Spotlight on LJ Dance Troupe........

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.

“We want to encourage people to love to dance and have fun with their friends, whilst learning technique and developing an understanding of rhythm, musicality and performance. We make everyone feel welcomed and at ease.”
— Lynn Anderson

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. 

“Each year we pick a charity that helps children who are not as fortunate as our own children and this year we picked Dreams Come True Inverclyde and are delighted to have raised the sum of £725. The funds are raised with the help of our parents and a raffle and we are very grateful to local Inverkip, Gourock and Greenock businesses which have helped by way of providing raffle prizes.”
— Lynn Anderson

You can get in touch with girls through their Facebook page

Thanks to Lynn Anderson and also George Munro (Greenock Telegraph) for letting us use their photographs.

1 Year Anniversary Celebrations!!!

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 😊 

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What's on at the Hub for Pre-School Children...


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. 

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Inverkip War Memorial Exhibition

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.

“His family story is one of the saddest I uncovered doing the research. His name liveth for evermore.”
— Hilary Cameron - Project Development Worker

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. 

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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. 


Explorer Scouts Raising Awareness At The HUB

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!!! 

A big thank you to Inverkip Hotel for providing a hot breakfast all involved. 

Statistics and information can be found on Shelter Scotland. 

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Local Celebrity Visits The Hub....

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........

“About 25/30 years ago Derek Lord was having a drink in the Heywood Hotel in Skelmorlie. My wife’s Best friend was getting married that day (pictured with her Dad) Derek Lord was one of her favourite actors and she loved Take the high road.

So, her just married husband asked Derek Lord if he would dance with his bride. He agreed and went up and tapped Sheila’s Dad on the shoulder (after his wedding dance with his daughter). Her father agreed and it was a magic moment in the brides memory as she danced with her favourite actor......All of the Family met him and he stayed for some drinks and spent time at the wedding with the family.
When I met him that night in The HUB, I told him the story of the Wedding Dance and he could not believe I mentioned it. He had just been telling his wife that day the story and it brought back so many memories for him and he even remembered the brides name “Sheila”..
I contacted my wife right there and then and she contacted Sheila and she sent me her wedding picture with her Dad to let Derek Lord see it. Sheila’s Dad is now dead and I told him this. Derek Lord got got quite emotional and wanted to know if Sheila would let him have the picture as it was such a cherished memory for her, her Dad and family and also for him.....Sheila agreed and this is me thanking Derek Lord for making Sheila’s night..............Yet again. 🎩 👰 ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏”
— Martin Mulholland
Martin all chuffed with Derek Lord. 

Martin all chuffed with Derek Lord. 

Beautiful Sheila and her Dad on her Wedding Day. 

Beautiful Sheila and her Dad on her Wedding Day. 

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!! 

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Walking Football is Scoring a Goal at The Hub

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.

Game 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.

Photographs courtesy of George Munro at the Greenock Telegraph and GMCT.

“We have table tennis as an alternative if there is torrential rain, but usually the walking football will go ahead outdoors.”

“We hope to link it in with other healthy activities at the hub, and it’s also a social occasion for people to get together, enjoy themselves and improve their fitness.”
— Kevin Rodgers - Centre Manager
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Volunteer Gardeners Wanted!!

Inverkip and Weymms Bay Community Council are looking for villagers in Inverkip that would be interested in setting up a gardening club in the village . The Main Street in Inverkip is looking very tired 😟 so they are looking at projects to brighten up our village. Work is starting soon on restoring the bridge over the Daff Burn and getting work done in the small garden area behind the bus stop. This work has been funded and is being carried out by a contractor. They are looking for people who would be willing to tend areas , planters etc on an ongoing basis. 

If you are intested then you can leave your details at The Hub and we will pass them on or drop them a message on their Facebook page. 

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The Hub receive's a visit from Your Voice Community Connectors.

We were delighted to have a visit from the Community Connector team last week who introduced Margaret to us. Margaret in new to the area and wanted to find out what was on locally. The Community Connector Project aims to engage with the community to assist people (over the age of 16)  to increase their social interaction or connect people to services and activities where formal services are not best placed to meet needs.

Poor health, changes in circumstances or bereavement can affect our self confidence and cause us to stop doing things we once enjoyed... sometimes all it takes is a conversation and a bit of encouragement to get back out there and take part in things.

If you, or anyone you know someone who would benefit from this service, Your Voice take referrals from Health and Social Care Professionals, Community Organisations, as well as Family, Friends and Neighbours.

If you would like to find out more then please contact them on the details below or pop over to their Website.  

Tel: 01475 728628 Email:

The Community Connector Project is funded by Inverclyde HSCP (Health & Social Care Partnership) & is delivered by Your Voice. 

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Local Ghost Hunter searches for spirits in Inverkip............

The Hub are delighted that one of their volunteers, Nick Kyle, has offered to do a one off/first of its kind, paranormal night at The Hub for Halloween in aid of raising funds for the community centre. Nick, the past president of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, has studied the subject for over 30 years and regularly gives university lectures. Nick says he know of 4 houses in the village that are haunted and fresh from ghost hunting in Seattle, he is keen to find more hauntings closer to home. 

Do you think your house in haunted? Have you seen or heard some ghostly goings on? Know of some unexplained events? Want to share your story............? Then drop Nick an email at to share your Ghost Story's. 

Tickets are still available for Nicks Event. See details on our events page. Tickets available from The Hub. 

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Clyde Coast Strathspey and Reel Society Evening at The Hub

Last night seen Clyde Coast Strathspey and Reel Society take to the stage of The Hub for an evening of live music. Guest artist Amy Lewis and Allan MacDougall showcased their talents on the evening and a great time was had by all. Thank you to the Society for letting us use your pictures and hopefully we will see you again at The Hub sometime in the near future!! 


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Big Bike Revival 2017

Sunday seen our last guided cycle and confidence building rides of the year with Clyde Activity Bikes. 8 guided cycles and 2 confidence building rides where done leaving from The Hub. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Stevie and the team and look forward to making some plans for next year! 

If you would like more information on Clyde Activity Bikes then head over to their Website or Facebook page. 

If you still want to be involved in a great cycling project then why not contact Stuart and Kieran at Inverclyde Community Development Trust

Community Tracks Inverclyde aims to establish an active travel hub within Inverclyde and is a joint Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) and Smarter Choices Smarter, Places (SCSP) programme in partnership with Inverclyde Council and the Scottish Government 

The project will develop skills, reduce waste and promote social inclusion in the area through cycle training classes, bike repair workshops, bike recycling, cycling outreach work with key groups and by creating social cycling opportunities for local people.

If you are keen to find out more then follow the link here. 

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Our Knit and Knatters Yarn Storming Inverclyde!!!


Our knit and natter group who meet in the Hub on a Wednesday night contributed to the Yarn Storming displayed throughout Inverclyde this week as part of a project for this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF).

Launched in 2007, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) has grown into one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, with over 300 events and 25,000 attendees across Scotland each October.

Events are taking place at venues across Inverclyde including the Beacon Arts Centre and Dutch Gable House in Greenock and Parklea Branching Out in Port Glasgow

Yarn storming locations:

•           Coronation Park

•           Clyde Square

•           Esplanade

•           Adjacent to former site of Larkfield Masonic Club (corner of Inverkip Rd & Auchmead Rd)

•           Pier Head, Gourock

Well done to everyone involved!! It looks amazing!! Knit some for Inverkip please!! :) 

Thank you to our lovely volunteer Valerie Campbell for letting us use her pictures. 

Page last updated: 10 October 2017

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Nick Kyle Paranormal Investigator's One Off Halloween Event

We are delighted to announce that Nick Kyle has chosen to do his One Off Events as a fundraiser for the Hub.

See the details here......

PRESENTATION: “Startling Evidence of Life after Death!”

At the Inverkip Community Hub 7.30pm – 8.45pm on Saturday 28th October 2017  Enter (if you dare): only £6 from the Hub

Nick Kyle, Past President of the Scottish Society of Psychical Research, will reveal in his illustrated talk, scientific evidence of REAL paranormality, most of which has never been released publicly. He will show you the world’s best ghost photograph, verified footage and inexplicable audio clips, with awesome personal experiences and his spooky case investigations, all corroborated, including his recent involvement in the investigation of an alleged demonic haunting in Seattle, USA, just published in book form.

The first talk of its kind in Inverclyde! This is for adults-only!


This will be followed by a comfort break with refreshments.


PRESENTATION: “Haunted Inverkip and its witches”

At the Inverkip Community Hub 9.15pm – 10pm on Saturday 28th October 2017

Enter (if you dare): only £6 from the Hub

 Nick Kyle will give an illustrated talk on what he has discovered about local hauntings, since coming to live in Inverkip. With a historical background, he will present new information and recent witness accounts of ghosts that haunt Inverkip, spooky locations and stories of high strangeness and witches.

New to Inverkip! See behind the scenes in the village you thought you knew. This is also for adults-only!

Samhain or Halloween on October 31st was the one night of the year when the veil was believed to be thinnest between the living and the dead…

BARGAIN OFFER! Buy tickets for both talks at least a week in advance (before Saturday 21st October) from the Hub for only £10! A saving of two pounds.

Seating is limited, so don’t leave it too late to buy yours!

This is a fund-raising event for Inverkip Community Hub.

See Nick in the Greenock Telegraph here.............

With thanks to George Munro of the Greenock Telegraph for use of the Photo. 

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A Message from our Manager.......

The Community hub has been open since mid-January and we are now starting to make great progress with a wide range of services being delivered and supported at the hub ….

We have also had several consultations events and carried out listening surveys to look at the needs of the local community and what services and programs they would like to see on at the hub which will be an ongoing process with further consultations planned for early next year .

The feedback from our consultations and surveys has formed the core part of our program which has to be balanced with the commercial aspects of running a large facility in regards to running costs and supporting core services.

The initial vision was to get the facility up and running which we have done through a dedicated group of volunteers and in particular Bill Stewart our Chairperson who has led the way and has done an amazing job to get us to where we are today….

Although the building is up and running we still have a lot of work to do as far as external groundwork, play-park, cinema and the usual snagging issue that comes with a new build are concerned. I am also working with a great group of local volunteers who meet regularly at the centre and are focused on supporting a new vision for the hub which includes the cinema, events, fundraising, youth services, training and education and the surrounding environment.

The cinema is still work in progress with the screen and picture now finished and looking amazing. We still have some work to do regarding the acoustics and sound in the main hall and will keep everyone up to date with any future developments.

The Kip Volunteers have also been very busy and have assisted in organising shows, events and fundraisers over the coming months, the first of these will be on the 14th of October 2017 when the Clyde Coast Strathspey and Reel Society are hosting the Cowal Fiddle Workshop which we are delighted to bring to Inverkip…. tickets now available at the Hub.

There will be a home baking teas and coffees and a raffle on the evening with the funds raised going  towards our defibrillator for the village which should see us reach our target of £1800 so if you fancy doing some baking let us know or if you have some prizes for the raffle please hand them into the hub .

At Halloween we will be hosting some spooky events for kids and adults starting on Saturday 28th October with kids Halloween parties in the afternoon with games and prizes and in the evening we welcome our very own guest speaker Nick Kyle presenting “Startling Evidence of Life after Death!” with the second session presenting “Haunted Inverkip and It’s Witches” . Tickets will be available soon from the hub £10 for both presentations and £6 for one session this will include teas, coffees and some light refreshments.

In December we have a further two events to kick this of will be an evening with Morton legend Andy Ritchie compared by well-known Greenockian Gerry Mcdade and then finishing our first year with a magical show from the award winning magician Chris Dinwoodie ,again money raised from these event will allow us to continue to subsidise community groups and fund future projects at the hub

14th October Cowal fiddle Workshop …Tickets available now at the hub £10 Concessions £8

28th October P1 to P4 & P5 to P7 Kids Halloween Party’s

28th October Guest Speaker Nick Kyle

2nd December    “An evening with Andy Ritchie and compare Gerry McDade”

29th December “A night of Magic with Chris Dinwoodie”

Young people are already accessing the facility for dancing ,table tennis, football, library,  some just dropping in to access wi-fi and sit in our breakout area .This has identified the need for drop in activities for young people from Inverkip initially targeting 1st 2nd and 3rdyear pupils. This is now high on our agenda and we are looking for volunteers interested in working with this age group and can provide youth work training as part of the induction process if required.

We are also open to suggestions from parents/guardians to run activities for younger kids if they feel there is a need or demand for this and we will be happy to look at how we take this forward and support parents /guardians with any funding, training or advice to get this up and running.

Please pop in to the hub and speak to me regarding any activities, support or information I will always find the time to look at improving the services at the hub that will benefit the local community which is always the best way of communication as I’m not great with Facebook !!!.

We are also now an accredited training centre and can deliver a wide range of certificated E Learning classes from manual handling to COSHH assessments and fire safety. Partnership working will be a key factor in providing placements and allowing us to delivering training and further learning opportunities, we are working closely with West College Scotland , Inverclyde Council andInverclyde Community Development Trust which is already work in progress with three Explorer Scouts doing voluntary work for their DOE anda future Job Fund  Placement starting on the 6th of September a further placement from the readiness for work project will also hopefully be in place soon.

The support from the local community has been amazing and footfall has already exceeded our initial expectations with first quarter footfall from Jan to March over 3500 and the second quarter rising to just over 6000 footfall from April to June 2017. The Library has also been a great success with an increase in users and books issued from last year with 528 books issued in July 2016 …. July 2017 at the hub the books issued increased to 945, July visitors also increasing from 462 to 1005 which is fantastic.

I am sure with your continued support and working closely with partner organisations we will continue to develop and deliver a new vision which reflects the views and aspirations of the local community.


Kevin Rodgers

Centre Manager



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Become a Board Member for Inverkip Community Initiative

Inverkip Community Initiative is looking to appoint two new board members to the following positions:

  1. Chair Person
  2. Grants Officer

The main responsibilities in each role are detailed below.

Chair Person

  1. The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation.  The Chairperson ensures that the management committee functions properly, that there is full participation at meetings, all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out
  2. Ensure the organisation is managed effectively
  3. Provide support and supervision to staff
  4. Represent the organisation
  5. To communicate effectively the vision and purpose of the organisation
  6. To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events
  7. To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation

Grants Officer

  1. Researching and identifying potential grant funding opportunities
  2. Making recommendations to board for approval
  3. Preparing and submitting application forms to the appropriate Grant making Trusts and/or Foundations
  4. Establishing annual schedule for applications
  5. Establishing and maintaining on going relationship with Grant making Trusts and/or Foundations
  6. Ensuring that organisation complies with all grant requirements and audits, and feedback/reports supplied to Trusts/Foundations on a timely basis

If you are interested in any of the above positions or would like further information, please contact Bill Stewart on 07932622952 or at

Applications should be in the form of a covering letter (e-mail acceptable) with details of any previous committee/trustee experience.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th July, 2017.

The board will review all applications and successful candidates will be asked to attend for interview.

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Walking Football in Inverclyde

Greenock Morton in the Community and the Inverkip Community Hub are working in partnership to kick off a Walking Football programme in Inverclyde.  This programme is designed for Men and Women aged 50 and over and will be hosted at the new Inverkip Community Hub.  The launch of the programme will take place in the Inverkip Hub on Friday 26th May, 2017 at 1pm finishing around 3pm.  An invitation to attend the launch is open to all members of the community and attendees will be provided with information on the set up and rules regarding Walking Football , as well as health and safety requirements, and have the opportunity to participate in short tasters sessions of Walking Football on the astroturf park.  Anyone requiring more information can contact Brian McLaughlin (Greenock Morton in the Community) at 01475 731949 or the Inverkip Community Hub at 01475 520740.

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