Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

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REMODE Boutique – upcycling and re-designing youth clothing


ReMode is a unique boutique and creative space based in Lochwinnoch village  We are a youth focussed enterprise who work in partnership with Scottish designers to revitalise and re-design unique clothing for the young and young at heart.


Through our programme of workshops we help people develop skills in mending and altering their own clothes.  We also run workshops in textile printing, bike maintenance and film making.  Workshops and training sessions are FREE.

ReMode is FREE to join and you can earn tokens in exchange for your preloved garments.  Tokens can then be used to buy clothing from our unique range.


Become a ReMode member by filling in a membership form.  At this time you will be gifted 4 tokens to get you started.

Bring in clothes, shoes and other accessories that you no longer wear, get them weighed and receive 1 token for each 0.5kg of clothing.

Choose clothing, shoes or accessories from the Re-Mode boutique and pay for them with you tokens.

More information on Re-mode can be found by visiting our Facebook page.




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AGS Airports’ (Aberdeen and Glasgow) response to Scottish Conservatives announcement on Air Passenger Duty

Glasgow Airport exterior 18.12.14

Responding to the Scottish Conservatives call for the abolition of Air Passenger Duty on long-haul flights once the tax is devolved, a spokesman for AGS Airports Limited which owns Aberdeen International and Glasgow Airports, said:

“Any moves to address APD, which simply serves to dissuade airlines from flying to and from Scotland, should be welcomed. In making this call, the Scottish Conservatives have clearly acknowledged that APD is a barrier to growth and whilst today’s announcement is certainly a step in the right direction, it must go hand-in-hand with action on domestic and European connectivity which is absolutely key to the Scottish economy.

“We have a very real opportunity to send a message that Scotland remains open for business and the 50% reduction across all bands of APD and its eventual abolition will play a major role in providing us with a much needed competitive edge.”

Glasgow Airport exterior 18.12.14

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Campaign supporters paint the town red

Campaigners prepare to take part in the march

The Renfrewshire community donned high heels and walked the length of Paisley High Street to support this year’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ campaign.

Campaigners prepare to take part in the march

Campaigners prepare to take part in the march

The High Street was awash with red as supporters of the campaign, men and women alike, marched to end gender-based violence.

Supporters were led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, as well as Tony Lawler and the Charleston Drum, on the march which finished in Dunn Square.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with a remembrance wreath

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with a remembrance wreath

The distinctive approach to the event aims to raise not only a smile but also awareness of sexual violence and encourage discussion over a subject which is often seen as taboo within society.

Men were encouraged to wear high heels to symbolise facing the experiences that women must tackle in modern culture. Wearing the colour red was an alternative for supporters.

One in three women worldwide report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence. The campaign aims to create a stronger and safer society where this will not continue.

Provost Hall, who made a speech in Dunn Square about the importance of the occasion, said: “The 16 Days of Action campaign is hugely important as it brings the issue to the forefront of people’s thoughts.

“Those who joined me on the march are determined to eradicate gender-based violence from our society and it was fantastic to see the community come together to try and achieve this.

“We must all work to eliminate the risk of violence being a part of any relationship and events such as today help bring the issue into people’s minds.”

The event was organised in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, the Diversity and Equality Alliance in Renfrewshire (DEAR) Group, the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC), Renfrewshire Rising, Engage Renfrewshire, the Environmental Training Team and West College Scotland.

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

Locally, Women and Children First can be contacted on 0300 300 0345

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What Are The Friendliest Accents Across The UK?


There has been a growing discontent across the UK whenever they phone up a call centre, which in many cases have been located in India and customers who call in have had trouble understanding, or even being understood by, the employee they are talking to. There is no question that the staff in question are very hard working and have undertaken excellent customer service courses, but there are some things that just can’t taught, and understanding strong accents can be very difficult. With that in mind, we take a look at the various accents across the UK that are perceived as the friendliest.

Received Pronunciation

Commonly known as RP, the Queen’s English, or even a BBC accent, Received Pronunciation is probably the accent we are most familiar with because we hear it a lot on TV and radio broadcasts. Classically trained actors will learn RP as part of their drama school training. A big example of this Judy Dench, best known for her countless Shakespearean roles, was actually born in Yorkshire but ditched her home accent in favour of her now iconic RP voice when she trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Northern Irish

Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan and Rory McIlroy, all from the County Antrim area, have certainly gone a long way towards putting the Northern Irish brogue on the map, in fact the accent was even voted the sexiest in the world in a 2015 poll. Call centres with Irish staff statistically have a higher level of customer satisfaction from customers calling in with issues. Overall, an Irish accent is considered to be very friendly, warming and comforting, which can go a long way towards putting clients at ease in a business environment.

Mid Scottish

Even Scotland has a wide range of accents across their 5.3 million residents. With many visitors stating they interpret a Glaswegian accent as being quite aggressive and intimidating, but that’s not the case across the entire country. A number of big name Scottish celebrities in the public eye have put certain regional dialects in the limelight. This is especially the case for David Tennant, who grew up near Paisley in Renfrewshire, and Ewan McGregor, who grew up in Perthshire, are well known for their various acting roles, and have both been voted as having very sexy accents. There is a similar scenario for Simon Neil, frontman of the band Biffy Clyro, who was raised in East Ayrshire, his speaking voice is regarded as very soothing.


Ant & Dec have been in the public eye for over 20 years, and granted their accents have slightly mellowed from their Byker Grove days, the duo have instantly recognisable voices that we’ve become very accustomed to. With the rise of shows like Geordie Shore, the Newcastle dialect has become a lot familiar across the country. While it may have stereotypical connotations, the Geordie dialect comes across as very friendly and cheery. Scarlett Moffatt, Gogglebox stat and winner of the most recent series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, is also a native of the area.


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Ritchie’s race number’s up for amount of charity cash raised

Count on us to raise charity cash – from left, Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure; Ritchie Hocking and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Renfrewshire, Laura Stockwell

THERE was a run on the pound this week, but it had nothing to do with the financial markets.

Count on us to raise charity cash – from left, Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure; Ritchie Hocking and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Renfrewshire, Laura Stockwell

Count on us to raise charity cash – from left, Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure; Ritchie Hocking and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Renfrewshire, Laura Stockwell

Instead, Macmillan Cancer Support were given £2387 for being the official charity partner of this year’s Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in association with Renfrewshire Council.

And the charity’s number was most certainly up as Paisley 10k runner, Ritchie Hocking sported a running vest number matching the amount raised when he met up with Macmillan Cancer Support local fundraising manager, Laura Stockwell and Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar.

Ritchie works as a senior leisure attendant at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre and ran this year’s race for the first time.

In August this year, a record 2872 people took part in the two events, sponsored by Paisley First and Decathlon.
Laura Stockwell said: “We’re so grateful for this donation from the Renfrewshire Leisure’s Paisley 10k.
“No one should have to face cancer alone and with support like this, they won’t have to.
“This donation will go a long way to helping us be there for people with cancer and their families.”

Joyce McKellar added: “The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is not only a great way to keep fit and healthy, but it’s a fantastic event for raising money for good causes.
“And Macmillan Cancer Support is certainly a great cause.”

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Council and police team up for festive safety advice


Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland have teamed up to give taxi and private hire passengers some important festive safety tips.


Councillor John Hood, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, said:  “Renfrewshire’s places of entertainment offer a wide range of options for a great night out.

“This is a particularly busy time of year and we want everyone to enjoy their evening and get home safely.

“So the council and the police have joined forces to issue some easy to remember safety tips when booking or using taxis and private hire cars.”

Sergeant Jeff Curran of Police Scotland  said:  “There are some simple and easy to remember tips which involve planning your night out in advance, using only licensed  taxis or private hire vehicles, and making the effort to pre-book your hire at the beginning and end of your night out.”

One of the key pieces of advice is that people should only use an officially licensed taxi cab company or a private hire vehicle.  Both options have Renfrewshire Council plates displaying the licence details and the driver’s badge should be displayed within the vehicle.

Sergeant Curran added:  “Never be tempted to take the offer of a lift from a passing car,” added Sergeant Curran.  “And check that the taxi or private hire that arrives for you is the one that you booked.  Most firms use a text service which advises when the vehicle is coming and what type of vehicle it is.”

Booking in advance  a time for a taxi or private hire to collect you at the end of the evening also saves the stress of trying to find a cab or private hire at some of the busiest times of the year.

The final piece of advice comes from Councillor Hood: “Make the effort to take responsibility for yourself and look out for your friends.”

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Paisley goes to Holyrood!

The fabulous PACE players doing their bit again - left to right Angus Taylor, Ruth Main, Carla McPherson and Daniel Meehan.

Artists, poets, actors and musicians from Paisley will join with representatives from the public, private and third sectors at the Scottish Parliament tonight to show their support for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.


The fabulous PACE players doing their bit again – left to right Angus Taylor, Ruth Main, Carla McPherson and Daniel Meehan.

George Adam MSP for Paisley and Neil Bibby, MSP West Scotland, are sponsoring a reception for Paisley 2021, which has attracted attendance by Creative Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, VisitScotland, Skills Development Scotland, YoungScot and the British Council, to name but a few.

Paisley-born, renowned artist and script-writer, John Byrne, is also expected to attend, having recently said he supports the bid wholeheartedly. And MSPs of all parties will be invited to show their support in person and via social media.


The event marks a critical point in Paisley’s journey towards submitting its bid for the title, run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), next spring, and celebrates phenomenal support for the endeavour garnered over the past year.

Jean Cameron, Project Director for Paisley 2021, said, “In 12 short months, we have seen the tide of opinion turn towards a position where people now really believe we can do it, and that belief in itself has had an enormously positive effect on our communities.

“A vivid pattern is emerging – a bit like the famous Pattern itself – with passionate people all pulling together to create an incredible showcase that draws inspiration locally, but also thinks globally looking to partners across Scotland to help us throw the country’s doors open to colourful, dynamic, marvellous, friendly exploration!”                 

In the past year:

  • 8,000 people have been part of “the conversation”, participating in consultations across the eight different themes around which Paisley will construct its bid, including visual art, music, literature and fashion.
  • 74 local businesses have backed the bid, 16 of which have taken on the role of principal partner using their influence to amplify the bid team’s appeal that Paisley’s cultural assets can be used to transform the lives of local people, and the experience of visitors to Scotland’s largest town.
  • The bid has achieved cross-party support, with Scottish Labour Leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently recording a message of support, and MPs for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Paisley and Renfrewshire North, respectively, Mhairi Black and Gavin Newlands, hosting a reception at Westminster in September.
  • Paisley 2021 marketing and communications have generated 70 million opportunities to see or hear something positive about Paisley and the town’s bid for the City of Culture accolade.

Paisley also has the largest following on social media of any of the known contenders including Perth, Coventry, Hereford, Sunderland and Stoke-on-Trent.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and Chair of the Paisley 2021 Bid Partnership Board, Mark Macmillan, added, “These past 12 months have taken us on an incredible journey, rediscovering assets that have for too long been overshadowed and engaging with local communities on an unprecedented scale. Tonight we are moving things up a gear and we are very grateful to George and Neil for affording us the opportunity.”

George Adam MSP, said, “It is an honour as Paisley’s MSP to host this event showcasing what Paisley has to offer and presenting the powerful case for Paisley to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.

“The interest that has been generated will mean this is one of the best attended events the parliament has ever seen. Indeed, the numbers are so high because so many of the talented individuals from in and around the town are attending.

“I’m sure this will go a long way in presenting Paisley’s bid to the world.”
Neil Bibby MSP, said, “I’m proud to co-host this important event in support of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture. Local people already know that we have an incredibly strong case to be the 2021 host, but it was fantastic to showcase the town’s Untold Story in the Scottish Parliament to MSPs, the Scottish Government and key stakeholders. It is very encouraging to see that more and more people are backing the bid.”

Meanwhile, Paisley’s events calendar is steadily growing in strength and popularity. On Saturday, December 3, it secured the Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 to add to the British Pipe Band Championships and Scottish Album of the Year Awards, which will both be returning in 2017. The town is also bidding to host The Royal National Mòd again in 2021.

A full list of next year’s events is at

For more information on Paisley’s story go to You can support the bid by pressing the red button on the site, liking /Paisley 2021 on Facebook, or following @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Why you have to be in America for July 4th


The 4th of July is a monumental holiday for Americans which they celebrate in style! The 4th of July is where America claimed their independence from Britain in which Democracy was born. Each year on this date, Americans all across the land celebrate their freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics and family gatherings. In addition to this, towns and cities host some of the most extravagant parties and festival in respect of this holiday, so if you were looking at traveling to the States but unsure when, this would be a date worth checking out.

Before you plan your visit to celebrate this precious event, make sure you fill out an ESTA waiver form. With ESTA, you will be guaranteed full professional support in regards to being accepted through the Department of Homeland Security. The ESTA Visa Wavier will allow travellers to enter the country either by sea or air, so it’s really important that you fill out the ESTA wavier form so you can join the millions of American celebrating such an important event in History

Is it actually worth it?

Yes it is! The country turns into a party nation, everywhere across the land some sort of festivity will be going on, so wherever you are, you’ll be involved in some way or another. You will be spoiled with some amazing food and incredible fireworks lighting up the night sky. Everything is such a spectacle and with it being in July, you are gifted with the country’s beautiful summer season.

Events worth looking out for

Pacific Palisades parade:  get yourself to the Palisades for a beachy Independence Day extravaganza. Starting in the afternoon, you will be entertained by skydivers, baton twirlers, trombonist and to top it all off, the event is free! That being said, if you do want to skip the cues, all you need to do pay $50 to guarantee yourself VIP grandstand seating.

Americafest at the Rose Bowl: this is one explosive celebration! At this event you’ll get classic American food, to motorcycle stunts, to world-renowned fireworks display. In addition to all of this, there will be a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts for any younger ones traveling with you.

Block Part: if you’re on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate the 4th of July, then head over to Gran Park, and watch Downtown LA light up for free! At Block Party there will be loads of scrumptious food to keep you going and live music to keep you entertained throughout the night. The music starts when the sun’s still out so make sure you bring a picnic and you sit there and relax, you can even bring your dogs! All for free!

Studio City Firework Festival: Studio City’s firework festival is annual event that features live music in addition to a car show, and kid-friendly activities. You can bring your own lunch or purchase summer eats and cold brews when you get to the festival. There is a selection of tickets to buy that suits the specific group you are traveling with, so this event will satisfied your celebrating needs.

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Old buildings are more likely to be damaged by damp


When a lot of old buildings in Paisley were designed and constructed, there weren’t a lot of regulations in terms of damp proofing. Damp wasn’t much of a concern for a lot of households because the way people used their houses was able to prevent damp from invading their home.

Condensation is one of the most common forms of damp that damp proofers encounter today. In certain buildings, moist air can become trapped indoors and condensate on cool surfaces. This especially happens around windows that aren’t effectively insulated. They allow cool air to enter the home and reduce the temperatures of the surfaces around them, but they do not allow the warm, moist air to exit. In old buildings, as they were originally built, this wasn’t a particularly common problem. This is because many residents heated their homes with open fires. An open fire can improve the ventilation in a home because it draws in cool air from outside, keeping the temperature around the home consistent and preventing warmer or cooler areas of the house. A fire is also capable of drying out damp surfaces, especially timber, so it can prevent the development of damp even if the house is poorly ventilated.

These days, the old houses that were designed to be heated with a fire or furnace have been redesigned and fitted with a central heating system. Because of these, many owners of these particular houses find damp to be a reoccurring problem. Different measures need to be taken to damp proof a house with modern facilities. For example, showers produce a lot of steam and bathrooms are generally quite small spaces. An old house doesn’t have very effective insulation, so the walls and ceiling of a bathroom will be cool because they are exposed to the cold air outside. Similarly, a window that hasn’t been effectively sealed and has only single glazing will likely cool the surfaces around it. So, when the steam from a hot shower comes in contact with all of these cool surfaces the steam will turn to water and be absorbed. This leads to mould and a lot of residents of old houses will find black mould that forms on their ceilings and around their windows to be a regular problem.

Similar problems will occur in other places if old buildings aren’t damp proofed effectively. Old houses were built to be well ventilated while modern buildings owners prefers their properties to be tightly sealed so they can accurately manage the temperature. So, the materials of old buildings were designed to ease the flow of air into and out of the building. This includes the basement, where a lot of property owners first discover damp. When people try to modify their basements with new flooring or windows they are cutting of the pathways where moist air can escape. The moisture that’s been absorbed by the material now has no means of escaping the home and so mould and rot forms.

If you own one of Paisley’s old buildings and are noticing reoccurring damp then the best thing to do would be to completely update the damp proofing of the building and bring it up to modern standards. You would need to hire a cellar tanking service to damp proof your basement and upgrade the insulation to keep cold air and moisture out as well as keep the warm air in.


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Doosan Babcock Announce Consultation Over Jobs

Doosan Babcock has announced plans to cut up to 270 jobs at their company’s base in Renfrew.

They include 140 posts at its machining and assembly facility in Renfrew, along with 130 management and back-office support roles.

The firm could cut 470 across the UK.

In Renfrew, 800 people are currently employed.

Commenting on the news that Doosan Babcock is to close in Renfrew, constituency MSP and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:

 “I am extremely disappointed and saddened to hear of this news and my thoughts are with the workers, who now face an uncertain future. 

“I was given no notice by the company as constituency MSP

 “I will be engaging with the company urgently and the Scottish Government will be doing all we can to assist in this extremely difficult time”

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said

“I am extremely disappointed to learn that Doosan Babcock is to enter into a formal consultation with its employees that could result in significant job losses.

“Following the announcement by Chivas a few weeks ago this announcement represents another kick in the teeth for Renfrewshire. Both Chivas and Doosan Babcock are two longstanding Renfrewshire-based companies, with both providing careers to generations of local families.

“My thoughts at the moment are with the workers of Doosan Babcock’s in Renfrew. There is never of a good time to learn that you may be potentially losing your job but to do so in the run-up to Christmas is particularly insensitive.

“I will be contacting Doosan Babcock to find out more about this restructure and its implications. I am ready to offer as much assistance as possible to the workforce.”

Doosan Babcock Chief executive Andrew Hunt said: “Over the last year we have worked hard to rebalance the business, adapting to changing market dynamics and reacting to industry requirements for a low-carbon future.
“Unfortunately, we foresee long-term downturn in certain market sectors which mean the current position is unsustainable.
“It is with much regret that we now have to enter into the statutory consultation period on redundancies.”
He added: “The continued long-term growth of the business across the UK and in strategic international markets remains a priority.
“We have made significant progress in transforming and future-proofing the business but this will only prove successful if we also reduce our cost base in parallel.”