Gryffe Advertizer

Your Local Monthly Magazine for West Renfrewshire

This Month – December 2019


The Advertizer team, all our clients and contributors would like to thank all our readers for your ongoing support and wish you all a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2020!

It’s beginning to look a lot like……… you know the rest. Those wonderful wee elves at Gibb Stuart’s have been busy again. The window displays are a joy to behold and make sitting at the lights just that wee bit better. We’re delighted that we can feature a couple of the photos of the windows in our headers this month, courtesy of local photographer Alan Gilmour. If you are a facebooker, we’ll be adding this year’s images to the displays from previous years on the Gibb Stuart FB page –

The annual Santa Sleigh will be visiting the villages soon, weather permitting! We’ve got the dates on page 8, and will keep you updated 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 entertainment and a very special visitor doing the honours! To make them easier to find, we’ve compiled the dates all together on page 8. Apologies if we’ve missed any.

Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but might include a wood lathe and other equipment. Groups of men get together and help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. Councillor McLaren is looking for an indication of interest in a Men’s Shed and already has a potential site lined up in Bridge of Weir. This would not be limited to Bridge of Weir residents only though. Please see his article on p18 to find out more and get details to contact him.

There is also an appeal for interested parties to get in touch with the Paisley & Gryffe Transport Forum (PGTF) who are looking for people who are willing to act as a group, to persuade local government to consider planning applications carefully and develop an environmentally friendly and sustainable transport strategy. More details of this on p17.

We will be bringing our January Advertizer issue deadline forward a couple of days to Wednesday 11th December. Our January 2020 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.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

Rona, Gryffe Advertizer

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