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Community centre upgrades continue

THE programme of works to upgrade six community centres, in Renfrewshire is now well underway.

Johnstone Castle Community Centre is now re-open after repairs and improvements were carried out and work has started at Ralston Community Centre.

The next facility to temporarily close for an upgrade is Glenburn Community Centre and work there is expected to start mid-February.

The improvements project is part of a £3 million investment upgrading six community centres and is managed by a joint project team made up of officers from Renfrewshire Council, Community Resources and Renfrewshire Leisure. Renfrewshire Council’s own building services workforce is carrying out the work.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The work being carried out on community centres throughout Renfrewshire will create upgraded and attractive facilities for local people to use.”

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Free gym for four months offer fits the bill

FREE gym membership for four months is worth its weight in gold for people wanting to get fit.

Renfrewshire Leisure sports services staff, Yvonne McLetchie and Scott Graham at the launch of the free gym for four months offer

The money-saving offer from Renfrewshire Leisure means you get 14 months membership for the price of a ten-month up front fee on the various membership categories.

As well as being able to use six state-of-the-art fitness suites, membership of Renfrewshire Leisure also gets you access to more than 300 fitness classes and free use of five swimming pools throughout the area.

But if people only want to use a gym, another offer could well fit the bill with a six-month gym-only membership costing only £99. And for those who just want to attend fitness classes, there is also an offer of ten classes for £40.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar explains: “We’ve some of the best fitness suites in the country with knowledgeable and experienced staff on hand to advise our members.

“At this time of year many people’s thoughts turn to getting fit and healthy and to encourage them to do just that, we’ve a fantastic offer of four months free membership.

“The extra benefits of being a Renfrewshire Leisure member far outnumber other gyms, with access to classes and swimming pools. But for people who just want to use our fitness suites, we’ve created a gym only six-month membership for only £99.

“Signing up with Renfrewshire Leisure now means we can help you lose some weight, but gain pounds in your pocket!”

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It’s all going on in Renfrewshire

THE new edition of a What’s On Guide reveals there’s plenty going on in a line-up of cultural events being staged at venues throughout Renfrewshire.


Renfrewshire Leisure is staging a varied programme of shows, exhibitions and workshops from now until the end of April.  An events brochure listing all that is going on, called The Guide has just been launched.

The colourful free brochure – jam-packed with information about more than 40 different shows and events – can be picked up at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew Town Hall and Johnstone Town Hall. The Guide can also be downloaded by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com .

The events being staged feature drama, music, dance, comedy, exhibitions, talks and workshops.
They include everything from a performance by award-winning traditional folk band, Breabach, stand-up comedian, Chris Ramsey to well-known film and TV actor, David Hayman appearing in a play called The Cause of Thunder to an exhibition of Star Wars memorabilia called May The Toys Be With You.

There are also events that are part of various festivals – International Women’s Day, Puppet Animation Festival and for the first time, LGBT History Month.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “There is culture everywhere you look in and around Paisley, these days.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy and The Guide is the best way to find out what’s going on.”

Tickets for all the events are now on sale and can be bought online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts  or by phoning 0300 300 1210 or in person at Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.

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Cut-price gym membership fits the bill for Young Scot Card holders

YOUNG people can get cut-price gym membership with Renfrewshire Leisure if they sign up for a Young Scot Card.

Young Scot Card holders, from Paisley, 17-year-olds Andrew Deighan and Kayleigh Sellar in the Lagoon gym

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 26, who registers for a free Young Scot card, can now also get a Renfrewshire Leisure gym membership for only £14.95 per month.

Or if anyone makes one-off annual payment, they’ll get a whole year for only £149.50, which is the equivalent of getting two months membership free.

A Renfrewshire Leisure gym membership gives access to six fitness suites in The Lagoon, Paisley; Renfrew Leisure Centre; Johnstone Community Sports Hub; the ON-X, Linwood; Erskine Community Sports Centre and Ralston Community Sports Centre.

Members can also get free use of the area’s five swimming pools and access to more than 300 fitness classes.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “It’s important young people get into the habit of exercising and keeping fit and healthy. But not just that, it’s also great fun.

“The Young Scot card gives young people lots of benefits and now there’s even more to be gained with this big-value deal offering cut-price membership of our fitness suites.

“I’d encourage everyone who is eligible to sign up for a free Young Scot Card – it’s almost as if Christmas has come early for them!”

The Young Scot Card entitles holders to various discounts and special offers and for more information on this fantastic offer, log on to www.young.scot call 0300 300 0250 or visit one of the Renfrewshire Leisure facilities.

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Ralston gets upgrade to community centre

WORK is due to start on improvements and repairs at Ralston Community Centre.

The project is part of a £3 million investment upgrading six community centres, in Renfrewshire.

The work at Ralston, which begins shortly after Christmas, includes external repairs to the roof, brickwork and drainage. Inside, the community centre will be electrically re-wired, upgrades to the toilet and ventilation system, along with new doors and improvements to the library.

The community Centre will close on December 24 for the improvement works to be carried and it is expected to re-open at the end of February.

The project will be managed by a joint project team made up of officers from Renfrewshire Council, Community Resources and Renfrewshire Leisure. Renfrewshire Council’s own building services workforce is carrying out the work.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Once these works are complete the people of Ralston will have a modern and attractive facility to use and enjoy.”

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Street Stuff set for festive fun

Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff programme will entertain hundreds of young people this Christmas as a special activity camp takes place.

St Mirren Manager Jack Ross

St Mirren Manager Jack Ross

Football, dance, table tennis, photography and gaming are just some of the activities on offer from Monday 26 December to Tuesday 3 January at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

St Mirren legend Tony Fitzpatrick will be showcasing the second book in his Babakoochi Bear series on Wednesday 28 December- as part of a festive party featuring a DJ and talent show which will see 150 young people have a Christmas meal in the St Mirren hospitality suite..

Youngsters in attendance will receive a free meal as part of each session of the programme ensuring they learn the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

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(L-R) St Mirren players Kyle Magennis, John Sutton and Kyle McAllister

The programme is being supported by the Paisley 2021 Bid Team to introduce cultural activities to young people taking part including the brand new culture bus which features DJ decks and other musical equipment.

Activities are free to attend and places will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The full list of activities on the Christmas programme can be found at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Our Street Stuff programme is helping to engage with young people and is making a noticeable difference in our communities.

“Thousands of our young people are taking part in free interactive activity sessions which is keeping them safe, fit, happy and healthy.

“There are a fantastic range of activities on across the festive period and I would encourage everyone to sign up to take part.”

Street Stuff began in 2009 as a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren FC, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

It aims to work with young people on the streets and since its inception; reported incidents of youth disorder and antisocial behaviour in Renfrewshire have dropped by 75 per cent.

To sign up for any of the sessions contact: Stephen Gallacher via stephen.gallagher@stmirren.com or Emma Phelan via emma.phelan@stmirren.com.

Further information on Street Stuff and an up-to-date Renfrewshire-wide programme of activities can be found at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff

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Ritchie’s race number’s up for amount of charity cash raised

THERE was a run on the pound this week, but it had nothing to do with the financial markets.

Count on us to raise charity cash – from left, Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure; Ritchie Hocking and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Renfrewshire, Laura Stockwell

Count on us to raise charity cash – from left, Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure; Ritchie Hocking and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Renfrewshire, Laura Stockwell

Instead, Macmillan Cancer Support were given £2387 for being the official charity partner of this year’s Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in association with Renfrewshire Council.

And the charity’s number was most certainly up as Paisley 10k runner, Ritchie Hocking sported a running vest number matching the amount raised when he met up with Macmillan Cancer Support local fundraising manager, Laura Stockwell and Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar.

Ritchie works as a senior leisure attendant at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre and ran this year’s race for the first time.

In August this year, a record 2872 people took part in the two events, sponsored by Paisley First and Decathlon.
Laura Stockwell said: “We’re so grateful for this donation from the Renfrewshire Leisure’s Paisley 10k.
“No one should have to face cancer alone and with support like this, they won’t have to.
“This donation will go a long way to helping us be there for people with cancer and their families.”

Joyce McKellar added: “The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is not only a great way to keep fit and healthy, but it’s a fantastic event for raising money for good causes.
“And Macmillan Cancer Support is certainly a great cause.”

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Christmas shopping is child’s play

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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Swimmers enjoyed dancing the Splashing White Sergeant!

Swimmers at Renfrew Victory Baths certainly splashed out to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. They took part in an Aqua Ceilidh with Scottish dancing in the pool.

Pool staff, from left Susan McCann, Paul Caruth, Colin Dearing, Carole Doyle and Elaine Carlton with Highland dancer, youngster Hayley Carlton

Pool staff, from left Susan McCann, Paul Caruth, Colin Dearing, Carole Doyle and Elaine Carlton with Highland dancer, youngster Hayley Carlton

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and as well as enjoying Scottish music being played on the pool’s sound system, the swimmers were entertained by six-year-old Hayley Carlton, from Renfrew, who gave them a demonstration of Highland dancing at the poolside.



And afterwards there were traditional Scottish refreshments of
Irn Bru, shortcake and teacakes.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The staff at Renfrew Victory Baths always go the extra mile to put on events to mark special occasions and involve the swimmers who come along on a regular basis.
“The poolside was festooned with Scottish flags and everyone had a great time, especially when they danced the Splashing White Sergeant and the Spray Gordons in the pool!”

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Kids bag themselves some great books

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.”