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Paisley to welcome 4,000 pipers for British Championships

Paisley will be invaded by a tartan army on Saturday when more than 4,000 of the world’s best pipers and drummers descend on the town for the British Pipe Band Championships.

Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital – infogibsondigital@gmail.co.uk

The St James Playing Fields will again host one of the most prestigious events on the world bagpiping calendar, as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

More than 140 pipe bands from as far afield as Canada, Denmark and Ireland will compete in the day-long event before judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).

Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital – infogibsondigital@gmail.co.uk

The event is free to attend and a crowd of thousands is expected – the event arena opens at 10am, with the final march-past and prize-giving to take place around 5.30pm.

Attractions on the day include a bar, as well as a food market with a focus on quality Scottish produce from farm to fork, and the Slug in a Bottle craft market.

Free activities include a Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone including giant inflatables, face painting and sporty fun with the team behind Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff Culture Bus.

This year’s chieftain is Renfrewshire charity champion and quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton – who has helped hundreds of people through her Finding Your Feet charity.

There will be no parking at the site – other than for pipe band coaches – but free shuttle buses will run to and from the free event parking sites at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (Greenhill Road) and West College Scotland (Renfrew Road).

There will also be a free shuttle bus running to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station (Old Sneddon Street entrance) for anybody arriving in town by train. All three shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from 8am to 7.30pm.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “We are thrilled to welcome the British Pipe Band Championships back to the town for the second of its three-year run here.

“Events like this are important for the UK City of Culture 2021 bid as it shows Paisley has the infrastructure and know-how to host large-scale events.

“Our visitors from throughout Scotland and abroad will be guaranteed a warm welcome in the town.”

Ian Embelton of the RSPBA added: “We are pleased to be back in Paisley for another year and delighted to have another huge turnout from bands.

“Everything is in place for a day of top-class competition and I am sure the piping community and visitors alike will find plenty to enjoy.”

More event information is on www.paisley2021.co.uk and a full list of bands and times can be found at www.rspba.org

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Events at The Old Swan

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Summer Music Classes – Diane Mitchell Music School

During the months of July and August, we are offering a range of fun music activities to keep your children occupied, while learning valuable music skills.

We are now taking bookings for our Summer Weeks, which will run during the school holidays. We have a range of classes at both our Paisley and our Barrhead premises.

For more information on any of these classes, or to book a place contact us on 07896689816 or 01413286983, or by email at info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com

Information on the classes can be found at http://www.dianemitchellmusicschool.com/summer-music-classes/

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Available to rent in Paisley and Renfrew

Henderson Properties

Henderson Properties have the following available to rent in Paisley and Renfrew.


For more information please contact:

27 Causeyside Street

Tel: 0141 886 5020



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Entertainment in The Hoose

Every Friday night in the Hoose start the straight fae work session with a glass of fizz or two with our special offer on draught prosecco at only £2.95. Make the weekend start with a pop from 4pm till 8pm.
Later on at 9pm the best karaoke in Paisley with Chris kicks off and goes on till 1am, look out for the Cash prize “Play Your Cards Right” game with mega cash up for grabs if…… you guessed it “Play Your Cards Right”.
Every second Wednesday its live Traditional Scottish music sessions from the champions of such music in Renfrewshire Rentrad, these session kick off at 7pm so a few beers while tapping yer feet and still got time for a beer before bed.
The “Sit in with oor Hoose Band” night is moving to once every second Tuesday on the 1st and 3rd of every month, as it says in the image, you choose either to sit in, watch, sing, dance whatever yu feel comfortable with. Great entertainment in the Hoose just for you.
Our Hugely popular Northern Soul/Motown night returns on the 26th May with loads of wonderful tunes that will just get you up and getting down, shuffling and jigging to the best era for music ever. enjoy yerself while doing a bit of exercise, err well while havin a glass or two.
All in all a great line up of entertainment in oor Hoose. Make a night of it, book a table for dinner with our Buy One Get One Free deal on all our meals, call 0141 561 7105 to book.
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Renfrewshire Carers Centre job vacancy

Renfrewshire Carers Centre are recruiting a new member of their support team in the Centre funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

Adult Support Worker – £20520 (pro rata) –  26 hour post

To provide new carers in Renfrewshire with an intensive, holistic approach to help them develop coping strategies which will assist the throughout their caring journey.

Please see our website for the application pack or email enquiries@renfrewshirecarers.org.uk.  Deadline for applications is Tuesday 23rd May at 12.00pm.

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Grants Roofing And Restoration

Grants Roofing & Restoration

Some recent works carried out by Grants Roofing and Restoration.

Old glass panels removed with velux window installed.  Re-roofing stripped back to the sarkin with new timbers, new tiles and new lead around the chimney.


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UK Parliamentary Election candidates for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North, and Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituencies

The candidates standing in the UK general election on 8 June for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North, and Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituencies, have been declared.


Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

John Robert Boyd, Scottish Liberal Democrats

David John Gardiner, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Gavin Andrew Stuart Newlands, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Alison Suzanne Watt Taylor, Scottish Labour Party


Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency

Mhairi Black, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Alison Jean Dowling, Scottish Labour Party

Paul Mack, Independent

Eileen McCartin, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Amy Louise Thomson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

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May Events at The Bungalow

the bungalow

Thur 11th May
Artist(s): Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands Semi-Final #1
Genre: Various
Doors: 7pm – Midnight
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+


Friday 12th May
Artist(s): Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands Semi-Final #2
Genre: Various
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+


Saturday 13th May
Artist(s): Pronto Mama + MT Doubt + UTLRAS
Genre: Alternative
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £6.00 Entry
Age: 18+


Sunday 14th May
Artist(s): Open Mic Night hosted by Cat Caldwell
Genre: Various
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+


Thursday 18th May
Artist(s): The Asuras + Black Dove + Cat Caldwell
Genre: Alt-Indie? Acoustic
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+


Friday 19th May
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £10.00 Tickets available & on The Door.
Age: 18+


Saturday 20th May
Artist(s): Sergeant + Wolves + Matt Fotheringham + Pol Stevenson
Genre: Acoustic/Indie
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £8.00 Tickets Available + On The Door
Age: 18+

















Sunday 21st May
Artist(s): Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Genre: Various
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

















Friday 26th May
Artist(s): The Muldoons + Steven Leonard + DJ Set
Genre: Indie/Sub-Culture
Doors: 6pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+


Saturday 27th May
Artist(s): Brownbear + Brothers + Patersani
Genre: Acoustic/Indie/Alternative
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £7.00 Tickets Available + On The Door
Age: 18+

















Sunday 28th May
Artist(s): Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Genre: Various
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Bungalow promo video:  http://bit.ly/2lmivyT

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Glasgow Airport records 50th consecutive month of growth

Glasgow Airport reported its busiest April on record after more than 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 8.9% on the same period last year.

An 18% increase in international traffic ensured Glasgow Airport was also able to record its 50th consecutive month of growth. There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European destinations including Ryanair’s new services to Valencia, Lisbon and the Lithuanian city of Palanga.

April marked the start of the busy summer season with a number of airlines including Jet2 and Thomas Cook adding extra capacity. The airport was also boosted by the Easter getaway with almost 110,000 passengers using the airport during the first weekend of the school holidays.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “In addition to growing our European network we have been working hard to consolidate our long haul offering. Both American Airlines and WestJet will return later this month and we also welcome Delta Air Lines to Glasgow for the first time when its inaugural service to New York-JFK takes off on 26 May.

“Not only do these routes play a hugely important role in strengthening our links with North America they will also help generate significant inbound tourism for Glasgow and Scotland, particularly at a time when the current exchange rate favours the US Dollar.

“Earlier this month Loganair launched our first ever direct service to Bergen, Norway, and with new flights to Frankfurt and Madrid still to come we are continuing to provide passengers with a greater choice of business and leisure destinations.”

Traffic summary

April 2017

Terminal passengers




May 2016 to April 2017 %


785,719 +8.9% 9,543,157 +6.5%

 SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the recently reported passenger growth at Glasgow Airport, which is in his constituency of Renfrewshire North & West.

The Airport recorded its busiest April on record as the Airport record its 50th consecutive month of growth.

Over 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month of April, representing an increase of 8.9% on the same period last year.














Mr Mackay, the MSP for Glasgow Airport, said:

“It is encouraging to see passenger growing at Glasgow Airport yet again in what has been a very successful couple of years for the Airport.

“In a time of economic pressures, maintaining passenger numbers can be a challenge and this new increase in numbers is testament to the hard work of all the airport staff.

“Glasgow Airport is going from strength to strength which is good news for the whole of Renfrewshire.

“The Airport is a vital part of the local economy and any increase in passenger numbers has a positive knock on effect throughout the area.”