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31 March 2020The GingerBread Man

Facebook page

Deliveries Wednesday - Saturday ONLY

Call between 10am-12pm DAY BEFORE delivery on number below:


The phone does work but may have a dead ring tone. It’s just theyb are on a call so please keep trying. 


When ordering Martin will give you bank details to set up a bank transfer. Please leave your name as reference on payment

Currently delivering to Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochead, Cardross.

Please note deliveries will be between 12:30pm-4pm approx and it is a doorstep drop with a wee chap at the door.


30 March 2020Food from Ardardan

At present Ardartan are not accepting any further orders but the message must be to  Watch this space!

See their Facebook page for further information. 

Ardardan will operate a Call and Collect service where they will get everything ready and then you will be able to drive into the car park, call the given number and they will pop your goods in your boot.

They will deliver what they can to those who are most vulnerable and cannot get out at all. 

See their Facebook page for further information on what produce they keep in stock. You can see what they have in stiock from this form

Call & Collect:

  • Order by a Sunday for Tuesday collection between 10am-2pm
  • Order by Thursday for Saturday collection between 10am-2pm

Delivery times:

  • Order by a Sunday for Tuesday delivery
  • Order by Thursday for Saturday delivery


They will send an email / text to confirm we’ve got your order.   We will then call you prior to delivery and update on availability of items and take payment.


28 March 2020The Brae Shop

The Brae Shop, Rhu. 3 Manse Brae, G84 8RE Rhu  

has milk and eggs

They are now  operating a delivery service for the over 70s, the disabled and the self isolating in the village.

If you live in Shandon  you can order and pay for items over the phone and arrange to have them picked up at the shop.

You can phone  on 01436 821765 and pay over the phone.

Opening hours Mon-Fri: 6.30 - 17.30, Sat&Sun:7.00 - 14-00. 

Facebook page 

27 March 2020Join the worried well!

Help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well πŸ™πŸΌ.

Download the app 

  • Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well.
  • Help our scientists identify:
    • High-risk areas in the UK.
    • Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.
    • How fast the virus is spreading in your area.

The app, which operates on an opt-in basis, would alert people to new cases in their area as well as allowing people to input their own symptoms, with the information shared with the relevant authorities. 

The developers accept that there are a few bugs. I was unable to login on an Ipad. The recommendation is to re-install the app.   Anyone who succeeds, please let me know.


There is no web version of this at present so it will only work on Android or Apple products

27 March 2020 Coronvirus: Argyll and Bute launch a single helpline number

Today the Council is launching a single helpline number for citizens to contact the council and other partnership agencies with needs arising from the current coronavirus situation. 

The helpline number will be operated during normal business hours  and is

01546 605524.

  Queries that will be addressed include Financial, Business, Health, Education, Registration and Social & Homecare Needs. Individuals can also use the helpline to volunteer.  For more information please see - https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/news/2020/mar/coronavirus-caring-people-helpline

To supplement the phone number there are also webforms allowing individuals to volunteer and to log their Social and Homecare needs 24/7.


27 March 2020Keep Safe on line

 Message from Ruth Cairns. Community Learning Worker 

With the current situation people are spending more of their work, learning, and leisure time online and using digital devices. This can be a blessing when we are having to stay at home and away from others. However, it’s important to keep yourself safe online just like you would in anywhere else. Helensburgh and Lomond Community Learning will be posting links to a variety of resources on their Facebook page from today  but we encourage you to look at the websites below which contain online safety information and advice for all ages.

  • Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
  • Netaware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Safe internet: UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.
  • Parent information: As a parent you can sign up for regular updates
  • Internet Matters: Helping parents keep children safe on line
  • NSPCC advice: Keeping children safe on line
  • Safe Stars: Internet safety tips for Adults and kids
  • Age UK: Keep safe online

There must be a lot of overlap. If anyone has advice on which is really good, I will add it to this item!

25 March 2020Egg and Milk Deliveries

 MQ Dairies deliver eggs and milk in our area  

Note on their website today


We are NOT currently accepting new customers but please check back for daily updates.

We will be continuing to deliver during this crisis .

If you have placed an order you should receive confirmation of your first delivery date within 7 days. You should receive your first delivery within 10 days. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates. Take Care and Thanks for your patience during this difficult time 

25 March 2020FishMongers Close

G&S Coyle,  Fishmongers have closed.

Their daughter has a chronic health condition and is at a higher risk of complications if she contracts coronavirus.

They apologise about letting their customers down and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

25 March 2020Home deliveries in our area

Callaghans Butchers will only allow one customer at a time in their shop.

You can  order over the phone and on their their Facebook page and orders can be collected from shop at an arranged time to suit you or delivered.

They ask where possible that payments  be made over phone to limit the risks associated with touching money.

Shop opening time:Mon-Sat 7.30-5.30
Phone Number:: πŸŽπŸπŸ’πŸ‘πŸ” πŸ”πŸ•πŸ‘πŸ•πŸ—πŸ“
email: orders@callaghanbutchers.co.uk

23 March 2020Guide for Volunteers

 An eight page  guide has been produced  by Argyll and Bute Social Care Partnership for people volunteering to support elderly and vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson said it was early guidance and had been developed while waiting for national guidance – it will be updated over the next few days.

18 March 2020Community Council Meeting Cancelled

The next meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council scheduled for April 8th has been cancelled.

The Agenda, and hopefully the Police and HMNB Clyde Reports will be published as usual and we will be letting residents know in the next week or so, how they can contribute to the items on the agenda.

18 March 2020Keep Smiling!

18 March 2020Coronavirus- more local information

There are two offers of help out there so far 

 Rhu and Shandon Parish Church is closing its doors for any communal activities until further notice.   This includes normal Sunday services.

All elders have been asked to maintain contact with everyone in their districts to ensure they are catered for.

Rhu and Shandon Community are compiling a list of volunteers who are willing to shop for residents who are self isolating.

If anyone is willing  to join this list, please contact Jean Cook: secretary@rhuandshandondon.com or 01436 820314.

16 March 2020Rosslea Hall offers help

Message from the Rosslea Hotel’s Facebook page  

In light of all the recent announcements from the authorities, if we have any elderly members in the community of Rhu that don't wish to venture out and need anything at all like some shopping, a prescription picked up or a hot meal, please give us a call at the hotel, we will help where we can. 

Our number is 01436 439955.’

15 March 2020Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff


Thurs 2nd April 1pm - Sarah Harrington/Cello & Stephen Adam/Piano


11 March 2020Red Cross Hall as a Community Hub

 Open Meeting in the Red Cross Hall

 Saturday 14th March 2020

between 3pm – 5pm

More information will be available and there will be an opportunity to contribute to the discussion about the future of the Red Cross Hall.

 If you have not completed the survey  there is a lnk below.

This is part of the feasibility study for Community Ownership of the Red Cross Hall. The survey is seeking to establish whether there is a need or demand for the Hall by the Helensburgh Community and if the people of Helensburgh would use it and if so for what. It is an important part of the case for Grant Funding so the more folk who contribute, the better. It is very short and easy to complete. Paper copies are available at the Helensburgh Parish Church Hall and at the Red Cross Hall if you wish to access a paper version.


05 March 2020March Funding Alert

March Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

March 2020  Alert 194

03 March 2020Erskine Bridge Closures

The project, on behalf of Transport Scotland, has been delayed by a number of named storms and a series of Yellow Weather Warnings for High Winds in recent weeks. This weekend’s programme is also weather dependent.

In order to deliver these works as quickly and safely as possible, it will be necessary to close the bridge for four hours overnight, between midnight on Friday 6th and 4am on Saturday 7th of March.

Outwith this, traffic is restricted to a single lane in each direction, from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday morning.

01 March 2020Flooding in Shandon

Late on Wednesday afternoon, February 26th, Cdre Doulll was given a tour of the areas  that suffered the effects of the flooding. Since it had been relatively dry for a few days, we did not have dramatic scenes of water gushing everywhere, but Cdre Doull fully appreciated and understood the cause and extent of the problem.

He has found out very recently, that because the flooding is connected with the railway line that served the port, the land  is considered to be MoD land under his jurisdiction. This means that he will authorise and pay for the repair work.

The same  evening he wrote to say that he has already provided his team (and the DIO) with a clear direction over what action he expects and has asked for a brief on an action plan to make this happen, including forecast completion dates. In addition he has asked Captain Gibbons to investigate the procedure that residents will follow regarding compensation..

This is good news and we hope to see action on the ground very soon.  

I will continue to post pictures of the flooding on our websiteand update via  a news item  anything significant that happens!.

01 March 2020Burst Water main

There is a burst in the Water main which supplies properties in all of Shandon and as far as the RNCYC in Rhu.

 Scottish Water says that here are several burst water mains in the Area and they have been working for several days to repair these.

 You can get updates by phoning 08000778778
 or by checking the SW website

[put in your postcode, update the map and then click on the S  on the map]

 SW have been supplying extra water to the mains via tankers but you may experience a reduction in pressure and in some cases discoloured water.

At present the only water collection point is at Whistlefield, but more will be provided if SW think they are needed. I assume this means that Garelochhead are affected as well.

Please tell your neighbours, particularly any vulnerable folk. The higher up the hill you are, the worse it is.

23 February 2020Save Blairvadach Outdoor Centre

Glasgow has decided to close the Outdoor centre. If you do not think this is a good idea, You can read more about it  and sign the petition here:

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It's really easy – all you need to do is tell your friens about this page or  click these links:

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21 February 2020Do uou know anyone suffering from ME?

19 February 2020Helensburgh Red Cross Hall - Have your say

Helensburgh Community Hall is a community group working to secure the Red Cross Hall on East Princes St, Helensburgh for future generations. Our vision for the building is a welcoming, multi-functional community space, for people in the town to come together, to tackle isolation, and to support health and wellbeing. We also want to ensure that the Foodbank, book sale, and other services currently at the Hall can continue. Our Community Right to Buy application in autumn 2019 was successful, and we are now seeking funding from the Scottish Land Fund to buy the Hall.

This will only happen if the community wants it; it will make a difference; be sustainable; and not duplicate other activity in the town. To ensure this is the case, we want to ask your views. Please take a few minutes to fill in this short survey: your views and ideas will help us to develop plans for the Hall.

 Please note, to prevent multple submissions from the same person, the survey is set up so that you can only enter it once from a computer, tablet or mobile phone  so don't open it unless you are going to complete it then and then.

14 February 2020Flooding in Shandon

See pictures of the flooding and read a brief history of how wegot there!



10 February 2020Burns Supper

Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary

 Burns Supper 

 Click above for further details

Friday February 21st

 6.30pm for 7pm at Rosslea Hall Hotel

 Tickets £25

Tel 01389 752221  sheenahnelson123@gmail.com 

We need to know in advance if someone is coming so that we can advise the hotel of numbers for the meal.


08 February 2020February Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

February 2020  Alert 193

07 February 2020Home Energy Efficiency





A grant assisted Insulation scheme, funded by the Scottish Government and facilitated by Argyll and Bute Council is now open. 

Households who meet the following criteria are eligible:-

  • Owner occupiers or private tenants/landlords who occupy their homes on a full time basis (second homes/empty home are ineligible)
  • In Council Tax Band A-C
  • In Council Tax Band D with an EPC energy efficiency rating of E or below

The scheme offers the following measures:

  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Underfloor Insulation

The scheme offers grants of the following:-

  • Flat                                                     Up to £6,500
  • Terraced (including end Terrace)        Up to £7,000
  • Detached/Semi-Detached                    Up to £7,500

To register your interest, contact Home Energy Scotland;

Should you require more information contact  Argyll and Bute Council:

Aileen Semple Housing Officer:

Energy Efficiency

Telephone: 01586 559031

E-mail: Aileen.Semple@argyll-bute.gov.uk


22 January 2020Beach Cleaning This Sunday.

 Sunday 26th January

Meet at Ardencaple Hotel for a

Beach Clean 

between 10.00 and 12.00

 Organised by Kate Williams

 If you need further information contact 


or for pictures of past beach cleans see Facebook


22 January 2020Erkskine Bridge works-Weekends from January 31st.

As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ is replacing the bridge bearings at the South Abutment of Erskine Bridge.   Works will take place over four weekends, starting at the end of January. 
The bearings are original features, and have been in place since the completion of the bridge in 1971. They are now reaching the end of their maintainable life and in need of replacement.

In order to deliver this programme of work as quickly and safely as possible, with minimal disruption to commuters and businesses, Scotland TranServ is implementing a staggered traffic management approach, in order to minimise bridge closures to 4 hours, from midnight each Friday until 4am early on the Saturday morning.

It will however be necessary to operate under a single lane at other times across the weekend.

Friday 8pm to midnight – single lane open in  both directions

Friday midnight to Saturday 4am – Erskine Bridge closed to all traffic,  except emergency service vehicles

Saturday 4am to Monday 6am – single lane open both directions

All lanes open to traffic from Monday 6am.

During the periods of overnight closure, signed diversion routes will be implemented. At other times during the weekend it is expected that lane management will cause significant delays.

The implementation of single lane traffic management will be necessary across each weekend to allow the bedding grout beneath the new bearings enough time to sufficiently harden.

The weekend works programme will be as follows:

8pm Fri 31st Jan to 6am Mon 3rd Feb– Trial jack and investigations                 

8pm Fri 7th  to 6am Mon 10th Feb – South East bearing replacement           

8pm Fri 14th to 6am Mon 17th Feb – South West bearing replacement         

8pm Fri 21st to 6am Mon 24th Feb – Contingency weekend


20 January 2020Health Evening in Rhu Hall

 Thursday 30th January 

  •  7pm - 7-30pm:  Bowel Cancer Awareness session

The speaker will be Ian Kerr who has recently featured in the media

  • 8pm to 10pm  Heartstart /Defibrillator Awareness session.

This will be led by Sheenah Nelson who has been instrumental in training around 4,000 in the past two years.

Coffee, tea and shortbread will be provided by Rhu Hall

Come to either or both sessions.

Please sign up so that we can be sure we have enough shortbread and coffee to go round!  NOT essential!

10 January 2020Living well Fest Details

Parish Church - Venue Room Schedules


Main Hall (See Below)

Small Hall

Gathering Space

Room 2


Outside Space









Circus Skills Demo – ABC Community Learning

Gareloch RDA

Catering & Healthy Eating Advice– Louise Mundie

Refreshments – Grey Matters


Christine Nevin Massage

Marie Curie

Family Mediation

Males Tails Mental Health

Versus Arthritis

Happy Days Yoga

Louise Mundie Catering & volunteers

Grey Matters

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled

Scottish Fire & Rescue Appliance

Walk Tours (weather permitting)-Walk in the Park

12.30 -1

Dance Scottish Demo


Gareloch RDA

Catering & Healthy Eating Advice– Louise Mundie

Refreshments – Grey Matters


Christine Nevin Massage

Marie Curie

Family Mediation

Males Tails Mental Health

Versus Arthritis

Mindfulness & Relaxation – ABC Community Learning

Louise Mundie Catering & volunteers

Grey Matters

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled

Scottish Fire & Rescue Appliance

Walk Tours (weather permitting) – Walk in the Park


Happy Days Yoga


Gareloch RDA

Catering – Louise Mundie

Refreshments – Grey Matters


Christine Nevin Massage

Marie Curie

Family Mediation

Males Tails Mental Health

Versus Arthritis

Circus Skills Demo– ABC Community Learning

Louise Mundie Catering & volunteers

Grey Matters

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled

Scottish Fire & Rescue Appliance

Walk Tours (weather permitting) – Walk in the Park


Dance Scottish Demo

Gareloch RDA

Catering – Louise Mundie

Refreshments – Grey Matters


Christine Nevin Massage

Marie Curie

Family Mediation

Males Tails Mental Health

Versus Arthritis

Mental Health Creative Recovery Session-ACUMEN

Louise Mundie Catering & volunteers

Grey Matters

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled

Walk Tours (weather permitting) – Walk in the Park


Circus Skills Demo

Gareloch RDA

Catering – Louise Mundie

Refreshments – Grey Matters


Christine Nevin Massage

Marie Curie

Family Mediation

Males Tales Mental Health

Versus Arthritis

Happy Days Yoga

Louise Mundie Catering & volunteers

Grey Matters

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled

Walk Tours (weather permitting)-Walk in the Park









STALLS IN MAIN HALL: ABC Community Learning, ACUMEN, Alienergy, Happy Days Yoga, Dementia Centre, Dance Scottish, Walk in the Park, Jean’s Bothy, Dept for Work & Pensions, Coop, Beech Tree Clinic, Friends of Hermitage Park, Helensburgh Art Hub, NHS Highland Physiotherapy Service, Scottish Fire & Rescue, Helensburgh First Aid, HeartStart Helensburgh, Plastic Free Helensburgh, HSCP, 1000 Voices, Helensbugh Lunch Club, H&L Carers SCIO, ABC Community Development, Nikken Magnetic Massage, Walk in the Park, Afterschool Club/Theraputic PlayelHelH

10 January 2020Living Well Fest 2020

07 January 2020Pre Application consultaion for RNCYC

Wednesday January 29th

3pm-8pm at RNCYC 

Pre-Application Consultation for RNCYC: 

   All the information we have so far is posted on on RNCYC  page of our website.

07 January 2020January Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

January 2020  Alert 192

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