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contents ADVENTURE: PREPARING FOR THE ARCTIC FASHION: STUDY IN STYLE STUART MCMILLAN MSP
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SCOTLAND’S BOAT SHOW GARDEN: BEAT JAPANESE KNOTWEED WHAT’S ON: OUR GREAT GUIDE
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emembrance Sunday falls on November 10 and Inverclyde Council will make sure each of the 11 memorials in its care is ready for people to pay their respects.
the blitz memorial, at the main approach from South Street, in honour of civilians killed during bombing.
Lyle Hill’s iconic Cross of Lorraine is for the sailors of the Free French Navy who sailed from Greenock, 1940-1945, during the Battle of The Atlantic and the liberation of France.
The main memorial for Port Glasgow is at Fore Street, but look also for the wall plaque on Robert Street, ‘in grateful memory of the Toll Boys’.
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Greenock’s memorial is at Wellpark, Regent Street, with another at Broomhill at the junction of Broomhall and Cornhaddock Streets and a third in the town’s cemetery, (in section 3P). The cemetery has another,
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The Gourock memorial is beside the Clyde on Albert Road.
And in the villages the memorials are: Kilmacolm, Lochwinnoch Road; Inverkip by the A78; Wemyss Bay at the Pierhead, Shore Road, which includes Skelmorlie.
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Arctic adventure for Kris Greenock man’s prepares for expedition to the ‘last’ pole
ris Law aged 26 is on his way to the Arctic with help from family, neighbours and friends in his home town of Greenock and a lot of fitness training. The former St Patrick’s and Notre Dame student has just completed the West Highland Way for the second time; the first was by bike this latest trip he was harnessed to, and pulling, a big 4x4 tyre to help mimic a sledge. This is all to be fitness ready for an expedition to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility led by Jim McNeill, founder of Ice Warrior and one of the world’s most experienced and respected explorers. Kris had to prove he was capable of making the journey to this furthest point in the Arctic from land which will involve temperatures as low as -40°C and terrain covered in massive ice boulders. Along the way the expedition members will be carrying out ‘citizen science’ projects by collecting crucial data for climate scientists, at NASA and the UK Met Office amongst others, on sea ice, polar bear population, and pollution and 8
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utumn is upon us, the air is crisp but not yet too cold - it’s the perfect time to experiment with your personal style. From cover-all coats and cosy knitwear to feminine, yet dramatic dresses and comfy footwear, Autumn has all your fashion needs covered. It’s a transitional season, full of versatility and the best thing about it, is that you can enjoy layering up! Feeling a bit hot - no problem, whip off a layer. Feeling a bit chilly – no problem...just add an extra layer. Easy! This Autumn, there’s such an eclectic mix of colours, prints, patterns and textures, resulting in a real myriad of different styles. Let’s begin with checks- a huge trend, from small hound’s-tooth prints to large bold tartans and everything in between. Apparently, the most fashionable way to wear them is by mixing and matching different sizes and colours of checks to create a clashing but appealing look. So, for example, one style of check for your top and another for your trousers, or, like the photo, one kind of check for your dress and another for your bag! Floral prints don’t ever really go away and this Autumn/Winter is no exception. There are lots of 1940’s inspired dresses featuring dark and moody floral images. The colours are especially beautiful, in sumptuously rich jewel tones like emerald, ruby and sapphire. If you’re feeling particularly fashion forward then you could cut through all your clashing
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checks by adding a dramatic flower pattern. Undoubtedly, Coats are one of the best things about this time of year, however, why not switch things up this season and invest in a stylish cape. Surprisingly versatile, they compliment most outfits and just like the image shown, you can wear a cape with jeans, an argyle sweater (no longer just for on the golf course) and a pussy bow blouse to create an impressively stylish look. When it comes to accessories, there’s a few standout items worth noting, the first being the not so humble belt, quite literally, if you can put a belt on it then you should, as defined waists are a major trend. Alas, my waist disappeared some time ago, but if you are lucky enough to still have one, then now is the perfect time to show it off. Wrap a belt around, not just your trousers and dresses but also your jumpers, cardigans and coats - Tres Chic! Printed tights are having a moment and you’ll be able to buy hosiery in just about every pattern imaginable, from checks, florals, stripes and polka dots to the glitzy crystal embellished variety and, if you have a spare £170 then you too could own a pair of Gucci logo tights. Finish off your new Autumnal look with a bag - small, ladylike styles still feature but also making their mark are jumbo sized holdall’s - maybe not so good for your neck and shoulders once overfilled, but just perfect for carting around all those extra Autumn layers!
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MArine tourisM is tHe KeY Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock & Inverclyde looks at the trade the Clyde brings to us today
ith Inverclyde being Scotland’s marine leisure capital, marine tourism is a topical issue locally. I set up and chair the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Recreation Boating and Marine Tourism in 2009, and now chair the CPG on Tourism too. These CPGs enable MSPs to engage with external stakeholders on a particular subject. They are not formal parliamentary business and unlike the Parliament’s committee system, CPGs cannot introduce issues formally into the parliamentary or government systems. However, they are very useful for the likes of professionals or experts to highlight issues to MSPs. As readers will be aware, an increasing number of cruise ships are docking in Greenock. To capitalise on this unique opportunity, we, as a community, must strive to improve the tourism we offer, and as the local MSP, this is a key part of my work. Consequently, I recently hosted Sir John Leighton, director general
of the National Galleries of Scotland, for a tour of the area, highlighting suitable venues for temporary exhibitions. Art attracts visitors – and if the Beacon Arts Centre, the Tobacco Warehouse or the Custom House for example, were displaying an exhibition during the cruise season, it may help encourage more people
there are many successes locally, with one being scotland’s boat Show at the kip marina in inverkip to visit and spend their money. I also visited Newark Castle and was delighted to see busloads of tourists arriving off a cruise that was in that day. While visitor numbers are growing at our Port Glasgow castle, when you consider how much Stirling and Edinburgh have benefitted from having castles, it makes you wonder why Inverclyde
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has not promoted Newark Castle more. However, I do not wish to only focus on what more we can do to promote tourism in Inverclyde. There are many successes locally, with one being Scotland’s Boat Show at the Kip Marina in Inverkip, which is the largest boat show in Scotland. With 2020 being the Year of Coasts and Waters, I’m delighted that next year’s boat show at the Kip will be extended into the evening, with a brand-new special event, ‘River of Light’, taking place. Next year communities up and down the River Clyde and beyond are invited to decorate their own boats and crafts to be part of this spectacular celebration, with the illuminated ships expected to gather off shore at the Kip Marina to form a mass floating spectacle. Inverclyde is home to beautiful views across the Clyde, and the Kip’s involvement in Visit Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters programme highlights how valued our area is when it comes to marine tourism.
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The connoisseur of one-liners returns for one last hoorah, before heading off ‘into the punset’.
The Box is a powerful and inspiring new work exploring issues around mental health, domestic abuse and the judicial system. Four talented dancers offer an innovative and playful way to connect with a sometimes difﬁcult-to-talk-about
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Friday 11th October 8pm
In this, his brand-new show, Count Arthur Strong, the all-round entertainer we know and love from the telly, seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently ﬁnd.
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Memories Are Made of This
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Thursday 10th October 2.30pm | 7pm
Take a fast-moving, roller-coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s performed by a superb cast of stunningly costumed singers and dancers.
The Bob Dylan Story
Sunday 13th October 7.30pm Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s famous Isle of Wight comeback show, reliving the classics-packed set.
The dark legacy of asbestos in the Clyde shipyards is explored with wit and humour. Starring Maureen Carr (Still Game, River City) and Jonathan Watson (Two Doors Down, Rab C. Nesbitt).
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Tues 12th-Sat 16th Nov | 1pm Sat 16th Nov | 6pm David Harrower’s haunting two-hander traces one town’s path to personal and political destruction. Enjoy a pie and a pint before the show, included in the ticket price.
Black Men Walking Wednesday 13th Nov 7.30pm | 14+ Eclipse Theatre’s critically acclaimed production inspired by a men’s walking group in Shefﬁeld.
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BoAt sHoW Here We coMe! By land and by sea, a life on the ocean waves and a great lifestyle Scotland’s Boat Show weekend has it all
elcome to the largest boat show in Scotland and the biggest brokerage (pre-owned) boat show in the UK. This is where the marine leisure industry comes to do business, make no mistake. The number and quality of boats on display gives sailors from all over the UK the chance to come and see an incredible selection, meet up with old friends, make new ones and importantly new contacts with the latest and expert knowledge. It is also an event were organisations like Cruising Association sponsor a stage and speakers to share their expertise and hands-on help. These talks are a chance for newcomers to improve and experienced sailors to polish their skills. As well as boats for sale there is a host of stands from across the marine leisure industry and the canny sailors know that many of them have special offers and promotions especially for the boat show weekend. But Scotland’s Boat Show has become much more. The Kip Marina team has grown this event over the years into a unique weekend that celebrates all that’s best in life. The onshore events include cars, motor homes, holiday homes, and the lifestyle pavilion which this year is sponsored by CalMac. In there you will find an incredible range of products on sale, from hand-made artisan to luxury goods from throughout Scotland the UK. Scotland’s Boat Show also has an excellent 22
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Friday October 11 Saturday 10 Sunday 13, kip Marina reputation for its food and drink pavilion. Nick Nairn will present three demonstrations on Sunday 13 and throughout the weekend the pavilion is a showcase for the catering students and tutors at West Scotland College. All that’s innovative and best about Scotland’s food and drink and produce is here in a marketplace full of people as passionate about food and drink as you are. Along with Kip Marina’s own Chartroom Bar and Restaurant there will be an outside area full of food trucks and stalls for all tastes. Now add music, entertainment, pipe bands and you can see why more than 12,000 people every year make their way – by land or sea – to Scotland’s Boat Show.
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JAPAnese KnotWeed ornAMentAL But detriMentAL Now is the best time to tackle the problem
t this time of year a common question at Cardwell Garden Centre concerns Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica), so I thought I would share some of the key points. Japanese Knotweed is classed as a ‘controlled non-native invasive species’ by the authorities. This means that there are strict controls on how it is handled. It was brought to the UK in the early 19th century, via Europe, as an ornamental plant. Due to its fast growing root system, it was also used commercially to bolster the likes of railway embankments and avoid landslips. Although hard to spot for most of the year, during late summer and autumn it becomes quite easy to spot thanks to the stems changing colour and clusters of flowers. It has elongated heart shaped leaves; its stems turn bright red in late summer/autumn and have an abundance of small, white flowers. It almost completely dies back in winter and will grow around 2m/6 ft every season. In many ways, it is an ideal garden plant and can be pretty. However, its endearing looks are accompanied by an extremely aggressive urge to spread. The plant will not spread by seed in our climate, instead using ‘rhizomes’, like bamboo. A rhizome is essentially a root that 24
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can grow in three years from a piece of another for treatment purposes using specialist tools and, knotweed rhizome as small as 0.7 grams or 0.025 importantly, are skilled at ensuring the complete of an ounce! A piece the size of a fingernail could removal of the trimmings. start to germinate within days and grow up to 10cm/ You cannot dig it out by hand; it is not even four inches per day. worth trying. Can you imagine the damage that is caused by Even if you do any of the above, the disposal several kilograms of the plant being tipped illegally? of Japanese Knotweed is controlled. It cannot go Consider the chaos brought to your garden by in any colour of refuse bin. You cannot compost an untrained gardener taking a strimmer to it on the it or even burn it without it spreading. It should basis ‘he knows what he’s doing’. The thing is, you only be transported by a specialist haulier to a may not see the damage for a year licensed disposal site. And there ‘you cannot dig it out or so, by which time the problem are restrictions on how it must be transported, including it being in by hand; it is not even will be significant. October is a good time to spot sealed packaging. worth trying.’ the knotweed in your garden or My recommendation is always to pay for a specialist to come around your area in general. The plants will be still be tall and the stems could be in. Most of them will visit the site and provide a red. There may be remnants of small, white flowers quotation for treatment. Importantly, they should or seeds still on the plant. also guarantee their treatment will be successful. This usually involves repeat visits to your garden to Familiarise yourself with them just now and then you can easily spot them again in the spring. check the knotweed has not returned. The treatment for Japanese Knotweed should be Only licensed contractors should be used. carried out in the growing season, so if you have Anyone who tells you they can do it and does not have the appropriate license should be avoided. some present you have until spring to arrange for treatment. What is worse is that the ‘cowboys’ are the ones Japanese Knotweed is not the only species of who will often fly tip the remains of the knotweed illegally. plant that has this invasive nature and a little time spent researching at the garden centre can save a I will give you a statistic to back up the danger of the spread of Japanese Knotweed. A mature plant lot of heartache later. WWW.CLYDELIFE.CO.UK
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THE BLUES BROTHERS BAND LIVE Fri 4 Oct 2019, 8:30PM The Albany Theatre, Greenock. Live musical tribute to the Blues Brothers, from the Blues Brothers Live. With timeless hits like ‘Everybody needs somebody’, ‘Higher and Higher’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ this fully live musical tribute to the Blues Brothers is guaranteed to get toes tapping and voices singing. Men Of Motown Friday, 11 October at 19:00 Tontine Hotel. Get your friends together and have a brilliant evening with the fabulous Men of Motown and D.J entertainment. Tickets are priced at £20 and include a hot buffet
Cara Dillon Sat 9 Nov 2019, 8:30PM The Albany Theatre, Greenock. Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world, earning both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim with fans all over the world.
Values into Action Employer Breakfast Monday 23rd September - 8-10am - WCS Waterfront Campus, Greenock We are looking for as many local Inverclyde employers to attend as possible for this partnered employability breakfast event with VIA Scotland and WCS. Hear all about exciting Modern Apprenticeship work, meet some of last year’s apprentices and hear testimonials from their employers on the success of the programme. ICC McMillan Coffee Morning Friday 27th September - 9.30am-12.30pm – Boardroom, Victoria House, Greenock Join us for some coffee, cake, games and a natter. Both Chamber Members and NonMembers are welcome to attend and any cake or cash donations would be much appreciated (homemade or bought)! All proceeds will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.
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BriLLiAnt BreAKs on Your doorstoP Enjoy a relaxing getaway just a short distance up the coast in the tranquil surroundings of Cloch Caravan Park. The Gourock holiday park, which boasts brilliant views of the Clyde looking towards the Kyles of Bute, is set in 24 acres of mature woodlands and is one of the most enviable spots on Scotland’s west coast. Overlooking the Cloch lighthouse, the relaxing countryside atmosphere means that you enjoy your stay at a leisurely pace before exploring the multitude of attractions that await you in the surrounding area. They are proud of the environment they have on offer not only for holiday visitors but holiday homeowners alike and are sure you will be impressed with the way each caravan has been placed to provide outstanding views. The holiday site boasts an outdoor play area, an on site laundrette, bar and restaurant, convenience store, gym and pool. There are also plenty of exciting
outdoor opportunities and activities including sailing, horse riding, ﬁshing, walking, sub aqua, golf, and ferry trips to explore the surrounding ports. The high quality caravans for hire include the highest standard of accommodation. All caravans come with a free welcome pack and full bedding, but you must remember to bring your own sheets, towels, and pillowcases. Alternatively these can be hired. Also included: ﬂushing toilet, hot & cold water, shower, fridge, TV, DVD player, microwave oven and free gas & electricity. You have the choice of Thistle
caravans (four berth, two bedrooms), Heather (six berth, two bedrooms), and Bluebell (eight berth, three bedrooms). As well as the swimming pool and spa, there is the perfect opportunity to get ﬁt with a personal trainer also on site. So for the perfect escape only a short distance up the coast, head to Cloch Caravan Park for a blissful and relaxing time away for all the family. The deluxe caravans are for hire and for sale. For more details, contact 01475 632675 or go to clochcaravans. co.uk
SCENIC VIEWS TAKEAWAY SERVICE Our park is set in 24 acres of mature woodlands and is one of the most enviable spots on Scotland’s west coast, with stunning views across the Clyde towards Dunoon. Spend some family time in the swimming pool or relax and be pampered in our Infinity Spa or for the more energetic, a workout in the fully equipped gym or aqua class. Choose from a wide range of spa and beauty treatments from hot stones massage to manicures and pedicures. Enjoy fresh food with family and friends at our on site View at the Cloch restaurant. Telephone: Reception 01475 632675 Leisure & Spa 01475 630399
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2 for 1 ticKet offer Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is back at SEC, Glasgow from 21- 24 November 2019. The annual celebration of all things festive is a must for anyone looking to find everything for the perfect Christmas celebration under one roof. Save £19 with our 2 for 1 offer* and enjoy a day of festive fun. Over 350 of the UK’s finest designers, makers and boutique businesses will gather together under one roof to offer unique gifts, decorations, crafts, food and drinks, toys, fashion, accessories and inspired interior ideas, to help bring that magical Christmas sparkle to every home. Visitors can source beautiful Christmas decorations, original gifts and toys and the foodies amongst us will be delighted by the tempting range of festive treats. The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete without a glass of fizz from the The Viking Cruise Champagne Bar. Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is more than an exclusive shopping experience. There are lots of things to learn and try at two informative theatres; The Country Living Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves and The Country Living Crafting Workshops where experts will offer invaluable advice and entertaining demonstrations. Craft workshops start from £8 each.
for further information or to book tickets call 0844 209 7348 or visit www.countrylivingfair.com/ticket-prices To purchase 2 for 1 tickets for £19 simply quote promo code: 241CLGPR19 when booking online at www.countrylivingfair.com or CALL 0844 209 7348.
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Will you decide to help your child? Five Hundred and Twenty-Three local children helped to become happy, confident and successful in school The Intuition advantage continues to grow as having helped hundreds of young people to be happy in school and grow in conﬁdence in their abilities at our tuition centres in Greenock, Largs and Helensburgh, we are delighted to announce that we will be opening our new Tuition Centre at Tweedie Hall in Linwood, Paisley on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. As well as giving primary and secondary school aged children the chance to improve their maths and English skills, we will also provide tuition in French and geography. At our new Tuition Centre at Tweedie Hall in Linwood, your son or daughter will receive tuition designed around their individual requirements by our teacher
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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
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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.
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Try this Great Offer on Main Courses from our New Menu during October. 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 October 2019 for food from The Chartroom Main Menu – excludes bank holidays. Terms & conditions apply – see voucher & website for details.
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