This Month – December 2018

It’s less frustrating to be held up at the traffic lights in Bridge of Weir just now. Once again, the lovely windows at Gibb Stuart’s are a treat and certainly getting me in the festive mood. Sandy, Christine and their elves work wonders each year, and if you are a facebooker you can also see a number of displays from previous years on their FB page.
I’m delighted to see that work has finally begun at the former Bull’s Garage site. The developer told me they are in the process of preparing the site, by demolishing the existing garages in order to complete the site investigation and enabling works. Works are planned to begin on the lower site early in 2019 and are expected to be completed by mid 2020. The plans are still for a care home, retail units and parking.
Staying with Bridge of Weir, I noticed that this time last year I was ranting about the traffic island leaving the village for Kilmacolm. The bollards had been so badly damaged that the island was almost impossible to see at night. Sadly, this is still the case. However, the Community Council has met with a senior officer from the Roads Department to discuss improvements to road traffic safety at each of the entrances to the Village. These include improved lighting and signage, and refreshing road markings.
Work at the former library site in Kilmacolm is now well underway. Due to delays with the previous contractors, the Co-op itself took over completion of the building work, and hopefully by the time you are reading this, the Co-op on the ground floor will at last be open. The flats will be completed in due course.
The annual Santa Sleigh will be visiting the villages soon, weather permitting! We’ve got the dates in our diary and on Facebook. Unfortunately, if bad weather causes cancellation of any night, then due to a shortage of volunteers these nights cannot be rescheduled. Local groups get involved in helping out on each night, to raise funds for their cause. Thanks again to all the volunteers who make this happen, and thank you for the generous donations from you all. It’s not too late to get involved and if you can spare some time for a great cause then please get in touch with Santa’s Helpers (aka Bridge of Weir Festival committee).
The Christmas lights are going on in all the villages, many with a very special visitor doing the honours! Again we’ve got the dates in our diary. Apologies if we’ve missed any.
We will be bringing our January Advertizer issue deadline forward a couple of days to Wednesday 12th December. Our January 2019 issue has to be printed before Christmas, so please send in your news etc in plenty of time. The January issue will be delivered between Boxing Day and Hogmanay.
Our second issue of INSIGHT magazine has just been published and is currently being distributed. You can see it online at http://www.advertizer.co.uk/insight/
And finally, a shout out to some very good samaritans out there. Jason Andrews of River Inn/Fox & Hounds has offered to supply the 3 course buffet for the Boxing Day dinner run by ‘A Helping Hand – Paisley’. Ian Beaton of Beaton Brothers Coalmerchants very kindly donated bags of fuel to a very worthy cause. And Sarah and Kimberley Cameron, who volunteer for Radio Lollipop Glasgow have just launched a Christmas Toy Appeal and are collecting new/unused toys to give to children in hospital on Christmas Day. The girls can collect any donations, and have also organised a drop off point at Melrose Beauty & Tanning, Kirkinner Place, Bridge of Weir. If you know of any others who deserve a shout, please let me know!
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!