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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.”
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Shoppers entertained by Highland dancers

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HIGHLAND dancers made sure everyone at intu Braehead was in step with St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

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Almost 20 pupils from the Paisley-based Christine E Aitken Academy of Dance entertained shoppers with a demonstration of Highland and country dancing.

The dancers drew a crowd of onlookers who took time out of their Christmas shopping to watch the colourful display from the kilted dancers.

And they collected almost £120 from shoppers as part of their fundraising effort to send a team of dancers to perform abroad next year.

Dance school principal, Christine Aitken said: “The girls were really excited about dancing in front of so many people in a place as big as intu Braehead.

“It was a good experience for them and they loved it. So much so, we’re hoping to come back and entertain the shoppers again in the near future.
“We’d like to give a big thank you to intu Braehead for allowing us to perform in the centre.”
Community development manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We wanted to do something in the mall to mark St Andrew’s Day and there’s nothing more Scottish than having Highland dancers resplendent in their colourful tartan kilts.
“The dancers were quite the attraction for shoppers who enjoyed the dancing display and it was good we could bring the talents of the dancers to a wide audience.”

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Contact the Elderly welcome new Age Scotland campaign

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Contact the Elderly welcome Age Scotland’s newly launched campaign ‘No-one should have no-one at Christmas’.

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With figures outlining that more than 50,000 older Scots will spend Christmas alone, it is welcome news that the Scottish Government has also announced a national strategy to tackle loneliness.

Loneliness is an issue all year round and our team of dedicated volunteers ensure more than 1000 of those aged 75 and over who live alone enjoy social contact at least once a month through our much loved and treasured free tea parties.

The figures from Age Scotland highlight once again there is much more potential to expand our tea parties in Scotland and this is something we are working very hard to do that. To make that happen we need to identify and reach out to those living alone and we would once again like to encourage the public and other agencies to help us find these people. We also need more volunteers to offer just a little bit of time once a month, or even a couple of times a year, to make an immeasurable difference and enjoy great company, tea and cake.

Our 112 groups in Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands, Glasgow to Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh to Angus and plenty of places in between are currently enjoying fantastic Christmas parties and it brings such joy to see volunteers and guests having a wonderful festive gathering. I would urge anyone reading this, or anyone who has offered an act of kindness inspired by the Age Scotland campaign and keen to do more throughout 2017 and beyond, to consider donating a little time – from the vast testimonials we receive from guests and volunteers we can assure you the rewards are mutually felt.

To find out more about becoming a guest of or volunteering with Contact the Elderly please visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

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Christmas shopping is child’s play

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CHRISTMAS shopping will be child’s play this year after a new activity camp for kids was launched in sports and leisure centres throughout Renfrewshire.

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Parents can take their children along to the Drop ‘N’ Shop Days and then head off on their own to buy this year’s Christmas presents for family and friends.

And while mum and dad hit the shops, youngsters will be having fun and games with Renfrewshire Leisure staff during the activity sessions between 10am and 3pm.

The next Drop ‘n’ Shop activity day is being held at Johnstone Community Sports Hub, on Saturday, December 10 and the following Saturday, the activity camp moves to Renfrew Leisure Centre.

On Sunday, December 18, Drop ‘n’ Shop is at the ON-X, in Linwood; Thursday, December 22, at Erskine Sports Centre and on Friday, December 23, at The Lagoon, in Paisley. The activity camps cost only £10 per child.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The run-up to Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time for adults.

“While the kids are getting excited about Santa Claus and waking up on Christmas Day to lots of presents, they might not be so keen about having to trail round all the shops.
“So, we’re giving parents the chance to drop their kids off at one of our leisure centres where they’ll have loads of Festive fun and games with our fully-trained leisure staff, then the grown-ups can get on with the serious work of Christmas shopping.”

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Paisley to host Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017

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The Scots Trad Music Awards are to be held in Paisley in December 2017 for the first time.

The news was announced by event founder Simon Thoumire at this year’s Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony in Caird Hall, Dundee on Saturday, December 3.

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The BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards are considered a major highlight in the traditional music calendar. The aim of the annual awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity that will shine a light on talent as well as the industry in general.

From its inception in 2003, the awards have steadily grown in popularity and prestige attracting television coverage by BBC ALBA in 2007 and major sponsorship from MG ALBA in 2008. This year’s awards will be broadcast to the world (via bbc.co.uk/alba) and it is hoped this will afford Scotland’s largest town an opportunity to share news of its bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 with a global audience.  

The is also further evidence that Paisley is capable of hosting high profile music events – it hosted both the British Pipe Band Championships and the Scottish Album of the Year Awards this year, with both returning in 2017.  

It is also proof of Paisley’s burgeoning music scene. Renfrewshire’s talents have featured heavily in the BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards in recent years with The Scott Wood Band nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in 2014 while Johnstone Pipe Band are in contention for ‘Pipe Band of the Year’ this year (see separate release for results).

Simon Thoumire said, “Hands Up for Trad are really delighted that the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards will be hosted by Paisley, currently bidding for the UK City of Culture title in 2021, home of The Spree, and the birth place of some of Scotland’s finest musical talent. We’re really looking forward to working with Renfrewshire Council to make the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017 the best yet“.

Welcoming the Trad Awards announcement, Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the Trad Awards in 2017 and look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world. Paisley’s music scene is thriving, offering formal concerts and more impromptu gigs in local cafes, bars and restaurants, as organisers grow in confidence. Add several major music events in 2017 and the reasons to visit have grown enormously.”                      

For more information on the Scots Trad Music Awards visit: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/

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Buy now, pay 6 months at Frank Gillespie Cars

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Frank Gillespie cars advertise in the only newspaper press motors weekly that you can pick up at any BP petrol station.

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They are located just 5 minutes from Glasgow Airport and finance options are available in mot cases and warranty available.  You can also buy now and pay in 6 months, conditions apply.

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Todholm Primary School launches its first community café to the public

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Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

Budding entrepreneurs from Todholm Primary School have run their first community café after being awarded funding through Renfrewshire Council’s Dragons’ Den competition.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

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Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

The first Todholm Tearooms event was held on Fri 2 December with more than 40 members of the community coming along to enjoy the pupils’ hospitality and wares. On the day visitors were offered a delicious selection of home baking prepared and served by the children themselves.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Grace Collins (11) with Suzanne Pitkeathly and Robert MacAdam

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Grace Collins (11) with Suzanne Pitkeathly and Robert MacAdam

Earlier this year the school received £630, double the requested amount, for their idea to establish the Todholm Tearooms. The funding was used to purchase resources such as cups, saucers, branded aprons and ingredients as well as helping to finance the compilation of a school cook book to help fund future events.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Mirin Lafferty (11)

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The idea to run a café was inspired by the children wanting to offer a place where members of the community, especially the older generation, could congregate. As part of the project pupils are also looking to run a mobile service to deliver their home baking to neighbouring care homes Rowan Gardens and Hunterhill Care Home.

The ‘Cooking Up A Storm with Todholm Tearooms’ cook book, also unveiled at the event, was compiled by all the pupils of Todholm Primary School. Each class selected a starter, main course and dessert that they themselves had made to feature in the book. Priced at £5 the funds from the book sales will go towards running future Todholm Tearooms.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, who attended the launch said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils from Todholm Primary School and the teachers that supported them for running such an excellent event for members of the local community to enjoy.

“It was inspiring to see the children apply the creative ideas presented during the Dragons’ Den event with such successful results.  The Todholm Tearooms is aimed at helping others in their local community and highlights why the school was presented with the funding. I’m sure this will lead to more successful events in the future.”

Todholm Primary School Head Teacher, Lynne McGinn, said: “The children have been so enthusiastic about this project and we’re really impressed with their efforts and how well it’s been received by the local community.

“The Todholm Tearooms project has enabled the pupils to learn valuable life skills such as team work, planning and also helped to improve their confidence which will help them in the future. This has been an excellent learning opportunity for the children and provided them with the chance to give something back to the community. I look forward to our next Todholm Tearooms event.”

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Be the star of your own Christmas TV advert

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SHOPPERS at intu Braehead are being given the chance to appear in their own Christmas TV advert.

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Panto stars Elaine MacKenzie Ellis and Gary Lamont record their video message for the intu Braehead giant screen

They’re being encouraged to make a short video clip of themselves sending season’s greetings to family and friends, which will be shown on the mall’s giant TV screen every day in the run-up to Christmas.

And yesterday, River City star Gary Lamont, who plays Dandini and Rab C Nesbitt actress, Elaine MacKenzie Ellis, who’s the Fairy Godmother in this year’s Cinderella panto in Glasgow’s King’s Theatre got in on the act by filming their own Christmas message for intu Braehead’s big screen.

The centre’s technical wizards will combine all the best film clips submitted into a video Christmas card ready for the big launch night on Monday December 19, when the centre starts its midnight opening.

That’s when a VIP screening of the videos for those who sent in a film clip will be held on the mall’s top-level balcony with hot chocolate and Christmas treats for everyone.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve all seen the fantastic Christmas TV adverts that have almost become a tradition at this time of year.

“Now, here’s a chance for our shoppers to star in their very own Christmas advert, sending a special Yuletide message to their loved ones on our giant screen.
“It’s a unique way of wishing everyone you know a Merry Christmas.
“And when you’re making your video message, Christmas jumpers and festive decorations in the background would be fab!”

All you have to do is capture a ten-second video on camera, tablet or smartphone and email the clip to braehead.information@intu.co.uk by Monday December 5.

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead <http://www.intu.co.uk/braehead>  for more information as well as tips on how to make your own Christmas message video.

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Swimmers enjoyed dancing the Splashing White Sergeant!

Pool staff, from left Susan McCann, Paul Caruth, Colin Dearing, Carole Doyle and Elaine Carlton with Highland dancer, youngster Hayley Carlton

Swimmers at Renfrew Victory Baths certainly splashed out to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. They took part in an Aqua Ceilidh with Scottish dancing in the pool.

Pool staff, from left Susan McCann, Paul Caruth, Colin Dearing, Carole Doyle and Elaine Carlton with Highland dancer, youngster Hayley Carlton

Pool staff, from left Susan McCann, Paul Caruth, Colin Dearing, Carole Doyle and Elaine Carlton with Highland dancer, youngster Hayley Carlton

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and as well as enjoying Scottish music being played on the pool’s sound system, the swimmers were entertained by six-year-old Hayley Carlton, from Renfrew, who gave them a demonstration of Highland dancing at the poolside.



And afterwards there were traditional Scottish refreshments of
Irn Bru, shortcake and teacakes.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The staff at Renfrew Victory Baths always go the extra mile to put on events to mark special occasions and involve the swimmers who come along on a regular basis.
“The poolside was festooned with Scottish flags and everyone had a great time, especially when they danced the Splashing White Sergeant and the Spray Gordons in the pool!”

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This months events at THE BUNGLOW

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Friday 2nd December:

What’s On: RadioLa & Fantanas
Genre: Soft Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 3rd December:

What’s On:  Bootleg Beatnik & The Backscratchers + Andy Hamilton

Genre: Blues

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 4th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night

Genre: Any

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 7th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: All Genres

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 8th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: Does PacMan Count?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 9th December:

What’s On: Gunz N’ Rozes Scotland + AWOL

Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 (on the door)

Age: 18+

Saturday 10th December:

What’s On: Devil’s Queen, Tantrum & Civil Punk
Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 11th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age 18+

Wednesday 14th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 15th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: We’re sure Kerplunk is available?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 16th December:

What’s On: All or Nothing with The Redstarts

Genre: Ska/Mod/Punk

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door.

Age: 18+

Saturday 17th December:

What’s On: The Monitors Christmas Party

Genre: Punk/Rock

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Sunday 18th December:
What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 21st December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Crimbo Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 22nd December:

What’s On: Catholic Action, Sway & Pinact
Genre: Alternative

Time: 7pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: £5.00
Age: 18+

Friday 23rd December:

What’s On: Messa O’Blues
Genre: Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 24th December:

What’s On: The Xmas Eve Bash with Snakeskin Boogie

Genre: Funk/Bluegrass/Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 25th December:

WE’RE CLOSED

Monday 26th December :

What’s On: Boxing Day Open Mic and Leftovers

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours:  6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 28th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 29th December:

What’s On: Xmas Jumper Jamboree with Delphi. Lemonhaze & The Asuras

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door

Age: 18+

Friday 30th December:

What’s On: TBC

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Saturday 31st December:

What’s On: New Year’s Eve Party with Freespeech & Piper

Genre: Rock/Pop/Scottish

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £5.00 Tickets & On the door