The Pirie Information Centre, situated within the Pirie Hall in Freeland Church, is open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon. Staffed by volunteers, the information centre provides a wide range of information which ranges from bus and train timetables, to theatre information, from DSS leaflets to passport forms, from further education and leisure classes to tourist information. We also produce a village information booklet which contains a list of all organisations within the area, together with contact telephone numbers, which has proved invaluable to newcomers to the village. Notice boards are also used by local groups wishing to advertise their events.
The Helping Hands scheme provides a service to the elderly and housebound in the village, whereby volunteers can assist in various small jobs about the house, but not in competition with local tradesmen.
For more information please contact the Centre during opening hours on 01505 612610
The Post Office in Bridge of Weir closed in May 2011. The library on the Main Street closed in the September to be moved to smart but smaller premises in the Cargill Hall. A group of volunteers from Freeland Church and other local churches, the Community Council and other village organisations planned and worked together to create a community facility, The BRIDGE, in the former library. The group leafleted the village twice and raised more than £20,000 from residents and businesses. The group have formed a charity The BRIDGE (Bridge of Weir) SCIO which is approved by OSCR and will be known as The BRIDGE.
Renfrewshire Council has leased the former library to The BRIDGE at a nominal rent and the project has been approved for LEADER grant funding. Volunteers and local businesses redecorated and refitted the premises and other volunteers restored the garden outside The BRIDGE.
An agreement has been reached with Post Office Limited for The BRIDGE to run the post office in Bridge of Weir. A small shop and café staffed by volunteers have been opened alongside the post office. There is exhibition space for arts & crafts as well as audio visual equipment for the screening of movies.