The longest-running major sponsor of St Mirren, intu Braehead has signed up for another season.
The shopping and leisure destination has pledged a five-figure sum of money to the club in what will be the 13th year in a row they have been a Saints sponsor.

The intu Braehead logo will be on the back of the away shirt and also on signage around the stadium.
St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott said: “We’re grateful for the financial support intu Braehead has given the club over so many years.

“The centre plays a massive role in the local economy providing jobs that pay wages that people can spend in towns and villages throughout Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“And intu Braehead has also been a great supporter of local charities and organisations, as well as being a major backer of St Mirren since 2005.”

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “We’ve always been a supporter of St Mirren who are synonymous with Paisley and Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“A successful St Mirren gives a huge boost to the morale of the local community and you can see that’s what happened when Saints were promoted to the Scottish Premiership last season.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“I’m looking forward to seeing St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership this year and a successful and growing intu Braehead means we can support organisations like St Mirren and other good causes even more in the future.”

The summer heatwave may have gone and there are grey rainclouds in the sky, but you can still enjoy a day at the beach without worrying about the weather.

A large indoor beach complete with sand, buckets and spades and games for kids has been created in the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

The free activity gives youngsters all the fun of heading to the beach no matter what the weather’s like outside.

The indoor beach is part of intu Braehead’s summer activities for youngsters, which also sees a Magical Forest in the shopping centre, which runs until August 11.

Kids can go deep into the Magical Forest to play in a Fairy House; make a wish at the Wishing Well; build their own soft-play log shelter; have fun with musical percussion instruments; go across the Rainbow Bridge and down the slide, make an imitation campfire then take a selfie with a unicorn that’s hiding in the forest.

Kellie Lauder, intu Braehead’s assistant marketing manager said: “Summertime fun doesn’t stop at intu Braehead just because the weather has taken a turn for the worse.

“Youngsters have been having great fun making sandcastles and playing games on our indoor beach.”

THEY say that if you go down to the woods today you’ll be in for a big surprise.

But youngsters will get an even bigger surprise when they visit intu Braehead shopping centre and they see the Magical Forest that’s been created there.

Kids will have some tree-mendous fun in the free Magical Forest play area in the mall’s central atrium.
They can go deep into the forest and find a Fairy House to play in; make a wish at the Wishing Well; build their own soft-play log shelter; have fun with musical percussion instruments; go across the Rainbow Bridge and down the slide then take a selfie with a unicorn that’s hiding in the forest.

These summer holiday fun activities – along with an indoor beach set up in the nearby Soar at intu Braehead with lots of sand, buckets and spades and beach games to play – are on every day from now until August 11.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Youngsters will have a fabulous time wandering in the Magical Forest and they can let their imaginations run wild as well as having lots of fun.
“There’s even a tiny fairy hidden in the forest and the kids will love it when they find her.”

Youngsters are being encouraged to get up to all kinds of mischief…by taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Reading Challenge at Paisley Library 26.10.18

The theme of this year’s Tesco Bank-sponsored Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers and features characters, Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and their friends from the Beano comic.

Renfrewshire Libraries are encouraging youngsters to pay them a visit and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge by borrowing and reading six books of their choice and be given stickers and rewards the more books they read.

Summer Reading Challenge at Paisley Library 26.10.18

Local author, Lindsay Littleson was at Paisley’s Central Library to encourage kids to take part and tell them about her latest book, A Pattern of Secrets.

It’s free to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and youngsters can also take part in a hunt for buried treasure by exploring their map of Beanotown.

Youngsters who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will also be entered into a prize draw to win cinema tickets. All of Renfrewshire Leisure’s 12 libraries and its Skoobmobile each have a pair of tickets to the movies as prizes, which have been donated by Paisley-based facilities maintenance company, Consilium Contracting Services.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure’s board of trustees, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is an exciting way to encourage young people to read books.

“I hope parents and carers will encourage children to pay their local library a visit and as well as borrowing books they want to read, they can have some fun as well.”

HUNDREDS of people have been getting a kick out of going shopping at intu Braehead…by watching football from the World Cup on the giant screen in the mall.

The shopping has been showing selected matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, being staged in Russia, on their seven metres wide by four metres high screen in the central atrium.

The matches have been attracting crowds in both the lower mall and around the balustrade on the upper floor, as shoppers take time to watch some of the world’s best footballers battle it out for the World Cup.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It seems our shoppers are having a ball both inside and outside our stores as people are glued to the big screen with shopping bags at their feet.

“Coverage of the games look fantastic on our giant screen and there are plenty more matches to look forward to at intu Braehead.”

Games being shown on the giant screen are on Thursday, June 28, at 7pm; Monday, July 2 at 7pm; Tuesday, July 3, at 3pm; Friday, July 6, at 3pm; Saturday, July 7, at 3pm; the semi finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11 at 7pm and the final on Sunday, July 15 at 4pm.

Everyone in Renfrewshire should keep their Eyes Open for children at risk during the school holidays.

As Renfrewshire schools prepare to sound the end of term bell, Child Protection Committees across Scotland are encouraging the public across the whole country to be extra observant to help protect potentially vulnerable children when school’s out for summer.

Child Protection Committees Scotland, a nation-wide grouping of child protection professionals, hopes their ‘Eyes Open’ campaign will raise awareness that members of the public can play an important role to keep children safe from harm in the holidays. The group believes that everyone is responsible for child welfare in Scotland.

CPC Scotland Chair Anne Houston said: “Renfrewshire children are about to be away from the usual school routine for a few weeks. For most local children this is a time of year filled with fun and free time, but for some families the summer holidays are a time of increased stress and pressure. In some cases, children are not supervised or cared for adequately, others might even experience serious neglect.”

By taking an ‘Eyes Open’ approach, Renfrewshire’s own Child Protection Committee hope that members of the public will take a more active, watchful role when it comes to protecting children in the area, and take action if they’re concerned for a child’s wellbeing.

John Paterson, Renfrewshire’s Independent Chair, is clear that each and every one of us has a role to play in keeping our youngsters safe and said: “By keeping our eyes open and our other senses tuned in, we might spot the telltale signs that a child is at risk. These signs include seeing children wandering about at all times of day and night, children who are very dirty or unfed, unsupervised children going into “party” flats, or whose parents are drunk in charge of them. However, spotting the signs isn’t enough. If something doesn’t seem quite right for a child, or a family of children, it’s better to say something than do nothing.”

As well as supporting a public ‘Eyes Open’ approach, the campaign also encourages us to speak up instead of staying silent. Anyone who has concerns about a child or children can ask the child if they’re okay, offer the family some support, or contact Renfrewshire Council Children’s Services Department or the police.

CHARITY campaigners yesterday (Monday) kicked off Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week at intu Braehead with some fun and games.

Staff from the local Alzheimer Scotland hub were given the chance to take part in activities to #ChallengeDementia at Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

They were given a free sledging session at Snow Factor; a round of golf at Paradise Island Adventure Golf; a daredevil Fandrop, at Climbzone; a game at Laser Station and the chance to decorate their own doughnuts at Krispy Kreme.

This was the fun before the serious business of Alzheimer Scotland raising awareness about dementia today (Tuesday) at a special event being staged at the intu Braehead shopping centre, from 10.30am to 5pm.

Staff at intu Braehead are also playing their part in the charity’s Dementia Friends initiative by attending special information sessions.

The aim of these sessions is to give staff a better understanding of how they can help those living with dementia feel more comfortable and relaxed when they visit intu Braehead.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “The Alzheimer Scotland charity staff and volunteers do a wonderful job and we thought it would be nice for them to have the chance to enjoy themselves at Soar.

“They’ll have a busy time in the shopping centre during the awareness day in the shopping mall.
“We’re committed to making sure everyone who comes to intu Braehead feels comfortable, relaxed and safe and as part of the Dementia Friends initiative, our staff will be trained in how to make life easier for people with dementia when they visit us.”

A unique event staged by intu Braehead shopping centre that allowed youngsters to find out what it was like to be an adult for a day has won a top national award.

The free Mini City activities event staged at the centre has won a prestigious Purple Apple Award for an event in the 2018 retail marketing Oscars.

The Mini City activities allowed four to 12 year olds to become adults and perform tasks from daily life in an environment adapted to their size.

Youngsters got hands-on experience of becoming a police officer, building worker, doctor, or working in a restaurant and supermarket.

Staff organised interactive role-play for youngsters, giving them an amazing insight into adulthood. Everyone taking part was given a Mini City clock-in card and ‘employees’ who visit every workstation were rewarded for their hard work.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We realised youngsters like role-playing especially when they can act like grown-ups, so we created various real-life scenarios for them to experience.

“The team here at intu Braehead are always looking at new and innovative ways of engaging with young people and families and we aim to put a smile on the faces of everyone who visits us.

The Mini City was one of the most popular events we’ve had in the centre and we’re chuffed to bits that intu Braehead has been recognised by the Purple Apple Awards for creating such a compelling experience.”

Its the eagerly awaited get together that Paisley Pirates fans always look forward to and once again Priorscroft Bowling Club, a stones throw from the Pirates former home rink at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley was the venue.

A mixture of players, back room staff, match night volunteers and fans gathered to pay homage to all those that helped contribute to campaign that saw the reigning SNL Champions miss out on regaining their title, agonisingly so, on goal difference. They were also narrowly defeated in the Scottish Cup Final as well as being end of season play off semi finalists. Pirates coach Ian Turley was far from downbeat about his teams fine season and time and again during the evenings proceedings gave great credit to his young teams efforts. He said:

“My fellow coach Adam Walker and I were under no illusions that we were very much involved in a transitional season. A rebuilding period, if you like. We lost quite a few of last seasons roster for one reason and another and with a limited pool of players to choose from, we went about shaping a squad that would buy into the Paisley Pirates way. We wanted players that were going to commit to our training regime, that were willing to listen and learn and wanted to win. We weren’t setting unattainable targets but we did expect our players to have a pride in their performance, week in week out”

Coach Turley went on:

“At the Paisley Pirates we pride ourselves, while being an amateur club, in running our operation on as professional a basis as possible. There are aspects to our operation that  many of our rivals do not have. From our ticketing staff, stewards, tuck shop and first aiders, to our off ice crew of goal judges, penalty bench staff, score sheet and time keepers and our match night announcer, its an operation we pride ourselves in. We also with the help of our videographer George Monaghan have unrivalled match footage as well as post match interviews which are often as not online via PiratesTV on You Tube within a couple of hours of the match ending. All these things we hope, go some way to attracting new players and new fans. They see what is on offer and like what they see. As for the season just past, Adam and I have been delighted with what we have achieved. To have come so close in the chase for the league title and to lose out on goal difference, while hard to take, has exceeded our expectations. We saw the disappointment on our players faces after the 6-6 draw with Dundee Comets but that speaks volumes for our players attitude as much as anything.  We want the boys to go away this summer, enjoy their break and come back with the will and desire to do even better”

Pirates management while acknowledging their players efforts also wanted the chance to thank their army of volunteers for their contributions to the season. Before the players awards were announced, each individual volunteer was presented with a memento by way of a thank you from the club. To a man, woman and child, the volunteers were clearly delighted with the clubs acknowledgement of their efforts. And so it was onto the main business of the night….

It was down to Marie Cadenhead of the supporters club to kick things off with the Jim Liddell Supporters Club Player of the Year award. Up stepped the tallest man in the room, Richard Thorp to collect that particular award to loud applause from his teammates and his many fans. Clearly a popular choice.

It was then Coach Ian Turley’s turn to take over the microphone. After presenting each and every player with an award for their season-long efforts, he then went on to announce the 5 remaining categories. In no particular order they were:


Players player of the year: Michael Dobson

MVP for the season: Martyn Guy

Most improved player: Ryan Sarginson

Award for effort and attitude: Dean Hamilton

Difference maker: Captain Christopher Turley

There was also a special award for “volunteer of the season” which went to Pirates official videographer George Monaghan. An award, it must be said, which was very popular amongst all those present.

Lastly, it was also time to acknowledge the eight year contribution to the Pirates cause by the retiring Calum Blair who was leaving to train as an airline pilot. With his proud parents looking on, he was presented with a framed collage of photos from his time as a Pirate as well as a game jersey to keep. As the likeable big lad stood up to make a speech a few fans started to sing the theme from the “Dambusters” Clearly some of the older Pirates fans had come out for the night….

As always, finally, all that was left was for the players to pose for photos, sign jerseys and photos  and talk at length to their many many admirers. Something that has become a well known trait of every player in the Pirates organisation down the years. The management and coaches didn’t have to cajole the players into doing it. Clearly these young men look upon it as a pleasure and one small way to repay the faith shown in Captain Chris Turley and his team mates by their adoring fans. Season 2018/19? Bring it on…….


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SHOPPERS are being invited to find out about the latest plans for new stores in the Retail Park at intu Braehead.

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A public consultation event is being held in the central atrium of the intu Braehead shopping centre on Friday, May 11 between 1pm and 8pm and the following day between 10am and 2pm.

A proposal of application notice has been lodged with Renfrewshire Council and intu Braehead’s public consultation is part of the process to gain planning permission to build four new units at the retail park.
If the proposals were given the go-ahead, around 60 new permanent jobs would be created with almost 50 of these for staff working in the new stores, the others in businesses that support the retailers, along with 80 construction jobs.

The proposed new units, covering a total of 4,202 square metres of floorspace in the retail park, would be built next to McDonald’s restaurant. But intu is willing to forego the 3358 square metres of retail floorspace the council has previously granted permission for at the retail park. This means that only 844 square metres of extra floorspace is being proposed when the planning permission already granted is taken into account.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director at intu Braehead said: “Our application is in line with the council’s own Local Plan, which promotes the intu Braehead retail park as a place where developments like this should be sited. Our proposals are also in accordance with the wider Strategic Development Plan.

“We hope people will come along to our exhibition stands where we will be on hand to explain our proposals, that importantly will bring new jobs and give shoppers more choice.”