Annual accounts show the 10 wealthiest armed forces charities have cash reserves totalling £277m. … More WHO PAID FOR YOUR POPPY TODAY?
News reaches me today that the SNP Council have supported the Health & Social Care Partnership’s decision to spend £400,000 on employing “Change Managers” to “redesign” all the care services. This is the H&SCP that recently increased the charge for the emergency Alert Alarm System by 100% and also increased Daycare charges again for vulnerable people by 60%. … More REDESIGN IS FIRST STEP TO PRIVATISATION
Adverts go FREE in The Dumbarton Democrat and the SNP need all the help they can get. Democrat by name and Democrat by nature. … More GENERAL ELECTION
Wilson was a skilled strategist and tactician. Whether or not David Cameron – less serious, and essentially a public relations man – was consciously trying to emulate Wilson (in going over the heads of his Eurosceptical wing, John Major’s “bastards”) I have no idea. But he made a real mess of it, and we are where we are: not to put too fine a point on it, we are the laughing stock of the world, and the British polity is up the creek. … More GENERAL ELECTION: WILLIAM KEEGAN ON ECONOMIC ISSUES
Hat tip to Gerry McGarvey
Old Bloke Goes Running with reviews and so on. Paul Murdoch will be chatting about the whole crazy journey at Alexandria Library at 7pm on 20th November.
This is not just a tree, it’s a fabulous tree. All dressed up for autumn. Tom Gardiner captured this wonderful photograph near the high flats at Bowie Street in West Bridgend, Dumbarton. Just look at the River Leven, the Old Bridge and the Rock, far away in the background. … More DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE …
What does this building remind you of? It looks so much like the old Ballantine’s distillery that it could be actually it – with windaes. The views from this spot overlooking the lawn at Riverside Parish Church include everything from the Long Crags to the River Leven, the Rock, Levengrove Park and the Renfrewshire Hills.
PICTURE BY ALAN RUINE … More FANCY A FLAT BY THE RIVER?
This is Baxter, Linda Speir’s lucky dog who gets taken to the Long Crags for his walks. Baxter has become familiar with the hills, woods and undulating fields at the back of Garshake. So familiar that he thought it would be a good idea to tell others who could benefit from a good walk for their health’s sake. Get out there and enjoy it, the hills are alive with the sound of fit men and women – and gorgeous wee dugs, of course. Pictures by Linda Spier … More WALKING THE DOG …
Bell Centre Butchers, Dumbarton DUMBARTON SHOP ONLY COMPETITION TIME 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1 day competition ! For a chance to win 4 of this weeks meals . All you have to do is like this post, tag 5 friends and share 😌 Winner will be announced tomorrow morning 💪💪
Salmon farming firm under fire over fish welfare after 700,000 deaths … More FARMED SALMON SCANDAL REVEALED
Residents of Cardross and Brownies and Guides remember those who died in wars and conflict. Picture by John Young
PICTURE BY DAVID TAIT
Hat tip Stuart Thomson
It’s come time for team Sparra to sell up and move on with our other projects. We’re closing our place in Glasgow Road, Dumbarton, for good on the 24th November..
What will become of the mighty Sparra? Well Big Sparra the trademark will be gone for good but this wee shop will live on. We’ll let you find out in due course but needless to say the new version will be a great and useful addition to our local community and we wish the new owners every success in the world. … More BIG SPARRA COFFEE AND RECORD SHOP TO CLOSE
Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Education, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Police Scotland and The Champions Board to raise awareness and educate our young people on the issues of domestic abuse and violent relationships. By using early intervention we promote the value of positive and respectful relationships to our high school pupils.” … More POLICE AND SCHOOLS RAISE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
On polling day, General Election 2019 – The Results on BBC One Scotland, from 9.55 pm, will be presented by Glenn Campbell with analysis from Brian Taylor plus guests throughout the night.
Laura Miller will be mapping out the story with state-of-the-art graphics, Rebecca Curran will bring the latest news as the result roll in and Martin Geissler will be getting the reaction to the big stories from key figures. BBC Scotland will be at every count, ensuring all the key moments are captured as they happen.
The results night coverage on BBC One Scotland will also include The Election Café at Pacific Quay where Nick Sheridan and Fiona Stalker will hear from journalists and other commentators.
The following day, 13 December, Sally Magnusson will take up the story for BBC One Scotland from Westminster as the country digests the results. … More GENERAL ELECTION COVERAGE ON BBC SCOTLAND
It indicates clearly that West Dunbartonshire’s SNP education convener and lead official Laura Mason have big challenges ahead and little to smile about. … More REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SNP’S ABYSMAL EDUCATION RECORD
Hat tip to Lorna Gates
When he approached the war memorial on Whitehall, video coverage showed him turning the wreath over, apparently by accident, which meant his message ended up at the bottom of the wreath and upside down. … More BORIS BUNGLES POPPY CEREMONY IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN
Click on this link for all the information, reports and pohotographs: http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/4317451/19-05-09_volume1-finalcmp.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0DiftWgkzwhaIFdxsRYiViEbu2UDckRiCPqRmVL3QUbkYK_hOkZkzMVkE … More DUMBARTON CENTRAL STATION CONSERVATION PLAN
Feeling proud of my Marie Curie family.
Last night we realised we have raised almost £65,000 for the charity – more than enough to fund three full time nurses for a whole year.
We’ve battled sickness, diarrhoea, extreme sleep deprivation and exhaustion but every one of the 27 (aged 27 to 70 plus) who began this trek nine days ago are today ALL attempting Everest base camp despite only six of us having trekked at altitude before. … More PETRA AND PALS RAISE £65,000 FOR MARIE CURIE
Hat tip to Jim Whyte
Residents will be encouraged to get up close to the features on offer in each location, including impressive biodiversity sites which were created to help the Council reduce its carbon footprint and encourages a more diverse range of birds and insects in West Dunbartonshire. … More COUNCIL ORGANISES BUS TOURS TO LOCAL PARKS
I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. This gives you the assurance that I am properly trained and insured to conduct funerals.
My experience, not just of conducting funerals, but also of speech writing and public speaking, goes back many years. … More INDEPENDENT CELEBRANT
Dunbartonshire Greens will contest both East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire seats at the general election, it has been confirmed.
The branch took the decision as it is clear no other party recognises the urgency of the climate emergency, which cannot wait for Brexit or independence.
Scottish Greens candidate for East Dunbartonshire, Carolynn Scrimgeour, said:
“Voters across the country must be given the chance to demand action on the climate emergency as it is the most pressing issue facing our country. I’m excited to run a positive Green campaign in East Dunbartonshire to say we need action, not words, to prevent irreversible climate change.
“We’re as committed as ever to ensuring Scotland’s future as an independent country in the European Union, but change to protect our planet cannot wait, and the Scottish Green New Deal we’ve proposed can start that action now”.
… More GREEN CANDIDATE
All adverts from local political parties and community groups go FREE in The Democrat. We are here at email@example.com … More GENERAL ELECTION
He thinks for a moment. “Genuinely, I think the internet and the smartphone have been a disaster for civilisation,” he says. “I think it would be very helpful for us to see it as a disaster, see it as something like nuclear weapons or . . . I was going to say the invention of heroin, but morphine is a wonder drug, so there’s an upside to heroin which I really can’t f**king see with the internet. It’s easier to get taxis, but that’s it. It’s addictive. It changes the nature of discourse in a horrible way. What was billed as the democratisation of knowledge has turned into the death of truth.” … More DISHONESTY IS THE SECOND BEST POLICY
Councillors will consider a proposal later this month to expand One Stop Shop services into all Council libraries. Officials believe it will save £150,000 council taxpayers a year, but say nothing about redundancies or job losses. … More COUNCILLORS WILL DECIDE IF ONE STOP SHOP PROPOSALS ARE VIABLE
Golden Jubilee National Hospital Clydebank From Monday 11 November 2019 until Summer 2022, all patients and visitors using cars or other vehicles will need to access the Golden Jubilee National Hospital Clydebank entrance at Agamemnon Street only. This is because the link road between the hospital and the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel will be closed … More GOLDEN JUBILEE HOSPITAL PARKING ALERT
If you are interested in spreading some Christmas cheer as part of our festive music programme get in touch! We are looking for choirs and musicians – professional or doing it for fun – to come along on the following dates 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December. … More YOUR MUSIC AT THE HILL HOUSE IN HELENSBURGH
A councillor in Glasgow once asked me to help him put a press release together. “Give me your notes then and I’ll do that for you,” I said. “Aw naw, I don’t waant yet tae write it fur me son, jist tae gees a haun wae the wee curly bits.” – Bill Heaney … More PUNCTUATION
Moira Stewart is at Jordanhill College School for the launch of John MacLeod’s book ‘Striving Higher’. She tells us that it was lovely to meet up with former staff and pupils. Thank you John for the lovely words you signed in my copy of your book, John. … More LAUNCH OF JOHN MacLEOD’S NEW BOOK
The Italian Mass is on Monday at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow. Archbishop Tartaglia will lead the celebration. Drinks reception to follow in the Curial offices. All welcome. … More ITALIANS MEET FOR MASS ON MONDAY
The first snow of winter came to Loch Lomond last week. Braving the Baltic conditions at the Falls of Falloch near Ben Lomond yesterday were these intrepid swimmers,who went for a post Hallowe’en “dook” … More SWIMMERS BRAVE THE FALLS OF FALLOCH
PICTURE BY ROBERT BEACON
Advice from the Council’s Finance section is that the purchase of the wreath does not meet the criteria within the current guidance. There is currently an exercise underway to review Community Councils and the support provided to them by various council departments. This will include reviewing the guidance and consulting with community councils on this. … More WHO’S PAYING FOR YOUR POPPY?
One conclusion might have been that the experienced pilot – a former RAF airman who not only flew helicopters but trained others to do so – had dismissed the warnings because he believed they were the result of a defective system. But that has been ultimately rejected by Sheriff Turnbull. … More NO CLOSURE FOR CLUTHA CRASH RELATIVES
A response to a Freedom of Information request has revealed that since 2017, over 400 scheduled operations, that were set to take place within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, have been cancelled due to there being a lack of equipment to carry out the operation. … More HUNDREDS OF OPERATIONS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF EQUIPMENT
A total of 15 High Schools throughout Scotland are taking part and Royal Navy experts will eventually visit them all – including Vale of Leven Academy, Clydebank High School and Kilpatrick School – over the coming weeks. … More DUMBARTON ACADEMY PUPILS BENEFIT FROM NAVY EXPERTISE
A WEE LOOK BACK 57 is at 1.30pm on Wednesday 13th November in the Concord Centre, Dumbarton. The programme features films on ‘A Hurl Round Glasgow’ from Glasgow Heritage Group, ‘Scotland’s Highlands’ from Canadian traveller Rick Skene and ‘A Visit to Isle of Man’ from our own Lawrie Pennycook. Admission £2 to include tea and buns from Sweet Success Cafe at the interval. All welcome. … More CONCORD COMMUNITY CINEMA ON WEDNESDAY
Dear Editor, Cllr Bollan and Dumbarton and Alexandria libraries. Pictures by Bill Heaney More cuts in jobs and services coming from the SNP Council with their latest attacks on the Library and Leisure Services across West Dunbartonshire. Over £300,000 to be cut from these services with a minimum of 12 jobs to be cut along … More LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We know that using a mobile phone, driving while distracted, travelling at inappropriate speeds and not wearing a seatbelt are significant factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. This is why we take the matter seriously as they are avoidable, which makes it all the more tragic when people are killed in road crashes under these circumstances. … More POLICE CAMPAIGN TO CUT SPEEDING AND USE OF MOBILES
These figures are part of a wider uncovering of health service failings with figures highlighting that patients were stuck in hospital for a total of 45,632 days in September 2018 – with an average of 1,521 beds needlessly occupied each day as a result of delayed discharge. … More FAILING TO MEET PATIENTS’ NEEDS UNDER THE SNP
You can’t make it the whole way along that route yet, not past the new Lidl supermarket anyway. But there may be other hitches. Watch this space.
Picture by Robert Beacon … More NEW PATH FROM HIGH STREET TO THE CASTLE …