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Quest4Talent 2013 Launch Photos

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The launch of Paisley Rotary Club’s Quest4Talent 2013 took place on 7th January 2013 at 4.30p.m in The David Lloyd Centre Renfrew,

This is the 5th year of this highly successful competition which has already helped some of Renfrewshire’s most talented performers on the road to success as well as raising many thousands of pounds for local and international charities.

This year as well as the usual categories for soloists, groups, bands, instrumentalists, choirs and dance there are two exciting new categories; musical theatre and traditional music. The traditional Scottish Category is a particularly exciting one for us with the MOD coming to Paisley in 2013, and we are hoping to get entries from traditional musicians and artists in the area. We are taking entries from young people from the ages of 6 up to 25 years old from Renfrewshire and all surrounding areas in the West of Scotland. Closing date for entries is 28th February 2013.

(All Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk )

This year our chosen charities to support are Street Stuff and PACE’s Abbey Road Project, as well as Rotary’s international charity.. End Polio Now. We have support from many local businesses and Celtic Music Radio are broadcasting the final for us.

The launch was hosted by BBC’s Sports presenter David Currie and David Wallace of PACE along with Rotary organisers an last year’s winners.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March at the David Lloyd Club and the Wynd Centre.

Entry forms can be downloaded on the website www.quest4talent.org.uk or tel Alison Walker on 0141 581 2193/2194

Last year’s winners were:

Overall winner and vocal 12-17 years winner – Jenna Milroy
Vocal 7-11 Rebekah Kirk
Vocal 18 -25 Robyn White
Instrumental 7-11 Jasmine Galvin
Instrumental 12-17 Rebekah Mitchell
Entertainment/Bands – Sinne ( Gaelic Folk group from Glasgow Gaelic School)
Choirs – Cardonald Primary School Choir
Dance – Gemma Lilley

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Miss Teen Paisley Galaxy

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Miss Teen Paisley Galaxy

My name is Amy Gardiner, i am almost 16 years old and lives in Glasgow. I recently entered a beauty pageant, MISS TEEN GALAXY 2013, and I’m delighted to inform you that i have made the grand final in March 2013.

My entrance fees into the competition was donated by Paisley Auto Care, which is run by a family member, so my sash title is MISS TEEN PAISLEY GALAXY 2013. If crowned the winner Miss Teen Scotland i will go onto representing Scotland in Miss Teen International next year, with the finals being held in USA!

MissTeenPaisleyGalaxyMy new found title has given her the opportunity to get keenly involved in charity work and appearances, even at the early stages of the pageant Amy has been involved in a number of projects. Amy continuely appears at the Yorkhill Sick Childrens Hospital visiting Radio Lollipop and also hosted the C-change Stars in ther Eyes charity night for disabled children alongside Barbara Bryceland (singer from BBC programme The Voice).

Amy is currently doing fundraising at the moment, already competed in the Glasgow 5k for funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care and also planning a sponsored walk up the Wallace Monuement for Alzeimeirs Scotland.On Wednesday 26th Sept, Amy modelled at House of Frasers in Glasgow womanswear and accessories ( new winter range ), for the Barclays fashion awards. The show was broadcasted live on Captial FM. I will be appearing again at Frasers next Saturday 15th Dec 2012 between 1-3pm collecting for Yorkhill hospital.

I recently appeared on the open top buddy bus at the Paisley christmas parade. I have since helped fundraise at the St Vincent Hospice, and i will be drawing the winter xmas raffle for Accord. This weekend i am at the co-op christmas fayre in the Grovesnor Hilton, all profits going to cash for kids.

I am looking to make apperances at any events you may have upcoming in the near future, and also for some more sponsorship to help support me in the lead up to the final. I would appreciate anything you could offer to help her out. In return i can advertise your buisness at any upcoming events or apperances i in the near future, and also if you require, i can share links via facebook & Twitter. Anyone wishing for me to make an apperance or help out at any events, then please leave a message on my Miss Teen Paisley Galaxy facebook page…Thanks x

If you would like to learn more about me and what she has been involved in so far my facebook page is Miss Teen Paisley Galaxy 2013 https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenPaisleyGalaxy.

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Street Stuff buses get back on road

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All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, McGill’s, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

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Zaction Man’s wishes come true thanks to Glasgow Airport

Zaction Man’s wishes come true thanks to Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport has helped a young boy who suffers from rare genetic condition live out some of his wishes.

Zac Borland from Cumbernauld, or ‘Zaction Man’ as he has become known among staff at the airport due to the items on his wishlist, is on a strict programme of medication but was able to forget his troubles during a day of fun with his family.

Asked what he would like to do most, Zac’s responses included: fly in an aircraft, put out a real fire with some firemen, and dash round Hamley’s toy store.

He and his family – mum Trudi, dad Ronnie and sisters Kim and Jenny – were collected from their home by in a chauffeur-driven limousine. At this stage Zac had no idea what was in store.

They were driven to Glasgow Airport where they were taken out on the airfield by the fire service. Zac and his sisters got behind the wheel of the airport’s new ‘Panther’ fire appliances and doused a real fire with the powerful hose.

The family then had lunch at Frankie and Benny’s before heading into Glasgow where Zac, Kim and Jenny dashed round Hamley’s, grabbing whatever they wanted.

After the excitement had died down, mum Trudi said: “It was amazing. Zac went into school the next day and one of the teachers asked him about it. His answer was something along the lines of ‘there are no words to describe it’.

“He absolutely loved being out with the fire crew and he has not stopped talking about it. His prized possession is the helmet they gave him. The girls loved it too.

“The whole day was fantastic from start to finish and although Zac was quite shy to start with, his smile got bigger and bigger as the day went on. It was lovely to see him just being a wee boy having fun, without having to worry about his condition.

“We would like to thank everyone, including those behind the scenes, who made this possible as it made our family feel so special.”

Unfortunately Zac was unable to fly on an aircraft due to unfavourable weather conditions, but is set to return in 2013 to fulfil this particular wish.

Flybe has also gifted the family, who have never flown before, complimentary flights to any of their UK destinations in 2013.

Trudi added: “Zac is so looking forward to that as well. The first thing he tells everyone is ‘I’m going to have a flying lesson’ and he has started to wind up one of his friends, who wants to be a pilot.”

Visit www.glasgowairport.com or Follo Glasgow Airport on Twitter twitter.com/GLA_Airport

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

What’s on Renfrewshire:

Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire

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Gaelic Christmas in Paisley

Gaelic Christmas in Paisley

Photographs from Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church, Paisley of the Gaelic Christmas in Paisley with Alison Buchanan. Paisley.org.uk were on hand to take photos of the festive celebrations as Alison recited the traditional carols and brought a Gaelic sparkle to Christmas.

All Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk. You can find more about Alex and his photographs on www.facebook.com/alexkylephotography

For more information on Mòd Phàislig please visit the website www.modphaislig.org

Mod Phaislig

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival which aims to showcase Gaelic language and culture to the wider world, through music, dance, drama, art and literature.

The first Mòd was held in 1892 in Oban and since then, it has traveled to many places throughout Scotland. Next year in Paisley, we will be celebrating the 110th Royal National Mòd!

To find out more about the Mòd, please visit www.acgmod.org/

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Provost teams up with Paralympian Aileen

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Provost teams up with Paralympian Aileen

Renfrewshire’s Provost teamed up with Paralympic medal-winning heroine Aileen McGlynn to help honour the area’s grassroots sporting champions.

Provost Anne Hall was at the Renfrewshire Sports Network Awards in Paisley Town Hall where she gave a speech in honour of Aileen.

Paralympian Aileen mcglynnThe Paisley-born cyclist – who was given an OBE in 2009 – is partially-sighted but rides in tandem with a fully-sighted pilot.

She picked up a silver medal in the summer to add to the three gold and one silver won at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics.

Provost Hall gave a short speech congratulating Aileen, who used to train with the Johnstone Wheelers club, while also praising her fellow Renfrewshire-connected Olympians and Paralympians

They are Emily Maguire, of Paisley, who won bronze in London as part of Team GB’s ladies’ hockey team, and 16-year-old Paralympic swimmer Andrew Mullen, who started out at the local REN96 club, and who qualified for three finals in the pool.

Provost Hall said: “The achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians this summer were so inspiring to watch.

“It was great to meet Aileen in person to hear her talk about her fantastic list of achievements over the years.

“There was a lot of talk during this summer of sport about legacy, and that’s what organisations like Renfrewshire Sports Network are there to build.

“The ultimate success of the London Olympics and Paralympics will be judged on how many of our young people are taking part in sport and living healthy lives.”

Aileen, 39, handed out awards to local sportspeople as the guest of honour at the town hall event.

Renfrewshire Sports Network offers representation and support to a range of sports clubs. A total of £5,800 was given out on the night to help aid local competitors.

John Rodger, chair of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “It was the first time we have held an event like this, but the Provost wanted to do something to help us mark the Olympic year and the achievements of our sporting champions.

“It was a great night and was really successful. We plan to do a lower-key version again next year.”

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Fountain Gardens Paisley 500k Boost

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£500k cash boost to help restore fountain

A historic Paisley landmark is set to be returned to its former glory thanks to a lottery cash boost of more than half a million pounds.

The money will go towards the restoration of the Grand Fountain – the centrepiece of Paisley’s Fountain Gardens park.

The eight-metre-tall Category A-listed monument is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest remaining fountains.

The project to restore it is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded a grant of £527,100.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, has welcomed the news

He said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This money will go a long way towards ensuring this link with Paisley’s rich industrial past will be kept alive for future generations to enjoy.

“The project will also provide a community benefit, in that local volunteers and tradespeople will be encouraged to learn more about the traditional skills needed to restore and maintain the fountain.

“The community have already been involved in the efforts to secure this funding and it is great to see their hard work rewarded.”

The fountain dates back to 1868, having been gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats of Ferguslie, joint-owner of the once-massive J&P Coats textile firm.

It still stands as a proud reminder of the town’s rich industrial heritage but is currently fenced off for safety.

The work will restore the cast-iron fountain’s surfaces and decorative detail as well its original colour scheme.

The council is still awaiting the outcome of an application for funding to Historic Scotland.

If successful, this will be added to the Heritage Lottery money and council funding to meet the full £660,000 cost of the project.

Fountain Gardens – recognised as Paisley’s oldest public garden – were created in 1797 by John Love, a local textile manufacturer after whom the adjoining Love Street was named.

Thomas Coats bought the park in 1866 and redesigned the open space before gifting it to the townspeople two years later.

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Pupils ‘dig’ new school facilities

Pupils ‘dig’ new school facilities

Work has started on a new combined £15.5million primary school, pre-5 and community education facility in Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, donned hard hats and dug in with pupils to celebrate the ‘cutting of the soil’ of the new St James’ Primary School, Moorpark Pre-5 Centre and Community Learning Centre.

The new facilities will mirror the recently opened Park Mains High School in making use of flexible learning spaces to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

There will also be opportunities for outdoor learning on the site adjacent to the existing school.

The new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre will open in April 2014.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “The cutting of the soil marks the start of an investment which will boost education and learning for the whole community it will serve. These will be great facilities for current pupils and for future generations.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “The new school will provide a stimulating educational environment that will better support the new ways of learning and teaching in the 21st century.

You can already sense the enthusiasm of the pupils, staff and the local community who will reap the benefits in the long-term.”

Margaret Convery, head teacher of St James’ Primary, joined pupils at the soil-cutting ceremony. She said: “We are all looking forward to the completion of our new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre. Pupils and staff are all excited about this development and eager to move into the new building and sample the new facilities.”

The building contract has been awarded to DC Community Partnerships and construction company CBC are the lead contractors for the project.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

 

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Scotland Sings Mod Phaislig 2013 Photographs

Scotland Sings Mòd Phàislig 2013 Photographs

We were on hand to take some fantastic Paisley Photographs of the Scotland Sings Event in Paisley Abbey on the 1st December 2012.

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk for more information about the event that has already happened see below and also a link to the main website.

Scotland Sings (event already has taken place)

The Gaelic flagship event of the Scotland Sings weekend, which celebrates the joy of singing across Scotland! Come and enjoy an evening of the special music of the Gaels in the historic setting of Paisley Abbey.

An Comunn Gàidhealach, Comunn nan Còisirean agus Mòd Phàislig 2013 a’tighinn còmhla a’ cur taic ri ‘Alba a’ seinn’

Hosted by renowned Gaelic broadcaster Iain Mac’illeMhìcheil and featuring Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir, Govan Gaelic Choir and Largs Gaelic Choir with very special guests the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association. This is sure to be a very special evening as Paisley kicks off the celebrations as host town of the Royal National Mòd.

Sàr oidhche ann am Pàislig is sinn a’ cur fàilte oirbh uile gu baile a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail ann an 2013.

http://www.modphaislig.org/events/scotland-sings/