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WEA (Workers' Educational Association) Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay Branch - Spring Programme 2017
The Spring Session of the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) will start on 25th January 2017.

We meet weekly on Wednesday mornings in the Reading Room above the Library in Skelmorlie Community Centre in Upper Skelmorlie, which is easily accessible by bus (the stop is at the front door) and there is a large car park close by. Teas and coffees are available from 9.30am with talks starting at 10.00am until 11am to 11.30am at the latest, so there is plenty of time to fit in other activities during the rest of the day.

We are an enthusiastic, lively group of (mainly) retirees and our t...
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Thursday 19th January 2017
Date of library move to Inverkip confirmed
Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Library is moving from Wemyss Bay

The date for Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Library to move to its new location at Inverkip Community Hub has been confirmed.

The library will close at Wemyss Bay Primary School at 7pm this Thursday 19th January 2017.

It will then reopen at Inverkip Community Hub on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 3.30pm.

Opening hours will be:

  • Monday: 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday: 2pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Friday: 2pm - 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 1pm
  • Sunday closed.

Bookbug sessions in the new Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Library will be held on Tuesdays from 1.15pm to 1.45pm.

Source: Inverclyde Now

Monday 16th January 2017
More awards for Mearns T. McCaskie
Mearns T McCaskie’s owners Nigel and Helen Ovens at a previous awards' ceremony

Wemyss Bay butcher Mearns T. McCaskie have picked up more awards after their meat pies were judged to be amongst the best in Scotland! Their Scotch pies, handheld steak pies and steak and black pudding pies all scooped a coveted Gold Award in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2017. They also scooped a silver standard accolade for their steak and haggis pies and their chicken lasagne pies.

Co-owner Nigel Ovens runs the business with his wife Helen and mother Elizabeth and was delighted with the awards. "Pies are a big part of our business so it’s tremendous to be recognised and rewarded for their quality and high standard. We produce around 2,000 pies every week and they’re great favourites with our customers. It’s wonderful to have their quality endorsed by the industry and it’s a testament to the skill and hard work of the whole team here."

Douglas Scott, the Chief Executive of Scottish Craft Butchers, said, "Customers are demanding top quality and an ever-increasing range of outstanding products and Scottish butchers like Nigel and his team are leading the way with outstanding products made to their own recipes on their own premises. Their pies were judged to be among the very best you can buy in your local Scottish butchers."

Read more on the Largs and Millport website.

Thursday 12th January 2017
Schoolboy statue to be unveiled in spring at station
Wemyss Bay Railway Station and Pier

A statue of a schoolboy going on holiday 'Doon the watter' will be unveiled at Wemyss Bay Railway Station and Pier in spring of next year. Artist Angela Hunter was commissioned by Friends of Wemyss Bay Station to create the model as a companion piece to Wee Annie, the popular girl on a suitcase statue in Gourock.

Speaking to the Greenock Telegraph, Angela said, "I have loved doing it. The 1950s is the era of my childhood, when families went ‘doon the watter’ for holidays. Just like ‘Wee Annie’ in Gourock, he’s wearing the attire of my childhood with his ‘snake belt’ and Clarks sandals. I am honoured that the Friends of Wemyss have asked me to do this. I am very proud to be asked to have my work in such a wonderful station – it really is a spectacular place. The Friends of Wemyss Bay Station do a really great job."

Angela, from Innerleithen, also revealed that the statue does not have a name yet, "When I did the statue of Wee Annie, it was the local primary school who chose her name. So I’ll leave it up to the local community to choose a name for him."

What do you think the new statue should be called?

Read more and see a preview of the new statue on the Greenock Telegraph website.

You can also read more on the Border Telegraph website.

Thursday 29th December 2016
Investigation into missing woman Margaret Fleming continues
Missing Inverkip woman Margaret Fleming
The investigation into missing Inverkip woman Margaret Fleming has deepened, with police revealing that the last independent sighting of her was on 17th December 1999 at a family gathering.

Margaret, 36, was reported missing by her carers on 28th October but police checks into education, employment, health and welfare records have shown little or no trace of her. She attended James Watt College from 1996 to 1998.

Officers from the Major Investigations Team are now assisting with the investigation, with specialist search teams carefully sifting through the house where Margaret is believed to...
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Tuesday 13th December 2016
Wemyss Bay to get Post Office service
New Post Office at Spar

Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Community Council have reported that Wemyss Bay is to get its own Post Office service beginning from January 26th 2017 at 1pm!

In a letter, Wendy Grant, Network Operations Manager, wrote that the new Post Office will open at the Spar shop on Ardgowan Road and will be one of their new style local branches with a low-screened, open plan Post Office service point integrated into the retail counter.

Customers will be able to carry out a wide range of Post Office transactions alongside their regular retail purchases.

The Post Office opening hours will mirror those of the retail business.

See the images below for further details.

Source: Inverkip & Wemyss Bay Community Council Facebook page

Sunday 11th December 2016
Photo album: Scenic Photos
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Childrens' Parties
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Wemyss Bay Community Centre
Wemyss Bay Community Centre

If you are thinking of having a party, why not hold it at the Community Centre? Although it is pretty busy, party bookings are still available outwith the regular lets. Even better, why not theme your party? When placing your booking just say if you would like a Bouncy Castle Party or if you would like the a DJ to provide your entertainment.

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Sunset over Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal, taken by Brenda Campbell (Sept. 2015)
Sunset over Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal, taken by Brenda Campbell (Sept. 2015)
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Poll: Rothesay
How many times have you visited Rothesay?

The ferry to RothesayThis is a question for Wemyss Bay residents, or those who have lived here in the past. There is a ferry to Rothesay right on our doorstep, but how many times have you been over for a visit?
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21.7% (18 votes): Never
10.8% (9 votes): Once
8.4% (7 votes): Twice
12% (10 votes): 3-5 times
10.8% (9 votes): 6-10 times
9.6% (8 votes): 10-20 times
21.7% (18 votes): More than 20 times
4.8% (4 votes): Where's Rothesay?
Total votes: 83.
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