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Hot fashions to beat winter chill

THE coats, hats and scarves are flying off the fashion rails as fast as the leaves are falling off the trees this autumn.

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And that can only mean one thing – it’s time to find out about the latest trends for the coming season at the unique intu Braehead fashion garden, this weekend.

The shopping centre is holding a free Autumn Winter Fashion Event in the central atrium, which has been transformed into a unique interactive garden, featuring the latest fashions that will be setting the trend in the coming months.
There are lots of outfits and accessories from the fashion stores at intu Braehead to browse, as well as beauty products to try and demonstrations to see.

Fashion stylists and top make-up experts will be on hand to give out one-to-one advice on what’s hot and what’s not this winter.

Shoppers can also take an unusual selfie or two in the Fashion Garden’s Magic Mirror. And one person who posts their selfie on social media with #intuawfashion will win a £200 intu Gift Card.
The intu Braehead Autumn Winter Fashion Event began yesterday (Friday) and continues today, Saturday September 23 and tomorrow between noon and 4pm.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re quickly heading towards autumn and winter and that means it’s time for the girls – and boys – to update their wardrobe for the new season.
“Anyone in the slightest doubt what they should be wearing this autumn and winter should come along and get some free expert advice from our stylists.”

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Spectacular programme revealed for Paisley’s winter events season

The spectacular programme has been revealed for this year’s winter events season in Paisley – with Northern Irish rockers Ash set to headline the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Paisley’s winter events programme will begin with the two-day Halloween Festival on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October. The special 80’s themed Paisley Fireworks Spectacular will take place on the Saturday 4 November with the ever-popular Christmas Lights Switch On taking place two weeks later on Saturday 18 November.

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Winter events excitement will extend across Renfrewshire with live music and free family entertainment taking place at Christmas Lights Switch Ons in Renfrew on Saturday 25 November and Johnstone on Saturday 2 December. The annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards comes to Paisley for the first time ever and will be held at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 2 December.

Programme highlights include:

  • the spooktacular Halloween Parade through Paisley town centre with a stunning fire monster on a Paisley Chariot, New Orleans style street band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band, the Spark! Drummers and much more.

 

  • a spectacular Fire Garden and Fire Stage at Bridge Street with soundscapes, projections and illuminations to make for a real extravaganza of sight and sound in Abbey Close.

 

  • a night of music, haunted performers and spooky goings-on with a Halloween Ball at Paisley Town Hall and Friday Fright Night at Paisley Museum, organised by Renfrewshire Leisure.

 

  • an 80s themed Silent Disco in Paisley Town Hall during the afternoon and broadcast from Clyde One DJs in the evening ahead of the Paisley Fireworks Spectacular at Abbey Close.

 

  • The famous Reindeer Parade starting and finishing on Paisley High Street before Santa opens his grotto outside the Paisley Centre.

 

  • a Live Stage with performance by music headliners Ash before Paisley’s festive season is officially marked with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

The winter season is part of a wider programme of events in Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley was this summer named as the only Scottish location on the shortlist for the title, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

The bid is part of a wider push to use Paisley’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the future of the whole Renfrewshire area, with the final bid document due to be submitted to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at the end of the month.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The Halloween Festival, Fireworks Spectacular and Christmas Lights Switch On are established favourites in the town’s events calendar – and this year Paisley’s winter events programme is even bigger and better than ever.

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is to showcase the town’s proven track record in hosting a diverse range of major cultural activities and the winter events programme highlights just that.”

Tim Wheeler, frontman of Ash, said: “We’re really looking forward to playing Paisley for the switching on of the Christmas lights this year. Hopefully our tunes will get the elves dancing and the Christmas spirit flowing.”

Santa Claus, who visited the town for the launch of Paisley’s winter events programme, is looking forward to the Christmas Lights Switch On and said: “It will be a happy, wonderful occasion. Paisley’s real strength is its great people and I know they’ll turn out to see me and enjoy the night.”

Gerry Lyons, DJ for the 80s themed Silent Disco and family fun at the Fireworks Spectacular, said: “The eighties was a great decade for music and I’ll be playing everything from classic pop like Wham through to power ballads and iconic tunes like Michael Jackson’s thriller. The silent disco will see people in the room listen to different music through head phones, so they’re dancing to different tunes and it’s great fun.”

Find out more information at www.paisley2021.co.uk.

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Tips for a Wonderful Family Glamping Trip

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From a young age, camping is one of those activities that brings so much excitement and adventure and endless memories. From toasting the marshmallows over the fire, to building a fort out of sticks in the woods and making strange shapes on the tent wall with the torch. As you get older and start to take your little one’s camping, however, there are often a few important things to consider making sure the children are happy and settled, whilst still ensuring they have a fabulous adventure. This is where the wonderful world of glamping comes in, making your camping trip that little bit more glamorous and enjoyable for all the family!

The Right Location/Site

Choosing the right location and site is the most important factor when taking your family on a glamping trip. The first thing to do is decide on the kind of place you want to go to, somewhere with plenty of beautiful walks and things to occupy the kids. You can then start to look at the sites available around the area, which will help you to narrow down your choices. When searching for the right site, be sure to check reviews from previous campers, and check what facilities you have available, as this is key when you have children.

Friends and Family

Camping adventurous are always better with a group, and what better way to spend your time away than with your close friends and family. Glamping is so much fun, and when you have a group of you there’s room to make even more amazing memories. The children will keep themselves happy and entertained, whilst the grownups can enjoy some good food and conversations around the camp fire!

Tents, Tepees and Campervans

Deciding on your accommodation style when camping is now much more exciting than it used to be. You no longer have just the choice of a tent, as many glampers are now opting for stylish tepees, camping pods and even campervans with a cosy campervan bed. These options are ideal for glamping with the family, as you know you’ll be warm and dry no matter what the weather may decide to do, whilst also ensuring you have a comfortable spot for the little ones to sleep. Decide on the accommodation style that suits you best to make sure your camping trip is as good as it can be.

Traditional Treats

When it comes to camping, the food is always going to be limited and needs to be chosen in advance to ensure you have everything you want and need. You have to ensure you have all of the camping essentials for those cosy nights around the fire, with the most important treat being a selection of delicious marshmallows to toast and melt. Tasty crisps and dips are also perfect for taking on your adventures, as you can keep them stored in a cool place without having to worry about their shelf life.

Let Your Creativity Flow

Adventures are the main event throughout your camping trip, as they are the exciting stories you and your children will be telling all of your friends about when you get home. Being as creative as possible throughout your glamping trip will ensure that you and your family have an amazing time filled with laughter and new experiences. Whether it’s an adventurous walk through the woods, a fun nature trail around the camp site or even just some DIY crafts to decorate the tents or campervan with, so can get your little ones involved with some creative activities that will make their trip fun and exciting.

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Glentanar Court Events and News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Glentanar Court. The local TA unit, based at Hawkhead, very kindly assisted with the digging out  of our ‘Bee Friendly’ flower bed.

The planting is almost finished and we will then be inviting children from the local primary schools in for a ‘Be Friendly’  teaparty, hoping to break down some of the barriers between young and old and invite the school to make use of the garden as they learn about the environment and the vital role bees play.

We have also hosted a teaparty for Contact the Elderly, with members of the Bellahouston branch coming for tea cakes and chat.

September 29th is Macmillan Coffee morning day and we will be trying to better the £300 we raised last year for this worthy cause.

October 2nd we will be celebrating International Older Persons’ Day with an event highlighting all the skills and talents that our tenants have contributed to their communities over their lifetime, and which they are still active in sharing.

Glentanar Court is a ‘retirement’ housing complex managed by Cairn Housing Association and we welcome applications from those aged 50 plus.

We are always happy to show those interested round our complex, and answer any questions over a cuppa!

We offer a comfortable, well appointed living environment with a varied and vibrant social programme organised by tenants.

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ReMode Events Coming up

We’ve got loads of events coming up!  So Machine is a chance to make and design your own skateboards and skater clothes.

For over-16s, our Meddle and Make Workshop is back, while you can learn all about natural tie-dye at Woad Week (A ReMode Make Week), and create great new pieces for your home and garden at Indoors/Outdoors Week (A ReMode Make Week). All of our workshops are totally free, and we’ll supply most of the materials too. Click through on each link for dates/times and booking details.

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Major town centre investment to be considered by councillors

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A major package of capital investment in Paisley town centre is set to be considered by Renfrewshire councillors when they meet next week.

Plans being put forward propose a package of investment totalling £45.7million in refurbishment and upgrades to Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, a new venue at the former Galbraith’s site on Back Sneddon Street in the town; improvements to Paisley town centre as well as an upgrade to St James Playing field.

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The plans are part of the town’s final bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 competition, which is also being considered by councillors next week, with a decision on the winner expected by the end of the year.

Paisley was this summer named as the only Scottish bidder on the shortlist for the 2021 competition, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

The bid is part of a wider push to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage offer to make it a key visitor destination within Scotland, and transform the future of the whole Renfrewshire area.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The whole of Renfrewshire has such a rich heritage and world class local talent and this investment will bring significant benefit to communities right across the region.

“Culture and heritage can play such a transformational role in supporting our local economy and improving the opportunities and wellbeing for our communities, investing in improvements to our existing venues and our town centre environment, we can make a real change in the fortunes of the area.

“Winning the title will boost the local economy by £175million, create more than 4,700 local jobs in the area, boost our tourism industry and improve the profile of the area, showing investors how much Renfrewshire has to offer.”

The plans include:

£22million for Paisley Town Hall – to increase performance attendances and attract high quality events to improve the visitor experience and improve the physical infrastructure of the building to secure its long term future

£2.5 million for Paisley Arts Centre – to upgrade electrical works, improve toilet provision, provide changing accommodation for performers, new seating, improved staging, redecoration and improved access arrangements

£10million improvements to Paisley town centre – include improved access into the town centre, pedestrian and cycling routes, public transport, local traffic improvements and investment in the physical appearance of the town centre

£3.5million to transform the former Galbraith’s building on Back Sneddon Street to provide a venue for performance and visual art events.

£7.7million redevelopment of facilities at St James playing field including an upgrade to grass pitches, a new pavilion and café, and an area to accommodate large scale events; and an upgrade to the existing Ferguslie Park Sports Centre.

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Ambitious plans unveiled to reshape Renfrewshire

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Plans to create a thriving Renfrewshire are set to be considered by councillors next week.

Thriving Places, Connected Communities is the new Council Plan being presented next week, which sets out the local authority’s vision and strategic objectives for Renfrewshire over the next five years.

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Renfrewshire has a population of 176,000 people and has a proud cultural heritage, including Scotland’s second highest concentration of listed buildings.

The area generates more than one-third of Scotland’s manufacturing exports, with highly qualified employees and jobs up by 9,000 in the last three years.

The area also faces significant challenges, with one in five Renfrewshire children living in poverty and life chances in some communities blighted by poor health and wellbeing.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This plan sets out our ambitions as a local authority to deliver for everyone in Renfrewshire.

“Renfrewshire is a place of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in cultural heritage, with thriving business and economic activity. By listening to our communities and working together with our partners we can reshape Renfrewshire, our economy and our future.

“It is only by working together that we can give people a sense of pride in the place where they live. We want to remove the barriers to opportunities, building strong, safe and resilient communities, and make the most of what the area has to offer.

“This is a fantastic, yet challenging time for Renfrewshire and many people in our communities are affected by poverty, poor health and unemployment. These are unacceptable inequalities and we will address them by working differently, making decisions which ensure growth and investment reaches our most disadvantaged.

“Like many public services, we face significant financial challenges, a changing society and changing needs of local people, communities and businesses. It is vital that this plan is ambitious and flexible, enabling us to respond to the challenges and embrace the opportunities that will help us deliver the high-quality services local people and businesses rely on.”

Renfrewshire Council is the 10th largest local authority in Scotland, with 7900 staff and a £380million budget. It delivers a diverse range of services, from educating more than 27,000 children to managing more than 12,200 Council homes.

Councillors will consider the plan at the Council meeting on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

They will also discuss the details of Renfrewshire’s Community Plan, the new ten-year plan developed jointly by key public, private and third sector organisations including the Council.

Councillor Nicolson added: “Renfrewshire’s Community Plan marks a shared responsibility between the Council and its many partners to get things right for Renfrewshire people.

“Developing these two plans in parallel provides us with a real opportunity to agree on the collective outcomes we will all focus on going forward and create a ‘golden thread’ running through each one, together delivering a thriving Renfrewshire.”

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New partnership programme launches in Renfrewshire to keep young drivers safe on the road

Young drivers at Renfrewshire Council are set to improve their skills behind the wheel as Police Scotland launched a new partnership programme in Renfrewshire.

More than 40 driving instructors and learners attended a launch event at the Gleniffer Hotel which outlined the benefits of the programme through presentations by Police Scotland and the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain.

The new driver scheme aims to provide young drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to lower the risk of a collision for inexperienced drivers.

The scheme will link with the Council’s Modern Apprenticeship programme and young drivers will have the opportunity to attend workshops designed to improve their hazard perception.

The course will use case studies to identify the missed hazards which ultimately caused a collision, recognise why they were missed and provide the solutions to ensure that drivers will not make the same mistakes.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “This new programme will be a fantastic resource for our Modern Apprentices to take advantage of and will prepare them for life on the roads, both in their own vehicles and when using the council fleet.

“It is important that young drivers are able to deal with the hazards which may present themselves on the roads and the course allows the risks to be addressed in the classroom before facing them in reality.

“This training will ensure that all young drivers who have access to the council fleet will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to drive the vehicles safely and appropriately as they carry out their role within the organisation.”

Since the scheme was launched in February 2017, more than 1000 drivers have taken part in workshops with Police Scotland to enhance their hazard perception skills when behind the wheel.

Superintendent Nichola Burns, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division, said “Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council is a fantastic way for us to reach out to new drivers through their modern apprentice programme.

“It allows us to promote road safety by discussing opinions and driving styles, and highlighting the dangers of peer pressure and bravado whilst in control of a vehicle.

“Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council allows us to improve road safety by delivering the right messages to the right audience and at the most appropriate time.  We hope our presentations will change attitudes and behaviours.”

The Council will make the course available to all its modern apprentices, with an initial focus on those who will have access to the Council fleet.

All employees currently have to undergo a pre-assessment check before being allowed access to a council vehicle and the training will expand on this to ensure all necessary precautions are in place.

Constable Craig Beaver of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Department, said: “We will be delivering the New Driver Scheme to all apprentices within Renfrewshire Council over the next few months.

“Our resource is impactive, informative, and puts the hazard perception skills which new drivers have acquired into a real life context.”

If you are a new driver, or an employer of new drivers and feel you may benefit from this free opportunity, please get in touch via newdriverscheme@scotland.pnn.police.uk

For more information on the scheme visit: http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/new-driver-scheme.

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Operational activity underway as part of Team Up to Clean Up campaign

The fruits of a £250,000 investment in the cleanliness of Renfrewshire’s streets will soon be visible as an enhanced programme of operational activity gets underway.

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign sees an additional investment in gully cleaning, road sweeping, litter picking and a refresh of the roads infrastructure to improve the standard of Renfrewshire’s environment.

Residents can expect to see an enhanced programme of gully maintenance on the roads which will complement existing activity and allow gullies to be examined, and where appropriate, drained and cleaned.

There will also be an increase in the road sweeping provision across the area with employment of two new drivers meaning Renfrewshire’s residential communities will now be swept every two months.

New dedicated litter pickers have been employed to complement existing street cleaning activity and will work to clear litter from their area whilst also addressing any other cleanliness issues they come across on their route.

The Rapid Response Team, who undertake patrols of Renfrewshire and tackle reports of fly tipping, fly posting and similar activity, will be boosted with additional employees.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “This campaign will make our streets cleaner, brighter and a more attractive place to live and work.

“Cleaning gullies, sweeping roads, picking up litter will all make an immediate difference to the perception of our area which is why we have chosen to make this investment.

“The increased programme of activity will ensure that the community can see tangible benefits in their area, which we hope they will then take pride in.

“We want this campaign to spark a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire and we want the community to work with us by taking part in community clean ups, cleaning up after their dogs, reporting an fly tipping and addressing their recycling habits.

“If we all ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ then we will make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

The campaign also looks to motivate the community to become involved and invoke a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire.

A number of engagement sessions have taken place to discover what those who live and work in Renfrewshire believe are the main issues affecting the environment, what can be done to change this and how best to get the community involved.

Two further evening sessions are scheduled for Wednesday 27 September at Park Mains High School in Erskine and Thursday 28 September at Renfrewshire House, Paisley.

To confirm your attendance, please contact 0300 300 1375.

Further information on the campaign can be found at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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Further Engagement Sessions Announced for Team Up to Clean Up

Renfrewshire Council will be holding another round of local engagement sessions for the upcoming Team Up to Clean Up Campaign, which sees an extra investment of £250,000 devoted to cleaning up our streets and improving our local environment.
Renfrewshire Council want to make sure the views of local communities are heard within the campaign and celebrate and empower local community groups already active around Renfrewshire. A number of engagement sessions have already taken place to discover what local people believe are the main issues affecting the environment in their area and what can be done to change this.
The upcoming sessions that have been scheduled will be on Wednesday the 27th September at Park Mains High School and Thursday the 28th September at Renfrewshire House, Paisley. To book a place at one of the sessions Renfrewshire Council have asked you to call 0300 300 1375.
Councillor Natalie Don, deputy convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board, has encouraged local residents to get involved by attending the sessions.
Councillor Don said
“This campaign will see the council step up their efforts in a bid to make our streets cleaner and improve our local environment but we want to hear what is important to local people in their own areas.”
“If you have an opinion on the main issues affecting your area, how they could be improved and how we can change behaviours to ensure that this campaign has a long lasting effect, I would encourage you to attend one of these sessions and make sure your voice is heard.”
“I would also encourage local community groups to attend the sessions and give their opinions on how the council  can help the activities that they already carry out. There are many fantastic community groups in Renfrewshire and we want to celebrate and empower the work they already do voluntarily, to improve our local areas.”
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment board, also highlighted the importance of the sessions for local people.
Councillor McEwan stated,
“To make sure your concerns about street cleaning in your area are addressed come along. Let’s work together to put a pride back into all areas of Renfrewshire.”
“Your views are what we need to take this campaign forward and help us to change a culture that has been allowed to develop into a situation that has seen Renfrewshire in second bottom position for street cleaning in Scotland’