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Clyde Life February/March 2019 Issue 46

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ow is the year going for you so far and are those resolutions still resolute? Fear not if you have faltered there is plenty of inspiration within our pages.

The weather is as quixotic as ever and as for the political climate, we could all do with some sunshine on that front. So dive into your latest Life magazine and discover the best of life on your doorstep; all the best of our local shops and services are here, run by people like you who live and work right here. Family, home, friends and community are so important when times can get tough so join us and love living life locally.

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Improve your health Style files Book review Ronnie Cowan MP Brighten up your home Gardening Hygge for hounds

30 24 Contributors this issue: Ronnie Cowan MP, Kieran Gallagher, Joanne Simms, Marilyn Thompson, Holly Thompson

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New hygienist for EnVisage Dentistry The team at EnVisage Kilmacolm – the village’s newest dental practice – have welcomed Helen McKirdy to the team as their new hygienist. Helen, who lives in Kilmacolm, has been a qualified hygienist for 28 years, with comprehensive experience of working in NHS, private and specialist restorative practices. Helen will offer 20 minute, 30 minute or hour long hygiene appointments to patients who can be referred by the dentist, or choose to self -refer. You can book directly with the friendly reception staff within the practice. We asked Helen why we should choose to see the hygienist, rather than the dentist? She explained, “A hygienist has specialist knowledge and experience of oral health that complements the work of your dentist. Your appointment with your hygienist is dedicated to professionally cleaning and polishing your teeth and helping to maintain healthy gums

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to reduce or eliminate gum disease. We also use specialist equipment that your dentist may not always have access to. For the patient, this means a more in-depth clean of your teeth”. How often you visit your hygienist depends on your individual requirements, but as a rule of thumb, Helen recommends an appointment every 3-6 months. To book your appointment, you can call EnVisage Dentistry on 01505 873852. The practice is also currently accepting new NHS and private patients, so if you are looking for a new dentist, why not call today?




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Improve your health and yourself! A New Year’s resolution is for 365 days, not just Hogmanay, so keep on keeping on because spring will soon be here and remember to think holistically


ew Year resolutions are just common sense; ask any of us and we all want to be the right weight, fit and healthy, doing well in our jobs and have our finances in equally good health. That much is obvious – who would actively wish ill upon themselves?

Maybe you turned over in bed and went back to sleep when you heard the rain on the windows just when you had been doing so well with your running schedule. Well so what! Don’t beat yourself up; just pick yourself up, dust yourself down, grab hold of the cliché of your choice and get back on the horse. It’s a long way to go to Hogmanay 2019 and there will be plenty of times you might falter but keep going and you will find there will be far more times that you succeed. That’s why an annual taking stock ‘at the bells’ has always been so good for us and always will. What is best for your personality? Are you someone who has to go at something full-on or does slow and steady win your race? It is all a question of balance.

But sometimes we get so caught up in the complexities of living day-to-day that good intentions can get lost in the fog and we just drift; bad habits become ingrained and that drifting can take us further and further away from where we want to be.

Chances are if you are unhappy in one area of your life, say work, or a relationship, the stress might show up in your eating habits or drinking . . . but then again are those choices in turn making you unhappy in your relationship or at work.

Chances are that since those virtuous announcements at the start of the year things might have slipped a little . . . or may be a lot!

A good way to keep your resolutions going throughout 2019 is to look at the whole picture. What do you need to do to break your own chain or spiral of thoughts and actions.

There is one important thing to remember – do not give up! We are only human, and we all trip up now and then, so be kind to yourself. There might have been a few hangovers since New Year’s Day; a couple of ciggies, a heroic amount of chocolate scoffed or the eating of a family-sized something all by yourself.

Remember: this is about you, your journey. What works for someone else might be a real eye-opener and inspiration for you or it might lead you up a dead end. Be mindful of your own needs. This is not being selfish; when you are at your best then you bring out the best in everyone around you and the spiral goes upwards not down. So check out the fitness classes, diet groups, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and the running and cycling shops with expert advice. Think mindfulness, yoga, meditation and even counselling. Start looking for that financial planner, or the training course or employment agency to turn resolution into reality in the workplace. And most of all: think how good you will feel at midnight on Tuesday December 31, 2019 because you kept going, no matter what.

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What have you resolved to do in 2019? Resolutions should not always be about weight, exercise and bad habits like smoking and drinking and too much sugar. Do not just think: ‘I must cut out’ make sure there are a few ‘I must do’ on the go throughout 2019.

How about: • Pay down debts or increase your savings pot? • Learn a new skill? • Take up a new hobby or devote more time to an existing one? • Go after, or improve your chances of, promotion at work? • New job? • Decide that this is the year you go-it-alone and be your boss, with your own business?



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Saint Valentine’s love continues Glasgow’s own St Valentine Fenwick 47 offers a taste of romance There is nothing as romantic as connection a sumptuous dinner for two and How does the romance of St Valentine travel from a Medieval basilica in the Umbrian countryside to a modern parish church in The Gorbals? The Basilica di San Valentine in Terni has become a place of pilgrimage and hundreds of betrothed couples gather there before getting married, to promise to love each other at the Festa della Promessa, Celebration of the Promise. At the less romantic setting of Blessed John Duns Scotus Church on Ballater Street in the Gorbals there is a reliquary containing a bone from one of St Valentine’s arms. St Valentine reliquaries can be found at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Rome, a Carmelite Church in Dublin and others include Madrid, Vienna, Prague, and Birmingham.

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theStyle files

by Marilyn Thompson


ave you ever wondered who, or what determines the colours of our clothes, accessories, cars, home furnishings and cosmetics? If so, wonder no more - The Pantone Colour Institute leads the way, with their colour experts travelling the world (dream job alert) looking for influences that will determine Pantone’s colour palette each year. Multiple industries then consult these colour references before putting them into practice. Originating in 1963, the Pantone Colour Matching System was created as a way to expertly match and classify colours. Pantone gave every colour and tone a unique reference number and presented them in swivel swatch cards for ease of use. This allowed for a perfect, consistent colour match which made, (and continues to make) life a lot easier for everyone involved in the Fashion, Textile, Paint, Plastic and Design industries. For the last 20 years Pantone has chosen their ‘Colour of the Year’ from their yearly colour palette, and for 2019 - it’s Living Coral, reference number: 16-1546 - a peachy shade of orange with a golden undertone. It’s bright and fresh and surprisingly versatile - a colour which aims to lift and energise. In Pantone’s own statement they describe Living Coral as a ‘colour of carefree happiness that symbolises our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits’ - Sounds positively peachy! Pantone are usually spot on with their colour of the

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year choice however, perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s been a few exceptions, with 2017’s ‘Greenery’ being one of them - it was hailed as being ‘refreshing and revitalising, symbolic of new beginnings,’ but in reality it was a challenging colour that was hard to translate successfully across all industries. In contrast, ‘Marsala’ 2015’s colour of the year, had no such issues, this was a huge hit with the rich, dramatic burgundy shade being fully embraced, especially by the fashion and beauty industries. You will probably remember the bold, berry lips and daring dark nail colours from that time. Living Coral looks set to be another big hit, its universally flattering shade is perfect for clothes and cosmetics alike. Indeed, Butter London, Pantone’s official partner in beauty have already released a range of beauty products including a lip gloss, blusher and nail polishes - all in Living Coral. Another area where Living Coral might flourish is in the Wedding industry - just imagine

The teen STYLE Files Pastel Power

Pastels are back in Spring 2019, as are tuxedo suits. Together they create a feminine and striking look, which is refreshingly young yet refined at the same time. Look out for co-ordinating suits appearing in high street stores soon!

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this pretty colour as a flattering bridesmaid dress or, a flower girl’s dress in white with a sumptuous broad satin coral ribbon tied in a big bow around the waist. This years colour could even be embraced by a bride looking for something a little different, for example, a soft tulle underskirt in delicate shades of coral, a touch of the unexpected just peeping out from underneath her dress. To complete the look, beautiful coral peonies would be stunning in bouquets and floral arrangements. With 2019’s colour of the year just announced in December, it won’t be too long until you start to see and feel the influence of Living Coral just about everywhere - You have been warned!

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Q - Hi Holly, I love the suit trend but am worried I would not have enough occasions to wear one at, any ideas? Emma.

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Give your 2019 reading list a head start From champagne to lost lurchers by way of a 50-year-old caterpillar 101 Champagnes and other Sparkling Wines To Try Before You Die Davy Zyw Birlinn Hardback and eBook ISBN: 9781780275567

of and by mothers from across the globe. Dig in and discover the role of the intuitive feminine Mother that is so needed by every one of us, with stories from all genders and ages but make sure you still get taken out for lunch on the day, mind you.

There is a theme of look after yourself and your health running through this month’s edition and yet here we are promoting alcohol. The answer is simple: drink less, but drink better and take the time to enjoy a quality product. Life is way too short to drink nasty fizz. Arm yourself with this little beauty before you start the inevitable search for wedding ‘venues and menus’ and stress not.

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jacket and bonus content - the story of the making of this classic, and a letter to the reader from Eric Carle himself. (April publication).

Lost Dog

Kate Spicer Ebury Press Hardback and eBook ISBN: 9781785039195

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Kate’s rescue lurcher has gone missing. Trying to find her dog tests her to the limits – and gets her thinking about her life in this brilliant, life-affirming memoir about the myth of modern womanhood and the relationship between humans and dogs.

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Mother: A Human Love Story Matt Hopwood Birlinn Paperback and ebook. ISBN: 9781780275123

This Mother’s Day, go deep and don’t just settle for a card and flowers. Published in March 2019, Matt Hopwood has collected stories

Two 50th anniversaries to celebrate in 2019: the moon landing and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Sometimes the stars align and everything in a children’s picture book is just so right in and of itself that it becomes a classic; a part of childhood for generations to come. More than 50 million copies in sixty-two languages have been sold worldwide. A limited hardback edition is being published complete with stunning golden

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RECIPE Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Mustard Dip This is a new addition to our 2019 menu and is already getting rave revues. Sometimes you just want to enjoy a bit comfor t food indulgence, and this is great for either enter taining friends or just sitting in front of the fire! All ingredients are available from major supermarkets but please try and shop local. Ingredients Sweet Potato Fries 2 large sweet potatoes - peeled & cut into approx 5mm thick ‘fries’ 1 packet smoked bacon lardons (or pancetta) 2 tbsp maple syrup 10g desiccated coconut 3 tbsp sunflower oil or alternative

baking tray, place in hot oven at 210c or 200c fan for 30 – 40 minutes. While fries are in oven fry bacon lardons in 1 tbsp oil until crispy. For the dip mix all the ingredients together and place in a ramekin or serving bowl When fries are golden brown remove from oven and place in mixing bowl, add pancetta and coconut, mix well, place in serving dish and drizzle with maple syrup. Serve with dip.

Dip 10g capers chopped 1 large gherkin chopped 6 tbsp mayonnaise 3 tbsp American mustard 2 tsp runny honey Method Place fries in mixing bowl, cover with cold water and soak for 30 minutes. Drain and pat fries dry with paper towel (this draws out most of the starch and helps crisp your fries) Toss fries in oil and spread out evenly on pre heated

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In the late 18th and early 19th century Scotland undertook what has become known as the Enlightenment The intellectual middle classes engaged in matters of law, economics, science and medicine. Great thinkers such as James Hutton is known as the father of modern geology; David Hume philosopher and economist, Frances Hutcheson the chair of moral philosophy at Glasgow university and the first to lecture in English and not Latin, Adam Smith economist and author and Adam Ferguson the father of modern sociology. They and many others debated the matters of the day and formulated theories and principles, which have been adopted throughout the world and continue to inform modern society. While Scotland contributed to the world in a fashion that far outweighs its size, back home in terms of genuine social change we have dragged our feet. We abdicated responsibility and while we became influential across the globe we managed to underachieve in our own land. As Lesley Riddoch said in her book Blossom: ‘generally life today for the majority of Scots is not bad, it just isn’t as long, healthy, productive, reproductive, literate, wealthy, sustainable or creative as it could be, that either bothers you or it doesn’t’. It bothered me enough to give up my 35-year career in IT and stand for election. I believe it is only truly worthwhile becoming an independent nation if that nation is designed by the people of Scotland for the people of Scotland.

When I say the people of Scotland I don’t mean that in some narrow xenophobic way. Scots have travelled the globe as emigrants and at home we have benefitted from immigration. Scottish culture has been enhanced with cultures and must always continue to expand. We find ourselves on the brink of leaving the European Union, which will restrict our ability to travel and work in its 27 countries while ending students’ opportunities to study abroad via the Erasmus scheme. I can’t help feeling that this inconveniently coincides with a period in Scotland’s development when we were beginning to redefine who we are. Since the 2014 referendum there has been an increasing interest in what makes us Scottish. How we work, rest and play compared to our Nordic neighbours and comparisons made with an emerging Scotland and the emerging Baltic states. We have a choice. We can remain part of the UK and be part of the reinvention of the empire or we can contribute to a second Scottish Enlightenment. There is a mood for change and bodies such as the Common Weal and Nordic Horizons have identified fertile ground for change. Banking, land ownership, political representation, child care, education, health care, basic income, taxation, public services and drug policy reform is just the beginning. As we create a central lending bank and our own currency we are also investigating a publicly-owned infrastructure

Ronnie Cowan MP

company. Scotland has to think big. In Inverclyde, we are marking 200 years since the death of James Watt. We recognise him as an innovator, someone whose engineering contributions facilitated the industrial revolution. If Watt was alive today I imagine he would be driving forward renewable energy solutions. But he would be burdened by administrative red tape. We have engineers developing a mix of renewable energy solutions while drowning in paper work, underfunded and often side-lined for more traditional industries. The Faroe Islands continually finds opportunities where others see obstacles. Their tunnel system to the main islands and superfast broadband are just two examples of supreme confidence and ability. Someone once said that a dog chasing its tail believes it is making progress. We have to stop chasing our tail and focus our time, energy, resources and money on building a better future; identifying opportunities aligned to the unique aspects of our geography. We have to restore democracy to smaller communities and understand that a one-size-fits all mentality does not serve us well and forge opportunities that can be developed for the benefit of future generations. The time is ripe for a second enlightenment in Scotland. It’s time to get our thinking caps on and build the country we want to be.

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February March 2019 February Saturday 2nd 7:30pm

The Johnny Cash Roadshow £23/£21 (conc)

Performing their No1 hits The Great Pretender, Only You, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, My Prayer, Twilight Time, I’m Sorry and Harbor Lights, enjoy the songs of true musical trailblazers. Saturday 16th 7.30pm

The Electrifying Mr Johnston & Bite Size £12/£10 (conc)

Award winning front man Clive John dedicates this year to a 50th anniversary tour of the legendary San Quentin State Prison recordings. Wednesday 13th 2pm

The Platters £16

A new play about one of Scotland’s great unsung heroes, Tom Johnston, once described by Churchill as the ‘King of Scotland’, focusing on his struggles to bring “light to the glens Thursday 28th 7:30pm

The Unwanted 16 + £12/£10 (conc)

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A unique comedy, cabaret-style dance show, featuring songs specially written by Mark Franks of The Overtones.

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March 1st 7:30m & 2nd 4pm & 7:30pm

Menopause The Musical £27.50

Converging from across the country, Tannara are entangled in Scotland’s rich web of traditions. They play contemporary Scottish folk music: Considered, complex, arrangements that surround original tunes, modern tunes tunes and traditional ballads. Sunday 24th 7.30pm

Francis Rossi – I Talk Too Much Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Katherine Lynch (RTÉ’s “Wagons Den”). Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour.

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Legally Blonde (amateur production) Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre £18/£16 A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening in Greenock! Thursday 28th 8.00pm

A Dose of Blushes

£14/£12 (conc) A hilarious yet thought-provoking comedy drama about all things “wummin troubles”, based on real life ‘herstories’ of the staff and patients of the former Samaritans Hospital, in Govanhill.

January - May 2019 This year brings an exciting new programme, packed full of the best live entertainment; theatre, music, dance, comedy, family & kids shows, talks, exhibitions, workshops and more! Pick up the new What’s on brochure at the Beacon art centre. For information and to book visit Tel: 01475 723 723. Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ Clyde Life Magazine | 21

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ebruary can be such a drag, the dark nights and the cold seem to go on for ever and in March we cannot wait to see each bud on the trees and in the gardens. So pop a bit of bright, bold colour into your life and don’t worry... spring is on the way!

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Helping children to make the move from primary to high school Emma was doing well in P6, her scores were fine and she enjoyed school but, deep down, her mum knew that she was capable of more so she contacted Heidi at Intuition for a chat about it. Emma was good at maths but less keen on literacy therefore Heidi and Emma’s mum decided to focus initially on Emma’s comprehension skills. They decided that this would help with Emma’s English skills when she moved to high school and her understanding of written material in other subjects. After completing her first term at high school,

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Ready to Spring into action?

By Kieran Gallagher Cardwell Garden Centre

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.


o be honest, I am quite glad it is over and things can get back to normal. Normality at Cardwell Garden Centre is when we get the Christmas decorations packed away and gardening returns to the fore. Spring is our favourite time of the year at Cardwell, but it is not here just yet. It is toward the end of January as I write this and the weather has just began to turn cold again. Although the winter has been relatively mild this year (particularly compared to last year) there is a cold snap in the immediate forecast, with the potential for some snow thrown in. Outside my window I can see the tips of daffodils poking through the soil, encouraged by recent mild and wet weather. A sharp cold snap will set these and other early flowering bulbs back for a short time, although they should recover.

snowdrops in full flower near Largs, on the coast road. Again, these are the results of the mild weather. By the time you read this it will be February and there is plenty to do in your garden. Certain seeds can be propagated now in heated conditions only. Growing from seed is the most cost effective way to have a large number of bedding plants or vegetable plants. Of course, the downside to growing from seed is that you must put a considerable amount of time into nurturing the seedlings to a point where they can be potted on to be grown into young plants. Some equipment, like heated propagators or small greenhouses, is also preferable. The risk factor in growing from seed comes from the potential for disease or wildlife to wipe out your entire crop.

Earlier this week I noticed a large group of wild

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oung plants and seedlings are available to buy and, although there is a cost attached, the success rate of these plants is likely to be very high, even for beginners. It is a great way to introduce yourself to gardening if you have never grown from seed and there is a large variety of plants and vegetables to choose from. Another easy introduction to gardening and growing your own vegetables are potatoes. Seed potatoes are ready to buy now and with some simple planning can provide crops to enjoy from June through to Christmas.

bag of compost). These are perfect for growing potatoes and lots of other plants. One benefit of using containers over planting in the ground is that the soil temperature in the pot will be higher, which converts to stronger and faster growth. You may read about “chitting” seed potatoes before planting. This is simply allowing the seed to start growing prior to planting it. Egg boxes are ideal for this, just sit the potato seeds in the box in a bright and frost free situation and allow the eyes of the potato to sprout. Then go ahead and plant them as normal without breaking the sprouts off. The best thing about growing your own potatoes, or any other vegetable, is the taste. You will be amazed how much flavour a home grown tomato or potato has versus supermarket purchases. It is also great fun for kids to see how food is grown.

Potatoes can be grown in large pots or even bags, as well as the ground. Personally, I recommend planting them in very large plastic pots. We have a pot at Cardwell called the Smithy – a large black pot with a diameter of around 50cm and a capacity of 66 litres (approximately a standard large

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Finally, there is a bonus to a hard frost if you have beds and borders to dig over and that is that whenever the top layer of soil freezes the moisture expands and draws in air. Once the soil thaws it becomes very soft and is already aerated. Digging in well rotted manure or other nutrient rich medium becomes much less of a chore and will make a considerable difference to your plants or crops. As they say in a popular television program, “Winter is coming”. On the plus side, so is Spring. | 25

a selection of events at finlaystone estate

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Snowdrop Stroll

Better Biking! Family Fun Sessions


Sunday 3rd - 10.30am - Free Calling all junior cyclists! Inverclyde Bothy will be offering a series of drop-in Better Biking! Family Fun Sessions in Sommerville Weir Hall above Three Sisters Bake cafe! Quarriers Village, Bridge of Weir PA11 3SX

Junior Cross Country Race

Shangalang - Tribute to The Bay City Rollers

Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th - 1pm - 3pm How much do you know about our wonderful little harbingers of springtime? Come along and find out how much you really know!

Sunday 3rd - 1pm - 3pm Get involved with our fun junior cross country race.

Ranger Hike

Sunday 10th - 1pm - 3pm Get hiking with the Rangers taking in all our trails and learn some interesting facts about Finlaystone Forest.

Saturday 9th - 8:30pm Remember the heyday of the Bay City Rollers? Don the tartan, look out your 70s grooves and practise the songs. From Give a Little Love to Bye Bye Baby..... you’ll be taken back to Rollermania and other 70s songs of the day.

Stargazing Evening

Den Building

Sunday 24th - 1pm - 3pm Our ever popular den building returns for another season, build your very own den in the woods and learn some bushcraft skills too.

Monday 18th - 7pm - 9pm - £2.50 / £5 Join us for the first Stargazing Evening of the season returning to new venue Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch. Local astronomer John Pressly will host

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this popular event and this is a very popular event so book your space today! Castle Semple Visitor Centre, 01505 842 882.

music of singer/songwriter Billy Joel, bringing the energy of a live performance to his back catalogue of material.

Tartan Walk

Stargazing Evening

Wednesday 20th - 11am and allow 2 hours A Scottish themed singsong around Lochwinnoch. Wear your ‘see you Jimmy’ hat! Castle Semple Visitor Centre, 01505 842 882.

Monday 11th - 7pm - 9pm - £2.50 / £5 Join us for the last Stargazing Evening of the winter season returning to new venue Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch. Local astronomer John Pressly will host this popular event and this is a very popular event so book your space today! Castle Semple Visitor Centre, 01505 842 882.

California Dreamers Friday 22nd - 8:30pm Join us on this epic journey from the Troubadour to Woodstock and hear the songs that chronicled the rise and fall of the love and peace generation and created stardom that many found just too hard to handle. While memories may fade the classic hits will live forever.

Better Biking! Family Fun Sessions Sunday 23rd - 10.30am - Free Calling all junior cyclists! Inverclyde Bothy will be offering a series of drop-in Better Biking! Family Fun Sessions in Sommerville Weir Hall above Three Sisters Bake cafe! Quarriers Village, Bridge of Weir PA11 3SX

Practical Conservation Day Saturday 23rd - 10.30am - 3pm Come along and help us tidy up at Muirshiel after felling earlier in the year. We’ll be cutting and burning piles of brashings using bow saws and loppers. Please bring a packed lunch which we will have a break to eat! 18+ only. Muirshiel Visitor Centre, 01505 843 271

Walk With A Ranger Sunday 24th - 10am - 4pm Explore the Kelly Glen with a knowledgeable guide! See sections of the Kelly Cut and a enjoy a fantastic great view over the Clyde Coast and Wemyss Bay. This is a full day out walking so please make sure you suitable footwear and bring a packed lunch and water. Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, 01475 521458

Gleddoch Wedding Open Day Sunday 24th - Noon - 4pm - Free Enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés - Visualise how your dream ceremony could look. Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf, Old Greenock Road, Langbank, PA14 6YE

March Piano Man - The Billy Joel Experience Friday 1st - 8:30pm This 7 piece band pays homage to the songs and

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Patsy Cline and Friends Friday 15th - 8:30pm Patsy Cline and Friends is a touring theatre production showcasing the music of the country music superstar. Three artists celebrate the music of three icons of country music, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams, plus the Moonshine Boys Band.

Practical Conservation Day Saturday 23rd - 10.30am - 3pm Come along and help us tidy up at Muirshiel after felling earlier in the year. We’ll be cutting and burning piles of brashings using bow saws and loppers. Please bring a packed lunch which we will have a break to eat! 18+ only. Muirshiel Visitor Centre, 01505 843 271

Gleddoch Wedding Open Day Sunday 24th - Noon - 4pm - Free Enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés - Visualise how your dream ceremony could look. Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Old Greenock Road, Langbank PA14 6YE

Walk With A Ranger Sunday 31st - 10am - 4pm A day out walking in the hills with the Ranger Service and today it’s an Inverclyde favourite - Corlic Hill. This is a full day out walking so please make sure you suitable footwear and bring a packed lunch and water. Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, 01475 521458.

April Steve Harley Acoustic Trio Saturday 6th & 7th - 8:30pm Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long-standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion]. The set will be built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums. | 27

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Westburn Church


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Patricia Ralston

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Yin Yoga


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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 07834 553604

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

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Greenock Speakers Club 7:30pm - 10pm Ardgowan Club, Greenock Thur (Oct-Mar) Alastair MacDonald 01475 638613 Club Secretary 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

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Fort Matilda Bridge Club


Tarbet St Gourock

Mon Tue Fri

Ann MacLeod

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Inverclyde Sky Watchers





01475 634976

Bridge of Weir

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Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Games Society

Inverclyde Ramblers

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hygge for hounds We are not the only ones who appreciate creature comforts during a cold spell


s your dog a fresh air fiend or a fireside friend? It is easy to tell. On a cold, snowy, frosty or wet day just reach for their lead and see what happens – they will be up bouncing with excitement or ignoring you and snoring away in the warmest spot they can find. Either way they need some extra winter care.

fresh-air fiends Wrap up on walks, a coast is a must for fine-coated dogs like whippets greyhounds or Staffies, or any older, convalescing, pregnant or nursing dog. See and be seen with collars and coats with reflective strips or LED lights. Just warn your neighbours so no one mistakes a black Labrador with an LED collar out on a moonless night for a visitor from outer space. Once home or back at the car, get them dry as quickly as possible and keep their bedding clean and dry with their bed away from drafts. Look after their pads and paws – salt, grit, residual de-icing chemicals on pavements or roads, spilled anti-freeze can get between pads and toes and so can compacted snow and ice. The dog equivalent of our cuticle, the quick, is far fleshier and can become vulnerable and bleeds heavily if cut. Sore, chapped skin can lead to inflammation and then infection so pay close attention to paws at all times, drying them off thoroughly and (Tiger Stores)

All you hill walkers and hikers beware: Dogs can suffer from frostbite if they become extremely cold. Frostbitten skin may appear grey or even black in colour, and it will be cold to the touch. Don’t rub any frozen tissue as it will cause additional tissue damage. Get them to the vet. They can also fall prey to hypothermia. Don’t leave your dog in the car in bitterly cold weather.

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rinsing if necessary. Stay away from lakes and rivers. You do not know how strong any ice is. Worse it can be in varying thickness – in places weak enough to break and fall in, but too strong for a dog to break to get back to the bank and out safely. Keep them on leads or change usual routes away from water.

Fireside friends If your dog hates the weather and only goes out for the necessary reason, then make sure it exercises and doesn’t get bored by giving them lots of toys to play with. Dogs burn calories too! Adjust food accordingly. If they have been out all day running around while you sledge or cross country ski they will need more. Sitting on a cushion by the fire all day sleeping means smaller portions. We have all owned one! The crazy dog that will keep getting closer and closer to the fire until suddenly you can smell their coat start to singe, so remember the fire guard and while you are at it remember that pets and candles do not mix, so keep candles out of the way of boisterous dogs and above tail-height. (Price’s Candles)


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