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St Mirren league win to be celebrated with open-top bus parade

Thousands of people will party on the streets of Paisley when St Mirren’s SPFL Championship winning side are honoured with an open-top bus parade through the town centre.

Renfrewshire Council is marking the Buddies’ return to the top-tier of Scottish football by staging the large-scale outdoor celebration event on Saturday 21 April.

St Mirren mathematically confirmed the title on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with second-placed Livingston means they can now no longer be caught.

That means the league trophy will be presented next week on the pitch immediately after their last home game of the season – against local rivals Morton – which the parade will follow.

The open-top bus will leave the Paisley 2021 Stadium before 7pm and travel through the town centre, to a specially-erected stage in Bridge Street, behind Paisley Abbey, around 7.30pm.

There, fans will be able to greet their heroes, with short speeches for the crowd from key figures from the club as they show off the trophy.

Before the team arrives, DJs from Pulse FM will be keeping the crowds entertained with St Mirren-themed songs and entertainment.

The bus will arrive in the town via the west end, with fans encouraged to see the team travel along the following route: High Street (at Paisley Museum), Storie Street, Witherspoon Street/New St (past Paisley Arts Centre), Causeyside Street, St Mirren Brae, Gauze Street, Cotton Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron – who will help host the event – said: “We want to congratulate St Mirren on a wonderful season and are delighted the council is able to stage this event so the people of Renfrewshire can honour their team.

“I am sure the streets of Paisley will be full of celebration on the 21 April and I am looking forward to being there for what will be a great atmosphere and a wonderful occasion.”

St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott added: “We want to thank Renfrewshire Council for organising this event to allow the people of Paisley – whether hardcore fans or not – to see the team and trophy.

“St Mirren are – and always will be – at the heart of the Paisley community, so it is fitting we get to celebrate a memorable year for the club and celebrate together as a town.”

For more event information and to keep up to date on all local events, visit www.paisley.is

The St Mirren celebration event will be the first of two weekends which will see the area around Bridge Street and Abbey Close packed with activity – with the Paisley Food and Drink Festival to take place one week later.

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Launch of Paisley’s First Coffee Roasters

On April 19th, The Gatehouse Coffee Roasters will open its doors and begin providing speciality coffee to Paisley and beyond.
The Gatehouse Coffee Roasters is the endeavour of husband and wife team, Nate and Becky Strawser. Nate and Becky have been working in coffee since 2005, but this is their first venture out into running a business of their own.
Housed in the historic East Gatehouse of the Abbey Mill Business Centre, The Gatehouse Coffee Roasters roasts top-quality, ethically-sourced beans from around the world and sells them to coffee shops, restaurants and individual coffee lovers. They also provide training to help you to get the best out of your beans.
The launch event is 3-8pm on April 19th and everyone is welcome to pop in and sample Paisley’s very own speciality coffee. (flyer attached)
“We love coffee and we love Paisley. We’re excited to bring speciality coffee to our town and do our part to put Paisley back on the map.” – Nate Strawser
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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE – MHAIRI BLACK WELCOMES CENTENARY FUND

Projects to mark the anniversary of the women in the UK first receiving the vote will receive £500,000 from the Centenary Fund. The Fund will support a variety of projects including those looking to improve women’s political representation and participation in public life.

As part of the Centenary Fund, up to £170,000 will be made available for local and community-based projects to apply to the Scottish Government’s Vote Centenary Small Grant Scheme.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, welcomed the announcement.

Commenting, she said:

“We have come a long way since some women secured the right to vote 100 hundred years ago, yet much still needs to be done to eradicate gender inequality and create a fairer, safer and more equal society.

“The Vote Centenary Small Grant Scheme is now open for applications.  We are asking local communities to think of creative ways in which they can mark the centenary and I would encourage those that can to apply to the scheme as soon as possible.

The Representation of the People Act (1918) was a vital step forward for gender equality, and the centenary of the act is an incredibly important opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought – and in some cases died – for equality.

“We all know that there is lots more to do to tackle issues specific to women, we still have absurd inequalities that plague our society such as the gender pay gap, the rape clause, violence against women, maternity discrimination and the tampon tax.

“This funding from the Scottish Government will ensure we pay tribute to the women who fought so hard for the rights that women have today, as well as playing an important part in encouraging the next generation of women leaders.”

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Ten out of ten for Lesley’s fitness classes

LESLEY Cochrane has been given ten out of ten for the way she runs her fitness classes.
After all, she’s been teaching Body Attack, Body Pump and Body Combat for ten years, this month.

Lesley, 42, from Linwood is a fitness instructor with Renfrewshire Leisure and was given a round of applause by her class at Linwood’s ON-X Sports Centre last week, when they were told it was the tenth anniversary of her teaching the popular workouts, devised by the internationally-renowned fitness guru, Les Mills.

Lesley said: “I can hardly believe it’s been ten years since I took my first Body Attack class, in the old Linwood Sports Centre.

“We’ve had some great times at the classes over the years and once we were in the sports hall and there some kids playing on a bouncy castle next to us. The youngsters were watching us, then started copying our moves and before I knew it, they had moved over to our side of the hall and joined the class.

“I do all the exercises along with the class and it was such a hard physical workout, I thought I wouldn’t last another ten classes, never mind ten years of classes.
“But I’ve got a lot fitter myself over the years by taking these classes and there are women who were at my first class and still come along today.”

Two of these women are Hazel Black and Kam Bamrah, both from Houston Renfrewshire.
Hazel said: “Going to Lesley’s classes has been really enjoyable and I’ve made some good friends there. It’s exercise and fun at the same time.”

Kam added: “We know we’ll always get a good workout with Lesley. I’ve been coming for such a long time because I really enjoy her classes.”

Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “Our aim is to make keeping fit as interesting and as enjoyable as possible. With instructors like Lesley working for us and the fact people have been coming to the classes for ten years, shows that we’re doing exactly that.”

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Renfrewshire Chamber B2B 2018

Register Now for Renfrewshire Chamber’s annual B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire”

 

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 8th consecutive year on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon, Paisley.

“Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to all members & non-members, business people, start-ups, senior school pupils and students.

 

With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day the event is sponsored by Paisley.is, the new destination brand for Paisley & Renfrewshire.

 

Seminar line-up:

 

  1. 10.15-11.00 “Paisley.is: how your business can benefit” with the Paisley.is team & Renfrewshire Council   
  2. 11.15-12.00 “Anti-Social Media” with NSDesign
  3. 12.15-13.00 “Start up in Renfrewshire!” with Business Gateway & Invest in Renfrewshire
  4. 13.15-14.00 “How to win business using LinkedIn” with fatBuzz
  5. 14.15-15.00 What you need to know about GDPR” with MacRoberts
  6. 15.15-16.00 “Leadership – hoping isn’t good enough” with bfpeople

 

Commenting on the event chief exec Bob Grant said “Renfrewshire’s largest free business event is an excellent way to engage with the wider business community. There is a varied and interesting line-up of six informative seminars for you to attend throughout the day so please register your free place now.  We are expecting 50 + exhibitors and where else do you get the opportunity to network with so many companies in one go? It’s a great use of time and I would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. The free informative seminars are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.”

 

For more information and to register your place please visit the Chamber events page at www.renfrewshirechamber.com  The event is free to attend (there is a cost to exhibit).  

 

Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

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Jobs at ReMode

REMODE PROJECT MANAGER

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
17HRS/PER/WEEK – £15,028/P/A
(£30,940 P/A F.T.E)

The Project Manager is accountable to the Project Creative Director for the structural operations involved in the day to day running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC’s project programme and activities. 

  • Managing ReMode office systems and processes to ensure the successful delivery of core project activities and associated administration across all staff members to ensure the successful running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC as an organisation.
  • Liaising with key funders and their monitoring officers.
  • Managing the funding streams appropriately.
  • Supporting the Project Creative Director to identify and develop new funding opportunities for ReMode project development and sustainability within the local communities, beyond the current funding period.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

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REMODE ASSISTANT

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
£7904/P/A – 16HRS/PER/WEEK
(£17,290 F.T.E)

The assistant is accountable to Project Creative Director and will ensure the practical day to day running of the ReMode shops and ReMode Pop-ups including:

  • Receiving and recording garment donations.
  • Washing and preparing donated garments and materials for the shop and ReMode Pop-up events.
  • Keeping the ReMode shop, back shop and Make Space, clean, tidy and attractive.
  • Creative displaying of stock on rails, shelving and window displays.
  • Dealing with customers enquiries and drop-in visitors – always with respect and a high level of customer service in mind.
  • Support and assistance of volunteers while they are in the shop.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

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Gavin Newlands MP praises work of RAMH

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has used part of his Easter recess to meet with the staff at RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health), in Paisley.

 

Mr Newlands recently met with Stephen McLellan from RAMH to find out more about their latest work to support people with a mental illness, and also to congratulate them on recently being named as ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Provost’s Community Awards.

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

“In preparation for Mental Health Awareness Week taking place between the 14th and 20th May, I have met with a number of Renfrewshire-based groups who help support people who are suffering from poor mental health.

“1 in 4 people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem this year and it’s clear that we need to do more to support people who suffer from mental ill health.

“I enjoyed catching-up with RAMH to find out more about their latest work. RAMH are well known in Renfrewshire and for the past 40 years have helped people to recover from their mental ill health.

“RAMH are well equipped to help local people and their efforts over the years have meant that they now support increasing numbers of people in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. I was delighted to meet up with Stephen to formally congratulate RAMH on being named as the ‘Employer of the Year’ at the recent Provost Awards. This is testament to the hard work and fantastic service that RAMH provides to people who are experiencing poor mental health.”

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Disabled changing facilities at sports centres being upgraded

Changing facilities for people with disabilities are being upgraded at two sports and leisure centres.
Work has already started to create refurbished changing rooms at The Lagoon, in Paisley and Linwood’s ON-X sports centre.


Once completed in three weeks time, the facilities will meet the standards of the Changing Places Consortium – a UK organisation that campaigns for better toilets and changing facilities for people with profound learning or physical disabilities.

The new changing facilities for disabled people will have a height adjustable adult-size changing table, hoist, new sanitary fittings, supporting handrails and upgraded heating.

While the work at The Lagoon is ongoing, disabled people who want to visit a swimming pool are advised to use the ON-X, which has alternative changing facilities.

Renfrewshire Council is meeting the £29,000 cost of refurbishing both disabled changing areas in the two sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Bringing the facilities up to Changing Places standard shows we’re committed to making sure no one is prevented from using the excellent sports and leisure facilities we have in Renfrewshire because of a disability.”

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World’s largest industrial thread manufacturer backs Paisley 2021 legacy

Plans for Paisley to build a legacy of its UK City of Culture 2021 bid are being financially supported by Coats – the company which made the town the centre of a global empire.

Coats Representitives visit Paisley 9.4.18.

Coats – the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer – was last year one of 15 firms to pledge £20,000 towards the costs of Paisley hosting the cultural title, should it have won.

And members of the company’s board of directors have confirmed that pledge remains in place for projects promoting the ambitious bid legacy plans of the firm’s birthplace.

Members of the Coats Group plc board, including chairman Mike Clasper CBE and group chief executive Rajiv Sharma, made the announcement during a visit to the town.

Coats Representitives visit Paisley 9.4.18.

While here, they were given a tour of Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory – both built by the Coats family – and Paisley: The Secret Collection – the UK’s first high-street museum store and home to many of the items the mill owners bequeathed to the town.

Paisley is pushing ahead with ambitious plans to deliver on the vision of the 2021 bid to transform the area’s future using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets.

That includes a £100m+ investment in town centre venues and infrastructure, including a £42m project to make Paisley Museum into an international-class destination showcasing the town’s rich textile heritage and unique collections.

The Paisley 2021 legacy plan also includes ambitious plans to grow the area’s major events programme, invest in its independent cultural sector, develop as a hub of creative industry, and harness the power of culture to make people’s lives better across health and education services.

The work will be underpinned by the new destination brand paisley.is, which aims to promote Renfrewshire as a great place to live, visit and invest, and help grow the local visitor economy.

While the 19,000 employees of Coats are spread across six continents, the company retains a presence in Paisley – with a high-tech colour management technology team overseeing the dyeing of products manufactured across the globe from its base in the historic Abbey Mills complex.

Members of the Coats board were met at the museum by Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operate the museum, and by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who also hosted a short civic reception for the board on Monday evening.

Cllr Hughes said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the Coats board to the town and thank them for their contribution towards Paisley’s ongoing transformation.

“While the modern Coats company is very different from the one which started life in Paisley in the 19th century, the spirit of innovation and creative industry which saw it grow to be one of the biggest companies in the world is still at the core of what it does.

“Just as Paisley made textiles, textiles made Paisley – many of the most striking parts of Paisley’s iconic skyline grew from the generosity of the Coats family, as did the globally-significant collections in our museums.

“With the museum set to undergo a transformation into a major visitor destination over the next few years, it was great to show the board how the shared heritage and creative spirit of Paisley and Coats will be at the heart of the town’s future.”

Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive, Coats said:  ‘Coats is extremely proud of its heritage, which is inextricably linked with Paisley.  We are delighted to confirm that we remain committed to the financial pledge we made when we backed the Paisley 2021 bid last year.  The tremendous energy and focus that emerged during the bid process has created a legacy which we want to support.’

For more information on Paisley, visit www.paisley.is

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