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Glasgow Airport preparing for the Oct Week rush

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More than 160,000 passengers expected this weekend 

Glasgow Airport is today gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to jet off for the October holiday week.

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Over 160,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between today and Monday 17 October with many flying out to popular sunspots in the Canary Islands and Florida and city break destinations such as Prague, Dublin, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Las Vegas, and New York.

In anticipation of the busy period ahead, the airport and its airline partners will have extra staff on hand to help guide passengers, particularly those with young children, through check-in.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “The October school break is a huge week for us, and follows on from the busiest summer in our 50-year history when we welcomed nearly three million passengers through our doors between June and August. This weekend in particular will be very busy and we are expecting to welcome even more passengers than we did during the same period in 2015.

“To ensure our customers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we will draft in more staff across the terminal over the weekend, while young children can enjoy face-painting and other arts and crafts hosted by the airport’s ambassadors at our designated Kids’ Zone on Friday and Saturday.

“As always during peak periods at the airport, we advise customers to arrive in plenty of time to get through check-in and security.”

Towards the end of this month Ryanair will launch four new winter sun routes to Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga, while Thomson will introduce a new Cape Verde service.

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Talk Cancer workshop in Glasgow


There will be a ‘Talk Cancer’ cancer awareness workshop in central Glasgow on Tuesday 15 November 2016, and there are a number of bursary-funded spaces available to apply for.



It’s a Cancer Research UK training programme to help people feel confident promoting healthy lifestyles and the importance of spotting cancer early.

Talking about cancer isn’t always easy, so we’re here to guide you on what to say and how to say it. The Talk Cancer programme is all about communication, sharing experiences and recognising how much of a difference you can make if you have the right tools and knowledge.

It’s designed for anyone who’s able to promote health and wellbeing in their community, such as front-line public health and local authority staff, health trainers, pharmacy teams, practice staff, and volunteers.


Date Tuesday 15 November 2016

Venue Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP

Time 9.30 – 12.30pm

Cost £120 per person (some free bursary-funded spaces are available)

If you do not have access to a training budget, you can apply for a bursary funded place by completing the attached application form and returning to talkcancer@cancer.org.uk or via post to Talk Cancer, CRUK, Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD. Alternatively, if you are able to fund your place, please complete and return this booking form.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Or for information about commissioning a workshop in your area, you can also visit www.cruk.org/talkcancer.

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PoppyScotland and The Rotary Club of Renfrew


It’s that time of year to remember our servicemen and women around the world that make the ultimate sacrifice to make sure we can enjoy our freedom, something that we take for granted.

This year and for many years beforehand you will have a chance to get a PoppyScotland poppy from many of the volunteer distributors in Renfrewshire. If you are in and around Braehead and Renfrew you will almost certainly be collecting your poppy from a Renfrew Rotarian, Rotaractor or Interactor.

The Rotary Club of Renfrew work tirelessly from mid October to Remembrance Day to ensure PoppyScotland poppies are available for the Renfrewshire public. Their generosity always seems to amaze us, on average we manage to raise in excess of £30k and this has not been affected by the economic difficulties over the last ten years.

So, if you’re in Braehead or Renfrew don’t be afraid to stop and chat to one of our volunteers, if you want to find out more about where your donation actually goes – sometimes they are there all day and it’s nice to chat and pass the time of day – after all we’re all living and working in the community with the aim to make the world a better place.

If you don’t get the time to talk why not visit our websites and find out more about Renfrew Rotary and PoppyScotland.


If you like what you see get in touch, who knows you might be able to help in some small way to preserving peace throughout the world.

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Brave Linda faces Himalayas trek for charitiies


Adventurous Buddie Linda Winters will reach new heights with a Himalayas trek for charity.


Linda, 49, is joining two pals for the breathtaking challenge this November in Nepal to raise vital cash for good causes.

Proud Buddie Linda, who works as a fundraiser at Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), is relishing the prospect of going the extra miles for her favourite charities SHA and Diabetes UK.

Linda is staging a live music gig on Friday 28th October at Finns Place, Glasgow.


And people wishing to donate should visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/NepalDivas.

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Glasgow Airport passenger figures release

Amanda McMillan, MD, Glasgow Airport


  • 4.2% increase in September’s passenger numbers
  • EU scheduled services up 12%

Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest September in 50 years after 934,295 passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 4.2%.

Amanda McMillan, MD, Glasgow Airport

Domestic and international traffic grew by 4.2% and 4.3% respectively with major events, such as the Davis Cup and Celtic’s participation in the Champions League proving big draws for visitors to the city.

Strong demand for Ryanair’s service to Derry and extra capacity on easyJet’s Bristol and Belfast services bolstered domestic travel. International passenger numbers were also boosted by a 12% rise in EU scheduled services with flights to Brussels, Paris, Milan and Barcelona all proving popular.

September also saw the launch of Ryanair’s new direct flights to Sofia, Bulgaria and Icelandair added further capacity by increasing its Reykjavik route to a daily service.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Our strong performance throughout the year continued in September, which was also the fourth consecutive month the airport carried more than 900,000 passengers.

“We are on course to record our most successful year and this success can be attributed to our continued focus on not only attracting new services, but working closely with our current airlines to enhance existing services.

“Looking ahead, we are now gearing up for the October Week, which is traditionally our busiest period of the year as tens of thousands of passengers jet off on both sun and ski breaks.

“October will see Ryanair launch four new routes to Alicante, Malaga, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote and the introduction of Thomson’s new Cape Verde service.”

Traffic summary

September 2016

Terminal passengers




October 2015 to September 2016 %


934,295 4.2% 9,209,917 8.17%
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Glasgow Grinders feature at Scottish Car Show 2016


A few weeks ago, Glasgow Grinders attended the Scottish car show 2016 where they spoke to customers and answered questions on their processes of reconditioning engines to the engineering processes of skimming camshaft alignment to block skimming.

They had such a great time answering questions and talking shop that they can not wait to the next event. If you are looking for Machine work or a reconditioned engine then contact their support staff on Tel: 0141 432 4353.

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Miss Great Britain at Race for Life Pretty Muddy Glasgow

MISS Great Britain Deone Robertson paid tribute to her inspirational aunt who has fought cancer twice as more than 10,000 women across Scotland got pretty muddy to help beat the disease sooner.

Miss Great Britain at Race for Life Pretty Muddy Glasgow

Miss Great Britain at Race for Life Pretty Muddy Glasgow

Beauty queen Deone from Cumbernauld dedicated her medal for crossing the finish line of the 5K mud splattered course to her aunt Cathie Neil in recognition of the remarkable courage shown during a fight with cancer. Deone,who was chosen as VIP starter for the event at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on Saturday (September 17), sounded an airhorn to set off a pink army of more than 5,772 women of all ages, shapes and sizes on obstacles including an inflatable mud slide and scramble net. And in Edinburgh on Saturday at the Royal Highland Centre, Islington, 4,600 women took part in Pretty Muddy- all to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Deone, 28, said: “I feel so proud to be part of a powerful, passionate pink army of women at the frontline in the fight against cancer.

“The one thought which pushed me on to the finish line at Pretty Muddy was just how brave my Auntie Cathie has been through cancer over many years. She’s my mum’s sister and we’re a really close family. I’m so proud of how she’s taken everything life has thrown at her head on. I’m also really keen to support Cancer Research UK as I know cancer is something which affects almost every family. It touches so many lives but events like Pretty Muddy are a chance to fight back, to find a way to come together to beat cancer. It’s a great event, running, laughing and getting pretty muddy all for a wonderful cause.”

Deone was still in primary school when Cathie, now 59, was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1995. Mum of three Cathie had to take a break from her job as a hotel chef to endure surgery followed by radiotherapy for eight weeks before getting the all clear. But it was a hammer blow in 1998 when tests showed Cathie had cancer of the bowel and bladder, meaning more surgery and a long recovery period. She was left with long term side effects but is today clear of cancer.

TV presenter Cat Cubie also took part in Pretty Muddy Glasgow, joining Kate’s army, a 50-strong group who have raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK. They signed up in memory of law student Kate Bowman of Mount Vernon who died on June 4 this year aged 25 from a rare form of ovarian cancer. Cat and Kate met last summer when they were both VIPs at Pretty Muddy Glasgow. The pair had vowed to return this year to complete the challenge together but instead mum of one Cat joined Kate’s sisters, Laura Bowman, 30, and Elaine Docherty, 28, to complete the course.

Cat Cubiecentre with Kate Bowmans sisters Elaine Dochert left and Laura Bowman

Cat Cubiecentre with Kate Bowmans sisters Elaine Dochert left and Laura Bowman

Cat said: “Kate battled- and battled is the right word because she was such a fighter.

“She was just 23 when diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was so strong.

“I first met Kate when we did a photoshoot to promote Pretty Muddy. We had both hoped to actually take part in the 5K but I was advised not to as I was pregnant at the time and although Kate really wanted to, sadly chemotherapy stopped Kate. We made a pact that we’d do it together in 2016. I feel so sad she’s not here. I’m honoured to be part of Kate’s army. We’re all in this together and we’re going to get you cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, whose official energy sponsor is ScottishPower, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to help fund life-saving research. Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland* and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 30,200 cases each year.**

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. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Scotland and the UK.

Race For Life’s area events manager for Glasgow, Angela Wilson said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in Pretty Muddy Glasgow.

“The atmosphere was full of emotion with participants wearing signs on their backs declaring their reasons for taking part. Many will be remembering loved ones lost to cancer or celebrating the lives of people dear to them who have survived.”

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Renfrewshire’s young people set to Achieve

Councillor Mark Macmillan speaks to the Achieve Advisors

Pupils in Renfrewshire’s schools will benefit from a new programme launched by the Prince’s Trust designed to provide young people with valuable employability learning opportunities.

Councillor Mark Macmillan and Allan Watt, Director, Prince’s Trust Scotland

Councillor Mark Macmillan and Allan Watt, Director, Prince’s Trust Scotland

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan visited The Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow to see how the Achieve programme will be incorporated into the curriculum this year.

30 Renfrewshire teachers have undertaken training to become an Achieve Advisor who will help support the delivery of the programme in 10 of Renfrewshire’s 11 secondary schools.

The Advisors will deliver the programme which promotes a flexible approach, using relevant experiential learning to support young people to achieve a range of personal and employability skills- with SCQF accredited course work leading to a Princes Trust Award.

Councillor Macmillan, said: “Through our close relationship with the Prince’s Trust we are able to support young people to move into the workplace, find a place in education or training or to start their own business.

“The Achieve programme, using funding provided by the Joint Employability Project, and matched by the Prince’s Trust, will help to close the attainment gap and allow young people in Renfrewshire to experience innovative and creative opportunities to help them move towards a positive destination.”

Building on the successes of the previous xl programme, the Achieve programme will help young people aged 13-19 to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals.

The programme seeks to have a positive impact in five key areas- Personal and Social Development, Life skills, Active Citizenship, Enterprise and Preparation for Work.

Young people on the Achieve programme will also have the opportunity to gain a Personal Development and Employability Qualification at SCQF Levels 3, 4 and 5.

Councillor Macmillan added: ““We are committed to removing the barriers which stop our young people achieving their full potential and have invested significantly in programmes such as Invest in Renfrewshire to give our young people the opportunity to succeed.

“This investment has proved successful, seeing Renfrewshire move from 27th place of 32 local authorities, to 4th- with a record 68.3% of young people in work (June 2015 figures).

“The Achieve programme will give young people the vital skills to move into the workplace- furthering my long-term aim of eradicating youth unemployment in Renfrewshire.”

Allan Watt, Director, Prince’s Trust Scotland said: “Our partnership with Renfrewshire schools will create more chances and opportunities for young people struggling in education.

“The new Achieve programme will better equip them with the confidence and skills needed to take positive steps towards their future.”

For further information on Prince’s Trust programmes visit:  https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/programmes

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