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Residents urged to have their say on Renfrewshire

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Renfrewshire’s residents are being asked to give their views on the priorities and needs of the area in an online survey.

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Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership have launched a survey to capture what people think about Renfrewshire and what it needs for the future, which will help shape the new community plan ‘Our Renfrewshire’.

People can fill in the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ourRenfrewshire, which closes on 1 September.

The survey is split into 14 themes including physical elements, such as buildings, public space, and transport links, and social aspects, such as having a say in decision making.

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader Iain Nicolson said: “People are at the heart of our communities and we want everyone’s view on what the priorities and vision for Renfrewshire should be.

“Your views will help us pinpoint assets of the place you live as well as areas where things could be improved, and will help to shape Renfrewshire new community plan ‘Our Renfrewshire’.

“I would encourage everyone to make sure they have their say.”

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one person studio flat available to let

Glentanar Court, managed by Cairn Housing Association, has a first-floor studio {one person} flat available for let.

Situated within well appointed gardens Glentanar Court is located in the east end of Paisley, just a ten minute bus ride from the centre.

Tenants have the convenience of an on-site laundry facility, a varied social programme, affordable heating, lift to first floor , free wifi in the communal lounge and a secure entry system.

Our studio flats have a spacious living/bedroom area, separate kitchen and recently refurbished bathrooms { with walk in shower}.

Staff are on-site during weekday mornings to assist with property management matters, and tenants have access to the Cairn Housing Association  Welfare Rights Officer.


Those interested in coming to view can call on 0800 990 3405. Staff on-site can answer any queries over a coffee!

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Ferguslie invited to public meeting on new community council

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Residents in Ferguslie are being urged to attend a public meeting on forming a community council in the area.

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The meeting – which is being held on Monday 28 August, at 7pm in St Ninian’s Church Hall – is the next stage in the process of setting up a new community council, following Renfrewshire Council receiving a petition signed by 20 local residents.

People will be able to ask questions about community councils, find out about how members are ‘elected’, and discuss the potential election timetable.

Ferguslie Community Council will represent the area designated as Craigielea in Renfrewshire Council’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils 2015.

Ferguslie is currently one of five local areas where there is no active community council. The others are Charleston, Glenburn, Gallowhill and Hunterhill.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Community councils provide a valuable way to express views on behalf of all residents, acting as their voice and expressing significant matters and concerns to the Council and its community planning partners.

“It is encouraging to see residents within the Ferguslie area seek to form their own community council and be empowered to make decisions locally.”

Anne McNaughton, Community Council Liaison Officer for Renfrewshire Council, explained: “The public meeting is an opportunity for all residents living within the area to come along and find out more about forming a community council and the role of community council members.

“A minimum of 7 residents living in the area need to be elected to the community council, with a maximum of 21 allowed.

“Any person who is 16 or over, resident within the community council area and listed on the electoral roll is eligible to become a member of the community council.”

More information about Ferguslie Community Council is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/FerguslieCC.

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They came mall dressed up for Comic Con event

SHOPPERS at Intu Braehead yesterday must have thought they had landed in the middle of a sci-fi movie.

Wonder Woman and Superman, Louise Dominick, aged four, from Port Glasgow and Brandon Walker, aged three, from Chapelhall hang out at intu Braehead.
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There were characters from all kinds of films, TV shows and comics, who had obviously come from a galaxy far, far away to have a look round the shops.

James Breen, aged 24, from Stevenston, Ayrshire as Thor from the Marvel movies and comics.

Thousands of fans turned out for the Film and Comic Con Glasgow event – formerly Collectormania – being held at intu Braehead Arena over the weekend and they got the chance to meet stars of iconic films and shows like, Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr Who, Aliens and Games of Thrones.

Crowds turned up for the Film and Comic Con at intu Braehead Arena.
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Many fans were dressed in the costumes of their favourite sci-fi characters and they certainly caught the attention of Saturday shoppers in and around the malls.

The sci-fi fans also flocked to hundreds of stalls set up in The Arena – that has previously hosted rock concerts, world championship boxing matches, Davis Cup tennis tournaments and is home to the Braehead Clan ice hockey team – to snap up movie memorabilia and sought-after rare comics.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “This is one of the most colourful weekends of the year at intu Braehead with fans dressed in some amazing costumes.
“You just never know which character from the movies or TV you’re going to meet in the malls.”

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Record numbers for Paisley 10k and Fun Run

A RECORD number of people took part in yesterday’s Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run. (Sunday, August 20).

There was a 25 per cent increase in runners compared to last year, with 3598 taking part in the two events – organised by Renfrewshire Leisure – compared to 2871 in 2016.

From serious athletes to fun runners in fancy dress, they came to pound the streets of Paisley.

Both events were sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer, Decathlon and 2156 people took part in the 10k Race and 1442 in the Fun Run.

And for the third year the official charity partner was Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many of the fun runners were also sponsored to raise much-needed funds for local charities, clubs and good causes with several entire football teams of youngsters taking part.

This year’s Paisley 10k race had £1200 of prize money and trophies were presented to fun runners, with prizes for the first three boys and girls from primary and secondary schools over the finishing line.

The Paisley 10k Race men’s winner was Alasdair Campbell, from Cambuslang Harriers with a time of 32 minutes.15 seconds. Second place in the men’s race went to Tewodle Mengisteab, frm Shettleston Harriers, with a time of 32.17 and third was John Bell, from Inverclyde AC with a time of 32.26.

The women’s 10k Race winner was Gemma Rankin, from Kilbarchan, AAC, with a time of 35 minutes 11 seconds. Second was Elspeth Curran, from Kilbarchan AAC, with a time of 35.57 and third was Claire Moffat, from Falkirk Victoria Harriers, with a time of 36.49.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We’ve had a fantastic turnout for today’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run.

“And much of the reason for that is the effect of the Paisley City of Culture 2021 campaign, which is putting Paisley on the map.
“People from near and far are hearing about the town and all the positive things that are happening here.
“It’s great to see the Fun Run numbers are increasing and so many children and young people taking part. They are the future competitors in the 10k race.
“Preparing for and taking part in these events is a boost to both people’s physical and mental health.
“It’s well known that the social side of running is good for people’s mental health as well as the physical.”

Joyce added: “Sport plays a major part in the culture of Paisley, Renfrewshire and the rest of Scotland and hopefully when Paisley wins City of Culture status, we can grow this event and have even more competitors coming from all over the country.”

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Upcoming Events in “The Hoose”

After a storming gig last month Re-Start return on the 2nd September to raise the roof in the Hoose with some Mod Revival beats, “best live gig in Paisley” was heard. get your Fred Perry on and get in the Hoose on the High Street Paisley.
Leave your tomagatchi and Furby at home alone, unplug the Walkman and get in on Friday the 25th for our Back to the Nineties Party, a decade of some of the best music around. From Britney Spears and Ace of Base to Beck to Nirvana and all points in-between.
CECM Scotland are casting for Extras for film and Tv on Thursday the 24th at 6.30 till 9pm. ya wanna be in the Movies Kid? Go ahead make my day punk!!
Always with fabulous deals on food with our Buy One Get One Free on all main meals (inc Steaks) we also do great drinks deals with a 35ml of vodka or whisky and a dash of mixer for only £2.50 or a Pint of Carling lager for just £2.75. ye canny beat us with a big stick BTW!
Time for our regular shuffling night of Motown and Northern soul music where the dance floor is packed all night. Make your moves in the Hoose on Saturday the 26th August. “Keep the Faith”
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Come and join the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

Come along to County Square in Paisley town centre this Saturday, 19th August, for the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

From 11 am to 12noon we have Tickles The Clown, back by popular demand!

Then from 1.30pm until 3.30pm there’ll be story-time from The Village Storytelling Centre inside the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley.

Then we’ll be rocking the town centre with the Paisley First Unsigned Showcase…Hosted by Loud ‘n Proud and Brick Lane Studios Paisley

We have a cracking line-up for you –

The Asuras 12noon – 12.40pm

The Vanities 1 pm – 1.40pm

Lemonhaze 2pm – 2.40pm

Delphi. 3pm – 3.40pm

The Turkey Nuts 4 pm – 4.40pm

So a great day out for all the family, come and join in the fun!

Paisley’s Got Talent Grand Final – Saturday 26th August – County Square, Paisley

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, a talent competition was launched to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

The crowds in Paisley town centre have been treated to some top class performances, Paisley Buddies are such a talented bunch!

Now the finalists for the Grand Final which will take place in County Square on Saturday 26th August, starting at 12noon…have all been confirmed!

It promises to be an afternoon not to be missed!

All the finalists are listed below, who is going to be crowned the Paisley First winner, and walk away with the Paisley’s Got Talent £1,000.00 star prize?

Next week, Paisley First will be telling you a little more about each of our finalists, who will you be rooting for? See www.paisleyfirst.com for more details…

The 12 finalists are:

* Laura & Claire Murray *Adam Dolan *Hollie Robinson

*Olivia McDonald *Emily Punton *Matt Fotheringham

*Emma McConnachie *Ruby Langfield *Emily Irving

*Archie Collingridge-Watt *Nadia Allan *Sasha Kaloheris

Well done to everyone who has taken part!

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ESOL Course

We still have a few places available for our evening Advanced ESOL course, which includes the Higher ESOL qualification and is ideal for learners who are doing HN college courses and/or want to go to university in the future.

Apply here: http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/esol/advanced-esol-evening

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Gold IIP for RAMH

Charity bosses have congratulated their staff for helping them to achieve an Investors In People Gold Award.


Mental Health charity RAMH have recently been awarded the prestigious accolade following a rigorous evaluation of standards across the organisation.


Operations Manager Shirley McCuish said “this is a significant achievement for RAMH. We are extremely proud of the contribution that each and every member of the team makes towards providing excellent service delivery, staff support and supervision, innovative leadership and development of services. A gold award is a team effort which is really worth celebrating.”

Investors in People is an internationally recognised accreditation for improved management of people. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable business results. Only the top 19% of organisations achieve gold by demonstrating that they consistently perform at a high level of people management.

RAMH employs almost 200 staff and a further 50 volunteers to help provide comprehensive mental health services across the west of Scotland. Every year they support over 4,000 people who are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or self harm. RAMH services include crisis support, housing support and a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit www.ramh.org or contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

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Back to School Offer

Core 2 Computing is celebrating 5 years in business at 10 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley, with a very special ‘Back To School’ offer.

Get yourself a reconditioned, Intel Dual Core Dell Laptop.Running Windows 7, loaded with anti-virus and word processing software, backed with our 6 months hardware warranty, for the bargain price of only £125 ! – Limited stock of this offer at this price so give us a call today on 0141 889 6363.