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Scottish Huntington’s Association Ceilidh

Scottish Ceilidh, Saturday 17 March, 2018, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall (St Patrick’s Day) to book early bird tickets of £8 follow the link or give Linda a call 0141 848 0308 – hope you can join ushttps://goo.gl/WyC9Q1

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PAISLEY PIRATES SUPPORTERS CLUB-UPDATE

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Paisley Pirates may be in opposition to the Dundee Comets in a Scottish National League
match this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm), but off the ice their Supporters Club
are teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring some festive cheer to members of the local
community over the holiday period.

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Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead explained, “Christmas is a very happy time for so many
people, but there are those who are less well off and for them the time of year is just another
challenge for them to overcome.

We’ve been in touch with the Salvation Army and we’re
asking supporters attending our game on Sunday night to bring with them new or unused
items of woollen clothing, like gloves, hats, scarves, etc which we can pass on to a
representative of the Salvation Army who will be there at the match.”

“As we’ve seen already this winter, it can be a very cold time of the year and we’re looking
for any unused items of woollen clothing which will be a boon for anyone unable to get these
for themselves. A new hat, scarf or pair of gloves might not seem a lot for a person if they
already have them, but if you don’t have them, and the cold weather is causing you
problems, it can make all the difference in the world. We’re happy to take items of any size,
we just ask that they’re not worn or second hand.”.

She went on, “Our fans have supported previous festive appeals in the past, so there’s no
reason to suggest they won’t give as generously as they have done before.

Our club, the Paisley Pirates, receives so much support from the local community every year, so we’re
delighted to be able to reciprocate in return, and we know our supporters will take this
opportunity to say a small “thank you” for that backing.”

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Paisley UK City of Culture bid helps Renfrewshire to 25% visitor increase

New figures show visitors to Renfrewshire rose by 25% in 2016 – with the news hailed as proof Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid boosted the town.

Paisley missed out on the cultural title last week after a two-year campaign – but the stats, contained within a new masterplan aimed at turning the area into one of Scotland’s key tourist destinations – show the positive impact the bid had.

The sharp rise – with 1.7m visitors last year – means Renfrewshire increased its visitors at a faster rate than other areas with the Glasgow region.

The new Renfrewshire Visitor Plan aims to build on that, setting a series of actions aimed at bringing an extra 590,000 day visitors to Renfrewshire by 2020.

The report – rubber-stamped by members of Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board – includes the following key achievements:

– a new destination brand and website will be launched in early 2018, having been developed in consultation with local people and leaders across Renfrewshire;

– Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 campaign took awareness of what the area has to offer to new levels – with a media reach of 277 million people, including visits by foreign journalists;

– more than 1.1m people attended events or festivals in Renfrewshire over the past five years, with numbers growing by 25% and 23% in 2016 and 2017. This year saw a third of attendees from outwith Renfrewshire, a 93% satisfaction rate, and £1.3m pumped into the local economy;

– new partnerships have been developed with regional and national agencies and detailed work has taken place to better understand the area’s target market;

And key actions listed to help take the area’s visitor economy forward over the next three years include:

– expanding the area’s events programme, with Renfrewshire already due to host the British Pipe Band Championships each year until 2021, and the Royal National Mod in 2021 or 2022, growing existing events such as the Halloween festival and The Spree, and bidding for new events;

– targeting Renfrewshire’s unique cultural and heritage assets to potential visitors, and working with partners to make sure Renfrewshire’s offer is included in national campaigns;

– supporting a growth in new accommodation, working with transport agencies to make it easier to get here and get around, and working with partners to share data, knowledge and training;

Councillor Iain Nicolson, chair of Renfrewshire Council Leadership Board said: “Our disappointment at missing out on the UK City of Culture 2021 title was eased by the knowledge the area is in a stronger position for having bid.

“The new Renfrewshire Visitor Plan shows work to build a new visitor economy is already well under way and gives a clear plan for how the public and private sectors can work together to build on that.

“There’s no question Paisley and Renfrewshire have had their challenges in recent years – but we can address that by promoting the things that set us apart to bring new footfall into our town centres.

“The Paisley 2021 bid was part of a wider plan to do that – the area’s profile has perhaps never been better or higher and awareness of our unique cultural and heritage assets has moved to new levels.

“The area was once the centre of a global industry and the legacy of that is still around us in our buildings and museum collections – while the outlying areas of Renfrewshire offer a wide range of historical gems and great outdoor days out.

“For Renfrewshire to have already recorded a 25% increase in both visitors and event attendees in 2016 shows the extent to which the bid has already delivered results.

“That work was always going to continue regardless of the outcome of the 2021 bid – we now have a great platform on which to build.”

Paisley’s work has also been endorsed the head of Scotland’s tourism authority, with Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland adding: “While it is disappointing Paisley has not been named the 2021 UK City of Culture there is still much to be positive about.

“The bid has transformed Paisley’s reputation, and now Scotland, the UK and the world are all becoming more aware of its fantastic cultural offering.

“2017 saw the town host world-class events like The Spree and Weave Festival, while we can look forward to The Royal National Mòd and the British Pipe Band Championships next year.

“I’d like to say a massive well done to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication to showcase the town’s wonderful cultural offering.

“This is just the beginning of Paisley’s transformation and I look forward to the town’s continued development and all the wonderful events and activities that will come with it.”

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Renfrewshire pupils are on song at Paisley Abbey

The sound of music flowed through Paisley Abbey as pupils from across Renfrewshire performed in the annual schools Christmas concert.

Aspiring musicians from a variety of Renfrewshire schools utilised the stunning acoustics of the historic venue to showcase their talents and musicianship to the local community.

The performance began with the violins and cellos of the Renfrewshire Schools String Ensemble’s as they performed ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’.

This was followed by a moving performance of Africca and Tron Legacy by the assorted battery of the Schools Percussion Ensemble, which incorporated an array of instruments including timpani, drums, marimba, tubular bells and more.

The Senior Concert band then played a range of Gershwin Classics, as well as music from Shrek, leaving the Abbey reverberating with the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and flutes.

Culture and tradition then enveloped the Abbey as the Feis Phaislig Choir opened the second half with a selection of Gaelic songs.

The Senior Ceilidh Band had the audience tapping along as they concluded the concert with a fantastic rendition of ‘Let Ramensky Go’, featuring Sorcha Alcorn Stewart on vocals.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We have a wealth of aspiring musicians in Renfrewshire and it’s fantastic to see our pupils bring their talents together to put on such an extraordinary performance.

“It is vital that we encourage our young people to express themselves musically which is why we committed to offering free music tuition to our school pupils, allowing them the opportunity to find their talent from an early age.

“We want our pupils to aim high and achieve their dreams and what better inspiration than performing in the same venue as our home-grown success story Paolo Nutini did so recently.”

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First Minister leads messages of goodwill to Paisley as City of Culture competition comes to an end

Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Paisley’s UK City of Cuture  bid will lead to ’ lasting benefit’ for the town.

Paisley Abbey and Town Hall Lit in anticipation of the City of Culture 2021 result. 7.12.17

The First Minister has led an outpouring of good wishes for the town with the close of the competition.

Paisley was the sole Scottish place on the shortlist which included Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea and Coventry, who took the title, announced live on BBC’s The One Show in front of a live TV audience of millions.

The contest saw Paisley involve 34,000 residents in the bid across a two year journey to change the town’s future for the better using the town’s unique culture and heritage story.
The First Minister said: “Everyone involved in the Paisley bid, from bid director Jean Cameron to the many people who have been involved
formally and informally over the last two years, can be rightly proud of their efforts.
“To gather the support of businesses, cultural and community groups, and secure the involvement of more than 30,000 people is a tremendous achievement.
“Although they will naturally be disappointed at the result, I believe the bid will lead to lasting benefits for Paisley, in terms of its profile and cultural life, and that is what we should focus on today.”
Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson also sent her best wishes to the town and praised the bid.
She said: “Everyone involved should feel a great deal of pride in the way they put forward such a positive case. It show Paisley is a place on the up.”
She added that the bid means the town will continue to be a ‘magnet for jobs and investment.
A wealth of other political and community voices also sent supportive message to the town.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop  tweeted: “Paisley2021 and all Buddies have made us all proud of
Paisley- you have unleashed a cultural and  creative energy which will propel you on.”
Scottish Secretary of State David Mundell said: “Massive commiserations to Paisley 2021 but you’ve achieved so much during the bid and it will be a springboard for the future. You are a credit to Scotland.”
The University of Glasgow added its voice on social media to tweet: “So disappointed for neighbours Paisley 2021 missing out on being named UK City of Culture2021 – congratulations to Coventry 2021.”
Artist Matt Baker said: “Thank you Paisley 2021 you have held a mirror up to all that is brilliant about Scottish culture and utterly redefined the way the country now sees you.”
Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard tweeted: “Huge commiserations to all the Buddies and the Paisley 2021 team who worked so hard to be crowned City of Culture 2021.
“The passion and inspiration shown by all involved has been fantastic and you should all be proud.”
The Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ros Kerslake, said: “There has been an incredible level of support and passion from across communities – a testament to how special the town is and how excited people are for its future.
“Heritage is of course a key part of what makes Paisley unique and we look forward to continuing to invest money raised by National Lottery players into projects across the town.”
Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The outcome is of course disappointing but we are still in a great position compared to where we were two years ago. Our public and private sector partnerships are far stronger and there’s so much goodwill and momentum created by the bidding process.  This is a great opportunity to capitalise on that enthusiasm and renewed confidence for the good of the visitor economy and tourism, as well as the town centre economy.
“The key thing is to maximise that opportunity and take advantage of where we’re at now through the bidding process.”
Sharon McAulay from the Paisley-based STAR Project said: “What an amazing journey we’ve had! Yes we’re gutted we didn’t win but we’re also proud of what we’ve achieved over the past two years. Paisley’s journey is far from over. We’ll continue to be brilliant, creative, and full of potential and our plans to transform our town will also continue. Paisley has great things ahead and my belief in what we can achieve together remains steadfast and true. “
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‘Our journey will continue’ – official Paisley reaction as UK City of Culture 2021 title decided

The team behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 have thanked the people of the town for their ‘incredible effort’, while promising Paisley’s journey will continue – after Coventry was tonight named the next UK City of Culture.

Paisley was the only Scottish place to make the shortlist for the 2021 title, awarded every four years by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

But Coventry was chosen as the successor to current host Hull, announced tonight by UK Arts Minister John Glen and chair of the judging panel, Brookside creator Phil Redmond, to a live TV audience of millions on the BBC’s The One Show.

Hundreds of members of the local community and 2021 bid partners had gathered to hear the live announcement at the Paisley HQ of the University of the West of Scotland.

Paisley’s bid was part of a wider plan to transform the town’s future using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story as the one-time home of the world’s thread industry and the place which gave its name to the globally-recognised design icon, the Paisley Pattern.

And bid bosses spoke of ‘heartbreak mixed with pride’ after a two-year campaign which energised the town – while promising the momentum created by the bid will continue.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “We are of course heartbroken not to win the title as we know how much the people of the town poured into this – but at the same time those hearts are bursting with pride at what Paisley achieved in the past two years.

“Our warmest congratulations go to Coventry – they pulled together a really impressive body of support from their partners and we wish them all the best for 2021.

“We also want to thank DCMS and the judging panel for giving us the chance to show the world what makes Paisley special – taking part in the competition was a really positive experience for everyone.

“More than 34,000 people – equivalent to almost half of Paisley’s population – added their voices and ideas to the town’s bid….and our thanks go to every single one of you for an incredible effort and those ideas will still be taken forward.

“We are proud to be the only town to ever make the shortlist and by some distance the smallest place to ever get this far in the competition – few places of Paisley’s size can claim to have given the world so much over the years, and the town punched above its weight once again.

“Our bid was based on a belief that culture changes people’s lives, and that by harnessing that power while promoting what sets us apart, Paisley can change its future for the better – and the people of the town made that vision their own over the past two years.

“The incredible energy they created and the new partnerships they have formed will still be channelled in that direction. The next chapter in our story is only just beginning.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board Councillor Iain Nicolson added: “We were very much in it to win it – but the disappointment of missing out is eased by knowing how much stronger we are for taking part.

“The bid was part of a bigger plan to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets to make it a key destination for visitors and events while reigniting the creativity spark which is in our DNA – and while winning the bid would have accelerated the journey, that journey will continue.

“The bid boosted Paisley’s reputation, created new awareness of why we matter to Scotland, the UK, and the world, and raised our profile to unprecedented levels, while giving locals a reason to believe in Paisley again.

“We now have a platform from which to attract the type of footfall, investment and partnership we couldn’t have attracted before – something which is already happening as a result of the bid, with Paisley seeing a 25% rise in both visitors and event attendees in 2016.

“Work to revitalise our town centre and economy is already happening– with a £110 million investment in the town centre and our venues under way, and £276 million of major infrastructure projects taking place in Renfrewshire as part of the Glasgow Region City Deal over the next decade.

“We are also reinventing our textile heritage for the 21st century while bringing more visitors here by building on our already-successful events programme and launching a new destination brand in 2018.

“And the £1 million Renfrewshire Culture, Heritage and Events Fund has allowed the local community to define culture on their own terms – and that remains as a key legacy of the bid process.

“We thank everybody who played a role in making this happen – because Team Paisley can from here still achieve great things.”

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Special ice skating sessions for youngsters and adults with autism

ICE skating sessions exclusively for youngsters and adults with autism or additional needs have been launched in the Arena at intu Braehead.


The sessions, every Saturday between 10am and 11am don’t have loud music playing, nor are there bright lights in the rink.

Arena operations manager, Lauren Little said: “Everyone should be able to enjoy skating, as it a very social activity, as well as being good for your health, fitness and general well-being.

“We decided to introduce the special inclusive skating sessions to make sure even if they prefer quiet and calm, they still get the chance to enjoy going skating.

“Anyone who is autistic, or has additional needs has to be accompanied on the ice by a responsible adult, but this is an ideal for a whole family to spend time together on the ice.

“And during the sessions we will have experienced ice stewards on hand to help people get started if they have never skated before.”

The introduction of the special skating sessions has been welcomed by Inclusive Skating charity, which works to encourage everyone – even if they have an impairment – to enjoy skating and compete in the sports.

Margarita Sweeney-Baird is the founder and driving force behind Inclusive Skating and is a former Scottish ladies champion and qualified skating coach.

She said: We’re delighted to welcome this new quiet session for skaters with additional needs.
“Families and carers are included too so everyone can enjoy some precious time together and get active too. The Arena at intu Braehead is the home of the annual Inclusive Skating flagship event, so this new weekly session is extra special for us.”

Admission is £8.50, including skate hire for a skater and one supervising adult or £7.50 if booked online in advance.

Additional skaters cost £3.00, including skate hire, or £2.50 if booked online in advance.
Log on to www.braehead-arena.co.uk for more information and online booking.

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St Mirren continue to fly the flag for the town’s UK City of Culture bid at Paisley 2021 Stadium

St Mirren FC will continue to fly the flag for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid with an extension to a deal to keep its stadium name in place until the end of May 2018.

If the town takes title there will be an option to extend the sponsorship to retain the name of the Paisley 2021 Stadium until May 2022.

The news is announced as the club erected new signage outside the stadium and is an extension of the original two year two-year sponsorship and stadium naming rights deal struck with Renfrewshire Council in November 2015.

The venue was renamed from St Mirren Park to mark Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Paisley is shortlisted for the title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea. The winner will be announced tomorrow evening by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which organised the competition.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “St Mirren are at the heart of the community and we are delighted to have their continued support. Paisley’s bid journey has been a positive one and will continue no matter what the outcome.

“The Paisley 2021 stadium forms part of this legacy and keeps the name going.”

St Mirren Director Tony Fitzpatrick said: “The fortunes of the town and the club are interlinked and we are delighted to continue with our support of Paisley 2021.

“A winning year of culture would be great for both the town and the club.

“With the UK City of Culture decision imminent, we wish Paisley the very best of luck in its bid for the title.”

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MP Gavin Newlands presents framed rugby shirt to Paisley 2021 bid team

Member of Parliament and Paisley Rugby Club President Gavin Newlands has presented a framed rugby shirt to Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron to show support for the town’s title ambitions.

Paisley MP Gavin Newlands Psisley Rugby Club 2021 strip to Jean Cameron 1.12.17

The team have been donning the specially-designed Paisley 2021 strips – paid for by sponsorship from intu Braehead – as they compete in Division Two of the West Regional League and other cup competitions.

The MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said: “Paisley Rugby Club is very proud to support the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 by wearing the Paisley 2021 colours on our home strip this season.

“The bid team under Jean’s leadership has done the town proud and put together a first class bid that has done so much to lift the town out of the doldrums and make a lot of Buddies feel proud once again, regardless of the outcome.

“It’s for this reason that I was delighted, on behalf of the club, to present this framed Paisley shirt to Jean and the team for all that they have done for the town.”

Paisley is one of five places shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021 title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea. The winner will be announced this Thursday evening by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which organises the competition.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley Rugby Club have been great supporters of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and it’s lovely to receive one of the specially branded shirts to mark their backing.

“The club is one of the town’s many great assets and as we await a decision on the UK City of Culture 2021 title, we wish them every continued success.”

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Giant lion greets Hull pupils as Paisley UK City of Culture 2021 team arrive in city

A group of Hull school pupils were met by a giant lion – thanks to one of the places hoping to follow Hull as the next UK City of Culture.

Members of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid team are in Hull to make their final pitch to the DCMS judging panel ahead of the 2021 title decision on Thursday night.

Paisley is the only town and only Scottish place on the 2021 shortlist – with the winner to be announced live on BBC’s The One Show on Thursday night live from Hull.

And the team were met by pupils from Hull’s Paisley Street school – who were delighted to find the fibreglass Paisley 2021-branded lion, part of a public art trail which took over the town last summer.

Passers-by in Hull’s Paragon Square were also greeted by giant Paisley 2021 letters, as members of the bid team handed out flags to locals.

Paisley – the one-time centre of the world’s textile industry and known for the global fashion icon, the Paisley Pattern – is bidding for the 2021 title as part of a wider plan to transform its future using its unique and internationally-significant cultural and heritage assets.

Leading the Paisley delegation was Councillor Iain Nicolson, leader of Renfrewshire Council, and chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board.

He said: “Paisley’s creativity was once carried around the world as our weavers created the intricately-patterned shawls named after us – and as a major trading route of the time, Paisley will have flowed through Hull.

“With a Paisley Street in the city, Hull is just one of many to have a little bit of Paisley in it, so we were delighted to invite the children of that school down to join us and meet our lion.

“That internationally-significant heritage sits at the heart of our bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 – we want to harness the power of our global links to transform the town’s future.

“We have spent the past year watching and enjoying the fantastic journey Hull has been on in the lead-up to and during the city’s year in the international spotlight.

“Hull 2017 has been a fantastic spectacle which sets an example to us all over the power of culture to regenerate a place’s fortunes – and we would love the chance to follow in their footsteps.

“We have a programme planned for 2021 which will celebrate the threads that bind people, communities and nations, as well as what makes Paisley important to the UK and the world.

“And with an international airport on our doorstep we’re easy to reach – so if we are lucky enough to throw a party in 2021, we’d love the people of Hull to come and join us.”

Paisley is joined on the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.