Here at the Hub, we value our volunteers and they are an integral part of our service. Without them, we couldn't do what we do. We are currently in need of people whom have a few hours to spare and would like to be part of our Hub cover team. This role would involve manning the front desk and setting up for groups. You would also be required to be a key holder for ourselves. Interested? Then please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange a chat.
Cheese, wine and a wee bit of crime……..
We are delighted to be hosting our first ever Meet the Author event for World Book Day on the 1st of March 2018 with local Author Lin Anderson from 6.30 pm to 7.30pm.
Lin is an acclaimed crime novelist and screenwriter who was born in Greenock. Her first Novel Driftnet was a Scottish Bestseller and introduced Dr Rhona MacLeod, forensic expert. The series now runs to nine books plus a novella and is published in numerous languages. Her most recent work is Follow the Dead.
Get a copy of Lin's book here....
🔊WE NEED YOU......... Inverclyde Council are carrying out a consultation on future budgets cuts across many of its current services ....part of this consultation will include Inverkip Library which has been a great success at the new Inverkip Hub with the number of visitors and books out more than doubling since it moved from Wemyss Bay Primary School. We need everyone whom uses this great facility to come along and have your say on it future!!
Reduction in Central Library opening times, transfer of Inverkip and Kilmacolm to community groups, and closure of South West Library.
Budget saving - £604,000
Staff saving – 11.4
Have your say on the budget cut proposals and the Inverkip library by attending the Inverkip Hub between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday the 17th of January where Inverclyde Council staff will be in attendance ..
If you cant make it down, then have your say on the Inverclyde Council Website.
We managed to catch our very own "Kipper", former Celtic Skipper Andy Lynch off side for a few words about the game that is scoring a goal at The Hub, Walking Football. Andy won three league titles and two Scottish Cups during a seven year spell with Celtic, scoring the winning goal against Rangers in one final. Captain under Jock Stein and Billy McNeill, the winger made 185 appearances before moving to America in 1980 to represent Philadelphia Fury and Montreal Manic. The former Hearts player also went on to manage Manic and Australian side Sunshine Coast. Andy regularly plays Walking Football every Friday and here's what he had to say on the beautiful game......
Walking football at The Hub is in partnership with Morton Community Trust and is on every Friday between 1pm and 2.30pm. We are encouraging all men and women aged 50+ of all abilities to take part — and enjoy the benefits of getting active in later life.
There is no fee, but participants contribute about £2 a week to go towards after-match refreshments.
More information is available by calling Kevin at the Hub on 520740 or Brian McLaughlin of GMCT on 731949
We would like to thank Andy for contributing to our blog and also for use of the pictures. And a BIG THANK you to Sports Journalist Peter McVitie for his help in producing this blog with his footballing knowledge. You can follow Peter here.
This week marks Book Week Scotland. We love books here at Inverkip Hub and recently had a visit from Glaswegian Author, Alex Meikle. Alex, a former CEO of two community based third Sector Social Care Organisations in Glasgow and also Partnership Manager here in Inverclyde, has wrote several non-fiction pieces published in newspapers and journals but his main interest has always been writing Novels. Deception Road, a political thriller set in Glasgow was published in 2016 and the prequel, Caledonian Smack, will be published early next year. He also publishes a weekly blog on his website covering current topical issues.
Alex kindly donated a book to The Hub so get yourself down to the library to borrow it. If it is already out on loan then you can purchase it over on amazon . It would make a great Christmas gift. And remember, if you are buying gifts for Christmas then if you purchase it through Gift As You Live then you raise funds for our charity.
Have you seen our beautiful planters at the front of The Hub? These were made by the local charity Belville Community Garden Trust whom delivery a range of activity's at their garden in Belville Street Greenock.
The Community Garden is on the site of the 1960’s high rise flats which were demolished in 2014. ‘Our Place’ Big Lottery Fund made investment and built a garden to bring community groups and individuals together in the east end of Greenock. The main activities of the organisation involve building a safer, stronger community around improving lifestyles, and health primarily through gardening, horticulture and healthy eating. They aim to break down social barriers for young and old alike and offer the chance of new learning experiences, improved community relationships, a sense of pride in the environment and improved mental and physical wellbeing.
Currently the activities offered at the garden are......
* Gardening Club
* Basic Vegetarian Cookery Classes
* Master Class Cookery Lessons
* Construction Skills/Planter Building
Garden planters are also on sale at the garden and proceeds go back into the charity.
If you would like to volunteer at the garden, or buy one of there lovely planters then contact them on any of the links below.
If that's too far away for you and you are looking to volunteer closer to home, Inverkip community council are starting a gardening group here in Inverkip to make our village blooming beautiful......🌸🌸🌻🌼🌷🌹
The first meeting is here at The Hub on Wednesday 15th November @ 7pm in cafe area. All are welcome so please come along. For more info you can message Jackie or Jean on the Community Council Facebook Page.
Today we had our Halloween Party for our Parent and Toddler group that meet at The Hub every Wednesday 12pm - 1.30pm. Great fun was had by all and lots of Halloween cupcakes were ate. A huge thanks to our amazing Volunteers Shelagh and Rhonda who run the group and organised the party. The sessions ask for a donation of £1 an adult and 50p a child.
Saturday nights might be for Strictly on the tele but Fridays are Boogie nights here at The Hub. LJ Dance Troupe hold their classes every Friday from 6pm – 9pm and are having there annual Halloween dance class tonight.
We were lucky enough to have the girls perform at our Open Day and we are looking forward to seeing them dance at the Chrstmas Lights turn on at The HUB.
The Dance School offer classes to kids nursery age right up until high school. The classes are taught by locals Teachers Lynn, Sophie and Jean who provide fun, friendly, energetic disco dancing focusing on routines to current pop tunes and also children's music.
Class times are......
- 6pm -6.4pm Nursery to P2
- 6.45-7.45 P3-P5
- 7.45-8.45 P6 and over
Classes are £3 a class
The dance group perform their annual show in Inverclyde Academy in June and perform at different local community events such as Christmas light switch on, school fete and gala day.
The group are community conscious and recently raised £725 for Dreams Come True Inverclyde to help more local dreams come true.
October marks the 1 year anniversary of our Manager Kevin being in post here at The Hub. The board wanted to thank him for all his hard work and dedication over the last year so surprised him with a cake to celebrate. Kevin is well known and has had a long career in the community, managing Branchton for 13 years and then going on to work at the iZone with CLD (Community Learning & Development). We are lucky to have him managing The Hub and bringing all of his knowledge and expertise with him. It has been a great year so far and we thank him for all the support he has given the board and the energy and enthusiasm he has had for making The Hub, the welcoming and community friendly space that it is. His contribution is invaluable and makes our jobs as Trustees all the easier. So thank you Kevin for doing an amazing job!!!
The Centre will be open 1 year in January and we will be looking to have a community celebration to mark the occasion. If you have any ideas or willing to help out in the planning then please do get in touch 😊
We have groups to entertain children from baby up to pre-school. The activities are organised by a leader and varied according to the ages of the children present. Fun free play is a vital element along with singing (with all the actions), story telling, toy cars and making things, all in a very safe and secure environment. A warm welcome awaits the children accompanied by mum, dad and grandparents. There is also a chance for Mums (Dads and Grandmas) to meet and chat while engaging with the children.
* Book Bug - run by Inverclyde Libraries in the Main Hall Tuesday 1pm - 2pm
* Parents and Toddlers - Wednesdays in the Main Hall 12pm - 1.30pm (Run by our volunteers, Shelagh and Rhonda. Donations welcome)
We review what we have on at The HUB on a regular basis and are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to run projects. If you have an idea or are willing to give your time then please pop into The HUB or fill out our feedback form.
We are delighted that the Inverkip War Memorial Project will be holding their Exhibition at the Library in the Hub this November 4th to the 25th. The Exhibition is on the research of the falling soldiers named on the Stone of Remembrance in the Village. The obelisk freestanding memorial, names 29 local men whom served and gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The project was set up to bring the memorial to life and tell the stories behind the names and ensure we never forget them.
Here is a one of the story's that you can find at the Exhibition........
In memory of Private Alfred Price, remembered on the war memorial.
Alfred was born in 1877 at 53 Kelly Street, Greenock. His mother was Agnes Price m/s Carruthers, a laundry maid and widow of Joseph Price of Inverkip. Alfred is listed as illegitimate on his birth certificate.
Joseph and Agnes were married by Rev Peter Douglas of the United Free Church, Inverkip in 1860. It appears shortly after this, they moved to Abernethy, Perthshire. They had a daughter, Flora, born in Abernethy in 1861 but she died aged 6 weeks. Three other children were born, all in Abernethy in 1865-1867. A son, Matthew was born in 1869 but he died of bronchitis in 1870, not reaching his first birthday, in Inverkip. Tragically, Joseph died in 1869 in Abernethy and it appears Agnes and the children moved back to Inverkip shortly afterwards.
More tragedy struck when another child, Joseph, was born in 1880 in Inverkip and died shortly afterwards. In 1881, the family were living at Main Street, Inverkip, with one of the daughters, aged 13, already out working as a servant to a family in the village.
In 1884, Agnes died in Inverkip, leaving Alfred, aged 7, and the other siblings with no parents.
On the 1891 and 1901 census Alfred was living with his Aunt, Janet Paul at Campbell Place, Inverkip. On the 1911 census, he had moved to Wemyss Bay and was working as a farm labourer for Andrew and Mary Thomson.
Alfred served with the 1st/6th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed on 15th October 1918, although is listed on the war memorial as 21st October. He is also remembered at the Avesnes-le-Sec Communal Cemetery Extension.
Hilary Cameron, the projects driving force will also be holding a 2 minute silence on Saturday the 11th of November at 11am to remember the falling. All are welcome.
You can follow the project on their Facebook page.
Thank you to Hilary for letting us use her material and photographs for our blog post and we look forward to seeing the Exhibition soon.
Brave Explorer Scouts camped outside The HUB last night to raise awareness of Homelessness. Using black bin bags and boxes they faced the elements and had a glimpse of what it feels like to be homeless in Scotland. There are approximately over 32,000 people in Scotland homeless according to Scottish Government statistics, with the majority of those being single males. Although this number has improved drastically over the years, we still have some way to go. We are proud that our community, especially our young people, are involved in raising awareness of not only a local issue, but a global one too. Well done to all involved!!!
We had a lovely surprise when a local well known actor popped into The HUB. Derek Lord dropped in one night to visit us much to the delight of our Development Worker Martin. Derek who is probably best known for his role as Davie Sneddon in the hit Scottish soap opera Take the High Road was also recently in the HBO Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series. Martin had personal memories of the actor and we thought it was a lovely story and should be shared........
We want to say a BIG HUB THANK YOU to Derek for popping in and making our Martins night, but also for making Sheila's night too. Please don't be a stranger and come in anytime. You are always welcome!!
Walking football is scoring a goal in the community at The Hubs AstroTurf park.
Increasing numbers are turning up every Friday afternoon to enjoy the free sessions, being run in partnership with ourselves and Greenock Morton Community Trust, who provide coaching on the rules.
· Players have to keep one foot on the ground at all times.
· No running or jogging allowed - Anyone who breaks into a jog usually receives two warnings before a two-minute penalty in the sin bin.
· There are kick-ins instead of throw-ins
· There is no offside rule
· Have lots of fun!!
We are encouraging all men and women aged 50+ of all abilities to take part — and enjoy the benefits of getting active in later life.
Sessions are on every Friday between 1pm and 2.30pm.
There is no fee, but participants contribute about £2 a week to go towards after-match refreshments.
More information is available by calling Kevin at the Hub on 520740 or Brian McLaughlin of GMCT on 731949.