Briand new British Independent film Edie, starring Sheila Hancock releasing in U.K cinemas May 25th!  The uplifting film focuses on the sublime natural beauty of the Scottish landscape has to offer.

The film is being shown in the Showcase Cinema Paisley – https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/edie#46vFBizdePxHOI78.97

As an Independent feature film showcasing the best of the British landscape we really want to get people interested and excited about the film so that British cinema can be truly celebrated and given the credit it deserves. It would be an honour if you could write a small article or create an event on your website, just to help us spread the word and reach as many people as possible before the upcoming release.

Below is a brief synopsis and link to the trailer and I’ve also attached some photos and the press pack to give you some more information that may be useful:



Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. As the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Trailer at:

Education and Children’s Services convener Jim Paterson met with foster carers at a special event to mark Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until this Sunday.

The Council is bidding to have 100 people in the vital role, an increase of almost a fifth from 81.

There is also a specific drive to attract carers who can look after teenagers or older children as well as those who can care for children with disabilities or learning needs to support them to reach their full potential.

Councillor Paterson said: “It’s been great to meet our foster carers and hear about the wonderful work they do, as well as the challenges they face. One thing that has struck me is how supported they feel by our specialist team.

“We want to send out a message to anyone who thinks foster caring may be for them that you will be supported on every step of the way.

“You could transform the life of a child or young person.  We are especially keen to attract people who could offer a home to older children or teenagers who need the best help and support possible to ensure they reach their full potential.

“Some of them will have had challenging starts to their young lives but with the right help and guidance they could thrive.

“We also need people who think they could make a difference to a child or young person who has a a disability or special needs.”

Una Daly, 62 and her husband Tom have looked after children of all ages since she became a foster carer when she took early retirement from nursing six years ago.

Former ward sister Una, said: “All ages bring their joys and challenges and older children may be coming from backgrounds of families with difficulties and can have a fear of the future.

“Our job is to build real, firm strings of attachment to them. Through being very firm – and laying out boundaries – it gives them a security you love them enough to make sure they feel safe.

“I would say to anyone thinking about fostering ‘Just pick up the phone.’ If you proceed, you will be supported all along the way.

“It’s great to see a child blossom by giving them a loving home and let them see what family life can be like without so much worry and fewer difficulties . We just wish we had done it years ago.”

If you are over 21, have a spare room and are in good health, you can apply to help make a difference to a child’s life.

Children and young people of all ages need carers who will help them feel wanted, valued and safe.

As a foster carer, you can be in work or unemployed, be single, married, or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and can own or rent the property you live in.

You will be supported on every step of the journey with advice, specialist training and peer support and will also receive a generous allowance.

Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Renfrewshire has been awarded an additional £4.6million from the Scottish Government to boost attainment for all pupils across the area as part of the Attainment Challenge.


22 May 2018 – Attainment Challenge – Convener on funding announcement audio – JCON

The funding was announced by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, today for ‘challenge authorities’ and is targeted at improving reading, writing, maths, and health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire first became a challenge authority in June 2016 and since then has seen improvements made in pupils’ reading age scores across primary three to seven.

Data gathered also indicates that the gap between the most and least deprived pupils has been reducing in listening, talking, reading and writing, and numeracy measurements.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Renfrewshire is ambitious for all its children to reach their full potential and we have been working hard to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap while also raising attainment for all.

“Having the next round of Attainment Challenge funding means we can continue with our education programmes to improve literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing of all children, no matter their background or start in life.

“We know the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach is making a recognised difference to children’s reading skills and we are building upon existing work in maths to better support children as they learn counting and numbers. We have already seen more than 1000 teachers and support staff undertake enhanced professional learning and we will continue to support teachers to further their skills and experience in learning and teaching.

“One of the areas we are now working on is the impact of children’s learning as they move from primary to secondary schools. We now have 10 transition teachers in place and almost 250 teachers and support staff have taken part in professional learning so they can better support children and young people. Around 80 per cent of teachers said that transition support had positively impacted on pupil engagement in school.

“We’ve also been working with parents and families through the Parents in Partnership programme to support their confidence in family learning at home and feeling confident approaching their child’s school to talk directly with teachers. We’ve seen an impact on pupil attendance figures particularly for pupils whose parents took part in the programme.

“We will continue to deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions and initiatives that have been proven to make a difference to pupils and their families as we develop the best possible teaching environment in our schools.”

SCHOOL pupils are to receive a boost with thousands of pounds worth of new sports equipment being provided for local schools by Renfrewshire Leisure.


The new kit is being provided as part of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools programme that provides hundreds of youngsters with extra-curricular sports sessions held in schools and sports centres.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Encouraging young people to take part in sports activities is an important part of the work we, along with sportscotland do in Renfrewshire schools.

“The new sports equipment will make sure pupils have a wide variety of sporting activities to choose from.

Joyce explained that it’s not just pupils who benefit from the Active Schools programme in Renfrewshire. Volunteers helping run the programme are also given training in sport and leisure, gaining qualifications that mean they can apply for jobs in the sector.

“We’re delivering a high quality Active Schools programme to pupils in Renfrewshire with fully-trained staff. And with our volunteers receiving training and being able to gain qualifications, we’re also providing a pathway to employment for them.”

Paisley is the place to be this summer! Paisley First is bringing Jurassic Bricks – a free, interactive LEGO® Brick Dinosaur Trail to the town centre!

From Saturday 30th June until Sunday 12th August, there will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition!

All of the dinosaurs will be situated within local businesses and everyone who completes the trail will have a chance to win prizes.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said:” This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer this summer. “We are sure families will come from far and wide to enjoy this great, free day out during the school holidays.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying our Jurassic entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

Paisley First will also be running the Golden Ticket Competition once again this summer with a weekly draw offering visitors the chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers! Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

West College Scotland’s Principal, Audrey Cumberford, is leaving the organisation to take up a similar role at Edinburgh College.

Ms Cumberford has been Principal and Chief Executive of the College since its formation five years ago, following the merger of Clydebank College, James Watt College (Inverclyde) and Paisley’s Reid Kerr College. Before merger, she had been Principal of Reid Kerr College.

In a message to all College staff, Keith McKellar, who is Chair of the Board of Management, said:

“I want to record our deepest thanks to Audrey for her outstanding leadership of our College.

“Audrey led us through a period of unprecedented change and significant turbulence in the sector.  In doing so, she built for the College a reputation as one of Scotland’s most dynamic and highly-regarded educational institutions.

“Whatever challenge Audrey faced over the past five years, she did so with integrity, honesty and openness.  These qualities are her hallmark. For me, her greatest achievement has been to ensure those same qualities now define the culture of the organisation which she led so well.”

Ms Cumberford, who is widely regarded as among the most influential and forward-thinking leaders in the sector, commented:

“Having worked at Reid Kerr and then West College Scotland for nearly twenty years, it will be a wrench for me to leave so many wonderful professionals and good friends. Together, we met many challenges and I want to thank them all for the support they have shown me throughout.

“I am confident the ambitious plans we have developed will allow the College to continue to enhance its reputation as a first-class provider of education and training, delivered in state-of-the-art facilities in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley.

“I am now looking forward to taking up my position at Edinburgh College, which is where I began my career in the sector in the 1990s.

“In the meantime, I wish everyone at West College Scotland the very best for the future.”

The Board of Management will now begin the process of appointing a new Principal.

Ambitious £42m plans to transform Paisley Museum into an international-class destination have pulled off a major coup, with the appointment of AL_A – the award-winning architects behind some of the world’s most striking buildings.

The firm’s founder Amanda Levete – a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize – says the Paisley Museum project is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’.

It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter – for which they this week won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018.

They were also this month shortlisted for the competition to redesign the visitor experience at Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower.

The Paisley Museum transformation is the flagship project in Renfrewshire Council’s planned £100m investment in cultural venues and infrastructure – key to Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid legacy, and the wider plans to use the town’s unique assets to transform its future.

The museum will close this autumn and re-open in 2022 as a revitalised home for Paisley’s internationally-significant textile heritage and outstanding natural history, art and science collections, expected to nearly quadruple current visitor numbers to 125,000 a year.

The project will include a contemporary addition to the existing Victorian-era building, creating a new entrance and museum spaces – including a cafe and shop – landscaping and significantly-improved access.

There will be major revamps to all four museum buildings including the Coats Observatory, while a complete internal redesign will reimagine the visitor experience and double the number of objects on public display.

Current AL_A projects include the revitalisation of the historic Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; and two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford. Completed projects include Central Embassy, a 1.5m sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok, and Sky TV’s new London media campus.

Levete was recently named the winner of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, an annual lifetime achievement award for an architect who has furthered the progress of women in the industry.

She said: ““This is one of the most radical briefs I have read – it triggered in us a desire to tell the untold history of Paisley and search for a narrative thread that will drive the design. The project is bigger than the building itself and I am excited to re-imagine the relationship between the street and museum.

“This is not only about finding the way to best show the museum’s collection, it’s also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity.”

Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure – which operates the museum – added: “For Paisley to have attracted a design team of such global reputation to come to Scotland for the first time shows we are being noticed around the UK and abroad.

“Being the first ever town on a UK City of Culture shortlist took our profile to new levels – but this appointment also says a lot about the scale and ambition of the museum project, and the worldwide importance of Paisley’s heritage and collections.

“The museum was gifted to the people of Paisley more than a century ago by Peter Coats, at the time his family were building a global thread empire headquartered right here.

“Now, AL_A will honour that legacy by designing a striking 21st-century facility to open up our unique heritage to future generations and be a valuable educational resource for our young people.

“At the same time, the new museum will be the centrepiece of the work to transform the area’s fortunes by using our unique selling points to make us a destination and drive huge volumes of new footfall into the town centre.”

AL_A were among more than 120 firms to tender for the Paisley Museum project and will lead an Anglo-Scottish multi-disciplinary design team including conservation consultants Giles Quarme and Associates, landscape architects GROSS.MAX, and engineers Arup.

They will also provide a wide range of benefits to the Renfrewshire community, including further education and school visits, work experience placements and careers events.

The £100m investment in Paisley town centre over the next four years also includes projects to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre into 21st-century venues, a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street, major investment in outdoor spaces and the town’s transport links, and new sporting facilities and events space at St James Playing Fields.

The plans build on the investment already made in the publicly-accessible museum store Paisley: The Secret Collection, opened last year on the town’s High Street, and the launch of the new destination brand and website at www.paisley.is

The museum project is also being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Thousands of people descended on Paisley to see more than 130 of the world’s best pipe bands compete in the first of the summer’s calendar of major piping events.

The British Pipe Band Championships saw more than 4,000 pipers and drummers descend on the town’s St James Playing Fields, from throughout the UK and Ireland, and as far afield as Denmark.

The event – organised by Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – was in Paisley for the third year in a row.

The championships will return to Paisley for another three years from 2019 to 2021 as part of the expanded programme of events planned via the legacy of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

A huge turnout of families from Renfrewshire and beyond enjoyed entertainment including a funfair and Highland dancing competition, plus sporty activities from Renfrewshire Leisure, Paisley Rugby Club, and Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff team.

Many pipers and their pals also took the chance to relax in the sunshine at the bar and international food village, while there was a range of street traders in attendance.

Transport to the event was free, with McGills running shuttle buses to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station, St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 Stadium, and West College Scotland.

In the piping arena, local interest came from the Johnstone Pipe Band, the Kilbarchan Pipe Band and the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band – who were making their major championships debut.

Handing out the prizes as event chieftain was Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who said: “Once again, the British Pipe Band Championships was a wonderful family day out and it was a pleasure to be part of it.

“It brings with it a massive audience from the length and breadth of Scotland and internationally, and that influx of visitors is worth a six-figure amount for the local economy.

“Today was also a chance for those visitors to explore Paisley and all it has to offer – hosting events like this is helping to establish us as a key destination within Scotland.

“It was also great to see our own school pupils get the experience of competing as part of a major championships – and showcase the musical talent we have here in Renfrewshire.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “Today kicked off our annual calendar of majors and the standard of piping was top class – as you would expect from a field containing most of the world’s top bands.

“Once again, Paisley and Renfrewshire made a great host and we look forward to bringing the event back here over the next three years.”

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met with Renfrew YMCA to discuss the vital work they do in the local community and the role they play in supporting young people with mental health issues.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is centred around stress and the fact that two thirds of individuals experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes. In addition, mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 people children and young people.

Renfrew YMCA run activities to promote a healthy lifestyle by organising awareness sessions on a range of subjects including mental health. They provide a safe environment for young people to discuss issues in an open and honest manner. They also work with young people to break down barriers in the community and build positive relationships with other community members, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Mental Health problems affect around 1 in 10 of our children and young people and it’s clear that we all need to devote greater attention on this issue to help people who are experiencing poor mental health. It is alarming that 70% of children and young people who have experienced mental health problems have not had the appropriate early intervention. It is therefore extremely important that those affected have the correct support available as emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health.

“Organisations such as Renfrew YMCA can play an important part in helping those young people who suffer from poor mental health. They regularly engage with young people and are in a fantastic position to positively help those young people who have mental health problems. The Renfrew YMCA already support young people through physical activity, involvement in community activities or offering a safe space. All these activities are key in helping to improve a person’s mental health”

A campaign to boost foster carer numbers in Renfrewshire is asking  ‘Can you help us reach 100?’

Renfrewshire Council is aiming to increase numbers of foster carers by almost a fifth, from 81 to 100.

A series of drop in events were set up to allow anyone who thinks the role may be for them to meet the Council’s specialist team, as well as existing foster carers.

Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, visited one of the information and advice sessions at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre, held to mark Foster Care Fortnight which runs until 27 May.

He said: “It was great to come along today and meet some of our foster carers and hear what amazing work they do.

“By becoming a foster carer you could make a positive difference to a child or young person’s life.

“What is also apparent is how much that the foster carers themselves personally get out of the role and how rewarding it is.

“We want to encourage people who think that becoming a foster carer could be for them to get in touch.

“You will be fully supported, with specialist training and also support from your peers.”

Foster carers can be in work or unemployed, be single, married or in in a same sex or heterosexual relationship and can own or rent the property they live in.

As well as training and support, carers receive an allowance.

Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk