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FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT DIANE MITCHELL MUSIC SCHOOL

Looking for something fun but educational for your child over the summer holidays? Bookings are now being taken for our summer holiday music clubs in both Paisley and Barrhead.

From School of Rock to Under the sea, we have activities for all ages from age 3- 13 years. We also have a taster week where children can try out various instruments and we have our school of Rock weeks where you can bring your own instrument and form a band.

Get in touch on 07896689816 or email info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com to book a place or for more information.

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Frightened Rabbit and RSNO among headliners for Paisley’s Spree festival

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie actFrightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey.

frightened rabbit

The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Frightened Rabbit will be the latest in a line of Scottish bands to team up with the orchestra in the stunning setting of the 850-year-old Abbey on 17 October for a show which has been a highlight of previous Sprees.

Much of the action will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre, which will host trad acts Dougie MacLean and Canada’s De Temps Antan (18 Oct), Breabach, Kris Drever and Talisk (20 Oct), plus Sharon Shannon and Fara(15 Oct).

Paisley Arts Centre will welcome Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (15 Oct) and a gathering of artists from the Lost Map record label, curated by The Pictish Trail (22 Oct).

The festival will have a strong international feel with an Americana night boasting Boston’s Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and opened by England’s Yola Carter, named UK Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Association UK Awards.

Specially-commissioned shows in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid include:

– an opening night concert where three Scottish acts – Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon – and from India – Smita Bellur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan – weave together traditional music from both countries. The same show will also open the prestigious Rajastan International Folk Festival a week before;

– a show celebrating Paisley’s untold story featuring and curated by acclaimed songwriter James Grant;

– a literary celebration at a Banks Supper night inspired by Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street, about a rock band from the town, featuring award-winning author Alan Bissett;

Tickets for all shows will be available from thespree.co.uk from 9am on Wednesday 21 June.

The line-up was announced on Radio Scotland tonight by Vic Galloway, who will broadcast his radio show before a live audience in the town during the festival, as will his BBC colleague Janice Forsyth.

There remains one major headline act still to be announced, with Paisley music fans encouraged to keep their eyes on the Spree social media channels as it is one they won’t want to miss.

The Spree will also feature two comedy nights in conjunction with the Gilded Balloon, as well as film events and songwriting workshops, while unsigned musical talent will be given a showcase through the nightly Danny Kyle Open Stage run by Celtic Music Radio.

The festival sees the return of the ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod run by LNP Promotions – headlined byThe Style Councillors and taking over The Spiegeltent on the final Saturday.

Paisley Town Hall will also host award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew’s BREWBAND, fusing together indie-rock music and dance.

There will be plenty for kids too, with the National Theatre of Scotland bringing their Rocket Post show to town, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, while the Big Telly Theatre Company present Operation Paisley – Alien Pursuit, an interactive, town-wide treasure hunt for kids.

A full programme of free children’s shows taking place over the October school holidays is still to be announced.

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Active Events.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The Spree festival is the one of the flagship dates on Paisley’s current events calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

“In the year we are bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 it is fitting the Spree bill manages at once to be outward-looking and internationally-flavoured, yet also unmistakeably Paisley – showcasing the town’s unique story and giving a platform to some of our fantastic local talent.

“The event again shows Paisley’s ability to host large-scale events featuring some of Scotland’s finest talent, and will attract fans from throughout the country to our unique town centre venues.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using the town’s unique heritage and cultural story and was lodged with the UK government in April, with a decision expected over which places make the shortlist this summer.

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Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to our Armed Forces

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde have come together to celebrate Armed Forces Day with a special service at Paisley Abbey.

(L-R) RBL standard bearer x 2, Rev. Alan Sorenson, Minister of Wellpark Mid Kirk, Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Inverclyde’s Provost Martin Brennan, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, Reverend Robert Craig, Minister of Stow Brae Kirk, Father Louis Mendy (St Mirin Cathedral, RBL standard bearer x 2, President of RBL- Paisley Comrades Branch, George Gaughan.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, the Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron, and Provost of Inverclyde, Martin Brennan, were in attendance to recognise the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, both past and present.

Rev. Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Inverclyde’s Provost Martin Brennan, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron and Royal British Legion member Robert Pope at the Hawkhead cemetery memorial.

The Renfrewshire Schools Brass Ensemble performed within the Abbey as members of the congregation arrived for the service- which was led by Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, Reverend Robert Craig, Minister of Stow Brae Kirk and Canon Oliver Freney from the Diocese of Paisley.

Inverclyde Schools Choir perform at the service within Paisley Abbey.

The Royal British Legion- Paisley Comrades Branch displayed their standard in the Abbey cloisters as the congregation were piped in by a lone piper.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, completed the first reading of the service, and was followed by Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron.

The Inverclyde Senior Choir then put on a poignant performance of Goodnight my Angel and Love Divine which was followed by a prayer of intercession, led by Provost Brennan.

Provost Cameron said: “It is extremely important that we recognise the sacrifices which our Armed Forces have made, and will make, to ensure the safety of our country.

“I was delighted to see such a large attendance of veterans, serving military personnel and members of the public there to pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our benefit.”

The service took place in advance of the national Armed Forces Day- which is Saturday 24 June- in order to allow those in attendance the chance to pay tribute at both a local and national service.

Provost Brennan said: “The service was led with dignity and respect and the setting of Paisley Abbey was befitting of such a meaningful occasion.

“I hope the service can provide comfort to those in attendance as we come together to remember the servicemen and women lost in all conflicts.”

The service was preceded on Friday by a short ceremony outside Renfrewshire House which saw the Armed Forces Day flag raised by Royal Navy veteran Robert Pope, of the Royal British Legion- Paisley Comrades branch.

The flag flies for seven days in recognition of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women to protect the country.

Inverclyde will host their flag raising service on Monday 19 June at 10:30am in Clyde Square in Greenock.

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Gavin Newlands MP celebrates Care Home Open Day with Kyle Court Care Home

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has joined the residents of Kyle Court Care Home to mark the Care Home Open Day on Friday 16th June.


On Friday 16th June, care homes all across the country opened their doors to the public offering a wide range of activities.


Care Home Open Day is now in its fifth year and this year’s theme at Kyle Court was ‘HC-One Big Lunch’. Residents, relatives and members of the community were able to get together for a fun-filled day, whilst recognising the important work that care teams do.

Gavin Newlands MP said:

“It was a pleasure to meet residents at Kyle Court Care Home and to mark the Care Home Open Day. This day is an important opportunity for local people to learn more about the services at the heart of their community – both those who live in care homes and those who are dedicated to providing that care.
“Talking to staff, I can see how hard-working and dedicated they are to providing the best possible care, day in day out, caring for vulnerable members of our society.
“Care Home Day is a great initiative to bring people together and highlight the important work care homes do. Even though I didn’t get the memo on the dress code and didn’t have my costume ready, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and wish Kirsty and her team, all the residents, and particularly Jeanie, who at 103 is still life and soul of the party, all the very best.”

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Blue Air launches second new from Glasgow to Iaşi

Blue Air, the first smart flying company with over 100 routes in Europe, operated the first flight from Glasgow to Iaşi on Saturday, June 17.

The new route will operate every Thursday and Saturday using a Boeing 737 aircraft. Blue Air currently operates the popular thrice-weekly service to Romanian capital Bucharest, which was introduced in December 2015.

Paul White, Business Development Manager at Glasgow Airport said: “This new Iaşi service from Blue Air is sure to be popular with both our business and leisure customers. As well as offering a key transport link to one of the most important political and economic centres in the province of Moldavia, this twice weekly service will also be a great link for ex-pats and those seeking a historical and cultured city break. We look forward to working with our airline partner Blue Air to ensure the success of the airline’s latest service at Glasgow Airport.”

Tudor Constantinescu, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Air said: “Blue Air is excited to further grow its presence at Glasgow Airport, by introducing twice-weekly services from its Iasi operational base. This new route is aimed primarily at holiday-makers, considering the vast touristic potential of both Romania and Scotland. It will also be incredibly popular with the Romanian community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. We look forward to making this route another successful story of Blue Air’s network.”

Tickets are already on sale, with prices from £27.62 (one-way, taxes included, subject to availability) on www.blueairweb.com, through the Call Centre or via over 3000 partner agencies.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader welcomes major investment in new lightweight manufacturing centre

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement to develop an £8.9 million specialist manufacturing centre in Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson touring the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today (Monday 19 June) that the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will be established at the Doosan Babcock site in Westway, Renfrew.

It is the first step towards creating a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland, helping place Scotland at the forefront of lightweight manufacturing.

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, based in Inchinnan, will run the facility developing new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Renfrewshire already boasts major manufacturer Rolls-Royce and further manufacturing research and development expertise through the University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland.

Councillor Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is already home to leaders in manufacturing and the announcement today to develop the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre is fantastic further investment in this sector and great news for the area.

“I’m sure it is a welcome boost for the aerospace manufacturing sector, with the Centre being developed on the doorstep of Glasgow Airport, which continues to play a pivotal role in the Renfrewshire, Glasgow region and national economy.

“This announcement is recognition of the expertise and environment Renfrewshire provides and we are committed to enhancing this further, bringing more highly skilled job opportunities to Renfrewshire.

“This has been a key focus of our Glasgow Airport Investment Area project – part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal – to facilitate the creation of a world class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire, connected by air, sea and land.

“It is a major project which will better link communities and provide the perfect environment for advanced manufacturing in Scotland to flourish.”

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The Bungalow in Association with RSA Presents GROUND ZERO Live Rap Battle and Hip-Hop Event

Paisley’s independent live music venue The Bungalow and popular town centre community convenience store RSA (owned by Rehman Afzal otherwise known as Rekz) along-side organiser Darren Scott have teamed up to present GROUND ZERO a new music event dedicated to Rap and Hip-Hop on Saturday 8th July 2017 in The Bungalow on Shuttle Street, Paisley from 8pm.
 
Crowds can expect to witness rap battles between 12 different MCs through-out the night and the winner being presented with a £200.00 cash prize! Local DJ ‘Big Div’ will be launching sounds all night long with more additions to the night due to be announced over the coming weeks with beatboxers also welcome to take to the stage.
 

Organiser ‘Rekz’ said: “I have always been interested in expressive music such as Hip Hip/Rap. The Scottish scene in comparison to the English scene has been lacking in the mainstream. Paisley is an integral musical hub in Scotland it would only be fitting for the Scottish Hip Hop/Rap talents to take centre stage in the Bungalow Paisley, which will no doubt create noise and inspire people through it. Paisley having had turbulent times socially, music such as this can unite people and in many occasions be helpful to the mind and soul.”

GROUND ZERO will also be a free entry event for all those who wish to attend with donations welcome to go towards Sense Scotland’s ‘One Giant Leap Programme’ who support young adults with disabilities through music and arts.

Confirmed MC performances will be from:
Nity Gritz . Kayce One . Wee D . Jailz .
GBh . RDS . Subkonscious . Strong Tone
Fuzzy . G-mo . Mako . Scott Stewart . Ill Az. Macc.

Want to get involved? Email Emma MacKenzie on thebungalowonline@outlook.com or drop a message to The
Bungalow Facebook Page.

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Paisley Interior Achitecture students work with David Ross, Director of Keppie Design

This academic year has seen the College’s HND Interior Architecture students team up with a range of design companies, providing them with invaluable real work experience, concluding with a collaboration with future led design company, Keppie Design.

Working closely with David Ross, Director of Keppie Design, the students were given a brief which involved designing a studio for a contemporary artist or sculptor, whose work and practice makes use of natural light.

Speaking to the students’ lecturer, Lola Paterson, about the project she said,

David Ross’s investment in West College Scotland’s designers past and present has been outstanding. This particular project saw David deliver a session on design, inspiring and guiding the students before providing encouragement and feedback on their initial sketchbook work.

 

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Renfrewshire and Clydeside’s industrial decline caught on camera

An exhibition of photographs showing the industrial decline of Renfrewshire and Clydeside in the mid Seventies has opened in Paisley Museum.

opening of an exhibition by New York photographer, Larry Herman at paisley museum

New York-born photographer, Larry Herman took the series of pictures between 1974 and 1976 when the once-heavily industrialised region was suffering from many shipyard and factory closures, as the economy foundered.

Herman has hand-printed a new set of 78 black and white gelatin prints for the free exhibition, which is being toured by Street Level Photoworks. The exhibition – Clydeside 1974-76 – runs from June 17 until August 20.

Several of the images were taken in Ferguslie and Linwood giving an intimate glimpse into the lives of local workers four decades ago.

Much of Herman’s work was held in a collection by the Scottish Arts Council, but has now been distributed to various holdings, including the National Galleries of Scotland.

Herman was born in New York, trained as a sculptor and immigrated to the UK during the Vietnam War.

His photography career flourished in the Seventies, but he gave up taking pictures in the Eighties and became a guard and train driver on the London Underground and then worked as a welder in a Sheffield steelworks. He took up photography again in 1993 and returned to London in 1999.

Herman said: “At the time I was shooting these pictures I had no idea they would have some resonance in 2017. I didn’t take the photographs with posterity in mind, but as a documentary of what was happening at the time.

“I photographed people in the situations they found themselves in and I wanted my work to be realistic.”

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, which runs sports, leisure and cultural facilities locally said: “People coming to see this exhibition will be able to take a step back in time.

“These photographs graphically document what was happening to the working-class of the area during an acute economic decline.


“The exhibition will be of particular interest to Renfrewshire as quite a few of the photographs were taken in Paisley and Linwood.”

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STV Life Moments Series

STV are making a new money advice series called Life Moments for STV’s re-launched channel, STV2. The series uses real life case studies of individuals, families and couples in Scotland who are at a big financial moment in their life- such as heading off to University this year, planning to go backpacking/special holiday, looking to buy their first car, struggling with a bit of debt or having a baby.

The series will feature 12 different case studies that will be made into short 3 minute videos that will be broadcast online as well as during our three studio shows on STV2.

See flyer if you are interested in applying.