Edition - March 2002
For the March meetings
on Wednesdays 6th and 20th in the Heywood Hotel, Shore Road, Skelmorlie
at 2:30 p.m., we are pleased to announce the following speakers:
6th March - Mr. David Carson on
the subject of "BUDGIES REPAIRED - A HISTORY OF CARTOONS"
20th March - Mrs. E. Hinshalwood - "THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY"
All members, old and new, and
visitors will be made most welcome. For further information contact
Ann Haig Tel. 522316.
with N.N.E.B. has vacancies for children aged 0-5 years on a full or
part-time basis. Tel. 522060 for further details.
CLUB - NEW MEMBERS WANTED
We are looking for new
members, both Ladies and Gentlemen, so for a limited period we are suspending
our Joining Fee. Annual Subscription - £370.00.
For further details telephone
520152 or 520774. Or visit the club website www.skelmorliegolf.co.uk.
TO WEMYSS BAY
Inverclyde Council has
plans to place four glass bins, can, paper and textile bins in a comer
of the car park at the Community Centre in the near future. Let's hope
that this will encourage our ever-growing community to do their bit
for the environment.
Many people have asked
when we will be opening Dunloe House as a Hotel with restaurant and
bar. We applied for permission for change of use last summer from Residential
to Commercial. Members of Inverclyde Council Planning have been very
supportive of the application, as have many residents in Wemyss Bay.
The primary objection is from Amey Highways who are concerned at any
possible increase in traffic at the entrance to Wemyss Bay Road. The
Planners are still negotiating possible solutions. We were hoping to
open the hotel before this summer, when the views and grounds are at
their best. Meanwhile we hopefully await a positive decision!
It is heartening to
report that our Community Centre is very much alive and well and being
used by a wide variety of groups and individuals. The Management Committee
have worked hard to ensure that the centre is financially healthy and
that it is being well maintained. The heating problems seem to have
finally been solved and a renewal of basic furniture and some refurbishment
After the success of last year's
Easter Fun Day it has been decided to repeat it this year, so please
note SATURDAY, 30th MARCH in your diaries and keep it free. There will
be the usual Easter Bonnet and Miniature Garden Competitions plus Discos
for the youngsters. See posters in local shops for further details nearer
Plans for this year's Gala Day
are also well in hand. It will be held on SATURDAY, 15th JUNE, with
various events and attractions taking place throughout the day, culminating
in a Family Ceilidh (this time with a proper wooden floored marquee
to ensure the dancing is of a high quality and safer too!).
Most of the bookable slots for
the community centre in the week have gone but there are still times
on Monday and Friday mornings as well as times at the weekends for parties
The Lettings Lady is Kirsty Donnelly
Tel. 520738, and she will be only too pleased to help.
WHAT'S ON LOCALLY
Museum and Art Gallery (Kelly Street)
16th March - SCOTTISH SMALLS -
An exhibition of mini-prints
made by artists working in all the Scottish Print Studio Workshops.
There are around 100 prints in all print mediums : etching, woodcut,
screenprint, lithograph, and mezzotint.
23rd March - 27th April - BRITISH
Two centuries of British watercolours will be on show in this exhibition.
Artists included will be: William Russell Flint, John Frederick Lewis,
Arthur Melville, "Grecian" Williams, Charles Napier Hemy and Patrick
Arts Guild Theatre (Campbell Street)
Saturday 16th March at
7.30 p.m. - STEDFAST SILVER BAND.
Greenock's very own Silver
band is back for their annual concert. Sure to be another spectacular
show! Tickets £5 and £4
Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd
March at 7.30 p.m. - SCDA ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
The second round of the One Act Play Festival featuring the winning
teams from each district in the Western Division. Three plays will be
performed each evening and the winning team will go forward to the Scottish
Finals in Pitlochry.
THANK YOU LITTER
Thank you for all the
help in starting The Big Clean Up after the recent Big Storms. Many
of the local boys gave up their time during the mid-term break to start
to clear the rubbish from both the beach and the verges along Wemyss
Bay Road, especially in front of Mansfield and Dunloe.
We will continue to remove litter
until the Official Annual Village Clean-Up later in the Spring. All,
and any litter removal is always appreciated by those living on the
road and those using the non-Council maintained road and beach.
CUT - AN INGENIOUS WATERWAY ABOUT TO BE REVITALISED
The Cut, a fine example
of Scotland's world-renowned engineering prowess, was built in 1827
by the acclaimed engineer Robert Thom. It provided safe, clean water
to the people of Greenock for domestic and industrial use as well as
one of the earliest forms of hydroelectric power in Scotland. Prior
to this, Greenock's unreliable and untreated water supply system led
to frequent bouts of cholera and other similar diseases.
The Cut has gradually fallen into
disrepair after being decommissioned and replaced by a tunnel leading
into the Overton Water Treatment Works.
West of Scotland Water, the owner
of the Cut, is teaming up with Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverclyde
Council, Clyde Muirshiel Park, Scottish Enterprise, Historic Scotland
and the British Waterways Board in an attempt to secure heritage Lottery
Funding to bring the waterway back to life. It is estimated that a grant
of nearly i I million will be needed.
The Cut has now been deemed a
Scheduled Ancient Monument and while it remains a complex hydrological
system and a popular landmark, extensive repair work is needed to restore
it to former glories of a bygone age.
After the restoration programme
is complete the Cut will be transferred into the hands of the Clyde
Muirshiel Park, who will incorporate the "ancient monument" as
one of its attractions.
Articles for the April
issue of the Village News should either be sent to Jenny McGee (tel.
521090) or put in the Village News envelope behind the counter in Spar,
on or before 20th March 2002.