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Next Deadline #341 October 2023: Wednesday 13th September Office Hours: Tues -Thurs 9am - 4pm Friday 9am - 1pm Contact us: q 01505 613340 k info@advertizer.co.uk a www.advertizer.co.uk f GryffeAds t GryffeAds i GryffeAdvertizer l gryffe-advertizer o 1st floor, Neva Place Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN Future deadlines: #350 August ‘24: 17th July #351 September ‘24: 14th August local news for: • Bridge of Weir • Brookfield • Houston • Howwood • Kilbarchan • Kilmacolm • Langbank • Lochwinnoch • Quarrier’s Village All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. The Gryffe Advertizer cannot be held responsible for unsolicited materials. The views and opinions by contributors in this magazine may not represent the views of the publishers. The Gryffe Advertizer takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication. © The Gryffe Advertizer Ltd Next Deadline #349 July ‘24: 12th June June 2024 | Page 2 | e: info@advertizer.co.uk | www.advertizer.co.uk In this Issue Flagship Award for Waverley 04 Light Up Linwood 08 Coming Events .......... 10-17 Local Groups 12,14,16 Rosie McLaughlin 16 Village News ............ 18-29 Kilbarchan Agricultural Show 23 Out & About 30-35 Directory at a Glance SGS Open Days 32 The Walk 34 Schools & Sports ......... 36-39 Regular Meets 38 Ready to Cast Your Vote? 40 Sales & Wants / Defibrillators 40 Small Ads / Local Halls 41 Business Directory 42 This month’s main cover image Houston Kirk Carnival 1on1 Windows 13 3D Garden Design 33 A Gallagher 28 A & G Driveways 25 A & M Sandstone 22 ABC Taxis 4 Access4Lofts Glasgow South 6 Affluent Financial 28 Affordable Luxuries 17 Alan Beaton Funeral Services 26 Andersons Jewellery 19 Andrew Hay 6 Apple Tree Gardens 30 Arco Locksmith 27 At@ease Removals 11 Bathroom Solutions by MPH .......................... 11 Branch Out 33 Bridge of Weir Roofing 21 Brierie Financial Planning 21 Bryan Slaven Slater & Plaster 19 Bunty’s two Doors Down ................................ 19 C Hunter 11 CALA Homes 3 Carton Developments 6 CHG Architecture 9 CLA Accountancy 16 Clearline TV 25 Clippens Roofing 8 Cloud Dental 15 Cloudy2Clear Windows . 23 Clyde Coast Crematorium 29 Cochran Dickie Bk Collins Tyres 27 Corum Property 43 Decorus 13 DJY Joinery Ltd 22 Eckory Locksmiths 4 Elliott Locks 13 Fastclean Scotland ......................................... 28 Garden Services 31 Gasfit 25 GasMan Energy 9 GFM Painters & Decorators 13 Glenmoss Landscapes 30 Gordon James Ceramic 28 Grid Design Ltd 27 Gryffe Roofing & Cleaning 23 Hames Estates 17 Handyman/Property Maintenance 15 Home Instead Senior Care 19 I D Plumbing & Heating 35 I&J Building & Roofing 16 Instyle Kitchens & Bathrooms 7 J Andrews Garden Maintenance 31 James Kerr Joiner 27 James Martin 10 JBC Joiners & Builders.................................... 12 John Morgan 4 John Roach Funeral 13 John’s Gardening Services 31 KC Roofing & Building 2 Kelvinside Academy ...........................................5 Kenmore Tree Care 31 Kieran Turner Aerial 22 Kilbarchan Agricultural Society 23 Kilellan Roofing 16 Kingsley Wood & Co 8,25 Lady Grafters Garden 33 LaserLight 17 M Addison Joiners&Builders 11 M & E Painters 23 MAS Electrical & Security 28 McGowan Joinery 28 McLaughlan Metal 21 Mr OCD Cleaning 15 New Vision Opticians 29 Nix Hairdressing 20 Nutech Cleaning 13 Paul Jaconelli Pro Tiling 2 PetVets ............................................................ 20 Phoenix Gas Services 16 Platinum Cleaning Services 8 Powerdoors 33 Purrfect Pet Care 2 R Williams Tree Services 31 RED Pest Control 22 Rightio Subcontractors Ltd 9 Russell Milne Electrician 4 SMG Roofing & Building 22 St Columba’s School 37 Stemma Tree Care 35 Strathgryffe Windows & Doors 11 Taylor Made Joinery 19 Thomas McMaster & Son 33 Victoria Driveways Landscapes 31 W B Smith & Son 31 Houston Kirk Carnival images courtesy of the Kirk and Kilmacolm Show images courtesy of Sherrie Higgins

Flagship Award for Waverley

Waverley, the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer, has been awarded the prestigious status of National Flagship of the Year by National Historic Ships UK. This award celebrates the famous steamer’s significance and historical value.

The Waverley paddle steamer holds a special place in the hearts of many Scottish folk. The site of her steaming up the Clyde evokes a sense of deep nostalgia for days gone past. In the pre-war era fleets of up to 30 or 40 of these elegant ships would serve the Clyde Coast in summer where most Glaswegians took their holidays. Geography played a part in its popularity - from one of Britain’s most densely populated cities, in not more than an hour or two, you could be swept away in a fug of engine smoke to cast your eyes over popular Victorian seaside resorts and some of Scotland’s most majestic landscapes.

After the war, changing holiday habits and increase in the expense of running these ships brought this ‘golden age’ of paddle steamers on the Clyde to an end. However, the fondness for this method of transport remained – and the distinctively painted Waverley was always popular.

Waverley was built in Glasgow for the London and North Eastern Railway. She was named after the Walter Scott Waverley novels and was built to replace the original Waverley which sank in action on May

29th 1940 at Dunkirk. She launched in October 1946 and entered service on 16th June 1947.

By 1973 Waverley was the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world and was operated by Caledonian McBrayne, but by mid-1973 she was considered no longer viable and was to be withdrawn from service. In November 1973 she was offered to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1.

The Preservation Society has been instrumental in raising funds that have kept this iconic ship not only afloat, but expanding her service. In 1977 the Waverley steamed south of the border for the first time to visit Liverpool and Wales. Then in 1983 she completed three seasons where she circumnavigated Britain and in 1985 she made her first cruise to Ireland.

Well done, to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society who have steamed ahead to ensure the continued sailing of this important cultural icon of Scottish heritage. This award must also be recognition of their hard work.

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Could you spare an hour a week, to help

Roar - Connections for Life is seeking your assistance

Many older individuals are finding themselves isolated at home, lacking social interaction for extended periods, which negatively affects their mental and physical well-being.

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do at Roar, and we really can’t thank them enough as they deliver a central role. We are immensely grateful for their contributions as without each one there would be no Roar!

However, we need help to allow us to reach every referral coming in. There are various ways to get involved: n Befriending isolated older adults face-to-face or over the phone n being a health and well-being club assistant n supporting the craft club and men’s group n refereeing at the walking football session n teaching older adults how to use technology n or learning how to become footcare technicians to help individuals become more mobile.

You can give as little or as much time as you want, please get in touch through the link below if you would like more information, Gill Thomson the volunteer Coordinator is looking forward to hearing from you.


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Light Up Linwood

On June 5th 2021, William McNally, a young boy, from Linwood, was playing with friends in the river Gryffe when he drowned and tragically lost his life. In the months and years that have followed William’s family have worked tirelessly in highlighting water safety. They have been fundamental in getting water safety equipment and signage along the river in Houston and Bridge of Weir; they continue to raise money for Glasgow Humane Society and Glasgow’s Children’s Hospital Charity both of which do fantastic work.

The family, from Linwood, have also worked with Renfrewshire Council to have landmarks lit up around Renfrewshire to highlight World Drowning Prevention in memory of William. However, due to Linwood’s lighting structure being different from many other Renfrewshire towns, the family have not been able to highlight World Drowning Prevention in their own hometown. With the help of Councillor Robert Innes and council colleagues it was agreed that Linwood would receive a lighting structure similar to other Renfrewshire towns and the new LED lights are now in place.

Since the lights have gone up, Councillor Innes been contacted by the Linwood War Memorial association who have asked to use the lights this year for Remembrance Day. Another resident has suggested that the lights might be used for Baby Loss Awareness Week. Councillor Innes confirms that Tweedie Hall will indeed be pink and blue for that week.

These lights are for everyone to enjoy, for all sorts of causes and events; to raise awareness and bring joy to all residents of Linwood. It’s a beautiful gift from the McNally family, who have gone through such terrible loss.

World Drowning Prevention Day 2024 is on 25th July.

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Johnstone History Society

We have now had our final meeting of this session, with our meetings resuming on the 10th of September - we look forward to a good attendance of members and friends. Our final meeting was very busy - we had a very interesting and amusing talk about the Tobacco Lords of Glasgow, we are especially grateful to Mr Vennard for stepping in at short notice due to an unavoidable cancellation of our planned speaker. Doors Open Days will be the 7th & 8th September and this years theme is “Heritage of Routes Networks and Connections“. The Museum will only be open on Saturday 7th from 10.30am till 4pm.

The Museum will continue to open as usual Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.30am till 4pm. We have in stock a wide range of books maps and pamphlets which can be purchased at the museum or online at johnstone history.org these can be paid for via PayPal.

The Society would like to wish all our members and friends a happy sunny summer.

Farmers Markets

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Continues until Friday 28th

The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

The Art Department, 2 - 10 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1

1UQ | 10am to 4pm

Featuring installations, artworks, displays, memorabilia, costumes, historical context, and textiles. A catwalk fashion show will be the spectacular opening event. Free entry

Fri 31st May - Sat 1st June

Windy Hill Art Club Summer Exhibition

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm | 10am to 2pm

With over 100 pieces of artwork on display. Projects such as landscapes on a bright background, portraits in pastels and oils in the style of the old masters will be there for you to enjoy. Most of the works will be for sale and there will be a raffle with proceeds going to Ardgowan Hospice. We may even inspire you to join us! We hope to see you and hear your feedback on our second exhibition.

Saturday 1st

Houston & Killellan Annual Agricultural

Society Show

Houston Public Park, Four Windings, Houston

Showcasing the very best of agricultural livestock and horses, local businesses, talented crafters, bakers and performers. It’s a great opportunity to show your skills and maybe win a prize. A great family day.

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd

Largs Food & Drink Festival

Largs Promenade | 10am to 6pm

This is a free, fun family event with a variety of food stalls, cakes and bakes, preserves, arts & crafts including jewellery, fashion (for humans & dogs), family activities including cooking demos, classes and kids entertainers and face painters - something for the whole family!!

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Sunday 2nd

Renfrew Gala Day

Robertson Park, Longcroft Drive, Renfrew | 12noon to 5pm

Expect plenty of activities and entertainment as crowds flock to the town’s glorious Robertson Park at the start of what will be a whole summer of fun. This tradition has been cherished by our community for over 40 years, and this year is set to be a great one! Free event.

Open Garden - Barnbeth House

Clevans Road, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3RS | 2pm to 5pm

Extensive formal gardens with sweeping lawns and mature trees, formal patio area with pond, rockery with unusual alpines/shrubs, herbaceous borders running down the stream edge leading to a large pond. Large woodland with rhododendrons, eucryphias, azaleas and laurel, and a new topiary themed garden. £5, children free. Nominated charity: St Vincents Hospice Limited 60%.

Tuesday 4th (also 11th, 18th & 25th)

Weekly Free Dementia Singing Lessons

St Fillan’s Church Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm 12.30pm to 2.15pm

Final session - Special party culminating with a concert with cello, piano and more musicians. Places limited please contact Daniela on 07949 071653. Free entry.

Wednesday 5th (also 12th, 19th & 26th)

Kelburne Hockey Club Free Hockey Sessions for Renfrewshire school children

On-X Sports Centre, Brediland Road, Linwood Primary 5, 6 & 7’s: 6pm - 7pm / Secondary School 7pm - 8pm. 4 week blocks available for kids to come along and try a new sport, stay healthy and meet new friends. Equipment provided. Please contact directorofhockey@ kelburne.com to register and find out the details.

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Friday 7th

Kilmacolm Ceilidh

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm | 7.30pm Duchal Nursery School warmly invites you to our village ceilidh dance plus a disco, raffle and buffet. With music from the fantastic McHart Ceilidh Band. A cash bar will be available on the night. Tickets proceeds go towards supporting the nursery. All over 18s are very welcome and we would love to see you there. Tickets £25 available from Shona Marrable shonamarrable@gmail.com

Saturday 8th

Bridge of Weir Festival

Houston Road Park, Houston Road, Bridge of Weir 12noon

The parade leaves Cargill Hall at 12noon accompanied by the usual music and colour, with fantastic prizes for the best costumes. In the park we will have bands that are marching in the parade as well as the Dance West and Gail Ashley Schools of Dance. Local Rock Choir and our amazing DJ Graham Donald! Crafts, sweet and cakes, rides and games for kids, not forgetting the donuts, ice cream and candy floss! Treasure hunt, the usual raffle and a tea tent and barbecue. We will be supporting Calums Cabin, a charity that supports children with terminal illness and their families. A donation bucket will be at the gate and all raffle proceeds go to support this fantastic charity.

ACCORD Summer Fayre

Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB | 10am to 3pm With a large variety of stalls to suit all ages - a great day our for all the family! From games to facepainters, tea room to baking stalls, we have an amazing variety. Entry is free and all are welcome, a donation bucket will be at the door on entry should you wish to make a donation to the Hospice.

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Local Groups

Bridge of Weir

Senior Citizens’ Association

Cargill Hall, 7pm. All welcome.

For further details contact: Mabel McPherson on 01505 615836 or Agnes McKechan on 01505 612032, email agnes_mckechan@ hotmail.com.

SWI - Resumes 5th September Cargill Hall, Monthly on Thursdays, 7.30pm.

We welcome visitors as well and members each meeting.


West Halls, Main Street, Houston

Houston Hello 2pm to 4pm

For people living with dementia, their carers and anyone else who enjoys a cuppa and a chat. 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All are welcome. Contact Frankie Greenwood for details: 07817 210777 E: familyandcommunity. houstonkirk@gmail.com

Men’s Shed, 10am to 1pm

Come along and learn new skills, or improve old ones, and enjoy the camaraderie of our friendly group. Every Wednesday. For more details please contact: mensshed. houstonkirk@gmail.com

Toddler Group

9.30am to 11.30am

Thursdays during term-time - New prices £3 per child and £1 for each additional child, includes a snack. For more details please contact: houstontoddlers@hotmail.com

The Wee Blether

10.30am to 11.30am

Join us for a cuppa and a catch-up every Tuesday. All are welcome.

Foodbank Donations

10am to 12noon & 7pm to 8pm Donations welcome every Tuesday.

Kirk Guild, 2pm 1st and 3rd Tuesday monthly. For more details please contact: w.dunlop@yahoo.com

Sunday 9th

Inverclyde Voices Summer Concert

St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral | Admission from 6.30pm, starts 7pm

Everything from Mozart to Coldplay and many of your old favourites too. The aim of Inverclyde Voices Adult Choir has always been to sing together and bring simple but uplifting repertoire to people from all walks of life.

Open Garden - Bishop’s House

Glencairn Road, Kilmacolm | 2pm to 5pm

The house is now a family home and much care has been taken in preserving the house and garden, both in landscaping and planting. The house is framed by mature beech trees with a burn running down the side of the property (children should be supervised). £5/Children free

Sunday 9th - Saturday 15th

Bishopton Week Bishopton Village

A week full of entertainment culminating with a parade (starting at Bishopton Primary School). Entertainment on Saturday 15th June - check out the details on the website www.bishoptonweek.org

Wednesday 12th

Please send your submissions or advertising queries to: k info@advertizer.co.uk by the end of the day to guarantee inclusion!

Wed 12th - Thurs13th

SGS Open Garden: Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden

Linwood High School, Stirling Drive, Linwood PA3 3NB | 4pm to 6pm

Our original garden with an outdoor classroom has been expanded to include community raised beds, an orchard, greenhouse and presentation area. We work with the school, reconnecting them to the natural world, through growing in our organic garden, encouraging biodiversity or learning about sustainability. Winners of the Cultivation Street competition 2020. £5/Children Free

Friday 14th

Kilmacolm PS Parent Partnership’s Fete

Kilmacolm Primary School, churchill Road, Kilmacolm | 5.30pm to 7.30pm

With a selection of family friendly stalls, there’s lots of fun to be had whilst raising money for school initiatives.

Saturday 15th

196th Kilbarchan Agricultural Society

Monklands Farm, Roadside field, Kilbarchan | 10am

Cattle, sheep, Clydesdale horses, light horse and pony classes, jumping, dog shows, interactive family orientated activities. Meet the Birds of Prey, watch sheep being shorn and cows being milked, displays of vintage tractors, other farm machinery, artefacts and classic motorbikes. Adults £5, children don’t pay to come in and parking is FREE! www.kilbarchanshow.co.uk

Coffee Morning in aid of “Dreamflight”

Freeland Church Hall, Main St, Bridge of Weir | 10am to 12noon

Founded in 1987, Dreamflight is s charity which takes 192 children with serious and life affecting illnesses on a medically supported ten day holiday to the Theme Parks of Florida every October. For more information, or if you’d like to help, please contact Muriel on 07925 054642 or Linzi on 07873 828514. www.dreamflight.org

Clyde Coast & Garnock Valley Crematorium

A760 Largs, Kilbirnie, Dalry KA24 5LE | 11am

Join us as we celebrate our fathers, grandfathers and the special men in our lives. Father’s Day cards can be posted in the letterbox in our Memorial Garden. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Howwood Village Fete

Howwood Primary School, 32 Semple View, Howwood, Johnstone PA9 1BT | 1pm to 4pm

Lots to keep the whole family entertained including a bouncy castle, licensed bar, tea room, DJ, hot food, craft stalls, tombola, bottle stall, ice cream van and of course the fancy dress competition - our theme for this year is “The Howwood Highland Hoolie”, celebrating all things Scottish. Tickets for grand draw available from local groups & How Good is Howwood committee members.

Paisley CarFest

County Square, Paisley PA1 1BS | 10am to 4pm

With classic, vintage and specialist custom cars, muscle cars, supercars and motorbikes, Emergency response cars and a vintage fire engine too! Face painters, balloon modeller, Children’s Grand Prix, Children’s Bumper Cars, Children’s Teacups Ride, plus live music and our town centre market too, handy for picking up last-minute gifts for Father’s Day!

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Kilmacolm Dramatic Society

After the success of Murdered to Death, Kilmacolm Dramatic Society are starting to put together “Puss in Boots” - their end of year pantomime.

The initial read through will take place at 7pm in the Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm onThursday 6th June. This will be followed by auditions a week later on Thursday 13th June.

We are not only looking for acting talent to join us on stage, but just as importantly we need volunteers to help with Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Set building and design, Making costumes and stage props.

Please contact Mandy Robinson if you would like to become involved at: joerobinson@btinternet.com or on 07719 309960.

Summer time turns our attention to pressure washing and softwashing ready for the Summer ahead. With over 30 years experience of exterior cleaning systems, we are your local qualified and experienced cleaning company with the state of the art equipment, knowledge and experience to achieve the best results. Whether it is softwashing moss on roofs, algae from render, pressure washing decking, patios, monoblock drives or anything in between, please give us a call for free, friendly information on our services or for a free quotation.


Local Groups

Scottish Country Dancing

2pm to 4pm

West Halls, Main St, Houston

Every Thursday. All welcome – no experience necessary.

SWI 7.30pm

Carrick Centre, Main Street

Please come and join us and be part of a nationwide group of women all with the same vision. All welcome. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month. If you require further information, please phone 01505 325452.

Book Club 7.30pm - 9pm Killellan Halls, 13A Kirk Road. Last Wednesday of the month. All welcome. For more details please contact: smck.kilallan13@hotmail. co.uk.


National Women’s Register

For further info call 703786 and visit the website: www.nwr.org.uk

‘Cuppa at the Kirk’

Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, Every Tuesday, 2pm - 3.30pm Open to everyone to come along for a friendly chat and a cuppa. A warm welcome is extended to all.


Save a Life Scotland

Masonic Lodge, Main Street

Covering resuscitation and using a AED. To book a place call Morag on 07868 752814.


McKillop Hall, 7.30pm New members and visitors most welcome.

Dementia Friendly Lochwinnoch

The group aims to reach people with Dementia, their carers or family. In addition, provide social interaction and support for older members of our community. Contact: 07868 752814.

Transport can be organised from home to events if required.

Wednesday 19th

The Wizard Of Oz - Summer Panto

Mossedge Village, Brediland Road, Linwood | 6.30pm

Geez A Break Productions will be performing their fantastic summer panto, The Wizard Of Oz. Tickets £12 from www. linwoodtrust.org.uk/events/?id=30

Saturday 22nd

Royal Gourock Yacht Club o pen Day

Ashton Rd, Gourock PA19 1DA | 11am to 5pm

Stalls Live Music BBQ Raffle on the Balcony Free Admission all day.

Saturday 22nd until Monday 19th August

Iconic Brick Dinosaurs Trail this Summer!

Paisley Town Centre

Pick up a trail leaflet and your free activity sheet from the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre and let the adventure begin! Don’t miss this FREE fun family day out!

Sunday 23rd

Jazz on a Summer’s Afternoon

Brookfield Village Hall, Woodside Road, Brookfield | 2pm for 2.30pm

A traditional jazz band and some special tunes.

As well as providing entertainment and fun, some valuable funds will be raised for local and international charities. Licensed event. Please contact: gryffevalleyrotary@gmail.com

Kilbarchan Community Nursery 40th

Anniversary Garden Party

Kilbarchan Community Nursery, Meadside Avenue, Kilbarchan | 1pm to 4pm

With games and a bouncy castle for the children, hot dogs, strawberries and much more. We would love to see everyone there and would especially love to welcome former children, parents and staff, and in particular, anyone involved in setting up our wonderful service 40 years ago.

Tuesday 25th

Kilmacolm and Quarriers Village Community Council Meeting

Kilmacolm Community Centre, Lochwinnoch Road, Kilmacolm | 7.30pm

Please contact the secretary at: secretary@kilmacolmcc.co.uk with details of any items you would like to be discussed.

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th

Renfrew Food & Drink Festival

Robertson Park, Longcroft Drive, Renfrew

It’s a family friendly event which has something for everyone ranging from street food, continental food, live music, kids entertainment, deserts, bars and so much more!

Figure it out with Multiply!

Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau invites you to the free workshops, where you will learn how to plan your budget, spend smart, where to seek support, and more!

1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 10am - 12noon Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, 7 Glasgow Rd, Paisley PA1 3QS Contact us: Tel: 0141 889 2121 www.renfrewshirecab.org.uk

Indie Bookshop week celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, and The Ginger Cat Bookshop in Bridge of Weir is putting on a series of events to highlight the importance of independent bookshops and the value they bring to the high street. Here’s what’s planned for the week.

Author Lindsay Littleson coming to do a signing in the shop for the children on Saturday 15th June from 2pm - 3.30pm for her latest book Ice Cream Boy, no need to book, just show up.

CJ Cooke and Suzy Aspley will be discussing their books,

A Haunting in the Arctic (CJ Cooke) and Crow Moon (Suzy Aspley) at Bernies Cafe on Saturday 15th June at 7pm. Tickets through eventbrite.

A Summer Shopping Evening will take place at the shop alongside Tryptych Studios. Drinks and nibbles provided as well as some great offers. This will take place on Thursday 20th June at 7pm.

Author Iain Kelly will be at the shop on Friday 21st June talking about his book All We Cannot Leave Behind – a free event as part of Independent Bookshop Week.

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Fun in the sun at Gourock Highland Games

Thousands of people had fun in the sun at the 2024 Gourock Highland Games. The 66th instalment of the popular event, which traditionally start the Scottish Highland Games and piping season in Scotland, took place at Battery Park on Sunday 12th May with an estimated 10,000 visitors in attendance.

The huge crowds were treated to first-class piping, Highland dancing, ‘heavy’ events, such as the caber and hammer throw. For the first time, there was also a ladies ‘heavies’ competition.

The packed programme of events and activities also saw local schoolchildren compete in a mini-Highland games contest organised by the active schools service, which is funded by the council and sportscotland.

The 2025 Gourock Highland Games are expected to return to Battery Park on Sunday 11th May 2025. Entry is free. To find out about more about events in Inverclyde check out discoverinverclyde.com

Cover Girl becomes Scottish Champion

The Advertizer wants to extend a big WELL DONE to our March cover girl Rosie McLaughlin who in April went on to win the Scottish Downhill Association and Scottish Cycling National Championships.

She is now in possession of the Champs Jumper which, as Scottish Champion, she can wear all year. Rosie said “It was an amazing race and my sponsor gave me the most amazing race kit to match my bike! It was incredibly fun to ride the trackthe weather was good so it was dry and fast. Technical features at the top, nice jumps in the middle and big drops at the bottom!” We are all eager to see what challenges she smashes next!

You can follow Rosie on insta @radrosiemountaingirl

Board Gamers Assemble!

Do you love board games? Are you a monopoly maniac or crazy about Cluedo?

The Renfrewshire Board Gamers meet every month at the Comicrazy comic shop and cafe. A wide variety of board games on offer – from traditional to more modern games. Some gamers bring their own and are happy to teach others how to play. All ages, genders and dogs are welcome too! They are a warm and welcoming group and fun is guaranteed! Entry is free and hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from the Comicrazy Cafe. Car parking nearby and Gilmour Station is around a 1 minute walk away. Next meet ups are Sunday 2nd June at 2pm, Friday 21st June and 19th July at 6.30pm.


Kidston Hall, High Street Solas, 2pm

Solas creates a safe place to talk, to listen and to heal. You will be supported in processing issues of grief and loss by expert speakers as well as each other. For more information, please call Barbara Marshall on 01505 872417 or email: barbara@oochy.com

Outlook, 2pm to 3.30pm

A social community group led by the Community Issues team of Kilmacolm Old Kirk, extending fellowship and friendship and a warm welcome to everyone. The group meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly from 2 to 3.30pm. A delicious afternoon tea is provided by the volunteer team. Meetings traditionally enjoy a guest speaker, videos, quiz, tombola, easy keep fit.

Good Book Club, 7.30pm Everyone welcome.

Nifty Knitters, 2pm Group meets every Wednesday in the Lounge.

Foodbank Donations

Kilmacolm Old Kirk

Twice weekly. Donations at Sunday services, or through any of the leaders who run church activities in the Kidston Hall.

If you would like your local group included here please send the details and contact information to: k info@advertizer.co.uk

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organisers of this year’s show felt like Shakespeare’s Macbeth waiting for Birnam Wood to remove to Dunsinane, as the tree planting advanced inexorably toward the ground upon which Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Society Show has traditionally been held. However, after much head scratching and many sleepless nights a solution was arrived at which allowed the Show to go ahead in its usual, albeit slightly re-jigged, form.

The weather was kind to us and the Light Horse Section went ahead with a full programme of events including a rerouted cross country course which seemed to meet with general approval. Elsewhere the sheep, cattle, ‘herry coos’ and magnificent Clydesdales were admired and judged, with the winners being paraded in the main ring, which was also home to displays of 20 vintage tractors, dancing by the ever popular May Hughes School of Dance, piping and drumming from championship winning St Columba’s School Pipe Band and the innovation of the Hobby Horse grand National with classes for four year old and under up to 12-15 year olds, which proved immensely popular and looks set to be retained for next year.

Away from the main ring the Companion Dog Show attracted a full list of entries, the Knapps Experience provided fascinating insights into the archaeology, nature and history of the area and there was petting of exotic animals, milking of cows and other rural crafts to be enjoyed. The industrial tent saw displays and judging of baking, needlework, floral arrangements and other handicrafts for all age groups and abilities, and the beer tent and fairground went like - well - a fairground.

This was the 189th edition of the show which has changed venue over the years from Port Glasgow to Planetreeyetts and Law Park, but finally settled at the Knapps in 1953 by kind permission of the Mclay family. Thanks must go to the organisers who donate over 3,000 person hours a year to getting the show on the road, to all the judges, stewards, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who contribute to making the event what it is, but most of all to the public who turn up year after year for what is one of the highlights of life in Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow.

V illage News

The Bridge, Bridge of Weir

Father’s Day - Have you remembered Sunday 16th June? Why not purchase a card from our selection to let your Dad know how much he is appreciated.

Shop - TOYS, TOYS, TOYS. Do you know that The Bridge stocks a variety of inexpensive small toys - useful as gifts for birthday or other occasions for the wee ones, or for keeping the kids entertained over the holidays. Also colouring and dot to dot books, paints, chalks, playing cards- Snap and so on.

All this in addition to our stock of greetings cards, gift and bottle bags, wrapping paper and a variety of stationery items.

Art Exhibition – Paintings by local artists are exhibited in The Bridge. They are also for sale – a lovely gift to yourself or friends and family.

Pre Loved Books - We have a selection of children’s books in excellent condition at 50p. Of course, we also have a big selection of books for grown ups too- fiction, biographies, special interest - all sorts - mostly also costing 50p. We always have new titles handed in, so there is always something on the shelf you haven’t read.

Post Office - The usual postal services are provided during opening hours. The Bridge of Weir branch of the Bank of Scotland will be closing on 1st July. Our post office staff are able to provide banking services for most banks including paying in/withdrawing cash and paying bills.

Are you struggling to find a gift for a special occasion? A One4All gift card, which can be exchanged in many outlets, may be the answer. Please ask Donald, Fiona or Tracy for details.

As always, we thank you for your support.

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Art Off

The Wall

Open until Saturday 29th June - Walk in and choose from a selection of contemporary and impressionist paintings for sale by two local lady Artists, Alison Bannerman and Phyllis Mulligan. Original Oil paintings professionally framed by local co. Frame or Print.

Visit The Bridge, 63 Main Street, Bridge of Weir. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 1pm and Monday 2pm - 5pm.

Ward 11 ... Cllr Fiona Airlie-Nicolson

The council has started up and refreshed its Local Partnership meetings. This is a joint body between local community groups, community councillors and elected councillors. It discusses local issues and priorities and determines local grants for community groups.

We also have our larger grant budgets organised at Renfrewshire level and one in particular is our Sustainable Communities funds. This is for requests of up to £100,000 and it has already proven quite popular.

As Councillors, part of our usual workload involves working with various people such as Police, Transport Scotland and various organisations on road issues. Speeding issues and road works have been the focus this month.

Our highly successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign is in full swing again with thousands of local people taking part in litter picking and community clean ups. The council established our fly tipping squad which targets the criminals who dump in our environment and prosecutes them. There is no need for this as we have a comprehensive waste collection centres for all types of household material. Within the council we are still dealing with the cost of living crisis and the increased costs due to Brexit. We have a number of support packages in place to support families who may be struggling with managing their budgets. The council has a number of staff who specialise in energy and debt and also the support from Citizens Advice and other organisations. Don’t leave it too late to ask for help.

Many groups are now super busy in planning the run up to their gala days and other outdoor events and I thank all the volunteers who do this on behalf of our local communities. Hopefully the weather will be kind on the day.

Councillor Details



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

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

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

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

WARD 10:

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

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

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

Cllr Robert Innes: cllr.robert.innes@renfrewshire.gov.uk 0300 300 1253

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



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

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

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

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

WARD 1: INVERCLYDE EAST www.inverclyde.gov.uk/

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

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

Cllr David Wilson: david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk 01475 741969 / 712727 | 07766 992 294 q 0300 300 1253 k cllr.fiona.airlie-nicolson@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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village hall

Karate: Adults & children welcome (7+ yrs) q 07850 407442

f Johnstone Tora-Kai Karate

Monday 7.30pm - 8.30pm


k gems_paisley@hotmail.com

Tuesday 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Ballroom/Latin: New members welcome. Private lessons available. q Stewart 07710 464 969 k ballroombasics@live.co.uk

Thursday 7pm - 8pm (Beginners)

Thursday 8pm - 9pm (Intermediate)

Saturday 11am - 12.30pm (Mixed Ability)

Sunday 11am - 12.30pm (Mixed Ability)

Yogabellies: Suitable for all levels of experience!

k yogabellieslyndsey@outlook.com

Please note - new class timetable:

Wednesday 6.15pm - 7.15pm (for Pregnancy)

Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm (Hatha Flow for all)

Thursday 10am - 11am (for Mum & Baby)

The Ballet & dance Academy:

k suzanne@balletanddanceacademy.co.uk

Friday ballet class cancelled until further notice

Saturday 9am - 9.45am (pre school) 9.50am - 10.50am (P1 - P2)

DDP Yoga: Full body workout to improve flexibility, strength, balance & cardio fitness.

q Laura 07474 443505

k energisewithlaura@gmail.com

Monday 6.15pm - 7.15pm

Councillor Surgeries: (Library)

Robert Innes - Tuesday 18th 6pm - 6.30pm

Alison Ann-Dowling - Friday 21st 10.30 - 11.30am

We have availability if anyone is looking to hire the hall for a fitness class, club or party etc. Please feel free to contact us on the number below or email

k brookfieldvillage.org f brookfieldvpa@gmail.com t @BrookfieldVPA

Freeland & St Machar’s Ranfurly Churches

Friday 31st May - 12noon: Last Terrace Lunch of this season, will be in aid of Christian Aid. Freshly made soup, sandwiches, coffee/ tea. Everyone welcome. St Machar’s Ranfurly Church.

Sunday 9th June - 4pm: BoW Gala Concert with combined and expanded occasional choir performing ‘Captain Noah and his floating zoo’ (Flanders and Horovitz) as well as some other pieces. Junior Choir taking part too. Free, donations shared between St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Christian Aid.

Saturday 15th June - Coffee morning 10am-12noon at Freeland Church in aid of Dreamflight charity, helping children with serious and life affecting illnesses on a medically supported trip to Florida theme parks. Baking stall also present.

Thursday mornings 10am: Thursday cafe at Freeland Church.

Summer Drop In will be back during the school holidays on Friday mornings 10am - 12noon for baby’s, tots and primary school age children and their carers. First session Friday 7th of July at St Machar’s Ranfurly Church.

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The Carrick Centre, Houston

Centre : q 01505 229597

Coffee ShoP: (Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm) q 07794 923 068

Gryffe MAnor out of SChool: (Monday - friday) q 01505 615438



Gryffe Manor Graduation 8am 24th MH&R1


Yoga (Laura Jane Lawson) 7pm WeDneSDAy

Community Council R4 7.30pm (19th)

Moo Music 9.45am 12.30pm

Cllr Audrey Doig 7pm (19th) thurSDAy

Gryffe Quilting Group 10am-3pm (13th & 27th)

Folk Club 8pm

Move It Or Lose It 10.30am

Crafty Friends 7.30pm (6th) friDAy

Natalie Don MSP Surgery 12.30pm (7th)

Gavin Newlands MP Surgery 12.30pm (14th)

Cllr Surgery Allison Dowling 11.15am (21st)

Yoga (Laura Jane Lawson) 10.30am

Mr & Mrs McGhee MH 9am


DWL 9.30am

Kurian, Baptism Party 12noon (22nd)

Cllr Surgery Robert Innes 11am (17th)

Catherine Ospedale B/P 2.30pm (8th) SunDAy

Baptist Church 11am and 6pm Clare Wood Birthday Party 2pm (23rd)

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

BookinG enquirieS:

q Stewart Scally on 07473 696869, Gordon or Gary on 01505 674277 k thecarrickcentre@gmail.com

Bridge of Weir SWI

Our session ended in April with a fun ‘Move It or Lose It’ exercise routine. We left with ideas for simple exercises to do at home.

Alongside this we had a well supported mini show. After judging, the Duncan Cup for an Iris folding card went to Pat Allan. Mary Robertson’s gingerbread won her the Muirhead Cup. Jane Glanville was awarded the Woodrow Cup for her flower arrangement in a wine glass.

The Points Cup went to Mabel McPherson. Joyce Bennie was in second place and third was Pat Allan.

We resume on Thursday 5th September with a social evening in the Cargill Hall.

Houston Hello

Bridge of Weir Festival

Saturday 8th June, Houston Road Park

This year’s Circus-Themed Gala Day is shaping up to be the biggest and best we’ve had for years. There will be crafts, sweet and cakes, rides and games for kids, not forgetting the donuts, ice cream and candy floss! There will be a treasure hunt, the usual raffle and, as always, a tea tent and barbecue.

The parade will leave Cargill Hall at 12noon sharp accompanied by the usual music and colour. Please join the parade - there are fantastic prizes for the best costumes.

In the park we will have performances from the bands that are marching in the parade as well as the Dance West and Gail Ashley Schools of Dance. We are very excited that a local Rock Choir has agreed to perform as well. Keeping the day going will be our amazing DJ Graham Donald!

So come along, be a part of this wonderful part of our village life. Who knows, you might even win a meal in a local restaurant!

As always, we will be supporting Calums Cabin, a charity that supports children with terminal illness and their families. A donation bucket will be at the gate and all raffle proceeds go to support this fantastic charity.

We’ve had an exciting time at Houston Hello, our dementia inclusive drop-in, over the last few months. As well as our regular Singing for Wellbeing sessions with Daniela and another great Screen Memories quiz, we are delighted to be hosting more intergenerational afternoons with our friends from Houston Primary School and Nursery. We have great fun playing games together, chatting and laughing and, of course, singing and dancing.

Some of the older children from Houston Primary have been working with local ceramicist Laura Wilson to make clay “Tokens of Love”, which they very kindly gifted to people who come along to Houston Hello. The next few months will be just as exciting with lots more going on and we’d love to welcome you! Houston Hello meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 2pm-4pm at the West Halls, on Main Street, Houston. Houston Hello Singers: Dementia Inclusive Choir

Following our successful application to The Power of Music Team at National Academy for Social Prescribing we are delighted to launch our new dementia inclusive choir, Houston Hello Singers. The choir will provide fortnightly sessions where participants will sing well-known songs, rounds and venture into some new material. No singing experience or ability is required to take part – it’s just for fun! These relaxed and informal sessions will be led by Daniela Hathaway, who has worked on the Memory Spinners project for Scottish Opera and Music In Hospitals & Care for many years. Singing is joyful and uplifting, and songs from yesteryear can trigger memories, names and relationships that you may have thought lost. We meet on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 2pm to 3.30pm at the West Halls. If you would like to find out more about the group, then please just pop in or contact Frankie Greenwood on 07817 210777 or email familyandcommunity.houstonkirk@gmail.com

People living with dementia who are not able to attend independently must be accompanied by someone to support them.

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Houston & Killellan Kirk Carnival

Our May Kirk Carnival was a huge success with hundreds of people enjoying the day and helping to raise more than £11,000!

This year’s theme was the Olympics so there were loads of sports stars in our Fancy Dress Competition as well as torch bearers, colourful Olympic ring bearers and even a Greek goddess or two. Congratulations to Brownies and Guides who were crowned best group and to HKK Girls who were runners up.

1st Houston Boys Brigade Pipe Band led the parade up to the West Halls, where there was plenty of entertainment and the lovely sunny weather meant the ice cream van did a roaring trade. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves! Organisers would like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses who supported them by advertising in the programme and donating prizes. Every penny raised helps fund the Kirk’s work in our community, supporting groups, events and activities that are open to everyone!

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Ward 10 ... Cllr Audrey Doig

Over the last month my husband and I were delighted to attend the annual Houston Kirk Carnival which has become such a welcome fixture for the folk of not only Houston, but the surrounding villages too. Ultimately being a Councillor is the most people focussed of all the elected representatives that we have. MSP’s and MP’s do attend such events like the Kirk Carnival, but being rooted in our local communities means that Councillors are more likely to be seen as part of that community and are therefore closer to their constituents needs and wants. It was an outstanding display of community solidarity, which I was proud to be at.

Houston Community Council have started a new initiative that I am determined to give 100% of my support to, that is the afternoon film shows which are going to take place periodically in the Carrick Centre. We were at the first of them and it was the 1950’s musical classic ‘South Pacific’. For almost two hours the assembled company were taken back, through the medium of song and dance, to a more innocent age where apps and tablets were unknown - the only thing that streamed was your tears in laughter at what was on the screen. Well done to the team at Houston CC for this great new idea, which in bringing the classics of yesterday to our community creates better social inclusion and reduces loneliness.

q 07768 130935 k cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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196th Kilbarchan Agricultural Society Show

Saturday 15th June

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

Entertainment: This year we are delighted to host RHET (Royal Highland Educational Trust) with their interactive family orientated activities relating to food and farming.

Children can also pit their wits in the Kilbarchan Show quiz. All the answers are in the show field, you just have to find them! Ask at the gate for an entry form.

Meet the Birds of Prey from KG Hawks, watch the sheep being shorn and the cows being milked. We have our usual display of vintage tractors, other farm machinery, artefacts and classic motorbikes.

The Dog Show begins at 1.30pm, entries are taken on the day at the dog ring from 12.30pm.

Confined Classes: Dairy, Cattle & Sheep: Open to Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire (has been opened to the County of Renfrewshire).

Homecraft: District includes parishes of Kilbarchan, Houston, Lochwinnoch, Kilmacolm, Langbank and The Abbey, also Burgh of Paisley and adjoining farms.

Open Classes: Dog Section, Beef Cattle, Clydesdale Horses, Light Horse and Pony Classes, Jumping

Admission to Show Ground: Adults £5, children don’t pay to come in and parking is FREE! Limited showfield parking available therefore only available for disabled badge holders.

Held with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs A Malcolm Roadside Field, Monklands Farm, Forehouse Rd, Kilbarchan PA10 2PT

For all the details you’ll need for this fantastic day out, including schedules and entry forms, please visit www.kilbarchanshow.co.uk

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Kilbarchan Guide


leiSure ClASSeS


Art with Iain 1.30pm - 3.30pm


Fitness with Carol 9.30am - 10.30am


Yoga with Jacqueline 10am - 11am


Art with Iain 10am - 12noon

Art Masterclass with Iain 1pm to 3pm

GirlGuiDinG kilBArChAn


Rainbows 6pm to 7pm


Rainbows 6pm to 7pm Guides 7.15pm to 9pm


Brownies 6.30pm to 7.45pm


Brownies 6.30pm to 7.45pm

enquirieS: k kilbarchanguidecentre@gmail.com

Kilbarchan Guide Centre, High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF

Registered Scottish Charity: SC033237

a www.girlguidingkilbarchan.weebly.com

The old library centre kilbarchan

oPeninG tiMeS: Monday – friday: 10am - 12noon & 2pm to 4pm


Spanish Conversation 2pm - 3.45pm(U3A)


Craft Group 2pm - 4pm (every 2nd Tuesday)

Board Games 2pm - 4pm (U3A first Tuesday of the month)

Book Group 7.15pm - 8.30pm (once a month)


Yoga with Cheryl 10am -11.30am

Yoga with Jo 7.30pm - 9pm


Move it or Lose it 2pm -3pm (exercise for over 60’s)

Family History Thursday 7pm (once a month)

Please phone or email for further info.

q 01505 706070

k kipcokil@hotmail.com W www.kipco.org

The Old Library Centre

9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF Kipco is a Scottish charity, SC031251, run by volunteers

Kilbarchan National Women’s Register

During the month of June, we have a Mexican party as one of our members recently spent one month there. We discuss ‘queues’, good or bad and have a ‘Tasting evening’ - ‘Waitrose or Aldi’ which is better? We also have a meeting on the various aspects of Diversity and a Stride with Pride walk on Glasgow Green followed by a picnic. The walking group is involved with One Ren and Glasgow Life guided walks, celebrating part of the Whithorn Way and also the summer solstice. The book group will discuss The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. We shall finish the session with a meal out. We are a very busy, friendly group.

For further info please phone 01505 703786 or visit: www. nwr.org.uk

Ward 9 ... Cllr Andy Doig

Over the last month I have been in touch with both council officers and residents in Parkview, in Kilbarchan, to clarify what remedial repairs would be both possible and welcomed by constituents regarding Parkview Lane. It has been agreed that the original intent, some fifty years ago, of using it for car parking is simply not viable for a number of reasons. But what will be pursued are repairs to the lane surface, rubbish removal, the possibility of lighting, stopping unauthorised access and a regular inspection regime to keep it up to standard. There have been much welcome repairs to the A737 over the last few months and this will be welcomed by all villages residents, especially those in Howwood. More has to be done to make safe the notorious Howwood junction, so I have been speaking to the Council Leader and other senior Councillors about approaching Transport Scotland to look at the possibility of a roundabout to replace the current Howwood junction. This would be a long haul and require council lobbying of Transport Scotland and be at some cost, but you cannot put a price on keeping people safe.

Since my election in 2012 I have been a staunch defender of our villages and having a confidence and supply deal with the administration means that I have particular influence as a strong Independent voice. The benefits of this will be seen at the end of the summer when the Council will be upgrading facilities at Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch which attracts half a million visitors per year. By the end of this year there will be a new modern toilet block, exciting new cycle hire provision, and an information kiosk for visitors. This represents yet another Doig dividend for Ward 9. Surgeries: Lochwinnoch Bowling Club - first Tuesday of the month, in Howwood Bowling Club - second Tuesday of the month, in Lilybank Bowling Club, Johnstone - second Thursday of the month, and at the Old Library, Kilbarchan - last Tuesday of the month, all at 6.30pm.

t CllrAndy4Ward8 k cllr.andy.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk f independentVoice/Ward9JohnstoneAndVillages

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Services continue on Sundays at 11am, conducted by Rev Stephen Smith and Aaron Marshall. The Sacrament of Holy communion will be celebrated on 30th June at 11am in the church and 3pm in the hall - all welcome. Junior Church and the Crèche meet in the small hall from 10.45am.

The Tot’s Club meets on Mondays from 9.15am -11.30am in the hall, all tots age 3 and under, accompanied by an adult, are most welcome. The Summer Party will take place on Monday 24th June at 9.45am.

Cuppa At The Kirk continues throughout on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm - 3.30pm and anyone wishing to enjoy a warm space and friendly chat is welcome. The last afternoon before the summer break will be an Afternoon Tea on 2nd July.

The Badminton Club meets on Thursdays in the large hall at 8pm and will finish for the summer break on 6th June.

The Church supports the Renfrewshire Food Bank every week.

For all info visit the website www.kilbarchankirk.org

Howwood Parish Church

Holidays will soon be upon us. For those of us of a certain age the holidays were Greenock Fair, Glasgow/Renfrew fair, and Paisley Fair. Everything respectively SHUT down completely for two weeks and we went by bus, train or car to fancy places like Arbroath, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Scarborough and other British holiday resorts. Today the world is available.

Well, the Church never closes and we are open every Sunday for service at 10am. Please come and join us and meet friends and neighbours. Enjoy an hour of Christian worship and song. Enjoy the holidays, Remember 10am every Sunday.

All are welcome in this place.

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Ward 1 ... Cllr Stephen McCabe

I have written to the new First Minister John Swinney to invite him to visit Inverclyde at the earliest opportunity to discuss the social and economic challenges we face and how the Council and Scottish Government can work together to address them. I hope Mr Swinney will accept my invitation.

The Council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee has agreed to sell the site at Wateryetts Drive, Kilmacolm to MacTaggart and Mickel to facilitate their housing development at West of Quarry Drive. I supported this decision as it is better to have the main entrance to the development, which already has planning approval in principle, at this location rather than via Quarry Drive. This is also the view of the Council’s Roads Service.

The developer will fund a community allotment/orchard at the entrance to the development, which could be managed by a local community group if agreement can be reached, and provide a capital sum that will support the Council’s capital programme. One potential use of this money could be a new car park in the centre of Kilmacolm if a suitable location can be found.

The Environment and Regeneration Committee has agreed to spend £25,000 on upgrading play facilities in Kilmacolm’s West Glen Park as part of a wider package of investment in play areas across Inverclyde.

The new owners of the housing and commercial development at Kilmacolm Cross have advised the Council that they intend to start work imminently and have the project finally completed by early 2025.

Kilmacolm Primary School Parent Partnership’s Summer Fete takes place on Friday 14th of June from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

Surgery: Tuesday 11th June from 6pm - 7pm in Boglestone Community Centre.

q 01475 712 020 (office hours) k Stephen.McCabe@inverclyde.gov.uk o 10 Victoria Gardens, kilmacolm, PA13 4hl

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Ward 1- Cllr Chris Curley

Hopefully, the new council tax letters have now started arriving through your letter boxes which implement the Council Tax freeze in Inverclyde.

I have recently been re-appointed onto the Audit Committee of Inverclyde Council following a decision by the Inverclyde SNP group to change our representation on that committee. I have also been appointed as vice chair and look forward to working with the new chair of the Audit Committee Cllr David Wilson.

At the E&R committee on 16th May it will have been decided whether to dispose of the land at Wateryetts Drive in Kilmacolm as part of a proposed housing development. At the time of writing this article I am not aware of the outcome of that decision. However, given where we are in the process (an approved planning application), I feel that not selling the land would produce the more negative impact on Kilmacolm, especially for people who live in Quarry Drive and Springwood Drive if a new/revised application was to rely on only one access point.

At the recent council meeting our representatives on the successor to ‘Clydeplan’ were appointed. Although I was latterly a representative on Clydeplan I decided not to put myself forward for the new “Regional Spatial Planning Committee”, as with the new structure these planning decisions will now need to be approved by Inverclyde Council. A bit dry, I know, but this is an important distinction as one of the main reasons for the house building in Kilmacolm noted above is that the Council’s Local Development Plan had to provide a proportion of the housing need for Renfrewshire as decided by Clydeplan. Hopefully, this change will mean that such decisions will be taken locally in Inverclyde rather than by a remote committee. Surgeries: Kilmacolm New Community Centre 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday the 19th of June and at Boglestone Community Centre, Port Glasgow from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday the 26th of June.

q 07768 460073 k christopher.curley@inverclyde.gov.uk f @Ward1chriscurleySNP

Ward 1 - Cllr David Wilson

I received complaints from the Pacemuir Estate, not Scheme, regarding weeds around the pavements.

Residents can be assured that the first of three annual weed killer sprays has been completed. Matters were late due to inclement weather.

Plenty of complaints regarding speeding in the 20mph areas around the Cross. Lots of children and the elderly navigate the roads and the speeding restriction is there for a purpose. Community Police have been out with their radar guns and I have asked the Chief Inspector for further regular activity.

Colourful Kilmacolm are again doing a super job around the village. The banking at Carriages is a delight and they have started to clear the pathway adjoining. Well done Peter McKerrell and his enthusiastic team. The drains at the Pub were also cleared.

Some £25k is to be spent on replacing the Multiplay unit at the Wee Park. This play area serves the North of the village and deserves investment.

The Agricultural Show was a real success, aided by fine weather. Congratulations to the committee in organising such a fine event in restricted circumstances. Thanks to the Estate for the use of Knapps.

Congratulations to Birkmyre Rugby Club on winning West of Scotland division three with a resounding final victory at the Park against Lochaber. Next ,year will see them competing with old rivals Bishopton and Paisley. The rugby club were amongst 6 Kilmacolm groups who received a grant from the Council’s Community Grants Fund. The junction of the B788 and B786 near the War Memorial has had too many serious accidents. Main reason would appear to be cars leaving the village at speed and not leaving enough braking time to cope with slower vehicles crossing. I have asked for statistics.

Surgery: Saturday 15th June 10am at the Cargill.

q 07766 992294 or 01475 741969 / 722975 k david.wilson@inverclyde.gov.uk

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Free Dementia Singing Lessons

Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June

12.30pm for lunch and singing from 1.15pm till 2.15pm in St Fillans Church Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm.

There will be a special party on the last session with a concert with more musicians playing cello and piano. Places limited please contact Daniela on 07949 071653.

These sessions have been made possible by the support of the community in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire.

There will more workshops in September.

Kilmacolm Resident Receives British Empire Medal

Last month, Margaret (Mar) Rae of Kilmacolm was presented with the British Empire Medal by Lord-lieutenant Colonel Peter McCarthy in Paisley Abbey. The award is in recognition of Mar’s exceptional guiding career of service. Mar started her Girlguiding journey as a Brownie, and later achieved her Queen’s Guide Award. Mar then served as her county’s Trefoil Guild chair and Girlguiding Renfrewshire’s county president.

One of Mar’s favourite guiding memories includes attending a 1957 international camp in Blair Atholl, Scotland.

‘I could hardly believe I’d been nominated for a BEM and had to read the letter several times to make sure. Keeping the secret over Christmas when family visited was especially difficult and resulted in a lot of messaging when the list was published!

A well-deserved recognition for many years of service to Girlguiding in Renfrewshire.

Kilmacolm and Quarriers Civic Trust

The AGM of the Civic Trust was held on Wednesday 17th April in the Cargill Village Centre. Prior to the business meeting an illustrated talk was given by Robert Ferguson of Dalgarven Mill Museum. He described the complete restoration of the Mill over a number of years and then showed the present situation of a visitor centre with an exhibition of farm and mill artefacts and also a very large display of dresses and costumes.

The Civic Trust chairman, Nicol Cameron, gave a comprehensive explanation of the Trust’s aims as well as describing various threats to the greenbelt around Kilmacolm and Quarriers. He also mentioned various proposed utility projects and the ongoing parking problems. The Trust treasurer, archivist and audiovisual co-ordinator also gave short reports.

Did you know that Kilmacolm once had two golf courses? The Hydropathic, built in 1880 and demolished in 1974, had its own nine hole golf course. This small course was quite challenging and had a few odd features especially the eighth hole which had a par of 3½ .

In the audiovisual section of the Kilmacolm Civic Trust website Sam McGinn describes playing the course and also mentions the artisan section of the main golf club.

The Civic Trust archive has some pictures of the course and a copy of the scorecard. This can be accessed through the “search our archives” section of the website.

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Kilmacolm CO-OPSummer

at the Food Bank Donation Bin

The long Summer days are finally here and Inverclyde Food Bank is busy stocking-up on Summer essentials for the kids during the School Summer Holidays: Cereal | UHT Milk | Tinned Fruit | Diluting Juice | Long-life Fruit Juice | Tinned Tuna

Food can be purchased in the Kilmacolm CO-OP or bought elsewhere and brought to the Inverclyde Food Bank Donation Bin.

The full list of items included in an Inverclyde Food Bank, three-day, dietician-approved, food parcel: Cereal, UHT Milk, Long-life Fruit Juice, Diluting Juice, Tea, Coffee, Jam, Biscuits

• Tinned Soup, Tinned Spaghetti/Ravioli/Macaroni, Super Noodles

• Tinned Meat, Tinned Fray Bentos Pie, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned Vegetables,

• Tinned Tuna, Pasta Sauce, Tinned Tomatoes, Curry Sauce Tinned Fruit, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tinned Custard

• Baby Formula & Baby Food

We also welcome donations of:

• Soap, Shave Gel & Razors, Deodorant Nappies, Baby & Children’s Toiletries

Toiletries – Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Wash,

• Toilet Roll, Household Cleaning

• Dog & Cat Food

• – We work with the SSPCA to help people living-in poverty to remain with their loyal companions and, by doing so, helping to alleviate the pressure on the animal rehoming centres.

Inverclyde Food Bank is part of the Trussell Trust UK wide network of food banks – the largest in the UK. Inverclyde Food Bank operates on a strict ‘referral’ basis with referrals coming from Inverclyde Social Work Department, GP’s, Schools, Health Visitors and other agencies caring for the most vulnerable in society.

Thank you for your kindness –

Happy Summer, folks!

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St Colms, Kilmacolm

Would like to thank everyone who came along to the Lenten Soup Fridays in the Church hall. We collected an amazing £860.10 for SCIAF.

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Kilmacolm Old Kirk


Services are held each Sunday at 11am to which all are welcome. A Sunday School is available for children. Refreshments are served after the service for all to enjoy some companionship.

All our services are streamed online through our Facebook Page - @ kilmacolmold and can be watched live or at any point afterwards for those who cannot attend. You can also follow us on Instagram via @KilmacolmOld or visit our website at: www.kilmacolmoldkirk. org.uk


Kilmacolm Old Kirk supports the work of the Church Angels in Port Glasgow who run a twice weekly Foodbank scheme. Donations can be made at each Sunday service, or through any of the leaders who run church activities in the Kidston Hall.

Kilmacolm & Quarriers Village Community Council

Next meeting: Tuesday 25th of June at 7.30pm in the Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm. Contact the secretary at: secretary@kilmacolmcc.co.uk with details of any items you would like to be discussed at the meeting.

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Out and About

Gryffe Valley Rotary News

Youth Service News

Our qualifiers for the District 1320 Young Writers Final were very successful, with two being selected to represent the District in the National Final. The piece by Jennifer G of Gryffe High competes in the Senior age category and the story “Brick by Brick” by Lawrie M of St Columba’s goes forward in the Intermediate group. Although not proceeding to the National Final, great credit goes to Hajira A of Bridge of Weir Primary who was the runner-up in the Juniors.

In an Area Heat of the Primary School Quiz the team from St Columba’s earned a place in the District Final to be held in Stirling on 1st June. They will be competing with around twenty teams from all over the South of Scotland. Good luck! As one of the sponsors of Bridge of Weir Primary’s electric car we were delighted by their performance at the annual competition in Fife, the team from the STEM Club took first place overall, winning the drag and sprint races and taking second place in the slalom. Congratulations!

Speakers for June:

The club continues to attract good speakers on a wide range of topics to its dinner meetings at the Fox and Hounds on Wednesday evenings: 5th - ‘Scones, MOT’S and driving tests’ - Graham Murnane | 12th – Club AGM | 19th – Roddy Galbraith – ‘200 years in Aviation’ – guest of Hugh Kerr | 26th – President’s Handover These meetings are open by arrangement to people who are interested in Rotary or interested in the subject.

You will be given a warm welcome. Please phone 07767761977 or email gryffevalletrotary@gmail.com to book in for a nice meal and evening.

Grants for Local Causes

Given the main thrust of our current fundraising efforts we would welcome applications from local groups seeking grant support. Rotary are actively looking to help local organisations that support people (and their carers) who live with mental health or dementia.

Please speak to a member or e: gryffevalleyrotary@gmail. com

Clyde Muirshiel News

Castle Semple Toilet Block Upgrade: Plans have just been approved for a new building at Castle Semple to replace the existing toilet block. The new drawings include an information kiosk, bike hire facility and new toilets.

Lambing Season is here: Please do not enter a field with lambs and always keep your dog under close control when using the Regional Park sites and farming land beyond.

Outdoor Activity Team Update: The Activities Instructors at Castle Semple have supported over 200 kids a week in a variety of exciting activities throughout May. The kids have all come with varying levels of ability, but each individual has inspired us with an unwavering sense of adventure and teamwork. If you would like to participate and develop in a new skill email cmrp.info@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Castle Semple Conservation Volunteers Update: Every week the Ranger Service work with our volunteer group, share skills and help them complete various conservation tasks to enhance the Park for wildlife and visitors. Would you like to join them on a Thursday? Email the Rangers on cmrp.rangers@renfrewshire.gov.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Youth Volunteers: Do you know a someone doing their Duke of Edinburgh? The Ranger Service runs a weekly volunteer group on Sunday mornings, 10am-12 noon at Castle Semple and Muirshiel. This month they’ve been working on bird surveys at Fairlie, car park edging and planting willow. Email the Rangers on cmrp.rangers@renfrewshire. gov.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Lochwinnoch Community Walk: Meet on Mondays (except public holidays) at new location Castle Semple at 10:30am. Led by the Park’s Ranger Service. Walks are 1-1.5 hours long at a social pace.

Get Social: Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ ClydeMuirshielRegionalPark Instagram & X: @Clydemuirshiel

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Colourful Kilmacolm

Despite the best efforts of Councillor David Wilson, carrying out work on the pavement at the parking spaces leading down to the cycle track at Carriages is not near the top of the Council’s list, although they agree that substantial work is required. Last year the path was so overgrown that a machete was almost needed to clear a path. Our committee is taking the matter into their own hands and have started to clear the pavement of grass and weeds. It has been hard work, but very satisfying when we see the difference. We hope you agree it looks so much better in the photo, which was taken after one morning’s work. If this, or more gentle gardening appeals to you and you have a little time to spare, why not join us? We can always do with more volunteers, so please get in touch if you can help, even just occasionally. You can contact Peter (01505 872448) or Liz (07963 973031) for more information, or have a look at our website: www. colourfulkilmacolm.org.uk

Bee Happy Houston

Despite some wet and windy weather we have been able to tackle most of our borders and beds. The mild winter has meant that the weeds have had a head start, but we have worked hard to remove them and have mulched with bark to slow down the regrowth.

The wildflower strips we sowed last year were really successful and stunning, so we have sown them again. Our planters will be filled with bedding plants in the next few weeks and we’re all looking forward to another colourful display this summer.

We have lots of jobs to keep us busy for the rest of the year. So if anyone has just retired, is new to the village or finds themselves with time to spare, please join us. We meet at 10am every Thursday by Houston cemetery gates. No experience required

We also have a litter picking group and do regular foodbank collection runs. The group is very social and meets up regularly for various activities. All new members are made very welcome. Anyone interested in any of our sections can contact us via Facebook: Bee Happy Houston or by email: beehappyhouston@ outlook.com

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Bridge of Weir Hillwalkers

April 1st: we walked from Darvel to Louden Hill. Disappointing weather after the previous day, we slithered our way up the hill which overlooks the site of Robert the Bruce’s famous 1307 victory over our neighbours!

April 15th: it was off to Scotlandwell to climb Bishop Hill. A steep, slippy ascent took us to the relatively flat summit plateau with Bishop Hill identified by its cairn. Wonderful views around Loch Leven, the Lomond Hills and distant peaks.

May 5th: and an ascent of the Munro Ben Vorlich from the Loch Sloy dam road via a steep stone ‘staircase’. Despite summit mists it was a fine dry day with good views from the lower slopes.

May 7- 10th: a group of us spent a wonderful few days on Arran. The weather was superb, everything fell nicely into place and even CalMac behaved. Goatfell was climbed from Corrie via the North Goatfell ridge route, all nine made it to the top despite some initially having reservations! Four others set off for the three Beinns circuit from Glen Rosa, as cloud cover burned off both groups were treated to stunning vistas across the island and beyond. On Thursday, the larger group

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The Gardening Club will be offering more bedding, home-grown plants and plenty of free advice at the Park on Gala Day.

Last month was busy. It was a great morning for our Plant Sale and we did brisk business. Villagers, en route for a coffee in the sun or shopping, stopped to check the bedding plants from Parklea and a wide selection of home-grown plants. The recent good weather meant everything was in tip top condition. The week after we had a stall at the Primary School Fair. It’s always a delight explaining to the young what they can expect from a small plant or seedling – as long as it’s given some TLC! Earlier the Gardening Club met for an exchange of ideas and views on companion and complementary planting in the garden. We heard about ways to organically distract insects from homing in on their vegetables of choiceplanting marigolds so their pungent aroma masks those of young, delectable vegetables, or growing garlic to discourage green or black fly from settling onto plants, especially rose bushes. Often stressed plants are targeted by aphids so a regular ‘welfare check’ can, literally, nip this in the bud! Watering plants is best done first or last thing in the day. If it’s hot and sunny, water can burn the foliage and leave a brown mark. Avoid this by watering around the stems which will also ensure the water gets to the roots.

toured the north island taking a beach walk from Blackwaterfoot to King’s Cave, before being entertained by a group of basking seals finishing with an exploration of Lochranza Castle. Three others climbed Caisteal Abhail from North Glen Sannox, and after a bit of scrambling, topped the summit ‘castles’, an airy perch from which to enjoy the views of the Arran ridges.

Kilbarchan Smile Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role in every community, serving as a driving force behind various activities. Volunteer’s week (Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June) is about showcasing what they do and recognising their hard work. As Chair of Kilbarchan Smile I want to thank all the volunteers who give their time and expertise to improving village spaces and helping to make Kilbarchan an even better place to live, work, and visit. Our volunteers have been recognised by Beautiful Scotland and have received an Outstanding Certificate for their work around the village. Here are some of the spaces in Kilbarchan they look after: Gateway Community Garden at Cartside Terrace, Mary Barbour Cairn in New Street, the Rose Garden on Shuttle Street, Barrels at The Cross, Ewing Street Car Park Border, Planters at the war memorial, Well Strand, the Millennium Garden in Ewing Street. A new Heritage Garden is being developed in Ewing Street.

Members meet again on Thursday 13th June at 8pm, in Freeland Church Hall for a Gardeners’ Question Time session, back by popular demand! If you have a question, why not come along? Contact Donald Hepburn 01505 612898.

Photo: Peony Jan Van Leeuwen – relishing recent good weather.

If you would like to volunteer, then send me an email hello@ kilbarchansmile.co.uk and we can get you started. Anyone who lives in the village and surrounding areas, their family and friends can be a Kilbarchan Smile volunteer and get involved with our activities. Volunteers can join us for whatever time they have spare and contribute to whichever activity they wish to. It is fun as well, not just work. From me, Heather Strachan, a big thank you to our Kilbarchan Smile Volunteers. You are a great bunch.

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RSPB Lochwinnoch is brimming with life in midsummer. While the birds are busy feeding and raising their young, the team are keeping a close eye on how different species are faring on the reserve.

Midsummer is a great time of year to see all our breeding bird species, including warblers, waders and gulls. Head up to the tower for a fantastic view out over the scrape, where you might see Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover chicks being shepherded across the mud by their parents or Black-headed Gulls feeding their hungry young.

The frothy flowers of Meadowsweet and Valerian are fantastic food plants for butterflies, hoverflies and bees. Other wildflowers to look for include delicate Enchanter’s Nightshade the shadier areas of the woodland and Marsh Cinquefoil along the loch edge by the boardwalk. Look out for damselflies and dragonflies too – on a sunny day you can often see hundreds of Large Red, Common Blue or Blue-tailed Damselflies and Common Darters sunning themselves alongside the paths.

Whether you are a birdwatcher or just looking for some time in nature, the reserve is a fantastic place to find some peace and tranquillity. Our trails, covered hides and seating spaces mean you can ‘get away from it all’, rain or shine (we know it’s June, but this is Scotland!). Or if you prefer, you can head to the visitor centre to enjoy a hot drink, sandwiches and snacks with a great view out over the scrapes and the Aird Meadow Loch.

Events: Did you know we regularly run events at the reserve?

Upcoming events

Unicorn Hunt - Saturday 1st June until Sunday 30th June from 9.30am - 4pm.

Guided Wildlife Walk - Wildflowers of Lochwinnoch - Saturday 1st June from 1pm - 3pm.

Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshop - Sunday 2nd June and Sunday 23rd June from 1pm - 4.30pm

Enjoy your visit responsibly: Please remember to enjoy the reserve responsibly, as per the Scottish Outdoor Access code, especially as it is the birds’ breeding season, keeping dogs on a lead or under close control.

ACCORD Dragon Boat Race

On Saturday 13th July teams will battle it out, on Castle Semple Loch, for a chance to be crowned the Dragon Boat Emperors!

The Dragon Boat Race is a unique and exciting event, giving companies, clubs and organisations a tremendous team-building opportunity, whilst raising invaluable funds for the patients and families in our care. No previous experience is required, just the will to win and a sense of humour! Full training will be given on the day. Teams are encouraged to come in fancy dress (Pirates, Vikings, etc - you can be as creative as you like!) and a prize will be awarded to the best-dressed teams!

Registration now open ... the boats will fill up fast for this hugely popular event so sign up today for some ‘oarsome fun’!

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The Gryffe Valley Way - Part 1

Gryffe Valley Rotary is behind the creation of The Gryffe Valley Way. 21 miles in total, it runs from the source of the River Gryffe (Loch Thom, Cornalees Bridge) along the length of the Gryffe Valley. It is suitable for walking and most of the way for cycling too (short sections where a bike may need to be carried.)

The starting point of the Gyffe Valley Way is the SE end of Loch Thom at Cornalees Bridge – where you will find the car parking, the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and the Fishery Cafe. Leave the cafe walking NE on the track past the Memorial Well to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Take the footpath on the right signposted Corlick Hill and walk around the north side of Loch Thom joining the Old Largs Road. Turn right and follow road downhill cross the outflow to Loch Thom. Turn left into the track signposted Gryffe Reservoirs. Keep left at the fork. Here the track crosses the Gryffe Water – you are now on route of the Gryffe! Follow the track through the woods. When we did this walk in May the copses were alive with willow warblers and a very loud cuckoo rang out in time with our footsteps as we wandered down the tracks. Once through the woods head down hill until you pass a bridge over the Gryffe and another sign to Corlick Hill. Follow the tarmac road up to the B788. Cross the road and walk up the verge until the next junction with a signpost to the Cycle Track.

The route is now following a Core Path (29D) – mixed usage with cars, bikes, horses and walkers. (This section runs for about 3.8km) Continue past the footpath sign to Devol where you can see the tips of wind turbines keep following the road under the old railway bridge the route then turns left and immediately forks left up to the cycle path. Turn left at the top and walk back across the railway bridge and continue downhill passing under several bridges until you reach Kilmacolm. A short walk along Whitelee Crescent takes you to Whitelea Court - walk up here and you will find yourself at Carriages Pub where you can get well-earned refreshment! There are several other cafes up the hill and at the cross you will find two bus stops (X7,530).

Start/FiniSh: Loch Thom - Cornalees Bridge

PointS oF intereSt: Loch Thom, Greenock Cut, Wildlife


DiFFiculty rating: Easy, but long

Local History: Loch Thom Reservoir

Loch Thom Reservoir, situated near Greenock, was constructed between 1827 and 1829 by engineer Robert Thom to supply clean drinking water to the rapidly expanding town of Greenock. Its creation involved the construction of a dam across the Gryffe Valley, creating a large freshwater reservoir nestled amidst scenic hills and woodlands.

The water from Loch Thom was transported via aqueducts (The Cut) to Greenock, ensuring a reliable supply of water for the town’s industries and growing population. Over the years, the reservoir played a crucial role in supporting the health, development and prosperity of the region.

More recently, Loch Thom has become a much-loved recreational area. Its tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings attract visitors interested in fishing, walking, cycling and simply enjoying nature. The reservoir and its surroundings are also home to diverse wildlife - look out for birds of prey and, in summer, lots of dragon flies!

Today, Loch Thom stands as a testament to Victorian engineering and remains an important part of the local landscape. It also serves as a valuable scenic retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.


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Bishop’s House, Kilmacolm

Sunday 9th June from 2pm - 5pm £5 / children free

The Bishop’s House is one of six villas in Kilmacolm designed by James Salmon in 1905. It was originally named Miyanoshta but renamed when it became the official residence of the Catholic Bishops of Paisley (1948-1993). The house is now a family home and much care has been taken in preserving the house and garden, both in landscaping and planting, which remain mostly as designed by Salmon. The house sits at the top of the garden and is framed by mature beech trees. There is a burn running down the side of the property (children should be supervised).

Directions: Access from Glencairn Rd. Turn off the A761 in Kilmacolm onto Houston Road or Porterfield Road for access to the garden on Glencairn Road. Follow SGS signage. Parking on-road. McGill’s buses run through Kilmacolm on the A761. Other details: Please note there are gravel paths. Depending on the weather, there may be “entertainment”. Please check website.

Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden

Wednesday 12th June and Thursday 13th June from 4pm - 6pm Linwood High School Stirling Drive, Linwood PA3 3NB £5 / children free

The Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden and Outdoor Learning Centre is located in Linwood High School. Our original garden with an outdoor classroom has been expanded to include community raised beds, an orchard, greenhouse and presentation area. We work with all years in the school, reconnecting them to the natural world, whether through growing in our organic garden, encouraging biodiversity or learning about sustainability. Winners of the Cultivation Street competition 2020.

Directions: Exit the M8 at St James Interchange and take the A737. Take the exit for Linwood onto the A761, follow to Clippens Road and then Stirling Drive where you will see the High School. Accessible by McGill’s Buses.

Other details: Admission charge to include tea/cake/refreshments

Kilmacolm Horticultural Society

The annual Coffee Morning and Plant Sale last month raised funds of £606 -due to the generosity of our members, volunteers and visitors - who helped to make the day a successful event. Funds will go towards running the annual Flower Show - this year on 31st August. The Show schedule will be sent out this month; exhibitors are preparing their summer planting of flowers, vegetables, tubs and hanging baskets in readiness for a great display at the Show. If you are new to the idea of entering your gardening produce, perhaps the temptation to win the coveted Novices Cup will appeal to you. If you would like to join the Horticultural and receive information on this and all our events, please contact Jill Russell, or view our website www. kilmacolmhorticultural.com.

The Summer Outing for members will be visiting Culzean Castle and Gardens on Wednesday 19th June, leaving at 9.30am, returning approx 5pm. A few seats on the coach are still available, again please contact Jill Russell (Secretary) if you wish to book a great day out in good company and friendship.

Lastly, when in Kilmacolm, pause at the Garden at the Cross in the centre of village to admire the new summer planting scheme which our chairman Ian Morrice has undertaken.

The gardens throughout Kilmacolm are looking at their best just now with the Spring shrubs in glorious bloom, the hedges cut and shaped, lawns groomed, and soon the annuals will provide even more colour throughout the summer.

The public spaces for which the Colourful Kilmacolm team take responsibility, with fresh plantings in summer and winter, are much appreciated be everyone., thank you. Enjoy !

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Schools & Sports

Schools & Sports

St Columba’s

We are very fortunate to offer pupils at all stages the opportunity to enrich their learning through people outwith the School. St Columba’s is an outward facing school and we relish working with those delivering services in the area and beyond – and yes, we love giving back too!

Glasgow University Maths

Early Years Childsmile

Early Years recently enjoyed a visit from the Childsmile Toothbrushing Programme.

The children learned all about the importance of looking after their teeth, brushing carefully and making healthy eating choices. They are now putting their knowledge into practice when they do their daily tooth brush at nursery.

Our Junior School has been very lucky to develop a partnership with Dr Cristina Mio and Dr Ismail Zembat from Glasgow University’s School of Education in recent months. Dr Mio and Dr Zembat have been working on numeracy with Juniors 3 and 5 by exploring and strengthening the way children visualise and manipulate numbers.

Junior 5 at West College

Junior 5 have been visiting West College of Scotland in Greenock to learn about ‘The Human Body’ as part of their topic work this term. During

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their visits, pupils learned about the different organs involved in the digestive and respiratory systems. The children even got to see real lungs and a heart being dissected!

SII Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)

Four SII teams battled it out to win £3,000 for their chosen charity as the culmination of their YPI project. The teams researched a local charity to champion, before presenting to a panel of judges. Craigmarloch secured the prize money for Neil’s Wheels, a charity which helps provide disabled people with wheelchairs and other equipment

Health Week: During May Langbank celebrated their Health Week. This was a jam packed week filled with activities to promote a healthy body and healthy mind. Children participated in a number of sports inputs including Rugby, Tennis and Dance. We welcomed Ark of the Clyde who brought with them a range of beautiful farm animals who the children loved meeting. Relaxation was a big focus this year and children participated in mindfulness activities, got to meet a wonderful Therapet called Tallie and a Silent disco was held for all classes too. We were very lucky to have some amazing parent volunteers who came to provide sports sessions for the pupils. A big thank you to our Langbank Community for helping this week come together for the pupils.

Our School Football Team

We are very proud of our Primary 6 and 7 pupils who represented our school at the cluster football festival this May. They have shown great sportsmanship throughout the tournament and showed they can be great team players. Well done to all.

they need to participate in the sport of their choosing.

In May, we attended the Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Show where we ran a tombola and raffle, raising more than £700 for Children in Poverty, Inverclyde. We are delighted to support this inspirational charity!


Free 4 week block of Hockey Sessions from Kelburne Hockey Club

Running every Wednesday in June for Renfrewshire School pupils in Primary 5’s, 6’s & 7’s from 6pm - 7pm and Secondary 7pm - 8pm at ON-X Linwood, Hockey Pitch, Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA Kids can come along and try a new sport, stay healthy and meet new friends. Equipment is provided.

Please contact: directorofhockey@kelburne.com to register and find out the details.

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Houston Primary

Marvellous ‘Maths’ Men!

The Men’s Shed volunteers made a brilliant job of making us giant wooden scales for our practical Maths Zone. This is a new area that has been created for our pupils in P3-P7 to engage in practical maths activities in a fun way. There is also a teaching zone, where pupils are challenged and supported with their learning of mathematical concepts. The pupils can’t wait for their learning slot to do Maths!

Chocolicious Delicious

We are absolutely delighted to share with you that Houston Primary School in partnership with Houston and Killellan Kirk raised an amazing £608.70 for Fairtrade. Thank you to all who supported us by purchasing Fairtrade chocolate treats.

Big Spring Clean

Primary 6 have been taking part in this year’s Big Spring Clean as part of our Eco school 9th Green Flag journey. Please visit our Eco Blog for more photographs.

Kilbarchan Community Nursery SCIO

The nursery is celebrating not one, but two significant birthdays this summer! It will be 40 years in September since a group of dedicated parents started the service in a disused hutment in the grounds of the old primary school. Since then, the nursery has thrived, moving to the church hall when the old school closed and then, 25 years ago in June, they moved into their purpose-built accommodation built by Renfrewshire Council as part of a partnership arrangement.

The team are planning to celebrate these significant dates with an Anniversary Garden Party on Sunday 23rd June from 1pm – 4pm in the nursery garden. There will be games and a bouncy castle for the children, hot dogs, strawberries and much more.

The organisers would love to welcome everyone expecially former children, parents and staff and, in particular, anyone involved in setting up this wonderful service 40 years ago.

We are delighted to announce that Chloe Wyatt from Primary 6 has been awarded the Rotary’s Young Writer runner up award. Her story inspired by COVID demonstrated her skill in setting a scene, plot and believable characters. Chloe received a certificate and a monetary reward from John Douglas from Gryffe Valley Rotary Club.

Houston Kirk Carnival

This year’s Kirk Carnival will be having an Olympic theme. Pupils were invited to design a logo for this wonderful community event. We were delighted that Lucy Watt from Primary 6 was the runner up in this competition. The judges were very impressed with Lucy’s design.

Gryffe Valley Rotary Annual 10K Run

Sunday 19th May

A very successful adult and kids run raised funds for mental health and dementia causes. Thanks to all who participated and the individuals and community groups that assisted on the day especially all the ladies led by Clair Kerr who helped with the superb catering arrangements.


Friday 30th August from 9am! Bookings are open please visit: www.quarriers.org.uk


Tai Chi - Qigong

Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm Wednesdays: 1pm

Traditional soft exercises for health, well-being, vitality, energy, strength and flexibility. Beginners welcome. Warm, friendly atmosphere. No Booking, Experience ot Fitness required. . £5. f Tai Chi- Chi Kung at Kickback q 07427 143471 k masterjcw@live.co.uk

Step aerobic Class

Freeland Church, Main Street, BoW (Opposite Amaretto) Tuesday: 7pm

STEP is making a huge comeback in popularity. A great workout for all fitness levels, high or low intensity. Why not come along and have fun whilst working out? q Mo 07505 126416

Jennifer Sloan Physiotherapy Led Pilates

Kilmacolm Community Centre Wed: 6.15pm - 7.15pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm Thur: 9.30am - 10.30am q Jennifer 07731 303709 k jennifer-mcghee@hotmail.co.uk

Clyde Physiotherapy Pilates Classes

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, BoW 9.30am - 10.15am, 10.30am - 11.15am, 6pm6.45pm, 7pm - 7.45pm (Zoom option 9.30am & 7pm) Booking essential. q Yvonne 07786 224 367 k yvonne@clydephysiotherapy.co.uk Zumba

Freelands Church, Main Street, BoW (Opposite Amaretto) Monday: 10am

Love to dance? Why not come along and dance to fantastic music and feel FAB. All fitness levels welcome. From the young to the young at heart. q Mo 07505 126 416

Move it or Lose it!

Langbank, Gourock, Bridge of Weir, Greenock, Kilmacolm, Houston and Kilbarchan

Classes aimed at men & women over 60, for those who are socially isolated or anyone who has health issues preventing them from attending the gym. We’d love to meet you.

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GROUP TRAINING: Mon: 9am & 6pm, Tues: 7pm, Fri: 9am

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SPIN: Tues: 7am, Wed: 5pm,Thur: 9am, Fri: 6am

SPIN & BOXING: Wed: 6pm, Sat: 8am q Suzanne 07525 536070

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Some Highlights From Our Local Sports Clubs

Castle Semple Sailing Club

The Sailability Scotland Challenger Traveller Series took place in early May. It is an important event that makes sailing accessible to disabled people. The event was a great success and the club looks forward to welcoming teams back next year. If anyone would like to find out about sailing, please drop by the club on Sunday afternoons or contact us on info@castlesemple.co.uk.

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ladies:

The Greenlees team celebrated a fantastic 5 - 4 win against last year’s Division 1 Runners Up. Greenlees next match is at Home against DefendingChampions, Troon. Ladies Day event takes place on Thursday 4th July (Golf then BBQ and entertainment by Will Cassidy). Tickets bookable via Golf Empire at £20/couple.

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club: The first match in the West Renfrewshire League was played at home against Ralston Golf Club. It was a close fought evening. Ranfurly Ladies won with a score of 3.5 matches to 2.5 matches. The Club are holding various Open Competitions over the summer and entries can be made on-line or by calling the Club Manager for further information. The David Reid Mixed Greensomes Stableford is on 30th June, The Ladies Open Tri-Am is on 18th July and the Gents Senior Open is on 23rd July.

Kilmacolm & Brookfield Bowling Clubs

Any ladies wishing to try bowling at Kilmacolm will be made welcome on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 2pm. Bowls can be borrowed, just wear flat shoes. Anyone who wishes to join Brookfield bowlers call 07388 779215 or e-mail: Brookfield. Bowls@gmail.com. Alternatively pop down on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 1.45pm.

Brookfield Curling Club:

Recent prizegiving highlighted a very successful 2023/2024 season on the ice. The curling season runs from September to March. If you are interested in giving curling a try contact club Secretary Marilyn Muir 01505 503761.

Strathgryffe Tennis, Squash and Fitness:

Budding Andy Murrays and Emma Raducanus have been battling it out for the chance to play in a junior Wimbledon competition - Play Your Way to Wimbledon. 14s and under winner, Joseph McLean, has qualified for the regional finals in June. For a 1-week trial membership of Strathgryffe, visit www.strathgryffe.net/ membership

Birkmyre Secure League Title

Birkmyre Rugby Club 1st XV secured their first league title in many years by defeating Lochaber 80-7 on Sat 4th May.

The Kilmacolm side entered their final match of the season knowing that a bonus point win would be enough to lift the trophy. With that goal in mind, they set off strongly and were 28 points up in 15 minutes and didn’t look back running in 12 tries & 10 conversions. The victory means promotion to West League 2 next season where they will aim to achieve back-to-back titles.

Skipper, Ross Moglia, commented “This is a great achievement for the club. We are a young side with an average age of about 24 and there is no reason why this group of lads can not go onto bigger and better things.

New Players Wanted

The club are looking for looking for players aged 18+ in all positions. to help them in their quest within West League 2. You may be an experienced rugby player or new to the sport. It really doesn’t matter as coaching / training will be provided. Even if you are slightly under the age limit, the club would be keen to hear from you.

During the summer break the players typically arrange informal “touch rugby” sessions to keep everyone ticking over. These take place on a Thursday night at 7.30pm. These sessions are open to anyone 16 and above. So why not come along and join in?

If you would like to get involved, send a direct message to the club’s Facebook or Instagram page or reach out to one of the players

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Brookfield Bowlers: Centenary Cup winers Francis Hancock, Sheena Baillie, Marjorie Love Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ladies Runner up (14 and unders) Alexander Tindal, and winner, Joseph McLean

UK General Election: Are You Ready To Cast Your Vote?

The next UK Parliament general election is due to take place on July 4th 2024. Are you registered? Have you got appropriate ID? If you are unable to get to the polling office in person, have you applied for a postal or proxy vote?

Identification Needed: All people voting in-person at the general election will need to show photographic ID at the polling station for the first time following the introduction of new legislation by the UK Government. Accepted forms of ID include a passport, driving licence, older persons or disabled persons bus pass and Young Scot card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at www.voter-authoritycertificate.service.gov.uk or by completing a paper form. The full list of accepted ID along with more information on how to apply for the free ID can be found at: electoralcommission.org. uk/voterID.

Register to Vote: In order to vote you must be ‘registered to vote’. There are two versions of the electoral register - the full version and the ‘open register’. If you registered to ‘vote anonymously’ your details will not appear on either version of the electoral register. To find out if you are registered to vote contact your local electoral registration office www.gov.uk/ contact-electoral-registration-office If you need any help with applying for the free ID or you would like to check if you are registered to vote you can also contact the electoral registration office on 0300 300 0150.

Postal Votes: If you are away from home at the time of the election, you can apply for a postal vote. You must be registered to vote in the UK in order to apply for a postal vote. You can apply online here: www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote You will need the following information: Your date of birth, the address where you are registered to vote and your national insurance number. If you can sign your name, you will need a photo of your signature that you can upload.

Voting by Proxy: If you are unable to vote in person or if you are registered as an overseas voter or have a disability or medical issue, you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. You must apply by 5pm 6 working days before Election Day (27/5/24). If the deadline has past you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote.

Find out how to apply to vote by proxy here: www.gov.uk/ government/collections/proxy-voting-application-form.

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• The Cornerstone, Greenock Rd

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• Gate Hs, BoW Leather Works


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• Old telephone box, Houston Rd, Crosslee

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