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And the events keep coming Following the success of the Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Show and the Houston & Killellan Kirk Carnival in May, we enjoyed a bundle of other shows during June and we are delighted to bring you photos from some of these events. The Tractor Run through Houston was a delight with a huge variety of tractors from all the eras. Kilmacolm CC’s Jubilee Summer Fete was very popular. Houston Agricultural Show saw large numbers of people visiting on a lovely sunny day. Bridge of Weir Gala Day, Lochwinnoch Gala Day and Lilias Day’s Party in the Park weren’t so lucky with the weather, but that didn’t stop the crowds turning up to support the parades and enjoy the attractions. We went to print before the Kilbarchan Show and Howwood Fete took place, but hope that these were equally successful. So what’s still to come for July? There’s Sma’ Shot Day and Bricklive Fantasy Kingdom in Paisley, the West Renfrewshire Young Farmers Car Treasure Hunt, lots of summer holiday activities at RSPB and Muirshiel and the Scottish Arts & Crafts Fair at Geilsland Country Estate at Beith. Three Sisters Theatre bring us ‘9 to 5 The Musical’, KDS are auditioning for their Christmas Panto, ‘King Arthur – The Panto’ by Archie Wilson, and we’ve also heard that Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group will be back at the end of the year with their panto, Cinderella!

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In this issue... History


gryffe valley rotary


cLYDE vALLEY flyers fun day


bookshop book review


Coming Events


Village news


Councillor Details


BoW Gala day


Defibrillator sites


Houston Agricultural Show


Lilias Day


Schools & Sports




This month’s WALK - cUMBRAE


Sales & wants


Classified ads


Business directory


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We have now had our final meeting for this session which was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

John Houston, another Kilbarchan Linen Merchant

Although our meetings have finished for the summer the Museum will continue to open as usual Wednesday Friday and Saturday from 10.30 am till 4pm. The usual selection of books maps and pamphlets will be on sale and as we now have a card machine in use payment is very easy. All of our goods can be purchased on our website at johnstonehistory. org and payment made via PayPal. Can we wish all our members and friends a very enjoyable summer.

The U󰇶󰇩󰇧n H󰇯󰇷󰇺or󰇮󰈜󰇳 The history of Paisley and Renfrewshire is vast, and plays an interesting and important part in the development of Scotland. From the arrival of the wandering preacher Mirin in the 6th Century to the arrival of Walter Fitz Alan and establishment of the Priory of Paisley in 1163, through to the latest developments in Paisley and Renfrewshire, the County has a wealth of heritage to explore. Join the Urban Historian on a series of talks and walks in the coming months, one of which is the Kilbarchan Heritage Walk on Saturday 16th July at 1pm. Kilbarchan was once one of many weaving villages, and at one time there were around 800 handlooms in the village. One cottage named the “Weavers Cottage” built in 1723 has been conserved by the National Trust for Scotland with weaving still in operation, and guides demonstrate handloom weaving to visitors. Discover the medieval and later history of Kilbarchan, meeting outside the Weaver’s Cottage and beginning the walk at the foot of Church Street before exploring the religious and textile heritage of the village. Tickets are £5.00 and available, along with details of other events, at https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/

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The name Houston is one of the oldest family surnames in Kilbarchan dating back to the early 1600s. John Houston, the Kilbarchan linen merchant, married Margaret Naismith from Lochwinnoch Parish in 1750 and had nine children. He was a leaseholder in the village with houses and a yard in Merchant Close, and in his later years lived in Old Hall in Shuttle Street. John Houston’s linen manufactory in Kilbarchan was established in or before 1755 when he bought the land adjacent to the Barbours’ Auchinames Bleachfield. By 1779 some of his weavers were working in silk, producing quality silk gauze for export to Dublin. He was extolled as one of the principal manufacturers in the village and a ‘Dublin Merchant’ by Semple in 1782. Like other of the Kilbarchan merchants, John Houston had business interests apart from the textile trade. He owned a large brewery in Kilbarchan. When the linen industry in Kilbarchan was in decline in the 1780s, John Houston must have felt the need to increase his income or consolidate his capital. In 1786 he placed an advert in the Glasgow Mercury - ‘To be let at Kilbarchan – a brewery and malthouse with every article necessary for carrying on the business, in good condition’ and a ‘large new still to be sold’. It is not known if a subsequent letting arrangement, or the sale of the still, took place. Rather than concentrate on his Irish interests, John Houston entered into partnership with a Paisley manufacturer in 1789. This newly established Paisley firm, Dundas Smith & Co., specialised in plain and embroidered muslins. The business had a factory in Paisley and employed weavers, warpers, winders, tambourers (embroiderers) and clippers. From 1790 and until 1802 Dundas Smith & Co. marketed their goods in England and exported cotton and linen goods to Jamaica. John Houston lived to a ripe old age. In 1807 he was described as ‘about 87; quite agile and strong; can walk to Paisley and return as cleverly as a man of twenty’. © 2022 Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum Further information on the Speirs, Barbours, Hows and Houstons is contained in “Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers” (Chapter 3, pp 3142) published by Renfrewshire Local History Forum, available at www.rlhf. info

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Cha󰇶󰇮󰇺y B󰇼󰇳󰈪e󰇪 J󰇼m󰇴 Sunday 16th July - One for the bucket list? Our Bungee Jump offers an extremely exciting day out! Crane Bungee 160ft from the Riverside Museum, Glasgow - raise much needed funds for the Hospice. As you travel the 160ft height, you will enjoy views of the surrounding areas including Glasgow Harbour. As you reach the top, you will have a few seconds to prepare before hearing the famous countdown “3,2,1, Bungee!” - then it’s up to you! For full details contact the Fundraising Team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk

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• Never leave dogs in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans on a warm day (even if only for a short while). When it’s 22°C outside, temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C inside, which can be fatal. • Use pet-safe sun cream on exposed skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. This is especially important if your dog has white or light-coloured fur, as they can be very vulnerable to getting burnt. If you’re unsure which is the right product to use, please ask your vet. • Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool. • Check every day for flystrike - this can be fatal. • Put ice cubes into your dog’s water bowl or make some tasty ice cube treats. You could also freeze a kong with treats and water! • Give your pet damp towels to lie on (never place a damp towel over your dog as this can trap in heat) or an ice pack wrapped in a towel. • If you’re planning a day out with your dog, check before leaving home whether dogs are allowed. If they’re not, arrange a pet-sitter or choose another, dog-friendly attraction. • Groom them regularly - this can help brush away any dead or excess hair, leaving your dog with a less dense coat - much better for staying cool! • Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in, although not all dogs like water, so there’s no need to force them if they don’t want to!

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A Charity, a Book, and a Poet Kilmacolm resident, Johnny Woods (pictured) has surprised himself by developing an interest in poetry, and further surprised himself by publishing Sentimental Fool, his first poetry collection. In May, he successfully launched his book at an evening of poetry and music at Websters in Glasgow. Money raised by the sale of the book is going to the Inverclyde mental health charity, MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy, of which he is a trustee. Bill Bell, Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University, says of Sentimental Fool… ‘Johnny Woods is neither a sentimentalist nor a fool, but his poetry is capable of inducing laughter and tears in equal measure’. So, if you like poetry, or want to support MindMosaic (or both), you can purchase the book for £10 at Etoile, 1 Market Place, Kilmacolm (thank you Etoile! ) or contact Johnny directly. Email jonathan.pwoods@ hotmail.com

Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run Time to look out your running shoes and get in training for the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run when it returns on Sunday 21st August at 10am in County Square , Paisley PA1 1BP The 10K Road Race is suitable for runners of all levels from novices to experienced club and international runners. For families, friends and youngsters, there is the shorter Fun Run that takes in some of Paisley Town Centre’s most famous landmarks. Erskine Hospital return as our race charity this year, with donations being able to be made to them during sign up. Erskine provides unrivalled support to Veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activities Centre, five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Transitional Supported Apartments. The event is also supported by Renfrewshire Council and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club. There is more than £2,000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10K race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged under seven, eight to 12 year old and 13 to 15 year old. Let’s make this year’s return the biggest and best we’ve ever had!

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Gryffe Valley Rotary 10k Run After a 2 year absence another successful Gryffe Valley Rotary 10K run was held on 22nd May. Full results are on the on club website at https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=868602... Well done Ewan McKerral and Elaine Eadie - first male and female respectively. Well done Peter Dickie - highest sponsored individual (and oldest competitor). The event raised over £3000 for Alzheimer’s Scotland and thanks are due to all entrants and particularly the sponsors Bridge of Weir Leather, Malcolm Group and Barrs

Young Writers Competition Last month we reported on our winners in the District and National stages of the Young Writer Competition. We also had two runners-up in the District Final, Holly, from Houston Primary in the Intermediate age category and Eilidh of Bridge of Weir Primary in the Juniors. Though they did not qualify for the National Final, they can be very proud of their District awards. Well done girls! A full report, including the work of our four award winners can be found on the club website. Top entries will be posted on the Club website www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1803 . Congratulations again to Lana and Bridge of Weir Primary School! Lana will receive the National trophy and prize to add to the Club and District awards already received.

Speakers On June 1st Diarmid McArthur Optician Musician and Author gave an entertaining talk of his crime writing activities and on 8th June Jennie Murray Head Teacher Houston Primary spoke about local education and its challenges. On June 15th Roy Cox OBE from Sense Scotland who support disabled people and their families will be speaking on June 22nd Tony Fitzpatrick, former Chief Executive of St. Mirren FC and on June 29th Presidents Handover & Club Assembly looking at this years and the forthcoming years activities.

Gryffe Valley Way This long distance footpath which runs almost 21 miles from near the source of the River Gryffe at Loch Thom along most of the length of the Gryffe Valley to Linwood. The route follows existing tracks, lanes, cycle paths and footpaths across moorland, alongside lochs and the river, through woodlands and farmland. It is suitable for walking and for much of its length for cycling. It is classed as easy walking with generally only moderate gradients but some of the paths can be muddy. With some care, at road crossings and alongside farmland, it is suitable for walking dogs. A leaflet has been published and there are details on the website (access via QR code or https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page. php?PgID=860660&ClubID=1803 ).

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Clyde Valley Flyers Fun Fly Although they might be more properly named the Gryffe Valley Flyers, to celebrate 50 years of activity the Clyde Valley Flyers model flying club held a Jubilee Fun Fly at their flying site between Kilmacolm and Greenock on the 29th of May and were blessed with decent weather for once. There was a fair turnout of flyers both from the club and from clubs elsewhere in Scotland. After a morning of general flying and a lunchtime barbecue there was a hotly contested simulated carrier deck spot landing competition won by Simon McNeill from the Ayrshire club while the clubs’ own Stephen Semple won the concours with his amazing Fairey Gannet scale model. Marking the 50 years, Colin Sparrow demonstrated a collection of flying machines dating back that far. The event was deemed a success marking both the club’s anniversary and a start to what we hope is a return to a normal flying season after the disruption of the previous two years. While computer gaming seems to have largely supplanted model plane flying for youngsters it is undoubtedly popular as an absorbing and sociable pastime for the recently retired with flying taking place most days when there is reasonable weather. Radio control model flying has never been more affordable and while it is more difficult to learn than it may first appear, the club has training facilities for new members and anyone interested in taking up the hobby should look up the Clyde Valley Flyers website and get in touch with us. www.membermojo.co.uk/cvfmac

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The Ginger Cat Children’s Bookshop Book Reviews Badger’s Band

Our Crooked Hearts

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler ISBN 9781529034394

Melissa Albert ISBN 9780241592540 Penguin Random House Children’s UK

Pan Macmillan Yet another fabulous rhyming story from the Tales from Acorn Wood series. This lift-the-flap adventure finds an excited Badger keen to start his own band. Tortoise will play the trumpet and Bear the piano, but who else will Badger get to join Badger’s Band..lift the flaps to find out who! Perfect for baby and toddler.

Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu Maisie Chan ISBN 9781800781610 Bonnier Books Ltd From Maisie Chan, winner of the 2022 Jhalak Prize comes a sparkling new story, Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu! Lizzie lives in Glasgow with her recently widowed grandad Wai Gong. Since her Grandma Kam passed away Lizzie has been taking care of the house and looking after her increasingly forgetful grandpa. The pair enjoy spending Saturday nights in front of the TV watching Strictly Come Dancing just like they did when Grandma Kam was still alive. For her 12th birthday Lizzie opens a surprise gift that Grandma Kam has left for her; tickets to the tea dance at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool where her grandparents met! Lizzie makes a plan with her friends to learn her Grandma’s favourite dance and travel to Blackpool with Wai Gong in the hope that dancing with him in the Tower Ballroom will make him better. With little money and no dancing skills will she be able to pull it off and will she manage to even get her beloved Wai Gong all the way to Blackpool in the first place?! Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu is a beautiful, funny, warmhearted story of friendship and family, however that may look. Perfect for 9+ readers.

Our Crooked Hearts is a spine tingling story of suspicion, secrets, witchcraft and vengeance. Ivy’s Summer doesn’t start off quite as she expected, she’s involved in a car accident with her soon to be ex boyfriend who swerves to avoid a figure in the road, a teenage girl who disappears into the woods. Ivy doesn’t recognise the girl but the girl seems to recognise Ivy. Strange things begin to happen following this encounter including unnatural offerings appearing in her garden. Ivy’s Mum starts to behave in a peculiar way before disappearing. This leads Ivy in search of answers, who is the girl and where has her Mum Dana gone? The story takes us back to Dana’s life as a teenager and her introduction to witchcraft leading to an event that will change her life and ultimately Ivy’s forever. Can Ivy uncover the hidden truths from the past and save her Mum from a long lost friend who seeks vengeance? This young adult novel by global bestselling author Melissa Albert is bound to be a Summer hit! YA readers 13+

Little Miss Sunshine on a Rainy Day Adam Hargreaves ISBN 9780755504084 A brand new Little Miss adventure for Summer! Little Miss Sunshine sees the bright side of everybody and everything but not everybody does, including Mr Grumble who grumbles all day long. Little Miss Sunshine wants to show him that every cloud has a silver lining but how will she do this?! For ages 2+

West Renfrewshire Young Farmers Car Treasure Hunt Come along to West Renfrewshire Young Farmers Club’s car treasure hunt on Saturday 30th July. Starting point will be Gryffe High School in Houston and we will finish with a BBQ and dance at the Weels Farm! It is sure to be a fabulous night enjoyed by all ages! Entry is only £10 per car, which includes a burger and dance ticket for afterwards! Any questions you can text our secretary Lorna on 07713 233884 or message us on our facebook page! See you there!’

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coming events IN July events in late June MONDAY 13TH - THURSDAY 30TH Kids self-led activity Summer Scavenger Hunt RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch For more information about the reserve,pleasecall–01505842663 or email us on lochwinnoch@rspb. org.uk. We are also on Facebook @ RSPBLochwinnochNR and twitter @RSPBLochwinnoch

SATURDAY 25TH Paisley Farmers Market The Paisley Centre 10am to 2pm

FRIDAY 1ST - FRIDAY 15TH Go Wild! £3 plus entry fees for nonmembers. [Normal entry fees for non-members £3 per adult, £1.50 per child] As you explore our woodland trail, keep your eyes and ears open for as many different types of wildlife that you can see or hear, look out for tracks and signs and complete the challenges in your activity booklet to see just how ‘WILD’ you are!

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Robertson Park, Longcroft Drive, Renfrew

SUNDAY 26TH Erskine Riverside Market Erskine Riverside Market Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine PA8 7AF 10am to 4pm

TUESDAY 28TH Houston Wild Times Group Houston & Killellan Kirk, 13A Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7HW 1pm to 3pm Dementia friendly nature walks & activities. All welcome.

Sma’ Shot Day Sma Shots Lane,Paisley PA1 2HG Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot day event, one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the UK!

Scottish Arts & Crafts Fair Geilsland Country Estate, Wardrop Street, Beith, KA15 2EY 11am to 4pm Our line up of crafters changes every month and we’ve another great selection of 44 stalls for July. It’s a great place to buy unique gifts & cards, or just to treat yourself! Free parking, free entry & the venue is fully accessible. (For SatNav/Google maps use address Wardrop Street, Beith, KA15 2EY). As well as visiting the craft fair, you can also enjoy a walk in the grounds & Spier’s Old School Grounds, and lunch at Mocha JaK’s coffee shop. The craft fair, the grounds and the cafe are all dog friendly too.

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RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

SATURDAY 25TH - SUNDAY 26TH Renfrewshire Food & Drink Festival 2022 Come join us for Renfrewshire’s new and exciting Food & Drink Festival with tantalising street food, cooking demos, food & drink stalls, craft market and great entertainment for all the family to name just some of the weekend’s attractions. Free. www.shsevents.co.uk

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Finlaystone Country Estate Langbank 5.30pm Bring the kids and a picnic for the show on the main lawn overlooking the Clyde. Guests may arrive from 4.30pm onwards. Tickets from www.quantumtheatre.co.uk/ event-details/finlaystone-countryestate. Tickets from £10.

RWSABC July Social Swim Royal West Of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE 6pm Each month in the Summer the Royal West has a Social Swim for everyone. This is a public event and people do not need to be Members of the Royal West to participate in the event. We meet at 6pm for 6.30pm entry into the water. Changing rooms are available. After the swim please come to the Bar for a free hot drink. For further information leave a Comment on this event or email socialswims@rwsabc.com

Clyde Windsurfing Event Castle Semple Sailing Club Scottish Junior and Youth event at the Loch - a weekend of training and racing, bringing kids from all over the country to Lochwinnoch. On the same weekend the Club plans to run 2 hour taster sessions for beginners on the Saturday and intermediate coaching on the Sunday. To book go to our events page at www.clydewindsurfing. co.uk/windsurfing-series/


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SATURDAY 9TH BGCP Comic Con Renfrew Robertson Park, Longcroft Drive, Renfrew 10am to 4pm We are coming to Renfrew! We will have photo opportunities, psychic testing and exclusive merchandise - all profits go to charity!

Go Wild! - Self-led activity for families RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch We have a range of wildlife themed challenges that will put your ‘wild skills’ to the test! As you explore our woodland trail, keep your eyes and ears open for as many different types of wildlife that you can see or hear, look out for tracks and signs and complete the challenges in your activity booklet to see just how ‘WILD’ you are! Cost: £3.00 plus entry fees for non-members Entry fees for non-members £3 per adult, £1.50 per child

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Please check with the venue/organiser. Where we can, we will update our listings to notify of cancelled, postponed and rescheduled events. Event details may have changed by publication.

Bri󰈛󰈬l󰇮󰇽󰈥 Fa󰈡t󰇧󰇷󰈠 K󰇯n󰇫󰈨om SATURDAY 25TH JUNE UNTIL SUNDAY 14TH AUGUST This summer, we are bringing BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom to Paisley town centre – so don’t miss this fun and FREE family day out! Our amazing brick models will be taking you on a fantastical quest through our medieval fantasy land with chivalrous knights, brave princesses, duelling wizards and deadly dragons. And with a nod to Scotland’s national animal, Brilliance the Unicorn! Help Princess Orra on her quest to save the Brick Kingdom and defeat the evil Baron. Join her friends as they show you the wondrous sights in this medieval fantasy land and experience life-sized brick models including Princess Orra, Abbra the Wizard, Sir Studley the Knight, Chester the Jester and Torre the Huntswoman. Let yourself be amazed by Tarygon, our huge life-like green dragon standing more than 3m tall and 4m long … just don’t get too close! What better way to get the whole family out and about for the day with this fun, free activity!

Kil󰇲󰇧󰈝󰈣l󰇲 D󰈦am󰇧󰇹󰇯󰈝 Soc󰇮󰈥󰇹󰈠 After the success of “Habeous Corpus” Kilmacolm Dramatic Society is not resting on their laurels as they start gearing up for ‘King Arthur – The Panto’. By Archie Wilson. This amusing Arthurian romance is full of scary villains, slapstick comedy together with the inevitable soppy love story. A read through and discussion of the script will be held at 7pm in the Kidston Hall on 30th June, with auditions the following week on 7th July. If you would like to be involved in this or any of our other productions, please contact the director Mandy Robinson on: joerobinson@btinternet.com.

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Farmers Markets in July



Kilmacolm Community Centre 10am to 2pm First Saturday of the month /kilmacolmfarmersmarket



THURSDAY 14TH Solas Bereavement Drop-in Group

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Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm 2pm

Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny are coming to Finlaystone Country Park, Langbank on Friday 8th July.

As always, this meeting is open to all with no pre-registration required. Solas supports those from Kilmacolm and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one. It doesn’t matter if it was recently or a long time ago, Solas creates a safe place to talk, to listen and to heal. For more information please call Barbara Marshall on 01505 872417 or email barbara@oochy.com

Bring the kids and a picnic for the show on the main lawn overlooking the Clyde. Guests may arrive from 4.30pm (show starts at 5.30pm) onwards.

The Paisley Centre 10am to 2pm


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Robertson Park 10am to 4pm Second Sunday of the month /RenfrewMarket


Bishopton & Dargavel Bishopton Train Station Car Park 10am to 2pm

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Gourock Train Station Car Park 10am to 2pm Last Saturday of the month /The-Gourock-Farmers-Market112064558070104



Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society Gardening Group Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir 8pm We’re holding our own version of Gardeners’ Question Time - always an interesting evening now we have more unusual weather conditions to contend with. Details will be confirmed on our Facebook page and flyers will appear as usual, and members will receive information via the monthly e-letter.

SATURDAY 16TH Finlaystone Wild Night Finlaystone Country Estate Langbank Bookings can now be made for this event. Adults £17.50, Children £12.50. Send email to info@ finlaystone.co.uk with details of lead guest, number of adults and children and mobile tel. This is a great introduction to camping in a safe environment. We provide a ranger to lead it and lay on some activities for the young ones. Bring your own tents, food etc but share the camp fire and enjoy a night under the stars.

Erskine Waterfront 10am to 4pm Last Sunday of the month /Erskine-Riverside-Market101613198665127

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Please park in front of the house and make your way up the path to the left of the house to show your ticket and enter the garden. Duration is 1 hour 40 minutes including interval of 10 minutes. Please bring rugs and chairs to sit on. The performance will continue, whatever the weather. Tickets available on the website: www. quantumtheature.co.uk or call 020 8317 9000.




SATURDAY 16TH - SUNDAY 31ST Happy Hedgehogs - Self-led Activity For Families


RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch Come along to RSPB Lochwinnoch and take part in this fantastic activity exploring the nature trails and finding out all about hedgehogs as you go! £3 per child - [Normal trail fees apply for non-members] Have a go at the fun, interactive challenges and see if you can find all the letters to un-jumble the mystery word to claim your prize!

MONDAY 25TH - FRIDAY 29TH Holiday Bible Club - Kings & Kids Albert Hall Evangelical Church, 4 AlbertRoad, Renfrew PA4 8ET 6.30pm to 8.15pm Join us every evening (if you can) for fun activities and challenges, Bible stories, puppets, food, prizes and much, much more! We’ll meet outside the church hall at 6.30pm before walking to the park for some games. After this, we’ll come back to the church for some more fun with some challenges, Bible stories, puppets, food, prizes and much, much more! For those planning on attending, it’d be great if you can complete the consent form (www.alberthallrenfrew.co.uk), and either bring it along on the night or email it to us. Free event.

Three Sisters Theatre - 9 to 5 The Musical! The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB With 4 performances starting Thurs 28th July @ 7pm, Fri 29th July @ 7pm, Sat 30th July @ 2pm and 7pm - mark the dates in your diary!!

SATURDAY 30TH West Renfrewshire Young Farmers Car Treasure Hunt Gryffe High School, Old Bridge of Weir Road, Houston 6.30pm Starting point will be Gryffe High School and we will finish with a BBQ and dance at the Weels Farm, Kaim Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4LD! It is sure to be a fabulous night enjoyed by all ages! Entry is only £10 per car (includes a burger and dance ticket). Any questions please call Lorna on 07713 233884 or message us on our facebook page!

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Lar󰇫󰈤 󰈕󰇮k󰇯󰇳󰈪 Fes󰇹󰇮󰇾󰈜l SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST - SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER We are pleased to announce the dates of the Largs Viking festival will be Saturday 27th Aug – Sunday 4th Sept We are hopeful that we will be able to bring you a full-scale battle plan, including all our festival favourites such as the opening parade and ceremony, live entertainment, fringe events, food and craft market, air displays, axe throwing, full Viking village and ever popular Festival of Fire, with fire procession. As well as the Viking skirmish, burning of the long boat, entertainment, and ending in a fabulous firework display. Our Story Started in 1980, this Annual Festival marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse. Each year the living history Viking Village is open to the public so that they can get a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village. Come and talk to them about their way of life; learn about how they made their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food. Ask the Vikings about their religion, beliefs, homes, crafts, ships, their homeland and why they left it.

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Ch󰇶i󰈤t󰇮󰈜󰇳 Ai󰈨 W󰇪󰈥k 2022 Wow! Thank you, Bridge of Weir! You broke all records again for funds raised for Christian Aid. During Christian Aid Week in May we were able to do some house-to-house collections using the traditional red envelope. We also had a dedicate Bridge of Weir “e-envelope” for direct online donations to Christian Aid. And there were church activities such as a “Big Brekkie” and a retiring collection. Total donations made during Christian Aid Week came to over £4,460. This years’ stars were definitely the three 12-year-old boys from the Boys Brigade who eagerly volunteered to do the “Glasgow Kiltwalk” at the end of April to raise funds for Christian Aid. The boys raised more than £2,000 in donations and, as I had to accompany them, I managed to raise nearly £1,000. It gets even better because many of you took the trouble to fill out a “gift aid” form when making your Christian Aid Week donations, this will lead to a further £750 going to Christian Aid and the Hunter Foundation provided a 50% top-up for all funds raised during the Kiltwalk. Including the gift aid bonus and the Hunter Foundation top-up, the total funds raised for Christian Aid this year reached an amazing £10,000. So, huge thanks are due to the BB boys, all the volunteers from St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Freeland Church, and to the members of St Mary’s Church who held a retiring collection, but most of all, thanks are due to you for your generous donations.

Councillor Details WARD 9:


Cllr Chris Gilmour: cllr.Chris.Gilmour@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1289 | 07484 064521

Cllr Gillian Graham: cllr.Gillian.Graham@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1268

Cllr Andy Doig: cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk 07534 148 224

Cllr Emma Rodden: cllr.emma.rodden@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1431

WARD 10:

HOUSTON, CROSSLEE & LINWOOD www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

Cllr Audrey Doig:

For over 70 years, Christian Aid has been fighting poverty and the causes of poverty. It supports people of all faiths and none. To find out more about Christian Aid’s aims, activities and beliefs go to the web site (www. christianaid.org.uk/our-work/about-us )

cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk 07768 130 935

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cllr.alison.dowling@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1419

After an absence of three years, the Millport Raft Race returns to the island on Saturday 13th August 2022. It is planned to kick off at 12noon (approx) starting at Kames Bay and finishing at Millport Harbour. Application forms are available from Saturday 18th June from Gail Murphy at Pots and Pets (https://www. facebook.com/Pots-Pets-1752122638399866/) with a suggested donation of £5 per person. There will also be a fundraiser held on the Saturday night in aid of Girlguiding Millport and local youth groups. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/165183980203781/

Cllr Alison Jean Dowling: Cllr Robert Innes: cllr.Robert.Innes@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1254

Cllr David mcGonigle: cllr.David.Mcgonigle@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1287

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BISHOPTON, LANGBANK & BRIDGE OF WEIR www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

Cllr James MacLaren: cllr.james.maclaren@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1291

Cllr fiona airlie-nicolson: cllr.fiona.airlie-nicolson@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1253

Cllr Colin McCulloch: cllr.colin.mcculloch@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1427


INVERCLYDE EAST www.inverclyde.gov.uk/

Cllr Christopher Curley: christopher.curley@inverclyde.gov.uk 07768 460073 | 01475 712370

Cllr Stephen McCabe: Stephen.McCabe@inverclyde.gov.uk 01475 712 020 (office hours)

Cllr David Wilson: david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk 01475 741969 / 712727 | 07766 992 294

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cllr james maclaren

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Bonnie Bishopton is making a huge difference in the village and I hope you have noticed the colourful planters and the flower beds around the community centre and the library. Lots more to come from them I am sure. All thanks to Brighter Bridge of Weir for leading the way. I have set up a blog page and this can be found on www. cllrjmaclaren.blogspot.com where I will post my reports to community councils and other relevant material. Do let me have your feedback on these. Parking continues to be a problem outside Coast Restaurant in Langbank and I have had a number of meetings about this which hopefully will bear some fruit. Speeding is a problem which affects all the villages and some Driver Feedback Signs will be deployed for a period in a number of spots within the Ward. A few people have shown interest in forming a Speed Watch group however whereas before we could be lent a speed camera, now we are being told that we need to buy this. This cost is not insurmountable and a grant could very probably be obtained for this. If you would like to be part of this then please let me know and if enough people come forward then we can form a recognised group. Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns and I am happy to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.


6.30pm to 7pm. Langbank Church - 1st Monday of the month; Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir – 2nd Monday of the month; Bishopton Primary School – 3rd Monday of the month.

Contact info:

0300 300 1291 cllr.james.maclaren@renfrewshire.gov.uk

The brand new committee worked hard to put Gala Day together, and their hard work paid off handsomely. The day could have been a literal washout this year due to the terrible weather. A number of stall-holders didn’t turn up, and several left because they needed something approaching good weather to “do their thing”! However the entertainment from St Columba’s Pipe Band, Port Glasgow BB Marching Band, Dancewest Scotland and the Gail Ashley School of Dance was brilliant, as was Graham Donald our magnificent DJ! The local councillors led and judged the parade, and opened the gala day. All of the parade entrants were terrific, special mention to our prize winners - Eva, Mahammed, Hammed, Ross and Alexis who all won ice cream vouchers courtesy of Ice Mania. The Beavers, Rainbows and Brownies all won £50 for their group effort. The restaurant raffle was a huge success, and 12 tickets won vouchers for takeaways, meals, coffee and cake and a hamper from several of the restaurants in the village - a special thanks to them for their generosity. Several businesses in the village sponsored aspects of the day, including Gibb Stuart, Corum, Beaton Brothers, Visiting Angels and Affluent Financial Planning. Without all of the above the gala day wouldn’t have gone as well as it did. However special thanks must go to our wonderful villagers who supported the day. Hopefully next year the rain will remember that we don’t want it on gala day!!

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cllr alison Ann-dowling

village hall

Karate: Johnstone Tora Kai Karate Club. Adults and children welcome (min. age 7 yrs) Instructor - Sensei James Edgar 4th Dan. Registered and licenced with Scottish Karate Governing Body, fully insured and PVG approved. Gradings held on an ongoing basis. 07920 192439 Johnstone Tora-Kai Karate Monday

7.30pm - 8.30pm


5.50pm - 6.50pm

Zumba®: A total workout, combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, resulting in boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome. gems_paisley@hotmail.com Tuesday

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Ballroom/Latin: Ballroom Basics with Stewart & Jane Wilson. New members welcome. Private/Wedding First Dance lessons available. Stewart 07710 464 969

The proposed Stewart Milne development of new homes along the western edge of Barochan Road, Houston is now out for public consultation by the developer. The housing application is at the pre-application stage. Once a formal planning application is lodged, formal representations of your views can be submitted to the council planning department. In general terms, I’m aware of concerns about the impact on local infrastructure and services of housing developments and also about the relative lack of smaller properties and affordable housing in Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield and Linwood. I will read the developer consultation plans for this proposed development with keen interest. You can make your views known by visiting barochanroadplanning. co.uk. The website will be available to view between 6th June and 1st July. A live consultation day will also take place on 16th June, between 2pm and 7pm, via the ‘live chat’ section of this website with members of the project team available to answer questions. On the first anniversary of the tragic death of 13-year-old William McNally, his family paid tribute to him in a touching video that aims to make all young people aware of the dangers of swimming in open waters. The video can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=GpfahOzR7X0. William passed away on 5th June last year after getting into trouble in the water at the Clay Pits in Linwood, part of the River Gryffe, while swimming with friends. Renfrewshire Council responded to the tragedy by placing seven new GPS signs at potentially dangerous areas along the River Gryffe as part of a drive to improve the safety of all waterways in Renfrewshire. The GPS signage also includes a life buoy, a throw-line rope and a reminder that people shouldn’t swim in the river. A new water safety policy has also been adopted by the council which will continue to review and tackle water safety issues. In memory of William and all those who have lost their lives in our waterways.

Contact info:

ballroombasics@live.co.uk Thurs

7pm - 8pm (Beginners)


8pm - 9pm (Intermediate)


7pm - 8.30pm (Beginners)

Sat 11am - 12.30pm (Mixed Ability)

Yogabellies: Both classes are suitable for all levels of experience including none at all! Limited places available. yogabellieslyndsey@outlook.com Sun 6.30pm - 7.45pm, for Pregnancy Mon 10am - 11am, for Mum & Baby


07976 239 758 cllr.alison.ann-dowling@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Mindful movement practice with Margaret Kytzia,a fully trained pilates & movement practitioner. maggiekytzia@icloud.com 07930 324276 Wednesday

10am - 11am

brookfieldvillage.org brookfieldvpa@gmail.com @BrookfieldVPA

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Defibrillator Sites BISHOPTON • The Cornerstone, Greenock Rd • Bishopton Community Centre

BROOKFIELD • Brookfield Village Hall (main ent.)


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• Co-Op • Old Ranfurly Golf Club • Ranfurly Castle Golf Club • Gate House, BoW Leather Works

ELDERSLIE • Elderslie Golf Club

HOUSTON • Outside Church Hall, Main St • Co-Op • Strathgryffe Tennis (reception) • Old telephone box, Houston Rd, Crosslee • Back of Houston Primary on outside of playground fence

HOWWOOD • Howwood Hall, Station Rd • Christ the King Church, Bowfield Rd • The Boarding House (opening hrs)

JOHNSTONE • Keystore, Spateston • Keystore, Corseford • Johnstone Town Hall • Scottish Fire & Rescue, Thorn Brae

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

KILBARCHAN • Scout Hall • Kilbarchan Bowling Club

LANGBANK • Langbank Village Hall • Doctors surgery, Station Rd (carpark wall)

LINWOOD • Onyx Leisure Centre • Spar, Clippens Rd • Asda

LOCHWINNOCH • Outside GP Practice, Main St

PAISLEY • Russell Institute

QUARRIERS Johnstone Town Hall Saturday 26th November until Saturday 3rd December

• William Quarriers House (entr to Faith Ave) • Country View

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cllr audrey doig Over the last month I was pleased to attend two Platinum Jubilee community events in my ward, firstly, a Platinum Jubilee Tea organised by Linwood Community Council, and secondly, Brookfield’s Lark in the Park, organised by Brookfield Village Hall Committee. Both were blessed with wonderful weather and both communities really enjoyed themselves. Many media commentators made the point that a Platinum Jubilee is a unique event which is unlikely to happen for a long time so I am glad these local events were memorable. I am very concerned about issues arising from the prospective planning application by Stewart Milne for the Barochan Road site in Houston. This is not yet a live planning application but more a preliminary look at general issues of concern. I am clear that I have substantial concerns about the impact on school catchment areas, the pressure on local infrastructure, and the effects on traffic congestion. By the time of publication I have been strongly assured by Barratts that they will have the lights at the Weirs Wynd development repaired, which will be a great step forward for driver confidence along the Bridge of Weir Road and for pedestrian safety. My only regret is that it took Barratts so long to honour their commitment to the residents of Weirs Wynd and to Renfrewshire Council.

Surgeries: I have no face to face surgeries in July Contact info:

07768 130 935 cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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The Carrick Centre, Houston

Coffee Shop Takeaways only Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday: 9.30am - 3.30pm Shop/Centre 01505 229597 Mon - Fri Gryffe Manor Out of School: 01505 615438 Dance West Scotland: enquiries@dancewestscotland.co.uk

WEDNESDAY Moo Music - 20th& 27th @ 10am/11am/12pm

A splendid sunny day on Saturday 4th June saw a welcome return of the Houston Agricultural Show. The show was heralded in by the second year of our free Tractor Run, on Friday 27th May. Village residents lined the streets wearing their wellies to wave at a cavalcade of tractors.. The event showcases the very best of agricultural livestock and horses, local businesses as well as talented crafters and performers. It was a super family day out suitable for ages 0-109 years (Houston’s very own Marion Dawson being the long-living person in Scotland!)

Folk Club


Move It Or Lose It 14th, 21st & 28th @ 10:30am – 12pm


saturday Councillor Robert Innes Surgery 16th @ 11am

sunday Baptist Church 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st @ 11am 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st @ 6pm

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

Booking enquiries: Bill Haddow 01505 690 693 Stewart Scally 07473 696869 Joe O’Brien 07968 804 776 thecarrickcentre@gmail.com or hostbookings@outlook.com


With light horses and ponies, mighty Clydesdales, cattle and sheep and then a dressing up competition with horses and their owners, such fun costumes. Our Champion of Champion in the Livestock entries was selected by our show Chairman Tom Stewart and went to Kerr Scott with his home bred dairy cow. The Houston’s Got Talent Stage welcomed some super singing, gymnastics, sword dancing with our ultimate winner being Clementine MacDougall (7 years old) playing the fiddle!

Natalie Don MSP Surgery 1st @ 12.30pm – 1.15pm Gavin Newlands MP Surgery 8th @ 12.30pm – 1.30pm

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Every year the entries to the Baking and Craft show dazzle the judges and delight the visitors to the tent. Of course, this year saw some special categories to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Champion of Champions - Dairy Cow bred by Kerr Scott and family


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The stalls looked terrific, offering a fabulous selection of delicious treats, candles, crafts, soaps and flowers. Community spirit is always in abundance and we are always glad to have representatives from West Renfrewshire Young Farmers and the Gryffe Rotary in attendance. Did you make a Moovin’ milkshake, pet a Larchgreen alpaca or learn a farming fact from RHET (The Royal Highland Education Trust)? Hospitality was in demand with the Rollin Pig and Houston Inn having to replenish stocks due to the outstanding turnout. So many good boys and girls participated in our Dog Show. The well-groomed pups drew a crowd as they paraded, showed their skills, and wagged their tails. Definitely 12/10! The competitive spirit was high all-day culminating in the super-charged showdown of the Tug-of-War. The Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Committee were the ultimate Champion of Champions! A huge thank you to our guest judges and special thanks also to our Show Secretary Mo Lyle who organises all the moving parts on show day! What a woman. If you have any feedback, we would like to hear from you. We are always looking for more help and plenty of show day suggestions. To enquire about joining the committee please email: houstonshow@hotmail.co.uk. With special thanks to our Programme Advertisers and a huge thanks to our 2022 Show Sponsors: WRC Recycling, Houston Farms, Abbey Vet Group, The Malcolm Group & Who’s Town Band. For the full Show Day Competition Winners please visit our Facebook page.

cllr Robert Innes

It is a pleasure to be writing my first update to you all as a newly elected councillor for the Houston, Crosslee and Linwood ward. It is the absolute honour of my life to be a local councillor for these villages, I love our wee part of the world and want to look after it. I said it on my election material and I will repeat it here, I am not your typical cardboard cutout of a politician. I say that because I mean it. I’m just a local guy from Renfrewshire that wants to help people and the community, nothing more and nothing less. I am looking forward to meeting with all the community councils, local groups, organisations, charities and as many people in the area as possible over the coming months. I want to see how your work, creativity, priorities, and ideas for our community can complement my own work within Renfrewshire Council.

I had the chance to get along to the Houston Agricultural Show recently. Well done to everyone involved in putting on a smashing wee day out for families in Houston and beyond. The realities we all faced during the pandemic have made events such as this even more appreciated and long may they continue. I will finish off by saying thank you to each and every person that went out and voted on 5th May for myself and my running mate Cllr Audrey Doig. No matter how you voted we are here to represent everyone in the area to the best of our ability so please feel free to get in touch at any time. I have wasted no time in getting my advice surgeries up and running so please feel free to come along (no appointment necessary) -


3rd Tuesday of month, Brookfield Village Hall @ 6pm, 3rd Saturday of month, Mossedge Village, Linwood @ 10am and Carrick Centre, Houston @ 11am

Contact info:

0300 300 1254 cllr.Robert.Innes@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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School Queen - Lucy Preiss and her attendants

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St Barchan - John Stevens and

Mrs Simpson - Ann Grieve

A great day was had by all at Kilbarchan Lilias Day despite the wet and windy start to the day! It was wonderful to see so many people come out to support the event and enjoy the day. Our aim was to celebrate our return with a party in the park and we certainly did that! The event kicked off with Habbie (Eden Dickie) and Miss Lilias (Amber Kissell) leading a mini parade into the park. A dance display by Gillian Whyte school of dance, a mini highland hustle, music from SambaYaBamba, and ceilidh music from Clamjamffrie got the crowds dancing whilst the Battle of Kilbarchan commenced with Britannia XIV. The Gateside Place crew retained their status as Tug of War champions and Bridge of Weir primary won the local football derby against Kilbarchan Primary. The prize for the best decorated house went to the Coutties of Milliken Drive and the best scarecrow to the Downs’ of Steeple Square.


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Heading into holidays now. On 5th June Rev Alistair Shaw spoke of the Queen in this her 70th Jubilee year about her service and also about her tremendous faith. Quite sure this has helped her over the years. Excellent service and tea and cake after were very appreciated. Not much more this month, but remember that our services will be open all through the summer at the usual time of 10am each Sunday. All are welcome in this place.

Kilbarchan Parish Church Services continue each Sunday at 11am, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith and coffee and tea are now served once again in the hall after the service. All welcome. Each service is available to watch by Live Stream by logging on to the church website:www.kilbarchankirk.org All are welcome in the church or online.

Loc󰇬󰈟󰇮n󰇳󰈣󰈝h Dem󰇪󰇳󰇺󰇯a Fr󰇮󰈥󰇳󰈨l󰈂 Gro󰇻󰇴 󰈓󰈥a 󰈰󰇧n󰈛󰈥 A huge thank you to John Robertson who kindly offered to pay the Dementia Tea Dance on 13th May. We had a lovely afternoon at Lochwinnoch Golf Club such a beautiful location in the spring. We had excellent entertainment from Clare and Dominic a great mixture of sing along and dancing. There was as usual a delightful afternoon tea provided by the Golf Club staff thanks so much. Our next event is a film afternoon on Friday 24th June in the Calder Church.

Kil󰇨󰇧󰈦c󰇬󰈜󰈡 Par󰇮󰇷󰇭 How󰇿󰈢󰈣󰈨 Com󰇲󰇻󰈡󰇯t󰈂 Co󰇻󰈡c󰇯󰇰 Chu󰇶󰈝h T󰈢󰇹󰈤’ Clu󰇨 Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea We had a very successful restart in May with our summer party ending the session on 27th June. We hope to see lots of new babies and tots under 3 years after the summer break. The club will resume on Monday 29th August.

It was very well attended by about 40 Howwood residents and it is fair to say that all of us enjoyed the afternoon, full of sandwiches, an assortment of cakes donated by The Boarding House, tea, coffee, soft drinks and loads of blethers!

Great to see and hear!

Kil󰇨󰇧󰈦c󰇬󰈜󰈡 Nat󰇮󰈣󰇳a󰇱 W󰈢m󰈥󰇳’s Reg󰇮󰇷󰇺󰈥r During July and August, we have a varied programme of visits and coffee afternoons. The book group will discuss Big Brother by Lionel Shriver and the walking group will continue to explore some new walks. If you’d like more information, please phone 348627 or visit: www.nwr.org.uk

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the appearance of the children’s choir from Howwood Primary School who sang some great songs from a few years gone by, adding to the party feel of the afternoon. Our oldest villager, Peggy Moore, had just celebrated her 95th birthday. Peggy was born in Howwood and has lived in and been very much a part of the village ever since. As our “Queen For The Day”, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of us all by Coire Watkins, the youngest of the talented youngsters from the school. Hopefully, the day marked a welcome return to the times of meeting up and friendship we have all enjoyed in the past - with many more to come. Thanks to all who made it possible from all sides of our community.

Fan󰇹󰇧󰈤t󰇯󰈛 Se󰈝󰈢n󰈧 Sco󰇹󰇱󰇧n󰈧 󰈣󰈡 To󰇻r Eve󰇳󰇺 We were delighted to host the hugely talented ‘Jazz Forward’ as our second event as part of this year long project to get musicians, venues, sound engineers and others who are part of the Sottish music scene back to performing and earning after the dreadful pandemic. The Lochwinnoch Golf Club again provided the beautiful location for the event and the audience were treated to a wonderful evening of musical talent. The next SOT event is on Saturday 16th July with the Sandy Brechin Band a wonderful evening of Scottish music. The full year’s event list is now complete for 2022 for Lochwinnoch Arts Festival with more to come in 2023! Tickets online or in ‘Now and Then Gifts’ Lochwinnoch www.scotlandontour.com/venue/ lochwinnoch-golf-club/

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On 7th of June Howwood Community Council held our first afternoon tea since before the pandemic for our Senior Citizens at The Midton Bowling Club. Although it was held indoors, the sun shone on a beautiful summers day and helped create a brilliant atmosphere.

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cllr chris gilmour Hello everyone - I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Chris Gilmour and, along with my colleague Gill Graham, I was recently elected to serve as Local Councillor within Ward 9 Johnstone North, Kilbarchan,Howwood and Lochwinnoch. I have previously served as a Renfrewshire Councillor for the period 2012 until 2017 representing Ward 8 which was Johnstone North, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch. Having been away for five years it’s great to be back and I am committed to ensuring Ward 9 has a strong voice in Renfrewshire House. I have been attending Community Council meetings since my election and by the time you read this I with have attended all four CC.’S in the ward and will have also attended Lochwinnoch Gala Day and Lillias Day in Kilbarchan. Over the summer period I shall be out and about in the Ward - please do not hesitate to stop me for a chat. More formally I can be contacted on the following...

Contact info:

07484 064521 / 0300 300 1289 cllr.chris.gilmour@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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cllr andy doig During the recent council elections one of the key issues often raised on the doorsteps, both in Johnstone and in the Villages, was the worry that residents had about the current cost of living crisis and how it will impact on their families. During the pandemic all political parties pulled together for the common good, and with that example in mind I have signed a Confidence and Supply arrangement with the current administration to promote the key objectives of supporting Renfrewshire residents to tackle the cost of living crisis in the shortterm, and to restore the manufacturing sector across Renfrewshire in the long-term. This will provide greater stability for the Council to meet the ongoing crisis and means in practical terms that I will support the administration on votes of confidence and on annual budgets, but with the caveat that the annual budgets continue to promote fair funding for the five towns in Renfrewshire, and that investment continues in our village communities like Lochwinnoch as it did from 2017/22. On all policy issues I remain free to challenge the current administration and have been elected the Convener of the Audit, Risk, and Scrutiny Board, which heads up the opposition efforts to scrutinise the performance of the administration.

Surgery Details: I have no face to face surgeries in July,. Contact info: 07534 148 224 cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk IndependentVoice/Ward9JohnstoneAnd Villages CllrAndy4Ward8

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cllr gillian graham I am delighted and honoured to have been elected at the recent Local Council Elections to represent the people of Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch. Throughout the campaign I had the opportunity to speak to residents and to hear your concerns as well as your aspirations for you and your family. Many residents have told me they want the Council to get the basics right and focus on the priorities that matter. Including the current cost-of-living crisis, anti-social behaviour, speeding traffic, the state of our roads and pavements, the need to maintain village bus services and protection of the green belt. I will continue to focus on these issues and will be a strong and passionate voice for local people over the coming 5 years.


In my new role as Labour Group Spokesperson on Education and Children’s Services, I’ll use my professional experience to challenge proposed cuts to Education funding and demand investment to improve the outcomes and opportunities for our young people. Since the May election I have had the opportunity to meet with local groups and Community Councils as well as individual constituents. I look forward to getting to know you more over the coming months. If you have new ideas and projects to improve your local area, please let me know. I would also encourage you to apply to the Council’s Villages Investment Fund. Application forms can be requested via: rcgrantapplications@renfrewshire.gov.uk. Cllr Chris Gilmour and I will be arranging local surgeries where we can meet residents face to face. Details will be published very soon. If I can be of assistance or you would like me to meet, please feel free to contact me.

Contact info:

0300 300 1268 cllr.gillian.graham@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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9am – 10am

MooMusicInverclyde 10am–11am

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Com󰇲󰇻󰈡󰇯t󰈂 Co󰇻󰈡c󰇯󰇰 The Kilmacolm Summer Fete was held as part of HM Diamond Jubilee Celebrations took place on 5th June in glorious sunshine at Birkmyre Park. The event was very well attended and had various activities for children and adults including races and a keenly contested tug of war. Thanks are given to the Gail Ashley School of Dance and the St Columba’s Pipe Band for their performances. Kilmacolm Civic Trust, Gryffe Rotary, Kilmacolm Primary School, The Cross Café, St Columba’s School and the local Scout group all contributed to the afternoon with various activities and stalls. Our thanks to them for all their hard work. Councillor David Wilson was an able MC for the afternoon proceedings.

Prior to attending any classes this month patrons should call the Centre to check availability.

The KCC is giving consideration to making the fete an annual event. Pictures from the afternoon are on the KCC Facebook page.

Please Note

The next meeting of the Council will be on Tuesday 28th June at 7.30pm in the Cargill Community Centre. Residents of the village are welcome to attend.

The centre and cafe will be closed from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 11th July

Centre Opening Times Monday – Friday: 9am to 10pm Saturday: 9am to 3pm Sunday: Closed

Cafe Opening Times Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm Saturday: 10am to 3pm Sunday: Closed Enquiries & Room Hire: 01505 873994 Reservations & Takeaway: 01505 874663 www.cargillcentre.com

The 󰈈󰈢󰈜󰇶󰈨 & Staff 󰈢󰈇 K󰉆󰈯C wi󰇷󰇭 󰇧l󰇰 󰇵󰈜t󰇶o󰈡s a r󰇪󰇰󰈜󰈁in󰇫 & en󰈅󰈢󰈠󰈜b󰇰e su󰇲󰈩󰇪r. We l󰈢󰈣󰈫 󰈆or󰇿󰇧󰈦d to 󰇿󰇪󰇱c󰈣󰇲i󰈡g 󰈂󰈢󰇼 󰇩ac󰈫 ne󰈀󰇺 m󰈢󰇳󰇺h 󰇿󰇭en 󰇧󰇰󰇱 c󰇰a󰈤s󰇪󰇷 󰈦󰈥su󰇲󰇪.

To contact us on general matters, please email secretary@kilmacolmcc. co.uk or if you wish to help or participate in Kilmacolm Community Council, please contact us on chair@ kilmacolmcc.co.uk

Sol󰇧󰇷 󰈈󰈥󰈦e󰇧v󰈥󰇲e󰈡t Dro󰇴-in G󰇶󰈢󰇼󰇵 The Solas bereavement drop-in group will be meeting in the Lounge of the Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm, on Thursday 14 July at 2pm. As always, this meeting is open to all with no pre-registration required. Solas supports those from Kilmacolm and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one. It doesn’t matter if it was recently or a long time ago, Solas creates a safe place to talk, to listen and to heal. You will be supported in processing issues of grief and loss by expert speakers as well as each other. For more information please call Barbara Marshall on 01505 872417 or email barbara@oochy.com

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The Platinum Jubilee was a wonderful weekend with the village at its best. There were many teas and garden parties. The afternoon tea run by Jill Russell and the splendid Outlook team in Kidston hall had 85 sitting down to a delightful purvey. Anne McGown and Anne MacGregor entertained us with community singing and a history quiz. The Lord Lieutenant Colonel Peter McCarthy and myself spoke briefly with the Lord Lieutenant appropriately leading us in a rendition of The Queen. At the end of May we had a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to St Johns Primary school in Port Glasgow. The visit was a great success and I am told that Kate was the star of the show “quite outstanding with the children, best I have seen” said an Officer present. Councillors were in Purdah. Cala Homes have indicated their intention to apply for planning permission for 100 homes on the site known as the Police Station field. I do not see it as consistent with the Local Plan. On reflection we should all have supported the St Columba’s extension and latterly a relief car park on this location. The footway in West Glen Road from High Street to Lodge Park has been resurfaced. The corrugated road outside Westfield and West Glen will be dug up and redone. This was caused by Scottish water and they are paying us to fix the problem. This is due the 2/3rd July. The Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Show was back after 3 years. The weather was kind and I cannot ever remember the car park being full. A great day out was a credit to the Show and Ladies Committees who had worked really hard to put on a great occasion enjoyed by all. Our pipe band is competing in the United Kingdom Championships in Lurgan Northern Ireland and we wish them well. They were star attractions at the fete and the cattle show. I met, in my Chair of the Operations Committee role at SPT, with the MD of McGills Buses. Bus patronage is down substantially in the West Of Scotland and of particular concern locally are the X7 and the 530. I believe that the X7 will recover over the summer but the 530 is in a critical condition. There are some 400 loyal customers who use this service over a week , to shop at the Retail Park ,visit Port Glasgow and travel to work in the village. I will fight for its retention but I am afraid we are close to “use it, or lose it”.

Contact info:

07766 992 294 / 01475 741 969 / 722 975 david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk

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Try the 5-second test - if it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for paws!

• Limping or refusing to walk • Licking or chewing at the feet • Pads darker in colour • Missing part of pad • Blisters or redness

Signs of heatstroke: • Heavy panting and difficulty breathing • Excessively drooling • Lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated • Collapsed or vomiting www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/summer/dogs

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cllr Stephen Mccabe I am pleased to report that at the statutory meeting on 19th May I was appointed Leader of the Council for the fifth time. This is a great honour and I thank my fellow Councillors for the confidence they have shown in me once again. Independent Councillor Drew McKenzie, who represents the neighbouring ward of Inverclyde East Central, was appointed Provost. Following the publication of Scottish Government’s spending review at the end of May it clear that Inverclyde, in common with all other Councils in Scotland, is going to face an extremely challenging financial climate over the next five years. The Scottish Government is planning real terms cuts to our funding each year over this period. This will require many difficult decisions to be made on service levels, jobs, charges for service and Council Tax. The challenge is compounded by the current high level of inflation for many of the goods and services the Council purchases. Congratulations and well done to Kilmacolm Community Council and others who assisted in the organisation of the village fete as part of the Council’s Meliora Festival and to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. There was a very good turnout on the day, helped, no doubt, by the fabulous weather. I met Council Offers and a local resident on-site at Leperstone Avenue, regarding the problems with dog walkers, to discuss what can be done to address this issue. Officers are currently considering what action can be taken. In the meantime I would appeal to people who use this trail to park further away so as not to inconvenience local residents or better still leave the car at home if you live nearby.


No surgery this month due to the holiday period.

Contact info:

01475 712 020 (office hours)

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors, Kilmacolm Vacancy – Administration Assistant / Receptionist Kingsley Wood & Co are based in the thriving village of Kilmacolm. We are looking for an enthusiastic, admin assistant / receptionist to join our dynamic team. You will provide administrative support across the office. As receptionist, within a busy environment, you will be the first point of contact for clients, handling the flow of people through the business. You will ensure that all admin / receptionist responsibilities are completed accurately and delivered in a professional way and a timely manner. Responsibilities 

Basic diary management & audio typing

Archiving and scanning files

Stephen.McCabe@Inverclyde.gov.uk 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm, PA13 4HL

Out󰇰󰈢󰈣󰈬 Kilmacolm Old Kirk opened the doors of Kidston Hall on Thursday 2nd June to welcome many guests to the Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party. Organised by the church OUTLOOK team, aided by the Social committee, helped by volunteers handing in delicious homebaking, we did indeed have a very happy afternoon together. Thanks go to Ann McGown for her musical entertainment, and to Ann McGregor for her royal quiz. OUTLOOK’s chosen charities for June were Ardgowan Hospice and St Vincent’s Hospice. People gave generously to show their appreciaton of the celebration, and cheques of £250 have been presented to each charity. The OUTLOOK team is taking a break for July and August; we look forward to returning with a new programme of speakers, activities and a warm welcome to you all in the autumn.

Performing clerical / administration duties such as data entry & creating job files

Attending to visitors & clients by greeting, welcoming, directing and announcing them appropriately Answering, screening and forwarding any incoming phone calls while providing basic information when required

Receiving and sorting daily mail/deliveries/couriers

Contributing to the team to deliver excellent service levels

Providing ad hoc duties as required

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Proven work experience in similar roles

Professional appearance

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to organise, multitask, prioritise and work under pressure The ability to sympathise and manage difficult calls or enquiries To demonstrate clear and concise communication skills Ability to be resourceful and proactive in dealing with issues that may arise

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Next Deadline... #327 August 2022: 13th July

Regular Meet Classes Reebok Step Class

Freeland Church,Main Street,Bridge of Weir (Opposite Amaretto) Tuesday: 6.45pm Miss the Original Reebok Step Class? Then come along for fun, fabulous music, full body workout, feel fantastic! Limited spaces available. Mo 07505 126416

Jennifer Sloan Physiotherapy Led Pilates Over the past few weeks we have been learning all about the Royal family, Princes’ and Princesses, familiar Royal buildings including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Estate and the famous Lion statues situated outside of Buckingham Palace. We have been developing our STEM skills re-creating these, adding guards and looking at different mathematical terms such as non-standard measurement and patterns. We celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with a Jubilee Party on Thursday at the Nursery consisting of multiple bouncy castles, afternoon teas, tuff trays, arts and crafts, role play opportunities, decorations, crown competitions and more. The children and staff had a fantastic time and we hope that you all had a lovely long weekend also! We begin our Summer Programme soon with a variety of experiences throughout themed weeks. The children will be taking part in some of the following: Hawaiian Week, Disney, Space, Science and Nature and will keep you updated on our Summer Fun progress.

Move it or Lose it! We had a wonderful time celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Everyone looked amazing in their patriotic colours, some even dusted off their tiara for the occasion! We had fun and games with music from 1950s. Each class was followed by coffee and cake. Thank you to all who took part and to the staff in local coffee shops for their support.

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Kilmacolm Community Centre Wednesdays: 6.15pm - 7.15pm 7.30pm - 8.30pm Thursdays: 9.30am - 10.30am Jennifer 07731 303709 jennifer-mcghee@hotmail.co.uk

Clyde Physiotherapy Pilates classes

St Machars Church Hall, Bridge of Weir Monday: 9.30am / 10.40am / 7pm Booking essential. Zoom option also available. Yvonne 07786 224 367 yvonne@clydephysiotherapy.co.uk


Freelands Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir (Opposite Amaretto) Monday: 10am Come along, have fun to fantastic music and feel FAB. All fitness levels welcome. Mo 07505 126 416

dance jenba fitness

Kilmacolm GuideHut Mondays 6.30pm - 7.30pm Saturdays 9.10am - 10am Fun, friendly & inclusive dance fitness classes for all ages and abilities. Booking essential. Jennifer 07709 340675

Move it or Lose it!

Gourock, Bridge of Weir, Greenock, Kilmacolm, Houston, Kilbarchan All classes back up and running Classes are aimed at the over 60s. We focus on Flexibility, Aerobic Health, Balance and Strength (FABS) exercises. Limited spaces available. www.moveitorloseito.co.uk Move-it -or-lose-it-with-fiona Fiona 07811 766672

energise with laura

The Health Hub, Quarriers Village Thursday: 7pm - 8pm DDP Yoga Beginner Classes for improving strength, flexibility and balance. 1:1 and private group sessions available. energisewithlaura@gmail.com www.energisewithlaura.com

pilates & movement class with margaret kytzia

Brookfield Village Hall Wednesday: 10am Lochwinnoch Golf Club Tuesday: 6.30pm & 7.30pm Lochwinnoch Bowling Club Thursday: 11am Classes designed to guide you through restorative movements whilst improving strength, mobility & flexibility. maggiekytzia@icloud Margaret 07930 324276

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Bridge of Weir Primary Reading and writing awards for Bridge of Weir pupils! It’s been an exciting few months for Bridge of Weir Primary School as we have scooped up several prestigious awards for reading and writing. First up is Lana from P6/5 who won the Junior category of the Rotary Club’s Young Writer competition at local, regional AND national level. It is an incredible achievement to come first in the whole country! Lana has been presented with her prize and trophy which is well deserved for such a talented writer. This is the first time the Gryffe Valley Rotary Club has had a national winner, so they are delighted. Congratulations also to Eilidh from P5a winner of the local junior level and runner up at regional level as her writing was highly commended. This too is a fantastic achievement. From writing to reading and we also have a winner in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. Taylor, from p6/5, is the winner of the ‘Pupil Reading the Most Books’ category. He has read a mixture of paper books and myON audiobooks and has committed to doing the Accelerated Reader quizzes. He has won a wonderful selection of prizes. And finally, we are so excited and proud to announce that we are now a ‘Reading School’ and have won the GOLD award from Scottish Book Trust. Our feedback stated:

“It was an absolute joy reading about all of the amazing things happening at Bridge of Weir Primary- you should all be incredibly proud of yourselves!” This has taken a lot of work so we would like to thank everyone. Thank you to everyone in the school, at home, and in the wider community for making reading something we do for pleasure. Special thanks to the ‘Bookworms’ Reading Leadership Group who have planned and organised, encouraged and influenced us to becoming a reading school. It has been a blast!

Summer’s Arrived at St Columba’s Inclusion Week

Summer Holiday Club

The week beginning 6th June saw both the Junior and Senior School celebrating Inclusion Week with assemblies, talks, and social media posts discussing different aspects of inclusion, such as mental health and neurodiversity.

With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, we’ve got something to keep the little ones entertained.

Thursday 9th was St Columba’s Day and, for the third year, we marked the day by completing a sponsored walk in aid of a local charity. This year we chose to combine St Columba’s Day and Inclusion Week and raise money to support the charity “I Am Me”.

The team have lots of exciting activities planned, including parkour, stage combat, arts and crafts, and much, much more.

Inclusion Week is the beginning of a year-long awareness raising initiative, which will see us creating a St Columba’s Inclusion Pledge. The Pledge will help us become more mindful of our diverse community and the needs of individuals, with the aim of making our school an even more safe, positive and all-embracing place to learn and work. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts for more information.

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Our Summer Holiday Club is on throughout July and runs from 9am to 5pm each weekday (10am - 4pm for core hours) at Junior School.

The Summer Holiday Club is open to all children who were in Junior 1-6 (P1-6) during the 2021/22 academic year. You do not have to be a St Columba’s family to make use of this service – the more, the merrier! To find out more and book your place, email holidayclubs@st-columbas.org Make sure to follow along on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to find out more. If you are considering a Columban education for your child, email admissions@st-columbas.org to arrange a tour in-person.

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Houston Primary School Primary 7 pupils had an amazing five day trip away to Loch Insh. They have returned with a wealth of experience of water sports, with the favourites being wind surfing, raft building and paddle boarding. On dry land the pupils enjoyed tubing, archery and bushcraft. A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to the staff who accompanied the children.

New Entrants - The nursery pupils who will be joining us in August to start Primary 1, have been invited to a Treasure Hunt with Mrs Johnston. They will also have Play & Snack sessions, sample a school lunch and meet some of the Primary 1 teachers. We look forward to getting to know them. Supporting Ukraine - Have you spotted us? Well done to P6/5 and Miss McCafferty for their wonderful singing talents in support of the people of Ukraine. Hundreds of children in Renfrewshire came together virtually to sing, ‘Let it go’. Well done to everyone #letitgoameila

Eco News - Each class has been bringing in plastic bottles and aluminium cans for recycling. Mrs Morrison, our wonderful Gardening Granny and her team have been collecting them from the school and taking them to Sainsbury’s to receive monetary vouchers in return. These vouchers are then used to purchase seeds, compost etc., for our Gardening Club.

Gardening Club - Our Gardening Club set each class a challenge to decorate a planter and fill it with spring bulbs. Now that the bulbs have bloomed our judges, Mrs Morrison and Mrs Farquhar have chosen the winning planter. This year’s winner is Primary 5/4. Please see our school Eco Blog for photographs.

Duchal Nursery It’s been a busy time at Duchal as the summer term flies by. We had an amazing time at our first summer outing for a few years, which started off with great excitement with the arrival of the big bus that then took us on a wonderful journey to Helensburgh and to the marvellous Fruin Farm.

P7 Transition - Our Primary 7 pupils, have engaged in their transition

The children had a fabulous time as they were introduced to llamas, got up close to some very woolly sheep followed by a spot of pond dipping, where we discovered all sorts of creatures living in the water. To calm things down we got creative as we painted animals inspired by what we’d seen.

programme to their chosen secondary school. They have met with some of their new teachers and engaged in very many learning experiences.

If you’ve not yet made it to Fruin Farm you must pay a visit, it is a wonderful spot where you can see the farm animals or hold a special event.

To celebrate the end of their time at Houston Primary School, P7 have planned a Beach BBQ, instead of a traditional school dance. Lots of fun ahead!

There was an enthusiastic return of Sports Day with our young budding athletes and their families getting fully immersed in all the races, (the daddies race was as competitive as ever!!) as the sun shone across Birkmyre Park. It was so nice to see so many families and friends gathered together to enjoy this great occasion.

Rotary Club Winners - P5 and P7 pupils entered the Rotary Club’s Young Writer Competition. Some talented pupils received gift vouchers to the value of £25. They were absolutely delighted to have their talents recognised.

By the time you read this, term will be over and our young children will have performed their hearts out at our Summer Concert, (they are practising with gusto!) and we will be saying a fond farewell to our older children who are now fully prepared for their next step as they move on to a variety of primary schools across the local area. We wish them luck and remember please pop back and visit to tell us all about it! Finally a huge thank you to our wonderful teaching staff that make Duchal the truly special nursery that it is. Wishing you all a relaxing summer.

New Entries to Duchal: We now offer free pre school education for 3 – 5yr olds every day (during term time) through the funded nursery scheme in conjunction with Inverclyde Council, ensuring Duchal is available to all children in the local area (including those living in Renfrewshire). Please get in touch for more information, we are open daily 8am – 6pm, offering greater flexibility of care for parents. Please visit our website for more information www.duchal.com and find us on Facebook. If you would like to come and visit the Nursery please get in touch on 01505 874358 or email: info@duchal.com

Kilmacolm Bowling Club Jubilee Celebrations Kilmacolm bowling club celebrated Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 4th June with an open day and Wapinschaw. The day was a great success, the club was adorned with balloons, bunting and flags, there was a large turn out of both members and guests and the weather was fantastic. There was also Prosecco and strawberry tarts to add to the royal flavour of the day, and a toast to her majesty which was superbly written and delivered by club member Alison Watson, all in all a great tribute, and a great day had by all.

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Ranfurly Castle Muirhead Trophy Success Sunday 5th June saw the Castle retain the Muirhead Trophy in sensational style against our old neighbours Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club. A last gasp eagle, par, birdie when 3 down allowed Paul Mulligan and Nic Patterson to salvage a draw and get the all-important half point to secure the cigar box. We hosted the after-dinner ceremony and shared some great stories about the day’s golf. The final result Ranfurly Castle 6½ -OCRGC 5½. A huge thanks to Captain Russell Johnstone and his team at OCRGC for their sportsmanship throughout and making the afternoon special as we basked in glorious sunshine on the terrace. A fantastic result and one to cherish for another 12 months

The Gents Senior Individual Open Golf competition will take place on Tuesday 26th July. Great course, great prizes, great fun! Full details and entry at the club website or scottishgolf.org

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Ranfurly Castle Ladies

Kilmacolm Golf Club

May was a fairly busy month for the Ladies Section with competitions on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We have been blessed with some wonderful golfing weather in recent weeks, the course is in great condition, many thanks to the green keeping team for their hard work and night time watering!

The Macmillan Cancer Stableford was played on both Wednesday 11th and Saturday 14th of May with 24 ladies competing. The very windy conditions on the Wednesday reduced the numbers playing but £100 was raised for this good cause. Helen Abram was the winner with 40 points and Louise Cooper was runner-up with 38 points. Tuesday 17th May was the 9 hole Stableford and Eileen Rankin the winner with 14 points. Wednesday 18th May was an Extra Medal as well as the Medal Finals from 2021. Louise Cooper won the Silver Medal Final and Morven McLeod won the Bronze. The 19th of May was the first of the West Renfrewshire League matches. 6 Ladies travelled to Ralston Golf Club for the evening match which was played in glorious weather. Sadly the home team had a very good win over Ranfurly but the games were played in a very friendly manner and enjoyed by all. The second match was played at Ranfurly Castle on 31st May against Caldwell Golf Club. The conditions could have been very wet but luckily the torrential rain on the horizon moved around us and all games were completed dry. This was an overwhelming victory for Ranfurly. Good luck to the team going forward for their next 2 matches. On 25th May there was a Platinum Jubilee Celebration fun competition. Unfortunately the weather was not what had been hoped for so the number of holes played was reduced. Despite the wet and windy conditions the 40 ladies who played had great fun. The teams had been issued with a piece of string which could be used once by each member of the team to have a free shot, no longer than the length of the string. This should have been simple, but not everyone remembered that they had the string until it was too late! There were one or two other fun challenges as they played. Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea in the club with decorations of red, white and blue giving the finishing touch to the day. The winning team consisted of Pamela MacKenzie, Rosemary Ogilvie and Cynthia Keanie with 51 points.

The course has been busy with players of all ages and abilities with competitions to suit all or casual golf for the less competitive players. The Gents Newton Shield team have got off to an excellent start having won 5 matches so far, with just 2 losses they are heading up the league and with just 3 matches remaining will hopefully qualify for the semi-final stages. The ladies Greenlees team had their first match rained off and are due to start their campaign very soon, while the Junior Newton Shield team have won 2 and lost one, with just one match to go. Good luck to all for the rest of the season. Our Fryday Night Chippy nights have been proving very popular with Neil serving up his fantastic fish and chips every other Friday with option to eat in or take away. If you haven’t done so already make sure to book in for the next one. Friday nights also sees the return of our fun Friday foursomes, open to all members of the club, this fun 10 hole competition is a fine way to start the weekend and enjoy Neil’s fish and chips after your round! We are looking forward to our Open competitions over the summer, these are a great opportunity to play at Kilmacolm, there’s something for everyone with Seniors, Gents, Ladies, Mixed and Junior events for more information please go to our website: www.kilmacolmgolfclub.com

On 8th June the weather once again won the battle and, due to torrential rain, the Centenary Trophy was not played. Hopefully this fixture will be rearranged and the sun will shine!

Old Ranfurly Ladies Section On 4th June Old Ranfurly Ladies section held their very popular Ladies Day competition. The dress option this year was ‘Wear it Pink’ and many ladies were happy to oblige in support of Wear it Pink, one of our charities this year. The other was for the Dystonia Society. The competition on Ladies day required lady members to invite a partner to play in mixed greensomes. This was over 13 holes stroke play. The full days play culminated in a 3 hole mumbo-jumbo fun competition. The course was in excellent condition and the weather was glorious. 110 participants enjoyed a fun game of golf in the much welcomed warm sunshine. David and Kay Skinner Golfers could take advantage of the beer tent which was very much appreciated as golfing in the sunshine is thirsty work!! This was served by the club bar staff. After golf Heather and Loiuse, our excellent catering team, were on hand for members to enjoy a post match BBQ buffet in our newly refurbished club house. The winners of the Ladies Day trophy were Fiona McPhee our lady captain and Russell Johnstone our club captain who were playing as a pair. Their score was an excellent 43net. Well done. The winners of the Mumbo-Jumbo competition were Linda Anderson and Derek Milne with Fiona McPhee and Russell Johnstone congratulations to all. Our charities on the day raised £750 for Dystonia and & £240 for Wear it Pink Breast Cancer Charity. A very successful day all round Derek Milne, Russell Johnstone, Fiona The other June competition was the traditional Rosebowl. This was held on Sunday 12th June. It was a mixed McPhee, Linda Anderson Stableford greensomes competition and open to members and guests. Once again there was a great turn out for the club in spite of the inclement weather. It was played over 18 holes in often very stormy conditions. However it did not deter some excellent scores The Rosebowl this year was won by David & Kay Kinner from Chester, their home club is Padeswood & Buckley golf club in Wales. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the day both challenging and great fun.

Our next ladies competition is the ladies open on Thursday 7th July. It’s a four ball ladies greensomes competition and all entries are very welcome. There are still some spaces so get your name in quickly if you wish to take part. There’s great prizes and we have participants from far and wide including all the local golf clubs, also Helensburgh and Arran. Cost is £16 per couple. Make sure you book early as you don’t want to miss out. Thank you so much to everyone who came along. Happy golfing to all!

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Clyde 󰈖indsurfing & SUP 󰈯lub A brilliant month so far for Clyde Windsurfing and SUP Club with busy SUP and Performance Paddling sessions, the Junior and Youth Monday nights filling up and showcasing some real developing talent on the water and the Thursday night social SUP and Windsurfing drawing people out onto the water in all weathers! Catch our social media pages for pictures! We have had some successful “Learn to Windsurf”courses over last month and plan to keep these running over the summer. Also exciting news, look out some new Junior ‘Learn to Windsurf` courses starting on a Monday nights from mid August! If you’re looking for a fun SUP challenge then join us at the Lochwinnoch Loop 5km race on 25th June 10am. This is the SUP equivalent of a Park Run! Come along for a bit of fun and fitness, or to smash your time from last year. There will be medals for all competitors. Prizes will be raffles after the last competitor is off the water. Finally Clyde Windsurfing will be hosting a Scottish Junior and Youth event on the 9th and 10th July at the Loch a weekend of training and racing, bringing kids from all over the country to Lochwinnoch. On the same weekend the Club plans to run 2 hour taster sessions for beginners on the Saturday and intermediate coaching on the Sunday. To book a session go to our events page for that weekend at https:// clydewindsurfing.co.uk/windsurfing-series/ For all enquiries or to book your Lochwinnoch Loop place visit our website at www.clydewindsurfing.co.uk Look forward to seeing you on the water!

Junior Parkruns... is a weekly, free 2km timed run held at 9.30am on Sunday mornings at Battery Park, Greenock and Barshaw Park Glasgow Road, Paisley PA1! Please register before your first run. Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Funworld - please come and join us!

Castle Semple Sailing Club As we sail into summer, the cadets have been staying the right way up- most of the time. The adults can’t help but join in occasionally. We’ve enjoyed a successful RYA Discover Sailing Day with taster sessions and a BBQ. Alice’s Saturday Social Sailing has started again, with more planned for July and August. We also have Cup Days and an Open Event in the calendar. Please do find us on facebook or at info@castlesemplesc.co.uk . We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you to Joe Reilly for the photographs.

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out Ut & about Kil󰇲a󰈝ol󰇲 Hortic󰇼ltural Society The gardens throughout Kilmacolm have been stunning this month with the colours provided by Rhoddies and Azaleas, Irises and Peonies. We can look forward to the summer colours of Roses, Dahlias, hanging baskets and tubs of Geraniums and Marigolds. We hope you will enjoy the maturing Garden at the Cross, cared for by the Society. We have planted a tree for the Platinum Jubilee, may it grow in grace and give pleasure for many years to come. The Flower Show schedule has been distributed, new exhibitors are most welcome, please contact the Show secretary for a copy on 01505 872393, or look us up on the website www.kilmacolmhorticultural.com. Make a date in your diary now, to join us on Saturday 3rd September in the Cargill Centre, doors open at 10.30am with prize giving at 3pm. Congratulations to Colourful Kilmacolm for again providing planters and tubs to brighten the public areas of the village.

Loch󰈟in󰇳o󰈝h Com󰇲unity Garde󰇳 The community garden group have been very busy. The group are increasing the number of containers and hanging baskets in and around the village and have now filled the containers. The hanging baskets are ready to go out too! Watch out for our theme of yellow and blue flowers in support of Ukraine! The group also had a plant stall at the Gala on the 11th of June.

Fossil Gro󰇽e 󰈌lasgo󰈟 A GROVE OF FOSSIL TREES IN GLASGOW’S VICTORIA PARK This is a unique earth heritage site with eleven fossil tree stumps from the Carboniferous Period. They are about 330 million years old, and are preserved where they grew. In late 1887 a path was cut as part of a new park through an old disused roadstone quarry when the first of the fossil tree stumps was uncovered. Their uniqueness, rarity and importance was quickly recognised. A building was quickly erected over the site – which is still there today. The site is owned by Glasgow City Council’s Parks Department. The Fossil Grove Trust works with the Council to help present and conserve the fossils and find new sources of funding to improve the overall visitor experience. Open days will be held during the summer, usually on the third Sunday of the month, from 12pm to 4pm. Find out more at www.fossilgroveglasgow.org/

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Go 󰈖ild!

The Walk...

RSPB Lochwinnoch have a range of wildlife themed challenges that will put your ‘wild skills’ to the test, have fun on this self-led activity for the whole family!

Cumbrae - Farland Point Walk (Accessible) by Rona Simpson

1st July to 15th July - As per opening hours RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

Difficulty: This is an accessible route that can be done by all. There is an all abilities kissing gate at the Point which can facilitate wheelchair/mobility scooter use (using a Radar Lock Key).

Starting Point: Millport Pier Distance: 3.5 miles Points of Interest: Fishing (if you like that kind of thing), the University Marine Biological Station and great coastal views. It’s the time of year that we might be tempted to take a wee trip doon the watter or maybe o’er the watter to the bonnie Isle of Cumbrae. It is relatively easy to cycle the 10miles of the Islands circumference, but there are also some great walking routes if you want to explore at a more sedate pace.

£3 plus entry fees for non-members [Normal entry fees for non-members £3 per adult, £1.50 per child] As you explore our woodland trail, keep your eyes and ears open for as many different types of wildlife that you can see or hear, look out for tracks and signs and complete the challenges in your activity booklet to see just how ‘WILD’ you are!

Tomont End & Monument


Ferry Slip Portrye

National Watersports Centre

Inner Circle Walk Farland Point Walk

Broomy Knowes

Targets Walk Fintry Bay Walk

Indian’s Face

Cumbrae Cycle Route Round Island Inner Circle to Glaid Stone (On road)

Figgatoch Farm

Mineral Well


Glaid Stone

Tea Room Fintry Bay

Curling Pond




Begin this walk at the Old Cumbrae Island Pier and from here follow the esplanade along the coast. You will pass the Garrison House on your left Millport and the ‘well-kent’ face of Crocodile Rock will be seen on the right as you follow the coastal path all the way around Kames Bay. Take the path on the right here. This area is popular with those ©Cumbrae Walks and Cycling | www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk who like to fish from the rocks. The Deep Water Terminal you can see towards the mainland is the deepest in Britain. Also visible is Hunterston Nuclear Power Station. At the end of this stretch is the ruined Portencross Castle. From here is a spectacular view of Ailsa Craig, the wee bump of an Island that is famous for its seabirds and supplying granite from which to fashion curling stones. Palm Tree View

Forces’ Memorial

Farland Hills

Sheriff’s Port

Upper Kirkton

Breakough Farm

Wishing Well


Mid Kirkton

Garrison House

Crocodile Rock

Millport Pier

Marine Biological Station

Lion Rock

Local Area Knowledge Frank Corcoran and JRD Campbell Photography Frank Corcoran and David Gray

Millport Bay


Farland Point

More detailed map information can be obtained from ORDNANCE SURVEY LANDRANGER SERIES No. 70 EXPLORER SERIES No. 341

Hap󰇴y Hedgehogs - Sel󰈇-led Acti󰇾ity For 󰈋amilie󰈤 Come along to RSPB Lochwinnoch and take part in this fantastic self-led activity for families exploring the nature trails and finding out all about hedgehogs as you go! 16th July to 31st July - As per opening hours £3 per child - [Normal trail fees apply for non-members] Have a go at the fun, interactive challenges and see if you can find all the letters to un-jumble the mystery word to claim your prize!

Continue to follow the path towards to road and on the right and you will see the University Marine Biological Station at Keppel Pier. At various times throughout the holiday season the museum and aquarium are open to the public and this is wellworth a visit. Next follow the road back in the direction of the Old Pier.

“Cumbrae, Shoreline at Portachur Point” - William Craig. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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Bridge of Weir Hill󰇿alker󰈤 Late May has seen the BoWers out on a walk along Loch Lyon in Perthshire and a climb of two Munros by Crianlarich. The former involved some eight miles and the mission was the Tigh nam Bodach Pagan shrine in Gleann Caillich. Unfortunately the fact that Mirren’s river was in full spate (not very saint-like) meant that our team was defeated by nature within sight of the target. That weekend also saw a walk on the Rob Roy way and a visit to the falls at Acharn. The last weekend in May saw a small group on the Cruach Ardrain, above Glen Falloch and two went on to reach the summit of Beinn Tulaichean as icing on the cake. June will see trips to the Cobbler, Loch Ossian (if there are any trains) and Glen Coe. The pictures are by BoW Hill Walkers and are:1. The falls at Acharn (left) 2. Top of Beuinn Tulaichean (below)

R󰉍󰉉B 󰉁och󰈟in󰇳o󰈝h It is nice to see the warmer summer weather and light nights here again. This is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and why not make the most of this time by visiting us at our reserve. You can come and walk our beautiful woodland trails, look out for butterflies and bees, and if you are lucky, you may even spot damselflies and dragonflies. At this time of the year the trails are full of beautiful wildflowers which are an important food source for pollinators. We have lots of summer migrants, swifts, swallows, house martins and sand martins, look out for them performing their amazing feats of aerial acrobatics. If you are interested in waterbirds why not visit our Channel hide, where you be able to have an unobstructed view of our new scrape. There you might be able to see our lapwings, blackheaded gull, and Canada geese with goslings. If you are lucky, you may spot osprey visiting our reserve. These magnificent birds can sometimes be seen over the Aird Meadow, or you might even spot an elusive otter, but all wildlife is amazing whatever you find! We have a few upcoming events for July starting with our Mindfulness in Nature Guided Walk on the 17th July. This will be led by Martin Stepek who has over 20 years’ experience in this field. We also have our Guided Pond - Dipping and Wildlife Discovery event on the Saturday 9th July, both events must be booked on – line. Our kids self-led events run all year. From 28th June – 15th July it is our Super Summer Scavenger Hunt and from the 16th-31st July it is Happy Hedgehogs, both events are self-led and no booking is required. Our reserve shop continues to sell all your bird feeding requirements, optics, and fancy goods. For more information about the reserve, please call – 01505 842663 or email us on lochwinnoch@rspb.org.uk We are also on Facebook @RSPBLochwinnochNR and twitter @RSPBLochwinnoch

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Clyde Muirshiel The Ranger Service are continuing our seasonal wildlife surveying work around the Park, such as butterfly, bumblebee and breeding bird surveys. With the help of the Estate Squad we have also been busy repainting the benches and fences at Muirshiel, finishing off the upgrading of the waterfall path and edging the car parks across the Park. We continue to deal with fire damage from disposable BBQs ; we always ask visitors to remember the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which means be respectful of other Park users, the landscape and wildlife, and to leave no trace. At this time of year we would like to ask dog walkers visiting the Park to keep their dogs on lead or under close control in order to protect farm animals, ground nesting birds and other sensitive wildlife. The Duke of Edinburgh group volunteers have been helping with tree maintenance and Plantlife flower surveys. We counted over 480 cowslips in the Johnshill field meadow in Lochwinnoch as part of a Europe wide survey. As part of Plantlifes No Mow May campaign we left areas of grass at Castle Semple and Muirshiel uncut. The youth volunteers helped us count the flowers at each site. At Castle Semple we counted cuckoo flower, cowslips, ox-eye daisy and 4 other species. At Muirshiel we only had one solitary daisy. Hopefully with some management in the Autumn we shall boost the flower numbers in the future. At Muirshiel the Castle Semple Conservation Volunteer group have been removing old tree tubes from around the park and the Cample Burn area. At Castle Semple they have been controlling the growth of Fewflowered leek Allium paradoxum an invasive plant, litter picking the far shore and carrying out path repairs. We had a group of 5th year students from St Columba’s in Parkhill Wood at Castle Semple helping prune the rhododendron maze and laying scalpings and whindust to re surface the paths up to the maze. As part of Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to improve biodiversity in the area, a portion of the playing field at the Lochwinnoch Annexe has been given over to growing native wildflowers. The ground near the River Calder has had some turf scraped and built into embankments. Wildflower seed from a wet meadow mix was sown and firmed into the scraped areas, with the help from the Primary 5 pupils from Lochwinnoch Primary School. After some recent rain the wildflowers have started to germinate. Join us online: www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk

Contact us: rangers.castlesemple@clydemuirshiel.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Clydemuirshielregionalpark Twitter and Instagram: @clydemuirshiel #clydemuirshiel

Upcoming Events - July Sat 2nd

- Guided Bird Watching - 10am - 12pm. All ages

Wed 20th - Summer Kids: Den Building - 10am - 12pm. Ages 5+

Wed 6th - Summer Kids: Stick Boat Building - 10am - 12pm. Ages 5+

Sun 24th - Guided Historical Tour: Castle Semple Country Park - 1pm 4pm. All Ages.

Sun 10th - Bumblebee Identification Walk - 1pm - 3pm. All Ages

Wed 27th - Summer Kids: Insect Hotel Building -10am - 12pm. Ages 5+

Wed 13th - Summer Kids: Practical Orienteering -10am - 12pm Ages 5+. Sat 16th - Wildflower Identification Walk. 10am - 12pm - All Ages

Fri 29th - Drop In: Practical Conservation (Himalayan Balsam) - 10:30 3pm. All Ages

Sun 17th - Summer Butterfly Identification Walk - 1pm - 3pm. All Ages

Sat 30th - Drop In: Wildflower Seed Collection - 10am - 12pm. All Ages

Drop In events are free to attend. All other events cost £5 per head. For bookings please visit our website at www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/events.

Kilbarchan Smile Volunteers Summer has finally arrived and for the volunteers at Kilbarchan Smile this means that the work never stops. At the Gateway Community Garden the vegetable planters are flourishing and the tatties are promising an amazing crop this year. The garden is open Monday and Friday from 2pm4pm most weeks. Throughout the village the areas we care for have burst into life and colour. The Rose Garden and the Green at the Cross, Steeple Square Garden, Traffic Lights Garden on Barn Green and the newly installed Mary Barbour Garden on New Street are all cared for by our volunteers. The dry Spring proved very challenging however, with trying to keep everything watered and weeded, and we are always looking for new volunteers to come and help with our various projects. It is not all work though, we always have time for a wee break and a natter. So if you want to enjoy the benefits of fresh air and a bit of company this summer with the bonus of improving our community, drop us an email at hello@kilbarchansmile.co.uk or text 07952 169341 we will welcome whatever help you can manage.

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Brighter Bridge Of Weir LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER? HA! At the time of writing, Sustrans started work on the new access route from their path to Main Street, opposite Livery Walk. There will be significant disruption to the area Brighter Bridge of Weir adopted and transformed from a neglected, overgrown and ugly site into a Woodland Garden. It will take some time to recover and won’t be very attractive this year. The summer planting, however, is complete. There was a delay as the plants we ordered were not ready at the usual time. Previously, we’ve had them delivered all at once, but they came in two batches this year. The first batch arrived on 6th June, more than a week later than usual. The second batch were those we intended for the barrier baskets on Main Street, between Torr Road and Houston Road. Unfortunately, they did not arrive in time to be planted for the Gala Day parade. Nevertheless, the volunteers achieved everything else on time — re-stocking the other 84 planters plus 9 other sites. The rest of the summer we’ll spend watering and keeping the plants healthy. Pretty much what we’ll be trying to do for ourselves, really. If you would like to help Brighter Bridge of Weir, please contact the Group via email (secretary@brighterbridgeofweir. org), www.brighterbridgeofweir.org, Facebook, or call 07810 722806.

Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society This month our Gardening Group will meet on Thursday 14th July in Freeland Church Hall at 8pm. We will hold our own version of Gardeners’ Question Time - always an interesting evening now we have more unusual weather conditions to contend with. Details will be confirmed on our Facebook page and flyers will appear as usual, and members will receive information via the monthly e-letter. In June we visited Wraes, a nearby garden and were able to catch up with the progress of this relatively new, evolving garden since our last visit. Gardeners enjoyed recent warm and sunny conditions which tied in with local and national events, but now thoughts turn to low reservoirs and potential drought conditions. Established plants with good tap roots will cope well, but bedding plants and shallow rooted shrubs will wilt - drooping leaves will indicate something is wrong. Give an ailing plant a good soak and check it later. Simplify watering by locating several water butts and watering cans around the garden. If you have been enthused by the “Tree of Trees” outside Buckingham Palace and are considering planting a tree for the Jubilee/The Queen’s Green Canopy, here are some suggestions. Look for a tree which will block out something unsightly but not too much sun, nor grow too tall. Don’t plant too close to your boundary to avoid new branches hanging over next door. Choose a small tree which flowers in Spring and berries in Autumn (Amelanchier, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, dwarf fruit trees and Rowan) or try “Eucryphia” another wonderful smallish tree – evergreen with white buttercup flowers in late summer. Insects love Eucryphia so it hums with their activity. For extra impact grow a Clematis up through your tree! Local nurseries will have a selection of potted trees for smaller gardens but don’t delay - demand will be high. Have a garden problem? Join us on the 14th July.

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Local Community Halls BRIDGE OF WEIR

• Old records Wanted 45`s &

LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 01505 873958 or 07710 777571.

Freeland Church


• Cash paid for Vinyl Records

Village Hall

and Music CDs (a few or a lot). Tel: 01505 329638 or 07765 115347. the use of a greenhouse/ polytunnel in Kilmacolm area in return for light gardening duties. Tel: Vince 01505 872082. Liverpool football shirts that are no longer wanted. Adult sizes preferred. Cash Waiting. Tel: 07983 531321.

15 functions. Very good condition as hardly used. £45. Tel: 01505 690859.

01505 612 203 / 01505 331 488

Compass Centre

01505 615 441 / 01505 612 617

Guide Centre

01505 702 758

Old Library Centre

01505 706 070

KILMACOLM Cargill Centre


• Band Spec Rain Cape Extra

• Drew and Cole multicooker,

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