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Paisley Rugby Club Annual Ceilidh

Paisley Rugby Club will be having their annual ceilidh on Friday 31st March at Gleniffer Hotel, Paisley.

For tickets contact Ryan on 07551006667 or Grant 07535807038.

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paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates are a significant step closer to reaching the Scottish Cup Final for a second successive season after recording an 11-2 away win at Kilmarnock in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

paisley pirates

The visitors were on the offensive almost from the first whistle as Storm’s Maitland took an early penalty, but they had to wait until the seventh minute before they went ahead on the powerplay, and what a goal it was, as Campbell waltzed past the entire Storm team on the ice from his own defensive zone before knocking a back hander beyond Blackwell for the opener. The same player was first to a rebound before the halfway point to double the lead, but while both sides had chances, with Maitland proving to be troublesome to the visiting defence, the respective goals remained intact for the remainder of the session, sending Pirates in with a handy 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The visitors were further ahead after only four minutes of the middle period as Guy fired home his side’s third of the evening, and with Orr netting only three minutes later Pirates were already looking good for a win on the night. Storm did get one back as former Pirate Graeme Lester netted after a scramble in front of netminder Meechan, but within forty seconds his team’s deficit was back at four as Orr grabbed his second to ensure that Pirates were looking more than comfortable at 5-1 by the end of the session, with Blackwell in the home goal producing a string of superlative saves in the latter stages to just about keep a light flickering for Kilmarnock.

Storm came out for the final twenty minutes looking for a quick score to rekindle their hopes, but in fact two goals within seven seconds for Pirates before the 44th minutes put paid to any faint hopes remaining, with Campbell completing his hat trick, then Guy netted his second.to take the score to seven. With Meechan looking solid in the visitors’ goal Pirates continued to press, with the diminutive Haydn Bain scoring with a low drive only three minutes later, and before the hallway point in the session Martyn Guy duly completed his own treble, and his side’s 9th. The teams continued to exchange penalties until with under four minutes left the visitors hit their hosts with another quickfire double in twelve seconds as Orr netted for his hat trick, the third treble of the night, before skipper Mark Hassan fired past the unsighted Blackwell for number eleven. Robertson did pull a late goal back for Storm but by this time it was certainly much too little, too late.

The two teams now meet in the second leg next Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) and while Pirates clearly have a massive advantage, coach Ian Turley will be reminding everyone in the camp that the job is only half done.

Scorers: Orr (3+2), Campbell & Guy (both 3+0), Hassan (1+1), Bain (1+0), Miller, Jordan & Turley (all 0+2)

Man of the Match: David Orr

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Learn Vintage Hair and Make-Up at WCS

Starting in March from our Clydebank and Greenock Campuses!  Learn how to create vintage styles, retro glamour and period looks using Hollywood and period inspiration! Apply NOW!


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Father of American Ornithology is honoured by his home town Paisley

ONE of Paisley’s famous sons who became known as the Father of American Ornithology has been honoured by his home town.

David Clugston, Honorary Librarian for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services at the unveiling of Alexander Wilson plaque.

A commemorative plaque paying tribute to the life of Alexander Wilson – poet, artist, scientist, explorer and social commentator – was unveiled at Paisley Arts Centre.

And ironically, the Arts centre wall where the plaque is mounted is part of the former Laigh Kirk Church, where Wilson was baptised in 1766 by Rev John Witherspoon, signatory of the American Declaration of Independence.

Wilson rose to fame after he emigrated to America in 1794 and travelled 10,000 miles on foot across that country with the pioneering ambition of observing birds in their natural habitats, scrutinising behaviour, posture and habits and classifying the different species.

This culminated in the publication of nine volumes of the book American Ornithology featuring Wilson’s drawings, paintings and descriptions of more than 260 species of birds – with 25 species previously unknown – in North America.

By the time Wilson died of dysentery in 1813, seven volumes of American Ornithology had been published with the final two volumes produced posthumously.

Five species of bird have been named after Wilson – Wilson’s Storm-petrel; Wilson’s Plover; Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope and Wilson’s Warbler.

This amazing feat of Wilson’s, which took six years to complete and earned him credit for establishing ornithology as a science in America, was a far cry from his early years in Paisley.

He left school at the age of ten after his mother died and started work, first as a cow herder and then as an apprentice weaver.

Wilson became a poet and was a contemporary of Robert Burns and like many weavers became well read and a radical on social issues.

Alexander Wilson portrait.

But he fell foul of the law over a satirical account of a local mill owner and was imprisoned as he faced charges of libel and blackmail. But after a second run-in with the law over the distribution of radical propaganda, Wilson decided to emigrate.

The Historic Environment Scotland commemorative plaque was unveiled by David Clugston, Honorary Librarian for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services said: “The countryside around Paisley became Alexander Wilson’s playground in his early years and that exposure to the world of nature would have a profound effect on his later life.

“Soon after he arrived in America, Wilson developed a passion for the study of birds and his truly scientific approach to ornithology made him a pioneer.
“This Commemorative Plaque Scheme celebrates the lives of people who have made a significant difference to Scotland and its people.
“Paisley’s own Alexander Wilson certainly merits this honour.”

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Renfrewshire Interfaith group backs the bid

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been backed by members of a group designed to bring together all the area’s different faiths.

Members of the Renfrewshire Interfaith group gathered in Paisley Abbey to show their support for the Paisley 2021 bid, which is due to be lodged in April.

The group is one of the regional branches of Interfaith Scotland and has members from various Christian denominations, as well as the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and pagan communities, plus many more.

Their aim is to work together to promote and foster unity between Renfrewshire’s different faith communities, and to build good relations between people of different beliefs.

Last year, the group was successful in a bid to host the launch of the Scotland-wide national interfaith week at Paisley Town Hall, which took place in November.

Stephen Haggerty, chair of Renfrewshire Interfaith Group, said: “Renfrewshire is a wonderfully unique, diverse and multi-cultural place, where people of many different faiths and beliefs all live and work side by side, that is something to be celebrated.

“An opportunity lies for us to work much closer together to build a society rooted in values we all treasure.

“For this, Interfaith dialogue becomes incredibly important – it provides us with a chance to find common ground, and foster mutual respect, openness, and understanding with others who have beliefs different from our own, and to build on our shared hopes and values for the benefit and betterment of society.

“We hope through Interfaith work and dialogue we can go some way to helping to achieve that goal.”

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Our various faith groups make up a really important part of Renfrewshire’s cultural fabric and we are thrilled to have the interfaith group on board with the bid.

“For the bid to be a success, it needs to be able to show support from throughout the local community, and we have been delighted by the way the people of Renfrewshire continue to come forward to be a part of what is happening.”

For more information on the Paisley 2021 bid, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Diane Mitchell Music School opening in Barrhead

Diane Mitchell Music School are expanding, and opening a Saturday Music School in Barrhead.

Classes will start on April 22nd.  There will be a Musical Tots class from 9.30am to 10.20am, and a musicianship class from 10.30am to 11.30am.  There will also be limited spaces for individual tuition in guitar and piano.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at la Rambla

Why not treat your mum to a fabulous meal at La Rambla this Mothering Sunday.


Booking is advised.  Please call 0141 849 0444 or call into La Rambla at 9-11 Renfrew Road, Paisley.

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M8 driving School

M8 Driving School

It’s that time of the year again where everyone has gotten over Christmas and credit card bills and looking forward to the summer months and hopefully some sun. This is when driving instruction is at its busiest and everyone wants to learn to drive during the summer months.  Get in there before everyone else and pass while the good weather is still here and you can take a drive down the coast with your friends or family.  Also, April time is when prices go up so get your block booking in before they do.

M8 Driving School

At present, we charge £26 per hour, £125 for 5hrs, £240 for 10hrs after 5th April our prices will go up to £27 per hour, £130 for 5hrs, £250 for 10hrs.

For more details please call  07747 600 672 or visit here.

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Unit available to rent at Greenhill Business Park, Paisley

Henderson properties have an empty unit available to rent at Greenhill Business Park, 1,286 sq. Ft with large roller shutter door.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a sole trader or small business to rent a unit in a prime spot.   For further details please call 0141 886 5020 or call into Henderson Properties at 27 Causeyside Street, Paisley.


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Paisley First Needs a Buddie

Renowned Paisley artist, Caroline Gormley, is teaming up with Paisley First and another international artist, Alexander Guy, on the second of the Paisley First Wall Series to produce a giant mural on a gable end, again in the heart of the town centre.

Caroline and Alexander are going to commence art work on March 20th, 2017 on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar, a Paisley fish and chip shop haunt and Cardosi’s, a popular Italian restaurant.

Caroline initially proposed a sketch of the lovely “Gracie” but this idea developed when she started thinking further about muralism.

“The modern tradition of muralism uses social and political themes, so community involvement is foremost for this mural. I decided early on that this project should be for the public.”

The artist’s sketch of “Gracie” shows the subject wearing a pair of oversized sunglasses with the reflection of Paisley’s wonderful architecture drawn in the lenses.

“The idea for this image was to show that our children are the future of Paisley. The reflection of the buildings are a representation of Paisleys heritage and the importance of how it’s the younger generations that uphold the future of that heritage.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, added:

“This project is part of a wider initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the town centre. Protecting our heritage and the future of our iconic buildings is an important part of this process and the mural encourages young people to think about that.”

Paisley First, in collaboration with artist Caroline Gormley and Alexander Guy, would now like to encourage Paisley’s youth community to come forward. Anyone under 18 years of age who wants to get involved should send in a photo of themselves in the same pose as Gracie.

One winner is going to be chosen, commemorated on the gable wall and the art work will be entitled, “Buddie”.

When we quizzed the artist on what she was looking for in a winner, she responded:

“I’ll be looking for a photo that encapsulates the inquisitive nature of youth. An attitude that shows the child wants to know and learn more…. I’d like a natural curiosity to be depicted in the final outcome.”

To enter the competition, this is all you have to do:

  • Ask your child to put on a pair of (preferably oversized) sunglasses
  • Ask your child to put on a hat with a pom pom
  • Ask your child to pose in the same way as “Gracie”
  • Take a good quality photograph
  • E-mail your image to ask@paisleyfirst.com with your contact details or drop the photograph off at one of our Paisley First “Buddie Drop-Off “points in either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.
  • Get snapping in your “Buddie “pose soon as competition closes Friday 10th March, 2017!
  • The competition is open to anyone under 18 years old living in Renfrewshire. Note that if the entrant is under 18, we require a parent or guardian’s approval.