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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Threading West…..to the Atrium, Anchor Mill, Paisley.  Opens Saturday 3rd May until 8 June 2014

Seen by over 100,000 people in its first year and its only visit to the West of Scotland, don’t miss the 160 panels of this exquisite tapestry telling the story of Scotland from first settlers and the receding glaciers, Picts, Vikings, Bannockburn, Paisley Pattern, The Mills, WWI, rock’n roll to the creation of the Scottish parliament and everything in between. Initiated by Andrew McCall-Smith and designed by Andrew Crummy, over 1000 stitchers from across Scotland have created this the longest tapestry in the world including 3 panels stitched here in Renfrewshire.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

This extraordinary exhibition is presented by a community collaboration – Weaving Musical Threads, Paisley Thread Mill Museum and West College Scotland – and can be seen in the beautiful and historic Atrium, Anchor Mill situated at The Hammills on the White Cart River.

Artistry – History – Community

“Most important have been our efforts to make a tapestry that distils Scotland’s unique sense of itself, to tell a story only of this place, and without bombast, pomp or ceremony, to ask the heart-swelling rhetorical question; Wha’s like us?”   – ALISTAIR MOFFAT, Historian (www.scotlandstapestry.com)

Free entry. Donations welcome.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
Open Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 8pm


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Dyad Productions presents ‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ at Paisley Arts Centre

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Dyad Productions presents ‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ at Paisley Arts Centre 

A fascinating insight into the life of one of the world’s most iconic women, ‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ is a stunning one-woman show revealing the true story behind the legend. 

This performance depicts Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom in a dressing gown and underwear; no glitz, no glamour, no masks.  Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and travels back through the memories of her closest relationships.  Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood icon tells all (Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Arthur Miller, her mother – it’s all here), revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, and leads us in real time to the very moment of her death. 

Dyad Productions creates, produces and tours classic theatre with an innovative and contemporary emphasis.  This radical interpretation of one of the world’s most famous women is Dyad’s fifth original production in as many years, and, although a work of fiction, exposes the truth behind the legend.   

Previous works, Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth were five-star successes at Edinburgh and Adelaide in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, with The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Female Gothic garnering five-star reviews at Edinburgh 2011 and 2012, respectively.  All four plays continue to tour across the UK and internationally, while Austen’s Women returned to Edinburgh for a limited sell-out run at Assembly in 2013.   

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”21115″ align=”center” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 1 May at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be bought at the Box Office (located in Paisley Arts Centre), by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking Suitable for ages 12+[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Craig Campbell’s latest tour to stop off at Paisley Arts Centre

Craig Campbell


Craig Campbell’s latest tour to stop off at Paisley Arts Centre

Internationally acclaimed stand-up and master storyteller Craig Campbell is set to extend his brand new tour, Thrilling Mic Hunt into Spring 2014 by a further 31 dates.

Surfing the awesome momentum of the digital-only release of his Channel 4 DVD Craig Campbell Live recorded at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, a continuing Lumberjack tour and another Edinburgh Festival run; our Merry Moose returns with more rib-tickling stories of life as a perpetually fun-seeking middle-aged manchild. It’s time to grab an adventurous date, launch your laughter canoe and ride Campbell’s comedy creek while it’s in full flood!

Craig Campbell

Craig recently supported Frankie Boyle on his 120 date nationwide tour and has performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and was responsible for easing the contractions of an expectant mother who laughed so hard at his performance on Dave’s One Night Stand – which detailed an encounter with a badger – that her waters broke.

Craig Campbell will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 2 May. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £14 (£12 conc) and can be bought at the Box Office (located in Paisley Arts Centre), by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking Please note the show contains very strong language.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Stars take to home-town stage for Gerry Rafferty tribute

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A star-studded line-up led a powerful musical tribute to Paisley songwriting legend Gerry Rafferty during a unique event to honour the singer in his home town.

Paisley Town Hall provided a spectacular setting as a spellbound capacity crowd was treated to an evening of Gerry’s greatest hits by his family, friends and fans.

The show – on what would have been Gerry’s 67th birthday – was directed and compered by his lifelong friend and collaborator Rab Noakes.

Featured artists Barbara Dickson, Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Siobhan Wilson all took turns as the lead singer, with Gerry’s daughter Martha and other family members providing backing vocals on various songs.

A 24-piece orchestra made up by members of the RSNO added an extra musical layer as songs spanning Gerry’s career – from his early Humblebums days through to his million-selling solo work – were reworked.

The concert opened with the aptly-titled New Street Blues – inspired by his home town – with international hit such as Baker Street and Right Down the Line following.

Between songs, artists talked of how Gerry’s work had helped inspire theirs, with Rab Noakes adding a personal touch with the tale of how the pair had first met as up-and-coming musicians – introduced by Billy Connolly – back in 1969.

The concert was the centrepiece of a week-long festival of music at various venues in Paisley, all inspired by Gerry’s songwriting legacy.

It was timed to take place alongside an exhibition into his life and work, which will run at Paisley Museum until 18 May.

The Renfrewshire-Council-supported-festival will close on Saturday with a Celebration of Scottish Songwriting Show in Paisley Town Hall featuring Midge Ure, James Grant, Hamish Stuart, Karine Polwart and more.

Each artist will perform some of their own songs, plus other material from their favourite Scottish performers.

The remaining tickets for that show are available on a buy-one-get-one-free basis from www.bringitallhome.co.uk or by calling 0300 300 1210. They will also be available on the door at Paisley Town Hall from 5.30pm on Saturday.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall – who hosted a short reception for artists and guests in the town hall after the show – said: “It was a wonderful occasion and there could be no more fitting setting for this concert than here in Gerry’s home town.

“This was a great way for the people of Paisley to celebrate the life and work of one of the town’s greatest sons.

“We are very proud of the town’s cultural and musical heritage and Gerry’s work takes its place at the forefront of that tradition.”

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, with support from Homecoming Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Rafferty family.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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St Mirren V Hibernian News

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St Mirren V Hibernian News


If you are coming along to Saturdays game against Hibernian why not take advantage of our special  three game ticket package to help you save some money.

The 3 match package ticket prices are as follows (normal price for 3 games in brackets):

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Adult – £55 (£66)
Concession – £30 (£36)

West, Main and South Stands

Adult – £50 (£60)
over 65  – £25 (£30)
Student – £25 (£30)

West and Main Stands

13 to 17 year old – £25 (£30)
Under 12 – £10 (£15)

West College Scotland Family (South) Stand

13 to 17 year old – £10 (£15)
Under 12 – £3 (£6)

* This offer will only be available from the Ticket Office,  there will be no online option to purchase.

* You can either visit the Ticket Office in person or contact 0141 840 6130. Even though the Ticket Office window will only be open from 10:00am till 2:00pm phone orders can be taken from 10:00am till 5:00pm on  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.


* The three match ticket package will be available until Friday 18th April at 5:00pm.


Foodbank Collection – St Mirren Park, 19th  April 2014 – before the Hibernian FC game

Members of the St Mirren Fan’s Council, ‘Street Stuff’ Volunteers and members of the St Mirren FC Community Trust will be looking to collect your donations for Renfrewshire’s Foodbank at St Mirren Park on Saturday 19th April between 2 and 3pm. If you can bring any of the following types of items (foodstuff that won’t spoil) the volunteers will be delighted to collect it!


Ø   Milk (UHT or powdered)

Ø   Sugar

Ø   Fruit juice (carton)

Ø   Soup

Ø   Pasta sauces

Ø   Sponge pudding (tinned)

Ø   Tomatoes (tinned)

Ø   Cereals

Ø   Rice pudding (tinned)

Ø   Tea Bags/instant coffee

Ø   Instant mash potato

Ø   Rice/pasta

Ø   Tinned meat/fish

Ø   Tinned fruit

Ø   Jam

Ø   Biscuits or snack bars

The volunteers will make themselves known to you and all Fan’s Council members will have ID badges approved by the club. The will be 4 collection points will be as follows:

Ø      South Stand – in the middle of the stand between Turnstiles 7-8 and 9-10

Ø     West Stand – beside West Stand Ticket Office between Turnstiles 11-14 and 15-16

Ø     Main Stand – one beside the Ticket Uplift Window at Turnstiles 1-3 and the other at the Hospitality Entrance beside Turnstiles 4-6

Come along, bring some donations and enjoy the game! ‘Mon the Buddies!!

Renfrewshire Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust Foodbanks. It provides emergency food to local people in crisis. It provides a minimum of 3 days food to those in need. People in Britain face hunger from time to time for a variety of reasons from Debt to Benefit delays to the new Welfare Reform stipulations. Renfrewshire Foodbank seeks to deal with the immediate crisis of food provision and go on from there to listen to the person and establish the root cause of the issue. We then signpost clients to agencies best placed to deal with the root cause. this prevents a dependency culture building up and in turn restores dignity and revives hope to those in need. Trussell Trust Foodbanks like Renfrewshire’s work closely with other agencies to this ends. These agencies also hold food vouchers to issue to clients, therefore ensuring that the most in need benefit from the service.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Glasgow Airport has unveiled its new look website which is the latest in a series of improvements the airport has been making as part of its ongoing, multi-million pound investment programme.

The fresh design of the user friendly website www.glasgowairport.com is in keeping with the airport’s brand which was launched last year with the accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland.

The website provides a detailed overview of every aspect of the passenger journey including arrivals, departures, passing through security and the airport’s extensive retail offering. It uses a responsive design which means it will re-scale to fit the size of the device being used, be it a mobile, tablet or desktop.

Steven Marshall, marketing manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “We are really pleased with the look and feel of the new website. We cater for millions of passengers every year which means our website attracts a huge amount of traffic. Ultimately, we wanted to enhance the functionality of the site, making it easier for visitors to navigate and to find the relevant information in as few clicks as possible.

“All of the content has been refreshed including our interactive route map which contains travel guides to over 100 destinations served by Glasgow Airport. We have also adapted the website so that it will provide a great user experience, irrespective of the platform being used.”

The website went live on Tuesday 15 April 2014 and also contains information on car parking, the airport’s community work and a Glasgow city guide.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”camera”][vc_simple_slider ids=”21044,21045,21046,21047,21048″ type=”1″][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Website Design


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Website Design

We now offer full website design for business, organisations, non profit or charitable organisations. (We do not do free) but we can have some come and go depending on your budget.

We will offer a full professional design and a website that will blow you away, to see our skills simply look at www.paisley.org.uk it has everything you can imagine..

We have 14 years experience so you gain that experience and the Paisley network for immediately showcasing your website, who else offers this?


We do websites that are visually appealing and SEO rich (search engine optimisation) so that you can be found on search engines.

Projects can take as quickly as a week to a month, but we must always say there is never an end to the project as it should develop with your project or service and be kept up to date..

Any-ways contact us today and let us know what you are looking for, we will give you a sensible quote and we then take it from there.. We are here to give the best service possible.

We will ask you some questions to get going, but don’t worry we will be friendly and helpful….

  • We will buy your domain name
  • We will host your website
  • We will set-up and administer your email
  • We will even give you 24/7 support
  • We wont however give a bad service or fob you off with techno babble

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Ask us for more info if you have questions

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GA LOGO Proud to serve Scotland

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Passenger numbers up 4.1% in March

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 532,000 people travelling through the airport in March 2014, representing an increase of 4.1% compared to the same period last year.

Domestic traffic grew by 2.9% benefitting from strong demand for London and regional services, whilst international grew by 5.9%, with airlines such as KLM, Jet2.com and United all reporting an increase in demand.

Glasgow Airport also received a number of welcome announcements in March, including the reinstatement by Citywing of a direct air link between Glasgow and the Isle of Man and confirmation US Airways will bolster its popular Glasgow to Philadelphia service with an additional 19 round-trip flights. The airline, which is now part of the American Airlines Group, has responded to an increase in demand for the trans-Atlantic service, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To be able announce further growth is extremely encouraging and rounds off what has been a historic week for Glasgow Airport and Scottish aviation. To have the A380 touch down on our runway was a remarkable and fitting way to celebrate 10 years of Glasgow Airport’s successful partnership with Emirates which, yet again, demonstrated its commitment to Scotland.

“April signalled the start of our busy summer schedule and with our preparations for the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup well underway, passengers will start to notice changes in our main terminal building which has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment.”[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17214″ align=”center” img_size=”full” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Paisley Art Institute 126th Annual Exhibition

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Paisley Art Institute 126th Annual Exhibition

Paisley Art Institute brings together contemporary artworks from all over Britain, attracted to Paisley with many prizes available to all exhibiting artists. This year hopes to be the biggest ever show by the Institute with 500 works on display.  This years’ revered Guest Artists are Will Maclean MBE RSA and sculptor Tim Pomeroy ensuring the 126th Annual Exhibition will be a high point in the Scottish art calendar.

Dates: 17 May to 22 June
Venue: Paisley Museum
Cost: FREE

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Launch of Nationwide Art Publication at Paisley Museum

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Launch of Nationwide Art Publication at Paisley Museum

The launch of the publication, The Public Catalogue Foundation – Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Strathclyde which is a collection of 2,400 oil paintings held by local authorities across the country, will take place in Paisley Museum this week, in an event hosted by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums and the Paisley Art Institute.

Forming part of a series of books containing artworks across the UK, The Public Catalogue Foundation – Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Strathclyde is a celebration of the rich variety of oil paintings held in this area, including pieces owned by Paisley Museum and Paisley Art Institute.

Paisley Art Institute

Paisley Museum houses one of the largest art collections in Scotland, and holds the Renfrewshire Council and the Paisley Art Institute collections, which together comprise nearly 800 works.

The collections held by Paisley Museum include works by well-known artists such as James Elder Christie, William Kennedy and Sir John Lavery, in addition to the Scottish Colourists and contemporary works by artists such as Steven Campbell, Margaret Hunter and John Byrne.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Cultural Policy Board states ‘This stunning publication reveals the impressive collection of oil paintings that are held by Paisley Museum. Together with the artworks from Paisley Art institute, it is a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that exists in Renfrewshire.’

Michael Durning, President of Paisley Arts Institute states, ‘Paisley owes a great debt of gratitude to the generosity of those who wanted to reflect the pride and success of their town. In a collective spirit of giving, they donated works of art so prodigiously that their legacy has enabled Paisley to have one of the largest art collections in Scotland, the most important pieces often seen abroad. However, it is a living collection which continues to be added to, with donations from today’s thriving artistic community.’

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