This Month – August 2019

The new boutique charity store in Kilmacolm has now opened, in the former Gibb Stuart shop, and it is very smart! They are looking for volunteers to work in the shop, so if you’re interested please pop in to see them.
However, sadly, as one shop opens, another one closes. We are very sad to hear that Baytree Interiors in Bridge of Weir has closed its doors after 16 years of trading. Janet and Peter would like to thank all their customers for their support over the years. We wish them well in their next venture.
Nominations open on 12th August for candidates for Bridge of Weir community council. Villagers are encouraged to come forward and take part in discussions regarding the village. A broad range of skills and experience are required, so please get in touch – details on page 19.
A couple of planning applications have been brought to our attention. An application has been submitted for the erection of 39 dwelling houses at the Station Yard in Bridge of Weir. And a Proposal of Application notice has been submitted to build residential houses on green belt land south east of Woodend House in Houston. More details on both of these is on page 30.
A Pre-Determination meeting on the Application to Build at Planetreeyetts, Kilmacolm was due to take place on 21st August, however this has now been postponed until September or October – date to be confirmed.
This is our 299th issue of The Advertizer. Next month will be our big 300!
We started way back in February 1995 with just a few articles and a handful of supporting advertisers, some of which are still with us 24 years later. Kingsley Wood was the first one to say “yes” and he has held the same spot on the front page ever since. Also on our first front page was Jaquie McBride of Decorus and Podiatrist Charlotte McNicol, who had just started her own business at the same time as me. The fact we are also ‘besties’ makes it rather nice!
Other local business supporting our first issue were, James Blackwood Butchers, Gibb Stuart Home Hardware, Houston Quality Menswear (now Houston Kiltmakers), Gordon Blyth (Insurance) Ltd, WW&J McClure, Christine’s Dressmaking (now Wilma’s), Auchenbothie Building, Jack Cumming Driving Instructor, Combs Hairstylist (Lynda now operating as a mobile business), FAC Gardeners, and Leisurewatch.
With a delivery team made up of myself, Colin (hubby), Kilmacolm lads Iain Crawford and Colin MacNeil (both now grown up with families of their own!), we managed to get the first issue out to the whole of Kilmacolm over a long weekend.
The first year was fairly frantic with fortnightly issues of the 4 page, black & white flyer. Very quickly we expanded our distribution to include a separate issue for Bridge of Weir, followed by Houston & Crosslee. Fortnightly became too much for a small business, so the decision was made to go to monthly and, with only a couple of short breaks due to maternity leave, The Advertizer has been delivered every month since.
A huge thank you to all our advertising clients, contributors and readers for their support over the last 24 years. As we head into our 25th, there is much uncertainty in general, but we hope to bring you a stable platform to get your information out to the local community for many years to come.
And finally, many thanks to Mr Macaffer who dropped in with an item for the magazine and brought some lovely goodies for our coffee break! Thank you – very much appreciated!