Council plans to improve Helensburgh buildings

November 16, 2017 by  

Members of Helensburgh Community Council (HCC) are set to visit the different parts of the town and take a note of any sites or buildings that could be improved, as part of its plans to enhance Helensburgh.

The HCC will undertake the survey of the town’s ‘stalled spaces’ on behalf of [Read more]

Dumbarton Primary School and SSPCA at Milton Joined Forces

October 26, 2017 by  

You should never work with children and animals according to W. C. Fields, but in Dumbarton these two forces came together for the overall good!  The Primary 7 class of St Michaels Primary School in Dumbarton and the SSPCA at Milton joined forces to produce both some great education as well as much needed food and money for the animals.

The cat and dog home helped out with the P7 topic where the children were looking at protecting nature and also at promoting life.  As all good campaigners know, producing good leaflets and posters is vital for any campaign to succeed and the P7 class are no exception a they produced booklets for other pupils as well as parents / carers to bring their cause to attention.   They also produced a newsletter for families that launched an appeal for food.  The final piece of work they undertook was that of a coffee and cake  event to raise even more cash.

In the end they raised £300 as well as handed over many bags of food and pet toys for the animals in the local shelter.  SSPCA Supporter, Richard Morgan, said “This is a brilliant effort by the children that not only has made an immediate difference to the animals, but has also educated the children and will leave lasting memories for them.  Thanks to them, the teaching staff and families of St Michaels!”

If you are launching a campaign like the kids did, then it is a great idea to contact a local printer and get advice on leaflets, flyers and booklets that will aide you towards your overall goal.

Local charity campaign hits midway point

October 19, 2017 by  

The Helensburgh branch of Cancer Research UK has officially reached the midway point of its Stand Up To Cancer appeal, and it has already succeeded in bringing in close to £10,000.

Those who work in the shop are now focusing all of their energies and attention on [Read more]

Clydebank Primary Schools Raise Money

October 11, 2017 by  

Three Clydebank Primary Schools have done really well in raising money for leading cancer charity Macmillans.

The pupils from Clydemuir, Linnvale and Whitecrook Primaries all hit the kitchens to provide baking and tea and coffee for the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning to which they invited teachers, support staff as well as parents and friends of the schools.  Between them well over £2000 was raised by the children’s efforts.

As well as the bakes and drinks, the pupils also organised raffles, competitions like guess the birthday / height etc too.  Of course there are many people in the background who helped the kids efforts and thanks go to them as well – teachers and families too.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings raise money for the care of people who have cancer as well as for research into the disease too.

Events such as these can benefit from having good publicity flyers and tickets designed by local printers.


Great Scottish Swim at Loch Lomond and Balloch

October 2, 2017 by  

At Loch Lomond and Balloch the Great Scottish Swim saw around two and a half thousand swimmers take part in the swim.  Distances covered were from the beginners half mile, the elite one mile, right up to the 10k – all in the open water of the Loch.

Swimmers included those who have competed at Olympics, World and also European Championships, with major medal winners amongst the competitors, as well as locals and not so local swimmers out for some fun in one of the most iconic Lochs in Scotland.  Many more people turned up to spectate and when those who help with logistics, health & safety as well as lifeguards are added into the mix, then many thousands of people have come into the area and enjoyed its fine vistas.

People are warned also to be careful swimming in the Loch as it is very busy at other times with various crafts sailing and speeding around, though these are curtailed during the Event itself.

Events like this are wonderful opportunities for Balloch to sell itself to people from around the world and tourism hubs should take advantage of local printers to produce leaflets detailing what they can offer those who are just briefly in the area for competitions.

Mackintosh Festival coming back to Helensburgh

September 22, 2017 by  

Next month is set to see Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh commemorated with the annual Mackintosh Festival – and Helensburgh will play a prominent part in the event once again.

This will be the [Read more]

Alexandria Football Match

September 11, 2017 by  

In Alexandria a football match with a difference took place – it was to raise funds for the continuing efforts to find missing Lisa Brown.  Organisers said afterwards that just over £2000 had been raised by the event and a thank you was given to all those who supported both the football match and the meal afterwards.

Lisa has been missing for coming up on two years when she was first reported missing in Spain by her partner.  The funds go towards a reward that is in place for information that helps find Lisa.  Her partner is currently on bail but has been arrested in Spain after being extradited there from a Scandinavian country on suspicion of murder though no body has yet been found.  The family has been mounting a series of events to keep Lisa’s name in the press and hopefully lead to a resolution in the search.  This has led to the climbing on mountains to Prime Ministers Questions.

In situations where a person is missing, it is useful to use local printers to produce posters and flyers with details and pictures as they can act as an aide-memoire for members of the public.  It can also be the case that they will help produce tickets and flyers for events such as the football match at a discounted rate.


Cost of Marriage to Increase in Dumbarton

August 28, 2017 by  

The cost of getting married in Dumbarton, and indeed the whole of West Dunbartonshire, is going to be  raised shortly, if council officials get their way.  This will only apply to those who are using the Councils Civil Ceremony services.

Amongst locations affected will be venues in council run buildings throughout Dumbarton and West Dunbartonshire.  The charges will be raised by up to £75.  Fees for Sundays and Holiday Weekends will also increase.

The proposed increase will affect any civil marriage and civil partnership that uses the registration service and applies to all civil ceremonies including those held in external and private venues.

Currently Local Authorities can charge an accommodation fee on top of the basic statutory fee set by the Scottish Parliament, with also another, discretionary, amount to cover additional costs.

The new levels are seen to be competitive with both other local authorities as well as the Humanist Society of Scotland fees, though of course this is a service that can be free in some Churches.

Service providers, especially those who offer the most competitive rates are well advised to use a local printer to produce quality leaflets letting prospective couples know what is on offer and at what price.

Clydebank Kirkin o’ the Council

August 16, 2017 by  

St Margaret’s Church in Clydebank hosted the traditional Kirkin o’ the Council  – a service where the new council is inaugurated by the church.  Although the Council is a civic body and not formally religious, it is seen as an important service showing the council recognises its duty to the communities it represents.  Various officials of the council will ready, pray and blessings are asked for the work of both elected representatives as well as paid officials.

Many Councils throughout Scotland will have a similar ceremony, sometimes dating back centuries, where the civic authorities will have their first duty in the local kirk (Church).  It is not infrequent for a zealous minister to freely hand out advice to the new council about how to run things!

The traditional Kirkin’ service is a way for the Council to show its dedication and commitment to promoting the welfare of the community.

All Councillors are invited to attend the Service and the Council workforce and members of the public are also made welcome.  An added inducement, if needed, will be the serving of tea / coffee and cake afterwards!

New defibrillator for tennis club in Helensburgh

August 15, 2017 by  

Another venue in Helensburgh has managed to secure the funds needed to buy and set up a piece of vital lifesaving equipment – in the form of a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator (PAD).

Located on Suffolk Street, Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club raised the [Read more]

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