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Core 2 Computing deals

Core 2 computing currently have a range of refurbished Dell Intel i5 desktop and laptop computers in stock. These all come with 4GB ram and have the latest 2017 updated version of Windows 10 installed along with word processing software.

All ready to take home today to get ready for back to school/university/college or general home use. The desktops have a 12 month hardware warranty and 6 months for the laptops.

You will have to be quick as Only 2 desktops and 3 laptops left in this deal.

Give us a call on 0141 889 6363 or come along to 10 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley.

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TAG Street Party 2017

Come along to a fantastic day of free family fun in the heart of Paisley.  This is the fifth year the TAG Street Party has been run with thousands of people popping in throughout the day each year.  Here at ECF Paisley (www.ecfpaisley.org), we are continually working on ways in which we can serve the community that we are part of. Being based in Paisley Town Centre on Gordon Street, we love putting on an event that celebrates Paisley and encourages community.

The TAG Street Party is one of the ways that we love to do this. It includes a BBQ Cafe, a Kids Creative Centre (open 12pm – 3pm), Bouncy Castles and Assault Course, lots of Games, Facepainting, Balloon Modeling and Psalm Reading.  The best part: Everything is Free!

Date: Saturday 12th August

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: County Square, Paisley

Cost: Everything is Free


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Drop-in summer social clubs offer fun for Renfrewshire’s young people

Young people aged 10 – 18 years old looking for summer activities can drop into free youth social clubs during the school holiday period.

young people at Positive About Youth awards 2016 (credit to Erskine Music and Media Studios)

The summer sessions are provided by Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team to support young people looking to make new friends, meet up with existing friends and have fun together.

The drop-in sessions will offer a range of activities, including arts and crafts, gaming, trips, photography, digital art and film making, will be held on:

-Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1.30-3.30pm and 6.30-8.30pm (ages 10-16) at Foxbar Youth Learning Centre

-Every Tuesday, 6.30-8.30pm (junior ages) and Thursday 6.30-8.30pm (senior ages) at the GoZone, Glenburn

-Every Wednesday, 3.30-5.30pm (P6 and P7) or 6-8.30pm (S1+) at Bargarran Community Centre

-Wednesday 19 July, 1.30-3.30pm (P6, P7 and S1) at Glasgow Nepalese Association Hall, Gallowhill

-Thursday 20 and 27 July, 2-4pm (P6 and P7) or 5-7pm (ages 12-18) at the Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie

Young people will also be able to have their say on what’s important to them in their community by taking part in the youth services survey as well as finding out information, such as how to get a Young Scot card, joining a Youth Voice group or the new LGBT group, volunteering in the area or working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.

Those interested in outdoor activities can learn how to build a shelter, make a campfire, using hammocks and swings as well as survival skills by signing up to a free bush craft skill sessions for 11-18 year olds.

Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “It is important that young people feel that they can have access to summer activities that suit them and help them feel part of the community.

“The summer drop-in sessions and clubs are a great way for young people to get to know each other outside of school and for them to have their say on what services they want and need from the youth services team.”

To find out more, visit young.scot/renfrewshire, email youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk or like /YoungRenfrewshire on Facebook.

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Piping hot talent is heading for Paisley

Paisley town centre will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent for the annual Paisley Pipe Band Competition this Saturday (22 July).

The event, which is in its eighth year, will see pipers and drummers from across Scotland fill the town with the sound of bagpipes and the beat of drums.

Thousands are expected to watch the bands as they parade from High Street to the main competition arena in County Square. There, judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – West of Scotland branch will judge the bands on their performances across the various grades. Spectators will be able to enjoy the performances during the day, with the March Past at 4.30pm.

Bands compete from 10.30am and then the massed bands will gather at 5.30pm for the prize-giving ceremony with the Chieftain.

The competition, organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) and Renfrewshire Council, have quickly come to be regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the calendar. This year’s event is part of an exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events for Renfrewshire following the successful shortlisting of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Chieftain of the event, Provost Lorraine Cameron, said: “The Paisley Pipe Band Competition has attracted huge numbers of people to the town in the years that the event has been running.

“The standard of piping is extremely high attracting bands from across Scotland to compete demonstrating the prestigious nature of the event.

“These events bring big crowds into our towns and give local communities another reason to feel proud about living in Paisley and Renfrewshire. It’s also a great reason to join in the celebrations as Paisley 2021 has made it through to the second stage of the bid for the UK City of Culture 2021.”

This marks the second large scale piping event to take place in the town this year. Earlier this year, Paisley hosted the British Pipe Band Championships which saw thousands of people turn out to St James Playing Fields for one of the biggest events in world piping.

A Family Fun Day has been organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in and around the grounds of the Arts Centre, to mark its 30th anniversary, on Saturday between noon and 4pm. Youngsters can enjoy watching puppet theatre, take part in craft workshops and enjoy drama from PACE.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Support pours in as Paisley becomes only Scottish place on UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist


Backing for Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has poured in from across the political spectrum with the town now the only Scottish place in the running to be the UK’s next City of Culture.


The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last night announced the five places on the shortlist for the prestigious culture title – with Paisley joined by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

The five cities were chosen after the initial 11 bidders were whittled down – and will now submit detailed second-stage bids before the winner is announced at the end of the year.

Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story as the home of the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern to transform its future.

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £172m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

There has never been a Scottish winner – although Dundee made the shortlist four years ago – and senior government figures from across the country are talking up what Paisley has to offer.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Paisley makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s rich cultural life, with both historic built heritage and modern design.

“The local and national boost that being UK City of Culture 2021 would bring is an exciting prospect and I am pleased Paisley’s cultural journey and interests continue in this competition.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “I am delighted Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. This is a superb opportunity to stimulate Paisley’s vibrant culture, generate new jobs and boost the local economy.

“While I must remain rigorously impartial, I can’t help but think the town that has given the world the Paisley Pattern, Paolo Nutini and David Tennant deserves something in return. I wish all those involved the very best of luck.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “Culture can transform the lives of many, including those in poverty, and supports people to develop new skills and build confidence in order to compete for the jobs of the future.

“I’ve long been a supporter of Paisley’s bid and I hope it makes it all the way and becomes the UK City of Culture 2021.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to use the town’s internationally-significant story to make it a key visitor destination within Scotland, and tourism chiefs were quick to talk the town up.

VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, said: “This is fantastic news for both the town and for Scotland. This is a highly-competitive process and to have made it this far is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team to showcase the town’s wonderful cultural offering.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and Paisley already has a number of events already taking place, including The Spree and Weave Festival, that celebrate the town’s wonderful culture and heritage.

“It is this unique culture and heritage that will provide the ideal platform for them to build a wider programme of events and activities to engage with all its communities and the UK while ultimately transform its future.

“This is a highly coveted title and competition will be fierce, however, Paisley has much to offer and I know they will make the most of this opportunity. They have our full support and I wish them the best of luck ahead of the final decision.”

The news was also greeted with delight locally, with Paisley’s MSP George Adam issuing a call for the whole country to get behind the town, adding: “This is fantastic news for our town and is down to the great work of bid director Jean Cameron and her team.

“The people of Paisley have embraced this bid and have played an enormous part so far.  Paisley’s bid has now become Scotland’s bid and Team Paisley has now become Team Scotland.

“Over the next few months Paisley will be putting everything into bringing the title back to our great town.”

For more information on Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture, see paisley2021.co.uk

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‘Thank you’ to town as Paisley sole Scottish bidder on UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Paisley City of Culture 2021

The team behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 have thanked the people of the town for their ‘incredible contribution’ after Paisley was named as the sole Scottish place on the shortlist for the next stage of the competition.

Paisley City of Culture 2021


The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have confirmed the 11 places bidding for the title has been whittled down to just five – Paisley, Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Initial bids were lodged in April – the five selected are due to submit more detailed second-stage bids by the end of September, with the winner announced at the end of the year.

Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story as the home of the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern to transform its future.

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £172m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull has seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

And the shortlist news has been hailed by the team behind Paisley’s bid as a massive thumbs-up for the town and its ambitions.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson – chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – said: “For the judges to have shortlisted us is a major endorsement of our ambitions for Paisley and Renfrewshire – and we are in it to win it.

“I know local people will be absolutely thrilled at this news – we want to thank every one of them as they are the ones whose incredible contribution made it happen.

“They turned the bid into a mass movement, with more than 30,000 people joining the conversation – a number equivalent to almost half the town’s population.

“Winning the UK City of Culture 2021 title would be a major boost to our wider plans.

“Aside from hosting some of the world’s best performers and bringing more than a million people to Paisley in 2021, it would over the long term create thousands of new jobs, and allow us to attract massive investment and build a new town centre economy with tourism and creativity at its heart.

“We wish the best of luck to the other places which join us on the shortlist, and send our best wishes to those which didn’t make it through.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron added: “This is a wonderful piece of news. A huge number of people worked so hard to get us to this stage and we want to thank every one of them…from Paisley Buddies to our friends across Scotland, the UK and further afield.

“There’s never been a Scottish winner and we would be thrilled to be the first – we are now Scotland’s bid and would love to see the whole country get behind us.

“The work to date has already been really positive for Paisley – it taken awareness of our internationally-significant story to a new level and changed perceptions of the town.

“It has also brought a new sense of self-confidence to residents and shown them how the power of culture can be harnessed to change people’s lives for the better.

“Our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund has boosted our local cultural scene and linked local groups with some of Scotland’s best creative talent – building a foundation for our 2021 year.

“The initial bid was the product of a wide range of local groups – community and cultural organisations, schools and young people, businesses and the council – all working together on a shared vision to change the area’s future.

“Paisley will build on that over the next few months as we look to further convince the judges that the town wants the title, needs the title, and will deliver a year of world-class culture in 2021.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has enjoyed the following highlights over the past 20 months:

– the creation of a £1m Renfrewshire Culture, Heritage and Events Fund aimed at boosting the local creative scene and creating partnerships with national artists. Funded projects include a series of gable-end artwork murals around the town, and a stop-motion Lego animation now seen by millions of people around the world;

– more than 30,000 people joining the conversation which helped shape the bid, including a specially-commissioned children’s story inviting every primary school child in Renfrewshire to submit ideas;

– backing from cultural figures from the town including singer Paolo Nutini, actor Gerard Butler, artist John Byrne and designer Pam Hogg;

– major events including the British Pipe Band Championships, Scotland’s largest beer festival, and the Scottish Album of the Year Award, with The Spree arts festival taking place later this year.

Work is under way in the town on new cultural infrastructure – including a proposed £42m revamp of Paisley museum and a new museum store and library on the town’s high street – as well as work to reconnect the Pattern back to the town which gave it its name via partnerships with international design houses.

For more information on Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, see paisley2021.co.uk

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Paisley Makes City of Culture 2021 BID shortlist

Paisley City of Culture 2021

Paisley has been shortlisted as the sole Scottish contender vying to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.

The Renfrewshire town is up against Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea for the title, credited with attracting major investment to former winners.

The UK government’s department for digital, culture, media and sport will announce the winner at the end of the year.

Paisley City of Culture 2021

The Paisley2021 staff will now submit a second-stage bid for September, with the winner announced at the end of the year

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Skatey Saturdays


Looking for something different to do, what about some roller skating at the Lagoon Leisure Centre this Saturday 15th July 3-5pm? A Family Roller Disco.. Plus look out for Paisley.org.uk’s Facebook Competition to win 4 sets of Family tickets.


For bookings & Tickets. Find United SK8S please visit them on Facebook or online at www.united-sk8s.com

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Gavin Newlands probes traffic concerns following constituent concerns


Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited a traffic blackspot to learn what can be done to make the road safer for pedestrians.

Mr Newlands joined local community activists in meeting with Renfrewshire Council representatives to find out what can be done to make the road safer for those crossing.

The road – Saturn Avenue – the extremely busy access road into the Phoenix retail park near Asda, has long been a source of complaints amongst pedestrians with objections being made to the lack of any safe route to cross the road.

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

“After receiving a number of complaints from constituents over the lack of any safe means to cross this road, I visited it to see for myself the safety issues that they are rightly concerned about.

“Anyone who visits the Phoenix to shop or to work will be aware that this stretch of road is horrendously busy and can easily get clogged with traffic. The volume of traffic combined with the lack of any safe means of crossing this road is extremely concerning and I’m not surprised with the number of concerns that have been raised on this matter.

“I visited the site myself a number of weeks ago and made it known to some of the businesses, including Asda and McDonald’s that we were looking at this issue.

“Last week, I met with representatives from Renfrewshire Council to find out more about what can be done to help make the road safer for pedestrians. I look forward to working with them and the community and Paisley.org.uk’s, Brian McGuire, to find a solution to this problem.”

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Renfrewshire Chamber says 2021 bid will be good for business

Renfrewshire commerce chiefs believe Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 could be an economic bonanza for the area – and will financially support the town’s potential year in the spotlight.

The area’s largest business membership organisation – Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce – will make a five-figure contribution to the costs of hosting the prestigious culture title, should Paisley win.

Boston Networks backing the Paisley 2021 bid

Bid bosses estimate hosting the title could bring in a £172m economic boost for the local economy – while creating the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period.

Paisley is expecting to hear soon whether bosses at the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have placed the town on the shortlist for the next stage of the competition.

If so, the town will submit a second-stage bid in the autumn, with the winner announced at the end of the year.

Management from the chamber showed their support on a visit to one of their members – Braehead-based internet firm Boston Networks, which recently won a £1m council contract to supply free public wifi to Paisley town centre.

Renfrewshire Chamber are following in the footsteps of other big-name firms who have agreed to support the 2021 year – Glasgow International Airport, intu Braehead, Diageo, Gordon Leslie Group and Malcolm Group, as well Coats Group PLC, the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer, which started life in the town.

The organisation’s chief executive Bob Grant, who is a member of the Paisley 2021 executive bid team, said: “The chamber board are financially supporting Paisley 2021 because they recognise winning the title would bring a massive economic boost to Renfrewshire, and our members would share in that.

“The bid has already raised Paisley’s profile and helped promote it as an attractive place to visit, work and invest.

“No matter what happens with the shortlist announcement, the work to create a new visitor economy based around Paisley’s unique heritage assets will continue, creating jobs and footfall for local traders.

“But winning the title would take that to new levels – giving us a year-long programme of major events and an international platform from which to build a long-lasting economic transformation, just as previous winners Derry did in 2013 and current title-holders Hull are doing now.

Boston Networks – named employer of the year at the chamber’s annual ROCCO awards last November – will soon roll out a free public-access wifi system in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone town centres as part of Renfrewshire’s digital strategy.

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board said: “We thank Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce for their generous contribution to the 2021 bid.

“The bid supports a wider plan by the council to use our tremendous events, architecture and history to make Renfrewshire a key visitor destination.

“Part of that is around making sure a 21st-century infrastructure is in place – which is why it is fitting Boston Networks are involved in this announcement, as the work they are doing for us to roll out free public wifi is key to that.”

Scott McEwan, Chief Executive of Boston Networks, added: “We are delighted to add our backing to the Paisley 2021 bid – the activity around the bid is already creating opportunities for local businesses like Boston Networks and there will be significantly more benefit to our business if Paisley wins.

“I would urge all our fellow chamber members and other local businesses to consider how they can get involved – by working together to make the town a more attractive place to invest and visit, we all stand to benefit.”

Renfrewshire Chamber provides networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as legal and HR support, to its hundreds of members. More information is at renfrewshirechamber.com

Boston Networks design, deliver, manage and maintain multi-site, multi-service infrastructures to drive businesses and to connect and protect people, places and devices.

As well as the design and deployment of fixed and wireless networks, Boston Networks are experts in smart building systems, including fire and security solutions, and have a dedicated support services division.