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Summer sun hits the spot...

After a cold and rather shaky start to the year, July turned out to be as wonderfully summery as last year. Just as well when so many of us were either staying at home or staying in the UK for our holidays. I hope you like our cover picture of The Pencil at Largs this month. It was supplied by Andy Stark of Stark Images using his new drone to get this magnificent aerial image. He’s been very busy getting lots of images from the air - visit his website to see more. The monument is named (not surprisingly) because it looks like a gigantic pencil, and commemorates the defeat of a Viking fleet at Largs in 1263. It’s a lovely walk from the town centre out to the Pencil, not too far and easily accessible for all with smooth pathways.

COVER IMAGE: The Pencil, Largs by Andy Stark, STARK-IMAGES @ The STUDIO-Bridge of Weir

Next Deadline: 11th August 2021 for SEPTEMBER 21 issue

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We’re delighted to be able to bring you two events connected to the Vikings and Largs this month. The Viking Festival will be back for 2021, albeit in a smaller capacity, and the Vikings will be invading Kelburn Estate at Fairlie over the September weekend. Our next issue will be for September so please make sure you get your details to us in plenty of time - the deadline will be Wednesday 11th August. We would love to hear from you via email or social media, or leave a phone message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please also keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Shop local - support your community! CONTENTS Upcycling on the rise 04 Summer fun at Strathgryffe 04 Accord girls night out 04 Brave leap for hospice care 06 gryffe valley rotary 06 Bungee or kiltwalk for charity 06 great garden get together 08 your covid-19 vaccination status 08 what paisley did next 10 most innovative play area 10 village news 12-25 Host - Carrick Centre 22 £42M Paisley Museum Makeover 24

Gillian Kyle feature Out & about The walrus fountain a walk on the wild side roads programme Clubs & Schools Regular meets Coming events Lochwinnoch Art Festival classified ads Sales & Wants Advertizer ads directory Save our Steamship

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Summer Fun at Strathgryffe ACCORD Hospice Girls Night Out We have a new date for our Girls night out with Hopelessly Devoted to Dirty Dancing! The event will now take place on Friday 10th September, from 7pm to midnight at the Normandy Hotel, Inchinnan Rd, Renfrew PA4 9EJ. Book now to avoid missing out on this amazing night! Back by popular demand the fundraising team are delighted to launch this year’s girls night out! A night filled with music from Grease and Dirty Dancing, this is guaranteed to once again get you up on the dance floor! Tickets £35 per person includes an arrival glass of bubbly, a 3 course sit down dinner, and a tribute act of music from Grease and Dirty Dancing. DJ Chris will fill in the gaps with games, music and entertainment. Not one to be missed!

Children at Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash & Fitness have been having a blast enjoying the summer holiday camps. Camps are open for members and non members and offer people who have never played the game before to try it in a fun and friendly environment. Suitable for children age 3-16 years of age. For further details and booking, go to: StrathgryffeLTC/Coaching/Camps

Upcycling on the rise There are now a number of local upcycling sites on Facebook. The popularity of these has increased during the lockdown when charity shops had to close their doors to accepting donations. They can be a great source for finding those elusive items, like a small number of slabs or hardly used tins of paint. If you’ve had a garage clear out, or you’re looking for something unusual, why not have a browse at some of these. If we’ve missed any please let us know - these are the ones we could find locally.

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Kilmacolm Upcycle - groups/282812742794968

Bridge of Weir Upcycle - groups/866392627104421

Houston Upcycle - groups/763649721100614

Kilbarchan Freecycle - groups/2302100336735481

Johnstone Upcycle - johnstoneupcycle

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Gryffe Valley Rotary Membership. Anyone interested in finding out more about individual membership or corporate membership should email . Planning for the new Rotary year continues - one new project being the definition of local footpaths including improved signage and publicity. Speaker meetings. Members and guests have enjoyed a fortnightly programme of speakers including Les King on his family history (from Scottish Covenanters to Irish immigrants and his engineering career in Babcock) and Angus Matheson on his Family History.

Brave Leap for Hospice Care Fundraising support reached new heights when 10 brave hospice supporters took on our bungee challenge and jumped 160ft to raise funds for St. Vincent’s Hospice. The banks of the River Clyde were filled with nerves and huge excitement when everyone completed the challenge and raised over £7,000 for St. Vincent’s Hospice. This was a fantastic experience for all involved and a wonderful fundraising total. Senior Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Louise Strachan said “ It was such a relief for everyone involved to finally have the event take place after it had been postponed in October due to Covid restrictions. Everyone who took part did a fantastic job keeping their nerves in check and all 10 participants loved the experience, in fact they wanted to jump again! Everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice is very grateful for their support and bravery. Our Bungee Jumpers would like to pass the Bungee Cord over to another 10 willing participants as we have another jump organised on 17th October if you would like to take part in our next Bungee Challenge please contact we would love to hear from you.

The Club Assembly was held on June 30th and a handover meeting to office bearers for the coming year under new President Dr Mike Farley. In July we look forward to talks on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and on the COP26 Climate Conference being held in Glasgow. This is the first of a series of 6 eminent speakers on topics related to Climate Change. Visitors will be welcome. Please email the club at if you are interested, for the full programme.

October Bungee Jump! Are you brave enough?! On Sunday 17th October 2021, St Vincent’s Hospice has limited spaces left to take part in a charity bungee jump at the Riverside Museum. Time TBC. Minimum sponsorship is £200 with the cost of the jump included! Contact or call 01505 705 635 for more details.

Scotland’s Kiltwalk - Team St Vincent SAVE THE DATE Scotland’s Kiltwalk 2021 will now take place on Sunday 26th September in Glasgow. The date has been moved from August to give the vaccine rollout another four weeks. Registration will open as soon as the Kiltwalk team get the green light and when it’s safe to do so with details on how to sign up to follow in the coming weeks. Team St. Vincent’s Hospice Kiltwalkers have been an amazing support us raising much needed funds for the hospice, please take part in this great fun day event and support your hospice. Stay safe and we’ll be in touch with details! Https://

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Get your nearest and dearest back together outdoors this August to raise money to help young people facing cancer. Whether you’re meeting up for a BBQ or garden party, our FREE fundraising pack will give you everything you need to organise your event and get the cash rolling in. More than 3,000 young people have been told they have cancer during the pandemic, facing the toughest news at the toughest time. You can help give them the best possible support – every £30 you raise could fund an hour of care from our specialist nurses. Sign up for your free fundraising pack at

Get a record of your coronavirus COVID-19 vaccination status Your vaccination status is a record of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you have received. It includes your name, date of birth, and any coronavirus vaccinations you have received in Scotland. Coronavirus vaccination status can be accessed by anyone who has had a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This includes those aged 16 and 17 who have had the vaccine. You cannot be tracked by your vaccination status and your personal information is not shared with third parties. You can request a printed copy of your vaccination status online or by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline. Letters will be sent by first class post and should arrive within 14 days. If you have previously downloaded your coronavirus vaccination status letter, you will need to request a new printed copy. You can view and request to print your vaccination status online by logging in using your unique username and password which can be found in your coronavirus vaccination appointment letter. Once you have signed in, you should select ‘vaccination status’ which will allow you to view and request to print your coronavirus vaccination record letter. If you have lost or forgotten your username or password, you can create new ones by selecting the ‘recover username’ or ‘forgotten your password’ options. If you have never received a unique username, you can sign up for one by using the ‘recover username’ option. You can also get a copy of your vaccine status by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. The helpline is open every day from 10am to 6pm. Your vaccination status can be used to confirm that you have received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Coronavirus vaccination status might be required when you are travelling internationally. There are international plans to issue coronavirus COVID Status Certificates for travel in future, however, nothing has been agreed yet. You can get access to your coronavirus vaccination status if you chose to travel, and need to provide a record of your vaccination status by the destination country or your travel operator. The name and address on your vaccination status will match the information on your GP patient record at the time of your first vaccination. If your address on your status is out of date you can still use it for international travel, providing your name and date of birth are correct. Your coronavirus vaccination status is not required to enter every country, sometimes a negative test result will be enough. It is your responsibility to check what the requirements are to enter the country you are travelling to. It is also your responsibility to check what the requirements are to return to Scotland from your country of travel. If you lose your vaccination status letter, you should request to print your vaccination status online or phone the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565 for a replacement.

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What Paisley Did Next You’ll have heard of David Tennant, Gerard Butler, Paolo Nutini and Steven Moffat. You’ll have watched Richard Madden in Game of Thrones and Bodyguard, and you likely own a Paisley Pattern scarf or tie. But you might not connect them to their origins in Paisley. The town that crafted an international design icon that took the town’s name around the world, securing our place at the centre of global trade, long before the term globalisation was coined. A town that throughout history has shaped creative enterprise, politics, and social justice. Paisley is Scotland’s largest town and the fifth-largest urban area — a place of ‘consequence and beauty’ (The Guardian, 2017). With a population of 76,000, we are a university town and administrative centre of Renfrewshire – with 2.6 million people in a one-hour drive. We are home to Glasgow International Airport — with more than 120 destinations worldwide – and Paisley Gilmour Street — Scotland’s fourthbusiest railway station.


Most innovative play area in Scotland A state-of-the-art play park has opened in Bargarran in Renfrewshire and includes outdoor DJ decks and sound system, a dance arch and an activity zone with seven different screens which can be played individually or as a group. There is also a zip wire, seating areas, outdoor shelter and outdoor gym equipment - all key asks from young people as part of a consultation run by Erskine Youth Council. Funding for the new park was achieved through a £50,000 grant from Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund to Erskine Youth Council, as well as £110,000 allocated by Renfrewshire Council to replace the former MUGA at the site of the new primary school joint campus in Bargarran. For more information on the Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment fund, visit GreenSpacesFund.

Our greatest asset remains our people. Known as ‘Paisley buddies’, they have a distinct identity, shaped by centuries of unique stories, triumphs, tragedies, prosperity and decline. They built the 850-year-old Abbey and 110 other listed buildings which form the largest concentration in Scotland outside Edinburgh, a remarkable skyline of steeples, towers and tenements; they made Paisley-based J&P Coats Threadmakers the third-largest industrial company in the world (after US Steel and Standard Oil); they wrote workingclass poetry and took part in radical politics, and witnessed the last group execution of witches in Western Europe. Paisley clergyman John Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence and became a founding father of the USA; Paisley inventor James Goodfellow created the automatic cash dispenser and chip-and-pin technology; and the town’s landmark ‘snail-in-a-bottle’ case established the law of negligence and shaped the legal rights of consumers worldwide. And Paisley remains a deeply cultural place. We sing in 26 choirs, we are home to the largest independent youth theatre in Scotland; and when we throw a party people come — our major events have attracted 1.1 million people in the past five years. We are putting investment in culture at the heart of everything we do – and harnessing the power of our internationallysignificant story to transform our future. Explore our website and join us on the next stage of the journey…

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village news The Bridge Shop - Cards

RBS Mobile Branches

August is the month when exam results are received and children go back to school or start school for the first time. Acknowledge these important events by sending a card. Stationery - buy your back to school stationery from our varied selection.

RBS have resumed their Mobile Branch services in the Kilmacolm and Lochwinnoch areas. When onboard you’ll be able do all your usual everyday banking, like making deposits, withdrawing cash and paying bills and much more.

Use your local Post Office

The service is not available on bank holidays.

Donald, Alison and Fiona will be delighted to serve you with your postal and banking needs.. Remember cash withdrawals and cheque pay-ins can be made at The Bridge.




We are glad to see our newly refurbished benches are being used for socially distant chats. Enjoy the summer sunshine in the middle of the village.

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm from 11am - 11.30am McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch from 12noon - 12.30pm Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm from 11am - 12noon McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch from 12.30pm - 1pm

Thanks! As always thank you for your custom and the dedication of our hard working volunteers. Without your support we could not provide a community Post Office. The Bridge – Your Community Centre, Shop and Post Office (Opening Hours: Mon – 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 5pm; Sat – 10am to 1pm)

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Name a Guide Dog Puppy - Meet Habbie Please join us in welcoming Habbie into the world and onto the Guide Dogs training scheme. She was born and named at your request on the 21 May 2021. Habbie will soon be placed with her Puppy Walker who will start to teach the skills that she will need as a future guide dog.

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Cllr James Maclaren Good to know that attempts are being made to get a cycle track on the field side of the wall between Bridge of Weir to Houston, as I had suggested in last month’s article. Let’s hope this is successful. The route from the park to the Sustrans cycle track is still to be decided. Talking of the park on Houston Road, I’m not happy with the way Scottish Water left the ground and am pushing them to reinstate it properly. That in addition to further surveys to remedy the poor drainage situation. I had hoped to bring you news of the Local Development Plan that is waiting for approval from the Reporter after being amended by the council to remove the Thriplee Road site in BoW, amongst others. Residents are anxiously waiting for news while in the meantime the owners of the field have gone ahead and removed some much loved trees from the field. After a recent site visit on Old Greenock Rd, Bishopton with residents and officials to solve the speeding issue, measures are being taken to slow traffic and I will follow this closely. There has been a fair bit of discussion on social media about recycling. The council are very keen to increase the amount of rubbish that is recycled and I recently attended a very interesting training session. I would be very happy to organise a webinar about the process which your council goes through to recycle and where the recyclate goes. If anyone would like to join such a webinar then please let me know so I can gauge interest. Thanks to a local resident for this suggestion; take a moment to assess possible dangers around you, particularly if you are reaching your “mature” age. Trips and falls can happen so easily. Consider getting rid of any glass in your garden or house or change it for Perspex in the likes of cold frames and greenhouses. No surgeries at present but I hope they will be starting up again soon but in the meantime I am happy to meet with constituents. My mobile number is 07534148794 or you can email me cllr.james. 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. If there is something that you would like me to write about more often then please drop me a line. It is always good to get feedback, particularly of the positive kind.

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Kilmacolm Dramatic Society Plans are in progress for Kilmacolm Dramatic Society’s performances of Aladdin at the end of November 2021. This delightful script by Bob Heather takes us to a land far away where Aladdin will do anything to marry Princess So Shy who is isolated in her father’s palace. Will the two genie’s be able to help him outwit the evil Abanazar? We hope for fun and frolics, if circumstances allow this to go ahead. Anyone who would like to be involved either on stage or behind the scenes can contact our director Mandy Robinson at: joerobinson@

Girlguiding needs you! Were you a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide? Do you remember the fun you had at weekly meetings, camps or sleepovers? Most importantly, do you remember the leader who made it all possible? Thanks to the dedication and support of amazing volunteers, girls and young women have a space where they can be themselves, have fun, form brilliant friendships and gain valuable life skills. Girlguiding in Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm has units full of girls Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years) Guides (10-14 years) and Rangers (14-18 years). We are URGENTLY looking for adult leaders for our Units; without more adult help the future of our Units is in real jeopardy. In return, Girlguiding can offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. It has helped many of our volunteers to learn new skills including leadership and organisational planning that might be of use at work or add value to your CV. If you would like to find out more, please log on to www.girlguiding. and register.

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Cllr Stephen McCabe It was good to see the Council’s Roads Service carrying out resurfacing works on Bridge of Weir Road last month as part of our ongoing investment in upgrading local roads and footways. At the start of my second term as Council Leader in 2012 I knew we had to do something to address the poor state of local roads, which based on independent assessment were among the worst in Scotland. This led to the development of our 10 year Roads Asset Management Plan (RAMP). It is all one having a plan mind you. You have to back that plan with resources. That’s why the Council has committed £44m to support the plan, which is over and above the money we spend on a day to day basis filling potholes. We are now seeing the results of that investment. A recent report to the Council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee highlighted that Inverclyde’s ranking for road conditions have leapt from 31 out of 32 in Scotland to 19th place. The report also highlights a marked decrease in claims from motorists following the Council’s investment. We cannot rest on our laurels however. We know there is much more to be done and that’s why we will aim to invest further significant sums in upgrading our roads and footways in the years ahead, despite ongoing reductions in our funding from the Scottish Government. The new grass pitch in Birkmyre Park has been well used since it was established at the end of June. Work is underway on reinstating the putting green at the time of writing with the aim of it being open for the start of August. Officers are also looking at identifying funding for resurfacing the multi-use games area. The Scottish Government has called in the planning application for the proposed housing development at a site West of Quarry Drive. As the Councillor who moved the unsuccessful motion at the full Council meeting to reject planning consent I am not surprised by this as I remain to be convinced there is a need for the Council to release greenbelt land for development at this time. I await with interest the Reporter’s decision. There are increasing concerns among local residents over the unfinished commercial and housing development at Kilmacolm Cross. I have asked the Council’s Chief Executive and Head of Planning to bring whatever pressure they can on the owners of the development and other interested parties to have the projected completed. I am hoping to resume my face to face advice surgeries shortly, subject to Covid restrictions. These will be advertised on the Council’s website at In the meantime you can contact me directly to discuss any matters that are of concern to you by telephone on 01475 712020 (during office hours) or by email to Alternatively you can write to me at 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm PA13 4HL.

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2021 Largs Viking Festival Returning for 2021! From 28th August to 5th September Started in 1980 this Annual Festival marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse. The living history Viking compound gives the public a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village. Find out about their way of life; learn about how they made their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food. The Festival will consist of a Scottish Market in the marquee, an outdoor market, a Viking compound (not a full village this year) and an air display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on the second weekend. Organiser, Alex Gallagher said, “It is really disappointing and frustrating that the Largs Viking Festival will be a restricted offering this year. But we are glad that we can put something, even limited, on for those who support us and for the benefit of local tourism and businesses. We are working on a digital festival. This will not take the place of a “real” physical festival but we hope it can offer at least a flavour of the festival to our supporters live and on the web. “We know that there are many people across Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world who love to visit our Festival. We thank them all and we promise that, after this pandemic has lifted, hopefully next year, we will stage the best and biggest Largs Viking Festival it is possible to stage. So enjoy this year and keep looking forward to 2022. Full details will be available nearer the date, but for more information please visit

Ted’s Teddy Bear Picnic 2021 Join Ted and friends for an afternoon of fun and games on Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th August and create your pictureperfect picnic! After the success of last year’s Picnic, Ted, the Ronald McDonald House Glasgow Mascot, has recruited his trusted side kick, Tiny Ted, to help make this year’s picnic even better! Sign up with family, friends or neighbours to host your very own picnic (indoors or outdoors) and enjoy games, sweet treats and more whilst celebrating friendship and supporting the families at Ronald McDonald House Glasgow. Register here for just £25 to receive your Picnic Pack -https:// If you have any questions or would like more information, please just message us or email fundraising@ronaldmcdonaldhouseglasgow. We can’t wait to see you and Tiny Ted take part in the most exciting picnic of the year

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ward 1 - inverclyde Cllr David Wilson There have been operational changes at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. There will remain an overarching authority with representatives from Inverclyde and Renfrewshire Councils. The day to day running will be the responsibility of each Council in their geographical area. Inverclyde will manage Lunderston Bay and Cornalees, Renfrewshire, Castle Semple and the Muirshiel Centre. I really welcome this move and already we are seeing increased funding at both Inverclyde sites. We had three separate attempts at nesting by Ospreys and by the time this circulates three youngsters will have fledged and be on their journey to Africa. Hopefully next year we may have a camera observing a nest. Balrossie continues to be a concern. We cannot demolish as it is a listed building but the condition is now so bad that it is a health and safety problem. I have asked officers to reassess the whole situation. The Institute development continues to be incomplete. There is a Bank now holding the security over the premises but I consider the monies being asked are unrealistic. Once an approved application commences building there is in law no time limit to completion. Needs to change. Many complaints about speeding and the condition of the village pavements. A 20mph limit is a priority for me and I have asked if town centre improvement grants can be used for the upgrading of pavements. Those in Port Glasgow have been completed and it does make a big difference. I have been assisting village voluntary organisations with the annual grants paperwork. These voluntary groups are the life blood of the village and must be supported. Birkmyre mini/midi rugby has 165 boys and girls who are members, all coached by volunteers. The total fund is £370k. Recent heavy rain has seen damage to roads, West Glen and Gillburn. The latter should be helped by the Glenmosston Flood Protection Scheme. Thanks are due to the cooperation of house owners on the hill. Youth organisations are starting to meet again after the lockdown. As Patron it was great to see the Port Glasgow Balaclava detachment of the Army Cadets back in harness. The great thing about the Cadets is that in uniform there is no distinction in background etc. We are fortunate to have the Lord Lieutenant Colonel Peter McCarthy as President of the Army Cadet Force in the West. Been asked often about the Bonfire and Fireworks this year. Folks seem to feel that after the past 18 months we need some good fun. My surgery is Saturday 28th August at the Cargill 10am - 11am. I can be contacted at: 741969, 712975 07766 992294


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Sharpening blades is what I do If you want your knives or garden tool blades to reach their peak performance then look no further than Make Sharp. I specialise in sharpening Kitchen Knives, Lawnmower Blades, Shears, Axes and more….

About me; My name is Adam Hannah, I am a 17 year old local entrepreneur based in Kilmacolm launching my first business. I offer a high quality mobile sharpening service in Inverclyde & Renfrewshire. Blades are sharpened using mechanical whetstone equipment. The techniques I use are both safe and will not damage your blades whilst creating a razor sharp edge. The edge will remain sharper for longer than any domestic edge sharpener. I would recommend that most kitchen knives should be professionally sharpened every 12 weeks, good blades deserve good care. How it works - I offer 3 bespoke services; I will visit your home by appointment (evenings & weekends) so your knives never have to leave your property. All I need is an electricity point. You can drop your knives off at my home and I will have them ready for collection within 48 hours If you want your knives sharpened for free, you can organise a Make Sharp Party. It’s really simple, all you need to do is arrange for a group of friends to come round to your house with their knives and I will sharpen them while you all catch up (Socially distant of course!) As the Make Sharp Party host I will sharpen 6 knives for you as a thank you. (min 20 knives in total) Price List I run a very simple pricing model that cannot be beaten £1.50 per knife (min 6 knives for home visit) £5 - Garden tools £7.50 - Lawnmower blades

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Lochwinnoch Art Festival Update activities


Kilbarchan National Women’s Register


Shapes and Patterns of Water, 15th June

We have enjoyed garden meetings and walks during the lovely July weather and hope this continues in August, followed by lunch out. For our next session, we intend to have face to face meetings one week and zoom the following week with various topics to be decided. Two of our members have been involved in creating the new national website and we had a long article in the latest magazine, thus raising the Kilbarchan group’s profile. We also have a new Book group, meeting on zoom once a month and a very active Whatsapp chat. If you would like more info re joining our group, please contact the website: or phone Fiona on 01505 348627. We would be pleased to welcome you to our group.

This was a project with the Travelling Gallery in Edinburgh. A group of local people attended an online workshop and created some 3D octahedrons, some were sent to Edinburgh as part of a Scotland wide installation, and we had our own local event, with a wee film made in the community garden and a display in The Work Space window in Lochwinnoch.

Kilbarchan Parish Church Sunday Worship Our regular Sunday worship continues at 11am with increasing numbers taking part. Lochwinnoch 4U, 10th July


The first ever showing of Lochwinnoch Films 4U Supported by Regional Screen Scotland, Cinemor77 and Linstone. The two films were voted for by the community and our first screening was on Saturday 10th July 2021. We screened Mary Poppins Returns and Black Panther. Great fun was had and it cheered everyone up, as we start to have events within the restrictions of the ongoing pandemic. There will be regular film events across the year.

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Although the 2-metre social-distancing rule remains in place, we have been able to fine-tune our seating arrangements and have increased our capacity to a maximum of 76. This was fully utilised for our first in-church service celebrating the Sacrament of Communion on 27th June. Booking of places is still recommended – this can be done between Monday and Thursday for the following Sunday’s service. Please book a place by emailing or by texting or phoning 07876 201096 and provide your name and a contact number. Our regular Sunday Reflections continue and can be found via the church website also on our Facebook page and on Youtube. You can also access the Reflections by telephone on 01505 805893. Recent indications by the Scottish Government of further relaxation of Covid19 restrictions in the coming months will be closely monitored and we will respond with suitable amendments to our arrangements where and when we feel it is sensible to do so. We look forward to welcoming you to church in the near future. Trainee Minister We were pleased to welcome Mr. Doulas Adam to church on 27th June. Dougie is well known to Kilbarchan, and other local churches, due to his successful involvement with the West Renfrewshire Youth Trust. He has now started training for the ministry and will be on placement with us in Kilbarchan over the summer. He has already managed to meet many of the congregation and play an active part in the life of the church. We shall enjoy his time with us and wish him well in his continuing studies for the ministry.

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Consultation on the use and sale of fireworks What this consultation is about This consultation consists of two sections. The first considers changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland; while the second section considers the use of pyrotechnic devices. More specifically, Section 1 seeks views on four changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland to ensure fireworks are used safely, handled with care and do not cause harm, distress or injury; while Section 2 considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.

Why we are consulting Section 1: In the response to the Fireworks Review Group Final report, the Minister for Community Safety announced her intention to implement the Fireworks Review Group recommendations  as a matter of urgency,  subject to the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections, in order to ensure further positive change is in place for communities going forward.

House Wanted To Buy Minimum of 3 bedrooms Detached or older Semi preferred in Houston, Kilmacolm, or Bridge of Weir area. South/South West facing back garden.


To rent Minimum of 2 bedrooms Must accept pets (2 small dogs). Houston, Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan, Howwood or Lochwinnoch area.

Please call: 07753 659804

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The Scottish Government is therefore seeking the views on the introduction of four specific requirements in law in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland as set out by the recommendations of the Fireworks Review Group. We are keen to get practical feedback on the introduction of legislation from those who use and enjoy fireworks as well as those affected by fireworks including vulnerable groups, pet and animal owners, and from local authorities, enforcement agencies, the fireworks industry, retailers and other organisations that have a role or interest in fireworks. Section 2: The Scottish Government is also seeking the views on what action could be taken to reduce the misuse of pyrotechnic devices. In particular we are seeking views on a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and for police powers to be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence. We are also keen to get views on whether this proposed new power of search should enable the police to stop and search a vehicle.

How to get involved Respondents are able to answer either the first or second sections, or to answer both sections. The consultation closes on  15th August 2021. To find out more visit

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Houston Crafty Friends We are closed for the months of July and August and hope to start back in September, covid restrictions permitted. We usually meet at 7.30pm, the first and third Thursdays in the month. Hope to see you then!

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Cllr Andy Doig Recently it was National Thank You Day, so I want to dedicate my column mainly this month to thanking all those community volunteers across my ward who tirelessly give of their time and talents to make our communities better, and in doing so they often are of great assistance to local councillors in the process who are working to the same end. Congratulations to Johnstone Brass Band for gaining third prize in the online prestigious Kapitol Cory Brass Band Championships recently. Music is one of the ways we can all cheer ourselves up during the pandemic and thank you to them. Thank you also to Kilbarchan Community Council for the hours they have put in to liaise with both Council officers and Cllrs to look at ways to curb speeding in the village. Not to be outdone I have to mention the Friends of Howwood Park, who are already holding fantastic community events in the Park such as Keep Fit classes and Bingo, I thank them for their inspiration. Last but not least I thank the Lochwinnoch Festival Arts Team for putting on the Lochwinnoch Films 4U events at Lochbarr. At the last full council before the summer recess I tabled a motion committing Renfrewshire Council to work with Lochwinnoch Community Council, and all local ward Cllrs, to try and maintain a Post Office service in the village. My motion touched on how we need to tackle the national phenomenon of banks and post offices deserting our village communities, and I proposed that the Scottish Government should liaise with the League of Scottish Credit Unions to look at establishing a Scottish Credit Bank that would put people before profit. Also at the last full council there was a report passed seeking Scottish Government funding to expand and upgrade Castle Semple Visitor Centre, which I had negotiated with the administration in return for my support for their Budget for 2021/22. Contact Details for Cllr Andy Doig – Councillors are not at the moment having face to face surgeries due to the Covid 19 restrictions. But please e mail me on cllr.andy., call me on 07534 148224, facebook me on Independent Voice/Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages, or tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8, if you have a civic matter you wish to raise with me.

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What’s on

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Monday to Friday Gryffe Manor Out of School 01505 615438. Scotland

Dance West

Coffee Shop: - Mon//Sat. 10am-4pm Takeaways only due to Covid19 please review FB FOR Sunday/Holiday opening times. Coffee Shop/Centre 01505 229597. Please contact you providers for start back dates in line with C19 Regs (level O)

MONDAY Textile Artist

Weekly Deborah Campbell Mon 9th - Fri 13th 9.30am - 4.30pm

7pm M/s Lawson 01505 613690

Dance West Scotland MH 4pm - 7pm (26th - 5pm - 7pm) Dance West Scotland R2 6pm – 7pm Baby Class (MOO MUSIC) 10am

THURSDAY 10.30am – 11.30am

FRIDAY Yoga Dance West Scotland Dance West Scotland

10:30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 MH 3.15pm - 7pm R2 5pm – 7pm

SATURDAY Dance West Scotland Dance West Scotland

MH 9.45am - 5pm R2 9am - 1.30pm

SUNDAY Baptist Church

11am and 6pm

The Carrick Centre is trying to resume normal activity as soon as possible following Gov. guidelines. The Covid Pandemic has resulted in losses of £50,000 affecting future planned improvements. We are looking to establish a “FRIENDS OF THE CARRICK GROUP to help maintain the planted areas around the carpark and would welcome interest from anyone prepared to support for a few hours twice a year. Please contact on our email or land line. Thank you

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Bill Haddow 01505 690693, Stewart Scally 01505 674277, Joe O’Brien 07968 804776 Email: or

Centre Patrons PLEASE ADVISE date or time changes due to Holidays to Centre Management

BISHOPTON The Cornerstone, Greenock Road Bishopton Community Centre


Move It Or Lose It

Booking enquiries:




BROOKFIELD Brookfield Village Hall Main Entrance

BRIDGE OF WEIR Co-Op Old Ranfurly Golf Club Ranfurly Castle Golf Club The Gate House, Bridge of Weir Leather Works

ELDERSLIE Elderslie Golf Club

HOUSTON Outside Church Hall, Main Street Co-Op Strathgryffe Squash & Fitness Club (Reception)

HOWWOOD Howwood Hall, Station Road Christ the King Church, Bowfield Rd The Boarding House (opening hours)

JOHNSTONE Keystore, Spateston Keystore, Corseford Johnstone Town Hall Scottish Fire and Rescue, Thorn Brae

KILMACOLM Kilmacolm Golf Club St Columba’s Senior School Gym, Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm Kilmacolm Library (rear of New Surgery)

KILBARCHAN Scout Hall Kilbarchan Bowling Club

LINWOOD Onyx Leisure Centre Spar, Clippens Road Asda

PAISLEY Russell Institute

QUARRIERS William Quarriers House (entrance to Faith Avenue) Country View

Some of these may have limited access. Please check with venue for full details. If we’ve missed any, please let us know -

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Cllr Audrey Doig Recently it was National Thank You Day, so I want to dedicate my column mainly this month to thanking all those community volunteers across my ward who tirelessly give of their time and talents to make our communities better, and in doing so they often are of great assistance to local councillors in the process who are working to the same end. Thank you to Houston Community Council and Brookfield Community Council for all the hours they devote to scrutinising local planning applications and in doing so help me to represent the wishes of the community. Not to be outdone I have to mention the Be Happy Group and the Litter Crew who work so hard to make Houston a brighter and cleaner village. Last but not least I have to also commend the Brookfield Village Hall Committee who give of their time and talents to maintain a wonderful village hall any community would be proud of. Sadly many constituents will be aware of the recent death of a Linwood teenager whilst swimming with friends in the River Gryffe. Peer pressure is especially strong while we are young, so I would like to stress to all parents of the importance of making their teenage sons and daughters aware of the dangers of wild swimming, especially if alcohol has also been consumed. Teenagers are notorious for not listening to their parents, but please consider getting a favourite Aunt or Uncle to have a discreet word with them to keep them safe. Contact Details for Cllr Audrey Doig Councillors are not at the moment having face to face surgeries due to the Covid 19 restrictions. But please e mail me on cllr.audrey. or call me on 07768 130935 if you have a civic matter you wish to raise with me.

Houston & Killellan Kirk Services Schedule During August The Services schedule for the month of August is to an extent dependent on what restrictions are in place – or more so on the potential relaxation of these. On Sundays 1st & 8th it is planned to continue with one Service at 9.30am, with restricted numbers & attendance booked in advance. From Sunday 15th August it is hoped that, in addition to the 9.30 am Service, there will be a Service at 11 am with fewer restrictions. From the same Sunday the hope is that the Sunday Club will re-commence. All is, of course, dependent on the Scottish Government’s decision on how and when to relax restrictions. Reference to the Kirk’s Web Site and/or Facebook Page should clarify this at the time.

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Work begins on £42million transformation of Paisley Museum Paisley Museum’s £42million transformation is now underway as construction work starts on campus to redevelop the four buildings which make up the site. Kier is delivering the main works phase on the campus which includes two grade A listed buildings, including Scotland’s first public Observatory. Construction is likely to be completed by late 2022, with the museum reopening to the public in 2023. This marks a significant step forward in the Paisley Museum Reimagined project - the signature project in Paisley’s radical regeneration which also includes the £22million refurbishment of the town’s A-listed Town Hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the town’s High Street. The Garden Gallery, which will be located in a new-build extension housing an accessible visitor reception and café, will deliver a true ‘wow’ moment for visitors with spectacular views and a unique social space connecting the Museum with the outdoor landscape. New images of the Museum’s Garden Gallery and exterior have been released to coincide with the start of construction. As part of the redevelopment, there will be two dedicated learning spaces, a makers’ space and a revamped heritage centre which will introduce users to its key resources in an engaging way, encouraging interaction, research and participation. Other notable additions to the campus include new facilities such as a revitalised shop, multifaith prayer room, improved access with new lifts and a public courtyard. There will also be a museum café with capacity for 60 covers providing a social space for families, groups and individuals to enjoy. A picnic area will also be located close by. The museum transformation project is an important part of Paisley’s economic recovery and it is expected to attract 128,000 visitors each year from Scotland, the UK and overseas and provide a £79million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

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The project is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and led by a project team based within charitable arts and leisure trust, Renfrewshire Leisure. The project is being funded by Renfrewshire Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. The museum’s final phase of fundraising is now under way, with the museum website showcasing the project’s ambitious vision.

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Gillian Kyle products at Gibb Stuart


Gillian Kyle is a Kilbarchan-based designer and artist whose eponymous home and giftware brand celebrates Scotland in all its facets; often with a wee touch of humour or a cheeky wink. Gillian founded the brand after graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a desire to forge a career in design and avoid the rush to London. With 2 entrepreneurial parents, starting her own business felt like the natural thing to do. Inspiration for her designs comes from everything Scottish; from our native animals to famous people and iconic places. From small beginnings selling tote bags and tea towels hand-printed with her drawing of a Tunnock’s Tea Cake at local craft markets, she now sells fully licensed ranges with Scotland’s best-loved brands Tunnock’s and IRN-BRU and has created bespoke giftware ranges for brands like Tennent’s, Famous Grouse and Glenfiddich. Through her website,, Gillian offers a wide range of products; from the humble mug and tea towel, to wall art, clothing and even fun Scottish suitcases. The business also supplies a network of carefully chosen stockists across the UK and as far afield as Japan and South Korea. Including, now of course, our very own Gibb Stuart in Bridge of Weir. “I’ve been a Gibb Stuart customer since I was a child so it’s wonderful to now see my designs in the window! The shop is so well known locally for quality, friendliness and excellent service, so I’m just delighted to be involved”

Gil󰇰󰇮󰈜󰈡 Ky󰇰e For a full range of products visit: or

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Image supplied by Rebecca Kennedy at Castle Semple

The more things Change... The more they stay the same, as the saying goes. Can you believe it’s been two years since the last August issue of the Advertizer? So much has happened since then, yet looking back at that last August issue, we could write much the same thing again. June, July and August are busy times for us, naturally. Summer plants go in at the beginning of June and from then on, lots of watering, particularly of the self-contained planters, sometimes even into September. At the time of writing, it’s been quite warm for a while and, although other areas have had a lot of rain, Bridge of Weir seems to have missed the worst of it. (Typing that sentence has probably put the kibosh on that, though.) Some things really do change, however, and it’s beginning to look like we might be heading back to (nearly) normal. Here’s to a brighter future for us all.

Irene McCallum, author of ‘Bridge of Weir Memories’, opens the Heritage Garden.

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Let the watering begin: the year’s first dedicated outing with the mobile ‘drinks cabinet’

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Ever seen a fountain with its own walrus? Got your attention there, didn’t we? It’s not just walruses … dolphins, herons and cherubs all feature in Paisley’s fantastic Grand Fountain. As you’ll guess by the name, the fountain is the big draw in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens. The oldest public park in the town – gifted by famous philanthropist Thomas Coats in 1868 – the gardens and their eccentric fountain are much beloved by the Buddies. Coats had the site – originally laid out in 1797 – redesigned by the famous landscape architect James Craig Niven of Glasgow. Niven’s design is a grand, geometric layout with broad walkways all leading to an ornate fountain at the centre, containing statues of the aforementioned herons, dolphins and walruses. A major feature for the time was the elaborate ironwork of lamps, gates and railings. Coats also paid for ornate seats, drinking fountains, a cast-iron verandah, rock garden and alpine beds. The gardens also have connections with two icons of Scottish history. A sapling taken from the original ‘Wallace Oak’ in Elderslie, prior to the tree’s destruction in 1856, was planted in the new garden. Legend tells that William Wallace himself hid in this tree to avoid capture by his enemies. A statue of poet Robert Burns was erected in the gardens in the 1890s – the cost funded from money raised by concerts given by the Tannahill Choir on the Gleniffer Braes. The statue is reputed to be the finest Burns statue in Britain.

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Kilbarchan & District Beekeepers Association August means honey in the hives and the honey flow should be in full swing at the start of the month. By the end of the month, it’s time to take off the main harvest and enjoy the results of our honeybees’ hard work during the summer. That means lifting the ‘supers’ containing frames of stored honey ready for extraction, filtering and then putting into jars. For beekeepers it is also the month that can be regarded as the beginning of the beekeeping year as much of the new brood being reared, provides the adult bees that will overwinter in the colony, ensuring it’s survival. So, if the necessary preparations are not carried out then the bees could be facing a more challenging winter. However, it’s also a time when we can start to relax a little as the swarming season draws to a close and the risk of losing bees diminishes. Our swarm collectors have been busy in recent weeks with calls to investigate and gather up swarms of bees that have settled themselves around the country. Making stopping off points in some unlikely places including a garden trampoline. Unfortunately, a lot of their time was taken up unnecessarily with requests to remove bumble bee nests, which we do not do. The bees are still busy collecting pollen and nectar and Himalayan balsam, although categorised as an invasive species, is a favourite at this time of the year along with bright pink rose bay willow herb and bramble flower too. Traditionally, some beekeepers move their hives up to the heather moors now to take advantage of the flower for delicious heather honey. Not so many undertake the journey back and forth with their bees these days. Nevertheless, heather honey gathered in late summer is very special and attracts a higher price as a result. If you are interested in beekeeping for yourself, please contact our secretary via who will provide more details about our association and how to join. We have a Facebook page which is reserved for members and beekeeping friends, but you can follow us on or Twitter @KilbarchanBees and Instagram via kilbarchanbeekeepers

Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society Describing Scotland as the “driest part of Britain” is not a familiar headline but after below-average rainfall in June and a dry July, this was indeed the description attributed to Scotland! Gardeners  - and those out walking - would have noted low water levels in burns and reservoirs and flagging plants in dry borders.  In July, garden sprinklers were in use but there were warning salvos from SEPA and the Met Office about dry conditions continuing from late-July  to mid-August and to water sparingly. NatureScot predicts that droughts will now happen every 3 years rather than 20 years, as before. In addition to keeping our plants and vegetables happy, we must top up bird baths and water bowls.  It is obvious from the splashing and cavorting that birds love a bath and, from empty water dishes, hedgehogs are very, very thirsty. They desperately need access to water too during drought conditions.  If gardeners thought they could hang up the hedge cutters for a while, hedges thrive in muggy conditions and require another trim.  Technically we should not cut during the nesting season but gardeners soon spot nesting activity and can keep clear. The Committee met recently and after “housekeeping matters” had a productive exchange of ideas regarding the next few months, on the basis Covid restrictions will ease. Unsurprisingly, there will be no Flower Show. This opened a discussion on venues and the difficulties of finding a decent hall – with parking and access for participants as well as valued supporters. The lack of local facilities remains a problem for Bridge of Weir. Members then relaxed and chatted over home-baking and refreshments.   This was courtesy of Members Gordon and Val who opened their garden for the meeting.   Meanwhile, Members will have received Minutes and have been asked to consider the suggestions therein.

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RSPB Lochwinnoch As we move through the latter half of summer, the variety and abundance of wildflowers that bloom around the reserve is at its peak. Our paths are lined with beautifully scented and colourful plants such as meadowsweet, oxeye daisies, red campion and tufted vetch as well as lots of lush green vegetation. To help maintain this rich diversity of native plants and insects you may spot some of our warden team out pulling up other species that are not native such as Himalayan balsam, which if left unchecked, can quickly out compete and dominate habitats. This work helps to benefit native plants by preventing them being crowded out. This in turn benefits invertebrates, such as insects, which are generally better able to use native plants, owing to the fact they have been around for a lot longer enabling creatures to evolve to utilize them. Other important habitat work that we are carrying out is cutting pockets of vegetation in certain areas. This is to control the more competitive plant species, allowing less competitive ones, such as cowbane and tufted loosestrife, to flourish. These plants are listed in the Renfrewshire Biodiversity Action Plan as “Nationally Significant” due to them only being present in very few locations, including RSPB Lochwinnoch. Such cutting, particularly in fen areas will also create a mosaic of habitat, resulting in more edges between longer and shorter vegetation. This benefits many animals, such as snipe which feed in areas with shorter vegetation but like to stay close to taller areas where they can hide from predators. The woodland areas of the reserve are full of young, recently fledged birds, such as robins, blue tits and blackbirds. For the third year running we have had spotted flycatcher breed on the Aird Meadow Trail. These small, annual visitors often have two broods in the year, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for even more success! Look out for the adults perching on the edge of trees around woodland edges where they spring up from their perches to grab at flies before returning to their branch. If you are looking for something to entertain the family this month, then why not take part in our “Wild Olympics” self-led activity as part of the RSPB’s Big Wild Summer which will run daily throughout August. We have a range of family friendly challenges for participants to take part in as they explore the main trail and discover who is the champion wild Olympian among you. For prices please visit our website – lochwinnoch

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A Walk on the Wild Side Glen Moss Nature Reserve By Rona Simpson This issue I am taking you to Glen Moss Nature Reserve; a lovely little walk right on our doorstep. The loop at Glen Moss is quite small, but with areas of woodland, marshland and wetland it is a haven for wildlife and plant species and there’s plenty to see for the careful observer. History: In the early 20th century the area was used as a curling pond. At the south west corner the club had introduced a sluice which was used to flood the site in autumn for winter curling and skating activities. Despite being drained each spring, the annual flooding resulted in a wetter habitat, and many new marshland plants and animals colonised the area. In 1973 the site was designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and in 1991 the Scottish Wildlife Trust negotiated with the landowners to allow the southern area of the site to be treated as a Nature Reserve encouraging public access. How to get there: From Kilmacolm centre, cross Bridge of Weir Road into Moss Road, right into Gillburn Road and right again into Gowkhouse Road. Walk up the hill on Gowkhouse Lane to meet Glenmoston Road at the top where you will find the Reserve. Distance and time: It takes about 20 or 30 minutes to walk around, longer if you want to stop and take time to look for species of plant and animals. It is a great walk to do with smaller children; we managed it in about 40 minutes.

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Map taken from Scottish Wildlife Trust leaflet. For more information go to

Dragonfly images By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0,

What you may see: In summer look out for rare wetland plants including the northern loosestrife and mud sedge, which like the marshy areas. The unassuming coralroot orchid can be found growing through the layers of moss under willow scrub. In these warmer months, the reserve is alive with dragonflies and damselflies. You may be able to spot the Black Darter - a small, quick dragonfly with black legs. Female’s abdomens are yellow; male’s are black and narrow in the middle. The Four Spotted Chaser is larger with a dark bottom and is so named for the marks on the outside edge of each wing. The most spectacular type of dragonfly to look out for is the common hawker, which is around 10cm long from wingtip to wingtip.

Come mid-summer, thousands of frogs are on the move - my kids absolutely loved finding these tiny hopping creatures. In autumn and winter look out for the many species of waterfoul around the ponds. Teal ducks can be heard as they fly around the edge of the water. Keep an eye open for tufted ducks and golden eyes too. Spring is a good time to look and listen out for the many varieties of birds, including the colourful yellow hammer, the pretty-sounding willow warbler and throaty reed bunting. Whatever time of year you come to Glen Moss, you’ll not be disappointed.

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Renfrewshire Roads Programme Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank Carriageway Resurfacing Bishopton: Porton Place 2100m2

Start Date 16/8/21

Bridge of Weir: Prieston Road 6460m2

Start Date 30/8/21

Eldin Place 845m2

Start Date 6/9/21

Donaldfield Road 2920m2

Start date 6/9/21

Main Street 4178m2

Start Date 13/9/21 Start Date 20/9/21

Earl Place 861m2 Thriplee Road 1858m


Kilgraston Road 1552m2

Start Date 27/9/21 Start date 4/10/21

Pre-Patching Work in Advance of Surface Dressing Bishopton: Reilly Road

Start Date 2/8/21

Bridge of Weir: Warlock Road

Start Date 2/8/21

Langbank: Finlaystone Road

Start date 2/8/21

Galahill Road

Start date 2/8/21

Netherton Road

Start Date 2/8/21

Old Greenock Road

Start Date 2/8/21

Station Road

Start Date 2/8/21

West Glen Road

Start Date 2/8/21

Footways and Pavements Bishopton: Old Greenock Road 680m2

Start Date 1/11/21

Porton Place 1010m2

Start Date 25/10/21

Bridge of Weir: Kenbank Road & Crescent 590m2

Start date 13/12/21

Ranfurly Road 1700m2

Start Date 23/8/21

Shillingworth Place 560m2

Start Date 13/12/21

Langbank: Middlepenny Road 833m2

Start Date 10/1/22

Please be aware that bad weather may delay some of these start dates.

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clubs & schools Gryffe High News Farewell to Mr Johnson Most people retire and have plans to do the jobs they have been meaning to get around to such as ‘tidy up the garden’ . . . but, Mr Johnson being Mr Johnson, has recently project managed a full modernisation of his garden so that it is perfectly ready for day one of his retirement – which sums up how he goes about things, one step ahead. Colin Johnson arrived in the school in December 2009 and he has made a great impact on Gryffe in many ways in his time here. He is always modest in his response to Achievements and Attainments, always attributing success to others. He has been a very active head teacher, never missing an opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of life in Gryffe, with a suitable outfit for all occasions! In our recent Summer Theme Day, Mr Johnson is seen here giving me a few words of advice on the future of Gryffe. The picture was captioned on Twitter – ‘From the old to the new........... a serious chat between two Head Teachers on the direction of the great ship Gryffe and what great times lie ahead.’ As a parent commented back – ‘I look forward to seeing Mr C standing at the bus bay every morning wearing that next term!’ Mr Johnson has taken a great interest and pride in pupils and we thank him for his 12 years of absolutely outstanding commitment to the school. We know that Mr Johnson’s one big regret is that he never managed a school football team to Scottish Cup success personally – although Gryffe did win this a few years ago, he was not in charge – which cannot be said often in his time at Gryffe! In fact, there is a rumour that Mr Johnson planned his retirement to fit around the current S6 – his best team ever – leaving with the Scottish Cup, but like so many things recently, the competitions were cancelled. In saying that, his teams did win the Paisley and District St Mirren Cup on three separate occasions. Wishing you a very happy and well-deserved retirement! Mr K Christie - DHT

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Duchal Nursery

Houston Primary News

The end of term was a busy time and we hope you have all had time to re charge the batteries over the summer!!

7th Green Flag Awarded to Houston Primary School & ELCC

As we prepare to welcome our new families to Duchal in August the teachers are planning plenty of exciting activities for the new term giving the children a great opportunity for learning through play, growing in confidence and becoming more independent as they spend time away from home with their peers We are delighted that we will again be offering free places for all children aged 3 – 5 years next year.  Our free funded hours are 8.30am - 2.30pm every day during term time, and we are open until 6pm each day for wraparound care.  Giving all local children an opportunity to benefit from the excellent Duchal experience. We also have a few places for children who are 2yrs 9mths to join us before funding starts please email: for more information regarding costs and an application form.


This a wonderful achievement and demonstrates our commitment to the environment. A huge thank you to all of our pupils, staff and of course our wonderful volunteers who support our Gardening Club. Digital Schools Award Houston Primary received their Digital Schools Award in recognition of the excellent practice throughout the school with digital technology. The programme recognises those who achieve excellence and supports the efforts of schools, teachers and learners in making the best use of digital technology in the classroom. During lockdown, our skills were definitely put to good use. Well done to everyone! Farewell Primary 7

Duchal is an independent nursery that has been providing specialist pre school education in Kilmacolm for over 50 years. With a great team of teachers it really is the perfect place to give your child the best start in life. To keep up to date with all the latest news, visit our website: www. and our Facebook page or email: for further information or to arrange a visit.

A final farewell to our wonderful Primary 7 classes. The pupils were given the ‘red carpet treatment’ and presented with awards which their peers nominated them for. They know each other well! On the last week they also enjoyed a trip to the James Hamilton Heritage Centre and had an amazing day of fun at their Beach Party. Please see the Primary 7 class blog for lots of photographs. Fundraising Event Primary 1 showed off their very best dance moves in their fundraising Danceathon! The money raised will s u p p o r t their chosen charity, Canine Partners.

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St Columba’s Junior School In a recent survey of their opinions, parents said that the quality of teaching and teachers, academic outcomes, school ethos and class sizes were the major strengths of St Columba’s Junior School. We pride ourselves on these aspects of the Columban experience so we were delighted with this feedback. Read on for our June Junior School update… Early Years Garden Our Early Years children were tickled to discover how much the plants and vegetables they had nurtured from little seedlings had grown! They made new labels for their produce and then washed their toy cars in readiness for the new children joining us later this summer. Wow What a Year! J5 and 6 premiered their pre-recorded show, ‘Wow What a Year!’ in June. Many thanks to our teachers, including dedicated Junior School Teacher of Drama, Mrs Annetts, for providing our children with special memories and yet another fantastic opportunity to perform. You too can enjoy the show on Facebook! Foodbank Support We were again humbled by the countless donations for the Inverclyde Foodbank (Columban families were incredibly generous at Christmas too). Philanthropic giving is a key part of the Junior School ethos and we are honoured to help the foodbank provide just some of the 8,347 emergency food packages that were given to people in crisis last year. Stamp Design Competition

The Royal Mail’s Heroes Stamp Design Competition gave children the opportunity to create a meaningful stamp design to honour the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. It was wonderful to see so many bright and colourful designs! Good luck to our entrants… Looking Ahead Pupils joining the Junior School in August received a ‘garden visit’ from their new class teacher – a wonderful way to get to know one another before term starts. Meanwhile, J5 mentors wrote encouraging letters to the new J1s (friends for life, we think!). J6 pupils experienced a typical day in Transitus receiving specialist lessons in languages, technology, and science, where they conducted some exciting experiments!

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Castle Semple Sailing Club Get into Summer As part of the Government’s Get Into Summer initiative designed to support children and young people most impacted by Covid, create opportunities to socialise, play and reconnect this summer, Castle Semple Sailing Club was fortunate enough to be awarded funding to enable us to run a taster session on 6th July. Despite the forecast being cold and damp, once again Costa Del Lochwinnoch performed and apart from a slight lack of wind it was a warm sunny day.   We had around 24 children aged between 8 and 18 attend during the day and everyone seemed to have a great time on and in the water! Some were out in boats themselves or with experienced helms. But despite the murky loch water this did not put off the youngsters from jumping in! Lots of happy smiling faces at the end of the day, some even stayed on to attend the Club’s regular junior training session in the evening. A great day which couldn’t have happened without our amazing volunteers giving up their time:   Peter, Alan, Jules, Yuan and to Renfrewshire Leisure for their support.  E:

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Kilmacolm Golf Club


Alexander Farmer winner of the Freedman Trophy

There has been a wonderful influx of new lady members after the launch of the Ladies Academy. This new initiative has been a huge success with 42 ladies trying out golf for the first time or returning to it after a long gap. If you’d like to “give golf a go” get in touch to find out more. There has been some great scoring out on the course, which is looking in fabulous condition thanks to our new team of greenkeepers who are working hard Congratulations to Alexander Farmer on winning the Freedman Trophy (Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Matchplay Trophy) following in his father’s footsteps. Our junior golfers are performing well and making the most of playing as much as possible during the summer holidays. We had a fabulous day for our Annual Pro’s Day with some amazing scoring with big prizes to match. Thank you to our Pro Stuart Roberts and his team and well done to the winning teams, which included all sections of the club! Ladies Captain Patricia Briggs welcomed 21 past captains to the Club in June. It was lovely to see so many of our past captains together enjoying some golf in the sunshine, well done to the winners and thank you to Neil for serving up a wonderful lunch. We’re looking forward to our Ladies Open on 19th August and the Mixed Open on 5th September, a great opportunity to play our fabulous course. Find booking information on the Kilmacolm Golf Club website.

Brookfield Bowling Club Brookfield Bowling Club held its Pairs Plate competition in the sunshine on Saturday 10th July. 40 members took part in this all day competition for the Lindsay Plate. Our picture shows the finalists prior to doing battle. Left to right, the winners Jim Shedden and Marlene Rogan along with Helen and David Dobson. Brookfield Bowling Club continues to welcome new members of all abilities. Contact Past President, Dennis Taylor on 01505 612417 for information.

Sara Bishop winner of Past Captains Putter with Captain Patricia Briggs and Vice Captain Stella Bowie

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Ranfurly Castle Golf Club Friday 6th June at Elderslie Golf Club Bonnyton Cup won by Captain (Brian McLaughlin) Captain & Vice-Captain Trophy won by Captain and Vice Captain (Stephen Scott) The first time since 1994 that both pieces of silverware have been won together. Sunday 8th June v Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Victorious Muirhead Team

Captain & Vice Captain Winners Muirhead Trophy - annual Scratch event between RCGC and OCRCGC - very prestigious!! OCRGC hosted the event and provided excellent hospitality and sportsmanship throughout. Match Result, 8-5 Victory for RCGC. The Captain & Vice-Captain won their match Mens Newton Shield Semi Final Monday 12th July 6-2 victory v Paisley Golf Club, held at RCGC. Mens Newton Shield Final RCGC play Ralston Golf Club in the Final held at Elderslie Golf Club, Friday 16th July Team Manager Alan Gordon stalwart of the Newton Shield Team at RCGC RCGC last won the Newton Shield in 1980

Newton Shield Team

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Old Ranfurly Ladies Section

Ranfurly Castle Ladies

Old Ranfurly ladies were delighted to welcome back their Open Competition this year after having it cancelled last year. We enjoyed fabulous weather and the sun shone for us as 98 ladies took to the field. This competition is open to all lady golfers who have a handicap. Ladies from a wide range of other golf clubs including Elderslie, Cochrane Castle and Ranfurly Castle entered were able to enter along with our own members. The open is a greensomes 4 ball competition over 18 holes. The ladies had opportunity to win additional prizes throughout their round including nearest the pin in 2 strokes and longest drives. The course was in excellent condition thanks to sterling work from the groundsmen team. All ladies enjoyed a great days golf but as always there are winners who achieve best scores on the day. This year the honours went to 1st S.Bell and D.McConnell

June has been a very busy month for the Ladies at Ranfurly Castle with a lot of competitions. What a lovely change from last year when very few competitions were played.

Proud winners S. Bell & D. McConnell

On 16th June there was a good turn out to play in the Grans Trophy which was won by Alison Templeton with a score of 38 stableford points. This was followed by the Past Captains Day on the 18th June. 23 former Lady Captains played in a 12 hole Stableford Competition, in beautiful sunshine. This was followed by a delicious 2 course lunch served in the newly refurbished clubhouse. It was lovely to see some visiting past Captains joining us on the day for golf and some others joining us for lunch. The winning team, pictured below, were Vivien Howe, Marjorie Mitchell, Helen Abram and Nancy MacGadie with a score of 48 points.

2nd J. Harkness and E.Dowie 3rd AMcKenzie and J Nicol

Congratulations to them all. After the match ladies enjoyed much deserved hospitality in our newly refurbished lounge. Indeed weather was so fine many ladies were able to enjoy drinks outdoors. £300 was raised to support to the RNLI one of our chosen charities. Jen Owen the former ladies captain and 3rd place Ann accepts prize from former captain Jen Owe

her Open committee were given a well deserved vote of thanks for organising a fantastic day. A wonderful end to a great days golf!! Enjoying refreshments in sunshine

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On 23rd June the Marie Curie stableford was played, Helen Abram won with a score of 37 points and the runner-up was Louise Cooper with 36points. Sunday 27th June was the date for the Hospice Cup. This time Louise Cooper was the winner with an impressive 42 points and Pauline MacEwan was the runner up with 39 points. Finally for June, the Centenary Trophy was played on 30th. Sheila Biggat was the winner with net 70 and Jan Macnab had the best gross score of 81. Well done to all. The Greenlees team have continued with their matches throughout the month and have 3 more to play. At time of writing they have won 3 and lost 2. We wish them good luck in the remainder of the matches. A friendly match was arranged for Sunday 4th July against Gourock Golf Club. 6 ladies braved the very inclement weather and had a 5-1 win at home. With the weather having warmed up everyone is enjoying the social golf and the alfresco eating after the games. We are hoping for more of the same in the coming weeks.

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Glasgow Sprint Triathlon Set to be not only one of the most exciting triathlons the UK has to offer, but also the most unforgettable races in Scotland. The Glasgow Sprint Triathlon is open to all, it’s the ideal race for beginners and experienced athletes alike. Whatever ability you may be at this truly is a race for everyone, sign up today and enjoy the challenge! The Glasgow Sprint Triathlon starts at the picturesque Lapwing Lodge. You will start the race with a 750m swim. Then move on to a flat, and fast, road 25k bike course, and round it all off with an epic 5k run. So let’s get down to the details: Event Date – Sunday 8th August 2021 Event venue – Lapwing Lodge Event Distance – 750m-25k-5k Number of participants – 500

Regular Meet Classes Jennifer Sloan Physiotherapy Led Pilates Kilmacolm Community Centre, Wednesdays at 6.15pm - 7.15pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm For more information or to book a class call Jennifer 07731 303709 or email:

ReEbok Step Class Freeland’s Church Hall, B of W Tuesday at 6.45pm - all levels A brilliant new Reebok Step class. Lots of fun, fab music and a fantastic workout. Why not come along and give it a go? Booking essential. Contact Mo 07505 126416.

Zumba Light St Fillan’s Church, Kilmacolm Mondays at 10am All the fun and energy of Zumba but at a lighter pace! Fabulous music, full of fun - a fantastic class for for all levels. Contact Mo 07505 126416.

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Move it or Lose it! It has been fantastic to restart our Community classes and to see lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones. Everyone’s so glad to get back to enjoy the fun, exercise, music, and to make new friends. Due to social distancing numbers in classes are limited so booking is essential. If you would like to join the fun please contact: Fiona 07811 766672 or email: Fiona. bretherton@moveitorloseit. or check out moveitorloseitwithfiona on Facebook www.moveitorloseit. Monday - Gourock Tuesday - Greenock Thursday - Houston Bridge of Weir - restarting soon! Kilbarchan - restarting August. First class is free for new members.

Zoom Pilates classes Mondays at 9.30am - 10.30am & 7pm - 8pm Tel: Yvonne 07786 224367 or

Energise with Laura Online and in person yoga classes @ Thrive, 7 Castle Terrace, Bridge of Weir Monday - beginner friendly DDP Yoga: 11am - 12noon Wednesday - mum & baby DDP Yoga: 10am - 11am Thursday - beginner friendly DDP Yoga: 7pm - 8pm 1-1 slots also available Contact: energisewithlaura@ or visit: www. to book your sessions.

Yoga & Relaxation Weekly Class

Traditional Hatha Yoga. Starting Wednesday September 1st at 10.30am - 11.45am in the Kilmacolm Community Centre Suitable for those who want a gentle start, a good stretch and a 15 minute relaxation Age range from 18 to 90! Bring your own mat, blanket & socks. Water if wish. Please book your space by email: marylaidlaw38@ gmail. com or text: 07971 277870 British Wheel of Yoga trained and teaching member of Yoga Scotland

Many of the classes which usually feature in this section have been unable to resume for the time being. Check out previous Advertizers or our website for various class details and contact information.

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coming events

EVENT INFORMATION: Due to Covid restrictions, we STRONGLY ADVISE that you check with the venue/organiser for updates on these events. Where we can, we will update our listings to notify of cancelled, postponed and rescheduled events.

untIL Saturday 31St JuLy Art for Erskine Online Exhibition & Sale

July tueSday 27th JuLy Foodbank Donations West Halls, Main Street, Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Can you help us with our Foodbank donations? We’re looking for a variety of food including tinned / dried potatoes, bottles of squash or cartons of juice and toiletry items like shampoo, deodorant, shower/ shaving gel and razors, and also everyday cleaning products used around the home. Further details on the Kirk facebook page

Outdoor Fitness Tone Class Howwood Park, Midton Road, Howwood 10.30am to 11.15am by Alexis Holmes from ‘Train with Alexis’ £2 donation per class with a fully qualified and insured instructor. Suitable for all abilities and ages (over 16’s only please). Dress for the weather. Booking required via Eventbrite (Google ‘Eventbrite Howwood Park’ to find the link, which changes weekly). Organised by Friends of Howwood Park. Classes will run every Tuesday until the end of September, check website for availability.

Saturday 31 Paisley Farmers Market St

Paisley Cenotaph, PA1 1BG 10am to 2pm A huge variety of produce for sale. A leisurely walk round the market provides many opportunities to taste produce and discuss the characteristics and uniqueness of each offering.

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This month long fundraiser offers a wide selection of contemporary artwork and more available to buy from the comfort of your own home! Artists include Graham McKean; Katherine Sutherland; Elaine Johnston; and many more. Every sale helps raise vital funds towards the care of Veterans in Erskine’s four care homes. Thank you for your support! This is an online event - prices for art will vary. Visit the event website at artforerskine/

untIL Sunday 15th auGuSt BRICKLIVE’s Animal Paradise! Paisley - various venues Have a great family day out in Paisley this summer with BRICKLIVE’s Animal Paradise! This interactive trail features hand-built brick endangered animal statues across ice caps, jungles, rivers and forests with the Bengal Tiger, the Macaws, the Dolphin or the Snow Leopard? Find all 15 models for your chance to enter our free prize draw! Free Event.

untIL Sunday 31st OCtOBer The Glasgow Police Museum First Floor, 30 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LG Summer Opening Hours (1st May – 31st October): Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm, Sunday: 12noon – 4pm The Glasgow Police Museum has opened its doors once again! Pop along and find out the history behind the police right from the 1800’s. COVID 19 – Due to the layout of the museum, ALL visitors must wear face coverings to enter. Free Entry.

auGuSt Sunday 1St Football Training Birkmyre Park, Broomknowe Road, Kilmacolm 10.30am to 12noon Come along every Sunday morning for training, fun and football. Open to all 8 to 10 year old boys or girls. Anyone interested contact John Wilson @ 07540 603019.

Bridgeton Garage Open Sunday Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Bridgeton Bus Garage The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust is pleased to open our home, Bridgeton Bus Garage, to the public. Ticket prices: Adult £5, Child/Concession £3, Family £12. Child tickets are for ages 15 and under, Concession is for over 65. A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Booking is through our online shop at https://gvvt-ltd-103047.square. site/product/bridgeton-garageopen-Sunday-4-july/74

tueSday 3rd Foodbank Donations West Halls, Main Street, Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Can you help us with our Foodbank donations? Donations will be collected every Tuesday in August. Further details on the Kirk Facebook and

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Lochwinnoch Art Festival All or Nothing’s - The Swings, August

This event is delivered for the Lochwinnoch Primary School and Nursery. The Swings is a new work for outdoors in 2021. It consists of a giant swing set, 5 m high and 2 swings. Two aerial artists use the Swings as their apparatus to fly high and they perform periodically during the day. In between shows the Swings are going to be used by the school pupils to sit and swing. Live Music - Breabach, September

Breabach closed 2019 by winning the BBC Traditional Music Album of the Year and playing Sidney Opera House! We are delighted that they will be playing Lochwinnoch Golf Club on the 24th Sept 2021. We will have 20 tickets available from ‘Now and Then’ in the village and the rest online at Paisley art centre Price £18 from 23rd July

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Saturday 7th Kilmacolm Farmers Market Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 2pm First Saturday each month featuring a great selection of local Scottish produce! Customer entry restricted for everyone’s safety. Please wear face masks or scarves if you can. Hand sanitizer at the entrance for you to use. We are encouraging all of the stall holders to take card payments where possible. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Free Entry.

Saturday 14th Paisley Farmers Market The Paisley Centre 10am to 2pm A huge variety of produce for sale. A leisurely walk round the market provides many opportunities to taste produce and discuss the characteristics and uniqueness of each offering.

Tuesday 17th Foodbank Donations

St Joseph’s Academy Campus, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock KA3 7SL 10am to 4pm

Donations will be collected every Tuesday in August. Further details on the Kirk Facebook and www.

Cars & owners will be ‘socially distanced’ impacting on the number of vehicles admitted on the day. Keep up to date with any news by visiting the website at https:// cars-on-the-campus-2021/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/ayrshireclassics/

Saturday 20th - SUNday 22nd

Tuesday 24th Foodbank Donations The Great Outdoor Cinema Carfest 2021 Gilmour Street Station, Paisley PA1 1BS 10.30am to 4pm

Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre, Gleniffer Road, Paisley Open to all, it’s the ideal race for beginners and experienced athletes alike. Whatever ability you may be at this truly is a race for everyone, sign up today and enjoy the challenge! You will start the race with a 750m swim. Then move on to a flat, and fast, road 25k bike course, and round it all off with an epic 5k run. events/243968900701488/

Tuesday 10th Foodbank Donations West Halls Main Street Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Donations will be collected every Tuesday in August. Further details on the Kirk Facebook and www.

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Sunday 22nd Cars on the Campus

West Halls Main Street Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm

Sunday 8th

Glasgow Sprint Triathlon


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 Minis to Muscle. Proudly organised by Bill’s Automotive Detailing for the first time and sponsored by Paisley First. *This year’s event  will have reduced number of vehicles due to Covid restrictions and we ask everyone involved to follow government guidance at all times during the event.*

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th Art By The Burn Fox and Hounds, Main Street, Houston 11am to 4pm Featuring local artists, crafters, and designers from the Renfrewshire area. A full list of exhibitors will be found on the AOS social media pages before each event. If you would like to book a stall please see our website for details www. Support local, buy handmade, meet the maker!

The Knapps, Kilmacolm Enjoy our selection of street food alongside cinema snack classics such as fresh popcorn and an ice blast! Make the most of our mobile bar and sip on an ice cold gin & tonic whilst you sit back and enjoy the film (subject to licensing). 20th August - Jurassic Park (PG). 21st August - The Lion King (U) 22nd August - Grease (PG) Ticket link: InverclydeCinema Tickets now on sale. Book through the link for a 20% discount code. More event information on the booking page. Children (under 16) - £8 Concession - £9 Adult - £11.25

Saturday 21st Bishopton & Dargavel Farmers Market Bishopton Train Station Car Park 10am to 2pm A farmers market full of the best locally produced produce. If you love food then you will love our market. Full compliment of stalls plus Fish from Oban, Taste of Espana, Three Sisters Bake, and All things Nice for home made chutneys and preserves. Held on the 3rd Saturday every month, 10am to 2pm, at Bishopton train station car park, off Birch Road.

West Halls Main Street Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Donations will be collected every Tuesday in August. Further details on the Kirk Facebook and www.

Saturday 28th Paisley Farmers Market Paisley Cenotaph, PA1 1BG 10am to 2pm A huge variety of produce for sale. A leisurely walk round the market provides many opportunities to taste produce and discuss the characteristics and uniqueness of each offering.

Sunday 29th Erskine Riverside Market Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine PA8 7AF 10am to 4pm Erskine Riverside Market will run on the last Sunday of each month with a blend of Fresh produce, Unique gifts, Hand made items & Street food. The ideal family day out on your door step.

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Carfest 2021 Saturday August 14th – 10.30am ’til 4pm Another year for St Vincent’s CarFest in Paisley town centre. *This year’s event will have reduced number of vehicles due to Covid restrictions and we ask everyone involved to follow government guidance at all times during the event.* Really looking forward to seeing everyone again. 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 Minis to Muscle. This year we will have all the cars located in Gilmour Street and the High Street. This is a fundraising event for St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood. Proudly organised by  Bill’s Automotive Detailing for the first time and sponsored by Paisley First.

The Glasgow Police Museum 30 Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 1LG The Glasgow Police Museum opened its doors once again and is open 7 days per week until 31st October. The Glasgow Police Museum is an Independent Accredited Museum set up and manned by volunteer members of The Glasgow Police Heritage Society (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. SC029614). The Society is not connected to Police Scotland and receives no funding from them or Glasgow City Council. It is supported entirely by public donations. Entry to the museum is FREE and if you enjoyed your visit and wish to make a donation to ensure the survival of the museum in these difficult times, this would be appreciated. COVID 19  –  Due to the layout of the museum, ALL visitors must wear face coverings to enter.  Summer Opening Hours (1st May – 31st October):  Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm, Sunday: 12noon – 4pm

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tueSday 31St Foodbank Donations

Vikings! at Kelburn


24th to 27th September

West Halls Main Street Houston PA6 7EL (next to Carrick Centre and Village Hall) 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Donations will be collected every Tuesday in August. Further details on the Kirk Facebook and www.

Sat 28th auG-Sun 5th SePt 2021 Largs Viking Festival The village will be open to the public daily from 11am to 5pm. The Scottish Food & Craft Fayre will also be open daily from 10am to 6pm. Full details will be available nearer the date, but for more information please visit https://

september Saturday 4th Kilmacolm Farmers Market Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm 10am to 2pm Featuring a great selection of local Scottish produce! Customer entry restricted for everyone’s safety. Please wear face masks or scarves if you can. Hand sanitizer at the entrance for you to use. We are encouraging all of the stall holders to take card payments where possible. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Free Entry.

Sunday 5th Bridgeton Garage Open Day Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Bridgeton Bus Garage Ticket prices: Adult £5, Child/ Concession £3, Family £12. Child tickets are for ages 15 and under, Concession is for over 65. A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Booking is through our online shop at https://gvvt-ltd-103047.square. site/product/bridgeton-garageopen-Sunday-4-july/74

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The Vikings are invading Kelburn Castle & Estate at Fairlie over the September Weekend! We have a hoard of activities across site including a living history display of Viking life and skills from the Glasgow Vikings plus sword displays and skirmishes throughout Saturday and Sunday. From Friday to Monday, there will be a Viking-themed adventure in The Secret Forest for only £4 entry per person - no booking required! We’ll also have extra activities throughout the estate as well as our Saloon play area, Adventure Course, History Trail, and grounds and gardens. Entry to Kelburn is free. £5 per car parking charge (see website for minibus and coach prices). Secret Forest £4pp (under 3’s go free). Other activities TBA may incur a cost and may require booking – see website for details. Viking event timings TBA. The Glasgow Vikings is a member of The Vikings, an international group that re-enacts the life, times, and battles of 8th-11th century Britain.



Friday 10th September

Normandy Hotel, Renfrew 7pm to Midnight - Tickets £35 pp A night filled with music from Grease and Dirty Dancing guaranteed to get you up on the dance floor! Ticket includes an arrival glass of bubbly, a 3 course sit down dinner, and a tribute act of music from Grease and Dirty Dancing. DJ Chris will fill in the gaps with games, music and entertainment. Not one to be missed! https://www. events/604295533588929/

Book now to avoid missing out on this amazing night!

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Cars on the Campus

Cars on the Campus has been rescheduled to Sunday, 22nd August, from 10am to 4pm, at the  usual venue of St Joseph’s Academy Campus in Kilmarnock.

The Great Outdoor Cinema: Inverclyde @ the Knapps Loch

With a keen eye on the public health situation, the cars & owners will have to be ‘socially distanced’ which will impact on the number of vehicles admitted on the day. As we’re sure you appreciate, the Covid situation means nothing is certain but we’ll do our best to have the show you all want.

By the team that brought you The Drive-In Cinema in 2020, we cannot wait to welcome you to The Great Outdoor Cinema in 2021.

Keep up to date with any news by visiting the website at https://  or on Facebook at

Woodlife Presents:

Glasgow Food & Film Festival Saturday 25th September from 12noon till 8pm Picture this: groups of friends relaxing in hot tubs, beds, bean bags and fluffy blankets, drinking fizz and craft beers, watching cult classic movies under the stars! We couldn’t imagine a more magical evening!

20th - 22nd August This year it’s all about getting outside, enjoying the fresh air and making up for lost entertainment. Enjoy our selection of street food alongside cinema snack classics such as fresh popcorn and an ice blast! Make the most of our mobile bar and sip on an ice cold gin & tonic whilst you sit back and enjoy the film (subject to licensing).

20 th August - Jurassic Park (PG) 21 st August - The Lion King (U) 22 nd August - Grease (PG) Ticket link: Tickets on sale from Friday 25th June at 11am More event information on the booking page. Children (under 16)- £8 Concession- £9 Adult- £11.25

Expect all the classic binge-worthy needs with our very own street food stalls including: ice cream, popcorn, sweets, chocolates, pizza and more.. We have outdoor entertainment such as fairground rides and more to make your movie breaks as exciting as possible!

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sales & wants ITEMS FOR SALE HOUSEHOLD & GARDEN Double oven standard s i ze b u i l t i n - To p oven normal with grill, bottom fan oven also with grill. Touch screen, self cleaning inside, timer, etc £200. Tel: 07759 316838. White inside Door, 204cm (H) x 73cm (W), newly painted. Must collect. Tel: 07933 342140. Chest of Drawers (5 drawers) with light cream top and light wood sides. Very good condition. £20. Tel: 01505 842558. Tea & Coffee Sets, 4, 6, 8 or 12 - Royal Albert, Royal Doulton. Aynsley & Shelley. Also a variety of Cake Stands. All very reasonably priced. P ro ce e d s g o i n g to cancer charity. Tel: 01505 842558. Motor reclining single chair. Westbury Model from Hampton & McMurray in Bryson / Cappuccino colour. Less than 2 years old, perfect condition. Cost £850, sell for £250 Tel: 07788 917365.

ELECTRICAL & GAS Hotpoint induction hob. Good condition. Fully working standard size for built in work tops. 4 rings with a booster function on the 2 largest rings. £75. Tel: +447759 316838.

SPORTS G e n t s B i ke, i n g o o d running order. £10. P ro ce e d s g o i n g to cancer charity. Tel: 01505 842558. Bauer Junior NSX ice skate. Shoe size 4.5. Great condition, with original box. £30. Tel: 07814 408192.

The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977 - the Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

FREE CYCLE Free to good home - Pull down double Sofa Bed, excellent condition. Must collect. Tel: 07944 865149 . Tennis rackets size 23”, 25” and 26” Head radical. Tel: 07814 408192.

WANTED ITEMS Local lily grower requires the use of a greenhouse/ polytunnel in Kilmacolm area in return for light gardening duties. Tel: Vince 01505 872082.



The Cornerstone, Greenock Road Bishopton Community Centre

BROOKFIELD Brookfield Village Hall Main Entrance


Keystore, Spateston Keystore, Corseford Johnstone Town Hall Scottish Fire and Rescue, Thorn Brae


Kilmacolm Golf Club Co-Op St Columba’s Senior School Old Ranfurly Golf Club Gym, Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm Ranfurly Castle Golf Club Kilmacolm Library (rear of New Surgery) The Gate House, Bridge of Weir Leather Works



Scout Hall Kilbarchan Bowling Club

Elderslie Golf Club



Outside Church Hall, Main Street Co-Op Strathgryffe Squash & Fitness Club (Reception)

OTHER ITEMS 2 Patchwork Quilts from America - lovely colour. Very good condition. £15 each. Tel: 01505 842558. 2 re m o te co n t ro l l e d Boats, 1 Lifeboat and 1 Tug Boat. £60 for both. Tel: 01505 673248. New full size steel wheel a n d t y re fo r D a c i a S a n d e ro /S te pway. Unused spare wheel. Size 185/65 R15 88H. £90. Te l : 0 7 8 74 845184. Boot Liner for Hyundai Tucson 2015+. Virtually new condition. £10. Tel: 07746 059218. C a s h p a i d f o r Vi n y l Records and Music CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 01505 324683 or 07765 115347. Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 01505 873958 or 07710 777571.


HOWWOOD Howwood Hall, Station Road Christ the King Church, Bowfield Road The Boarding House (opening hours)

Onyx Leisure Centre Spar, Clippens Road Asda

PAISLEY Russell Institute


William Quarriers House (entrance to Faith Avenue) Country View Some of these may have limited access. Please check with venue for full details.





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SOS Appeal - Save Our Steamship The charitable Trust that looks after Sir Walter Scott Steamship has Sir Walter Scott Steamship, named after the poet whose famous poem launched an urgent SOS - Save our Steamship appeal to restore the much ‘Lady of the Lake’ about Loch Katrine was published in 1810. Scott was loved 121-year-old steamer. born 250 years ago, and his work and that of other artists and poets of the £500,000 is needed to restore the historic steamer, which is currently not day put Loch Katrine on the map. sailing as she requires a new boiler and other significant repairs. These Please support our appeal to get Sir Walter Scott Steamship back into funds will have to be secured by the end of this year to allow work to begin operation for current and future generations to enjoy sailing on Loch in time to allow sailing in the National Park in summer 2022. Katrine.

6 Compelling reasons to support our appeal 1. Better accessibility for all

3. Preserving a National Heritage Treasure

The Steamship can carry 220 passengers, accessible for all levels of mobility and sensory needs. A leading example of a water transport visitor experience in Scotland with wheelchair access.

The Steamship is an important National Heritage The steamer plays a vital role in education, with asset, the last serving screw steamship in a variety of themed activities and experiences Scotland. that provide greater access and understanding of Scotland’s history, wildlife, and nature. 4. Improving Connectivity

The Steamship connects Trossachs Pier with Stronachlachar, a vital transport connection The Steamship provides significant direct and to access cycling and walking routes, including indirect employment, protecting jobs and a connection between Loch Katrine and Loch supporting the fragile Trossachs rural economy. Lomond.

2. Strengthening the Rural Economy

5. Enriching Education Opportunities

6. Providing Sustainable Transport

The Steamship has kept up with the times, adapting over the years to use more environmentally friendly fuels. Green biofuel will be used when the Steamship is back sailing, which will substantially reduce carbon emissions.

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