houston, crosslee & brookfield
Houston Community Council
In common with all other Community Councils, that which serves the Houston area was re-constituted in April of this year, resuming its regular cycle of meeting within the Carrick Centre, Main St, Houston on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm, with the exception of July, August and December. Meetings are open for members of the public to attend.
At its most recent meeting Bob Finnie (Chairman), Bill Elliot (Secretary) and Fiona Martin (Treasurer) were (re) elected to serve as executive committee members. The Community Council has agreed to set up a Pot Hole Register which will enable local residents to identify problem spots on Houston’s roads, with a view to assisting local elected members in taking up such issues with Renfrewshire Council’s Roads Department.
The Community Council has also invited representatives from Gryffe High School’s Media Group to attend its meeting on 15th June. The Media Group has completed a production in which local residents have identifi ed developments which they would like to see in the village, and it is hoped that by inviting members to view the fi ndings it will be possible to work in partnership with the intention of taking some of these issues forward. Members have also recently heard a presentation on behalf or the Houston & Killellan Trust, and it is hoped to establish links between the two bodies which will enable a collaborative approach to be developed which will help take forward the restoration of the ruins which, it is believed, are of signifi cant historical interest.
The Community Council still has a number of vacancies and is happy to consider requests/suggestions for co-option to the committee. If you would like further information, you can contact me (Bill Elliott) via email: email@example.com
to fi nd out more. We’ll be happy to see you!
Houston & Killellan church run a walking group with two walks a month planned; one of these walks could involve some cross-country walking, but these will be mainly on paths or tracks.
For most walks we will meet at the Kirk at 9.30am on Saturday morning.
Should the weather be poor for a cross-country walk then we will probably change the planned walk to a tarmac based walk on the date. Good walking boots are recommended, but walking shoes and trainers will be suitable for many of the walks. Appropriate footwear for each walk will be advised. Waterproofs or rainwear should be carried as we can never be sure of our weather. Walks will be normally be 4 to 8 miles (2 - 5 hours) and brief descriptions of the walks will be found on the Kirk website or by phoning Fergus Stewart at 613083. A packed lunch is suggested as the walks will run through lunch time into the afternoon in many cases.
Any suggestions for future walks are welcomed. For more information contact the organiser - Fergus Stewart. Tel. 01505 613083 marilyn.fergus@ btopenworld.com
What’s on in JUNE H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre
Monday to Friday Houston Community Nursery 01505 615876 Monday to Friday Woodlands After School 01505 615438 MONDAY: Yoga (weekly) 1.15pm M Laidlaw 01505842877
TUESDAY: Happy Harminis (Weekly) 10am F Plater 01505321848; Pilates (weekly) 7.30/8.30pm; Yoga (weekly) 7pm
WEDNESDAY: Applecart Youth Theatre 4pm C Collins 0141 561 9690; Community Council 15th 7.30pm; Aerobics 6pm Mandi Fraser 0771 599 9021; Anne Hall surgery 15th 6.30pm; Cricketfi eld Res. Assoc. 8th 7.30pm; Woodlands Nursery Graduation 29th; Gryffe Melody Makers 8th/22nd 7pm
THURSDAY: French Class (weekly) 40pm M/s McDevitt 0141 886 6282; Crafty Friends 2nd/16th/30th 7.30pm; Art Class weekly by John Damari 12.30/2.30pm 07762 336392 or 01505 351147; Folk Club (weekly) 8pm
FRIDAY: Happy Harminis (weekly) 10am; Galaxy Dancing (weekly) 3.30pm
SATURDAY: Galaxy Dancing weekly 9.30am
SUNDAY: Baptist Church 11am & 6pm; Church of the Nazarene 10.30am
Booking enquiries to Ian Simpson 01505 612203 or Sandy Young 01505 613613 or The Coffee Shop
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Houston & Killellan Agricultural Society Show
Saturday 4th June in Houston Public Park. The baking and craft show will receive entry forms on Friday night 3rd June in The Carrick Centre from 7pm - 9pm. Schedules are available from the Post Offi ce and the Newsagents or by contacting either Elizabeth Young on 01505 873243 or Isabelle Stuart on 01505 613479.
Brookfi eld Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes will be held in the Village Hall every Monday from 10am -11am and every Tuesday evening from 8pm - 9pm.
For further details contact Janice on 01505 343480.
Houston Fitness Class
Body Conditioning Class. Saturday 10am in Houston Scout Hall. Contact Mandy on mob: 07715 999 021 for more details.
Houston and Killellan Kirk
The organisers and Congregation of Houston and Killellan Kirk would like to thank everyone who contributed to such a successful Carnival on Saturday 14th May. Hopefully all who attended had a very happy day.
Our thanks to Tegan Arnott, the Carnival Queen and her attendants Caitlyn Tanner and Caitlin McCulloch. We hope they had a day to remember. A comment overheard “Granny, please can we come back here next year”. We would love you all to come back next year!
This summer Houston and Killellan Kirk members are socialising to the max:
Sunday June 5th the Social Committee are planning a Tasty Tatties lunch! For £5 patrons can enjoy potato paradise, and have homemade cakes to follow. Children 11 years and younger pay only £2.50 for this fabulous fare.
Sunday 19th June, The Oberammergau Experience will be presented in the Kirk Hall from 6pm until 9pm. A light supper will follow. Those who visited last year are asked to bring any treasured souvenirs and mementoes. This is not, however, only a meeting for those who travelled there last year. Any interested people are welcome to attend. This will cost £5.
A few weeks later, on Saturday 30th July, there will be a Family Day with a scavenger hunt and barbecue. Meet at the Kirk Hall at 6pm. This will cost £6 for adults and £3 for children 11 years and younger.
A Gospel Choir A Gospel Choir has now started in the Carrick
Centre every Monday at 7.30pm. Come join us. If you are interested contact Robert Gould 01505 610963.
Houston & Crosslee SWRI We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in The
Compass Centre. Phantasanja
I am writing this from the pool side in Thailand where we arrived yesterday and by the time you read this we will be preparing to head back to Scotland after having spent 3 weeks in here.
We seem to be getting more and more well known out here as when we checked in to our guest house, we received a message from one of the other guests, who is working on a street children’s project, after reception told her we were arriving, so will arrange to meet up with her and see what it is all about.
We are also planning to re-visit, Vieng Ping, Baan King Keaw, Piyawat , Agape and Freedom Wheelchairs and spend some time with each, whilst we are here as well as looking into the above mentioned project and another orphanage our regular taxi driver has brought us information on.
We have money collected by P7’s at Bridge of Weir Primary to spend on promoting education, and by the next article I will be able to let you know where we spent it. As well as supporting various projects we will be going to several street markets to buy more varied local crafts, so we can sell them at our fair later on in the year, to raise much needed money for our Christmas trip. We will be returning to play Santa Clauses to some unsuspecting children and make some of their dreams come true.
For more information see our website on Phantasanja.webs.com
Crafty Friends Meet in the Carrick Centre, Houston on the
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 7.30-9.30pm. We do various crafts and everyone is welcome, whether beginner or an experienced crafter.
Call Linda 01475 706074 or email mcgrela@ tiscali.co.uk
or call Lorna on 01505 612844.
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