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Clyde Life June/July 2018 Issue 42

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theStyle files

by Marilyn Thompson

Ready for Summer? Victorian England’s modesty and decency laws dictated that women had to wear bathing garments made of heavy wool and these cumbersome clothes, as if not heavy enough were, quite unbelievably, weighted at the skirt hemline. Adding to the misery, women also had to wear leather shoes laced up to the knee - just to go for a swim at the beach! Needless to say - drowning was a pretty common occurrence. Over in America, restrictions on swimwear eased somewhat, however, ‘Patrolmen’ would quite literally patrol beaches armed with a measuring tape and could fine or even arrest women who exposed too much of their calf. Their calf! Thankfully, things have moved on and we now only need to choose wisely with regard to what swimwear actually suits us. When choosing flattering swimwear, every body is unique, it’s important to be honest with ourselves - most people have areas that we would rather not have on full show. If that’s the case then get creative, there are now so many styles of bathing suits and bikinis that finding one that ticks all, or nearly all the boxes shouldn’t be too difficult. If the tummy area is your weak spot then bold swimsuits with a reinforced tummy panel could be the answer, alternatively, supportive high waisted pants are another option. If you have a large bust, then opt for under wired support for the best look. You can create the illusion of longer legs by choosing swimwear that’s high cut and if you plan on doing

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some actual swimming or beach sports when you are away then make sure you choose something more functional that can withstand the rigours of activity rather than something designed purely for sunbathing. Incidentally, sports inspired swimwear is one of the top trends for this summer, along with belted styles, feminine frills and bold floral prints. Perhaps the most important piece of beachwear clothing is the cover up. This multi functional item is a wonderful addition to your holiday wardrobe. Whether it’s a little lightweight, easy to wear dress, a sarong or an oversized scarf, the cover up really is invaluable. For the body conscious, a sarong is so versatile, tie it around your waist for a stylish way to camouflage your midriff, alternatively, tie it around your bust or neck for full body coverage. Some other uses include - a makeshift bag, as sun protection, a handy blanket or an emergency sling (hopefully never required, but good to be prepared)... The creative list goes on - just ask Google!

The teen STYLE Files Sheer perfection

Transparency was a dominant trend in designer collections for summer 2018, from sheer overcoats and jackets to dresses and skirts. Layered over a plain vest dress, not only will you be rocking one of the hottest trends but staying cool in the warmer weather too! What’s more, designers and high street stores alike have definitely taken a more demure and feminine approach to this trend this summer, making it a lot more wearable and versatile!


Carry the transparent trend through to your accessories with a cute clear tote bag, like this one from River Island!


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Ultimately, as the saying goes: “the only thing you need for a beach body is a body” True words, so use swimwear to accentuate your strong points and downplay the parts you’d rather hide, then smile and enjoy your holiday - just be glad there’s no patrolmen!

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Q - Hey Holly, I’ve got a lovely pink see through top. I really like it but I’m not sure about how to wear it. Any suggestions? Hayley. A - Hi Hayley, no problem - just get yourself a coordinating vest or cool crop top and wear your transparent top over one of them. That way it’s a perfect mix of style and good taste! Holly x 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: or | 11

Ready for a good read this summer? One of the best things about summer holidays is a good book and the time to sit back and enjoy it – so kick back and browse our suggestions. The Girls of Slender Means Muriel Spark, Polygon £9.99

Bleak and often bizarre humour abounds in this tale of a middleaged man whose life is falling apart so he heads to a war-torn country and a hotel where he is going to end it all, only to discover that living does have some good points after all. A bit of a Marmite book but so far we’ve found more lovers than haters; it will appeal if you liked Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

ISBN: 9781846974311 This year marks the centenary of Muriel Spark, the Edinburgh-born writer most people will remember for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Scottish publisher Polygon is producing all 22 of her novels in hardback in a special centenary edition, each with a speciallycommissioned introduction. Jean Brodie is a must, The Public Image is a relevant today as it ever was and our choice is The Girls of Slender Means with an introduction by Scottish literary editor Rosemary Goring. The girls in question live in a boarding house established for the social protection of ladies of slender means aged under 30. Why not have a Spark summer and read all three or more, and discover why she is so high on The Times list of 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

Hotel Silence

by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, translated by Brian FitzGibbon, Pushkin Press £9.99 ISBN: 9781782274216

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Children of Icarus

Caighlan Smith, Switch Press £11.99

ISBN: 1630790575 The winner of the 2018 Scottish Teenage Book Prize, the good news is that a sequel is already on the way for this gripping fantasy novel. Be there at the start of the series. Every year in the city of Daedelum, children are chosen to enter the labyrinth surrounding the city walls. The promise is they will be guarded by angels and those who make it through will go to paradise but all is not as promised.

Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough Macmillan £6.99 ISBN: 9781509871377

Roger McGough is a poet; broadcaster and onetime member of a hit pop group (ask your granny and papa). He has compiled a collection of poetry showing that happiness can be found in things, people and circumstances all around us. It features work from contemporary to classical poets; Carol Ann Duffy to William Blake. Take this on your family holiday and read aloud. A great way to unglue kids’ eyeballs from tablets and phones and reconnect them to the joys of the written word and the people around them, or RL as your kids might call it (real life).

The Fire and the Fury, Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff, Little, Brown £14.99 ISBN: 9781408711392 With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, journalist Michael Wolff tells the inside story; if you read Twitter, you’ll know Mr Trump did not give this book a glowing review. The US president’s planned visit to the UK will be one of the defining news events of this summer. The book you wish was fiction but you couldn’t make this stuff up. By Joanne Simms @clydelifemag

The Lion’s Paw - a helping hand for all your gifts Bridge of Weir’s special place to find the perfect treat for yourself or others It is summer and time for parties, weddings, family gettogethers, moving home and house-warming parties.

across Europe, travelling that bit farther afield to find the extra special and bring it back home to Bridge of Weir.

All these occasions call for a gift and that is where The Lion’s Paw can lend a hand, so to speak. When it comes to finding the perfect gift you can relax, because owner Alison Stenhouse and manageress Diane Gallacher have done the work for you. Every year they make sure that The Lion’s Paw, at 1 Morrison Place, is stocked full of wonderful things that no one else will have. They visit trade shows, manufacturers and suppliers

‘We are always on the look out,’ said Alison, ‘We firmly believe in the wow factor and also that The Lion’s Paw should seek out new names all the time’

It is a philosophy that has seen the shop gain a loyal band of customers since it opened in June 2015. For the special occasions and big events there are plenty of larger gifts but for day-to-day gifting The Lion’s Paw team believes that ‘thoughtful’ can also equal affordable, with plenty of joyous finds with which to treat yourself and buy a little something to brighten your own, or someone else’s, day. ‘We always get a huge kick when we hear a customer say, ‘ooh, I must buy that, it is just perfect for. . .’ Everyone loves to find a gift they know will be just right for someone they love,’ said Alison.

Exclusive Gift Shop, Bridge of Weir The Lion’s Paw Gift shop in Bridge of Weir has a large selection of interesting and unusual gifts for your family or friends or a little treat for yourself - Birthdays, Anniversaries, new babies, holidays, house warmings - we will have something for you! Our shop is opposite Gibb Stuart and is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Open Sundays from 12-4pm. Come in and see us!


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Sarah Haran herself designs all her products in her studio and also carries out bespoke appointments there. Once our designs are completed Sarah Haran herself tests them to ensure functionality, style and quality are of the highest level. The designs are then sent to be produced by our highly skilled artisans in Manchester, we would love them to all be produced in Kilmacolm or Scotland but unfortunately there are no production houses in Scotland anymore. The team we use have over 100 years of handbag creation skills.

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We go behind the scenes and interview Tom McD Luxuries, about one of the company’s latest projec Clyde Life: They really have extended their home. How have they used the extra space? Tom: They have used it to create more space for the kitchen layout and a comfortable, relaxing area with a sofa and television which sits nicely between the kitchen area and a separate dining area - all of which created an amazingly spacious, bright and airy open plan living space. The kitchen design also catered for Neil and Marion’s young family. The design has incorporated two different heights of seating within the kitchen area. We have the breakfast bar with high stools at one end of the island and a lower table area with chairs at the other end cleverly integrated into the island.

THE Affordable Luxuries team have completed a stunning kitchen at the heart of a family home in Gourock and we asked Tom McDonald about the job. Clyde Life: What was this client looking for in their new kitchen? Tom: Neil and Marion asked us to design a modern, contemporary kitchen space along with a utility room, providing practical storage solutions along with modern functional appliances and accessories with various seating options. At the same time we had to pay attention to how the space functioned in relation to the other rooms off the kitchen. As you can see from the end result, it all works a treat.

The sofa also adds to this as the kids can play and watch TV while Mum and Dad can use the kitchen. This neat solution provides seating options for both adults and kids allowing the entire family to use this wonderful space. Clyde Life: How did your design help to maximise that feeling of light and space? Tom: The main kitchen area opens out into a beautiful garden space via aluminium sliding doors which in turn flood the kitchen with light. The extension part of the kitchen also had a vaulted ceiling design which just added to the overall look of the finished

Clyde Life: This was not just a kitchen make-over, was it? Tom: No, They were looking to extend their home and make this into a space not just for a kitchen but for the whole family to use. The customer had added an extension, removed some additional walls and relocated a cloakroom.

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Tom: The cabinet colours are LK gloss stone grey and LK gloss crystal, with wall panels in white glass with a light grey timber. The wall panels and furniture really bring out the best in each other with this combination and the choice of the polished Blanco Norte coloured worktop brings it all together. This is a 20mm Quartzstone worktop from the Silestone range by Consentino. The worktop looks off-white in tone, but if you look closer you see the most subtle speck running through it. Over all, the palette of colours used is very subtle whilst maintaining a sharp contemporary look with orange being the accent colour used by the client.

The rich light oak planked Karndean flooring also helps keep everything feeling light and airy and contrasts beautifully with the furniture. The original colour being considered by the client was quite a plain flat cream colour. I arranged for them to visit another customer of ours who had just installed the same floor. I knew it would be perfect for their colour scheme and when Neil and Marion saw it they both agreed and loved it. It has given the client a thoughtful and elegant look to the finished project. They say they spend most of their time in this part of the house now Clyde Life: Please tell us about the choice of furniture. Tom: The furniture chosen is from our German partner Pronorm, a range which is consistently popular with our customers. We like working with this brand, as the build quality is excellent and customers love the value for money it provides along with the wide range of cabinet options, colours and textures it has to offer. The furniture chosen for this project was from our ProLine range.

To see the beautiful products Affordable Luxuries have to offer for yourself pop into their Greenock showroom, where a warm welcome and stunning kitchens await you.

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The programme for the summer of 2018 is an array of wonderful music, theatre, comedy and song. It is a mixture of local, national and international; innovation and old favourites; professional and amateur; famous faces and exciting newcomers. They will have you laughing, crying, reminiscing, looking to the future, singing and dancing along or confronting some of the major issues of today. So go along to The Beacon and help nurture young local talent, or sit and enjoy some of the best from household names and the nation’s musicians. And remember: one of the most magnificent things you’ll see at The Beacon is the Clyde itself. The stunning riverside views change moment by moment and the Bar+Kitchen is the place to enjoy coffee, cake, lunch and a pre-theatre meal. The full programme can be found at but below please find a selection of what you can enjoy this summer. 18 | Clyde Life – June/July 2018

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Big Ears, Little Ears Fri 8th Jun, 11.30am, £5 adult/ Free children

Join the SCO Wind Trio for a live music experience with your little ones. Big Ears, Little Ears gives you the chance to chill out and enjoy wonderful performances up-close in a child-friendly, tutfree and relaxed atmosphere. Fri 8th Jun, 7.30pm, £16/£14 conc / £6 unemployed/under 26/Free under 18 Young British conductor Duncan Ward directs a rich, lyrical programme ranging from the exuberant playfulness of Schumann’s compact symphony in all but name, through to Mendelssohn’s brilliant First Symphony. There is also a poignant elegy by Puccini, and Cimarosa’s almost operatic Concerto, stuffed full of exuberant melodic invention, with the SCO’s own eminent flautists as soloists.

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock Fri 15th Jun, 8pm, £15/£13 conc Saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock are Scotland’s international jazz ambassadors, having wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Acclaimed as “world class” by Jazz Journal, these master musicians spin classic songs into creative gold in concerts that are intimate and spontaneous. Expect music played with passion and tenderness and presented with bonhomie. @clydelifemag

Classic Rock USA Thu 14 Jun, 8pm £20/£18.50 conc (1 in 5 go free) A heart pumping, drum beating and pulsating rock extravaganza featuring over 25 hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the ‘Boss’ himself, Bruce Springsteen. Be taken on an epic journey of all things Rock, as this totally awesome cast and band brings down the house … so get ready to rock out and party with the best!

the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. It’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.

After the Cuts by Gary McNair Tue 31st Jul, 8pm £12/£10 conc

The Mary Duff Show

It’s the future; just like now, but a bit more… well, sh*tey. Jim and Agnes worked hard their whole lives. Now Agnes needs a life-saving operation. The NHS as we know it is a thing of the past and they must take matters into their own hands.

Wed 20th Jun, 7.30pm, £22 Celebrating 30 years in showbusiness, Irish singer, Mary Duff, makes her Beacon debut. With a live television appearance in front of a massive 60 million American viewers, resulting in a number 2 on the Billboard World Music Charts, her success has also grown in the UK. Joining her onstage is her regular special guest, Jordan Mogey.

The James Brothers Thu 21st Jun, 8pm £12/£10 conc

51 Shades of Maggie Sat 18 Aug, 7.30pm, £25 It’s the return of the smash-hit comedy starring the original “Maggie”, River City star Leah MacRae. This hysterical and filthy send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Scottish Maggie, who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life. The James Brothers (James Fagan and Jamie McClennan) are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers. They come from the lands Down Under – Australia and New Zealand; lands in which Clyde Life Magazine

For information and to book 01475 723 723 Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ | 19

Let’s Go Gardening! It will be around the start of June when you read this article and it is time to go. Go gardening. The threat of frost is very small now and the warm weather during May has the garden coming to life at some pace. In short, it’s growing season. It is time to get the bedding plants in, vegetable plants and summer salad greens underway and hanging baskets planted.

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There are a few simple rules to successfully grow bedding plants. Firstly, buy good quality plants. Poor quality plants may be cheaper, but be prepared to spend a few weeks nursing them to full strength. Bear in mind how short our season can be. Cheaper plants are also more likely to have been grown outside Scotland. The problem with this is that they may not be able to withstand the colder nights we have here. At Cardwell almost all the bedding we sell is grown by ourselves or by our partners in Scottish nurseries. Because we have this control over the propagation and growing, we know they are strong, healthy plants and we stand by that quality.


Always plant bedding in new compost and make sure there is appropriate drainage. Composts often come with fertiliser already added and some even have water retaining gel. The gel composts are ideal for containers and baskets and hold moisture in and around the roots. Once the added fertiliser has been used up, you must add your own. Liquid or soluble feeds that are high in potash are best for bedding plants as they will act faster and promote flower growth over foliage. Granular fertilisers are best added when planting, mixed through the compost. Please use the right fertiliser for the job and, despite what some TV shopping channels may say, there is not a fertiliser that is a ‘one stop’ solution for all round the garden. If you are unsure, your garden centre must have a trained assistant available to help you choose the right one. They are there to help and there are no wrong or daft questions - most casual gardeners need help with this, so don’t be embarrassed.

Watering with a can or hose will make sure the soil gets drenched. If your plants are in flower try and water directly into the soil, not over the plants. If you have to water over the plants then it is best to use a rose or spray attachment for the hose, just to reduce the force of the water on the plants. Be prepared for the odd plant to die. Bedding plants are young and fragile so they can get ‘shocked’ when first planted. This can happen with even the best quality plants, it is just natural that some will not make it. Predators, particularly slugs and snails, will do their best to eat your beautiful plants as well. Finally, do not ignore your lawn. It is probably the largest planted area in your garden and will almost certainly take the most abuse. Feed it, kill any weeds or moss and trim it regularly. Watering the lawn will also have benefits and buying a lawn sprayer for the hose is a good investment. Whatever the next two months bring, please take the time to enjoy your garden.

Which compost you choose is up to you, there is plenty of choice and it is not expensive. Many of our customers take advantage of our cheap home delivery, bulk buying their compost and allowing our strong and healthy delivery driver to take the strain. Don’t worry, he can handle it. Most composts will still contain a high amount of peat. There should be details of how much peat they contain on the packaging, so if you want to use peat free compost make sure to check this. Peat free compost has come a long way recently, the manufacturers being forced to improve their recipes as our industry moves towards phasing out peat use completely. However, peat free compost still cannot match their peat based competitors for growing performance. By all means use peat free compost, but remember that in general peat free compost will not hold moisture as well or contain the nutrients found in peat itself. So you must water more frequently and add food as required. Watering bedding plants daily is best, even when it rains. Rainwater will often sit on the top of the soil, but not reaching the roots where it is needed.

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Alvic Sliding Wardrobes We believe in good, honest prices all year round. Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd is a small, friendly, family run business established in 2012. At their impressive showroom in Crosslee, Houston you can see their full range of stunning doors and furniture on display. They don’t do sales or crazy time limited discounts, instead they believe in good, honest prices all year round. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, the team at Alvic can turn any empty and unused spaces to good use. There’s no need to put up with wonky wardrobes which don’t suit your needs any longer, Alvic can fully design and install perfectly fitted wardrobes and furniture that is bespoke to your requirements . Whether it’s hinged, angled or sliding doors you’re after, a built in guest bed or a fully fitted walk-in wardrobe or library, the team are always on hand to offer their advice and expertise. As a member of the Renfrewshire Trusted Trader scheme and with over 80 5-star Facebook reviews, you can comfortably put your trust in Alvic Sliding Wardrobes Ltd. Recently Alvic were very proud to receive an accreditation from The Living Wage Foundation which acknowledges that Alvic are (and

always have been) a Living Wage employer. Here’s what some of their customer’s had to say; “From initial quote to the finished product the service was impeccable. Alan worked with me to find the right wardrobes within my budget. I chose a 4 door system with 8 soft close drawers and 4 separate hanging areas. The work was completed in a day and the boys left no trace of them ever being there. Excellent service worthy of 5 stars.” K Tweedy 30th March 2018 “Amazing transformation of a difficult space, excellent service and workmanship I couldn’t be happier with my new room thank you so much” K Took 12th December 2017 For further details visit or search for Alvic Sliding Warobes Ltd on Facebook.

events at finlaystone estate this summer June


Sunday 10th Den Build 1 – 3pm Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls.

Tuesday 10th Summer Scavenger Hunt 1 - 3pm What summertime treasures can you find? Join our Rangers to find out!

Sunday 17th Father’s Day Games 1 – 3pm Games and fun for Father’s Day at Finlaystone! Sunday 24th Bug Box Making 1 - 3pm Join our Rangers and make fun bug boxes for your garden. £2.50 for materials Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st Super Hero Day 1 - 3pm Dress up as your favourite super hero and join the Rangers for a fun filled day with games and prizes for best dressed! 22 | Clyde Life – June/July 2018

Thursday 12th Den Build 1 - 3pm Join the Rangers and see who is a budding Bear Grylls. Saturday 14th Fairy and Elf Trail 1 - 3pm Can you find the fairy and elf doors hidden in the forest?! Sunday 15th Fairy & Elf Door Making 1 - 3pm Join our Rangers and search for the hidden Fairy Doors throughout the forest then make your own to take home. £4.50 for materials to take home or £2.50 to give a door to the fairies and elves @clydelifemag

Suite 1 The Old Mill Houston PA6 7AW

Tel 01505 614419

Open 6 days Monday to Friday (10am-5pm), Saturday (10am – 3pm) We offer fully fitted with interiors, or doors only (DIY) & all trade welcome

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Power up for a powered down summer

by Jo Simms

This school holidays, make sunscreen the only screen your kids want as you teach them to get smart with smartphones I’m writing this very quietly, so don’t go reading it out loud because we don’t want them to panic but how about this plan for your kids: less screen-time this summer. Strange isn’t it? We get all foodie about free-range, organic, sustainable, locally-sourced stuff we can put on their plates while they sit staring, dead-eyed into phones, tablets, i-Pads and games consoles. Maybe it is time to get some more natural stuff back into their heads as well as their bellies. We have magnificent countryside on our doorsteps; fascinating historic towns and a truly great city with world-class exhibits. We are selling our kids short if they never get to sample them. Reports are emerging of mobile phone separation anxiety disorders and ‘nomophobia’, described as: ‘a state of stress

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caused by having no access to, or being unable, to use one’s mobile phone’. A study showed 58 per cent of smartphone users can’t go one hour without checking them. Do we really want our kids enslaved? It is time to unlearn some bad habits this summer.

inanely messaging their mates or watching cute cats on Youtube. Have your children go on-line and find out about places on their doorsteps and then go visit them. How about, for starters:

We are going to have to be clever about it. There is no way can you just order your kids to switch their phones off, go outside and immediately start acting like characters in a Famous Five story, not even if you’re offering lashings of ginger beer. It just isn’t going to happen, sorry. We have to accept that this technology is part of life now and so it has to be put to the best possible use. What better way than to teach our children to use their smartphones smartly – to plan great days out for themselves and their friends and not just for

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Museum & Heritage Centre, Greenock, a fantastic national resource. Please check website for opening times.


Granny Kempock Stone, Gourock an instant piece of ancient history. Walk round the stone on Kempock Street for good luck; especially on your wedding day. Ferries every kid should be taken ‘doon the watter’ at least once in their lives.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum check out the animal mummies exhibit which runs all summer; an inspired idea that kids will love. Greenock Cut a walk into history.

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Geocaching The perfect way to get kids outside and using their mobile phones. Use the GPS system to seek out hidden containers called geocaches. These can be just basic, like a waterproof container with a logbook and pen to record your visit, or large container where you leave take a small token or item and leave one in return. West End Festival not just for grown-ups, the programme is bursting with stuff for kids. Gourock Outdoor Pool an amazing taste of old-style lido bathing, right on the door step.

Scrap booking Have the kids use their phones to take good pictures and pick up items like a leaf, flower, pebble, save their ticket stub or an unusual sweetie wrapper. Make these into a scrap book together on the

rainy days, or a card to send to grandparents. And finally, switch your own damned phone off. They learn by example and for every kid glued to a mobile phone or computer there is usually a parent tethered to their office via email. The best thing you ever give your kids is you.

Star Gazing Download a map of the heavens. Wait for a dry, clear, night and pack groundsheets, torches and a midnight picnic with flasks of hot chocolate with a big bag of mini marshmallows on the side. Drive away from the street lights until you can see the stars. Park up, look up, be amazed. | 25

GET ON YOUR BIKE! Inverclyde and the surrounding area is home to a wealth of cycle and walking tracks, ready to be explored by bike or on foot. All too often, many of us opt to travel by car, cancelling out the positives effects of cycling or walking for the body as well as the environment. Last year, ‘Community Tracks Inverclyde’ was set up to raise awareness and encourage people to try the alternatives to driving the car, with support from the Climate Challenge Fund (part of Keep Scotland Beautiful), Smarter Choices, Inverclyde Community Development Trust and Inverclyde Council. Various activities and events such as group cycling tours, bike maintenance classes and pop up bike doctor events took place to help raise awareness of the project and get involvement from the local community.

• Bike Doctor Sessions - pop up bike consultation events will be taking place around Inverclyde where you can bring along your bike and our team can offer some advice • Donate Your Bike - if you have an unwanted bike or a bike that is no longer needed, donate your bike to Community Tracks and we will recycle them for a good home • Group Bike Rides - bring along your bike and join a few others on our group cycling sessions suitable for a variety of levels For full details about upcoming events, please visit our website or our Facebook page - CommunityTracksInverclyde Book onto any of our upcoming events by contacting our project administrator Scott directly or 01475 553384.

Following on from the success last year, the Community Tracks team are excited to announce the project has been refunded, with the aim of helping encourage even more people throughout Inverclyde to become involved in active travel.

What is Community Tracks? Community Tracks is an ‘Active Travel Hub’ community focused project that aims to increase the number of people traveling by foot or bike. The key aims of the project include: • Reducing waste/CO2 emission • Developing skills • Promoting social inclusion • Enhancing employability through developing skills

How can you get involved? There are a number of events planned throughout the summer that you can get involved with free of charge, such as: • Bike Maintenance Classes - learning key core skills to fix and help maintain your bike

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Become a Volunteer Bike Maintenance Sessions Local Cycle Tours Bike Doctor Sessions Donate Your Bike For further information and to sign up for events, visit CommunityTracksInverclyde


Help is at Hand as your Life changes Woodside Care Home is a 19 bedroom Residential Home situated in the beautiful conservation village of Quarriers, just outside Bridge of Weir. Visitors are always made welcome. The Home is registered with The Care Inspectorate for the regulation of care. • • • •

Residential Elderly Long Stay Short Stay Convalescent Respite

To request a brochure or to arrange a visit please contact the manager

Fiona Summers ~ 01505 613370 For adults & children Brush up on your French this summer!

Our advice is free. Book your appointment today for your free advice. Freephone

0800 852 1999 3 Park Circus - G3 6AX 0141 331 4080

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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.

Health & Wellbeing Classes Class Time Location Day Teacher/Instructor Yogabellies Children’s Yoga 3-12yrs

Contact Details 01475 745552/744404

Yoga & Meditation

Boglestone CC


Jacci Stoyle

077902 62124

Yoga and Meditation, Mixed Ability 2pm-3pm




Jacci Stoyle

077902 62125



Westburn Church

Mon & Tue

Aileen Hughes

01475 801613


7:45pm-9:15pm Greenock


Patricia Ralston

01475 785685

Hatha Yoga


Lyle Kirk


Flora MacKenzie

Yin Yoga


Inverkip CC


Flora MacKenzie

Birsay Yoga




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073



Tue & Thu

Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373 073

Yoga – Mixed Ability Class


Gourock – Bath St


Sheena Arlow


Gourock – Bath St


Sheena Arlow


Greenock – Nelson St


Sheena Arlow

Scaravelli inspired Yoga

7:30pm-9:00pm Branchton CC


Rachel Harper

01475 638481

Tai Chi

10:30am-11:30am Branchton CC


David Kendal

01475 638481


9:30am-10:30am Kilmacolm

Tue & Fri

Jacqueline Gibson

07851 735357



Bridge of Weir

Tue & Thu

Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950


Bridge of Weir


Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950

Antenatal Yoga


Bridge of Weir


Janis Green

07748 150001

General Yoga  


Bridge of Weir


Janis Green

07748 150001

General Yoga   

10am - 11am



Janis Green

07748 150001

FABS - Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance 10:30am & Strength exercises for over 60’s.

Bridge of Weir


Fiona Bretherton

07811 766672




Fiona Bretherton

07811 766672




Fiona Bretherton

07811 766672


6:15pm-7:15pm Houston


Kate Black

Dance Classes Elite Academy of Dance Ballet


Every Day

Silver Swans Ballet (over 50s)


Tue & Thu

Laird Street, Greenock


07834 553604


Royal Scottish Country Dance Society 8pm-9:45pm

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Camera Clubs Digital Camera Club 7:30pm Langbank

2nd & 4th Mon Derrick McPherson of the month

Greenock Camera Club




Heather Sinclair

07903 164227

Kilmacolm Camera Club




David Walker

01505 873883


Ann-Marie Westwood 07971 607453

Inverclyde Camera Club 7:30pm Gourock

Other Clubs & Groups Greenock Speakers Club 7:30pm - 10pm Ardgowan Club, Greenock Thur (Oct-Mar) Alastair MaDonald MS Activities Group


01475 638613



Stuart Anderson

01475 630553

Parkinson’s Inverclyde Support Group 12:30-2:30pm


Last Fri of month Trish Maclennan

01475 743679

Fort Matilda Bridge Club



Mon Tue Fri

Ann MacLeod

01475 522181

Inverclyde Sky Watchers





01475 634976

Bridge of Weir

Every 2nd Thu Keith

Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Games Society

Inverclyde Ramblers

07789 501605

Dave Souza

01475 631654

To be included in the magazine and on the website please send details to the

r e m m u SFashion Camp ‘Around the World in 5 Days’. Ages 8-15.

Make own clothes & accessories, learn fashion illustration, fashion photo shoots and more! All taking inspiration from countries and cultures around the world.

A week full of fun!

The dates are: Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August Monday 6 Aug - Friday 10 August & Monday 13 August - Friday 17 August. Contact Marilyn Thompson: T: 0779 359 1524 E:

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RECIPE A quick and simple summery recipe perfect for Al Fresco dinner parties! You will need: • 500g Custard – (We make our own but a little ‘Birds’ tells us that you can get really great stuff at your local supermarket!) • Strawberry Jam • Strawberry or raspberry liqueur • 350g Madeira cake (Again, we make our own but in this weather the only baking you should be doing is to yourself out in the sun! pick one up when you are getting your custard) • 300ml Double cream • 1 punnet fresh strawberries • And five glasses to serve – we use whisky glasses but you choose! Step 1 - ‘How does Bob Marley like his Madeira cake?’ Make sandwiches with the cake and the jam then cut into cubes.

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Divide the cubes between your 5 glasses and drizzle over a little of your liqueur. Step 2 - ‘Boozy berries’ Slice your strawberries and mix with a dash of your chosen booze! (Leave a few to the side for your garnish) Add them evenly to your glasses. Step 3 – ‘Whip it good!’ Whip your cream in a good size bowl to minimise splashing Set aside for step 4 Step 4 – ‘Custards last step’ Spoon a generous layer of your beautiful home-made custard (wink wink) into your glasses then top with your whipped cream Plonk a whole strawberry on top et voila. Are you Mungo Jerry? Cos you just made yourself a summer classic!


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The Petshop Postie stocks the full range of Eden Dog Food, Treats & Supplements.

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The Scottish Food Market at Kip Marina Sunday 10th June 11am-4pm

Treat your tastebuds at Kip Marina’s Food Market Whether it’s a sweet tooth you want to satisfy, catch some fine fish or take home some magnificent Scottish meat then join us on Sunday 10th June between 11am & 4pm. Satnav postcode PA16 0BF

Parties at

The Chartroom

Free room hire*

Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or just a party, call us for our special offers on new bookings made in June! Free room hire* T&C’s apply

Waterside Weddings @ Scotland’s Premier Marina

Call for details of our Summer Special Upgrade Offer! 01475 520919 • 32 | Marina, Clyde Life – June/July 2018PA16 OBF Kip Inverkip,


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Clyde Life Magazine June/July 2018  

Issue 42 A lifestyle A5 magazine covering Inverclyde and the West Renfrewshire

Clyde Life Magazine June/July 2018  

Issue 42 A lifestyle A5 magazine covering Inverclyde and the West Renfrewshire