Hunterhill Paisley News

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Gavin Newlands joins The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, took some time out from campaigning to take part in the Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘The Great Get Together’.

Gavin Newlands, Councillor Jim Paterson with volunteers from Our Place, Our Families

Mr Newlands and Councillor Jim Paterson visited Our Place, Our Families in Renfrew to learn more about their work to bring communities together, including taking part in cookery classes.

Jo Cox MP was tragically murdered last year and The Great Get Together is a community event that was held throughout the UK on the weekend of the 16-18 June to mark the anniversary of Jo’s death.

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I can’t quite believe that it’s been a year since Jo Cox was tragically murdered in her constituency as she carried out her parliamentary duties. Jo was a committed parliamentarian who strived to bring communities together.

“The Great Get Together is a fantastic initiative which has been set-up in honour of Jo’s commitment to bring communities together.

“I was delighted to visit ‘Our Place, Our Families’ to learn more about their recent work to support the local community. ‘Our Place, Our Families’ do fantastic work to support families and individuals – their work epitomises the positive legacy of Jo Cox.

“We can all get caught up in the heat and pressure of an election campaign. The legacy of Jo Cox reminds us all that we all have more in common that what divides us.”

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MAJOR SUCCESS FOR JOHNSTONE BANDS

The two Johnstone pipe bands made the short trip to Paisley at the weekend to take part in the British Pipe Band Championships at the St James Playing Fields.  The two World Championship winning bands were competing for the first time in a major championship at their new promoted grades of 1 and 4a.

Grade 4a band with their 3rd place trophy. Pictures by John Shaw.

The Grade 4a band carried on from their successful season last year with third place from a field of seventeen in the final, a fine result given the step up in class of the opposition.

The Grade 1 band also had a fine result coming tenth of sixteen in their final, beating some well established Grade 1 bands in the process.

some of the Grade 1 drummers warming up prior to their competition.

Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr commented, “I was delighted that the Johnstone grade 4 and grade 1 bands performed well at the first major competition of the year.  With both bands being newly promoted it was great to see them do so well, as it is never easy to make an impact as you move up the grades. There is always lots to improve on, but as long as the standard of the performances continue to improve then I can’t ask for much more.  I was also delighted to see many of our Renfrewshire learners came for a listen and join in with the bands to play during the march past, I hope they will have been inspired for what they can achieve in the future.”

The Johnstone Bands’ next competitions are Shotts Highland Games on the on the 3rd June followed quickly by the UK Championships in Belfast on the 10th June.

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.  Details on the band’s learner setup can also be found by calling the same number.

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Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union’s Linwood outreach is moving to the Linstone Hub Belmar Court, starting Monday 5th June 2017

Starting Monday 5th of June 2017 Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union’s (RWCU) Linwood outreach is moving from the Tweedie Hall in Linwood to the Linstone Hub.  The partnership with Linstone has enabled the move and will help the tenants and other members in the Linwood community gain access to the products and services that are available from Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union on their doorstep.

Linstone Housing Association’s Tenant Liaison Officer, Margaret Baillie, said: “We are very excited that Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union is moving to the community Hub in Belmar Court, currently there is no bank in Linwood and as Belmar Court is in a central location, it will give the community of Linwood the chance to save and enjoy the many benefits the credit union provide, there will be a warm welcome to all who visit and the chance for the community to meet up and a nice cup of tea will always be offered to all.”

RWCU was established in 2006 after a group of volunteers from the local areas of Linwood, Erskine and Renfrew decided to work together to ensure that everyone who worked or lived in Renfrewshire had access to a credit union. From their hard work, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union was born.  Ten years later Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union is proud to be serving the community to provide access to affordable, ethical financial services, as well as working with local schools to educate our young people on the benefits of saving via the Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union CashCubs program.

RWCU’S Marketing Officer, Paula Ferrier, said: “Our aim at Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union has always been to promote ethical, affordable financial choices.  We believe that our credit union services and products offer the people of Renfrewshire a great value, community based alternative to the poor deals offered elsewhere.  You don’t have to be a Linstone resident to come along; the outreach is open to the whole community of Linwood.  If you are interested in joining the credit union or would like to find out more information on the products and services that are available, then pop in on Monday 5th of June for a cup of tea and chat with our Linwood volunteers Margaret Gourlay and Elizabeth Anderson.

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Will Ferrell backed comic makes Paisley debut

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4,000 of world’s best pipers descend on Paisley for British Championships

Around 4,000 of the world’s top pipers and drummers descended on Paisley today to contest some of bagpiping’s most prestigious titles during the British Pipe Band Championships.

More than 140 bands from as far afield as Canada, Denmark and Ireland formed an incredible spectacle of sight and sound in town’s St James Playing Fields.

Pictured l-R Erin Charker age 12 from Inchinnan Niamh Burns 11 and Olivia Burns age 6 shelter from Rain showers

A crowd of thousands gathered to see bands compete across various grades, watched by judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

The championships are the first in piping’s annual calendar of ‘majors’ and were taking place as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

This was the second of a three-year run in Paisley for the event.

The free family event also featured a Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone, which included the team from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary scheme.

There was also a bar and outdoor food village boasting quality cuisine from across Scotland.

The final marchpast was watched over by event chieftain Corinne Hutton – founder of the Finding Your feet charity, and the first quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis.

She was joined for the prize-giving by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, in one of her first official engagements since being voted into her new role this week.

Provost Cameron said: “I was delighted to be part of this event, which saw the people of Paisley give a warm welcome to our thousands of visitors.

“Today’s success shows the town’s ability to host big crowds and events of national importance – which bodes well for the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.”

Ian Embelton of the RSPBA added: “Once again, Paisley made a great host for the first major championships of the season.

“We were pleased with the turnout from bands and spectators, who enjoyed some first-class piping throughout the day.”

For a full list of winners from today, see www.rspba.org. For more information on Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

Photos taken by Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

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Key appointments made at first Renfrewshire Council meeting of new session

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Key positions have been confirmed at the first meeting of the new Renfrewshire Council which will operate as a Scottish National Party (SNP) minority administration.

Councillor Iain Nicolson has been appointed as the Council Leader and Councillor Jim Paterson as Depute Leader.

Renfrewshire’s Provost is Councillor Lorraine Cameron, supported by Depute Provost Councillor Cathy McEwan.

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Changes were agreed to the decision making structure of the Council, with a move from six to four policy boards:

Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board: Councillor Marie McGurk (Convener), Councillor John McNaughtan (Depute Convener)

Education and Children’s Services Policy Board: Councillor Jim Paterson (Convener), Councillor Lorraine Cameron (Depute Convener)

Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board: Councillor John Shaw (Convener), Councillor John McNaughtan (Depute Convener)

Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board: Councillor Cathy McEwan (Convener), Councillor Natalie Don (Depute Convener)

Councillor Iain Nicolson was appointed as Convener and Councillor Jim Paterson as Depute Convener to the Leadership Board, which has been revised to incorporate the remit of the previous Economy and Jobs Policy Board.

A Cross Party Sounding Board will also be established comprising the Leader and Depute Leader of the Council and representatives from each of the political parties and groups.

Appointments were also confirmed for the positions of Convener and Depute Convener of the five Local Area Committees, which fund local initiatives and enable the local community to see how services are operating in their areas:

Houston, Crosslee, Linwood, Riverside & Erskine Local Area Committee: Councillor Natalie Don (Convener), Councillor Michelle Campbell (Depute Convener)

Johnstone and the Villages Local Area Committee: Councillor Andy Steel (Convener), Councillor Emma Rodden (Depute Convener)

Paisley North Local Area Committee: Councillor Jennifer Adam-McGregor (Convener), Councillor John McNaughtan (Depute Convener)

Paisley South Local Area Committee: Councillor Marie McGurk (Convener), Councillor Stephen Burns (Depute Convener)

Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee: Councillor John Shaw (Convener), Councillor Cathy McEwan (Depute Convener)

The meeting also confirmed Renfrewshire Council has agreed to seek to rejoin COSLA.

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SNP TO LEAD MINORITY ADMINISTRATION IN RENFREWSHIRE

Following this morning’s Statutory Meeting of Renfrewshire Council it has been confirmed that the Scottish National Party will lead a minority administration in Renfrewshire with SNP Councillors Lorraine Cameron, Iain Nicolson & Jim Paterson being elected as Provost, Leader & Depute Leader of the Council respectively.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Cllr Iain Nicolson

Discussions had taken between the SNP, as the largest party, and Labour shortly after the May 4th local elections to see if there was the opportunity to form a progressive alliance to take Renfrewshire forward, unfortunately, the Labour Party decided this was not for them.

New Leader of the Council, Cllr Iain Nicolson commented “We recognise that the people of Renfrewshire have decided that no party should have overall control of the Council this time round and as such we tried to engage with all of the political groupings and independents to come up with a  consensus on representation within the council.  Unfortunately, Labour wanted no part of this but my door is always open if they want to play their part in building a better Renfrewshire”

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

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Paisley Pirates recently held their end of season Player of the Year Presentation Night, at which time volunteers and players alike received their awards for their efforts over the course of the club’s most successful season to date.

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In a year which had seen the club become Scottish National League champions for only the second time, and where they had been voted Team of the Year in a local poll, and a season which had seen club secretary Jackie Turley awarded the Lord Provost’s Trophy for Sporting Achievement, coach Ian Turley paid tribute to everyone who had contributed to a huge effort on and off the ice, from the players whose on-ice efforts had led to them clinching the league title in February with a 6-0 win in Dundee, to the army of volunteers and supporters who had helped make the Pirates one of the strongest clubs in Scottish ice hockey.

After each of the players had received a memento to mark their season with the club, and volunteers had similarly received a small souvenir to acknowledge their help, the following awards were announced:

Volunteer of the Year – Robert Smith (no image)

Most Improved Player of the Year – Euan McGlaughlan 

 Award for Effort and Aptitude – Martyn Guy 

 Difference Maker – Graeme Meechan 

 Players’ Player of the Year – Chris Turley/Chris Wilson 

 Supporters Club Player of the Year – Martyn Guy (receiving the Jim Liddell Trophy)

Most Valuable Player – David Orr 

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Gavin Newlands commits to supporting the Daily Mile in Renfrewshire schools

Gavin Newlands, SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has outlined his continued support for the Daily Mile challenge. The Daily Mile helps improve the health of youngsters by encouraging them to walk a mile each day. So far the Daily Mile has seen over 180,000 children in over 1,000 primary schools across Scotland taking part in the initiative which encourages children to walk or run a mile each day.

The Daily Mile concept was developed at St Ninian’s primary school in Stirling five years ago and has since been successfully introduced in the rest of the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Encouraging children to get at least 15 minutes of exercise a day improves their physical, emotional and social health, and helps to fight childhood obesity.

Mr Newlands is the SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Sport and has spoken on several occasions on the power of sport to transform lives.  He is committed to supporting the Daily Mile challenge and introducing it to more pupils in Renfrewshire, if re-elected on June 8th. Information from Renfrewshire Council shows that only 20 out of 43 primary schools in Renfrewshire provide children with the opportunity to take part in the Daily Mile.

Included in the SNP’s manifesto for the council elections in Renfrewshire was a commitment to work with schools and parents to increase the update of the Daily Mile challenge for school children in the local area.

Gavin Newlands said:

“It is a fantastic achievement that over 1,000 primary schools across Scotland have recognised the benefits of the Daily Mile challenge – a great example of innovation in Scottish education that has gained international acclaim.

“I am delighted that several primary schools and nurseries in Renfrewshire are already taking part in the initiative and nearly 4,000 pupils have already benefitted from it. However, more can be done to ensure more Renfrewshire children are involved in the Daily Mile challenge.

“I firmly believe that all Primary Schools should be participating in this great programme. Not only is there a wealth of positive benefits in the short-term – the Daily Mile challenge also encourages children to pick up healthy habits that will hopefully stay with them for life.

“I truly believe that doing sport can provide multiple benefits to people’s physical and mental health and I hope every child will soon have the opportunity to take part in this initiative. If re-elected on June 8th, I will keep working on giving every child in Renfrewshire the chance to take part in the Daily Mile challenge.”

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Old friends ‘reconnect’ through technology classes

Two old friends who had not seen each other for more than 60 years have reconnected after they both signed up to tablet classes.

L- R – Christine Maxwell and Elizabeth Young with volunteers at the Adult Tablet Class

Christine Maxwell and Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Young first met when they were 15 and 22 respectively and they worked in the planning department at Thomas White & Sons in Paisley. They each moved on to different jobs and had families and over the years they lost touch, although always sent each other a Christmas card every year.

The pensioners reconnected after they each decided to sign up to tablet classes after receiving tablets as gifts from their families.

The classes which are run by Roar: Connections for Life in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, are part of the Digital Renfrewshire Strategy’s aim to close the digital divide. During the classes participants go from the basics of how to turn on and handle a tablet, to how to safe search online, send emails, use social media, install apps, and sort simple problems.

Commenting on the chance meeting Betty said: “We didn’t recognise each other at first. Christine sat down next to me and then the teacher asked everyone to call out their names and that’s when we realised who each other was.”

Christine added: “It was a great surprise!”

The timing of their reunion is fitting as this week is the first National Digital Learning Week 2017 which aims to celebrate how digital technology can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Betty explained her reasons for joining the course, she said: “My family bought me an iPad and at first I wasn’t the least bit interested in it. I thought that’s not like me at all. My daughter works in the reception at the University of the West of Scotland where the classes are held and she suggested I go to the tablet classes to learn how to use it. It’s been very interesting and a good laugh. I’ve always been a giggler.

“The classes have really helped me, there were things on the iPad that I didn’t understand but I do now. I’m certainly interested in the iPad now and it’s good to get the company as well.”

Christine added: “My family were always telling me I was behind the times so I shocked them all by asking for a tablet for Christmas. My family are on Facebook a lot but I love playing scrabble on it – it’s really improving my scores I even managed to get a word worth 72 the other day!

“The classes have helped me learn more about what I can do with the tablet and it’s great that there are others there at the same level as me. I’ve also got another reason to look forward to the classes now with Betty being there.

Those interested in participating in the classes can contact Roar: Choices for Life: 0141 889 7481 or email: paul@roarforlife.org. Those with a good working knowledge of tablets wishing to volunteer should contact Lauren Gilmour, Digital Volunteer Co-ordinator, Engage Renfrewshire, 0141 887 7707 email:  lgilmour@engagerenfrewshire.com.