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Early Years in the Countryside St Columba’s is delighted about the positive response to our new Early Years offering for children aged 3 and 4 years, which will begin in August 2015. We believe that this new service will support children’s earliest school experiences, nurture their love of learning and set the groundwork for his or her future development. Fun, confidence and a sense of security are at the heart of everything we do, but our teacher-led experience also ensures that children benefit from a tailor-made programme that suits their personal needs and are well-prepared for the transition to Junior 1.

While the core programme takes place in the morning, our flexible wraparound provision means that care is available from 7.45am – 6pm. We are fortunate indeed to enjoy a rural setting where children can enjoy fresh air and green spaces during their school day. The outdoor environment will soon be even better - to allow us to make the most of the leafy campus both for play and learning, improvements to the Junior School playground have started during the Easter break and are expected to finish in August. Senior School was also far from quiet when work started on our science block, where major upgrading of the existing science faculty has begun to create six modern laboratories and to make improvements to the fabric of the building. If you would like to find out more about how your child will benefit or to arrange a taster visit, please call us on 01505 872768 or go to earlyyears.st-columbas. org. We’d love to show you what makes St Columba’s so very special.

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Daisy dispels the fear of birth… one positive movement at a time An active antenatal class, designed to dispel the fear of birth, is launching in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde and aims to support and educate pregnant women in a ground-breaking way. Daisy Birthing, a Social Enterprise programme run by the Daisy Foundation, provides antenatal education with a difference – using gentle flowing movements and breathing techniques that not only work on hidden muscles key for birthing, but promote muscle memory that makes birthing more instinctive. Lynne Barrowman, the local teacher for Daisy Birthing in Renfrewshire & Inverclyde, decided to train to teach the classes following her own positive experience with Daisy Birthing last year. Speaking today, Lynne said: “I had my two sons in my early 20s, and after a 13 year gap decided to try for a little girl. To say I was scared about labour would be an understatement! I got induced with both boys and had a bit of a tough time and dreaded the idea of being induced again. “I was told about Daisy Birthing by a friend who had a great experience, and the classes I attended completely opened my eyes to pregnancy and labour, and I learned so much that made so much sense! “When it came to my labour day the breathing techniques

kept me so focused throughout – so much so that I managed on only two paracetamol! I’m now so passionate about what I’ve learned that I decided to train to teach it for myself. I really want to share my amazing experience and to help other mums to be become more aware of how they can help themselves and make it a positive experience”. All birth choices are supported and classes educate women not only about active birth but also relaxation, medical inductions and interventions, to promote a more positive pregnancy and birth. Classes can be adapted for women of all shapes and sizes, and for those with pregnancy-related medical conditions. Lynne’s classes will take place over a 6 week block, and will take place in Erskine on a Wednesday evening and Port Glasgow on a Saturday morning. These can be booked by contacting Lynne on telephone number 07939 675018 or email lynne-barrowman@thedaisyfoundation.com. More information of Daisy Birthing can be found at www.thedaisyfoundation.com

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See Take That’s sold out 2015 tour, which promises to be their most spectacular yet, broadcast live to The Waterfront Cinema via satellite on Friday 19 June at 8.20pm. In combining the legendary production values of their live shows with the state of the art sound and vision of the cinema, this exclusive event promises to be a “must see” for music fans of all ages. Take That are the biggest UK male vocalist group of the last two decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide and more than 7 million concert tickets. Now a trio, the band will be running through their extensive back catalogue of hits such as ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Rule the World’ and ‘Patience’ and are sure to thrill with their impressive showmanship. The band holds the record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK. The Take That Live 2015 Tour sold out almost instantly on the day that tickets were released, with additional dates also sold out. Don’t miss your chance to see it here! Tickets cost £15 and are available from box office or online, it really is the perfect excuse for a big night out!

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The Beaux Stratagem (NTLive) Thursday 3rd September at 7pm (£10.00/£12.00) Aida on Sydney Harbour (CinemaLive) Tuesday 15th September (£18.00) Coriolanus (NTLive) Thursday 24th September at 7pm (£10.00/£12.00)

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The bee is an incredible bio-indicator, a true barometer measuring the quality of our environment. While shuttling back and forth between the beehive and its natural surroundings, the bee takes stock of the health status of ecosystems by performing a biopsy of all it gathers. Plants, water, soil, air particles; everything that surrounds us is, in part, taken as a sample by the bees, which provides us with an imprint of the environment. The last twenty years have seen a decline in bee populations. This imprint is disturbing, symptomatic of the environment’s sick state, a diagnosis that reveals the repercussions and consequences this decline will have on human life and biodiversity on a planetary scale. At Ivy Cottage Dental Practice our 2 bee colonies have been helping the gardens of Inverkip bloom with 2 active hives providing enough Bees to pollenate a 3 mile radius. The Hives are maintained and harvested by our good friend and enthusiastic bee advocate Warren Bader of Plan Bee Ltd. Most businesses now have subscribed to the importance of social responsibility and as part of the Clyde Dental Groups overall approach, Ivy Cottage is playing an important role. At Ivy Cottage we pride ourselves on providing dentistry in an environment that is a bit different from your average high street dental practice. Our relaxed village cottage feel provides a welcoming and relaxing environment great for anxious patients, families and people new to the area looking for a dentist. Feel free to come and see our bees, have a look around and get a feel for the place. We also have a fantastic team of dental nurses buzzing around reception who would be more than happy to help with any questions regarding treatments, registration or bee related enquiries!

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Wickerman Festival 2015 Scotland’s Iconic Family Friendly Music Extravaganza! three of music’s most iconic names to its 2015 line-up. The hugely popular pop-rock band Squeeze, Scottish superstar Lulu and seminal punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke will be taking centre stage alongside recently announced The Waterboys, Tom Odell and Example & DJ Wire.

Boldly mixing established, emerging and retro artists, the Wickerman Festival (24th & 25th July) is one of Scotland’s leading independent music festivals, attracting music lovers from all over the UK. Its nine stages present an eclectic and often surprising mix of leading artists as well as alternative acts and up and coming talent. From dance and electronica, to rock, indie, reggae and punk, Wickerman prides itself on catering for every music taste. Wickerman is turning up the heat this summer with the addition of

It is one of the friendliest festivals in Scotland and with hundreds of music-loving families in attendance each year, there’s a host of cool kids entertainment and activities on offer. The festival site is a working farm in picturesque Dumfries and Galloway; its rolling hills, lush forests and fresh country air make for a refreshing vibe. It is also where the classic 1973 Wicker Man film was made – the inspiration for the festival’s name. Now in its fourteenth year, the twoday Festival will once again come to its legendary and spectacular climax with the Saturday night lighting of the Wickerman.

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Sit back and enjoy something long and cool

Summer is when your hard work comes to fruition and you can enjoy the beauty of the greenery and flowers you’ve worked so hard to bring to maturity. But there are always jobs for the busy gardener, the least of which is mowing your lawn, and general lawn maintenance. This is just the time to get that compost heap started. Don’t put woody things in it though, or brassica rubbish. Burn such things and add the ash to the heap. Remember all your organic kitchen rubbish is good, as are grass cuttings, dead headings and other leafy matter. Keep the heap under control within some sort of restraint such as chicken wire round four posts, or a brick or wooden wall on three sides. Build it up in layers at least 6 inches deep and water each well before adding the next layer. Activator helps get things moving, (see your garden centre), and turning the heap, sides to middle, also helps the process of decomposition. Finished compost should be dark, soft, crumbly, and sweet smelling. When it’s ready, use it as a nourishing mulch, digging into the soil, or as a liner in planting holes for new shrubs and trees. Dead-heading is essential for all continuously flowering plants throughout the summer. Roses especially must have the spent flowers removed or the strength of the plant will go into seed formation. Shrubs in general also benefit from dead flowers being removed. If you want some seeds leave just a few Clyde Life Magazine

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on the wheel and vice versa. The system is fast and extremely accurate and customers will immediately notice that their car is much smoother to drive.

Auto-Tec won Greenock Chamber Of Commerce Bees Knees Award for “best Use of technology or Innovation” but it is not resting on its laurels.

Auto-Tec also brings to Inverclyde Hunter’s most advanced 4-wheel Alignment System. This technology enables Auto-Tec to offer a 90 second quick check service FREE to all new and existing customers. Following the check expert staff discuss the results with the customer and any recommended adjustments.

Auto-Tec founder Robert McKenzie who owns the company with his son says you cannot pull the wool over customers’ eyes. The company has just installed the world’s most advanced tyre and wheel balancing equipment. The Hunter system was imported from the USA and Auto-Tec is one of only four garages in Scotland with this level of technology – the others hold franchises for three of the world’s most desirable car brands. The new equipment simulates a road-test and the customer is then taken through a printout which clearly shows problems, if they exist. The next step is for the system to match high spots on the tyre with low spots

Auto-Tec’s new tyre equipment has been introduced just a year after the company installed its state-of-the-art Autologic vehicle diagnostics system. This technology, normally only available to franchised dealers means Auto-Tec can offer a comprehensive diagnostics check for only £65+VAT Auto-Tec’s Autologic system covers a variety of manufacturers including Land Rover, Mercedes, Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, Jaguar, Skoda, Volvo, Audi, Renault, Porsche,

Volkswagen, Seat and Bentley. No longer do you have to travel out of Inverclyde for servicing or fault finding because there is no local dealer. This saves customers time, inconvenience and most importantly money since Auto-Tec’s labour rates are lower than franchised garages. Employing around twenty staff Auto-Tec is a one-stop garage covering all aspects of the private and business customers’ requirements including wheel alignment and tracking, accident damage repairs, paintwork rectification and tyres at competitive prices. Auto-Tec’s recovery fleet can manage a vehicle up to heavy commercial and operates both locally and throughout the UK. Auto-Tec’s significant and ongoing investment in the latest technology is reflected in the fast that the company pays more than £10,000 per annum for technology system licensing and software updates.

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Wedding Fair

Sunday 4th October 2015, 12 noon - 5pm At The Chartroom, Kip Marina, Inverkip

Clyde Life, in association with Kip Marina is producing the Clyde LifeStyle Autumn Wedding Fair, set within the stunning grounds of Kip Marina at the Chartroom Restaurant. Our beautiful marquee, overlooking the pontoon, will house wedding specialists from throughout Inverclyde. If you are getting married in 2016 or beyond, come along and meet a wide range of local wedding industry specialists that offer products and services to help you plan the perfect wedding day. Photographers • Wedding Stationery • Bridal Wear • Highland Wear Cakes • Wedding Cars • Musicians • Jewellery • Caterers • Marquees Hair & Beauty • Honeymoons and more… There will be a glass of fizz awaiting your arrival, canapès and entry into a special prize draw. It will be a day to remember – just what every bride wants! And if you are in the wedding industry and would like to book a stand with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Sunny and warm South Africa awaits you……

South Africa, in particular the beautiful lands around the Cape, should feature at the top of every discerning traveller’s wish list. Enjoy the spectacular views of Table Mountain in Cape Town, or sample the wine from the famous vineyards of Franschoek and Stellenbosch, not far from the city. Travel on to view the wildlife and natural beauty along the Garden Route and finish your holiday at a malaria-free luxury game reserve. Or include a visit to the grandfather of all game reserves at the Kruger National Park. Apart from the excellent food, wine and warm hospitality, South Africa offers outstanding value for money. Feedback from one of my Clients on their 16 night holiday to South Africa, including Cape Town, Garden Route and Malaria Free Game Reserve. This itinerary is ideal for couples, honeymooners or families seeking great accommodation, a leisurely itinerary and hassle free game viewing.

Cape Town - We enjoyed staying near the waterfront - great range of restaurants and good shopping mall on a wet day! Also easy access to Robben Island Tour and other Tours; (Red and Blue bus tours worthwhile including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We visited Cape Point and Boulder to see the penguins on the way to Stellenbosch. Cape Point is spectacular. Stellenbosch - The wine tram great tour. Choice of 6 vineyards to visit. Hermanus - Great hotel right on the front. Worth buying binoculars to see the whales. Good cliff top walks from town. A few nice eating places. The Burgundy restaurant was great for both dinner and breakfast. Oudtshoorn - Great drive through the mountains. Stopped off for lunch at Barrysdale - little place in the mountains. Visited ostrich farm and cango caves. Both quite touristy but interesting. Didn›t have time to see the Meerkats!

Plettenberg Bay - Great views from hotel and coastline. Good walks along beach and cliffs. Can recommend the 5km walk round Robberg Island, the views were amazing. Saw seals and dolphins. Also went to visit a bird sanctuary nearby.  Pumba Game Reserve - Fantastic accommodation. We did all 8 drives and very worthwhile doing them all. Ranger was very knowledgeable and shared lots of facts and lots of stories. We got to see many different animals up close; white lions, elephants, cheetahs, wildebeest, impala, warthogs, giraffes, zebra. Many other animals and birds... Fantastic experience. Driving in South Africa was easy. Our tour was a perfect mixture of scenery and visits. We felt like we saw it all..!  Thank you again for a wonderful holiday.

For much more information on holidays to South Africa please don’t hesitate to contact me. – this particular example the cost was £3227 per person (July 14 booking) including 4 nights Full Board Safari with Game Drives and 12 nights at 4 & 5 star hotels, flights, transfers and car hire where required.

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What’s On What’s On Wh Classes | Group Meetings | Regular Events and Local Member Clubs

Classes groups and local clubs

Clyde Life publishes details of classes, groups and clubs located within the magazine distribution area. If you are looking for new members or want to publicise an event please let us know. To be included in the magazine and on the website please send details to charles@clydelife.co.uk.

Health and Wellbeing Classes

Yoga and Meditation Teacher: Joanna Ritchie, Birsay Holistics 07518 373 073 Email birsayholistics@gmail.com Mon 9.30am and 8pm Skelmorlie Tues  10am, 6pm and 7.45pm  Gourock Wed  6pm  Wemyss Bay Thurs 10am Largs, 6pm  Gourock,  8pm Largs Fri  6.30pm  Meditation Skelmorlie Sat  8.45am Largs Yoga for all levels Instructor: Jacqueline Gibson 07851 735357 Email - jacqueline_a_g@hotmail.com Tues 9.30-10.30am Wed 5.15-6.15pm Fri 9.30-10.30am All in Kilmacolm Yoga for all levels Instructor: Patricia A. Ralston SYTA (Reg) 01475 785685 Tues 7.45 - 9.15pm Finnart St Pauls Church Hall, Bentinck Street, Greenock. Beginners Yoga Instructor:  Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950 Tues & Thurs 10:00 to 11:30 Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir Thurs 7:00p-8:30pm Scout Hall, Horsewood Road, Bridge of Weir Yoga and Meditation Instructor: Janis Binnie 07813 924922 janis@santosa.co.uk Wed 6.30 - 8.30 pm Kilmacolm Community Centre

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Pilates (all levels) Instructor - Jenn Forbes 07713 643693 | hello@forbespilates.com | Facebook forbespilates Wednesday 8pm Dazzles, 1 George Square ,Greenock, PA15 1PQ Mats provided, just come along in something warm that you can move freely in Classes are £8 individually or £40 for a 6-week block. Private tuition also available

Other Classes

The Fashion Class Fashion Courses for children & teens, age 8-15. Call Marilyn Thompson on 07793 591524 or visit www.thefashionclass.co.uk for more information.

Community Council Meetings

Kilmacolm & Quarrier’s CC Last Tuesday every month at 7:30pm Kilmacolm Community Centre www.kilmacolmcc.co.uk Houston CC 3rd Wednesday every month at 7:30pm Carrick Centre, Houston Everyone is welcome.

Regular Meetings of Local Clubs

Greenock Camera Club Every Thursday at 7:30pm Westburn Church Halls, Nelson St, Greenock www.greenockcameraclub.com Inverclyde Camera Club Every Friday at 7.30pm Cardwell Bay Sailing Club, Cove Road, Gourock Ann-Marie Westwood on 07971607453 inverclydecameraclub@live.com Fort Matilda Bridge Club Meets Monday, Tuesday & Friday 7pm Visitors always welcome Tarbet Street, Gourock (turn right at Bluebird cafe on the main road. The club is on the right hand side opposite ‘Duncan’s Ices’) Ann MacLeod (Secretary): 01475 720044 annmacleod@btinternet.com

Inverkip and Wemyss Bay CC 1st Thursday every month at 7pm Inverkip Primary School or Wemyss Bay Primary School www.inverkip-wemyssbaycc.co.uk Cardwell Bay & Greenock West CC 2nd Wednesday every month at 7:30pm Cardwell Bay Sailing Club www.cbagwcc.cloudaccess.net @clydelifemag


hat’s On What’s On What’s O Featured Club: Fort Matilda Tennis Club

Fort Matilda Tennis Club is situated on Newark Street, close to Fort Matilda Train Station. The Club has four artificial grass courts, in very good condition and has recently benefitted from the addition of floodlights to three courts. CVS Inverclyde assisted in sourcing funding to help the club to pay for the installation of the lights. The club is grateful for funding provided to pay for the lights. It received £20,900 from Sport Scotland’s Active Places Fund, £4,000 from Inverclyde Council’s Grants to Voluntary Organisations, and £11,500 from an anonymous donor. The Club has regular social tennis for members, four times per week. Nonmembers may also join in on Monday evenings for a small fee. There is also

Local Clubs

The Ardgowan Club

Ardgowan Square, Greenock The club exists to encourage, foster and develop the sports of Bowling and Tennis throughout the Inverclyde area. The Club has 2 bowling greens and 4 all-weather surface tennis courts, set in beautiful garden surroundings. Further information can be found on the club website www. ardgowanclub.co.uk or by contacting Gilbert McCracken or Dougie Warnock at the Club t: 01475 723418 Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE 01475 723260 The Club also has an active social calendar with a monthly Folk night, sporting event functions and seasonal themed events. More information and can be found at www.rwsabc.co.uk Clyde Life Magazine

coaching for children of various age groups on Saturday mornings and Monday after-school coaching will begin shortly. Fort Matilda Tennis Club also holds Easter and Summer Tennis Camps for school children during the school holidays. Adult coaching will also be arranged for the summer months. The Club enters teams into the West of Scotland Leagues, with a wide variety of categories in line with our broad range of members and skill levels. There is also an annual Club Championships tournament, and in addition there is a Handicap Doubles Tournament which encourages members of all abilities to take part. We also have various events throughout the year. Greenock Cricket Club Brisbane St, Greenock The club exists to encourage, foster and develop the sports of cricket and squash throughout the Inverclyde area. Membership is open to all age groups. Anyone interested in joining should email the Secretary brian.papworth@talktalk.net

Garden Open Days

Scotland’s Gardens facilitates the opening of gardens throughout Scotland, not usually open to the public.

Membership costs are very reasonable, and we would welcome anyone interested to come and try the facilities before joining. Details of our club, coaching and contact information can be found on our website at www.fortmatildatennis.org Upcoming Club Events Summer Coffee Morning Saturday 6th June at 10am (open to non-members) Great British Tennis Weekend (non-members) Saturday 13th June at 12:45pm. Bookable online: www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/ Jimmy Mitchell Handicap Doubles Tournament Saturday 20th June 1:45pm (members only)

14th June, 2-5pm Duchal PA13 4RS Entry:£4 Eighteenth century walled garden particularly well planted and maintained, entered by footbridge over the Greenwater. Specie trees, hollies, old fashioned roses, shrubs and herbaceous borders with fruit orchards and vegetable garden. In aid of Ardgowan Hospice and other SGS charites.

7th June 2-5pm Quarrier’s Village. Craigends Avenue PA11 3SQ Entry:£4 Adjacent gardens in Craigends Avenue ranging from a cottage style with raised borders and vegetable plot to a wellstocked informal family garden with a miniature steam railway, to a Japanese style garden. Train rides weather-permitting. In aid of Gardeners’ Leave and other SGS charities www.clydelife.co.uk | 25


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Food, glorious food Experience Inverkip’s newest bistro…

Indulge in the finest, freshest food, from gastro-style soup to Aberdeen Angus Steaks with chunky hand-cut chips, Monkfish, Queen Scallops – just a few dishes to tempt your tastebuds. An ever-evolving menu, changing with the seasons to bring you the best in local produce. Call in or check us out on Facebook and Trip Advisor! Here’s what our happy diners have to say… ‘We came in for dinner - food was fantastic; really fresh, tasty & reasonably priced. The staff were friendly & welcoming and the atmosphere was relaxed. We look forward to coming back!’ Ruth Elder. ‘Have eaten at the Kipper three times already and the food is delicious. The staff and service is also great. Fish dishes are perfect especially the seafood chowder’ Helen Canata.

Monday till Thursday 10am till 9pm Friday and Saturday 10am till 10pm Sunday 12pm till 4pm Food served 10am till 2:30pm then 5pm till close

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A glimpse of Inverclyde’s Whether you fancy a quick bite, a romantic lunch or a slap-up family feast, Inverclyde is just the place to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink. Scottish fare with a contemporary twist can be found in a number of popular eateries. Enjoy good Scottish food with fantastic views over the Kip Marina at the Chartroom Restaurant in Inverkip. Inverkip’s new Kipper Bistro is run by Gastro-pub owners Lesley and Mike. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks and Scottish cuisine is their speciality. Along the road in Wemyss Bay you’ll find the recently refurbished McCaskie’s at the Seaview Cafe Bistro, which also serves a range of quality food, from light snacks to full dinners. The Gleddoch House Hotel in Langbank features in the Michelin Guide and prides itself on the quality of its international cuisine and superb wine list. The international theme is continued along Greenock’s West Blackhall Street where you have a choice of establishments including Twist, Cafe Balfe, Morgans and Arlecchino. The latter is one of a number of popular Italian restaurants in the area. Residents of Gourock are fortunate to have a number of fine eating places within a short distance – these include The Cafe Continental, One Cove Road, Fusion and Bath Street Arches. Scots wasted no time in acquiring a taste for Oriental cuisine and Inverclyde is no exception. The area is home to a number of fine Indian restaurants including the Taj Mahal in Gourock, Priya’s Palace and the Delhi Deluxe in Greenock. @clydelifemag


Win a Meal for Two Courtesy of … The Chartroom

eating places Popular Chinese restaurants in the area include the Pak Lee, the Cathay Royale and the China Garden. Further into the countryside, Kilmacolm is home to the Wild Flour, and the newly opened Saffron Indian restaurant. For great value meals, special promotions and deals, visit the James Watt in Greenock’s Cathcart Street, the Waterwheel in Port Glasgow or Hungry Horse at Tail o’ the Bank at the East India Harbour. Add to this a plethora of cafes, chippies, kebab shops – and of course McDonalds and Burger King, and you will find that all tastes are catered for in Inverclyde.

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In celebration of Scotland’s Homecoming Year of Food and Drink, we have teamed up with The Chartroom Restaurant to give our readers the chance to win a delicious 3-course meal for 2! Indulge in a sumptuous starter a mouthwatering main course and delectable dessert! Created by the Chartroom’s team of professional chefs. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize is answer the following question: The Chartroom is situated within Kip Marina, which plays host to which major event in October (9th-11th). To enter, visit www.clydelife.co.uk, click on ‘competitions’ and follow the instructions from there. Closing date Friday 10th July. Good luck!

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House call for first-time buyers

How to get on to the property ladder ■ Speak to your bank or building society or an independent financial advisor about how much you may be able to borrow. This will depend on salary or income – joint income if you are buying with a partner - and credit rating among other things. Don’t overstretch yourself and remember there are additional costs such as deposit, legal fees, survey fees, removal costs and Land and Building Transaction Tax for properties at the upper end of the market. You should aim to get an Agreement in Principle from your lender. ■ Choose the type of mortgage that’s right for you – Fixed Rate, Variable or Tracker. This is a choice you should make after detailed discussions with your financial adviser. ■ Appoint a solicitor to handle the legal aspects of the sale. Many solicitors operate in the property market and may be able to help you choose an appropriate property. ■ Having established your price range, it’s time to start pounding the pavements, reading the property columns – or hitting the internet. Just enter your price range and location you are after and see what emerges. ■ Check the Home Report. In Scotland, houses for sale have to be marketed with a a Single Survey pack that contains an assessment by a surveyor of the condition of the home, a valuation and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.

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An Energy Report contains an assessment by a surveyor of the energy efficiency of the home and its environmental impact. It also recommends ways to improve its energy efficiency; A Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller of the home. It contains additional information about the home, such as Council Tax banding and factoring costs that will be useful to buyers. ■ The property will either by fixed price or offers over a certain figure. As this point you will probably have to arrange for your own survey for your lender’s benefit. ■ Assuming funds are in place, the first fixed price bid at the figure requested will usually succeed. In the offers-over situation, you have to make an assessment of what the local market is like, and this is where your solicitor or estate agent can come in handy. ■ Once you have made an offer and it has been accepted, you need to get your mortgage approved. ■ Every element of the agreement between you and the seller has to be negotiated, agreed and clearly set down in the contract, known in Scotland as the ‘missives’ ■ Negotiate a date of entry and arrange for your flitting. ■ Inform appropriate parties such as bank, doctor, utilities, employer, TV licence etc of your change of address. @clydelifemag


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Scotland’s newest limited edition children’s fashion brand:

Enchanted Forest and Friends Stylish and on-trend with a little extra magic, limited edition children’s clothing and accessories range Enchanted Forest and Friends is the next big thing in children’s fashion. Founded by Bernie Devlin, a father himself, Enchanted Forest and Friends is a Scottish based company whose brand ethos focuses on adventure, creativity and exploration for young children. Bernie, who is co-founder of Enchanted Forest Early Learning Nurseries with wife Mariessa, had always thought about the possibilities that lay behind the door of the Enchanted Forest logo and it was the birth of his longawaited for daughter Róisín that inspired his move into something new- children’s fashion. Bringing with him valuable knowledge and experience in the childcare sector and taking inspiration from his beautiful daughter, Bernie knew what he wanted to bring to the children’s clothing market. Bernie’s vision coupled with the team’s understanding of parents makes the Enchanted Forest and Friends range so special – with the added benefit that children are finding new ‘best friends’ within the range.

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Combining style, durability, high quality and affordability this 18m-5yrs clothing range is designed with precious little people in mind. The boys and girls ranges capture the imagination of young children by allowing them to follow the adventures of five endearing characters: Bertie Blue Tit, Humbellina Bumblebee, Zed Fox, Miss Bun Bun and Sirrell Squirrel as they journey through the Enchanted Forest. What’s more, the brand also boasts an interactive website which includes free downloadable activities for you and your little one to enjoy together. In the limited edition Spring/Summer collection you will find adorable clothes, competitive prices and excellent quality with lightweight, soft shorts and leggings, a range of t-shirts and hooded zippers. For those rainy Scottish days, wellington boots are available and come inside a magical box that doubles as an activity centre providing a range of outdoor activities. To complete the look, our best-selling Zed Fox and Miss Bun Bun travel companion, a character backpack which comes with pillow, blanket and detachable reins…..but most importantly allows young children a special place to store their belongings. Bernie comments: “Quite simply, the idea of what could lie behind the Enchanted Forest door coupled with Róisín’s and her adventures with a soft bunny inspired me on my own journey of discovery and that is how Enchanted Forest and Friends was born.” As a parent, Bernie’s hard work is already paying off with fantastic feedback, reviews, blogs and high levels of press coverage near and far. So if you are looking for something special for your little one that will last through many an adventure, visit the online store and get your own piece of Enchanted Forest and Friends magic: www.enchantedforestandfriends.com Twitter: #followthefriends @EFnFriends FB: Enchanted Forest and Friends Website: www.enchantedforestandfriends.com

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It’s Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink and The Big Green Egg is Raising the Steaks

It’s universally true that cooking a delicious and juicy steak is the measure of a great barbecue. And it is the Big Green Egg that gives prime cuts of steak their grandest stage. It’s all in the clever ceramic design - the EGG generates intense controlled heat up to 400°C for direct high-temperature grilling required to properly sear meats. The Egg’s flexibility and control cook steaks exactly how you love them every time, with beautiful grill cross hatch marks, crisp charred edges, and juicy flavour.

Choose high quality cuts from your local butcher to get restaurant quality steak every time. Plus large helpings of envy from your mates on the side. Priceless! The Big Green Egg’s versatility makes it possible to have perfect pizzas with ease - breads and focaccias too! Coupled with the ceramic baking stone, the EGG produces gourmet pizzas without the hefty price tag, and your family and friends will love adding their own favourite toppings. Contact Auldton Stoves about the Big Green Egg and you’ll soon be ready to sizzle this summer!

The Big Green Egg has become the World’s largest producer of kamodo-style cookers. The Egg is a unique cooker with unmatched capabilities that surpass all other conventional cookers combined. It is a smoker, BBQ, grill and an oven and can cook any food all year round. The Big Green Egg is used by Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc, Claude Bossi to name but a few and 7 out of 10 top UK restaurants use the Egg

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Time to Make Your Escape… Escape to a luxury lochside cabin complete with private hot tub at Forest Holidays’ Ardgartan location - the perfect getaway for families, couples and groups of friends. You can even bring your dog to our petfriendly cabins! Situated on breathtaking Forestry Commission land, this location has it all. The backdrop is Ben Arthur and the cabins sit where the pine-clad mountains sweep down to meet the shore of Loch Long. You can pack your days with action and adventure, hiring bikes or trying your hand at canoeing, gorge walking or a range of other pre-bookable activities. Or perhaps you prefer to luxuriate with a glass of champagne in your own private hot tub under a starlit sky, simply soaking up the serenity of this stunning lochside

location. The freedom, the fresh air and the forest are yours to enjoy at your own pace, whatever the season. For those happy to travel a little further afield, Forest Holidays’ Strathyre cabins are situated in the vast Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, right on the edge of Loch Lubnaig and watched over by the majestic peaks of Ben Ledi. Or why not plan a visit to one of Forest Holidays’ 7 locations across England? For further information, visit www. forestholidays.co.uk to experience simple luxury. Exclusive Reader Offer Feel the magic of a Forest Holiday with a 15% discount off your cabin this summer, valid for breaks taken between 24 July and 3 September 2015. Enter CLYDESUMMER15 at www. forestholidays.co.uk or call

03330 110495 and quote this code when you book. At other times of year, you can enjoy a 10% discount using code CLYDE15. Terms and Conditions: The CLYDESUMMER15 code gives 15% discount and applies to new bookings for holidays booked by 24 July 2015 and taken between 24 July and 3 September 2015. The CLYDE15 code gives 10% discount and applies to new bookings for holidays booked by 31 August 2015 and taken by 31 May 2016.  Neither offer can be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. The codes must be entered at the time of booking and cannot be added retrospectively. The discount is off the cost of your cabin only and not any extras. Forest Holidays reserves the right to withdraw these offers at any time.

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Angel Images – making moments memories At Angel Images we create more than just nicely exposed images of your children and pets. It is our aim to make stunningly personal and timeless pieces of art that you will cherish forever. The process starts with a no obligation consultation in our boutique studio in the heart of the west End of Greenock  “The building is ideal as a photographic studio. It’s wonderfully private for clients and we even have the old nursery playground in the garden if the little ones need to let off steam” says Angela our international award winning principal photographer. If you decide to book a photo session at the studio after your consultation, you’ll find the actual photo shoot a wonderfully relaxed affair. All bookings (other than special mini shoots) are scheduled in the diary for half a day even if the session will only take an hour or so. This summer we have a fabulous special offer: All of our sessions will

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which would normally cost £75 you will get a voucher worth £150 to spend on products at your viewing appointment.

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New clinic helps respiratory and skin disorders Sufferers from respiratory and skin conditions have welcomed the opening of a unique new clinic in Glasgow which draws on an age-old traditional curative process. Salann Halotherapy, run by husband and wife team Graham and Ashley McFarlane, is the first centre of its kind in the west of Scotland. It specialises in the use of salt therapy to treat respiratory conditions and infections by reducing inflammation and killing bacteria. It also has beneficial effects on certain skin conditions because the salt treatment reduces the negative effect of bacteria and oils. Graham, who suffers from asthma said: “I tried the salt treatment myself and saw the benefits after only one or two sessions – and I was convinced there was a wider market for the treatment. “Salt therapy has a fascinating history. It really started out as what was an old wives’ tale. “It originated in Eastern Europe where it was reckoned that people who entered salt caves felt invigorating effects. “People scoffed at the idea that it was anything other than superstition – and it wasn’t until around 200 years ago that a Polish physician proved that it actually worked.

“Then, in the mid-80s, Russian researchers recreated the conditions found in salt caves by creating an environment rich in microscopic particles of salt. “They used what is called a halogenerator, which creates its own micro-climate. “Minute particles of salt work at a cellular level. In terms of respiratory problems, the salt particles get deep into the lungs, helping to clear out mucus and aid breathing. “The treatment works on everything from coughs and colds to asthma and bronchitis.” Graham said that the same principle applies to skin conditions. He said: “The salt particles settle on the skin helping to remove dead skin, bacteria and harmful oils and this helps the skin to regenerate. “It is beneficial to sufferers from dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis for example.” Salann Halotherapy is now open for business in Glasgow’s Woodlands Road. If you have a respiratory or skin condition that is proving tough to treat, why not sign up for a free consultation and talk to an expert who can recommend the appropriate treatment. Graham McFarlane Salann Halotherapy Ltd 32-34 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6UR T: 0141 212 8700 e: info@salann.co.uk w: www.salann.co.uk f: facebook.com/SalannHalotherapy t: @SalannInfo

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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.

Robert Kelly and Red Door Productions

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Packing it all in……or not Marilyn Thompson shares her Top Tips for avoiding Holiday Packing Hell With Summer just around the corner, thoughts are turning to our well earned holidays, our time to relax in the sun. However when it comes to packing our holiday wardrobe into one smallish suitcase we can often get ourselves into a panic, buying, then packing too much of all the wrong things. With this in mind I have put together some tips on packing but hopefully still enabling you to holiday in style. First of all plan to wear your heaviest clothes for travelling and layer up - so wear your jeans, top, cardigan, scarf, belt, jewellery and your comfy but heavier sightseeing sandals. Take your biggest summer bag as a carry on and this will also be used as your beach, shopping and everyday bag so you only need to pack one smaller evening bag or clutch. Lay everything you would ideally like to take out on your bed then prepare to get seriously ruthless - you will need to reject about half of it. If a piece of clothing can’t multi task then it doesn’t go in the case. If the item of clothing doesn’t have a specific purpose for your

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holiday, no matter how much you like it, then it doesn’t go in the case. Edit, edit, edit. Stick to three shades so ideally all your holiday clothes should work well together and be able to easily mix and match. Also, you want to look chic but comfortable, so if something doesn’t fit and flatter or make you feel great, then, it doesn’t go in the case! In reality you need only pack very little as, unless you are travelling deep into one of the farthest corners of the earth then remember that you will be able to hand wash some items and pick up that extra holiday bikini or inexpensive straw sun hat etc when you are there! So, with that in mind here is a basic clothing packing list:

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Before finishing I must own up and admit that I generally don’t pack until about an hour before I have to leave for the airport. It’s a bad habit I know but for me I find that it makes me focus and pack quickly, however, I have made some monumental blunders doing it this way so perhaps this year I should take my own advice. In addition, remember to take waterproof mascara, sunglasses, a good book, your passport and your smile! Happy Holidays!

• 1 sarong or oversized shirt • 3 t-shirts or loose fitting tops • 2 pairs of shorts • 1 large scarf - a fantastic item which can be used as a cover up, a shawl, a blanket or a sun shade • Underwear and pj’s • 1 pair of heels or wedges and a pair of flip flops Don’t forget - you will also have all the layers of clothes you travelled in as well!

The good thing about packing is that once it’s done, you have no choice but to work with what you’ve got. It’s actually quite liberating to know that what’s packed into your suitcase is all you really need. If you plan on packing some special clothes or accessories then you may be interested to know that there is now a tracking device that you put into your suitcase which tells you exactly where it is at all times!

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Money matters Busy time for our Money Matters man Hons, I can can now use the designation Fellow of the PFS, which is a great honour. I am very proud to have joined a very exclusive number of practicing financial planners in the country. The relief of achieving this has been overwhelming and I still cannot believe I actually reached this goal! Where now you may ask, as far as my academic studies are concerned? The next logical step would be to aim for a PhD Instead of Financial Planning. Imagine consulting Dr Bob about your bawbees!

This month we thought regular readers of the magazine would like to hear a bit more about our regular Money Matters contributor Robert MacDonald and some exciting recent achievements. One year on..... Last year we told you of the move to the Kempock Place offices. In June, we come up to the first anniversary in our new location and thought we would keep you up to date with what we’ve doing over the past 12 months. Last August, we were pleased that our small firm in Gourock was the first in Scotland to offer a Modern Apprenticeship in Financial Administration & Planning studying to Qualifications & Credit Framework Level Four. Taylor Gallagher (pictured opposite) joined us late summer and she is settling in very well to her first appointment and proved very quickly to be a valuable member of the team. At the tail end of 2014, I myself was awarded Fellowship (by examination) of the Personal Finance Society. In combination with my Chartered & Certified Financial Planner, and BA

Life-long learning is exactly that. Just last month, we were delighted to have been awarded Investor in Young People (IIYP) status for our work and support of our modern apprentice. I am extremely proud of this and as far as I know, we are the only small business locally to have been awarded this. We also decided this year to enter the Greenock Chamber of Commerce Bees Knees competition and are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Inverclyde’s best small business. We are all looking forward to attending the awards ceremony at the beginning of June.

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What is a modern apprenticeship? Many organisations around Scotland now look for young people who may have just left school, to join them as a Modern Apprentice. It’s a great platform for starting a career, particularly if you have little to no experience. Who can apply and what will I do? Modern Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. All Modern Apprenticeships are developed by the industry or sector in which they will be used.

As a Modern Apprentice you’ll be employed from the very start of your training and receive a wage appropriate to the work you will be doing. Many Modern Apprentices also attend colleges or training centres. More help and information... If you think a Modern Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you, find out more by speaking to your school careers advisor or guidance teacher. You can also find out more at www.myworldofwork.co.uk

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■ Modern Apprenticeships are growing in popularity because they combine employment with training on the job. ■ An MA allows the participant to receive invaluable practical experience while working towards an industryrecognised vocational qualification. ■ Participants also earn a wage from the beginning. ■ Modern Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over. ■ If you’re over 25 you can still apply, but your employer may have to pay for the cost of training, depending on the sector and Modern Apprenticeship selected. ■ Modern Apprenticeships are available at four different levels. ■ Each level is mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Accreditation (SQA). For more information, visit the Skills Development Scotland website (http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships) which also provides details of the industries which offer Modern Apprenticeships.

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The teenSTYLE Files Now that Summer in nearly here, Holly from The FASHION Class is back with all the latest news on fashion, beauty and all the must have gadgets.

Look Summer 2015 of the This holiday season it’s Month all about striking looks, structured shapes and mesh detailing. Be on the lookout for key pieces that combine all these features to make sure you stand out this summer.

Designed by Burberry to give you a healthy glow all the time even in Britain’s changeable summer weather, this cute blusher compact is a worthwhile buy.

Hair A group who provide support to those affected by alcohol misuse/mental health problems has become one of the first charities to be given a cash boost by a regional builder as part of its year-long initiative to support local communities. The Debaters, who meet weekly at the Your Voice Inverclyde Community Care Forum (ICCF), have received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes West Scotland to help fund a therapeutic art course. Persimmon Homes West Scotland has a development, Quay 3, Port Glasgow, just a couple of miles from The Debaters, and was keen to support a local group that provides such worthwhile community care. The donation kickstarted Persimmon’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities over 12 months throughout the region. Two groups will now be chosen every month to receive a match-funding donation and charities are being encouraged to apply by completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes. com/charity.The Debaters, established in 2008, is a user led group who provide peer support and debate contemporary issues and current affairs. Alice Paul, senior development officer at Your Voice – ICCF says that the group recently completed a six month self-portrait programme which by the end had established and enhanced members’ skills. “Thank you Persimmon Homes for this kind donation, the funding will allow the group to progress their art therapy further and will help to pay for expert tuition, materials and resources plus run an open day for the community to actively engage in a workshop run by the group.” Ingrid Gahagan, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works, adding: “We are very proud to hand over this donation to The Debaters, a fantastic user led group which helps those support local people through creative expression.”

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Holidays can be a nightmare for your hair with all the chlorine and sun exposure so make sure to protect it using rené furterer protective summer oil.

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Get in touch – To learn more about The FASHION Class for teens & children, the courses, camps and Birthday parties, or to tell me what you think and ask any questions, contact: holly@thefashionclass.co.uk or www.thefashionclass.co.uk

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