Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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Linwood young people showcase power of drama for 2021 bid

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Young people from Linwood have put together a showcase to highlight the power of drama and how it can transform lives and boost mental health.

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The show – called How Amdram changed our lives – was created by members of Linwood Youth Voice to tell their unique stories since becoming involved in their local am dram group and will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 25 May from 7 until 9pm.

The showcase features four films made by the young people highlighting how effective drama can be in boosting self-belief and confidence, and how important it is to tackle barriers to accessing it, such as cost and geography.

The event also includes a play on why mental health has become an important issue for young people, which was also voted as the priority issue for Renfrewshire’s Youth Commission.

The team behind it are supported by the Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team, who run two thriving groups in the town, CLASS Acts (for eight to 11 year olds) and LADDS-Linwood Area of Dance Drama and Song for secondary-school-aged pupils.

The project received funding from Renfrewshire’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund, designed to boost the area’s creative capacity as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Nathan McCuaig, aged 17 and chairperson of Linwood Youth Voice, said “Most of the members felt their lives had been changed by amateur dramatics and we can’t wait to share all the work we have been doing on the event.

“Mental wellbeing is such a big thing for young people. Our show puts a spotlight on why local activities are so important to the health and wellbeing of young people, changing how they think and feel about themselves and getting involved in their community.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “We were delighted to support this very worthwhile project through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

“Part of the reason for bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 is that we know culture has the power to make people’s lives better and we want to harness that, now and in the future.

“It is great to see the young people of Linwood are spreading that very message as part of this show.”

Wendy Grubb, a community learning officer with Youth Services, added: “The young people have worked really hard to shine a light on the power of drama and the arts and are really excited to show people what they have done.

“By taking part in these groups, their confidence has increased and it has allowed them to be able to express themselves, make many new friends and take part in other community projects.”

For more information, contact Wendy Grubb on 0141 889 1110 or email youth @renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Will Ferrell backed comic makes Paisley debut

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4,000 of world’s best pipers descend on Paisley for British Championships

Around 4,000 of the world’s top pipers and drummers descended on Paisley today to contest some of bagpiping’s most prestigious titles during the British Pipe Band Championships.

More than 140 bands from as far afield as Canada, Denmark and Ireland formed an incredible spectacle of sight and sound in town’s St James Playing Fields.

Pictured l-R Erin Charker age 12 from Inchinnan Niamh Burns 11 and Olivia Burns age 6 shelter from Rain showers

A crowd of thousands gathered to see bands compete across various grades, watched by judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

The championships are the first in piping’s annual calendar of ‘majors’ and were taking place as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

This was the second of a three-year run in Paisley for the event.

The free family event also featured a Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone, which included the team from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary scheme.

There was also a bar and outdoor food village boasting quality cuisine from across Scotland.

The final marchpast was watched over by event chieftain Corinne Hutton – founder of the Finding Your feet charity, and the first quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis.

She was joined for the prize-giving by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, in one of her first official engagements since being voted into her new role this week.

Provost Cameron said: “I was delighted to be part of this event, which saw the people of Paisley give a warm welcome to our thousands of visitors.

“Today’s success shows the town’s ability to host big crowds and events of national importance – which bodes well for the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.”

Ian Embelton of the RSPBA added: “Once again, Paisley made a great host for the first major championships of the season.

“We were pleased with the turnout from bands and spectators, who enjoyed some first-class piping throughout the day.”

For a full list of winners from today, see www.rspba.org. For more information on Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

Photos taken by Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

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Old friends ‘reconnect’ through technology classes

Two old friends who had not seen each other for more than 60 years have reconnected after they both signed up to tablet classes.

L- R – Christine Maxwell and Elizabeth Young with volunteers at the Adult Tablet Class

Christine Maxwell and Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Young first met when they were 15 and 22 respectively and they worked in the planning department at Thomas White & Sons in Paisley. They each moved on to different jobs and had families and over the years they lost touch, although always sent each other a Christmas card every year.

The pensioners reconnected after they each decided to sign up to tablet classes after receiving tablets as gifts from their families.

The classes which are run by Roar: Connections for Life in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, are part of the Digital Renfrewshire Strategy’s aim to close the digital divide. During the classes participants go from the basics of how to turn on and handle a tablet, to how to safe search online, send emails, use social media, install apps, and sort simple problems.

Commenting on the chance meeting Betty said: “We didn’t recognise each other at first. Christine sat down next to me and then the teacher asked everyone to call out their names and that’s when we realised who each other was.”

Christine added: “It was a great surprise!”

The timing of their reunion is fitting as this week is the first National Digital Learning Week 2017 which aims to celebrate how digital technology can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Betty explained her reasons for joining the course, she said: “My family bought me an iPad and at first I wasn’t the least bit interested in it. I thought that’s not like me at all. My daughter works in the reception at the University of the West of Scotland where the classes are held and she suggested I go to the tablet classes to learn how to use it. It’s been very interesting and a good laugh. I’ve always been a giggler.

“The classes have really helped me, there were things on the iPad that I didn’t understand but I do now. I’m certainly interested in the iPad now and it’s good to get the company as well.”

Christine added: “My family were always telling me I was behind the times so I shocked them all by asking for a tablet for Christmas. My family are on Facebook a lot but I love playing scrabble on it – it’s really improving my scores I even managed to get a word worth 72 the other day!

“The classes have helped me learn more about what I can do with the tablet and it’s great that there are others there at the same level as me. I’ve also got another reason to look forward to the classes now with Betty being there.

Those interested in participating in the classes can contact Roar: Choices for Life: 0141 889 7481 or email: paul@roarforlife.org. Those with a good working knowledge of tablets wishing to volunteer should contact Lauren Gilmour, Digital Volunteer Co-ordinator, Engage Renfrewshire, 0141 887 7707 email:  lgilmour@engagerenfrewshire.com.

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Fèis Week 2017

Our Fèis week takes place in July and welcomes all young people aged 8-18.

No previous experience of music is required, just an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to take part. Aimed at complete beginners to intermediate players, we aim to give all participants something that suits their ability and the opportunity to perform as part of a larger group.

Our classes run 10am-4pm from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st July at Paisley Grammar School.

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Charity champion Corinne to be chief of 4,000 pipers at British championships

One of Renfrewshire’s charity champions will preside over more than 4,000 of the world’s best pipers and drummers when they arrive in Paisley at the weekend.

Corinne last year with her Freedom of Renfrewshire award

Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton, 47, who started the Finding Your Feet charity, will be event chieftain for the British Pipe Band Championships on Saturday.

She will greet more than 140 pipe bands from as far afield as Canada and Denmark when they gather before her for the final march-past and prize-giving at the event, to be held in the St James Playing Fields.

The Championships are free to attend, run from 10am to 7pm, and are taking place as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Corinne, from Lochwinnoch – who made history as the first quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis – was also awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire last year in honour of her fundraising work.

The mum of one said: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved and it was lovely to be asked – I am really looking forward to it.

“It’s a whole new ball game for me, although my brother did play the pipes and my son is now at that age where he might want to start playing a musical instrument.”

Corinne was invited to be event chieftain in recognition of her work to support hundreds of other amputees, inspired by her own near-death experience caused by sudden illness three years ago.

As she explained: “In June 2013 I was fighting for my life and losing – I had a bad cough and it turned into pneumonia and then blood poisoning.

“The medical staff saved my life but while my body was protecting the vital organs my hands and feet turned black and had to be amputated

“At first I couldn’t find any real help and started to feel a bit useless and that I could no longer get a job.

“But my way to fix all of that was by starting a charity called Finding Your Feet which aims to help amputees.

“So far we have worked with more than 150 of our troopers up and down the country by supporting them to get out and take part in activities – we are in Glasgow and Dundee and are looking to branch out into England.”

Attractions at the championships on the day include a bar, food market, the Slug in a Bottle craft market, Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone.

There will be no parking at the site – other than for pipe band coaches – but free shuttle buses will run to and from the free event parking sites at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (Greenhill Road) and West College Scotland (Renfrew Road).

There will also be a free shuttle bus running to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station (Old Sneddon Street entrance) for anybody arriving in town by train. All three shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from 8am to 7.30pm.

More event information is on www.paisley2021.co.uk and a full list of bands and times can be found at www.rspba.org

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Fun and laughter at marathon Bookbug session

TODDLERS had a marathon session of fun and laughter in the longest ever Bookbug session held at Paisley Central Library.
To celebrate Bookbug Week, Renfrewshire Leisure staged a Gigglethon in the library on Monday.


The theme of the Gigglethon was humour and children under the age of five, along with their parents or carers were invited to come along any time during the day to have some fun and a good laugh.
And everyone at the Gigglethon was given a free book, mask and sticker courtesy of the Scottish Book Trust.


The event, at Central Library is just one of several fun sessions being held in libraries and venues throughout Renfrewshire to celebrate Bookbug’s Big Giggle.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Our libraries are really fun places to go all the year round, but the marathon Gigglethon was extra special.”
Log on to www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk for more information about Bookbug Week sessions locally.

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Paisley to welcome 4,000 pipers for British Championships

Paisley will be invaded by a tartan army on Saturday when more than 4,000 of the world’s best pipers and drummers descend on the town for the British Pipe Band Championships.

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The St James Playing Fields will again host one of the most prestigious events on the world bagpiping calendar, as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

More than 140 pipe bands from as far afield as Canada, Denmark and Ireland will compete in the day-long event before judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).

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The event is free to attend and a crowd of thousands is expected – the event arena opens at 10am, with the final march-past and prize-giving to take place around 5.30pm.

Attractions on the day include a bar, as well as a food market with a focus on quality Scottish produce from farm to fork, and the Slug in a Bottle craft market.

Free activities include a Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone including giant inflatables, face painting and sporty fun with the team behind Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff Culture Bus.

This year’s chieftain is Renfrewshire charity champion and quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton – who has helped hundreds of people through her Finding Your Feet charity.

There will be no parking at the site – other than for pipe band coaches – but free shuttle buses will run to and from the free event parking sites at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (Greenhill Road) and West College Scotland (Renfrew Road).

There will also be a free shuttle bus running to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station (Old Sneddon Street entrance) for anybody arriving in town by train. All three shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from 8am to 7.30pm.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “We are thrilled to welcome the British Pipe Band Championships back to the town for the second of its three-year run here.

“Events like this are important for the UK City of Culture 2021 bid as it shows Paisley has the infrastructure and know-how to host large-scale events.

“Our visitors from throughout Scotland and abroad will be guaranteed a warm welcome in the town.”

Ian Embelton of the RSPBA added: “We are pleased to be back in Paisley for another year and delighted to have another huge turnout from bands.

“Everything is in place for a day of top-class competition and I am sure the piping community and visitors alike will find plenty to enjoy.”

More event information is on www.paisley2021.co.uk and a full list of bands and times can be found at www.rspba.org

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Events at The Old Swan

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Entertainment in The Hoose

Every Friday night in the Hoose start the straight fae work session with a glass of fizz or two with our special offer on draught prosecco at only £2.95. Make the weekend start with a pop from 4pm till 8pm.
Later on at 9pm the best karaoke in Paisley with Chris kicks off and goes on till 1am, look out for the Cash prize “Play Your Cards Right” game with mega cash up for grabs if…… you guessed it “Play Your Cards Right”.
Every second Wednesday its live Traditional Scottish music sessions from the champions of such music in Renfrewshire Rentrad, these session kick off at 7pm so a few beers while tapping yer feet and still got time for a beer before bed.
The “Sit in with oor Hoose Band” night is moving to once every second Tuesday on the 1st and 3rd of every month, as it says in the image, you choose either to sit in, watch, sing, dance whatever yu feel comfortable with. Great entertainment in the Hoose just for you.
Our Hugely popular Northern Soul/Motown night returns on the 26th May with loads of wonderful tunes that will just get you up and getting down, shuffling and jigging to the best era for music ever. enjoy yerself while doing a bit of exercise, err well while havin a glass or two.
All in all a great line up of entertainment in oor Hoose. Make a night of it, book a table for dinner with our Buy One Get One Free deal on all our meals, call 0141 561 7105 to book.