Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

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Christmas time in the Hoose

Its Christmas time in the Hoose and we offer the Paisley folk a great Buy One Get One Free deal on the traditional meal. You can mix and match with any item on our regular menu too, something for everyone. We will be serving this fantastic meal deal from the 1st until the 24th December. We are having a wee break on Christmas day.
Another great deal is available in oor Hoose, a cup of lovely Italian blend coffee and a light and fluffy Muffin for only £3 from 11am till close each day. Sit on our big sofa and chill for a while. See ya!
Those fabulous Penny Dogs return tae the Hoose on the High Street on the 1st December. These guys know their stuff a bustling guitar and Sax duo they bring the best songs of the past decades right up to date, Part of the recent Gerry Rafferty tribute event in the town centre Tony played lead sax on Baker Street.
Republic of Soul are no strangers to us in the Hoose, they always draw a large audience with their funk, soul and rock sound, they enjoy playing in Hamishes so much so that the guys wanted to treat the crowd in Hamishes with a Crimbo special. Join us and them on the 9th December.
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paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates have embraced the spirit of Christmas in a big way by announcing a special cut price deal for local groups and organisations who apply for a special discounted deal which will be valid for their home games at Braehead Arena on Sunday 10 and 17 respectively.

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“We know it’s a special time of year for most folk, but we also know it can be a difficult time as there’s not a lot of money around these days for the wee special things that can make all the difference at Christmas, and not all local groups have the cash to take a group of kids to the likes of the pantomime or cinema, for example, when they’re looking for something a little different as a pre-festive treat for their members,” said club secretary Jackie Turley.


“With this in mind, we’re offering what we consider to be a pretty sensational cut price deal for such groups which will be valid for our matches against Kilmarnock Thunder on Sunday, December 10, and Dundee Comets seven days later. We’ve already been asked by a few people if we’re doing something this year, as these deals have been very popular in previous seasons, and the answer is a very definite yes. Because of certain restrictions in place we can only offer a limited number of these deals, so our advice to groups is to book early to avoid disappointment, by contacting the club at to ensure they get in on one of these nights.


“We will, of course, have all sorts of Pirates’ merchandise on sale on these nights, just in time for Christmas Day, so anyone who’s struggling to come up with the perfect present can find the ideal solution at the merchandise table when they’re attending. The only condition we’re putting on the cut price deals is that the kids attending must shout very loudly and get behind their very own ice hockey team.”

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Nomination deadline looms for Provost’s Community Awards

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is urging people not miss out as the nomination deadline for the Provost’s Community Awards approaches.

The awards, which are into their third decade, aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire and are making a difference to their community.

This year, nominations can be made in six categories, including a new Arts and Culture award which has been created to find the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene.

Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community.

Provost Cameron said: “We’ve had a fantastic number of entries already but we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to make their nominations.

“I meet so many inspiring groups and people in my role as Provost so I know the talent and dedication is out there, but I need the local community to nominate them.

“If a person, or a group, is making a real difference to your life or is making your local area a better place, then please put them forward and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December.

This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment for their staff.

Mark Ferguson, Branch Secretary, said: “We represent 52 employers in the local area and we’re delighted to sponsor the Employer of the Year Award.

“This award recognises employers who value their workforce and contribute to both the local economy and community in Renfrewshire.

“If your employer has gone above and beyond the call of duty, then make sure you nominate them before the deadline.”.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Craig Martin, Head of HR, said: “Glasgow Airport are proud to serve Renfrewshire. We have strong connections with our local community through our staff and customers, therefore we are delighted to sponsor this award and recognise individuals who are making a real difference in their local area.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities

Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be completed online at

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017

For further enquiries contact:

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The spirit of St Andrew

Call for people in Renfrewshire to perform an act of kindness.

People in Renfrewshire are being asked to do a good deed on St Andrew’s Day to celebrate Scotland’s history, culture and the nation’s shared values.

The public are being asked to do a good deed on St Andrews Day to celebrate Scotland’s history, culture and the nation’s shared values.
Charity partners join the Minister for International Development and Europe, Alasdair Allan MSP.
L-R Martin Courtney, Prince’s Trust, Lucy Ayre, CHSS, Alasdair Allan MSP, Jemma Valentine, Stoats, Jenny Whyte, Crisis Scotland.
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The #BeLikeStAndrew campaign marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – which opens with St Andrew’s Day, followed by Hogmanay, and then Burns Night.

Charity partners Princes Trust Scotland, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Crisis Scotland, have joined the Scottish Rugby Union and Stoats to back the campaign.

Scotland’s Winter Festivals will see dozens of events and activities taking place across the country highlighting the best of music, arts and entertainment.

Launching the initiative in Edinburgh, Minister for International Development and Europe Alasdair Allan said:

“Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.

“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for people across Scotland to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.”

Chief Executive of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Jane-Claire Judson said:

“Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland could not exist without the kindness and goodwill of the people in Scotland who donate their time, pre-loved possessions, and hard earned money to the charity.“

“It can mean the difference between a life saved yet stalled and a life lived to the fullest, helping people to shape their future and live the lives they want to lead.”

Helen Keenan, head of volunteers and secondments at Princes Trust Scotland said:

“As part of the campaign we are encouraging people to become e-mentors with The Princes Trust. It is a great way to show kindness and to help make Scotland a more inclusive society just like St Andrew might do if he were around today.”


More information about Scotland’s Winter Festivals. More information about #BeLikeStAndrew

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Fun in the snow at indoor winter wonderland

Snow wonder these two youngsters have smiles on their faces, as they’ve just discovered an indoor winter wonderland.

Owen Macdonald, eight and five-year-old Ava Gordon, from Paisley had a great time playing in the fake snow and throwing snowballs in the amazing winter scene created inside the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

The free event featuring snow for kids to play in, a ball pit full of plastic snow balls to have fun with, two giant Santa’s sleighs for families to have their pictures taken in and a giant moose called Chris who tells everyone how he makes it to the North Pole to help Rudolph and Co on Christmas Eve.

The winter wonderland spectacular is now open at 10am every day from now until January 6.
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve had hundreds of youngsters – and some people who are not so young – having a fabulous time playing in our fake snow and throwing snowballs at each other.

“And it’s wonderful to see the look of awe on children’s faces, as they watch and listen to Chris Moose tell his amazing story about helping Santa at the North Pole.”

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Light up a life this Christmas

Hundreds of people in the local community are dedicating lights on the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas tree in memory of someone special.

Light up a Life this Christmas

St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting members of the public to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree in memory of someone special this Christmas to help support their services for people with life limiting conditions.
The Hospice will light up the tree as part of their Light Up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26 November at 5pm with carol singing, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

Commenting on the event, Kate Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Light Up a Life is a very special time for everyone at the Hospice and people all across Renfrewshire. Even if you have never used our services, it offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and come together with people who have had a similar experience to share stories, celebrate their lives and make a positive difference as we light up our tree to welcome in the festive season.

“Every single penny raised from Light Up a Life makes a huge difference to the services we are able to offer our patients and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout our community. Whether this is caring for them in our Inpatient Unit, our Day Hospice or in people’s own homes, all of this is only possible with your support. Please, join us on Sunday 26 November, and light up a life this Christmas.”

To sponsor a light, visit: or call 01505 705 635.
The event will be held in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service running from 4.15pm to and from the event. Blue badge parking is available at the Hospice.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific the latest firm to back Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021

One of the world’s leading life science companies has backed Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific, which employs more than 700 people at its Renfrewshire base, has pledged financial backing if Paisley takes title.

The town is bidding as part of wider plans to use its unique cultural and heritage story to transform its future.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron visited the latest international firm to back the town’s ambitions and said: “As we approach a decision on the UK City of Culture 2021, it’s good to be able to express our thanks to businesses, some with global links, who have put their support behind us.

“The scale of the commitment of the business community, including international firms such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, demonstrates how they have embraced the huge opportunity to boost the area’s economy.

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“They’ve also welcomed the idea of working with culture and cultural organisations.”

This year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize winners, pioneering scientists, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, worked with systems manufactured by Thermo Fisher.

The life sciences giant has global revenues topping £15 billion and has around 65,000 employees worldwide.

Its base in Renfrewshire has a history stretching back more than four decades and it has grown and expanded its manufacturing footprint and workforce in recent times.

It opened a £14 million facility at the Inchinnan plant in 2015, where novel technology is used to make products for drugs which treat influenza and other diseases.

Jim Carswell, Operations Director & Inchinnan Site Leader, said: “Thermo Fisher Scientific has had a presence in the area for more than 45 years and many of our employees are local to the area.

“We are delighted to throw our support behind the Paisley bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021 and we wish the team every success ahead of the announcement next month.”

More than 200 companies have shown their support for Paisley’s bid, while a further 13 private sector organisations have committed over quarter of  a million pounds if the town is successful.

Thermo Fisher Scientific joins a list of sponsors including international drinks giant Diageo, which demonstrated its support by creating a limited edition of Johnnie Walker whisky.

Hillington-based haulage firm Gordon Leslie Group branded a truck that has travelled the length breadth of the UK, emblazoned with the Paisley  2021 logo.

The world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer Coats, which started life in the town, has also backed the bid, while Glasgow Airport marked its formal endorsement with Paisley themed art work at the check in area.

They are joined by Chivas Brothers and other businesses with local roots, Mac Asphalt, Morrison Construction, Clark Contracts  and the Scottish Leather Group.

WH Malcolm wrapped the backs of two trailers with Paisley 2021  branding to show its support, while intu Braehead, held a Paisley 2021 day with local musicians and youth groups.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Paisley First, which represent more than 900 businesses between them, have also thrown their weight behind the town’s title ambitions.

A decision on the UK City of Culture 2021 title is expected from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which organised the competition, next month.

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paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates romped to their biggest win since they moved to the Braehead Arena in 2007 as they swept Solway Stingrays aside in a mammoth 18-1 victory.

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The home side built on their great 5-2 away win at Edinburgh the week before in an amazing first period which saw them score no fewer than ELEVEN times, although it wasn’t until the seventh minute they actually took the lead through Michael Dobson, and doubled their lead in under a minute, while short handed, as Thorp found the net for the first time. A spirited Stingrays side responded immediately as they went straight up the ice and reduced the deficit to one through Adams, but it was the last crumb of comfort they were to get in a very long evening.


Sarginson, and then Thorp with his second of the night, took the score to 4-1 before the halfway point in the period, and a three goal burst in less than a minute through Bain, Crute and Johnston took the score to seven before the 14th minute, while a four goal burst in under four minutes before the first break through Thorp, completing his hat trick, Sarginson and Crute netting their second respectively took the score into double figures before the former completed his treble, taking the score to an astonishing score 11-1 at the first interval.


While there was perhaps an expectation that another barrage of goals would follow in the middle session after the carnage of the first twenty minutes, it never materialised as the visitors defended valiantly, with Dolan in particular in the away net performing heroics to keep the score down, and there was almost 35 minutes on the clock before Johnston put Blair in the clear to beat him for the only goal of the session.


With the final twenty minutes underway, it took Pirates only three of them to find their way to the goal, Hamilton getting on the scoresheet for unlucky thirteen, and a two goal burst in half a minute saw Dobson grab his second, and Thorp his fourth, while another two goals in 20 seconds before the halfway point in the period through Crute and Thorp again took the score to seventeen. A final counter from Guy with six minutes to go finished the scoring for the night, with the Stingrays happy to leave the ice after another heavy defeat.


A ruthless performance by the Pirates allowed then to complete their biggest win ever in Braehead Arena, and set them up nicely for a tough clash against Edinburgh Capitals this coming Sunday (face off 6.00pm) at the same venue.


Scorers: Thorp (5+3), Sarginson (4+1), Dobson (2+6), Crute (2+4), Hamilton (1+3), Bain, Johnston & Blair (all 1+2), Guy (1+1), Henderson (0+3), McLaughlin (0+2), Crawford (0+1)

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Renfrew lights up for Christmas

The heart of Renfrew will come alive this weekend for the Christmas Lights Switch-On with a host of free family activities topped by a sensational fireworks finale.

The event comes as Paisley bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021 and is itself part of the area’s Winter Events programme.

Saturday’s fun starts at Renfrew Town Hall at noon with Big Top children’s drop in craft workshops.

The sessions are free to attend and run until 4pm, with face painters and a balloon modeller.

Little ones will be delighted by performances by Ipdip Theatre – ‘Ssh, Elves are very shy’.

The free interactive show runs all afternoon from 12.30pm and is perfect for children aged eight and under. Spaces are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite.

Children desperate to share their Christmas lists with Santa can visit his grotto on High Street from 12pm, while his reindeer helpers will also be there to meet boys and girls.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir will add to the festive atmosphere while Renfrew Burgh Band will also entertain the crowds with a 30 minute performance from 3pm.

A funfair will add to the excitement from 12 noon to 6pm, situated in Charles Avenue car park.

Helping to build up to the big switch on will be Gus from Pulse FM, and Paisley’s Got Talent winner Hollie Robinson and the Rockus Community Choir are among the other performers on the live outside stage.

At 5pm the Christmas lights will be switched on by Provost Lorraine Cameron and will be followed by a dazzling fireworks display, which will light up the skies above the town.

Provost Cameron, who will be joined for the switch on by lucky competition winner Erin Murrayaged 9 from Arkleston Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card, said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-On is always great fun and a lovely way to mark the start of the festive season.

“I always enjoy meeting local people at these events, especially our younger residents. It looks set to be a magical day.”

Residents should be aware that there will be a series of temporary road closures and parking restrictions in place until after the event.

For more details and information go to:

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Almost 25,000 turn out for Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on

Almost 25,000 festive revellers turned out for Paisley’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, as the town prepares to hear whether it will be named UK City of Culture 2021 next month.

Headliners were Northern Irish rockers Ash, who marked the start of the festive season with a performance of hit after hit that thrilled the assembled crowds.

The switch-on is the latest event in Paisley’s Winter Events season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Festive fun seekers enjoyed a host of free family entertainment earlier in the day, including the famous Reindeer Parade down High Street.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron pressed the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card.

Provost Cameron said: “It’s great to get out and about and see so many of the community – especially young people enjoying one of the biggest events of the year. Our festive events are always really special and memorable, and this year’s was no exception.”

An energetic performance from Children’s Classic Concert got young music lovers moving before headliners Ash took to the stage for the main event.

The band showcased a string of hits including Shining Light, Girl from Mars and A Life Less Ordinary, before snow cannons blasted confetti across the crowd.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi also added to the seasonal atmosphere by playing Christmas classics from the main stage

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers snapped up the perfect gifts from the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market  while the merry Massaoke band played Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “With a decision on the UK City of Culture title expected within weeks it’s great to see so many people flocking to our unique town centre to enjoy one of the biggest and most popular occasions on our Winter Events calendar.

“It’s also a reminder of how the town is able to host major events such as this latest one.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host the four week WinterFest Christmas spectacular from next week, with plans for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by local business improvement district Paisley First, the plans also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 16 December.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see