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Renfrewshire Interfaith group backs the bid

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been backed by members of a group designed to bring together all the area’s different faiths.

Members of the Renfrewshire Interfaith group gathered in Paisley Abbey to show their support for the Paisley 2021 bid, which is due to be lodged in April.

The group is one of the regional branches of Interfaith Scotland and has members from various Christian denominations, as well as the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and pagan communities, plus many more.

Their aim is to work together to promote and foster unity between Renfrewshire’s different faith communities, and to build good relations between people of different beliefs.

Last year, the group was successful in a bid to host the launch of the Scotland-wide national interfaith week at Paisley Town Hall, which took place in November.

Stephen Haggerty, chair of Renfrewshire Interfaith Group, said: “Renfrewshire is a wonderfully unique, diverse and multi-cultural place, where people of many different faiths and beliefs all live and work side by side, that is something to be celebrated.

“An opportunity lies for us to work much closer together to build a society rooted in values we all treasure.

“For this, Interfaith dialogue becomes incredibly important – it provides us with a chance to find common ground, and foster mutual respect, openness, and understanding with others who have beliefs different from our own, and to build on our shared hopes and values for the benefit and betterment of society.

“We hope through Interfaith work and dialogue we can go some way to helping to achieve that goal.”

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Our various faith groups make up a really important part of Renfrewshire’s cultural fabric and we are thrilled to have the interfaith group on board with the bid.

“For the bid to be a success, it needs to be able to show support from throughout the local community, and we have been delighted by the way the people of Renfrewshire continue to come forward to be a part of what is happening.”

For more information on the Paisley 2021 bid, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Diane Mitchell Music School opening in Barrhead

Diane Mitchell Music School are expanding, and opening a Saturday Music School in Barrhead.

Classes will start on April 22nd.  There will be a Musical Tots class from 9.30am to 10.20am, and a musicianship class from 10.30am to 11.30am.  There will also be limited spaces for individual tuition in guitar and piano.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at la Rambla

Why not treat your mum to a fabulous meal at La Rambla this Mothering Sunday.


Booking is advised.  Please call 0141 849 0444 or call into La Rambla at 9-11 Renfrew Road, Paisley.

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Glentanar Court residents go Online

Students from West College’s Creative Industries department have been working with tenants at Glentanar Court in setting up social media accounts allowing tenants to develop their skills in modern communication technology.

WordPress, Tumblr Instagram and Facebook are now there for tenants to connect to families, friends and the world! The newly formed Heritage and Local History group at the Court hopes to use these media to share stories and research about the east end of Paisley and to connect to other Paisley heritage groups as the town drives for 2021 success.

The project incorporated film work, photography and audio alongside the development of the social media platform and has been a resounding success. The inter generational aspect of the project provided a great opportunity for the breaking down of barriers between old and young and will be a firm launchpad for further collaborative projects between West College and Glentanar Court.


Glentanar Court invites applications for the tenancy of a one person { studio} flat, now available. Please contact Cairn Housing Association on 0800 990 3405 to arrange a viewing or request an application form.

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M8 driving School

M8 Driving School

It’s that time of the year again where everyone has gotten over Christmas and credit card bills and looking forward to the summer months and hopefully some sun. This is when driving instruction is at its busiest and everyone wants to learn to drive during the summer months.  Get in there before everyone else and pass while the good weather is still here and you can take a drive down the coast with your friends or family.  Also, April time is when prices go up so get your block booking in before they do.

M8 Driving School

At present, we charge £26 per hour, £125 for 5hrs, £240 for 10hrs after 5th April our prices will go up to £27 per hour, £130 for 5hrs, £250 for 10hrs.

For more details please call  07747 600 672 or visit here.

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Unit available to rent at Greenhill Business Park, Paisley

Henderson properties have an empty unit available to rent at Greenhill Business Park, 1,286 sq. Ft with large roller shutter door.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a sole trader or small business to rent a unit in a prime spot.   For further details please call 0141 886 5020 or call into Henderson Properties at 27 Causeyside Street, Paisley.


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Paisley First Needs a Buddie

Renowned Paisley artist, Caroline Gormley, is teaming up with Paisley First and another international artist, Alexander Guy, on the second of the Paisley First Wall Series to produce a giant mural on a gable end, again in the heart of the town centre.

Caroline and Alexander are going to commence art work on March 20th, 2017 on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar, a Paisley fish and chip shop haunt and Cardosi’s, a popular Italian restaurant.

Caroline initially proposed a sketch of the lovely “Gracie” but this idea developed when she started thinking further about muralism.

“The modern tradition of muralism uses social and political themes, so community involvement is foremost for this mural. I decided early on that this project should be for the public.”

The artist’s sketch of “Gracie” shows the subject wearing a pair of oversized sunglasses with the reflection of Paisley’s wonderful architecture drawn in the lenses.

“The idea for this image was to show that our children are the future of Paisley. The reflection of the buildings are a representation of Paisleys heritage and the importance of how it’s the younger generations that uphold the future of that heritage.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, added:

“This project is part of a wider initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the town centre. Protecting our heritage and the future of our iconic buildings is an important part of this process and the mural encourages young people to think about that.”

Paisley First, in collaboration with artist Caroline Gormley and Alexander Guy, would now like to encourage Paisley’s youth community to come forward. Anyone under 18 years of age who wants to get involved should send in a photo of themselves in the same pose as Gracie.

One winner is going to be chosen, commemorated on the gable wall and the art work will be entitled, “Buddie”.

When we quizzed the artist on what she was looking for in a winner, she responded:

“I’ll be looking for a photo that encapsulates the inquisitive nature of youth. An attitude that shows the child wants to know and learn more…. I’d like a natural curiosity to be depicted in the final outcome.”

To enter the competition, this is all you have to do:

  • Ask your child to put on a pair of (preferably oversized) sunglasses
  • Ask your child to put on a hat with a pom pom
  • Ask your child to pose in the same way as “Gracie”
  • Take a good quality photograph
  • E-mail your image to ask@paisleyfirst.com with your contact details or drop the photograph off at one of our Paisley First “Buddie Drop-Off “points in either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.
  • Get snapping in your “Buddie “pose soon as competition closes Friday 10th March, 2017!
  • The competition is open to anyone under 18 years old living in Renfrewshire. Note that if the entrant is under 18, we require a parent or guardian’s approval.
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Top Hotels in Scotland

Are you planning on visiting Scotland this summer? Well, if you may be wondering which is the best hotel that you can reside in a while on your stay in Scotland. Let us view three of the top hotels that are found in Scotland, and from there you can choose the one suitable for you. The hotels include boutique hotels, the budget hotels, and hotel deals as well.

photo taken by Donald Tong

  • The Gleneagles hotel

This is one a great hotel that you should try out. The hotel is equipped with the best spa, and the food is to die for as it has great cuisines. The hotel is located in the Perth shire countryside from where the Scotland Highland begins. The unique thing about this hotel is the fact that it has its train station, and within five hours you can reach the hotel if you are coming from London. The hotel was built in the year 1920 as a railway resort and incorporates both the French chateau and Scottish Baronial designs making it stand out. You can never get bored while in Gleneagles hotel as there are so many activities you can engage in, such as golfing, there is a tennis court and swimming pool. Some sites like Thomson Holidays and Expedia offer significant discounts when choosing hotel accommodations. There is a total of 232 rooms with 26 suites, so you get so many choices to choose from. Also, you get a beautiful view of the countryside from the balcony of the hotel. The hotel also is family oriented as it has special services for people with disability and they also ensure that the children are well catered for regarding food and playgrounds.


  • Rock House

The hotel is found at the end of Georgian terrace and near the slopes of Calton Hill. The unique thing about this hotel is the fact that you can access it by foot and offers a lot of privacy. From the hotel, you get the best view of the city. The hotel has three different sleeping arrangements whereby the rock house accommodates around eight people the terrace apartment accommodates four people and the photographer studio two people. The rooms offer great privacy as they are self-contained and one can easily access to the garden or the terrace areas from the rooms. The hotel has the best services, and in case you need a delivery you will get the service from the hotel. The rooms are beautiful with all sorts of decor such as the William Morris wallpapers. There is a fireplace, and the kitchen is also quite stunning due to its traditional range cooker that you will not find anywhere else. When it comes to food, it is self-catering as you the rooms are self-contained you get to cook your food.


  • The pavilion at Lamb’s House

The hotel is found within the walls of lamb house on the Leith waterfront. The hotel offers privacy to its guests from the outside. This hotel is not far from the Michelin-starred restaurant and Martin Wishart which are known to have great cuisines. There is enough transportation as there are buses that frequently pass through the hotel as they head to the city center which is only 15 minutes drive away. The hotel rooms have warm colored decorations, and the furniture is well chosen and arranged. Both the modern and traditional devices are provided in the room such as smart TV which is placed in a beautiful traditional Chinese cabinet. The house also has a dishwasher machine, under floor heater and the blue tooth sound system. Wondering how to get to the Pavilion? Well, you can take advantage of voucher codes offered by some sites such as the Jet2holidays and get a discount on the flight charges or even accommodations. You can visit this website for a complete list of discounts.

If you are wondering about where to visit next summer, do not worry as Scotland is a great place that you can visit with your family. There are great hotels that offer excellent stay experience and are also equipped with great activities that you can engage with your family members.

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Big Karaoke Pub Challenge (open to all pubs/clubs in renfrewshire)

The event  this year  is being  sponsored by  Romech  F.M. and  Barmac electrical  Scotland ltd.  The prize  has been  increased this  year.  The winner will  get to record  3 songs of their choice,  2nd – 2  songs of their choice  and 3rd – 1 song of their choice.
The winning  pub/club will   get an  engraved mirror  and will host  the final  in  2018.
At  present  15  pubs  have agreed  to  take  part  this  year, they  are:
Hamishes Hoose
Patter Bar
Craigielea Bar
Wallace Bar/Grill
42 New Street
Tea Gardens
The Afton
St Peters Mens Club
Western Bar
Black Bull
Burns Houff
19th  Hole
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Boost for Paisley town centre

The launch of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme is the latest initiative aimed at revitalising Paisley town centre.

L – R – Provost Anne Hall and Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council

The scheme is now open to receive grant applications to improve Paisley’s built environment following the launch of the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. The £4million project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council and will be delivered over the next five years.

The programme aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest while highlighting the significant role Paisley has played in the weaving and textile industry.

Through the scheme building owners are able to apply for grant funding to invest in building repairs and shopfront improvements with a view to creating a high quality environment which will increase business interest and reduce the number of vacant properties in the area, while the money will also fund a programme of community activity designed to complement Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Mike Holmes, who was present at the launch said: “Paisley boasts an impressive built heritage only surpassed by Edinburgh. By investing in our built environment we will encourage more visitors and businesses to the area which will in turn increase footfall on the High Street and reduce the number of vacant properties.

“Through the scheme we, along with the support of HLF and HES, want to help building owners repair and improve their premises to help increase business interest. I would encourage building owners to find out more about the grant funding offered through this project and what the potential business benefits are likely to be.”

The launch of the scheme builds on the success of the initial £3.5m THI/CARS scheme which transformed the area around Causeyside Street including shopfront repair grants, public realm improvements and a revamp of Paisley Arts Centre.

Jim Peacock from Phelps Butchers benefited from funding during the initial THI/CARS initiative which covered improvements to the shop front and helped with the installation of a new roof. He believes it offers great a support opportunity for local businesses.

He said: “The funding we received helped make our shop front more attractive to customers by giving it a more traditional feel and you can see a real difference in the area as a result.

“Paisley is a great, historic town and it’s nice to see the local shops and buildings reflect that to help the town look better and more appealing to people.

“It was a no brainer for us to apply for the funding and we’ve really seen the benefit. I’d encourage others to jump on board and apply for the funding – improvements like these can only be a good thing for the town and for local businesses.”

Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland, said: “This latest round of £1.8 million of National Lottery funding into Paisley will bring a real economic boost as well as restoring community pride into this important Renfrewshire town. The project will breathe new life into the centre making it a better place to live and work through the refurbishment of key historic buildings and the surrounding area.

“Sitting alongside physical regeneration there will also be real benefits for local people including training in traditional skills and a chance to learn more about the town’s fascinating industrial past including its world famous textiles.

“The National Lottery has invested £7m National Lottery into Paisley’s heritage allowing the town to reinvigorate its historic past making it a more vibrant place for the people who call this town home today.”

Michael Easson, Project Manager for HES, said: “We first awarded grant funding to Paisley through our Conservation Area Regeneration scheme in 2009, and since then the programme has played a significant role in supporting investment through heritage-led regeneration.

“The revitalisation of Paisley’s historic town centre is a great example of what can be achieved, with a number of historic buildings already back in use thanks to the funding. We’re looking forward to seeing even more regeneration work for the built environment in Paisley, and the benefits this will bring to the local community.”

A number of other projects have been implemented aimed at driving people back into the town centre including the relocation of Paisley Central Library to a vacant building on the High Street and plans for a £49million revamp to Paisley Museum. These projects are collectively expected to attract more than 250,000 people to the High Street each year.

To find out more about the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme please visit:www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2

For more information on the Council’s wider regeneration plans please visit: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisley.