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Clyde Life October/November 2018 Issue 44

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The Kelpies come to the Clyde! Scotland’s Boat Show, 12-14 October at Kip Marina, is scheduled to welcome the Kelpie Maquettes - the three metre-high sculptures, hand-crafted by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, which he used as models to create the world’s largest equine sculpture in Falkirk. The Kelpie Maquettes tour the world helping to promote Scotland and the Falkirk area as visitor destinations. These iconic artworks pay homage to the tradition of the working horses of Scotland which pulled barges and boats along Scotland’s canals.

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Waterfront Cinema  Ardgowan Hospice Fundraiser  Boat Show Preview  Style Files Book Review  Ronnie Cowan MP  Talking Money with

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Peter Smith Finance  Autumn at the Beacon Cardwell Gardening Tips  What’s On Oct - Nov  Local Clubs & Groups  Community Tracks 

24 Contributors this issue: Kieran Gallagher, Joanne Simms, Ronnie Cowan, Kevin Blamire, Marilyn Thompson, Holly Thompson. 

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SBS18: celebrating sailing, the sea and life in style By Joanne Simms

The big weekend 12-14 October is the one we’ve all been waiting for when Kip Marina hosts Scotland’s Boat Show 2018. SBS18 is the largest boat show in Scotland and the largest brokerage (pre-owned) boat show in the UK where the sailing world comes to do business and we all can enjoy a spectacular day out. Never been sailing before? The RYA Scotland’s free ‘taster sessions’ are a 30-minute hands-on experience, with experts, in a variety of craft in the safety of the marina; book early via the RYA Scotland website and scotlandsboatshow.co.uk.

Wander along the marina pontoons or see the displays on shore of Scotland’s biggest selection of new and pre-owned boats; more than 130 boats are on display - everything from a £500 dinghy to a £1m luxury powerboat. You can experience speeds of up to 120mph, and forces of 6g during cornering, as you race over the Clyde with Gordon Cook Racing Team! Book your ride at www.2seaterF1.com or on the day at the RYA Pavilion.

See the show from the air with Heliscot and Adventure001, flying at 1,000 feet out over Gourock and on over the Clyde and back. Advance bookings via www. scotlandsboatshow.co.uk or on the day at the HeliScot check in.

Or try paddleboarding with Glasgow’s www.westendadventure. co.uk on Saturday and Sunday at £15 for wet suit hire and tuition. For the mobility impaired, Clyde Muirshiel’s wheelyboat Discovery has taster sessions too, and lookout for the Ocean Explorer yacht.

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Learn from the experts, helping everyone from the complete novice to an experienced round the world sailor. Enjoy three days of free talks presented by the Cruising Association on the new Sika Marine Stage and Theatre and be sure to catch the Pelle P Fashion Show, twice on Saturday and Sunday, when the renowned Swedish casual-wear company displays its new winter collection.

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It’s not just boats at SBS18! Get up close to the latest luxury cars from Porsche, iconic sports cars from Morgan and Lotus plus the new range of all-terrain Mitsubishi pick-ups and 4x4s. For the first time at SBS visit the Swift Motor home display and see inside these amazing vehicles, while Cloch Caravans has two of its top of the range models on show. The first-ever Clipper Round the World Race yacht, Taeping will be open for viewing each day of the show on the main pontoon. Get a feel for life on the ocean waves and talk to one of the Taeping team.

These craftsmen and women and independent retailers have curated their collections to offer some of the most unique and desirable products available under one roof. With more than 40 different businesses taking part this is the place to meet friends, browse and be inspired to start your Christmas shopping and preparations. The Scottish Food and Drink pavilion has more than 35 carefully selected food and drink producers including Gigha Halibut, Alba Seafood, Ernicroft Bakery, Bute Brewery, Craft 56 Gin and the Damn Fine Cheese Company. In the West College Scotland Theatre, hospitality students showcase their skills with live cooking displays as part of the Scottish government’s Year of Young People. You can enjoy a feast from the street food stalls at the covered outside eating area or head to the Taste Inverclyde tent and sample the delights of local produce and restaurants.

Please remember that water-based activities and helicopter flights will all take place weather permitting.

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by Marilyn Thompson

Call of the Wild Unleash your inner animal instinct with A/W’s biggest trend. If you choose to listen to the call, then you’ll find yourself prowling around the shops, tempted by the stunning selection of faux animal prints that are featured on just about everything this season. From clothes and accessories all the way through to home furnishings, you really will be spoiled for choice. Animal prints are a classic that come around every few seasons, so although not groundbreaking, some would say (myself included), that they never really go out of style. An item of animal print clothing will always look chic when worn in the right way and with the right attitude. DVF, otherwise known as Diane Von Fustenberg, whose clothes are featured here, was a designer who really stood out on the catwalk with her bold take on feline fashion. Her bright yellow leopard print, together with striking geometric patterns, colourful checks, and actual bird prints all came together to achieve maximum effect. This clashing of colours, patterns, prints, textures and even animals, makes for a very modern way to wear this trend. Other designers including Victoria

Beckham, Michael Kors and Max Mara kept to more traditional and less edgy designs by concentrating solely on the classic black and brown leopard print. However, its not just leopard print that’s having a moment - many

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different species from the animal kingdom are also in fashion (as long as they have a fashionable coat of course) - there’s Cheetah and Jaguar patterns, Tiger and Zebra stripes and, if it appeals, there’s Snake prints as well. @clydelifemag

The teen STYLE Files Plaid Parade

It’s easy to build an outfit around animal prints. Use them as a statement piece and let a bold full length coat, cosy sweater or sharp pencil skirt take centre stage by wearing with other only black clothes. Alternatively, take a walk on the wild side, by taking inspiration from DVF and mix and match with lots of other different kinds of prints and textures. Otherwise, make your outfit pop simply with the addition of some well chosen accessories, like animal print gloves, bags, belts, hats, shoes or scarves.

From punk inspired tartan blouses to preppy checked skirts, animal prints aren’t the only patterns dominating a/w 2018. Whether you prefer bold colourful checks or more demure tones, a statement plaid piece is sure to liven up any wardrobe.

Fashion & Beauty Notes... Whether it’s in the name of fashion, or just for keeping warm, hats are set to be autumn’s biggest accessory trend. From knitted balaclava’s to chic berets, look out for some pretty trendy headgear when you’re next at the shops!


You know how there’s always that one item of clothing from your past that you wished you still had? Well, for me, it was a truly stunning silk, leopard print designer blouse with full pussy bow from the 90’s. I’m under no illusions - it wouldn’t even fit me now - but it ticked every single box and would look so good on my daughter. Aargh...

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• Do keep it colourful • Do mix and match • Do keep it playful • Don’t wear it head to toe • Don’t try too hard

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A little or a lot, classy or slightly flashy, here’s hoping you like animal prints because unless you intend to hibernate all winter there will be no escaping this particular trend.

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Q - Hi Holly, Are bobble hats still in fashion? Abi.

A - Hey Abi, Yes they are, but for something a bit different you could try a stylish beret, some of them even have a Pom Pom bobble on top! Holly x

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Time to build your autumn book pile As the nights draw in, get cosy with a good selection of books 101 Rums to Try Before You Die

By Joanne Simms

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes To Scotland

This is advance warning as the book is due to be published in early October. One to anticipate, enjoy or shop early for Christmas for the ruby players in your life.

Ian Buxton Birlinn £12.99

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Penguin Books £6.99

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It’s a tough job, but someone should do it. We’ve seen a revival in the fortunes of gin and now rum looks set to lose its yo-ho-ho-anda-bottle-of image. Best selling author on spirits of the drinkable kind, Ian Buxton takes a look at the new artisan brands being created within the crafts drinks movement as well as established old brands in a hardback book published this summer. Whisky is a national treasure; Edinburgh is famous for gin and our seafaring tradition gives Scotland a long-established link to rum. Ian Buxton also takes a look at rum cocktails. Mojito anyone?

Scottish Rugby 101

A Pocket Guide in 101 Moments, Stats, Games & Characters Peter Burns Polaris £7.99 Available as an ebook ISBN: 9781909715677 Everything you need to know, and didn’t know you needed to know about Scottish rugby by Peter Burns, author of The All Blacks and the Epic Tour of 1971 and Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland, to name but two of his works on rugby.

ISBN: 9780241368213 This is a Waterstones exclusive. C’mon folks ... it’s Peppa Pig, she’s in Scotland and she’s wearing tartan, wexploring an ancient castle and there is a monster in a loch. There’s even a glittery blue cover, so what’s not to love? This is the book your wee Peppa Pig fan has been waiting for.

Miguel Barclay’s Super Easy One Pound Meals

So Much Life Left Over

By Miguel Barclay

Louis de Bernières Vintage Publishing £16.99 Also available as an ebook & audio

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ISBN: 9781911215639 A new book by Louis de Bernières, of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin fame, is something to be welcomed. This one is set in the interwar years both in England and abroad and tells the tale of Daniel and Rosie with their troubled marriage in a rapidly changing, unsettled, world. They move to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life in a story which is by turns humorous and tragic, gripping and touching. Buy book, make big mug of tea or pour even larger glass of wine, switch off mobile and lose yourself in the pages.

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ISBN: 9781472254399 Now your kids are at uni, Instagram chef Miguel Barclay’s latest book will answer two of the biggest worries confronting parents: are they eating properly and will this bankrupt us? Even better the majority of these 90 new recipes are cooked in only one pan, with the small kitchen in mind. Miguel’s hassle-free, one pound meals from his kitchen in Camden have made him a phenomenon on Instagram and won him an impressive following. His first two books were smash hits and this is sure to follow. @clydelifemag

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Jobs make communities As an elected politician I do what all good citizens do, I look at our society and wonder what can we do to improve it. My office deals with constituents every day that have problems related to housing, welfare, law and order, anti social behaviour and a range of issues that blight our communities. We work hard and use every resource available to us to resolve as many of these cases as we can. The truth is that we can’t solve them all and people’s lives will continue to be detrimentally affected by them. I am continually reminded however that while we address each case on its own merit the root causes are often the same. Areas of high deprivation continue to show higher incidents of crime, drug abuse and alcohol abuse. People living there are less socially mobile while their educational achievements and aspirations can suffer. That isn’t a condemnation of individuals but the fact remains that people in communities that are impoverished have fewer opportunities, poorer health and die younger. And yet we have a solution. If you look across the globe the areas of greatest deprivation are the areas with the highest unemployment. Jobs make communities, employment enriches people’s lives, people are happier, better adjusted and family homes become better places to grow up in. Children’s schooling improves as does their health. Employment can be the catalyst for change. Unfortunately things are not going to get easier. Our

society is changing and with the onset of autonomous vehicles and the gig economy, society is going to come under greater pressure but here and now in Inverclyde we have opportunities to bring jobs to the area. I get so frustrated when I hear people talking down the ability of local employers. The most recent and most high profile case is Ferguson Marine. It is almost four years since Jim McColl saved Fergusons. From day one there were people prepared to say it would fail. The shipyards in the lower Clyde had been closed one by one and the areas intrinsic connection to shipbuilding had been eroded almost to the point of non existence. New tech industry was the thing and shipbuilding was perceived as old school. When Fergusons was saved some people felt that all we were doing was putting off the inevitable. Four years has passed and in that time rumours and speculation of redundancies and closures have been rife. Not all make it to the mainstream media. I am talking as someone who lives and works in the area. These are conversations from pubs, supermarkets and school gates and too often they were tainted by negativity. Meanwhile after starting with seven people Ferguson Marine now employ over three hundred and fifty including forty apprentices. That’s three hundred and fifty households benefiting and communities that gain positivity.

Ronnie Cowan MP

These past four years have been difficult but during that time the yard has been transformed into a world class facility. They have work on going, work in the pipeline and bids out for civil and military contracts. I am not saying it’s perfect or that mistakes were not made but there is far more good being done than credit is given for. Too many people are quick to criticise or maybe more accurately damn with faint praise. Negative and ill informed publicity damages the reputation of the yard. Talking it down, keeping it small, undermines the potential of the yard, its ability to bid, to recruit and ultimately to be successful. Ferguson Marine is now a modern functioning shipyard, employing highly skilled and motivated people. It has pulled itself back from the abyss and has a bright future. That future will benefit Inverclyde in some very obvious ways and also many intangible aspects of our community. How do we measure confidence, stability and aspiration? We as a community should be rallying to support Ferguson Marine and give it every chance to expand and grow. They have shown their commitment to Inverclyde, the Scottish Government have shown their commitment to Ferguson Marine, now it’s time that Inverclyde reciprocated.

Ronnie Cowan MP, Member of Parliament for Inverclyde, 20 Crawfurd Street, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1LJ @clydelifemag

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‘A New Feeling’ as Mother N inspires the latest kitchen lo

This is an exciting time in design as the kitchen moves ever more into the main family living space. Today’s kitchen is more functional than ever before in terms of equipment, but at the same time it is shifting towards that ever more family-living aesthetic.

competitive when it comes to overall cost,’ said Tom. Jason Grinton who heads Pronorm’s team in the UK and Ireland spoke to Clyde Life from the Pronorm exhibition centre at Vlotho, Germany, as the company unveiled its new looks for 2019:

‘Without fail, the number one thing our customers consistently tell us,’ said Tom McDonald of Affordable Luxuries, ‘is that their new kitchen is now the room where they spend most of their time.’ And the latest looks being unveiled by the leading kitchen companies confirm this. Pronorm is a German kitchen company that is a firm favourite with many of Affordable Luxuries’ satisfied customers. ‘Pronorm have been our long-time partner of nearly 15 years. What has made this partnership successful is the consistent level of quality, precision manufactured furniture they provide along with consistent investment in new product ranges, both in traditional and contemporary styles that are always current and bang on trend whilst remaining very

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‘There are lots of stronger colours and an eclectic mix of materials and textures; stone, metal, wood, concrete and bringing them together in ways that allow Tom and his team to create a more individual style.’ Pronorm’s latest looks were released under the banner of ‘New Feeling’ which sees Mother Nature as a role model and source of inspiration. Featuring ceramic, gold lacquer, titanium and dark steel, wood and stone, showcasing elegant materials that stand out from the mainstream in terms of looks and feel. The company has also invested in digital technology enabling designers to offer more individual choice coupled with practical storage solutions, along with functional appliances and accessories.

What the many delighted Affordable Luxuries customers say: ‘We enjoy our home and entertaining here is something which gives us great pleasure and this kitchen will be right at the heart of that for years to come.’

Once in the hands of kitchen designers like Tom and David McMillan and there first-class installation team at Affordable Luxuries, the incredible choice of products they offer will make your kitchen as unique as your home is and a perfect complement to your lifestyle. ‘More so than ever a new kitchen is an investment not only to add value to your property but also an investment in the quality of life for your family,’ said Tom. ‘We also have a range of attractive finance options available in-house so whatever your financial requirements we will create your perfect new kitchen space in no time.’

‘With Affordable Luxuries everything was put in to suit my life, and done the way we wanted it, I can’t image any other kitchen company providing a service like them; They were wonderful - they were the way that businesses used to be.’ ‘Even now I still smile when I walk into the kitchen every morning. We both enjoy our new kitchen so much.’ ‘They really did design and install our ideal kitchen.’ ‘They listened to everything we said, they came up with a great design, provided us with a beautifully made kitchen which was then expertly installed by fantastic tradesmen.’

52 - 54 Regent St, Greenock PA15 4NP | Tel: 01475 727774 | www.affordableluxuries.co.uk Clyde Life Magazine



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Live Music









October November 2018 Friday 5th, 7.30pm

Twist & Shout

£22/£21 (conc) Twist & Shout is an incredible fun packed night of sensational singing and dancing from the swinging 60’s


Saturday 6th, 7.30pm

A celebration of John Denver £18/£16 (conc)

We invite you to pay homage to one of the most prolific artists of the 20th Century. Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th evening and matinee

The Dolls Dragged Up £25

Sunday 14th, 7.30pm

Evergreen: A tribute to Barbra Streisand £16/£14 (conc)

Alyson Orr takes you on a musical journey with a celebration of the music of the finest female vocalist of all time. Friday 19th ,7.30pm

Craig Hill: C’mon The Lads

Monday 22nd, 8pm

Celtic Legends: Chris Sutton & John Hartson £45 VIP/£27.50

A night with two Celtic legends in the same room. Stories of matches, moments and managers. Meet greet and photo opportunity for VIP ticket holders. Sunday 28th, 7.30pm

The Matt Monro Story £22.50

£14.50/£12.50 (conc)

The tan has barely faded from This show is so not about fittheir skin but Agnes and Sadie baws! Brace yourself for a night are back and they’re in trouble of no-holds-barred comedy from our 2018 favourite kilted comedian! again! Over 16’s. 20 | Clyde Life – October/November

Celebrating the life and music of the legendary Matt Monro with Matt Monro Jr. Plus much more – visit

www.beaconsartscentre.co.uk @clydelifemag

November Thursday 1st

Rolling Back The Years £17/£15 (conc)

Greenock Light Opera Club presents a hilarious and heartwarming story of friendship, revenge and romance. Tuesday 13th to Sat 17th Nov, evenings with matinee on Sat 7.15pm/2.15pm

Greenock Gang Show 2018 from £9 to £28 (family)

Almost Sold Out! Robert Florence 13th October

The Rod Stewart Story 20th October

The Magic of Motown 22nd November

Christmas at the Beacon!

Join the cast on a roller coast ride of music, dance and laughter from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and more. Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd, 7.30pm


£14/£12 (conc)

A night of variety from the much loved Greenock Gang Show, music, sketches and fun! Wednesday 14th to Sunday 9th December

The Last Yard Photography Exhibition by Louis Pastore Free Entry Alba Ballet returns to the Beacon with their latest production of the popular classical Ballet, Coppelia

7th December to 31st December

Aladdin 29th November to 1st December

It’s a Wonderful Life 13th December to 22nd December

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th, 7.30pm with Sat matinee at 2.30pm

Book tickets now to kick start your festivities!

9 to 5: The Musical £18/£16 (conc)


Inverclyde photographer takes us on a photographic journey around the last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde, Ferguson Shipyard, documenting the hold buildings before they were demolished.

Join us in the Beacon Bistro before the show with a pre-theatre meal. To make a reservation call 01475 551622

For information and to book visit beaconartscentre.co.uk | Tel: 01475 723 723 ClydeBeacon Life Magazine www.clydelife.co.uk | 21 Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

TICKETS - ADULT £14 / UNDER 16’S £12

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I’m dreaming of a Cloch Christmas! ❄

The View at the Cloch has a new lease of life; with the bar and restaurant now lovingly renovated making this landmark venue an ideal place for a Christmas party. Resident DJs and everyone’s favourites, Mark and Bernie, will make sure it is a great night out and the chef and the kitchen team will be serving a delicious threecourse festive menu, with a complimentary glass of wine. With a price of £25 you have a great location, entertainment and a wonderful meal – all the makings of a memorable night out. It is not called The View at The Cloch for nothing this has to be one of the best locations on the Clyde. By daylight you have stunning panoramas of the mighty river and across to Argyll. It is amazing how far you can see. But at night The View at The Cloch becomes magical, the lights twinkle on land and sea and in wintertime, when there is snow on the hills on a clear night – well you wouldn’t be surprised if you saw a sleigh flying through the sky, pulled by reindeer. Parties at The View at the Cloch are as fantastic inside

as the location suggests,

The hardworking, friendly staff at The View at the Cloch produce quality meals which are winning rave reviews online: ‘an ideal location to bring friends and family to, for a lovely meal, drinks and a laugh. The owners are extremely helpful and I also took a party of 16 there for a meal. The service was outstanding and very prompt. The atmosphere is very friendly as well.’ Just off the A770, by the iconic lighthouse and within the Cloch Caravan Park The View at the Cloch is a venue which has a special place in the heart of its local community; catering for functions such as Christenings and funerals. The décor, spaciousness and the warm friendly welcome are all the hallmarks for a special occasion. And nevermore so than at Christmas; check availability for your bookings via the The View at the Cloch Facebook page or call Craig on 01475 649154 and make this Christmas memorable with a visit to The View.

Celebrate Christmas in style this year with us and dance the night away with our resident DJ’s. Bringing you a selection of great music from all decades and of course your favourite Christmas hits! Cloch Caravan Park, Gourock Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a 3 course Festive menu including a glass of wine.

Friday 7th December • Saturday 8th December Friday 14th December • Saturday 15th December Friday 21st December • Saturday 22nd December For only £25 per person £10 deposit required by end of October

Telephone: 01475 649154 Clyde Life Magazine

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The nights are fair drawing in...

By Kieran Gallagher

I have always liked the month of October. Autumn is underway and nature provides some quite superb displays of colours, both in our gardens and in the wild. However, I dread late October and the changing of the clocks. The lack of daylight is the worst thing, for me. If, like me, you work during the day, then the opporunty to spend time in the garden, or anywhere outside, is limited to days off only – it is just too dark to do anything after 5pm. I prefer to get the chores out of the way before the clocks change and there is plenty to do.

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Cardwell Garden Centre

First off, clear out any remaining summer bedding plants, if you have not already done so. Assuming they are not diseased, you can compost the plants yourself or place them in your brown bin. If you plan to compost them yourself, cut up plants into small pieces to speed up the breaking down process. Torn up newspapers, grass clippings and uncooked waste from the kitchen can also be included. Any compost from tubs or baskets can be used as top dressing in beds and borders. Autumn and winter bedding plants are now for sale at Cardwell Garden Centre and provide some much needed brightness over the darker months. There are lots to choose from and they can be planted in tubs, baskets or broders without much frost protection.


Equally, summer and autumn bulbs that are not going be naturalised (like daffodils and snowdrops) should be lifted now. Clean excess soil from them, trim dead foliage and store somewhere dark and cool, but frost free. Hessian or onion bags are ideal for storage as they allow air to circulate. Beware of rodents looking for food in the winter. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now, with the exception of tulips which are best left until November. Again, bulbs can be planted almost anywhere. Layering bulbs that have sequential flowering in a tub makes for a colourful display over a longer period without much input. Autumn used to be known as ‘natures time for planting’. This harks back to the days before trees and shrubs were grown in pots. Instead, most were grown in the ground and sold as ‘bare root’ stock. Although we now have the luxury of planting whenever we want, autumn is still a great time for planting new trees, bushes and shrubs in the garden. Dig a hole around one and a half to twice the size of the pot your plant comes in and add in some fresh growing medium of your choice, with a little bone meal mixed in. Use tree stakes or other supports for taller plants and trees so that the roots have time to ‘bed in’ over the windier winter months. Pruning can also be done now, but it is becoming more common for many plants to be trimmed in early spring. The benefits of this is that the additional foliage can help protect from the cold and provide some winter shelter for the wildlife. Plants like laurels and climbing roses are best done now, however. You can also move perennials at this time of year, assuming it is practical to do so. Carefully work around the root ball with a garden fork to loosen the soil around the roots. It can then be lifted by hand or with a spade and re-planted following the advice above.

an essential part of the modern garden. Food should be high fat content, like suet balls or nuts, and be topped up daily. Bird baths should have clean water and remember to break any ice that forms overnight. As always, if you have any questions pop into Cardwell and let us help.

Keep the lawn clear of leaves, branches and other debris and an application of autumn lawn feed will help the grass over winter. Finally, spare a thought for the wildlife this winter. Insect shelters, hedgehog homes and other wildlife friendly structures are available at Cardwell or can be made yourself. As autumn progresses the availability of natural food for wild birds becomes scarce. Some good bird feeders or a bird table are Clyde Life Magazine

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a selection of events at finlaystone estate October

WILD NIGHT BUSHCRAFT Saturday 6th, 3pm till 9am Sunday 7th Fire making, Bannock bread making, Wilderness food and much more. £15 per adult, £10 per child, call 01475 540505 to reserve a space, sorry no under 5’s. This is overnight camping in the forest, so please bring the usual camping gear, but there are 4 tents available for hire @ £75.Hammocks available for £25 per night. MINI BEAST SAFARI Join our Ranger in a walk through our forest looking for signs of our elusive wee friends, where do they live? On a tree? Under a rock? Under a log? Come along and find out. BUG BOX MAKING Tuesday 16th, 1pm - 3pm Join the Finlaystone Ranger Service, £2.50 for materials. HEDGEHOG HOME MAKING Thursday 18th, 1pm - 3pm Join the Finlaystone Ranger Service to make our spikey friends a home for winter. £2.50 for materials.

SPOOKY SCARECROWS Sunday 21st, 1pm - 3pm Make and design your very own Scarecrow, best ones will be used on out Halloween spooky spectacular. HALLOWEEN Saturday 27th, 5.45pm - 8pm Get spooked in the deep, dark forest. The Walking Theatre Company are here to frighten you, scare you... THRILL YOU! Walks every 15 minutes from 5.45pm. BBQ food, drinks, tea & coffee on sale all evening. £10 per adult, £7 per child, call 01475 540505 to book your space.

November CHRISTMAS TREE TAGGING Friday 16th, all day. Come and tag your very own Christmas tree, return anytime to cut it down and take home. This is a great family tradition that visitors have enjoyed for many, many years. £5 deposit to secure a tree and free entry to the estate when buying a tree.

baby & toddler swimming At Turtle Tots we are passionate about teaching babies and young children to swim; our programme is gentle and progressive, offering a fantastic opportunity for some really special bonding time with your little one.

our classes:

• Focus on the health and emotional well-being of parents and babies alike. • Are baby-led ensuring swimmers progress at their own pace. • Use songs and nursery rhymes to create a relaxed atmosphere. • Use toys and fun to teach vital lifesaving skills and water confidence.

Our amazing teachers are there to support you and your baby throughout your swimming journey.

We have venues throughout Glasgow, including: Gleddoch House Hotel

contactus@turtletots.com 07860 618 586

Erskine Bridge Hotel

swimming@turtletots.com 07903 371868

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Clyde Life Events November An Evening with Christopher Trotter

Tuesday 2nd, 6.30pm - 7.30pm - Free Prolific cookery book writer, renowned chef and Fife Food Ambassador. Greenock Central Library

The Screwtape Letters

Wednesday 3rd, 7.30pm - £16 (cons £11) The award-winning satirical comedy that brings CS Lewis’ classic book to life. The Albany Theatre, Greenock

Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis Thursday 4th, 7.30pm - £27 Celebrating his 50th birthday with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt. The Albany Theatre, Greenock

Tag-n-Track Bird Ringing Demonstration

Saturday 6th, 10.30am - 4pm Find out how we Tag-n-Track some of the bird species in the Park. Muirshiel Visitor Centre

Waterloo Best of Abba

Oct - Nov

Charity Ceilidh & Bollywood Dancing Demonstration

Saturday 13th, 7pm til late - £15 This is a fun Ceilidh for young and old, run by the Rotary Club of Erskine and District. If you love Ceilidh dancing, you’ll love this event. Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton

Scotland Model Bus Show & Display

Sunday 4th, 9am - 4pm - £2 / child free Annual model bus show, stalls, displays, motorised model bus, cafe & raffle. Bishopton Community Centre.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Wed 7th - Sat 10th - £17 (cons £14.50 / £11 / £12.50) Coventry’s acclaimed Youth Operetta Group (YOG) celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic show. The Albany Theatre, Greenock

Build Your Own Bird Feeder

Saturday 24th, 1pm - 3pm - Free Build your own bird feeder and make fat balls for the birds. Greenock Cut Visitor Centre

National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2018

Friday 30th. 7.30pm - £22 (cons £12 / £13 / £18) Exciting, engaging and inspirational jazz from the UK’s premier youth jazz orchestra. The Albany

Saturday 6th, 7.30pm - £22 (cons £20/£18) Waterloo - The Best of ABBA looks back at the sensational rise to stardom of the Swedish pop. The Albany Theatre, Greenock

Scotland’s Boat Show

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th, 10am - 5pm/6pm – Free (parking £5) The largest boat show in Scotland, 2nd largest in UK and is now the UK’s largest brokerage (pre-owned) boat show. Everything for boats & boating including the RYA Scotland ‘Get On The Water’ pavilion with free taster sessions of sailing, powerboats, RIBs and accessible dinghies, the Clyde Life Style pavilion with over 40 artisan crafts & stalls, and the Food & Drink pavilion with live cookery demonstrations. Inverkip

Beauty and the Beast

Friday 12th, 7.30pm - £18 (cons £16) Join Ballet Theatre UK for one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, set to a stunning classical score. The Albany Theatre, Greenock

Oak Mall Artisan Market

Friday 12th & 26th, 10am - 4pm - Free A regular monthly market in the heart of the Greenock community! Stop by for fresh produce, homemade delights, arts & crafts and much more.

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CLASSES | GROUPS | AND LOCAL CLUBS Clyde Life publishes details of classes, groups and clubs located within the magazine distribution area. If you are looking for new members or want to publicise an event please let us know.

Health & Wellbeing Classes Class




Teacher/Instructor Contact Details

Yogabellies Children’s Yoga 3-12yrs 01475 745552/744404 www.enterprisechildcare.co.uk admin@enterprisechildcare.co.uk Yoga & Meditation


Boglestone CC


Jacci Stoyle

07790 262124

Yoga & Meditation, Mixed Ability




Jacci Stoyle

07790 262124

Chair Yoga




Jacci Stoyle

07790 262124



Westburn Church


Aileen Hughes

01475 801613





Patricia Ralston

01475 785685

Hatha Yoga


Lyle Kirk


Flora MacKenzie


Yin Yoga


Inverkip CC


Flora MacKenzie


Birsay Yoga




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073




Joanna Ritchie

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Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073

Birsay Yoga




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073

Gentle Yoga




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073

Yoga for Teenagers




Joanna Ritchie

07518 373073

Yoga Mixed Ability Class


Gourock - Bath St


Sheena Arlow



Greenock - Nelson St Wed

Sheena Arlow


Scaravelli inspired Yoga


Branchton CC


Rachel Harper

01475 638481

Tai Chi

10.30am-11.30am Branchton CC


David Kendal

01475 638481


9.30am-10.30am Kilmacolm

Tue & Fri

Jacqueline Gibson 7851735357


10.00am-11.30am Bridge of Weir

Tue & Thu

Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950


Bridger of Weir


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Tue & Thu

Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950

Antenatal Yoga


Bridge of Weir


Janis Green

07748 150001

General Yoga


Bridge of Weir


Janis Green

07748 150001

10.00am-11-00am Kilmacolm


Janis Green

07748 150001

Move it or lose it!


Bridge of Weir


Fiona Bretherton

07811 766672

FABS fitness for the over 60’s - more than just a fitness class




Fiona Bretherton

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Physio-led Pilates 6.15pm-7.15pm Houston Mon Kate Black

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Dance Classes Elite Academy of Dance Ballet Silver Swans Ballet (over 50s) 11am-12pm Royal Scottish Country Dance Society 8pm-9:45pm

Greenock Every Day Greenock Tue & Thu Laird Street, Greenock Mon Joan Pow

www.eliteacademyofdance.co.uk www.silverswansballet.co.uk 07834 553604

Camera Clubs Digital Camera Club Greenock Camera Club Kilmacolm Camera Club Inverclyde Camera Club

7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm

Langbank Greenock Golf Club Kilmacolm Gourock

2nd & 4th Mon Thur Tue Fri

Derrick McPherson Langbankcc1@gmail.com Heather Sinclair 07801 445102 David Walker 01505 873883 Ann-Marie Westwood 07971 607453

Other Clubs & Groups

Greenock Speakers Club 7:30pm - 10pm Ardgowan Club, Greenock Thur (Oct-Mar) Alastair MacDonald 01475 638613 Club Secretary aimacdon1@gmail.com MS Activities Group 11am-1pm Greenock Thu Stuart Anderson 01475 630553 Parkinson’s Inverclyde Support Group 12:30-2:30pm Greenock

Last Fri of month Trish Maclennan

01475 743679

Fort Matilda Bridge Club


Tarbet St Gourock

Mon Tue Fri

Ann MacLeod

01475 522181

Inverclyde Sky Watchers





01475 634976

Bridge of Weir

2nd & 4th Thu Keith

Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Games Society

Inverclyde Ramblers

Dave Souza

07789 501605 01475 631654

To be included in the magazine and on the website please send details to the editor@clydelife.co.uk

Please let us know if any of your clubs, classes or groups details have changed!

Historical Association talk Thursday 11th October. Hillhead Library 5.30 “Puffers - Scottish icons.” Hear Nick Walker of The Puffer Preservation Trust on the story of the Puffers from James Watt to the Maggie. Admission free. For further information, contact the Secretary: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail.com

Historical Association talk combined with G&SUOTC Wednesday 28th November Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue 6.30 “Hundred days to Victory.” In January 1918, the Germans were confident of defeating the Allies. Find out how the Allies turned defeat into victory in a hundred days. Speaker: Mr. John Stelling, Director, North East Land, Sea & Air Museum. Admission free. For further information, contact the Secretary: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail.com Clyde Life Magazine

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GET ON YOUR BIKE! All too often, we choose the easiest way to travel from one place to another - the car. However, many of us often ignore that walking or cycling is the cheapest and healthiest way to commute. ‘Community Tracks Inverclyde’ project exists to raise awareness and encourage people to choose other ways of travelling rather than opting for the car. We’re supported by the Climate Challenge Fund (part of Keep Scotland Beautiful), Smarter Choices, Inverclyde Community Development Trust and Inverclyde Council. We organise various events and activities in the Inverclyde area including walking and cycling tours, maintenance classes and our popular bike doctor events. We’re very excited to announce further events this Autumn/Winter from October 2018 onwards, such as our ‘Better Biking’ initiative in collaboration with The Bothy. The Bothy is a new project from which acts as a welcoming central point for walkers and cyclists in the area, looking for inspiration, help and advice. The ‘Better Biking’ initiative runs every Tuesday through October, with its core aim to help develop your cycling skills and confidence on two wheels! There’s also the opportunity to try an electric bike Pop along to The Bothy at Gourock Train Station any Thursday from 1pm to 4pm and give one a try - it’s free! Following on from the first commuter breakfast at the end of September, there’s a couple more planned in conjunction with The Bothy - further details can be younf on our website. Keep an eye on our website for activities running through October and November!

What is Community Tracks Inverclyde? Community Tracks is an ‘Active Travel Hub’ community focused project that aims to increase the number of people traveling by foot or bike. The key aims of the project include:

• Commuter Breakfast - come along for some free breakfast and advice on commuting on two feet or two wheels • ‘Better Biking’ - develop your biking skills and become a more confident cyclist • Donate Your Bike - if you have an unwanted bike or a bike that is no longer needed, donate your bike to Community Tracks and we will recycle them for a good home - just in time to make the perfect Christmas gift! • Electric Bike Trial - have a go on an electric bike for FREE, every Thursday through October! • Bike Maintenance Classes - look out for dates coming soon on our website For full details about upcoming events, please visit our website www.communitytracks.net or visit our Facebook page - CommunityTracksInverclyde Book onto any of our upcoming events by contacting our project administrator Scott directly Scott.deveney@the-trust.org.uk or 01475 553384.

Donate an

unwanted bike We’ll give it back INTO the community this Christmas to a new owner

• Reducing waste/CO2 emission • Developing skills • Promoting social inclusion • Enhancing employability through developing skills

How can you get involved? There are a number of events planned through til the end of the year out the summer that you can get involved with free of charge, such as:

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The Chartroom 2018

Party Nights!


Our famous Party Nights are the perfect way to get you into the festive mood! Arrive at 7.30pm for a sumptuous 4 course Christmas Dinner, then it’s on with the party until 1.00am Starting from only £26.00


& THE SESSIONS Christmas Party Weekend! Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December. One Wild Party Weekend with the legendary Earl Blue & the Sessions!

Kick off the Festive Season in style!


Top black tie New Year and Best Hogmanay in Inverclyde!

Cocktails & canapés, sumptuous 4 course dinner, live music from Jimallywhy, dancing till 2am with Radio Clyde’s Bill Smith & a piper at the bells! Tickets £65 per person. Early reservations strongly advised.

Festive Lunches Perfect for friends, families or workmates, a festive 2 or 3 course lunch from £14.95 Advance bookings only

BOXING DAY at THE CHARTROOM 26th December 2 Courses £16.95 • Child menu £5.95

Open 1pm – 8pm • book now!

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