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The Eye of the Needle was provided by Bill Byrne of the Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers and it really is quite a sight. This is on The Cobbler and obviously well worth the hike to get there.

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We’ve been watching from our windows on Main Street as the workers have put in a new pathway from the Sustrans pathway down onto the main road in Bridge of Weir. It is finished off with safety barriers to make sure no-one exits too quickly onto the road. The only shame is that all the lovely planting by Brighter Bridge of Weir has been taken away, but I’m sure they will soon have made their mark on the banking to either side again soon. Like many of our local gardening groups, the Brighters are on the lookout for new members. There is a group in almost every village and we have updates from them in our gardening pages. If you fancy getting involved, they would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to get your news in for our September issue - deadline is 17th August!

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In this issue...

75th Soroptimist Anniversary


Sma Shot Fun Day


Paisley 10K road Race & Fun Run


Gryffe Valley Rotary


Coming Events


Classic Cars At Castle Semple Village News

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Councillor Details


Defibrillator sites


Schools & Sports


World Cup Beckons for Kilbarchan Girl


Bookshop Book Review




This month’s WALK - Greeto Bridge, Largs


Sales & wants


Classified ads


Business directory


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75th Anniversary Soroptimist International of Paisley The members of Soroptimist International of Paisley gathered in the Glynhill Hotel on Sunday 12th June at a civic reception, courtesy of Renfrewshire Council, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Club. Hosted by Depute Provost Cathy McEwan, the lunch was attended by the President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, Cathy Cottridge and Scotland South Region President Aileen Eland. Many members of other clubs in Scotland South were present along with two members from Soroptimist International of Harrogate, with whom the Paisley Club have a longstanding friendship link.

L – R Depute provost Cathy McEwan, Scotland South President Aileen Eland, Jenifer McFarlane, SIGBI President Cathy Cottridge, S.I. Harrogate President Val Hills

Formed in 1945, the Club is woven into the history of Paisley and its people, through 75 years of activity and fundraising. Amongst the Club’s 28 founding members were Catherine Lobnitz of the Renfrew shipbuilding family; Mary Russell, after whom the school in Paisley is named, and Catherine C. Stewart, press representative of the Paisley Daily Express. Many projects and organisations have been supported over the years through practical help, donations and raising awareness. This includes in 1947 establishing the Over 70’s Club, the very first club for the elderly ever promoted and opened in the town, which ran until 1970. Members served meals to homeless people who came to the Christian Social Action Centre, served on the Local Health Council and also on the committee which established the ACCORD Hospice. Donations of money and goods were sent to help orphans in Romania, to sponsor a child in the Goodwill Children’s Village in Southern India and to Soroptimist projects in many parts of the world. More recently members have been involved in raising awareness of human trafficking, and the need to prevent violence against women, supporting Renfrewshire Womens’ Aid, and acting as marshalls for the annual Reclaim the Night walk, held to mark the UN 16 days of action against violence against women. In 2020 During lockdown, SI Paisley received recognition from Provost Lorraine Cameron of Renfrewshire for the Club’s outstanding contribution to the community in the face of adversity during a global pandemic.

Cutting the cake (L) Margaret Neil (R) Marissa Roxburgh

Despite having to move online in order to continue meeting, members provided financial and practical help to the local community through groups such as Renfrewshire Foodbank, the STAR project and Renfrewshire Women’s Aid.

In December 2021, a rowan tree was planted in the Peace Garden at Barshaw Park to mark the Centenary of Soroptimist International. The tree is also a sign of our optimism for the future, as we look forward, and continue to work to support women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potential.

Standardisation of Parking in Inverclyde Following feedback from the public, traders of the town and village centres and visitors we are considering standardising parking restrictions and charges throughout Inverclyde. These changes would, if agreed, make it easier for everyone including visitors to understand, would help promote recovery of town and village centres through turnover of spaces, would help increase footfall and it would support shop local campaigns. The number of free spaces would also increase along with options to stay longer. To see maps showing the current and proposed restrictions for Gourock, Greenock, Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow please visit https://www. inverclyde.gov.uk/your-council-yoursay/standardisation-of-parking-ininverclyde To fill in the consultation questionnaire please visit https:// www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ StandardisedParkingInverclyde/ The closing date for responses is Friday 26th August 2022.

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Sma’ Shot 󰈊ay f󰇼n in Paisley Thousands turned out to enjoy a day of spectacular parades, performances and live entertainment at Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations on Saturday 2nd July. The event is one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals and celebrates the famous victory of Paisley’s weavers in a 19th century industrial dispute. The fun began with the popular Sma’ Shot parade – featuring colourful performers, floats and costumes led by the Charleston Drum – which made its way from Brodie Park to the town centre. Once it arrived at the main event site visitors were treated to a performance from local dance group right2dance and the traditional Burning of the Cork display featured an effigy of one of the middlemen who demanded payment from the town’s weavers for the Sma’ Shot – the unseen thread which held together the Paisley patterned shawls. Abbey Close played host to a full afternoon of entertainment on the live stage with performances from PACE Youth Theatre, the Starlight Music Theatre adult rock choir and swing band, Shaz Martin and The Well Happy Band. All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre dazzled visitors with acrobatics, as well as ‘Watch, Fly, Come and Try’ workshops for kids and adults to try out trapeze and other activities with professional aerialists. Families relaxed with a seaside experience in Abbey Gardens with deck chairs and a beach for all the fun of a traditional trip ‘doon the watter’. Paisley Community Circus and Big Top Circus were on hand with circus skills and carnival fun alongside a performance from the RockUs community choir. The contemporary Makers’ Market at The Art Department creative space in The Paisley Centre showcased a variety of innovative local designers and makers, featuring everything from clothing and jewellery to interior design and gifts. The Bungalow venue staged an all-day programme of live entertainment, including the popular evening Poetry Slam, while the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages opened its doors for visitors to take a trip back in time through Paisley’s rich weaving history. Sma’ Shot Day is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s major events programme. To find out about more upcoming events in Paisley and Renfrewshire visit: www.paisley.is

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Paisley 10k Road Race & Fun Run Time to look out your running shoes and get in training for the Paisley 10k Road Race & 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.

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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 7, 8 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!

Strictly Come Prancing We’re Back! Friday 16th September from 7pm at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton Tickets now on sale for this award nominated event, as we return for our 10th Strictly Come Prancing! Sparklingdrinksreception on arrival followed by 2 course meal and fab-ulous entertainment! £45 per person.

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Gr󰈂ffe 󰈕alle󰈂 Ro󰇺ar󰈂 Review of the Year and Handover of Presidency, June 29th To complete his year 21/22 as President, Mike Farley presented a review of the year and thanked the officers, convenors and members for their support. During the year, the first in the excellent new venue at the Fox and Hounds in Houston, £15,745 has been raised and spent on Community projects – local, youth and international – an above average year despite the pandemic. More detail can be found in the slides shown at the meeting which can be seen on the club website at https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=881245&ClubID=1803. These slides give a good picture of the club’s activities and are recommended reading for anyone who might be interested in joining a club where you can enjoy fun, fellowship and participate in some worthwhile projects! Click the button on the website to make contact if you are interested. The club is healthy, benefiting from the eight new members who joined in the last 15 months and Mike welcomed the way they have participated enthusiastically during the year. The President for 2022/23 is Ian Jackson (a founder member who previously had the role in 2005/6) and the new Vice-President is Les King, who is one of the newer members referred to above. Mike Farley handed over the President’s chain to Ian Jackson and wished him well. Ian thanked Mike for an energetic and successful year in office and presented him with a decanter, suitably inscribed, and a bottle of malt whisky to go with it.

More excellent Speakers On 1st June, Diarmid McArthur – Optician, Musician & Author, guest of member Matt McElroy, gave a very amusing talk on how he had taken up writing crime fiction and has already had a series of books published. Two weeks later, Jennifer Murray Head of Houston Primary School gave a very interesting talk on the difficulties faced by the school during the pandemic lockdown and afterwards and how they had been successfully overcome. Then on 15th June, James Maclaren introduced his guest, Roy Cox OBE to speak. Roy is himself a member of Rotary and the father of a daughter, Cheryl, now in her 40’s. She was born congenitally deaf and blind. Roy explained how he and his wife had gradually learned how to communicate with Cheryl. The charities and services from whom they sought help had next to no experience of such profound disabilities and this had led Roy into setting up a new charity - Sense Scotland - to support deaf and blind people and their carers. The charity has grown and grown and now has an annual turnover of £25million and employs 1,400 people. Roy served as Chairman for 40 years! This talk was probably the most inspiring of the year! The final speaker of the session was Tony Fitzpatrick former player, coach and Chief Executive of St Mirren Football Club, introduced by John Melrose. Tony told about the challenges of deprivation and dyslexia in his childhood and his absolute determination to become a successful professional footballer. After a highly successful career in football, kickstarted when he was chosen to be Captain of St Mirren by the manager Alec Ferguson, Tony has new interests in serving others and has written a series of children’s books dedicated to the memory of his son Tony who died of acute myeloid leukemia in 1982. After a brief summer break, the club is looking forward to talks by two of our members, Andrew Macleman and Mike Pepper, on topics as diverse as GPS and the capture of German U-boats.

BBQ raises £1,080 for the Mulanje Mission Hospital Palliative Care Project On June 18th, favoured by fine weather, about forty members and friends turned out for a BBQ in the beautifully landscaped garden of members Astrid and Thorsten Koenig. The objectives of having a nice time with friends, enjoying some well-cooked food and raising funds for the Koenig’s Mulanje Mission Hospital Palliative Care Project were all met in full. President Mike Farley thanked Astrid and Thorsten for their hospitality and for their work for the people of Malawi.

Gryffe Valley Way We are interested to hear from the first people who have walked the full length of the Gryffe Valley Way and indeed anyone who has run it (and their time). Our next activity is to create erect a number of Interpretative boards along the Way including at Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir, the Mill Lade, Crosslee Village, and Craigends Estate. We are writing to each of the landowners to request permission. Anyone with knowledge of the history of these places is invited to contribute and any businesses willing to sponsor a board are invited to get in touch. Please email: gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com

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Praise as acti󰇾e tra󰇾el campaign in Renfrewshire 󰇴asses 750 mem󰇩ers Walkers, cyclists and public transport users in Renfrewshire are benefitting from discounts at local businesses as part of a year-long active travel campaign. More than 750 people have now signed up to the Not Far? Leave the Car campaign as they look to get healthier, lead more active lives and reduce their emissions by using the car as little as possible. The campaign rewards people for tracking their journeys using sustainable transport with points that can be redeemed at more than 100 businesses in Renfrewshire or donated to charity. Discounts can be used at cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and tanning salons, jewellers, gift shops, chemists, opticians and many other local businesses across the area. There are regular prize draws, and offers for double points available. Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted to see so many people signing up to take part in this campaign as it’s so important that we use sustainable travel whenever we can. “Reducing our emissions is key to tackling climate change so if we can all do our bit by walking, cycling, sharing a lift or using the bus or train instead of setting off in the car then we will make small steps towards progress.” “It’s great to get rewarded for taking part with discounts at so many fantastic local businesses in Renfrewshire and it gives a boost to their trade too, so sign up today for free and start earning rewards straight away.” Journeys are tracked either automatically or manually on the free BetterPoints app and vouchers can be redeemed in store or through the Renfrewshire Gift Card. To take part, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar, download the free app and get started today. The project has been funded by the Scottish Government and is provided by BetterPoints Ltd.

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Three new programmes to help Renfrewshire residents into work The three new Renfrewshire programmes worth £750k, will target support to people and businesses to help overcome some of the issues preventing people getting back into work. Renfrewshire Council’s convener for Economy and Regeneration Cllr Andy Steel made the announcement during a visit to the area by Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead. The programmes are mainly funded through Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government £80m Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery fund, which allows councils to develop local schemes to help businesses grow, stimulate economic activity, and support low-income households. The programmes are: Transition Fund for Parents – for parents who are out of work and on Universal Credit. This will see grants of up to £1,000 paid over the first three months in the job, where they may be waiting on their first wage and while benefits change, to help with practical costs such as travel, childcare, clothing or training. Skills and Training Grant Programme – a new fund to help people on Universal Credit, either unemployed or on low-pay, gain new skills and move into better-paid work. This will see support of up to £3,500 made available to help the costs of training which will help them advance their careers. Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative – a pilot scheme which will pay wage subsidies to help businesses create new part-time jobs which start and finish within school hours – for parents who want back into work but for whom working 9 to 5 isn’t possible. Cllr Steel said: “These programmes will help businesses fill vacancies and retain staff, which will in turn boost their own productivity, and hopefully create further opportunities down the line.” Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said: “It’s great to see Scottish Government funding being used to make such a difference in Renfrewshire. This additional support shows the principles of our No One Left Behind approach to employability”. All three of the funds are now open for applications and more information on how to do that can be found by emailing: invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk or calling 0300 300 1180.

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coming events IN August

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events in late July

TUESDAY 2ND SATUDAY 6TH THURSDAY 11TH Houston & Killellan Kirk Solas Bereavement Group Sat 25th JunE - Sun 14th August Foodbank Donations Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom West Halls, Main Street, Linn Park Equestrian Centre 2pm Houston PA6 7EL (next to Paisley - various venues Fun Day Carrick Centre and Village Hall) Solas supports those from Our amazing brick models will take you on a fantastical quest through our medieval fantasy land. And with a nod to Scotland’s national animal, Brilliance the Unicorn! Free entry.

10am to 12noon & 7pm - 8pm Every Tuesday in August.


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RSPB,Largs Road, Lochwinnoch Keep your eyes and ears open on this self-led family activity and complete the challenges in your activity booklet to see just how ‘WILD’ you are! Nonmembers - normal fees. £3 per adult, £1.50 per child.

Saturday 16th - Sunday 31st Happy Hedgehogs RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch Self-led family activity exploring nature trails and finding out all about hedgehogs! £3 per child. Nonmembers - normal fees. Complete challenges and see if you can find all the letters to un-jumble the mystery word to claim your prize!

Summer Kids: Pond Dipping & Mini Beasts Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 12noon This week we’ll be searching for tadpoles and other mini marine species at our pond in Muirshiel Country Park, as well as invertebrates and other mini beasts around the woodland! £5.

Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th August Flower Walk Semple Visitor Centre, Three Sisters Theatre - Castle Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 9 to 5 The Musical! The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB Thursday & Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm & 7pm

Saturday 30th Paisley Farmers Market The Paisley Centre - 10am to 2pm

West Renfrewshire Young Farmers Car Treasure Hunt

1pm to 3pm

Learn all about the broad diversity of wildflowers that can be seen along our lochshore and local woodlands. Wildflowers are an important part of our local ecosystems as they provide a valuable food source for pollinators, and contribute to the broader health of our local environment. They’re also very pretty! £5.

Linn Park, Simshill Road, Glasgow G44 5TA 10am to 3pm

With loads to do, including pony rides with photography £7 from 10am - 1pm (Please bring correct change in envelope to help waiting time), Dog show £2 a Class (various classes available), Rodeo bull & gladiator dual £3 from 10am -1pm, Alpaca petting zoo from 10am - 1pm, Hot food and drink, Stalls, No bookings required!!!! https://www.facebook.com/ thenewarkcentre/ Free Entry.


Summer Kids: Feed the Birds Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 10am to 12noon During the summer we’ll be hosting our Summer Kids programme of events for young people every Wednesday during the school holidays! Each week we’ll be hosting practical outdoor activities to help young people engage with and learn about nature here at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. £5.

Kilmacolm and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one. For more information please call Barbara Marshall on 01505 872417 or email mailto:barbara@ oochy.com

Houston & Killellan Kirk “Houston Hello” Killellan Halls, 13A Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7HW 2pm to 4pm A drop in group for people living with dementia and for those who support them. Contact Frankie Greenwood on 07817 210777 or email: familyandcommunity. houstonkirk@gmail.com for more information. Also on Thursday 25th August.

FRIDAY 12TH Drop In: Practical Conservation (Rhododendron) Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 10.30am to 3pm Join our rangers and volunteers to help control the spread of Rhododendron within our woodland areas! Free to attend, no booking required! Just show up on the day. It is recommended that you wear long sleeved shirts and trousers. Gloves will be provided. Free event.

Gryffe High School, Old Bridge of Weir Road, Houston - 6.30pm Starting point: Gryffe High School. Finishes with BBQ and dance at the Weels Farm! Entry: £10 per car (includes burger & dance). Lorna 07713 233884 or message FB page!

Sunday 31st Erskine Riverside Market Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine PA8 7AF - 10am to 4pm

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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.

Cla󰇷󰈤󰇮c󰇷 󰈜󰇺 Cas󰇹󰇱󰇪 S󰈥m󰇴󰇱e C󰇧r 󰉍󰇬󰈣󰈟 Classics at Castle Semple will be returning to the shores of Castle Semple Loch on the Sunday 30th October 2022 for its 10th anniversary of this highly popular Classic Car show. Over the ten years, many bygone beauties have travelled to Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire to enjoy the scenic location of Castle Semple Country Park which is part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park – which covers 108 square miles of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. “The carpark location of the show proves very popular with the classic’s owners” said Jane Fawcett, event organiser and staff member at Clyde Muirshiel. “Their pride and joy stays clean – as do they! It’s a very late show in the show calendar, but that’s what attracts everyone. People aren’t ready to tuck their cars away for the year yet. It’s one last social jaunt to a cracking, easy to find destination. Time for a blether with friends, admire some automotive eye candy and a chance to win an award or two.” The show raises money for St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood, who assist people living with life limiting illnesses - a charity very close to Jane’s heart – even more so after her father passed away there in January 2020. “Throughout Covid, so many charities suffered with events being cancelled and people being unable to complete their usual generous challenges. Let’s dig deep and support this incredible local charity who have helped so many people in our community. I’m sure everyone knows someone who has been helped by St Vincent’s Hospice.” The car show is very much aimed at Classic and Historic cars with room for some classic motorbikes also. This year there will be 5 awards. To find out how to enter your vehicle, please email: classicsatcastlesemple@ gmail.com or call Castle Semple Visitor Centre on Mondays or Tuesdays on 0300 300 0200 option 1.

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Farmers Markets in August SATURDAY 6

Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road, near Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB 10am to 12noon


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

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SATURDAY 13TH Drop In: Propogating Seeds



The Paisley Centre 10am to 2pm / p a g e s / Pa i s l e y - Fa r m e r s Market/207097172654332



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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Join one of our rangers and learn how to sow and propogate the wildflower seeds we’ll be collecting at our Drop In session on the 30th of July! If you missed the seed collection feel free to turn up anyway! We have another collection date on the 3rd of September that you can attend as well! Call: 0300 300 0200. Free event.

Summer Butterfly Walk Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch 1pm to 3pm Can you tell the difference between a peacock butterfly and a small tortoishell? Why not join one of rangers for a walk around Castle Semple Country Park, and we’ll teach you all about how to identify them and their value to our local ecosystems! £5.

Millport Raft Race Returns! Kames Bay, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, KA28 0EA 12noon Application forms are available from Gail Murphy at Pots and Pets or email millportraftrace@gmail. com with a suggested donation of £5 pp.



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



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

Scotland On Tour - EABHAL Lochwinnoch Golf Club, Burnfoot Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4AN 7pm Eabhal is a five-piece folk bank composed of Kaitlin Ross, Nicky Kirk, Megan MacDonald, Jamie MacDonald and Hamish Hepburn. Each song is inspired by a unique location in Scotland that holds a special place in different band members’ hearts. Tickets available at: Now and Then Gifts or online at www.scotlandontour.com/ venue/lochwinnoch-golf-club/ Tickets £14.

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THURSDAY 25TH - SATURDAY 27TH Art Off The Square Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Steeple Street

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SATURDAY 20TH Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society – Garden Festival Freeland Church, Main Street, Bridge of Weir 12noon to 3pm Members are putting on a display of all-things-garden, along with houseplants, cacti or succulents. This will be an opportunity to see just what we can all grow, or attempt to grow, in our area. We plan to display cut flowers, our sweet peas (hopefully), herbaceous and perennial flowers, indoor plants, vegetables and fruits. Free event.

Exhibition & Sale of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Opening hours:- Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August 2pm - 9pm, Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm

FRIDAY 26TH - SATURDAY 26TH The Big Art Show The Art Department, 2 - 10 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UQ 10am to 4pm With almost 1,000 artworks in the exhibition there’s lots of exciting work to see from all ages and experiences, a truly open, inclusive, positive showcase and the largest exhibition of its kind in many years. https://outspokenarts.org/wpcontent/uploads/2022/07/BigArt-Show-Selected-Artists-List2022.pdf https://www.facebook. com/outspokenartsSC


SUNDAY 21ST Guided Tour: Muirshiel Country Park Muirshiel Visitor Centre, Calder Glen Road, near Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB 1pm to 3pm Muirshiel is one of the oldest Country Parks in Scotland. Learn its previous history as a shooting estate and how it has developed! Call: 0300 300 0200. £5.

Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run County Square, Paisley PA1 1BP 10am If you’re not taking part in this year’s 10k road race/fun run, why not pop along at 10am to support all the runners if you can. Let’s make this year’s return the biggest and best we’ve ever had!

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Largs Viking Festival Largs Bringing 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.

TUESDAY 30TH Houston & Killellan Kirk Houston Wild Times Houston & Killellan Kirk, 13A Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7HW 1pm Dementia Inclusive Nature Walk finishing at 3 pm. The last Tuesday of every month.

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Mil󰇰󰇵󰈢r󰇹 R󰈜󰈭 󰉊ac󰇪 󰉋󰈥󰇹u󰈦n󰇷! 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 Gail Murphy at Pots and Pets or email millportraftrace@gmail.com - suggested donation of £5 per crew member. Shield for the winning raft, Trophy for the best dressed raft. Followed by a fundraiser in The Newton Bar from 9pm in aid of Girlguiding Millport and local youth groups. W: https://www.facebook.com/groups/165183980203781/

Greenock Light Opera Club (GLOC) presents Shrek the Musical on Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th November from 7.30pm, including the Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets on sale soon, please check our Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/greenockloc/photos/a.571308386255788/ 5176400302413217 for more details.

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cllr james maclaren

Next Deadline... #327 September 2022: 17th August

Councillor Details WARD 9:

Contact info: 0300 300 1291

cllr.james.maclaren @renfrewshire.gov.uk It’s been quite a varied basket of issues over the last month. Grass cutting has been quite high up with a number of complaints, along with weeds and poorly maintained footpaths.


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

Cllr Gillian Graham:

Great to see the good work of Bonnie Bishopton paying off in the village with plenty of colour in and from the new planters along the main thoroughfare of Greenock Road plus the planting at the community centre and the library. This is a great lesson showing what can be done when like-minded people get together. So, if you aren’t happy about a place in your village, by all means send me details of what needs to be done and I will ask the council to do all they can, but it may be worth thinking of setting up a group to improve it further.

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

Of course, Brighter Bridge of Weir needs commended for all their good work, but like many organisations, they need new blood to come in and help. A village thrives on the people in it and if you care for your village then please give something back to it in some way.

cllr.emma.rodden@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1431

The Langbank Swing-park Regeneration group have done wonders in this regard with the erection of the MUGA and it is now a popular place to be for the children. Next to the Langbank Bowling Club, it is important for both to be supported in the community and to get along together. I hope villagers will support both going forward. A reminder that 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.


6.30pm to 7pm. Langbank Church - 1st Monday of the month; Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir – 2nd Monday of the month; Bishopton Community Centre – 3rd Monday of the month. The times are 6.30pm to 7pm. You do not need to book. Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns, and I am happy to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.

St 󰉄a󰈛󰇭󰇧r’s Ra󰇳󰈆󰇻r󰇰󰈠 Chu󰇶󰈝h Autumn Concert performed by the Clydebank Citadel Band on Sunday 18th September at 3pm Tickets: £5 (including refreshments) Available from Morven Tel: 01505 612286 or on the door subject to availability. All Proceeds to St Machar’s Ranfurly Church Funds and the Salvation Army

Bri󰈧󰈪󰇪 󰈣f We󰇮󰇶 S󰈖I We are looking forward to the start of a new session. Our first meeting will be a social evening with refreshments at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st September in the Cargill Hall. There will be an opportunity to discuss ideas for the months ahead and to welcome old and new friends. The aim of the Scottish Women’s Institute is to bring women together where they can learn; share knowledge, experiences and interests; have fun and respect each other. If that appeals to you please come and join us.

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

Cllr Emma Rodden:

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

Cllr Audrey Doig: cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk 07768 130 935

Cllr Alison Jean Dowling: cllr.alison.dowling@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1419

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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The 󰈈󰇶󰇮󰈨g󰈥 John and Brenda Lindsay are moving from Bridge of Weir to Essex and have finished their involvement with The Bridge after eleven years dedicated service. During that time, they have effectively run the shop and John has always been an office bearer either as Secretary or Chairman. They will be greatly missed.

Films at The Bridge: We hope to resume with a new film programme from September including more foreign language films. Attendance for film showing has been disappointing this year and it is understandable that some people have been cautious following all the concerns about corona virus. We very much hope that audiences will be bigger when we resume and we expect to reintroduce some refreshments in advance of the film show. There is no exclusive audience for films and everyone is welcome to come along.

Conversational French: We are fortunate to have a linguist,Nathalie who is going to lead conversational French from 11am to 12.30pm at The Bridge on the first Saturday of each month. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to call in and get involved. There is no obligation to stay for the full ninety minutes.

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cllr audrey doig

village hall

I was very pleased to see that Gryffe High School has been ranked eighth in the Times Scotland 2022 League Table of Scottish Schools. Within the top ten there were only three state schools in the whole country above Gryffe, which really does earn it an exceptional reputation of which the pupils, staff, parents, and parent council can all be justifiably extremely proud. So effectively whilst it was eighth overall, it was fourth in terms of the state school sector. I always try to support Gryffe, and indeed all the schools in my ward, and I was recently very pleased to attend the Gryffe High School production of “We Will Rock You”.

Karate: Johnstone Tora Kai Karate Club. Adults and children welcome (min. age 7 yrs) Instructor - Sensei Tom Lambie, 5th Dan JKA. Registered and licenced with Scottish Karate Governing Body, fully insured and PVG approved. Gradings held on an ongoing basis. 07850 407442

A constituent has approached me about the question of cycle path etiquette and how the lack of it can badly impact on our enjoyment, not to say add considerable risk to using it. My husband is a very keen cyclist so I want to stress that I am not anti-cyclist, but I have to appeal to the more sporting cyclists to remember that they are the fastest thing on the cyclepath, so have a duty to slow down and use their bells effectively to let walkers know they are there. Parallel to this I have also to ask dog walkers to always put their dogs on a lead when cyclists approach in case they see them as a threat. Remember the cycle path is for us all.

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.

Surgeries: Brookfield Village Hall, Thursday 11th August, 7pm

gems_paisley@hotmail.com Tuesday

TESCO Linwood Café, Tuesday 16th August, 5.45pm

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Contact info:


Dog care in summer...

ballroombasics@live.co.uk Thurs

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

Signs of burned pads:

Stewart 07710 464 969

• Limping or refusing to walk

7pm - 8pm (Beginners)

• Pads darker in colour


• Missing part of pad

BROOKFIELD • Brookfield Village Hall (main entrance)

BRIDGE OF WEIR Loc󰇧󰇰 󰈑󰇼󰇩li󰈛 • 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 (open hrs)

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

• Blisters or redness


Signs of heatstroke:

Both classes are suitable for all levels of experience including none at all! Limited places available.

• Heavy panting and difficulty breathing • Excessively drooling

KILMACOLM • Kilmacolm Golf Club • St Columba’s Senior School

• Lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated • Collapsed or vomiting www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/summer/dogs

Sun 6.30pm - 7.45pm, for Pregnancy

• Bishopton Community Centre

• Keystore, Corseford

Sat 11am - 12.30pm (Mixed Ability)


• The Cornerstone, Greenock Rd

• Keystore, Spateston

• Licking or chewing at the feet

Thurs 8pm - 9pm (Intermediate) 7pm - 8.30pm (Beginners)


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

Ballroom Basics with Stewart & Jane Wilson. New members welcome. Private/Wedding First Dance lessons available.

Defibrillator Sites

• Gym, Birkmyre Park • Library (rear of New Surgery)


Mon 10am - 11am, for Mum & Baby

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

10am - 11am

BALLET: Dance classes for children with The Ballet & Dance Company. Get in touch for more information or to book a trial. suzanne@balletanddanceacademy.co.uk Thursday Friday


• Kilbarchan Bowling Club


Cllr Robert Innes - Tuesday 16th @ 6pm - 6.30pm

• Langbank Village Hall

Russell Findlay MSP/Cllr David McGonigle - Monday 29th @ 3pm - 4pm

• Doctors surgery, Station Rd (carpark wall)



Providing the weather is dry, outdoor yoga sessions will be held in the park. An inclusive, flowing vinyasa class inspired by nature suitable for all. Pre-registration essential. £5 per class - pay as you go. Plenty of positive feedback received from those who have already attended and enjoyed the class in the evening summer sunshine! For more details and to book a place:

Next Deadline... #328 September: 17th August

• Spar, Clippens Rd • Asda

LOCHWINNOCH • Outside GP Practice, Main St • Russell Institute

Sunday evening from 7.30pm - 8.30pm brookfieldvpa@gmail.com

• Onyx Leisure Centre




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Cllr Audrey Doig - Thursday 11th @ 6.30pm - 7pm

3.45pm - 5.45pm 4pm - 6.50pm

• Scout Hall


William Quarriers House (entrance to Faith Ave)

• Country View

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The Carrick Centre, Houston

Coffee Shop

Takeaways only Monday - Saturday:10am - 2pm during school holidays Shop/Centre 01505 229597 Gryffe Manor Out of School: (Monday - Friday) 01505 615438 Dance West Scotland: enquiries@dancewestscotland.co.uk


15th @ 8am 4pm 4pm

TUESDAY Gryffe Manor R1 2.30pm start 9th DWL R2 4pm start 16th DWL MH 4.30pm

WEDNESDAY Gryffe Manor R1 2.30pm DWL (Weekly) MH 3.30pm DWL(Weekly) R2 4.15pm DWL R3 3pm Moo Music 9.45am Cllr Audrey Doig R5 17th @ 7pm

THURSDAY Move It Or Lose It 10.30am, start 4th Gryffe Manor R1 2.30pm Folk Club MH 8pm

FRIDAY DWL MH 3.15pm DWL (Private) R219th & 26th @ 1.45pm Mr & Mrs Mc Ghee 9am Natalie Don MSP R1 5th @ 12.30pm Gavin Newland MP R1 12th @ 12.30pm

SATURDAY DWL MH 9.30am start 20th Cllr Robert Innes R5 20th @ 11am

SUNDAY Baptist Church 11am & 6pm (No Eve Service 14th) Shiri Cameron B/P MH 28th @ 2pm


Ho󰇻s󰇹󰈣󰈡 & Kil󰇰󰇪󰇱l󰈜󰇳 Ki󰈦k Post-Lockdown events at Houston & Killellan Kirk have well and truly resumed with great enthusiasm – while the Foodbank collections, like the need for them, have taken no break. Donations are welcomed at the Foodbank at the West Halls every Tuesday 10am – 12noon and 7pm – 8pm, with current shortages being for long life milk, small diluting juices, tinned rice, tinned custard, coffee, jam, biscuits, cleaning products, shampoo, deodorant and carrier bags. Not Quite the Kirk Carnival/ Family Fun Afternoon and Tea Room on 14th May was a great success, with the youngsters enjoying the crafts and sideshows. Mums and Dads (and some Grandparents) valued the opportunity to have tea and coffee and Houston’s renowned home baking. The Kirk Carnival, one of the events of the year in Houston, will be back next year – make a note of the date, Saturday 13th May 2023. Overseas Mission have been busy with their Congregational Lunch, raising funds for our Missionary Partners’ projects in Mwandi. Social and Grounds Teams organised most enjoyable cream teas, together with some rose pruning guidance. Meanwhile, the Wee Blether continues every Tuesday, although taking a break for July, and the ever productive Men’s Shed continues to meet from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays. Possibly the highlight of the Lockdown period was the putting together of the Houston Lockdown Quilt by a group of skilled ladies, including words or phrases that helped get folk through lockdown. All this is in addition to the “events” organised by Frankie Greenwood (who was also the co-ordinator of the quilt), such as “Houston Hello” and “Houston Wild Times” advertised in What’s On … Plus, of course, the Sunday Services! This included the traditional Annual Kilallan Kirk Service on 3rd July.

An exciting new event to celebrate of the tales and legends of Houston past present and future. After several months of planning and discussions with various groups and people across Houston we are delighted to be able to start working towards a showcasing event “Celebrating the tales and legends of Houston past present and future” The event is taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of the Stories 2022, which is a celebration of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every community has a different tale to tell. A whole host of events are being held across Scotland this year – by community groups, museums, culture and heritage organisations and visitor attractions – showcasing our rich storytelling and literary heritage. Houston and Killellan Kirk are delighted to be working together with our local schools and nurseries, singer/ songwriter Yvonne Lyon, Houston and Crosslee Historical Society, Houston and Crosslee Heritage and many different people across Houston, to bring together this wonderful event which will take place at Gryffe High School in November 2022. This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting “A Celebration of Houston Legends and Tales from Past Present and Future” through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Events play an important role in our communities as they sustain livelihoods and help to celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories. Themed Years are all about collaboration and Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and VisitScotland are pleased to work in partnership to create this fund to showcase community stories. By supporting events taking place within our communities, including “A Celebration of Houston Legends and Tales from Past Present and Future, new opportunities with be provided for locals and visitors to come together and find out more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.”

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

Booking enquiries: Bill Haddow 01505 690693 Stewart Scally 01505 674277 John McDougall 07735 473645 thecarrickcentre@gmail.com hostbookings@outlook.com

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Sco󰇹󰇱󰇧n󰈧 L󰈣󰇾es 󰉁󰈢󰈛󰈜󰇱 Awa󰇶󰈨s 2022 The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a celebration of all that is great about our nation’s towns and neighbourhoods – recognising and rewarding remarkable dedication, innovation and commitment towards shaping a sustainable, successful future with localism at its heart. These are about highlighting the people, places and projects which are leading the way in making a difference, delivering benefits which will help make our communities cleaner, greener, stronger and fairer whether through design, delivery or sheer determination. Awards will include the commendation of a High Street Hero – a business or organisation which has gone above and beyond to support those around them, whether inside or outwith the Covid-19 pandemic. The event will also celebrate inspirational leaders; those who embrace heritage and culture to the benefit of their community; positive place-makers; and businesses who are doing their bit for and respond to the climate emergency. They are all about the people who are at the heart of why Scotland Loves Local. The categories are:

Climate and NetZero Town Award Creative Town Award Streets and Spaces Award Digital Town Award Town Centre Living Award Enterprising Communities Award High Street Hero

Applications close on Friday 2nd September 2022. To enter, please visit https://lovelocal.scot/awards/

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After missing the last two years because of the pandemic, Kilbarchan Parish Church is absolutely delighted to announce that their 22nd Art off the Square Annual Exhibition is taking place this year from 25th – 27th August. This exhibition has always been the fundraising highlight of the year for our Church and has proved year upon year to be most successful. Featuring well known professional artists and talented amateurs the exhibition showcases some 200 paintings, together with ceramics, jewellery, cards etc. Opening times are Thursday 25th and Friday 26th 2pm until 9pm and Saturday 27th from 10 am until 4pm. Tea, coffee and home baking also feature, so why not come along – what’s not to like!!

Dem󰇪󰇳󰇺󰇯a Fr󰇮󰈥󰇳󰈨l󰈂 Lo󰈝h󰇿󰇮󰈡n󰈣󰈛󰇭 On Thursday 2nd June we celebrated the Jubilee with a Garden Party enjoyed by us all. At the AGM we arranged some summer events, a farm visit, the Sistine Chapel exhibition at Braehead, the John Byrne exhibition at Kelvingrove and coffee afternoons. The Planning meeting is on 17th August when we shall make up the syllabus ‘til January. The book group will discuss Big Brother by Lionel Shriver and the walking group continue with various walks. If you want more information please visit the website: www.nwr.org.uk Kilbarchan Parish Church. Services continue at 11am in August, conducted by Rev Stephen Smith. All welcome and also enjoy the livestream via the website: www.kilbarchankirk.org Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club. The club resumes on Monday 29th August from 9.15am - 11.30am in the church hall (off Steeple Square) and we look forward to welcoming babies and tots under 3 along with their accompanying adults. Cost remains £1 per adult.

The Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly group aims to reach people with Dementia, their carers or family. In addition, provide social interaction and support for older members of our community and then open to all if numbers allow.

Dates for your Diary Friday 16th September 2pm - 4pm

Bingo Afternoon Tea at Lochwinnoch Golf Club

Friday 11th November 2pm - 4pm

Film Show at Calder U.F. Church Hall

Friday 2nd December 2pm - 4pm

Christmas Afternoon Tea Dance at Lochwinnoch Golf Club

For more information contact 07868 752814.

Loc󰇬󰈟󰇮n󰇳󰈣󰈝h A󰇶󰇺s Fe󰇷󰇺󰇮v󰈜󰇰 Fi󰇱m󰇷 4U 17t󰇬 Ju󰈡󰇪 French Film & Cabaret Everyone had a fantastic evening at the French film Amélie and Cabaret with the amazing Christine Bovill. Due to generous sponsorship from local business, we were able to raise £525 for St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Saturday 13th August at Lochwinnoch Golf Club Doors open at 7pm Eabhal is a five-piece folk bank composed of Kaitlin Ross, Nicky Kirk, Megan MacDonald, Jamie MacDonald and Hamish Hepburn. Their second album will be a collection of traditional songs and new original material, exploring their ‘10 wonders’ of Scotland. Each song is inspired by a unique location in Scotland that holds a special place in different band members’ hearts. With strong links to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, this album will draw on their inspirations and influences from these areas and their lived experiences, resulting in a fresh range of original material and traditional songs.

Nina, our fabulous groomer, has been with us since April and is fitting in well to the ethics of our salon. Nina is Level 3 qualified, fully insured & canine first aid trained. She currently has space to take on new clients. Please contact her on: 07930 022404.

Tickets £14 available from ‘Now and Then Gifts’ or online at www. scotlandontour.com/venue/lochwinnoch-golf-club/ All proceeds from raffles will go to the Ukrainian appeal.


Physiotherapy in your own home Domiciliary Physiotherapy is for people who are unable to come to the clinic for treatment. This may be due to a recent change in mobility following any surgery, hospital admission, post covid or lockdown deconditioning, neurological conditions, e.g. Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s Disease or those requiring orthopaedic rehabilitation following surgery. If you or someone you know would like to make an appointment for a physiotherapist to come to your own home please call 01505 873078. We continue to offer outpatient appointments at our clinic in Kilmacolm.

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The old library centre kilbarchan

opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm re-opening on Tuesday 2nd August at 10am

Monday Spanish Conversation 2pm 3.45pm (University of the 3rd Age) to be decided Yoga with Kerry 7.30pm 8.30pm to be decided

Tuesday Craft Group 2pm - 4pm (every 2nd Tuesday) to be decided Book Group 7.15pm - 8.30pm (once a month)


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cllr andy doig I am delighted to report that, at my request, council officers have inspected the A760 past the RSPB in Lochwinnoch and have come up with key recommendations to improve the safety of this road, where earlier this year there were a number of accidents. Following a check of the road camber they picked up two Openreach covers that were defective, one on the footway and one which encroached into the carriageway of the A760. The Council has agreed to take away the second traffic island and put a new edge line on the kerb with radical re-lining. I am confident this will improve road safety at this point. At the last full meeting of Renfrewshire Council I was delighted to sponsor a motion, which met with unanimous approval, congratulating Kilbarchan Pipe Band on their recent British and European championships successes, and looking forward to their forthcoming bid to win at the forthcoming World Pipe Band Championships this month in Glasgow. The band are a credit to Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire and Scotland - I wish them every success at the Worlds. I have written to council officers asking them to give me a timescale for the upgrade of the kitchens within Howwood Village Hall, which I negotiated as part of the Council budget in 2020/21. Sadly, this was a casualty of Covid, but the money for this is still ringfenced and I am determined to continue to push for more village investment.

Contact info:

07534 148 224 cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Yoga with Elizabeth 10am 11.30am or 7.30pm - 9pm restarting on 10th August

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Thursday Move it or Lose it 2pm -3pm (exercise for over 60’s) restarting on 4th August

GARDEN OPEN DAY We are delighted to announce that the “Hidden Garden” at the Old Library Centre will be officially opened on Saturday 13th September from 1pm until 4pm. Do come along and see for yourselves the hard work that has been put in by our garden volunteers and the many interesting plants. Refreshments will be available. If you have any questions beforehand, please phone or email on the number below. The Old Library Centre 9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF Kipco is a Scottish charity, SC031251, and is run by volunteers 01505 706070 kipcokil@hotmail.com www.kipco.org

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Howwood Parish Church

Well, here we are in August already. Holidays almost over and ready for school. The Church has been a wee bit quieter. Looking forward to seeing people back with all the stories from their break. A very warm welcome is extended to everyone in the village and roundabout to come and join us for a peaceful time in the kirk with an hour of divinity and hymns and then a cup of tea and meeting old friends. Please come on Sundays at 10am. 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.

Howwood Hall Questions continue to be asked by villagers about the dilapidated condition of The Hall. Since the start of the year HCC have been pressing Renfrewshire Council to invest in major improvements to bring the hall up to the standard at which a village hall should be and therefore return it to the attractive hub it once was. We will keep you posted ….. with patience.

Safe Walking Initiative Again, villagers are raising increasingly angry voices regarding the dangerous speed of vehicles travelling through our village. HCC have been fighting this for years as best as we can. In September 2021 we again raised this with our Councillors and MSPs. During January 2022 an online survey was conducted, advertised by leaflets, newsletter, Facebook and village notice boards. Many residents did submit suggestions on this. The report of the consultant will be fully discussed with Renfrewshire Council in September 2022. Hopefully, there will be many measures put in place to make Howwood and other villages much safer for all of us, including our children and animals.

Road safety around Bowfield Despite assurances from Renfrewshire Council in January 2022, the agreed road markings and road signs have not been put in place.

Safety Barrier on Bowfield Road The safety barrier at the foot of Bowfield Road is damaged by trucks on a regular basis. HCC had a meeting with Renfrewshire Council in April 2022. Since then, the barrier has been damaged twice with the last incident demolishing it. This is at a very busy and dangerous corner, used daily by children going to and returning from school. HCC and our councillors have put it to Renfrewshire Council that a much more effective solution is required.

Why not visit us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/howwoodcommunitycouncil Contact us at howwoodcommunitycouncil@gmail.com

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cllr gillian graham Our community halls are much needed facilities, essential in supporting village life. I’m delighted to see that the long-awaited refurbishment of Lochwinnoch’s’ McKillop Institute is nearing completion and look forward to seeing it re-open its doors. Sadly, residents of Kilbarchan and Howwood haven’t been so lucky and their halls continue to be neglected. In June I met with representatives of Howwood CC and Facilities Management to discuss the much-needed repairs and improvements to Howwood Hall. Improvement works are long overdue and need to be reviewed urgently. I share Kilbarchan residents’ concerns about the condition of the Steeple Hall. The Steeple is iconic, but it has been neglected and its condition allowed to deteriorate. In July I called a site meeting of OneRen and Property Services with Ward Cllrs and Kilbarchan CC. It’s clear that the Steeple Hall will require significant investment, we can’t allow this iconic building to deteriorate further. I’ll fight for a significant chunk of the £700,000 the Council has allocated for community halls, to be invested in the Steeple Hall and Howwood Hall. On 30th June, I tabled a motion to Council condemning the Scottish Government’s 71% cut to Renfrewshire’s Attainment funding (cut of £3.2million). This money assists teachers to support our poorest and neediest children. I’m delighted that my motion met with support from all opposition councillors. As a result, the Leader of the Council and the Leader of the Labour opposition will write to the Cabinet Secretary rejecting the cuts and seeking a meeting to discuss the impact. I hold joint face to face surgeries with my colleague Cllr Chris Gilmour on the first Saturday of the month, these re-start on 3rd September. If you feel I can be of assistance, or you would like to meet with me please feel free to contact me.

Contact info:

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

Kil󰇲󰇧󰈝󰈣l󰇲 D󰈦am󰇧󰇹󰇯󰈝 Soc󰇮󰈥󰇹󰈠 After the past few years of restrictions, Kilmacolm Dramatic Society members enjoyed being able to get back together for a party quiz night in the Kidston Hall on 24th June. Continuing on from this success, our Social Convenor, Kevin Curran is planning many more similar events. There was an excellent turn out for the read through and auditions for our forthcoming production of “King Arthur – The Panto” by Archie Wilson. Performances will be on 24th, 25th and 26th November, so keep a note in your diary. Find out who is this mysterious Lady of the Lake and whether Arthur will defeat the wicked Morgana. Anyone wishing to be involved or wanting further information, contact our secretary Mandy Robinson on 07719 309960.

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Bri󰈧󰈪󰇪 󰈣f We󰇮󰇶 󰈉󰇭󰈣ra󰇰 S󰈢󰈝󰇯et󰈂 New 󰉍󰇪󰈜󰇷o󰈡 Bridge of Weir Choral Society will resume rehearsals for the autumn season on Wednesday September 7th at 7pm in the Kidston Hall Kilmacolm, where preparations will start for the Christmas concert. This is a new day, a new time, and a new venue, so hopefully everyone will arrive at the right place at the right time! We are actively seeking new members, so if you fancy having a go, please come along. There is no audition process, music is supplied and you can come along for a couple of weeks before joining. It is hoped to organise an open “Come and Sing” evening in October, but if you are interested, don’t wait for that - every week is a “Come and Sing” week for us! Our Christmas concert this year is scheduled for December 11th. For further information, please contact Mary.Leishman@4-consulting.com

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Cargill Centre Sin󰇫󰇮󰈡g 󰈇󰈣󰈦 He󰇧l󰇹󰇭 Kilmacolm new Community Centre

Monday Yoga

9.30am – 10.30am

Yoga with Janis

10am - 11am from 8th August

Tuesday Qi Gong

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Zumba 6pm – 7pm from 16/8/22 Bridge

7.30pm – 9.30pm.

Wednesday Metafit: 9am – 9.30am Move It Or Lose It 10.30am – 11.45am Pensioners Lunch 12.30pm – 2pm Friendly Bridge 1.30pm – 3.30pm Pilates 6.15pm – 7.15pm & 7.30pm – 8.30pm from 24/8/22 Body Balance

7pm – 8pm.

Thursday Pilates

9.30am – 10.30am from 25/8/22

Acting For Fun

5pm – 8.30pm from 25/8/22


6.30pm – 7pm

Kettle Bells

7pm – 7.30pm.

Friday Kettle Bells

9am – 10am

Moo Music Inverclyde 10am – 11am

SPECIAL EVENTS Police Surgery, Monday 1st August, 10am – 11am

COMING SOON Flower Show, Saturday 3rd September, 10am – 4pm

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

9am to 3pm

Sunday: Closed Enquiries & Room Hire: 01505 873994

Cafe Opening Times Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm Saturday:

10am to 3pm

Sunday: Closed Reservations & Takeaway: 01505 874663 www.cargillcentre.com

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It’s proven that singing benefits not only our voices, but our mind, body and spirit. That’s the ethos behind Singing for Health and Wellbeing, a weekly adult class in Kilmacolm Community Centre. The teacher, Daniela Hathaway, says “The class is a fun one-hour weekly session where each participant can find their voice, improve their breathing and connect with music in a joyful and fulfilling way. I take great care to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere in which the group can sing, laugh and make friends. It’s an opportunity to forget the stress of everyday life and enjoy music-making.” Do you need to be a trained singer? “Not at all” says Daniela - “you just need to love music and be willing to throw yourself into the class”. Daniela is a singing teacher and workshop leader and teaches singing at the RSNO Junior Chorus, going into local schools and nurseries giving singing and musicianship classes on behalf of NYCOS, the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She’s currently working for Scottish Opera on a project called Memory Spinners, a series of workshops for people living with dementia and their carers. A typical Singing for Health and Wellbeing class begins with grounding exercises that enable everyone to relax and get in the mood for singing. There is then a short body stretch and a physical warm-up to music. Breathing exercises follow and now we are ready to sing! Simple, fun singing exercises help to increase range and improve tone, whilst tongue twisters enhance articulation. We learn rounds, partner songs and songs in a variety of styles, including pop, folk, classical and gospel. The session ends with a relaxing mindful meditation to soothing piano music. The words and music are provided, and there’s always a pianist to support the singing. Classes are on Tuesday evenings 7pm - 8pm, and Friday 11.30am 12.30pm. Classes resume the week of 29th August. If you’re interested get in touch with Daniela on 07949 071653 or schusterdanie@icloud. com, or simply join the Facebook group to receive regular updates.

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cllr Stephen Mccabe We have been blessed with reasonable weather so far this summer and it has been good to see youngsters making use of the new MUGA surface in Birkymre Park. A net is on order for this facility, which will mean it will be able to be booked for tennis. The use of the adjacent putting green has been disappointing. The danger is that if we don’t use it, we will lose it given that it costs money to maintain and the Council is on the lookout for budget savings. I received a complaint from a constituent in Quarrier’s Village about the reduced level of grass cutting on the main village football field. I contacted the Chief Executive of Quarriers on his behalf and he has arranged for more frequent cuts to take place. The same constituent has also asked me if an electric vehicle charging point could be installed in the village. Quarriers are supportive and Council Officers have agreed to include a proposal for this in our plan to increase the number of charging points across Inverclyde, which will be the subject of a bid to the Scottish Government for funding. I have received representations about the CALA Homes plan for developing what they are calling the Police Station field in Kilmacolm. As a member of the Planning Board, I am limited in what I can say about any planning application in advance of it being determined. Last month I attended the official opening of the new zero-waste food pantry in John Wood Street, Port Glasgow. The pantry is open from 10am until 3pm on Mondays and 1pm until 6.30pm on a Friday. You make a weekly payment of £2.50 and this allows a selection of food and toiletries of up to 8-10 items to the value of £15.

Surgeries: Kilmacolm Community Centre, Tuesday 16th @ 6.30pm.

Contact info:

01475 712 020 (office hours) Stephen.McCabe@Inverclyde.gov.uk 10 Victoria Gardens, Kilmacolm, PA13 4HL

An󰇫e󰇱 V󰈢󰇯ce󰇷 C󰇭󰇮l󰈧󰈦󰈥n’s C󰇬o󰇮󰈦 The Angel Voices Children’s Choir has just completed its 9th year! The Community children’s choir was founded in association with St Fillan’s Church in 2013 to provide children with fun, friendship and a musical education. Under the directorship of Anne Lawrence and Michael Hepburn (accompanist), the children sing a variety of music, both religious and secular, learn musicality and musical terminology and experience the discipline and satisfaction of singing and performing together. In the photograph, you see the children, dressed in their 1940s costumes, singing songs from the musical ‘Treachery at Traitor’s Quay’ at their latest performance. You should have seen them dance the jitterbug!

Rehearsals resume after the summer holidays: Fridays at 6pm - 7pm in St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm. Ages range from 4 to 14 years. We are always happy for children to come along to try us out and we warmly welcome new members. For more details contact Maureen Russell on maureenmrussell@hotmail.com or 07905 950028.

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cllr david wilson Consultation is being conducted by our roads department into standardising parking throughout Inverclyde. A £4 all-day charge is being considered for the Lochwinnoch Road car park. There will be some residents passes, but NOT for shops and businesses. This could be an unbearable cost to traders. I support the status quo with more long term parking. Much maligned parking discs are again being recommended. The introduction of these was a disaster and they had to be removed. For the life of me I fail to understand why they are being even considered. You can have your say. As a consequence of the Scottish Government giving permission for development at West of Quarry Drive the developer is paying for the pavement to be redone at James Terrace. The Glenmosston Burn flood prevention scheme has been planned and is now ready to proceed. The project will commence soon. This will be a relief to those in Gillburn Road, the Cross and Market Place. St Columba’s Junior and Senior Schools had their first prizegivings in 3 years. The youngsters enjoyed the speech by Lawrence Robb an actor and former pupil. Seniors were duly impressed by the quite inspirational Dr Cor Hutton who through illness lost both feet and hands. She had the first both hands transplant. Her story of handling such adversity was spell binding. The Clyde Presbytery has published a consultation document containing plans for Ministers and Churches from Arrochar to Paisley. It is suggested that BoW and Kilmacolm have one Sanctuary in each village. In Kilmacolm’s case this would allow us to call a Minister. The plan will be approved in Nov/Dec 2022. Decisions on the use of Churches are rarely unanimous, but Presbyterians have always been about the Gospel, not bricks and mortar.

Contact info:

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

Kil󰇲󰇧󰈝󰈣l󰇲 O󰇱d Ki󰇶󰈬 The Solas bereavement drop-in group will be meeting in the Lounge of the Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm, Thursday 11th August 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 The OUTLOOK group are taking a break for holidays in August, but will be welcoming friends old and new to the autumn programme starting in September.

We󰇮g󰇬󰇺-Wat󰈛󰇭󰇪r󰇷 W󰈣󰈦k󰇷󰇭op Open to all who are interested in enhancing their general wellness and/or weight-loss routines …. members learn and share with like minded people on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm in St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm For further details please contact: 07780 002576.

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schools & Sports Gaelic speaking school to open in Ren󰈇rewshire For the first time, Children from across Renfrewshire will now be able to learn their lessons while speaking and writing in Scottish Gaelic as a new education provision opens in Paisley. Opening from August 2022, West Primary School will welcome children into a composite primary one-to-three class where they will be taught lessons by a principal teacher while only speaking and writing in Gaelic. As the demand grows, additional teachers will be recruited as needed. It’s hoped that more parents will be interested in registering their child to learn using the Gaelic medium in the future. Any child who lives in Renfrewshire can attend the Gaelic provision regardless of where in Renfrewshire they live. The school will primarily accept pupils in primary one, two and three classes, with older children needing to speak and write fluent Scottish Gaelic for their age to be able to attend. West Primary was chosen as the location for the Gaelic class due to its central location, access and transport links. Head teacher Lynne McGinn said teachers at the school are really excited about the new Gaelic class “We are pleased to be able to provide a base for the Gaelic class. Everyone at the school is ready to welcome the children from August and to help them settle into their new school as quickly as possible. Our school is proud of its bilingual culture and looks forward to the addition of a dedicated Gaelic provision to enhance this further.” Convener for education at Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Emma Rodden, said: “There has been growing interest from families in Renfrewshire who wish their children to be educated while speaking and writing in Gaelic. Learning while speaking and writing only in Gaelic will give our children an immersive experience, allowing them to learn the Gaelic language while completing their normal schoolwork.” For more information on Gaelic education in schools, visit www. renfrewshire.gov.uk/schools-gaelic

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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

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 Classes are aimed at the over 60s. We focus on Flexibility, Aerobic Health, Balance and Strength (FABS) exercises. First class free for new members 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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Junior Parkruns...

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!

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Houston Primary School Digital Wellbeing Award We received our Digital Well-being Award in recognition of our excellent standards, demonstrated through our strong cyber resilience and internet safety practices. This award recognises the skills Houston Primary School pupils are taught and how they are being embedded strategically in classroom practice and across the school. A special thank you to Mrs Farquhar and her young Digital Leaders for all of their hard work.

Squash Tournament Pupils from Primary 5 were the winners at the recent squash tournament at Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club. Next session Strathgryffe will be offering free taster sessions in school.

Football News Primary 7 pupils reached the final of the Renfrewshire inter school football tournament. Here they are proudly showing off their gold medals. Excellent performance throughout the season. Well done team! A huge thank you to their coach Mr Patterson, for all the early morning training sessions and for taking them to the games.

Farewell Primary 7 An official farewell to our wonderful Primary 7 classes was held at Houston and Killellan Kirk. Rev. Noonan and Mrs Murray spoke to the very smartly dressed Primary 7 pupils, about moving on to the next chapter of their lives. The pupils were presented with a tie for their chosen secondary school, provided by our very generous Parent Council. Some pupils also received an award for their outstanding skills in a variety of subject areas. Back in school, the pupils were also given the ‘red carpet treatment’ and presented with awards which their peers nominated them for. They know each other well!

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St Colu󰈩ba’s Beating the Retreat: Pipes & Drums in The Park At the end of another frenetic academic year, we had the very great pleasure of listening to the United Kingdom Pipe Band Champions – our very own Pipe Band – at the annual Beating the Retreat concert. ‘Beating the Retreat’ is St Columba’s School’s spectacle of sound, colour and pageantry; it is a wonderful, celebratory event, intended to close the school year on a high. Given that Beating the Retreat has taken place online for the last two years, we decided to provide a free concert for the entire community and played to a huge crowd of school families and friends in Birkmyre Park. The programme was packed with fine music including Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree, Bonnie Galloway, Highland Cathedral, a Drum Fanfare, Flower of Scotland and Scot’s Wa Hae. In a formal ceremony, a number of pupils were welcomed into the band, congratulated on winning prizes or wished a fond farewell as they leave school. Pipes & Drums in The Park was the culmination of another impressive year for our pipers and drummers, who are participating in a busy summer competition season. In early June, the band were crowned United Kingdom Pipe Band Champions - the school’s first ever Major Pipe Band title! They also came 2nd place in the European Pipe Band Championships during the first week of the school holiday - an absolutely outstanding achievement. We also wish the band all the very best in the upcoming World Pipe Band Championships this August. These ambitious endeavours pay testament to the commitment of everyone in our multi-award-winning Piping and Drumming Programme, in which around one fifth of our pupils are enrolled. Well done to everyone on their hard work and tenacity this year – including the sector-leading, word champion title holding staff: Mr Gordon Bruce (Piping & Drumming Programme Manager), Mr Kyle Warren, Mr Steven Nelson and Miss Louise Augaitis.

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KilbarchanPupilsWereExcellentSports! The Kilbarchan team loved competing in the Euroquiz! They won the Renfrewshire Euroquiz final and then went on to compete against finalists all over Scotland. They all worked exceedingly hard at preparing for the competition and their confidence grew as a result of participating in this amazing event. Although they did not win, they loved having the superb opportunity to come to Parliament, listen to a talk and compete. They demonstrated one of our school values by showing determination to try their hardest to increase their knowledge. They also demonstrated one of our school values by being supportive and congratulating the winning team. We are all so proud of our Kilbarchan team!

World Cup beckons for Kilbarchan girl Former Birkmyre and Gryffe HS player Louise McMillan has been awarded a professional contract with the SRU. Louise is now in training full time with the Scotland squad as they make their preparations for the World Cup, which is to be held in New Zealand this October. Scotland have been drawn in pool A with hosts New Zealand, Australia, and Wales so are expecting a tough battle to make it through to the knock out stages. Louise is determined to stick with professional rugby and is negotiating a move to a team in the English Premiership once the World Cup is past. Scotland are currently captained by Rachel Malcom, the daughter of a former Birkmyre player so hopefully it’s a world cup double from Birkmyre. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body www.parliament.scot/help/13591.aspx

Back to back victories in Four Castles Tournament

Birkmyre are looking for the next generation of players who want to follow Louise from Knockbuckle Road to the Scotland squad, training restarts on Sunday 21st August for everyone from Primary one upwards. Adult rugby pre-season fitness sessions run every Tuesday & Thursday through the summer starting at 7.30pm.

RCGC were back to back winners of the Four Castles Tournament on a glorious sunny day at Bothwell on Sunday 10th July. The annual tournament is hosted on a rotational basis between Ranfurly Castle, Bothwell Castle, Haggs Castle and Buchanan Castle Golf Clubs. RCGC won the inaugural event in 2000 and are the only Club never to have lost the event as hosts, with a six from six record.

Only two Clubs have won the event ‘away’ from home - Buchanan Castle (2011) and Ranfurly Castle (2002 & 2022) Hospitality at Bothwell Castle was of a high standard and they presented a truly outstanding golf course to the visiting clubs. Many congratulations to the 18 players who took part, including Team Manager Paul Morrell. The Trophy is awarded to the Team with the highest aggregate score from all players - a valiant effort saw RCGC pip the hosts by just 9 stableford points. Next years hosts are Buchanan Castle.

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Despite the fact that we are in the middle of July, it hasn’t really been feeling much like summer. The strong winds have continued to produce challenging conditions for the lady golfers. 10th of June saw 24 Past Lady Captains competing in a 12 hole competition, while fighting the remnants of Storm Alex with gusts of 45mph! The team of Eileen Walker, Evy MacGregor and Helen Abram were the winners with 30 stableford points. Everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch and lots of chat afterwards.

This month Old Ranfurly ladies have been very busy playing a range of competitions. On Tuesday 5th July the Greenlees team were very successful against Douglas Park with Suzanne Smith scoring a hole in one on 16th. Well done Suzanne!! Then on Thursday 7th July Old Ranfurly ladies were delighted to welcome lady golfers from far and wide to their Open Competition. We enjoyed lovely warm weather with lots of sunshine. Along with our own members, entrants ranged from as far apart as Blairemore to Carradale to many of our local clubs including Kilmalcolm & Ranfurly Castle. This competition is open to all lady golfers who have a handicap. The open is a greensomes 4 ball Stableford competition over 18 holes.

Hazel Kirkland and Lynda McFie

The ladies had opportunities to win additional prizes throughout their round including nearest the pin in 2 strokes and longest drives. Jen Owen and Lorna Campbell Winners - Eileen, Evy & Helen

The course was in excellent condition thanks to sterling work from the groundsmen team. All ladies enjoyed a great days golf but as always there are winners who achieve best scores on the day.

The weather deteriorated even further on Saturday 11th of June for Captain Stevie Scott’s Day. 3 intrepid ladies braved the conditions and Eunice Muir won with 36 points.

This year’s winners:- 1st Jennie Scott; Old Ranfurly and Jenny Davidson Kilmalcolm score 39 points; 2nd Jen Owen Old Ranfurly and Lorna Campbell Carradale score 39 points; Doreen Ferguson and Susan Tyre Blairemore & Strone score 39 points.; Hazel Kirkland Old Ranfurly and Lynda McFie Kilmalcolm score 38 points.

The West Renfrewshire League team played Kilmacolm at home on 14th June and had a 4/2 win. This means the team have now had 2 wins from 3 matches with one still to play at Renfrew. We wish the team the best of luck in this final match. Our popular Grans Trophy was played for on 15th June with Nancy MacGadie winning on a score of 38 points. Morag Cunningham hosted the Spring meeting for Captain’s prizes on 22nd June. Some ladies played 12 holes while others played 18 and all enjoyed a friendly drink after their game. The Silver winner was Sheila Biggart and the Bronze was Gillian Donaghy. The McLachlan Cup was played for on 29th June another miserable day of poor weather. The number of teams playing was considerably reduced due to a number of members being struck down with Covid. Helen Abram and Anne Gordon were the winners with 35 points.

Suzanne Smith hole in one!!

Congratulations to all. A wonderful day’s golf!! Our charity for this year was Breast Cancer Now and we raised £470. Prizes were presented by club captain Russell Johnstone and lady captain Fiona McPhee.

Summer Tennis at Strathgr󰈂ffe Strathgryffe has been running summer holiday tennis camps for local children. Camps run daily Monday-Friday for children aged 3-16. Full day, half day and early drop off available. Equipment provided. Non-members welcome. For further details go to: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/StrathgryffeLTC

On Sunday 10th July a team of 18 Ranfurly members travelled to Bothwell Castle Golf Club for the annual 4 Castles Competition. The other clubs represented were Haggs Castle and Buchanan Castle. 4 ladies formed part of the team and were delighted that Ranfurly Castle retained the Trophy for a 2nd year (see previous page). Well played everyone! Finally the Summer Greensomes were played on 13th July. Despite yet more strong winds and tricky pin positions Pamela MacKenzie and Morven McLeod returned a very good score of 40 stableford points.

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Brookfield Bo󰇿lin󰇫 Cl󰇼b

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Morag Malcolm Invitation Triples

Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships The Scottish Schools Track and Field championships attracts competitors from Shetland to the Scottish Borders. Held over two days in Grangemouth the cream of Scottish teenage talent is on display. There were not only medals to be won, but possible selection for the Schools International Home Country International to be held in September.

Bishopton Team skipped by Ian Loudon The Morag Malcolm Invitation Triples was held on Sunday July 3rd for the first time for three years. The Tournament was sponsored by the Malcolm Group and attracted sixteen teams from all over the district. Some very tight games were played with the team from Bishopton skipped by Ian Loudon coming out on top.

Star of the show was without doubt was Zara Redmond. The Gryffe High School pupil won both the 800m and 1500m winning not only two gold medals, but the TSB Trophy for her performance in the 800m. In the past the trophy has been won by luminaries such as Eilish McColgan and Jemma Reekie. Zara’s times of 2.14.95 and 4.40.53 took her the top of the Scottish Rankings.

Pairs Plate A Four Bowl Mixed Pairs Competition for the Lindsay Plate was held in beautiful sunshine on Saturday 9th July. The picture below shows the winners and the runners-up just before their contest - Left to right – the winners Peter and Angela Connell, along with Colin Greig and Moira Wilson.

Looking for exercise? Why not try Lawn Bowls! At Brookfield we are always happy to welcome new members, whether you’re an old hand or a complete novice. Just come along to the bowling green on any Tuesday afternoon 2pm or evening 7pm, Thursday afternoon 2pm or Saturday afternoon 2pm. Say hello and you will be made very welcome. Anyone interested please phone 07388 779215 or e-mail brookfieldbowls@gmail.com

Not to be outdone Zara’s training partner, Kilmacolm’s Amy Teasdale, running in the older age group, also took gold in the 1500m. Amy ran a controlled heat to qualify for the final and came away from the field down the home straight win in 4.44.85. Amy is undefeated over the distance this year with a personal best time of 4.41.85. While the male athletes could not match the exploits of their female club mates Alistair Street and Oliver Patton both won silver medals again in the 1500m. Since the start of the season Alistair has lowered his personal best from 4.37.6 to 4.22.17 and now lies sixth in the Scottish rankings.

Peter & Angela Connell, along with Colin Greig & Moira Wilson

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Oliver’s focus in recent weeks is a place on the Great Britain team for the European Youth Championships in Israel. He could not emulate his recent success in the indoor 1500m and had to settle for a silver medal.

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The 󰈌󰇮󰇳󰈪󰈥r Ca󰇹 󰈉󰇭󰇮l󰈧󰈦󰈥n’s Bo󰈢󰈫󰈤h󰈣󰇴 Bo󰈢k 󰉊󰈥󰇽i󰇪󰈟s Shi󰈭󰈂 󰉄c󰈽i󰈭y & Sli󰇴per󰈂 Sam: Pirates Aho󰈂! Resist: One Girl’s Fight 󰈈ac󰈬 Against the Nazis Tracey Corderoy 9781839945823





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Barrington Stoke Ltd Nosy Crow Ltd Join Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam on their swashbuckling new adventure, Pirates Ahoy! The pair have baked cakes for Captain Chucklebeard’s party and have had lots of fun watching the party games, but disaster strikes when Captain Chucklebeard’s treasure is stolen! Can the detective dogs save the day with a little help from the Captain’s parrot?

Perfect for 3+ pirate lovers

Ama󰈃ing Animal Treasur󰈂 Chris Packham Illustrated by Jason Cockcroft ISBN 9780008546281 Hachette Children’s Group A beautiful and simple look at the world of animals for younger children. The book is split into three sections: Amazing Animal Babies, Amazing Animal Homes and Amazing Animal Journeys. Find out how animals such as Darwin’s Frogs start their life, discover the home of the Honey Bee and learn about the migration of the Blue Whale. The book is beautifully illustrated and would make a perfect gift for children age 4 years and older.

This powerful story is set during the Second World War and is inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. Life has been hard for teenage Edda and her Dutch family under wartime occupation, food is rationed and there is a constant threat of capture and arrest by the Nazis. Edda’s Uncle has been murdered and her brother captured and Edda is determined that she wants to fight back and help the resistance, but to do so is not only risking her own life, but that of her family. ‘Resist’ is a phenomenal story showing the bravery and courage of not only the Dutch resistance but the families who live through war. For age 9+ readers. The book has readable typeface and layout, making it accessible to more readers. Resist available 4th Aug 22

The Asparagus Bunch Jessica Scott-Whyte ISBN 9781801300469 Wellbeck Publishing Group Leon is thirteen and is very very knowledgeable about every type of sweet you can think of. He has also been to lots of schools and isn’t particularly keen on starting another one, but as it turns out, his new school might not actually be as bad as it first seems and he might just make some new friends. The school bully Glen however has taken a dislike to Leon and embarrasses him in the school dinner hall. Leon and his new friends form ‘The Asparagus Bunch’ and set out to seek revenge on the school bully which may or may not go to plan in this funny tale of friendship, family and finding your place in the world. The book stars a cast of neurodiverse characters who in the words of The Asparagus Bunch ‘Just Do It. Differently’. 11+ readers

Cheerleaders In Search O󰈇 Sponsors To 󰉄ake 󰈼lorida Dreams Come 󰈓rue Megan Donnelly, Holly Stickler, Emma Armour and Isla Armour from Gryffe High School, all attend Solid Rock Cheer and Gym in Linwood. The girls and their teammates have been given the chance of a lifetime, qualifying to compete at the Summit Cheerleading Championships in Florida in April 2023. They will compete as part of Solid Rock’s International Level 1 Cheer team, against some of the best teams in the world. Solid Rock Cheer and Gym has seen incredible growth and become an integral part of the community over the years, with teams being very successful and winning many awards. In order to fund the athletes’ entry fees, training kit and travel expenses, the team is looking for sponsors in the local area. The girls will be visiting local businesses in the coming weeks in search of sponsors and raffle prizes to help raise money. As a way to show their appreciation of your sponsorship or donation, the team can wear your company’s name and logo on a t-shirt worn by athletes and staff. The gym can also advertise your organisation on social media to over 2,000 followers. If you or your company can help the girls and their team, please get in touch! Email solidrockcheerandgym@outlook.com or call 07960 319466.

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out & about Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers Two “Iconic” outings on brilliant June days saw the BoWers climbing first the Cobbler and then Conic Hill via the West Highland Way. On both days we had warm sunshine and great views. The ascent of the Cobbler was a Sunday outing and a good turnout had the main party getting to the top of Glasgow’s “favourite hill” with great views down Loch long and to Ben Lomond, The smaller group went on to add the “Munro” Beinn Narnain. More recently, two parties set out, one from Balmaha and one from Drymen, to hopefully meet at the summit of Conic Hill. The hill was mobbed and it was a Monday! Needless to say, in perfect conditions, the parties managed to pass each other on the way on different levels but there was a happy reunion in Balmaha for refreshments. The next few weeks will include a trip to Glencoe, The borders for two hills and a wee side trip to Austria. Images: On top of the Cobbler (Robert & Iain) Conic Hill “wave”

RS󰉉B 󰉁ochwinnoch Nature Reserve You can really tell that we are deep into summertime now. Our trails are still full of beautiful wildflowers with lots of lush, green vegetation. Our trails are at their best during this time of the year the birds are filling our trails full of beautiful birdsong, insects are buzzing, and butterflies and damselflies are about. If you are looking for something to keep the kids amused before the end of the summer holidays, then a wee visit to our reserve is what you are looking for. When you visit us why not take part in our Big Wild Summer event for all of August - you can search for our fantastic dinosaurs, try your hand at pond dipping or have a go at our geocaching trail. Also, in August we will be running a bat night we will tell you all about the secret world of these fascinating creatures then we will go out on the trails with our bat detectors. The date for this event is still to be arranged, just keep a wee eye on our social media. So why not come for a visit and wander our beautiful trails, you never know what wildlife you might spot? You can let your little monkeys visit our fairy path to see who is at home, go wild in our natural play area or bang out a tune in our new acoustic area. Our reserve shop continues to sell all your bird feeding requirements, fancy goods, binoculars, and scopes. Did you know we also sell hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and snacks? Our friendly staff and volunteers are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our amazing reserve. 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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The Walk... ‘Wild Swimming A-Gogo’ greeto bridge, largs walk

by Rona Simpson

Brighter Bridge of Weir Abandoned Hope One of the things that inspired the creation of Brighter Bridge of Weir was the site of the old Hope Hall on Main Street. The building itself was long gone, but the ground had become overgrown and derelict and so, in 2012 the Group set about transforming it. Before

Difficulty: Easy/moderate, depending on your knees (steep, but short) Starting Point: Car Park opposite Nardini’s (if you fancy a reward ice cream on your return) or the small car park at the top of Flatt Road (if you want to shave off a little distance)

Distance: 2.5 miles Points of Interest: Wild swimming, views across the Clyde


As I write it is the hottest day we’ve had so far in July, which is lovely as it has been a bit of a wash out up until now. Social media is alive with stories of ‘wild’ swimming. So many seem to have embraced this new pastime, but of course it isn’t new. My mum told me she learned to swim in the river Endrick in Killearn. In fact, it was the only type of swimming she did as a youngish child. The first time she went to a swimming pool, as a teenager, she was appalled by the chemical smell and the awful noise! Anyway, I digress. This walk can involve some ‘wild’ swimming (or shall we just call it swimming?) So, if we manage to have a warm day in August and you fancy cooling off near a lovely, local waterfall this is the walk for you. Greeto Bridge Walk at Largs 4km. Start the walk from either the car park across from Nardini’s or alternatively there is a small car park at the start of the Gogo Glen path at the top of Flatt Road. Make your way up the Main Street and after the pedestrian crossing near the Railway Station turn left, past the Post Office, turn right onto Gateside Street which becomes Flatt Road. At the top of the road take the right fork to find the start of the path. Here is a small car park and a path leading down to the Gogo Water. It’s worth going for a small detour down this path to appreciate the wonderful woodland within the Gogo Glen.

A fund-raising campaign helped them to get the plants and materials they required and, over the following years, the transformation continued. The pictures show the area before work began, and how it looked four years later. Last year the landowners, Sustrans, decided to upgrade access paths to their route through the village. Brighter Bridge of Weir was disappointed to hear that Sustrans’ plan involved creating a new, accessible path through what was now a ‘woodland garden’. Several trees were cut down, some because they were diseased, others to allow access. And the woodland garden took quite a hit, with some of Brighter Bridge of Weir’s work ending up in a skip. Still, not everything was lost. The 2nd Bridge of Weir Guides’ tyres and painted stones remain, as do Rocky the Reindeer, and ‘Amelia’s Tree’, planted in 2018 by little Amelia MacAlroy. Brighter Bridge of Weir has new plans for the site, including more shrubs, trees and a ‘managed’ wildlife area. Hope springs eternal.

From the Gogo Glen car park follow the paved road through the gate and up the hill. It is quite a steep climb, but luckily you can stop to admire the wonderful views over to Cumbrae and Arran and catch your breath at the same time! Approaching the bridge – and along the route – there is the opportunity to strip off and take the plunge. Today this route is enjoyed by Largs families as a pleasant day out to admire the views and maybe take dip in the pools, but in times gone by it was also a route that folk used to take to get to the areas of peat, which was dug up and used as a fuel source in winter. Cock-ma-lane cottage lies to the south of Gogo Glen below Castle Hill and the route continues from Greeto Bridge over rough ground to the old mast. Views here are spectacular taking in North Ayrshire hills and Clyde Coast. Follow the path back the way you have come.

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Kilbarchan and District Beekeepers Association During the early weeks of August, we will be checking the sections of each hive where the honey is hopefully being stored. Hives come in separate parts with larger “brood” boxes that are filled with frames of wax where the Queen can lay her hundreds of eggs. Above that a Queen ‘excluder’ keeps her out of the “honey supers”. These are not so deep as a brood box and hold frames intended just for storing and extracting honey. Beekeepers are always hoping for a good crop, but the weather can sometimes mean the bees have struggled to leave the shelter of the hive to forage or forage has not been as good and they start consuming what they have placed in the supers. In August the bees should be taking advantage of nectar from Himalayan Balsam and Rose Bay Willow herb, both popular sources yielding plenty of nectar. Working from dawn to dusk the bees will be furiously laying up stores for darker days ahead. Many of them won’t be around to enjoy them of course, since the worker bees literally work themselves to death in 5-6 weeks, with the effort of providing for the colony. Meanwhile, over the next month’s bees being produced are those that will carry the colony into the early to mid-winter period. After a season of hard work beekeepers are also looking forward to sharing the hive’s bounty in the months to come. This summer, away from the apiaries, members from our association volunteered at KDBA had stands at the Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow show and also at the Kilbarchan Agricultural show. Volunteers were delighted with the interest from visitors who were treated to a visual display of live bees which was a favourite with the children. They were fascinated to see so many bees close up whilst safely behind glass - and spotting the Queen was a real incentive. If you are interested in beekeeping for yourself, please contact our secretary via helenajbee@gmail.com who will provide more details about our association and how to join. We have a Facebook page which is reserved for members and beekeeping friends, but you can follow us on or Twitter @KilbarchanBees and Instagram via kilbarchanbeekeepers

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Bridge Of Weir Horticultural Society – Garden Festival

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show

The Garden Club Festival will take place on Saturday 20th August. Members are putting on a display of all-things-garden, along with houseplants, cacti or succulents. The venue will be Freeland Church Hall between 12noon and 3pm. This will be an opportunity to see just what we can all grow, or attempt to grow, in our area. We plan to display cut flowers, our sweet peas (hopefully), herbaceous and perennial flowers, indoor plants, vegetables and fruits – indeed anything which we have grown successfully during this erratic summer.

The annual Flower Show in Kilmacolm will be held on Saturday 3rd September in the Cargill Community Centre. The hall will be filled with Cut Flowers, Potted Plants, Hanging Baskets, Vegetables, with a section for the delicious Homebaking, the skills of Floral Art, and entries from the ‘young gardeners’. Entry is £2 with the doors open to the public from 10.30am. Prizegiving at 3pm followed by the sale of flowers and produce will close the Show.

It’s a totally free opportunity for you to come along to the Freeland Church Hall and breathe in the aromas and perfumes which might remind you of summers of yester-year and which are still achievable in our gardens today. Take a few minutes to come along, relax and escape the worries of our lives at present. Remember – gardens, parks and green spaces are now recognised as therapeutic places which help lift spirits when times are hard. We’ve been saying this for years but now it’s official! Members will be on hand to chat about any gardening problems and give tips to help you – so pop in! We’ll be there between 12noon and 3pm.

The tradition of Flower Shows in Kilmacolm dates back to 1879, with closure only for the world wars and the covid lockdown. We hope that you will come along to admire the quality displays, enjoy refreshments in the Cargill Cafe, and collect a schedule of the Winter lectures that start in September. If you would like to support the Society and join our friendly group, annual membership is £5. Further details from the Show Secretary on 01505 872393.

Colourful Kilmacolm Gardeners know that even a well-cut lawn will not look neat unless the edges have been trimmed. Fortunately (!) Colourful Kilmacolm does not have any lawns to tend, but something similar applies at our Market Place garden. We do our best to keep the weeds down, trim the shrubs, pick up the litter, but if the crevices between the slabs are weedy the whole area looks untidy. As you can see in our photo, a good turn-out of helpers last month made short work of sprucing up both garden and paving and the result of just an hour’s work was really pleasing. August is probably the month when our displays and gardens look their best, so when you are out and about, please take a moment to savour the colours, watch the bees at work and if you see any Colourful Kilmacolm volunteers give them an encouraging comment. We like that! If you have any spare time and enjoy being out in the fresh air, how about coming along to help? You can find information about joining at www.colourfulkilmacolm.org.uk or phone Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963 973031).

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Cl󰈂󰈨e 󰉄uirshiel Now that summer is well underway the Ranger team have a busy timetable of events planned for the next few months. Among the events coming up include weekly Wednesday events over the school summer holidays, plus there will also be guided walks and drop-in practical conservation days coming up. Please check out our website and social media channels for more information and how to book for these events. The Rangers have been seeing plenty of summer wildlife while out and about doing our wildlife surveys. We have been seeing lots of butterflies such as Ringlet, Small Heath and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and at Muirshiel dragonflies are starting to appear in numbers. We have also had occasional sightings of Ospreys recently at Castle Semple: keep an eye out for one drifting over the loch looking for fish. We continue to deal with fire damage from disposable BBQs and with litter: 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 Ranger team, the Estate team and our volunteer groups have been hard at work recently doing pathing repairs, managing vegetation and repairing picnic benches at both Muirshiel and Castle Semple. One task we have been busy with recently is controlling Himalayan Balsam at Castle Semple. This invasive plant grows in dense swathes, which crowd out native plants and leave bare areas in the autumn/winter which become vulnerable to flooding and erosion. Although they are easy to pull up, it is a time-consuming job due to the sheer number of plants along the loch shore paths.

Summer Kids @ Cl󰈂󰈨e 󰉄uirshiel Regional Park During the summer we’ll be hosting our Summer Kids program of events for young people every Wednesday during the school holidays! Each week we’ll be hosting practical outdoor activities to help young people engage with and learn about nature here at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Call 0300 3000 200

Pond 󰈊ipping & Mini 󰈈easts Wednesday 3rd August, 10am - 12noon at Muirshiel Country Park Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB. We’ll be searching for tadpoles and other mini marine species at our pond, as well as invertebrates and other mini beasts around the woodland! Cost: £5.

Flower Walk Saturday 6th August, 1pm - 3pm at Castle Semple Country Park Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA. Learn about how flowers provide a valuable food source for pollinators. Cost: £5

Feed the Birds Wednesday 10th August, 10am - 12noon at Castle Semple Country Park Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA. Learning about the birds while we feed them! Cost: £5

Dro󰇴 In: Practical Conservation (Rhodo󰈨endron)

12th August - 10.30am - 3pm at Castle Semple Country Park Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA - Free Event! Help us to remove Rhododendron at predetermined sites throughout the park. No booking required - Just show up on the day! Please wear long sleeved shirts and trousers. Gloves provided.

Dro󰇴 In: Pro󰇴ogating Seeds Join us online: www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/Clydemuirshielregionalpark Twitter and Instagram: @clydemuirshiel #clydemuirshiel Contact us: rangers.castlesemple@clydemuirshiel.co.uk


13th August - 10am - Midday at Muirshiel Country Park Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB - Free Event! Learn how to sow and propogate the wildflower seeds we’ve collected. Next seed collection 3rd September. Call 0300 300 0200.

Lochwinnoch Community Garden Grou󰇴

Summer Butterfly Wal󰈬

The community garden group continue to be very busy! The group raised over £400 at the Gala on the 11th of June thanks to all who bought plants and to the Gala committee for all their hard work! This helps the garden group purchase plants and other materials to maintain the containers, baskets in the village and continue to keep the community garden looking beautiful!

13th August - 1pm - 3pm at Castle Semple Country Park Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

Gala plant sale! On Tuesday 12th July we had our visit from the Keep Scotland Beautiful assessors we will report back next month on how we got on!

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Today we’ll teach you all about how to identify them and their value to our local ecosystems! Cost £5.

Guided Tour: Muirshiel Countr󰈂 Park 21st August - 1pm - 3pm at Muirshiel Country Park Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4LB Learn about Muirshiel’s history as a shooting estate and how it has developed! Cost £5.

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