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Mackay Urges University Applicants not to miss Deadline Don’t leave applications until the last minute

Derek Mackay, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, is urging students from across Renfrewshire who are applying to attend University next summer to ensure they do not miss the January deadline for applications.

Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by Monday 15th January at 6pm.

 

Applications must be made at http://www.ucas.com/

 

Mr Mackay said:

 

“Although the deadline may seem a bit away, it would be very easy to get caught up in the upheaval that Christmas brings and forget about your application.

 

“It would be very unfortunate for anyone to miss out on their number one choice, not to mention wasting years of hard work, because they rushed their application at the last minute or even worse, missed the deadline.

 

“I therefore would urge any student in the area who is planning on applying to attend University next summer to ensure they get working on their application soon and submit it in good time.”

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Mhairi Black Praises Charitable Efforts by Local TSB

Local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black recently met with charity workers and employees at the local TSB on Paisley High Street. Mhairi was invited along to hear about the contribution the business makes to the local area, by supporting local charities.
The Paisley TSB recently raised £885 for local charity Brightest Star. The charity was founded in memory of Jack Kennedy who passed away suddenly due to a virus at the age of five. Brightest Star was set up by Jack’s mum Arlene to give support to parents suffering from bereavement. Brightest Star want to raise awareness of the lack of support available for grieving families, particularly for those impacted by sudden childhood deaths. Part of this support includes lifesaving first aid training and a special ambulance that can be used by families when children need to be transferred between hospitals.
Mhairi Black MP said
“It was good of the local TSB branch in Paisley to invite me along and show me the effort they are putting towards supporting local charities and causes.
“Brightest Star is a fantastic cause and I am happy to support this service in any way that I can.
“It is commendable that the charity is raising awareness and providing support for grieving parents and families in what will surely be an extremely difficult time.”
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Festive Arts and Crafts Fair is going to be a cracker

SANTA and his elves are being a crafty lot this Christmas if a special event at Johnstone Town Hall this weekend is anything to go by.


The venue is hosting its first-ever Festive Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 between 11am and 4pm with free entry for everyone.

More than 30 stalls featuring all kinds of arts and crafts will be there, including handmade clocks, soya candles, embroidery, jewellery, papercraft, stained glass and unusual Christmas gifts and decorations.
And on Sunday there’s a free Festive Family Fun Day also being held with a Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle, arts and crafts activities for kids, balloon modelling, treasure hunt for Santa’s missing elves, and decorating gingerbread men biscuits.

The events are being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and its chief executive, Joyce McKellar says:
“This is a great way or all the family to get in the festive mood and grab themselves some unusual and handmade presents for Christmas.

“It’s the first time we’ve organised a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair and because of this Santa has promised to pay us a special visit.”

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Health and wellbeing event aiming for Brighter Futures

Renfrewshire residents are urged to head along to a fun-filled community event on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are holding their first-ever public event – Brighter Futures – in Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Thursday 16 November, 2-6pm.

From activities for kids to exercise taster sessions, the free-to-attend event is a chance for everyone to find out more about healthy lifestyles and services in the local area.

HSCP provides a wide range of community health and care services across Renfrewshire and letting the public know about the services they can access is the aim of the event.

David Leese, HSCP Chief Officer, said “The Brighter Futures event offers people a chance to come along, see what we do, find out about our services and activities and even take part in some exercise taster sessions.

“There will be messy play for children and a number of Heartstart demonstrations so that people can learn the basics of CPR, and we’ll also have digital information on all of the community groups that exist across Renfrewshire to support people to live well.

“We hope that all of this will help people to make the most of all the resources available to them, and possibly even consider a career in health and social care.”

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Renfrewshire is a diverse area, with more than 170,000 people living here, who benefit from an integrated health and social care service. It’s been two years since HSCP brought those services together and we want to showcase those services in the community.

“I would urge everyone who wants to know more about local health and care services to come along and find out more at this event.”

For more information on Renfrewshire HSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

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Thousands expected for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Northern Irish rockers Ash will mark the start of Paisley’s festive season with a headline performance at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Thousands are expected to head to the town centre on Saturday, November 18th to enjoy a host of free family fun, including the famous Reindeer Parade.

The switch on is the latest event in Paisley’s winter season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will press the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the procession down High Street at 1.30pm, before he opens his grotto at the Paisley Centre.

A performance from Children’s Classic Concert will provide a seasonal soundtrack from 2.30pm, with audience participation a must.

Twice-voted best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe, percussion superstars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of classical music with a high-energy family concert.

Music headliners Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a performance before the town’s festive countdown officially starts with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 singles including ‘The Girl from Mars’ and ‘Shining Light’ under their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the festive fun by spinning Christmas classics from the main stage.

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers can explore the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market from 1pm, with over 30 stalls to search out the perfect gifts. Face painting and storytelling are among the family fun also on offer. An interactive snow globe in will be in Abbey Close for festive photo opportunities.

Revellers will find it hard to resist embracing the festive atmosphere and singing along with the merry Massaoke band as they play Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On is bigger and better than ever and will bring thousands of people into the town centre which is great for business.

“As we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A winning bid would mean Paisley town centre would be hosting big events similar to this one every weekend.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host a four week Christmas spectacular in the town from November 24th, with plans, subject to approvals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by Paisley First, Winter Fest also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

For more information and timings on the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on go to:http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/paisley-christmas-lights/#whats-on-4826

The event means there will be a series of road closures around the town centre from 12.01am on Saturday morning, including parts of Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Saturday morning until after the event.

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Start of Season 2017

The frosty mornings have already started and Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd are geared up for the coming winter season and look forward to supplying customers throughout Renfrewshire and mainland UK with de-icing rock salt.

Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd is based at North Arkleston Farm in Paisley, conveniently next to Junction 27 of the M8 motorway. The company supplies rock salt to individuals, local authorities and businesses throughout the UK – helping to keep schools, hospitals and other government buildings clear of ice. They are also the primary salt supplier for many of the main gritting companies, who work tirelessly throughout the night to keep our roads safe.  

The company was formed in 2010, the ‘worst winter since records began’. This was the year that temperatures plummeted to as low as -20 ⁰C. The team at Salt and Grit Solutions could not have hoped for a better start as everyone quickly learned the integral role that de-icing salt plays in keeping the country moving. There was no choice but to learn how to work quickly and efficiently, working long hours each day to deliver salt where it was needed, as promised.

It was during this winter that the company established a good reputation within the industry, and now new customers also benefit from this experience. The company believes that the key to building successful relationships is to understand individual needs and work out a service plan to suit, and of course offer competitive pricing!

Salt and Grit Solutions may be better known to the people of Paisley through another arm of the business, Rukeri. The Rukeri brand supplies a range of landscaping products to trade and public, specialising in growing and supplying turf from their fields at North Arkleston Farm. Rukeri enjoyed a very busy summer, helping to transform the gardens of residents in the local area. Although both business activities tend to be seasonal Rukeri is still operational during the winter months (turf is cut all year round providing the ground isn’t frozen solid!).

The company facilitates deliveries of rock salt throughout all of the UK, however a fantastic service with short delivery lead times is offered to the people of Paisley, as to be expected from a local supplier. Salt is also available to purchase from the depot at North Arkleston Farm. Do pop in, as the team would be delighted to see you.

For more information please visit:

www.saltandgritsolutions.co.uk

www.rukeri.com

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Paisley celebrates two-year anniversary of UK City of Culture 2021 bid launch

In the two years since Paisley launched its bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021, the town has discovered a new found optimism and confidence.

Paisley was shortlisted for the title in July, along with Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea. A decision by competition organisers the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected next month.

Since the town officially declared its title ambitions at Paisley Abbey on November 13, 2015, as part of a wider plan to transform the area, more than 34,000 people have been involved in the conversation around the bid.

Paisley Fireworks 4.11.17

Paisley’s popular events calendar has seen a marked increase of over 34,000 visitor numbers in 2017 so far – with a number of fantastic events still to take place in the town before the end of the year. The town’s major events have also seen a 37% increase in visitors from out with Renfrewshire.

Sharon McAulay from the award winning Paisley-based community initiative, the STAR Project, said: “The impact of the bid so far has been huge.

“When we were shortlisted attitudes literally changed overnight. People believe that we can actually do this, that Paisley is so much more than a bunch of negative statistics.

Diageo are backing the Paisley 2021 bid with special johnnie walker bottles pic shows gavin and Jean

“This bid is a real opportunity for us to show the world that Paisley is ready to be put back on the map.

“Our members have been talking about how winning will not just benefit them, but also their children and their children’s children too, so there is a real sense of future change and opportunity for all.”

More than 200 local businesses and a raft of sponsors have also backed the bid. Companies with international links including Glasgow Airport, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers have pledged funding totalling £260,000 if Paisley wins the title in December.

Major milestones have included the town hosting the British Pipe Band Championships, with Paisley also welcoming the Royal National Mod in either 2021 or 2022.

Home grown star Paolo Nutini hosted a triumphant homecoming concert at Paisley Abbey in October as part of this year’s annual Spree Festival.

Local dance company Right 2 Dance brought internationally renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne company to Paisley to deliver a week-long series of workshops and work with young people in the town.

School children from across Renfrewshire also set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. Using coding game Minecraft, 406 pupils from eight local primary schools were guided through a history of Paisley’s architecture and learned how to create buildings using code.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s connections throughout the UK and the rest of the world have continued to grow and grow in the two years since the bid was launched. We have seen Paisley designers showcase their work at London Craft Week and reach new markets from their base in the town.

“There have also been a number of international link-ups, including the opening concert of this year’s Spree arts festival which twinned with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in India.

“We have initiated cultural conversations at Westminster and thanks to our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, the local creative scene is benefitting from new national partnerships.

“Launching the bid has generated a positive outlook for the future in the town and surrounding areas. Hosting the title could also create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over ten years and provide a £175m economic boost to the local economy.

“We have so much to offer and winning the title will show why Paisley matters, not just to Scotland, but to the UK and the world.”

The Paisley 2021 campaign has also helped boost the town’s global links – and even to outer space when a patch of the Paisley Pattern was sent on board a rocket bound for the International Space Station in July 2016.

Alan McNiven, the CEO of community group Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The bid for Paisley to be City of Culture 2021 has created an atmosphere of energised excitement – and that energy has created countless amazing, emotional moments over the last two years.

“The Paisley 2021 movement has provided fantastic opportunities for local engagement and we’ve heard thousands of Paisley voices describing their enthusiastic support for the UK City of Culture 2021 campaign.

“It has captured the community’s growing confidence in a brighter future for Paisley. “

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Remembrance services take place across Renfrewshire

Communities across Renfrewshire have paid their respects to the Armed Forces at a series of remembrance services across the area.

Services took place in the main town centres of Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, as well as six other services in neighbouring villages, to give local people the opportunity to pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty.

More than 500 people attended the service in Paisley, where Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron joined members of the Royal British Legion at the Cenotaph to remember those who have been lost in all wars and conflicts.

A member of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch sounded the Last Post to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice before the Two Minutes’ Silence was impeccably observed at 11am.

Provost Cameron laid the first wreath, followed by more than 30 others from various groups and organisations including the Royal Air Force, 102 Field Squadron, Renfrewshire Council and the Emergency Services.

Provost Cameron said: “It is an honour to take part in this service which gives everyone the opportunity to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and the importance of this cannot be misunderstood.

“We must ensure that we remember those who have given their lives to allow us to continue to live ours in peace.

“I was privileged to attend the Children’s Remembrance Service on Friday and it was clear that the message of remembrance remains in our schools, and it is important that the younger generation recognise the importance of remembering the fallen.”

The annual Children’s Remembrance Service took place on Friday 10 November at the joint campus of Mossvale and St James Primary Schools.

Primary 7 pupils from both schools led a service of readings and poetry to Provost Cameron and members of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch, which included a moving rendition of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

For more information visit www.legionscotland.org.uk.

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The Money Box

We are “The Money Box” a Young Enterprise group from St.Benedict High School Linwood who are trying to get out there and show what we have to offer.

Our aim is to produce a fun and effective way to get people our age (17 year old) to start saving in cool personalized boxes. These are existing ones we have produced below.