Page 1

AUG/SEP 2019 ISSUE 49

WHAT’S BUGGING YOU? DEFEAT GARDEN PESTS

ON YER BIKE CYCLING MAKES SENSE SAYS MP

DOORS OPEN DAY

30TH ANNIVERSARY CL49 Cover.indd 1

26/07/2019 09:24:43


THE FAMILY GARDEN CENTRE

Cardwell has been a growing family business since 1962 and now covers a mammoth 23 departments. The finest in gardening products are always available, plus:

• Healthy options available in our patio restaurant • Interior furnishings and lighting • Arts, crafts and wool stocked • Enormous selection of gifts • Pets Corner and kids play area • Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks concessions Have a look at our website for full details.

Save the Date for the Strathclyde Leek and Onion Society annual show in September - keep an eye on press or website for details

2

Cardwell.indd 2

Lunderston Bay, Gourock, Inverclyde, PA19 1BB 01475 521 536 www.cardwellgardencentre.co.uk WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK 23/07/2019 15:07:55


CONTENTS LEARNING: BOOK TRUST FASHION: MOSCHINO MAGIC BOAT SHOW: BIG WEEKEND IS HERE

08 18 12 24 16 26

RONNIE COWAN MP GARDEN: DEFEAT THE PESTS WHAT’S ON: OUR GREAT GUIDE

08

24

16

SUMMER IN THE CITY

T

ake part in Scotland’s biggest free festival – it is right here in Inverclyde and all around the country.

Published by: Wyvex Media On the cover: Beacon Arts Centre Photo credit: Will Keogh

CONTACT INFO

Doors Open Days is 30-years-old this year and that is even more reason to celebrate. The idea is a simple but brilliant one: ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people

by opening the doors and let them look round. You can visit some familiar and much-loved places; you can a look at other buildings, some private, that are only open on these weekends. Scottish Civic Trust is the national coordinator, and the weekends run during Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland.

Sales Executive: Julie Baird jbaird@obantimes.co.uk

Features Editor: Joanne Simms joanne@clydelife.co.uk

Advertising: 07792 066706 • editor@clydelife.co.uk /ClydeLifeMagazine @clydelifemag Website Design: plbwebdesign.co.uk Graphic Design: Grant Dickie – Scottish Field gdickie@scottishfield.co.uk

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors, or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Wyvex Media does not officially endorse any advertising material included in this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL49 Contents.indd 3

3

25/07/2019 17:02:33


• • • •

Waxing Intimate Waxing Epilation Eye Treatments • Lashes • Lash Extensions • Lash Lift • Tinting • Designer Brows

• Gatineau Facials and Body Treatments • Manicure/Pedicure • Hard Skin Removal • Nails • Shellac Nails • Minx Nails • Nail Extensions • Nail Art • Make Up • Tanning • Paraffin Wax Treatments

4

Healthy Outlook.indd 4

• Lipofirm Contouring Body Wrap • Reflexology • Massage • Aromatherapy Massage • Deep Tissue Massage • Hot Stone Massage • Indian Head Massage • Swedish Massage • Thai Foot Massage • Hopi Ear Candling • Metamorphic Process • Stress Management • Yoga • Classes • One to One Lessons

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

25/07/2019 16:20:53


CO

NS FREE ULT AT

ION

DID YOU KNOW WE OFFER FACIAL AESTHETICS?

OPEN DAY Sat 7th Sept COME ALONG TO MEET THE TEAM AND DISCUSS YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS Book your place now by calling us on 01505 873852 or pop by our practice Clyde Life Magazine

www.clydelife.co.uk

10 St James Terrace, Lochwinnoch Rd, Kilmacolm PA13 4HB

CL49 Dentist.indd 5

|5

25/07/2019 15:39:13


FULLY BESPOKE, MADE TO MEASURE STORAGE SOLUTIONS

We are really happy with our new wardrobes. People are continually commenting on how great they look and asking where we got them from. Catrina Frame

Really happy with my finished wardrobes. Just what we were looking for. Brilliant value for money! Mrs Travers

Absolutely terrific! We are more than delighted with our sliding wardrobes. We have shown them to all our family and friends and everybody absolutely loves them. David Wilkes

SUPERIOR BESPOKE STORAGE SYSTEMS AT SMART PRICES... 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. 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 truly bespoke to your requirements. Whether it’s hinged, angled or sliding doors, you’re after, a built in quest bed or a fully fitted walk-in wardrobe or library, the team are always on hand to offer their advice and expertise.

01505 614419 • www.alvicslidingwardrobes.co.uk WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK Visit6 our showroom: Suite 1, The Old Mill, Houston Road, Crosslee, Houston PA6 7AW

Alvic Sliding Doors.indd 6

26/06/2019 10:30:07


GREAT CAR AND VAN RENTAL OFFERS fro m

UP TO

10% OFF MIDWEEK HIRES

PLUS SPECIAL WEEKEND RATES PLEASE QUOTE CLOFFER19

CALL US ON 01475 742255 or 0141 404 4300 OR EMAIL INFO@ARCFLEETSERVICES.CO.UK

WWW.ARCFLEETSERVICES.CO.UK

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

Clyde Life ad 148x210.indd 1 Arc Fleet.indd 7

7

04/01/2019 09:36 26/06/2019 10:32:12


BETTER EQUIPPED FOR BIG SCHOOL!

Inverclyde’s new high school students are arriving better prepared, thanks to the Scottish Book Trust

I

nverclyde’s new intake of secondary school students will be arriving better equipped for their studies thanks to a gift from the Scottish Book Trust. Read Write Count Moving Up kits were given to every P7 pupil as they left primary school at the start of the summer holidays; Inverclyde is one of nine local authorities tin this pilot scheme to support parents and pupils during this time of change. The Moving Up kit was created after consultation with local authorities and the Association of Directors of Education. Learning professionals, librarians and teachers provided feedback about items that would be helpful for Primary 7 pupils who are transitioning into secondary school. This is a Scottish Government initiative, in partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust. And the trust is also providing training and support to all the local authorities involved in the scheme, helping to improve current transition programmes between primary and secondary schools. Marc Lambert, chief of the Scottish Book Trust, said: ‘The transition from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time for young people, and our new Read Write Count Moving

8

CL49 Book trust.indd 8

Up kits give pupils and parents much needed support. We consulted to ensure that the Moving Up kit contains essential items for any pupil starting high school.’ The Scottish Book Trust is a national charity dedicated to changing lives through reading and writing; to inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure. As well as taking part in this pilot scheme the trust also gifts books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home and it works with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events. Read, Write, Count is a campaign run by Scottish Government with support from Scottish Book Trust and Education Scotland to support parents and carers who want to take a more active role in their children’s learning. And as extra help there is Parent Club which brings together existing Scottish Government support for parents. Parent Club offers tips and ideas from other parents who have done it all before, backed up by advice from trusted experts on how to deal with issues such as developing

Each kit contains: • reusable water bottle • protractor and ruler set • pen, pencil and rubber set • journal notebook • scientific calculator • pocket dictionary • parent/pupil booklet • USB Stick

‘These unique packs are a national first and contain items and advice which will give pupils the best chance at a smooth change and help parents and carers to support their children at this important time.’ – John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

09/07/2019 15:53:39


Show your kitchen some love Customers are hunting high and low for that perfect kitchen. Show your kitchen some love and we will show it our passion & creativity. Everything you could want in your kitchen we have. Top brands, craftsmanship, beauty, elegance & technology, we’ve got the lot and we promise it will certainly be worth your while especially when we get to the bottom line. So look no further, give us a visit. We can’t wait to meet you.

A family business since 1999

Finance Options Available T&C’s apply

www.affordableluxuries.co.uk WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK 52 - 54 Regent St,

Affordable Luxuries.indd 9

Greenock PA15 4NP

|

Tel: 01475 727774

9

25/07/2019 11:14:12


10

Nursing Home.indd 10

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

24/07/2019 10:29:38


WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

Nursing Home.indd 11

11

24/07/2019 10:29:50


THE

STYLE FILES T

he high fashion brand Moschino was originally created in 1983 by the late Franco Moschino. Franco was born in Abbiaegrasso, near Milan in 1950. He initially studied fine art and was a fashion illustrator before starting his own fashion brand. He died in 1994 aged just 44. Franco was a creative genius, who made fashion fun with his eccentric, innovative designs. He also had the ability to emblazon clothes with slogans and criticisms like - ‘Fashion is a Waist of Money’, ‘Expensive Jacket’ and ‘Bull Chic’ without causing offence. Alongside the Moschino playfulness were beautifully cut and constructed clothes resulting in completely unique garments. When Franco died, his assistant Rosella Jardini took over and she was there up until 2013 when American designer Jeremy Scott was appointed as creative director. Jeremy has continued Franco’s playfulness while incorporating lots of pop culture references, really mixing high fashion with street style. Jeremy Scott (in my opinion) has one of the best jobs in the fashion industry. Fortunately, he has the backing of Aeffe SpA, which now owns Moschino, and is one of the major players in the luxury goods market - which basically means a healthy injection of cash for Jeremy allowing his imagination to run wild and free, which it certainly does! Here are just some of Jeremy Scott’s creations for Moschino.

12

CL48 Style Files.indd 12

by Marilyn Thompson

His very first collection was inspired by fast food giant McDonald’s – just imagine a Michelin-starred McDonald’s restaurant with the staff wearing Moschino couture! THE BARBIE™ COLLECTION

When asked why Barbie inspired Jeremy said: ‘Why not, she’s practically perfect’. Indeed! Also, the models roller-skated down the runway. What’s not to like? THE FLOWER COLLECTION

The models, quite literally, became huge bouquets. Interflora™ may have a problem with this particular delivery! (Other flower delivery companies are available). THE CAR WASH COUTURE COLLECTION

Clothes featuring traffic signs galore. A stand-out piece was the beautifully constructed trench coat bearing the slogan, ‘Open Trench Caution required!’ There are so many others, Paper Dolls, SpongeBob SquarePants™, My Little Pony™ etc. (I told you he had the best job in fashion!) however, space is limited and I must mention the two most recent collections. First, there’s the Resort 2019 collection and the fashion show was actually staged in Wisteria Lane, which some of you may remember being the setting for the TV show ‘Desperate Housewives’. It was a horrorinspired collection – think of Frankenstein inspired scars and prom queen carnage and you’ll be on the right track. F/W 2019 is all about the

80’s soap opera ‘Dynasty’ (I’ll bet the ‘Dynasty’ theme tune is running through your mind right now!). At the time of writing, the full promotional video (directed by Steven Meisel) has not been released, however, the preview gives us a little taster of what’s to come and it’s full on 80’s glamour! Screen shots from the video show witty one liners like: ‘She’s here with him? - In a dress from last season’. It’s so over the top and tongue in cheek - Franco Moschino would have loved it.

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

23/07/2019 14:54:32


THE

TEEN STYLE FILES BEACH HOT

Super bright swimsuits, bikinis and cover ups are one of the biggest beachwear trends this summer. It will be easy to find a pop of colour to compliment your skin tone. Then all you have to do is hit the beach in style. Just remember to take your sunglasses and sun cream! (Bikini tops and briefs, Primark) FASHION & BEAUTY NOTES

Keep all your holiday essentials in this fab ‘Ciao Bella’ crochet beach bag by Accessorize - £35

DO’S & DONT’S:

Keep hydrated this summer with one of these cool travel cups by Kate Spade - £17.99

GADGET

HAIR

Daisy plaited flower headband. Accessorize - £8

SUNGLASSES

• DO make sure they have good UV protection. • DO choose a frame that suits your face shape. • DO have fun with colourful frames.

• DON’T go OTT they need to go with everything! • DON’T lose them! YOUR FASHION QUESTIONS ANSWERED Q Hi Holly, How many pairs of shoes should I take on holiday with me? I’ve got seven pairs ready to go. Lib

A Hey Lib, as few as possible! Honestly, you should wear trainers or sneakers to travel and pack flip flops and a pair of comfy sandals that’s it! 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: holly@thefashionclass.co.uk or thefashionclass.co.uk WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL48 Style Files.indd 13

13

16/07/2019 11:23:48


EXCITING NEW SERVICES AT LASERLIGHT! Laserlight is now an Advanced Electrolysis Clinic!

We will of course continue to offer a full range of Laser Treatments but Electrolysis will complement this for a variety of troublesome issues: Thread veins Milia Skin tags

Plane warts Seborrhoeic warts Verrucae

Blood spots Common warts

Age spots

+Hair removal (where Laser is unsuitable)

Advanced Electrolysis starts at £35 for 15 minutes and many issues, such as Skin Tags, can be completely dealt with in one treatment. Hair removal by Electrolysis starts at £20 for 15 minutes.

CALL OR BOOK ONLINE NOW! laserlightclinic.co.uk • 01505 228 095 • info@laserlightclinic.co.uk

Ladies Lunch Glasgow Handbags & Gladrags Sunday 17 November Join us and bring your friends for a fabulous, fun-filled, fundraising afternoon at the gorgeous Grand Central Hotel Tickets £45 parkinsons.org.uk/ladieslunch19 0344 225 3781 scotlandfundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

Parkinson’s UK is the operating name of the Parkinson’s Disease Society of the United Kingdom. A charity registered in England and Wales (258197) and in Scotland (SC037554). © Parkinson’s UK

14

Laserlight.indd 14

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

25/07/2019 16:27:26


I

s all that fresh, summer sunshine streaming through your windows telling you something? If you are lucky it will only be telling you to give the glass a good clean! But chances are that you are noticing that something has happened to your double-glazing. ‘Issues with double-glazing can be gradual and you might only notice them on a clear sunny day,’ said Peter Brummitt our area specialist

g

n!

.

take, on average, no longer than 20 minutes. Peter and his Cloudy2Clear team will also replace faulty or broken locks, handles and hinges on windows and doors.

m i T E V A S • ! y g r e n E E V A • S

oice

tt

for Cloudy2Clear windows. ‘There is no need to buy a whole window, the frames and all the hardware,’ said Peter. ‘There is minimal disruption; your home is not exposed to the elements and best of all you do not have to redecorate. We are talking quick, simple, minimum disruption for maximum benefit.’

“Cloudy2Clear GUARANTEE all an customers that ll wi e ot qu average er ng lo no take !” than 20 minutes Peter Brummitt

steamed might be getting ve to. up you do not ha a simple s ha ar le Cloudy2C answer: and cost-saving WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK glass in just replace the window. that part of the a no ne15ed to buy Cloudy2Clear here is FP.indd ‘T

So make Cloudy2Clear part of your clean and repair regimine this summer. Just visit the website or call the ntained er thanwill mai no long number Repairing Peter and his team are all average,below. king o or , w ick qu g ‘We are talkin be amfracton inutes.of the price of highly-experienced window 20 e, minimum simplengineers replacing a window. repair and their is um ‘Once the quote ption for maxim disru visit to give you a quote will ill sit w e w , ed complet benefit.’ the n ai pl ex d an n dow ur yo on p ste we st w fir The problem and ho urney is r. te Pe id window repair jo can fix it,’ sa 2Clear not e ar e w to visit the Cloudy r be ‘Remem on r te Pe ll ca or e le sa smen! websit double-glazing Repairing 8. 11 21 owledge 61 kn 00 08 Cloudy2Clear’s of has ip sh will be a fraction an and workm acing a Which d de ar the price of repl aw be seen us and s w. tu windo Trusted Trader sta a ith w es our work com ch hi w e, te an ar 25-year gu .’ er ad le ystr du is an in in From their base Our d his an r te Pe n, Housto rep s er ne gi en team of trained hand south cover north and wn Glasgow as far do into up d an ire Peter a to Ayrsh 3 ea of Insulating Glass is up to ar h rg bu ns Cloud le He e th n times more efficient tha d Bute and over also re an ll gy Ar s and . al w Co d an ordinary window pane on broke into Duno y of and h over twice the efficienc n decisio Peter told us: ‘The and d normal double glazing. g glazin to install double Whic ily m fa y g one for an 15 bi a is glass e ar major Peter and his team and represents a make ed nc it makes all highly-experie investment and s er of yo ne gi re en ir su make window repa sound sense to 10/07/2019 10:57:16 repa ve gi to it is t vis d their vestmen

LO HA &H RE

INSULATING GLASS


STEER A COURSE TO THE BOAT SHOW Scotland’s Boat Show 2019 is for sailors and all those who love the best things in life - a spectacular marine leisure event for Scotland and Inverclyde

S

cotland’s, Boat Show 2019 (SBS19) is the largest boat show in the country and the largest brokerage show in the UK, held over the weekend of October 11, 12 and 13 at Kip Marina, Inverkip. This year the show promises to excel itself. There are new sponsors on board and a record demand for exhibition spaces; continuing the success of last year as Scotland heads towards the Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020. One of the show’s missions is to attract new people to try sailing and boating in Scotland for the very first time. Main sponsor RYA Scotland will again offer its extremely popular range of free onwater ‘taster’ sessions giving adults and children the chance to try sailing yachts, motor yachts, RIB driving and dinghy sailing all in the safe environment of Kip Marina and under the expert tuition of partners SportScotland National Centre Cumbrae, Ocean Youth Trust, Clyde Muirshiel Country Park and You and Sea Training. Part of the unique appeal of Scotland’s Boat Show is always the large numbers of high quality pre-owned boats on display from Michael Schmidt & Partner and this year promises to be their largest brokerage range ever, with a display to suit every style and budget. For new boats on the water Inspiration Marine is assembling a superb display of stunning design-led yachts from the Hanse Yacht Group while Stan Prosser’s Marine Sales Scotland return with an impressive display of more than 20 luxury powerboats to tempt the discerning buyer. On shore, in the centrepiece RYA Scotland Pavilion exhibition space is already sold out, with a range of prestigious companies ready to display the latest trends and equipment in boats and boating. The Cruising Association returns to host a full programme of entertaining and educational live talks and demonstrations on the presentation theatre and stage and as we go to press more is planned but yet to be confirmed. See our next edition for more details. 16

CL49 Boat Show.indd 16

Scotland’s Boat Show 2019 takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde. Admission is free and car parking is a nominal £5 per vehicle.

LIVE LIFE IN STYLE!

SBS19 is delighted to welcome Caldonian MacBrayne as flagship sponsors of the LifeStyle Pavilion. Alongside the boat show Kip Marina also hosts a pop-up shopping, food and leisure experience which is unrivalled. LifeStyle pavilion has artisan craft and design companies with everything from Scottish fashion to hand-built furniture. West College Food & Drink Pavilion has Scottish food and drink producers in a ‘street market’ style setting, plus a return of the extremely popular live demonstration kitchen and stage area where visitors can enjoy daily displays from the hospitality students of West College Scotland. In one Leisure Exhibition Pavilion next to the RYA Scotland Pavilion, the covered area has been extended and improved to cater for additional exhibitors after the popularity of last year; it is already approaching capacity with new exhibitors making plans to travel from across the UK to Kip Marina. Elsewhere visitors ashore can also enjoy seeing luxury cars, motor homes, motorcycles, helicopter rides, pipe bands, children’s entertainment and a host of other attractions.

At the lower end of the size scale don’t miss the Hartley Boats flagship stand in the Small Boats Area where visitors can see some of the most popular sailing dinghies in the UK – perfect for sailing, and racing; an ideal boat for learning to sail.

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

24/07/2019 10:40:59


‘With the continuing support of our partners we are delighted that we can introduce new people to sailing and have managed to further develop Scotland’s Boat Show this year. All at Kip are proud that their show attracts increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors from all over the UK to Inverclyde.’ – Gavin McDonagh, Kip Marina and Holt Leisure Group managing director

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL49 Boat Show.indd 17

For more information about exhibiting or visiting SBS19 see www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk or call 01475 521485

17

24/07/2019 10:41:16


ON YER BIKE INVERCLYDE!

Ronnie Cowan MP for Inverclyde looks back at his cycling past as a way of going forward

O

ne of my cherished memories from my childhood is going to Millport with my brother, sister and assorted cousins. We would hire bikes and cycle round and round Cumbrae just as many people had before us and many, like me, continue to do so to this day. Cycling round the island was a carefree and enjoyable way to spend summer days. As a child it was just fun and it gave me a sense of freedom and independence. As an adult I am maybe more aware of the benefits to my health and the financial savings compared to a private car or even public transport. Obviously depending on the distance of the journey and in the West of Scotland the weather and topography, it may not always be suitable to cycle but then again 60 per cent of all journeys undertaken in Inverclyde are less than five kilometres (that’s 3.1 miles in old money) so maybe it’s not as unrealistic to cycle as you think. And those hills don’t need to be as

daunting if you have an E bike. Electric battery-assisted bikes are becoming increasingly common and they take the edge off the extra effort required to manoeuvre the hills that adorn Inverclyde. And if it’s just the weather that’s putting you off then specialist shops are full of suitable clothing but to be honest jeans,

‘a cycling culture carefully nurtured and supported is perfectly feasible’ jumper, high visibility jacket and a helmet are enough. If you are wary of cycling after a long layoff then courses are available via the Bothy, which is at Gourock Railway Station, and the expert supervision provided will ensure you are confident and safe. While the main roads may not be your idea of a safe, relaxing

Ronnie Cowan MP

cycle there are many alternatives in Inverclyde, from the waterfront paths in Greenock town centre and Port Glasgow and the more rural routes around the Cut and Loch Thom. The Scottish Government has committed £51 million to Active Travel and locally the cycling Bothy, run by Josh Wood and Shona Morris along with Community Tracks fronted by Stewart Phillips are looking to utilise some of that funding by working with Sustrans to develop the cycling route 75 which runs through Inverclyde. The route needs some tender loving care and, in some parts rerouting, to make it more accessible. When we look to the future and the possibilities for cycling in Scotland we don’t need to look abroad and in particular the Netherlands, we need to look to the past and the Island of Cumbrae to understand that a cycling culture carefully nurtured and supported is perfectly feasible and indeed desirable in the West of Scotland.

Ronnie Cowan MP, Member of Parliament for Inverclyde, 20 Crawfurd Street, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1LJ ronnie.cowan.mp@parliament.uk Telephone: 01475 721 877

18

CL49 MP.indd 18

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

26/07/2019 09:39:30


ST - Landscape, 135mm x 97mm.pdf

1

25/01/2018

14:58

Over 30

years of British Craftsmanship

C

M

Y

CM

MY

CY

CMY

Keep the character not the

quirks...

Over 30 years’ experience goes into every sash window repair

K

Sash Window Renovation | Double & Secondary Glazing | Bespoke New Windows Call your local office today for your FREE no-obligation quote WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

Conservatory.indd 19

www.ventrolla.co.uk 0800 243 126 19

25/07/2019 16:22:58


August September 2019 August Friday 9th, 8:00pm

Poet of the Impossible £12/£9 (conc.) | 12+

September Returning with their 20th Anniversary Tour, Rhythm of the Dance is an exciting 2-hour trip through hundred of years of Irish dance and music.

Sunday 1st Tours 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Friday 30th, 7:30pm; Saturday 31st, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Exclusive backstage tours of the Beacon Arts Centre led by the experienced technical team and a great chance to take a selfie on the main stage!

Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window £15

Doors Open Day FREE

Thursday 5th, 7:30pm

The Chosen

£12/£10 (conc.) | 12+

This is a one-of-a-kind show created by ScotsItalian magician and playwright Lorenzo Novani, featuring visual and mentalistic impossibilities woven together by stories and poetry.

Sunday 11th, 7:30pm

Rhythm of the Dance: The 20th Anniversary Tour £24.50/£23 (conc.) 20

CL49 Beacon Listings.indd 20

Dave Anderson, Maureen Carr and Brian James O’Sullivan recreate this hilarious production on the triumphs and tragedies of Chic’s glittering but flawed career. *This play was first presented as A Play, A Pie and A Pint production at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

An intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones. WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

23/07/2019 10:56:04


Exclusive Previews Beacon Arts Centre bring you exclusive previews ahead of the Edinburgh International Festival this August. Sunday 8th, 2:30pm

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Saturday 10th, 7:30pm

£20/£18 (conc.) | 12+ Now embarking on their 33rd year of working together, the masterful music duo have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music.

Red Dust Road £10 | 12+

Tuesday 10th, 7:30pm

The Merry Widow £16/£14 (conc.) Th e

LeháR

From Nairn to Lagos, Red Dust Road takes you on a journey full of heart, humour and deep emotions. A National Theatre of Scotland and HOME Manchester production. Written by Scots Makar Jackie Kay.

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th, 7:30pm

Purposeless Movements £10

Opera Bohemia returns with the world’s best loved operetta featuring a stellar professional cast in The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár.

Wednesday 11th, 1:00pm

Stick by Me

£5 | 3-6 years A show for the little ones about friendship, play and the importance of treasuring the little things. WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL49 Beacon Listings.indd 21

Exploring what it is to be a man with Cerebral Palsy, funny and challenging in equal measure, the show fuses music, video and movement brilliantly in a triumph of a show. * All shows integrate BSL, Audio Description and Captioning For information and to book visit beaconartscentre.co.uk Tel: 01475 723 723 Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ Greenock Arts Guild Limited Trading as Beacon Arts Centre. Registered in Scotland Company No. SC024805 Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003030 21

23/07/2019 10:56:58


INVERCLYDE

Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September

2019

DOORS OPEN DAYS

www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Follow us on @inverclyde and #Inverclyde 2019

DOORS OPEN DAYS

INVERCLYDE ERCLYDE

Saturday 31Saturday August &31 August & Sunday 1 September Sunday 1 September YEARS

2019

2019

DOORS OORS YEARS OPEN PEN DAYS AYS

www.doorsopendays.org.uk oorsopendays.org.uk

Follow us on @inverclyde and #Inverclyde on @inverclyde and #Inverclyde 10

Gutter Pro, The Door.indd 10

DOORS OPEN DAYS

2019

2019

DOORS OPEN DAYS

YEARS YEARS

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

25/07/2019 09:58:30


WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

Gutter Pro, The Door.indd 23

23

25/07/2019 16:28:54


BORDER PATROL

A

s gardeners, or even as garden enthusiasts who prefer lounging with a cold drink, we are frequently found watching the weather forecasts with eager interest. As someone who runs a seasonal business which greatly relies on good weather, I have a greater interest than most. I find myself only checking a forecast a couple of days in advance, having lost faith in longer range forecasts. Short term planning is not ideal, but here in the west of Scotland it is sometimes the only option. My sympathy goes out to anyone trying to plan an outdoor party or barbecue. One rain shower is often enough to summon a cloud of the dreaded midges, which can quickly bring an end to outdoor fun. This season began with a warm spring, with enough rain to really get the plants off to strong start. Temperatures have remained moderate, even at night, but some very heavy rain has set back some softer bedding plants. Even the best quality plants and the most careful planning will not guarantee that the odd plant may succumb to disease, pests or simply natural causes. These plants should be replaced and I would recommend looking at your garden centre to see what is available. Most retailers will have fewer plants to choose from later in summer. However, some garden centres, like Cardwell, will have alternatives. This might be

24

CL49 Cardwell.indd 24

Slugs, snails, whitefly and greenfly are prevalent this year, thanks to the weather. Kieran Gallagher from Cardwell Garden Centre gives his expert advice mature pot bedding (larger, strong plants that are already in flower and ready to plant out) or varieties that will flower later in summer or even into autumn. In our case, Cardwell is fortunate to have our growing nursery which means that we can supply high quality plants throughout the season. As we get closer to autumn we introduce selected varieties from reputable growers to supplement what we can grow ourselves. Warm and wet or humid weather can bring its own issues. Slugs and snails are prevalent this year, as are whitefly and greenfly. Slugs and snails can be treated in several ways. Old fashioned slug pellets can still be purchased, although you should check that they are suitable for areas with pets or wild animals/birds. Barriers can be formed using sand, broken up egg shells or sea shells. If you are going to use sand or sea shells these should be well washed before using and are really best purchased. Copper barrier tape is a great method to use on

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

15/07/2019 12:31:59


tubs and pots. Again, it is available to buy. smaller branches here and not anything that is For insect pests there are several options to use carrying a soil-borne disease. and my best advice is to go along to Cardwell and One of the more frequent questions we are pick the best one for your purpose. You will need asked, and pieces of advice we often volunteer to know in advance what kind of plants you want to when not asked, is how to use garden chemicals treat - shrubs, bedding, salad and vegetable crops safely. - and what kind of pest you are trying to get rid of. You must always read the information that Our staff will be able to advise accordingly. comes with the product as there are many different Insect problems will generally need more than types and not all are used in the same way. All of one treatment as more eggs hatch after you have the information you need will come with the product sprayed. Make sure you have enough General good practice is to always product for two to three treatments over wear gloves when handling and preparing ‘Keep an mixtures. Long sleeves and trousers are a period of one to four weeks, or as eye out all best to ensure none of the product comes prescribed on the product packaging. Fungal disease can also thrive at this round the in to direct contact with your skin. In the time of year, so keep an eye out all round event that it does wash the affected area garden’ the garden. Roses can be particularly immediately with hot, soapy water. Never susceptible and chemical treatments can spray on a windy day or just before it rains. be less effective this late on. Simple dust masks and goggles are also a good Any infected flowers or foliage should be idea. removed and disposed of in a manner that will not Always store chemicals in a cool place and out cause it to spread. Infected foliage is unsuitable for of direct sunlight; you must ensure that children and composting or using as mulch when shredded. You animals cannot access the chemicals. should check with your local authority if they will Finally, keep dead-heading any foliage or accept diseased foliage in brown bin collections. flowers that have passed their best to encourage Most will, as the contents of the bin are recycled more growth. Gentle pruning of bedding is fine and into green waste that uses a high heat treatment as all can be used as cut flowers. Keep watering every part of the process. day and try and water around the plants, not over Alternatively, the old fashioned method is quite them. simple. Dig a hole at least one foot (30 centimetres) And hopefully we all will have the chance to deep and bury it. Be sure only to use foliage and lounge in the garden with a nice, cold drink.

From far left: Common garden snail can be abundant; copper barrier tape can even look good; remember to use garden chemicals correctly.

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL49 Cardwell.indd 25

25

23/07/2019 14:53:16


A SELECTION OF EVENTS AT

FINLAYSTONE ESTATE AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

PLANT IDENTIFICATION Thursday 1st August, 1-3pm. Ranger led activity to identify plants.

DEN BUILD Sunday 1st September, 1-3pm. Build your own den and see who is a budding Bear Grylls.

PIRATE WEEKEND Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August, 1-3pm. Dress as a scurvy buccaneer and practice your ‘Arrg’. Prize for best dressed pirate.

FALCONRY DAY Sunday 8th September, 1-3pm. Join the Falconers with all the birds and owls.

FOREST EXPLORERS Thursday 8th August, 1-3pm. Explore the forest and see what lives there.

DEN BUILD Sunday 15th September, 1-3pm. Build your own den and see who is a budding Bear Grylls.

FALCONRY DAY Sunday 11th August, 1-3pm. Join the Falconers, meet the many birds and learn some great facts about the birds of prey.

FALCONRY DAY Sunday 22nd September, 1-3pm. Join the Falconers, meet the many birds and learn some great facts about the birds of prey.

RANGER HIKE Tuesday 13th August, 1-3pm. Join us for a hike and learn about Finlaystone’s history with wonderful views across the River Clyde. FALCONRY DAY Sunday 18th August, 1-3pm. Join the Falconers for a great afternoon with our birds of prey.

FAIRY AND ELF DOOR MAKING Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, 1-3pm. Search for the hidden fairy doors in the forest and then make your own to take home. Pre-book time slot essential, £2.50 for materials.

TRACKS AND TRAILS Sunday 25th August, 1-3pm. Discover what wildlife lives here from their tracks and trails.

WHY NOT ADVERTISE WITH US? contact Julie Baird: 01631 568009 clydelife.co.uk 26 BK19-0738-UK-GLASGOW-PORT-WHOPPER-IMAGE-ANZ-F.indd 1 CL49 What's On and Events v2.indd 26

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK 11.07.19 16:54 25/07/2019 16:15:01


AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

AUGUST

DOMINIC BOAG Thursday 1st August, 7:30pm. Tontine Hotel, £17.95. This Up Close & Personal evening of messages from your loved ones will help heal hearts and reunite families with comfort, laughter and tears. With Dominic’s passion towards mediumship he will no doubt leave you knowing that your loved ones walk with you. GINFALL GIN FESTIVAL Saturday 3rd August, 12pm-9:30pm. Tontine Hotel. See the Tontine Hotel website for prices. Scotland’s most popular Gin Festival, GinFall returns to The Tontine Hotel in Greenock on Sat 3rd August,2019 - to celebrate World Gin Day. With the perfect mix of Gins, Live Music, Food and Cocktails, GinFall has firmly established itself as the leading Gin Festival in Scotland and 2019 is set to be BIG & BETTER with more Gins to sample, food to taste, specially created cocktails to savour and new rooms added CHASING CORAL SPECIAL SCREENING Friday 9th August, 2pm-4pm. Come join us for a special screening of the environmental film ‘Chasing Coral’. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be inspired to take change. Sometimes dramatic transformations can happen in a little as 2 months, not 10 years. Learn what’s happening below the waves at this free screening of ChasingCoral. RUNLONGER Sunday 18th August, 10am. Greenock Cut, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Starting at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre we’ll head clockwise round the Greenock Cut Trail. This is on hard-packed, level trails and is virtually flat for the first 8km and offers stunning views over the Firth of Clyde and the Arrochar Alps. ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE NIGHT Friday 30th August, 7pm. Tontine Hotel. Join us for our fabulous Elton John plus DJ tribute night on Friday 30th August! Tickets priced at £25per person and include a 2 Course Meal and Glass of Bubbly. SING-A-LONG-A THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Saturday 31st August, 7:30pm. Over 18s evening screening presented by Singalonga Productions at the Albany Theatre, Greenock. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible - with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

CL49 What's On and Events v2.indd 27

LARGS VIKING FESTIVAL @ VIKINGAR Saturday 31st August - Sunday 8th September. Started in 1980 this Annual Festival marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse. Each year the living history Viking Village is open to the public so that they can get a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village. Come and talk to them about their way of life; learn about how they made their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food. Ask the Vikings about their religion, beliefs, homes, crafts, ships, their homeland and why they left it.

SEPTEMBER

THE MERSEY BEATLES Friday 6th September, 8:30pm. The Albany Theatre, Greenock. A warm welcome back to The Mersey Beatles for their 20th anniversary tour. As part of this tour they are performing across Europe and the USA before coming back to The Albany for a night of all your favourite Beatles songs. Book early to avoid disappointment. GREENOCK GIG ON THE GREEN Sunday 8th September, time TBC. Greenock Cricket Club. Join Reely Jiggered and various other bands in a day of fantastic music and banter! Tickets on the door. A NIGHT WITH BEEYONCE Saturday 21st September. The UK’s best Beyonce tribute act. Tickets priced at £20 per person and includes a hot buffet. THE SMYTHS Friday 27th September, 8:30pm. The Albany Theatre, Greenock. OPENING TIMES Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Clyde Blinds Ltd Are you looking for high quality blinds? Call into our extensive showroom today! 5 Salmon Street, Greenock, PA15 1TF 01475 728547

Covers Dunoon and surrounding areas and also does caravans!

blindsbygerry.co.uk

27

25/07/2019 16:46:46


Young Dancers Wanted for Beacon Arts Centre’s Gigantic Family Pantomime On Sunday 18th August, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock will once again be holding open auditions for young dancers to be part of their Junior Ensemble in their magical family pantomime Jack & the Beanstalk. The auditions are open to boys and girls aged 9-16 in school years P5-S5 at the time of the production and those successful in obtaining a part in the show will be starring alongside Still Game’s Jane McCarry and Mark Cox. Visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk for more information and to download the application form.

EN S OP AY 7D

CO OF THE VER SC W IN OT HO G LA LE ND

To book tickets to the show call the box office on 01475 723723 or visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

Renfrewshire

HIGH QUALITY FIREWOOD LOGS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR KILN DRIED HARDWOOD LOGS WOOD PELLETS KINDLING • SCOTTISH PEAT

T: 01505 703756

www.balticfirewood.co.uk 28

CL49 Clubs and groups.indd 28

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

25/07/2019 16:14:42


5 STAR REVIEWED

A COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST WINDOWS • DOORS • FRENCH DOORS • SLIDING PATIO DOORS

CALL

RA TOMMY FO FREE, FRIENDLY, TION NO OBLIGA UNIT 16, LYNEDOCH IND EST GREENOCK PA15 4AX QUOTE OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9AM - 5PM

Facebook: @ Windowcare

CALL 01475 787272

Wee

Hansel & Gretel

FOR 3 — 8 YEAR OLDS & THEIR GROWN UPS TO DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF BALLET

FRI 27 SEPT, 11AM SAT 28 SEPT, 11AM & 1.30PM 01475 723 723 BEACONARTSCENTRE.CO.UK

COMPANY REGISTERED IN SCOTLAND NO SC065497. SCOTTISH BALLET IS A REGISTERED CHARITY NO SC008037.

29

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK WeeHG 19_WestendLife/Clydelife_65x92mm. V2.indd 2

CL49 Clubs and groups.indd 29

16/05/2019 13:26

25/07/2019 16:24:45


Why Buy New From Stewart Milne Homes?

PRIVATE PRIV PRIVA ATE ATE DEVELOPMENT

Dargavel Village, Bishopton, PA7 5FW Distinctive range of 1 - 5 bedrom homes from £140,000

With over 40 years of house building experience, we truly understand what makes a house a home. Our team of award-winning designers and architects have carefully designed a beautiful range of homes across our stunning locations.

Here’s what’s included as standard in our homes: • • •

• • • • • • •

En-suite shower or bathrooms in almost every home; almost all detached homes have two or even three en-suites Every master and guest bedroom has either a luxury walk-in wardrobe or built-in wardrobe Premium appliances including stainless steel 4 or 5 burner hob, oven, canopy hood and integrated fridge/freezer; most detached homes also have an integrated dishwasher and stainless steel microwave Tastefully designed vanity furniture features in the family bathroom and master ensuite of almost every home Choice of porcelanosa tiles with no upgrade pricing French doors to all family homes with two sets of French doors in many TV points to living room and all bedrooms and usb point in kitchen All rooms are painted ‘timeless white’ including garage where applicable 1.8m fence and gate to secure rear garden of all family homes Outside tap and monobloc driveway to most family homes

Stunning developments across Central Scotland: Auchterarder | Barassie, Troon | Bo’ness | Carmunnock | Cathcart | East Calder | Haddington | Hamilton | Pencaitland | Strathaven | Symington, Ayrshire

Coming soon – East Linton

stewartmilnehomes.com 30

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

Images shown reflect the varying styles and sizes of typical Stewart Milne homes and are intended to illustrate typical styles and finishes only.

Stewart Milne.indd 30

22/07/2019 10:47:28


EXPLORE ST COLUMBA'S SCHOOL Located in Scotland’s export capital, Inverclyde, St Columba’s is a place where our young people learn about the world we live in and how to effectively contribute as engaged and well-balanced adults. We pride ourselves on preparing young people for the world. We are always delighted to meet new families and our Open Day on 21st September is a great opportunity to experience the school. Can’t make that date? Our doors are always open! Contact our Admissions Registrar, Moira McWhirter: admissions@st-columbas.org or 01505 872238. Alternatively, register online: st-columbas.org/admissions/visit-us.

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 10.00AM -1.00PM Non-denominational school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 in Kilmacolm. WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

St Columba.indd 31

31

23/07/2019 15:09:26


CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS with

Earl Blue & The Sessions or Jimallywhy Our famous Party Nights are the perfect way to get you into the festive mood throughout December! A delicious 4 course Festive menu, then it’s on with the party featuring live music from Earl Blue & The Sessions or Jimallywhy until 1.00am

A SK F OR A

BROCHU CHRISTMAS

RE!

The Early Party Night

FREE WINE & BEER SPECIAL OFFER! Friday 29th November 7.30-1.00

Kick off the festive season in style with us on Friday 29th November! A 4-course festive meal plus a bucket of beers or bottle of wine per every 4 guests in your party then drink & dance the night away with our Festive Christmas DJ’s until the early hours. All for only £27 per person!

Hogmanay Gala Dinner Dance Tuesday 31st December 7.30pm – 2.00am

Cocktails & canapés on arrival, sumptuous 4 course dinner, live music from Jimallywhy, DJ’s and dancing till 2am at the best Hogmanay in Inverclyde! Tickets £65 adults £35 children.

Tr y

M

r U! Ou N

EW

E

Try this Great Offer on Main Courses from our New Menu during August & September.

N

Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price! Just bring THIS VOUCHER along, and for every main course you buy you’ll get 50% off a second one. Valid for tables of any size, it’s a great reason to try the dishes on our new menu. *Valid Monday to Friday in August & September 2019 for food from The Chartroom Main Menu – excludes bank holidays. Terms & conditions apply – see voucher & website for details.

Tel: 01475 520919 • thechartroom.co.uk

Chartroom • 2019

Call 01475 520919 thechartroom.co.uk

4 The Chartroom, Kip Marina, Inverkip, PA16 0BF

Clyde Life_July_2019.indd 1 Chartroom.indd 4

WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK

25/07/2019 Thursday, 25 July 13:00 25/07/2019 14:05:51

Profile for Wyvex Media Limited

Clyde Life Issue 49  

Clyde Life Issue 49

Clyde Life Issue 49  

Clyde Life Issue 49

Advertisement