Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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Retiring Headteachers thanked for their service

Seven headteachers from across Renfrewshire with more than 230 years’ experience celebrated their retirement this week.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services thanked them for their service during the informal ceremony which was also attended by Provost Lorraine Cameron and Peter MacLeod, Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Work Officer.

The headteachers who were thanked for their service were:

Moira Monaghan – Bushes Primary School

David Nicholls – Gleniffer High School

Marie Ward – St Fillan’s Primary School

Hazel McMillan – Thorn Primary School

Carol Vallance – Bridge of Weir Primary School

Susan Carlton – Wallace Primary School

Eileen Young – Linwood High School

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Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer? 

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield! 

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

Entry forms are available online now at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and can include comedians, singers, dancers, magicians and anything else you believe is a special talent you want to share! 

The first heat will be taking place on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm in the town’s County Square with further heats taking place on Saturday 29th July and Saturday 12th August 2017. 

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 26th August 2017 with cash prizes to be won! 

To take part, you must be a resident of Renfrewshire and not part of a professional act. 

Participants under the age of sixteen will need a parent or guardian’s written permission to take part. 

First prize will be £1,000.00 cash with all finalists receiving £250.00! 

The competition is just one of a number of events in Paisley this summer as part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017! 

Children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling will be taking place every Saturday from 8th July until 26th August from 10.30am until 5pm.

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New St Fergus Primary School opens its doors

Pupils at St Fergus Primary School are making themselves at home in their newly completed school, built as part of the Renfrewshire Council’s multi-million pound schools investment programme.

Convener, Cllr Jim Paterson, Depute Convener, Cllr Lorraine Cameron, Headteacher Mhairi McDonald with pupils from the school and Chief Inspector Martin Gallahher and Constable Craig Geddes from Police Scotland

Children and teachers are enjoying their new surroundings in the £4 million single storey building which accommodates 175 pupils and features a mix of flexible teaching spaces, independent learning areas and opportunities for outdoor learning formal and informal teaching spaces along with opportunities for outdoor learning.

The new school includes features aimed at maximising the children’s levels of engagement such as a bespoke library space with recessed seating and a playground performance space with canopy, picnic benches, eco growing area, climbing wall, wobble board, spiral climbing net and an all-weather sports pitch.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convene of Education and Children’s Services, visited the school this week and received a tour of the building from some of the pupils alongside Headteacher Mhairi McDonald.

Councillor Paterson, said: “It was great to visit the pupils and teachers from St Fergus Primary School and see how much they are enjoying their new school.

“The new school will help support the future of our children and young people by providing the best possible environment for them to learn and keep them engaged. It was clear from my visit that the children are excited and enthused to learn in their new school.”

Headteacher Ms Mhairi McDonald, said: “Our children, staff and parents are delighted to be in our new building. The children have had great input into the design including the colours and the playground.

“The learning environment is fantastic, bright and airy with lots of natural light and has great opportunities for collaborative and active learning both indoors and outdoors.”

St Fergus’ was also presented with the Secure by Design Awards by Chief Inspector Martin Gallagher, KA (Paisley) area commander and Constable Craig Geddes, Architectural Liaison Officer from Police Scotland during the visit. Secured by Design (SBD) is a national police initiative that aims to reduce the opportunity for crime in our built environment.  This award shows that by working in partnership with the police the school has met approved security standards that have been developed to address criminal acts such as anti-social behaviour, vandalism and break-ins. Under Police Scotland this is the first school in Renfrewshire to be awarded the SBD accreditation. This will ensure that the school children will have a safer learning environment as well as having a positive impact for police with a reduction in the crime.

The work at St Fergus’ Primary School is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52 million investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.

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Ferguslie community to come together to show there’s ‘No Substitute for Life’

The beautiful game is set to be utilised to raise awareness of mental health issues and remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.

2016 No Substitute for Life tournament

The annual No Substitute for Life football tournament held in Ferguslie, now in its sixth year, brings the community together to shine a light on the issue of the suicide- amongst young men and women especially.

Hundreds of footballers and supporters have turned out each year and similar numbers are expected again when the competition takes place on Sunday 25 June, beginning at 12pm.

The tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and all those who attend will have the opportunity to place a heart on the memorial tree in remembrance of those they have lost before a commemorative balloon release marks the occasion.

There will also be face painting, fun activities and refreshments to keep everyone entertained as the players take to the field.

The event was first created by local Ferguslie resident Paul Cardona who wished to raise awareness of the issue after close friends were lost to suicide and is now organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Survival of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).

A working group was created to bring the event to life and the success of the event led to the group winning Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award in 2013.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Mental health is an increasingly prevalent issue in today’s society and it is important that those who are dealing with these issues are aware that the support is there for them to access.

“The tournament is now into its sixth year and the response remains tremendous from the Ferguslie, and wider, community and it is important that we continue to provide the support to those who need it.

“Events such as this tournament are great ways of breaking down the barriers which are often faced, by young people especially, in discussing their feelings and I would encourage anyone who feels like this could benefit them to go along.”

The event provides an opportunity for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to remember them and also meet others who have faced similar heartbreak. .

The SOBS support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm, and anyone affected by suicide is welcome to go along.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Families set to descend on Barshaw Gala Day

Thousands are set to turn out to the annual Barshaw Gala Day for an afternoon packed full of exciting activities for all the family.

Barshaw Gala Day in 2016

Taking place on Saturday 24 June, from 12noon to 4pm, Barshaw Park will be a hive of activity as the local community joins together for one of its favourite days on the calendar.

A live stage hosted by Erskine Music and Media Studios will provide the soundtrack to the day and entertain the crowds as they take in the fantastic local music and dance groups aiming to showcase their talent.

A multitude of community and craft stalls will give the locals the chance to see the fantastic artists, designers, charities, volunteers and groups that the area has to offer.

There will be plenty for the kids to immerse themselves in too, including balloon modellers, magic shows, inflatables and free face painting on offer all afternoon.

There’s also a variety of children’s workshops including ‘Up in the Air’ kite-making, hula-hooping and special preview Sma’ Shot Day workshops- where children can design and make a prop that they can bring along to be a part of the Sma’ Shot parade.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Gala days are at the heart of our communities and I can’t wait to get along and be a part of it on Saturday.

“There’s a fantastic array of activities on offer so gather up the kids, your friends and your family and come along to join the thousands set to turn out for a brilliant day!”

The Gala Day takes place as part of a fantastic summer in Renfrewshire with the upcoming Sma’ Shot Day, Weave Festival and Paisley Pipe Band Championships just a few of the exciting events due to get underway.

For more information on what’s going on visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events, www.Paisley2021.co.uk/events or contactevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Events in The Hoose

24th June Saturday night its shufflin time. Great sounds from the “wheels of steel” playing all your Northern Soul and Motown favourites. A fantastic night of Top Tunes.

End of term party in the Hoose on Wednesday 28th June, Music, Dancin, Singing with a free buffet for all. Kick off from 2.30pm. Keep calm its nearly the New Year!!

Hey its the Summer and that means Beach Party time in the Hoose, yep on the 1st July (Sma Shot Day) we don our swim wear and dance among the palm trees and umbrellas in the Hoose. Great deals on Cocktails and Spirits as well as Pints. Dinny miss a fantastic night oot in the Party Hoose on the High Street. aloha!!

“Hoose Hawfs” (35ml) and dash for only £2.50. Yep a measure of finest Whisky or Vodka with a dash of mixer, great deals on food and drink in oor Hoose.

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Haulage firm flying the flag for Paisley 2021 with truck

A Renfrewshire-based distribution company will be flying the flag for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid – after revealing a branded truck and trailer.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Councillor Iain Nicolson
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Hillington-based Gordon Leslie Group provide distribution and storage services throughout the UK and beyond, and joins a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley’s bid be successful.

And new Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson – also the chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – paid the company a visit to see the truck and trailer – covered in colourful 2021 branding – for himself.

Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the area’s unique cultural and heritage offer to transform its future.

The town’s initial bid was submitted in April and competition organisers at the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport are due to announce the shortlist for the second stage over the summer.

To date the Paisley 2021 bid has been backed by almost 200 local firms – including internationally-important names Glasgow Airport, intu Braehad and WH Malcolm.

There has also been support from Coats PLC – which started life in the town and remains the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer – and whisky giant Diageo, who bottle 30% of the world’s Scotch from their Shieldhall base.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bid has already taken awareness of what Paisley has to offer to a new level. No matter what happens next, that will bring new visitors and investment into the area for local businesses to feed off.

“Should the bid be successful, there would be even more economic opportunity and thousands of new jobs for Renfrewshire, as well as all the social benefits from creating opportunities for people to get involved in cultural activity.

“We are fortunate to be home to large employers such as Gordon Leslie Group – we are delighted they have thrown their support behind the bid and it’s great to think the truck and trailer will be spreading a bit of Paisley on its travels.”

Gordon Leslie Group is a second-generation family business, which has been based in Renfrewshire almost 50 years.

Managing director Craig Leslie said: “The firm was started by my father and has been in Renfrewshire since the 1970s – first at Abbotsinch Industrial Estate, then Linwood, and now Hillington.

“Paisley 2021 is a fantastic opportunity to put the area back on the map and will provide a much-needed boost for local businesses in terms of attracting investment and creating jobs.

“We are behind what the bid is trying to achieve and I would call on other businesses to consider how they could get involved and help promote the town.”

You can see the Paisley 2021 business wall and find out more about the bid at paisley2021.co.uk

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FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT DIANE MITCHELL MUSIC SCHOOL

Looking for something fun but educational for your child over the summer holidays? Bookings are now being taken for our summer holiday music clubs in both Paisley and Barrhead.

From School of Rock to Under the sea, we have activities for all ages from age 3- 13 years. We also have a taster week where children can try out various instruments and we have our school of Rock weeks where you can bring your own instrument and form a band.

Get in touch on 07896689816 or email info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com to book a place or for more information.

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Frightened Rabbit and RSNO among headliners for Paisley’s Spree festival

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie actFrightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey.

frightened rabbit

The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Frightened Rabbit will be the latest in a line of Scottish bands to team up with the orchestra in the stunning setting of the 850-year-old Abbey on 17 October for a show which has been a highlight of previous Sprees.

Much of the action will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre, which will host trad acts Dougie MacLean and Canada’s De Temps Antan (18 Oct), Breabach, Kris Drever and Talisk (20 Oct), plus Sharon Shannon and Fara(15 Oct).

Paisley Arts Centre will welcome Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (15 Oct) and a gathering of artists from the Lost Map record label, curated by The Pictish Trail (22 Oct).

The festival will have a strong international feel with an Americana night boasting Boston’s Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and opened by England’s Yola Carter, named UK Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Association UK Awards.

Specially-commissioned shows in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid include:

– an opening night concert where three Scottish acts – Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon – and from India – Smita Bellur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan – weave together traditional music from both countries. The same show will also open the prestigious Rajastan International Folk Festival a week before;

– a show celebrating Paisley’s untold story featuring and curated by acclaimed songwriter James Grant;

– a literary celebration at a Banks Supper night inspired by Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street, about a rock band from the town, featuring award-winning author Alan Bissett;

Tickets for all shows will be available from thespree.co.uk from 9am on Wednesday 21 June.

The line-up was announced on Radio Scotland tonight by Vic Galloway, who will broadcast his radio show before a live audience in the town during the festival, as will his BBC colleague Janice Forsyth.

There remains one major headline act still to be announced, with Paisley music fans encouraged to keep their eyes on the Spree social media channels as it is one they won’t want to miss.

The Spree will also feature two comedy nights in conjunction with the Gilded Balloon, as well as film events and songwriting workshops, while unsigned musical talent will be given a showcase through the nightly Danny Kyle Open Stage run by Celtic Music Radio.

The festival sees the return of the ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod run by LNP Promotions – headlined byThe Style Councillors and taking over The Spiegeltent on the final Saturday.

Paisley Town Hall will also host award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew’s BREWBAND, fusing together indie-rock music and dance.

There will be plenty for kids too, with the National Theatre of Scotland bringing their Rocket Post show to town, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, while the Big Telly Theatre Company present Operation Paisley – Alien Pursuit, an interactive, town-wide treasure hunt for kids.

A full programme of free children’s shows taking place over the October school holidays is still to be announced.

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Active Events.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The Spree festival is the one of the flagship dates on Paisley’s current events calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

“In the year we are bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 it is fitting the Spree bill manages at once to be outward-looking and internationally-flavoured, yet also unmistakeably Paisley – showcasing the town’s unique story and giving a platform to some of our fantastic local talent.

“The event again shows Paisley’s ability to host large-scale events featuring some of Scotland’s finest talent, and will attract fans from throughout the country to our unique town centre venues.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using the town’s unique heritage and cultural story and was lodged with the UK government in April, with a decision expected over which places make the shortlist this summer.

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Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to our Armed Forces

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde have come together to celebrate Armed Forces Day with a special service at Paisley Abbey.

(L-R) RBL standard bearer x 2, Rev. Alan Sorenson, Minister of Wellpark Mid Kirk, Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Inverclyde’s Provost Martin Brennan, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, Reverend Robert Craig, Minister of Stow Brae Kirk, Father Louis Mendy (St Mirin Cathedral, RBL standard bearer x 2, President of RBL- Paisley Comrades Branch, George Gaughan.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, the Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron, and Provost of Inverclyde, Martin Brennan, were in attendance to recognise the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, both past and present.

Rev. Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Inverclyde’s Provost Martin Brennan, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron and Royal British Legion member Robert Pope at the Hawkhead cemetery memorial.

The Renfrewshire Schools Brass Ensemble performed within the Abbey as members of the congregation arrived for the service- which was led by Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Reverend Robert Craig, Minister of Stow Brae Kirk and Canon Oliver Freney from the Diocese of Paisley.

Inverclyde Schools Choir perform at the service within Paisley Abbey.

The Royal British Legion- Paisley Comrades Branch displayed their standard in the Abbey cloisters as the congregation were piped in by a lone piper.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, completed the first reading of the service, and was followed by Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron.

The Inverclyde Senior Choir then put on a poignant performance of Goodnight my Angel and Love Divine which was followed by a prayer of intercession, led by Provost Brennan.

Provost Cameron said: “It is extremely important that we recognise the sacrifices which our Armed Forces have made, and will make, to ensure the safety of our country.

“I was delighted to see such a large attendance of veterans, serving military personnel and members of the public there to pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our benefit.”

The service took place in advance of the national Armed Forces Day- which is Saturday 24 June- in order to allow those in attendance the chance to pay tribute at both a local and national service.

Provost Brennan said: “The service was led with dignity and respect and the setting of Paisley Abbey was befitting of such a meaningful occasion.

“I hope the service can provide comfort to those in attendance as we come together to remember the servicemen and women lost in all conflicts.”

The service was preceded on Friday by a short ceremony outside Renfrewshire House which saw the Armed Forces Day flag raised by Royal Navy veteran Robert Pope, of the Royal British Legion- Paisley Comrades branch.

The flag flies for seven days in recognition of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women to protect the country.

Inverclyde will host their flag raising service on Monday 19 June at 10:30am in Clyde Square in Greenock.