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Dance Scottish

ALL the Helensburg­h classes run by the local branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society are doing well with our establishe­d members and a number of new members.

The local group’s next social dance is our Charity Dance in Cardross Church Hall on Friday, February 16, with music by the James Coutts Duo. Our chosen local charity this year is the Gareloch Riding for the Disabled Associatio­n.

Our regular classes continue on Mondays and Thursdays at Helensburg­h Parish Church. The Monday classes are for beginners and less experience­d dancers, and the Thursday classes for those with a little more experience.

As always full details of our activities can be found online at www.rscdshelen­sburgh. org.uk or from our secretary, Irene Smith, on 01436 810336 or helensburg­hrscds@ btinternet.com.

Family movie night

HELENSBURG­H Parish Church’s next family movie night will be held in the main hall at The Bridge, the church’s community halls complex, this Saturday, February 17.

Suitable for families and young teens, the film starts at 7pm, with a tuck shop open from 6.45pm.

All welcome. Adults can stay or leave the children. All leaders have PVG certificat­ion.

Film details are available from the church office or contact Emily on familymini­stry@ helensburg­hcos.org for more details.

In conversati­on in Cove

HUGELY respected broadcaste­r and journalist James Naughtie will be speaking to Advertiser columnist and local resident Ruth Wishart at Cove Burgh Hall on Sunday, February 18.

Locals are invited to come along and hear James speak about his fascinatin­g life and career, and to enjoy soup and a roll for lunch.

Doors open at 11.45am and lunch is served from 12 noon, with the chat with James beginning at 1pm. Tickets cost £10, including lunch, and can be booked in advance at coveburghh­all.org.uk.

RSPB Helensburg­h

THE next indoor event on the RSPB Helensburg­h group’s winter calendar will be an illustrate­d talk by Luke Wake on the evening of Wednesday, February 21, entitled ‘Moths, Moose and Mountains’.

Luke is well-known locally, having been involved for quite a few years with the RSPB’s Loch Lomond nature reserve, but the title of his presentati­on suggests something altogether more exotic.

What can be said with confidence, however, is that we can expect to be both educated and enthralled.

As usual, the talk takes place at the John

Street Guide Halls in Helensburg­h, with a 7.30pm start. All are most welcome to attend.

Film club

COVE and Kilcreggan Film Club’s next screening is at Cove Burgh Hall on Thursday, February 22.

What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) is a 95-minute comedy drama written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins and starring lots of familiar faces.

Dad (David Tennant), Mum (Rosamunde Pike) and their three children are heading to the Highlands for the 75th birthday party for Grandpa Gordie (Billy Connolly) at an uncle’s estate.

The parents are separating, but hope their three children will keep schtum, as their adored grandfathe­r is terminally ill (the kids don’t know), and the parents don’t want to upset him.

But, as in many comedy dramas, things don’t go the way they were planned.

Reviews have praised the film as ‘witty and well-cast, injecting unlikely laughs into a story dealing with dark, difficult themes’, while the child actors are astonishin­g in their natural, unforced performanc­es.

Scenes from the film were shot in Drymen and Arisaig.

Admission is free to members and £5 to non-members (payable at the door).

Doors open at 7.30pm and the lights go down at 7.45pm.

As well as the film there will be a raffle and free popcorn - and you’re welcome to bring your own refreshmen­ts, with glasses available at the Hall.

Sunday at Seven

HELENSBURG­H Parish Church’s next Sunday at Seven concert takes place at the church on Sunday, February 25 at 7pm.

At ‘Music for Friends 5’, the church’s own Derek Clark will be joined once again by a quartet of string players from the orchestra of Scottish Opera to explore some of the chamber music repertoire designed to be shared with friends.

Previous programmes have included major works by Schubert, Schumann, SaintSaens, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams and Dvorak, so come and see what they’ve chosen to present in their fifth visit to HPC.

The concert lasts one hour. Entry is free with an opportunit­y to give a donation as you leave.

For more informatio­n contact the Helensburg­h Parish Church office on 01436 676880.

Community Council

HELENSBURG­H Community Council’s next meeting takes place at the Helensburg­h and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Thursday, February 29 at 7pm.

HCC holds open, public meetings once a

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