe.net

Strathgryffe Juniors Star For Scotland. Congratulations to 3 of our Junior squash players, Beth Moglia, Ruadhri McDougall and John Meehan, pictured on court in Malmo, having just helped a 5 player Scotland team achieve a 5th place finish in the European U17 championships. The Scottish team were seeded 11th out of the 20 teams entered, and on their way to a magnificent 5th place defeated 6th seeds Switzerland in addition to Israel & Denmark in the group stages before going on to beat 8th seeds Netherlands, and to confirm 5th place, they made it a hat trick of wins over higher seeded teams by defeating 7th seeds Wales.

Kilmacolm Bowling Club Ladies Section LADY MEMBERS WANTED Please come along and try your hand at Green Bowling on any Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 1.45pm. Bowls will be provided, flat shoes required. Special membership fee of £50 for the first year. For details contact Sandra on 01505 873126 or Diane on 01505 874265.

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June 2018 Items For Sale Baby Equipment

Little Tikes 4-in-1 trike in brown and turquoise. Ages 9 mths to 3 yrs. Great condition £30. Tel: 01505 672175 Mothercare summer oak /whitehaven cotbed, cotbed top-changer and set of drawers. Excellent condition £100. Tel: 07834 800438 Oyster Two special edition Pram with Carry Cot and Buggy £100. Tel: 07837 126428. Philips Avent Electric Steam Steriliser. Used but still in good condition. From smoke and pet free home £20. Tel: 01505 872800. Fogarty comfort fibre cot bed duvet. 4 tog, 150x120cm. Machine washable. Great condition, smoke free home £8. Tel: 01505 672175.  Two sets of cot bed duvet cover and pillowcases suitable for boys or girls (farm animals on one, giraffe and elephant on the other). Good condition, 100% cotton. £10 for both sets or £5 each. Tel: 01505 672175. Silver cross linear freeway travel system. Pram (converts to pushchair), car seat, ISOFIX base, foot muff and rain covers. Excellent condition. From smoke and pet free home £130. Tel: 01505 872800. Potty Chair Mothercare red & pink, VGC, £5. Tel: 07720 299588. Toilet trainer seat, white, VGC, £2.50 each (have two). Tel: 07720 299588. Clothes & Shoes

Black Jazz skirts, never used, junior size Medium £10.  Tel: 07720 299588. Pink Leotard, good condition, size 00  £5  Tel: 07720 299588. Black Jazz shoes, good condition, junior size 11 / 1 2   £ 8   Te l : 0 7 7 2 0 299588. Tap  shoes pink junior  size 9/10 & 10/11 £8 each. VGC. Tel: 07720 299588 Men’s XL lightweight waterproof golf jacket with half zip in black and charcoal. Excellent condition as unworn. Smoke free home £25. Tel: 01505 672175. White stuff top size 12. Navy nasturtium white never worn £20 was £55. Call 01505 873252 Hein Gericke All in one, AllStar waterproofs.  Black & Silver. Never Worn £30. Tel: 01505 874103. Gents’ Footjoy White/ black golf shoes size 9.Worn twice £25. Tel: 07871 243336 Women’s Nine West heeled boots brown in size 5. Good condition £20. Tel: 01505 672175. Trespass girls outdoor jacket, waterproof/ windproof, two-tone pink, brand new, never worn, labels attached. Age 7-8 (122-128 cm). Ski jacket style £10. Contact Laura on 07730 541977. Gryffe High 6th year (Beau Brummel) boys blazer Size 14, 36 ins, worn once. Very good condition £20. Tel 07399 452508

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John E Coyle Mahogany Furniture - Mahogany oval table and 6 chairs £100. Mahogany corner glass display cabinet £50. Mahogany nest of Dr. Martens Safety Shoes. tables £30. All in excellent Size 9. Boxed/unused condition. Tel: 01505 £25. Tel: 01505 690247. 324242. Dinner suit, gents, BHS, Marble Hearth, 48”x16”. worn once, jacket 46” Cream, fawn, light brown chest regular, trousers conglomerate. Very good 38” waist, 31” inside leg. condition. £25. Tel: 07528 Perfect condition, no 362930. marks, £100 new, sell for Cutlery 56 pcs (8 settings) £50. Contact Laura on in dark wood presentation 07711 223165. box (unwanted gift) £50. The White Company Tel: 01505 329075. pyjamas in lilac with Qualcast classic electric 30 lace trim and camisole lawnmower £40 Tel: 0787 style top. Size medium. 656 3768 Unworn. Cost £65 new, Fold out foam chair Z bed will sell for £25. Tel: 01505 for guests (single) in mink 672175. jumbo cord. Excellent Household & Garden condition, smoke free Ronseal Decking Oil / Natural home. £25. Tel: 01505 - Two off 5L unopened 672175. canisters – selling together Extendable light oak dining for £25. Tel: 07546 562981 table with 6 upholstered (located in Kilmacolm). seats to match. 119cm Qualcast Hedgemaster 480 Wx118cmL but extends to – Great condition £25. Tel: 168cm or fully to 218cm. 07546 562981 (located in Good condition £290 ono. Kilmacolm). Tel: 07967 769447 Flymo Sabre Cut Cordless Wooden door frame 207cm Te l e s c o p i c H e d g e x 93cm. New and never Trimmer. Great condition. been used. Tel  07957 24V Battery pack, charger 803317 £20 cradle, long reach and 3x Premdor doors 198cm x adjustable head £30. Tel: 69cm New and never been 07546 562981 (located in used. Tel  07957 803317 Kilmacolm) £15 each Multi Fuel Log Burner Stove, 2 x p i n e s h e l v e s 4 f t x two years old. Cost £475 9inches  New and never - sell £200. Tel: 07910 been used. Tel  07957 941179. 803317 £5 Dining table, IKEA Grimle, Lotus pump (Little Gem) flow table only, no chairs. 450lph  New and never White, oval & in good been used. Tel  07957 condition, stable structure, 803317 £10 no scratches on top, one Hozelock Cascade 2000 small scuff on the side, (3000l)  New and never H:adjustable, max 90cm, been used. Tel  07957 W: 1 m , L : 1 . 8 m . L e g s 803317 £30 dismantled, seats up to 8. Decorative Pondside Frog Can deliver. £35. Contact + pump  New and never Laura on 07711223165. been used. Tel  07957 Cabin bed, silver metal, 803317 £5 ideal space “provider” for D e c o r a t i v e F r o g   N e w kids to keep stuff under and never been used. the bed! Standard single Tel 07957 803317 £5 mattress size (not incl) Bamboo Clacker water £30. Contact Laura on feature (B&Q)  New 07730541977. and never been used. Three vertical blinds to Tel 07957 803317 £30 fit windows 45” x45”. 2x Anti Vandal Bulkhead Complete with all lights New and never been attachments and pull used. Tel  07957 803317 cords. £15 each. Contact £5 each A Adams t. 01475 649008 Outdoor Lantern Light. New e.archmo9@tiscali.co.uk and never been used. Stunning Dwell curved floor Tel 07957 803317 £3 lamp with suede shade Rectangular Insulation and marble base, as good Jacket. New and never as new, cost £250 sell for been used. Tel  07957 £75. Tel: 01505 872213. 803317 £7 Lawnmower and Strimmer. Mangers Cylinder Jacket Very good condition £25. 914mm x 457mm.  New Tel: 01505 704773. and never been used. Hall table for sale. 140 Tel 07957 803317 £5 cm x54 cm x 73cm(H). 2x Limestone effect Two drawers with brass Floormaster Tileloc.  New handles. Caster for ease of and never been used. moving and a lower shelf. Tel 07957 803317 £10 Needs a wee bit of TLC. £50 ono. Contact Lynn Magic Corner unit.  New and never been used. Bryan on t: 07495 734488 Tel 07957 803317 £40 or e: lynnbryan24am@ Valor Madeira Unigas gas gmail.com fire. New and never been Dark Wood Fire Surround, used. Tel  07957 803317 48”. Very good condition. Offers £25. Tel: 07528 362930. Coffee Table, light wood. Obelisk plant support in black, 120cm high. £6. Circular, 34” diameter. Tel: 01505 672175. Very good condition. £30. Recliner with footstool. Tel: 07528 362930. Beige fabric. Excellent Rossjohn Yew Furniture condition. Swivels. £65. Yew coffee table - £80. Tel: 07986 812483. Yew console table - £80. Yew lamp table - £60. Solid oak dining table 6’x3’3” with four leather chairs All in excellent condition. £299.Tel:07871 243336 Contact: 01505 324242. Beechwood Rocking Chair. Pine Table & 2 matching Excellent condition. £40 high backed Stools. Brand ono. Tel: 01505 871810. New. £35. Tel: 01505 Reid’s Brown Leather Coffee 612726. table with cream stitching.  Single bed headboard. 2 pull out letters drawers. Modern high back design 47x24 inches approx. £30. in faux suede. New/ Tel: 01505 874103. unused.  Bargain £15.  Tel: 01505 690247.

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Standing oscillating electric f a n £ 1 8 . Te l : 0 7 8 7 1 243336 Oscillating desk fan £8. Tel: 01505 329075. Floor standing oscillating fan with remote control £12. Tel: 01505 329075. Bosch PHO1 Planer – Excellent condition as used only a few times. Complete with dust bag. £30. Tel: 07546 562981 (located in Kilmacolm). Lakeland 2 tier heated airer, as new, used couple times, costs less than 4p/ hr to run, great for drying clothes on wet days, cost £90 new, selling for £45. Google Lakeland for extra info. Tel: 07717 190180. Gas barbeque with lava brickets, good working order, £20, please call 0771 508 9810 Tefal Steam Cuisine vitamin +, 3 tier with 60 min timer & instructions. £15. Tel: 01505 874103. Prism Mercury electric mobility scooter, excellent working order, £325 ono, please call 0771 508 9810 Sports

Wilsons Staff Fire Sticks Golf Clubs (complete set) & Bag. Offers. Tel: 01505 337675. Toddler Bicycle helmets (44-48 cm) pink (have 2), suits  appr. 1-5 yrs old, GC. £2.50 each. Tel: 07720 299588. Girls bicycle pink, suitable for age 5-7 years. GC. £10. Tel: 07720 299588. Reebok Exercise Bike Model XB0009 Console. Excellent condition. £150 ono. Tel: 01505 871810. Kids Microlite Scooter excellent condition as good as new - ideal for child age 6-10. Cost £100 will sell for £35. Tel: 01505 872213. Taylor Lignoid Size 4 Med Bowls. £40 ono. Tel: 01505 337675. Folding bicycle. New, never used. White. Matex bifold 300. Cost £180, sell £79. Tel: 07986 812483. E x e r c i s e Tr a m p o l i n e Diameter 3 feet. Can be used for exercise at home. New, never used. Cost £30, sell £17. Delivery p o s s i b l e . Te l : 0 7 9 8 6 812483. PowerHouse BodyCraft Rack, Bench & Weights. Chest, squat & arm bars with end cuffs. Weights 20, 15, 10, 5, 2.5 & 1.5kg. Weight Rack for storage included. £350. Tel: 01505 874103. Ladies’ vintage Raleigh bike, well maintained, road tyres £45. Built to last! Tel: 07871 243336 Apollo Balance Bike Blue. Brand new still in box. From smoke and pet free home. £25. Tel: 01505 872800. Kids US Golf Club Bag & Set: - ideal for child age 9-11. Lightweight golf bag, Driver, 3 wood, 6 & 8 iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. Excellent condition as good as new . Cost £175 sell for £75. Tel: 01505 872213. Pair of water skis Kidder Hotline £30 Tel: 0787 656 3768 Chillafish Bunzi balance bike in blue and white (ages 1 to 3). Easily converts from three wheels to two without tools. Used but good condition. £14. Tel: 01505 672175.

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Jamo D-135 black ash speakers. H52 cm x D22 Papo Wooden Fortress cm x W28 cm. In good along with various knights working condition. £40. and horses. £25 for Tel: 01505 690247. everything. Tel : 07828 267073. Nissan X Trail 2016 T32 accessories: Rear boot Bryan audio sound book X3 floor cover (ASSY-LUG Wi-Fi speaker/receiver. 849B8 4CE5A) £20, Rear BNIB, portable wireless boot retractable load cover stereo speaker. Rich (cream) £60, both very detailed audio, 25w output, good condition, please call bluetooth V4.0, integrated 0771 508 9810. FM, more details and spec available. £100 new, will Panasonic Lumix DMCaccept £75 ono. Call Laura FS28, 14MP, Camera.  on 07711 223165. Boxed with accessories, instructions and spare Wireless audio video digital battery. £25. Tel: 01505 TV send/receive kit. Send 690247. TV or other source (DVD, SKY etc) to another room Caravan awning curtains without cables. All parts 8 (4 pairs), fresh spring included – trans & receive green colour with pattern. unit “magic eye” etc. Little Pole fitting, 32” x 58” drop, used, perfect condition £15. Contact Laura on £20. Contact Laura on 07730 541977. 07711 223165. 20-Piece Wheel Bearing Tool Kit. As new - used Other Items once. Garage clearance 3 Wheels for Fiat Panda, £20. Tel: 07546 562981 new shape. £25 each, 1 (located in Kilmacolm). with Tyre £30. Tel: 01505 16 Piece Slide Hammer / 704773. Puller Set. As new – used 2 x 9ct. Gold Rings - Knights once. Garage clearance Te m p l a r . E x c e l l e n t £20. Tel: 07546 562981 condition. £250 each ono. (located in Kilmacolm). Tel: 01505 337675. Galvanised Metal Motor Brand new steel car wheel 6JX15H2 and new Jinyu Bike Shed. Approx 8x5x6 tyre 185/60 R15. Stored feet. Fully enclosed with as spare wheel only. £80. metal floor and secure bolt Tel: 07736 067169. for front wheel. Up & over front door, 3 padlocks. Peppa Pig DVDs - 8 in total for  £5. Tel: 07720 British bike approved. 299588. £300. Tel: 01505 874103. Smoby Rosy Doll, 63cm Rocking Horse, black. Real long, in good condition horse hair mane & tail with clothes.  £10. Tel: (grey). Saddle and bridle. 07720 299588. Sadly outgrown. Ideal from toddler to 10 yrs. £275. Double Extension Ladders – 4.5m to 8.3m, 15 rungs per Tel: 01505 874103. section. As new. Clearing Victorian 3 level Dolls House.  garage. Must uplift. £55. Electrical Wiring. Requires Tel: 07546 562981 (located a l i t t l e r e d e c o r a t i n g .  in Kilmacolm). Hand carved staircase and balconies. £300. Tel: Caravan kitchen mixer tap (chrome), swan neck, 01505 874103. brand new, bought but Motorbike Thermals, Ladies not needed. Paid £75, sell size 12, Leggings and long for £40ono. Contact Laura sleeved v-neck top. £15. on 07711 223165. Tel: 01505 874103. Clifton Desk Top Electric Dog guard for Mercedes ML 2005-2011 model £50 Tel: Drum Set, Ideal for Nat 0787 656 3768 5 & Higher practise. £15. Tel: 01505 874103. Freedom Trail Portable Wanted Items Flush Toilet. 10litre waste Wanted - small greenhouse. Contact Nancy Livingstone tank. Used once. Chemical t: 01505 872813 or email: included. £20. Tel: 01505 mail@nlivingstone.plus. 706646. com KEF vintage pair of Turntables, model Celeste Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: Mark 2. £50. Tel: 07871 07710 777571. 243336. M e x i c a n q u e e n s i z e Local lily grower requires the use of a greenhouse/ hammock (suitable for polytunnel in Kilmacolm two adults) in green and area in return for light red. Cotton body, nylon gardening duties. Tel: ends. Excellent condition Vince 01505 872082. as it has never been used. With full instructions. £25. Cash paid for Music CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 0141 882 Tel: 01505 672175. 5594 or 07765 115347. Portable Foolscap filing cabinet/case in tough blue Westclox Big Ben alarm clock. Call 07756981917 plastic, with 10 folders inside. Good condition. £5. F r e e Cy c l e Tel: 01505 672175. P u l s a r Y M 9 2 - X 1 1 8 Double Bed Mattress, must uplift. Very good condition. Quartz Gent’s Watch. Tel: 01505 704773. 40 cm Dial with leather Children’s garden chairs. strap.  Boxed with full 3 plastic (2 red and 1 instructions.  Excellent yellow). Free to good condition. £25. Tel: 01505 home. Suit ages from 3 to 690247. 7. Contact Laura on 07730 Rotary Chrono Speed, 541977.  multidial, Gent’s Watch.  Boxed with full 2 compost bins 1x 330litre  1 x 250litre. Must uplift. Tel: instructions. Excellent 01475 540313.  condition. £40. Tel: 01505 Children’s garden chairs. 690247. 3 plastic (2 red and 1 Roksan Kandy III Amplifier yellow). Free to good & CD £450, Denon dab/ home. Suit ages from 3 to fm turner & opt340 bg 7. Contact Laura on 07730 glass unit £150, Monitor 541977.  Audio Silver RS6 Cheery speakers with quinex Pair of wrought iron gates, 8’ total span, some scrolling. silver spiral wiring £250.  Elderly but sound. Need All have remote controls.  stripping, painting. Would reduce prices if Collection only. Tel: 01505 sold as a full unit. Tel: 612769. 01505 874103.

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The Advertizer Advertizers - A to Z

Accountants & Financial Affluent Financial Planning . . 14 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 47 F Christie Accounting . . . . . . 14 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1

by category Computer, IT & Web ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1

Architectural Services

Council Notices

CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Inverclyde Council - Environme . . 12

Driveways

Art, Gifts & Flowers

A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Gryffe Driveways . . . . . . . . . . 29

Creative Masterclass Academy . . 13

Automotive Services ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 59

Bathrooms Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17

Bedrooms Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 43

Blacksmith & Metalwork McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 10

Building Services A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 44 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 35 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 11 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 25 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 45 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 39

Care Services & Homes Home Instead Senior Care . . . 33

Cleaning & PowerWash CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 49 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 45 Eclipse Rug Spa . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 49,9 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5

Driving Instructors AL Stewart - Driving School . . 47 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7

Education Creative Masterclass Academy . . 13

Electricians Delta Electrical Services . . 46 DMS Electrical Services . . . . 10 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Russell Milne Electrician . . 45

Fencing Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 10

Firewood & Logs LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 9 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 51

Furniture Restoration Doffidatt Creations . . . . . . . . 37

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

Garden Service & Design 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 20 Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 21 CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 21 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 22 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 20 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 22 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Prolawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,5 R Williams Tree Services . . . 22 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Definitions: “Standards” means the British Code of Advertising Practice and the provisions of any law applicable to advertising including, but not limited to, the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968, the Consumer Credit Act 1974, the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations 1988, the Financial Services Act 1986, the Business Advertisement (Disclosure) Order 1977 and all amendments and replacements. It is hereby agreed that: • The placing by the Advertising Client of an Advertisement is deemed to be acceptance of these Conditions of Acceptance of Advertising. • All Advertisements in this Publication must not contravene the Standards. • Insertion of Advertisements and/or Editorial is strictly at the discretion of the Publisher. • The Publisher shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Advertising Client as a result of any failure, negligence or omission by any party in the course of the distribution or circulation of the Publication in which the Advertisement is scheduled to appear. • In the event of any error, misprint or omission by the Publisher in the printing of an Advertisement, the Publisher will either re-insert the advertisement, adjust the cost or provide a refund. This does not apply if the Advertisement has been approved by the Advertising Client prior to publication. The total liability of the Publisher for such an occurrence shall not exceed the amount of a full refund for that particular Advertisement. • The Advertising Client agrees to indemnify the Publisher in respect of all costs, damages or other charges falling upon the Publisher as the result of legal actions or threatened legal actions arising from the publication of the Advertisement, or any one or more of the series of Advertisements, published in accordance with the copy instructions supplied to the Publisher. • Readers are reminded that when purchasing items or services advertised in the Publication that the Publisher cannot be held in any way responsible for the quality or correctness of the items or services included in the Advertisement.

Editorial throughout The Gryffe Advertizer: The opinions of the Contributors to this Publication are not necessarily the official views of the Publisher. The Publisher reserves the right to edit or refuse any material submitted for publication.

W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 21 West of Scotland Landscape . . 23

Gas & Heating Services Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 12 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 10 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 10 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 47 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

Glazier 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 5 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 45 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 29

Health, Beauty & Fitness Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 43 DJMT Sports Massage Therapy . . 31 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 9 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 37 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 47 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 11 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 35

Home Hardware Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,25,45,51

Home Improvements 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 7 Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 21 CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7 Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 49

Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 25

Plumbers Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 12 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 10 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 10 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 47 JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . 27

Property, Sales & Let Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 11 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Retail Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,25,45,51 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 28 The Sourcery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 35 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 4 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 25 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 45 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 39

Solicitors Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

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

Stoves Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47

Taxis & Minicoach hire

Home Interiors

ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 59

Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 43 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 49

Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 25 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Home Security Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 51

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

Joiners

Tree Surgeon

A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 11 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 11 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 49 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 45 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 25

Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 20 Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 22 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 R Williams Tree Services . . . 22 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 21

TV & Satellite

Kilt & Dress Hire

Window Cleaners

Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 12

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 43 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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

Upholstery Services Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 45 Eclipse Rug Spa . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 49,9 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 49 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 49,9 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 47

Window, Consv & Repair 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 45 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Window Scene Scotland . . . . . . Bk

Painters & Decorators A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 45 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Pest Control RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 10

Pet Services & Training Dog Vacation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 19 Walkies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Plasterers

James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 45 JBC Joiners and Builders . . . 11 JDPS All Trades . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 51 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 59 KC Building & Roofing . . . . . . 4 Kenmore Tree Care . . . . . . . . . 22 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 37 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13,Bk Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Linda Stewart - Slimming World . . 47 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 M&M Garden Services . . . . . . . . 22 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 47 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 49 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 10 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 New Vision Opticians . . . . . . . 11 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 29 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 35 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 47 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 49 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Platinum Cleaning Services . . 5 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Prolawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 R Williams Tree Services . . . 22 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 10 Russell Milne Electrician . . 45 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 19 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 2 SP Groundcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Stewart Independent Financial . . 1 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 45 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 4 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Bridge, Bridge of Weir . . 28 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . 27 The Sourcery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 39 Travel Actually . . . . . . . . . . . 3 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Walkies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 West of Scotland Landscape . . 23 Window Scene Scotland . . . . . . Bk Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 25

Pick up a Copy Bishopton: Woodrow’s Store, Library Bridge of Weir: Gibb Stuart, Bernie’s Cafe, Lochnagar, The Bridge, Library (Cargill Hall) Erskine: Garden Centre, Library, Sports Centre, Swimming pool

Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 4 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 11

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@ease Removals & Transport . . 11 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 21 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 45 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 20 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affinity Family Law Experts . . 3 Affluent Financial Planning . . 14 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Stewart - Driving School . . 47 Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd . . 7 Apple Tree Gardens . . . . . . . . . 21 Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 B Hughes Builders - Houston . . 44 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Bell Plumbing & Heating . . . . 12 Bluewater Dental . . . . . . . . . . 43 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 35 Brookfield Alarms Ltd . . . . . . 51 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 4 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 43 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 10 CHG Architecture Ltd . . . . . . . 7 CLA Accountancy Services Ltd . . 47 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 46 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Clippens Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cloudy2Clear Windows . . . . . . . 5 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Conservatory Conv & Windows . . Bk Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 21 Creative Masterclass Academy . . 13 David Kennedy Decorator . . . . 3 Delta Electrical Services . . 46 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 6 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 DJMT Sports Massage Therapy . . 31 DJY Joinery Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 11 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 22 DMS Electrical Services . . . . 10 Doffidatt Creations . . . . . . . . 37 Dog Vacation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 49 Eclipse deep clean . . . . . . . . . 45 Eclipse Rug Spa . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 F Christie Accounting . . . . . . 14 Fastclean Scotland . . . . . . . . . 49,9 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 9 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 21 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . 13,25,45,51 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 20 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 25 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gryffe Driveways . . . . . . . . . . 29 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 59 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 6 Hames Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Henderson’s Kilts . . . . . . . . . 12 Home Instead Senior Care . . . 33 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 10 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms . . 17 Inverclyde Council - Environme . . 12 Jack Murphy Plumbing & Heating . . 47 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 11

Houston: Co-op, Carrick Centre, Post Office, Newsagent Howwood: Village Store, St Vincent’s Hospice Johnstone: Henderson Kilts, Papa Mac’s, Library Kilbarchan: Sheridan’s Store, Post Office, Campbell’s, Newsagents, Bobbins, Old Library Centre

Langbank: Finlaystone Visitor Centre Kilmacolm: Newsagent, Cross Café, Gibb Stuart, Library, Community Centre Lochwinnoch: Keystore, Library, Dolce Vita, Castle Semple Centre Quarriers: Three Sisters Bake

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CarFest 2018 Saturday 16th June, 10am to 4pm in Paisley Town Centre This year’s event aims to be bigger and better after the success of last year. Introducing all manner of vehicles no matter how old, how big or how many wheels. Loads for the whole family to do with stalls, games and music. Everything from Mini’s to Muscle. This is a fundraising event for St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood. Proudly organised by MaxSafe. Training and sponsored by Paisley First. Keep an eye out on www.carfest.net for further info.

Drive Deer Aware this Spring Drivers across South West Scotland are being advised to look out for deer wandering onto our trunk roads and motorways. Vehicle accidents involving deer peak at this time of year, as young deer disperse and increasingly cross major roads to look for their own territories. Scotland TranServ has identified hot spots on the M77 at Pollok Estate, the M74 between Hamilton and Douglas, the A77 between Ayr and Kilmarnock and wooded areas of the A75. Dr Jochen Langbein who oversees the Deer Vehicle Collisions Project added: “In Scotland, as in the rest of the UK and many other European countries, wild deer numbers have risen significantly over recent decades. Many people think most accidents with deer and vehicles occur on more remote Highland roads, but in Scotland at least 40 percent occur on A-class trunk roads or motorways, including across much of South West Scotland’s road network.” There is no system for the central collation of road traffic accidents involving deer in the UK, however figures collated from a number of studies suggest that while it is safe to say 40,000 deer are killed in vehicle strikes every year, this figure could be as high as 70,000 across Britain as a whole. And, conservative estimates of 400 injuries to vehicle passengers related to these collisions could well be nearer 1000 annually.

Learner Drivers on motorways from June From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme. Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls. Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them. The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways. Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

Driving near learner drivers on the motorway

It is estimated that in Scotland the figure could be as high as 9,000 collisions per year, resulting in anywhere between 50 and 100 human injuries, with the total cost of material damage and injury thought to be around £9.5million.

As with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you. Increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog. You should always be patient with learner drivers. They may not be so skilful at anticipating and responding to events.

http://www.scotlandtranserv.co.uk/drive-deer-aware-this-spring/

Driving instructor vehicles and training Driving instructors can decide if they want to use a driving school rooftop box during motorway lessons, based on its instructions. The car will need to display L plates on the front and rear if the rooftop box is removed.

Preparing drivers for a lifetime of safe driving

Important dates for our July ‘18 Issue Deadline: 15th JUNE Delivery: 26th JUNE

The changes are being made to allow learner drivers to: • get broader driving experience before taking their driving test • get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly • practise driving at higher speeds • understand motorway specific traffic signs • understand what to do if a vehicle breaks down on a motorway • improve their confidence to drive on the motorway unsupervised after passing their driving test

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