This Month – November 2019

Bonfires & Fireworks
It’s all going off with events starting on Saturday 2nd November. Our list of fireworks events is in our diary and also on p6.

In Remembrance
Armistice Day is on 11th November and is also known as Remembrance Day. Every year the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. There will be a number of services taking place on Sunday 10th throughout our villages. Please check your village and church pages for details.

Theatre Treats
We have some great music and drama events this month, and it’s panto season at last! All these groups absolutely love performing, and it is an excellent chance to see some brilliant performances, all in the local area. Please go along if you can – with the costs of hiring venues and performing licences creeping up, your support is much appreciated – and it provides some great entertainment.

Santa Sleigh
The annual Santa Sleigh will be going round the villages in December. Each evening, Santa is joined by a local charity group who help him go around spreading good cheer. Your donations help these groups with their fundraising. We’ve got the dates listed on page 7. Please remember though, in the event of adverse weather conditions, some dates may be cancelled.

Feeling Festive
We have a list of festive light switch-ons on page 6. Some were not confirmed before we went to print so we’ll have these next month.
St. Vincent’s Hospice invites you to celebrate the life of a loved one by joining them for their annual Light Up a Life dedication service on Sunday 24th November at 4.30pm.
Christmas isn’t always a time of comfort and joy for some families. We have details of those who are trying to make Christmas a little bit better for others, including a collection of new pyjamas for the women and children staying at the Renfrewshire Women’s Aid refuge and a request for toy donations by Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank – donation points around the area.

Keep it Local!
There is so much available online now that some people seldom need to leave the comfort of home for their purchases. However, they are really missing a trick by doing this.
With brightly decorated shop windows, our local shops are a source of great ideas and unusual gifts. You can also order ahead for your Festive Food requirements, and you’ll be able to enjoy the banter with the shopkeepers.
Around 65p from every pound spent locally stays local – so by picking up that coffee, stopping off for lunch or buying that gift you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

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