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Gavin Newlands MP urges community to rally around Leighanne Sanderson

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is urging local people to show their support for a family’s fundraising efforts to support a local mum who is suffering from brain cancer.

Local mum, Leighanne Sanderson from Renfrew has been diagnosed with having a brain tumour and has only been given 18 months to 5 years to live.

Leighanne’s family and friends are now rallying behind her to help raise funds so she can create happy memories with her loved ones.

The family have organised a charity hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday (24th) in the David Lloyd Club, in Renfrew, and local people are being urged to buy tickets to support this worthy cause.

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

“Leighanne was delivered devastating news and her family and friends have rightly come to her aid to help support her during this difficult time. I can’t begin to imagine the distress that the Sandersons are going through at this time and it’s only right that the local community offers all the support they can to the family.

“The Sandersons want to help Leighanne create positive memories and I’m sure our community can contribute to that by supporting their fundraising efforts. The family have organised a hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday and I would encourage everyone to buy a ticket for this event. This sounds like a great night, and you will also be supporting a worthy cause in the process. There will be numerous ways that you can help Leighanne out and I would call on everyone to support her during this time.”

ENDS.

Notes to Editors:

All media enquiries to Garry Quigley 07833634386

Attached picture: Leighanne Sanderson with Gavin Newlands MP

For more information on this event please visit Gavin Newlands MP Facebook event.

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Early completion of Bargarran and St John Bosco Primary Schools and Early Learning and Childcare Class

A shared site for two new build Renfrewshire schools is set to be completed and handed over almost two months ahead of schedule.

The new state of the art two storey building which will house the adjacent St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary Schools in Erskine, will be ready for occupation from 16 April.

This early delivery of the new facilities from main contractors Heron Bros to Renfrewshire Council, means the opportunity to move the schools and St John Bosco’s early learning and childcare class, immediately after the spring break.

Parents have been informed of the early move, which is expected to take place between 16 to 18 April.

All the establishments are expected to be closed over that three day period to minimise disruption.

Permission for the period of “exceptional closure” to facilitate the move from the old buildings to the new building has been sought from the schools directorate at the Scottish Government, with confirmation expected imminently.

The early move also means that the demolition of the existing buildings can take place more quickly, meaning that construction would be complete by October this year, as opposed to December.

The £16 million work, which started in January 2017, is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52million investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.

The new building has mirrored wings for the two schools over two levels with flexible spaces which support independent learning.

On the ground floor, all classrooms lead out into a courtyard with canopied areas for outside learning, while upstairs classes have access to a balcony area.  Toilets and cloakroom facilities link to the outside and the shared dining hall will double up as an ‘after school’ area.

The new facility includes an all-weather sports pitch as well as a feature ‘green roof’ where seeds from native species will be planted and video links to classrooms will allow pupils to view wildlife in realtime.

Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “It’s great news that the building is ready ahead of schedule and we have already informed parents.

“The new shared building provides the best possible learning environment for pupils and children and allows them to reach their full potential.

“The three day closure period will allow staff to set up before the return of children and pupils.”

Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said: “Heron Bros is delighted to hand over the shared campus for St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary School two months early. Our project management team developed an innovative solution which enabled the fast-tracking of the programme and we are delighted to have been able to complete the project ahead of schedule.

“We would like to thank the entire project team and our local supply chain who all worked in collaboration to deliver this marvellous facility so efficiently, and wish the staff and pupils success and happiness in their new home.”

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New Artist in Residence has plenty food for thought!

The new Artist in Residence at Paisley Arts Centre, Clare McGarry reckons she’s found the recipe for success in her new role.


She’s going to talk to people about food!
And later this year, during the Spree Festival, Clare – who has been appointed by Renfrewshire Leisure – will produce a show inspired by her research talking to people of all ages about food in the local culture.

This will include the many Italian chippys and cafes in Renfrewshire; some of the area’s famous food manufacturers like Robertson’s jams and Brown and Polson; the differences in what people eat today compared to years gone by and the need for foodbanks in recent times. Clare is also the artistic director of Grinagog Theatre Company and she explains: “Many of my previous shows have been about food as I’ve discovered food is a wonderful mechanism for people to begin to talk about their wider life experiences and social histories.

“One of the main focuses of the project is community engagement. I want to work with a diverse range of groups across Renfrewshire to find out about their rituals when they are making and eating food; what they like to eat when they have something to celebrate and what recipes and tradition have been passed from generation to generation.” Clare plans to interview people of all ages from school pupils, community and family groups, people who meet up to discuss their area’s heritage to ethnic minority groups, food-growing initiatives and foodbanks.

A key partner in this project is Imaginate, an organisation that promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for young people in Scotland. There are also plans for workshops and masterclasses in the performing arts. All Clare’s research work will culminate in the final show performed by professional actors, at Paisley Arts Centre and there are also plans to take the show to Renfrew Town Hall, Johnstone Town Hall and the Tweedie Hall, in Linwood.

Clare adds: “I am excited about letting the process of this year guide and shape the content of the final piece. “The performance will be a celebration of the stories we hear and I’d like to explore a multi-sensory approach during the show to include real baking, or cooking on stage, creating real smells and the audience being able to taste the food.” Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, which runs arts and culture services said: “This sounds like a really exciting and innovative project that will delve into the social history and culture of the local area.

“I’m sure lots of people will want to share their experiences with food and the part it plays in their lives, whether it has been making food products, cooking or enjoying eating it.” Renfrewshire Leisure was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund. This enables Paisley Arts Centre to develop and deliver an Artist in Residence programme that supports an established artist to develop new work for children over five and their families, providing opportunities for local children and young people to participate in the arts.

Karen Dick, Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Paisley Arts Centre’s Artist in Residence Programme provides an excellent opportunity to build on the increased engagement in the arts in Paisley following its City of Culture 2021 bid, which highlighted the ambition and wealth of local talent in the arts and creative industries.

“This residency will support community empowerment through creative practice and result in the creation of new works that will leave a lasting legacy on Paisley Arts Centre and the communities which it serves.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the project should contact Clare on clarelemcgarry@hotmail.com or call 07816 618 316.

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Renfrew FC Race Night

Renfrew FC are holding a race night on Saturday 24th March at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Renfrew.

Doors open from 7 pm, races start at 730 pm.

Tickets are £3, includes food and disco.

Prizes for the winning horse owner of each race.

Prize-winning games on the night including incredible 4.5 litre bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky.

Tickets available at New Western Park or from any Committee Member.

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited a new facility in Erskine which aims to provide further employment opportunities for Scottish Armed Forces veterans, enabling them to work and develop new skills.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a social enterprise partnership between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine and is due to open its doors in summer 2018.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company will manufacture a wide array of signs and deliver fulfilment, print, mail and recycling services using the latest technology and equipment. The facility also has bold plans for apartments in their village for veterans needing accommodation as well as employment.

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

“Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a fantastic and exciting innovative and I’d like to thank Michelle for speaking to me about this facility which is due to open later this year.

“The social enterprise is a collaborative project between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine, and is being set-up to help provide career opportunities to our veterans once they’ve left the armed forces.

“Veterans are, unfortunately, more likely to be unemployed compared to the general population through no fault of their own, as the overwhelming majority of them want to continue working after they’ve left the armed forces.

“Our veterans deserve all the support they can get and this new facility is leading the way in helping to prepare veterans for a new career. They have bold and ambitious plans for the future, and I look forward to visiting the facility again once they’ve opened their factory doors in the summer.”

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Paisley Pirates Wekend Preview

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”

 

“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”

 

He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”

 

Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

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Plans to build on Paisley 2021 legacy to go before councillors

Plans to use the momentum of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid to help drive a long-term cultural, social and economic transformation of the area are to go before councillors next week.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners have been planning how the town’s bid journey will continue, by building on the positive platform the bid created, and the widespread community support that drove Paisley’s campaign.

Paisley was the only Scottish place and first-ever town to make the shortlist for the prestigious competition, run by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Feedback from DCMS says Paisley was viewed as ‘a very strong contender’ and the decision to shortlist the bid was ‘an easy one’, while praising the town’s passion and commitment to using culture to tackle social problems, and describing the Paisley bid’s community engagement as ‘exemplary’.

The Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – set up to oversee the bid and bringing together business, cultural, educational, community, health and political representatives – has already confirmed it will continue and will deliver and drive a legacy plan, with some partners intending to maintain their original financial pledges.

That detailed legacy plan will be finalised by the Partnership Board in March – but a report outlining the key points of the local authority’s contribution towards the plan is now going before the council’s Leadership Board

It will continue the ambition to achieve the bid’s original long-term aims to significantly grow Paisley’s creative economy, transform its reputation, see the town recognised for its cultural excellence, lift communities out of poverty, and turn Paisley town centre into a vibrant destination.

And the council will continue to lead on delivering the following:

– the planned £100m-plus investment in venues and infrastructure, including the project under way to turn Paisley Museum into an international-class visitor destination, major internal revamps to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre, upgrading the sporting facilities at St James Playing Fields and creating new space for outdoor events and festivals, a new library on the High Street, and improvements to the town centre streetscape and road system;

– a new Paisley destination brand and website will also be unveiled in the next few weeks to build on the national and international profile created by the bid and promote the area as an attractive place to visit, live and invest;

– an enhanced cultural events and festivals programme over the next four years to deliver the best of what was planned for 2021, attract visitors to Paisley, and strengthen the local cultural sector;

Plans will also be developed to grow the area’s creative economy through a new apprenticeship programme, support for creative businesses and a new volunteer strategy.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We must do everything to build on the impact of bidding for UK City of Culture and the momentum it created.

“The campaign took the town’s profile to new levels – with hundreds of millions of people around the world getting the chance to see or hear something positive about Paisley – transformed our reputation, raised awareness of our unique story, and brought self-confidence back to the town.

“It also generated a town-wide discussion about Paisley’s future – with more than 36,000 people engaging with the bid by the time the final submission was made, and new partnerships and relationships developed locally and nationally which will continue to work in Paisley’s interest.

“And it also firmly established the idea that Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets can be used to transform its future – and not just in an economic sense, but also through social impact, by harnessing the power of culture to boost health and well-being, and help people out of poverty.

“We may not have won the title – but the important point is we are still going to deliver our vision and many of the aspirations that informed our bid.

“The report going to the leadership board offers an initial outline of those next steps, and as chair of the Paisley Partnership Board I look forward to revealing the detailed action plan with our partners.

“With major investment in our cultural venues, a new destination brand and website set to launch, an enhanced events and festivals programme in the years ahead, and new funding to support local artists and help the local cultural sector grow, there is lots ahead to be excited by.”

The council’s leadership board will meet on Wednesday 21 February.

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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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SHINE THE LIGHT MR FEBRUARY

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 BUSINESS CENTRES – OFFICES TO LET

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.

LAST TWO OFFICES LEFT – Join our beauty team and take advantage of our lovely space in Mirren Business Centres in Paisley!

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.