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Christmas Lego workshop for kids aged 5-12

‘As snowflakes fall, don’t let your child’s curiosity and creativity freeze up! Ignite their desire to learn with the fun and exciting model plans & building activities offered at our Christmas Workshops. Children will bring their creations to life using traditional bricks, character figure models, motorised technic machines and mosaic art projects!

Themes include construction, super heroes, space, cities, master builder techniques and more! Creative building time, games and mini-figure & mini model Xmas gift add to the fun!’

kids aged 5-12 at Mossvale Community Church, 60 Greenock Road, Paisley, PA3 2LE on Friday 22nd December. The 3 hour workshop is on from 10:30am-1:30pm and costs £20.00 per child (this includes a lego mini-figure & small lego mini-model to take home).

 

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This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre

This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre we have an afternoon full of musical entertainment, first up is The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir followed by performances by Heriot Primary, St Peter’s Primary and St Charles Primary in our Christmas Choir Concert.

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Renfrew High pupils book in for advent calendar with a difference

PUPILS at Renfrew High School have been opening an advent calendar with a difference in the run-up to Christmas.


Instead of a chocolate treat, youngsters from S1 to S3 are getting the chance to win a brand new book as a present every day of Advent, right up to Christmas Eve. The winners are chosen in a prize draw.

The unusual Festive initiative is part of a programme of events encouraging pupils to read more, after Renfrew High was one of only six schools, in Scotland chosen to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge for secondary schools.


Funding for the Advent books has come from the Scottish Book Trust, together with a discounted price from Waterstones bookstore, at intu Braehead.

Already pupils have had visits by authors, two youngsters travelled to the Scottish Book Trust headquarters, in Edinburgh to discuss the initiative and other pupils were guests on BBC Radio Scotland talking about books and reading.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge programme at Renfrew High is being led by Renfrewshire Leisure librarian, Robin Dunlop, in conjunction with staff at the school.


Other schools taking part in the secondary reading challenge are St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, East Kilbride; Bannockburn High; Arbroath Academy; Clydebank High and Sgoil Lionacleit, on Benbecula.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The concept of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge is to raise awareness and provide a reading for pleasure culture among teenagers.
“Along with staff at Renfrew High, Robin is doing a fantastic job in creating a new interest in reading among the pupils there.

“And giving out a book every day of Advent is certainly a gift of reading, which hopefully the pupils will continue to do as they make their way to adulthood.”

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Intu Braehead mall opens to midnight – just in time for Christmas

The clock’s ticking towards Christmas Day, but intu Braehead is making sure shoppers have plenty time to buy the presents they want to give family and friends.


The shopping mall is open until midnight every day from Monday, December 18 to Saturday, December 23.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We want to take the pressure off shoppers and make Christmas shopping a bit more relaxed and enjoyable.

“Our longer opening hours are always popular with our shoppers, especially with people doing a day’s work and then having to make sure all the right Christmas gifts are bought and nobody misses out.

“Our midnight opening is ideal for people with busy lives and people can even keep up with their favourite soaps on TV in the early evening before nipping out to intu Braehead to do some Christmas shopping.

“And everybody loves being able to drive into one of our free car parks and get to the shops within minutes.”

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Scottish Huntington’s Association Ceilidh

Scottish Ceilidh, Saturday 17 March, 2018, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall (St Patrick’s Day) to book early bird tickets of £8 follow the link or give Linda a call 0141 848 0308 – hope you can join ushttps://goo.gl/WyC9Q1

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Derek Mackay – Most taxpayers to pay less than rest of UK

Additional revenues raised to protect NHS and other services.

More than two thirds of income taxpayers will pay less tax next year on their current income, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed as he published proposals to reform income tax in Scotland.

The Draft Budget 2018-19 proposes a progressive income tax policy which protects low earning taxpayers through the introduction of a new Starter Rate of tax.

The Cabinet Secretary also confirmed plans to introduce a new Intermediate Rate of tax of 21% and plans to increase the Higher and Top Rate of tax, to 41% and 46%.

As a result of these changes, and the increase in the personal allowance, all taxpayers earning up to £33,000 will be protected from any increase in tax rates. Those earning more than £33,000 will pay only a proportionate amount more.

A majority of taxpayers (55%) in Scotland will pay marginally less in 2018-19 than they would in the rest of the UK.

Setting out the Draft Budget for 2018-19, Mr Mackay said:

“The Scottish Government has faced continued austerity from the UK Government. Over a ten year period, Scotland’s block grant will have been cut by £2.6 billion in real terms and the independent Fraser of Allander Institute has confirmed that we face a £500 million real terms reduction in spending on day-to-day services over the next two years.

“In order to mitigate UK budget cuts, protect our NHS and other public services, support our economy and tackle inequality in our society, we have decided to reform income tax in Scotland.

“In line with the four tests set out in our discussion paper, our reforms will ensure that the vast majority of taxpayers are protected, that income tax becomes more progressive, that revenues are generated for investment in public services and that – coupled with our spending choices – there will be a positive impact on the economy.

“By raising an additional £164 million of revenues to support our investment plans we can deliver on our commitment to the NHS in full, with £400 million of extra spending on health without having to reduce spending on police and fire services, social care or education.

“Our new, fairer, income tax policy will protect the 70% of taxpayers who earn less than £33,000 a year and ensure they pay less tax next year for any given income whilst asking those earning more than £33,000 to pay a proportionate amount more to support our public services.

“Our plans also ensure that over half of taxpayers will pay slightly less in Scotland next year than they would in the rest of the UK, protecting low incomes and supporting the economy.

“These measures combined with our investment in the NHS, the economy, infrastructure, education and essential public services ensure that in the year ahead Scotland will be the fairest taxed part of the UK, providing the best deal for taxpayers.”

The reforms follow engagement with the public, business organisations and Civic Scotland around the Scottish Government’s discussion paper ‘The Role of Income Tax in Scotland’s Budget’.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission has forecast that these changes will generate £164 million of additional revenues in 2018-19 and that following the Scottish Government’s decision in 2017-18 to freeze the higher rate threshold, forecast revenues will be £366 million above the block grant adjustment.

The additional revenues come at a time when the UK Government is cutting £200 million in real terms from Scotland’s budget for day-to-day spending in the coming year and will help to support a draft budget package which provides £400 million of increased investment in the health service without having to impose cuts on other public services such as social care, police, fire or education.

Income tax proposals for 2018-19 are:

  • A new Starter Rate of 19% will be introduced for those earning between £11,850 and £13,850
  • A Basic Rate of income tax at 20% for those earning over £13,850
  • A new Intermediate Rate of 21% for those earning over £24,000 – however as a result of the new Starter Rate taxpayers earning less than £33,000 will pay no more in tax for given incomes
  • A Higher Rate of 41% on incomes over £44,273 to £150,000
  • A Top Rate of 46% on incomes over £150,000

In addition, the Draft Budget confirms that for Residential Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) the Scottish Government will set a new zero rate threshold for first time buyers of £175,000 – taking 80% of first time buyers out of tax altogether. The residential and non-residential rates and bands for LBTT will remain unchanged.

Mr Mackay continued:

“As part of our support for housing we are not just investing £3 billion over this parliament to increase the supply of affordable housing, but we will provide more support to help people to own their first home. These changes to LBTT mean 80% of First Time buyers will pay no tax at all on the purchase of their first home.”

Background

Scottish Income Tax proposed rates and bands 2018-19

Scottish income tax rates Scottish Bands
A Starter Rate of 19% Over £11,850 – £13,850
The Scottish Basic Rate of 20% Over £13,850 – £24,000
An Intermediate Rate of 21% Over £24,000 – £44,273
A Higher Rate of 41% Over £44,273 – £150,000
A Top Rate of 46% Above £150,000

The Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate the policy above will raise an additional £164 million, taking forecast income tax revenues in 2018-19 to £12,115 million.

Following the Scottish Government’s decision in 2017-18 to freeze the higher rate threshold of income tax and the introduction of reformed income tax proposals for 2018-19, income tax policy in Scotland contributes to forecast revenues £366 million above the block grant adjustment to support public spending and investment in the economy in 2018-19.

Land and Building Transaction Tax proposed rates and bands for residential and non-residential property transactions, 2018-19

Residential transactions  Non-residential transactions Non-residential leases
Purchase price LBTT Rate Purchase price LBTT Rate Net present value of rent payable LBTT Rate
Up to £145,000 0% Up to £150,000 0% Up to £150,000 0%
£145,001 2% £150,001 to £350,000 3% Over £150,000 1%
to £250,000
£250,001 5% Over £350,000 4.50%    
to £325,000
£325,001 10%        
to £750,000
Over £750,000 12%        

The Scottish Fiscal Commission forecast changes to LBTT will cost £6 million with total forecast LBTT revenues for 2018-19 of £588 million.

https://news.gov.scot/news/most-taxpayers-to-pay-less-than-rest-of-uk

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Paisley First Winterfest

Love Paisley? Love Christmas!

Paisley First WinterFest has arrived in Paisley town centre to help you get in the festive mood this Christmas!

In association with M&D events, this Christmas spectacular will run daily in the town until Christmas Eve!

Get your skates on for our outdoor ice rink just under the Piazza Car Park.

See Paisley in a whole new way with the Paisley panoramic Sky Swing or take part in our free interactive Nutcracker trail for children with a chance to win WinterFest prizes!

Take a browse through the continental style Christmas market, or pick up your free Paisley Guide to Christmas – we’ve got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up!

PA postcode? Then get 20% off ice rink prices at the ticket office when you show proof of your address!

And once you have had some fun and ticked off your Christmas shopping list, Paisley has plenty of great places for food and drink when you need to rest your weary feet!

Paisley also has an array of hair and beauty salons to help you look your best for those Christmas parties, nights out with friends and the big day itself!

Paisley First is also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.

“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying the Christmas entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”

The event is a great showcase for the town as Paisley enters the final straight in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and will wrap up Paisley’s winter season, which has already seen over 50,000 people enjoy events in the town.

M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.

“We are working with Paisley First to ensure this event will be a great attraction for the local community, who will be eligible for discounted rates, as well as visitors from further afield.”

Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of the local traders will get involved too.”

The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prize! For more details on our Nutcracker Trail click HERE

Plus Santa’s reindeer helpers will be coming to Paisley on the afternoons of Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December – come and get a selfie with Rudolph!

Heading to Paisley for WinterFest?

Check out our parking map in advance!

As well as plenty of parking facilities, there are also great public transport links…

You can get a train from Glasgow Central train station to Paisley Gilmour Street train station which will bring you straight to County Square, just minutes away from the ice rink!

Plus buses from Glasgow City Centre include the McGill’s 38 bus and First Bus No.9.

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Gavin Newlands MP joins Mars UK to celebrate the season of sustainability

Gavin Newlands MP pledged to walk more often in 2018 at a Mars UK event showcasing the role of sustainable business and the urgent need for businesses to help tackle key threats to the planet.

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Mr Newlands joined guests representing various sustainability charities at the reception, which kicked off the festive season in style with plenty of delicious Mars goodies.  The key theme of the event was Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan and the company’s global efforts to create a #generationofchange

Guests were invited to make their own sustainability pledge on a Christmas tree bauble and hang it on a Christmas tree to highlight their commitment.  Mr Newland pledged:‘I will walk to work more often (and walk kids to school!)’

Those who did so were also entered into a prize draw to win a donation to a charity in their constituency and a Mars Christmas hamper for their office. The draw was won by Gordon Marsden MP (Lab, Blackpool South).

The reception was arranged following the launch of Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan in September. The plan sets out the company’s ambition to grow in ways that are good for people, good for the planet, and good for the business. As part of this Mars is investing $1 billion over the next few years to tackle urgent challenges facing global society, including climate change, poverty, and scarce resources. The plan centres around three interconnected ambitions:

»      Healthy Planet: To reduce environmental impacts in line with what science says is necessary to keep the planet healthy – focusing on climate action, water stewardship and land management. Targets include reducing GHG emissions across Mars’ value chain by 27% by 2025 and 67% by 2050.

»      Thriving People: To meaningfully improve the working lives of one million people – focusing on increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women. Earlier this year Mars Food announced that all basmati rice sold under UNCLE BEN’S® or SEEDS OF CHANGE® is now sourced from farmers who are working towards the Sustainable Rice Platform’s standard for sustainable rice – a first in the global rice industry.

»      Nourishing Wellbeing: To advance science, innovation and marketing in ways that help billions of people and their pets lead healthier, happier lives. In a sign of Mars’ commitment to this Mars Petcare has been working in its local town, Melton Mowbray, all year on projects to transform the lives of residents by bringing pets and people together. Last month, Melton Mowbray was named the UK’s most welcoming town for dogs in a public vote

David Manzini, Market Transition Lead, Mars Chocolate UK and Wrigley UK said: “It was fantastic to welcome Mr Newlands and so many other guests to our festive parliamentary reception. This was a great opportunity to highlight the role that responsible businesses can play in driving change on key global threats to the environment and human wellbeing. At Mars UK we are committed to sustainable growth in a way that is good for people, planet and performance. Our Sustainable in a Generation Plan represents the next stage in the company’s mission to tackle urgent global threats.”

 

Gavin Newlands MP said, “I was pleased to join Mars to celebrate the start of the festive period and make a personal commitment as part of the wider#generationofchange campaign. Each of us has a part to play in ensuring a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES SUPPORTERS CLUB-UPDATE

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Paisley Pirates may be in opposition to the Dundee Comets in a Scottish National League
match this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm), but off the ice their Supporters Club
are teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring some festive cheer to members of the local
community over the holiday period.

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Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead explained, “Christmas is a very happy time for so many
people, but there are those who are less well off and for them the time of year is just another
challenge for them to overcome.

We’ve been in touch with the Salvation Army and we’re
asking supporters attending our game on Sunday night to bring with them new or unused
items of woollen clothing, like gloves, hats, scarves, etc which we can pass on to a
representative of the Salvation Army who will be there at the match.”

“As we’ve seen already this winter, it can be a very cold time of the year and we’re looking
for any unused items of woollen clothing which will be a boon for anyone unable to get these
for themselves. A new hat, scarf or pair of gloves might not seem a lot for a person if they
already have them, but if you don’t have them, and the cold weather is causing you
problems, it can make all the difference in the world. We’re happy to take items of any size,
we just ask that they’re not worn or second hand.”.

She went on, “Our fans have supported previous festive appeals in the past, so there’s no
reason to suggest they won’t give as generously as they have done before.

Our club, the Paisley Pirates, receives so much support from the local community every year, so we’re
delighted to be able to reciprocate in return, and we know our supporters will take this
opportunity to say a small “thank you” for that backing.”