May 17

It’s that time of year when we hope for some great weather and a summer full of entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike. In this month’s issue, we have a varied mix with events on land and water, and hopefully something that will appeal to everyone.

Some of these events date back many years and are steeped in history, others are more recent additions to the calendar. They run like clockwork - weather permitting. All thanks to a small army of volunteers who give of their time to gather in the wee dark hours of the winter to plan, organise and fundraise.

Perhaps you feel that you would like to get involved and be a part of our local annual events. Your involvement will be rewarding for yourself and the community, so why not become a part of your local community and offer your services.

Here is just a small sample of what’s coming, with more details in our What’s on section:

06 May: Neilston Agricultural Show

07 May: Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley 10K

13 May: Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Show (Knapps Show)

13 May: Houston & Killelan Kirk Carnival

13 May: Falconry Day at Finlaystone

14 May: Gourock Highland Games

14 May: Watersports Open Day at Castle Semple Loch

20 May: Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

20 May: Calder Church Summer Fayre, Lochwinnoch

20 May: British Pipe Band Championships

20 May: Rowing Club Regatta at Castle Semple Loch

21 May: Kilmacolm Guides Garden Party

28 May: Mad Hatters Tea Party at Finlaystone

28 May; Erskine Motorbike Meet

28 May: Gateway Garden Party, Kilbarchan

03 June: Lilias Day, Kilbarchan

03 June: Houston Agricultural Show

10 June: Bridge of Weir Gala Day

10 June: Lochwinnoch Gala Day

11 June: Bowfield 10K, Howwood

We keep our website and Facebook/Twitter pages up to date with events and news, so please ‘like’ us, ‘follow’ us and bookmark our web page to get the latest information.

The Advertizer is the ideal platform to communicate with your community as we reach over 13,500 homes and businesses in the Gryffe area.

Send your news and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to The Advertizer, Neva Place, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PN.

Next deadline Friday 19 May!

Sporting Blog

by Lesley Handley

Rest Days – We All Need to Take Them!

When people embark on new fitness program’s they often train as much as they can and don’t give their body time to recover. Rest days are just as important as training days, and everyone needs to take them.

1. Muscles need rest…

It’s not about the saying of ‘no pain no gain’, if your muscles are becoming permanently achy then it’s time to take a day or two rest. Sore muscles after a training session is actually the pain of muscle damage – muscle fibers tend to stretch and break during exercise and these fibers then need time to repair and grow allowing them to develop/strengthen and reduce further breakage over time.

2. Prevent injuries…

There is only so much that the body can take within training and often injuries can come about simply by over use of certain muscles or muscle groups. A great example of this is shin splints; this injury is common in new runners who go from doing very little to trying to run every day and shin splints are often the result – the cure for them… REST!

3. Stronger immune system…

Exercise is a great way to improve the immune system, which also plays a big role in recovery. However too much exercise and no time for the body to recover has the opposite effect on the immune system. Feeling run-down, or colds hanging around longer than usual often indicates that some rest is required to let the body catch back up on itself.

4. Improved Performance…

Yes… believe it or not a few days rest can help improve your performance. Some people don’t want to miss a couple of days in case it affects the progress they have already made, but for most people it generally takes 1 or 2 weeks of no activity before they notice a change in their performance.


Photography Blog

by Lauren Russell, Owner, Little Studio Kilmacolm

How much is Newborn photography worth?

Think back to how you deliberated over your wedding photographer - you ensured that the photographer was experienced so that your special day would be captured beautifully and professionally. This was probably a budget-stretcher but worth it in the long run as you now have a cherished collection of photos by which to relive that day.

Wedding and Newborn photography have one thing in common - neither photoshoot can be repeated! Newborn sessions usually have to be booked far in advance and have to take place within the first 10 - 14 days of your newborn’s life, as the newborn characteristics disappear after just 2 short weeks.

From the very first moment you see, hold and smell your newborn child, your world will change forever and your wedding day will pale in significance to this time in your life. You will want to remember all the little details such as your baby still curled up, milk spots, flakey skin, wisps of hair, pouty lips, curled up fingers and toes. These little details will change and disappear every single day as baby gets older and you will more than likely want both parents in these photos as well!

Clients who come to me to get their 6 or 7 month old baby photographed for the first time, more often than not express their regret at not having booked in for a Newborn session.

Perfecting poses and handling newborns (and doing so safely) takes years of training, practice and hard work. Newborn photographers simply cannot make mistakes. Any professional Newborn photographer will tell you that, above everything, safety is paramount.

What you need to take into consideration is that the photographer you choose, works safely with your baby, is experienced in posing and soothing newborns, has a varied portfolio showing comfortable and relaxed babies and, lastly, has a good reputation.

So, if you’re wondering how much Newborn photography is really worth, the answer shouldn’t be a monetary amount. It should be how much these images will be worth to you.

Pet Blog

by PetVets

Obesity in Pets

Unfortunately obesity is an increasing problem we see in pets which has significant health implications. It occurs when the energy intake is greater than the energy expenditure.

Factors contributing to weight gain, include overfeeding, feeding an inappropriate diet eg. Feeding human foods or excessive treats, and insufficient exercise. Neutering can also be a factor in weight gain as animals that have been neutered require around 30% less calories.

Some health problems have a higher incidence in obese animals including;

  • Respiratory problems: Tracheal collapse, laryngeal paralysis, chronic bronchitis and feline asthma.
  • Orthopaedic problems: Arthritis, cruciate disease and certain fracture types.
  • Dermatology: Inability to groom, skin fold dermatitis, and general poor coat quality.
  • Metabolic disease: Diabetes mellitus
  • Urinary problems: Feline lower urinary tract disease (recurrent cystitis in cats) and incontinence in female dogs.

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The History Spot

A young Kilbarchan Man’s Spiritual Journey

Robert Lang Campbell

Robert Lang Campbell was born in Kilbarchan on the 21st of January 1825. His parents, Alexander and Agnes (née Lang) Campbell, were members of the Chartist Church in the village. Robert and his elder brother John, much to the chagrin of their father, attended Mormon Missionary meetings. At the age of seventeen Robert, who had trained as a clerk, was baptised into the Church of the Latter Day Saints on the 9th of August, 1842.

He began his missionary work in the local area and Ayrshire and kept a diary recording his activities. In company with other Mormon missionaries he preached in the open air, in people’s homes and at local collieries. Sometimes the group was well received and on other occasions reception was antagonistic. In September he was accosted in Howwood by a drunk man with a broken glass who almost stopped their preaching and, on a mission to Dalry, the missionaries twice in one day got a poor reception from very inattentive sinners. In November, 1843, at the age of eighteen, Robert Campbell was ordained as a Mormon Priest. However, despite his dedication, he made time to visit Kilbarchan to see his sweetheart, Joan Scobie, and his family.

In January, 1845, Robert left his home country and sailed from Liverpool on his way to Nauvoo, the centre of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The following November Joan Scobie arrived at Nauvoo after a journey of ten weeks, and Robert and Joan were married by Patriarch John Smith. The young couple settled happily in the town’s Mormon community, and Joan was soon pregnant. But peace and harmony was not to last.

In September of 1846 persecution of the Mormons in Nauvoo escalated, with a violent mob firing cannon at the Brethern. For days, battle raged in the town. Eventually a truce was agreed. The mobocrats were the victors and the Mormons were given ten days to leave the town. On 9th October the Mormon community set off on a long, arduous trek across rivers and prairie to winter quarters. Robert was given part of a wagon to store his effects and he and Joan set off on foot. One week into the journey Joan died in childbirth. Robert, at the age of twenty-one, was left alone and homeless in an alien land. Despite grieving, and now also suffering from a fever, Robert had no option but to continue the fifty day trek to the winter quarters.

© 2017, Helen Calcluth, Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

IT Blog

Safe mode is a handy diagnostic tool available in Windows used to repair driver and software errors or to help with virus removal. Before Windows 8 came along, starting a computer in Safe Mode was a relatively straight forward process. On turning the computer on; tapping the F8 key every second until the onscreen prompt appears, then cursor to Safe Mode and hit enter.

Since the F8 key on start-up no longer has the same effect on Windows 10 or its immediate predecessors, a lot of computer users that were previously wise to this handy tool now think Safe Mode no longer exists. In fact, it does still exist, Microsoft just made it more difficult for us. Because technology giants like to do that sometimes.

The notable thing about entering Windows in Safe Mode the way Microsoft would have us do so; is that we need to access Windows in ‘Normal’ mode first. So, if we cannot access our computer because our video driver is corrupt, we are snookered – at least to any extent that this article can stretch to. The good news is that we don’t need to go past the login screen on Windows’ start-up.

From this screen or indeed, from the Start Menu within Windows, select the ‘Restart’ option but as you do so, depress and hold the Shift Key on the Keyboard; An onscreen prompt appears giving us further options. These include the option to ‘Troubleshoot’. Select this; avoiding the light sounding yet deadly ‘Refresh’ option. Followed by ‘Advanced Options’ then ‘Start-up Settings’ and ‘Restart’. Select Safe mode on Start-up and you are away.

They say removing the Safe Mode option from start-up improves Windows’ boot up speed but; like the parking restrictions in Kilmacolm; ‘progress’ always comes with a price.

Financial Blog

by Carl Melvin, Affluent Financial Planning Ltd

Changes to State Bereavement Payments

The New tax year sees the introduction of a new system of state bereavement payments. A new Bereavement Support Payment replaces the bereavement payment, bereavement allowance and widowed parents allowance that was paid previously. The new rules will mean that a higher initial payment is made, but subsequent payments will be less generous. The changes are designed to save the Government around £100 Million per year.

Previously claimants would receive a one-off tax-free lump sum of £2,000, followed by £5,852 a year before tax for up to 20 years (depending on their child’s age). Now bereaved parents will receive tax-free payments of just £9,800 in total – spread over only 18 months.

The changes will affect new claims from April 2017.

So, what’s changed?

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Dental Blog

by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice

All You Need to Know About Check-Ups

Dental check-ups are an important part of caring for your smile, however according to research from NHS Digital half of UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years.

Check-ups give your dentist the opportunity to assess your dental health and pick up any areas for attention at an early stage. Leaving problems untreated may mean they are harder and more expensive to tackle later. That is why it is really important that you ensure you are registered with a dentist and visit when you receive a request to do so.

Check-ups should take around 15 minutes for existing patients and slightly longer for new patients.

At a check-up your dentist should:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.

Your dentist may also take the opportunity to give your teeth a scale and polish if needed to get rid of any build-up of tartar which can lead to decay.

Regular examinations will not only help identify areas of improvement for your oral health but will pick up early signs of decay and gum disease as well as more serious issues such as mouth cancer.

Whilst we see most of our patients every 6 months some may need to visit more regularly whilst others may not need to attend as frequently depending on how healthy their teeth and gums are and what their risk is of future problems.

If you would like any more advice on how to care for your teeth visit us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, call 01505 704969 or click where you’ll find lots more free tips.

Optical Blog

by Kerry Taher, New Vision Opticians

Can Smoking affect my eyes?

Tobacco use plays a role in many diseases, causing damage to virtually every body organ. With over 4,000 chemical compounds present in inhaled smoke, several of which are known to cause cancer, it is no surprise that the effects of smoking can be so widespread.

Most of us know that smoking damages the heart and lungs but what about the eyes? Well, here are some examples of what smoking can cause:

Cataract - people who smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day have a 3 times greater risk of developing cataracts compared with non-smokers.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - Smokers are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop AMD than non-smokers. Non-smokers living with smokers almost double their risk of developing AMD.

Diabetes & eye disease - Smoking increases your chances of becoming diabetic. It also makes managing diabetes more difficult for those who already have it.

Infant Eye Disease - Women who smoke during pregnancy transmit dangerous toxins to the placenta, potentially harming the unborn child and increasing the chance of many foetal and infant eye disorders such as squint and underdevelopment of the optic nerve (a leading cause of blindness in children).

Optic Neuropathy (sudden loss of vision) - smokers are 16 times more at risk and it develops up to 12 years earlier than non-smokers.

Dry Eyes - Tobacco smoke is a known eye irritant and worsens dry eye, even among passive smokers - particularly for contact lens wearers. People who smoke are about twice as likely to have dry eyes.

It’s not all bad news though! Stopping smoking at any age, even later in life, will significantly reduce your risk of eye disease. Regular exercise and a healthy diet, as always, will also help to keep your risk of disease as low as possible.
If you have any questions please contact us at the practice: 01505 614 700.

Legal Blog

by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law

Powers Of Attorneys And The Role Of The Public Guardian

Having a Power of Attorney “POA” in place lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs.

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 gives the Public Guardian “OPG” the following duties and responsibilities relating to Powers of Attorney:

  • To register POA’s that meet the registration criteria.
  • To maintain a public register of continuing and welfare POA’s.
  • To provide advice and guidance to continuing attorneys on the exercise of their powers.
  • Certain powers to investigate concerns and take steps to safeguard financial matters of the adult where it appears they are at risk.

For a POA to become effective it must be registered with the OPG. The fee for registration is currently £74. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may qualify for a fee exemption. Most solicitors will recommend that the POA is registered straight away. Some people may take the view not to register straight away as they may never need to use it, thereby saving £74. Before the OPG will register the POA, they carefully scrutinise it to ensure it complies with the criteria of the 2000 Act. If they reject it and the adult has already lost capacity it may not thereafter be possible to correct the error. Consequently the POA is ineffective and resort will have to be made to the lengthy and expensive process of applying to the court for a Guardianship Order.

(For more information on the role of the Public Guardian and about Powers of Attorneys visit the website: Telephone: 01324 678300.)

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