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Piazza shows support for bid with Paisley 2021 signage

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture will be seen by five million rail passengers this year – after bosses at the town’s Piazza shopping centre unveiled a giant Paisley 2021 sign.

The branding has just been installed on the side of the centre’s recently-revamped multi-story car park, which faces on to the platform at Paisley Gilmour Street station.

And it means passengers at the station – Scotland’s fourth-busiest – won’t be able to miss the giant advert for Paisley’s ambitions.

Maureen Hill and Cllr Macmillan on the platform at Paisley Gilmour Street, looking on to the sign

Councillor Mark Macmillan – chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board – said: “We looked at various sites in the town and identified the Piazza car park as one being seen by huge numbers of people.

“A big part of the bid is about raising awareness of Paisley and changing perceptions of the town among potential visitors.

“This means the millions of passengers a year travelling between Glasgow, the airport, Ayrshire and Inverclyde will be aware of what is happening here.

“A successful bid will bring massive economic benefits to Paisley town centre and huge numbers of visitors spending their money with local businesses.

“When the bid goes in it will be crucial we can show the judges at DCMS there is support from throughout the local community.

“To date more than 100 local businesses have shown their support and I would like thank The Piazza for getting involved in this way.”

The Piazza multi-storey car park has a capacity of 336 spaces and recently had a £1.3m revamp, which saw external and internal improvements.

That included extra disabled and parent/child bays, work on the lighting and surfaces, repainting the outside of the building, and new lifts and CCTV.

Piazza manager Maureen Hill added: “We made a major investment in the new car park because we have confidence in what lies ahead for Paisley town centre.

“If Paisley was to be named UK City of Culture 2021 it would be a massive boost to ourselves and other town centre businesses in terms of footfall.

“We are delighted to show our support for the bid to the many millions who pass through the station each year.”

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College Partnership with Elior UK Set to be a Recipe for Success!

West College Scotland has partnered with Elior UK (one of the UK’s leading hospitality companies) at Ibrox stadium under the guidance of award winning chef Jav Aziz.

 

We are looking for people with a positive attitude, who are willing to learn in a fast moving environment to take part in a unique and exciting opportunity to develop their professional cookery knowledge and skills.

This opportunity is open to a very limited number and will involve training and working within the stadium’s hospitality and function kitchens and restaurants as well as attending classes at the Paisley campus. The 14 week course will commence on 3 February  2017 (date may be subject to change).

Entry Requirements- There are no formal entry requirements required, although experience in hospitality would be beneficial.

Apply here: http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/hospitality-professional-cookery/wcs-and-elior-culinary-development-at-ibrox-stadium

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Glasgow Girl to lead Holocaust Memorial Day event

A leading human rights campaigner will take centre stage to help mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Amal Azzudin – one of the Glasgow Girls who campaigned against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow – will speak at an event being held in St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock, on Tuesday 24 January.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and East Renfrewshire’s Provost Alastair Carmichael

The national theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day- which takes place on Friday 27 January- is ‘How can life go on?’, and focuses on the aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides.

A string quartet made up of pupils from four Renfrewshire schools will welcome guests to the event which is held in partnership between Renfrewshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council.

The service will include a showing of the film ‘Learning from the Past’ which explains why we commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Pupils from Paisley Grammar will read the poem Birdsong by Gillian Clarke while Barrhead High pupils will read First They Came by Martin Niemoller.

As part of the day of recognition Ms Azzudin will visit both Linwood High and Barrhead High to give talks to pupils about her work with refugees and campaigning for social justice in Scotland.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: ““It is important that we mark Holocaust Memorial Day in order to remember, respect and mourn all of those who have lost their lives or suffered through persecution.

“I am pleased to see our Senior Pupils taking part in a number of ways again, with a poetry reading by young people from Paisley Grammar and a musical performance from a Renfrewshire Schools String Quartet.

“We should provide our young people with information so that they understand how these events came to pass and ensure that these atrocities never happen again”.

East Renfrewshire’s Provost Alastair Carmichael said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides each of us with an opportunity to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. It is a chance to remember, but also a chance to pass the lessons of the past to the next generation.

“As well as honouring those who lost their lives during these atrocities it is also about standing with survivors and showing our support. Whilst we will all take a moment to look back at the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust on this national day, it is also provides a stark reminder that genocide is still taking place across the world.”

 

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Grants Roofing & Restoration

Grants Roofing & Restoration provide a full range of roofing services & maintenance work.

All aspects of roofing work undertaken. Based in Paisley covering Renfrewshire and surrounding areas. Free estimates, quality workmanship and reasonable prices.

 

Services include:

  • Roofs repaired/renewed
  • Flat roofs
  • Lead valleys
  • All cement work
  • UPVC Gutters/Facias/Soffits
  • Gutter & Downpipe repairs
  • All exterior painting
    (Facias,soffits,pipes)
  • Slating
  • Velux Windows

Anything not on the list please don’t hesitate to call for FREE estimate or advice.

For more information please visit their facebook page by clicking here or call 07990 774222

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Free gym for four months offer fits the bill

FREE gym membership for four months is worth its weight in gold for people wanting to get fit.

Renfrewshire Leisure sports services staff, Yvonne McLetchie and Scott Graham at the launch of the free gym for four months offer

The money-saving offer from Renfrewshire Leisure means you get 14 months membership for the price of a ten-month up front fee on the various membership categories.

As well as being able to use six state-of-the-art fitness suites, membership of Renfrewshire Leisure also gets you access to more than 300 fitness classes and free use of five swimming pools throughout the area.

But if people only want to use a gym, another offer could well fit the bill with a six-month gym-only membership costing only £99. And for those who just want to attend fitness classes, there is also an offer of ten classes for £40.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar explains: “We’ve some of the best fitness suites in the country with knowledgeable and experienced staff on hand to advise our members.

“At this time of year many people’s thoughts turn to getting fit and healthy and to encourage them to do just that, we’ve a fantastic offer of four months free membership.

“The extra benefits of being a Renfrewshire Leisure member far outnumber other gyms, with access to classes and swimming pools. But for people who just want to use our fitness suites, we’ve created a gym only six-month membership for only £99.

“Signing up with Renfrewshire Leisure now means we can help you lose some weight, but gain pounds in your pocket!”

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LEAP – MAKING IT Happen – FREE PRACTICAL HELP FOR Households

LEAP has launched ‘Making It Happen’ – a programme of FREE practical assistance for Renfrewshire Residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home this winter.

 

Supported through Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty Programme, the service aims to reach a minimum of 80 fuel poor and vulnerable persons, who are struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes, across urban and rural Renfrewshire by 31st March 2017.  LEAP’s Energy team will carry out practical actions to help to improve warmth and save money in the long term.

The types of FREE practical energy efficiency actions LEAP can provide may include fitting draught strips, letterbox/ keyhole seals, chimney balloons, minor repairs (structural draught proofing), pipe lagging, tank jackets, window seals, secondary glazing, loft insulation including coombed ceilings or tricky areas, loft hatches, and introducing the use of low energy/LED light bulbs, power down plugs, energy monitors and radiator panels to reduce the energy used for heating and lighting in the home.

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, and you are Renfrewshire Residents then please contact LEAP in confidence by email to energy@myleapproject.org, via our website http://www.myleapproject.org/contact-leap-staff-team/ or call 01505 612 034.

LEAP will consider and assess everyone who contacts them and if anyone is ineligible for this programme LEAP may be able to provide other help, advice or referrals.

We anticipate being oversubscribed, so don’t delay, get in touch.

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Former Paisley nightsport Carnegies up for sale

The former popular Paisley pub Carnegies is going up for sale this month.

The site at 6 New Sneddon Street, Paisley has been closed for many years.

It will go under the hammer at Wilsons Auctions in Dalry on 26th January 2017.

The guide price for the site is sitting at £45,000.

According to the listing online at the auctioneers website the “former public house has expired planning for 6 flats and a commercial retail unit” and describes it as “an ideal investment for any developer or investor.”

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Renfrewshire’s ground-breaking educational training initiative named among Scotland’s best

Renfrewshire’s ground-breaking teacher training initiative to improve pupil reading standards.has been named among Scotland’s most successful educational interventions.

Teachers featured in the Renfrewshire Literacy Initiative training films at the premiere with Renfrewshire Council HQ education staff and (centre) Councillor Jacqueline Henry (in red jacket). To her right is Prof Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde (wearing grey cardigan).

The Renfrewshire Literacy Approach – launched in September 2015 – is featured alongside the cream of Scottish educational initiatives in a new digital resource from Education Scotland .

The cutting-edge partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde.has seen more than 800 teachers across primary and secondary schools take part in a high quality programme of professional learning – designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and head teachers in the teaching of reading

Now the success of the Renfrewshire Approach is highlighted in Interventions for Equity – a new digital resource from Education Scotland to help schools and their partners making local decisions about how best to go about closing the attainment gap between children of richer and poorer households.

The interventions listed in the new resource represent the range of different approaches developed in Scotland and which have proved to be effective, according to Education Scotland.

The Renfrewshire Approach is designed to increase staff skills in encouraging a love of reading and books in children from an early age – and so increase pupils’ chances of success in education and in later life.

Teachers are being trained to look not just at core skills which support the development of reading skills. The Approach also equips staff to address other factors which play a role – such as children’s opinions, along with knowledge and understanding of the world.

News of the national accolade came shortly after a special event in Johnstone to highlight the success of the Literacy Approach to Renfrewshire Council’s education and early years staff.

Johnstone Town Hall may be 5000 miles from Hollywood Boulevard – but staff attending the venue were given the red carpet treatment at a film ‘premiere’ there this week..

It was the setting for a special after-school cinema format screening of three short films of local teachers telling how their work has been helped by the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach.

The films feature 18 teachers from 11 primary schools giving their personal views and opinions on the benefits of the Literacy Approach

Primary school and early years education specialists from across Renfrewshire were in the audience of more than 200 people who watched and listened to the teachers praising the effect which the new training techniques has had on them – and the children.

One little boy featured on screen talked about how he was now enjoying reading instead of disliking it.

Teachers described how strategies to help them deal with teaching full classes and individuals wth differing abilities were having a very positive effect on children’s enthusiasm for reading – with knock-on effects for pupils’ learning and overall achievement in class.

Copies of the DVD containing the films will be sent round Renfrewshire schools to give easy access to information about how the programme is working in practice and so help staff development among teachers and classroom assistants.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said: “Being able to read easily and well is a basic essential for children to get the education necessary to make the most of life and avoid poverty in adulthood.

“Showing children that learning to read is interesting and fun helps them to understand that learning is an enjoyable experience.

“Our hope is that this Initiative not only helps improve literacy skills of pupils but encourages a lifelong interest in all forms of learning.

“It’s great to see the inspirational effect the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach has had on our teachers and it’s immensely satisfying to see it getting the national recognition it so richly deserves..

“The films are not only an important training tool for staff – they also show the amazing work going on in Renfrewshire to end the poverty gap through giving our children the best possible start in life.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES-PREVIEW

paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates face another difficult weekend as they take on Edinburgh Capitals at Braehead Arena this Sunday. The clubs drew 3-3 in a tense match in the capital last Sunday, and Pirates coach Ian Turley is expecting another close game when they clash for the second time in a week.

paisley pirates

“In recent years our league games against the Caps have always been tight affairs, with never much more than a goal or so between the teams, and I don’t think this Sunday is likely to be any different,” he said. “We had a tough weekend just past when we scraped by Aberdeen Lynx before going to Edinburgh on the Sunday, and I have mixed feelings at the outcome of the double header having not gained the full four points. I thought we were a bit disjointed at certain junctures over the weekend and made some bad decisions when it really mattered. I’ll be looking for the boys to dig deep, play to the maximum of their ability and effort to ensure there’s no slip ups this weekend.”

He went on, “We’ve been playing with various bumps and bruises, something which the fans don’t always realise, but we’re now at the business end of the season, when you’re playing for prizes, so we just have to get on with it and grind out the results we need. We’ve got five games left to play in the league, and we are regarding every one of them as crucial. There can be absolutely no let up from us in training and games on the run in to the finish-we simply can’t afford to relax, and I’ll be reminding everyone of that fact in the coming weeks.”

“The fans also have their role to play in getting right behind the boys, forgetting about anything else that’s going on, and giving them every bit of encouragement that they can muster. The noise level has risen sharply in the last couple of home games, and we’ve seen a lot of familiar faces back watching us, as the word is obviously getting about that a Paisley Pirates match provides great entertainment and is excellent value for money. We’re hoping that they continue to come along and watch us as, believe me, a good, encouraging support makes all the difference in the world.”

Face off on Sunday is at 6.00pm

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Mackay visits Paisley Cafe which will benefit from SBBS

Small Business Bonus Scheme exempts 100,000 properties from business rates this year.

Mackay visits Paisley cafe

More than half of all commercial properties will pay no business rates in 2017-18, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said today.

As a result of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) an estimated 100,000 small business premises in Scotland will pay no business rates in 2017-18.

The SBBS has already saved small businesses over £1.2 billion since the scheme was introduced in 2008.

In the Draft Budget Mr Mackay announced that the SBBS will be expanded, raising the eligibility threshold for 100% relief to a rateable value of £15,000 – lifting 100,000 properties out of rates altogether, and generating a saving of up to £6,990 per property.

Visiting Mad Hatter’s Coffee House in Paisley, which will now qualify for 100% relief through the SBBS, Mr Mackay said:

“This government has consistently delivered a competitive environment for business and we have used our tax powers to support growth.  Not only have we ensured that smaller businesses pay zero or lower rates of non-residential LBTT, large businesses enjoy a lower rate than the rest of the UK.

“I was pleased to set out a range of further measures in the Draft Budget to confirm a highly competitive business rates regime for Scotland in 2017-18, including expanding the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

“Scotland’s small businesses are fundamental drivers in securing sustainable economic growth, which is why we are doing everything we can to support them.  Scotland already offers the most competitive reliefs package for small businesses in the UK, and we intend to keep our promise that Scotland will be the best place to do business anywhere in the UK.”