Bringing Communities Together

November 2016

I am sure many of you in both Villages by now will have heard of about Margaret Fleming, who went missing recently from Inverkip. At our November meeting our local Police Area Commander Chief Inspector Elliot Brown, provided us with an update as to the progress of the police’s missing person enquire. The police have been conducting extensive enquires and searches of the village in order to find Margaret, they have been speaking to many villagers in the hopes that they can provide more information that might help find her. Sadly so far Margaret has not been found. But I strongly encourage people if they have seen or know information that might be useful in finding Margaret to contact the police by calling 101.

At our November meeting myself and my fellow community councillors as well as a significant number of community members were provided with a very interesting presentation on the Inverkip War Memorial project by Hilary Cameron. Hilary has done a significant amount of research into the Inverkip War Memorial and the stories of those whose names are on the memorial. Hilary has produced an interesting book on the project which is for sale in numerous point in the village including Inverkip Church, proceeds after production cost are going to the Erskine Hospital.

Hilary reached out to the community council, to ask if we would be able to have some restoration work conducted on the memorial. As such we were only too happy to help, one of my community council colleague Tracy Bunton dealt with this issues, and by working with the Inverclyde Council was able to ensure the restoration work happened in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Myself and my fellow Community Councillor Elieen Virtue, were honoured to represent the Community Council and the communities of both villages at the Wemyss Bay & Inverkip Remembrance Sunday Services this month. No matter what anyone’s view on wars, the one thing we can all do is come together and honour those who fought so that we may be free.

That’s all until next month !

Eileen Virtue

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