Paisley Community Trust. Focused on delivering a Cinema/Theatre venue as part of Paisley’s Heritage Asset Strategy & Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021

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BAKER STREET PAISLEY WINS “FUTURETOWN” DESIGN AWARD

An innovative plan for a film and arts space at Paisley’s Baker Street has been overwhelmingly voted by the public as winner of the national “FutureTown” Design Competition.

Plans to transform a derelict site at Smithhills Street, close to Gilmour Street station, into a new cultural quarter include a flexible 500 seat theatre space and 5 mini-screen film theatre – GFT/ Grosvenor in style with 170 to 70 seats.

An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed.

A new destination; a new place will be created featuring indoor and outdoor spaces that will make full use of the space to create something truly special.

The new building (designed by award winning architects Stallan Brand) features light cannons designed to create a new skyline silhouette mirroring the famous Paisley Skyline in a contemporary way. Paisley has no better location or possess the imagination and transformational potential than Baker Street.

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust  

“We’re totally thrilled for Paisley to win this competition. It’s terrific to see Baker Street Paisley gain widespread recognition and endorsement through a national competition.

A massive thank you to everyone in Paisley, Scotland and further afield who voted for Paisley to win.
What we are creating is everyone’s. A facility, venue, space and hub for the community to use.

It continues to inspire and drive us forward when Paisley people tell us they can’t wait to pop into town again to see a movie or theatrical performance. This award will give those who voted added pride in the town and the project. “

“As we move into our next phase; we’re asking everyone to take Baker Street Paisley forward to the next level with financial backing.

Local and national government as well as Paisley supporting businesses and individuals will all have a part to play. Now is the time to get behind Baker Street Paisley – we’d be delighted to hear from you if you can help.”  

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Paisley businesses report positive impact of town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021

Paisley traders have revealed that the town’s bid to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title has led to businesses receiving a major boost.

Town centre retailers and food outlets have reported an increase in their customer bases and sales since Paisley launched the bid in November 2015.

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The town was shortlisted for the title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea last July, with a decision expected by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which organises the competition next month.

Elaine Templeton co-owns Taste Buds in Lawn Street with sister Susie Mitchell and friend Tracey Johnstone, and took over the business in July this year.

She said: “We’re really pleased with the way the business has been performing and if Paisley wins we’ll only see increased footfall in the town.

“We have the profit and loss accounts from the previous owner for the last two years and you can see a distinct increase in sales.”

She said that the town’s annual Spree Festival in October had a ‘phenomenal impact’ on business and their customer base was increasingly coming from further afield.

Elaine added:  “Recent events like the Christmas Lights Switch-On saw lots of customers from the outskirts of Paisley and from Glasgow, which isn’t something that generally ever happened before.

“When the wee architectural dig was on at Paisley Abbey we also had customers from as far afield as France and Norway.”

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Blend Coffee Lounge opened in July 2015,, just months before the town submitted its bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Co-director Alan Baird said: “As a new business we’ve been thankful for the bid. It’s generated that extra footfall for us. When people have googled to learn more about Paisley our name has appeared as well and we have benefitted from that.

“We are seeing an increase in business month on month and year on year. How much of that is down to the bid we can’t say for certain, but I don’t think it’s done it any harm, that’s for sure.”

Joe Bisland and wife Tricia set up their second Paisley-based gift shop, the White Cart Company in St Mirren Street two months ago.

He said:  “I think the number of people visiting the town centre has increased significantly. We’ve found the shop is very busy during Paisley’s Winter Festival events and have had very successful late openings with people from out with Renfrewshire come in our shop.”

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Collette Cardosi, whose family has had a presence in the town for almost 100 years, with a string of eateries including the Pendulum Bar and Grill, which opened earlier this year, said the bid had helped people rediscover the town.

She said:  “The bid is increasing awareness and there’s less negativity about Paisley. You can see a big increase of local people and existing businesses who want to develop Paisley. I’m optimistic about the future of the town.”

Gary McCaw of coffee bar Bianco E Nero , said he has seen his business grow since it opened four years ago in the town centre and added:  “I definitely think the bid is making people think Paisley has something to offer and is bringing them back. I think a combination of good events in the town, good investment from Invest in Renfrewshire and good coverage for Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid are the main reasons we’ve been a success over the last few years.”

Peter Clark, Manager of the Paisley Centre, which has 34 units trading said it too had experienced a ‘flurry of activity’ with four new lettings, including a ladies fashion outlet and a toy shop.

He added: “We are also negotiating with three other retailers, so there’s a definite impact of the bid with more interest in Paisley than we have seen for a long time.”

Paisley First is made up of more than 600 town centre business and its chairman, Ian Henderson, said that in the past twelve months a ‘significant number’ of independent businesses had opened their doors and were doing well.

He added:” There is a real feeling of positivity on the streets of the town centre and this is in no small part due to the success of Paisley being shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.”

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of  Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Things like this year’s Spree Festival saw the audiences coming from further afield this time round, maybe even more national and even international visitors, driven by the profile of the events.

“The business community recognise the potential and can see the huge benefits of the bid.”

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BACK BAKER STREET PAISLEY AND PAISLEY TO WIN

Paisley Community Trust are delighted to announce Baker Street Paisley has been announced on the shortlist of Scotland’s Towns: FutureTown design competition.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the national agency and ‘go to’ body for towns north of the border, shortlisted entries will go on public display at Paisley Town Hall on November 21st as part of the annual Scotland’s Towns conference.

 

Members of the public will be able to vote for Baker Street Paisley TO WIN via an online public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. And we’re now asking for your support, for the whole COMMUNITY to back PCT to WIN and back Paisley to WIN. (Look out for more news on how to vote over the next few days.)

 

Phil Prentice, chief officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “I’d like to congratulate all shortlisted entries for the initiative and forward-thinking demonstrated regarding the future of their towns. “While Scotland’s towns continue to be impacted by economic, social and technological changes, the applications to this competition show how collaboration and innovation can help communities to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of everything our diverse towns have to offer”. “I wish each applicant the very best in the competition and in making their town vision a reality.”

 

Paisley Community Trust recently revealed their plans and vision for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley on the site to the rear of the old Arnott’s department store.

 

An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed. Plans feature an amazing Performing Arts/ Film Theatre and Performance Academy designed by award winning Architects Stallan-Brand.

 

In 1978, Paisley born singer-song writer Gerry Rafferty launched his greatest hit to date; ‘BAKER STREET’. No other name provides the connection to Paisley’s rich performing arts heritage and acts as a location name for the proposed development.


Baker Street Paisley is a COMMUNITY led proposal with potential to be a catalyst for the regeneration of Paisley Town Centre, improve social cohesion and create a sense of place for all to enjoy. It can become more than just a new building for Paisley and will become a transformational place and destination for the arts, culture, entertainment and education.

 

“We’re really pleased to be shortlisted and intend to go all out to WIN. This competition is a fantastic opportunity to set Paisley off on WINNING ways, to continue the feel-good factor and for Paisley to get into the WINNING habit.

“Let’s turn our community project into an unstoppable juggernaut towards the finishing line for Paisley to WIN the UK City of Culture Title in 2021. Let’s get everyone supporting Paisley Community Trust and Baker Street Paisley, let’s get everyone voting for Paisley to WIN. That’s what this is all about – making Paisley feel good and become a better place. It’s a great habit to form”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Paisley Spree For All Fringe Festival Gears Up for Best Ever Year

The Spree for All is gearing up to build on its debut last year and is returning even bigger and better than ever.

The fringe event for Paisley’s national arts festival The Spree promises a packed programme of live music, poetry readings, comedy and more.

The launch comes as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Paolo Nutini will headline this year’s main Spree event with a sold out homecoming gig at Paisley Abbey, while indie rock band Frightened Rabbit and singer songwriter  Dougie MacLean are also part of the line up.

The Spree for All, organised by local music charity LNP Promotions and sponsored by Paisley First, sees local bars, cafés and restaurants  host a string of live gigs across the town from 14-22 October.

There will be a Family Zone in the High Street on both Saturdays during the event with music, magicians, balloon artists and face painters.

Interactive theatre company Mischief La-Bas will also be adding to the fun with their wacky performances.

LNP co-founder Tommy McGrory said:  “They are street artists who will perform as The Elvis Cleaning Company and also perform a pedestrian Grand Prix. They dress up in moustaches and goggles with plastic cars, it’s great fun.

“It’s all happening in and around Paisley.”

Music lovers should also check out the Burger & Keg Live Tent in Abbey Close.

The 150-capacity venue will host top names including Paisley’s Tom Urie, who will appear alongside comic Janey Godley on Wednesday 18 October.

Other comedy acts include Burnistoun’s  Rab Florence, supported by Scotsquad’s Darren Connell (Saturday 14th), the team from ICW Wrestling (Monday 16th) and the Thinking Drinkers alongside Billy Kirkwood (Thursday 19th)

Other venues include the Cave, the Gantry, The Anchor Bar, the Bull Inn, Hamishes Hoose, Zambretto, The Old Swan Inn and the Wee Howff.

The Abbey Bar, Bar Pre and the Bungalow  will also host events, while CC’s features  the H-Arts Drama and Performance groups and  comedy from Gary Little & friends on Friday October 13, as well as poetry readings.

Tommy McGrory  added: “The Spree for All is the coming together of the people who put on live music and more around the town. It’s got pretty big this year and there’s something for everyone in the town. This year the quality and diversity of the programme is even bigger and better.”

The event also features also a youth stage at Paisley Cross on both Saturdays featuring local talent from 1pm – 5pm.

The Spree for All Fringe is sponsored by Paisley First, the non profit organisation set up to deliver a Business Improvement District in Paisley Town Centre.

Chairman Ian Henderson said: “Paisley has a vibrant cultural scene and we are delighted to support Spree for All in their efforts to take The Spree to venues across the town centre.

“We are hoping to encourage as many people as possible to visit the town and take a fresh look at all Paisley has to offer.”

For a full Spree for All programme of events go to: http://www.thespree.co.uk/spree-for-all/

For tickets and further  information on the Spree main festival, go to http://www.thespree.co.uk/ or call the Box Office on 0300 300 120.

Information on the Burger and Keg events can be found at https://www.burgerandkeg.co.uk/

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GLEN CINEMA MEMORIAL GARDEN ANNOUNCED AS PART OF TOWN’S PROPOSED PERFORMING ARTS AND FILM THEATRE VENUE

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Paisley Community Trust, a Registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, have partnered with Paisley Development Trust to announce plans to include a new memorial garden on the proposed site for PCT’s Performing Arts and Film Theatre. The memorial garden will be dedicated to the 71 victims and their families of the 1929 Glen Cinema disaster in Paisley.

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Following on from last week’s news that Paisley Community Trust’s preferred site for its proposed new Performing Arts Venue was the former Arnott’s car park, Paisley Community Trust wished to reveal some additional information on its intentions to transform the site into a new Cultural & Creative quarter for the town. As part of the extensive planning and designing undertaken by award winning Architects Stallan Brand, PCT wanted to ensure that Paisley’s history and heritage in film was remembered and included in the new transformational plans.

 

On the 31st December 1929, Paisley families were hit with tragedy when 71 lives, mostly children, were lost in the Glen Cinema Disaster. During a children’s matinee, a freshly shown film reel was put back in its metal canister, in the spool room, where it began to issue thick black smoke. There was no fire. The smoke filled the auditorium containing approximately one thousand children at the time. As panic set in, children fled the building to safety. However, the escape door to Dyers Wynd was padlocked and 71 children sadly died in the crush. It was the worst cinema disaster in British history.

 

Paisley Development Trust, the organisation behind several prominent regeneration projects in Paisley, including the successful transformation of The Russell Institute Building, hold an annual memorial each year at The Cenotaph, Paisley Cross to remember the dead of the Glen Cinema Disaster.

 

Whilst the Cenotaph was created to remember the town’s war dead, both Trusts have partnered to create something more fitting and significant in the town. It is also intended that the new memorial garden will feature a commissioned sculptural statue to embody the innocence of children and the hope and inspiration that the arts and film can provide to their futures. Once built, the annual Hogmanay Memorial will take place at this new location.

“We were approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their vision for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre – we were amazed with what we saw. However, they wanted to share an idea they had to create something extra special for the town. When they told us they wanted to create a memorial garden and dedicate it to the children of the Glen we were delighted. It is such a beautiful and fitting way to create something in the town dedicated to the Glen. We are moved by the sensitive consideration Paisley Community Trust have shown in their plans.”

Marie Connelly, Trustee, Paisley Development Trust

 

“The Glen Cinema disaster is a tragic event in Paisley’s history. As a community trust we were very conscious of the potential sensitivities involved in bringing cinema back to the town centre. We wanted to do something extra as a community to remember those young lives lost on what should have been a great day out to the movies. When we looked at the scale of our preferred site, the concept of creating a memorial garden was born. We were delighted with the positive reception we received when we approached Marie, Tony and the team. We look forward to working in collaboration with them to create a beautiful and fitting tribute.”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

 

Paisley Community Trust will unveil its full plans to the public from 12pm on Friday 29th September until 5pm on Saturday 30th September  at the Piazza Paisley. All are welcome to come along to the Piazza to review the plans and meet with the team behind the project.

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LEADING PAISLEY COMMUNITY WEBSITE BACKS PLANS FOR TOWN’S NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Paisley Pattern Launch SpaceX CRS 9

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Paisley Pattern conquers world…then is launched into space!

The Paisley Pattern has already carried the name of its home town around the globe – now it’s going out of this world.

Andy Campbell takes us through his experience of the Falcon SpaceX Launch the other night.

Read more about this fascinating story and accomplishment, well done Andy…

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An Evening with Michael Foale CBE

Live with Paisley Community Trust and Astronaut Michael Foale CBE at Paisley Arts centre.
Jump to 15 minutes in to see the start of the show.

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The Last Man on the Moon Gene Cernan and Michael Foale live in Paisley

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Captain Gene Cernan speaks to the audience at Paisley Arts Centre live from Houston, Texas after the showing of The Last Man on the Moon in the venue.

The questions are hosted by Astronaut Michael Foale and ISSET the evening is arranged by Paisley Community Trust.

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Paisley Abbey Medieval Fayre Photographs

Paisley Abbey Close transforms into a medieval campsite for the day. Featuring weaponry demonstrations, live falconry displays, an outdoor hog roast, medieval storytelling and fun for all of the family.

Photographs by Tracey Clements for paisley.org.uk