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Assuming no-one really needs reminding, but just in case, the Commonwealth Games are running in Glasgow from Wednesday 23rd July to Sunday 3rd August and we have a number of articles through this magazine with details. There will be lots of events to complement the Games going on around Glasgow and details of these are on page 12. Unfortunately, the coming of the Games brings with it a certain amount of disruption for those living and working in Glasgow. We have details of roads affected on page 55. More importantly for our community, The Queen’s Baton Relay will be travelling through Inverclyde on Monday 14th July and Renfrewshire on Thursday 17th July. There are a number of local personalities involved in carrying the Baton and we’re hoping that there will be a lot of local support to cheer them on. With luck the weather will stay fair to help them on their way. A full list of villages and estimated times is on page 19 with a link to the official website. You can also check Renfrewshire’s ad on page 9 for information. Improvements continue in Bridge of Weir. It’s nice to see that the Co-op has made significant improvements to the loading bay and rear storage areas. A skip was brought in and all the waste at the back doors has been cleared away. Also, parking in Maxwell Place is much more organised now following the installation of yellow lines and designated parking areas. Staying with Bridge of Weir, it is sad to see a few empty shops, some looking quite neglected now. Although, on a positive note, the two shops which were formerly occupied by florists are now in the process of new occupation, but no details yet of the incoming businesses details. And in Kilmacolm, positive news that planning approval has been given for the redevelopment of the Institute building. This consists of two shops on the ground floor and 13 flats above, as was outlined in our magazine several months ago. Should the development go ahead, there will be a disruptive period during construction. Hopefully the finished result will enhance that wee corner of the village. And lastly, an apology to our Elderslie readers as their June copy of The Advertizer was delivered later than we would normally like. A breakdown in communications meant that our regular delivery person was unavailable and resulted in a delay of that particular distribution area. If you live within our delivery distribution areas and are not receiving your copy of the magazine through your letterbox, or if there are any issues with delivery, please let us know. Much as we love positive feedback, we do accept that not everything is perfect and we continuously try to improve our service. In closing, I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and hope we get a wee bit more of this lovely sunshine!

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LEAP New Team Member

LEAP recently recruited two new team members. Our new Car Club Coordinator, Mike introduces himself. “Hi. I’m Mike Callaghan LEAP’s new Car Cub Coordinator. I’m excited to have started working with LEAP and am looking forward to meeting all of the Car Club’s current and future members. Should you have any questions about the Car Club at all, or perhaps wish to join, I’ll be in the Bridge of Weir Office every Thursday, the Lochwinnoch office in Church Street every Friday, or you can contact me on 01505 842530 or at mike@”

Car Club Our Car Club will soon be up and running in Kilbarchan, based in the Ewing Street Car Park (We have our first member all signed up!). As in our other sites, the first 15 members to sign up will get their membership for £15, a saving of £45! We are taking names at present, so if you are interested in joining, please contact Mike on 01505 842530. LEAP Community Survey 2014 –closes midnight Saturday 5th July –win a Fairtrade Hamper! Thank you for the fantastic response we have had during June to our LEAP Community Survey. We will be publishing the survey findings in due course but if anyone hasn’t had chance to respond, the survey is still open until midnight on Saturday the 5th of July. The survey is to help determine how you, our community, would like to see us develop LEAP for the future. So whether you’ve used LEAP services or not we want to hear from you! It takes just five minutes to complete the survey either online at www. or paper copies are available any of our LEAP offices. Don’t forget there’s a fabulous Fairtrade Hamper up for grabs!

London Marathon 2014

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my fundraising for Carers Scotland (part of Carers UK) and for their words of encouragement. Having run a half marathon in every city where Carers UK has an office - Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow, I finished my challenge by completing the London Marathon on 13th April in 3 hours 58 minutes and have raised around £2,700 so far, and money is still coming in to my Just Giving account. The money raised will help Carers Scotland to continue to campaign on behalf of and to provide advice and information to unpaid carers. Thank you very much. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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Irish Cycle Challenge for Teenage Cancer Trust In 2003 I lost my son Andrew to cancer, one month before his 16th birthday. He was paralysed from an inoperable tumour in his spinal cord. There were no specialist cancer units available for teenagers and young adults in Scotland at that time, and he was too big for the beds in the children’s hospital, so my wife Rosemarie and I cared for Andrew here at home for a year until he passed away.

Since then, I have been campaigning and fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) who build and run cancer units within existing NHS hospitals to provide specialist care for teenagers and young adults throughout the UK. The charity has to provide ALL the cash to build and run these units. It is in the TCT unit in Birmingham that young Stephen Sutton was treated over the past 4 years; I am sure you will have seen his incredible story on the TV news or online (#StephensStory). The specialist care and treatment that Stephen received in the TCT Unit prompted him to do everything he could to raise funds for TCT before he passed away, in order that every teenager and young adult in the UK with cancer would get the same level of care. We are presently trying to raise £500,000 to build a TCT Unit in the new hospital for sick children that is being built at the Southern General Hospital site in Glasgow, which is to replace Yorkhill Hospital. Along with my other son Paul, my brotherin-law John, and my mate Roger, I am cycling a 450-mile route right up the west coast of Ireland from the toe at Mizen Head to the top at Malin Head, and we have to complete the trip in 5 days. None of us are cyclists or particularly fit, so it will be a real challenge. We have set up a JustGiving website for online donations; http://www. If donating by cheque is better for you, then please send the cheque payable to ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ to my office address:- John Delaney DipPFS, Independent Financial Adviser, Calder Lodge, Newton of Barr, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AR Or, you can donate £5 or £10 by sending a text to 70070 with the message LTCT55 £10 or LTCT55 £5. I thank you on behalf of all the young people who will benefit in future.

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Early Morning Plockton by Kilmacolm Camera Club

Zip Slide Across The Clyde for MND Saturday 13th September Limited spaces available! The thrilling Zip Slide Across The Clyde is back for 2014! Zoom across the river on a zip wire attached to a mobile crane, with great views of the Finneston Crane, Squinty Bridge, SECC, Armadillo & Hydro. Registration is £20, with a minimum sponsorship of £100. Motor Neurone Disease Scotland will provide sponsorship forms, help setting up an online sponsorship page, a t-shirt to wear on the day and a great deal of encouragement! Visit the website at to register.

A Bru Live Come along and say hi at the Renfrew Town Hall on July 12th between 12pm and 3pm and see what’s on offer inside the stunning Main Hall, with 20 selected contributors it is going to be a great day. We will have an amazing selection of Handmade Crafts and selected Gifts, gorgeous cakes and of course Renfrew’s own Harpers Bazaar & Vogue featured Tea Company, A’ Bru Tea. Get it in your diary, it’s not to be missed!!!! This is a free event. Call 07923 410930 for further information.

Family Fun Day

Everyone’s invited to a day filled with fun at Dams to Darnley Country Park this summer! Sunday 13th July from 12noon - 4pm at Dams to Darnley Country Park, Barrhead. This is a free event. Contact Information 0141 577 4053 Meet at Parkmanor Green, off Parkhouse Road, Parklands Meadow. Come along to a family fun day for our own Commonwealth Games and much more! No booking required.

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Glasgow Piping Live!


Slug in a Bottle Market

Glasgow welcomes the World Pipe Band Championships back to Glasgow Green on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August.

We have a wonderful line up of exhibitors coming to Slug in a Bottle Market at this years Sma’ Shot Day! When, Where & How Much...

Friday’s competition programme consists of the Grade 1 Qualifiers. Saturday’s competition programme will include the Championship finals and all other Grade competitions, as well as the Drum Major competition. Make sure you are part of this fantastic weekend - it will be sure to delight everyone, from piping fans to anyone just looking for a great day out. For the latest on this year’s World Pipe Band Championships, check them out on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets can be purchased online by using the following links; by phone on 0141 353 8000; in person at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and at the website:- tickets/Pages/default.aspx

Saturday 5th July 12pm - 5pm Paisley Town Hall, Paisley This is a free event Come and join us at our summertime event in collaboration with Paisley’s Sma’ Shot Day. We shall be showcasing the very best in contemporary/traditional crafts and design along with vintage inspired homeware, clothing and accessories. The market will be situated between Paisley Abbey and Paisley Town Hall.

Wedding Showcases

Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone Sunday 6th July 12pm - 4pm & Thursday 14th August - 4pm - 8pm Come along and find out what we can offer - you won’t be disappointed. It’s free entry with Complimentary Bubbly & Canapés on Arrival. Our Wedding Team will be on hand to assist in planning your Special Day. Call 01505 324331 for further information.

Joan Charles Psychic & DJ Party Night Enjoy an unmissable evening featuring acclaimed Medium and Clairvoyant, Joan Charles at the Lynnhurst Hotel, Johnstone on Saturday 5th July at 7pm Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal & a glass of bubbly on arrival all for only £22.50 per person, then Dance the night away with our fantastic DJ. Call 01505 324331 to book or for further information.

The Original 30 Plus Dance Party Friday 25th July (last Friday every month) 9pm - 1am at David Lloyd Glasgow Renfrew, Renfrew - Price: £6 For those who are in the 30 * 40 * 50 * 60 age groups and love to dance and socialise, it’s a night out not to be missed. We have a rota of experienced DJ’s who present a wide mixture of music from the 60’s * 70’s * 80’s * 90’s * and up to date. Come along and meet new friends whilst enjoying the r e l a x e d and friendly atmosphere created by the over 30’s club. Smart dress *no denim *gents full buttoned shirts please *no tee shirts or trainers - for further info please go to or call 07860 578708.

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Bathroom Solutions Gets A Makeover Following the very successful opening of our showroom in Bishopton just over 3yrs ago, we have recently upgraded and given our displays a makeover to showcase some great new products. We can now show you working showers in our beautifully finished bathroom settings, and a stunning selection of Porcelanosa tiling. An upper floor has been added which has given us extra space to display more of our favourite sanitary ware, modern vanity units and tiling. The bathroom of your dreams can be supplied and fitted or, if

Walk of Hope for Scottish Huntingtons Disease We are looking for fundraisers to plan a Walk of Hope and give people affected by Huntington’s disease hope for the future.

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you have your own fitter, we can supply only. At Bathroom Solutions we only sell quality tried and tested products and our finish is second to none. We can tailor make packages to suit your budget, and offer a free quotation and a friendly no pressure approach. So if your bathroom is in need of a makeover, and you’re confused with the vast array of products on the market, why not drop in and have a chat? We can simplify it all for you and advise you on good quality products. Opening hours are 9am-5pm weekdays and weekends by appointment. Visit our website and read what our delighted customers have to say about us!

Guided Tours at Paisley Abbey Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Each tour will last about 1 hour. These Tours will leave from the Welcome Desk inside the Abbey, with no need to book for individuals or small groups. Larger groups should book in advance on 0141 889 7654. Each day the Abbey welcomes visitors on Monday to Saturday from 10am until 3.30pm. On Sundays the Abbey is open for services. On Sma’ Shot Day, Sat 5th July, the Abbey will welcome visitors. There will be additional activities for children in the Cloisters from 12noon.

During the month of August, we are asking fundraisers across Scotland to organise a Walk of Hope. This event will help attract Scotland wide publicity and raise awareness of Huntington’s disease. All you need to do, is plan a walk and invite family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to join you and raise vital funds. Or, why not organise a hike, cycle or run, the choice is yours! So go on, get planning and then ask all your contacts to sponsor you and your team. It’s a perfect time of the year to get outdoors with family, friends, work colleagues or just you, enjoying your own space. If planning your own event is not for you, then why not join the Ben Nevis challenge in August organised by DiscoverAdventure http://www. Click the link for information. You will be part of a group of likeminded people raising funds for their chosen charities. You can also help us by sharing the event details with others. So, whether you raise £50, £500 or £1000 every penny and pound will be put to good use.

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Tollcross Park Live Zones Celebrations across Park is internationally famous for its unique Rose Garden and Glasgow during Commonwealth Games Tollcross impressive Winter Gardens. The park has many hidden gems including Some of Glasgow’s best-known and historic locations will be at the heart of celebrations during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council, alongside Glasgow Life, have revealed plans for ‘live zones’ at Glasgow Green, the Merchant City, and for further activity at the refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand and other locations across the city. The Live Zones will play a prominent part in Festival 2014 – which will transform the host city from 19th July to 3rd August as an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment fills the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow. Festival 2014 will build on the nationwide Culture 2014 programme to show Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth at their best. The zones will have a range of activities for everyone to enjoy, from watching the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and major sports occasions on the big screen, to highlights of Festival 2014, the Games time cultural festival which will showcase the best of Glasgow and Scotland’s arts and culture alongside that of the Commonwealth. There will be something for everyone in a varied programme of music, dance, theatre and comedy for families to enjoy and take part in and a range of interactive sports and games zones where people can emulate some of the athletes on show at the Games. The zones will be in operation throughout the Games period from 23rd July to 3rd August.

the Glen Nature Walk, Children’s Farm and Courtyard Visitor Centre. The park is full of points of interest and offers a welcome retreat from the busy surrounding streets. Location - Tollcross Park, 254B Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7AX

The park is located in the heart of Glasgow’s East End some 3 miles east of the City Centre. Wellshot Road, Tollcross Road and Muiryfauld Drive surround the park. Opening Times - The park is open from Dawn until Dusk. However the specific facilities in the park may differ. Children’s Farm - an outstanding facility which will appeal to young and old alike. Regulars in the farm are Shire Horses, Shetland Ponies, aviary, rabbits, sheep, Highland Cattle and much more! Visitor Centre - a state of the art environment centre which aims to educate and inform children about the nature and the cycle of life. The centre features many interactive attractions, which are bound to keep children entertained. International Rose Garden - Tollcross boasts a world class Rose Garden that hosts the International Rose Trials each year. The Rose Garden is best visited between July and August to fully appreciate the blooms and fragrances. Secret Garden - Tollcross Park has a new attraction known as the Secret Garden. Visitors will not find any directional signage or fingerboards. Instead, the challenge is to roam the park in search of this special sensory garden. The garden has been developed to be used as a special place for quiet contemplation, it also has performance spaces for the poetry and drama groups who meet in the Park. Visits are especially welcome from local care agencies; this space has been designed to make it accessible to all and is wheelchair friendly.

If you want to keep up to date with everything that’s happening across both Glasgow and Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, then go to and sign up for alerts.

Reid Kerr 2014/2015 Prospectus

Please Give Blood

Red Arrows to headline Scotland’s National Airshow Saturday 26th July - 10am - 5pm

St Mirin’s Cathedral House, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR Tuesday 1st July - 2pm - 3.45pm & 5.15pm - 7.30pm The Gamble Halls, Shore Street at King Street, Gourock PA19 1RG Tuesday 29th July - 2pm - 3.45pm & 5.15pm - 7.30pm The Gamble Halls, Shore Street at King Street, Gourock PA19 1RG Wednesday 30th July - 4pm 7.30pm

Reid Kerr College in Paisley has launched their new prospectus for courses starting in August 2014. There is information about how to apply for a course, student support services and much more. You can pick up your copy at any of the college’s campuses or log on to the website to download your copy today:- news/809_apply_here_for_full_ time_aug_14_courses

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If you prefer, you will always be welcome to drop in to give blood during the opening times listed below at 8 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G2 1BT Opening times: Monday: 11am - 4.30pm Tuesday: 11am - 4.30pm Wednesday: 11am - 7pm Thursday: 11am - 7pm Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm Saturday: 9.30am - 2.30pm

Scotland’s National Airshow at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, is a spectacular day out for all the family and 2014 is no exception. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows will headline the summer spectacle. Synonymous with precision flying, dramatic formations and loops and rolls, the Red Arrows celebrate their 50th flying season this year. Airshow-goers will also be wowed by the RAF’s supersonic Typhoon, an incredibly powerful combat aircraft that can fly at twice the speed of sound, and the quick turbo-prop Tucano that is used to train fast-jet pilots for military flying. The iconic heritage aircraft the Avro Lancaster, Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will take to the skies too above the historic military airfield at East Fortune. Back on the ground, enjoy a day of children’s activities, fairground rides, stalls and workshops. Pick up a tasty snack and spend time in the our hangars and attractions. Book tickets before 11th July and take advantage of Early Bird prices! Book online or call 0300 123 6789.

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Service With More Smiles

Kilbarchan Dental Practice has gone from strength since the move into shiny new premises last year and so has the team of staff. The latest additions are dentists Jillian Gray and Fiona McGregor who have been brought on board to help meet the increasing needs of the centre. Jillian, who lives in Houston, graduated from the University of Dundee in 2004. In the 10 years since qualifying she has worked in general practice both in Scotland and in various parts of Australia even spending time working with Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service! Jillian originally joined the practice in October 2007 and returned in March this year after 3 years of working in Australia. Fiona, who lives in Kilmacolm, graduated from Glasgow University in 2002, where she went on to gain membership of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 2004. Over the last 12 years she has worked in both NHS and Private dental practice in addition to teaching students at the Dental Hospitals in Glasgow and Sydney, Australia. Practice owner, Sheila Macintyre is delighted with her new recruits, who are providing additional resource following the birth of her 3rd child, Leia, in May: “Both Jillian and Fiona have slotted straight in which was lucky as Leia arrived three weeks early! Jillian worked with us before when she provided

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maternity cover and I knew Fiona by reputation when she worked in Bridge of Weir. They are both really professional, great with the patients and have been a welcome addition team as our range of services continues to expand.” Having built a reputation providing general dentistry, Kilbarchan Dental Practice now offers a much wider range of services to both NHS and private patients. “Childsmile” nurses are on hand to make younger patient’s visits both fun and educational and with one in four adults also nervous of visiting the dentist, the practice is one of the few in the area that can help by offering a sedation service. Cosmetic dental services such as teeth whitening and facial rejuvenation are also now offered to meet the increasing demand in this area.

To find out more visit or phone 01505 704969 to register as a new patient.

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Fri 13 Jun - Sat 26 July Art Exhibition

The Bridge, 63 Main Street, Bridge of Weir After a successful exhibition by Rab Wilson we are delighted to announce a mixed exhibition by local artist Roberta Drennan. Her paintings will be displayed in The Bridge until 26th July.

Sat 28 June

Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: Ribbit!

Join our Rangers in finding those elusive butterflies and contribute to our species identification. Further events will be listed weather depending. Call 01474 540505 for further information.

7yrs & under: 11am – 1pm; 8yrs & over: 2pm – 4pm. Dig a new pond and build a frog village around it. Habitat loss threatens Scotland’s frogs, toads and newts, so come and help ‘Give Nature a Home’ at Lochwinnoch reserve for a hopping time this summer. Please be sure to book in advance. Cost: £2 Wildlife Explorer members; £5 non-members. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. Bring wellies, waterproofs and old clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Langbank Country Estate, Langbank 1pm to 3pm

Wild Food Foraging Event

RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am to 1.30pm Come along and see some of the tasty things to be found all around us at this time of year. Cost £5 or £2 for members. Please book in advance at 01505 842882.

Vintage Tractor Show

Tue 1 July

Wed 2 July

This is a free event. Come and join us at our summertime event in collaboration with Paisley’s Sma’ Shot Day. We shall be showcasing the very best in contemporary/traditional crafts and design along with vintage inspired homeware, clothing and accessories.

Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal & a glass of bubbly on arrival all for only £22.50 per person, then dance the night away with our fantastic DJ. Call 01505 324331 to book or for further information.

St Vincent’s Hospice, Spateston, 11am to 3pm

Join the Rangers for an in-depth survey of the wild flowers of Castle Semple Country Park. Call 01505 842882 X20 for further information and to book.

Paisley Town Hall 12pm to 5pm

Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone 7pm


Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch 2pm to 4pm

Slug in a Bottle Market

Joan Charles Psychic & DJ Party Night

Come & enjoy our fun & friendly day out in the countryside. Admission to Show ground: Adults £3 and Children Free.

Citizen Science - Wildflower ID & Survey

Sat 5 July

Celebrating farming at Ardardan Estate. For more details visit our website or have a nosey on facebook.

Come and join the WoW officer and learn about the camera traps we use to discover our hidden wildlife. Help set them up in the woods to see what you can spot. Tel: 01505 842882 X 20.

Vintage, classic and specialist cars exhibition at St Vincent’s Hospice in aid of local patients with life limiting illnesses. Free entry includes family fun, craft stalls, live music, tearoom, hotdogs and more. Parking is at St Anthony’s Primary School, Spateston, with a short walk to the hospice grounds. See for more info.

RSPB, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Ardardan Estate, Cardross G82 5HD

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch 1pm to 4pm

Roadside Field, Monklands Farm, Kilbarchan 10am to 5pm

Fri 4 July

Butterfly Hunt

WoW - How to be a Wildlife Spy Part 1

Kilbarchan Agricultural Show


Race 2 the Games

River Clyde Greenock to Glasgow Science Centre 3pm start This is a challenging 33km passage race up the River Clyde for children and adults with additional support needs. It’s a pre-Commonwealth Games event with lots of pre event training taking place on Castle Semple Loch… there is plenty of room for supporters online, inkind, with cash or in person. Www. or Facebook

Sma’ Shot Day

Abbey Close & Paisley Town Centre - Noon-5pm Join us for this popular annual celebration of the historic victory of the weavers over their employers in a political battle fought in 19thcentury Paisley. The day begins with a parade from Brodie Park to the town centre, led by the beating of the Charleston Drum.

Sat 5 - Sun 6 July National Race Group Triathlon

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch 8.15am briefing The National Race Group will be at Castle Semple for the second time with day for standard and a day for sprinting. 9am start

Big WoW Weekend

Clyde Muirshiel - various venues 10am to 4pm The Windows on Wildlife project is nearly 2 years old! Come along and find out about all the animals we have been filming in the Park. Wily weasels, bouncing badgers, rampaging roes and more. Sat 5th at RSPB Lochwinnoch & Sun 6th at Castle Semple Visitor Centre. MORE INFO: tel 01505 842 882 Ex 20

Sun 6 July Wedding Showcase Afternoon

Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone 12pm to 4pm Free Entry with Complimentary Bubbly & Canapés on Arrival. Our Wedding Team will be on hand to assist in planning your Special Day. Call 01505 324331 for further information.

Mon 7 July Make Your Own Mondays: Butterflies & bugs! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Two sessions 11am-1pm + 2pm-4pm. Where do froghoppers, ladybirds and earwigs hide? Let’s take a closer look at some of the smaller beasts that live at the reserve and make our own feeder to attract beautiful butterflies to your garden. Please book in advance. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free! Call 01505 842663 for further details.

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Tue 8 July

Queen’s Baton Relay - Inverclyde

We will be returning to the woods to collect the cameras that we set out the week before. Come along to find out what hidden secrets we discover. Tel 01505 842 882 Ex 20 & bookings.

The symbol of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is coming to Inverclyde! See route details on p19 or visit www.glasgow2014. com/join/queens-baton-relay

Fri 11 July Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: Let’s get arty! 7yrs & under: 11am – 1pm; 8yrs & over: 2pm – 4pm Designing your own artwork with natural materials - Create Leaf Bursts, Totem Poles and Big Group Art Attacks. Please book in advance. Cost: £2 Wildlife Explorer members; £5 non-members. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under.

Sat 12 July “New To You Sale”

Howwood Parish Church Hall 11am to 2pm Charity sale with all proceeds going to Howwood’s Corrine Hutton charity Come and grab a great buy and also help a great local charity. New and almost new men, women and children clothing. Enjoy a cuppa and some home baking.

Sun 13 July Family Fun Day

Dams to Darnley Country Park, Barrhead, 12noon to 4pm This is a free event. Contact Information - 0141 577 4053 Come along to a family fun day for our own Commonwealth Games and much more! No booking required.

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Mon 14 July

WoW - How to be a Wildlife Spy Part 2

Castle Semple Visitor Centre , Lochwinnoch 1pm to 4pm

Various Venues

Make Your Own Mondays: Flying machines! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Two sessions 11am-1pm + 2pm-4pm Make and design our own animal kite to soar high above the reserve. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free! Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Tue 15 - Fri 18 july PDSA Pet Care Roadshow Various Venues listed below

Barshaw Park, Paisley - Tues 15th July; Robertson Park, Renfrew - Wednesday 16th July; Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch - Thursday 17th July; St Mirren Football Stadium, Paisley - Friday 18th July

Thu 17 July Queen’s Baton Relay - Renfrewshire Various Venues

The symbol of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is coming to Renfrewshire! For a full line up of the Baton route, please see main advert on page 9 of this issue or visit the website at www.

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Lauren McLean On the 5th May, we lost our truly remarkable friend, Lauren McLean (nee Fry,) to Ovarian Cancer, aged 28. Lauren battled the disease with ferocity and often, put us all to shame with her get-up-and-go attitude to life. Lauren made a mark on the lives of many and we want to take a leaf out of her (short but jam-packed with activity) book. We’re so passionate about our friend, we’re undertaking some big challenges to raise funds for The Beatson Cancer Charity – the hospital that cared for Lauren abundantly during her illness.


Fri 18 July Photo Competition: closing date RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Winners announced at reserve: 4pm Sun 7th Sep. For more information on how to enter please contact the reserve. Cost: £2 to enter. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: 2014 Commonwealth Wildlife Games! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

7yrs & under: 11am – 1pm 8yrs & over: 2pm – 4pm. Learn about the talents of different wildlife superstars and see what animal abilities you can match up to. Please be sure to book in advance. Cost: £2 Wildlife Explorer members; £5 non-members. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Morven Campbell is flying to Kenya to run the Saraficom Marathon - one of the toughest marathons in the world. Also, Rachel McKean, Aileen Wilson, Nicky Fagan and Morven will be skydiving in Lauren’s memory. Please donate, however small, to support our quest to remember Lauren McLean and raise money for The Beatson - GetAGrip4Lauren Thank you - Rachel McKean

Emily’s Hair Cut for St Vincent’s & Little Princess Trust 6 year old Emily Sinclair from Bridge of Weir has had her “Rapunzel” hair cut short at ‘Canvass Hair Salon’ and is donating her hair to the ‘Little Princess Trust’. She is also using the opportunity to raise money for the St Vincent’s Hospice in memory of her grandma who passed away in 2010. Emily has been growing her hair like Rapunzel for years and we are all so proud of her for thinking of others and remembering her grandma in this way. If you would like to make a donation in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice for Emily, her just giving page is ...

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XXth Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Celtic Park, Glasgow

The official launch of Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest-ever festival of sport and culture.

Wed 23 Jul-Sun 3 aug CMRP Love Parks Week Any park site, any time

Celebrate this annual festival and visit your local park for a walk, picnic or a spot of sunbathing! .... And share your lovely visit on our facebook page. Call 01505 614791 for further information.

Fri 25 July Lochwinnoch Holiday Club: Krystal Klear! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Advertizer Deadline Deadline for our August 2014 issue - please make sure we get your news and advert bookings by this date!

Sat 19 July

7yrs & under: 11am – 1pm; 8yrs+: 2pm – 4pm Join us for a day of exploration into the wildlife mysteries of the River Calder and enjoy lots of paddling about, river dipping and carry out various scientific experiments. WARNING! YOU WILL GET WET!!! Wellies or footwear suitable for paddling are essential. Please book in advance. Cost: £2 Wildlife Explorer members; £5 non-members. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. We recommend that you bring waterproofs and old clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Original 30 Plus Dance Party David Lloyd, Renfrew 9pm to 1am

Pipe Band Competition

County Sq & Paisley Town Centre Noon - 6pm Enjoy the sight, sound and spectacle of some of the top pipe bands in Scotland and beyond competing in the town centre.

Price: £6. Smart dress * no denim * gents full buttoned shirts please * no tee shirts or trainers * for further info please go to or call 07860 578708.

Sat 26 July

Bird ringing Demo

RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 7am - 10am Join the team at Lochwinnoch and ringers from the British Trust for Ornithology to find out why we ring birds and how it can help with conservation efforts. Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended. Cost: £5 or £2 for RSPB members. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Sun 20 July Organ Recital

Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley 4pm Chris Nickol - 17th Trumpet and Organ

Red Arrows to headline Scotland’s National Airshow

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, EH39 5LF 10am to 5pm The RAF Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows will headline the summer spectacle. Synonymous with precision flying, dramatic formations and loops and rolls, the Red Arrows celebrate their 50th flying season this year. Book tickets before 11th July and take advantage of Early Bird prices! Book online or call 0300 123 6789.

Sat 26 July bernadette-sinclair1 In just last 2 days she has raised over £230 for the St Vincent’s Hospice. The just giving page will be kept open until mid-July for anyone who would like to donate.

Wed 23 July

Street Velodrome County Square, Paisley

Caribbean Calypso Cheligh Lochwinnoch Village 1pm

Caribbean carnival parade, through the village into the park. A global village featuring Caribbean & Scottish Foodstuffs, Arts & crafts, a roti hut, music, dance, a rock choir, a cook off between a Bajan & Scottish Chefs, Live Radio Roadshow, Calderglen Beat The Goalie. Email glitterbeach@ for details.

Bushcraft Skills - Shelter Building Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Greenock 11am to 3pm

Learn the skill of how to build a temporary shelter, using tarpaulins and natural materials. £3 adults, concession £2. 01475 521458 for info and bookings.

Get ready for some high-speed, high-intensity cycling action in the heart of the town centre on the UK’s only pop-up velodrome. For further information and to book your place, visit www.

Geocaching event: Dragons and Damsels

RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch Two sessions: 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Hunting dragons (dragonflies) and rescuing damsels (damselflies), get up close with these creatures to see how awesome these high fliers really are! Afterwards make your very own butterfly feeder to attract butterflies to your garden! Suitable for families. Wellies and waterproofs recommended. Cost: Free. Booking is essential, as spaces are limited. Call 01505 842663 for further details.

Mon 21 July Make Your Own Mondays: Nature Detective! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

Two sessions 11am-1pm + 2pm-4pm. Discover the different animal prints that you might find in the woods - follow the clues to uncover the mystery of Lochwinnoch nature reserve. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free! Call 01505 842663 for further details.

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Green Woodworking Event

Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch 2pm to 4pm Come down and try out the traditional carving and turning of wood - the way the Semple’s would have done it! Call 01505 842882 X20 for further details.

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Sat 26 - Sun 27 July

Wed 30 July

Binocular & Telescope Demonstration

RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch Choose from a wide range of competitively priced binoculars and telescopes, including RSPB brand. 100% of profits goes directly to helping conservation. FREE advice available all weekend. Call 01505 842663 for details.

Mon 28 Jul-Fri 1 Aug St Columba Church Kilmacolm Fundraising Event The Charity Shop, 10 Bay Street, Port Glasgow 10am to 4pm

Clothes ~ Shoes ~ Handbags ~ Bric-a-brac and lots more. Scottish Charity Number SC007992.

Mon 28 July

Make Your Own Mondays: Bee bedrooms! RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch

11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Not all bees live in hives so why not give a bee somewhere cosy to snuggle at night and make your own bee bedroom. Booking essential. Cost: £5 or £2 for Wildlife Explorer members. Adults go free! Call 01505 842663.

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Geocaching event: Wild Treasure Hunt

RSPB Largs Road, Lochwinnoch 11am - 4pm

You are on a quest to find a secret treasure chest, which is found deep within the woods of Lochwinnoch. We need adventurers to crack clues, overcome obstacles and brave the unknown trails of Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve to track down the treasure! This is a self-led event. Suitable for families. Wellies and waterproofs recommended. Cost: Free. Call 01505 842663 for details.

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St Vincent’s Hospice shops

“New to You” Sale

At St Vincent’s Hospice we provide specialised care to all those affected by life-limiting illness in the local area. It costs £5,000 per day to provide this care, over half of which comes from voluntary donations. Our 10 local St Vincent’s Hospice shops raise over £400,000 every year, allowing us to care for patients and their families. We would like to thank everyone who contributes to the hospice shops in Bridge of Weir and Lochwinnoch, raising vital funds for patient care, your support is very much valued by us all!

Dinner Quiz Edinburgh Fringe Festival Various Venues

From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, operas, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.


Howwood Parish Church Hall - Sat 12th July 11am till 2pm Charity sale with all proceeds going to Howwood’s Corrine Hutton charity Come and grab a great buy and also help a great local charity New and almost new men, women and children clothing including evening gowns, jackets and tops from makes such as monsoon, Elle, Fcuk, also shoes, pet items and lots more all with the option of a nice cuppa and some home baking......see you there!

at the Normandy Hotel – Friday 3rd October. BBC’s Carmen Pieraccini hosts the St Vincent’s Hospice dinner quiz: a celeb hosted quiz and 3 course dinner for just £35 each. Affordable corporate hospitality, team building or just having fun with friends, our interactive quiz will have you competing for the trophy and title of St Vincent’s Hospice Champions. Book now with Heather on 01505 705635 or heather.mcarthur@

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thu 10th - fri 11th july Butterfly

XXth Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 7.30pm A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly, exploring themes of love, disappointment, loss and hope, created by Ramesh Meyyappan (Snails & Ketchup). Meyyappan’s established visual style is complemented by the introduction of puppetry, creating a lush, textured, innovative piece of visual theatre.

Hampden Park, Glasgow

The official closure of Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest-ever festival of sport and culture.

Thu 14 August

sat 12th july

Wedding Showcase Evening

Journeys to Glasgow - We Want Your Stories Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, 7.30pm As part of the 2014 cultural programme, award winning comediennes Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie will be coming to the Beacon to deliver their side splitting stand-up comedy show. This event is free but ticketed - if you book tickets and are then unable to make the performance please contact Box Office in order to re-release tickets. Online fees will apply although this is a free event.


every monday

Lochwinnoch Community Walk 10.30am, The Cross, Lochwinnoch

This event will not take place on a public holiday

every Wednesday

Knitting Group

Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers 10am - 12noon

Knitters of all levels welcome!

Lynnhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone

Line Dancing

Call 01505 324331 for further information. Free Entry with Complimentary Bubbly & Canapés on Arrival. Our Wedding Team will be on hand to assist in planning your Special Day.

All abilities welcome. Call Mellissa on 07970 396212.

Fri 15 - Sat 16 August

Bishopton Primary School 7pm - 8.30pm

every Thursday

Weekly Volunteer Group Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch 12.30pm - 3.30pm

fri 18th july

Conservation Volunteers - adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

Let The Games Begin

every Saturday

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, - Tickets £4 - £8 Come and see ‘Let The Games Begin!’ commissioned by Inverclyde Council, written by local composer Alan Beck and performed by the school pupils of Inverclyde. Family tickets available.

Weekly Volunteer Group

Glasgow Piping Live Glasgow Green, Glasgow

mon 21st july - sat 2nd august Beacon Musical Theatre Summer School Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 10am - 4pm - Tickets £75 For ages 13 to 21 years. This is a rare opportunity to work with two musical theatre professionals and perform songs and scenes from Miss Saigon, Oliver, Les Misérables, Grease, West Side Story and Fame.

Tickets can be purchased online by using the following links; by phone on 0141 353 8000; in person at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and at the website:- default.aspx

Sat 16 August

thu 24th july

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 10.30am - 2.30pm

Conservation Volunteers, adult group. Newcomers always welcome.

every Sunday

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

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

1st & 3rd thurs monthly

Dirty Dancing - Dance - Along Movie Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 8.30pm Tickets £5 See the film Dirty Dancing with your host Chris StuartWilson. Everyone joins in with a warm-up led by Chris and learns some moves from key moments in the film. Yes and of course this includes “Nobody puts baby in a corner”. The film begins and you join in at the right points, breaking into a huge shakedown for the finale.

fri 25th july

Kevin McDermott Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 7.30pm - Tickets £12 One of the foremost songwriters and performers to come out of Scotland. He has enjoyed an international reputation through touring and recording with the Kevin McDermott Orchestra and also as a solo artist.

To book tickets for events at the Beacon Arts Centre, please call the Box Office on 01475 723723, email info@ or visit the website at www.


Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm 2pm-4pm

Fire Engine Rally

Houstoun Square, Johnstone 11am - 4pm

See fire engines from through the ages gather in the centre of Johnstone in this popular annual family day out. Expect a parade of the vintage vehicles through the town as well as entertainment through the day including chip pan demos and more. The event is taking place in a new location this year - having been a popular fixture in Paisley in years gone by.

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

2nd Wednesday monthly

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

Email or call: 01475 735180.

3rd Friday monthly

Hearing Aid Clinic

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 1-2pm

Personnel are at The Bridge for the issue of hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

2nd Saturday monthly

‘Brunch & Browse’

St Fillan’s Hall, Kilmacolm 10am-2pm

Holiday Activities at Paisley Museum Looking for activities to entertain the kids this summer? Then look no further than Paisley Museum where the award winning Outreach Team from Renfrewshire Arts & Museums will be hosting a summer drama workshop called ‘The Show Must Go On’. The team are looking for all budding actors, writers, directors, designers and musicians to take part in their week-long workshops which take place from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July, 10am to 3pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 12pm on Friday. Aimed at children between 8 and 14 years of age, these workshops will enable participants to bring their creative ideas to devise a play from script to stage using acting and directing techniques. Working with the Outreach Team, the children will experience working with animation, film, props and costumes, sound, music and lighting. Participants can choose to use their skills in one area throughout the week, or have a go at doing everything. The end result will be a short performance which will be shown to friends and family. Also look out for the making of ‘The Show Must Go On’ extra movie clips!

Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled access. £4.

last saturday monthly

Table Top Sale

Linwood Parish Church, Blackwood Ave 11am-1pm

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

1st Sunday monthly

Car Boot Sale

Bridge of Weir Main Car Park 9am - 1pm

Setting up starts at 8am, sale from 9am. To rent a car space please call 01505 615992. £5 per pitch. Free entry.



1st Saturday

Monday 30th June- Thursday 3rd July 10am-3pm. Friday 4th July 10am-12noon - Performance for friends and family Friday 11am.

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm

The cost per child for the week is £37.50 and £26.25 concession for those in receipt of full working tax credit. Bookable through box office on 0300 300 1210. Maximum of 25 spaces. Please bring a packed lunch.

Loch Lomond Shores

10am-2pm (“The Square”)

1st & 3rd Sunday

10am-3pm Tel: 07977 179 861

2nd Thur & last Sat

Paisley Cross

10am-2pm Tel: 01655 770217

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Charity Events in Memory of Jayne Gibson We have had a few charity events recently - details below. Ailsa’s salon would like to thank all her customers for their continued generous support for all the events.

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The Baton comes to town! The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will have visited 70 nations and territories, covering 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.

Sat 24th June: Charity quiz disco in memory of Jayne Gibson. Chris from Hustler disco who did the quiz then dancing til late.

The finish line is in the host nation Scotland, just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Inverclyde on Monday 14th July and Renfrewshire on Tuesday 17th July, and we’re hoping you’ll be there to show your support!

We raised £700 on the night. £300 to Southern General IT unit hospital & £400 Leukaemia research Fiona Hughes dance school raised £150 making Easter bonnets & painting eggs. Big thank you to all the girls.

For more details about the day, please visit for more information. Inverclyde times will be:

Sat 14th June: Five special men did the Tough Mudder course: Joe Gibson Senior, Joe Gibson Junior, Mark Gibson, Peter Bogle, JD Sinclair Joe Gibson senior raised the money for his football team. The rest of the boys did it for the Beatson hospital. Monies still to be collected, so no total as yet? Picture above of Mark with his sister Jayne’s photo on his back doing it in her memory.

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08.40 - Inverkip; 08.45 - Gourock; 10.10 - Greenock; 11.45 - Quarriers Village; 12.20 - Kilmacolm; 13.00 - Port Glasgow; 15.10 - Greenock Renfrewshire times will be: 07.55 - Howwood; 08.15 - Lochwinnoch; 08.35 - Kilbarchan; 09.10 - Johnstone; 09.55 - Elderslie; 10.15 - Linwood; 10.55 - Brookfield; 11.05 - Bridge of Weir; 11.25 - Houston; 11.50 - Langbank; 12.00 - Bishopton; 12.35 - Erskine; 14.15 - Inchinnan; 14.25 - Renfrew; 16.10 - Gallowhill; 16.35 Paisley David Goddard of Kilmacolm will be running part of the Inverclyde route. David told The Advertizer, “I am very proud to have been picked as one of the baton relay team. I am looking forward to the event and hope the crowds will be cheering the team on.”

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Erskine Bridge by Langbank Camera Club

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with Colin Fyfe of Colcom News reports these days are telling us of Russian masterminds deploying worldwide phishing scams designed to steal our bank deposits, while the NSA looks on, determining our bank balances and transactions without our knowing. Ebay recently lost their grip on things, allowing hackers to do whatever they do inside their systems for a month or more before detecting them and booting them out. With all this in mind it is with some reluctance that I am going through a complete password system overhaul, again, with each password requiring the first letter of the service in question. For example my, Ebay password could be, yoldpasswordhere123. This would mean that, should Ebay have an exceptionally bad year and get hacked again soon, the password belonging to my account that has been compromised won’t be any use for accessing say, Google because guess what that one starts with? I should say, even better if the corresponding letter is hidden a set amount of characters in from the beginning or at the end perhaps. While we are at it, perhaps we should keep our paper list of passwords in a safety deposit box too. I fear that I am turning into a paranoid wreck now!

Security Hacker History) and expecting, say, 1970 as a starting point. It appears to be that the crafty Edwardians got there first in 1903 when a magician disrupted a public demonstration of Guglielmo Marconi’s purportedly secure wireless telegraphy technology, sending Shakespearean insults in Morse code through the auditorium’s projector. Could teach that Russian some class.

I was looking into the history of hacking in Wikipedia (Timeline of Computer

First Monday of the Month for my Tech Clinic. July 7th at the Bridge, Bridge of Weir, 9.30am – 12noon.

Gryffe Valley Rotary News

Kilmacolm Camera Club

Gryffe Valley Rotary was delighted when Malcolm’s agreed to become a Corporate member of the club. At a recent meeting, chief executive Andrew Malcolm spoke about the history of the well known local family business from its beginnings as a Johnstone coal merchant in 1920. After a spell as part of a conglomerate, it is again a successful private company in construction services and retail distribution by road and rail. The photo shows president Mike Farley welcoming Andrew, together with Jim Morton from Rotary’s West of Scotland District in the middle.

It’s the holiday season for Camera Clubbers, but this doesn’t mean that all photo activity stops until October.

Heather Boswell also recently came along to talk to a Gryffe Valley meeting. Heather is from Gryffe High School and she was selected by Rotary’s Euroscola project to be one of 27 young people from Scotland to visit the European Parliament in Strasburg. She gave an amusing and articulate talk on her trip, which she confirmed had been most enjoyable and had certainly boosted her self confidence. The photo shows Heather with vice president Angus Matheson and John Douglas, who is convenor for Gryffe Valley’s comprehensive programme of activities (Young Chef, Primary School Quiz, Young Writer, Primary School Photographic competition with Gryffe Camera Club, Youth Speaks and Euroscola visits) in support of local young people.

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On the second Tuesday of each month (potential new members please note!), we’ve organised photo outings to local places of interest. All of these intrepid journeys set off from the Cross at 7am. In May, a small band of members took a trip to the Falkirk Wheel. Their mission was to photo the two Kelpies. It was a pleasant, dry evening and some successful images were taken of these iconic works of art. Two of David Addison’s photos are shown here. In June, our Band of Brothers (and Sisters!) took an evening trip to Finnieston to photograph the Armadillo, Hydro and numerous bridges. Images of these to follow in next month’s Advertizer. Other possible destinations in the pipeline include Inverkip Marina, Ardrossan Beach or the West End of Glasgow. If any of these trips sound attractive, we’d love to see you. There’s always a spare seat in someone’s car! Go know you want to! Contacts: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595.

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Johnstone Business Consortium The Johnstone Business Consortium was established earlier this year and already has representatives from over 50 local businesses attending our monthly meetings which are held at Weans World, Out of School, in Brewery Street, Johnstone on every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6.15pm. The aim of the Consortium is to increase the footfall across Johnstone, encouraging new businesses into the town for the benefit of the town. We have so far successfully organised an Easter Egg Hunt in the Town Centre and the group have secured funding to bring entertainers into the Town Centre on Thursday 17th July for the Commonwealth Baton arriving in the town at 9.13am. Plans are also underway for William Wallace Day on the 23rd August.

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Keep it clean, keep it classy

Having trouble keeping your floor maintained? Is keeping it clean turning into a full time job?

Combining classy looks with low maintenance, the Karndean and Amtico ranges (which we specialise in) are the ideal choice for people who are always on the go but also like to keep a beautiful home. People traipsing in and out at the family barbecue needn’t cause any stress or calls of “take your shoes off!” Being waterproof, hardwearing but ALSO stunning sounds like an impossibility, but ask any customers of Orchard Flooring and we are certain they will have nothing but praise for the products on offer and the service carried out. Keeping it classy has never been so easy. With a home sampling service and advice on picking the floor to suit your home, why not give us a call and be on your way to a fabulous floor from Orchard Flooring.

The group have also welcomed representative’s from Renfrewshire Council, who have kept us abreast of the plan’s for in and around Johnstone on completion of the new town hall. Many of the local councillors have shown their support for the group by attending our meetings. If any other local businesses wish to find out more about Johnstone Business Consortium or to join us they can send an email to stacey@

You can contact Scott on 01505 22 9584 or 07563 633 432 E: website- www.orchard-flooring. com

Langbank Camera Club There is no club news this month as it is in summer recess. However, it is a time to get the camera out over the summer to capture the holiday snaps and to photograph beautiful landscapes and seascapes. To get you in the mood here are a couple of award winning photographs from the club archives.

The photograph bottom left is of Torridon (G Ramanathan) and the one above right is of a bay in Madeira (D McPherson). Enjoy your summer and good luck with your photographs.

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Somerled and the Battle of Renfrew, 1164 This year is the 850th anniversary of the little known Battle of Renfrew when Somerled sailed up the Clyde with a huge fleet of 150 ships in an attempt to widen his control in King Malcolm IV’s lands on mainland Scotland. Somerled was a man to be respected and feared. A violent power-struggle over the kingship of the old Viking-owned areas of Orkney, the Hebrides, the Isle of Mann and Dublin had been going on for decades. The main players in this particular conflict were Somerled and his sons, and Godfrey, the son of Olaf of Norway. Land and power changed hands depending on who had won the most recent battle. In 1156 Somerled and his followers with 80 ships sailed against Godfrey. The ensuing violent sea battle led to great slaughter on both sides, and in the aftermath the protagonists made a truce and agreed to divide these lands between them. In 1160 King Malcolm IV returned to Scotland from Toulouse. Discontent among the Scottish earls led to an assassination attempt on the King, who was not particularly popular. Meanwhile Somerled appears to have made raids on the Clyde as far up as Glasgow, where Bishop Herbert of Glasgow was praying to St Kentigern for deliverance from this barbarous enemy who were killing the innocent and destroying farmland. In 1164, after years of raiding, the final push came. An old poem written in Latin tells us that Somerled and his huge fleet sailed up the Clyde. Only a small force of locals, supported by Bishop Herbert, was there to defend the land. This small force employed the devious and ingenious strategy of setting fire to vegetation to create a moving, burning barrier which forced the invading enemy to retreat through the water back to their ships. Many were slaughtered before reaching the safety of their ships. Somerled and one of his sons also lost their lives at the Battle of Renfrew. Somerled’s death and defeat could be regarded as a decisive turning point in the history, not only of Renfrewshire and the Clyde, but also of the history of Scotland. The exact site of the battle is disputed today. Some say it did not take place in Renfrew, but in Inchinnan, Erskine, Greenock or………………..?. If you want to find out more about the battle and, perhaps, exactly where it took place, Renfrewshire Local History Society are holding a conference entitled Somerled and the Battle of Renfrew in Renfrew Town Hall on the 4th of October, 2014. Further information and an application form can be found on our website at or by googling ‘Battle of Renfrew Conference’.

©2014, Helen Calcluth

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War Memorial Bridge of Weir and the First World War 100 Years ago this Month At 11pm on 4th August 1914, Britain joined the European War. Within weeks, hundreds of thousands of young men and women had volunteered for active service or nursing duties. Many never returned. Bridge of Weir’s fallen are recorded on village memorials at the crossroads, in four churches and in Ranfurly Castle golf club. 71 young men from the village made “the supreme sacrifice”. 100 years on, a group of villagers realised that little was known about the men behind the names, and that the Memorial’s plea “Let those who come after see to it that their name be not forgotten” was not being honoured. From the group’s genealogical and historical research, their stories can now be told. Each month with a centenary of one or more fatalities, the Advertiser will feature a short account of their life and times and how and where they died. The first of these will appear in next month’s issue, honouring the deaths of James Smellie, Royal Navy and Thomas Spink, South Wales Borderers, both of them killed in September 1914. By the time the series is complete, the major campaigns of the war will have been represented – the Western Front, Gallipoli, Salonika, Italy, Mesopotamia and East Africa. Most fatalities were Army, but the Royal Navy, the Mercantile Marine and the fledgling Royal Air Force also feature. Bridge of Weir in 1914 had been a thriving, growing, vibrant community. The loss of 71 young men, average age 26, was a huge blow. Families lost sons, brothers, sweethearts, husbands, fathers. Many of those who returned from the war had been wounded. No-one came through without memories they would rather forget. The world had changed and so had Bridge of Weir. The work of the research group has revealed part of that human tragedy and the impact of their loss. There is an opportunity to hear about the memorial fallen by joining the second Great War Memorial Walk (the first is fully subscribed) on Monday 4th August 2014 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm beginning at Bridge of Weir village memorial. Advance registration essential (Tel: 01505 613503)

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Bridge, bishopton, langbank The Bridge of Weir & bridge of weir Bishopton Village Festivities Community Ceilidh

On Saturday 14th June at Bishopton Community Centre, Gledstane Road, Bishopton, villagers started a week of village festivities with a Community Ceilidh with live music, fun and games The Ceilidh was organised by Bishopton Week Group and coordinated by a member of the Group, Calum McLeod.

Exhibitions - After a successful exhibition by Rab Wilson, we are delighted to announce a mixed exhibition by local artist Roberta Drennan. Her paintings will be displayed in The Bridge until 26th July. Pocket Money Items - the very popular Loom Bands are now on sale. Buy quickly before they sell out. Post Office and Shop For all your Post Office services, purchases of stationery, greeting cards, pocket money toys and hand crafted items. Please support your Community Centre where our volunteers and Post Office staff work hard to meet your needs. We thank you for your custom and continuing support. (Opening Hours: Mon – 9am to 5pm (PO closed 12noon to 12.30pm); Tues & Fri – 1pm to 5pm; Wed & Thu – 10am to 2pm; Sat – 9am to 1pm)

At the start of the ceilidh, former Bishopton Princess Rebecca Fitzsimmons formerly handed over her crown to this year’s Princess Olivia McDonald. Both were then presented with flowers by Ina Eadie, Treasurer of Bishopton Week Group.

calendar. A separate cover photograph of this year’s Bishopton Princess Olivia McDonald with her attendants is also included.

Bishopton Week festivities continued with an Art Exhibition, a children’s magic show, a fun run, an authors Q & A evening, culminating in a Gala Day on Saturday 21st June. Calum McLeod, Bishopton Week Group said, “The Community Ceilidh at Bishopton Community Centre was a great start to the festivities for Bishopton Gala Week.”

Commemorative Souvenir Calendar was Launched At Bishopton Gala

On Saturday 21st June at Bishopton Gala Day, a commemorative souvenir desktop calendar was launched and available to purchase at a nominal cost of £3. The calendar starts in July 2014 to June 2015, coinciding with next year’s village fete that is traditionally held on the 3rd Saturday in June. 12 separate photographs have been selected from previous Bishopton Day and Bishopton Week festivities and are included in the CD style desktop

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Congratulations to all those graduating this Summer. What a wonderful achievement. Show your delight by sending a card from our selection. This is also a popular time for Weddings. A card congratulating the Bride and Groom is always well received. Summer weddings lead to Anniversary celebrations and the need to choose a card from our comprehensive stock.

The photographs cover a wide range of activities that have been held, mainly from the past decade and this includes a photo from 2012 of all former Bishopton Princesses. Any profit raised the sale of the calendars will be used to sustain future Bishopton gala days.


L-R Olivia Stalker, Princess Olivia McDonald, Jenny Herron & Rachel Lamb

Ronnie Dukes, Chairman of Bishopton Week Group said: “Bishopton Gala Day started 42 years ago and the 2014 – 2015 calendar illustrates the community spirit in Bishopton.”

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Beauty at the Terrace is a new beauty salon which has been set up in Bridge of Weir at Castle Terrace. It is owned and managed by Stephanie Black, an International Business and Marketing graduate who is also trained in a range of beauty treatments. She is joined by Jennifer Rowan who is fully qualified with an HND in Beauty Therapy. The salon offers a variety of treatments including Shellac manicure and pedicure, spray tan, massage, hot stones, facials and waxing as well as male treatments. Call us now to book on 01505 228838 or visit us on Facebook to keep up to date with current offers.

Mid-Summer’s Murder!

July - and midsummer already. Before summer was officially declared last month, the Brighter Bridge of Weir volunteers were out in the village removing the wilted spring daffodils from the barrier baskets and other planters, and replacing them with the summer bedding plants. Not an easy task, we can tell you. There are 30 freestanding planters throughout the village, from the war memorial at the Kilbarchan and Prieston Roads junction, to the kiosk on Houston Road (including several down Livery Walk). There are 9 smaller post baskets on Main Street (opposite Amaretto’s), 18 barrier baskets between the Main Street junctions at Torr Road and Houston Road, and - new this season - a further 10 large post baskets on Main Street at the corner of Torr Road and outside the Gryffe Inn. All of these had to be cleared, topped up with compost and filled with new summer-flowering plants. Then the plants had to be watered in. Hard work, yes, but everyone in the village or passing through will already have seen the difference and, hopefully, will be able to appreciate it in the months to come. We say “hopefully” because, the thing is, midsummer can be murder. If the plants aren’t kept well-watered, they die. But at this time of year, even our volunteers take holidays, and it’s murder for those who remain at home, running about watering, weeding and all the rest of it. If you would like to help us keep the displays looking good, you can contact us via our website, Facebook page or Twitter. The more who offer to help the better - that makes it easier for everyone, and we’ll be able to work out a plan to look after things throughout the rest of the growing season. We’re not talking about a day’s work - an hour or so once every week or two will make a difference. And there will always be some of our regular volunteers to guide you. Please get in touch and together we can keep Bridge of Weir Brighter. Find us at or or @WeirBrighter on Twitter.

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bishopton, langbank & bridge of weir Bridge Of Weir NWR Are you a woman with a lively mind? If so, NWR is probably for you. We meet fortnightly to have discussions, share opinions, outings and friendship. For further details, phone Mary-Anne 612472.

Bridge of Weir Gala Day Our Gala Queen, Cori Rankin, and her two attendants, Sarah Feechan and Hannah McCann-Willis opened Gala Day 2014. Another fabulous Gala Day organised by Bridge of weir Festival committee which ran smoothly without any problems as you can see from the pictures of the day. We would like to thank all the stallholders, fire brigade, classic car owners and most of all thanks goes to the Community Service Team who kept the park clean throughout the day which made the final clear-up at the end of the day so much easier. Special thanks goes to the Community Services participant who helped to organise the safe parking of all the vehicles in the park. The Lucky Programme Number is 421 and the lucky winner should contact B Lethorn on 01505 615992 to claim the prize of £100 gift vouchers kindly donated by Gibb-Stuart’s Home Hardware. The Best Dressed Window winner was won by Laura’s Nails & Beauty Salon and was chosen by our three local Councillors and the theme was The Commonwealth. The parade winners were: Pre-School 1st Alexander Higgins, 2nd Keana Rose M c M i l l a n and 3rd Amy McCormick. Primary School - 1st Neve Mitchell, 2nd Freya Mitchell and 3rd Phoebe Singer. The Best Group was won by the Brownies. The Dog Show was run on behalf of the Festival Committee by the Glasgow Dog Trust and the Best in Show was won by “Bonnie” and her owner Chris Currie of Bridge of Weir. It was decided that this year the winners of the Primary School Invitation Football competition would be allowed to keep the cup as a new cup is going to be introduced in 2015 and fortunately it was won by Bridge of Weir Primary School so congratulations to them. In ending this report we would like to thank the local community for their generosity and continued support of the biggest annual event on the Bridge of Weir calendar and we hope they enjoyed the glorious weather the occasion always seems to conjure up. Lost and found items: Two photos of children taken with Alba Falconry and one child’s bike helmet. The owners should contact M Millar on 07931 302689.

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A number of local groups benefitted from grant awards from the Council’s Local Area Committee (LAC) recently. Bridge of Weir will benefit from after the Community Council received a grant to help purchase Christmas lights and support festive events. The Bridge of Weir Festival Committee received a grant to support Gala Day and Festival Week and the local Senior Citizens Association will be able to provide social activities thanks to a grant from the LAC. The voluntary activities of Brighter Bridge of Weir will also continue to be supported through a grant to plant and maintain the village’s floral displays. In addition Bishopton Parish Church – celebrating 200 years serving the community – will produce a book highlighting the role of the church in the local community over the past 200 years since the church was built. A number of other organisations supporting people in Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank also received grants including groups for the elderly, people with learning disabilities, survivors of cancer, those affected by arthritis, sports clubs and groups and many others. I am always humbled by the range and amount of voluntary activity that takes place – often unseen and unrecognised – and how much relatively small amounts of money can go to support this work. I was delighted to receive an email praising the work of staff and volunteers involved in the organisation and running of Bishopton Primary School’s sports day and Commonwealth Games events. I know the staff and volunteers put in a huge effort to make sure the event was a fantastic success and enjoyed by all involved, especially the children. The War Memorial in Bridge of Weir has undergone significant restorative work. It is fitting in this the Centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 that our memorials to those who fought and died for the freedom we enjoy today are restored and maintained in their memory. E-mail: Surgeries: 4th Monday: Langbank PS (from 6pm) and Bishopton Library (from 6.45pm) and Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir 4th Wednesday (from 6.30pm). Tel: 0300 300 1295.

Bishopton - The Dargavel Village “shared surface” conundrum continues! I have had meetings with the Head of the Roads Department and with the Roads Engineer responsible for Dargavel. The outcome of these meetings is that the “shared surfaces” will stay because they are apparently becoming the norm on any new build estate. I was assured that no-one will bat an eyelid about the concept is 20 years. In the meantime I have requested signage (which still has to be invented) to educate those, (drivers especially) who will be using the shared surfaces between now and 2034! I am also assured that the vegetation which is obscuring signage around the Erskine Bridge Hotel will be cut back in time for the Commonwealth Games visitors. Langbank - I reported potholes on Glencairn Road and overgrown hedges on Station Road. Hopefully by the time this edition of The Advertizer is published both issues will have been dealt with. I am trying to find out if there will be a more robust barrier on Middlepenny Road where the rail authority cut down the trees. While the newly revealed view is breathtaking many people have told me that they now feel more vulnerable on the steep bend at this point. In Langbank and in other parts of the ward derelict private property is a problem. The Council has been investigating ownership and will encourage people to get these back to being occupied as homes. Bridge of Weir - Parking around the Co-op on the East side has caused some confusion. I am attempting to clarify the situation. The Gala Day was once again a great success, with the rain holding off. Well done to the organising committee and to everyone who came along to make the day go with a swing! This year’s theme was “The Commonwealth”. Scotland could be an independent member of the Commonwealth by the time of the next Games! Contact me by email at: - Office phone: - 03003 001259; Mobile: - 07534 148734 Surgeries resume in September: - Bridge of Weir - 1st Tues of the month at Cargill Hall 11am – 11.30am. Bishopton/Langbank - 2nd Wed of the month at Bishopton Community Library 6.15pm - 6.45pm

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Bridge of Weir Community Council The Queen’s Baton Relay will be passing through Bridge of Weir on Thursday 17th July between 10.30am and 11am. It is hoped that as many people as possible will turn out to support the baton bearers. Juice and crisps will be provided by the Community Council at Livery Walk. The police will monitor alleged use of soft drugs (smoking cannabis) and vandalism in the grounds of the primary school. It was emphasised that this is happening in late evening and not during school times. Planning: The proposal to build two houses in the grounds of Gryffe Castle has been refused by Renfrewshire Council. The associated proposal to fell 33 trees at this location has also been refused, however permission has been granted for the removal of 9 diseased trees. Persimmon Homes is preparing a planning application to build forty homes at the Shillingworth site. Renfrewshire Council’s local plan has identified the area as suitable for housing and this has been confirmed by the Scottish Office Reporter. The Community Council will continue to resist incursions into the green belt. Parking continues to be a problem within the village, particularly in the vicinity of the Cargill Hall. Users of the hall are reminded to be considerate to the needs of residents and not to block pavements and driveways when parking. The Community Council has been successful in obtaining funding of £8010 to enhance the festive light display in the village and is now working to finalise details. Councillor James MacLaren is investigating the possibility of creating a Bridge of Weir Trust Fund. Anyone interested in how this would work or willing to be a trustee should contact Councillor MacLaren directly.

Hearing Aid Centre Personnel are at The Bridge from 1pm to 2pm on the third Friday of every month for the issue of hearing aid batteries and hearing aid checks.

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Lace Group Bridge of Weir Lace Group meets fortnightly, on Tuesday mornings, throughout the winter. If you are interested please phone 01505 613967.

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kilmacolm & quarriers howwood & elderslie Hi there, as excitement grows for the Commonwealth Games I hope there is a great turn out in the village for the baton coming through Howwood on the 17th July. It is coming through at 8am so hopefully people will get the chance to see it before they go to work or school. In advance of that, Howwood Primary school is marking the games by having a day of events - it is good that local people are getting into the spirit of things. I recently attended a show called St Anthony s Has Got Talent. Indeed they have and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was great to see that the whole school was involved. The council are working with local Credit Unions promoting them as a good place to save and as an alternative to pay day loan companies. The council have backed up this by offering all S1 pupils £10 to start up an account with a Credit Union I am sure this initiative will be successful. There is no definite date for the upgrading of the village’s broadband, but is hoped this work will be around June 2015. Following on from the busy public meeting in May, I am still working to get a better bus service for the village and I will keep you up to date with developments. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Following the recent delegation coming over from Merignies to visit Kilmacolm and Quarrier’s Village and to formally sign the Twinning agreement between both communities, I was informed at the May Kilmacolm Community Council meeting that a delegation will be travelling to France to do likewise in a signing ceremony that will take place on Bastille Day. Congratulations to everyone involved in successfully taking the Twinning forward and for bringing both communities together. As I write my article, I am thinking of the Commonwealth Games that will be hosted in Glasgow. It will not be long before the Games begin and athletes from around the Commonwealth travel to compete in various sporting events. I am fortunate that I managed to buy two tickets to attend one of the athletic sessions at Hampden Park. It was great that Glasgow and Scotland won the right to hold the Games and I am sure they will be a resounding success which will go on to leave a lasting legacy for the city and our country. In Inverclyde as part of the celebration of the Games, we will have the Commonwealth Games baton travelling through our district on the 14th July and I congratulate all our local citizens who have been selected to carry the baton. Later in July, we will also see an armada of vessels arrive in Inverclyde and they will then go on to take part in the flotilla sailing to Glasgow. I hope the Games and these local events will help bring many visitors to Inverclyde and so give a strong boost to our local economy. Recently I was contacted by a concerned resident who lives near St Columba’s Junior School and often finds themselves unable to get in or out of their driveway most afternoons because a few parents when coming to pick up their children park over their driveway. I contacted the school Rector and relevant authorities asking if they can do something to deter this from happening. Unfortunately, inappropriate parking is not just a problem that affects St Columba’s School, but is one that occurs at many other schools throughout Inverclyde. I would urge parents who are picking up their children from school if they will consider where they park their cars. I would like to wish everyone all the best this summer whether managing to get away on holiday or having a break at home. I will not be holding any surgeries in July, but anyone needing to contact me can do so by phoning 01475 712727 or on my mobile number on 07747 765 839 or by emailing me at or writing to me at Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock, PA15 1LY.

St Columba Save The Church Kilmacolm Children Fundraising Week During Save The Children Event Week cans were placed The Charity Shop, 10 Bay Street, Port Glasgow

Monday 28th July – Friday 1st August from 10am – 4pm Clothes ~ Shoes ~ Handbags ~ Brica-brac and lots more. Scottish Charity Number SC007992

in many of the shops in Kilmacolm in addition to a bucket collection held on May 2nd. A total of £187 was raised. A big thank you to all those who supported Save the Children.

Summer Duplicate Bridge

If you would like to play Bridge during the summer months why not come along to the Kilmacolm Community Centre on Monday evenings? Starting on 5th May at 7.15 pm. Come with a partner or come alone and hope to find one there. Further information Tel: 01505 872345

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What An Honour! Kilmacolm Special Olympian swimmer Edmond Pickett has been granted the honour of carrying the Queens Baton through part of his home village of Kilmacolm. We are all so proud of Edmond as he had a bad fall where he broke several bones in his ankle and leg and had to twice have surgery. He was in hospital for almost two months and is just learning to walk on his leg again. Well done Edmond!

The redevelopment of the Institute building to provide two shops and 13 flats was approved unanimously at the June Planning Board. Members were impressed by the amendments made to the plans by the developer in conjunction with Inverclyde Council planners. The finances to build the Cargill Centre involved a receipt from the Institute sale, so we do need to look at this in the round. I represented the Provost at the opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, a splendid affair. The funeral of the Revd Colum McGranaghan was held at St Fillans Episcopal Church. A sad loss to Ecumenism in the village, St Fillans Church and St Marys Church in Port Glasgow. This was demonstrated by the numbers attending. It is concert time in the schools and the highlight was the Kilmacolm Primary School Commonwealth games themed concert. Difficult to pick out a particular favourite, but I particularly liked P7’s Australia and the show stopper was the New Zealand HAKA performed by P3/2. I chaired a Better Together public meeting in the Cargill (Standing room only) Annabel Goldie MSP, Gemma Doyle MP, George Lyon MEP and Luke Brown from St Stephens school were the excellent speakers. The referendum debate has encouraged old fashioned political public meetings, no bad thing. The Flower Bed at the Cross really looks good this year. It really does compliment the new piazza. Well done the Horticultural Society and having enjoyed their coffee morning, I look forward to the Flower Show in September. By the time this goes to press we will have heard the result of the inquiry into the local development plan as proposed by the council. My July surgery is the 19th 11am-12noon in the Cargill Centre. My email is and can be contacted on 01475 741969, 712727 and 07766 992294

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kilmacolm & quarriers Kilmacolm Guide Hut has had a Makeover!

After many years of neglect the floor in the Guide Hut has been given a makeover and is now lovely and shiny, clean and splinter free!! Thanks to grants from Inverclyde Council Voluntary Group Grants and the Mulholland Trust, we have had the floor professionally sanded, re-sealed and varnished.

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We are delighted with the transformation of this wonderful hall. It is a perfect space for parties, coffee morning or weekly classes. If you are interested in making a booking please contact Jackie on 01505 873488.

Church Fundraising St Columba Church is planning a programme of Fundraising Events to raise essential funds for the fabric of the Church building. The Church is very well used by many groups and organisations within Kilmacolm and the surrounding area and the variety of planned events will be designed to appeal to this wider community. The first event takes place from Monday 28th July until Friday 1st August when the Church is taking over the Charity Shop at 10 Bay Street, Port Glasgow. A wide range of merchandise will be on sale including clothing, shoes, handbags, bric-a-brac, toys and much more. The shop will be open from 10am until 4pm.

Kilmacolm Friends of Ardgowan Hospice thank everyone who supported their stall at the Agricultural Show recently. The committee is most grateful for the generous donations of bottles and baking. The excellent total of ÂŁ1,525 was raised.

The Fashion Class For children aged 9-15 years in the Kilmacolm Community Centre from 6.30pm - 8.30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening. Call Marilyn for full details 07793 591524.

A Big Thank you from Kilmacolm Brownies After a term of modern day fun celebrating 100 years of Brownies, on our last meeting we invited old Brownies to come along and share some of the previous Brownie years. We had a tremendous evening in the hut that was almost sauna-like ! Lots of fun stories and insight into what Brownies was like for others around the war years and beyond . We also uncovered further information into Guiding in Kilmacolm and hope to have a further look at that next term. So a big, big thank you from 1st Kilmacolm Brownies and Brown Owl for all the delightful stories!!

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kilbarchan & lochwinnoch Kilbarchan Fairtrade Group Last month Kilbarchan’s Fairtrade day took place in Bobbins, where a table of goods was set up for customers. The group appreciates Bobbins’ continued support. The Fairtrade group was represented on Lilias Day by a float, celebrating the village’s new Fairtrade status.

Photos show: shoppers Fairtrade Day and the float.

Weaver’s Cottage The shop in the National Trust for Scotland’s Weaver’s Cottage can be visited without having to pay the entry fee. It is immediately to the left on entering the main door. There is a wide range of products to suit every purse or pocket. Photo shows a visitor from Cardross choosing an item for a grandchild. There has been a influx of foreign visitors this year, including a group from the USA. It is hoped that the Commonwealth Games will further increase overseas visitor numbers this summer.

Birthday Party Fiona Stewart recently celebrated her birthday in Bobbins, with a large number of her friends from the village. Photo shows Fiona with the Bobbins’ team, who ran a very successful event, which was enjoyed by everyone present.


Caribbean Calypso Cheligh On July 20th Lochwinnoch will play host to Barbados House at The Park welcoming athletes and visitors from the Caribbean. The day will commence at 1pm with a Caribbean carnival parade, through the village into the park. A global village featuring Caribbean & Scottish Foodstuffs, Arts & crafts, a roti hut, music, dance, a rock choir, a cook off between a Bajan & Scottish Chefs, Live Radio Roadshow, Calderglen Beat The Goalie. International West Indies Cricketer John Sheperd will be appearing - a cricket wicket has be donated and a host of other things, celebrating the spirit of the Commonwealth. The evening will culminate in a calypso cheidigh with visiting Caribbean High Commissioners attending a rum dinner, with Sir Geoff Palmer & Mr Ian Gittens Chairman of The Haig Consortium . Tickets for the rum dinner are on sale now. Anyone wishing a stall or wanting to take part in Lochwinnoch’s got talent or any local acts or artists wanting to take part should contact me at glitterbeach@ Lets do our village proud and put Lochwinnoch on the map.

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kilbarchan & lochwinnoch Safety of our children is of paramount importance, therefore recently when concerns were raised by parents involving traffic issues at Kilbarchan Primary School I arranged site visits involving representatives from the parent council, staff from the school, transport officers from Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland together with the other ward councillors. These resulted in productive discussions and a number of proposals to deal with the traffic and parking congestion which will be taken forward, and all concerned will continue to work to improve the situation. On the subject of traffic and parking, a small area of tarmac was recently created to help ease the congestion of cars parked in Fulton Crescent Kilbarchan which has been a long standing problem. I am pleased to report that following my lobbying of council officers further funding has been made available to extend the area. In Lochwinnoch, work is to be carried out over the summer by Scottish Water to improve the waste water treatment works, which will help protect the waters of the loch and prevent external flooding. Recently I was fascinated to learn that the foundation stone of the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic structures in the world, was laid by William Brodie, who was born in Kilbarchan in 1841. His parents ran a tavern in the village. As a child, William moved with his family to the US, where he became a stonemason. This I believe opens up various possibilities to promote the heritage of Kilbarchan, which I will discuss with both the community and Renfrewshire Council - Watch this space! Congratulations and many thanks to the new Lilias day committee who despite appalling weather organised a memorable day and pageant. I will not be holding surgeries in July however please contact me at anytime at or phone 07534 156007.


I am delighted to announce that one of Kilbarchan’s leading community activists, Mr David Blair, is to be a Commonwealth Games Baton Bearer. I was proud to nominate David who, for many decades, has given his time and commitment to Kilbarchan in a spirit of community service. As a keen cyclist I have high hopes for Team Scotland in the velodrome whilst my wife, Audrey, is flying the Saltire for Scotland in the track events. Still on a sporting theme, I was delighted to be invited to attend the opening of the Lochwinnoch Primary School Sports Day, which was a credit to the children, their parents, and the dedicated staff at the Primary. I also met the inspirational Corinne Hutton of the charity Finding Your Feet, who opened the Sports Day. I also attended Lilias Day this year and although the weather was sadly not favourable, I would like to thank Graeme Stockton and the new committee for all their hard work. Sadly local journalist, athletics coach, historian, folklorist, and ecologist, Derek Parker, has passed away after a short illness. Derek was a good friend to Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch and made an outstanding contribution to public life in Renfrewshire. My condolences go to his sister, Isobel, and the Parker family. My advice surgery in Kilbarchan is on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Steeple Hall at 7.45pm and my advice surgery in Lochwinnoch is on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the McKillop at 7.30pm, excluding July. I am also available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, or e-mail me at

Kenspeckle Man of Letters & Lover of Nature & Folklore The SNP’s Councillor for Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, and Lochwinnoch Ward, Cllr Andy Doig, and his wife, Audrey, SNP Councillor for Linwood, Houston, and Crosslee Ward, have paid tribute to the late Derek Parker, who died recently, describing the late journalist as a “Kenspeckle man of letters, and lover of nature and folklore”, and praised his major contribution to sport, natural history, and public life across Paisley and Renfrewshire. Cllr Andy Doig said: “I first met Derek many years ago when he was a journalist at the PDE, and I noticed that he had a special interest in any story that involved local history, local heritage or local landmarks. I never missed his Parker’s Way column on a Monday in the Paisley Express, and he was a Kenspeckle man of letters, lover of nature and folklore. Derek had a degree in Divinity and had a encyclopaedic knowledge of all the great world religions, Audrey and I will miss him dearly” “Derek left a significant mark on the communities that make up my ward, having been a Countryside Ranger for a time at Clyde Muirshiel Country Park, near Lochwinnoch, and he was also a leading figure in the establishment of the Kilbarchan Harriers Athletic Club as well. Audrey and I knew Derek, and the wider Parker family, through our church connections at St John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstone, and our condolences go to them on their loss”. Cllr Audrey Doig added: “Long before I knew Derek as a journalist, when I was first elected as a Councillor in 2007, he was my athletics coach when I was a young runner in the Paisley Harriers aged 14. Derek was a very quiet man by nature but used his excellent organisational skills to provide the correct kind of training he felt you needed to succeed. He constantly told me later in life I could have gone far in athletics had I stuck to it”. “Andy and I will always remember Derek as someone who was never shy of standing up for what he believed in, which he did with passion and conviction, even though we often found ourselves on opposite sides of the argument. Derek was a determined supporter of the No campaign in the referendum, while Andy and I have been lifetime Yes supporters. We never let it spoil our friendship with him and we will miss him cycling around Johnstone and the villages”.

Kilbarchan East Church Open Days The church and graveyard will be open to visit on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm during the months of July and August.

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Kilbarchan National Women’s Register The NWR group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays and has a varied programme of speakers and discussion topics. If you’d like to find out more about NWR and the Kilbarchan group, please contact the website:

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Thousands Turn Out For Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day Despite The Weather! Organisers were delighted with the turnout for the annual celebration that featured one of the biggest parades the event has seen in years. The historic parade, featuring groups of characters in full period costume, was followed through the village by 12 decorated floats, pipe and brass bands, local groups and characters from the events programme for the day. The cycle display team also performed stunts and tricks as part of the parade. The parade made its way through the village to Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events took place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Along the way the statue of Kilbarchan’s famous piper, “Habbie Simpson” on the steeple in the village square was brought to life and joins the parade as is tradition. With more than 3,000 people estimated to have enjoyed the day either as a spectator or participant Joint Chair, Graeme Stockton, felt that, apart from the weather, the day couldn’t have gone better: “We really were overwhelmed by the support and turn out for the event. The community, organisations, businesses and other groups all did their bit to help make the day a success and raise thousands of pounds for good causes. We can’t thank them all enough. All the feedback we’ve had has been so complimentary and supportive and all the stallholders we’ve spoken to have told us they did really well too which is amazing given the rain.” Susan Calcluth, Joint Chair, adds: “The new park layout seemed to work well to create more of a festival feel with a ‘food village’ ‘kids’ zone’ and ‘active area’ and the new additions as well as old traditions went down well too. Given how well received this years event was it is likely we’ll keep the format and bring most of the events and activities back. There was a real feeling of community and village pride on the day which is important to the new committee. We want everyone to feel like they are part of the day and proud to live or work here.” Graeme added: “For an all new committee to take on such a big event was a massive undertaking but the team have, without exception, risen to the challenge brilliantly. We are already talking about extending the celebrations over a number of days and really building on the idea of a festival for next year. Doing so well on a really rainy day has got the whole committee excited about putting on an even better event next year and knowing it would be improved even more by some nicer weather!” - Find Kilbarchan Lilias Day on facebook For further information please contact Damon Scott on 0141 951 7810 or 07771 830 969 or email Photos mostly by Rosie Jake Photography

Kilbarchan Churches During July our Sunday morning services continue as follows as we work towards a united charge. 6th July - West Church, 11am. 13th July - East Church, 11am. 20th July - West Church, 11am. 27th July - East Church, 11am There will be a Crèche each Sunday for babies and toddlers with toys and games available for the older children if they wish to join us. The Mid-week Fellowship has finished for the summer and will start again in September. The Queen’s Baton Relay will be in Kilbarchan on Thursday 17th July at 8.35am. We intend to open the West Church hall from 7.30am for refreshments etc. If you are in the area please drop in.

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houston, crosslee & brookfield Fame in our Farming Fraternity For those of you who have visited the Kelpies or intend to go, you will see a beautiful piece of poetry by Jim Carruth at a viewing point near the Ticket Office.

Jim is a Civil Servant, dairy farmer and rural poet – a modern day Rabbie Burns! Sorry ladies he is married with three children. Jim is an accomplished poet with several books to his credit, the most recent of which are “Working on the Hills” and “Rider at the Crossing”. Further details of his work and involvement with Scottish poetry can be found on the website with details of his publications.

Renfrewshire Council has now received the report of the examination of objections to the Renfrewshire Local Development Plan conducted by Scottish Government Reporters. The Council’s Planning Board will meet before the end of June to consider the report’s recommendations as to how the plan should be modified before final approval. The full report is available at Council libraries and on the Local Development Plan Examination page of the Council web site. I was quite disappointed to have missed the opening in the Crosslee Play Park of the new play equipment, however having visited the site I was delighted to see the increased uptake of all the equipment, especially the climbing frame, being used by children of all ages. At the recent LAC meeting funding for phase2 of the Play Park improvements was approved. The Queen’s Baton relay arrives in Renfrewshire on Thursday 17th July. The relay starts in Howwood and will visit ‘every one of Renfrewshire’s towns and villages’ throughout the day finishing at 6.45pm in Paisley’ Lagoon Leisure Centre. The Baton is scheduled to arrive in Brookfield at 10.56am and will be carried along Victoria Road, Woodside Road and Albert Road arriving in Houston at 11.26am where the Baton will be carried along Old Bridge of Weir Road, left into Main Street and Barochan Road before heading to Langbank. Please note:- My surgeries in July will be held on Thursday 3rd July in Brookfield from 6-6.30pm and in Houston from 7pm -7.45pm. I can also be contacted by phone on 01505 610018 or by e-mail at cllr.allan.noon@ or through Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1265

Brookfield Village Hall

Brookfield Village Hall is available for hire by organisations or for private functions. For further information or to view the Hall, telephone 01505 320497.

HOST The Carrick Centre, Houston What’s on July 2014 Monday to Friday Woodlands After School 01505 615438 MONDAY - Galaxy Dancing 21st 9am-4pm TUESDAY - Galaxy Dancing 1st / 22nd 9am-4pm. Yoga (weekly) 7pm M/s Lawson 01505 613690 WEDNESDAY - Galaxy Dancing 2nd / 23rd 9am-4pm; Community Council 16th 7.30pm; Councillors Surgeries 16th 6.30pm; Melody Makers 2nd / 16th / 30th 7pm THURSDAY - Galaxy Dancing 3rd / 24th 9am-4pm; Crafty Friends 3rd / 17th / 31st 7.30pm; Folk Club (weekly) 8pm FRIDAY - Galaxy Dancing 4th / 25th 9am-4pm SATURDAY - Coffee Shop open SUNDAY - Baptist Church 11am & 6pm Booking enquiries to Ian Simpson 01505 612203 or Sandy Young 01505 331488 or The Coffee Shop

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Power to local people

It was an honour to publish the Community Empowerment Bill in the Scottish Parliament. Years of local work and learning from the voluntary expertise of others has informed my thinking. Renfrewshire will make its mark in this legislation! Reform will extend the community right to buy land and include measures to make it simpler for communities to take over public sector land and buildings. We will also better protect common good funds and allotments. Good news for communities across Renfrewshire. I believe the bill will strengthen and nurture community participation and encourage enterprising community development. In lodging the bill, I also confirmed an increase in Scottish Government funding from the People and Communities Fund by £1.5 million to £9.4 million per year in 2015-16. I firmly believe in local decision making, so community empowerment can extend that opportunity to every community in Scotland as well.

Development plan

Economic development requires a plan, and that’s why the local development plan is so important. I am disappointed at Renfrewshire Council did not identify appropriate sites to meet housing need, and now communities of Renfrewshire will be disappointed with the outcome of the findings of the local development plan process.


A plan to grow an independent Scotland’s manufacturing industries has been announced.

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Collins & Paterson Auctioneers & Valuers Welcomed Antiques Road Trip Once Again! We saw the return of Catherine Southon - this time going head to head with Mark Stacey, as shown in picture, with auctioneer Stephen Maxwell & administrator Gil Young. What fun was had, especially with Mark poking fun at Catherine’s lots, but who wins? T h i s programme was shown on BBC1 Monday 2nd June, but can be viewed on BBC iplayer.

Scotland is renowned across the world for our engineering brilliance, our rich industrial heritage and our spirit of innovation. We have substantial natural resources, a highly skilled workforce, a long-standing reputation for innovation, and an internationally-recognised brand, with products and companies competing at the highest level in international markets.

Artists invited to exhibit Saturday 1st November - Houston & Killellan Kirk Local Artists are invited to exhibit at an Exhibition & Sale of local artist’s paintings to be held in Houston & Killellan Kirk, North Street, Houston, on Saturday 1st November 11am – 4pm, in support of the Kirk’s Extension Fund. Artists will be restricted to a maximum of 4 paintings and space will be allocated on a first come basis. To exhibit please contact jan@cranstoun. com  (Tel: 01505 612795) or (Tel: 01505 610847)

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Spider on Grass by Pauline Smith from PCPC

The Garden in July

Even the tiniest garden can be a haven for butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other insects. Adult butterflies feed on nectar, so stock your garden with nectar-filled flowers. Catmint [Nepeta], Sedums, Fuchsias and plants with daisy flowers are all excellent choices – and of course, Buddleja, commonly called the butterfly bush. The more variety you offer, the wider the range of visitors you’ll attract. Position plants in the sunniest most sheltered place you can. The warmth that stimulates the butterflies will also bring out the fragrance in scented plants such as lavender and roses. Shown below are a few other plants which are also very attractive to wildlife.

Achillea ‘Terracota’

Achilleas are traditional border flowers valued for their feathery foliage and striking flat, circular heads of flowers throughout the main summer season. The variety ‘Terracotta’ has beautiful blooms which open orange fading to yellow with age. Plant in full sun in welldrained light soil. Divide March to May.

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

Agastaches are half-hardy. Scented perennials, one of the best being the bluish-purple ‘Blue Fortune’. It has a nice array of vertical spikes topped by flowers above the fresh green foliage, from midsummer to the end of autumn. Plant in full sun in well-drained light soil. In very cold areas, where the plants won’t survive the winter, they can be treated as annuals. Plant April to May.

Echinacea Purpurea ‘Magnus’

This hardy perennial produces large purple-pink blooms that are held horizontally on robust stems of dark green foliage. The beautiful flowers are particularly attractive to butterflies and flower over a long period, from June to September. Like other echinaceas, it is easy to grow in any decent soil and in full sun, partial shade.

Bridge of Weir Horticultural Society August 30th. Annual Flower Show Saturday 12noon. Royal British Legion, Bridge of Weir & District Branch Club.

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CMRP Regional Park Race 2 the Games is here!

On Wed 2nd July, leg 1 of the race will start from James Watt Dock in Greenock, started by the Lord Provost of Greenock. Leg 1 will finish at Intu Braehead at 1.30pm approx with a refuelling stop for competitors. Leg 2 starts at 3pm to reach the Glasgow Science Centre and finish line at the Millennium Bridge for 4.30pm. The prize giving will be at 5pm with guest of honour, Gerry Hughes, the first deaf man to sail single handed around the world. Please get involved, like on Facebook, follow #R2tg on Twitter and see our website uk for the pupil’s stories throughout the day. Note the date to come join the entertainment at the Science Centre (3.30pm) and cheer the participants over the line!

Scottish Western Thoroughbred Vehicle Club Visit Greenock Cut Centre

On June 8th, the SWTVC visited the Greenock Cut Centre delighting visitors and staff alike with a dazzling array of classic and vintage cars. The oldest of the 50 cars present was a Model T Ford proudly on display next to Triumphs, Austins, Bristols, Rileys, Rovers and MGB’s! The club members were happy to talk to members of the public & enjoyed a Park presentation from Senior Ranger Mike.

Ride 63 Club News & Ride Out Info!

A Community Cycle Club ‘Ride 63’ is now up and running. More info on when they’re going out on their Facebook. Email the Secretary at ridesixtythree@ to become a member or email the Park at routes@clydemuirshiel. for more information.

Duke of Edinburgh Programmes

We’re currently working on new opportunities for 14 – 25 year olds, no matter what their ability, to do their Duke of Edinburgh at Clyde Muirshiel. There are new offerings contributing mainly to the skill, physical and expedition sections of the award. Look on our website for details.

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Dry Stone Walling Association Award at Gardening Scotland Show Working with Jayne Whitehead from Ivy Maud Designs, the Association built a corner of a ruined walled garden planted up with wild flowers & traditional cottage garden plants and incorporated a number of old garden artefacts. The theme was a young Edwardian gardener leaving the garden to go & fight in the Great War. Like many of his age, he never returned & the garden decayed

into a ruin, and became overgrown with wild flowers. The judges awarded the garden a silver gilt medal, and it also won the peoples vote for the best show garden, as voted for by visitors to the show. It was heavily featured on the Beechgrove Garden programme in June. At the end of the show, the garden

will be dismantled and is to be rebuilt as a permanent feature at Erskine Hospital later this year.

CMRP Online

Keep up to speed with events and activities at ClydeMuirshielRegionalPark or Twitter @Clydemuirshiel pages.

Regular Events

Mondays (put not public holidays) - Lochwinnoch Community Walks meet 10.30am at The Cross, Lochwinnoch.

Weekly Volunteer Groups - Newcomers always welcome!

Thursdays Castle Semple Conservation Volunteers, Adult group, from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. Saturdays Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers, Adult group, 10.30am – 2.30pm.

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Windows on Wildlife Update The Windows on Wildlife Project aims to bring people closer to wildlife, gaining a unique insight to the furry & feathered inhabitants of Castle Semple Country Park. Project Officer Hayley Douglas gives us an update.

Event updates

Do you and the kids fancy learning how to use the motion cameras? In July there will be two “How to be a Wildlife Spy” workshops. The first will take place on the 1st July where we will learn about the cameras as well as setting them up in the woods. The second session takes place on the 8th July and we will head back to the woods to see what has been captured on camera. Both sessions are free and take place between 1pm- 6pm. To book call 01505 842 882 Ex20. July also sees the return of the Big WoW weekend where the project footage and equipment will be showcased both at Castle Semple Visitor Centre and the RSPB, 5th July at the former & 6th July at the latter between 10am-4pm. Pop along at any time and see what our wild neighbours have been up too.

Wildlife News

The baby badgers, Rough and Tumble, are still going strong and are now five months old. They are so full of energy that they have been spotted still playing at 10.30 in the morning! They have even encouraged their dad ‘Old Boy’ to join in with their antics. The otters have been spotted separately on the Loch and, by the time you read this, it is now hoped that the female has given birth to cubs which were due in early June. You may have recently spotted me on the telly as I am now contributing to STV Glasgow’s new magazine show, ‘The Riverside Show’. Rough, Tumble and Lochwinnoch’s other wildlife has been featured so far and you may see us filming out and about in the village. I am also looking forward to carrying the Queen’s Baton on the 17th July after being nominated by my line manager for the work I do for the Project as well as my fundraising antics. I’m honoured to be carrying this, particularly when I realised I’ve been selected alongside Ronnie Brown, Corrine Hutton and John Delaney. Hopefully, I will be running in Lochwinnoch but we just need to wait and see.

More Info…

Visit the Park’s website or by emailing wow@ Footage can be viewed on the Park’s Youtube channel or on the WoW Facebook page. The Windows on Wildlife Project is part of the Semple Trail Heritage Project and is jointly funded by LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Houston Agricultural Show 2014

Taking place on Saturday 7th June this year, Houston Show was definitely a ‘show to two halves’ with very heavy rain making the afternoon somewhat damp! Luckily most of the livestock judging was complete prior to the down pour and many of the local people who attended the show had already managed to enjoy a great day out. Even those who braved the afternoon had a great time and the light horse competition continued unhampered. The livestock section of the show was well attended and the high quality cattle and sheep made the competition good. Major winners in the Dairy Section were D & P Carruth of High Auchensale, Kilbarchan and T Stewart of Wellees, Houston. In the Beef Section, A J Wilson, Westcroft, Kilwinning; A Young, Towncroft, Houston and T Marsh, Lower Bardrain, Johnstone took the trophies with A J Wilson winning Best Animal in the Beef Section. In the sheep classes, the competition was split between three different sections and the major winners were R Close, Nethermill, Langbank; A Fletcher, Laigh Hatton, Bishopton and T & E Paterson, Auldlea, Beith, with R Close winning the Overall Champion prize. In the heavy horse section, the Best Clydesdale trophy was won by A Fletcher, Laigh Hatton and in the light horse sections, major prize winners were Katy Gillespie winning Best Pony and Supreme Horse Champion on Dragon Fire and Reba Laurie winning Best Horse on Gabby. The overall Best In Show was judged by show president, Adam McCartney, and was won by A J Wilson, Westcroft, Kilwinning and the trophy for most points in the livestock section was won by T Stewart, Wellees, Houston.

Houston’s Got Talent was a brilliant show, opened by local dance group The Galaxy Dancers and culminating in West Renfrewshire Young Farmer’s gunging some members of our committee. The competition was won by Sasha Kaloheris singing Matilda. The baking and craft marquee was full to the brim with beautiful handcrafts and delicious baking. The major prizewinners were Moira Dunlop winning most points in the Industrial Section with and most points in Handicrafts. The perpetual cup for most points in baking and provisions went to Christine Anderson, who was also runner up in the points section. The winners in the children’s sections were Leah Feely in the 9-12 years, Beth MacDonald in the 6-8 years and Sofie Enos in the under 5’s section. Abbey Nursery won the nursery section with a collage of an agricultural show. The Society would like to thank all our sponsors, advertisers, stall holders and everyone who attended the show for making 2014 such a good year.

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PETS news Lamont City Farm

Lamont City Farm is a vibrant community and animal welfare project located in Erskine, Renfrewshire. Our farmyard opens 7 days a week, 10.30am to 4.30pm Apr -Sept and 11am to 3.30pm Oct - March. At Lamont Farm, you can meet a wide variety of domesticated animals, including sheep, goats, horses, ducks, hens, llamas and rabbits. We also have a reptile room with some special animals for you to come and meet! We have a tea room and shop for your convenience. We also run several other facilities, including a small animal boarding service, and a set of connected allotments. Our staff and volunteers are on hand every day to answer your questions and ensure you enjoy your visit. Admission is free, but we encourage donations, and we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers and committee members. Find out what’s happening at Lamont Farm. Come visit for a brilliant day out!

The Farm

Most of our animals are housed in pens, hutches or cages with some being allowed to roam free. We occasionally take in rescued animals and try to rehome as many as we can. If this is not possible then they stay with us, therefore we have a changing population and there are often new things to see. We actively promote animal welfare and advise and educate people, where we can, in animal care and husbandry. Most of the animals on the farm are from a rescued background.


On the farm we have a portacabin that has a kitchen and tearoom. Tea & coffee always available. Unfortunately, no animals are allowed in the tea room We sell a variety of snacks, sweets and drinks, which include various chocolate bars, crisps, cans & bottles of juice, tea & coffee, etc.

Lamont Gardens

Adjoining the farm, we have an attached set of well-tended allotments. These are exceedingly popular amongst the Erskine community and beyond.

Small animal boarding service

Re-homing Pets

Can you offer a home to any of our featured pets?

Maisie is a special wee cat looking for a nice quiet home. Maisie is a young 2 year old black and white female cat who came in to us as a stray and has since had 3 kittens. She was a good mum and would make a good pet for someone who has the time for her as she very much likes human company. She is turning into a real lapcat. Maisie would like to be able to go outdoors. Ref: CG To contact the Renfrewshire Branch on 0141 876 4133. Sunset - Cornsnake. Reference: 278390 Age & Gender unknown. Sunset arrived in our care after being found as a stray. This colourful snake is now desperately looking for an experienced owner who can provide the attention and care required. If you are interested in rehoming Sunset, you can download and complete a pre-homing questionnaire if you wish and bring it with you when visiting the centre. To contact the centre about any animals, please call 03000 999 999 or visit HONEY / Lurcher / Female / 5 to 7 Years Honey is a sweet girl is typical of her breed. She loves to sunbathe in the garden and likes to be loved! Honey needs a very secure garden of her own to have a run around in and chill. She can live with children who are 5 years old or over and needs a secure garden. Someone who is willing to help her with her training would be beneficial to her. She needs a home with someone who is around most of the day. Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL. Open: 12noon 4pm (including weekends); 12noon- 7.30pm on Tuesdays; closed: Wednesdays All rehomings are subject to a successful home visit.

If you are going on holiday or just need someone to look after your pet (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters or Gerbils) for a few days then come and ask us. We will be pleased to look after your pet.

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Johnstone Cat Rescue We are struggling to cope and would appreciated any help you can give with fundraising. Please call Sheena on 01505 337321 for further information on how to assist

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Wildlife Crime Strathclyde Police has a team of Wildlife Crime Officers who, as part of their normal policing duties, specialise in investigating wildliferelated crimes. If you wish to report a suspected wildlife crime and/or speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer, please contact: Your local Police Office or Strathclyde Police HQ, 173 Pitt Street, G2 4JS or call 0870 050 1999.

Rescue Centres Dogs Trust Glasgow: 0141-773-5130 - Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue: 01505-502415 - Johnstone Cat Rescue: 01505 337321 Renfrewshire Cat Protection: 0141-876-4133 Scottish SPCA: 0141-882-1688 - These centres are always on the lookout for donations and fundraising. If you can help, please get in touch with any of the centres above.

Top Tips for keeping your Pets Cool in Hot Weather

With Scotland finally basking in warmer temperatures, we have put together some top tips for keeping your pets cool. 1. Never leave pets in cars, not even for just a few minutes with windows open. Temperatures can soar dangerously high in minutes, causing potentially fatal heatstroke.

2. Don’t let pets sit out in strong sun, or leave hutches, runs or cages in direct sunlight. Always make sure there is always access to shade.

6. If you have a long-haired pet, get their fur trimmed to prevent them from over-heating. 7. Walk dogs in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. 8. Rabbits are prone to maggot infestations (known as flystrike) in the summer. Flies are attracted to dirty fur and lay their eggs, which hatch in to maggots. To prevent this life-threatening condition, check a rabbit’s bottom at least twice daily for dirtiness and maggots. If you spot any maggots call your vet as soon as you can. 9. Food can go off very quickly in the heat, so discard any leftovers to avoid flies. For further advice please contact the PetVet practice on 01505 800366.

3. Never put your bird cage close to the window or in direct sunlight – the temperature can quickly soar through the window. 4. Always make sure pets have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times and change water regularly throughout the day. 5. Familiarize yourself with the signs of heatstroke – excessive panting, extreme salivation, distress and collapse. If this happens, call your vet immediately for advice.

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SCHOOLS news Gryffe High School

Ben and James are looking forward to Space School


Summer (July) Holiday Fun with CMRP

Ben Harper and James Webb (both current S5) were delighted that they have been selected to take part in Scottish Space School held at the University of Strathclyde from 15th to 20th June, with 100 students from 66 schools across Scotland taking part. There were around 400 applicants this year.

Fri 4th - Crash. Bang. Wallop. Castle Semple Visitor Centre, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The Scottish Space School at Strathclyde aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by highlighting the career and educational opportunities available to young people with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

Fri 11th - STICK!, Muirshiel Visitor Centre, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Gryffe High has developed strong links with the Space School and we are very proud of the 4 pupils who have achieved selection for Space School in Houston (Texas) in the past. As well as experiencing the opportunity of a lifetime, they have all been great ambassadors for their school and Scotland. This year will be a special Space School as there will be celebrations for the Tenth Anniversary of Scottish Space School. There will be an Anniversary Reception where the current Space School students will meet up with many of the previous students from the last 10 years. This will all be in the company of NASA personnel George Abbey, Former Director of Johnson Space Centre, astronaut Mike Baker, Planetary Scientist Sue Lederer and NASA Human Researcher Heather Paul. Well done Ben and James on your selection and we look forward to hearing about your ‘mission’. Article - Mrs P McGeough, Space School Link Teacher

Tues 8th – Rockets, Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, 1pm - 3pm

Tues 15th – Pond Dipping & Minibeasts, Greenock Cut Visitor Centre 1pm - 3pm Fri 18th - Largs Rockpools, meet at the Pencil Monument, Largs, 11.30am - 1pm Tues 22nd – Kids Bushcraft, Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, 1pm - 3pm Fri 25th - Nature Games, Castle Semple Visitor Centre, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Tues 29th – Map Reading & Treasure Hunting, Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, 1pm - 3pm See our website for further information - www. or call 01505 614791.

Kilbarchan Community Nursery This month the children have been learning about life in Australia as part of a school project with the primary school. We have been in touch with a family who emigrated in October and Callum has sent photographs and videos about his new life in Melbourne.

Houston Nursery Children Visit to the Science Dept

Gryffe High School is always eager to welcome visitors, and on Tuesday 13th May, were delighted to welcome 80 children from Houston nursery. To start off the health themed experiments, Dr Scott got all the children to stand up and run on the spot for a minute. He then asked the children if they felt any different to how they had before. One child replied, “I feel hot”. Another, “My heart is faster”. Dr Scott went on to explain that as we are moving faster, our body is working harder to function, and the harder the body works the more oxygen we need. Miss Robinson next did an experiment about the lungs. She placed an empty bottle with a deflated balloon stuck to the top on the table. Inside the balloon was some “magic powder” that would make the balloon inflate without her blowing into it. Miss Robinson tipped the powder into the liquid at the bottom of the bottle. The liquid fizzed up, creating gas and blowing up the balloon, almost as if by “magic”. They were amazed by the balloon, and just could not work out how it was blown up. Dr Scott then poured a small pot of powder into a cylinder with liquid. Instantly the water fizzed up, and began expanding over the top of the beaker. It squeezed out in a long yellow stream of foam, much to the delight of the children. The “milkshake” was yellow in colour, extremely hot and foamy in texture. The aim of this experiment was to show the nursery children that there are fun, tasty alternatives to sugar and acid filled drinks. The children were startled at how high in acid the apple and orange juice were. The children seemed to really enjoy their visit, answering questions enthusiastically and engaging in the experiments with a level of excitement only a five year old can have. Not only did they have fun doing the experiments, they left with a bit more knowledge about staying healthy through eating and exercise, proving the day to be a success. Mrs Costello, Mr Gibb, Miss Robinson and Dr Scott all enjoyed working with the visitors. A special thanks went to Mrs Stark the science technician who put a lot of work into preparing equipment for the day. Article – Molly Speir S1. Photograph – Kindly Provided by Houston Nursery – Used with Consent

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Our theme for the Lilias day float this year was Sports in the Commonwealth games and lots of parents and children worked hard to make all the props and decorations. The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of all, who great fun waving as the float went along. The end of another nursery year has come round again and the children performed songs for their parents at the end of term presentation. Although the children are sad to be leaving nursery, they are all looking forward to starting school in August. We wish them all well.

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Houston Primary School & Nursery Nursery Forest Arrives!

Houston Primary School and Nursery have been having a make-over with the help from three local businesses. A team from IBM came and painted the nursery railings, enhanced our Courtyard with a Commonwealth Games theme and repaired our greenhouse. George Cruden from Elderslie Estates kindly helped to create a Nursery Forest, with Derek Cairns a local tree surgeon providing wood chippings. H.D. Gardening Services also kindly donated some bark for our Trim Trail. I’m sure you will agree, they have done a great job and we are all very appreciative of their time and generosity. The Nursery went to Gryffe High School to learn how to be scientists. Wearing their lab coats and safety goggles they were ready to learn about chemical reactions. They had an amazing time making colour changing fruit juice and a giant banana milkshake! The Nursery Sports were a great success and the sun shone all day long. The children participated in a variety of Commonwealth Games sports and were proudly rewarded with a winning medal for their efforts. Following Sports we were all treated to a delicious strawberry tart and thirst quenching juice!

Langbank Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club Playgroup By the time you read Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club is a group for parents of multiples to obtain support and meet others in the same situation. We meet on the first and third Friday of each month from 10am - 11.30am in McKillop Hall Lochwinnoch. Cost £3 bring a mug along for a cuppa.

Duchal Nursery School We had a fantastic Sports Day in lovely sunshine, that inspired our young athletes and have been really enjoying our newly designed garden, it is a real asset to our already fantastic facilities at Birkmyre Park. Our annual Summer Outing this year was to Kelburn Castle in Largs. We had a great day exploring and going on lots of adventures. The highlight was bumping into “Nina and the Neurons” from Cbeebies!!

this, Langbank Playgroup will be enjoying a well-deserved break. The summer term is always very busy with sports day, trips to school and a Graduation Party for those moving on. We’ve had lots of fun this year, enjoying a huge variety of activities and resources, trips and visitors so we are due a rest but look forward to being back in August to share friendship and play. Playgroup can be easily combined with nursery and you can even bring along Tessie Bear from nursery to see what goes on. This little one was very careful not to get paint on our special visitor. All children from Langbank and the surrounding areas are welcome from 2.5yrs to school age. Please contact our Chair, Jacqueline, on 01475 540728 for further details. We are back on Friday 15th August and look forward to seeing you then.

Johnstone High School Four 4th year pupils from JHS came second in the Rampaging Chariots Robotic Games. They won two cups, one for being the Most Innovative Design! For photos and further information, please contact Mr Fulton, Physics Dept at JHS.

Nomad Music School’s Summer Rock Club is back and is set to be the biggest and best yet.

If you would like to see our great set up at Birkmyre Park and find out more about what we do at Duchal please come and visit us one morning - contact Head Teacher Jean McCarthy on 874358 to arrange a convenient time or keep up to date with all the latest news on our website It is scary to think that by the time you are reading this, our year will be over and we will have said “au revoir” to our older children going off to school – we wish you all lots of luck, please come back and visit us!! Our end of term concert celebrates all that we have achieved throughout the year, learning through fun and play, and the children are having a great time rehearsing before the big performance! Finally a note from all the children and parents - a BIG THANK YOU to all our fantastic staff who make Duchal so much fun, we’ve had a wonderful year.

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Learn guitar, piano/ keyboard or drums, take part in awesome indoor and outdoor games, play table tennis, pool and giant jenga, meet new friends and much more. Taking place at Kilbarchan East Church Hall every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am - 2pm, starting on the 1st July and running through until 7th August. For P1 to P7’s and S1 to S4’s. For full details visit

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Bridge of Weir Primary

St Columba’s School Silver Tablet

Lucy Bishop was presented with the Silver Tablet, following a concert attended by over 100 guests and pupils from SV and SVI. The Silver Tablet was established in 1917 and celebrates the best musical talent from the Senior School. Lucy performed a programme which included Dunhill’s ‘Cloths of Gold’ and ‘O mio babbino caro’ by Puccini. She competed against Malcolm Millar on French Horn and Gregor Keir on piano. The adjudicator, Mr Ian McCrorie MBE, complimented all three performers and praised the consistently high standard of music coming from St Columba’s.

Paisley Art Competition

Hannah Findlater (SI) was the overall winner of the Paisley Art Competition winning the McFarlane Shield, as well as a cheque for £250 for herself and £250 pounds for the School. Other prize winners were: P5 prize - Romy Mackie, P7 prize - Olivia Burns, Category 1 prize -Ewan Knox (SI) and Category 2 prize Eva Nailard (SII).

J6 Newlands Adventure

Junior 6 headed to Newlands Adventure Centre for four funfilled days. They enjoyed a wide range of activities, including kayaking, indoor climbing, the high ropes course and Ghyll scrambling.

In June, we see acutely what we and our pupils achieve in seven years of primary schooling. Next year’s clutch of bright-eyed, baggy-socked P1s enjoyed their induction days, and we watched proudly as our P7s strode off to secondary school with polish and self-assurance. To all we wish happiness and success. We bagged the two sunniest days for our big outside events. The Parent Council’s MayFair was a fabulous morning of fun, games and scrumptious baking, during which £2,200 was raised. Warm thanks to all involved; in particular, to the many local businesses for their generosity. Sports Day was similarly sunbathed, and the scene colourfully set with a house parade. In a feat of logistics and organisation, more than 400 pupils took part in at least four events each, within 90 minutes. Tears, there were but a few; happiness reigned. The Parent Council’s introduction of a BBQ and homemade lemonade was a winner, with wares s e l l i n g like…well, hot buns with burgers in them. Despite end-of-term fun and frolics, endeavour continues. P1 pupils, whose disbelief has been delightfully suspended during their term in Fairyland, held an open afternoon to show off their hard work. In related news, school management were approached for details on their policy regarding a firebreathing dragon apparently roaming the school at night, but no-one was available for comment. Congratulations to P3 pupils Caitlin, Fergus and Cameron, and P4 children Christina, Archie and Milla for their achievements in the Renfrewshire Tennis Championships at Strathgryffe. Heartiest congratulations also to P6 pupil Libby, whose cover design has been chosen for the Gala Week programme. Our pupils would not enjoy all the extra opportunities they do without the ongoing support of so many people, both within and outside the school. You know who you are, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you. To all friends of Bridge of Weir Primary School, staff and pupils wish you a very happy summer.

Abbey Nursery

The pre school children have been very busy over the last few weeks preparing for their Graduation Ceremony. This year, 17 children graduated and, although we are all sad to see them leave, we are extremely proud of the confident individuals they have become. The children said their speeches and performed their graduation dance in front of their families and friends, there was more than a few happy tears shed. We would like to wish all the children many happy years in their new schools. Throughout the month of June the Grasshopper room will be focusing on the Common Wealth Games as part of their summer programme, they have already had a visit from Clyde the Mascot (small version). We also won 1st prize to Houston and Killelan Agricultural show (Saturday, 7th June) collage competition. Isabelle came and presented us with the award, a book token was given to enhance our library. The Busy Bunnies room are having great fun making a paper mache World Cup and learning about the different countries at the same time. Over the next few weeks, the children will be watching caterpillars turn to butterflies right in front of their eyes with their very own butterfly garden, then have fun releasing them into their environment. Our Little Ladybird room will be exploring their outdoor play area, pretending to be jungle animals and participating in animal role play. They have been busy creating beautiful animal masks to go with their costumes. New songs and nursery rhymes will be introduced to go along with their jungle theme, as well as jungle themed activities such as discovery bottles, small world and creative experiences.

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Howwood Primary School

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Howwood Baby and Toddlers Howwood Baby and Toddlers meet every Monday (including school holidays) from 10am to 12 noon at Howwood Parish Church Hall, Main Street, Howwood. We would be delighted to see any new boys and girls with mums and dads, grandparents or carers. Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat while the children play and make new friends. Only £1 per child which includes all snacks and drinks. We look forward to seeing you soon!

P4/3 and the rest of the school enjoyed a basketball lesson from Gareth who plays for Scotland and Great Britain. The lesson is just one of the many sports that the school have been enjoying as part of their Commonwealth Celebration.

Kilbarchan Primary School Hulatastic

Wednesday 21st May was a fantastic day at Kilbarchan Primary when we held our sponsored “Hulathon.” In the morning we had practice sessions, then we decorated our hula-hoops and in the afternoon the whole school had a hulatasic time, hulahooping to music! By Fiona Williamson P6

Kelburn Country Park

On Friday 6th June all the staff and pupils of Kilbarchan Primary School went on a whole school trip to Kelburn Country Park where we all had loads of fun in the sun! Each class went to a workshop about Minibeasts or the Falconry. We explored the Secret Forest where we found a Hansel and Gretel cottage, a Japanese tower from where you can see the tops of all the trees, and there is also a little house which has a secret tunnel hidden behind a curtain! Josh Reid, P7 said, “My favourite part of the trip was seeing the eagle owl.” Harry Pittaway added, “I enjoyed sitting in the sun eating lunch!” By The Press Team (Chloe Lafferty, Brooke Docherty & Rachel Hay)

Kidston Kids – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Kidston Kids in Kilmacolm would like to thank the Advertizer for their support in promoting our group.

St Columba Church & Toddlers Playgroup had a wonderful summer trip to Finlaystone Estate at the end of May and well done to everybody who came along and braved the mud and midges! We collected some nature treasures and enjoyed an outdoor snack plus play on the equipment and a great time was had by all. June was a busy month of visitors and summer crafts and we now wish all our families a restful summer break. Good luck to all of those moving on to nursery and, if you are coming back in August, we look forward to seeing you again. Thanks also to all the carers for helping out when on duty and our Committee for their hard work and support.

To Lodge Sir Michael for the beautiful plants which have had lots of watering! We are now hoping for some sunshine to help them grow. To the Staff and Committee for all their hard work in keeping the show on the road. To our Parents for bringing their child to Kidston Kids and especially to our little friends who make every day so special. Good Luck if you are moving on to Nursery/ School. We will miss you. We look forward to seeing the rest of you in August. We restart on Monday 25th August. Hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

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If you are interested in a place in August on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday morning email Laura our membership secretary laura.hannah@hotmail. for more information. Our toddler group will be taking a break over the summer too but will return in August . We always look forward to welcoming new faces to the group. Please contact our Toddler secretary Anya for more information on 07772 269840. Keep up to date with future events by liking us on Facebook - St Columba Playgroup & Toddlers Kilmacolm for further information of contact us on if you’re interested in joining the group.

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Kilmacolm Primary School Kilmacolm Primary School have had a very busy time with lots of fun activities and learning going on! Primary 1 hosted a Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch recently and served their customers with tasty, healthy sandwiches and snacks. Everyone was exposed to the roles of working in a café and had a specific job to do. Primary 2 hosted a very successful Assembly about all the learning that took place in the context of a Circus. We had clowns, acrobats, strong men and animals performing lots of tricks and jokes. Mums and dads were there to enjoy the show.


Lochwinnoch Primary Press Gang The end of term has, as usual, been a very busy time at Lochwinnoch Primary. The school Netball Team, coached by Miss Colbron, has had a very successful year and were proud winners in the finals of the Renfrewshire Primary Games. Sports Day was on the 3rd June at Viewfield Football Ground. The day was officially opened by Corrine Hutton who accepted a cheque from the school for over £10,000 for the charity ‘Finding your Feet’. A great day was had by all, with house activities in the morning followed by more traditional races in the afternoon. The Sports Day winners were McDowall. Well done! Family Fun night was on the 11th June. Both the turnout and the weather for this event were fantastic. Bouncy Castles, Walk the Plank, Fling the Flip Flop,

Following on from their chicks in the class experience, Primary 3 have butterflies in the class this term! We were all amazed to watch the start of new life and how quickly they grow!

Sumo Wrestling and Orienteering were among the Summer themed activities to be completed before entering into a prize draw. Prizes were kindly donated by Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Showcase

Primary 4 visited the Vikingar in Largs as part of their topic. They had learned many facts about Vikings and were able to visit the longboats and the Pencil Point to see where the Vikings landed in 1263. Primary 5 hosted a Magic Castle event to which parents were invited. The classroom looked like a screen set from Harry Potter, with wizards and witches serving disgusting but very tasty food and drinks. You were able to visit the Fortune Teller to find out your fate and the opportunity to hold a snake if you dare! We also had beautiful owls in the Gym Hall which the children were photographed handling.

Primary 6 hosted a very successful European Open Afternoon with parents and friends visiting the class and taking part in various cooperative learning activities and quizzes. They also held an Assembly, focussing of facts about Europe, put together in a very fun and interactive way.

Cinema, Clyde Muirshiel, The Bowfield Hotel and Country Club, Gambado, Odeon Cinema, Laser Station and Pizza Hut. PACE visited the upper school with their production and workshop ‘I am Me’. The aim was to raise awareness

of disability hate crime and to create an environment for young people to further explore attitudes and behaviours of both themselves and others around them. P6 has been working with Muirshiel Rangers on the Windows on Wildlife (WoW) Project which aims to show that our hidden wildlife is often closer than you think. With the help of cameras children have had the chance to observe and record the wildlife around the school. P6 and several other classes also visited the RSPB reserve.

Primary 7 held a very successful Oscars Evening to show their skills as film makers and actors. Everyone was very glamorous and dressed to the nines. Their films were viewed and Oscars presented by film stars like Angelina Jolie, aka Mrs Reid!

P7 have completed their transition programmes for high school. They have celebrated the end of their primary years with an Award Ceremony for their Battle of the Bands’ topic and dance as well as a final service at the Parish Church. We wish them the very best as they continue their education in various different places, some as far away as Spain! The transition programme for nursery children was a huge success. Activities were varied and children got a chance to meet their teachers and enjoy a garden party with their buddies. Children were happy and confident during their visits and we look forward to welcoming them to P1 in August. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy summer holiday!

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St Fillan’s Primary School We have had many reasons to be proud of our current P7 pupils throughout their time in St Fillan’s Primary School. They have had a busy year and have worked hard to create many showcase events for their parents, family and community. This month sees our ‘Oscars’ ceremony where they will perform songs from their World War 2 topic, Japan Topic, Wind In The Willows Novel Study and completing the evening with the Premiere of their Stop Motion Animation movies in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games. They have also led a number of creative fundraising events to help support their endeavours, for example their leaver’s hoodies, P7 photo shoot and of course the much anticipated trip to Lochgoilhead.

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Woodlands Day Nursery

All the boys and girls in the nursery enjoyed a Sponsored Toddle to raise money for the babies outdoor play area. They had a great time participating and loved dressing up in their onesies for the occasion. The children were celebrating the World Cup by playing mini football making puppets and learning about the various flags from around the world.

Sports Day Fun

Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned annual Sports Day due to the condition of the park but re-arranged for another afternoon and to our absolute delight the sun came out. Our winning House this session was Columba with the help of our nursery children who also came along to join in the fun with their new school. Well done Columba who have won our inter house championship for the first time in nine years!

St Fillan’s Parish

The staff of St Fillan’s would like to extend their thanks for the support from Father Danny and Sister Mary Frances. Father Danny has celebrated class masses across the school and they both support us in preparing our children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We also had the pleasure of our new Bishop visiting the school and speaking to the children about the Fruits and Gifts of The Holy Spirit.

Rising 5’s had a glorious sunny day for their summer trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park. All the children were able to get up close and personal to the animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes and penguins. They also enjoyed meeting the Meerkats, a boat trip to Chimp Island and watching sea lions participating in a show. A big thank you to all our parents who joined us for the day. The Tweenie children enjoyed taking part in their Sponsored Toddle in the surrounding woodland using the theme of ‘Going on a Bear Hunt.’ Everyone had a great time splashing through the river, walking through the swishy grass and of course the squelchy mud. World Cup spirit spread to the Tweenies also by enjoying lots of outdoor activities in the sunshine from dancing to football. We are also looking forward to tasting an assortment of foods inspired from some of the countries involved.


The Parent Council held their summer fair annual event on the 7th June and lots of children, parents and people from our community came along and supported our school. The Parent Council work hard throughout the year and we truly appreciate their hard work. Our Fairtrade committee with the help and support from Mrs McKay work hard throughout the year to support Fairtrade in Renfrewshire and to recognise their hard work throughout the years the Fairtrade Committee were presented with a Young Achievers award from The Provost and the Director of Education at a special ceremony at The Glynhill Hotel.

Transition Programme

Mrs McPherson is now drawing our enhanced transition programme to a close. We have increased the number of sessions pupils attend school to four sessions where they have enjoyed music lessons, PE lessons and of course meeting their big buddies who have had a very extensive buddy training programme. We have also incorporated a number of parental activities, including evaluating the programme to make improvements for next year. Both Mrs McPherson and Mrs Cleary have visited all new children in their nurseries too. We appreciate the time taken by our parents to help us plan to make next year’s induction programme even more successful.

Note from the staff

The staff of St Fillan’s Primary School wish a fond farewell to our P7 pupils who are about to embark upon the next chapter of their lives and we welcome our new P1 children who are beginning their learning journey with us. On behalf of all staff, I wish our whole school community a very safe, happy and relaxing summer break.

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We are also talking about our forthcoming holidays and looking for fun ideas for our exciting Summer Programme. The Babies had great fun exploring our outdoor areas for our sleepy stroll in our pyjamas. This month we have been learning about summer and around the world. We made different flags, globe collages and learned about different modes of transport, we certainly have some plane spotters among us. We have enjoyed lots of outdoor play and practiced our football skills to celebrate the World Cup. GOAL! Our Out of School Care are saying goodbye to children in P7 who will be moving onto high school, we would like to say farewell and good luck in your new school. The Holiday Club have lots planned this summer with celebrating the Commonwealth Games, playing mini golf and outings to Blair Drummond Safari Park and Sea Life Centre.

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Tollcross parkrun Weekly Free 5km Timed Run Tollcross parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am in Tollcross park, 254 Wellshot Road, Glasgow. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run best of all it really is FREE! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow Club, Tollcross, Wellshot Road, G32 7QR - please come and join us! So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own “running journey” or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

Ladies Open Stableford The Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ladies Section, Ladies’ Open Stableford Greensomes will take place on Thursday 3rd July. Maximum individual Handicap -34. Starting Times between 10am and 3pm. Entry Fee £14 or single entries £7 accepted. Bar Snacks available all day. Final Entry Date - Friday 27th June. Please call 01505 613214 for further information.

St Columba’s Swimmers at Relay Team Championships On Wednesday 11th June, 13 pupils from St Columba’s travelled to Edinburgh to take part is the Scottish Schools Swimming Association – Relay Championships, at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. The junior boys team (Lewis Heasley, Jack Patton, Calum Fleming & Fraser Currie) were competing in a 4 by 50m freestyle relay and qualified from heats to swim in the final, where they finished in 6th place. The junior girls team (Olivia Burns, Lucy Bliss, Philippa Saddler & Neave Halliday) also took part in a 4 by 50m freestyle relay and like the boys made it through the heats to swim in the final, where they finished 8th. The combined girls S3/4 team of Sarah Bradford, Lauren Aiston, Olivia Gemmell, Iona Miller and Eilidh Love were competing in freestyle and medley relay events for their own age group and Open age group. The standard of completion proved just a little outwith their reach in the Open age group however for the S3/4 category the girls qualified for both medley relay and freestyle relay finals. In the medley relay they finished in 7th place and in freestyle they finished in 3rd place & were awarded Bronze medals.



every Monday

Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

5-a-side Football Powerleague Paisley 6pm Tel: Jim Bretherton 01505 874215; or

Callanetics Brookfield Village Hall, 7.15pm

Strathgryffe Motorcycle Club The Trust Inn, Kilbarchan 9pm10.30pm Visit for details.

The Shotokan Karate Club St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, 7.30pm to 9pm. Check out our website at www.linwoodkarate.

every Tuesday Bridge of Weir Walking Group Outside the Co-op, BoW 10.30am 1 hour walks. Call Senga on 0141 842 3000.

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

Callanetics Brookfield Village Hall, 5.15pm, 6.15pm & 7.30pm

every Thursday

Kilbarchan Athletic Club On-X, Linwood, 7pm All abilities welcome. Tel: 07941 686990.

Kilmacolm Walkers Birkmyre Park Pavilion, Kilmacolm 10am Walk in and around Kilmacolm. Tel: David Goddard 01505 874192 or email

Callanetics Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

every Friday

Callanetics Brookfield Village Hall, 9.15am & 10.30am

Well done to all the swimmers who put in great performances and represented St Columba’s in this very competitive gala.

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Sean Burns is Renfrewshire Boys’ Match Play Champion Sean Burns of Caldwell Golf Club has become the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys’ Match Play Champion, following in the footsteps of his club mate Lewis Smith, who won the event last year. He made sure that the Freedman Trophy remained at Caldwell in difficult, wet conditions at Kilmacolm Golf Club. In the afternoon final many of the greens required to be cleared of water following a torrential downpour during the lunch break.

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Renfrewshire Golf Union Development Squad Each year, Renfrewshire Golf Union provides coaching at Mearns Castle Golf Academy to a squad of under 14 year old boys who show promise. They receive guidance on all aspects of the game from professional coaches David Orr and Mark Loftus under the watchful eyes of RGU boys’ convenors, Graham McGee and Gary Havlin.

In the morning round Sean beat Fraser Lawrie of Lochwinnoch Golf Club by 2 holes, closing out the game with a nice birdie at the final hole after Fraser had fought back from 3 down with 5 to play to stand one down on the final hole. In the other semi-final Andrew McColl of Erskine overcame Caldwell’s Alastair McNaughton 3 and 2, with the game turning dramatically on the 13th hole. The match was all square when Andrew over hit his approach which crashed into the pin and dropped straight into the hole to give him a one hole lead. Alastair never recovered from this untimely blow. The final involved the first and second seeds and the quality of the match was outstanding especially in the conditions. Andrew started briskly with birdies at the first and third to go two up but dropped shots at the fourth and sixth to go all square. He restored his lead with a birdie at the seventh but lost a ball at the next hole. Sean’s birdie at the ninth saw him one up at the turn. Yet another birdie from Andrew at eleven restored equality, but Sean responded with a great birdie three at the next. This was to prove crucial as Andrew failed to get up and down from beside the green at the thirteenth to go two down and a pulled drive at the next hole into heavy rough meant he was three down with four to play. Sean made sure with his third birdie at fifteen to win by 4 and 3. Andrew can take consolation from the fact that he made four birdies and Sean finished two under par in a fiercely competitive game which was enjoyed by all who watched it. The courtesy of Kilmacolm Golf Club given to the Renfrewshire Golf Union was much appreciated by all who took part and thanks also to Mrs. Murray who came once again to present the trophy and winners’ vouchers. Picture is of the finalists Seven Renfrewshire Golf Union boys - Jack Currie, Craig Orr, Matthew Dalrymple, Jamie Sinnamon, Lewis Breslin, Aidan Wilson and Angus Frood travelled to Lundin Links to play Fife in a friendly match. The match was decided on aggregate scores counting the best six gross scores. Renfrewshire won by 10 shots, so well done to the boys who took part.

Bridge of Weir Youngster Is Selected For R & A Event

Every two years, the R & A invite around 130 affiliated countries to enter its top under 16 year old boy and girl in the Junior Open Championship. This year they will play three rounds at West Lancashire Golf Club before getting the opportunity to view the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Scotland’s’ boys will be represented by 15 year old Jamie Stewart who plays at Old Ranfurly Golf Club. Jamie is delighted to have been selected as are his club and Renfrewshire Golf Union which has provided coaching over recent years. Two years ago, Renfrewshire also provide the top boy – Colin Edgar of Cochrane Castle.

This year’s squad is: Under 14 - Jack McAulay, Greenock; Alessandro Schennini, Whitecraigs; Andrew McAlpine, Erskine; Kerr Webster, Whitecraigs; Lewis Greenlees, Paisley Under 13 - Jonathan Murphy, Erskine; Alistair Taylor, Gourock; Michael Lees, Whitecraigs; Fraser Scott, Whitecraigs; Tom Lonergan, Whitecraigs; Greg McCaffer, Whitecraigs Under 12 - Roddy McAuley, Fereneze; Timothy Erskine, Kilmacolm; Harry Kellock, Kilmacolm; Harry McFarlane, Whitecraigs; Declan Moore, Whitecraigs; Mitchell Fleming, Whitecraigs Under 11 - Alexander Hardiman, Whitecraigs Under 10 - Aidan O’Hagan, Old Ranfurly; Scott Newman, Greenock Picture shows the boys at a training session with the professionals

Renfrewshire Golf Union - Golf Union Announces Boys’ Team The George Duncan Memorial Trophy is Renfrewshire Golf Union’s Youth Match Play Trophy. Having qualified in the Stroke Play Championship and fought their way through four previous rounds, the finalists were last year’s winner Stewart Watt (Old Course Ranfurly) and Craig Pirie of Renfrew Golf Club. This was a repeat of last year’s final and Craig was determined to see a different result. The quality of the match was determined early with hole two at host club Renfrew halved in birdies. Craig then chipped in for another birdie at the long par 3 third and then moved into what appeared to be an unassailable lead with magnificent approach shots to twelve feet on the par 5 ninth, to the same distance on the tenth, and to eight feet on the eleventh. Four up and looking like the new champion. However Stewart had other ideas and his wins at the fourteenth and sixteenth set the scene for an improbable comeback. When Craig missed the green with his approach at the next hole, followed by a nervy chip shot to 12 feet, it seemed that extra holes might be on the cards. It was not to be. In another twist to the tale, Craig holed the long putt to close out the victory by the margin of 2 and 1. It was a great final with the quality of the golf matched by the sporting behaviour of both players. turnberry.db@gmail. com

Picture shows Jamie in action

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Kilmacolm Tennis Club Summer Camps For Kids

Strathgryffe duo Cameron Kerr and Connor Thomson were part of the West of Scotland Boys Team which won the Aegon 14 & Under County Cup Championships last weekend in Nottingham - the first time that a Scottish team has won this British National team competition.

Following the success of the Easter camps, and due to popular demand, Kilmacolm Tennis Club is running no less than 5 tennis camps this summer. They will run on consecutive weeks starting mid-July. Camp 1 will start on Tuesday 15th July but all other weeks camps will run for 5 days. Camps will run from 15th-18th July; 21st-25th July; 28th July-1st August; 4th-8th August and 11th-15th August. Our camps are available for young people age 5-15 years and for nonmembers as well as members. They will start each day at 11.30am finishing at 4pm. Run by coach Melissa Stewart the camps will offer racket skills, technical and tactical drills, cardio tennis and finish with fun games and matchplay. There will be breaks during the course of the day for snacks and drinks. Children should food and drinks with them. The camps are a great way for families and non-members to get to know the club.

Alongside Cameron and Connor were team mates Aidan McHugh, Ewen Lumsden and George Baird who together beat Cumbria, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire in Stage 1, held in Carlisle, to qualify for the national finals in Nottingham. Victories over Yorkshire, South Wales and Kent qualified West for the final against favourites and five times winners Middlesex. With rubbers standing at 3-3, a tie-break shoot out was required to determine the winners. West’s first pair of Aidan McHugh and Ewen Lumsden won the shoot-out 10-8 to win the match and the title. The team was captained for both stages by Jon Pankhurst and Charlie Miller joined the team for the Stage 2 event.

Houston PS win Regional Schools Tennis Competition Houston Primary School was thrilled to emerge as winners of the Regional Schools Tennis Competition which was held at the David Lloyd Club West End on Sunday 8th June. The event has been running for five years but this was the first time that Renfrewshire had entered a team. Renfrewshire Active Schools in partnership with Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club and Bishopton Tennis Club had previously been awarded funding from the Renfrewshire Commonwealth Games Fund to enable a roll out of coaching to over a 1000 P3/P4 pupils in Renfrewshire. The team from Houston consisting of 4 players and 2 reserves from P3/ P4 had previously won the Renfrewshire School Play Offs which was held at Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club in May.

A weeks camp for members is £90 and for non-members £110. The first camp is for four days and will cost £72 for members and £88 for nonmembers. Children are welcome to come for the day with a rate of £20 and £25 for non-members. The Easter camps proved very popular and places are limited so please sign up early by e-mailing: Leaflets will also be available in the clubhouse on Castlehill Road. Non-members are welcome to pop in anytime. Adult members are reminded that the Ruth Campbell Tournament is on 19th July and following a super barbecue evening and pre-Wimbledon Pimms and Strawberries doubles tournament last Saturday both in glorious sunshine, we will be running another similar event on 16th August.

The players who are all coached at Strathgryffe p l a y e d s i n g l e s matches in order of strength against the winning schools from North & South Lanarkshire, E a s t Renfrewshire, East & West Dumbartonshire and two schools from Glasgow. The final result was a nail biting finish with Houston wining by a margin of two points over Scotstoun Primary School. Strathgryffe’s Summer Holiday Camp brochure has activities for both adults and children aged 3 & over. For more information visit www.

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We are a family friendly tennis club and welcome new members if you would like to find out more please contact Sian our club secretary at or visit our facebook page.

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Garnock Rugby Club Promoted Garnock Rugby Club have won the Scottish West Division 2 losing only one of their 22 fixtures and will now play in the prestigious west I next season. They scored 116 tries and also reached round 4 of the shield. The club’s record for the season equals that of season 1994-95 which was the previous best performance. A new club scoring record was set by Rory Walker 374 points which included 25 tries, beating the 356 points amassed by Jim Wilson in 1975-76. Rory, a former pupil of Johnstone High, follows in the footsteps of many Johnstone boys who have found success at Lochshore. The club’s catchment area includes Kilmacolm where St Columba’s have provided over 20 very good players in the last decade including this year’s Vice Captain Jamie McNab. Some have even travelled from Edinburgh University to play for Garnock. Other players come from all over the Gryffe and Garnock Valleys. Garnock Academy have now restarted playing rugby which has boosted Garnock’s Junior section to over 100 youngsters. Next season Garnock will lose several players moving for employment reasons and are looking for ambitious replacements who want to play in a high standard of rugby in West I. Please contact Billy Walker on 01505 704625 or Dave Perry on 07825 089410.

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by Lesley Handley BODY TYPE and NUTRITION Many people think “body type” only describes the way someone looks. However, it can also provide information about response to food intake. Physique characteristics can be linked to metabolic differences between individuals. Once you can establish body type, nutrient intake can be adjusted to maximise body composition and health related goals. There are 3 general categories of body types; ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph. Ectomorphs are thin individuals characterised by smaller bone structures and thinner limbs, like Mo Farah. This profile is linked to a fast metabolic rate and higher carbohydrate tolerance, meaning they tend to do best with more carbohydrates in their diet, moderate levels of protein and lower levels of fat. Endomorphs have a larger bone structure with higher amounts of body and fat mass. This profile can lead to a greater propensity for energy storage, either in lean mass or fat mass dependant on lifestyle, and usually means a lower carbohydrate tolerance. Endomorphs tend to do best on a higher fat and protein intake and less carbohydrate (bearing in mind we are talking good fats... Not McDonalds and KFC!).

Birkmyre Rugby Football Club Pre-season Training has commenced every Tuesday and Thursday at Birkmyre Park Kilmacolm. All sessions begin at 7.30pm and finish around 9pm. Our training facilities are first class and our Rugby Ready coaches will be there to provide group and one to one sessions and conditioning advice. Our under 16s, Senior Squad and Silverbacks will all be taking part as we look forward to season 2014/15. Our fixtures will be available soon from our website www.pitchero/clubs/birkmyre If you are not currently a Birkmyre player but would like more information contact Donald Hall on 07799 154597.

Mesomorphs have a medium sized bone structure and athletic body, and if active usually have a considerable amount of lean mass, like Serena Williams. This profile leads to a predisposition for muscle gain and the maintenance of lower body fat. Mesomorphs typically do better on a diet consisting of a balance between carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Few people fall perfectly into one category and can generally be a mix of 2 of them! Identifying a body type and looking closer at macronutrient composition can be a starting point for individuals looking to lose weight, gain muscle and improve their overall physique. For more information on health, fitness, nutrition or Personal Training contact Lesley on 07512 355 877 or on lesley_personal_trainer@

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Castle Semple Sailing Club Ian Brown Cup - Sunday 11th May It was a day of extremes. An extreme lack of wind and extremely hot sun started the day for the Ian Brown Motors Cup. After sweltering in the heat those suffering from heatstroke foolishly removed dry suits and wetsuits and suffered later in the day in a fierce rain squall!! The dinghies ranged from Toppers to an RS Vario. After both the boats and the wind went round in circles, Ray and John decided that three races were enough. The rumour was that they just wanted more of Peter’s spicy lentil soup. Jon took extra care (for a change) not to put his crew Jules in the drink, and thoughtfully reminded her to duck. Sadly, he forgot to take avoiding action himself when the boom came at him at speed, but at long last we have something to put in the accident book. Crawford and Brian called it a day just before the extreme rain squall hit, leaving various boats to finish the final race, and Steve D, Paul and Angus, and Arthur to battle for podium positions. After four races it came down to the last beat of the last race. With Paul and Angus just a few boat lengths ahead of Arthur, it looked as if they would win the race and the Cup. Arthur tried to get clean wind by tacking away- Paul had little option but to cover him- an extended tacking duel ensued, until - tragedy at Castle Semple! One extreme tack from Paul almost had him in the water, the competition slipped past, and the Cup was lost. Or was it? One steward’s enquiry later, taking account of discards, count back and the rules gave a result. Third place was Steve’s, Paul in Second, and First Place went to Arthur and his crews of Duncan and Iain. 10 hour Race - Saturday 7th June Well the good news was that the rain arrived later than predicted but unfortunately it wasn’t less than forecast and after consultation, due to the incredibly wet conditions and drop in temperature and wind, it was decided to end the race at 5.00pm and to postpone the barbecue. However, before the predicted deluge arrived.....we did indeed start very close to 9am with 7 boats (two other people had indicated that they would be putting in a team but...presume the forecast put them off). However, it was great to see so many cadets out on the water and enjoying themselves.. We even had two female helms - Katy Wedderburn and Patience. The wind started with a reasonable breeze until the rain arrived and it died along with the temperature. The first few laps were very close with 3 GPs battling for front position. A very well done has to be said to Euen Colquhoun and his friend who sailed for the entire 8 hours without a break (however, they were seen to be going out with a picnic hamper -must have been taking lessons from Stan) - and confessed their relief when the event was shortened. Team Arthur and Fraser definitely had the right idea as they had a continuous 4 hrs sail in dry conditions until Iain and various crew took over for a very damp afternoon. BBQ Steve became known as 5 boat Steve as he seemed to be sailing every boat apart from his original intended team. As the race went on an changeovers took place time was lost and when making hasty repairs and the fleet spread out, but there were a fair few jostling for positions. No capsizes although a couple of boats had some hairy moments when a gust suddenly arrived. Still over 30 people took part so a big thank you to all of you for making the effort to come along. The overall winner was Team Arthur/Iain but that has to be confirmed. Prize giving will take place once we reschedule the barbecue. Many thanks as always to the Club House team for keeping us fed and watered and counting the laps (not sure if any bribery went on for Arthur’s team to be winning....) For further info see web site:

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ON the road

Let’s work together to Keep Glasgow Moving

In July and August 2014, Glasgow will play host to a massive sporting and cultural celebration when more than 6,500 athletes and team officials arrive in the city for the XX Commonwealth Games. Glasgow will begin to get very busy from early July, when the athletes, officials and the world’s media first arrive. The Queen’s Baton Relay will also return to the city after its trip around the Commonwealth. Up to 1 million tickets are expected to be sold for competition events, with a substantial number of people watching at live sites and un-ticketed events.

It will be busier than usual

At certain times and locations, transport networks will be busy coping with the increased demand that hosting the Commonwealth Games will bring. There will be a range of changes made to local transport in the lead up to and during the Games including roads and public transport; however they will still be busier than usual. You can get ready to help stage an amazing Games by planning ahead. All we ask is that you check to see if your regular journeys could be affected and then to try out temporary changes over the Games period. By making small changes in the way you travel such as making your journey at the right time, using public transport, cycling or walking you will help ensure we all have a great summer!

Walking & Cycling

Glasgow is a compact city and walking or cycling is a great way to get around the city especially with public transport being busier than usual at games time. Many venues and Live Zones are within walking and cycling distance of Glasgow city centre. This summer, Glasgow City Council, in partnership Nextbike GmbH, are introducing a cycle hire scheme to the streets of Glasgow. This new service will be available to both visitors to the City for the Games and the general public of Glasgow. During the Commonwealth Games 36 locations across the city will provide access to around 400 bikes for hire. The bikes are bookable online or by telephone. Up to four bikes can be hired by one registered user at a time and the bikes can be picked up from and dropped off at any of the 36 locations. If you need help planning your journey, visit these websites:

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Houston registered childminders. For an informal chat to find your best childcare, call Elizabeth Waddell T: 614925 Kilmacolm/Quarriers area registered childminders. P/time or F/time vacancies for u-5’s and after school. T: 873839.



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church lists BRIDGE OF WEIR Freeland Church: Rev KN Gray BA BD. Morning Service 10.30am. Crèche, Sunday School, Lynx and Cornerstone. Evening Service 7pm www.freeland. St Mary’s Church Scottish Episcopal Church: Delighting to praise God; Showing Christ’s love; Growing in faith. Services Sundays at 10am. We have a regular cycle of prayer for those who live and work in Bridge of Weir. The dates of prayers for local roads are as follows: 6th July - Golf Course Road; 13th July - Gorse Crescent; 20th July - The Grove; 27th July - Gryfe Road. For further information, to ask for special prayers, or in pastoral emergency please call 01505 612807/01505 842629 or 01505 613402. S t M a c h a r ’s R a n f u r l y Church: Rev Suzanne Dunleavy BD DipEd. Sunday services 10.30am. Hearing aid l o o p s y s t e m . w w w. stmacharsranfurlychurch. All welcome. Hope Hall: Sun 1pm Sunday School, 4.30pm Gospel Service; Mon 6.30pm Investigators for Kids, 8pm Bible Study and Prayer. From the Baha’i writings: “Be unjust to no man and show all meekness to all men.” For details of meetings call 615641.


Elderslie Kirk: Sunday service every week at 11am. Minister - Rev Robin Allison. All welcome. Weekly meetings:- Monday Club every week from 12noon 2.30pm. Light lunch and a varied activity programme. Midweek Fellowship will meet every Wednesday from 10.30am for Tea & Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11am.

FLORIDA: superb selection of hand-picked villas and condos near Disney and Gulf Coast. Rates from £250 per wk - also property purchase service with rental support. Call Hazel on 01505 613603.

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• Bridge of Weir, Freeland Church. Tel: 612245 • Brookfield, Village Hall. Tel: 320497 • Houston, Carrick Centre. Tel: 612203 / 331488 • Houston, Compass Centre. Tel: 615441 / 612617 • Kilbarchan, Guide Centre. Tel: 702758. • Kilbarchan, Old Library Centre. Tel: 706070 • Kilmacolm, Cargill Centre. Tel: 873994 • Kilmacolm, Brownie/Guide Hut. Tel: 873488 • Kilmacolm, Masonic Hall. Tel: 873059 • Linwood Masonic Hall. Tel: 07825 222944 • Quarriers Sommerville Hall. T: 614513 / 612300 • Please add your community hall details to our list - email to

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Visitors are welcome at these monthly meetings. BISHOPTON: Primary School: 1st Thurs at 7.30pm www. BRIDGE OF WEIR: Cargill Hall: 1st Tues at 7pm (June, September and October (AGM) www. BROOKFIELD: Brookfield Village Hall: 7.30pm in February, April, June, August, October and December on the 2nd Thursday of the month. HOUSTON: Carrick Centre: 3rd Wed at 7.30pm www. HOWWOOD: Village Hall: 2nd Tues at 7.30pm. www. KILBARCHAN: Steeple Hall: monthly at 7.30pm. www. KILMACOLM & QUARRIERS: Last Tues at 7.30pm, Kilmacolm Cargill Centre (NB: No meetings: July or Dec) LANGBANK: Church Hall: 2nd Wed at 7.30pm LOCHWINNOCH: Parish Church: 1st Tues at 7.30pm


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RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL: Ward 7 - Johnstone South, Elderslie & Howwood Cllrs John Caldwell, John Hood, Stephen McGee and Iain McMillan Ward 8 - Johnstone (North), Kilbarchan & Lochwinnoch Councillors Derek Bibby, Andy Doig and Christopher Gilmour Ward 9 - Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield & Linwood Councillors Stuart Clark, Audrey Doig, Anne Hall and Allan Noon Ward 10 - Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank Councillors Maria Brown, Mike Holmes and James Maclaren

INVERCLYDE COUNCIL: Ward 1 - Inverclyde East (P.Glasgow, Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village) Cllrs David Wilson, Jim MacLeod, Stephen McCabe and James McColgan

Houston Baptist Church at Carrick Centre; 11am Family services with SS for children age 5-12; 6pm Eve Service; Mid-week Home Bible Study; For more information contact; Rev D Snelson 01505 612722. Houston and Killellan Kirk: 29th J u n e 11 a m Morning Worship. The Sacrament of Baptism. Services in July and until 10th August will begin at 10am. 6th July 10am Morning Worship. 6.45pm Annual Service at Kilallan Kirk. 13th July 10am Morning Worship. Service Conducted by the Rev Alexander Macdonald MA BD. 20th July 10am Morning Worship. 27th July 10am Morning Worship. The Sacrament of Baptism Church of the Nazarene: Village Hall, Main street, Houston. PA6 7EL. Rev Benito S Coetzee. Family services at 10.30am with full toddler, children and youth activities running concurrently with the service. Youth meets at 6.30-8pm on Sundays. Word and Table Quiet Service held from 9am - 9.30am every 3rd Sunday. Visit our website: www.houston.nazarene. S t F i l l a n ’s , M a i n S t , Houston: Sun Masses: Vigil (Sat) 5 p m , 9 . 3 0 a m & 11 a m . Weekday Mass: Tues-Sat 9.30am except Thurs, 7pm. Reconciliation: Sat 1010.30am and after Vigil Mass; Thurs 7.30-8pm. Exposition:


As announced. Baptisms: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month by arrangement. Parish Priest: Rev Daniel J McLoughlin, Dip.Th.,MA Pastoral Assistant: Sr Mary Frances Collett, RNDM ( Te l 0 1 5 0 5 6 1 3 5 1 4 ) . “Abbotsfield”, St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. T: 01505 612046, F: 01505 610556. E: parish@ www.stfillan.


Howwood Parish Church: Sunday Service will start at 10am and there will be a prayer meeting at 3 Bowfield Way on Fridays at 7.30pm.


During July our Sunday morning services continue as follows as we work towards a united charge. 6th July - West Church, 11am. 13th July - East Church, 11am. 20th July West Church, 11am. 27th July - East Church, 11am. There will be a Crèche each Sunday for babies and toddlers with toys and games available for the older children if they wish to join us. The Mid-week Fellowship has finished for the summer and will start again in September.


St Colm’s Catholic Church: The Very Rev William Canon McDade – Sunday morning family mass 10am. Kilmacolm Old Kirk: Church of Scotland (Charity n o . S C 0 0 9 2 9 1 ) . w w w. Minister Rev Dr Peter McEnhill (01505 873174). Morning Worship - Sundays 11 a m , a l l w e l c o m e Sunday School & Crèche available. St Columba Church of Scotland: (charity no SC007992) Minister Rev Douglas Cranston. Morning Worship Sundays at 11am. Wednesday break 10.30am. Thursday Bible Study 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Thursday Prayer Meeting 8.40pm – 9.15pm. Gospel Services: Scout Hall, Kilmacolm Sundays 4.30pm, Thurs 7.30pm. S t F i l l a n ’s E p i s c o p a l (Anglican) Church: Sundays 11.30am


Langbank Parish Church: Rev Andrew McLean. Sunday Services 10am with Sunday School, Creche and young people’s group, the Welcomers. Tea/coffee after the service. Church service starts at 10am. Come along and meet in the Hall from 9.50am. Charity registered in Scotland, No SC015085.


Lochwinnoch Parish Church: Rev May Bell. 11.30am Morning Service with Sunday School and Crèche. Calder United Free Church: (Church St Lochwinnoch) Sunday: 11am  Morning worship with Sunday School and Crèche. 6.30pm Evening Fellowship group, 7.30pm  ABC’s Teen group. Wed 6.30pm7.30pm. 


Mount Zion Church: Rev Andy Lunn Bsc. 10.30am in Bethesda, Junior Church and Bible Class.

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sales & wants Items For Sale Baby Equipment Baby Walker Classic wooden John Lewis walker and bricks. The bricks are numbered and lettered. Excellent condition. £10. Tel: 01505 350283. John Lewis bouncy chair, purple/ blue spotty design. Includes toy bar. VGC. Pet & smoke free home. £15. Tel: 07793 738845. Mamas & Papas ‘Ocean’ crib. Oak finished wood. VGC. Pet & smoke free home. £50. Tel: 07793 738845 Mamas & Papas baby support bath, suitable from birth. Good condition. Smoke & pet free home. £10. Tel: 07786 984796. Mamas & papas starlight musical swing suitable from birth. Once upon a time range. Sells for £99.50 in store. Good condition, smoke & pet free home. £20. Tel: 07786 984796. Small clare de lune baby blue moses basket, mattress & cover & pine stand. Good condition & pet free & smoke free home. £15. Tel: 07786 984796. Fisher price lion ride on & V tech baby push along walker, good condition, £15 for both. Tel: 07786 984796. Maxi-Cosi priorifix car seat in black. isofix (seatbelt can be used instead) suitable for 9mnths – 4 years, used but in great condition. £50 Tel: 07853 383687. Maxi-cosi priori xp car seat (two available) suitable for 9mnths – 4years, rarely used (in grandparents car) and in excellent condition. £30 each Tel: 07853 383687. Quinny Buzz travel system with carrycot. Red in colour with footmuff, raincovers, basket, bag, insect net and new born insert for stroller seat. Used but well looked after £50 Tel: 07853 383687. Lovely Silvercross 3D pram system and matching Ventura plus baby car seat. Neutral plain black. Excellent used condition. With all original accessories and instructions. Reduced to £120 will consider reasonable offers. Tel 07772 173910. Clippasafe Walking Harness and Reins Pink (3 pairs) and Clippasafe Wrist Link Pink, all as new, £2 each. Tel 01505 874870. Britax Baby Safe Car Seat black, height adjustable, suitable fr birth until appr. 2 yrs old, 5 point safety harness works with 3-point seat belt, Britax Babysafe Belted Base or Britax Babysafe Isofix Base. Excellent conditions £30. Tel 01505 874870.

Stair gate Lindam white, fits opening from 75 cm - 100 cm, wall mounted VGC £20 Tel 01505 874870. Mothercare car seat universal 0-13 kg/9-18 kg. £15. Tel 01505 874870. Two Red/pink Mothercare potties £5 each good condition. Tel 01505 874870. Bricks Trolley Mothercare good condition £10 Tel 01505 874870. Clothes & Shoes Ladies ‘Brasher’ Gore-tex walking shoe size 5UK, 38Euro. Worn once, perfect condition. Suede upper, breathable mesh panels. Perfect for trail walks & everyday use. £35. Tel: 07793 738845. Toddler Girl’s Summer Weight Fleece very soft, Pink with edge-stitched border, 2 pockets, hood. Really lovely. Brand New - Never worn £10. Tel: 01505 843865. Vintage Evening Dress (1965) Size 10/12, halter neck, small blue diamond pattern, sparkle, dressmaker made. £20ono. Tel: 01505 843865. Gent’s Casual Jacket XL perfect (never worn). Air Force blue with small check lining, (bomber-style with slant pockets. £5. Tel: 01505 843865. Size 10/12 ivory silk stunning wedding gown, beaded pearl bodice, 5 feet train. Size 5 satin ivory 3 inch heel peep toe wedding shoes. Both for £195. Tel: 07786 984796. 10 Ladies Handbags. Some ‘Butler & Wilson’. £70 for all 10 - may sell separately. Tel: 01505 673206. Jacques Vert outfit. Colour Turquoise dress, bolero, hat & bag. Size 16. Shoes Size 6. £100. Tel: 01505 613066. Vintage type Admiral mens sports jumper £15. New. Tel: 07517 065917. Ladies smart shoes, black high heels, in good condition. Size 5. £10. Tel: 07517 065917. Household & Garden Square black Ash table and 4 chairs. Good condition. £70ono. Tel: 01505 228757 Dining room table and 4 chairs. dark oak, turned legs. Dia 107cm. £90. Tel: 01505 340150. 2 matching tables with shelf below. (small – 12 ins square), Perfect, never used, wood effect with grey metal legs £3 for the two. Tel: 01505 843865. Circular Rug - 4ft diameter. Perfect. Cream/white, wool, long pile. (Cost £40+ new) £9. Tel: 01505 843865. Art Deco Standard Lamp with Shade (early c1940’s) mahogany, square plinths and pole VGC. Offers over £50. Tel: 01505 843865.

New pine kitchen table & 2 matching high stools with backs. £35. Tel: 01505 612726. Nest of 3 antique glass top small tables. £20. Tel: 01505 612726. Glass fronted small unit. £10. Tel: 01505 612726. Glass TV & Chrome TV cabinet for sale, 2 shelves. OK condition. £10. Tel: 07786 984796. 2 X antique pine bedside cabinets, 1 drawer & wrought iron stand design, decent condition, few scratches on wood. £15 for both. Tel: 07786 984796. Bath and Taps - virtually new condition. White bath with white decorative panel. £80ono. Buyer collects. Phone: 01505 614677. Fertiliser / seed etc distributor. Rotary (fan) action for even distribution. 1.5 litre hopper. Good quality and nearly new condition, robust and rustproof. £25. Tel. 01505 612769. Matching settee and armchairs in luxurious fabric. Extremely comfortable 3 seater settee with deep cushions. Armchairs in same fabric and style. Fabric is terracotta and autumnal colours. £150. Tel: 01505 347289 or 07825 119725. Stylish designer coffee table with metal, gold leaf frame and glass surface. Must be seen. In perfect condition. £80. Tel: 01505 347289 or 07825 119725. Beautiful nest of 3 tables in solid limed oak wood. In perfect condition. £75. Tel 01505 347289 or 07825 119725. Tiffany lamp, 6ft tall uplighter, multi coloured, great condition. £150ono. Tel: 07850 501521. Brand new Weber One Touch Gold 47cm charcoal barbecue, Weber cover, 5Kg lumpwood charcoal. Unwanted gift, still in boxes. £80. Tel: 07775 913334. G Plan teak display unit with drawer and cupboard storage. Approx size 140W x 180H x 45D (cm). Excellent condition. A bargain at £100. Sturdy farmhouse style pine table and four chairs. Approx size 120L x 70W (cm). Fair condition. Good value at £50. Both items available for collection only. Tel: 01505 703330. Petrol Lawn Mower ‘Challenge Extreme’ 40cm Cylinder. Just over 1 year old. Manual and receipt of purchase included. Was £150, selling for just £60. Tel: 01505 614748. “Trees R Green” 6ft artificial Ficus tree in planter. Excellent condition, Cost £150, sell for £50. Buyer collects. Tel: 01505 871876.

Conservatory furniture set (wicker). 4ft diameter dining table, 4 chairs, 3 occasional tables (console, coffee & lamp). All tables glass tops. £100. Buyer collects. Tel : 01505 871876. Guitar stand - A-frame, black metal, padding on arms £10 Tel: 01505 872442. FREE - Double divan bed & mattress in very good condition. Fire resistant. Tel 07825 952 408. Heavy duty garden shredder “SUPER-ZAK” 240V / 2kW. Good working order with sharp blades. £50. Tel: 07825 952 408. Retro Tables 1950’s/60’s, card table, butlers trolley, folding tables, coffee tables, some needing restoration, £10 each. Tel: 07954 364125. Retro Nursing Chair, £20. Tel: 07954 364125. Retro Velvet Curtains, 3 pairs, varied sizes, call or txt for details, rust colour, £50, Tel: 07954 364125. Electrical & Gas Morphy Richards Turbosteam iron. working order. £8. Tel: 01505 872813. Headphones - wireless, cordless, black £5. Tel: 01505 872442. Heated seat cushion for car - 12V plugs into lighter socket, black. £10. Tel: 01505 872442. Large Chest Freezer, £30. Tel: 07954 364125. Pets Fish tank. Large Fluval Aquarium fish tank in attractive cabinet design. Comes with all accessories. Quick sale £200. Tel: 01505 341049 Large dog cage -used. L107cm x W67cm. X H68cm. £35. Tel: 01505 843492. Sports Professional gymnastic trampoline 260cm x183cm cost £500 sell £150. Tel: 07963 174547.

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NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

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Table tennis table light surface damage £10. Tel: 07963 174547. Handle bar bag for bike - black, zipped pockets, clear pocket for holding map. £5. Tel: 01505 872442. Girls Ridgeback Honey 14” bike. Single speed. Chain guard. Stabilisers. Great condition. £50. Tel 01505 844854. Golf Clubs, 65i Performance, graphite shaft, 1,3,5 wood 3-9 iron, S & P, as new, some still in wrapper. Includes golf bag and golf balls £60. Tel: 07954 364125. Toys/Games/DVD Lifelike dinosaur moves and sounds. Great condition. £60ono. Tel: 01505 228757 Toddlers Sit n Ride Bike. Parent control handle. GC, little sun-faded. £4. Tel: 01505 843685. Toddlers Trampoline. Steel frame, GC, Handle for child to hold onto, £4. Tel: 01505 843865. Childs trampoline suit age 2-4. VGC. £15. Tel: 01475 540313. Wii Fit board, used but still boxed and in good working condition. £20. Tel: 01505 872442. Boys toy bundle, Lego, k’nex, mecano, play mobile, £20. Tel: 07954 364125. Large bundle boys books, Horrid Henry, Flat Stanley, Astrosaurs and more, vey good condition, £10. Tel: 07954 364125. Other Items CARAVAN FOR SALE: SPRITE QUATTRO FB 2009 6 berth, Diamond pack, twin axle, fixed double rear bed, end washroom, toilet & shower, oven, hob, grill, fridge/freezer, large awning, cd player with 4 speakers, Alko stabilizer, flyscreens, blackout blinds, Aquaroll waste master, many extras including Truma blown heating, removable carpets, and much more, excellent condition. 2 owners from new. Sited on seasonal pitch last two years so hardly any miles. Sleeping arrangements consist of fixed double bed to the rear, bunks / side dinette and large double at the front. Lovely luxurious caravan with lots of space for all the family. Fully equipped and ready to go with everything you need for a holiday (can’t guarantee the sunshine though). £8,500. Tel: 0787 656 3768. Goods suitable for car boot £10. Tel: 07963 174547.

New full size 17 inch spare wheel & tyre for Mitsubishi ASX3 £100. Tel: 01505 613524. Prinz Colour Slide Projector. Vintage, VG order just needs new bulb, seldom used with box. £9. Tel: 01505 843865. ZX Spectrum User Guide with 3 GAMES – Match of the Day, Thundercats, Magicland Dizzy £5. Tel: 01505 843865. New Singer Sewing Machine (still in box), unwanted gift. £70. Tel: 01505 612726. Macallister full size wood turning lathe hardly used £80. Tel: 07963 174547. Guitar Ibanez V300 B.S. Vintage 1983. Lovely instrument. Immaculate condition. £150. Tel: 01505 690064. Laptop cushion tray - from Ikea, black with grey padding. £5 Tel: 01505 872442. Guitar - 3/4 size, wood, suits beginner/child. £10. Tel: 01505 872442. FREE - Corby trouser press. As new. Tel 07825 952 408. FREE - Sony P260 professional 21” Trinitron computer display with cables. Tel 07825 952 408. Amber Necklace, vintage £23. Tel: 07517 065917. Silver jewellery, new with tags, also silver for scrap. Tel: 07517 065917. Silver coated 12 spoons, new, vintage type, very nice design. £26. Tel: 07517 065917. Gold coated tea spoons, vintage type, new 12 items, 2 different designs. £26. Tel: 07517 065917. Outdoor Photography magazines, 50p each. Tel: 07954 364125. Corby Trouser Press, £40. Tel: 07954 364125.

Wanted Items Old records Wanted 45`s & LP`s CASH Paid. Tel: 07710 777571. Cash paid for Music CDs ( a few or a lot ). Tel: 0141 882 5594 or 07765 115347. Yamaha DT 175 MX & DT 125 MX. Yamaha RD 250, 350 & 500 - running or not. Cash waiting. Free collection. Tel: 07951 227767. Ladies bike, just a simple run around, but in good condition. Tel: 07583 293338. Old chimney pots. Anything over 2 feet high. Tel 07825 952 408 Old Ballachulish slates. Tel 07825 952 408

The Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS The Law requires that Advertisers selling goods in the course of a business MUST include the word Trader, Dealer, Agent, Breeder or appropriate wording in the Advertisement to distinguish from private advertisers.

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business directory by category Accountants & Financial

Cleaning & PowerWash

Affluent Financial Planning . . 22 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 20 Stewart Independent Financial . . 21

AL Domestic & Office Cleaning . . 3 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15,17 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35 Pressure Cleaning . . . . . . . . . 5

Architectural Services Architectural Drawings . . . . . 36 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 3 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Art, Gifts & Flowers Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 3

Auctioneers & Valuers Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 37

Automotive Services

Coffee Shops Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 27

Computer, IT & Web ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1

Council Notices

AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 55

Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 3 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7

Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AT&B Tiling & Bathrooms . . . . 34 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6

Bedrooms Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 27

Blacksmith & Metalwork McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 32 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,8

Building Services A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 F & B Building Scotland Ltd . . 8 Frontline Building Maintenance . . 37 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 30 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 2 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 5 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 45

Driveways A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Driving Instructors

Education Nomad Music Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Electricians Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Delta Electrical Services . . 31 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2

Equestrian Ingliston Equestrian Centre . . 53

Fencing Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 32

Firewood & Logs W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Framing Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 3

Funeral Services Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 14 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 32

Garage Doors & Gates Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk The Garage Door Company . . . . 29

Care Services & Homes Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 33


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

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

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Garden Service & Design

Painters & Decorators

3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 40 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 38 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 40 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 40 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 39 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 40 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 38 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 38 West of Scotland Landscape . . 40

A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 5 Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 28 Frontline Building Maintenance . . 37 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 36 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 3 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Gas & Heating Services A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 34 JBM Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 26 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 3 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 10 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1

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

Pest Control RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 31

Pet Services & Training All About The Dogs . . . . . . . . . 43 Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Grooming . . 42 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 42 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 43 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Plasterers Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 37 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 17 Frontline Building Maintenance . . 37 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 30 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 2


Ingliston Equestrian Centre . . 53

A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 34 JBM Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 26 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 10 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Health, Beauty & Fitness

Property Management

Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 32 Beauty At The Terrace . . . . . . 27 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 17 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 33 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 26 Rehabilitation&Home . . . . . . . . 8 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 31

DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Hairdressers & Barbers Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 32 JRS Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . 29 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 31 Vanda’s Mobile Hairdressing . . 7

Health & Beauty

Home Hardware First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 19,31 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4

Home Improvements Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 2 Ideal Flooring Service . . . . . 28 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 21

Home Interiors Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 27 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 10 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 15

Home Security Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 32

Joiners CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 2 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 30 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 3 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 36 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 5 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 3

Kitchens Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 27 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 2 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 5

Locksmiths Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3

Property, Sales & Let Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . 23,24,25 Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 22 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Removals @ease Removals & Transport . . 5 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Restaurant & Bars Ingliston Equestrian Centre . . 53

Retail Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 19,31 Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 15

Roofing Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 37 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15,17 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 2 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 45

Solicitors Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 22 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1

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

Taxis & Minicoach hire ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Alpha Taxi Company . . . . . . . . . 30 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 55

Tiling AT&B Tiling & Bathrooms . . . . 34 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 36 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Travel Agents Arlene Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk

Tree Surgeon Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 40 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 39 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 38

TV & Satellite Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 34 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3

Upholstery Services P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 37

Window Cleaners DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15,17 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 3

Window, Consv & Repair 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 5 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Advertizers - A to Z @ease Removals & Transport . . 5 1on1 Double Glazing . . . . . . . . 3 3D Garden Design . . . . . . . . . . 40 A Gallagher Painter&Decorator . . 5 A O’Hare - Building Services . . 5 A Peebles Landscape Contractor . . 38 A&G Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk A&J Plumbing Heating & Gas . . 3 ABC Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Affluent Financial Planning . . 22 Affordable Luxuries . . . . . . . 7 AK Vehicle Rental . . . . . . . . . 1 AL Domestic & Office Cleaning . . 3 Alistair Stewart - Driving Ins . . 3 All About The Dogs . . . . . . . . . 43 Alpha Taxi Company . . . . . . . . . 30 Apple Tree Garden Design . . . 40 Architectural Drawings . . . . . 36 Arco Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Arlene Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Arlene Mitchell Hair & Beauty . . 31 Ashes Hair & Beauty . . . . . . . . 32 AT&B Tiling & Bathrooms . . . . 34 Auntie Jacquie’s Dog Grooming . . 42 Bathroom Solutions by MPH . . 11 Baytree Interiors . . . . . . . . . 5 Beaton Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Beauty At The Terrace . . . . . . 27 Bell Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bernie’s Cafe Deli . . . . . . . . . 27 Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 BOW Design Architect . . . . . . . 3 BOW Stone Works . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Branch Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Bridge of Weir Roofing . . . . . 6 Brookfield Alarms . . . . . . . . . 32 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster . . 37 Burndale Workshop . . . . . . . . . 27 C Hunter Plumbing Heating Gas . . 37 Casa Homes & Gardens Architect . . 7 Charlie Orr Plasterer . . . . . . 17 Cheetham & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Chips Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Classique Window Blinds . . . . 10 CleanDryCarpets . . . . . . . . . . . 4 CLH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Clyde Coast Décor . . . . . . . . . 28 ColCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Collins and Paterson Auctionee . . 37 Collins Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Come Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Computer Repairs . . . . . . . . . . 1 Confident Care Ltd . . . . . . . . . 33 Conservatory Conversions . . . Bk Corum Property . . . . . . . . . . 23,24,25 Council Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Crafts of Calder Gallery . . . 3 Craig Kennedy Gardening . . . . 40 Crosslee Driver Training . . . 5 Dallas McMillan Solicitors . . 22 Delta Electrical Services . . 31 Derek McBride Aerials . . . . . . 34 DJD Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DJY Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 DLN Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 DMG Garden Services . . . . . . . . 39 DS Cleaning (Windows) . . . . . . 5 Elliott Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 F & B Building Scotland Ltd . . 8 Fergusons CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ferringtons Hypnotherapy . . . 17 Fiona Christie Accounting Serv . . 20 First Domestics . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Frontline Building Maintenance . . 37 G Woods Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . 6 Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Gary Forbes Painter Decorator . . 36 GasMan Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gibb Stuart Ironmongers . . . . 19,31 Glenmoss Landscapes . . . . . . . . 40 Gordon James Ceramic Tiler . . 36 Grid Design Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Gryffe Garage Motor Engineers . . 55 Gryffe Roofing Services . . . . 15,17 Healing Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Houston Locksmiths . . . . . . . . . 3 Howe Joinery & Building Serv . . 2 I & J Building & Roofing Serv . . 2 I D Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 34 Ian Livingston Decorating . . 3 Ideal Flooring Service . . . . . 28 Ingliston Equestrian Centre . . 53 James Kerr Joiner . . . . . . . . . 30 James Martin - Painter & Decor . . 3 JayBee Double Glazing Repairs . . 5 JBM Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 26 JDPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 John H Barney . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 John McKay Gas & Heating Eng . . 3 John Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 John Roach Funeral Directors . . 32 Johnstone TOA Taxi Co . . . . . . 55 JRS Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . 29 Kieran Turner Aerial&Satellite . . 3 Kilbarchan Chiropodists . . . . 33 Kilbarchan Dental Practice . . 13 Kilellan Roofing . . . . . . . . . . 2 Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors . . 1 Lamont Electricians . . . . . . . . 3 LaserLight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Lind Letting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 LJX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 M Addison Joiners & Builders . . 3 M&E Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Mackie Plumbing & Heating . . 10 MAS Electrical & Security . . 2 Matthews Cleaning Services . . 3 MattVac Carpet & Upholstery Cl . . Bk McGowan Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 3 McLaughlan Metal Fabrication . . 32 MJ Lawnmowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 MS All Trades Limited . . . . . . 4 Nix Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . 31 NLP Positive Changes . . . . . . . 26 Nomad Music Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Nutech Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Old Mill Chimneys . . . . . . . . . 35 Orchard Flooring . . . . . . . . . . 21 P Thomson Upholstery . . . . . . . 37 Paul Ferguson - Confidence . . 7 PetVets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Phoenix Gas Services . . . . . . . 1 Powerdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bk Pressure Cleaning . . . . . . . . . 5 Purple Tree Care . . . . . . . . . . 39 R Williams Tree Surgeon & Grou . . 38 Ranfurly Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 RED Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . 31 Rehabilitation&Home . . . . . . . . 8 RPH Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rukeri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Saltire Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Scott Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Shower Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Smart Dog Grooming . . . . . . . . . 42 SMG Roofing & Building Contrac . . 4 Sole Solutions Podiatry . . . . 31 Stewart Independent Financial . . 21 Suzanne’s Grooming Pad . . . . . 43 SW Scott - Joiners & Builders . . 2 Take the Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Taylor Made Joinery . . . . . . . . 5 TD Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Furniture Barn . . . . . . . . . 15 The Garage Door Company . . . . 29 The Iron House . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,8 The Right Move . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Thomas McMaster & Son Ltd . . 45 Vanda’s Mobile Hairdressing . . 7 W B Smith & Son . . . . . . . . . . . 38 West of Scotland Landscape . . 40 Woodburn & Beattie Joiners . . 3

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