This Month – March 2019

Spring is in the air! There are lambs in the fields (although still a bit chilly), spring flowers are peeping through and the clocks go forward. Yes, we may still get some snow just to keep us on our toes, but it is the start of longer and hopefully warmer days. It’ll soon be time to dust down the BBQ!
Very exciting news in the athletics world as plans to build a state of the art athletics facility at Linwood’s On-X centre take a step forward. Renfrewshire councillors have backed a Community Asset Transfer to Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club which will allocate 4000sqm of land to the local club, with plans for a £1.3 million indoor facility to be built alongside the outdoor track and field facilities at Linwood.
Don’t miss out on the Gryffe Valley Rotary 10K run which takes place in May. The run takes place on country lanes between Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm, starting from Houston Public Park, for all abilities from serious runners to novices/joggers. Registration details are on p40.
And if you fancy trying the great sport of curling, there is a ‘Come & Try’ event organised for Wednesday 6th March at Greenacres Curling Club, near Howwood. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. All equipment will be provided and it’s only £6 per person. Find out more on p42.
Now an established and popular annual event, Lochwinnoch’s Arts Festival will run from Friday 8th to Sunday 24th March. Beginning as a small, one day book festival, this event has grown over the years to become a multi week programme. With well-known artists sharing their talent and experience, the Festival aims to offer a varied and inclusive programme of arts for all ages. Some events must be booked in advance, so get your skates on and get in touch if you fancy going along. Find out more details at
“OK Fest”, Kilmacolm’s 3rd Annual Festival of Sound, takes place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March with a mix of musical events over the weekend. More details at
Scone-noisseur of the world – what’s that you say? It’s the World Scone-making Championship being held in Lochwinnoch on Sunday 17th March.
Or pop along to a Pamper Night at Gryffe High School on Friday 22nd March from 7pm and help raise funds for the school while having a brilliant night out! Places for some of the treatments will be limited so get your tickets soon!
It’s so encouraging to see local people making a difference. Among the many local groups making a huge difference to their communities, Lochwinnoch has set up a Community Development Trust which aims to support enterprises with social objectives, with benefits that are returned to the community. Part of this group is the Struthers Water Abstraction Project which hopes to bring money into the village from the sale of spring water from an area near the existing borehole. More information on this on p30.
Don’t forget the clocks change at the end of March. If you struggle to remember which direction time travels, there is an old saying, “Spring forward, Fall back” to help you.
Next deadline Friday 15 March!