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Swimmers enjoyed dancing the Splashing White Sergeant!

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

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

Gallowhill’s St Catherine’s Primary 1 pupils, from left, Eloise Colquhoun, Alistair Grier, Freya McKenna and Joshua Dapaah

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.”

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Young people’s Assembly wants focus on mental health issues

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Mental health has emerged as the top issue for young people at a ground-breaking youth voice event hosted by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall with young people and supporters at the first Renfrewshire Youth Assembly

Young people at Renfrewshire’s first Youth Assembly overwhelmingly felt mental health was becoming a huge concern and believe more attention and awareness is required on the issue.

Around 300 young people from local secondary schools and youth groups made their voices heard on the views that matter to them at the Youth Assembly – Renfrewshire’s biggest single community youth forum event.

The exciting event – hosted by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services team with support from young people including Renfrewshire Youth Voice – saw people aged between 12 and 25 come together in Paisley Town Hall for a day of discussion on key issues alongside interactive workshops.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall opened the event attended by community planning partner agencies – such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Police Scotland and Invest in Renfrewshire – and local and national third sector groups, including Young Scot, Zero Waste Scotland, Renfrewshire Young Carers, Active Communities, RE-EM, I am Me Scotland, Who Cares? Scotland and Erskine Music and Media Studio.

The gathering also saw active discussion on education, jobs and training, the 2021 City of Culture Bid and how to have a say in what happens in Renfrewshire. This was followed by workshops on recycling and environmental issues, how to use social media responsibly, mental health campaigns, such as Speak Your Mind from the Scottish Youth Parliament, and understanding hate crimes and discrimination.

The young people also planned out their ideas for a central youth hub where they could come together and meet, as well as providing ideas on what they would like to see in their own areas.

The Council’s Youth Services team aim to hold a Youth Assembly every year, but young people will continue to meet in smaller groups over the coming months to investigate the themes further.

Amy Chivers, 15, a pupil at Castlehead High School in Paisley, said: “The whole experience has been good to express my opinion. I’ve learned lots of different skills that are there for the future.

“I’ve also learned techniques on how to deal with stress, which will help me in my exams.”

Chloe Morrison, 15, who also attends Castlehead High School, said: “The workshops have been great. The social media one was my favourite as it told me how to get my ideas out there.

“I’ve also learned how to set goals and what is realistic to achieve.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said: “This first Youth Assembly has been an amazing event.

“Renfrewshire’s young people have made it clear what matters to them and what they would like to see happening.

“This is just the beginning of a number of actions to ensure young people can have their say in shaping services in Renfrewshire through the issues that are important to them.

“Thanks go to all the young people who came along, passionately took part and wanted to make themselves heard and all the partners who supported us in this new venture.

“We look forward to supporting more young people to be heard and will work closely with partners to make sure we listen closely and shape our services accordingly.”

Any young person, group, or organisation who would like to be involved in the future can get in touch with Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services tel 0141 889 1110 or email youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Poverty initiative saves £1.7M for Renfrewshire’s poorest families

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RENFREWSHIRE’s pioneering anti-poverty initiative has saved £1.7 million for people living in the area’s poorest households.

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Councillors were updated yesterday that the £6 million Tackling Poverty Programme has increased income for families overwhelmed by benefit cuts, low wages and the increasing cost of living over the past 18 months.

A report to the Council’s Leadership Board said that Tackling Poverty projects are now achieving significant financial gains for citizens across Renfrewshire through welfare and benefits advice, savings on debt management, support for cost of the school day and the provision of more than 16,000 healthy meals for children through breakfast clubs across the area.

Further measures to boost people’s access to affordable credit, money management advice and credit union membership were also approved today, with a £75,260 of grant funding for Johnstone Credit Union, White Cart Credit Union, Gleniffer Credit Union and Engage Renfrewshire.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:

“Tackling poverty is a fundamental priority for this Council and I am pleased to see that investment in our Tackling Poverty Programme is making a really encouraging difference to our poorest people, who are nowhere near ‘just about managing’.

“Poverty at the level we are witnessing in Renfrewshire – and beyond – is simply unacceptable in any advanced 21st-century society.  It is time for those at the highest levels of Government to do everything in their power to end this situation.”

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UK GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO THE “WILL OF THE PEOPLE” ON WASPI

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WOMEN BORN IN THE 1950s UNFAIRLY HIT BY CHANGES TO PENSION AGE

The Scottish National Party has today highlighted the gross pensions inequality for women born in the 1950s and has urged the UK Government to “listen to the will of the people” and help the 2.6 million women who have been affected by rapid increases to the state pension age.

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MPs have debated the issue in Parliament numerous times, including a Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign petition that attracted almost 200,000 signatures and a Backbench Business Debate which called on the UK Government to introduce transitional measures for the women impacted by the changes.  The SNP’s debate motion passed with overwhelming cross-party support and no opposition from the Government benches.

Today, SNP MPs led an Opposition Day Debate to keep up the pressure on the UK Government and ensure that the WASPI women receive the pensions they are due. The SNP led motion was defeated with 234 MPs for and 293 against.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South said:

“This UK Government has treated the women impacted by changes to the state pension age with utter contempt – women born in the 1950s have had their retirement plans completely shattered and as if this wasn’t bad enough their democratic voice and the will of this Parliament is being ignored by this Tory Government.

“The UK Government must listen to the will of the people and act immediately to introduce transitional measures for the WASPI women.

“Debate after debate in the House of Commons has demonstrated the strength of public opinion on this matter and women across the country are struggling to make ends meet because they have been denied the pension they are due.

“The SNP’s independently-researched report shows that relaxing the rapid increases to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s back to the timetable set out in the 1995 Act would – at £8 billion – be significantly more affordable than the Tories’ claim that it would cost £30 billion.

“Instead of forking out for upgrades to the Palace of Westminster and billions on nuclear weapons, the Tories need to get their priorities right and deliver fairness for the millions of struggling women across the UK

“The UK Government should use the surplus in the National Insurance Fund to provide immediate relief to these women who have been badly let down are and due their pensions.”

 

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Infrastructure plans approved to secure Renfrewshire’s long term economic growth

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Plans to secure the long term economic growth of the area were approved by Renfrewshire councillors today following proposals for a £274 million investment in new infrastructure projects.

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The three City Deal investments – the Glasgow Airport Access Project, Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside projects were approved by councillors today and will also be considered by Glasgow City Councillors before being given the green light by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet in December.

The projects are intended to significantly boost the local economy by attracting investment, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who holds the Glasgow City Region Cabinet’s enterprise portfolio, said:

“I am delighted Renfrewshire councillors have given their backing to this major investment programme which will create long term jobs and bring huge benefits not only to Renfrewshire’s local communities but right across our city region. In order for us to keep growing our economy, we need to create an attractive location for business that offers first class connections by land, sea and air, with excellent links across the Clyde and to our town and city centres. Together these projects will open up the area to tourism and businesses.”

The £39.1m Glasgow Airport Investment Area project would develop a world class business and commercial location right in the heart of Renfrewshire. It includes plans for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart, and new cycle routes, all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks and as an enabler for the delivery of a world class business and commercial offering centred around the airport.

The Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project would see the construction of a new opening bridge across the River Clyde. This £90.7m project would better link the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank, with new roads and cycle routes giving people improved access to employment, education, health and leisure locations.

Plans for the £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project were also approved which will deliver a hybrid tram-train system to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

A series of engagement events for these two projects will now take place to give people the chance to meet the project team and ask questions they may have regarding the initiatives.

Paisley Town Hall will hold an engagement event on Tuesday 6 December and a second will be held at Renfrew Town Hall on Wednesday 7 December.

As the proposed opening bridge linking the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank that forms part of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project affects communities north of the river, events will also take place at Yoker Community Campus on Monday 5 December and at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 8 December.

All four engagement events will be open from 11am to 7pm.

Anyone attending the events will also be able to see a video of plans for the separate Glasgow Airport Access Project, which will be considered alongside Renfrewshire’s other two City Deal projects by Councillors at Renfrewshire’s Leadership Board on 30 November then by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 13 December.

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The K9 Way

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“Star” Paisley Museum Burns manuscript to go on show every January

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An original Burns manuscript that has been in Paisley Museum and Art Gallery’s collection for almost 100 years, but was only recently rediscovered and authenticated, is to go on display in the museum every January when light levels are low enough to protect the delicate ink on paper artifact, and to coincide with Burns Night.

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Announcing the month-long exhibit in 2017 (January 17 – February 19) for St. Andrew’s Day (November 30), Renfrewshire Leisure chair, Councillor Jim Harte, said, “I am absolutely delighted that the only existing manuscript of a lovely piece of Burns social verse will be on display in Paisley Museum in the New Year for a limited period and each subsequent January thereafter.

“We are proud to possess this charming piece and thrilled to share it with visitors during what is an extremely important time for Scotland’s largest town. We will be finalising Paisley’s bid for the title UK City of Culture 2021 during the early part of 2017 and this fantastic exhibit reveals yet another layer to our fascinating culture.”

The short verse, written in reply to a party invitation, is in typical Burns style  including wordplay – he combines the tradition for indicating the day of writing with something that suggests he is worse for wear, in “Foorsday”; highlights his joy at the invite, and pledges his attendance whether by horse, or by cart.

The artifact was verified in a letter to the Museum last year by Professor Gerard Carruthers of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow. He said:

“The manuscript is clearly in the handwriting of Robert Burns. The ink and paper are a good match to other authentic Burns manuscript productions. 

“The poem dates from 1785 – 1786. The first publication to give an indication of its origins, and how it came to be in the collection of Paisley Library is ‘The Works of Robert Burns Volumes 1 – 5’ edited by The Ettrick Shepherd and William Motherwell. Motherwell was Secretary of the Paisley Burns Club in 1819 and became President in 1821. This puts him at the centre of Paisley literary life when the poem first surfaces. Motherwell noted that, ‘We are informed it was presented to the library by the late Mr. John Clarkson, of McGavin and Clarkson, threadmakers, Paisley’.”

The manuscript will be displayed alongside a portrait of Burns by James Tannock (1784 – 1862) also in Paisley Museum’s collection. Born in Kilmarnock, Tannock was originally a house painter, but after lessons from Alexander Nasmyth – who was a friend of Burns – became a successful portrait painter.

 

The manuscript reads:

Sir,

Yours this moment I unseal,

And faith I’m gay and hearty!

To tell the truth and shame the deil,

I am as fou as Bartie:

But Foorsday, sir, my promise leal,

Expect me o’ your partie,

If on a beastie I can speel

Or hurl in a cartie.

Yours,

Robert Burns

 

Machlin,

Monday Night, 10 o’clock

For more information on Paisley Museum visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com

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Courses starting in January at West College Scotland

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Your future starts this New Year at West College Scotland. Apply now for our January start courses in Business, Construction, Care, Engineering, Hospitality, Beauty, Music, Science and more.  For more information visit here or call 0300 600 6060

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Eskimos spotted searching for a giant igloo

intu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

ESKIMOS have been on the lookout for a giant igloo from the kids’ Christmas experience in Soar at intu Braehead.

ntu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

intu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

They looked as if they’d travelled all the way from the Arctic, so they could be the first to go on the journey through the Enchanted Winter Forest.

But the Eskimos will have to wait until Thursday, December 1 for the amazing free attraction to open at the popular leisure destination.

The trip through the Enchanted Winter Forest features an animatronic display, a sleigh for photo opportunities, the chance to take a photograph of yourself as a Christmas Braelien and the giant igloo with children’s movies being shown inside.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Snow way, I thought Eskimos would turn up at Soar for the free Enchanted Winter Forest attraction!

“But I’m not surprised they wanted to be first in the queue as it’s a wonderful experience for kids and they won’t have seen anything like this before at intu Braehead.
“They certainly won’t forget their journey through the free Enchanted Winter Forest in a hurry.”

The Enchanted Winter Forest is just one of a host of Christmas attractions that will make great family entertainment at Soar. There’s a free screening of Ice Age: Collison Course at the ODEON cinema, on Saturday, December 3.
And in the run-up to Christmas there are visits to Soar by some of your children’s favourite characters.

Sid, the loveable sloth from Ice Age, will be making a personal appearance at the Enchanted Winter Forest, on December 3. The following Saturday, December 10, Postman Pat and his black and white cat, Jess will be at Soar to meet youngsters.

Then, there’s the pawsome news that Marshall from PAW Patrol will be at Soar on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 and on Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30 The Gruffalo also pays a visit.
All character appearances are at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

And don’t forget every Saturday, between noon and 4pm. the intu Braehead Festive Kids’ Club offers hours of free festive fun at Soar with face painting and Christmas craft activities.

Log on to www.soar.intu.co.uk for more information and how to book any of these free events.