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What’s On Can you help ?

See centre pages for club activities, Lochwinnoch Branch 60 Years
village events & classes of Arthritis Research is
See back pages for Visitor Centre, desperately looking for
RSPB and outdoor events/activities.
committee members - in
particular, someone to
The take over the post of
‘Fall Ball President.

Ceilidh’ There is really only one

event in the year, so it
would not be time-
in the McKillop Hall,
If you could help in any Just a wee update following Margaret
Saturday way, please telephone and Willie Wilson’s (alias Jack and
Vera) diamond wedding celebration.
15th November ‘08 Agnes Smillie on Tel: There was a small family gathering
8.30pm-12.30pm 01505 842407. held in the Lochwinnoch Bowling
(Doors open 8.15pm) Club lounge where Margaret and Wil-
Editorial & copy for Chatterbox lie were surrounded by their close
Band family. There was also an extra sur-
Let us have your stories, notices, news,
‘The Last Tram information, events & items of interest
prise in store for them as the Deputy
Tae Auchenshuggle’ — either hand-deliver them to the Chat- Lord Lieutenant arrived to present a
terbox drop-box in the Library or e-mail telegram from Her Majesty, Queen
Bar, Buffet and Raffle to: Elizabeth. He made a lovely speech,
Entry by ticket only - £8.50. To advertise in Chatterbox which gave a short insight into the
Tel: 07899 746403 or e-mail: lives of Margaret and Willie before and after they met. They were both so
Get your tickets now
Copy Deadline for surprised about this and overjoyed.
(as they always sell out)
December Issue Is Both their sons Drew and Tom also
from the Brown Bull made a lovely speech for their “Ma
pub, Junction Bistro Wednesday
26th November ‘08 and Pa” just thanking everyone for
and the Corner Bar. being there to spend this very special
time with them. Then the man of the
moment “Mr Willie” thanked every-
MATTHEW NEW & SONS one on behalf of himself and his
lovely wife. A good time was had
Margaret and Willie would also like
Emergency Repairs, Storm Damage to take this opportunity to thank all
Insurance Work, New Roofs, Flat Roofs their family for all they did to provide
Roughcasting –UPVC Cladding—Guttering such a memorable night and all the
Tel No 01505 843400 beautiful gifts and cards and good
wishes they received from all their
FMB Certificate No 26366
family and good friends in the village
and beyond. Many thanks once again.
Calder Drama Club
CHRISTMAS STOCK NOW IN ! proudly present
Visit your local hardware store for a wide range of goods, carpet
cleaning machine for hire, etc, etc. All major credit cards accepted. Ladies’ Day
Come along and join in the fun at Kilbirnie & Glengarnock Craft Fayre and
A hilarious feel good comedy by
Christmas Festival on Saturday 29th November from 10.15am - 5 pm.
Amanda Whittington. Pearl, Shelley,
Some special offers - discounts on selected Christmas items.
Jan and Linda, four fish factory work-
86 Main Street, Kilbirnie, KA25 7AA Tel/Fax: 01505 682125 ers, swap their smelly overalls for fin-
OPEN - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am-1pm and 2.15-5.15pm ery and head off for the day to Royal
Wednesday 9am -12.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.
Ascot where all sorts of adventures
await and some startling revelations
It’s that time again when Renfrew-
Councillor Arthur’s shire Roads Department are looking come to light!
Report for suggestions for carriageways The venue (as usual) is the McKillop
(roads) and footways (pavements) Institute, with performances on
On the 5th October Lochwinnoch Par- for their 2009/10 to 2010/11 re-
ish Church congregation held their surfacing programme. In the last Thursday 27th November
200th anniversary service led by the year resurfacing work was carried and
Right Reverend David Lunan, Mod- out on St.Winnoc Road, Braehead, Friday 28th November.
erator of the General Assembly of the Langstilly Road and Corsefield Road.
Church of Scotland. Dedicated at the I have a few suggested areas on my Doors open at 7pm, with the perform-
service was their beautiful Bi- list at present but if you would like to ance starting at 7.30pm. Refresh-
centenary banners made by members add to it then contact me. ments will be available on the nights.
of the congregation. It was a pleasure
Through the Senior Citizens Scheme Tickets - £5.00 for adults/£3.00 for
and an honour to be part of this his-
it’s good news for Renfrewshire’s OAPs and children - will be on sale at
toric day and to join members of our
16,500 senior citizens over the age of the McKillop Institute and from the
three churches, our uniformed organi-
70. They will receive an extra pay- following local retailers from the start
sations and guests to worship to-
ment from Renfrewshire Council in
gether. Anniversary events run until of November:
time for Christmas in the form of a
the 4th October 2009. Cut ‘n’ Care Hairdressers
voucher for £22 which can be used
towards payment of council tax, Wilson Bakers
I was very pleased to see my following (Main Street next to Spar)
council housing rent or used at par-
motion approved at the Full Council The Brown Bull
ticipating shops and hotels.
meeting at the end of October -
As I’m sure you’re aware, Renfrew- Calder Drama Club welcome new
“Council commends the efforts of
shire Council has undertaken a members (whether interested in work-
volunteers, businesses and organisa-
significant anti-litter and pro- ing on the stage or off). If you are
tions in Lochwinnoch for their efforts
environment campaign called Clean interested, please speak to any mem-
in making Lochwinnoch a Fairtrade
Renfrewshire; a strategy aimed at
Village and wish the Lochwinnoch ber of the Drama Club or contact
changing the public’s attitude to-
Fairtrade Group best wishes with their Norma Naismith on Tel: 842939 or
wards littering and environmental
application to the Fairtrade Founda- Christine Kearney on Tel: 842398.
crime. On Friday 7th November we
tion for Lochwinnoch.
will enter the enforcement phase of We meet on Thursday nights at the
Council hopes that other areas of Ren-
the campaign with the launch of the Mckillop Institute from 8pm-10pm
frewshire feel inspired by the great
new Renfrewshire Wardens Service.
work of volunteers across Ren- and a new production will be getting
These Wardens will cover the whole
frewshire in promoting the Fairtrade underway after Ladies’ Day, so why
of Renfrewshire and part of their
cause and re-affirms our continued not come along and have some fun!
remit is the legal power to hand out
support to the ongoing campaign to
fixed penalties of £40 to dog owners
make the whole of Renfrewshire a
Fairtrade Zone”.
whose dogs foul public areas and CALDER UF CHURCH
£50 to litterlouts. The public can Christmas Fayre
report culprits and feed in informa-
This motion will be used as underpin-
tion by phoning 0141 842 448. Saturday 22nd November
ning evidence in the Lochwinnoch
Fairtrade Group’s application to gain My next Surgery is on Saturday 15th From 10am to 12 noon
Fairtrade village status for Lochwin- November but there is no need to At the McKillop Hall
noch, which in turn is vitally impor- wait for a Surgery if you require my Stalls include: Home baking,
tant for the sustainability of the Ren- help, you can contact me on 843507 Arts and Crafts, Christmas
frewshire Fairtrade campaign. My and we can agree a time when we Cards, Paper and Gifts, Chil-
thanks and best wishes to all our Fair- can meet. dren’s Games and lots more.
trade group of volunteers and sup- Councillor David Arthur Come along and enjoy all the
porters with our application. fun of the Fayre.
News from Councillor CRAFTS of CALDER GALLERY
Neil Bibby & FRAMING
I was honoured to recently attend the 200th Sat. 8th Nov. - Sun 30th.
Anniversary Service of the Parish Church
in Lochwinnoch on what was truly a his- The HUNTER
toric occasion. The service showed the
important role the church plays in the lo- EXHIBITION
cal community and there was a large con-
gregation in attendance. The large amount Featuring work by Ed Hunter
of young people who attended the service Laura Hunter & Lynne Hunter
shows that the church has a promising
future as well as a proud past. I know Mon - Frid 10.00am-5pm Sat 10.00am-4.30pm Sun 12noon - 4.00pm
there have been lots of other events to
celebrate this historic landmark and credit 8 High Street, Lochwinnoch. Tel : 01505 844980
must go to everybody who made the
events possible.
After receiving complaints about bus ser-
vices, I have launched my 'Bus Report ART GROUP
Cards' which local residents and bus users Although an already well established
picture framing business from 1997, The Art Group is up and running
can use to let me know of any problems
with the bus service and any suggestions Crafts of Calder only opened the again. Our fortnightly meetings
they have on how the bus service locally gallery side of the business in 2005. are now held in the McKillop Institute,
can be improved. People can use them to Lesser Hall. Everyone over the age of
Their aim is to provide a variety of 18 years is invited to come along. All
let me know if their bus was late, didn’t art, crafts, and framing to suit all
show up or even left early. I will then abilities are very welcome as there is
tastes and all pockets. always someone there to help out
take up the issues raised with the bus
companies and transport authorities. For
With Christmas approaching, there those of us who are beginners in Art.
are many unique and original gifts
copies of my 'Bus Report Cards' please The dates for our next meetings are -
on display in the Gallery.
call 0141 840 3653. Nov. 10th at 7.30pm......Own Choice
Nov. 24th at 7.30pm......Still Life in
Renfrewshire Council’s Roads Depart- The Season starts with Pen & Ink .......Helen Day
ment are currently carrying out a survey Dec. 8th at 7.30pm......Portrait in any
of areas which could be included in the ' THE HUNTER EXHIBITION ' medium......Kate Lilley
2008/2009 Road and Pavement re- on
surfacing programme. This will be de- 8th of November 2008 So why not get those pencils, brushes
cided in January; I intend to do a walk and paints looked out and join us at
round the ward to identify streets in very The exhibition consists of new art- our next meeting.
poor condition but if you are aware of works from Ed Hunter and his two Look forward to seeing you there.
roads and pavements that need to be resur- Christine
daughters Laura and Lynne. Very
faced please let me know and I will make much a family exhibition.
sure that the Roads Department are aware
of these before making their decision. LAURA HUNTER studied at Glas-
gow School of Art. She lived in Italy
At the Full Council meeting at the end of
October I supported a motion congratulat- for 10 years, which heavily influ-
ing the efforts of local people in trying to enced her work. She returns to Italy
make Lochwinnoch a Fairtrade village. If when possible for inspiration.
successful, Lochwinnoch will become
only the 2nd village in Renfrew-shire to LYNNE HUNTER studied at Glas-
gow School of Art and completed Strathclyde Police – 0141 532 5900
achieve fair-trade status. I know there is a Johnstone Police – 01505 404000
great deal of work being done locally to her Masters degree in Fine Art in
Johnstone Community Safety
help the world’s poorest peoples and na- Barcelona and Winchester School of Office – 01505 404023
tions and thanks must go to all the volun- Art. Now living in France, her work Trading Standards – 0141 840 3233
teers, all the shops who sell Fairtrade has taken on a definite French flair. Care and Repair – 0141 812 4111
products and everyone in the village who Renfrewshire Council -
buys Fairtrade for their efforts so far. ED HUNTER studied drawing and Tel: 0141 842 5000
painting at Glasgow School of Art Anti-social Behaviour Investigation
My regular advice surgeries are on the and life drawing at Strathclyde Uni- Team (ASIST) - 01505 325030
first Saturday of every month at 9am versity. He has exhibited in galleries Victim Support – 0141 887 0328
in the McKillop Hall. I can, of in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Nuisance Support & Advice
course, be contacted at any other time and Russia. Helpline – 0800 169 1283
on 0141 840 3653 or by email at: Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111 Ed, Laura and Lynne's individual
styles make this exhibition a great Community Safety Office,
Councillor Neil Bibby Johnstone Police Station. 
The following notice was received by The following infomation came

Lochwinnoch Community Council from to Lochwinnoch Community
Renfrewshire Centre for Council from Renfrewshire Council:
V o l u n t a r y S e r v i c e :

Community Awards SERVICE:
YOUR LOCAL Nominations are being sought for In October 2006, a ground breaking hospi-
the 11th anniversary of the Provost’s tal visitor transport scheme was launched
LETTING AGENT Community Awards in Renfrewshire. for the residents of Glasgow City. Since
They aim to reward those members then, the scheme has been extended to
of the community who tirelessly residents of East Renfrewshire, East Dun-
COMPETITIVE work to make life better for others. bartonshire, Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
On 6th October 2008, the service began in
RATES Renfrewshire, providing free transport for
Provost Celia Lawson said, “As
• Renfrewshire's Provost, it's my our residents to visit patients in the Royal
privilege to meet many people in our Alexandra Hospital and other acute hospi-
INVALUABLE tals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and
community who show such dedica-
LOCAL tion to others and achieve so much. Clyde Area.
KNOWLEDGE The Provost's Community Awards Who can use it?
are your chance to tell us that you
• admire these people too, and you'd
The hospital evening visitor transport ser-
vice is available for anyone living in Ren-
NO UP FRONT COSTS like them to be rewarded for who frewshire, but priority will be given to
they are and what they do. If you those who wish to travel to their nearest
know someone who helps others, hospital, to older people (those over 60),
Tel: 01505 843589 who makes a difference in their com- people living with a disability and those in
munity or who battles to overcome
Mob: 07528 798866 physical or emotional barriers in
receipt of benefits.
their life, nominating them for one How to use it
of these awards is a great way of To use the service, phone a booking hot-
showing what you think of them.” line: 0845 128 4027 (open every after-
noon) and transport can be booked up to
Two new categories have been added one week in advance. You will have to
to the 2009 Community Awards: the
register and provide some information to
*** *** Spirit of Fairtrade Award, intro- ensure that those who really need the ser-
duced to support Renfrewshire vice are given priority. All information
Council’s commitment to raising the will be treated in the strictest of confi-
Lochwinnoch PTA profile of Fairtrade in the area, and dence and in compliance with the Data
invites you to an the Arts and Culture Award for any Protection Act. You will need to give your
person or group who has (or have) address, which hospital you want to visit
shown commitment and passion for
ABBA music, photography, painting or any
and what time visiting begins and ends.
Pick up time will be confirmed by tele-
TRIBUTE NIGHT other such creative outlet. phone and you will be taken from your
front door to a drop off point in the hospi-
The new categories join returning tal. You will be given a time for the re-
from 7.30pm categories: Child of Achievement, turn journey back home after visiting.
Carer, Community Volunteer or
on Group, Special Needs and Adult Who provides the service?
FRIDAY Achiever. The service is delivered through a partner-
14TH NOVEMBER ‘08 The awards ceremony takes place in
ship between Renfrewshire Community
Health Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow
at March 2009. Each individual winner and Clyde, Renfrewshire Council, WRVS
THE MCKILLOP INSTITUTE, gets a trophy, a holiday for two in and Community Transport Glasgow.
LOCHWINNOCH. London (including flights and 4-star Community Transport Glasgow will host
hotel accommodation), £200 spend- the booking hotline and schedule pick ups
ing money and a £500 donation to a and drop offs. They will contact WRVS in
charity of their choice. If a group
Renfrewshire with the schedule for that
LICENSED BAR & PRIZE wins an award, they receive £800
evening by 5pm. WRVS will provide a
RAFFLE that can either be donated to a local
driver and Renfrewshire Council will
charity or spent on their own specific
make a vehicle available.
needs, such as buying equipment.
Tickets are £10 and are During the pilot period (6/10/08 –
available from the Junction For further information please con- 31/03/09), usage of the service will be
and the Brown Bull tact: Drew Gibson or Mairi Brown monitored, and a steering group will meet
Telephone: 0141 840 3363 or 0141 in February 2009 to agree a way forward
840 3706. from April 2009.
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A Scottish Night with Open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 12-4 on Sundays
Hugh McNeillie singing Robert Burns
and other Scottish Songs, accom-
panied by Simone Welsh, vocalist/
WELL DONE from Sandy Innes, his staff and patrons of
the Corner Bar and this time they again
fiddles and Ian Muir on accordion. RONNIE BROWN ! came up with a terrific contribution to
Ronnie’s sponsorship from their Charity
Suitable for a mixed audience. Once Again, Ronnie did the village Fund. Denise and Donald Duncan and
proud by raising £800 for patrons of the Garthland Arms were also
Entry £1 (includes light supper). very generous in their contribution to
Doors open 7pm, evening
McMillan Nurses, when he ran in
Ronnie’s fund raising.
a recent 10K Run.
commences 7.30pm.
Other long term sponsors have been the
Transport available for Senior Citi- Over the last 10 years, Ronnie has
Doctors, Nurses and Staff of our local
zens, contact Billy Davey on: 843359. raised thousands of pounds for
surgery and they once again “ dug deep “
local charities. This, coupled with to help Ronnie raise funds for his chosen
his eagerness to help old and young charity. This year Ronnie has welcomed
alike, makes him a very special Ivan and Joanna Minucci of The Junction
BEITH person. to his list of local company sponsors and
Well done “Roadrunner” ! he is very grateful to them for adding their
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Another facet of Ronnie’s unselfish ef-

He’s done it again. Ronnie Brown com- forts on behalf of the community is his
pleted yet another half-marathon for 37-year association with the local com-
charity when he ran in the Great Scot- pany of the Boys Brigade. This service
tish Run held in September. This time was only broken for a couple of years
his efforts were in support of the when Ronnie left the village to live in
McMillan Nurses ( Cancer Care ) and he Govan where he joined the local Boys
• SAME DAY callout raised the magnificent sum of £800 for Brigade among whose members was once
Sir Alec Ferguson.
• FREE estimates and advice this cause. Ronnie selected this charity
in thanks for the care given to the late
• NO CALL OUT CHARGE Ann Lawrie, wife of Captain Murray So a huge thank you from Ronnie to all
for local customers Lawrie of the local Boys Brigade. It his sponsors for their generosity in raising
was a fitting way to respect her memory. funds for the McMillan Nurses. And a
huge thank you once again to Ronnie
Phone George on – Ronnie, now at the tender age of 67, has from the village.
been running in these events for some
Tel: 01505 500009 years and each time has selected a dif- RONALD MCKELLAR BROWN –
ferent charity to benefit from his partici- YOU’RE STILL A REAL
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disciples as they faced the storm However, when Christmas comes

From the Parish while Jesus slept peacefully at the round I do make sure that my favour-
back of the boat. When they cried ites are sung. They include Love
out to him, ‘“Teacher, do you not Came Down At Christmas and In The
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; care that we are perishing?” Jesus Bleak Mid-winter. This year, how-
bright copper kettles and woke up and rebuked the wind and ever, I would like to sing your favour-
warm woollen mittens; said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” ites. Therefore you are invited to
brown paper packages tied up with strings;
Then the wind ceased, and there was phone me with your favourite carol on
these are a few of my favourite things.
a dead calm.’ 1 Tel: 01505 843484, or email me on
Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers or fill in
Sometimes we do feel as if we are all
the form below and post it through my
at sea in our lives and the tempest
Who could forget the scene in The letter box at 1 Station Rise, Lochwin-
raging around us threatens to over-
Sound of Music when the children all noch or leave it in the box in the Junc-
whelm us. On those occasions, when
rush to Maria’s bed during the thun- tion by the 15th December 2008.
I have cried out, “Lord do you not
der storm. We all have our favourite The most popular carols will be sung
care that I am struggling,” I have
things which we call to mind when at the Christmas Eve service in the
always had the answer of God’s
life is frightening. Personally, my Parish Church at 7.00pm. If you have
peace in my heart. The miracle is not
favourite things include the golden any favourite readings or Christmas
that life instantly becomes better,
leaves on the trees and the ground in stories, please let me know about
the miracle is I find the peace and
autumn; winter mornings when the air them too and I will do my best to in-
the strength to be able to cope.
is so clear you feel as if you can see for clude them in the service.
ever; bonfire night and fireworks; As I said earlier, one of the ways I
Christmas. cope is to remember my favourite Then, together, whatever we may be
things. I’m not sure what it is I like fearful of this winter, we can share
Having favourite places to escape to or both joy and support one another in
favourite things to think about is an so much about Christmas. It most
certainly not all the stress that goes our fears, and with our favourite mu-
important coping mechanism when sic surrounding us we may be fortu-
life is hard or frightening. On Sunday with planning the perfect day, be-
cause in our house the perfect day nate enough to know God's peace in
last, in Church, we were thinking our hearts and in our lives. God bless,
about frightening experiences as we will never come. However I do enjoy
preparing Christmas dinner com- Yours,
commemorated the 150th anniversary
of the RNLI in Scotland. Our young plete with all the trimmings and then
folk were very honest with their an- on Boxing Day coming up with new
1 Gospel of St Mark Ch 4, Ver 38 – 39 NRSV
swers: exams, spiders and scary films ways to use up the left over food. 2 Held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on
featured in their list of things which Perhaps it is the Christmas Carols 5th December – tickets available from the box
cause us to be scared. Being frightened which mean so much to me. I love to office on 0141 353 8000 or online at
is a good human emotion. Being fear- hear children singing their songs at
ful of a situation may ensure that we the nativity service; I so enjoy re-
event/77817 and click on “Book online now”.
are well prepared for the event. Exams ---------------------------------
hearsing for the CLIC Sargent Carol
are a lot less frightening when we Concert 2 and learning new settings My favourite Christmas Carol is:
know we have prepared well. Fear can of familiar words. I also love Christ-
also help us avoid dangerous situa- mas poems, particularly Anne ______________________________________
tions – I am not likely to go out sailing Weems. Anne is an American poet,
in a high wind because I do not relish who lost her son in a car accident the
Name: ————————————–———
the thought of falling over board. day after his 21st birthday. Therefore
Sometimes though, fear can be debili- Reason for enjoying the Carol ——————–
Anne’s poems do not dwell on senti-
tating and stop us from living life to mentality, but look to the true mean- ———————————————————
the full. Then we may need extra help ing of Christmas.
to face our fears. Sometimes that can My favourite Christmas Poem/Reading/Story
be taking a trusted friend when facing One of the great joys of being a par- is:
a new experience, or even seeking ish minister is choosing the hymns ______________________________________
medical help and help is there to help we sing in church on a Sunday.
us deal with all our fears. On Sunday Please be assured that I do not limit Because:
we remembered the fear of the myself to my favourites. ______________________________________
Clustered together on hill-tops
And is the winter come?
giant arms poised
a chorus waiting to pirouette
WRITERS in balletic rhythm.
For I have drifted with my kind
in the gold glory
of the autumn time,
November 2008 Cloned by a monster mother
a leaf
This month, some poetry from three they flaunt their beauty
buoyed up on all the warm,
of the fabulous female poets in our as they stand proud and haughty
sweet airs of being,
group. inviolable.
fragile and wind-tossed
in the storm
We are a source of
but warm and sun-glowing
The Hoolet renewable energy,
among the crimsons and
We gather wind-power.
the yellows and the russets
I lie in bed trying to sleep and the browns
listening to soft night-sounds I am a bird on this hilltop
feathered, soft, vulnerable. enriched from the summer's
through the open window, going.
the rippling of the burn, no refuge in those monster
branches for me
wind soughing through trees, no protective leaf or secret place Now we are falling,
leaves whispering to each other to rear my young. tumbling and touching and
secrets of the night, rising twirling and diving
sweet sounds at intervals broken I hear the human voices chant to the breeze's blowing;
by the far off howl of a vixen their chorus loud and clear some have reached ground.
calling for a mate. promoting, presenting the
proud ones
Just as reality loosens her hold as viable. And have we passed the test?
and fantasy lulls the restless child Will we be together at the last
into a calm blue dream time No vulnerability shown here
as they gather in their harvest to rest,
echoes of a different music and in our sleeping
charm my childish ears. for the national grid
just their song. leave a goodness
to the disquieted heart of
The Hoolet earth for the on-flowing?
We are a source of
is on a night time ramble,
renewable energy,
a constant routine
We gather wind-power.
around his natural habitat, THE WRITERS’ NEXT MEETING IS
cheering the villagers MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
A chant, a deafening howl
with an ancient Scottish air LIBRARY 9.30-11.30AM
drowning out my morning
played on an old mouth organ. PROFESSIONAL TUTOR!
He wanders the roads
stopping now and then

to burst forth into well known tunes.

No one ever applauds him
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THE WITCHES' One of the most notorious witchcraft
trails in Scotland resulted in seven men It was also said that the spirits of some
WAND and women being brutally executed at of the witches made their way to the
homes of people who were involved in
by the Gallows Green in Paisley after hav-
ing been found guilty of bewitching an some way with their executions - includ-
DEREK PARKER ing young Robert Sempill who had
11-years-old girl named Christian Shaw,
whose father was the wealthy Laird of watched them burn and brought home
DURING the 16th and 17th centuries, the the witches wand.
Bargarran at what is now Erskine.
countryside around Lochwinnoch was the
haunt of Renfrewshire witches who held It was alleged that the 'witches' caused There was a strange sequel to this story.
their midnight covens at places such as the girl to float through the air and re- When I worked as a countryside ranger
Courtshaw Hill, in what is now Parkhill gurgitate stones, feathers, bones and at Castle Semple Country Park, a couple
Wood, and the Warlock Craigie waterfall, lumps of wood. Following a trial, the who had been out riding their motor-
near the former Roebank Printworks. four women and three men suffered their bike called in at the information centre
terrible doom at the Gallows Green, and told me they had seen a strange old
Warlock Gates Farm, just off the back which can still be seen just off Queen woman walking in the Beltrees area late
road between Lochwinnoch and How- Street in Paisley, on June 10, 1697. one night.
wood, also commemorates these distant Their bodies were then buried nearby at
days when sorcerers such as Lord Ringan what is now Maxwellton Cross which is They told me the elderly, otherworldly
Sempill is said to have organised midnight today marked with a circle of cobbled woman wore a long dress, cape, shawl
covens on Peel Island in Castle Semple stones. and bonnet - similar to the dress worn
Loch, where witches and wizards sang by countrywomen during the 17th cen-
and danced round fires burning brightly in Among the many people who witnessed tury. The couple looked aghast when I
the darkness as they celebrated major fes- the sorry spectacle was 10-years-old told them the story of the witches' wand
tivals known as esbats to mark important Robert Sempill, whose family came and that Beltrees was the supposed
occasions on the country calendar like from Beltrees on the other side of Castle haunt of the ghosts of the men and
Samhainn (the start of winter on Novem- Semple Loch from Lochwinnoch. women executed at Paisley. The couple
ber 1) and Imbolc (the beginning of Robert's family hid his shoes so he could really looked as if they had seen a ghost
Spring on February 1). not walk into Paisley to see the execu- when they heard what I had to say.
tion of the witches which everyone had
Today, the so-called witches are quite been talking about since the sentence Robert Sempill lived to the ripe old age
rightly regarded as ordinary countrymen was passed. of 102, although memories of the terri-
and women who fell foul of the civil and ble executions which he witnessed re-
Undeterred, the lad made the journey
religious authorities of the day because mained with him till the end of his long
barefoot and watched in horror mingled
they practised weather lore, herbal reme- life.
with morbid curiosity as the 'witches'
dies and lived solitary lives on isolated were incinerated. In keeping with the
farms and cottages. Earlier this year, a group of folk-lorists
gruesome spirit of the times, long sticks from across Scotland sent a petition with
were stacked nearby to push the flailing hundreds of signatures to the Scottish
But back in the 16th and 17th centuries, limbs of the burning victims back into
people who were accused and convicted Parliament requesting a posthumous
the fire. pardon for the 'witches' executed in
of witchcraft suffered a terrible fate, being
strangled at the stake then having their It is said that Robert picked up one of Scotland during the 16th and 17th centu-
bodies burned in blazing bonfires. these sticks, or witches' wands as they ries. Their request was refused.
1st Lochwinnoch Lily Rose Bridal and The River Inn
Boys' Brigade
an Autumn Wedding Fair
on Sunday 9th November 2008
from 12 noon to 4pm
at The River Inn, Crosslee, Houston.

Admission is free, with sparkling wine served on arrival.

Fashion Shows will run during the afternoon,
modelling designer wedding dresses, kilts and mother of the bride outfits.

Wedding stands and Exhibitors will include Florists,

DVD Photography, Linen Hire, Favours, Inchloss Clinic, Make up Artist,
Chocolate Fountain, Cakes, Travel Agents, Jewellery, Ceilidh Bands,
Wedding Cars, Picture Framers, Balloons, Wedding Stationery.

◊ 20% discount available on venue, if booked on the day

of the Autumn Wedding Fair
◊ Gift of a free short veil with every purchase of a wedding dress.

Lily Rose The River Inn

Bridal Sunday Carvery from 12noon - 5pm
As part of the Company's celebrations
of the 125th Anniversary of the found-
Boutique Two courses for £12.95.
ing of The Boys' Brigade, the Junior 30 Church Street, Houston Road, Crosslee,
Section of 1st Lochwinnoch enjoyed a Lochwinnoch PA12 4AD Houston PA6 7AW
special evening on Tuesday 7th Octo- Contact Heather on 01505 843459 Contact Jason Andrews
ber 2008 when a cake, customised
or 07834 419585 on 01505 613288
with the anniversary logo, was centre-
piece. The youngest recruit, James or visit or visit
Weir, cut the cake with the Company's
oldest member, Captain A. Murray
Lawrie (pictured), and all 24 boys VILLAGERS WHO the Community Library.
raised the roof of the Parish Church Any information to help with the
Halls with a lively rendition of "Happy
DIED IN THE TWO project can be left at the library or
Birthday Dear Boys' Brigade!" WORLD WARS passed directly to Bill Davey, Johnny
Mair, Stewart Rutherford or Adrian
Junior Section, for boys aged between As we approach Armistice Day and Tharme.
8 and 11, meets in the Parish Church One poignant story which we
the 90th anniversary of the ceasefire
Halls on Tuesday evenings 7 - 8pm. hope helps villagers to reflect on the
of the First World War we’d like to
ask for help in preparing an archive approaching Armistice Day is that of
record of those villagers who lost a local man, James Glen. The Glen
their lives in the two world con- family origins in this area go back
LCBG flicts. more than 600 years to the Glens of
In essence we want to create a Barr and of course the Barr Castle.
The Struthers Project short biography of each person. So James was of the Glen family which
information on family connections, farmed in the village into the 1950’s.
where they lived in the village, em- The farmhouse was in the High
ployment, service or regiment de- Street and many of us well remember
Lochwinnoch Community tails, age and date when killed and his brother Willie Glen with much
Buyout Group any details of the circumstances if affection. However the poignancy of
known. James’ death in the First World War
AGM Enquiries are increasingly being is in the date. James died on the elev-
made by visitors to the village (most enth day of the eleventh month 1918 .
Will be held on Yes, on Armistice Day.
Wednesday 19th November often from abroad) and we’d like to
in the Space Rooms build this archive to provide some Please do pass on whatever in-
(behind the McKillop Institute) of the information they seek. When formation you have to help create
from 7.30pm. completed, the document will be an archive which we feel sure will
Members of the public held in the local history archive in be of interest and use to many,
are welcome to attend. the Community Library. both here and abroad.
What’s On • Scottish Country Dance
Club - On Tuesdays, from 7.30- Vee Bee Sugarart
(Clubs, classes and local groups) 9.30pm, the McKillop Institute.  

For all your cake decorating needs
• Boys Brigade - Anchor Boys    
• Lochwinnoch Community and Junior Sections meet on   Stockist of Patchwork Cutters,  
Walks - Mondays (ex. Public Tuesday nights and   PME, Tinkertech, Orchard,  
Holidays), 10.30 am at The Cross. Company Section meet on
  FMM and many more. 
• Lochwinnoch Toddlers Friday evenings at the Parish
Group - For under 5’s, every Church Hall. (See notice board
outside the church for more details.) Christmas cake decorations
Monday and Wednesday from now in stock.
9.30-11.30 at the McKillop. • Girls Brigade -  

(Resumes Wed. 1st October.) 1st Lochwinnoch Company Cake Stand Hire & Cake Tin Hire 

• Kickjitsu for Kids - Monday Wednesday evenings from 6pm- Personalised wedding and  
nights, from 5pm-6.45pm in the 9.15pm at the Parish Church celebration cake decorations available 
Parish Church Hall. Hall for various age groups. to suit any occasion! 
• Lochwinnoch Gymnastics • Yoga Classes - Tuesday Day- Come along and see our selection.   
Club - For primary school-age time classes (1.15-2.45pm), Professional or amateur,  
children, every Monday from 5pm Wednesday evening classes everyone is catered for. 
-7pm at the Annexe. Phone Coby (7.30-9pm), McKillop Institute.    
for details on: 0772 9051615. Tel Mary for details: 07971 Opening hours: 
• Morag’s Keep Fit - Mondays Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri   10am – 4pm 
and Thursdays from 7pm, in the • Happy Harminis - Fun for pre Weds, &  Sat        10am – 1pm 
McKillop Institute. -school children. Thursdays  
from 10am in the McKillop Insti- Ring Judy on 01505 683689 or visit  
• Lochwinnoch Choral Society.
tute. Contact Frankie Plater for 19 Main Street  
Rehearsals on Monday evenings,
details: 01505 612248. (The Cross)  
Parish Church/ Hall. Juniors - 7-
7.30pm, Intermediates 7.30- • Slinky Strollers - on Thurs- Kilbirnie, Ayrshire   
8.30pm and Seniors from 8pm. days (see back page for details). KA25 7BX 
• Lochwinnoch Art Group • Lunch Club - Lochwinnoch Mail Order our speciality.
Meet fortnightly on Monday eve- Elderly Forum. Every Thursday,
nings, 7.30pm, McKillop Institute. 11.30 am-1.30pm, McKillop.*
• Advice Works - Tuesdays 10am • Calder Drama Club—
-12.30 at the Library. * Thursdays, from 8pm-10pm
McKillop Institute.
• Drop-in T Bar - Lochwinnoch
Elderly Forum. Every Tuesday • Scottish Slimmers - Thurs- Another excellent presentation
from 10am-1pm, McKillop Insti- days from 7/7.30pm, McKillop
tute. All welcome. For details, was enjoyed by Rural members in
Institute. Register for free.
call Reta on: 01505 842054. October when Sergeant John
• Lochwinnoch Pre-School Simpson gave an insight into the
• TaeKwon-Do Fitness and Self- Gymnastics (children 18 mths work of a wildlife crime officer.
defence classes for all. Tuesdays to 5 yrs). Fridays, from 10.15am John highlighted the plight of
from 5-6pm, McKillop Institute. - 1.45pm at the Annexe. Details
For details Tel: 01259 210716. endangered animals and birds
from Coby on: 0772 9051615. and the successes that have been
• Linda Margaret School of • Tai Chi for Beginners - achieved in curbing this type of
Dancing - Tuesdays from 4pm- Friday nights, 6.45-7.45pm, The crime.
8.45pm, McKillop Institute. For Room, Lochwinnoch Library.
details, Tel: 0141 581 9104. The competition winners were:

2 Macaroon bars - 1 L Benzie

Elaine Robertson BSc Podiatrist - 2 D Donn
Dip. CHA (Reflex, Indian Head)
(HPC Registered) Bookmark - 1 L Benzie
- 2 D Donn
  Chiropody  The next meeting is on
  Lower Limb Acupuncture  Wednesday 19th November
  Hot Stone Therapy   at 7.30pm
  Swedish Massage  in the McKillop Institute, when
  Aromatherapy     Tel:  01505 502675  &    Mob:  07824 618896  there will be a ‘Taste and Try’ and
‘Bring and Buy’ evening
  Indian Head and         59 Crummock Gardens, Beith   KA15 2HF 
  Reflexology                       Come and join us!

Dates Friday 21st November - Prize
Bingo Night, 8pm Masonic Hall. J Quinn & son
for your • Saturday 22nd November - Memorials
diaries Calder UF Church Christmas
Fayre from 10am-12noon,
McKillop. Personal Service & Quality
• Month of November -
Parish Church Bi-centenary Exhi- • Sunday 23rd November - Bi- Guaranteed
bition - in the Library Room, centenary celebrations - Organ
Lochwinnoch during library open- Recital. 1pm in the Parish Church.
ing times. • Monday 24th November -
• Friday 7th November - Psychic Lochwinnoch Art Group evening New Memorials
Night and disco, Masonic Hall * at 7.30pm, McKillop Institute. *

• Saturday 8th November - • Thursday 27th November -

Hunter Exhibition at Crafts of Lochwinnoch Elderly Forum, Additional Inscriptions
Calder Gallery, from 10am—4pm. 1pm at the McKillop Institute. *

• Saturday 8th November - • Thursday 27th November Cleaning & Renovations

1st Lochwinnoch Co. Boys Brigade and Friday 28th November -
Jumble Sale. 10am to 12 noon, Calder Drama Club present
Parish Church Halls. ‘Ladies Day’, 7pm for 7.30pm,
McKillop Institute. *
• Saturday 8th November - Ceilidh
at Lochwinnoch Bowling Club, • Saturday 29th November -
7.30pm for 8pm, Tickets £5 avail- Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Craft Mon 10am –5pm, Tue –Fri 10am –2pm
able from Margaret Tel: 843013. Fayre and Christmas Festival. * Evening & Weekends by Arrangement
• Sunday 9th November - Table • Monday 1st December - The
Top Sale at Lochwinnoch Golf Ayrshire Ploughman. A Scottish 4a Dalry Road, KILBIRNIE
Club, 10am—4pm. To book a table, evening for all from 7pm for Please Call 01505 68 5455
contact Elaine Boyle: 01505 842153. 7.30pm at the Masonic Hall. *

• Sunday 9th November - Gala • Tuesday 2nd December -

Concert at 7.30pm in aid of Teen- Lochwinnoch Community Coun- CHATTERBOX
age Cancer Trust at the Royal cil monthly meeting at 7.30pm
Concert Hall. Tel Box Office for in the Guild Room of the Parish Chatterbox is a free community
tickets: 0141 353 8000. Church. newspaper, produced for the Com-
• Monday 10th November - • Saturday 6th December - munity Council of Lochwinnoch
Lochwinnoch Art Group evening Councillor Neil Bibby’s Surgery, through financial assistance from
at 7.30pm, McKillop Institute. * at 9am, McKillop Institute * local sponsors and advertisers and
• Saturday 6th December - distributed every month by volun-
• Friday 14th November - Abba
Double Century Christmas teers. The aim of those involved is
Tribute Night from 7.30pm,
McKillop Institute. * Fayre, from 10-12 noon, Parish to produce an informative and enter-
Church Halls. * taining journal for those who live,
• Saturday 15th November - work and visit in this area.
Councillor Arthur’s Surgery from • Sunday 7th December -
11.30am at the McKillop Institute* Lochwinnoch Christmas
Farmers’ Market from 11am- The Editor welcomes all items for
• Saturday 15th November - Fall 2.30pm (or until sold out) at possible inclusion but will reserve
Ball Ceilidh with Last Tram Tae Castle Semple Centre . (Details all rights over them, i.e. the right to
Auchenshuggle. McKillop Inst. * on back page.) shorten, edit or not publish any item.
• Wednesday 19th November— * See inside this issue of Chatterbox
Lochwinnoch SWRI meeting at for further details of these events. Special request - when writing to us,
7.30pm, McKillop Institute. * please provide your name and con-
• Wednesday 19th November -
VILLAGE EVENT tact details in order that we may get
Lochwinnoch Community Buyout PLANNER in touch with you for clarification on
Group (LCBG) AGM, Space Room, any items for Chatterbox. Your per-
McKillop Inst. at 7.30pm. * Lochwinnoch Post Office has a wall- sonal details will not be published
mounted calendar, where members unless you ask us to do so.
• Wednesday 19th November - of the public can enter details of
Lochwinnoch Fairtrade Group forthcoming events.
meeting at 8pm, Brown Bull. * Please note, all views are of indi-
Please use this calendar to avoid any viduals and the Editor accepts no
• Thursday 20th November - clashes when planning dates of liability for editorial errors or state-
Lochwinnoch Historical Society events and, of course, to help publi- ments and claims made in advertise-
evening, 7.30pm in the Guild cise your events within the village.
Room of the Parish Church. *
ments. Thank you.
Antiques, Curios and Crafts
A dynamic selection of oils, watercolours and limited edition prints.
Bespoke crafts by local artisans, vintage and contemporary jewellery.
Well worth discovering for yourself.
The Barn on the Farm, open 10am till late every day
Contact Greta Logan on Tel: 01505 683338 Mob: 07786 720586

West Bankside Farm, Geirston Road,

Kilbirnie, KA25 7LQ
Just opposite the Golf Course on the Largs Road.

Costume Jewellery Lochwinnoch The Switch On Parade will start

From as far back as pre-Christian Christmas at Auld Simon on Saturday 6th
Mesopotamia via the Roman Empire, December at 6.30pm. Last year,
and from the Middle Ages and the
Lights we had a fantastic turnout de-
Renaissance, right up to today, people Switch On spite wild weather. Ivan and Jo
have always adorned themselves with Minucci have again kindly
decorative artefacts. Undoubtedly agreed to provide mulled wine
beautiful, their value does not neces- Saturday 6th December and juice at the end of proceed-
sarily compare to that of precious jew- at 6.30pm ings. Look out for more details in
ellery. next month’s Chatterbox and on
Costume jewellery appeals on so many posters around the village.
levels. Although it may have the repu-
tation of sparkly rhinestones, costume Any donations – large or small -
jewellery can also be very simple; for from local businesses, groups or
example, a single string of pearls or an
individuals towards the costs
amber bangle. It is undeniably beauti-
ful to look at as it reflects the fashion would be gratefully received.
of the era it was produced in and the
quality, workmanship and materials If you’d like to make a donation
used are often as good as or better Margaret Sweenie at the Library
than fine jewellery. LMEG are planning Christmas is collecting cash or cheques,
During the first half of the20th Cen- Lights around the village once which can be made payable to
tury, costume jewellery came into its again. We had great support last ‘Lochwinnoch Millennium Events
own. Thanks to couturiers such as year from so many people and Group’. You’ll also find donation
Coco Chanel, it became fashion-led, businesses in Lochwinnoch and boxes in shops and pubs around
selling at every price range, but it was this year we plan to illuminate – the village.
the Americans who produced and what are now becoming ‘the
wore more of it than everyone else. usual spots’ – at Auld Simon, Our For any more info please contact
Hollywood also had a huge influence Lady of Fatima, the Cross, The Carol Gemmell on Tel: 843 858.
on fashion and whenever a star’s jew-
Parish Church and Calder
ellery made an impact on the silver
Church. If funds allow, we aim to Carol Gemmell,
screen, factories rushed to reproduce
it in costume copies. extend the display further round on behalf of LMEG
the village.
Costume jewellery collections can take
many different themes. Some people
collect from a particular era or de-
signer, others like to include only
flowers or fruit, birds or figures, beasts
or bugs. SUNDAY 9th NOVEMBER ‘08
Whether you already collect costume At Lochwinnoch Golf Club, Burnfoot Road, Lochwinnoch
jewellery or would just like to see what Doors Open 10am till 4pm Tables £7
we have to offer, please drop in to the
Stirrup Cup (see our details above). CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE
in addition to our normal hours HOT SNACKS and REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE.
The Stirrup Cup will open
Everyone welcome.
17th – 21st November
from 6pm – 9 p.m. If you would like to book a table, contact Elaine Boyle on Tel:
for mulled wine, mince pies 01505 842153, between 9am and 2pm.
and shortbread.
Are you missing out through
hearing loss?
Join us, we are a recently formed
support group, who get together to
make friends and improve condi-
tions for the hard of hearing.

When ? First Thursday of

every month, 1.30pm
Unwanted Gifts
Where ? Mile End Centre, St. Vincent's Do you have any unwanted gifts that are
30 Seedhill Rd, Paisley in new or very good condition. Our Fund-
Hospice News raising Team run various raffles, tombo-
las, etc at various events and donations of
For more information unwanted gifts or bottles can go a long
Light Up A Life - Sunday 30th
Tel: 0141 847 4950 November ‘08. St. Vincent's Hospice
way in helping to raise vital funds.
Text: 0141 848 7232 Christmas tree will be illuminated dur-
Fax: 0141 847 4981 ing a short service, after which hot Results of the
drinks and homemade pies will be 20th Anniversary Draw
served. The lights on the tree will shine
Renfrewshire Hard of Hearing throughout the Christmas period. We The draw took place on Thursday 23rd
invite you to join us for the lighting October 2008 at Phoenix Hyundai, Lin-
Support Group
ceremony in the Hospice courtyard. For wood and was drawn by Dominic
your convenience, parking will be avail- McGroary (Sales Manager) and Stephen
Hearing loss brings problems of un- able in the grounds of Johnstone High Cummings (Sales Executive) at Hyundai.
derstanding in a noisy world. It is an School (formerly St. Cuthbert's High).
invisible difficulty and other people Transport will once again be provided 1st Prize Hyundai Amica 1.1 CDX
don’t realise the need to communicate by our friends at Arriva, from the school Winner - Mr C. O'Kane from Kings Park
clearly. Sometimes it is easier for us to the Hospice, returning again after the 2nd Prize - 32” Television
to withdraw and become isolated. service. Please arrive at the Hospice for Winner - Mr R. Dawson from Paisley
Adjusting to using a hearing aid is a the service starting at 7 pm. 3rd Prize Overnight stay & meal for 2 at
challenge. Watermill Hotel.
To sponsor a light on the tree in memory Winner - Mr I. MacDonald, Johnstone.
of a loved one gone before, or to honour
Renfrewshire Hard of Hearing Sup-
someone special, contact Lorraine in the St. Vincent's Hospice would like to thank
port Group is a new group formed to Fundraising team to receive a copy of everyone for taking part in the draw.
raise awareness, campaign for positive the Light Up A Life leaflet. All dedica- Thanks also to the sponsors of the event:-
change and to provide support and tions made will be entered in the annual
activities for members. Book Of Remembrance which will be Phoenix Hyundai, Linwood for donating
on display at the Hospice. the car;
The meetings take place on the first Robertson Electrical, Linwood for donat-
Thursday of every month, at 1.30pm Charity Collections - Volunteers ing the Television;
in the Mile End Centre, 30 Seedhill Needed. Can you spare some time to The Watermill Hotel, Paisley for donating
Rd, Paisley. help out on any of the following dates:- the Meal & Overnight stay, and
Strathclyde Tyres, Johnstone for sponsor-
Saturday 20th December - Bag Pack- ing printing and postage costs
At our meetings every effort is made ing at Asda, Linwood;
to make sure we all understand by Sunday 21st December - Bucket Collec- Through the generosity of all our support-
having a loop system and a text writer tion at Braehead Shopping Centre. ers and the corporate sponsorship re-
available so no one need feel left out.
ceived, a magnificent £27,500 has been
Recycling raised for the Hospice.
Meetings last about an hour and a half We can raise money by recycling:-
and tea/coffee is available. Mobile Phones, Ink Cartridges, Stamps For more information on any of the
Foreign Coins, Old/broken Jewellery. above, please contact Lorraine Valentine
Please join us if you live in Ren- These can be handed in to our shops in or Jane Cox in the Fundraising Team on
Renfrew, Johnstone, Linwood, Loch-
frewshire and are affected by hearing Tel: 01505 705635 or by email at:
winnoch, Paisley, Barrhead and Bridge or
loss. Of Weir or at the Hospice itself.
Why buy
when you can borrow?
Here’s a sample of some of the new titles
added to library stock this month. You
can request these by calling into the
library or reserve books online (see
Renew and Reserve information below).

Mark Billingham : In the dark

Christopher Brookmyre : A snowball
in hell
Jackie Collins : Married lovers
Katie Fforde : Wedding season
Dick Francis : Silks
Lochwinnoch Lochwinnoch John Le Carre : A most wanted man
Maureen Lee : Mother of Pearl
Historical Society Elderly Forum Lee Child : Nothing to lose
Ian Rankin : Open door
The Forum continues to be well Cathy Reichs : Devil bones
We had a very enjoyable meeting supported by its membership. Patricia Scanlan : Forgive and forget
in October with Joy Blair giving The T bar is very popular with all Karin Slaughter : Fractured 
her talk "The Crums of Thornlie- age groups. The Lunch Club too
bank with Kelvin connection". is excellent value with soup and Renew and Reserve
There was a very good turnout crusty bread at 80p. There's also at
for the meeting too. a choice of tasty sandwiches at
80p. Both with tea/coffee and Library members can view, renew and
This month's meeting, which biscuits. Or if you prefer you can reserve their library loans online. All you
will be held on Thursday 20th have the tea and biscuits alone need to get started is your library mem-
November at 7.30pm in the Guild for just 50p. bership number and a password. If you
Room of the Parish Church, sees Recently The District Council has don’t have a password just ask at any
a return visit from popular been contacted with various is- library.
speaker Irene Hughson. Her sues raised at the last meeting.
subject being "The History of the Speedy and on the whole satisfac- “Your Village”
Rivers of Renfrewshire" tory responses have been re- Want to find out more?
ceived. On going issues had use- Why not browse through our
Membership of the group is still ful and helpful contact de- collection of local photographs
£8 for all the meetings, or if you tails provided for further corre- and step into a very different
prefer an evening visit is £2, in- spondence or discussion. world that was … Lochwinnoch.
cluding tea/coffee and biscuits. Our next and last meeting for
2008 is on the last Thursday of
New members and visitors this month, November, the 27th ADVICE WORKS
always welcome. at 1pm in the McKillop (see post- Tuesdays 10am –12.30pm
ers around the village). Advisors are on hand to help fill in
claim forms, check and advise on welfare
benefits/money problems.
Lochwinnoch residents - Advisors can provide expert advice on a
wide range of debt related topics, such as
Can I help? If so, please don’t credit card, mortgage arrears, council tax,
hesitate to get in touch. etc. The service is FREE, confidential
and open to all Renfrewshire residents.


Douglas Alexander, Lochwinnoch’s MP Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
2pm–5pm & 6pm–8pm
Tuesday and Saturday:
Write to: 2014 Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, PA1 1JS 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm
Tel: 0141 561 0333. E-mail: Closed Thursday.
or come to one of my advice surgeries.
Tel: 01505 842305
Don’t let the flu
turn on you
this winter
Along with shorter days, darker 
nights and cold weather, winter 
brings the flu virus.   Flu is not just 
a bad cold. It can strike at any time 
and leave you in bed for at least a 
week and if you have a long term 
medical condition, flu is more seri‐
ous than you think. 
your GP or Pharmacist for more  Lochwinnoch
The Scottish Government launched   
Fairtrade Group
its annual winter flu campaign last  Don’t let the flu turn on you.  
month (October) to raise aware‐ Get the jab. 
ness of the winter flu immunisa‐   Campaign Update
For further information about 
tion programme which provides a 
the flu vaccination and eligibility  The steering group has spent
free flu vacci‐nation for people 
for the free vaccine visit:   much of October completing an
with long term medical conditions  application for Lochwinnoch to
and over 65s, to ensure that they 
or call the NHS helpline free   be considered for Fairtrade
are protected against the virus.  Village status by the Fairtrade
on 0800 22 44 88.
Flu is highly infectious and spreads  (This information is featured on the
rapidly by coughing, sneezing or  Healthier Scotland website and has been
We are grateful to the many
reproduced in Chatterbox with the kind
touching someone who is already  permission of the PR Department for individuals who have helped us to
carrying the virus.   The flu is very  Information Scotland.) meet or exceed the targets that
different to having a cold, symp‐ are set for this and hope to re-
toms come on quicker, are much  LOCHWINNOCH ceive a response in early Febru-
more severe and include a high  SURGERY ary 2009 so that we can celebrate
the outcome during Fairtrade
fever, shivering and headaches.  31 Main Street, Lochwinnoch
Most people recover from flu  Flu Vaccine appointments
The group will next meet to plan
within a week or two but for peo‐ are available now.
future activities on
ple with long term medical con‐
If you are over 65, diabetic, asth-
ditions such as asthma, diabetes,  matic or have a chronic disease, Wednesday 19th November
heart, kidney or liver disease, or  please contact the surgery and at 8pm in The Brown Bull.
lowered immunity caused by other  make an appointment with the All supporters
illnesses and for those over 65, it  Practice Nurse on Tel: 01505 are welcome to attend.
can be serious and lead to other  842200.
conditions such as bronchitis and 
The flu virus changes every year 
and a new vaccine is created annu‐ Saturday 6th December
ally. It is therefore important to  From 10 am - 12 noon
make an appointment to get the  At Lochwinnoch Parish Church
vaccination each year.

If you or someone you know is at  Usual Stalls Tickets available at the door

risk from flu this winter, contact   Adult £1.50 Child £1
Why go to Glasgow when you can see

Aladdin on your doorstep

Public Consultation
Beith High Drama Tell us your thoughts on Parkhill Wood
Beith High Church Hall
Castle Semple Visitor Centre
Thursday 6th November at 7.30pm
11th, 12th and 13th December 2008
Curtain up 7.30pm Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is looking to draw up a plan
Saturday matinee 2.00pm for the management of Parkhill Wood to guide work over
Tickets £6 Concessions £5 the coming years. The objective is to improve the wood for
wildlife and for visitors.

For tickets or more details phone 01505 50 2913 We shall be considering aspects such as:
or email: • Enhancing the biodiversity, including control of
non-native species
• Access within the wood
• Recreational opportunities
• Restoration of historical features
We are keen to involve the Lochwinnoch community in this
project and would very much like to hear people’s ideas and
Hen Harrier Talk at Muirshiel Centre opinions on the current state of the woods and their aspira-
on 9th November at 2pm tions for the future.

‘Discover Clyde Muirshiel’s Wildlife’ project ran another

successful Hen Harrier nest watch this year on the moors Heritage Consultation
of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
The Hen Harrier Talk will be an informative afternoon As you may remember from previous articles in Chatterbox,
presentation about this rare bird of prey and the Special Land Use Consultants (LUC) has been working on the de-
Protection Area, which is in place to safeguard the moors velopment of a Conservation Statement for the built and
where it hunts and breeds. There will be a round-up of the landscape heritage features within the former Castle Semple
2008 breeding season including DVD footage from this Estate. This work has been funded by Heritage Lottery
years Hen Harrier nest. Fund and has involved 4 ‘drop-in’ consultation sessions to
ensure local communities are aware of the work and able to
The talk should last no more than an hour and Rangers will comment on development of the report. The report is now
be available for questions afterwards. To book a place or in draft form and is available (with a summary) to download
for further details please call Tel: 01505 842 803. from the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park website
( Copies of both the report and
the summary are also available to read in the Castle Semple
Bat Talk Centre and the library in Lochwinnoch. If you wish to com-
at Muirshiel Centre ment on the content of the report, please email comments to
on 23rd November at 2pm for forwarding to LUC or tele-
phone Steven Orr, Environmental Planner with LUC on
Want to learn more about Bats, 0141 334 9595. Please forward your comments by Friday 7
here in Scotland? November.
There will be an afternoon talk at Muirshiel Centre, in
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, to divulge some of the
fascinating facts about our only flying mammal. The
Rangers and members of the Clyde Bat Group will be talk-
ing about where Bats live, what they eat and why they are
so special.
To book a place please call: 01505 842 803
For further details visit:
Church Street, Lochwinnoch Tel: 01505 842337


Wednesday 26th November
from 1pm Lochwinnoch Christmas cards, great variety of Scottish calendars,
Xmas paper, gift tags, card holders, gifts for him and gifts for her,
Want to get fit but not go to a gym? Various CD’s and DVD’s for only 99p
Want to do your ‘bit’ for conserva-
tion? 7-Day Newspaper Delivery Service, Fresh morning rolls,
Want to join like-minded people and Milk from the local dairy, Newspapers, Magazines, Stationery,
have some fun? Confectionery and Gifts.
Then come up to Muirshiel Centre in
the Renfrew hills and help us with Agents for Dry Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Ironing, Press only,
some conservation work. Gloves and Alterations and Repairs, Shoe Repairs, Laundry.
equipment will be provided but wear
suitable clothing, which will get filthy, Tickets can be purchased by contact-
and a change of clothing just in case!! KILBIRNIE and ing 01505 682379 or at the KTCMI
Wellies are advisable, or very sturdy GLENGARNOCK stall in Walker Hall before 3pm on the
boots. Teas and coffees will be pro- 29th of November.
vided after the work. To book a place CRAFT FAYRE Special thanks and appreciation go to
or for more details Tel: 01505 842 803 the parents and teachers of Glengar-
and CHRISTMAS nock Primary School and Garnock
FESTIVAL Academy where the children held de-
sign competitions for a Christmas
St. Andrew’s Day light. Thanks to the hard work fund
Celebrations at CMRP 29th NOVEMBER ‘08 raising by everyone involved at the
schools, the winning design from each
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is school has been ‘built’ and they will be
This year the Craft Fayre will open hung by the Library where Santa’s
celebrating St. Andrew’s Day with from 10.15am till 5pm and will be in
some money saving offers at all the grotto will be; a gift to the town which
the Walker Hall and Bridgend Com- everyone will enjoy for years to come.
park centres. munity Centre. Unfortunately due to
the flooding, Radio City will not be Thanks to the Schools for taking part
The Regional Park is previewing its open for the craft stalls this year but in the Poster competition - you will
Homecoming 2009 Events with a spe- they do hope to have something in have seen them around on the lamp-
cial one day offer of 20% off all gifts the front part of the building. posts - and to the school choirs who
and refreshments in the park centres will sing for our enjoyment in the
There will be plenty of ideas for Marquee at the Car Park in Main
on the 30th November 2008. Express Christmas Gifts on Sale from Knit-
Cycles at Castle Semple will also be Street.
ting to Jewellery to Toys and much
offering 20% of bike hire and any ac- more. The Compere at the Starlight Road
cessories purchased on this day. Show will announce what is going on
Santa’s grotto will again be in Kil- and where in good time for you to at-
birnie Library and will open at 10am. tend; he did a wonderful job last year
St Andrew’s Day will see the launch-
Pre-booking would be a wise precau- and we are sure he will again keep
ing of a major photographic competi- tion to avoid a long wait. Booking
tion on the theme of ‘Homecoming’. things moving. The fancy hat competi-
forms are available by phoning tion is in three classes: Pre-School; P1
Genealogy displays, Poetry walks, a 01505 682379. The visit will be – P3 and P4 – P7 for both boys and
special ‘Then and Now’ exhibition in £2.50 per child and the grotto will girls. No entry forms are necessary.
the autumn and a host of other conser- close sharp at 5pm when Santa’s
vation, cultural and family friendly procession will start from the library Finally, our thanks and appreciation
events are planned for 2009 through- to the town centre for presentations to everyone in the town who is sup-
and switching on of the lights. porting our efforts by turning up to
out the Regional Park.
fund raising events and by putting
From 2pm there will be a fair for loose change in the “tinnies” the shop-
This year St. Andrew’s Day also falls children in the street between the keepers of the town hold for us.
within National Tree Week and there library and town centre.
will be an afternoon walk to take a We hope you all have a great and very
We are again holding a raffle. Tickets enjoyable day on the 29th November
look at ‘Scottish Trees’ within are £1 each; the first prize is £500,
Parkhill woods. This walk will start at in Kilbirnie.
second prize is a digital Camera and
Castle Semple at 1.30pm and return third prize a Microwave and grill. Mrs Joan P.Perry
there about two hours later. Plus many more prizes. Events Organiser
RSPB So, the 4 stages for Aird Meadow
management are:
1. Farmer comes along to cut the
drier parts of the meadow using
Subscribe to the tractor and topper, leaving the cut Waterhead Moor windfarm,
Lochwinnoch Blog! material behind.
2. BTCV volunteer team come and Largs – Windfarm proposed
do the 'neatening', which involves within the SPA in CMRP
For weekly updates about what moving the cut material off of the
is happening at the reserve, visit: SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Inter- An application for 44 turbines was lodged est, which covers much of the re- with the Scottish Government in 2004 for
lochwinnoch/default.aspx serve) and using brushcutters to trim this windfarm situated to the east of Largs
and subscribe using the RSS link. the bits the farmer couldn't reach. and the Brisbane glen. However, the Envi-
3. A piece of machinery called a ronmental statement was never completed
Here’s an excerpt from Paula Baker’s Softrak (which exerts lower pressure because most of the turbines were inside
Aird Meadow blog of 5th October. on the ground than a human foot) what was then, the proposed Special Protec-
comes and cuts the wetter bits of the tion Area (pSPA). As readers will recall the
meadow (as much as the water levels area has since been confirmed by the Scot-
will allow).
tish Government, on the advice of Scottish
4. One or two Highland Cattle
Natural Heritage and a scientific committee,
come and spend a few weeks at the
as a Special Protection Area.
Reserve, keeping the meadow nicely
grazed through the winter. On 14th October, Airtricity, on behalf of
their parent company Scottish and Southern
This whole process is carried out so Energy Ltd, presented an exhibition of the
that in the springtime, there is a company's updated proposals. The Environ-
great place for lapwings and other mental Impact Assessment (EIA) is ex-
waders to come and make their pected to be completed before the end of the
nests. A mixture of short and long year with an application being lodged in
grass, plus muddy patches that are January 2009 with the Scottish Government
good for finding food. and not North Ayrshire Council. The appli-
cation will involve a windfarm with a theo-
Well, Friday saw us complete phase retical output in excess of 50 MW which is
1, the weather stayed dry for us and the cut off figure above which applications
For those of you who are unfamiliar the meadow was cut! Excellent! require to go direct to Scottish Ministers.
with the Reserve, there are 4 main And with it came a whole host of
stages to our Aird Meadow habitat interesting sightings, including 2 The number of turbines has been reduced to
management. This may pale in com- buzzards sitting in the middle of the 29 of which 26 would be within the Special
parison with other sites that spend a meadow, 2 kestrels hunting over- Protection Area in the very centre section of
vast amount of time on creating and head, 2 ravens circling above and 2 Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. It is almost
improving habitats for wildlife. Rest carrion crows looking for lunch (not unbelievable that windfarm developers could
assured, we are not lazy, it's just that sure why all in twos!). Stages 2, 3 & 4 be so insensitive to everything to the degree
the majority of the Reserve is water will begin to progress in the next few that they would try to establish a windfarm in
with which you can do very little, but weeks, so I will keep you updated. a Special Protection Area which is covered
which is naturally a fantastic gathering by European Legislation, in a Regional Park.
point for a wide variety of wintering (Blog and photograph reproduced by As we have come to learn, these people are
permission of RSPB, Lochwinnoch Ed.)
wildfowl. prepared to challenge anything to get their
way. Twenty-six of the turbines would be
situated in Brisbane Estate and 3 on Hartlaw
The Turbines’ tip height will be 112m / 367
ft. It has not been decided yet whether to use
turbines of 2 MW or 2.5 MW or some of
each. The arrangements for access to the site
have not been decided yet either, but the pre-
ferred route would be up the Blairpark track
beside the reservoirs on the A760 between
Kilbirnie and Largs and onto a new access
road across the moors, crossing the Gogo
Burn to the east of Gogo Lodge.

More information to follow as and when

things develop.
Radio Lochwinnoch Community FM Radio Station
Radio Lochwinnoch
If you would like to hear your own local Radio Station run by local people for local
By Alan Lovegreen people and/or would like to be involved in the radio station, then please complete the
form below.
Have you ever thought how nice it
would be if you could turn on the radio A radio station may be run by only one person but a Community Station would be a
and hear a friend talking about some much better operation for us all if more people took a local share in the effort by
event or perhaps a word about special doing a few minutes at a given time in a co-ordinated fashion. I am prepared to
offers or a coach trip starting from the show the kind of equipment necessary, following a telephoned appointment.
Cross? Or on watching a play at the
Listed below are the various activities and functions that are involved in the running
Mckillop Hall imagined it as a serial on
of a radio station. If you would like to become involved in any way, please tick all
the wireless? Or listened to local music the activities below that interest you and return the form.
and wished that all your neighbours
could be enjoying it too?

We could if we had a Community Radio.

Studio Side Technical Side
For twelve years, I have lived in
Grahams Avenue to be near my daugh- Announcing Setting up the
ter Ann Kerr and her family. I am li- Interviewing transmitting station
censed to run an amateur radio station. Hosting talk shows Operating
A Community Radio station is almost Playing Music the transmitter
exactly the same. I have been involved Play acting Lighting
for almost 80 years. I have built lots of Sound effects Selecting audio
radios and a few television sets. I am Floor management equipment
still actively involved but my main in-
Directing Providing outdoor
terest for nearly forty years has been
making recordings for blind radio op-
Producing facilities
erators. Recently, I read a book on Pod- Continuity Directing
casting for these blind friends and I re- Writing Time keeping
alised that Podcasting, a way of having Other Setting up studios
your own radio station on the Internet, Station Management Recording
being limited to computer users is not Directors ( Someone Archiving,
likely to be of benefit to our older popu- has to be in charge) Property (that may be just
lation but a Community Radio station Accountancy a room almost anywhere,
might be. Fund raising even a garden shed)
Community Radio Stations come under Legal Premises
a tightly controlled licensed system that Property ( Equipment ) Lighting and heating
allows people like us to have a radio Other Storage and maintenance
transmitter just like mine but of limited Cleaning
power to operate over an area about as Other
big as one can see from the top of Loch-
winnoch Golf Course. Please put your replies in the Lochwinnoch Radio Envelope in the Chatterbox Drop
Box at the Library or send to Alan Lovegreen at 16 Grahams Avenue, Lochwin-
A case needs to be made and an appli- noch PA12 4EG or call at any time in person or by telephone on 01505 843 524 or
cation made to Offcom. which has a email using the subject Lochwinnoch Radio.
limited number of licences to award. To read more about Community Radio and for further information, visit
Every radio Station has two parts, the
making of the program and the trans-
mission of the result. A little team of Your name:…………………………………………………………………..…..
people would be called for to do the
Street Address ……………………………………..……………………………
production side and another little team
to put together the transmission side and ……………………………………………………………………...…………...
take it in turns to be duty engineer. It
would then be possible to do interviews, Post Code ………………………………………………….……………..…….
outside broadcasts, make music, read
bedtime stories for children and even Contact Tel No: …………………………………………....………………….
have our own soap! With nearly 100
years of the BBC behind us, no doubt a E-mail address: …………………...…………………………………………..
few of you will have some good ideas.
News & Events at
RSPB, Muirshiel,
Cornalees & Castle
Semple Centres For All Your Garage Door Needs
Garage Doors . Remote Control Openers
• Slinky Strollers - Thursday Installation . Repairs . Spares
morning walks, starting at 10.30am
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on Sunday mornings, weather per- FREE INSURANCE REPORTS 01786 820130 STIRLING
mitting. A relaxed, informal skate
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Don Morton for details on Mobile: (10 mins from Glasgow Airport on A737)
07733 276 902.
• Thursday 6th November -
Tell us your thoughts on Parkhill • Sunday 30th November VISITOR CENTRES
Wood. Come along to our consul- St Andrews Day Celebrations WINTER OPENING
tation at 7.30pm at Castle Semple and special offers at visitor cen-
Visitor Centre. * tres in Clyde Muirshiel Regional
Park. More details inside. DETAILS
• Sunday 9th November
Hen harrier Talk. A presentation • Sunday 7th December - Castle Semple Centre Open
including CCTV footage of this Lochwinnoch Christmas Farm- daily, 1000-1600 hrs. Tel: 01505
year’s hen harrier family. Starts ers’ Market at Castle Semple
2pm at Muirshiel Centre. To Centre. An ideal opportunity to
book, Tel: 01505 842803. * buy local seasonal produce di- Cornalees Centre - Open at
rect from the suppliers at indoor Weekends only - 10.30am-3pm
• Tuesday 11th November from Nov ‘08 to March ‘09.
and outdoor stalls. Many items
Shopping and a Movie at the are produced within only a few (Toilets open daily.) Tel: 01475
RSPB Centre. Browse for Christ- miles of Lochwinnoch, keeping 521458
mas presents from 5pm-7.30pm, the all important ‘food miles’
then join us from 7.30-9pm for
Muirshiel Centre - Open at
low. The market is open from Weekends only - 11am-3pm from
the highly acclaimed film ‘The Fly- 11am to 2.3opm or until sold out.
ing Dustbin: A Portrait of the Nov ‘08 to March ‘09. (Park and
For more information, Tel: toilets open daily.) Tel: 01505
Fulmar’ by Raymond Beasant. To 01505 842882.
book for the film, Tel: 01505 842803
842663. • Tuesday 16th December - RSPB Reserve - Reserve is open
Serengeti National Park Talk at at all times; the Visitor Centre is
• Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th 7.30-9pm by RSPB Reserve
November - Winter Wildlife open daily from 1000-1700 hrs.
Manager, Zul Bhatia. Tel: 01505 842663.
Wander and Optics Demonstra- Please book in advance by Tel:
tions at RSPB Centre. Please book 01505 842663.
in advance, Tel: 01505 842663.
• Sunday 23rd November - Chatterbox is produced monthly for the
Bat Talk, starting at 2pm at Muir- Community Council of Lochwinnoch
* See inside this issue of through financial assistance from local
shiel Centre. To book, Tel: 01505 Chatterbox for further details sponsors and advertisers.
842803. *
about these and other RSPB/ The editor welcomes all items for possi-
• Wednesday 26th November - Clyde Muirshiel Regional ble inclusion but will reserve all rights
Conservation Volunteer Session at Park events and activities. over them. All views are of individuals.
Muirshiel Centre from 1pm. The editor accepts no liability for errors.
To book, Tel: 01505 842803.

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