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changes in the budget Issue 18, 2014 Publisher: Life Magazines & Publications Features Editor: Ellen Arnison

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What are you going to do with the kids this summer? By Ellen Arnison

It may seem as though we’ve barely put away the heavy coats and thermals of winter, but the long summer holiday is looming. And, while we hope for another blissful heatwave, with a bit of forward planning your summer can be just as wonderful and memorable. Of course, it seems ages away, but it won’t be long before the hairdresser is asking what you’re going to be getting up to this year. Working parents struggle with the long school holidays cobbling together child-care and making sure their children don’t feel abandoned.

For them the answer might lie in one of the many summer camps or activity sessions. Both Inverclyde Council and Renfrewshire Council’s leisure arms organise week-long programmes of activities. However, specific sports clubs also frequently offer fun-packed sessions to keep children busy and teach them something new. Try your local tennis club, the nearest football club, sailing centre, equestrian stables or athletics club. The intense nature of a week of teaching can improve children’s ability and understanding of the sport considerably. For those less sporty, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new or develop a budding skill. The local theatre, try the Beacon Arts Centre, may have a summer project, as might your nearest dance studio or visual arts centre (Rig Arts). You’ll even find that nurseries and afterschool clubs turn their hand to holiday clubs during the long break. Ask what’s on offer, even if your child doesn’t normally attend during the term-time. You’ll find planned

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activities, games and fun that will free you to go to work and dish up lots of fun for your youngster. Of course if you’re at home with your youngsters too this summer, then if you’re all to have a great time, it’s a good idea to do a bit of planning. A schedule of days out will certainly mean the time passes without them wailing “I’m bored. I don’t know what to do”. And days out don’t need to be extravagant either. Firstly, start looking around now for vouchers and discount offers that you can use later. The likes of Park Life Deals, Itison and Groupon often have special offers that would work in the next few weeks. Please check the small print though. The added advantage of this is you are spreading the cost. Voucher schemes from supermarkets or big brands are also worth looking at. Kellogg’s has a promotion at the moment and ScotRail has a kids go free scheme if you travel by train. There are dozens of things to do locally that don’t cost very much – if anything at all. Most of the country’s museums are free to visit and if you check their websites you’ll find a host of activities. Fruit picking is great fun and usually you only pay for what you collect. Your local country park is likely to have a schedule of activities at little or no cost to get your kids a bit closer to nature and burning off some energy. Of course, when it comes to using energy the Commonwealth Games is going to dominate this summer’s landscape. Of course, your children are too young to make this year’s squad, but there are dozens of ways they can become part of it. Whether you’re going to follow the baton as it makes its way across the country or seek out activities from the Glasgow 2014 programme – both sporting and culture, there’s plenty going on. The city – and its surrounding areas – is undoubtedly going to be the place to be during the summer of 2014.


BURNS AN’ A’ THAT! FESTIVAL LIVE MUSIC TOPS THE CHARTS AT BURNS AN’ A’ THAT! FESTIVAL 2014 Matt Cardle, The Blow Monkeys, Altered Images, Jim Diamond and Horse are just five of the music acts lined up to play the 2014 Burns an’ a’ that! Festival. This year’s festival promises another great ‘Weekend in the Park’ along with other events and attractions. The festival kicks of with FESTIVAL FRIDAY (Fri 23 May) in Ayr town Centre where there will be various events and activities going on around town and a chance to find out more about the weekend ahead. Saturday and Sunday (24 – 25 May) sees the return of Weekend in the Park with a fantastic line up of free live music, arts and attractions, food and drink, fairground and much more. Free live music line-up on the Saturday includes – 80s favorites Altered Images and The Blow Monkeys, local up and coming act The Hostiles and a perfect picnic vibe from The Easy Orchestra. Free live music line-up on the Sunday includes X Factor winner Matt Cardle, a unique blend of 20s and 30s from The Casablanca Steps and the return of local legends Southbound with further acts to be announced both days. Ticketed gigs will also run in the evening. On the Saturday night Keara Murphy is bringing her unique one woman comedy show ‘Of Mice and Women’ to Belleisle. This show is a modern parallel with the Robert Burns poem To A Mouse and will have you in stitches as Keara asks some moralistic and amusing questions on life, love, loneliness and the need for Snickers bars! Tickets £7.50 / £5 conc. The Sunday night finale gig stars two talented Scottish singer songwriters Jim Diamond and Horse. Horse has been described by Q Magazine as ‘one of the best singers in Britain and Jim Diamond and Band will be performing

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hits such as ‘I should have known better’ ‘I won’t let you down’ and ‘Hi Ho Silver’ as well as tracks old and new. Tickets £15. Tickets are available for both gigs now from Gaiety Box Office on 01292 288235 or online on The weekend will feature many more attractions including an arts & craft market, fairground, food & drink and many more attractions that will be announced over the coming weeks. Children will be treated to a teddy bears picnic amongst other activities. This year the festival will for the first time feature Alloway Monday with some exciting events to be announced at The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage. The Festival – which is supported by South Ayrshire Council and EventScotland – is an annual tribute to Scotland’s internationally acclaimed poet Robert Burns, celebrating the best of Scottish talent. This year it also forms part of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming. Regular updates will be posted on and via Full details can be found at | 7

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Peep over the hedges of our most glorious gardens Whether you’re a passionate gardener or just curious, the opportunity to amble round beautiful private gardens is too good to pass up. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme allows special access to estates and gardens not normally open to the public in aid of charity. In our area four gardens open their gates to allow us all to share the blooms and, in some cases, enjoy a cup of tea while we admire the setting. Kilmacolm’s Duchal House allows visitors to admire the eighteenth century walled garden as well as wander by the lily pond.

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The Carruth Estate, Bridge of Weir, offers more than 20 acres of dazzling rhododendrons in a landscaped setting. Ardgowan Estate, near Inverkip, is also part of the scheme, but their snowdrop walk event was held in February – make a note to visit next year. Newmills cottage, near Lochwinnoch, is a mill built in 1864. The wellestablished and colourful garden covers different levels sloping down to the burn. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme began in 1931 as a way of raising money

How low can you grow?

Mention alpine plants to a garden designer and, in general, you’ll be given the same facial expression as a child who’s just bitten into a lemon insignificant leaf growth with tiny flowers … what’s to love? Associated with badly designed 60s rockeries, these low-growing perennials really do get a raw deal. In the main, the poor little things can’t climb very far can’t extend their roots to escape from water logged soil, and have not adapted to elongating their stems to reach the sunlight. Clyde Life Magazine

However, particularly in the steep, rocky situations found in many Inverclyde gardens, alpines can be exactly what the doctor (or garden designer) ordered. The way they have adapted to their habitats makes them ideal. Over recent years, alpines have really been appreciated for their versatility and employed in new applications. Take the humble Sempervivum Othello, famous for thriving on hot dry tiled roofs and now widely used on green roof schemes where it can adapt to the very shallow free draining soils. It’s vigorous

to support the Queen’s Nurses, also known as district nurses. The first event, featuring more than 500 gardens, raised enough money to double the nurses’ pensions. Now the scheme – raising money through modest entrance fees – allows the garden owners to nominate a charity to receive 40 per cent of the funds raised with the rest going to Scotland’s Gardens beneficiaries that now include the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. While many of the gardens available to visit under the scheme are grand and long-established estates, the list now includes public gardens and smaller private gardens. The criteria for inclusion is that they be of horticultural interest and of a certain standard. Now what could be better than doing your bit for charity in the stunning and colourful setting of a glorious garden? Local Garden Openings For more information and directions visit: Duchal Sunday 18th May 2pm-5pm The Carruth Estate Sunday 25th May 2pm-5pm Newmills cottage Sunday 22nd June 2pm-5pm with beautiful red tints in winter. Grow in shallow containers in full sun where it will quickly spread to around 30cm in width. If you are looking for a plant to cover an old dry stonewall or soften the corner of a raised bed, look no further than Campanula poscharskyana Stella. If happy, it does have a tendency to walk, but with its long flowering season and pretty purple flowers I’m sure your neighbours won’t mind if it starts appearing in their crevices too. | 9

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Childrens Dental Health by Stuart Davidson

Think About Fluoride Fluoride occurs naturally in water in varying amounts, depending on which area you live in. It’s also found in certain foods. Fluoride’s main benefit is in helping reduce the risk of tooth decay, which is why it’s added to many brands of toothpaste and, in some areas, to the water supply. Tooth decay Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of hospital admission in children. Tooth decay occurs when acid in your mouth attacks the outer layers of your teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria that form a layer called plaque on the surface of your teeth. Eating and

drinking sugary food and drinks are the main cause of acid formation in plaque. If you’re at risk of tooth decay a cavity may develop in your tooth. If the decay spreads the tooth can become infected, which can be painful. How does fluoride protect teeth? Fluoride disrupts the process of tooth decay by: • Changing the structure of developing enamel, making it more resistant to acid attack – these structural changes occur if a child consumes fluoride during the period when enamel develops (mainly up to seven years of age) • Encouraging better quality enamel to form that’s more resistant to acid attack • Reducing plaque bacteria’s ability to produce acid, which is the cause of tooth decay Fluoride treatments Dentists recommend that children and adults should brush their teeth using toothpaste that contains fluoride. For those who are particularly prone to tooth decay, mouthwash, gels,

tablets or toothpastes containing higher concentrations of fluoride are also available. Ask your dentist for advice before using these treatments. Fluoride varnish is another treatment that can be used to help protect against tooth decay. The varnish contains high levels of fluoride and is painted onto the surface of both baby and adult teeth. It works by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Dental advice for children: • Children up to age three should use toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) and up to 1,500ppm after three. The level of fluoride can be found on the pack. • Children should be supervised when brushing their teeth until age seven. • The amount of toothpaste your child uses is important. Up to the age of three, a smear of toothpaste is sufficient, and from age three to six, a pea-sized amount is recommended. • Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste rather than swallowing it.

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The perfect handbag – benefitting from an obsession

Sarah Haran loves beautiful handbags, but for many years was frustrated by her inability to find the perfect one. She said: “Despite all my searching I could never really find my ‘it bag’ - the one that I could use for every day taking me from work to play, one with enough

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pockets, with adjustable straps, the one that was practical, stylish AND you didn’t require a mortgage to purchase.” So Sarah, who designed clothes and interiors accessories for years, decided that instead she was create the bag of her dreams herself… and VV Amore was born. After much research, some additional training, and a lot of hard work a range of stylish everyday handbags began to emerge. It quickly seemed that she had hit on a winning combination. “I soon started to get requests from friends, family and friends of friends to make them one of my handbags,” she said. Each of Sarah’s beautiful bags is handmade in her studio in Kilmacolm using the very best of leathers and components. She aims for – and achieves – stylish and timeless (but never boring) handbags. But now having created the “perfect” bag wasn’t enough for Sarah, she’s constantly adding to the range which now includes the innovative Signature 221 giving two bags in one. She is also developing her own range of stylish leather backpack-style bags. | 13

Money matters – so make the most of yours

Pensioners, do you really want to drive a Lamborghini and eat dog food? The recent Budget saw changes to the pension rules allowing those retiring much more freedom to do what they want with their pension fund.

Lib Dem pension minster Steve Webb made headlines when he said that pensioners were free to spend all their money on Lamborghinis if they wanted to. London mayor Boris Johnston joined in the fun by telling foolish pensioners it was their own look-out if they ended up later living in rusted Lamborghinis dining on tins of dog food. While trying to avoid dramatic images of sports cars and Pedigree Chum, Number 10 backed up the pair by saying it was up to pensioners to decide what they do with their money. This is a huge change for those approaching retirement. Previously it was a case of using the bulk of a pension fund to buy an annuity that, hopefully, would provide sufficient income for long enough.

However, the relaxing of pension rules has those in the financial press predicting the death of the annuity. Possibly this is overstating the case as annuities are the ideal product for some people, depending on their circumstances. Equally, the ability to draw down your whole pension at once might be a very unsuitable option, depending on an individual’s situation, tax circumstances and the attractiveness of the pension wrapper. What is clear – regardless of the circumstances – is more and more people are going to need proper planning input to decide what to do now they have more choice. Crucial will be the ability to assess the decision in the context of clientspecific lifetime cashflow projections, whether or not that includes the purchase of a Lamborghini. In reality that big spend might look more like a long-planned round-the-world trip than a racing car. Nonetheless, expert advice will

be necessary to work out the impact of such a large expenditure when considered against tax planning, risk attitude and a host of other factors. The good news is that while the Budget change might look radical when you consider lots of grey-haired racing drivers, it’s exactly the kind of thing that Robert Macdonald has extensive experience in. The Government introduced a variant of this concept, the Flexible Drawdown, in 2011 so it’s something professionals in the field have been considering for quite some time. Whatever you are planning to do, consult an expert so you know exactly what your options are and what they mean for you. The views in this article are personal and provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as recommendation by the publisher or investment advice by the contributor as laid down by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Storage solutions to fall in love with There really is only one place to turn when you need storage solutions with a touch of class, that’s Alvic Sliding Wardrobes. It’s a family-run business owned by Alan and with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of wardrobes. Visit their Johnstone showroom to get an idea of the limitless possibilities for transforming your home. And all their installations are done to the highest and most professional possible standards. “Absolutely fantastic! I have had so many great comments on my wardrobes, and have recommended to my friends. I would like to add that I am very impressed with the great workmanship. It was a pleasure from start to finish.” Karen Gallacher “Absolutely terrific. We are more than delighted with our sliding wardrobes. We have shown them to all our family and friends and everybody absolutely loves them.” David Wilkes


lue skies, strong sunshine and outdoor living – it’s what makes this time of year so special. The air has warmed up and it’s time to get the barbecue lit and invite the friends around. However, whether it’s the quality of light or the urge to get sociable, early summer also germinates the urge to make sure our homes and gardens are looking their very best. Perhaps they’ve emerged from the long dark months looking a little jaded and in need of a sprinkle of inspiration. The Clyde Life homes and gardens supplement is jam packed with suggestions for letting a breath of fresh air into your life – from getting an extension built to creating a sense of order in the clutter. There are many ways you can give your home a rejuvenating new feel, whether you’re considering a major remodelling project or simply sorting a few things out and applying a new lick of paint. You might have decided that you’re going to stay put and invest in improving both the value of your home and the pleasure you get from living in a beautiful house. Alternatively, you might be considering ways to ring the changes without parting with much cash… Either way, we can help you here. And when you step outside, there’s plenty of scope for improvement in your part of the great outdoors. From extensive landscaping of to create a whole new vista, to a bit of TLC for your lawn, we’re sure you’ll find the business you’re looking for in the supplement. But, remember, in this part of the world glorious summer days are in short supply so we’d urge you to take action now to create the home you love. Clyde Life Magazine

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The balmy days of high summer are just around the corner and thoughts drift to entertaining al fresco, so it’s no surprise that opening our living spaces to the great outdoors has been the biggest home trend of the past 10 years. Velux windows, Bi-fold or sliding doors that pull back to open up an entire wall are becoming increasingly popular and a great way to create a light, bright space. The choice of finishes you make also allows Mother Nature to weave her way around the whole house. Here are just a few ideas: GLAMOROUS GARDEN ROOMS A garden room can add extra living space all year round allowing you to enjoy the garden regardless of the weather. Incorporating a steel frame in its design allows us to also create an airy, lofty feeling.

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INTERIORS Nature is a key trend this season with many designers incorporating plant forms into a whole plethora of furniture and accessories that, combined with vibrant fabrics, wallpapers and paint, can transform a room into an indoor botanical garden. Choose to decorate your walls with poppies, tulips and lilies or have a look at Timorous Beasties’ floral wallcoverings and fabrics and introduce orchids, thistles or even the birds and the bees.

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When you’re upgrading or renewing your kitchen, it’s easy to concentrate entirely on the big decisions such as layout or the design of kitchen units. Obviously this is important as you’re, hopefully, going to be living with and working in your fantastic kitchen for many years to come. However, it’s crucial that you pay attention when you make choices about the finishing touches – as they can make or break the success of your kitchen. For example, if you just plump for the first kind of door handles or taps that you’re shown, you may end up regretting it for a long time. After all, these fittings are going to get used many times a day for many years to come.

However, when you choose Affordable Luxuries you can be sure that the tiny details will get just as much careful attention as the big-ticket items. With their wealth of experience, the couple who run the Inverclyde business Tom and Helen McDonald know how much these things matter. As well as designing and supply jaw-dropping kitchens, they understand how everything in the room adds up to create the wow factor, yet must be durable and useful. Affordable Luxuries will advise every step on the way, guiding you to make choices you know are the right ones. And because the kitchen studio is independent they can supply everything you’re likely to need… including the kitchen sink! For more information visit:

Replacement Windows Checklist Replacement windows vary significantly in their ability to keep in heat, their lifespan, their ability to keep out high winds and driving rain and their ability to keep out intruders. If all double glazing was the same, cost would be the only issue to consider, but this is far from the case. Buying replacement windows and doors based on cost alone will seldom result in getting the best replacement windows or double glazing for your needs or the best value for money over the lifespan of your installation. Thermal Performance: The average heat loss through replacement windows ranges from 50 watts per square meter to as little as 13 watts per square meter. For a three bed house, this can amount to a huge difference in annual energy use. To maintain a constant room temperature of 21C across the year, the difference could be 11,400 KW hours compared to 3,150 KW hours per annum. This could be a difference of over £500 a year. Lifespan: In contrast to correctly fabricated replacement windows which use quality materials could last more than 30 years, while some replacement windows can present major problems within 5 years. The way in which the double glazing units are installed is also critical. Incorrectly installed, a

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double glazed unit that could have had a 20 year lifespan could fail in less than 5 years. Weather Resistance: Windows are tested to measure their ability to resist air infiltration, water penetration and deformation under wind loading. Some replacement windows will only be able to resist low levels of wind pressure before they leak. Others are able to resist the equivalent of a gale. The three broad categories for weather resistance Sheltered, Moderate and Severe exposure rated. Security: Replacement Windows can be subjected to vigorous testing to assess how resistant they are to forced entry. At best, they will be a total barrier, resistant to the greatest force any attacker could bring to bear. At worst, they will offer virtually no resistance at all. Some replacement windows and doors can be deglazed from the outside without difficulty. Some multi-point locking systems can easily be manipulated from the outside. A local window company that really cares… Tommy Bradley of WindowCare Scotland has over 25 years experience in the joinery and double glazing industry and he gives us a few more reasons why making a home improvement investment in replacement windows is a prudent move: Keep the heat in Saving you money on your heating bills

Keep the noise out Added insulation will keep the noise out which is perfect if your house faces a bust main road or near a school Reduce your carbon footprint If less heat is escaping then your home then you will need less energy to keep it warm which in turn means fewer CO2 emissions Maintenance free A lot of the UPVC and double glazing windows you find on the market nowadays are guaranteed and take little maintenance or up-keep WindowCare Scotland offers a complete solution, from initial design and planning to installation, to ensure the process is as seamless for you as possible. WindowCare is an established double glazing specialist that strives to bring a fantastic range of styles and options to make sure those new windows suite your home perfectly. Don’t just take our word for it. Here is just one testimonial from a happy customer: “Having spoken to a number of double glazing companies, WindowCare tops the lot for cost, professionalism, courtesy and service. I would highly recommend, a very satisfied customer.” Tommy Hutchinson, Greenock For further information, get in touch. Visit www. in the first instance. @clydelifemag

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B&Q Opens in Port Glasgow

10am, Friday 16th May… B&Q is on hand to help residents in Port Glasgow get ready for summer with the opening of their store on the 16th May. The store will be home to B&Q’s new season offering including the latest in BBQ’s, leisure furniture and gardening. The store will bring customers B&Q’s latest product innovation in bedding plants, easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™. Each bedding plant comes in a selfcontained bag meaning that the bedding plants are easy to use and easy to dispose of; just pop straight into the soil and you’re done. Using this innovative Teabag Technology™, easyGrow™ means planting is easier and keeps plants healthy - the revolutionary packaging also means that there’s no mess and no fuss; just beautiful bedding and borders.

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Not only is this innovative product easier to use and great for gardens, but it’s kind to the environment too - the new packaging is 100% recyclable, plus there’s 25% less, so no more polystyrene trays and its almost peat free. The new B&Q will also be bringing customers the latest BBQ technology and leisure furniture offerings. The latest BBQ’s are worthy of withstanding even Scottish summertime – the new range of Blooma gas BBQs boast a host of features including multiple cooking grills & griddle, a side burner for extra dishes, dishwasher safe cooking grills and drip pans, electronic ignition and thermometer to guarantee the right cooking temperature and a raised warming rack to keep food moist. The new season leisure furniture collection combines the style of indoor living with the atmosphere of outdoor dining. | 25



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Q&A: Why should I have an energy assessment on my home?

What does an energy assessment entail? A trained assessor will spend 30-minutes or so in your home taking measurements and observations to plug into a computer programme. They will also ask questions about your energy usage. What do the results mean? They will give you a measurement of how energyefficient your home is. And furnish you with recommendations for reducing your energy usage. Do I have to do anything? No, not at all. Although you might find making your home more energy efficient is easier (and cheaper) than you think. But I’ve got insulation in the loft, why do I need an assessment? There’s much more to it than insulation. And sometimes we find that the insulation isn’t deep enough to meet today’s recommended levels. Besides, there are plenty of other things you might not be aware of. How much will the measures cost me? That depends. Some don’t cost anything and others have funding that we can help you access. You might find some of the measures recommended can be done under the Green Deal. What’s the Green Deal then? The Green Deal is a financial mechanism that lets people pay for some of the cost of energy-efficiency improvements though savings on their fuel bills.

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I don’t want the upheaval. Some energy saving measures can be as simple as installing a different kind of light bulbs and remembering to close the curtains at night time. Light blubs? Surely they don’t make too much difference? Lighting can consume up to 25 per cent of a household’s electricity. LED bulbs use between 2 and 17 watts, which compare very favourably to ‘oldfashioned’ 100w incandescent bulbs. They also last on average more than 50 times longer. But I don’t NEED an assessment, do I? If you’re planning to sell your home or rent it out you will need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is a more formalised version of the assessment. You’ll also need an EPC to access the Green Deal. Contact Ian on 0141 443 6792 or 075500 11820 or email to: @clydelifemag


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Big Green Egg Redefining the British Barbeque!

The Big Green Egg is the World’s Best Ceramic Barbecue Smoker and Grill, giving unmatched cooking flexibility for the past 40 years. Whether you want to tackle high temperature, quick searing for the perfect rare steak, roast a whole chicken at a more moderate temperatures, or tenderise a ten-hour brisket in “low-and-slow” mode, you just can’t beat the EGG® when it comes to effortless cooking and sensational eating. We now carry a full line of Big Green Eggs and Eggcessories. Stop by our showroom to see the Big Green Egg or visit to learn more.

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If you can’t wait for summer because you know how to nail the ultimate barbecue experience it might be time to think again. The Big Green Egg has arrived and Auldton Stoves is proud to be the first dealer in Scotland to sell them. The intriguingly named Big Green Egg is a ceramic barbecue that has had a cult foodie following in the USA for 40 years and thankfully has now found its way to the UK. While as you’d expect the Big Green Egg barbecues beautifully – and is ready to cook in 15 minutes – its real joy is in all the other things it can do. Clever temperature controls mean you can cook at low temperatures for hours making it ideal for slow cooking or even smoking. It will sustain the ideal temperature for 16 hours on one load of charcoal. Equally it’s ideal for hot oven cooking such as bread baking and making pizza. Plus the ceramic is tough and suitable for use all year round. Die-hard fans say it’s the best way to roast the Christmas turkey. In any case, once you’ve tried the results and Clyde Life Magazine

experienced the ease of use you won’t want to leave it until the sun comes out in June. The Big Green Egg comes with a whole new range of cooking techniques previously not possible on the traditional British barbie. It’s already popular with UK foodies and is starting to catch on with top chefs in gastro pubs and Michelinstarred restaurants. Furthermore, while topof-the-range barbecues resemble something from the set of a sci-fi movie, the Big Green Egg with its ceramic dimples is beautiful and blends in elegantly. To see a Big Green Egg in action or to find out more contact Auldton Stoves… | 31

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If you still haven’t discovered Finlaystone yet, then you don’t know what you are missing! You really must make it top of your agenda this year for time out with the family. There are fantastic play areas with an abundance of high adventure activities for the kids including Forts, The Flying Fox, Play Towers, Wigwams, The Finlay’s Phoenix Pirate Ship, swings, slides and climbing frames. Whilst the kids wear themselves out, the adults can think about setting up lunch! There are several picnic and BBQ locations throughout the estate, some with small log cabins in case of bad weather. Just kick back, relax and have fun. If you are in the mood for a long walk you can stroll through 10 acres of gardens with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, pausing to appreciate the special plants and Finlaystone’s renowned beauty. Don’t miss the ‘Smelly’ garden, the intricate Celtic paving or the 70 metre serpentine herbaceous border. Enjoy the sweeping lawns and sculptured hedges, seek out ‘Slave’s Paradise’, tumbling waterfalls and discover the Knott & bog gardens before relaxing at the Tea Room in the walled garden. The Tea Room, recently taken over by the renowned ‘3 Sisters Bake’ is open weekends and during school and bank holidays from 10am-5pm. Finlaystone is also a popular destination for schools and nurseries. If you are a school/nursery trip organiser and wish to book a visit, please contact Nora on 01475 540 505 between 11am and 4pm to secure your places. There is a fantastic range of events and activities lined up for the Summer – here is what is on from May to mid-July.


Wednesday 14th May Introduction to Gardening 1–3pm Are you the next Alan Titchmarsh? Come along to get an introduction into gardening and discover more about our wonderful gardens. Sunday 18th Space Hopper Football 1-3pm Madcap fun in the 5-a-side space hopper football tournament. Sunday 25th & Friday 30th Den Building 1-3pm Build a den in the woods and learn a few wilderness survival tips from the Rangers that will help you become the next Bear Grylls. Thursday 29th Mini Beast Hunt 1-3pm Six Legs, Eight Legs, 100’s of Eyes, a tube to sip nectar or mandibles to rip prey. Forget Pokémon; let’s catch some real pocket monsters. Saturday 31st Scavenger Hunt 1-3pm Aimed at children aged 5 to 10, follow the signs to find the answers. Prizes for completing the course.

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Sunday 1st Teddy Bear Picnic 1-4pm Bring teddy or dolly for a tea party with the mad hatter; Prizes for the best fancy dress. Fun & games and a display of tame owls. Monday 2nd Junior Ranger 1-3pm Aimed at 5 to 10 year olds, come and learn what our Rangers do and work towards a Finlaystone Junior Ranger Certificate. Saturday 7th Wild Night Stay a Night in the Woods, bring - food, sleeping bags, camper mats, outdoor clothing, waterproofs and a tent. Adult £7.50 child £5.00 Pre-booking essential Sunday 15th Make Bird Box and Feeders 1-3pm A contest to make the most ridiculous bird box! Bring anything you can think of to camouflage your bird box. £2.50 for materials Pre Booking Essential Wednesday 18th Intro to Gardening 1-3pm Are you the next Alan Titchmarsh? Come along to get an introduction into gardening and discover more about our wonderful gardens. Sunday 22nd Cowboys and Indians 1-3pm Fun & games around the forts. Tuesday 24th Den Building 1-3pm Build a den in the woods and learn a few wilderness survival tips from the Rangers that will help you become the next Bear Grylls. Thursday 26th Mini Beast Hunt 1-3pm Six Legs, Eight Legs, 100’s of Eyes a tube to sip nectar or mandibles to rip prey. Forget Pokémon; let’s catch some real pocket monsters. Sunday 29th Butterfly Hunt 1-3pm Join our Rangers in finding those elusive butterflies and contribute to our species identification.


Tuesday 1st Den Building 1-3pm Build a den in the woods and learn a few wilderness survival tips from the Rangers that will help you become the next Bear Grylls. Thursday 3rd Mask Making 1-3pm Come along and be creative and make your very own mask. Sunday 6th Robin Hood Day 1-4pm Join our Rangers in a Robin Hood V Braveheart day including pipe bands, craft stalls and competitions. Admission to Finlaystone Estate is £4 for adults and £3 for children. This includes access to the Tearoom. | 33

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you’re in good hands… An aesthetically pleasing smile is one that is perceived to have straight, “white” teeth free of unsightly fillings and restorations. These teeth should function well when eating and speaking. To be fair to the makeover industry a lot of what is seen now as destructive dentistry was due in part to the availability of materials which were good enough to predictably deliver the results patients were striving for. This would often result in very aggressive dentistry to straighten, lighten and conceal all at once. This seems like a wonderful solution and after all it would look good BUT at what cost! Extensive restorative work requires that the patient is able to look after it and maintain it to a level where it does not fail after a short time dooming the patient to a lifetime of dental treatment. It is therefore imperative that if advanced work of this nature is carried out that the patient is fully aware of the long term commitment required to keep it clean and free of disease. Nowadays, there has been much advancement in the field of dental materials and treatment protocols allowing us, as dentists, to offer improvements to patient smiles without the destruction of old:

It is almost 20 years since I qualified and a lot has happened in that time in the world of teeth. In dental school we were taught to be as conservative as possible with how we treat teeth. What this means is we, as dentists, should preserve as much natural tooth as possible in order to maintain health, function and aesthetics of our patients teeth and surrounding gums. This is a principle that applies across medicine as a whole. Around ten years ago our televisions were awash with makeover programmes (e.g. ten years younger) which showed people having all sorts of aesthetic enhancements to give them a more youthful look. This was an endemic which was imported from America with the primary aim to achieve nice shiny white teeth….the Hollywood Smile! There is nothing wrong with striving to have shiny white teeth but the problem arises when, in pursuit of this Holy Grail, a lot of destruction is done which will have biological consequences for the patient’s future dental health.

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Straightening teeth: there are many orthodontic systems available on the market which allow us to align teeth to offer significant improvement without even lifting a drill! Lightening teeth: when I qualified the only viable option here was to place porcelain veneers onto the surface of the discoloured tooth to enhance shade. This can now be done with tooth bleaching; a technique which, if carried out by a dental professional, is very simple and can offer significant improvement…again no drill has been lifted! Concealing: old, tired fillings at the front of the mouth or even further back can adversely affect how appealing a smile is. Nowadays, tooth coloured restorations have been advanced so that they have a wide variety of shades and opacities and they can be polished up to give a long lasting lustre. With careful placement they can be blended so the edges, where they join the tooth, become virtually invisible. @clydelifemag

By way of better education the prevention message is getting through and being promoted nationally from a young age (Childsmile). This along with regular check-ups and early detection of problems means dentists can catch and restore teeth at a much earlier stage and hopefully help the generation coming through now to retain their teeth for life. One other area, which I covered in my previous articles, which helps dentists deliver a less aggressive approach is the field of dental implants. If a patient has a space which they need filled, it has been possible for a number of years to do this by way of a titanium screw which is inserted into the gum. This means we can simply deal with the space instead of cutting the teeth on either side of the gap. This is a less destructive approach and should do better in the long term. You will hopefully understand from this article that dentistry, like everything else in the world, is in a constant state of flux, always evolving to satisfy customer demand and embracing technology to deliver the best possible care for our patients. Fergus McClafferty BDS Weir & McClafferty Dental Care is a family dental practice, which has been established for 25 years and is led by sister and brother team Josephine Weir BDS and Fergus McClafferty BDS. They are a mixed practice delivering both National Health Service and private treatment in a modern, fully computerised facility. The practice is centrally located in Gourock town centre with excellent public transport links.

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Top four featured movies for May and June From 15th May:

Godzilla 2D and 3D

The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. From 22nd May:

X-Men Days of Future Past 2D and 3D

From 30th May:

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. From 28th May:


A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.

Other movies for May and June 7th May:

Sabotage 15 Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

9th May:

Bad Neighbours 15 A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

23rd May:

Postman Pat: The Movie U

30th May:

Edge of Tomorrow 12A A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.

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6th June:

Jimmy’s Hall PG Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country’s ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s. 22 Jump St 15 After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Grace of Monaco PG

13th June:

Belle 12A An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle. Devil’s Knot 15 The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Oculus 15 A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

20th June:

The Fault in our Stars 12A Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Jersey Boys TBC The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

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Event Cinema 22nd May

17 June:

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam unleashes his inexhaustible imagination on Berlioz’s dazzling opera Benvenuto Cellini. Following on from his award-winning production of The Damnation of Faust, Gilliam now takes on this extraordinary tale of the infamous 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. With its stunning visual and musical set pieces, Berlioz’s opera is based on the sculptor’s autobiography and tells a story of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity. Featuring some of Berlioz’s most vibrant and tender music, the production will be conducted by ENO’s Music Director Edward Gardner.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

12th June

14th May

A Small Family Business

Henry IV (Part I)

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his fatherin-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

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Terry Gilliam’s Benenuto Cellini

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne

18th June

Henry IV (Part II)

The West End Theatre Series presents Richard Eyre’s “spellbinding” adaptation of GHOSTS by Henrik Ibsen. Helene Alving (Lesley Manville) has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald (Jack Lowden), the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving’s dissolute life.

King Henry’s health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Amongst the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

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May Wojtek The Bear

The View from Shore Street


Imaginate present

Brian Shaw Concerts present

Cheering Carpet

Theatre Objektiv present

The Beacon is perfectly situated in the heart of Inverclyde with spectacular views across the River to the hills of Argyll. In addition to being home to the arts, there are a variety of perfectly formed spaces that can be tailored to your specific needs. The Beacon houses two theatres and specially designed rooms that can adapt to become whatever you need them to be; a rehearsal studio, conference suite, exhibition hall, art gallery or a beautiful wedding venue. From classes or clubs to parties or presentations, everything you need is here. The Beacon’s catering team will ensure that you are well looked after and will provide you with outstanding service for your event. The Bistro uses locally sourced produce, carefully prepared and served by highly trained staff. If you are interested in holding an event in The Beacon please email: or call 01475 723723 for further information.


The Riverview Players present

Wednesday 7th May – 7:30pm £10.00/£8.00 (Concessions)

Dominic Kirwan

Friday 9th May – 7:30pm £18.50 Theatre

The Singing Kettle present

Fantastic Funfair

Saturday 10th May – 1:00pm & 3:30pm £12.00/£44.00 (family of 4)/ £9.00 (Groups 10+) /£14.00 (Parent & Baby) Roll up, roll up for The Singing Kettle’s most amazing adventure yet. Set in the neon-coloured world of Big Wheels, Merry-go-Rounds and Helter Skelters, join Anya, Kevin and Gary as they take a trip round the Fantastic Funfair.

Wednesday 14th May 7:30pm £5.00

Saltbush-Children’s Thursday 15th May 1:00pm & 7:00pm £7.00/£5.00 (Children) Seated on Theatre Stage Big Dance present

The Big Dance Pledge 2014 and Beacon Youth Dance Friday 16th May 1:00pm & 7:00pm Theatre

Free – Big Dance Pledge The Bell Rock Co present

Pirates & Mermaids

Easy Theatres present

Friday 16th May 6:00pm & 8:00pm £10.00 Dutch Gable House

Sunday 11th May 7:30pm £18.50

Greenock Medical Aid Society present

Tromolo Productions present

Saturday 17th May 7:30pm £15.00

Magic of Motown

Biding Time (Remix)

Peter Morrison

Monday 12th May 7:30pm £10.00/£8.00 (Concessions)

Sidelines Productions present

Seated on Stage

Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th May 7:30pm each night & 2:00pm matinee on 24th £16.00 (£12.00 concession on Matinee)


Sunshine on Leith

Imaginate present



Rapture Theatre & Mull Theatre present

Uncle Varick

Tuesday 13th May 7:30pm £12.00/£10.00 (Concessions) Celebrations


The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep SeaExplorer

Thursday 22nd May 1:30pm & 7:00pm £7.00/£5.00 (children)


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Arts Centre


Robert C Kelly and Martin Lynch present

51 Shades of Maggie Sunday 25th May – 7:30pm £20.00

Bugsy Malone

Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st May 7:30pm each night with 2:30pm matinee on 31st £10.00/£8.00 (Concessions)

Jamie MacDougall Saturday 31st May 7:30pm £14.00/£12.00 (concessions)

June Written by Leesa Harker Fifty One Shades of Maggie is the #1 bestselling spoof play of 50 Shades of Grey. This hilarious newplay, full of naughty bits, will have you laughing out loud.

Palm Court Mondays Monday 26th May & Monday 23rd June 4:15pm

Sounds of the 70’s

Thursday 5th June 7:30pm £5.00 Unlimited Theatre & Bush Theatre present

Money – The Game Show

The Beacon Bistro offers casual dining, not just pre-theatre, but every day and evening, making it the ideal place to meet with friends or family for a drink or to enjoy a relaxing breakfast lunch or dinner. Choose from morning coffee, afternoon teas, handcrafted pastries, light lunches, all day dining and supper menus.

Thursday 5th June 7:30pm £10.00/£8.00

Beacon Bistro Tea, cake and music from pupils of Inverclyde Schools. Zendeh present


Wednesday 28th May 7:30pm £12.00/£10.00

HEART is an explosive mix of political thriller and a passionate love story; a dynamic cocktail of physical theatre and performance poetry. As the British and American orchestrated coup d’état Operation Boot destabilises a nation, an intoxicating love triangle unravels.

Casino and Queenie used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. Now, in an inspired - or desperate - career move, they’ve turned to performance art to share their stories of how to make (and lose) billions from economic downturn. Mad About Promotions present

Love Changes Everything

Friday 6th June 2:30pm & 7:30pm £17.50/£16.00 (concessions)/£13.00 (Matinee)

Pure Imagination Saturday 7th June 7:00pm £10.00 Broomberry Drive present

Sound of the 60’s Thursday 12th June 8:00pm £5.00

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Highland Games season begins at Gourock Sunday 11th May marks the start of Scotland’s Highland Games season. For, that’s the day Gourock Highland Games in Inverclyde takes place. The Gourock games, held in the town’s Gourock Park, is widely considered to be the first games of the Scottish season. It’s the first games after the winter, and is the first ‘run out’ for many of Scotland’s pipe bands before they set out on their Scottish, World and European championships.

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events ; mini highland games; children’s entertainment; food, gift and craft stalls all set against the backdrop of the Firth of Clyde and Argyll hills beyond.

Event Details:

The first Gourock Highland Games was held on Saturday 21st July 1956 to celebrate the official opening of the new playing fields at Gourock Park. It was considered that a Highland Gathering would have a wider appeal, particularly to women and children, than a sports meeting. The playing fields were opened by Scottish Rugby’s John Bannerman, and the Games were presided over by Chieftain Colonel Duncan Darroch, Laird of Gourock. Indeed, the Darroch family presided over the Games for the next thirty years or so. At this year’s Gourock Highland Games, now in their 58th year, there’ll be pipe band and drum major competitions; highland dance competitions; heavyweight

Tickets: Available on the gate. Prices are £5 (adult) £3 (concession) and £14 (family ticket 2 adults + 2 children). Under 5s go free. Social media: GourockHighlandGames     Getting there/transport/parking:  Gourock Park, George Road, Gourock, Inverclyde PA16 1YT Nearby train stations - Gourock, Fort Matilda and Branchton and there are regular bus services. Car parking is in the grounds of St Ninian’s Primary School, which is located about 500 yards from the main arena at a charge of £2.50.









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s e l i F E L Y T S The What makes a well dressed woman?

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In conclusion, be brutally honest with yourself, spend more on less, buying the best quality clothes and accessories you can, pay special attention to how your clothes fit and hang, play to your good points while disguising the not so good and last but not least - dress age appropriately - if the days of wearing a mini skirt have gone- then let it go. Have a clear out and take the chance to edit your wardrobe, donating clothes past their sell by date to the nearest charity shop.   Let your new elegance shine - you know it makes sense.  An elegant overall look applies to your make up as well, and a little goes a long way.  You should be aiming for a polished and well groomed look and a little primer mixed with a light foundation should give you the right effect.  Subtly defined eyes and a natural healthy glow on the cheeks are what’s required - you could try Nars blusher in Orgasm, I’ve just recently found it again after too long a break and I wonder why on earth I left it.   Finish off with groomed eyebrows and a natural lip.   Lovely! @clydelifemag

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We all know a woman who is effortlessly well dressed, a woman who looks elegant and polished without appearing to try too hard. This is exactly the desired effect but unless you are a supermodel with an army of stylists at your disposal it does not come without some considerable (but well worth it) work. Looking around, what makes one woman appear a picture of elegance while another, (spending the same money and able to make the same choices) by contrast is wearing a haphazard mix of prints, styles and ill fitting clothes?  It’s all about finding your own signature style then only wearing clothes which look really good on you, which fit impeccably, are flattering and relatively understated.   French women seem to have dressing down to a fine art. Not big on impulse shopping they buy selectively, and always with their existing wardrobe in mind.  Ideally your wardrobe should be arranged by season and colour, so you can see immediately what you have and then can easily mix and match. If, for example you don’t like your upper arms, then don’t show them!  Wear something which covers them and it will show in your confidence and attitude.  Elegant women know this and with their well organised wardrobes carrying only clothes which they are confident wearing, means that therefore they can only look their best at all times.

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Style expert Marilyn Thompson, who runs The Fashion Class, shares some tips for looking amazing this spring.

Toilet Training Toilet training is one of the eagerly awaited times in a toddler’s life, parents either fear it or embrace it – or both? Mariessa Devlin of Enchanted Forest Nurseries discusses some of the key points

Try to view toilet training in a positive light, as a time of growth and new experience for your child. The first thing to remember is there is no hard-andfast rule that children should be toilet trained by a certain time, so do not worry if your friend’s child is in pants quicker than yours. Do not succumb to peer or family pressure, commence toilet training when your child is ready – they will guide you. Too early can be detrimental to the child. The key is to watch for signs that your child is ready.  Most (but not all) children show signs between 18 and 24 months. Taking account that you should be looking for signs rather than age – these include your child’s ability to: ■ Follow simple instructions ■ Use words associated with the toileting process e.g. toilet, peepee, pants, wet, poo ■ Express a need to go verbally ■ Keep a nappy dry for two hours or more ■ Get to the potty, sit on it or ask to go to the toilet ■ Try to remove nappy ■ Show an interest in using a potty or going to the toilet   Before you embark on the actual toilet training, start to gently prepare your child by:  ■ Using words to express the act of using the toilet (pee, poo, potty) ■ Asking your child to let you know when their nappy is wet or soiled ■ Identifying behaviours (are you doing a pee-pee?)  so that your child can learn to recognize the sensation ■ Let your child come into the toilet with you and discuss what you are doing there   You may want to delay starting the process if you are: ■ travelling on holiday to a new place ■ Moving house ■ Starting nursery Clyde Life Magazine


■ When your child is unwell ■ Around the time of the birth of a


■ Ask your child to tell you if their

nappy is wet or soiled

■ Use stickers and a reward chart,

offering small rewards

■ When your child is moving from

■ Don’t make your child sit for the

■ During significant family

■ Set routines, for example you

their cot to a bed

events, e.g. separations, death in the family etc.

The best time to start toilet training is when the child’s environment is stable and secure, that way toilet training will form a new part of their daily routine. The key to success is being prepared: ■ Have numerous sets of pants available  ■ If you are going out, pack a large number of entire changes of clothes ■ If your child attends a childminder/ nursery ensure you pack a number of changes (at least 5 for each day)   One of my favourite tips is to focus on your child’s favourite toy/ character.  So for example if this is Postman Pat, then buy associated character underwear and create a simple reward chart with the character included. It is good to discuss with your child that they are going to keep ‘Postman Pat’ dry.  I always encourage parents to progress from nappies straight to pants, as I believe the sensation of wearing a ‘pull-up’ is too similar to that of a nappy.  Some parents also opt to go straight to the toilet – if your child attends nursery, then the bonus is that low-level toilets are available.   Final top tips: ■ Make the experience as positive as possible, with lots of praise ■ Never show your child that you are frustrated ■ Take your child to the shop to buy the essentials (e.g. potty, toilet seat, underwear etc)

toilet against their will

may want to begin toilet training by having your child sit on the potty 45 minutes to an hour after drinking lots of fluid. ■ Have your child sit on the potty within 15 to 30 minutes after meals to take advantage of the body’s natural tendency to have a bowel movement after eating ■ For boys who are ready to stand up, encourage ‘target practice’ – I always suggest using some cereal that floats for the child to aim for ■ Be willing to clean up, accidents do happen ■ Ensure that anyone who looks after your child (childminder, nursery, family members) follow your routine and use the same names for body parts and toileting ■ Avoid complicated clothing during toilet training – dungarees, vests that snap underneath etc. ■ Only put your child on the potty (or toilet) for a few minutes a couple of times a day and let your child get up if he or she wants to. The most important factor is to ensure that you praise your child for all toilet training attempts. Even during the challenging days (for you) – you must remain upbeat. Give the toilet training some assigned time by undertaking it when you are off work on a long weekend or for a few days.  A few days of staying at home and suffering from ‘cabin fever’ is worth it to give your child the right start. Remember, teaching toilet training to a toddler is not an overnight experience, with the process often taking between three and six months, with being dry at night taking longer. One step at a time... | 45

Brown Bin Collections are Back Inverclyde’s fortnightly garden waste collections have now fully resumed for the spring and summer months. Councillor McCormick said “As the gardening season gets underway, I am sure Inverclyde’s green fingered residents will make good use of their brown bins to recycle their garden waste.” Did you know that the garden waste collected from the brown bins is converted into compost which householders can uplift from Pottery Street Recycling Centre during the summer months on purchase of a reusable bag. Householders are requested to place their brown bins beside their blue bins by 7.00 am on their regular recycling collection day. Polythene bags and plastic items should not be placed in brown bins. If you have any questions about what can be put in your brown bin then please contact the Recycling Helpline on 01475 715901.

Councillor Michael McCormick

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• Dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt • Eggs, raw and cooked, including shells • Fish, raw and cooked, including bones • Fruit and vegetables, including peelings • Meat, raw and cooked, including bones • Bread, cakes and pastries • Rice, pasta and beans • Tea bags and coffee grounds Out of date food still in packaging can also be deposited in your outdoor food waste container. Please place your outdoor food waste container on the kerbside by 7.00 every week on your regular collection day.


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