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Paisley Pirates Wekend Preview

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”


“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”


He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”


Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

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Plans to build on Paisley 2021 legacy to go before councillors

Plans to use the momentum of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid to help drive a long-term cultural, social and economic transformation of the area are to go before councillors next week.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners have been planning how the town’s bid journey will continue, by building on the positive platform the bid created, and the widespread community support that drove Paisley’s campaign.

Paisley was the only Scottish place and first-ever town to make the shortlist for the prestigious competition, run by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Feedback from DCMS says Paisley was viewed as ‘a very strong contender’ and the decision to shortlist the bid was ‘an easy one’, while praising the town’s passion and commitment to using culture to tackle social problems, and describing the Paisley bid’s community engagement as ‘exemplary’.

The Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – set up to oversee the bid and bringing together business, cultural, educational, community, health and political representatives – has already confirmed it will continue and will deliver and drive a legacy plan, with some partners intending to maintain their original financial pledges.

That detailed legacy plan will be finalised by the Partnership Board in March – but a report outlining the key points of the local authority’s contribution towards the plan is now going before the council’s Leadership Board

It will continue the ambition to achieve the bid’s original long-term aims to significantly grow Paisley’s creative economy, transform its reputation, see the town recognised for its cultural excellence, lift communities out of poverty, and turn Paisley town centre into a vibrant destination.

And the council will continue to lead on delivering the following:

– the planned £100m-plus investment in venues and infrastructure, including the project under way to turn Paisley Museum into an international-class visitor destination, major internal revamps to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre, upgrading the sporting facilities at St James Playing Fields and creating new space for outdoor events and festivals, a new library on the High Street, and improvements to the town centre streetscape and road system;

– a new Paisley destination brand and website will also be unveiled in the next few weeks to build on the national and international profile created by the bid and promote the area as an attractive place to visit, live and invest;

– an enhanced cultural events and festivals programme over the next four years to deliver the best of what was planned for 2021, attract visitors to Paisley, and strengthen the local cultural sector;

Plans will also be developed to grow the area’s creative economy through a new apprenticeship programme, support for creative businesses and a new volunteer strategy.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We must do everything to build on the impact of bidding for UK City of Culture and the momentum it created.

“The campaign took the town’s profile to new levels – with hundreds of millions of people around the world getting the chance to see or hear something positive about Paisley – transformed our reputation, raised awareness of our unique story, and brought self-confidence back to the town.

“It also generated a town-wide discussion about Paisley’s future – with more than 36,000 people engaging with the bid by the time the final submission was made, and new partnerships and relationships developed locally and nationally which will continue to work in Paisley’s interest.

“And it also firmly established the idea that Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets can be used to transform its future – and not just in an economic sense, but also through social impact, by harnessing the power of culture to boost health and well-being, and help people out of poverty.

“We may not have won the title – but the important point is we are still going to deliver our vision and many of the aspirations that informed our bid.

“The report going to the leadership board offers an initial outline of those next steps, and as chair of the Paisley Partnership Board I look forward to revealing the detailed action plan with our partners.

“With major investment in our cultural venues, a new destination brand and website set to launch, an enhanced events and festivals programme in the years ahead, and new funding to support local artists and help the local cultural sector grow, there is lots ahead to be excited by.”

The council’s leadership board will meet on Wednesday 21 February.

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In partnership with Pinnacle Training, February’s Shine The Light is Bill Elliot.

Bill Elliot, 64, of Houston was nominated by friend and fellow supporters club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Paisley Pirates. Bill was presented with his award in front of an audience of Paisley Pirates fans, club members, and players, as well as his his wife and son.

Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey club is a non-profit sporting organisation run by the Turley family on a voluntary basis.
Bill is credited with spending his own time producing match reports and promotional material for the club, often working late into the night, as well as having an active role in the Supporters Club as former Chairman and Secretary.

Bill has been volunteering for several years, from the Pirate’s home in the Lagoon Leisure Centre to their new home in Braehead Arena.

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK. As well as receiving prestigious awards such as Volunteer of the Year 2015 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, Team of the Year 2016 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, as well as recently receiving the Provost’s Community Award – Sporting Achievement. They are an asset to Paisley and Renfrewshire, something Bill is keen to see continue, as evident with his volunteering, fund raising and promotional work.

Marie, Paisley Pirates Supporters Club Chairwoman, credits Bill, “Bill does a lot of behind the scenes work. On a personal level, he has been a huge support to me, especially when I was asked to start Paisley Pirates Supporters Club”.

Bill’s interest in the sporting community extends beyond just Ice Hockey, as he was highly involved with the Paisley Lions. Paisley Lions were a motorcycle speedway team that participated in the British National League in 1975 and 1976, based at Love Street in Paisley.

Despite having to take a step back in recent years due to family commitments and personal illness, Bill is still a driving force in maintaining and promoting the club.
Jackie Turley, Paisley Pirates Club Secretary said “Bill is a stalwart of the club and at times has been a vital part of the Pirates’ operation. He has went above and beyond to ensure the club is successful both on and off the ice and there’s no task he won’t undertake. Bill constantly keeps us in the public eye.”

It is because of people like Bill that organisations like the Paisley Pirates flourish, creating opportunity, growth and positive attention to Renfrewshire. It is those inspirational people in our community such as Bill Elliot that we should recognise and we are only too pleased to award Bill the title of Shine The Light – Mr February, as presented by Jim Furie, Managing Director.

Anyone wishing to support the Paisley Pirates can do so by contacting paisleypirates@gmail.com

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Mix Equality Events at Paisley Arts Centre

Mix – A New Series of Equalities Work at Paisley Arts Centre

A series of performances has been programmed at Paisley Arts centre as part of Mix – a new season of equalities work, presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland for LGBT History Month.

At A Stretch, is a wordless visual theatre production from Jordan and Skinner aimed at children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre. This show will be performed on Sat 17 February and follows two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

Jumpers for Goalposts is a heart-warming tale about the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test.

And finally Paisley Arts Centre welcomes back Paisley’s own Carol Laula, who will be performing alongside local musicians Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins and Linzi Clark with an evening of music and spoken words to mark International Women’s Day.

Morag Macpherson, Head of Cultural Services at Renfrewshire Leisure states ‘We are delighted to be part of LGBT History Month once again and to work in partnership with Outspoken Arts with these three very different, but equally entertaining performances.’

Steven Thomson, of Outspoken Arts states ‘The Mix event is a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History month and International Women’s Day. We are really excited that this has given us the opportunity to bring these inclusive cultural events to Paisley.’


At A Stretch is on Sat 17 Feb at 2pm. Tickets are £5 (£4 conc) + bkg fee

Jumpers for Goalposts is on Wed 28 Feb at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 conc) + bkg fee

Wicked Women: Carol Laula and Friends is on Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee

All tickets can be purchased online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by phone 0300 300 1210.

Please note that £1 transaction fee is applicable on all tickets booked online.

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Carolyn Thom on 0141 618 5109 or carolyn.thom@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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FREE ReMode Inspire Visit

Hi everyone,

Check out the details of our upcoming inspire visit we have coming up:

Inspire Visit to – Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space
On – Saturday February 24th – 11am – 3.30pm

This is a free trip and will include sessions to be led by artist, gardener and natural dyes specialist Kathy Beckett. We are hoping to stir up some ideas about how we can use own local community gardens and creative spaces, and cordially invite all residents of the communities of Lochwinnoch and outlying villages and areas to come along! All ages and family groups are welcome. Spaces limited so please get in touch and book A.S.A.P.

11am – Bus pick-up at Lochwinnoch, McKillop Institutue, Main Street Lochwinnoch.

11.30am – Introduction to the Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space.

12noon – Planting of Madder roots – to grow the plant that was traditionally used to make the colour red.

12.45pm – LUNCH (provided)

1.15pm – Natural Dyes Workshop led by Kathy Beckett.

3.30pm – Depart for home.

Contact – Gillian Steel – gillian@myleapproject.org – 07854468512

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Statue to commemorate woman at centre of the landmark snail and bottle legal case

The faded black and white photograph shows a beaming woman proudly bearing a baby girl in each arm.

But far from being just a doting grandmother, May Donoghue earned a place in legal history as the claimant in the world renowned the ‘snail and the bottle’ legal case.

Now Paisley-based artist Mandy McIntosh will use the precious family photo  – the sole surviving picture of May – as the inspiration for a bronze statue.

Mandy, who says she was keen to take on the project as there is such a dearth of female statues in Scotland,  said: “There are so few women commemorated in this way that it’s great to help redress the balance a bit. There are more statues of dogs in Edinburgh than there are of women so it’s very fitting that Mays’ legacy is celebrated in this way.

“When I first started work on the project my focus was on the snail, but then I realised that actually it’s all about May and what she represents.”

May was a single mum living in poverty in Glasgow’s East End who had lost three children and had one surviving son.

She successfully sued the ginger beer manufacturer Stevensons after falling ill when she found a dead snail in a bottle in Paisley’s Wellmeadow café in 1928.

Her actions changed the laws on negligence, not only in her native Scotland, but across the globe.

Mandy added: “The statue shows May holding her twin granddaughters Elizabeth and May on their christening day in 1952, which is like the scales of justice, her holding these two equal weights.

“May was ridiculed in the press at the time by people saying she was only pursuing the legal case for the money, but she kept going and won the case.

“But although she came up out of poverty, she managed to change history.”

It’s expected the statue will be installed – very fittingly – on 1 May at The Tannahill Centre in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park.

The doll sized depiction of May, will be first made in clay and wax before being cast into bronze and will rest on an oak plinth with hand coloured bronze spirals.

The artist received funding for the project from Renfrewshire Council’s Community, Heritage and Education fund, which was launched in 2015 as part of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Although the competition is over, its legacy continues with applications from local groups still being invited for further rounds of funding.

Mandy says she sees parallels between May herself and the women of Ferguslie Park

She said: “I’ve been so impressed by the strength of the women around me that although they’ve not been working directly with me on the project, they’ve certainly influenced it.

May’s granddaughter Maggie Houston-Tomlin, the younger sister of the twins, who are 65 and now live in Oban and Bournemouth, says she and her siblings are delighted that her grandmother will be honoured and she plans to be at the unveiling.

Maggie said: “I’m quite amazed by how famous my grandmother has become. But I’m also amazed my father never ever told us about her. I only found out when another branch of the family tracked me down about eight years ago.

“I was four when May died and I do vaguely remember her as does my elder sister Evelyn. She was a bit of a character and a very strong woman.

“It’s astonishing to think of the influence someone of her background had.”

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Iain Nicolson said: “It’s great to see the legacy of the CHE fund continuing and to see more women represented in our public art.

“I look forward to seeing this project and many others come to fruition.”

Karen Mailley-Watt from the History Girls Frae Scotland, who held a Paisley workshop on how we should celebrate modern women, said she welcomed May Donoghue being commemorated in such a public manner and added:  “It is about time that we, as a society, start to celebrate women’s achievements and help to level the gender imbalance which is so noticeable within Scotland’s built and civic environments.’

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The Bungalow Musical

Hi also going by our competition to the Bungalow the Musical we also have this which gives community groups the chance to get tickets to this once in a lifetime musical.

Please support Loud n  Proud. Come along to see an amazing show. Tickets are now on sale at www.tickets-scotland.com Hard on the heels of our highly acclaimed Rock Musical I Was There the story of the Glasgow Apollo we give you The Bungalow Musical.


This is the story of The Bungalow which was a small venue at the bottom of Renfrew Road, Paisley during the 70’s and 80’s which became a legend in the UK music scene. Those amazing days are brought to life with a full cast of live bands, dancers and actors. The story has never been told before and this will be the first show of its kind showcasing this iconic venue’s rise to fame.

The show is ground breaking and innovative full of punk classics and more. It’s a nostalgic trip for those who went there and experienced it and it also captures the imagination of those that didn’t.

It’s difficult to imagine that a little place in Paisley attracted such big names as The Fall, The Skids, The Associates, Orange Juice, Roddy Frame, Tenpole Tudor, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Aztec Camera, and The Teardrop Explodes. Including music from The Who, Slade, Elvis Costello, Boomtown Rats and more.

To order FREE tickets (while they last) Email info@loudnproud.org with the
ticket numbers, name of group and contact details. This offer includes
youth workers or adults in charge. This show will inspire young people to
take part in Creative Arts



We are giving away free tickets to the Premier of the show on 1st March 2018. This is a great opportunity for young people to see a professional level show performed by young people. The show has dancers, singers, actors, musicians and a choir making it a huge cast and an exciting show. Loud n Proud are extending this invite to make it easy for young people to access a show of this level without the barrier of cost. We hope that the show will inspire more young people to take part in Creative Arts. If not we hope that they just have a great time. We always offer tickets to youth groups. We did it at our show I Was There the story of The Glasgow Apollo and we had 100 young people along to see the show, the feedback considering their age an the era the show is set in was  amazing. As they say ‘good music is good music’. Rehearsals for the show are going great and we expect to have a knockout show telling a little piece of Paisley music history that will entertain everyone no matter their age.

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Paisley Pirates return to Braehead Arena this Sunday

Paisley Pirates return to Braehead Arena this Sunday (face off 6.00pm) for the first time in three weeks to take on the Moray Typhoons in swift re-match following the Renfrewshire side’s 7-1 win over the Elgin side when they met last Saturday.

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“Yes, it’s a quick turnaround for us as we only saw them last weekend, but that’s sometimes how the fixtures work. It won’t make any difference to our preparation though, as we’ll be just as thorough as we always are before we take on an opponent,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “People might be of the view that we’re favourites for the two points after defeating them in their rink only a week ago, but we don’t see it that way at all,” he went on.


“At this stage of the season, it’s vitally important that we continue to do what we’re doing, work hard, and go into the game not expecting anything other than a tough challenge. Any attitude that even hints at complacency could cause problems for us so Adam and I will be working hard as usual this week in training to make sure the players know what is expected of them on Sunday, when we’re playing in front of our own support.”


“Dundee Comets beat Kirkcaldy Kestrels, who have been front runners for the SNL title for most of the season, at the weekend, so that’s opened up the league race a bit, and we’re in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup again, where we’ll meet Aberdeen Lynx for a place in the final, with the first leg at their place on Saturday 17 March, and the return at Braehead Arena the following Saturday, so there’s a lot to play for in the remaining part of the season.”


“People forget that this team was only put together a week or two before our season started and they’ve done pretty well for a young side to have got to where they are right now. However, this is now the business end of the season where every game is important and, as Adam and I keep reinforcing, we have got to keep our standards up and even try to improve on them further, because there are some very good teams left in the running for the various competitions and we can be sure that they won’t give us an inch in the weeks and months to come.”

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After several under par performances in recent weeks, Pirates returned to form with an excellent away win in Elgin, overcoming the Typhoons comfortably to record a 7-1 victory.

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Pirates were penalised after only nine seconds as Thorp took a trip to the penalty box with his opposite number Millar but as they came back onto the ice, Munro for the home side took another minor and Pirates scored immediately through Henderson to take the lead. It got better for Pirates as with only 5 minutes on the clock the same player linked with Crute and Walker to double the advantage and give the visitors a healthy cushion with the game still in its early stages.


Both goalies were kept busy on the small rink but with the first period almost at an end, the Typhoons got themselves on the board with 14 seconds remaining as Munro beat Russell to give the scoreline a tighter look, as the teams headed for the dressing room with Pirates holding a narrow 2-1 advantage.


Pirates came out for the middle session looking to take the game away from their hosts and were rewarded with a quick goal in the 23rd minute as Hamilton, up with the forwards, beat McPherson to restore the 2 goal advantage. The visitors were now motoring in top gear and four minutes later Walker was on hand to make it 4-1 on the powerplay, and less than a minute later it was game over as Johnston was on hand to give his side a four goal advantage. Pirates were outshooting the hosts by more than two to one during the session, but were unable to turn their superiority into more goals. Nevertheless, at the buzzer, they were sitting pretty at 5-1.


If there was any lingering doubt about the destination of the two points, they were dispelled after only 18 seconds of the final session as Thorp finished off a move with McGlaughlin and Crute to make it six. Pirates ran into penalty trouble and were forced to play off no fewer than 4 minor penalties thereafter, but there was still time for the giant forward to net his second of the night and present a final scoreline of 7-1 to the visitors, and round off an excellent night for them before the long trip home.


Pirates are at home for the first time in three weeks this Sunday when they again line up against the Typhoons at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) in the reverse fixture.

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State of the art school shared campus in Paisley scheduled to open its doors to pupils this August

An £8.5m state of the art school campus in Paisley is on track to open for the start of the school term in August.

St Paul’s Primary School in Paisley will house 212 pupils, while an integrated communication unit has space for a further 24 at the shared campus, which also includes Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre. It has capacity for 80 pre five children while an adult learning and literacy centre can house up to 10 students.

Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener Jim Paterson and Depute Convener and Provost Lorraine Cameron, visited the construction site to see progress of the new build campus for themselves.

The new school site features outdoor leaning spaces including a canopied area designed for use by smaller groups of pupils to carry out a range of activities, including science experiments.

All formal learning spaces link directly to covered outdoor spaces which, in turn connect to outdoor play areas.

There is an all-weather sports surface and a forest area where children can create ‘mud kitchens’.

A bike and scooter rack will encourage children to ride to school.

Councillor Paterson said: “We are determined to give our children and young people the best learning environments possible to help them achieve their full potential and this campus is a great example of that.

“Outdoor learning is central to the curriculum and access to external spaces means that pupils can engage with the world around them.

“The school is truly one for the 21st century, with all of the class rooms designed to support modern teaching aids and internet ready.

“The campus is on track to be fully operational this August and is on budget.”

Head teacher of St Paul’s, Louise Maher said: “It’s been exciting for pupils and staff alike to watch the new campus being built from the ground up and we can’t wait to move across.”

The playground will have graphics and games painted into the ground surface and as well as a gym, a centrally located studio provides space for dance and movement classes.

The building will be on one level and have access to the pitch from the gym.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction Managing Director for Central Scotland, said: “We were delighted to welcome members of Renfrewshire Council onto site and show them the great progress we have made to date on this fantastic new building.

‘‘The project is moving forward on schedule with the internal fit out well underway.

‘‘We continue to work with all stakeholders to deliver a first-class facility for the pupils, teachers and community members.”