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Renfrewshire Council procurement team celebrates success

Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Renfrewshire Council procurement team celebrates success.

Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after its performance was recognised at its industry Oscars.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – was highly commended in the Team of the Year category at the Government Opportunities (GO) Awards Scotland this month.

The council established its procurement team in 2009 and since then has achieved significant financial savings by introducing more efficient practices.

Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Councillor Eddie Grady, who attended the GO Awards ceremony with the team, said: “The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small. It’s crucial that we get value for taxpayer money in all our dealings.

“The job of the procurement team is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible. For the team to be recognised by their peers is testament to how well they are doing.

The team was also shortlisted in award categories for excellence in collaboration and corporate social responsibility.

The team may be in line for further success with the recent news that Julie Welsh, Head of Procurement and Business Support for Renfrewshire Council, has been shortlisted for the national award of ‘Procurement Professional of the Year’ by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO).

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.

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Paisley Fireworks Video in full

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Paisley Fireworks Video in full.


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Paisley Fireworks Photographs 2013

Paisley Fireworks Photographs 2013.

The Paisley Fireworks event this year was on probably the wettest night of the year but luckily the event didn’t become a damp squib. There were rumours on social media of the event being cancelled during the day, so after a frantic flurry of phone calls and social media postings we managed to inform as many people as possible that the event was still on. The referee at St Mirren Park didn’t get the memo though as the game between St Mirren and Ross County was abandoned, just around the same time that Renfrewshire Council officials confirmed the display in Paisley would still go ahead.

Photographers from Paisley on the web were still in town braving the non stop rain to capture some excellent photographs of the days’ events, hosted by Clyde 1’s Gina McKie and including some great young local talent on stage.

Set 2:

The second set of photographs were taken by Alex Slaven for www.paisley.org.uk

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Historical Adventures After School Clubs


Historical Adventures After School Clubs.

We will now be starting two classes at St. Catherine’s Primary School. The first day for the Junior class will be Thursday the 7th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and this will be suitable for 5-7 year olds. The Senior class will be starting on Friday the 8th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and will be suitable for 8-12 year olds.

historical adventureshistoricalahistorical-adventuresOther after school classes that are available are:

  • St Anthony’s Primary School juniors on a Monday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Fordbank Primary School on a tuesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • St. Anthony’s Primary School on a wednesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Please note you must attend these schools in order to attend the classes.


Classes that are open to everyone are:

  • Hunterhill community centre on Wednesday’s
  • Juniors ( 5-7 year olds ) 3.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.
  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 4.30 p.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Foxbar community centre on Thursday’s

  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.

Find out more by visiting facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

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Paisley Panda visits brave Kerry in Hospital

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Paisley Panda visits brave Kerry in Hospital.

A Paisley girl got a shock when she received a hospital visitor that she was not expecting, as Paisley Panda dropped in to visit Kerry Robertson (19) at the Southern General’s ward 62 on Friday 25th October.

Kerry, a St Mirren fan and panda collector, was in complete shock when she turned to see the Giant Panda walking towards her. Her mum, Paisley.org.uk’s own Tracey Clements said “Kerry has been feeling quite down, she has been in the hospital for almost 9 weeks now and I was wondering what could cheer her up, so I spoke to Brian McGuire who contacted St Mirren and asked if the Panda could visit. They contacted me by email and we arranged it from there”

Kerry was admitted to the Southern General Hospital on the 26th August after visiting the Glasgow Dental Hospital, she had been having trouble with a “ulcer” on her tongue. Doctors prescribed mouthwashes and antibiotics but when nothing worked, her Mum contacted the Dental Hospital and pleaded with them for someone to see her. They saw her within a few hours, she needed an urgent referral to the Oral Health unit and it was from there she was sent straight to the Southern General.

Tracey said “Everything happened so quickly, we were at the Dental Hospital at 9am and at the Southern General by 11.00. Kerry was sent for scans, x-rays, photographs of her mouth, blood tests and then on to see the consultant. He told us he was going to perform a biopsy that afternoon.”

On Friday 30th August the family were dealt the devastating blow they were dreading most, Kerry had cancer. Plans were put in place to remove the tumour and on Thursday 19th Sept Kerry was wheeled into theatre for what turned out to be a 13 hour operation, where her whole tongue, lymph glands from the right side of her neck, part of her voice box and most of her teeth were removed. She now faces 6 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy.

Tracey says “Kerry has been so brave through all of this, I am incredibly proud of her. Sure she has had bad days but given what she is going through that can only be expected. She repeatedly tells us that she is going to kick cancer’s ass.”

Kerry, who was due to start a college course to train as a special needs teacher the same week she was admitted to hospital, said “Everyone has been great, a friend of my Mum took part in a Race for Life for me and raised £170 for Cancer Research, a local business set up a fundraising page for me so when my treatment is completed I could use the money to maybe have a wee holiday somewhere to recuperate and of course the staff at the hospital has been absolutely amazing.”

Tracey concluded by saying “I just want to thank St Mirren and Paisley Panda for going out of their way and beyond any normal duties by going all the way up to the Southern General to visit Kerry. Once the initial shock wore off she was thrilled and told everyone about her surprise visitor, and of course thank you to Brian for helping to arrange it.”

Brian McGuire founder of the Paisley.org.uk website said: “Tracey has been an integral part of the running of the Paisley website over the last couple of years, we know how much of a shock this was for Tracey, Kerry and the rest of the family. I speak for everyone at Paisley.org.uk, we are delighted we could do something that in some small way helped cheer Kerry up. It also shows that the community of Paisley can come together to help those in need. I wish to thank the Paisley Panda and St Mirren who did not hesitate and immediately offered their help..”

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Sisters reunited thanks to Paisley on the Web

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Sisters reunited thanks to Paisley on the Web.

A week ago we were contacted by a lady in England who was looking for family in the Renfrewshire area. We suggested she post on our Facebook group page and see if she got any leads from our thousands of followers.

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Before Stephanie’s grandmother passed away in January she gave her some information that she hoped would help her locate her sister, but without success. Stephanie has never met her sister and her father has refused to tell her anything about her. When she was young her father left the family to go to Scotland where he married a woman, Maggie, in Oban and had another daughter. Her father also left them, and Stephanie was hoping that information from her aunt that Maggie’s parents had a farm in Renfrewshire would help her find her half-sister Jessica.

Almost immediately, Stephanie had messages from people offering help, one of whom provided information which helped her trace her sister! Thanks to the help of Elizabeth Anne, one of our long-time Paisley group members, Stephanie is now chatting to Jessica on Facebook and they are gradually getting to know each other. Jessica had no idea of Stephanie’s existence so they are taking it easy and have a lot of catching up to do. We are delighted that these two young ladies have found each other and hope they can meet outside the virtual Facebook world soon.

You can join the Paisley chat by visiting our Facebook Group or Like our Paisley, Scotland Facebook Page.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the efforts on Facebook.

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New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts

New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts.

The new £14.5m Johnstone Town Hall has been hailed as a development which will benefit the whole town, as work starts on the new building.

Workers have been on site this week to start groundworks on the 21-month project to build and fit out the state-of-the-art town hall.

The building is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and represents a massive investment in the regeneration of Johnstone.

Johnstone Town Hall work starts

When it opens in summer 2015, the town hall will house a new library, marriage suite, theatre and conference space, meeting rooms and a café.

It will also contain offices for Renfrewshire Council housing and social work staff, as well as Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

And Provost Anne Hall – who attended a small ceremony to mark the start of building work – believes the development will be a major boost for Johnstone.

She said: “This will be more than just a building – it will be a modern centrepiece for the entire town.

“It will bring a number of important facilities and services under one roof – there will be something there of benefit to every resident of the town and its surrounding area.

“A lot of work has already gone into the design for this building over the past few years – and the council has been very keen to involve the community in that.

“The start of building work marks another significant milestone along the way.”

Provost Hall was joined on site by representatives of BAM Construction, the building contractors, and Hub West Scotland, who manage the contract.

Earlier this month, Renfrewshire Council unveiled hoardings around the site which display an illustration of buildings and landmarks around the town.

The epic artwork – which stretches around three sides of the site – is intended to represent and showcase the town’s past, present and future while work is ongoing.

A temporary Johnstone Library will be open in Collier Street while the work is ongoing.

For more information about the project, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/johnstone or call 0300 300 0114.

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George Secures Cabinet Secretary Visit to BASF Plant

George Adam MSP

George Secures Cabinet Secretary Visit to BASF Plant.

Today, 31st October, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has secured a visit to the BASF plant in Paisley by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP.  George was asking a parliamentary question regarding the troubled plant and asked Mr Swinney to visit the plant along with him to discuss the future of the plant and its workforce with BASF management.

George Adam MSP

Speaking after his parliamentary question, George said, “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has given the commitment to come to Paisley and meet with the management and workforce. This initial decision from BASF is disappointing but we need to do all we can to try and find a buyer for the plant or an alternative use for it.  Every effort should be made to save the jobs of the 141 workers and alternative uses for the site must be fully examined.

‘I was very heartened to hear the positive response given by the Cabinet Secretary on this very difficult matter affecting Paisley. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have been in regular contact with BASF and it is great to hear that the First Minister himself has spoken with a member of the board of directors at BASF.  He set out that Scottish Enterprise would continue to work with the plant to get the best possible outcome for the employees and that PACE assistance would be there for any affected workers.

‘While we are not taking anything for granted and a lot of work needs to be done, I along with my colleagues in government will do all we can to secure the plants future and the workers’ jobs.”

Courtesy of www.paisleysmsp.org

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on Bus Routes


Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on Bus Routes.

The town centre of Paisley will be alive to the sound of Fireworks this year when the annual pyrotechnics display comes to town on the 2nd November 2013. This event is extremely popular with families and if last years Halloween theme event was anything to go by then they just get bigger and better…

Time: Entertainment from noon, fireworks at 6pm

Venue: Paisley Town Centre

mcgillsThere will of course be a change to the routes and pick up points for the bus services through the town centre, please see below for all the relevant changes.

Bus Routes and pick up points

Paisley Firework display Saturday 2nd November and Christmas Lights switch on Saturday 16th November 2013
McGills service alterations & diversions

On the above dates Paisley Town Centre will be closed and some of the McGills services will experience route diversions and slight timetable alterations, please see below for details of your route changes…. Any route number not included is an unaffected service…

Service 7 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, into Gordon St, Mill St then Glasgow Rd and continuing on as normal
Service 7 – To Linwood – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing as normal

Service 10 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 20 – To Gallowhill – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd and continuing as normal…
Service 20 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, left into Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and onwards as normal

Service 26 – To Paisley (part route service) – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St. Left into Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St, Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey to Glenburn
Service 26 – To Glasgow – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd. Return journey to Glenburn (reverse route)

Service 38 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St and Glasgow Rd, continuing route as normal
Service 38 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing route as normal.

Service 54 – To Paisley – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 54 – To Neilston – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and onwards as normal

Service 60 – To Paisley – Will terminate on Witherspoon St, turning left into New St for return journey to Foxbar

Service 61 – To Paisley – Canal St, Left into Causey side St and terminates at Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 61 – To Foxbar – Service will start on Causeyside St (At Cancer Research Shop) right into Canal St and onwards as normal

Service 64 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 66 – To Paisley – Service will terminate on Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 66 – To Dykebar – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and continues on as normal

Service 101 – To Braehead – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St, Smithills St, Central Rd and continues on as normal
Service 101 – To Auchenback – Renfrew Rd, Incle St, Mill St, Gordon St, left into Causeyside St and continues on as normal

Service 904 – To Paisley – Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St and terminates at Weir St
Service 904 – To Largs – Service will commence on Causeyside St and left into Witherspoon St

Thanks to Tracey Clements for this information.

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Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up

Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up.

A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ brand new comedy strand is back this Halloween week with another superb line-up of Scottish comedians primed and ready for devilishly good laughs.

MC’d by Dead Sheep Comedy creator and comic Scott Gibson (regular performer at The Stand Comedy Club) this Thursday’s gig is the perfect remedy for Halloween fatigue.


First on the bill is acclaimed comic, storyteller and social commentator Bruce Morton. A founder of the Funny Farm Collective in 1989, Bruce is credited for kick-starting the burgeoning Scottish comedy scene and has not stopped since. Nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his show Sin, Bruce is has since written and starred in comedies for TV, radio and theatre.

Winner of the 2003 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III is a regular feature on BBC 2’s Live Floor Show. With his heavy metal music, black leather and sunglasses, he is definitely not what you would describe as a run-of-the-mill evangelist. Having managed to offend virtually every religious group and been barred from most places of worship, The Reverend has continued to spread the word of the Lord in comedy clubs up and down the UK. Comedy fans take note: The Reverend is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended!

TV presenter, broadcaster and Scottish stand-up legend Des Clarke completes the line-up for this Thursday’s show. Once an exciting rising star on the Scottish comedy scene, Des’ high energy humour has taken him to the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2001, the Glasgow Comedy Festival and further afield to New York, Dubai and Adelaide, earning him legions of new fans along the way. Away from stand-up, Des can be heard weekdays hosting the Capitol FM Breakfast show.

A Buddy Good Laugh will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 31st October. Doors open 8.15pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked in person at the Box Office in Paisley Arts Centre, by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Photograph above taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle Photography.