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Christmas shopping is child’s play

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CHRISTMAS shopping will be child’s play this year after a new activity camp for kids was launched in sports and leisure centres throughout Renfrewshire.

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Parents can take their children along to the Drop ‘N’ Shop Days and then head off on their own to buy this year’s Christmas presents for family and friends.

And while mum and dad hit the shops, youngsters will be having fun and games with Renfrewshire Leisure staff during the activity sessions between 10am and 3pm.

The next Drop ‘n’ Shop activity day is being held at Johnstone Community Sports Hub, on Saturday, December 10 and the following Saturday, the activity camp moves to Renfrew Leisure Centre.

On Sunday, December 18, Drop ‘n’ Shop is at the ON-X, in Linwood; Thursday, December 22, at Erskine Sports Centre and on Friday, December 23, at The Lagoon, in Paisley. The activity camps cost only £10 per child.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The run-up to Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time for adults.

“While the kids are getting excited about Santa Claus and waking up on Christmas Day to lots of presents, they might not be so keen about having to trail round all the shops.
“So, we’re giving parents the chance to drop their kids off at one of our leisure centres where they’ll have loads of Festive fun and games with our fully-trained leisure staff, then the grown-ups can get on with the serious work of Christmas shopping.”

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Todholm Primary School launches its first community café to the public

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Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

Budding entrepreneurs from Todholm Primary School have run their first community café after being awarded funding through Renfrewshire Council’s Dragons’ Den competition.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley
Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Peter MacLeod (Dir Childrens Services) and Raymond Kane ( Development Officer) served by Joshua Perry, Erin McLaren and Kayla Whire all aged 11

The first Todholm Tearooms event was held on Fri 2 December with more than 40 members of the community coming along to enjoy the pupils’ hospitality and wares. On the day visitors were offered a delicious selection of home baking prepared and served by the children themselves.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Grace Collins (11) with Suzanne Pitkeathly and Robert MacAdam

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Grace Collins (11) with Suzanne Pitkeathly and Robert MacAdam

Earlier this year the school received £630, double the requested amount, for their idea to establish the Todholm Tearooms. The funding was used to purchase resources such as cups, saucers, branded aprons and ingredients as well as helping to finance the compilation of a school cook book to help fund future events.

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley Mirin Lafferty (11)

Todholm Cafe Todholm Primary School Paisley
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The idea to run a café was inspired by the children wanting to offer a place where members of the community, especially the older generation, could congregate. As part of the project pupils are also looking to run a mobile service to deliver their home baking to neighbouring care homes Rowan Gardens and Hunterhill Care Home.

The ‘Cooking Up A Storm with Todholm Tearooms’ cook book, also unveiled at the event, was compiled by all the pupils of Todholm Primary School. Each class selected a starter, main course and dessert that they themselves had made to feature in the book. Priced at £5 the funds from the book sales will go towards running future Todholm Tearooms.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, who attended the launch said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils from Todholm Primary School and the teachers that supported them for running such an excellent event for members of the local community to enjoy.

“It was inspiring to see the children apply the creative ideas presented during the Dragons’ Den event with such successful results.  The Todholm Tearooms is aimed at helping others in their local community and highlights why the school was presented with the funding. I’m sure this will lead to more successful events in the future.”

Todholm Primary School Head Teacher, Lynne McGinn, said: “The children have been so enthusiastic about this project and we’re really impressed with their efforts and how well it’s been received by the local community.

“The Todholm Tearooms project has enabled the pupils to learn valuable life skills such as team work, planning and also helped to improve their confidence which will help them in the future. This has been an excellent learning opportunity for the children and provided them with the chance to give something back to the community. I look forward to our next Todholm Tearooms event.”

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Scottish Labour leader backs Paisley 2021 bid

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has publicly backed Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, in the latest show of cross-party political support for the town’s ambitions.

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Photos courtesy of Hannah Thomson for Paisley.org.uk

 

The Scottish Labour leader gave her backing during a visit to Paisley Museum where she met young people involved in an award winning creative youth project being funded by the bid.

The bid has received cross-party support, with local politicians hosting events in both the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

The growing support follows on from recent high-profile backers of the campaign, with musician Paolo Nutini and artist John Byrne – who both hail from the town – having done so in recent weeks.

While visiting the town, she was met by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, Paisley 2021 Bid Manager Stuart McMillan and by participants in Project Z – which will see young people from the town’s Ferguslie Park area trained to write and create their own graphic novels.

 

The project was part-funded by the area’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, a £500,000 five-year scheme which aims to boost the capacity of the local creative scene during the Paisley 2021 bid.

It also received funding from Renfrewshire Council’s ground-breaking Tackling Poverty Programme, which covers a wide range of projects aimed at taking on long-term deprivation issues in the area.

The Paisley 2021 bid aims to use the town’s outstanding collection of heritage and cultural assets to improve the area’s prospects and transform its future.

Kezia’s visit to Paisley Museum comes in the week a fundraising strategy was unveiled for a £49m redevelopment of the Victorian-era building which aims to turn it into a visitor experience of international quality, telling the inspirational stories of Paisley, its heritage and its pattern.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:

“I am delighted to back Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021. A successful bid can support the work Renfrewshire Council is already doing to transform Paisley and would leave a legacy that could improve the lives of people in the town.

“Culture can change the lives of young people living in poverty. Supporting people to develop new skills means they can grow their confidence and compete for the jobs of the future. I had the privilege of meeting with some very talented and engaging young people. All they need is the right support to have a fair chance in life. Paisley’s bid for City of Culture 2021 can be part of that.

“The Glasgow City Deal also provides an opportunity to regenerate Renfrewshire. The UK and Scottish governments should deliver the necessary funding as soon as possible, so people in Renfrewshire can start to feel the benefit of this investment.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan said:

“It was great to welcome Kezia to Paisley today and talk her through the ambitious and hugely exciting vision we have for the town over the years ahead.

“It was also good to meet some of the young people taking part in one of our innovative tackling poverty projects – ultimately the Paisley 2021 bid is about the power of culture to change people’s lives for the better.

“Paisley Museum was a fitting venue for the visit given its status as the anchor project in our plans – the proposed revamp is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year into the town centre, creating a boost to the local economy and attracting new jobs.

“Running alongside the major infrastructure improvements being delivered through the Glasgow City Region City Deal – including our plans for a tram-train link between Glasgow Airport and Paisley Gilmour Street Station – major opportunities lie ahead for Renfrewshire and we want to ensure the future for local communities is a bright one.”

Hayden Chivers, aged 18, and a member of Project Z, said:

“This project is a fantastic opportunity that helps improve our life skills and prepare us for the world of work. We’ve been meeting weekly in the local library in Ferguslie Park and we do activities such as creative writing, drama and visual art.

“The project has really benefited many of us and helped us by encouraging us to either stay on at school or go to college, some of us have part-time jobs or volunteer for other organisations. I’m proud to be from Paisley and delighted to be able to show others how great it is to live in this town.”

The team was successful in its application to the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund as part of Paisley’s City of Culture bid and will involve them working on a social history project based on the punk movement in Paisley and other subcultures popular in the town and the legacy left today. The end product will be an exhibition of film, photography and a graphic novel.

For more information, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk

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This months events at THE BUNGLOW

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Friday 2nd December:

What’s On: RadioLa & Fantanas
Genre: Soft Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 3rd December:

What’s On:  Bootleg Beatnik & The Backscratchers + Andy Hamilton

Genre: Blues

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 4th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night

Genre: Any

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 7th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: All Genres

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 8th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: Does PacMan Count?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 9th December:

What’s On: Gunz N’ Rozes Scotland + AWOL

Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 (on the door)

Age: 18+

Saturday 10th December:

What’s On: Devil’s Queen, Tantrum & Civil Punk
Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 11th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age 18+

Wednesday 14th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 15th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: We’re sure Kerplunk is available?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 16th December:

What’s On: All or Nothing with The Redstarts

Genre: Ska/Mod/Punk

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door.

Age: 18+

Saturday 17th December:

What’s On: The Monitors Christmas Party

Genre: Punk/Rock

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Sunday 18th December:
What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 21st December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Crimbo Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 22nd December:

What’s On: Catholic Action, Sway & Pinact
Genre: Alternative

Time: 7pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: £5.00
Age: 18+

Friday 23rd December:

What’s On: Messa O’Blues
Genre: Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 24th December:

What’s On: The Xmas Eve Bash with Snakeskin Boogie

Genre: Funk/Bluegrass/Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 25th December:

WE’RE CLOSED

Monday 26th December :

What’s On: Boxing Day Open Mic and Leftovers

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours:  6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 28th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 29th December:

What’s On: Xmas Jumper Jamboree with Delphi. Lemonhaze & The Asuras

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door

Age: 18+

Friday 30th December:

What’s On: TBC

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Saturday 31st December:

What’s On: New Year’s Eve Party with Freespeech & Piper

Genre: Rock/Pop/Scottish

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £5.00 Tickets & On the door

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Kids bag themselves some great books

Gallowhill’s St Catherine’s Primary 1 pupils, from left, Eloise Colquhoun, Alistair Grier, Freya McKenna and Joshua Dapaah

EVERY Primary One pupil in Renfrewshire has been given a bag full of books and fun activities to encourage them to read.

Gallowhill’s St Catherine’s Primary 1 pupils, from left, Eloise Colquhoun, Alistair Grier, Freya McKenna and Joshua Dapaah

Gallowhill’s St Catherine’s Primary 1 pupils, from left, Eloise Colquhoun, Alistair Grier, Freya McKenna and Joshua Dapaah


Renfrewshire Leisure staff visited schools to hand out Bookbug Family Bags as part of Book Week Scotland.
The family bags – produced by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government – contain three picture books, an activity book, a whiteboard, pen and magnetic numbers.

The three books are – There’s a Bear on My Chair, by Ross Collins; Hare and Tortoise, by Alison Murray and Shark in the Park, by Nick Sharratt.

All three titles have been shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Prize 2017 and youngsters also received a voting form to choose their favourite for the award.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s award-winning mobile library and event space, The Skoobmobile also visited local primary schools when the gift bags were handed out.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “By handing out Bookbug Bags we aim to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.

“If youngsters can develop a love of reading and books at an early age, the chances are this will continue into adulthood.
“We’re doing all we can to encourage youngsters to read and enjoy books.”

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Young people’s Assembly wants focus on mental health issues

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Mental health has emerged as the top issue for young people at a ground-breaking youth voice event hosted by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Young people at Renfrewshire’s first Youth Assembly overwhelmingly felt mental health was becoming a huge concern and believe more attention and awareness is required on the issue.

Around 300 young people from local secondary schools and youth groups made their voices heard on the views that matter to them at the Youth Assembly – Renfrewshire’s biggest single community youth forum event.

The exciting event – hosted by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services team with support from young people including Renfrewshire Youth Voice – saw people aged between 12 and 25 come together in Paisley Town Hall for a day of discussion on key issues alongside interactive workshops.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall opened the event attended by community planning partner agencies – such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Police Scotland and Invest in Renfrewshire – and local and national third sector groups, including Young Scot, Zero Waste Scotland, Renfrewshire Young Carers, Active Communities, RE-EM, I am Me Scotland, Who Cares? Scotland and Erskine Music and Media Studio.

The gathering also saw active discussion on education, jobs and training, the 2021 City of Culture Bid and how to have a say in what happens in Renfrewshire. This was followed by workshops on recycling and environmental issues, how to use social media responsibly, mental health campaigns, such as Speak Your Mind from the Scottish Youth Parliament, and understanding hate crimes and discrimination.

The young people also planned out their ideas for a central youth hub where they could come together and meet, as well as providing ideas on what they would like to see in their own areas.

The Council’s Youth Services team aim to hold a Youth Assembly every year, but young people will continue to meet in smaller groups over the coming months to investigate the themes further.

Amy Chivers, 15, a pupil at Castlehead High School in Paisley, said: “The whole experience has been good to express my opinion. I’ve learned lots of different skills that are there for the future.

“I’ve also learned techniques on how to deal with stress, which will help me in my exams.”

Chloe Morrison, 15, who also attends Castlehead High School, said: “The workshops have been great. The social media one was my favourite as it told me how to get my ideas out there.

“I’ve also learned how to set goals and what is realistic to achieve.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said: “This first Youth Assembly has been an amazing event.

“Renfrewshire’s young people have made it clear what matters to them and what they would like to see happening.

“This is just the beginning of a number of actions to ensure young people can have their say in shaping services in Renfrewshire through the issues that are important to them.

“Thanks go to all the young people who came along, passionately took part and wanted to make themselves heard and all the partners who supported us in this new venture.

“We look forward to supporting more young people to be heard and will work closely with partners to make sure we listen closely and shape our services accordingly.”

Any young person, group, or organisation who would like to be involved in the future can get in touch with Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services tel 0141 889 1110 or email youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Service of Remembrance for those who have lost their lives to alcohol and drugs

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Renfrewshire’s annual Service of Remembrance for people who have lost their lives to alcohol or  drugs will be held in St Matthew’s Church, Gordon Street, Paisley, PA1 1XL on Monday, 5 December from 6pm – 7pm.

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The service – hosted by Renfrewshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership and affected families – is open to everyone.  People of all faiths or no faith who wish to remember friends or family are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be available after the service.

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MP SAYS PAISLEY CULTURE CITY BID COULD BRING ‘GREAT TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE’

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WESTMINSTER DEBATE TO HIGHLIGHT PAISLEY’S BID FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North Gavin Newlands has said that it would be a ‘great way to create a transformational change‘ for Paisley – if it won the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

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Gavin Newlands comments came as he leads a debate at Westminster on Paisley’s bid  for the prestigious award – and on the deserved reputation the town has for its cultural contribution to Scotland and the wider world.

Gavin Newlands MP said:

“I have been a passionate supporter of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021, and wanted to take the message to a wider audience at Westminster.

“My debate in parliament is an opportunity to promote Paisley and the bid. Securing this title isn’t just about recognising our cultural strengths, it’s also about creating a transformational change for everyone living in the area. Paisley has challenges and being named as the UK City of Culture would give us the tools to tackle these challenges head-on.

‘’We have seen how other bid winners – most noticeably Glasgow in 1990 – benefit and well known Paisley figures like Paolo Nutini and acclaimed artist and playwright John Byrne have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

‘’Paisley well and truly punches above its weight in so many areas of culture ; we have the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in Scotland outside Edinburgh and the famous Paisley pattern is synonymous with the town’s rich history – it would be a real boost if in addition to all the great attractions of my home town – we could secure this bid.’’

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This week in the Hoose

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Upcoming events in the Hoose – see flyer for details.

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Campaigners Reclaim the Night in Renfrewshire

Campaigners march to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Hundreds of supporters descended on Paisley to join the Reclaim the Night march which forms part of the international 16 Days of Action campaign.

Campaigners march to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Campaigners march to ‘Reclaim the Night’

The candle-lit march was organised by local women’s rights group Renfrewshire Rising and showed the communities support for a women’s right to be free of violence and abuse.

The march started outside the University of the West of Scotland and was led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Tony Lawler- who generated a rousing atmosphere using the Charleston Drum.

Campaigners marched down Paisley High Street and into Dunn Square, where speeches were made in recognition of the cause and Provost Hall laid a remembrance wreath for those lost to domestic violence.

Campaigners gather in Dunn Square for speeches and the laying of a remembrance wreath

Campaigners gather in Dunn Square for speeches and the laying of a remembrance wreath

The march continued to Paisley Abbey where there was a performance by the Renfrewshire Rising choir- led by Gordon Rigby, formally of the BBC and the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra- before White Ribbon Scotland brought proceedings to a close.

The procession was part of the wider international 16 Days of Action campaign- which takes place from 25 November to 10 December this year and aims to raise awareness of the issue on a global level.

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The theme in Renfrewshire this year is ‘Not Just A Women’s Issue’ and men are encouraged to join the action and show their support by wearing a white ribbon during the 16 days..

Provost Hall said: “The 16 Days of Action campaign is vital as it brings the issue of domestic violence into the public eye and we must ensure people recognise that it is unacceptable.

“The campaigners put tremendous effort into ensuring awareness is raised about the issue and it was fantastic to see the number of people out to support the cause.

“I am proud to take part in the march and would encourage everyone to support the campaign in any way they can.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place on Tuesday 6 December, 12pm for 12:30pm start, and will follow the same route as the Reclaim the Night march. You can find out more via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events.

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

Locally, Women and Children First can be contacted on 0300 300 0345