This Month – October 2019

This Month – October 2019

Our cover shot this month is to promote the ‘Classics at Castle Semple’ Car show which will return to the shores of Lochwinnoch for its 9th year on Sunday 20th October, with proceeds going towards supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice. There will be lots of interesting motors to view.

There’s big funding news this month! £50,000 has been allocated to purchase new play equipment at Howwood Public Park and £75,000 for the upgrading of Kilbarchan Public Park. Also, plans are being discussed for a £7.5 million transformation of Renfrewshire’s sport facilities. This would include investment in the On-X at Linwood, expansion and upgrading to Ferguslie Sports Centre and major upgrading to the St James Playing Fields in Paisley. Castle Semple Visitor Centre is also to receive £38,000 from Renfrewshire Council to upgrade the café and car park and to finance a new oral history project.

The 30mph limit leaving Bridge of Weir for Brookfield has now been extended out to St Mary’s Church. I’ve noticed the difference already as the speed of traffic is much reduced approaching the Prieston Road junction. And it’s great to see that the rumble strip approaching Brookfield, just at the cemetery road, has been smoothed out at long last!

I’m delighted to hear that the Bridge of Weir Gala Day will be going ahead in 2020. There is a meeting in the Cargill Hall on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm for anyone interested in joining the Festival Committee. There were so many people who voiced their sadness at the event not happening in 2019, so hopefully there will be a good turnout of volunteers to make the 2020 event a big success.

Carrick Nights makes a welcome comeback, starting with ‘Vocalise’ on 26th October. KDS will be presenting ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Kidston Hall in November – make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time! The Paisley Spree takes place in October, and Paisley’s Halloween Festival takes place on 25th & 26th October. Details inside.

An exciting new film festival is coming to Paisley this year. Organised by award-winning independent filmmaker and former Paisley Grammar pupil Gary Hewitt, the HB Film Festival is an independent film festival showcasing local, national and international films in the heart of Paisley in the West of Scotland. More details inside.

All the regular firework events are being held as follows: Saturday 2nd November – The Bishopton Scout Group Fireworks display, Barrangary Road, Bishopton, gates open 7pm, and Kilmacolm Bonfire and Fireworks at Knapps, gates open at 4.30pm, bonfire lit 6pm. And on Friday 8th November, Kilbarchan’s Fireworks Display at Kilbarchan Park from 7.30pm. We didn’t have confirmation going to print, but hopefully the Paisley Fireworks Spectacular will take place on Saturday 3rd November. Check on the Renfrewshire website at

If you are involved in any other events, please send us details for our November issue. For those of you who have pets, or even children/elderly people who really don’t like fireworks, then we’ve got an article in the Pets section on how to help reduce the stress of the noise.

And don’t miss our next deadline to get your pre-Christmas events listed in the November issue. Yes, the festive season is approaching already!

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