Santa and his elves were very busy doing the rounds of the Santa Sleigh before Christmas. The weather went against them in the first week, but they soldiered on through the wind and rain with only one rescheduled event. Then one wee boy in Quarriers contacted the Advertizer quite sad that Santa hadn’t made it to his street. Amazingly, the next day his mum sent me a photo of the personalised Christmas card he got…. FROM SANTA…. to apologise and wish him a Happy Christmas! And to confirm that yes, Santa really does know everything. The Santa Sleigh brings such joy to so many little people and raises much needed funds for all the local groups who become elves for an evening. We hope they continue this wonderful event for a long time to come!
This year, once again, I have decided not to send cards and have made my donation to the RNLI Launch a Memory campaign where you can have a loved one’s name written on the side of a lifeboat. With a history of sailing in the family, I thought this was a fitting charity to support this year. Thank you to everyone who sent cards to our family or to the Advertizer.
If this is a charity close to your own heart, here is the link: https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate-in-memory/launch-a-memory.
After all the excitement of opening presents, there is inevitably a full bin! To check when your rubbish collection will take place please see the relevant websites for reference. Inverclyde Council’s page is at https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/environment/recycling-and-waste-services. Renfrewshire Council’s page is at http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/checkyourbincollectionday.
Our local recycling centres will take various items including trees. Details of the opening hours are available online at http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/HWRCopeninghours and https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/environment/recycling-and-waste-services/recycling-centres. All centres will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Other options for post Christmas trees are Bishopton Scout Group who are collecting trees, details on p19, and Gowanlea Nursery at Johnstone, who are closed from 1st to 3rd January, but are delighted to receive your old tree and can also collect for a charge of £6.50. Call on 01505 328921 for more details.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support and look forward to working with you throughout 2020. A special thanks to our local Councillors and many other contributors who provide their news and updates and, of course, the local retailers, tradesmen and businesses for their ongoing support on which our community thrives.
Next Issue: No.305 February 2020
Deadline: Wednesday 15th January 2020
Wishing you all the best for 2020!
Rona, Gryffe Advertizer