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PHOTOGRAPHERS of all levels are invited to attend a camera club in Johnstone.

The Johnstone Community Camera Club meets weekly on a Monday at 7pm until 9pm.

They are based at the Johnstone Community Learning Centre in Pine Crescent.

Members meet to discuss photos taken and occasionally go on trips together to capture new subjects.

Pictures can range from landscapes, wildlife and portraits.

Even those who simply have queries about photography and camera models can stop by for advice.

The group also currently have a selection of their work on display at the centre.

More information about the group can be found via their Facebook group.

Garden club

BUDDING gardeners can get involved in outdoor fun suitable for all the family.

The upcoming Gateway Garden Drop-in session will take place at Cartside Terrace today, from 2pm.

Interested parties can help plant bulbs around the village and grab some for their own gardens.

Expert advice will also be given for those who have questions.

All are welcome to this free event and there is no need to book.

For more information and to get involved email or visit the Kilbarchan Smile group on Facebook.

Festive fair

CRAFTERS are being sought for a festive fair in Linwood.

East Fulton Primary School is hosting the event on Wednesday, November 29.

Tables can be reserved for £15 and organisers also ask that a raffle prize is donated.

Those who wish to take part should call 01505 324851.

Brave Little Fox

A FAMILY fun day in Bridge of Weir has been arranged to raise cash for a good cause.

The event will take place at the Gryffe Inn on Main Street on Saturday, October 14 from 12noon to 12pm.

Monies raised will be going towards the Brave Little Fox Fund, which will help disabled and epileptic youngster Corey Fox, who is in desperate need of specialist equipment.

Included in the bumper family fun day is a bouncy castle, face paints, tarot cards and raffles.

Little ones can also expect a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse plus there will be plenty of stalls and food to keep guests entertained.

Brave customers Gordon O’Hara and George Robertson have also agreed to be waxed on the day.

The pair can be sponsored in the pub.

A fun run will also take place around the village, where dress up is recommended.

Best foot forward

THOSE who enjoy the great outdoors can walk towards better health by joining a Walking Buddies group.

The Johnstone-based group meets at 9.30am every Tuesday, leaving from 31 Maple Drive.

Organisers say this is a great way to get active and meet new people.

Walks last for around an hour and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

For more information, phone 0141 258 9923 or send an email to

Community choir

LINWOOD Community Choir is welcoming new members to the group.

Singers can head along to Linwood Baptist Church, in Erskinefauld Road, to join in the fun.

Sessions run every Tuesday, from 6.15pm to 7.45pm.

No prior experience is required, nor is the need to read music – the group promotes singing for fun.

It costs £3 per week to take part.

Morning service

BISHOPTON Parish Church will be resuming their early morning services from this week.

These will take place on Sundays from 10am to 11am at The Cornerstone, in Greenock Road.

It will be a more informal service with the same message as the 11.30am service in the big church. However, it will be earlier and easier for some to access.

There are ramps and lifts for those who might find the stairs more of a challenge.

The Sunday school runs at the same time.

Tea and coffee will be available from 9.45am and all are welcome.

Festive fair

SAVVY shoppers who want to beat the crowds this Christmas are invited to a village fair.

The Lochwinnoch Christmas Fair is being hosted by Beautiful Crafters Events.

It will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12pm to 4pm at Lochwinnoch Parish Church.

Hand-made and unique gifts will be available for all tastes.

Numbers game

IF you are feeling lucky, head along to a bingo night at a Johnstone church.

The fun takes place at St Aidan’s Church every Sunday night and all are welcome to attend.

Doors open at 6.30pm, with the bingo starting at 7.30pm.

Music show

AN Erskine based music group are set to host their first annual performance – and are inviting residents to come along.

Erskine Music and Media Studio is proud to present their first ever annual beginner workshop performance.

The kids will be playing some classic songs that they’ve spent the past few months learning.

It will be based at Bargarran Community Centre on Saturday, October 28, from 7pm to 11.30pm.

Organisers promise a great night of classic songs performed by kids of all ages.

As well as a fun night of music, there will also be a raffle and disco.

This event will be a family friendly BYOB night.

Tickets can be bought from Erskine Music and Media Studio.

They cost £5 for adults, £3 for kids and a family of two adults and three children costs £15.

Christmas cracker

THOSE who are already feeling festive can get into the spirit at the Erskine Christmas Cracker.

Veterans charity Erskine Proud To Care will be hosting the event at the Glynhill Hotel, in Renfrew.

It will take place on November 9 and 10, from noon to 5pm.

For over 30 years, Erskine supporters and local shoppers have attended this annual shopping event.

With over 60 pop-up shops to choose from, the Erskine Christmas Cracker offers something for everyone.

Special-rate lunches, teas, coffee and cake will also be on offer.

Entry is through a suggested donation of £4.

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Picnic party

ERSKINE Community Garden will be hosting a One Planet Picnic.

The event is a fun and informal way to think about food and sustainability.

This will take place on Sunday, October 22, from 2pm to 4pm, at Erskine Sports Centre.

guests are asked to bring a picnic blanket and a teddy bear.

Those who attend can bring their own food if they follow a specific diet.

As well as the picnic, there will be fun activities, games and crafts for kids young and old.

All are welcome to attend on the day.

Light up a life

ST Vincent’s Hospice will host their annual Light Up a Life Event.

Light up a Life is a series of special community events organised by hospices that take place around the UK during the festive period.

These events help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. The events are open to anyone, not just people whose loved one was cared for by a hospice.

The Howwood-based charity has organised their event on Sunday, November 26, at 5pm, in the hospice courtyard.

Participants can dedicate a light to the memory of a loved one via the website.

Visit to make a dedication.

Farm fun

AN animal charity in Erskine is to host some fundraising fun later this month.

The event will take place at Lamont Farm on Saturday, October 28, from 7.30pm until midnight.

Among the fun on offer will be a psychic floor show, with private readings also available, as well as a quiz, a raffle, a ‘lip sync’ battle, music and dancing.

It costs £10 for this adults-only event, with those going along invited to bring their own bottle.

All proceeds will go towards caring for the animals at Lamont Farm over the winter months.

Tickets are available from the farm or can be reserved and left at the door for collection on the night.

To secure your place, telephone 0141 812 5335 during the farm’s opening hours.