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Upcoming Events at The Old Swan

Upcoming Events at The Old Swan, 20 Smithhills Street, Paisley.

Our annual T in the Swan is on Saturday 2nd September, check out our Facebook page for more details.

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Rukeri Launches New Billboard Advertising Campaigns

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, has launched a new billboard advertising campaign in Paisley to help develop brand awareness and increase its customer base.

The campaign will run for 8 weeks with the adverts displayed at strategic locations throughout Paisley that include main arterial routes to maximise exposure. The advert has a simple, clean design with the same strapline on all boards, ‘You don’t have to be on the other side to have greener grass.’

Lisa Taylor, Marketing Executive at Rukeri says, ‘This is an exciting move for us as historically we have communicated to our customers through various print and online campaigns along with direct mail. A high number of our new customers find out about us from recommendations from friends and peers. This is great, but we would like to close the gap and reach more people ourselves as when our customers find us, they love what we do!’

The company supplies a range of landscaping products to both trade and public customers, to compliment the main business arm of supplying turf. Rukeri boasts an impressive number of turf fields and is committed to only supplying premium quality turf. The turf is cut daily and always fresh to order, meaning there is no time in transit or storage – paramount at this time of year for people looking to lay a new lawn.

Keep your eyes peeled for the adverts, and you can let Rukeri know what you think of them through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Rukeri or in store.

For more information contact Rukeri:

0141 889 1455


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Auction to Raise Funds for Acid Attack Survivors

Glasgow Kelvin student, Carol Turner, will auction a painting to raise funds for survivors of acid attacks in India.

the artwork being auctioned

An exhibition of works with life model, Carol, her image will be on display in Paisley Arts Centre from 26 July.

Offering to help model Fashion Show designs for fellow students at Glasgow Kelvin College has changed the outlook of NC Business student, Carol Turner, and spurred her on to raise funds for Make Love Not Scars, an Indian charity which reconstructs, rehabilitates and supports survivors of horrific acid attacks.

Fashion Design students at Glasgow Kelvin College have established strong international links with Guntur Polytechnic for Women in Andhra Pradesh, which have encouraged them to celebrate cross-cultural influences.

Supported by the UK India Education Research Institute, they received funding to visit and exchange design skills and knowledge with their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh.  It was a life-changing experience for all the students involved, enhancing their talents and widening their world view.  This was evident last year in a celebration of the Paisley Pattern at the highly successful UKIERI Fashion Show in partnership with Renfrewshire Council held at Paisley Abbey.

Through the links with Indian partners, the College has become involved with Make Love Not Scars which retrains survivors and links them with employers under the ‘Skills not Scars’ banner.

As a direct result of exchange visits to India, the Fashion students got behind this very worthwhile campaign and their Fashion Show in May this year helped them to raise the impressive sum of £3,560 for the ‘Help Sonia’ initiative.  Sonia is a transgender acid-attack survivor and, in keeping with the College’s equality and inclusion priorities, the students’ contribution has made a significant difference to the support funds being raised for Sonia, her extensive surgical needs and her rehabilitation. http://ket.to/helpsonia

Carol Turner, who is also an artists’ life model, had volunteered to strut the students’ fabulous designs on the catwalk and was stunned to discover the reasons for the fundraising when the Make Love Not Scars video was aired.

She says;

“I was really pleased to help our Fashion students model their designs at the Fashion Show and initially had no idea about their fundraising for Make Love Not Scars.  I felt very privileged to be part of that achievement and was so moved by the video from MLNS that I knew I wanted to help the campaign further.

“I hope that what I’m doing with the Silent Auction will help in some small way to support these very brave survivors of acid attacks and that people will be made aware of this very worthwhile charity.”

An admired life-model for artists worldwide, Carol is staging an exhibition of her image as it has been portrayed through their works.  This is set to take place at Paisley Arts Centre, launching on 26 July at 6pm and will display around 20 works, many from local artists, featuring her image.

The exhibition will include works by David Horner (Australian Artist from Dynamic Drawing Group), Andrew Horner, Carol McGoldrick, Gordon Simpson, Irene Blackwood, William Britton and Robert Wilson.  Some of the work was created at the Oakshaw Building Life Drawing Group which meets every other Friday at 10am.

To make her own contribution, Carol will auction a piece by Australian artist, David Horner to help raise funds for Make Love Not Scars.

With the announcement that Paisley has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021, the cultural links with India through the Paisley Pattern are very pertinent and it is fitting that the works are being exhibited at Paisley Art Centre.

Director of Business Development at the College, Alastair McGhee, said;

“The students at Glasgow Kelvin College never cease to amaze me in their commitment and professionalism.  The impact that their fundraising will have on the lives of survivors is massive – it will certainly change the lives of those experiencing these terrible injuries.

“It is humbling to see how the efforts of our students at Glasgow Kelvin College will result in such positive outcomes for acid attack survivors.  We wish Carol every success in her exhibition and her fundraising.”

The campaign team from Make Love Not Scars have also had wind of the auction.  Tania, their Fundraising Campaign worker, has been in touch with Carole, saying;

“Carole, the painting is just stunning and thank you so much for dedicating this art to our cause!”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said;

“Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture is about showcasing our connections around the globe. Our rich textile heritage is deeply rooted in the Indian flower motif now known as the Paisley Pattern and it’s great to continue our connection through fashion, art and creativity.

“The message behind Make Love Not Scars is one that has become relevant to talk about in the UK with the recent acid attacks taking place down in London. Attacks like these are devastating to the victim, both physically and mentally and no one should have to suffer such an attack.

“I wish Carol every success in her inspiring exhibition and for her fundraising that will benefit many people affected by these devastating attacks.”

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Paisley 2021 funding brings Olivier award-winning dance company to town

A project funded by Paisley 2021 has enabled children in Renfrewshire to learn dance from some of the best in the business by attracting an Olivier award-winning dance company to the town.

The right2dance company in Paisley secured more than £13,000 funding from the Paisley 2021 Culture, Heritage & Events Fund to finance a weekly free dance class for children aged 11 and above as well as to bring dancers from internationally renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne company to Paisley to deliver a week-long series of workshops to the young dancers. The funding also allowed right2dance to run a series of taster sessions in schools throughout Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the week-long sessions led by New Adventures & Re:Bourne dance artists Sophia Hurdley and Alan Vincent the dancers created a new piece around the themes of weaving and the mills inspired by Paisley’s history and heritage.  The classes culminated in a performance at Paisley Town Hall where the young people showcased their new work to friends and family.

Paisley was recently named as the only Scottish bidder on the five-place shortlist to be UK City of Culture 2021, run by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport.

Alana Hughes (11) is one of the children taking part in the class funded through Paisley 2021.

She said: “I danced when I was much younger but then my teacher moved away so I stopped. I found out about the Paisley 2021 class after right2dance came to my school and I decided to give it a go. I love the class. Everyone is really nice and the teachers are great.

“Learning from Sophia and Alan this week has been amazing. It feels like I’ve been a professional dancer for the week and I’ve learned so much from them.

“It’s a great feeling dancing in shows – I feel really proud of myself afterwards. I’d definitely like to be a professional dancer when I’m older.”

New Adventures & Re:Bourne Dance Artist, Alan Vincent said: “It’s been great to spend this much time with the kids to get to know them and see them learn more as the week’s gone on we usually only get to spend a day or two with the groups during the workshops.

Sophia Hurdley from New Adventures & Re:Bourne added: “There’s definitely a lot of potential in the groups we’ve worked with this week.”

When asked what benefits a successful UK City of Culture 2021 bid would mean for Paisley Sophia said: “It could only be a great thing for the town. It would attract all sorts of artists from various backgrounds and companies to come to the town and work with groups like right2dance which is a great thing.”

Aileen Palombo, right2dance Company Coordinator, said: “The funding we secured allowed us to run a class that is accessible to everyone. By removing the barriers it’s given young people the chance to take part in dance and see if it’s something they would like to learn more about.

“It would be difficult to bring a dance company like New Adventures & Re:Bourne in to teach the young people without the funding and they have all really enjoyed the workshops and will take a lot away from what they have learned. The Paisley 2021 bid is really helping to shine a light on cultural programmes happening in the town.”

The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund is designed to support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 by raising ambition, getting people involved in culture and unlocking the area’s creative potential, while building the capacity of the local creative scene.

More than 50 different projects have benefitted from the fund to date in order to deliver a range of projects covering everything from dance classes and music tuition to hosting animation workshops, digital music production and film making.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “Renfrewshire already has a thriving local dance scene, with a participation rate well above the national average.

“The fund is helping create opportunities across Renfrewshire to open the doors to a range of cultural activities and allow people to experience and enjoy them. Culture makes people’s lives better and projects like this illustrate how we are already delivering on Paisley’s bid ambitions by creating opportunities for people who might not normally have had them

“It is inspiring to see how much the young dancers have benefited from the tuition they’ve received from these world-class dancers.

“The young dancers who have taken part in the workshops and performance demonstrate how much talent we have here in Paisley and I am sure they have all been inspired by what they have learned from the fantastic New Adventures & Re:Bourne dancers.”

Paisley was recently confirmed as the sole Scottish bidder for the UK City of Culture 2021 alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea. A final bid will be submitted in September 2017 with the winner announced in December.

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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Renfrewshire’s Provost to set sail to maintain Renfrew’s fishing rights

Renfrew residents are being encouraged to join Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron on a historic trip down the River Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron at Braehead Pier with fishing equipment kindly donated by Country Sports

Taking place on Friday 25 August, the boat will set sail from the pier at Braehead and travel down the Clyde to the mouth of the River Leven.

Guests will then join Renfrewshire’s civic head in carrying out the traditional act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.

Provost Cameron said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in this historic trip down the Clyde which brings Renfrew’s history into the present day.

“The symbolic act of casting the nets is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years and it’s important that we continue to keep it alive.

“There are only a limited amount of spaces available so, if you’re a resident of Renfrew, make sure you don’t miss out and are able to celebrate this unique part of the town’s history.”

The custom goes back as far as 1781 when the town failed to carry out the practice and lost the right to fish on parts of the Clyde as a result.

King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew detailing the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

However Renfrew Town Council failed to keep the rights on parts of the river owned by Sir Michael Stewart because they hadn’t fished those areas for some years.

Ever since, it has become practice to maintain the rights by having the Provost, Baillies and Town Clerk cast the nets and haul them in every three years.

Tickets are limited to Renfrew residents only and can be applied for on a first come, first served basis via email at:  civicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Piping competition drums up another successful event for Paisley

Paisley town centre was filled with the sound of pipes and drums on Saturday (22 July) for the eighth annual Pipe Band Competition.

Grade 1 1st Johnstone

Crowds lined High Street and County Square to watch pipers and drummers from across Scotland compete to be named champions.

The successful event is part of the exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events across Renfrewshire taking place as part of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021 with the town last week being named as the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the prestigious title.

Each band marched from High Street to the final tuning area at the Cenotaph before making their way to the main arena in County Square. They then performed to a panel of judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association who organise the event each year.

The standard of competition was extremely high, with Johnstone Pipe Band performing particularly well in their categories and Dumbarton and District securing the novice award.

The winning bands were presented with their trophies by chieftain of the event, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron. She said: “The Paisley Pipe Band Competition is an event that many people across Scotland look forward to each year and I was very proud to be able to present the bands with their recognition for a great day’s entertainment.

“Paisley demonstrated once again that it can put on successful events providing a great setting for the pipers, drummers and large crowds who came to experience the sounds and spectacle of Saturday’s competition. There was even more reason to celebrate as the event was the first one held in the town since the announcement was made that Paisley had made it through to the next stage in its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.”

Saturday also marked the 30th anniversary of the Paisley Arts Centre. To celebrate this important milestone Renfrewshire Leisure organised for a Family Fun Day to take place where children and parents could enjoy a range of activities including watching a puppet theatre, performances from PACE and participating in craft workshops.

The Paisley 2021 bid has made it through to the second and final stage of the competition and is the sole Scottish town or city featured in the shortlist. The bid aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Final bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in in September 2017 with a final decision expected in December.

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

For more information on the winners please visit the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association website at www.rspba.org.

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New Driving Test comes into effect from December

M8 Driving School

The new driving test comes into force on the 4th December this year, so if you want to sit the old style test it’s time to get started with M8 driving school.

M8 Driving School

December is also the time for test cancellations due to the weather so it’s also a good time to start now so you don’t have that problem come your test time.

Give us a call to find out more on  01505 345 372 – 07747 600 672

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Icelandair to increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats

Icelandair will increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats.  From the beginning of November until the end of December four flights a week from GLA to KEF will increase in capacity by 39 seats per leg jumping from 183 seats per flight to 222 seats.

Steven Marshall Head of Airline Marketing & Development at Glasgow Airport said:

“Icelandair is one of our longest serving airlines and we are delighted that they have seen the potential for increased demand between Glasgow and North America this winter. In winter time New York is especially popular from Glasgow and we are pleased to see Icelandair offer incredible value in its fares – return fares start from as little as £370pp.”

The Glasgow to Keflavik route will also remain a daily one allowing for smooth hassle free connections to Icelandair’s 18 trans-Atlantic North American gateways.

The increased capacity on these Glasgow flights will also be complimented by an additional flight to New York’s Newark from Keflavik that will begin on Wednesday 15th November until 11th January taking the Newark route to a daily service and the Glasgow flights, along with the other 6 from UK gateways will connect into this service.

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Paisley business Tout Petit goes POP at kids fashion trade show London Bubble

A luxury knitwear maker from Paisley has made a big splash at talent showcase of emerging fashion brands in London.

Dyane Lanez of Tout Petit beside a selection of her clothing range for kids

InCube entrepreneur Dyane Lanez, the woman behind baby and children’s knitwear company Tout Petit, went down to Bubble London to feature her kidswear collection in the POP section of the trade show, which is dedicated to up and coming brands.

Tout Petit’s colourful kids fashion earned her a final place on the Rising Star Award, which is watched by industry influencers and buyers looking to spot the tomorrow’s best-selling kid’s brands.

Kids wearing Tout Petit on the beach

Dyane started her creative business journey last year when she applied to join Renfrewshire Council’s business incubator, InCube. Speaking of what she calls ‘humble beginnings’, Dyane said: “To be honest I wouldn’t be where I am now if I had not been part of the InCube programme. At the time I was a stay at home mum who decided to start a little business while bringing up my children.

“The reason I started was with a frustration of not being able to find, modern, bright, quality knitted goods for my girls, so I decided to make my own. Coupled with a love for craft and knitting, I enhanced my skills gained from 10 years working in the fashion industry in London and begun to build the humble beginnings of a small brand. Ultimately, there was only so much I could do on my own. When I started at InCube doors started to open for me and I had opportunities I would never have had on my own – learning from industry experts, meeting other designers, developing my brand for the market place and my target customers.

“Everyone at InCube was in the same boat and we all supported one another. It was an invaluable spring board for us. The team at InCube are fantastic; always helpful, always there and always offering new ideas to inspire us.”

out Petit range showcased in a nursery

Dyane describes Paisley – the one-time centre of the world’s textile industry and home of the Paisley Pattern – as an inspiration to grow her business.

She said: “I always felt a strong bond with my home town, Paisley. The drive towards regenerating the town centre through its heritage makes me more determined that I can ignite a little corner of the town that will be part of a new bright emerging textile industry in Paisley. I would love to build a co-operative of knitters and designers and breathe that passion once more as we have seen it in the history books.”

The Council’s ambitious regeneration plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets as part of wider regeneration plans for the area have already seen the town shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition.

Regeneration plans are working towards transforming Paisley into a hub of creative and cultural excellence and a world-class visitor destination that will drive investment to the whole of Renfrewshire.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley’s rich textile heritage is transforming the town’s future as local makers emerge to set up creative businesses in town. The Council’s business incubator, InCube, has supported many businesses since it opened its doors and these businesses are a vibrant part of a new town centre economy based around heritage and culture.

“Seeing new and emerging creative businesses from Paisley and Renfrewshire making their mark on the global fashion and textiles world is significant news for the town. It comes just after Paisley being shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition, which is a major endorsement for the town.

“The competition has really changed people’s perceptions of Paisley and we are starting to see investment come into the area, which will drive economic benefits for the whole of Renfrewshire and support our ambition for the town to be known as a hub of creative and cultural excellence.”

For more information on Tout Petit, visit toutpetit.co.uk.

To find out more about new business incubation in Renfrewshire, visit www.incuberenfrewshire.com.

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