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Bigger and even better boat show! By land and sea they’ll be coming to have a fantastic time at Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina over the weekend of 12 - 14 October By Joanne Simms Scotland’s Boat Show in October will be the biggest ever with a new, expanded, layout at this nationally-important showcase. In the UK only the boat show at Southampton is larger than the weekend-long event at Inverkip on 12, 13 and 14 October. Last year more than 12,000 people visited the Inverclyde venue which sees £millions of boats for sale with the finest marine service industries showcasing their businesses. Gavin McDonagh, the managing director of Kip Marina and Holt Leisure Group said he and the team based at Kip Marina are hard at work putting the finishing touches to what promises to be another spectacular weekend: ‘We are delighted with the continuing support of our partners and that we have again managed to further develop Scotland’s Boat Show for 2018. All at Kip are proud that their show attracts increasing numbers of visitors from all over the UK to Inverclyde and that we are able to introduce new people to sailing and boating in Scotland.’

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This year there is a new RYA Scotland pavilion and the Sika Marine Stage will move into this with a full programme of talks and presentations in association with the Cruising Association. This RYA Scotland Pavilion sold out for exhibitors in record time and, as we go to press, the organisers are looking to expand it further. There is more undercover exhibition space with a new Riverside Inverclyde Pavilion for smaller boats, marine and leisure exhibitors. Look out also for an expanded chandlery area. There is also a new location for the Taste Inverclyde/ Chartroom cafe. On the water the RYA Scotland has the biggest ever free ‘taster sessions’ programme with particular focus on getting new-to-boating visitors – especially the young and those with impaired mobility – out on the water for the first time. This is in conjunction

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All this works up a great appetite and the show has a reputation for delivering the best food around. This has been revamped with a new-look West College Scotland Food and Drink Pavilion with a covered outdoor eating area, food truck eating area and a ‘Taste Inverclyde’ pavilion. This showcase of West College’s food and hospitality students emphasises and strongly supports Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. It wouldn’t be Scotland’s Boatshow without pipe bands, helicopter flights and power boats which are firm favourites bringing people back year after year to join in the fun and there will be a host of new entertainment planned for the weekend as well.

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The family that eats together keeps together During the summer holidays you probably sat down together more often to dine – now keep up the good work at home or eating out!

We all know what modern family life is like: rushing, snatching meals and juggling time. Working late, shifts, kids’ after-school activities, fitting in a gym session or sports training – you name it, every family has its fair share of reasons why someone is always missing from the table. So when on holiday, or just during the school break when children are without homework or after-school activities, the chances are that you have sat down together as a family more often. Come on admit it: you’ve sat there, looking around the table at each other and thought this is almost weird. It could very well be the last time you all sat down together was the Easter Spring holiday or even Christmas dinner. The pace of modern life and the distractions of social media can conspire to make a mealtime little more than a chance to shovel food in before the next job or tweet or episode and that is such a shame. It is not doing anyone any favours: we don’t relax and our guts do not thank us for it. The only people benefitting from your lifestyle are the manufacturers of indigestion remedies. If you just look at the basic mechanics of the meal: you need to sit, pause, chew thoroughly and allow your body to do a thorough job of digesting the food. Now look at the family dynamics of the meal: you need to talk together, BE together for a part of your day. That dive for the table, the blur of knives and forks

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Summer is the perfect time to channel some cool continental style. Clothes featuring blue and white stripes are a classic way of doing this and will create an easily achievable chic outfit whether at home or abroad! Striped boat neck tees, shirts and midi skirts are always on trend and are favourites with the ever so stylish continental natives!

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Mists, mellow fruitfulness and marriage Autumn is becoming ever more popular for weddings

An autumn wedding is a great idea because: This is Scotland, a country where the weather has a sense of humour. You can have a blizzard on May Day and a heat wave in autumn. Keep this in mind and book a venue which has cosy touches but also French or patio doors for guests to spill outside. Everyone will welcome the chance to buy dresses in rich autumn colours and not another pastel outfit. The autumnal colours of a pheasant feather look so funky in a fascinator. For once the guys aren’t sweltering in their threepiece suits and kilts. All your guests are so grateful they haven’t had to give up another summer weekend to go to a wedding; their kids were starting to mutiny. A whisky hot toddy on a cooler day makes a far nicer drink to greet your guests than a glass of chilled fizz. Guests who have driven a long way are not reduced to frazzled wrecks by convoys of 40 mph caravans, tourist buses and camper van hire drivers swaying across the road. All your bridesmaids love you because you gave them each a pashmina to match their dresses – wow, something they will actually wear in real life! You remembered one in white, for you, too, so that you are all snug between each wedding photo.

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When it comes to the wedding album, the autumnal foliage is a far more dramatic backdrop for a wedding dress. The moody skies, glowing afternoon sunsets and a wee bit of mist make the whole day feel more Scottish and romantic, especially if you have a lochside wedding or the sea as a backdrop. There is just something so great about a wedding party in a room with a roaring log fire or wood burner. Spicy-scented candles add the finishing touch. Autumn church and table decorations are so much more memorable with their rich reds and oranges and can include dried fruits, cinnamon sticks, small pumpkins and flame-coloured chrysanthemums in a variety of shades. Brides can buy two pairs of wedding shoes; the traditional and, in case it is damp, a pair of those avant-garde glitter-infused rubber heels or flats made for Vivienne Westwood by Brazilian shoemaker Melissa. TIP: Young bridesmaids LOVE them. You have got a great excuse to add venison, blackberries and damsons to the menu. If an autumn chill is in the air then vin chaud, hot punch, glühwein what ever you want to name it - is fantastic.

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A glowing report for The Glasgow Academy ‘Provision for children and young people in The Glasgow Academy is of a very high quality’ Education Scotland report

at its Kelvinbridge home with additional nurseries and prep schools at Milngavie and Newlands teaching from nursery to Prep 4. All three nurseries were praised in the inspection report for positive, nurturing and appropriately challenging relationships with all staff and the ‘embedding’ of outdoor learning as an integral part of school life.

‘We encourage ‘can do, will do’, independent thinking and resilience, creating articulate, Pupils are not the only ones given reports; ‘At all schools have them also and the latest for stages of the confident and well-rounded children with strong values,’ said Mr Brodie. The Glasgow Academy is glowing. school, children The Senior School performs extremely well Education Scotland described in its latest and young in national examinations with the school’s inspection that the arrangements for people attain results significantly above the national leadership and governance in The Glasgow very well.’ average and they show signs of continuing Academy are ‘exemplary’ with the Rector, to improve. Peter Brodie, ‘giving strong and empowering leadership to the school’ backed by an effective and confident senior leadership team and board of governors who ‘set a clear strategic direction for the school’.

The report added that the curriculum provided by The Glasgow Academy ensures positive outcomes; at all stages of the school, children and young people attain very well. Founded in 1845 the school takes children from nursery age three through to the end of the sixth year OPEN MORNINGS 3 October (Kelvinbridge) 6 October (Milngavie)

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The Glasgow Academy makes very good use of the expertise of teachers, deploying specialist staff in the prep school to teach subjects such physical education to Nursery and Kindergarten and right up through the school, French and Music from P1, Spanish in P5-7, Food Technology in P6, Art in P6 and 7 and Drama in P7. ‘This enhances transition work, whilst ensuring that children benefit from subjectspecific expertise prior to their entry to the Senior School,’ said the report, adding that pupils speak of how much they value the support and commitment of their teachers, ‘often citing how they go above and beyond to support them’.

WORLD CLASS MATHS This summer The Glasgow Academy won the world final of the Maths in Motion International Challenge. In the final the pupils successfully beat off tough competition from 26 other schools from countries around the world, including China, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and England.

The Academy’s approach to ensuring that there is something for everyone is evident across the school community. As a result, many children and young people excel in their choice of activities; the school has more than 100 different clubs or interests, including Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and its pipe band.

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On the sporting front it is well-known for its rugby and has also created a squad of elite rowers in the senior school who achieve national and international success; as well as a wide variety of other sports. @westendlife


Discover your more The famous Green Blazer of St Aloysius’ College is part of the fabric of Glasgow life As Scotland’s only Jesuit private school, St Aloysius’ College embraces a style of Catholic education for boys and girls aged three to 18 which places formation of the whole person at the centre of all learning. As soon as a child puts on the Green Blazer, he or she becomes part of an educational tradition which dates back 500 years and is practised all over the world. The kindergarten takes pre-school pupils from age three; they are able to develop at their own pace as they begin to discover where their personal talents lie. The elements of Jesuit education are prominent even at this early stage, with focus on the child rather than the material to be covered. Kindergarten pupils have specialist teachers in art, music, PE, science and modern languages to aid their imaginative, creative and emotional development. In the Junior School, pupils are encouraged to discover personal excellence through a balance of academic and individual achievement. The school recognises that every child in the Green Blazer is different and, in keeping with the principles of Jesuit education, each is given the opportunity to achieve goals at their own pace and ability. The rich and varied curriculum offers an excellent foundation in the core subjects of English, maths, RE and humanities with specialist teachers in art, music, modern languages, PE and science. Once at senior school, the aspiration for young people in the Green Blazer is that they find a balance between study and service; each pupil achieving academic excellence within the wider context of human

excellence, developing their individual talents and skills to their full potential and using those skills for the benefit of others. The senior school has a broad and wide-ranging curriculum with true depth and value, mixing the traditional with the modern and covering all subjects from Latin and classical studies to product design and media studies. In Jesuit schools the curriculum centres on the person. The offer of flexible timetabling allows pupils to study almost any combination of subjects from S3 onwards, giving the best opportunity to make the most of individual talents and interests. St Aloysius’ College looks to form ‘men and women for others’ and the concept of Magis – Latin for more – is integral to College life. This is demonstrated through the number of co-curricular activities the College offers, as well as the extensive outreach programme.

Great things happen at St Aloysius College The college will hold an open evening on Thursday November 8 when people can find out more. Or visit the college website: staloysius.org @stalsglasgow

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The college’s aspirations for children are focused on the five principal concepts of Jesuit education: • Intellectual formation – discover personal excellence • Magis curriculum – delight in learning • Religious formation – delight in learning • Pastoral care – care and respect

“The co-curricular programme really helps to develop each and every part of you” Humzah, S4

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A long hot dry summer By Kieran Gallagher Cardwell Garden Centre

It is fair to say that as garden enthusiasts we have had an unbelievable season, so far. The heat has been exceptional and it has been the longest spell without rain in Gourock for as long as I can remember. A warm spring makes an incredible difference to the garden. Soil temperatures rose to perfect growing conditions very early this year, so anything planted during April, May or even June should be looking great about now. The immediate weather forecast, as I write this column, is for more of the same, although perhaps a little more in the way of rainfall. The dry spell brings mixed fortunes to the gardener. On one hand, scorching of leafs and flowers by rain followed by hot sun has been almost unheard of. The insects, bees in particular, are able to go about their business of collecting and spreading pollen. Fruit and vegetable plants are looking great and many salad crops were ready for consumption earlier than usual. Of course, there is no ying without yang and dry weather means watering. A lot of watering. If you took my advice in an earlier

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column and used fresh compost with water retaining gel added for your bedding plants, then you have my permission to look smug whilst enjoying the extra free time you have given yourself. If you did not, or it was not suitable for what you were doing, then some simple rules should be followed. Before watering, check a crust has not formed on top of the soil or compost. A crust can form quickly and will repel any water you pour on it, negating the irrigation altogether. If a crust has formed, poke a hole in it with a trowel, cane or even a finger. It is the roots that need water, not the leaves. Water only in the early morning or late evening, when the sun is not at it’s strongest. Try to water the ground, not the plants. This is especially true of flowering plants, where water sitting on the open petals will rot them very quickly. It will also avoid scorching of the leaves, as mentioned earlier. Feed as per the norm for the plants themselves. Feeding does not really alter with the weather, although if your plants have reached the optimum size, you may wish to only water them. Gentle pruning is fine where needed, bedding plants will soon grow back as long as you are not too severe. Lawns will benefit from watering, but bear in mind how much tap water you are using in general. As of late June, a quick internet search reveals there are no plans by Scottish water or any local authority in Scotland to introduce a hosepipe ban or other @westendlife


means of restricting domestic water usage. However, we should be aware of our own usage. Water butts are ideal for this, although there may not have been enough rainfall to keep these filled. Here at Cardwell in Gourock, you may not be aware that we do not have a mains water supply. This means that all of our water supplies, both for consumption and irrigation, comes from natural springs or several burns that pass through the garden centre. The prolonged dry weather has affected our supplies to the point that all non-essential equipment was turned off. Only drinking water and irrigation water for the plants was retained.

“Water only in the early morning or late evening, when the sun is not at it’s strongest, try to water the ground, not the plants.”

As the water comes from a natural source, Cardwell have to ensure that we only take a percentage of the available water and leave enough for the burn to still exist. It is not only the garden centre that needs the water wildlife of all descriptions rely on it as well. If you consider how many plants you have to water in your garden, it may give you an idea of how much watering we have had to do at Cardwell. Of course, much of it is automated, but our plant guys and girls have had a very hard year! So we all should remember to take care of our water and our wildlife in this unusually good weather. And should the good weather last, as is forecast, take some time to enjoy and appreciate the fruits of your labour. And the next time you have a tea or coffee at Cardwell, remember only the finest Scottish spring water has been used to make it.

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COMMUNITY COUNCILS Broomhill CC

Scotstoun CC

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month with the exception of July, August and January at Broomhill Primary School, 57 Edgehill Road, Glasgow G11 7HZ at 7pm Email: broomhillcc01@gmail.com | www.broomhillcc.wordpress.com Facebook: Broomhill Community Council

Hillhead CC Meet 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm www.hillheadcc.org.uk

North Kelvin CC Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG

Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August at 7pm Jordanhill School, 45 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow, G13 1SP www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk Facebook: Jordanhill Community Council Twitter: @JordanhillCC

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Monthly meetings on last Thursday of each month (except July & Dec) 7.30pm. Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Balmoral St, Glasgow G14 0BL. Email: scotscoco@gmail.com

Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside CC

Meet 2nd Monday of each month at Hillhead Sports Club (normally upstairs in the clubhouse) at 7:00pm 32 Hughenden Road GLASGOW G12 9XP

Claythorn CC

Meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month from Sept to June 7pm- 9pm in the board room at Glasgow Clyde College Anniesland Campus, Hatfield Drive, Glasgow except when the College is closed and the meeting is either transferred to the first or third Tuesday of the month. www.Claythorncc.wordpress.com E: claythorn@gmail.com

Kelvindale CC

Meeting dates: 16th August, 20th Sept & 25th Oct (AGM) Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Held at The Kelvindale Bowling Club, 91a Baronald Drive. www.kelvindale.org

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Woodland Night Experience A woodland night time adventure Come and explore our woodland night experience. A Fire and Light encounter, magical puzzle quest, fantastical story-trail and a sensory digital walk all combined with an interactive central hub where you can enjoy lots of lovely food and drinks, toasted marshmallows and more.

Tickets on sale now at www.woodlandexperiences.ticketline.co.uk

This years event from Woodland Experiences is a brand new immersive adventure for all the family, there’s even prizes to be won by those clever enough to solve the clues! It will take upwards of one hour to experience all the special effects and just enjoy exploring the woods at night. See you in November.

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Great Things Happen in the Green Blazer

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“It’s not just about exam results and self-attainment. It’s also about helping others” Nina, S6

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