The Dutch Gable House

The Dutch Gable House The Dutch Gable House is one of the oldest buildings in Greenock, built in 1755 it is now being developed by Inverclyde Community Development Trust into a community space for heritage, arts and enterprise activity...
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Hi Folks, we wish to understand how the local community feels about upgrading our local cycle path (NCN75). We greatly a...
04/11/2019
Inverclyde Cycle path (NCN75) upgrade consultation

Hi Folks, we wish to understand how the local community feels about upgrading our local cycle path (NCN75). We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
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DOORS OPEN DAY! Our Inverclyde Council 'Future Jobs' trainees have done a brilliant job getting the Dutch Gable House in...
30/08/2019

DOORS OPEN DAY!

Our Inverclyde Council 'Future Jobs' trainees have done a brilliant job getting the Dutch Gable House into great shape for Doors Open Day from 10am until 3pm tomorrow!

Come down and see us at the oldest (and most spookiest) house in Inverclyde, where we'll be exhibiting a collection of rare WWII photographs and talking to everyone about the future of the space.
We look forward to seeing you all! 😁

Our Inverclyde Council 'Future Jobs' trainees have been working hard while learning new skills in painting and repairs a...
09/08/2019
Greenock - Dutch Gable House

Our Inverclyde Council 'Future Jobs' trainees have been working hard while learning new skills in painting and repairs at the Dutch Gable House. The team have done a brilliant job and we are delighted to announce that The Dutch Gable House will now be re-opened for Doors Open Day on Saturday 31st of August.

We will be exhibiting a collection of rare Inverlcyde WWII photographs from the Imperial War Museum archive. We will also be conducting a community listening survey about the future use of the building, so please pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

We are especially keen to hear from small community groups interested in using the space, including: musicians, drama groups, book clubs, crafters, makers, knitting groups, writers, storytellers and artists. If you are interested in using the DGH, please get in touch with [email protected] or drop in and speak to us at The Gable on Sat 31st of Aug.

On the day, you can also find out more about all our other Trust projects from 'Employability' and 'Befriending' to 'Food To Fork', as well as 'Sharing Stories' and 'Community Tracks'. We look forward to seeing you all! 😁

The Dutch Gable House is an iconic and unusual building in Greenock’s historic William Street town quarter. The rear of the building allows access to the oldest surviving house in the town. Come along and explore this historical building. Please note – Wheelchair access is very limited, assistan...

14/05/2019

Hi Folks, we are pleased to announce that we are currently carrying out a feasibility study to look at the future of the Dutch Gable House. As part of this work, we will be holding a number of public consultation meetings over the next few months, so please keep an eye on this page for updates and event dates. We are also very keen to hear everyones views and ideas for the future of this historic and important community space

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we won't be able to open up all of the Dutch Gable House this weekend for Doors Op...
08/09/2017

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we won't be able to open up all of the Dutch Gable House this weekend for Doors Open Day - but we are still taking part in the children's activities programme on Saturday, running a free comic making workshop from 10-12 and storytelling at 1pm and 2pm. Spaces are limited for the comic sessions, book at http://www.magictorchcomics.co.uk/contact

Hurray! The Newark Enterprises pop-up shop opens again tomorrow for Christmas. Handmade goods which create local employm...
29/10/2015
Newark Enterprises

Hurray! The Newark Enterprises pop-up shop opens again tomorrow for Christmas. Handmade goods which create local employment...click through and give their page a wee like!

Newark Enterprises Shop is based in The Dutch Gable House on William Street. Selling quality hand made gifts that can be personalised.

12/09/2015
Restorations - Teaser Trailer

Good news...The Dutch Gable House is still atmospheric in the rain. Come see Magic Torch's short film Restorations there today.

Trailer for Magic Torch project featuring Greenock Plans Ahead footage recut to a new soundtrack by the band British Sea Power. The short film will form part...

Mind and come say hello this Saturday in Dutch Gable from 10 - 4
10/09/2015

Mind and come say hello this Saturday in Dutch Gable from 10 - 4

Lots of interesting places to visit this Doors Open Day...We'll be open Saturday 10 - 4
08/09/2015
Inverclyde Council | Inverclyde Doors Open Days Weekend

Lots of interesting places to visit this Doors Open Day...
We'll be open Saturday 10 - 4

Inverclyde Doors Open Days Weekend is your chance to have a look inside more than 40 of Inverclyde’s most interesting venues during Scotland’s annual Doors Open Days event.

The team at Dutch Gable have also been working with new groups as part of the Heritage Inverclyde Quest For Learning pro...
02/09/2015

The team at Dutch Gable have also been working with new groups as part of the Heritage Inverclyde Quest For Learning project...

Some photos from our first story gathering event at The Dutch Gable on 27/8/15.

We'll be holding many more events in the future aimed at gathering an oral history of Inverclyde.

If you'd like to get involved in our oral history gathering, or any of our volunteer projects, please get in touch with us on Facebook.

02/09/2015
Sounds Write

"Unintoxicated" playing acoustic song in The Back House as part of the amazing Sounds Write project that is running in the Gable just now...

Aidan and Bailey from "Unintoxicated" playing an acoustic version of their band's original song - "Someone Else's Song"

A reminder about Magic Torch's launch for the Achi Baba graphic novel tomorrow from 10 - 2. And of course, there are man...
10/07/2015

A reminder about Magic Torch's launch for the Achi Baba graphic novel tomorrow from 10 - 2. And of course, there are many other Gallipoli Centenary events on throughout the weekend.

Old Greenock Characters - Preachin' Mary
09/03/2015
Old Greenock Characters - Preachin' Mary

Old Greenock Characters - Preachin' Mary

Another of John Donald's Old Greenock Characters, presented, as ever, as the text was written....Mary O'Neill, otherwise "Preachin' Mary," felt impelled occasionally, when in her cups, to favour townspeople with unsolicited views and opinions of things in general, and of the liquor question in parti

Uncommon Tales - Remnants
02/03/2015
Uncommon Tales - Remnants

Uncommon Tales - Remnants

Mama GlowIt was about 5 minutes after we started researching our Uncommon Tales comic, that we realised that we should have given ourselves enough time to do a 128 page comic, rather than a 32 page one - there are just so many wonderful horrors to choose from. It's honestly no wonder Scooby Doo keep

Uncommon Tales - Free Download
16/02/2015
Uncommon Tales - Free Download

Uncommon Tales - Free Download

Rounding off our 13 Commonwealth Tales project, our Uncommon Tales comic is now available to read for free online.Physical copies will be available at various Magic Torch events throughout the rest of the year, and also at Glasgow Comicon.If you are interested in receiving a copy of the physical edi

Time and Place - Celebration Ode
10/02/2015
Time and Place - Celebration Ode

Time and Place - Celebration Ode

Our Restorations film featured a version of the poem Celebration Ode, by Jock Scott and British Sea Power.Here are some more versions of this 'Greenock anthem' by local musicians...

Time and Place - Restorations Reflections
07/02/2015
Time and Place - Restorations Reflections

Time and Place - Restorations Reflections

We had three fully booked shows for the final part of our Time and Place project, a showing of the Restorations film, edited by Louie Pastore with soundtrack by British Sea Power - all supported by National Lottery Awards For All.After people had watched the film, we asked them to hang around in the

05/02/2015

Just to let folks now that Magic Torch's showing of Restorations tonight is fully booked - however they hope to show it again soon and we will be sure to let you know when.

Time and Place - Restorations
26/01/2015
Time and Place - Restorations

Time and Place - Restorations

As part of our National Lottery Awards for All funded project, Time and Place, we had the opportunity to work with one of our favourite bands British Sea Power, on creating a new soundtrack for a short film edited by Louie Pastore. Restorations features old photos of the area alongside recut footage

13 Commonwealth Tales - Free Download
19/01/2015
13 Commonwealth Tales - Free Download

13 Commonwealth Tales - Free Download

You can now read/download our collection from last year online here on Scribd.Or read it right now below...Thirteen Commonwealth Tales

Old Greenock Characters - A Thrilling Adventure!
12/01/2015
Old Greenock Characters - A Thrilling Adventure!

Old Greenock Characters - A Thrilling Adventure!

So aye, we told you what we did last year, and what we're doing this year, but y'know what...it's been awhile since we've had an excerpt from John Donald's inspirational Old Greenock Characters - here is a tale from John Donald's own childhood memories...I may here relate an unusual· and interesting

Dig Where You Stand...
08/01/2015
Dig Where You Stand...

Dig Where You Stand...

A hard time we had of it...sleeping in snatches, with the voices singing in our ears saying that this was all folly. But 2014 is behind us now...this is the all new, all action 2015. Totally different.Over the last year, I had the chance to undertake a study into heritage and social enterprise, int

2014 - Year in Review
28/12/2014
2014 - Year in Review

2014 - Year in Review

The endless, trudging march of time sees us once again stare bleary eyed into the uncertain future of a "new year" and "fresh start", while cursing the yawning chasm of empty darkness which now lies behind us. But we had a laugh eh? As the end approaches, a quick look back at our most read posts for

Midwinter Tales - A Very Merry Cthulhu
21/12/2014
Midwinter Tales - A Very Merry Cthulhu

Midwinter Tales - A Very Merry Cthulhu

check out Cthulhu Countdown CalendarIt would surprise few to know that many of Magic Torch enjoy the eldritch horrors of H.P. Lovecraft, indeed our own Tales of the Oak comic features not one but two Lovecraftian tales, The Call of Clutha (see what we did there?) and The Belville Terror, and last ye

Midwinter Tales - The Boarded WIndow
17/12/2014
Midwinter Tales - The Boarded WIndow

Midwinter Tales - The Boarded WIndow

bysharonwithlove A short story from Ambrose Bierce. Many other short stories can be read for free on Underworld Tales... In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, lay an immense and almost unbroken forest. The whole region was sparsely settled by people of the fro

Midwinter Tales -The Berry Yards
15/12/2014
Midwinter Tales -The Berry Yards

Midwinter Tales -The Berry Yards

Photo - Louie Pastore : Dark Side o' InverclydeToday, a wee excerpt from a longer work in progress...We would go to pick elderberries and brambles most weekends in the autumn, then help squash them up to make wines. This year though, winter was mild, and so we had been able to pick berries much late

Midwinter Tales - No Smoking Kills
08/12/2014
Midwinter Tales - No Smoking Kills

Midwinter Tales - No Smoking Kills

A festive tale now from Mark Jones, President of Greenock Writers Club, and a gentleman and a scholar to boot...Eight months had passed since I’d last seen and spoken to Niall. Eight months since our last rammy, and still Dad’s estate hadn’t been settled. It scunnered me to spend Christmas in my bro

Midwinter Tales - A Child's Voice
07/12/2014
Midwinter Tales - A Child's Voice

Midwinter Tales - A Child's Voice

A lost BBC Ghost Story for Christmas?From the videos own youtube description, via Rog Pile's Channel"Radio fixes the person but frees the imagination."This might be the first time this BBC ghost story has been viewed publicly in 36 years. A number of people across the net remember the story, and I'

06/12/2014
Grave Tales from the Gable

Grave Tales from the Gable

FRIENDS OF THE GABLE presents GRAVE TALES FROM THE GABLEA selection of folk tunes and spooky spoken word, based on the heritage and folklore of Inverclyde, recorded by volunteer group, The Friends of the Gable. A physical copy of the album is available for purchase in the Dutch Gable House shop, wit

Midwinter Tales - Wendigo
03/12/2014
Midwinter Tales - Wendigo

Midwinter Tales - Wendigo

Andy's welcoming PostIt Note Wendigo, which once lived on the office door.Really wish we'd thought about using this for a Christmas card...While stocking up on your winter provisions to avoid Wendigo attack in the lean months, you'll be wanting to make sure you have a copy of the 32 page full colour

Timeline Photos
02/12/2014

Timeline Photos

Midwinter Tales 2014
01/12/2014
Midwinter Tales 2014

Midwinter Tales 2014

Merry December...as ever during the final month of the year, we like to curate and share a selection of chilling tales told in all sorts of different ways. This year among other horrors, we have the release of our Uncommon Tales comic, sinister cigarettes, musical nightmares, dopplegangers and berr

Book Week Scotland - Fun With Folktales
24/11/2014
Book Week Scotland - Fun With Folktales

Book Week Scotland - Fun With Folktales

If you didn't manage to pick up a FREE copy of 13 Commonwealth Tales earlier in the year, be sure to head along to our Book Week Scotland event on Saturday 29th November in The Dutch Gable House, where you can also enjoy some craft activities and storytelling from 10 - 2 (we'll be in The Back House.

22/11/2014
Absent Voices

Absent Voices

Dear Facebook Friends, The Sugar Archive at the McLean Museum in Greenock is FREE and OPEN to ALL!
If you're in area today (Saturday 22nd) please drop in between now and 5pm for an afternoon of live music, screenings and Filmpoem premiers. No ticket required!! You might even get a wee sweetie... ;-)

Really pleased that our heritage project has been nominated for a Community Award. Well done and good luck to all the ot...
18/11/2014
COMMUNITY Award Finalists Confirmed

Really pleased that our heritage project has been nominated for a Community Award. Well done and good luck to all the other nominees from excellent projects across the town.

Inverclyde Now is a frequently updated news and information site for the Inverclyde area of Scotland.

Absent Voices - Sugar Archive
17/11/2014
Absent Voices - Sugar Archive

Absent Voices - Sugar Archive

An archive created by artists and musicians who have been exploring the heritage of Scotland’s once-mighty sugar industry is set to be handed over to the people of Inverclyde.Sugar Archive, which opens at The McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock on Saturday 22nd November, is the culmination of

12/11/2014
The Life of Bill Stoddart

Here's a wee look at our latest video, a documentary of Greenock born marathon, cross country, and distance runner, Bill Stoddart.

There's as mall exhibition running at the Dutch Gable House, featuring pictures from Bills athletics career, as well as this documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUWy7_UG9xA

A small peak into the life of Bill Stoddart, Greenock born marathon runner.

Uncommon Tales - Singing Bones
10/11/2014
Uncommon Tales - Singing Bones

Uncommon Tales - Singing Bones

from the Green Old Oak Tree, art Andy LeeOne of our stories in Uncommon Tales is The Green Old Oak Tree, one of many tales which feature a murder, a bone from the murdered body being turned into a musical instrument, and the musical instrument telling everyone the grisly details of the murder every

Within The Shadows...
03/11/2014
Within The Shadows...

Within The Shadows...

Here's a spooky show that sounds right up our street, on at The Beacon later this month, In The Shadows...A family move to Port Glasgow in search of a new start, but what they find is something more macabre than they could ever imagine. Why are the locals acting so weird? What is that tune howling i

What Sweet Music They Make...
27/10/2014
What Sweet Music They Make...

What Sweet Music They Make...

We're obviously all very excited about Goth at the BBC this week on BBC 4, but meantime, a few tunes from unusual places...Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill take us to a place we feel like we remember...the half remembered terrors of the seventies folk horror TV series The Book of the Lost...The

Uncommon Tales - Inspirations
22/10/2014
Uncommon Tales - Inspirations

Uncommon Tales - Inspirations

cover by Andy LeeOur winter comic for this year is Uncommon Tales, in which Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes travels around various commonwealth countries, encountering creatures and monsters. The really horrible ones we left out of the 13 Commonwealth Tales book. As such, we're celebrating a grand tradition

Uncommon Tales
21/10/2014
Uncommon Tales

Uncommon Tales

Rollicking along just in time for the darker months, comes Uncommon Tales, a terrifying selection of folk tales packed with unspeakable horrors from around the Commonwealth, featuring Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes. Meet Wendigo, Tokoloshe, Sharktopus, Anansi and more.The comic was produced with the suppo

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