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Paisley retains coveted Purple Flag Status

Paisley town centre has successfully retained its Purple Flag status following an application for interim renewal.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.

The award is seen as the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Recent projects have included the Paisley Purple Flag Student Discount card. More than 60 Paisley First BID businesses have signed up to offer special deals to students in the town with the Purple Flag Student Discount Card accepted at all participating outlets which display the Purple Flag sticker.

Chairman of Paisley First, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great achievement for all those involved in promoting Paisley as a great place to live, work, study and visit. “It’s important now that we continue to work together so that when it’s time for the full renewal later this year, and the assessors visit the town centre again, they can see great things happening in our vibrant town centre.”

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The interim renewal of our Purple Flag status is a fantastic boost for Paisley and recognises that the area continues to be a safe, exciting destination for a night out.

“We are working diligently with our partners to ensure that Paisley continues to offer a diverse range of establishments for people to enjoy, as well as ensuring they are able to travel home safely at the end of their night.

“Paisley’s night time economy is thriving and we look forward to the assessors returning later in the year as part of the full renewal process.”

Purple Flag status was achieved at the beginning of 2017 following an application developed by Paisley First, with partners Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Pubwatch, Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors. The town’s Purple Flag is on display at the town’s County Square.

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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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MIRREN COURT, RENFREW ROAD, PAISLEY – Near M8 Jct 27 / Glasgow International Airport 

We have just started refurbishment works at Mirren Court, Renfrew Road, Paisley to create five new small offices from 150 sqft with all-inclusive rents from £ 185 pcm + VAT, to meet the needs of our prospective tenants.

The new offices with common tea prep and break out area will be re-carpeted and freshly decorated and ready for occupation at the end of February / beginning of March 2018.

The offices are ideally located near M8 Jct and Glasgow International Airport and benefits from lots of nearby facilities such as: visitor parking, meeting room facility, on-site Management, excellent access to public transport, lots of amenities nearby (PureGym, Frankie & Benny, KFC & McDonalds, Braehead Shopping Centre, Junction Retail Park and much more).

Please find attached examples of our bright and attractive office space in Mirren Business Centres:

We would be delighted to show you around and if you would like to come and see it just let us know.
Call on 0141 843 4211 or visit our website to find out more about our offices to let.

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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.’


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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Statue to commemorate woman at centre of the landmark snail and bottle legal case

The faded black and white photograph shows a beaming woman proudly bearing a baby girl in each arm.

But far from being just a doting grandmother, May Donoghue earned a place in legal history as the claimant in the world renowned the ‘snail and the bottle’ legal case.

Now Paisley-based artist Mandy McIntosh will use the precious family photo  – the sole surviving picture of May – as the inspiration for a bronze statue.

Mandy, who says she was keen to take on the project as there is such a dearth of female statues in Scotland,  said: “There are so few women commemorated in this way that it’s great to help redress the balance a bit. There are more statues of dogs in Edinburgh than there are of women so it’s very fitting that Mays’ legacy is celebrated in this way.

“When I first started work on the project my focus was on the snail, but then I realised that actually it’s all about May and what she represents.”

May was a single mum living in poverty in Glasgow’s East End who had lost three children and had one surviving son.

She successfully sued the ginger beer manufacturer Stevensons after falling ill when she found a dead snail in a bottle in Paisley’s Wellmeadow café in 1928.

Her actions changed the laws on negligence, not only in her native Scotland, but across the globe.

Mandy added: “The statue shows May holding her twin granddaughters Elizabeth and May on their christening day in 1952, which is like the scales of justice, her holding these two equal weights.

“May was ridiculed in the press at the time by people saying she was only pursuing the legal case for the money, but she kept going and won the case.

“But although she came up out of poverty, she managed to change history.”

It’s expected the statue will be installed – very fittingly – on 1 May at The Tannahill Centre in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park.

The doll sized depiction of May, will be first made in clay and wax before being cast into bronze and will rest on an oak plinth with hand coloured bronze spirals.

The artist received funding for the project from Renfrewshire Council’s Community, Heritage and Education fund, which was launched in 2015 as part of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Although the competition is over, its legacy continues with applications from local groups still being invited for further rounds of funding.

Mandy says she sees parallels between May herself and the women of Ferguslie Park

She said: “I’ve been so impressed by the strength of the women around me that although they’ve not been working directly with me on the project, they’ve certainly influenced it.

May’s granddaughter Maggie Houston-Tomlin, the younger sister of the twins, who are 65 and now live in Oban and Bournemouth, says she and her siblings are delighted that her grandmother will be honoured and she plans to be at the unveiling.

Maggie said: “I’m quite amazed by how famous my grandmother has become. But I’m also amazed my father never ever told us about her. I only found out when another branch of the family tracked me down about eight years ago.

“I was four when May died and I do vaguely remember her as does my elder sister Evelyn. She was a bit of a character and a very strong woman.

“It’s astonishing to think of the influence someone of her background had.”

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Iain Nicolson said: “It’s great to see the legacy of the CHE fund continuing and to see more women represented in our public art.

“I look forward to seeing this project and many others come to fruition.”

Karen Mailley-Watt from the History Girls Frae Scotland, who held a Paisley workshop on how we should celebrate modern women, said she welcomed May Donoghue being commemorated in such a public manner and added:  “It is about time that we, as a society, start to celebrate women’s achievements and help to level the gender imbalance which is so noticeable within Scotland’s built and civic environments.’

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Derek Mackay MSP is encouraging his constituents to use a charity’s new hearing aid support drop-in service in Renfrew.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West visited Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s new monthly Hear to Help drop-in in Renfrew Library to see service coordinator, Lainey McFarlane, and volunteer, Jane Jones, support local people who would otherwise need to go to the audiology department at the RAH.

The Hear to Help service readjusts, cleans and re-tubes NHS hearing aids as well as supplying new batteries. Information about assistive equipment such as amplified phones, TV listeners and vibrating/flashing alarms, which can make life easier, is also provided.


The charity is looking for volunteers in Renfrewshire to come forward help the service for just two hours every month. Training will be provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s audiology department and the new volunteers will also receive an induction by Action on Hearing Loss Scotland.


Derek Mackay MSP said:


“I’ve visited the Hear to Help service in my constituency before, so I’m aware of the valuable support provided in Erskine Library and the Bridge, Bridge of Weir, especially for older people with mobility difficulties who are saved from travelling to hospital for low level hearing aid maintenance.


“I am delighted to see this service is now being delivered in Renfrew Library so that local people struggling to adapt to their NHS hearing aids can find out how to use the volume or loop controls and understand the importance of changing their batteries and getting the tubes cleaned or replaced.


“It is great to see a service making a difference to the lives of local people whilst, at the same time, ensuring that hospital-based NHS audiology staff can focus their resources on diagnosing hearing loss and fitting hearing aids.”


Lainey McFarlane, Hear to Help Coordinator, said:


“We thank Derek Mackay MSP for visiting our new drop-in service in Renfrew Library to see how we help people experiencing difficulties with their hearing aids to hear their friends and family more clearly.


“We are hoping that the service will prove to be popular with local people, so we are looking forward to recruiting more volunteers from Renfrew and surrounding communities to help ensure Hear to Help can meet anticipated increasing demand.”


For more information about Hear to Help, telephone: 0141 341 5330 or email: lainey.mcfarlane@hearingloss.org.uk

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Paisley pirates

Pirates swept the Typhoons aside for the second weekend in a row and, in doing so, racked up their 100th league goal of the season in a match accentuated by bursts of scoring and periods of play in which they dominated, but couldn’t find the net.

The home side were ahead as early as three minutes in when Walker opened Pirates’ account on the powerplay, but they were pulled back within ninety seconds as Typhoons, now with a man advantage equalised through Grant for 1-1. Pirates had the bulk of the play thereafter but the go ahead goals didn’t actually appear when until the eighth minute when, while playing shorthanded on both occasions, they scored twice in under fifty seconds through Guy and Thorp to give their side a cushion at 3-1. They netted a fourth in the 13th minute as Crute was handily places to shoot home, and seconds before the buzzer Walker got his second to give the home side an already comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the first break.


The pattern of play was repeated in the middle session as Pirates beat a steady path to netminder McPherson, but the goalie was having a great night as shots were sticking to his gloves and pads like magnets, until the 27th minute when Martyn Guy neatly took the puck round him to score the 6th. Pirates’ 7th, and their 100th League goal of the season, duly arrived after 31 minutes as skipper Chris Turley fired in an unstoppable effort, and a further pair from Guy, securing his hat trick, and a first from Haydn Bain, took the score to 9-1 by the 2nd buzzer.


The third session continued as the previous two, with Pirates mostly on the offence, with Meechan in goal equal to the occasional shot which came his way, and the goals came early in the session as Haydn Bain scored a double either side of the 45th minute to complete his own hat trick, and take the score to 11-1, and while the hosts continued to press, they couldn’t find another counter, with Thorp coming closest with a shot which came back off the bar with 5 minutes left.


Pirates will be happy to clinch another two points and continue to push Kirkcaldy and Dundee Comets at the top end of the league table..


They are back in home action next Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a league derby (face off 6.00pm).

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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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The Bungalow Musical

Hi also going by our competition to the Bungalow the Musical we also have this which gives community groups the chance to get tickets to this once in a lifetime musical.

Please support Loud n  Proud. Come along to see an amazing show. Tickets are now on sale at www.tickets-scotland.com Hard on the heels of our highly acclaimed Rock Musical I Was There the story of the Glasgow Apollo we give you The Bungalow Musical.


This is the story of The Bungalow which was a small venue at the bottom of Renfrew Road, Paisley during the 70’s and 80’s which became a legend in the UK music scene. Those amazing days are brought to life with a full cast of live bands, dancers and actors. The story has never been told before and this will be the first show of its kind showcasing this iconic venue’s rise to fame.

The show is ground breaking and innovative full of punk classics and more. It’s a nostalgic trip for those who went there and experienced it and it also captures the imagination of those that didn’t.

It’s difficult to imagine that a little place in Paisley attracted such big names as The Fall, The Skids, The Associates, Orange Juice, Roddy Frame, Tenpole Tudor, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Aztec Camera, and The Teardrop Explodes. Including music from The Who, Slade, Elvis Costello, Boomtown Rats and more.

To order FREE tickets (while they last) Email info@loudnproud.org with the
ticket numbers, name of group and contact details. This offer includes
youth workers or adults in charge. This show will inspire young people to
take part in Creative Arts



We are giving away free tickets to the Premier of the show on 1st March 2018. This is a great opportunity for young people to see a professional level show performed by young people. The show has dancers, singers, actors, musicians and a choir making it a huge cast and an exciting show. Loud n Proud are extending this invite to make it easy for young people to access a show of this level without the barrier of cost. We hope that the show will inspire more young people to take part in Creative Arts. If not we hope that they just have a great time. We always offer tickets to youth groups. We did it at our show I Was There the story of The Glasgow Apollo and we had 100 young people along to see the show, the feedback considering their age an the era the show is set in was  amazing. As they say ‘good music is good music’. Rehearsals for the show are going great and we expect to have a knockout show telling a little piece of Paisley music history that will entertain everyone no matter their age.