Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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Hospitality Courses at WCS


West College Scotland have 3 new fast track courses in Hospitality starting in January.


Applications are now open – visit their website to apply.

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November events at the Bungalow


Upcoming events at the Bungalow:


Wed 2nd: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00


Thur 3rd: The Bad Boys & The Turkey Nuts

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry



Fri 4th: Standup Arcade, Bronston, MT Doubt & Brittle Head Girl

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry


Sat 5th: The Blockheads + Special Guest

Starting at 8pm | Tickets £18.00 (available on the door)


Sun 6th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry


Wed 9th: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00


Thur 10th: Retro Games Night

Starting at 6pm | Free Entry
Fri 11th: Drunk Gods, The Elephant Men & Sorrows Have Sails
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sat 12th: Light up Paisley with Durty Mac
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sun 13th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 16th: The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00
Thur 17th: Retro Games Night
Starting at 6pm | Free Entry
Fri 18th: All or Nothing with Big Fat Panda
Starting at 8pm | £3.00 suggested donation on the door in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
Sat 19th: Sinister Flynn & Calum Baird
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sun 20th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Staring at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 23rd: The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Thu 24th: Emergency Services and Armed Forces night / Retro Games Night
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Fri 25th: Stone Pony & John Mackay
Staring at 8pm | Free Entry
Sat 26th: Blackbeard’s Tea Party + The Firebugs
Starts at 8pm | Tickets: £5.00 (available on the door)
Sun 27th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Starts at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 30th:  The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starts at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00
Tickets for gigs in The Bungalow are available from:
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Wm Phelps Butchers in conjunction with Paisley’s finest Chinese Restaurant Kwang Tung.

December Steak Meal Raffle £5 per ticket.

Thanks to Wm Phelps The Butchers on Causeyside Street for supporting this Raffle.  This raffle is going towards the funds for Rebecca Lee Malawi 2018 exhibition.


The prize is a T Bone Steak for 2 people including a bottle of House Red Wine at Kwang Tung Restaurant in George Street.  Both steaks will be cooked to your preference along with the chips onions mushrooms and gravy.

The raffle ticket will be for sale at Wm Phelps The Butcher, at Kwang Tung and on Facebook.

You can pay by cash, on Rebecca go fund page or by PayPal at
Please mark Steak Raffle if paying by go fund me or PayPal.
Each ticket is £5 and you can buy as many as you like.

The whole package is worth excess of £75.

The sale of the raffle ticket will run in the whole month of November and the draw will be done on the evening of 30/11/16.   The winner will have to use the prize between 1/12/16 and 22/12/16.   This would make a great Christmas present/treat for yourselves or a loved one.

For more information please contact Peter Lee, Rebecca Lee or James Peacock.

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New Street Stuff culture bus gets ready to hit the road

Street Stuff staff, councillors plus repreentatibes of St Mirren with some of the boys and girls taking part in the camp

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is hitting the road on a grand tour of Renfrewshire – thanks to the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth scheme.

Street Stuff staff, councillors plus repreentatibes of St Mirren with some of the boys and girls taking part in the camp

Street Stuff staff, councillors plus repreentatibes of St Mirren with some of the boys and girls taking part in the camp

Street Stuff is a council-led partnership which has helped cut youth disorder locally by 75% since 2009 through offering activities including football, dancing and mobile youth clubs for young people in selected areas.

And the Street Stuff fleet has been boosted with the addition of a ‘culture bus’ –designed by the young people themselves after a consultation with more than 250 of them led by the Paisley 2021 team and Street Stuff staff.

The inside is equipped with the latest video-game consoles as well as DJ decks and other musical equipment.

The brightly-coloured graffiti-style artwork on the exterior of new bus was produced by a group of Street Stuff attendees working with Paisley-based visual artist Duncan Wilson.

Street Stuff is run by a partnership including Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren FC, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

And staff involved in managing the project gathered at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, to see the culture bus for the first time before it set off around Renfrewshire.

The stadium was a busy place during the October school holiday, with St Mirren running football coaching in the club’s Airdome and dance classes inside the stadium.

There was also some catwalk action in the form of a fashion show featuring some of the young people who designed their own bespoke tie-dye T-shirts.

Street Stuff holiday camps across the area also provided free meals to all attendees during the week, thanks to the council’s Tackling Poverty Programme, which funded an extension of the scheme.

Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff champion, Councillor Eddie Devine, said: “Street Stuff has made a huge difference in the areas where it operates over the years – last year saw more than 37,000 attendees and 4,500 healthy meals provided.

“It’s also a great example of what partnerships can achieve – ourselves, St Mirren, the police and fire brigade have all played a role in what has been a nationally-recognised success, and everybody involved is immensely proud of that.

“Street Stuff also links together some of the biggest projects happening across the area at the moment.

“Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 aims to harness the power of creativity to help change people’s lives, and key to that is creating opportunities for young people to engage in whatever form of culture means most to them.

“The new bus was only made possible by the input of the young people who already take part in Street Stuff – they told us what they wanted inside it.

“It also means we can take cultural activity to all areas of Renfrewshire and make it easier for people in all areas to enjoy the benefits.

“And at the same time, Street Stuff is a key part of the council’s innovative programme to tackle poverty – the holiday camps are making sure pupils continue to get a free healthy meal and activity even outwith the school term.”

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Renfrewshire Council Leader urges Scottish Government to support reinvention of Paisley

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Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, has requested the Scottish Government make Paisley Town Centre a pilot area for a range of innovative initiatives which would help to reinvigorate the town and surrounding areas.

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Councillor Macmillan has written to Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, following a meeting during the Scottish Town Planning Institute annual conference which took place in Paisley earlier this month. This gathering of planning experts from across Scotland coincided with the launch of Renfrewshire Council’s Economic Framework (REF) and Paisley Town Centre – 10 Year Action Plan (PTCAP) strategies.

Both documents have a key role to play in the Council’s commitment to building a better Renfrewshire for all through the delivery of economic regeneration and its associated social benefits.

The PTCAP is an ambitious ten year programme of investment to re-invent Scotland’s largest town centre which will drive economic growth and inward investment in the town and across Renfrewshire as a whole.

To support the objectives of the PTCAP, Councillor Macmillan is urging the Scottish Government to make Paisley a pilot Town Centre Incentivisation Zone and test a number of initiatives designed to stimulate economic growth.

The request included a number of suggestions, such as:

  • Business rates
    • Creation of a ‘town centre regeneration fund’ by allowing local authorities to keep an agreed percentage of current business rates (NDR) within the Incentivisation Zone for a set period, together with any additional NDR payable during this period from new occupants
    • Change regulation to make vacant listed buildings liable for business rates
    • Allow local authorities to retain a proportion of additional business rates from listed buildings within the incentivisation zone so they are liable for rates whether occupied or vacant
    • Offer a VAT exemption for the refurbishment of property within the pilot zone
    • Establish a ‘housing regeneration fund’ targeted at vacant buildings in the pilot zone to allow scale to be achieved to entice housing developers to create new housing in town centres

Councillor Macmillan said: “Paisley has the potential to be the driver for economic growth across the whole of Renfrewshire. It is Scotland’s largest town centre, boasting the country’s fourth busiest railway station and one of the highest concentrations of listed buildings.

“The request I have made of the Scottish Government would support our own commitment and ambitious plans for the regeneration of Paisley and Renfrewshire. Each of the proposals we have submitted is designed to support long-term growth and investment through a mix of housing and business investment.

“Also, for a town with such a proud and extensive built heritage as Paisley, these proposals have the potential to play a vital role in protecting our heritage assets which, for too long, have been left neglected.”

Renfrewshire Council is currently conducting a consultation for local people and businesses to have their say on the REF and PTCAP strategies.

The PTCAP will see four areas in the town centre revamped. These are the Gilmour Street Gateway, High Street and UWS Campus, Abbey and River Precinct, and Improving Connections between the town centre and surrounding areas.

The REF sets out a clear strategy for establishing the region as an attractive place to live, work and visit, emphasising that Renfrewshire is open for business. It contains 10 near term strategic priorities which will create more and better jobs through supporting growing businesses, attracting new investment and ensuring the foundations are in place to sustain that growth in the long term.

The consultation period will culminate with two public events at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday November 3 (from 11.30am to 2.30pm) and Wednesday 9 November (from 5.30pm to 7.30pm).

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the events but can also provide feedback by completing the Council’s short survey at:

The consultation period ends on Thursday 10 November.

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Club Carnage was awesome! – Tactical Defence Krav Maga


The venue in Paisley was perfect, training in a hot club with limited space really does change the way you approach situations. The floor being sticky or slippery, the lighting and low visibility are usually the norm in a nightclub but it isn’t until the Krav Maga mindset is applied that you really start to think about how these impact violent or aggressive situations. This event promised to show us that and it delivered.



Pulling off clean self defence techniques in a nice air conditioned class is a good bit different than trying to do the same whilst completely surrounded by people, struggling to see who or what the threat is and losing your footing on a slippery floor. Fighting your way out of enclosed spaces while trying to protect a loved one or friend, escorting them to safety are just a few of the things we trained on the day.

Getting first hand experience of this sort of training is invaluable. Being on the floor surrounded by attackers, trying to protect yourself whilst getting attacked was one of my personal favorites. It all adds another level to the self defence training we do regularly at Tactical Defence Krav Maga. Not just physically but mentally, trying to overcome the natural freeze in the fight or flight response.

The Tactical Defence instructors were brilliant and professional, the whole day was well planned and you could tell by the quality of the presentation. Everyone who attended only made the day better with their effort and hard work.

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Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir in concert with Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra


ENJOY a night celebrating Gospel, Scottish and Contemporary music in Renfrewshire in support of the Paisley 2021 Bid for the City of Culture.

On Friday 4 November The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir will be in concert with the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra for what promises to be a lively evening appreciating many talented musicians in the area.

Renfrewshire is home to a wealth of musical talent and the Cultural Bid offers the chance for members of the community to showcase their talent.

Taking place at Wallneuk North Parish Church at 7pm, the talented performers will be bringing their soulful, upbeat sounds to the stage.

The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir is the first choir of its kind in Renfrewshire, inclusive to all with no auditions required. Aimed at people who enjoy singing, they welcome people to come along, whether it’s for fun, to meet new friends or to improve their vocal skills.

The choir was formed by Diane Mitchell, who had previous involvement with school choirs and singing in choirs herself. After the launch of her music school last year, she decided to approach the Association of African Communities in Paisley.

As a result, a partnership was formed and both Diane and the African Communities are enthusiastic in their desire to support the Paisley 2021 Bid for the City of Culture. They hope that the choir will play a big part in the community in the lead up and the concert is just one example of this.

Joining the choir for the concert will be the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra, conducted and led by world famous and internationally renowned accordionist Gary Blair, whose father Jimmy Blair founded the original orchestra in the 1970’s.

As former British champions, they also boast past and present members who are Scottish and British Champions.

In what promises to be a lively night for all the family, also gracing the stage on November 4 will be Coda, a young, new, vibrant and extremely talented five piece band.

Acoustic duo, Rebekah and David, will be bringing their contemporary, up beat sounds and classical guitarist Ross Wilson will be performing.

Flying the flag for the younger performers, The Cardonald Primary School Choir will also be taking to the stage. The night willed with grand finale with both choirs, the accordio.

The concert is supported by Renfrewshire Council who recently awarded the Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir money from the 2021 Bid Fund to help make the concert possible.

An event not to be missed, tickets costing £8 for adults and £4 for children/ concessions can be purchased from Gary Blair by contacting 07813 712594 or Diane Mitchell on 07896 689816.

There will also be a number of tickets kept aside to purchase at the door.

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Halloween in the Hoose

Whit a weekend we have for you. Friday night its the big Halloween parade through the town passing oor windaes while inside the hoose its a spooktacular paaaarty with drinks promos and give aways.
On Saturday night, the toons best live music venue sees the return of EPIC a fantastic live covers band, they will have you on your feet all night. 
On Sunday afternoon we launch the Paisley Folk Club sessions with Rentrad a local traditional music group 5-8pm. Get in and dine with us have a glass of prosecco and hiv a right guid time. !!!
Thursday the 3rd we have the Paisley Development Trust race night all contributions are welcome to fund the organisation that saved the Russell Institute and also a great night oot ina Hoose!!
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Spree festival hailed as a “tremendous success” for Paisley

RockUs Community Choir perform in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Sessions initiative

Renfrewshire Council bosses have hailed this year’s Spree festival in Paisley as a “tremendous boost for the town”.

RockUs Community Choir perform in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Sessions initiative

RockUs Community Choir perform in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Sessions initiative

The nine-day festival saw over 4,000 tickets sold and more than 1,000 children attend free day-time workshops during the October school holiday. Gig-goers came from as far afield as Australia, Croatia, Germany and Denmark to attend this year’s festival.


Kids enjoy a dinosaur workshop in the Spiegeltent as part of the festival

Highlights included the festival’s signature Paisley Abbey concert and a unique collaboration between former Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with Currie backing Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 from the stage.

 Justin Currie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing in Paisley Abbey

Justin Currie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing in Paisley Abbey

A specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square hosted several sell-out shows and a live broadcast of BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway show to over 20,000 listeners.

The addition of ‘Spree Sessions’ this year showcased Paisley’s vibrant home-grown cultural scene with shows featuring local cultural groups RockUs Choir, Create Paisley and Feis Phiaslig. And the festival’s first ‘fringe’ event, the Spree for All, saw local music promoters LNP Promotions organise a series of gigs in venues across town as well as a ‘magic trail’ in cafes.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “This was the fifth year we have held The Spree festival in Paisley and, once again, it has been a tremendous boost to the town. We had a fantastic mix this year, from the big-name acts to concerts featuring local school children, which showcased the diversity of cultural activity we have.

“We purposely time the festival to coincide with the October school holiday each year and programme a host of free activities for families to enjoy. Like much of our events programme, we want it to be accessible and for all our communities to have the opportunity to enjoy cultural activity on their doorstep.”

“Events like The Spree are crucial in generating footfall and encouraging spend in the local economy, while also enhancing the image and reputation of Paisley as a place to enjoy spending leisure time, whether you are local or not.

“I think Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 gave this year’s festival an added buzz. The success of this year’s festival and our ability to attract a national and international audience adds to the growing evidence that Paisley is ready and able to take on the culture title.”

Next on the events programme for Paisley are a Halloween Festival (28-29 October), a Fireworks Spectacular (5 November) and the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On (12 November). It was also announced this week that Paisley will host the start leg of the Monte Carlo Rally on 25 January 2017.

Details of all the events listed are available online at

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Please support Paisley on the web by voting for us

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Paisley on the web is looking for your support to win the best community group category in Renfrewshire Council’s Provost’s Community Awards.

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Paisley on the web was started almost 20 years ago by Brian McGuire and continues to this day with many volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure that the community is kept up to date with information and events happening in Renfrewshire.

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