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INSIDE TALK ISN’T CHEAP The smartest way to buy a new smart phone HOME IMPROVEMENTS Make more room with a loft conversion ALFA ROMEO MiTo The latest in fuel saving technology TRAVEL The untouched coastline of Anglesey

Aug/Sep 10 Issue 26

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To the August/September edition of the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory. August is still the height of summer and although the longest day has passed hopefully we still have some hot days to come which is why we have a travel feature closer to home on a great weekend away to Anglesy in Wales for this edition. As usual we have lots of new advertisers this month and with schools and colleges returning we have Anniesland College advertising all their new classes for Aug/Sept on page 8. Finally if you or someone you know has a business the readers should know about call for a chat to discuss how we can actively promote your business to a local audience at cost effective rates. We are also keen for any feedback and any topics or information that you think would be useful for the magazine. We hope you have a great couple of months and enjoy the children going back to school!

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Ian McHale Plasterer & General Ltd will provide a high quality service and finish that will leave you completely satisfied.

All Plastering and General Building Work & Property Maintenance undertaken Commercial, Domestic & Insurance Work Skimming Walls/Ceilings n Coving n Artex Removal Rendering n General Building Work n All Property Maintenance

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Bindi Blooms

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Bindi Blooms is a new business run from home by local resident Gail Webster who has lived in Bearsden for most of her life.

Anniversary, Corporate Event, or just to say thank you, Gail will create the perfect arrangement just for you. Floral displays are designed to customers Gail has always been creative specification, Gail’s aim is to and after 20 years of working as provide a luxury flower design Cabin Crew with British Airways service using the highest decided it was time to follow her quality flowers at affordable dream of working with flowers. prices and by working from home Gail doesn’t have the Gail trained at none other than the famous Jane Packer overheads that most florist would have . School in London and from there went on to find employment in the industry for one of the largest Gail goes on to tell us “I specialise in hand tied bouquets florists in Scotland which comes with a bag for your which gave her the transportation and pleasure, I experience and belief in simple, unique use of confidence to start fresh flowers, finest raw materials up on her own . and latest skills which have proved to be a successful combination. With a real passion for flowers and an eye “Your flowers have been much for the unusual, Gail admired, with the combination of will create a unique colour and large shiny green leaves, many thanks” (Janette, Bearsden) floral design to compliment your event or occasion, Be it a Wedding, Birthday,

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NEW MUSIC REVIEW Katy Perry: Teenage Dream 'Teenage Dream' is the second release from pop star Katy Perry, which follows her hugely successful 2008 platinum release 'One Of The Boys’ "When I was touring, I wanted people to dance more," Katy says. "So I wrote an album that made people move, yet didn't sacrifice the story substance that I had on the last record. The album showcases an artist who dares us to join her as she experiences every facet of life. Highlights include the heartbreakingly wistful "The OneThat Got Away," the naughty, playful strut of "Peacock" and the wonderful “Who Am I Living For?”. Katy Perry's exhilarating second album "Teenage Dream' will move you, both emotionally and physically.

The Saturdays: Headlines One of Britain’s favourite girl groups, The Saturdays, release ‘Headlines!’. The songs from these sessions were originally intended for a new studio album to be released in 2011 but the girls had different plans. “As soon as we heard Missing You it just felt like a record that should be released now,” says Mollie King. ‘Headlines!’ is an eighttrack album that includes a handful of sparkling new songs - plus their number two smash from last year, ‘Forever Is Over’. As well as the release of new material, summer 2010 will be massive for The Saturdays and their fans. Sheryl Crow: 100 Miles From Memphis 100 Miles From Memphis' is the seventh studio album from American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, following up 2008's 'Detours'. Having produced country and pop-rock influenced music since her 1993 debut, Crow turns to the sounds of Memphis soul to produce her most heartfelt record to date. Growing up literally '100 Miles From Memphis', she has returned to her roots with a collection of songs that feature the likes of Keith Richards and Justin Timberlake. Throughout, Crow seems to be enjoying herself, none more so than on bonus track I Want You Back (complete with dedication: “For Michael With Love”), Brandon Flowers: Flamingo Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has released details of his debut solo album 'Flamingo'. One single, 'Crossfire', is also set to be released in the UK on August 23 which is just moody and brooding enough to wet your appetite. Other tracks on the album include 'Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts', 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' and 'Playing With Fire’. Brandon believes his solo album 'Flamingo' will only make The Killers stronger, and he hopes the next record the band makes will be the best ever. To advertise call Scott or Natalie on 0141 945 4210 or email:


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BOOKS FOR FOODIES It’s harvest festival time, so for all the foodies out there, we’ve compiled a list of books to celebrate all that is edible. Enjoy!

The Food Doctor: Healing Foods for the Mind and Body by Vicki Edgson and Ian Marber You don’t have to be a holistic therapist to know that what you put inside your body has a big impact upon what you get out of it. Looking at a range of ailments and properties of ingredients, The Food Doctor is packed with nutritious knowledge, featuring the definitive list of the top 100 foods for health. You’ll buy this if you know what’s good for you..

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan Following on from his best-selling ‘In Defence of Food’, here we have sixty-four golden rules which cut through the science, nutritional jargon and trend, to tell us in simple, common sense terms: how to eat (and enjoy it). This pocket-sized manual is sure to change what you buy and eat, without a trace of a faddy diet or the need for a glossary.

The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit For anyone who loves to experiment in the kitchen, this is a unique collection of flavour combinations, providing information and inspiration for any creative cook. Detailing 160 popular ingredients and exploring all the ways they might be combined in the kitchen, this book is educational, full of practical advice and funny too.

NEW RELEASE Swallow This by Mark Philips There are a thousand books out there for wine-buffs, but what if you simply like a drop every now and then and fancy knowing a bit more about it? This American title aims to provide a ‘progressive approach’ with practical information such as the four golden rules of buying good (not necessarily expensive) wine, why you shouldn’t store it in your kitchen and how to make it taste better with the use of a microwave and ice cubes. Yes, really.

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THE FISH STOP CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF TRADING destination still hot and crispy. Home deliveries were introduced and are carried in nylon insulating bags to ensure maximum heat and freshness when it reaches your doorstep. Why not try a fresh oven baked pizza made with fresh dough to complement your fish supper? On July 4 the fish stop will be celebrating 5 years of trading. This year is also the 150 year birthday of the humble fish and chip. On that day they will be offering a free raffle draw where they will be 5 winners of £5 cash voucher to use at the Fish Stop. The Fish Stop is an award winning fish and chip shop situated in Baljaffray, Bearsden; run by husband and wife team John and Joyce. Since their establishment in 2005 they have built up a reputation for quality fish and chips and have establish themselves as the favourite chippie amongst Bearsden, Milngavie & other nearby local residents. Since opening in 2005 they have been awarded by Seafish three Top 5 shop awards in 2006, 2008 & 2009. It recognizes the high standards that they have set for themselves and the hard work that put in. They are also holders of the coveted Seafish Friers Quality award for 2005-2008

The Fish Stop launched its full Gluten and Wheat Free menu on Sunday, 6th June 2010. After this, the full menu will be available every Sunday and Monday evening unlike other chip shops that have their full menu only on certain Saturdays of the month. However gluten free fish & chips will only be available on certain Saturday’s of the month.

(Shop owner John)

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For their fish suppers, they use the freshest & sweetest Haddock caught by Scottish fishermen in the North Sea off the east coast of Scotland using sustainable fishing practices. John goes on to say “We don't believe that fast food should compromise on quality, freshness and healthiness. We only use quality products from reputable suppliers and take every possible opportunity to make things fresh and in-house. We have always had a policy of fry to order when you order thus you can always be assured of pan fresh fish. All our frying is done in 100% vegetable fat/oil for a healthier and lighter fry when compared to animal fats such as beef dripping used by some of our competition. Soggy & greasy chips is synonymous with bad chippies but you won’t find this at The Fish Stop - guaranteed!!. The Fish Stop are continually looking to improve themselves. Since taking over from Deeney’s in Jul 2005 They have made improvements to the shop interior, packaging, menu and most importantly the quality of food produced. The packaging has been designed to keep foods hot and reduce condensation, so that it arrives at its Don’t forget to say you saw their advert in the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory



THE UNTOUCHED COASTLINE OF ANGLESEY With its coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic Anglesey is a delight for walkers and nature lovers. The superb sign-posted Coastal Path is 220 km long (124 miles) and follows virtually the entire coastline, taking in or passing near many of Anglesey’s top sights; but there are many other attractions. The island is located off the northwest coast of Wales and, at around 720 square kilometres (278 square miles), is one of Britain’s largest islands with a population of some 70,000. It is connected to Wales across the Menai Strait by the original Thomas Telford designed suspension bridge, which opened in 1826 and carries the A50. The later Britannia Bridge, which carries the railway line and the A55, was rebuilt after fire and reopened in 1972. Holyhead, a busy ferry port situated on the west coast, is the largest town on the island. It has a wide range of shops, a maritime museum, the award winning Ucheldre Arts Centre and a country park. St Cybi's Church, which overlooks the harbour, is noted for its stone carvings and stained glass windows; the chancel dates from the 13th century and the rest of the church from the 15th and 16th centuries. The historic town of Beaumaris on the Menai Strait has two nearby golf courses and is a major yachting centre. It is best known for its 13th century castle which is now a World Heritage Site. The town also has a famous courthouse dating from 1614 and a once grim gaol dating from 1829 has been converted into a museum. Visitors can take a cruise to Puffin Island where there are many bird species; grey seals are often seen and there are occasional sightings of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises. Located on the northeast corner of the island, Amlwych is the former exporting port for the

open-cast copper mine at Parys Mountain. The mine, once the largest in the world, is free to enter. A popular attraction, the small tidal Llanddwyn Island, lies off the west coast and is part of the National Nature Reserve of Newborough Warren. Except at the highest tides, it can be reached on foot and the neighbouring beach, one of the island’s finest, has blue flag status. Landdwyn, which provides exceptional views of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula, also has an interesting lighthouse marking the western entrance to the Menai Strait. In addition to that at Llanddwyn, Anglesey has numerous beaches and these include Rhosneigr which is great for water sports enthusiasts, Red Wharf Bay, Moelfre, Llandona, Penmon, Benllech, Traeth Lligwy, Borth Wen and Porth Trecastell/Cable Bay. Situated on the bank of the Menai Strait at Brynsiencyn, the Anglesey Sea Zoo is the largest marine aquarium in Wales and has more than 150 different species. You can enter a shipwreck containing conger eels, walk the shark pool grids and visit the newly built No Bone Zone with octopuses. There are many other attractions including an adventure playground and you can even fish for your own Japanese pearl and have it set in a jewellery setting of your choice while you wait.

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Close to the Menai bridge is the Butterfly Palace (Pili Palas), where hundreds of butterflies from all over the world can be seen in a tropical environment. There is also a reptile house, lizard land, the tropical home of tarantulas, scorpions, fire bellied toads and hissing cockroaches and a pets corner.Among the more unusual attractions of Anglesey is the small tidal island of Cribinau, off the southwest coast, with its 13th century St Cwyfan’s church which is popular for weddings and christenings. It can be reached on foot at low tide. Also in the southwest of the island is the village of Malltreath, a centre for bird life and home of the wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe (1901-1979).

the longest official place name in the United Kingdom. The site dates from around 3,000 BC; it was plundered in 1699, archaeologically excavated and restored in the period 1927-31 and has a burial chamber which can be entered. Anglesey was once known as the ‘Granary of Wales’ and had some 100 watermills and windmills. Llynnon Mill at Llanddeusant is still working and worth a visit; it was renovated in 1986.

The island has a number of prehistoric sites, including the Din Ligwy hut circle and the Ligwy burial chamber; but perhaps the best known is Bryn Celli Ddu. This is close to Menai Bridge and the villages of Llanddaniel and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob wllllantysiliogogogoch, the village with

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THE waste collection and rubbish removal service business needs. From water-coolers to colour copiers, from files to filters, from desks to desk tops, even fixtures and fittings. Trade Junk: At General Junk, we appreciate that your time is your money. General Junk offers you the opportunity to solely concentrate on your profession. With one free phone call, we can allocate a two hour window, provide no obligation upfront all inclusive rates, and dedicated manpower to lift, load and dispose of all your junk on the spot.

General Junk is a waste collection and rubbish removal business with a difference covering domestic, garden, office and trade waste collection, from single items to full clearances. Home Junk: Whatever the reason, General Junk removes the burden of domestic waste disposal. From cutlery and crockery, to tables and chairs, to doors and windows, even bricks and mortar, we specialise in general junk removal. Whatever you want to dispose of, whether an individual item or a full house clearance, we are here to service your needs. Garden Junk: General Junk offers an unrivalled garden clearance service. From acres of scrubland to an unwanted window box, our garden clearance service covers any junk. Our teams come prepared for a mammoth task, so no matter the scale of the job we're ready to dig in. From sheds to gazebos, from shrubs to trees, from hoes to hoses, from bird baths to gnomes, even dirty great concrete slabs! We remove patios, we remove furniture, we remove greenhouses. Whatever you want to dispose of, whether an individual item or a full garden clearance. Office Junk: Whatever the reason, General Junk provides a fast, efficient and professional service tailored to your

We've got waste disposal down to a fine art. Our waste collection service is second to none. Skip hire is a thing of the past. General Junk's waste collection process is designed with you in mind. One free phone call, one free quote agreed and we collect, load and dispose of your domestic waste. It's that simple! Rubbish removal shouldn't mean rubbish service. We do what we say we will, when we say we will. All of our staff are trained to respect your property. We will make every effort to ensure that your property is left exactly the way we find it, minus the junk At General Junk there are no hidden costs. Our pricing policy is as clear and simple. You only pay for the amount of junk collected. Our prices include all labour and disposal charges (i.e. landfill or transfer station).. So, if you have General Junk that you want to dispose of responsibly, call us FREE today

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DRIVING THROUGH THE YEARS A recent survey of motorists found that nearly half of them were unable to answer questions on the Highway Code. This handbook has been in existence for nearly eighty years and has undergone numerous changes over time. Driving rules were a lot easier in the past, but the casualty rates were higher than they are today. In the early days of motoring in Britain there was no driving test, so people often taught themselves to drive or received simple training from friends or colleagues and there were virtually no road regulations. By 1930 a few basic laws were introduced including a minimum driving age of 17. The first Highway Code book was published in 1931 and its eighteen pages contained detailed instructions for drivers of horse-drawn vehicles. They were advised to rotate the whip over their head then point it to the left or right depending on the direction they intended to turn. This first edition contained absolutely no information on using car mirrors, indicators didn’t exist and drivers were advised to beep their horn before overtaking to warn the car in front. However, there was a lengthy section explaining the various hand signals that drivers and policemen should use when directing traffic. It wasn’t until May 1975 that demonstrating arm signals was dropped from the driving test. Interestingly, speed limits were in force long before cars were invented. The 1865 Locomotive Act was designed for steam-driven traction engines and the speed limit was set at 4 mph on rural roads and 2 mph in urban areas. A man carrying a red flag was required to walk some way ahead to warn people that a ‘self powered vehicle’ was approaching. This flagman was also used for a few years in the early days of motor vehicles until the speed of the car became too fast for it to be practical. The first speeding ticket and a one shilling fine was issued in 1896 to a man driving at 8 mph in a 2 mph zone. The red flag rule ended in 1896 and was widely celebrated with motorists participating in the ‘emancipation run’ from London to Brighton; an event still repeated annually as the famous veteran

car rally. It wasn’t until 1935 that driving tests were made compulsory and the requirements of this first test were just these: eyesight test, questions on the Highway Code, “General Driving", emergency stop, arm signals, reverse left and turn in the road. There were no official testing centres and examiners met their candidates at a railway station or other designated spot. Testing was suspended for the duration of World War 2 and restarted in November 1946. During the Suez crisis of 1956 driving tests were also cancelled until April 1957 and have continued uninterrupted ever since. Now, not only has the driving test become more complicated, fewer people are passing. To ensure success, make sure you take the time to revise and thoroughly learn the Highway Code and take proper lessons with a qualified instructor. Happy motoring!

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Up at the Top Gutter Master Choosing a company to carry out repairs to your house can be very worrying. Particularly if you don’t know much about the work that needs to be done. Peace of mind comes from finding a reputable reliable service. The vehicles of GutterMaster are a familiar site in Bearsden & Milngavie and the Director William Burke has spent his working life as a roofer. Tired of excess travelling and time away from home, William decided to form his own company almost 20 years ago. Since then his business has gone from strength to strength and still growing considerably.

No Pressure: GutterMaster offers free quotes to interested customers. “We don’t believe in pressurising people into making a quick decision” says William and we don’t quote a ridiculous

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price then make an amazing reduction if people sign on the dotted line. We don’t keep phoning them either - once we have given a quote people are free to decide for themselves whether or not they want our services.

GutterMaster will always find more than one option if possible. If you have a budget they will work with it and offer you genuine advice. So if a repair can be done instead of a full job, you will always be told. GutterMaster are confident in their services, so if a complete job is undertaken you can relax in the knowledge that their work is guaranteed. Just one more reason why GutterMaster are “Up at the Top”.

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FED UP WITH TRADESMEN WHO LET YOU DOWN? CALL SALTIRE CARPETS Saltire Carpets was established in 1994 at Fullwood Industrial Estate, Hamilton. Three years later a second branch was opened in Kirkintilloch, and two years ago the Kirkintilloch branch moved to larger warehouse premises with over 21,000 square feet of showroom and warehousing space, to cater for the rise in sales and turnover. They now carry a huge selection of carpets, beds, rugs, laminates and solid wood flooring in stock for immediate delivery.

aim to ensure that all of their customers are 100% satisfied and will do everything within their power to make sure that this is the case on every installation. Beds and Accessories: An additional new bed centre is also in Kirkintilloch, offering customers a wide range of beds. They also have a large selection of headboards in store, from leatherette to velour, including the very popular suede. Brian (owner) goes on to say “We have every type of mattress, sprung, pocket memory foam etc. Sizes start at 75cms to 180cms wide and everything in between”.

The showroom carries thousands of samples from all the leading carpet manufacturers including; Abingdon, Kiddiminster Carpets, Georgian and Orotuft. The business has steadily increased on a year to year basis, based on the expertise of three directors (each with over 40 years experience in the carpet trade) and the recommendations of customers.

Whatever you may require, foldup beds, guest beds and sofa beds, they have them all. To complete your bedroom why not have a look at their extensive range of bedroom furniture in-store to compliment your new bed.

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KUMON MATHS AND ENGLISH: FREE TRIAL 21 AUGUST - 20 OCTOBER As the new school year draws closer, it's time to think about how you can support your child's learning. And with a Kumon Free Trial round the corner, what could be easier? Leading supplementary education provider Kumon offers individualised Maths and English study programmes tailored to each child's age and ability. Through working at their own pace every day, children are given not only a strong grounding in maths and English, but fundamental learning skills such as accuracy, time management, concentration and independence in study. Kumon aims to provide each child with tools for transferable learning and to ensure that they study at a level that is right for them. By building on secure foundations, repeating work as necessary and learning at their own pace, children are able to boost their confidence whilst developing strong study skills, helping to achieve their potential at school and beyond. Enrol your child at your local Milngavie, Jordanhill or Bearsden study centre between 21 August and 20 October 2010 to take advantage of our Free Trial and see how the Kumon method can benefit your child.

Your first two weeks will be free of charge, but to make a lasting difference your child will need to make a long term commitment to the programme. Over 60,000 children study with Kumon at more than 600 centres in the UK and Ireland. The Milngavie centre was opened in October 2009, and is already going from strength to strength. For further information or to enrol at your nearest Kumon centre, contact: Milngavie: Gwen McDonald 0141 956 5999 Jordanhill / Bearsden: Sandra Axten 0141 533 6124 The centres are open after school from 3.30pm till 5.30pm on: Milngavie Tuesdays and Thursdays Jordanhill Mondays and Tuesdays Bearsden Wednesdays and Thursdays


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MAKE MORE ROOM WITH A LOFT CONVERSION It might be an understatement to proclaim the property market's in a bit of a pickle at the moment, but there is a positive behind the doom and gloom - it has never been easier, or cheaper, to renovate your home. Now might well be the time to convert that forgotten space, which is currently being held hostage by bags and boxes of family keepsakes - the loft. With this guide to loft conversions, you'll add space and value to your property in no time. Why you should improve - not move With the current economic climate as tumultuous as it is, a loft conversion makes sense. If you're going to have to stay put, you might as well look for ways to improve your property and create more space for you and the family. It's relatively cost-effective too. There are builders desperate for work and new planning laws introduced in 2008 mean that certain loft conversions no longer need to be approved by the council, which saves you further red tape, time and expense.

So what are the new rules? When it comes to the new planning laws, there are still some complex rules. But in general, as far as loft conversions go, there's no need to apply for planning permission if alterations don't affect the appearance of a house from the street. Three key points to consider are: 1. Loft conversions don't need planning permission as long as the volume added to the house is less than 50 cubic metres for a detached house, or 40 cubic metres for a terrace house. 2. On the side of the house facing the street, only skylights lying flat on the roof are allowed. 3. At the back, a dormer (an extension with a window at the front) will be allowed, as long as it's no higher than the existing roof and is set back at least 20cm from the eaves

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Any works beyond these three points will probably need planning permission, so play it safe and make sure you're not infringing any laws before you book the builders. More information on loft conversions can be found at And again, before booking the builders, make sure you read “Got the Builders In? Make sure you don't invalidate your home insurance.” Be practical Unlike the heady days before the property slump, when gold-plated finishes and designer-laden rooms were the name of the game, these penny-pinching times mean you've got to think practically. An extra bedroom or office space are popular options. Get it right and you'll add a lot of value to your home at the same time. Furnishing the new room-cum-loft shouldn't take too much out of your savings either.

where will electrical points go, do you have a party wall agreement with your neighbours? This will save time and money in the long run. Cover yourself Even in its simplest form, a loft conversion can prove an immense under-taking, so check first to see if your home insurance will cover all eventualities. And although it works out cheaper to carry out conversions these days, don't get carried away. It's possible to have too much space and the end result could mean a house that's top heavy with too many bedrooms for the amount of living rooms beneath. Finally, it's important to know that once you've added size and value to the property, you'll probably need to upgrade your home insurance to cover the new rebuild cost and any contents contained within the extension.

Ask lots of questions Before you do anything, arm yourself with a torch and tape measure and get up into the loft to see what kind of space you're dealing with. Ask yourself lots of questions such as how sound-proof is the room, is there enough light, how do the proportions of the loft work,


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1ST CHOICE TRADES OPENS THEIR NEW SHOWROOM IN BEARSDEN 1st Choice Trades is a family run business by local residents David and Susan Ness. David has over 10 years experience working with companies such as DM Design and Glasgow City Council before going it alone. They started out as kitchen fitters (David Ness Installations), where they built up a full portfolio of happy customers and have now progressed to opening their own showroom in Bearsden where they offer all types of joinery work from replacing an old worktop to a full extension with their team of trusted and reliable tradesmen. As a supplier & fitter they can find your perfect kitchen and install it for you or if you have already purchased your kitchen they can simply install units and worktops, tiling, plastering, plumbing and all electrical work. On display in their stunning showroom, they have a variety of kitchen and bathroom styles and designs to

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Signature Interiors Down an unassuming Kirkintilloch side-street lies an amazing Aladdin’s Cave of fabrics,wallpapers and home accessories. Over the past 35 years, Signature Interiors has built-up a reputation second-to-none when it comes to making their customer’s houses into homes. Now is an exciting time for the family company, as the Bishopbriggs couple who started the business have recently passed the torch onto their three daughters. Lara Cairney is now the face of the business, with two decades of experience in home interiors, who will help turn your dreams into reality. Meanwhile, Gillian Duthie and Elizabeth Rodden are behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. Lara can create anything from a cushion cover to sumptuous fullydesigned interiors, all to your exact specifications. Their shop contains a dazzling array of gorgeous fabrics and furnishings, with customers free to come along and have a browse and a chat over a cup of coffee, with no pressure to buy.

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Finding the right plumber or heating engineer is a daunting task, and on occasions has to be done under extreme time pressure, for example when the boiler is not working on a very cold day. Wondering if they will turn up at all? If they do turn up, how much are they going to charge you? and what will the quality of work be like? RM Plumbing & Gas Services have a long standing reputation for being honest, efficient, respectful and highly experienced at handling the most difficult jobs from both residential and commercial premises. Their local plumbers can carry out any job from the simplest leaking tap through to a full replacement heating system. The company was set up by director Ronnie McFarlane, who served his apprenticeship straight from school and went on to work as an engineer with Scottish Gas covering the East Dunbartonshire area. In 2001 Ronnie decided to go it alone and has built his company steadily through recommendation and reputation for quality workmanship. Due to the continued support from the local residents to use RM services, Ronnie has been able to employ two apprentices, 1st year apprentice Matthew Baillie & 4th year Kevin Gallagher who are both from the local area, during a time when many other large construction companies are unable or unwilling to start apprenticeships for young people. RM also have time served plumbers, gas engineers and an electrician currently employed.

In need of a new boiler? Ronnie and the team are boiler replacement specialists and supply high efficiency condensing boilers that are cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly than conventional boilers. They also have power flush machines that can make your old heating system like new by removing sludge from your system with no mess and no fuss to make your whole system run more smoothly. The company is also part of the new “Gas Safe Register� scheme which starts on April 1st 2009, replacing the existing organisation operated by CORGI. By law, from April 2009 all gas installation companies and installers are required to join the new registration scheme and they will all be required to remain competent and registered, and will therefore will be inspected regularly. To tie in with this new register starting, Ronnie has opened a new showroom/advice centre in Auchinairn Rd, Bishopbriggs for the public, please call for more details. With RM Plumbing & Gas Services you can have peace of mind of having first class professionals working on your behalf. The company is fully compliant with all building regulations and all work is guaranteed for 2 years as standard. All appointments are taken with the customer in mind to minimise disruption. For reliability, integrity and honesty, you can trust RM Plumbing & Gas Services.

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AUDI TECHNIK CENTRE: YOUR BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEALER Tired of main dealer prices? Are you looking for alternative garage services at affordable prices? Audi Technik is a local independent full service and repair facility specialising in Audi, Volkswagen, Seat & Skoda. Based right here in Bishopbriggs, Audi Technik Centre is a garage you can trust were all makes and models are welcome. Owner William Connolly is a fully trained Audi master technician with over 20 years experience within the VW group of vehicles. At Audi Technik Centre they undertake all types of work, from servicing, replacing timing belts to full engine diagnostics with all service books stamped to validate warranties. Your car will also have its electronic management system checked and service interval light reset. Owner William tells us “At Audi Technik we only use genuine parts and as a VW group specialist garage, we give all of our customers the highest quality service, regardless of whether you have an old or new vehicle”. William then goes on to say “Regular vehicle servicing is often overlooked by car owners however it is more important than most vehicle owners realise. Through keeping your service book up-to-date you will retain a better resale value when you come to sell your vehicle. But the vehicle sale is a long term benefit, until then you will also benefit from identifying potential problems before they occur, ensuring the optimum miles per gallon for your particular vehicle and you get a 'smoother, tighter' drive from your driving experience!” Did you know that servicing and maintaining your car at Audi Technik Centre does not affect your manufacturer’s warranty? In October 2003, European Legislation affecting the motor trade came into force allowing motorists to use any garage of their choice to service their cars without invalidating the manufacturer’s warranty. This basically means you are free to benefit from the competitive pricing and individual service offered by your local independent garage. And if you are looking for a little more fun or performance for your car, then Audi Technik Centre can assist you too. They offer performance tuning and modifications to most models including MTM tuning, suspension, uprated brakes, induction and exhaust modifications plus many more. Since opening, Audi Technik Cente have built an

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ALFA ROMEO MITO Alfa Romeo is a brand that conjures up all manner of images in the average car buyer’s mind: Passion, flair, beauty it’s the stuff motoring dreams are made of. But on the flip side of the coin are the less attractive connotations reliability woes and trouble-prone electrics are reputations dealers are still struggling to overcome. With that in mind, news that the most complicated engine ever to grace an automobile is being fitted to the latest MiTo might send a shudder down the spine of some retailers. But the new MultiAir powerplant isn’t something to be feared. Yes, it might be more complicated than quantum physics, and the last thing you EVER want to do is get involved in a full-blown conversation about how it works, but the fact remains it is still a dramatic leap forward. All you really need to know are three key facts: MultiAir is more fuel efficient, it’s greener and, most importantly, more powerful than a standard engine. It does all this in an extremely clever way too.

It’s something to do with pistons, valves and springs. Or something. However it works, it’s seriously complicated and impossible to explain here without sending you to sleep, so I won’t bother. Google it if you’re interested. What’s far more important is how it drives. And boy does it excel here. The MultiAir 1.4-litre, turbo-charged engine is available with two power outputs: 135bhp and 170bhp. The latter is the most exciting of the duo, hitting 60mph in 7.5s, topping 135mph and it’s got that evocative Cloverleaf badge of days gone by too. On the road, turbo-lag has been all but eliminated producing a driving experience that really stirs the soul. Power is almost instantaneous and the MiTo feels beefy, belieing its size. This is, after all, the Italian’s rival to the Mini and with this unit under the bonnet will be a true contender for honours against a Cooper S. The MiTo MultiAir also features a host of other tech for the car maker including active suspension, fuel saving stop-start and DNA. That last one is utterly superb it’s an electronic system (don’t grimace) that communicates with the engine, braking, steering, suspension and transmission to alter the ‘feel’ of the car, depending on circumstances.

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Derived from racing, it’s dramatic in the way it alters the MiTo and with the ‘Dynamic’ setting engaged, makes it feel positively sporting. The throttle response is crisper, steering sharper and the car hunkers down, gripping harder in bends. The other two settings stand for ‘Normal’ and ‘All weather’, which again alter the car’s feel accordingly, but are rather less exciting.

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Another debut in this MiTo is the six-speed gearbox. This has been developed in-house by Fiat and offers a swift, direct shift. It’s not as good as some rivals, but is a huge improvement over the five-speed found in the 135bhp variant of the MultiAir. Specification for the MultiAir is reasonable. It comes in three trims Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf with the base model featuring 16-inch alloys, electric windows, air conditioning, that all-important DNA switch and a CD player. That costs from £15,165. But the biggest talking point really has to be that ground-breaking engine. MultiAir is a dramatic step on for the brand. You only have to look at the figures to see that: CO2

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH Enjoy British plums at their best with this delicious baked tart. It tastes just as good warm or cold served with a spoonful of thick cream or crème fraiche.

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Plum and Almond Tart 300g (10oz) fresh shortcrust pastry 115g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened 115g (4oz) caster sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 115g (4oz) ground almonds 55g (2oz) plain flour 6 large firm plums, stones removed and sliced 4 tbsp plum jam, warmed and sieved 1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm (9in) loose-based fluted flan tin. Trim the edges and prick the base and sides of the pastry with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 20 mins. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. 2. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and ground almonds then gently stir in the flour. Spread the mixture into the pastry case and level with a spatula. 3. Arrange the plum slices on top of the almond filling in concentric circles. Place the flan tin on the hot baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 mins. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, 350F, Gas 4 and bake for a further 2530 mins until the filling is golden and set. Mix the jam and lemon juice together and brush over the warm tart. Serve warm or cold.

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Bearsden & Milngavie Directory: The Local Directory at the heart of the community

“I never knew so many businesses existed within the area.” This remark has been made time and time again in relation to the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory. Since April 2007 the Bishopbriggs Directory has gone from just an idea to firmly establishing itself as the magazine for the local area. Starting off with just 2000 copies, the directory has expanded over the 3 years to now cover 12,500 homes throughout Bearsden & Milngavie. Containing a mixture of editorials, adverts and articles, as well as local information and events, the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory regularly receives positive feedback from the residents and advertisers alike.

Truly Local Local residents like to support local businesses: local businesses need the support of local residents. The vast majority of our advertisers live, work or have connections within our distribution area. Many of these businesses don’t have a ‘shop front’ - they’re small independents who use a home office, and Bearsden & Milngaive Directory is one of the few affordable ways they can promote their business to a local audience. By using them you are truly supporting your local community. A sister directory covering Bishopbriggs Directory started in April 2006 which gives total coverage between the two directories of 25,000 homes

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Step Out of the Box… … and get noticed. Adverts are visible and never lost on a page, even if people are skim reading. There are never more than four adverts on a page and there are limited advertisers within each business category, to ensure that no-one becomes “lost” in a long list of competitors. Editorial features are available, if you want to tell readers about your business in more detail. We also offer leaflet drops along with the directory.

Shelf Life The Bearsden & Milngaive Directory has excellent shelf life, the relevance of the editorial and advertising content, as well as local information, means it is in constant use. Residents keep it as a reference point until they get the next issue, thereby giving advertisers immediate access when their services are required. This is really important because although some people may require services immediately, most will not, but will subconsciously retain the names of adverts they find eye-catching and notice often. This is why repetitive advertising usually yields the best results: it keeps your name prominent and at the forefront of peoples minds. If you think that advertising in either the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory or the Bishopbriggs Directory could benefit your company then please call either Scott or Natalie on 0141 945 4210.

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What our advertisers say............ I have been advertising in the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory since June 2007 and find it to be the most cost effective advertising that I do. We receive excellent feed back from our advertising and will continue to advertise in this publication and would recommend it to any new or established businesses who want more from the area. William Burke, Guttermaster “Brilliant! We have seen a dramatic increase in business since advertising in the directories. They get delivered when they should and where they should, unlike some other “mags” that we have used in the past. The professional image the directory delivers benefits every existing or potential customers. Noel Daly P & N Bathrooms I have been advertising in the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory since the first issue, people often refer to the directory and the work that I get easily covers the costs of advertising. Keith Malley, Chips Away We found the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory one of the best forms of advertising we have tried. Many of our customers have came in and mentioned the discount that we run in the directory. It allows a local company to reach local customers in need of our services and we feel it has helped us establish ourselves as a new business in the area.

Our company, Sovereign Select Chauffeur Driven Cars, based in Kirkintilloch have been advertising in both the Bearsden & Milngavie and Bishopbriggs Directories since their creation and have found that it has greatly assisted in the steady growth of our business by its provision of q u a l i t y advertising and a l o c a l showcase for our quality Chauffeur Driven Cars. Robert McKenzie Sovereign Select Chauffeur Driven Cars Last year we spent a large percentage of our advertising budget on well known publications such as Yellow Pages with mediocre results but in comparison, the budget spent on both the Bishopbriggs Directory and its sister publication, the Bearsden & Milngavie Directory proved invaluable - consistently producing more local enquires than any other of the larger nationwide publications. It remains our favourite way to generate valued local customers. There are many imitators of this style of local magazine advertising which have sprung up recently, but Scott and Natalie have the original formula that works with the publication and its results are underpinned with their professional creativity and good old fashioned but necessary hard work. I would look to advertise in any future publications they may create.

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All Day Breakfast, Hot and Cold Filled Rolls Homemade Soup, Toasties, Paninis, Baked Potatoes, Fish Teas, Scampi, Salads, Home Baking, Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolate, Milk Shakes Special Menu for Pensioners between 2pm - 4pm Monday - Friday

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By Daryn Cochrane - The Golfing House

PUTTING ALIGNMENT IS KEY Do you feel like your putting stroke is perfect but you’re missing too many putts? Then you’re among the majority of golfers who don’t square the putter face perfectly at address; and if you’re not aiming where you think you are the chances of your ball finding the hole are greatly diminished. To increase your odds of squaring the putter face follow this easy routine. Once you’ve addressed the ball, stand up straight and extend your arms upward until the putter face is at eye level, then set it square (this works more effectively because your eyes tend to fall offline when you bend over at address) Maintain this grip and lower the putter back down to the ball; there’s your line . Once you’re properly aligned its then time to choose the line, and if you’re having problems in this area just remember these four basic facts:

(0141) 942 4048, email me at or pop into my shop at Bearsden Golf Range. Have a fabulous golfing month!

Daryn Cochrane AA(T) PGA Professional

a.. The slower the green, the less a putt will break b.. The faster the green the more the putt will break c.. The more uphill the putt, the less it will break d.. The more downhill, the more the putt will break. For any further help with your game, you can call me on


Golfing House

FREE - ONE OFF KIDS LESSONS YES! Putters custom-fit centre for the West coast of Scotland We also have GASP LAB for video analysis of swings for coaching and fitting purposes Registered Foremost Performance Centre and Tour Edge custom-fit centre. Galvin Green, Ecco, Footjoy, Titleist, Scotty Cameron and Glenbrae stockists.

0141 942 4048

Bearsden Golf Range 200 Milngavie Rd, Bearsden G61 3DH

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Leaflet Distribution

Brian Flanigan Painter & Decorator Established 1985

Interior & Exterior Paper Hanging — Ames Taping — Skim Coat Plastering — Coving —


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0141 772 0057 07795 553 555 31 Birkhill Avenue, Bishopbriggs, G64 2LD

WOOD MADE GOOD Dust Free Floor Sanding and Sealing   Paint & Varnish Stripping   Wood Restoration

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M: 07976 965 202 T: 0141 278 3622

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Northside Tiling Professional Tiling Service In All Aspects of Wall And Floor Tiling

time served tiler 23 years exp domestic and commercial projects

30% Trade Discount on tiles available (if required) from large stylish showrooms in Glasgow. Based in Robroyston, Fully Insured Free Expert Advice & Quotes Tel: 0141 557 2028 / Mob: 07733 769 017

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Full Design & Build Service Loft Conversions Extensions Garage Conversions Conservatories Property Maintenance UPVC Roof Lining Kitchen & Bathroom Installation

Tel: 0141 563 6697 Mob: 07950 411 388 20 Eldon Gardens, Bishopbriggs, G64 2EU Get 20% OFF your first 2 orders!

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Ironing Services Unit 26, Huntershill Village 102 Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs G64 1RP

Services Offered: ž Carpet & upholstery cleaning ž Oriental & modern rug cleaning ž Expert spot and stain removal ž Dust mite removal ž Leather cleaned and conditioned ž Curtains cleaned in situ ž All work fully insured and guaranteed ž Organic products used - no harsh chemicals ž Guardsman anti-stain protection programmes

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SKIPPING FIT Don’t make the mistake of leaning forward or skipping too slowly, either of which could cause your feet to catch the rope. Keep your back as straight as possible and start with two footed jumps just an inch or two from the floor. Stand with the rope behind your feet. Using your wrists, turn the rope over your head, keeping your elbows tucked into your body. As the rope arrives in front of you, jump over it and land on the balls of your feet. Jumping just a couple inches off the ground is enough to give you plenty of exercise. It may take a few practice jumps before you get the hang of it, but it won’t take you long before it becomes second nature.

Skipping is something most of us have done at some time in our lives, but did you know that it’s also an excellent way to get fit? The benefits of skipping include increased agility, balance and coordination. It helps to tone arms and legs, as well as strengthening cardiovascular muscles. One of its main benefits, though, is that it is an inexpensive option for those of us who can’t afford to join a gym. A skipping rope costs very little, can be taken anywhere, doesn’t take up lots of storage space and can be used whenever it suits you. As with all exercise, an effective warm-up before skipping is essential. This should consist of a series of movements starting with low impact and low intensity and progressing to high intensity, full speed exercises that simulate skipping. In other words, get the right muscles warmed up prior to doing any actual skipping. Wherever you choose to workout, make sure you are on a non-slip surface. Wear flat shoes, trainers if possible, and comfortable clothing which won’t catch on the rope. Skipping to music will prevent you becoming bored, so use an mp3 player if you are outdoors.

A good way to increase flexibility is to alternate feet when jumping. Skip on one foot for a few jumps. Then stop and jump on the other foot. Soon you will be able to move from one foot to the other without catching the rope in between. Once you have mastered the basics, you can set yourself some exercise routines lasting about 10 minutes. You can increase this gradually to 30 minutes as your fitness level improves or if you find that you are completing the exercises too easily. Simply speeding up as you skip can create a more intense workout. By listening to faster songs, you will automatically jump faster to keep to the rhythm. Interval training can also help you to maintain an optimum fitness level. Start with low intensity speeds, move to high intensity jumps and then back to low intensity. If you feel like doing some additional exercises, why not skip during commercial breaks on television? Don’t forget to have yourself checked out by your doctor before starting this or any other exercise regime. By Lorraine Mace

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Rowebb Paving & Patio Centres NEW CITY CENTRE LOCATION 33-53 Charles Street Glasgow G21 2PR (Just off Springburn Rd) Public & Trade Welcome

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ANTI-AGEING FOODS Have you heard that the key to staying young is eating right? Perhaps you've also heard that there are certain foods that have special properties, unique components that make them literally antiaging food. There is a lot of misinformation out there about aging and how to prevent it, but the advice we are receiving about eating well is something we would all do well to pay attention to. Antiaging food seems too good to be true, As scientific research reveals more and more about how the human body works, what foods promote a healthy body, and what foods cause physical stress, it is becoming evident that many of the life threatening diseases experienced by aging people are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and a poor diet. Viewed from this perspective, any foods that form part of a healthy diet might be considered anti aging foods, but it's also true that some foods in particular seem to have unusual properties. The largest groups of these antiaging foods are the ones that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that clear away free radicals, damaging particles that damage body cells and accelerate aging. Free radicals are always being produced in our bodies, so antioxidants are constantly needed to remove the free radicals before they have a change to do damage. Many foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain antioxidants, while a few are

astonishingly high in these beneficial antiaging food molecules. Three of the best are blueberries, red kidney beans, and cranberries. All of this current information on anti aging foods can be used together to design a diet that is both healthy for the body in general and helpful for avoiding the typical signs of aging. Such a diet would avoid consuming pesticides and other toxins as much as possible, as well as foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar. Grains should be whole grains because the body converts the sugar in these carbohydrate sources at a slow and steady pace. Antiaging foods are whole vegetables and fruits. Proteins should come primarily from beans, nuts, and seafood, with a minimum of dairy, poultry and red meat products. Healthy fats include olive oil and, to a lesser extent, other vegetable oils - avoid trans fats and saturated fats as much as possibl,. though, for many people, adopting a diet of anti aging foods may seem like a drastic and difficult task, most people quickly discover a feeling of increased well-being, and gradually come to enjoy eating these wholesome healthful foods. And they are able to enjoy good health longer into their senior years. Antiaging foods are definitely worth a try. Supplementation can also ensure that you get the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients you need, as sometimes even the most well-balanced diet is lacking in some essentials.

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Torrevieja / Alicante 2 Bedroom Apartment for Rent

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Private balcony with lovely views Gated entry with communal swimming pool & pool attendant Prices Near the beautiful beaches of La Mata, Guardamar & Zenia from £125 Short Walking distance from the therapeutic Salt Lakes Per Week Great golf courses right at your doorstep

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Tel: 07890 399 414

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Index of Advertisers Advertising: B & M Directory Aerials & Satellites: SK Aerials Aerials & Satellites: SAS Aerials Architects: Coogan Architects Architectural Plans: Penman Architectural Plans: JHW Architects Audio Visual: Gwavtech Bathrooms: P & N Bathrooms Blinds: Apollo Blinds Blinds: Eastend Window Blinds Blind Cleaning: Klean Kwik Blinds Builder: Gartshore Construction Builder: Kenmure Joiners & Builders Café: Precinct 11 Café Car Body Repairs: Chips Away Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning: Safeclean Children’s Tuition: Kip McGrath Children’s Tuition: Kumon Cleaning: Perfectly Clean College: Anniesland College Computer Maintenance: Colins Computers Computer Maintenance: Laptop & PC Doctor Dog Grooming: Dandy Dogs Double Glazing: Smiths Windows Driving School: Round The Bend Electrician: A & A Electrics Ltd Electrician: Bain Electrical Services Estate Agency: Cairn Flooring: Saltire Carpets Florist: Bindi Blooms Kitchen & Bathrooms: 1st Choice Trades Garage; Audi Technik Centre Gardening Supplies: Rowebb Golf Range: Bearsden Golf Range Handyman: Paul’s DIY Services Hairdressing: Gillian Copeland Hairdressing: Julie Fell Home Improvements: PSHI Holiday Homes: Torrevieja Interior Design: Signature Interiors Ironing: I.P Ironing Joiner: G.R Joinery Landscaping: Absolute Landscaping Laundry: Milngavie Laundry Services Minibus Hire: Minibus Travel Monoblocking: GBM Scotland Painter/Decorator: Brian Flanigan Painter/Decorator: S.Harper Painter/Decorator: A.C.Decor Photographer: Grace Callan Plasterer: Ian McHale Plumber: Bearsden Plumbing Plumber: RM Plumbing & Gas Services

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Pressure Cleaning: Jetwash Printing: SB Print Roofing Services: A.R.B Roofing: Froscote Roofing Roofing: Guttermaster Stone Restoration: T&G Stoneplast Take Away: The Fish Stop Tanning: Dial A Tan Taxis: Canniesburn Taxis Tiler: Classic Ceramics Tiler: Northside Tiling Warehouse Club: Costco Waste Disposal: General Junk Wedding Cars: Sovereign Select Wood Restoration: Wood Made Good

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