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Renfrew FC Race Night

Renfrew FC are holding a race night on Saturday 24th March at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Renfrew.

Doors open from 7 pm, races start at 730 pm.

Tickets are £3, includes food and disco.

Prizes for the winning horse owner of each race.

Prize-winning games on the night including incredible 4.5 litre bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky.

Tickets available at New Western Park or from any Committee Member.

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited a new facility in Erskine which aims to provide further employment opportunities for Scottish Armed Forces veterans, enabling them to work and develop new skills.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a social enterprise partnership between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine and is due to open its doors in summer 2018.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company will manufacture a wide array of signs and deliver fulfilment, print, mail and recycling services using the latest technology and equipment. The facility also has bold plans for apartments in their village for veterans needing accommodation as well as employment.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a fantastic and exciting innovative and I’d like to thank Michelle for speaking to me about this facility which is due to open later this year.

“The social enterprise is a collaborative project between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine, and is being set-up to help provide career opportunities to our veterans once they’ve left the armed forces.

“Veterans are, unfortunately, more likely to be unemployed compared to the general population through no fault of their own, as the overwhelming majority of them want to continue working after they’ve left the armed forces.

“Our veterans deserve all the support they can get and this new facility is leading the way in helping to prepare veterans for a new career. They have bold and ambitious plans for the future, and I look forward to visiting the facility again once they’ve opened their factory doors in the summer.”

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SHINE THE LIGHT MR FEBRUARY

In partnership with Pinnacle Training, February’s Shine The Light is Bill Elliot.

Bill Elliot, 64, of Houston was nominated by friend and fellow supporters club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Paisley Pirates. Bill was presented with his award in front of an audience of Paisley Pirates fans, club members, and players, as well as his his wife and son.

Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey club is a non-profit sporting organisation run by the Turley family on a voluntary basis.
Bill is credited with spending his own time producing match reports and promotional material for the club, often working late into the night, as well as having an active role in the Supporters Club as former Chairman and Secretary.

Bill has been volunteering for several years, from the Pirate’s home in the Lagoon Leisure Centre to their new home in Braehead Arena.

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK. As well as receiving prestigious awards such as Volunteer of the Year 2015 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, Team of the Year 2016 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, as well as recently receiving the Provost’s Community Award – Sporting Achievement. They are an asset to Paisley and Renfrewshire, something Bill is keen to see continue, as evident with his volunteering, fund raising and promotional work.

Marie, Paisley Pirates Supporters Club Chairwoman, credits Bill, “Bill does a lot of behind the scenes work. On a personal level, he has been a huge support to me, especially when I was asked to start Paisley Pirates Supporters Club”.

Bill’s interest in the sporting community extends beyond just Ice Hockey, as he was highly involved with the Paisley Lions. Paisley Lions were a motorcycle speedway team that participated in the British National League in 1975 and 1976, based at Love Street in Paisley.

Despite having to take a step back in recent years due to family commitments and personal illness, Bill is still a driving force in maintaining and promoting the club.
Jackie Turley, Paisley Pirates Club Secretary said “Bill is a stalwart of the club and at times has been a vital part of the Pirates’ operation. He has went above and beyond to ensure the club is successful both on and off the ice and there’s no task he won’t undertake. Bill constantly keeps us in the public eye.”

It is because of people like Bill that organisations like the Paisley Pirates flourish, creating opportunity, growth and positive attention to Renfrewshire. It is those inspirational people in our community such as Bill Elliot that we should recognise and we are only too pleased to award Bill the title of Shine The Light – Mr February, as presented by Jim Furie, Managing Director.

Anyone wishing to support the Paisley Pirates can do so by contacting paisleypirates@gmail.com

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Mix Equality Events at Paisley Arts Centre

Mix – A New Series of Equalities Work at Paisley Arts Centre

A series of performances has been programmed at Paisley Arts centre as part of Mix – a new season of equalities work, presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland for LGBT History Month.

At A Stretch, is a wordless visual theatre production from Jordan and Skinner aimed at children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre. This show will be performed on Sat 17 February and follows two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

Jumpers for Goalposts is a heart-warming tale about the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test.

And finally Paisley Arts Centre welcomes back Paisley’s own Carol Laula, who will be performing alongside local musicians Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins and Linzi Clark with an evening of music and spoken words to mark International Women’s Day.

Morag Macpherson, Head of Cultural Services at Renfrewshire Leisure states ‘We are delighted to be part of LGBT History Month once again and to work in partnership with Outspoken Arts with these three very different, but equally entertaining performances.’

Steven Thomson, of Outspoken Arts states ‘The Mix event is a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History month and International Women’s Day. We are really excited that this has given us the opportunity to bring these inclusive cultural events to Paisley.’

Notes

At A Stretch is on Sat 17 Feb at 2pm. Tickets are £5 (£4 conc) + bkg fee

Jumpers for Goalposts is on Wed 28 Feb at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 conc) + bkg fee

Wicked Women: Carol Laula and Friends is on Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee

All tickets can be purchased online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by phone 0300 300 1210.

Please note that £1 transaction fee is applicable on all tickets booked online.

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Carolyn Thom on 0141 618 5109 or carolyn.thom@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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FREE ReMode Inspire Visit

Hi everyone,

Check out the details of our upcoming inspire visit we have coming up:

Inspire Visit to – Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space
On – Saturday February 24th – 11am – 3.30pm

This is a free trip and will include sessions to be led by artist, gardener and natural dyes specialist Kathy Beckett. We are hoping to stir up some ideas about how we can use own local community gardens and creative spaces, and cordially invite all residents of the communities of Lochwinnoch and outlying villages and areas to come along! All ages and family groups are welcome. Spaces limited so please get in touch and book A.S.A.P.

11am – Bus pick-up at Lochwinnoch, McKillop Institutue, Main Street Lochwinnoch.

11.30am – Introduction to the Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space.

12noon – Planting of Madder roots – to grow the plant that was traditionally used to make the colour red.

12.45pm – LUNCH (provided)

1.15pm – Natural Dyes Workshop led by Kathy Beckett.

3.30pm – Depart for home.

Contact – Gillian Steel – gillian@myleapproject.org – 07854468512

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Jaw Brew

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has praised the Hillington based brewery, Jaw Brew, on their innovative work on reducing waste and becoming a more sustainable business after a visit to their brewery.

Jaw Brew is an independent craft micro-brewery, owned and managed by Mark and Alison Hazel, who have won several awards for their real ales since the brewery’s inception in 2014. Mr Newlands visited the brewery following their win at the ROCCO Awards, where they were named the Family Business of the Year last November.

Jaw Brew is working to become a more sustainable business and last year they started a partnership with bakery Aulds assisted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Zero Waste Scotland to offer a beer made from leftover bread rolls which aims to turn waste into a resource.

Gavin Newlands MP commented: “I would like to thank Mark for taking the time to tell me more about the business. I was impressed by Jaw Brew’s ambition on working to make the business more circular and their ingenuity on turning waste from the brewing process into useful products. They have already achieved a huge amount, despite only having started a few years ago.

“It’s great to hear that a local business is working to become more environmentally friendly and any assistance I can provide to help them towards their environmental sustainability targets will be theirs. As they look to grow the business, I look forward to seeing what Jaw Brew achieve next.

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Mirren Court One

Have a quick look at our impressive foyer in Mirren Court One. Isn’t it stunning? This beautiful entrance would definitely create a great impression for all of your customers visiting our offices.

Just give us a call on 0141 843 4211 and find out more about our offices to let. Please Visit our website for more information or call today.

 

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Beautiful open-plan office of 916 sq ft to let at Mirren Court on Renfrew Road

Beautiful open-plan office of 916 sq ft to let at Mirren Court on Renfrew Road in Paisley. The office is perfect for 6/8 people.

Call 0141 843 4211 to get more details!

 

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Years of Neglect Have Left Our Roads At Breaking Point

Roads across Renfrewshire are the talking point of every local community at the moment. The volume of potholes and repairs needed over the winter has seen motorists reach breaking point. Renfrewshire Council have been swamped with complaints as outraged drivers have seen the roads reach dangerous levels with burst tyres and vehicle repairs becoming a common occurrence for motorists.
This issue is impacting all areas of Renfrewshire as the bad winter weather has taken its toll on our roads. SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don has spoken out however, as she explains it is not just down to the bad winter that we are seeing our roads in need of such repairs. Councillor Don believes that we are now seeing the impact of years of neglect to the roads budget from the previous Renfrewshire Council Labour administration.
Councillor Don stated,
“Although the bad weather has obviously been a contributing factor, the current situation we are experiencing is the result of the previous Labour administration’s mismanagement and years of neglect of our roads. Labours inability to effectively invest in our roads during their last five years in administration has seen our roads gradually deteriorate and the recent bad weather was the final straw. The current SNP administration are still running on the previous administrations budget and I think it is both hypocritical and patronising to see Labour councillors complaining about the state of the roads, when it is down to their current and previous budgeting decisions over the last 5 years that the roads are in the state that they are now.”
Councillor Don, also Depute Convener of the Infrastructure Land and Environment Board, has assured residents that Renfrewshire Council is dedicated to seeing our roads improve and urges constituents to get in touch and report any damages that they encounter while commuting.
“I understand that roads across Renfrewshire are causing a great deal of concern for many local people. The number of complaints I have received regarding roads within my ward of Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank alone, has been high but I understand that this problem is affecting residents across Renfrewshire. I want to ensure all residents that your local SNP councillors are working extremely hard with Renfrewshire Council roads department, around the clock, to ensure that your complaints are dealt with and poor conditions are reported and repaired swiftly.”
On 1st March the SNP council group will put forward their first budget since taking over the administration in May last year. The current budget for roads was set by the previous Labour administration for the 2017/18 financial year and Councillor Don has emphasised that investment in Renfrewshire’s roads will be seen as a top priority when it comes to the budget in March.
“The SNP will shortly be putting our budget proposals forward and I am positive that we will see proper investment in our roads. I have certainly made it clear that it is one of my top priorities. It is time for the SNP to fix the mess that the Labour administration left Renfrewshire in and to ensure that our roads do not end up in this state again.”
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Monte Carlo Classic Rally

The centre of Paisley will be lively tomorrow night as the town waves off the cars and crews in this year’s start of the 2018 historic rally run to Monte Carlo.

But for 10 year old Primary 6 pupil Emilia Kozlowska, of St John Ogilvie Primary School in Paisley, it’ll be a really special occasion. She won a Renfrewshire-wide competition for a pupil to design the flag to be used to wave off the drivers and her winning flag will be the centrepiece of the start outside Paisley Abbey at 6pm.

It’s the fifth time the town – the sole shortlisted Scottish entry for the title UK City of Culture 2021 – will be the only British start point of six European cities.

Around 70 cars are expected to leave the start ramp – the largest number of entries so far with the first 24 of them setting off for the 1500-mile trip to the South of France.

There are three separate categories:

The Historique class is being run for the 21st year and is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews having undertaken a series of fourteen demanding test stages in the mountains of southern France.

The Classique event is for older cars from as early as 1911 to 1969 and follows the same route to Monte Carlo but does not include any test stages, the goal simply being to finish in Monte Carlo after checking in at a series of control points on the way, including Dumfries in the south of Scotland, Barnby Moor in Nottinghamshire and Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Once again the event will feature the popular Monte Heritage Runs which will follow on from the full-scale events and motoring enthusiasts in a range of interesting cars from over the years will take in a series of short classic routes in Scotland, including Aberdeen, Dumfries and Stirling.

Last year a crowd of around 10,000 gathered in the centre of Paisley with the magnificent backdrop of the Abbey to wave off the crews in a party atmosphere with lights, music, street food and pyrotechnics…..and working with staff from Renfrewshire Council and volunteers from many motorsport clubs in Scotland, the organisers are confident of making the start even bigger and better next year.

At a preview of the event and looking over some of the entries, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Monte Carlo Classic Rally back to Paisley for a fifth year – the sight of the cars gathered outside Paisley Abbey always makes a fantastic spectacle, and brings a great turnout.

“This is the first event in Renfrewshire’s 2018 major events programme, which aims to bring footfall into our town centres and showcase our unique attractions to visitors.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 had a hugely positive impact on the town’s profile and reputation and we will build on that with another great year of major events.”

Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator and the man responsible for bringing the Monte back to Scotland in 2011, will be leading the cars off to Monte Carlo in his 1961 Triumph Herald Coupe.

He said: “Paisley’s mid-winter carnival – the Monte Carlo Rally Start – is back for a record fifth time with a record number of cars heading for the sunshine. It’s acknowledged to be the best of all the rally starts around Europe. Be part of the excitement by coming along to cheer them on their way on Wednesday evening. Share the magic of the Monte.”

Among the entrants who’ll be heading for Monte Carlo in the Historique Class and already in Paisley, are the French crew of Gerard Thill and Colette Roubaud. Their superb red 1971 Saab 96 V4 comes from Trollhattan in Sweden and was originally owned by an engineer who worked at the Saab factory. Gerard and Colette will be taking part in their ninth Historique Monte but it’s the first time they’ve started from Scotland. Previously they’ve set off from Reims, Bad Homburg, Monaco, Oslo, Barcelona and Marrakech.

It’s a slightly closer-to-home start for the three-man Angus-based crew of David Tindal, Alan Falconer and Stephen Woods who decided only recently they’d like to do the event. Fortunately David’s 18-year-old son just happened to have a 1956 Ford Prefect which he was working on in his garage. They rushed to complete the job and they’ll be competing in the Classique group under the team name ‘Kilts to Carlo’ to raise funds for Prostate Scotland.

Also taking on the challenge is husband and wife team Jim and Norma Watson from Dunfermline who are MG fans and have owned a number of different models over the years. They bought their current MGB GT just to take part in the

Classique event. Although both now retired, they are not taking it easy. When not rallying they sail and are currently restoring a wooden sailing yacht.

From Troon, Craig McGibbon has entered his Volvo 122S for the second time in the Historique category but this time he has a very experienced navigator in Karsten Brown sitting alongside. Before retirement they were both highly-trained professional drivers and are looking forward to showing the others how it’s done.

David Glen and Andrew Sturgess from Glasgow are a well-established crew who are competing in their 5th Monte. Their car is a rare 1978 Escort RS 2000 with equally rare X pack modifications. David and Andrew managed to finish the rally last year despite having a ‘coming together’ with an Alfa Romeo en route, but it is now back to its original condition and they are raring to go.

All the competing cars will assemble from around 4pm in the precincts of Paisley Abbey on the evening of Wednesday January 31st before setting off at 6pm for the long drive south. Families are encouraged to come along from 3pm – Paisley Town Hall will host a giant Scalextric set, a Sega Rally arcade machine, children’s workshops, face painting and refreshments for those wanting to gear themselves up before the send-off at 6pm.

 

More information can be found at www.monte.scot