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Weaving workshops to teach young buddies about Paisley’s unique textile story

Two designers are helping to continue Paisley’s rich textile story by delivering weaving workshops to school pupils.

Heather Shields and Shielagh Tacey have been appointed as weavers in residence to the Sma’ Shot Cottages as part of Renfrewshire Council’s Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2) which aims to celebrate Paisley’s rich built heritage.

As part of the residency Heather and Shielagh will be delivering a series of workshops every Tuesday throughout November to more than 240 pupils from St Fergus PS, Glencoats PS, Lochwinnoch PS, St Mary’s PS, West PS, St Catherine’s PS, Johnstone HS and St Columba’s HS in Paisley Museum.

During these sessions the pupils will learn about linen, silk and cotton – the fibres which were historically woven in Paisley, explore the Museum’s shawl gallery and watch a loom in action. They will also discover how a weaver creates a motif design using point paper and work collaboratively to weave part of a colourful large scale artwork using a range of hand weaving techniques.

The residency aims to encourage people to get involved in weaving in addition to conducting a research project into Paisley’s rich textile heritage. The ethos of this project ties with Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The £4 million TH.CARS 2 project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest while highlighting the significant role Paisley has played in the weaving and textile industry.

Commenting on the residency Heather said: “Paisley has such a rich heritage to explore and through this residency it would be a great chance to team up and learn more about a subject we are very interested in.

“This project will allow us to share our skills and knowledge with the local community and we are hoping that the school workshops will inspire young people in the town to consider opportunities in textiles and design.”

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader, Cllr Jim Paterson, said: “The weaving workshops will not only help share the story of Paisley’s unique textile and design heritage that helped make it a globally recognised name, but will also help our young people build new skills and open them up to creative career opportunities.”

At the end of the project the weavers will deliver an exhibition and talk around the residency. The weaving residency will run until the end of 2018.

To find out more about TH.CARS 2 visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2.

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Paisley First latest organisation to back town’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid

Paisley First, the organisation which represents hundreds of local businesses, has backed the town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley first and local businesses support Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture 7.11.17
Pic with Lion L to R
Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The non-profit organisation set up to deliver a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre, has joined a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley take the title.

Paisley first and local businesses support Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture 7.11.17
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Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The group works with more than 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre, including both property owners and commercial tenants.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The response we have had from businesses both locally and with international links has been phenomenal and we are delighted to welcome Paisley First as one of our valued sponsors.

“It works for and on behalf of literally hundreds of local businesses and so to have a commitment from them just shows the scale of the support for the bid as we head towards a decision.

“Local businesses recognise both the economic and cultural benefits of a winning bid, not least the extra footfall it would bring to the town centre.

“ Since Hull took the title in 2017, it has seen £1bn of investment with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of the year.”

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to announce the UK City of Culture 2021 winner next month. The other shortlisted contenders are Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron also welcomed the latest sponsor and added: “It’s great to see an organisation with the reach of Paisley First locally come on board as we head towards a decision on UK City of Culture 2021.”

Paisley First, which drew an estimated 20,000 people with its Pride of Paisley public art trail last summer, has also launched its new Makers Space as part of a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “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.

“Everyone at Paisley First is working hard to help confirm Paisley’s reputation as a business location and further enhance the town centre as a visitor destination.

“It’s vital that all businesses work together now to support the Paisley 2021 team as they enter the final stages in their bid to be appointed UK City of Culture – what a boost that would be for the town.”

To date the Paisley 2021 bid has attracted 13 bid sponsors, including internationally-important names such as Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers as well as the world’s largest thread manufacturers, Coats PLC.

Leading science company Thermo Fisher Scientific, Paisley based Mac Asphalt and Clark Contracts and the Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group have all also thrown their weight behind the bid.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Morrison Construction and the Gordon Leslie Group have all also pledged their support to back the town’s ambitions.

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Investment Plan unveiled for 1,000 new affordable homes in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled a five-year plan to deliver more than 1000 high-quality, affordable homes across Renfrewshire over the next five years.

New Sanctuary Housing at Andrew Avenue, Renfrew.
Renfrewshire Cllr Marie McGurk and Gillian Lavety

The new Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the period 2018/19 – 2022/23 was approved today by Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board. The Board gave the green light to the plan which sets out the key investment priorities for affordable housing in Renfrewshire. It details how the Council will meet the objectives of the Renfrewshire Local Housing Strategy by delivering at least 1,000 new homes over the next five years.

New Sanctuary Housing at Andrew Avenue, Renfrew.
Renfrewshire Cllr Marie McGurk and Gillian Lavety

The homes will be a mixture of council and housing association properties. As well as new housing for social rent, a mix of housing options are also being developed including properties specifically for older people, families and people with additional needs plus homes which are available to buy at below market prices.

Construction work is due to start on two Council projects in Spring 2018 where around 95 new homes will be built as part of the regeneration of Johnstone Castle and 80 new homes at Dargavel Village in Bishopton.  It is also planned to bring forward further Council newbuild projects in Paisley and Johnstone over the five year period.

Construction is also underway on housing association newbuild developments in different parts of Renfrewshire.  Sanctuary Scotland is building social rented housing in Renfrew (Andrew Avenue and Inchinnan Road) and homes for both social rent and low cost home ownership at Love Street in Paisley.  Work is due to start shortly on the former Co-op site in Paisley West End, where around 40 new homes will be built for social rent by Sanctuary. The Link Group will start work in 2018 on the third phase of the redevelopment of the former Arnotts site – building around 26 flats on Smithhills Street in Paisley town centre for social rent.  In addition, Paisley Housing Association is progressing plans for comprehensive improvement at Orchard Street/Causeyside Street following the designation of a Housing Renewal Area earlier this year.

The Council is also working with other housing associations and the Scottish Government to bring forward newbuild schemes in other parts of Renfrewshire over the next five years.

The draft investment plan was presented to Community planning partners, Renfrewshire housing associations, local stakeholder groups, Community Councils and tenants and Residents Associations for consultation in August of this year. The consultation also included meetings with housing association partners to identify potential sites and new projects in line with the Local Housing Strategy outcomes.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board visited a new housing area site to see first-hand one of the new affordable housing developments in Renfrew.

Commenting on the new plan, Councillor McGurk said:

“Good quality, energy efficient, affordable housing helps to improve people’s quality of life.  Renfrewshire Council is committed to providing high-calibre homes that people can afford to rent and buy.

“The Strategic Housing Investment Plan isn’t just about building more and more houses. It is about creating homes that people want to live in, in places where they want to live.

“There is a demand for affordable homes for older people, families and those with additional needs. We’re expanding the supply of homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet the needs of people in Renfrewshire. There are a number of planned developments for additional supported housing, sheltered housing and extra care housing which meet these needs.

“We are already well on track to delivering our target of 1,000 new affordable homes by 2021 and I fully expect that the Strategic Housing Investment Plan will take us beyond that.”

Gillian Lavety, Head of Development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, said:

“Sanctuary is proud to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government to develop much-needed affordable housing in the area.

“Our planned homes will provide modern, attractive and energy-efficient accommodation for local residents, just as Sanctuary’s previous Renfrewshire projects across Paisley, Renfrew and Linwood already have.”

For further information on housing and to download a copy of the Renfrewshire Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2018/19 to 2022/23 go to http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/housing

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Renfrewshire is ready for winter weather

Renfrewshire’s residents are being urged to prepare themselves for the winter weather conditions as the coldest months arrive.

Renfrewshire Council has launched its Ready for Winter campaign and has put in place its normal winter measures to ensure the area will continue to operate fully should there be severe snow, ice, wind or rain.

More than 800km of road and 1200km miles of pavement will be treated across Renfrewshire with over 4000 tonnes of salt purchased to combat the freezing conditions.

Specialist gritters will be operating on a priority basis to ensure all main bus routes and access routes to schools and emergency services remain available, providing 24 hour cover to deal with the effects of snow and ice.

Residents will also be able to access more than 400 grit bins to tackle roads which are not on essential gritting routes.

The council is also urging everyone to be #RenReady to face the winter weather by preparing in advance to keep their home, business and community safe.

Preparing emergency plans and grab bags for your home, checking weather reports often and having an emergency kit in your car are just a few of the ways which you can stay safe this winter.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise severe winter weather can cause issues for those who live and work in Renfrewshire and we are undertaking a variety of measures to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.

“Every year we utilise our specialist gritting vehicles to provide a 24 hour response to snow and ice, which helps maintain our roads during the winter period.

“There is also a variety of advice available on our website to learn how to best prepare your home, community or business during an emergency situation.

“We want to ensure our communities are safe and prepared this winter to allow Renfrewshire to continue to operate as normal and ensure we are all #RenReady this winter.”

For more information on how you can be prepared for severe weather across the winter period visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/readyforwinter

You can follow the council’s social media campaign advising on staying safe this winter by following @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Team Up to Clean Up campaign is looking brand new

Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign is brightening up the environment in more ways than one after the launch of its new brand took place in Renfrew.

Litter Pick at Knockhill Park 2.11.17

Local school pupils, community members, partners and the council joined together to launch the new brand which aims to broaden the appeal of the campaign and encourage the community to get involved in their area.

A series of engagement sessions took place with communities throughout Renfrewshire to help contribute to the development of the new Team Up to Clean Up brand.

The brand uses bold, bright colours and icons indicative of clean up activity to make the campaign immediately recognisable as it aims to inspire a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire.

Members of the community will be able to access materials to promote the campaign in their area including branded posters, leaflets, as well everything they need to host a successful clean up event, namely high-viz bibs, litter pickers, hoops, protective gloves and bin bags.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that the new brand has been launched as it gives the campaign a real sense of identity and character.

“We are already seeing a fantastic response to the campaign with community groups across Renfrewshire getting out and taking part in clean ups of their local areas, which is already making a visible difference to our environment.

“We are also continuing with the increased gully cleaning, road sweeping and litter picking activity which is ensuring that we as a Council are working together with the community.

“It is important we keep moving forward with the campaign so please make the most of the new brand materials, get involved in the campaign and let’s continue to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The campaign has seen the council make a £250,000 investment in changing the appearance of Renfrewshire’s environment through a joint approach from the council and the community.

It encourages those in Renfrewshire to take part in community clean ups, think about their recycling habits and be responsible dog owners, while the council has increased a number of cleaning services to ensure a two-way approach is maintained.

The launch took place at recently redeveloped Knockhill Park in Renfrew, an area which exemplifies the power of civic pride as the local community strives to keep the area clean and tidy to complement the new equipment housed in the park.

Maggie Laird, Chairperson of Friends of Knockhill Park, said: “A local park which is cared for, such as Knockhill, is a fantastic asset for any community and gives kids a free, clean and safe environment to play in.

“I think the new campaign is a great idea as it will make people appreciate and take ownership of their local areas which will make Renfrewshire a better, more attractive place to live.”

While the launch was taking place, officers from the Community Safety team undertook litter talks at Renfrew High to encourage pupils to take pride in the area around their school and recognise that littering is unacceptable.

The campaign aims to encourage both young and old to think about the effect they have on the environment and challenges them to consider what they can do to make Renfrewshire a better place.

You can find out where our gully cleaners, road sweepers and litter pickers will be each week, as well as how you can get involved in the campaign, by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

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Thousands turn out for Paisley Fireworks spectacular

Thousands turned out to enjoy a dazzling display as Paisley’s annual fireworks spectacular went off with a bang this weekend.

The town’s historic skyline lit up in the extravaganza which delighted the gathered crowds of more than 25,000 when it burst into life on Saturday night, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.

The themed event took place as part of Paisley’s Winter Festival as the town bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Each of the town’s rivals – Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – were given a surprise musical shout outs across the day.

The soundtrack to the display itself referenced Sunderland with ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics in celebration of the duo’s Dave Stewart, who hails from the city.

Stoke’s musical heritage was marked with ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses from 1987 in honour of guitarist Slash who was born in the city and spent his formative years there, while ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ from Bonnie Tyler was the musical nod given to Swansea. ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness marked Coventry’s moment to celebrate its’ links with ska music and Paisley’s own musical heritage was celebrated with local star Kelly Marie’s 1980 hit, ‘Feels Like I’m in Love.’

Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber earlier added to the musical fun, with George Bowie & Cassi also playing 80s classics leading up to the dazzling display, introduced by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Earlier in the day revellers enjoyed a host of 80s themed free family fun, including a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.

Remode Redesign ran fabric print workshops using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks, while a silent disco saw two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different soundtracks through headsets.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s display was nothing short of spectacular and it was great to see so many of the community come into the town centre to enjoy it.

“Seeing the fireworks against the back drop of Paisley Abbey really is something special and as we bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 it’s a great reminder of how Paisley is capable of staging events such as this one.

“We were also delighted to pay special tributes to our fellow UK City of Culture 2021 rivals with a musical shout out at one of our biggest annual events.

“It seemed fitting to give a nod to them all – and to also mark our own home grown musical talent.”

The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.

To hear the spectacular 80s fireworks soundtrack by DJ Gerry Lyons go to:  Fire 2017 Wav 16bit by gerry lyons

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Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017

Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017. Thousand’s turned up to tonight’s event. Paisley was packed and the 80’s music went down a storm with families with the kids being stunned by the powerful display held at the heart of Paisley’s Historic centre.

The photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on www.paisley.org.uk

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Paisley to light up in annual fireworks spectacular

Thousands are expected to turn out to see Paisley’s historic skyline light up in the annual fireworks extravaganza this Saturday.

With Paisley the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021, the 80s themed event will show the town knows how to stage a huge event, with a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.

The twenty minute fireworks spectacular will burst into life across the Paisley skies from 7pm, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.

Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber will be playing classics from the decade from 4pm, with George & Cassi also playing 80s classics from 6pm at Paisley Town Hall leading up to the dazzling display.

The funs starts in Paisley Town Hall from 2pm, with a series of free family activities throughout the afternoon.

Remode Redesign will run workshops where participants will print fabric using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks and create their own pencil case or make up bag.

Numbers are limited to 20 per session and the free event starts at 2pm.

The 80s themed silent disco kicks off on the ground floor at 2pm, where two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different music played through headsets.

The sessions are suitable for all ages and will run throughout the afternoon.

At the end of each one, the best dressed 80s costume or best dancer will win a prize.

Kids drop in workshops start at 2pm in the Artmania zone, with crafts suitable for pre-schoolers to kids of Primary 4 and beyond.

All of the workshops should be booked through Eventbrite.

Arcade games will continue the 80s theme, with iconic favourites like Pac- Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong available to pit your skills against.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.

The town is on the shortlist alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “It’s great to be able to showcase Paisley as a large scale events venue as we bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Big events like these show our proven capacity to host big crowds and Paisley town centre makes a unique venue, especially with the back drop of the Abbey.”

Residents should be aware that a series of road closures will be put in place from early on Saturday 4th November at Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street until after the event.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Bridge Street will be closed in places, while Abbey Close and the Lagoon South Car Park will be closed.

From 3.30pm, Seedhill Road  will be closed in places, with Causeyside Street to follow from 4.30pm onwards, while Mill Street will  be closed from Lonend to Bank Street from 6.45pm.

The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.

For more information and to book go to: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/fireworks-spectacular/

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Kids go trick or treat at shopping mall

SHOPPERS can expect to see children out guising in the middle of a giant shopping centre, this weekend.


The kids in fancy dress have been invited to go trick or treating at stores and leisure attractions at the intu Braehead mall and Soar and in return they’ll be given a sweet treat.

The free event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, between noon and 4pm and children are being encouraged to come along in their Halloween costumes.

All they have to do is collect a special pumpkin basket from the kids’ club area, in the upper mall and visit the stores with a special Halloween character in the window.

The stores and leisure attractions taking part are Climbzone, Laserstation, Pizza Express, Cocoabean Company, Kiddie Boutique by Claire, A1 Toys and Primark.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re expecting lots of youngsters to come along in fancy dress and it should be great fun for everyone.

“It’s a lot warmer and more comfortable in the shopping centre than going out guising at night in the cold and wet weather.”

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Paisley’s historic buildings help set architecture world record

School kids from Paisley became record breakers as more than 400 took part in the world’s largest ever architecture lesson.

Utilising the coding game Minecraft, 406 pupils from eight local primary schools were guided through a history of Paisley’s architecture while also learning how to use code to quickly create buildings within the game.

With 110 listed buildings in the area, Paisley bows only to Edinburgh in its architectural significance in Scotland, and pupils had the chance to learn from architect Darren Keddie about Coats Observatory, the recently-renovated Russell Institute and the historic Paisley Abbey.

Lecturer in Computing at West College Scotland (WCS), Amanda Ford, showed the pupils how to recreate architecturally important buildings, in this instance Coats Observatory, using Minecraft, with the aim of inspiring some future architects in the process.

The kids were then given the opportunity to design the Observatory for themselves using squared paper before David Renton, WCS Curriculum and Quality Leader for Computing, demonstrated how to use co-ordinates and code to quickly construct a building within the game.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “Through Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, we’ve been putting Paisley on the map locally, nationally and internationally, and I’m delighted the town now has a world record to its name.

“Paisley has some world-class architecture and utilising this for digital learning is an excellent concept to engage the younger generation, especially using the extremely popular Minecraft game.

“The legacy of our bid will be felt by the pupils who took part in this world record attempt so it is important we teach them about the history of Paisley to allow them to develop a passion for the area which they will carry into later life.”

As part of the world record, each school will receive ‘Minecraft for Education’ to use as a tool to teach their pupils as well as the creation of after-school Minecraft coding clubs, with help from staff and student STEM ambassadors.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal & Chief Executive, West College Scotland, said: “This World Record is an excellent way to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Paisley on an international scale.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity to get youngsters enthused about architecture, design and computing – hopefully helping them become the builders of our future.

“This initiative by West College Scotland’s computing department blends in perfectly with the coding clubs they are delivering in local schools throughout the year, to form the next generation of digital experts.”

The previous best was set by Scottish-born teacher Stephen Reid, who used Minecraft to teach a crowd of 341 students about historical architecture in Pennsylvania, USA.

The attempt will be sent for verification to Guinness before being confirmed as the new world record.

For further information on Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk or follow on social media @Paisley2021.