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Mass community dog walk sets tongues and tails wagging across Renfrewshire

Dog owners descended on Robertson Park in Renfrew at the weekend to show their support for Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and its aim to rid the area of dog fouling.

More than 50 people brought along their pride and joy to take part in the event which saw a mass dog walk take place to promote responsible dog ownership.

Renfrew Council Responsible Dog Owners Event at Robertson Park 8.4.18

Local organisation, the Phoenix Flyers, put on a fantastic display of dog agility which saw pets fly through tunnels, up and down see-saws and over jumps as our four-legged friends showcased their talents.

Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to sign up to Renfrewshire’s Responsible Dog Ownership pledge which outlines their commitment to looking after their pet and taking responsibility for everything that comes with being an owner.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I was delighted to see such a fantastic turnout as people put their support behind our Team Up to Clean Up campaign and denounce their fellow dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.

“We are working hard to remove dog fouling from our streets to ensure they are cleaner, more attractive areas to live and it is so important that people recognise that it is their responsibility to carry a bag with them and be ready to pick up after their dog.

“Events like this aim to show that it is a minority of dog owners in Renfrewshire that are irresponsible and we are striving to change their behaviour and make a real difference to our local environment.”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are also being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware of the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

To sign up to the pledge, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/responsibledogowner.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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LEGO® Friends House of Heart Tour comes to intu Braehead

This Spring, LEGO Friends invites children and their families to join them on the House of Heart Tour,
which will be travelling to 8 intu shopping centres across the UK in a quest to put more heart into the
world.


The FREE event which runs over select weekends from Saturday 24 th March – Saturday 12 th May
offers families the opportunity to take part in a series of fun missions inspired by the LEGO Friends.

EVENT INFORMATION – LEGO Friends House of Heart Tour
Location: intu Braehead central atrium
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 09:30-18:30
Cost: FREE
Reminiscent of the LEGO Friends of Heartlake City, the LEGO Friends Heart Squad will be creating
inspirational content to inspire and encourage girls and boys to connect with each other and build
together in a series of missions that help add ‘more heart’ to the world.

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Kids get slimed at intu Braehead

Nickelodeon UK and intu Braehead team up to slime youngsters

DOZENS of lucky children got the chance to be drenched in slime at intu Braehead yesterday after the shopping centre teamed up with kids brand, Nickelodeon for a spectacular Slime Time event.  

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Hundreds of shoppers turned up to see the specially created ‘slime-ulator’, which is touring 13 intu shopping destinations the mall.

The free event also gave children the chance to doodle on a giant slime colouring wall, capture and share photos in a slime photo booth and customise their own slime.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It was brilliant to see so many smiling faces in amongst all the slime at our fun, free and very messy experience.”

Orla Livingston, aged nine, from Renfrew was one of the first youngsters to be slimed. She said: “I was really excited waiting for the slime to drop on my head. I wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly, but when it did drop it was really cold. It was great fun and I’d love to be able to do it again.

Daniel Franchi, aged ten, from Paisley was also slimed. He said: “I was just standing there and the slime came down so quickly. It felt really cold as it dripped all over me.”

Even though intu’s Slime Time is now over, parents still have the chance to win a VIP family ticket to Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST 2018 when it takes place later this year by visiting intu.co.uk/easter.

The event follows the success of previous years’ collaborations between Nickelodeon and intu which has seen the popular retail destination host experiences featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall.

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Pirates through to the Play Off Finals

Pirates are through to the Play Off Finals in Fife, after recovering from a 1 goal deficit in Elgin on Saturday 31st March in the 1st leg of the quarter finals.  Pirates 2ndleg ‘HOME’ game the following day was played in Dundee due to an ice plant failure in the Braehead Arena.

Paisley Pirates defeat the Moray Typhoons 12-1 (13-3 on aggregate) in the 2nd “home” leg of the play off quarter finals and progress to the POFW. The game was played at Dundee Ice Arena due to ice plant problems at Braehead. on 1 April , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Pirates defeated the Typhoons 12-1 (13-1 on aggregate) and now face Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday 7th April in the semi final at 7.30pm

Post match interviews from Pirates v Moray Typhoons Sunday 1st April  2018, courtesy of George M Monaghan

 

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A maze-ing fun for kids in Soar at intu Braehead

FAMILIES will have an a-maze-ing time at an attraction set up in Soar at intu Braehead for the Spring school holidays.


A garden maze has been created inside the giant leisure attraction for kids to explore.
They can also solve a word puzzle on their way round, which reveals the secret password, with a prize every day for one winner.

The hedging around the 13 metres by eight metres maze is 1.2 metres high and it’s free for everyone to go into. It will be open in Soar each day between noon and 4pm from now until April 15.

There are also free colouring and arts and crafts activities for the youngsters to enjoy.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It’ll be great fun for youngsters and their families to make their way through the twists and turns of the maze to see who completes it first.”

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Thrills as UK’s tallest indoor slide opens in Soar at intu Braehead

THE UK’s tallest indoor slide has opened at Climbzone, in Soar at intu Braehead.

The modern-day version of a helter skelter is 16 metres high and ideal for thrill-seekers looking for excitement and fun.
And for those not quite ready for The Big Slide, there’s also a smaller six metres high version to try out.

It only costs £1 to go sliding down from the very top of Soar to the ground in the flume-like corkscrew tube. Children under 1.1 metres in height need to be accompanied by an adult.
The helix helter skelter is the brainchild of Climbzone director, Neil Mackay, who was inspired by a slide exhibition, at the Tate Modern Art Gallery, in London.

Neil said: “I wanted to offer a quick, cheap and fun activity that would appeal to kids, teenagers and adults alike and a slide ticks all the boxes.
“So I designed the biggest slide I could fit in the building. The stainless steel structure is stunning and I hope it will have universal appeal.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “The top of the Big Slide is even higher than the Climbzone Skypark aerial adventure course, so it’s going to be a daredevil ride to the ground.

“Coming down the slide really gets the adrenalin going and I’ve no doubt this is going to be a very popular and exciting addition to all the other leisure and entertainment attractions we have in Soar.”

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Paisley Pirates through to the Sottish Cup Final on Saturday 21st April

Pirates are through to the SC Final after recovering from a 4 goal deficit in Aberdeen, to run out 9-7 aggregate winners in the Semi Final against Aberdeen Lynx

(image by Al Goold Photos)

Please see link below for further details

Post match interviews from Pirates v Aberdeen Lynx 24th March 2018, courtesy of George M Monaghan

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Apprentice-style challenge pupils see their business become a reality

STUDENTS who won an Apprentice-style challenge at intu Braehead have seen their business idea become a reality.

Pupils from Renfrew High School staged a Wipe Out Warrior event in Soar at intu Braehead at the weekend with profits being donated to the Classrooms for Malawi charity.

Visitors were given the chance to take part in a fun contest where two people sit on a giant pole facing each other above an inflatable landing pad and they try to knock each other off using a pillow.

And whoever stayed on the longest facing challengers went to the top of a leader board. Participants were asked to make a £1 donation to the pupils’ fundraising effort every time they had a go on Wipe Out Warrior. The students also organised for a busker to perform to provide entertainment to visitors to Soar during their event.

The Apprentice-style challenge was a joint initiative between Renfrew High and intu Braehead as part of the national Retail Matters Week campaign, last year.

And after the winning team was told “You’re Hired!” by intu Braehead’s operations manager, Paul Lucas, it was revealed that staff from the retail and leisure destination would help the teenagers put their business idea into action.

And yesterday’s event organised and run by the pupils was a hailed a success.
Paul Lucas said: “The students did a fantastic job from negotiating with the company, Maximillion Events for the hire of equipment; marketing, using leaflets, posters and social media; how the event would operate taking into account things like health and safety to attracting customers on the day and keeping financial records of sales.

“We were impressed when the students took part in the initial Apprentice-style challenge, but to see how they turned their idea into a reality – with a little help from ourselves – showed there are some budding entrepreneurs among the pupils that Lord Sugar would be proud of.”

Head teacher at Renfrew High, Billy Burke said: “We are very proud of the efforts of the S3 team involved inn the Business Partnership Project with intu Braehead.

“They had a great experience last year and were very excited to be delivering their idea for real.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and got involved on the day. We had great fun and lots of money was raised for an excellent charity.”

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Scottish netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by brave Amy who beat cancer

SCOTTISH netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by one of their bravest fans.

Nine-year-old Amy Reid who lost a kidney to cancer was treated to a VIP tour of the Emirates Arena Stadium in Glasgow by the Scottish Thistles national netball team. The players who will begin the 10,000 mile trip to Australia on Friday (March 23) to compete at Gold Coast 2018 gave Amy a signed netball, tshirt, pen and free tickets to an upcoming UWS Sirens game (Scotland’s semi-pro franchise for whom most of the Thistles play) where she has also been invited to be the Captain’s mascot on their return from the Commonwealth Games. The visit was organised to boost awareness of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events this spring which raise millions of pounds to fund crucial research. Every hour, four people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland*. Now, to help beat cancer sooner, members of Netball Scotland have pledged to pull on their trainers and take part in Race for Life Glasgow on May 20 at Glasgow Green and are urging other women and girls across Scotland to sign up too.

Amy who is 4ft 7in chatted to netball stars including the tallest member of the Scottish Thistles, goalkeeper Ella Gibbons, 23, who is 6ft 3in, as well as team captain, Claire Brownie. In February they were part of the team which saw Scotland qualify for the 2019 World Cup. At the Commonweatlh Games on the Gold Coast which starts on April 4, they are in pool B so will take on 2014 silver medallists New Zealand. They’ll also play England, Wales, Malawi and Uganda.

Claire, 29, said: “We were all moved and inspired by Amy’s courage and bravery.

“Amy will be the team’s lucky charm in Australia. It’s great to have the chance to meet Amy and tell her a bit more about netball. It’s a really important part of our job to inspire girls to get active and be into sport. All you need is for kids to dream but for that to happen, they need to see what’s possible. We’re so excited and proud to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. When we’re out there it will be brilliant to know that people back home like Amy are cheering us on.”

Amy of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, who endured a life saving stem cell transplant knows exactly how tough it can be going through cancer. Her family have raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the 5K at Race for Life Glasgow every year since Amy was diagnosed with the disease in September 2012. This year, as Amy takes her place on the start line along with her mum Laura, 39, and sister Sophie, two, she’ll also be cheered on by her dad Robert, 41, and brother, Gary, 19.

Amy’s proud mum, Laura said: “Amy really is our superhero.

“Amy has kept us strong through it all. At the time we couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. We thought Amy was never going to get through this. It was frightening. Now looking at her, I can’t believe she was ever so ill. Her recovery has been amazing.

“Amy did her first Race for Life 5K event while still going through treatment for cancer and it’s been a really important part of our lives ever since. If Amy’s story can help other families going through cancer right now then we’ll have made a difference.

“We’d like to thank all the Scottish Thistles who helped give Amy such a special day. Amy really likes sport now. She loves swimming, cricket and football at school. When we watch the Commonwealth Games on tv we’ll be looking out for the netball girls and saying, ‘We’ve met them.’ It’s great to see Amy being so active again and enjoying life.”

Amy was only three when she first became ill with a high temperature just hours after her mum and dad’s wedding day on September 21 2012. The family were set to jet off on holiday to Spain after the marriage at St James Chapel, Coatbridge. Instead they ended up at Wishaw General Hospital and then Yorkhill Children’s Hospital after Amy’s condition deteriorated. Scans showed a tumour on Amy’s left kidney was stopping it from working properly. Amy was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour and endured a six hour operation to remove the kidney.

Amy’s mum, Laura said: “As I took Amy down to the operating theatre I was trying to stop myself crying to keep Amy calm so she would be okay.

“I knew Amy was getting the best care possible but seeing your child like that is so difficult. If I could have taken Amy’s place then I would have. I paced around outside until she came out of surgery and I knew she was fine. Now she tells everyone that the scar where they took her kidney out is a big snake.”

Amy started on chemotherapy but it was a hammerblow when tests revealed there was also a tumour on her lung. It meant a second operation to remove the tumour followed by a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Amy lost her hair and became a regular at the Schiehallion ward at Yorkhill.

By October 2013, doctors explained that Amy’s best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant, to help her body make new healthy blood cells after her own had been destroyed by the disease. It meant two weeks in an isolation ward to reduce the risk of infection. By Christmas that year the family got the best present of all when doctors explained the cancer had gone. Amy who is now a primary five pupil at St Timothy’s Primary school in Coatbridge is loving life.

Cancer Research UK Race for Life organisers are appealing for women and girls to stride out to beat cancer sooner this spring with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K of the year kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 13, closely followed by 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy 5K events across the country, everywhere from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Fife to Falkirk, Dundee to Irvine. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, half marathon and hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We are very grateful to Netball Scotland and to Amy’s family for their support

“By signing up to Race for Life, women across Scotland can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Race for Life is a hugely moving experience – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Every day, 87 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland. That’s why we need women across Scotland to sign up to Race for Life this January and join mothers, daughters, sisters and friends at the start line when events kick off this summer.

“Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer – that’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £34 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive the disease.

 

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Eve Muirhead gets back to grassroots curling by coaching beginners

OLYMPIC curler Eve Muirhead got back to the grassroots after her endeavours at the Winter Olympics, in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The 27-year-old was at the regular Saturday Curling Sweep at the intu Braehead rink where she is Curling Ambassador. It’s the first time an ice rink in Scotland has engaged a high-profile curler to promote the sport.

Eve was helping curlers brush up on their skills by giving free coaching lessons to beginners. One would-be curler, Morag Griffiths even drove the four-hour round trip from Taynuilt, in Argyle and Bute to Glasgow and back for the curling session.

Triple Olympian Eve, who has enjoyed a successful curling career, winning Olympic, World and European medals said:
“The image of curling has changed a lot since I first started playing as a nine-year-old.
“I’m sure a lot of people think curling is for an older generation – but nothing could be further from the truth and nowadays there are a lot of younger people taking up the sport.

Eve continues: “Curling is cool and it’s really quite fun. It’s a sport that can get you fit too, especially when you are throwing a 44-pound granite stone up a sheet of ice!”

There are more than 40 clubs and 1000 curlers of all ages and abilities playing on the curling rink at intu Braehead, which hosts starter sessions for the novice, to club competitions, disabled curling, to international tournaments featuring some of the world’s best curlers.

Scott Martin, general manager of intu Braehead Leisure says: “We have one of the best curling rinks in the country, which is available for anyone and everyone who wants to try curling.

“You don’t have to be an experienced curler, as with a little help from Eve, we’ll get you started playing the game.”

For more information about curling at intu Braehead, email the Curling Development Officer, David Horne at david.horne@intu.co.uk or call 0141 885 4611.