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Fundraisers get in the swing of things for mental health awareness

Fundraisers are teed up to take part in a charity golf tournament this weekend which aims to raise money towards suicide prevention.

Rosemary Mullan, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron and Stephen Torrance on the bridge at the 18th hole

After the success of previous years of the event- which has seen more than £5000 raised for Choose Life and the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group- Elderslie residents Stephen Torrance and Andy Payne have once again come together to honour the memory of Stephen’s brother Vincent.

Rosemary Mullan, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron and Stephen Torrance at Elderslie Golf Club

The Vinny Torrance Invitational will see 100 players- playing in teams of four- take part in a Texas Scramble competition- with prizes for 1st and 2nd as well as six feature holes.

The Vinny Torrance Invitational Trophy

Elderslie Golf Club will host the event and have helped keep costs down by subsiding green fees for the tournament which has helped ensure a capacity attendance.

Following the golf, there will be a raffle and an auction to raise funds for the charity as well as a social evening in the clubhouse.

Kindly donated by Under Armour, the auction has six hospitality tickets to the Wales v Scotland match at the 2018 6 Nations Championships to be won.

Worth an incredible £5000, the current highest bid sits at £1500 and bids are encouraged to ensure the most money is raised as possible for the SOBS group.

To make a bid contact Stephen on- 07881 581 241.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “This is a terrific event as it allows the issue of suicide and depression to be raised and encourages people to discuss it with their peers.

“The SOBS group provides a great outlet for those who have been bereaved and the money raised will allow the SOBS group to continue to provide help to those who need it in Renfrewshire.

“Stephen should be proud of arranging such a fantastic event which is a fitting tribute to his brother’s memory.”

In 2009, Vinny took his own life at the age of 27 after suffering from depression.

Stephen added: “”Vincent battled with depression for a number of years but hid it from friends and family.

“Like so many young men, he felt if he spoke about his illnes then this was him showing a ‘weakness’.

“We want to raise awareness that depression and suicidal thoughts are not a weakness and that there is help out there.”

The SOBS support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm.

Rosemary Mullan, Choose Life Co-ordinator, said: “Without fundraisers and volunteers such as Stephen, the SOBS group would not be able to make the connections we do with those who may be suffering from suicidal thoughts.

“An event such as this is fantastic as it brings forward the issue of mental health to a demographic which can be most at risk and can hopefully allow anyone to seek help who may need it.”

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email  rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Trinity High School’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music

The show will take place in Trinity High School, Glebe Street, Renfrew PA4 8TP from 19th June 2017 – 22nd June 2017 (7pm).
Tickets for the show can be ordered and collected by contacting the school office on 0141 886 6121.  Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £12; adult tickets are £5; child and concession tickets cost £3.

Here’s the publicity blurb if required:

“This summer, the staff and pupils at Trinity High School are proud to present their production of the Rodger and Hammerstein’s much loved musical smash hit, The Sound of Music.  The production is the fruit of ten months of hard work and labour, with daily after-school rehearsals becoming the norm for those involved.  The result is a finely choreographed and highly entertaining revival of the Broadway musical hit.

All involved are eagerly awaiting the chance finally to take to the stage and put on the show.  For the many Sixth Year students involved, it marks a fitting and deserved conclusion to their time at the school.

The show will be produced by Miss Catriona Duggan, English Teacher and producer of the school’s highly successful and much lauded rendition in 2013 of West Side Story.  Miss Duggan’s own playscript Things Change also featured in the Progressive Playwright Award finals at Tron Theatre in September last year.”

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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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Linwood young people showcase power of drama for 2021 bid

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Young people from Linwood have put together a showcase to highlight the power of drama and how it can transform lives and boost mental health.

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The show – called How Amdram changed our lives – was created by members of Linwood Youth Voice to tell their unique stories since becoming involved in their local am dram group and will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 25 May from 7 until 9pm.

The showcase features four films made by the young people highlighting how effective drama can be in boosting self-belief and confidence, and how important it is to tackle barriers to accessing it, such as cost and geography.

The event also includes a play on why mental health has become an important issue for young people, which was also voted as the priority issue for Renfrewshire’s Youth Commission.

The team behind it are supported by the Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team, who run two thriving groups in the town, CLASS Acts (for eight to 11 year olds) and LADDS-Linwood Area of Dance Drama and Song for secondary-school-aged pupils.

The project received funding from Renfrewshire’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund, designed to boost the area’s creative capacity as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Nathan McCuaig, aged 17 and chairperson of Linwood Youth Voice, said “Most of the members felt their lives had been changed by amateur dramatics and we can’t wait to share all the work we have been doing on the event.

“Mental wellbeing is such a big thing for young people. Our show puts a spotlight on why local activities are so important to the health and wellbeing of young people, changing how they think and feel about themselves and getting involved in their community.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “We were delighted to support this very worthwhile project through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

“Part of the reason for bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 is that we know culture has the power to make people’s lives better and we want to harness that, now and in the future.

“It is great to see the young people of Linwood are spreading that very message as part of this show.”

Wendy Grubb, a community learning officer with Youth Services, added: “The young people have worked really hard to shine a light on the power of drama and the arts and are really excited to show people what they have done.

“By taking part in these groups, their confidence has increased and it has allowed them to be able to express themselves, make many new friends and take part in other community projects.”

For more information, contact Wendy Grubb on 0141 889 1110 or email youth @renfrewshire.gov.uk

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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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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