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Discover more about Paisley’s Heritage during Doors Open Days

A series of workshops and exhibitions will take place this weekend to celebrate Paisley’s rich built heritage as part of Renfrewshire Council’s Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2).

The legendary Paisley Arts Centre will play host to a range of TH.CARS 2 activities taking place as part of Doors Open Days on Saturday 2 September 2017.

The £4 million TH.CARS 2 project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest while highlighting the significant role Paisley has played in the weaving and textile industry.

During Doors Open Days visitors can view work created by the STAR Project and artist Mandy McIntosh about the life and work of Paisley architect James Steel Maitland – including a short film and a publication ‘Special Concrete’. Create Paisley and local film maker Kevin Cameron will also premiere a short documentary ’Coats Tales – the Town that Coats Built’ about the architectural legacy left to Paisley by the Coats & Clarks families.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in a cognitive mapping workshop with designers Dress for the Weather and After the News where participants can think about how to mentally map their own Paisley. The Paisley TH.CARS2 team will be available throughout the day to provide information about future opportunities available through their five-year heritage and culture programme, and the grant funds available to Paisley town centre building owners.

The activities taking place not only celebrate the town’s heritage but also encourage people to get involved in a range of cultural activities. This is a key part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Jim Paterson, said: “Paisley boasts an impressive built heritage and it’s great to see this celebrated during Doors Open Days and through the TH.CARS 2 project.

“Events and activities like this will help share the town’s unique story and attract more visitors and businesses to the area.”

Michael Easson, Grants Manager at HES, said:  “The funding awarded through our CARS and Historic Environment Repair Grant to Paisley in the last few years has played a significant role in supporting investment in the City’s built environment.

“We now hope, via  Doors Open Day 2017, this can help Renfrewshire Council attract as wide an audience as possible to engage with the City’s many fine heritage attractions, now and in the months and years to come.”

The events at Paisley Arts Centre are not the only activities TH.CARS2 are delivering over the course of the Doors Open Days weekend. An Arty-Archi Sketching and Walking Tour will also take place on 2 September. Heritage expert Alison McClandish leads an architectural sketching tour of Paisley’s Oakshaw area. The tour starts and finishes outside the High St entrance of UWS.

Additionally, a traditional building skills demonstration will take place at Abbey Close on 4 and 5 September. The public will be able to see the traditional building skills and crafts which maintain Paisley’s architectural heritage in action. The project is being delivered by TH.CARS2 in partnership with West College Scotland, and with the support of the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum, Scottish Traditional Building Forum, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Stone Federation GB, CITB, Paisley Abbey and Paisley Hammermen Society.

To find out more about the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2

To find out more about the events taking place as part of Doors Open Days please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/doorsopendays

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Don’t miss your chance to look inside Renfrewshire’s historic landmarks

The ‘Porridge Bowl’, unique gargoyles and the home of Robert Burns’ compatriot are just a few of the intriguing sights and locations visitors to Renfrewshire can experience next weekend.

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Part of a worldwide event with over 50 countries taking part, Renfrewshire Doors Open Days is a celebration of the fantastic architecture and significant history of the region.

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, everyone will have the opportunity to experience a weekend of exploration around Renfrewshire as many venues not normally accessible to the public open their doors for a look inside.

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On Saturday, the home of Robert Tannahill, the ‘Weaver Poet’ who formed a close relationship with Robert Burns, will be open for visitors to see the extraordinary collection of memorabilia on display at what is now the home to one of the oldest Burns Clubs in the world.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to look inside the John Neilson Institute which, due to its distinctive roof, is nicknamed the Porridge Bowl and has become a distinct feature of Paisley’s skyline.

Sunday will see the Renfrew Victory Baths welcome visitors in on a guided tour of the striking Edwardian swimming pool  which was awarded Grade ‘B’ listed status in 1971, while Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch will offer tours of the lookout tower giving visitors to take in the spectacular views of the loch and Garnock Valley.

After the news Paisley has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021, its High St location will open its doors on both days to give everyone a chance to find out more about what the bid means for the area, what it could do for you and what’s still to come in the next few months.

More than 50 buildings and locations will be open for the public across the weekend ensuring there is something to peak everyone’s interest.

Kids can collect their own Doors Open Days passport from participating buildings and Renfrewshire’s libraries which they can fill up over the weekend with stamps.

Collecting five stamps will see them rewarded with a certificate and a gift in yet another reason to get involved.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be joining members of the public in exploring the area and can’t wait to see what she discovers.

Provost Cameron said: “We are extremely fortunate to have so many beautiful, historic buildings in Renfrewshire but it is not often that we take the time to visit them.

“Venues from across the area will open their doors to let us inside next weekend and I can’t wait to take up the opportunity.

“I will be at the Council chambers from 10am until midday so I’d be delighted to see you while I’m also looking forward to visiting the Sma’ Shot Cottages as it is always fascinating to hear the volunteers speak on the history of the weavers.

“So if you’ve always meant to visit Paisley Abbey, or never had the time to walk around Castle Semple, this weekend is the perfect opportunity so don’t miss out and visit as many locations as you can.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme is available from all Renfrewshire libraries.

An online version can be downloaded from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/doorsopendays

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley2021.co.uk/events

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Doors Open Day – Sat 3rd Sept and Sun 4th Sept

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We’re ready to step inside and explore Renfrewshire’s historic and beautiful buildings as their doors open to the public for the weekend. Here’s what’s on over the weekend.

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Anchor Mill, 7 Thread Street, Paisley, PA1 1JR, Sat: 10.00-16.00, Woodhouse and Morley, 1886

Brediland Allotment Association, Cardell Drive, Paisley, PA2 9AE, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Church of the New Jerusalem, 17 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2LB, Sat: 10.30-15.30

Diane Mitchell Music School, Brick Lane Studios, Forrester House, 7/9 Weir Street, Paisley, PA3 4DW, Sat & Sun: 10.00-16.00

Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Scottish Episcopal Church, St James Place, Moss Street, Paisley, PA3 2AF, Sat: 10.00-16.00, Sun: 10.00-12.30 (including Service)

John Neilson Institute, Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, PA1 2DE, Sat: 10.00-14.00, Charles Wilson, 1852

Lagoon Leisure Centre, 13 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB, Sat & Sun: 10.00-13.00

Lapwing Lodge, Gleniffer Road, Paisley, PA2 8UL, Sat: 10:00-16:00,

Lodge Gleniffer 1219, 68 Maxwellton Road, Paisley, PA1 2RD, Sat: 9.00-17.00

Martyrs Sandyford Church, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2PP, Sat 10.00-13.00

Oakshaw Trinity Church, Oakshaw Street East, Paisley, PA1 2DD, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Paisley Abbey and the Place of Paisley, Abbey Close, PA1 1JG, Sat: Place of Paisley gift shop and café, 10.00-16.00. The Abbey (including the tower), 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-16.00

includes: Corsage workshop, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Yarn Storming Public Workshop, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Origami Workshop, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Paisley Central Library, 68 High Street, PA1 2BB, Sat: 9:00-17:00

Paisley Central Methodist Hall, 2 Smithhills Street, Paisley, PA1 1EP, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Paisley Community Fire Station, 55 Canal Street, Paisley, PA1 2HQ, Sun: 10.00-16.00

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA, Sat: 11.00-16.00, Sun: 14.00-17.00

Paisley Photographic Society, Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA, Sat: 12.00-16.00

Paisley Sheriff Court, St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2HW, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Paisley Threadmill Museum, The Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, PA1 1JS, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Provost Charity Zip Slide (special event), East End Park, Paisley, PA1, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1AN,  Sat: 10.00-14.00 (Customer Services Centre) 11.00-14.00 (Council Chambers)

Scottish Ambulance Service (new entry),  Paisley Ambulance Station, 15 Craw Road, Paisley, PA2 6AD, Sun: 12.00-15.00

Sma’ Shot Cottages, 2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley, PA1 2HG, Sat: 10.00-16.00

St Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene, Gordon Street, Paisley, PA1 1XL, Sat: 10.30-15.30

St Mirin’s Cathedral, Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HR, Sat: 13.30-17.00

Tannahill’s Cottage, Queen Street, PA1 2TT, Sat: 11.00-15.00

The Bield, 40 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP (within Woodside Cemetery), Sat : 10.00-16.00

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, High Street Paisley, PA1 2BA, Sat: 12.00-16.00

Walking Tours on Wheels and Historical Paisley,  39 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AF, Sat: tours at 11.00 and 13.00

Wallneuk North Church, Abercorn Street, Paisley, PA3 4AB, Sat:10.00-12.00

 

Renfrew

Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, A8 Inchinnan Road, Renfrew, Sat: 10.30-15.00, Bridge opening times – 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00

Renfrew Community Fire Station, Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8LJ, Sun: 10.00-16.00

Renfrew Leisure Centre, Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8JL, Sat & Sun: 9.00-17.30, Hourly tours run from 10.00-13.00

Renfrew Town Hall, Renfrew Cross, Renfrew, PA4 8PF, Sat: 11.00-16.00

Renfrew Victory Baths, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew, PA4 8ND, Sat: 9.00-13.30, Hourly tours from 10.00-13.00

St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Oxford Road, Renfrew, PA4 8LG, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Trinity Church, 13 Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8JH, Sat: 10:00-14:00

 

Lochwinnoch

Auld Simon,Johnshill, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4ET, Sun: 11.00-17.00

Castle Semple Country Park, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4EA, Sat & Sun: 10.00-16.00

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4JF, Sat & Sun: 10:00-16.00

 

Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan

Kilbarchan Parish Church, Steeple Square, Kilbarchan, PA10 2JD, Sun: 12.00-16.00

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church of Scotland (new entry), Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EG, Sat: 10.00-16.00

St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3EE, Sun: 12.30-16.30

 

Houston and Johnstone

Houston and Killellan Kirk, Kirk Road, Houston, PA6 7AR, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Johnstone Community Fire Station, Kings Road, Johnstone, PA5 9HW, Sat: 9.00-16.00

Johnstone Community Sports Hub, Beith Road, Johnstone, PA5 0JA, Sat & Sun: 10.00-16.30

Johnstone History Museum, Morrisons Supermarket, Napier Street, Johnstone, PA5 8SF, Sat & Sun: 10.30-16.00

Johnstone Town Hall, 25 Church Street, Johnstone, PA5 8FA, Sat: 11.00-16.00

 

Erskine and Inchinnan

Erskine Community Allotments (new entry), Barrhill Road, Erskine, PA8 6BU, Sat: 10.30-16.30

Erskine Swimming Pool, BridgewaterShopping Centre, Erskine, PA8 7AA, Sun :10.00-13.00

Inchinnan Parish Church, Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan, PA4 9PB, Sat: 10.00-16.00

Park Mains High School, Barrhill Road, Erskine, PA8 6EY,  Sat: 10.00-13.00, Hourly tours

 

Linwood

On-X (Linwood Sport and Community Centre), Brediland Road, Linwood, PA3 3RA, Sat & Sun: 9.00-16.30

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Thousands get into buildings for Renfrewshire Doors Open Days

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Thousands of residents from Renfrewshire and beyond were getting into buildings at the weekend during the area’s annual Doors Open Days.

Saturday and Sunday saw more than 60 venues across Renfrewshire throw open their doors to give people a look inside.

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Buildings old and new took part, from historic gems such as Paisley Abbey through to recent additions such as Johnstone Town Hall.

This year, highlights included the first-anniversary party for the re-opening of the ornate 19th-century Grand Fountain in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens, which was restored to its former glory last year.

Elsewhere, visitors could travel in style with a limousine tour of local landmarks led by Paisley firm JW Goudie.

And there was also the chance to drop in on a live archaeological dig at the Great Drain outside Paisley Abbey, run by Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

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The Doors Open Day event was organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Civic Trust, which runs the national event.

The council produced a special kids’ programme allowing youngsters to collect stamps at each venue visited, with prizes for those getting five or more.

They also had the chance to meet event mascots – Culture Vultures Victor and Vera, named in honour of Paisley’s upcoming bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was out and about over the weekend and said: “Once again, Renfrewshire Doors Open Day was a well-attended event.

“Sometimes it’s easy to walk past buildings without stopping to appreciate the quality of what we have here on our doorsteps.

“But the great thing about Doors Open Day is that it encourages people to be tourists in their own towns and appreciate our outstanding built heritage.

“Here in Renfrewshire we are fortunate to have some great buildings, from our collection of churches right up to new additions such as Johnstone Town Hall, which was taking part in its first Doors Open Day this year.”

For more information on local events, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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Paisley set to host cycling’s stars of tomorrow

Renfrewshire is set to host the UK’s cycling stars of tomorrow when one of the biggest youth cycle races in the country arrives in Paisley next weekend.

The British Cycling Youth National Circuit Race Championships will be in Paisley on Sunday 12 July for the first time Scotland has ever hosted the prestigious race.

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Cycling fans will be able to get a glimpse of Britain’s best youth cyclists, with previous medallists at the event including Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Ross Edgar and Laura Trott.

The action will take place on a course around Paisley town centre, starting and finishing in front of Paisley Abbey and town hall.

There will be seven races between 10am to 6pm, from under eight to under 16 level, featuring 350 riders, 81 of whom are from Scotland.

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The event was brought to Paisley by a joint bid between Renfrewshire Council and the Paisley 2015 group of local cycling clubs.

The council has laid on a programme of free family entertainment during the day, including a main stage with live music at Paisley Cross, the 7 Stanes BMX display team, a freestyle footballer, food stalls and giant games and inflatables.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to host this race on its first visit to Scotland and look forward to an afternoon of top-class racing.

“UK cycling has had massive international success in recent years and this will be a great chance for Scottish cycling fans to see the sport’s stars of the future close up.

“Paisley’s historic town centre will provide a striking backdrop to the afternoon’s action, and we hope a big crowd come out to cheer the young racers on.

“Events like this are helping Paisley fast build a name as a key destination on Scotland’s events map as we work towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.”

Martin Mulholland, race director, added: “This is the biggest one-day youth cycling event in the Britain this year, with the best young riders in the UK.

“Speaking as a member of a local club, this is huge for us in terms of encouraging young people to take up cycling locally.

“We would like to thank Renfrewshire Council for their fantastic support to promote the race and local cycling.”

Bob MacFarlane, ScottishPower National Youth Racing Series Events Officer for Scottish Cycling, said: “This is a great opportunity for the people of Paisley to see top quality cycling.

“The very best of Scottish talent have been flourishing in the ScottishPower National Youth Racing Series and this will be a real test when Britain’s most talented young cyclists come to Scotland.

“It has been rewarding to watch their development over the course of the season and I have every faith they will be up to the challenge at the British Youth Circuit Championships.

“This season has been one of Scottish Cycling’s biggest ever and I have no doubt this will be another great event.

“With more than 184 affiliated clubs across the country and more than 650 events to choose from it has never been easier to get involved.

“Visit www.scottishcycling.org.uk to find out how to contact your local clubs and find out more about the range of racing and coaching opportunities.”

For more information on the race, see www.paisley2015.org, and for more info on local events, see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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Paisley team delight as government ends City of Culture uncertainty

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The team behind Scotland’s only bid for UK City of Culture 2021 are set to ‘sell Paisley to the world’ after the Government ended uncertainty over the contest.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport cast doubt over the process by running a consultation on the timetable – but today confirmed there will be no change to the planned bid deadline of April 2017.

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And the leader of Renfrewshire Council has expressed his delight at the news – which came just one day after he publicly called for clarity over the timetable.

The DCMS consultation was announced in December, prompted by concerns over the judging taking place in the same year as UK cities lodge bids to be a European Capital of Culture in 2023

But today’s announcement sees them stick with the status quo, having rejected alternative options of bringing the UK contest forward a year to 2016 to avoid a clash; or cancelling the UK 2021 contest altogether.

Paisley’s bid for the title is a key strand of wider plans being taken forward by the council to use culture and heritage to transform the area over the next decade.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “We are thrilled to hear the UK City of Culture 2021 contest is going ahead as planned, and are now looking forward to pulling together an outstanding bid.

“In our response to the consultation, we urged the DCMS to keep a level playing field for all entrants by sticking to the initial timetable.

“We asked them to look at the transformative and positive change UK City of Culture status would bring to places like Renfrewshire, and are pleased they listened to us.

“Paisley’s collection of cultural and heritage assets – including the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern and our one-time place at the heart of the world’s textile industry – is of international significance.

“We are already working on ambitious plans to retell the town’s story and sell Paisley to the world – and securing UK City of Culture status will turbocharge that effort.”

Paisley announced its intention to bid for UK City of Culture 2021 last year, and has already started to mobilise resources and support from the community.

This week saw the second of three fact-finding missions to the town from members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Local Economic and Employment Development programme, to discuss textiles, creative industries and innovation.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy, launched by Renfrewshire Council in 2014, contains several signature projects, including plans to turn Paisley Museum into an international museum of costume and textiles.

Although Paisley does not currently have city status, the UK City of Culture competition allows entries from large towns and urban areas.

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Paisley in line for £2m town centre transformation

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley town centre is in the running for a multi-million-pound transformation after the council cleared the first hurdle on a bid for major investment funding.

Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £113,300 of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to develop detailed plans for a large-scale project to restore some of the area’s architectural treasures to their former glory.

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Almost £2m of HLF money – the joint biggest of 13 awards announced today around the UK – has been set aside should the plans be given the green light.

And the total value of the scheme could rise to around £4m, including a council contribution and money from other funding sources.
The scheme is part of an ongoing ambitious drive to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to lead a transformation of the town over the next decade.

The initial £113,300 will be used for detailed feasibility work on the longer-term plans, and will include repairs to the B-listed walls in Dunn Square.

It is hoped the full project will run until 2021 and will see the extensive restoration of historic buildings which have fallen into disrepair, with priority projects having already been identified on the High Street and in the area around Shuttle Street.

It will also include a series of community engagement events to encourage residents to celebrate Paisley’s rich textile and built heritage in preparation for the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
The project will build on the existing £3.5m Townscape Heritage Initiative/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme in the town’s Causeyside area, which has seen public realm improvements and the restoration of shopfronts and other historic buildings, funded by the council, HLF and Historic Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We welcome this funding, which will give us a platform from which we can deliver on one of the key strands of our ambitious town centre heritage strategy – now gathering momentum.

“Paisley has an architectural heritage worth celebrating, and this money will go a long way towards keeping some of the finest examples of that alive for future generations to enjoy.

“The preservation of that heritage is a central part of a regeneration journey which we hope will build on the town’s existing strengths and turn it into a vibrant international cultural destination over the next decade.

“Part of that is in helping to increasing the Paisley public’s awareness and appreciation of the stunning built heritage which surrounds them, which will be a key feature of this project.

“It will also bring economic spin-offs by bringing town centre buildings back into use, thus opening up opportunities for retail and the night-time economy.

“And this is just the latest bit of good news for the town centre, with 2015 having already brought the start of retail and housing development in the listed frontage of the former Arnotts store, and confirmation of the deal to save the Russell Institute and create 80 new office jobs.”

The latest development funding is from HLF’s Townscape Heritage fund, which has allowed the organisation to target £93million of funding into more than 50 communities across Scotland
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:

“The regeneration of town centres is an obvious way in which we as an organisation can make an important contribution to improving the economy of an area and the standard of living for the people resident there,.

“Investing lottery money to revitalise historic buildings at the heart of a community, not only makes a place more attractive to live, visit and invest in, it also provides jobs and training opportunities for local people.

“We are delighted to make this award to Paisley as part of our ongoing commitment to preserving Scotland’s heritage in a way in which is relevant to the needs of today.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Doors Open Days – First events take place tomorrow!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Doors Open Days – First events take place tomorrow! 

Scotland’s annual festival of buildings opens up its very first doors tomorrow Saturday 6 September.

Angus, Ayrshire, East Fife and St Andrews, Highlands: In and around Inverness, Moray: Lossiemouth, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders: Kelso and Stirling have hundreds of venues all waiting to welcome you in.

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There is so much on offer it can be difficult to know where to start, Visit Scotland have created some week one highlights on their Doors Open Days blog HERE

Our local area coordinators have curated lots of thematic links on our inspiration pages HERE

And we have created lots of links to Homecoming Scotland 2014’s themes too, from Food and Drink to Scottish Ancestry, Creativity and Culture or Natural and Active resources there is sure to be something for everyone.

On Friday 5 September Doors Open Days and Visit Scotland launch the 2014 Golden Ticket competitions, offering extra opportunities to get involved in some exciting Doors Open Days events, details on our website competition pages onwww.doorsopendays.org.uk

 

John Pelan, Director of Scottish Civic Trust, the national coordinators of Doors Open Days said:

‘2014 is an exciting year for Doors Open Days, with more on offer for our visitors than ever before. Our teams have all worked extra hard to make sure that the festival has something for everyone and it will be a year of events I am sure our audiences and supporters alike will be very proud of. We wish everyone a great Doors Open Days experience and hope they enjoy going Through the Keyhole.’
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, national sponsors of Doors Open Days said:

‘Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to support Doors Open Days for the fourth year running. We decided to remain involved this year following the excellent feedback we received from colleagues and visitors who had taken advantage of the wonderful opportunity to tour the buildings covered by this great initiative.’

 

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

‘The Doors Open Days are a key part of Homecoming Scotland and a terrific opportunity for people of all ages to explore this country’s hidden gems. I would encourage everyone to make the most of Scotland Through the Keyhole, which celebrates our rich heritage, architecture and culture.’

 

To find out more see our website www.doorsopendays.org.uk

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Renfrewshire Council Leader reckons new signs point the way for Paisley

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley’s visitors now have new signs to help them get around – and Renfrewshire Council Leader reckons they are pointing the way to a better future for the town.

The black finger-post-style signs have gone up around the town centre in recent weeks, showing the direction to key buildings and tourist sites.

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The traditional-looking signs can be seen outside busy locations such as Gilmour Street station, the Abbey and Town Hall, and the University of the West of Scotland.

And Councillor Mark Macmillan reckons they mark just a small step along the road to some much bigger plans designed to attract tourists to the town.

He said: “Earlier this year, the council unveiled ambitious proposals to transform the area’s future by using culture and heritage to sell Paisley as a destination.

“There will be various strands to that – but one of the key ones is in creating a better product for visitors, and improving our tourist infrastructure.

“New town centre signage represents a very small step along what will be a very long road over the next decade or so.

“But it is the sort of practical everyday improvement we want to put in place while detailed work takes place in the background to investigate how the major infrastructure projects could take shape.

“These would include turning Paisley Museum into a national museum of textile and costume, the creation of a Paisley Fashion and Design Centre, and a new 300-seat theatre space in the town.

“Along the way we would also look to ramp up the existing programme of town centre events and festivals, ahead of a possible bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

“We are also working to develop our Discover Renfrewshire campaign, which may already be familiar to residents through signage around the area.

“Experts reckon that if the plans were carried out in full they would create 800 jobs and be worth £45m a year to Renfrewshire’s tourist economy.

“All of the above would involve the input of the entire local community, and the benefits would extend to all of Renfrewshire, not just Paisley.

“So just like our new signs, we know which direction we are going in – and that should be a brighter future for the whole area.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall, is inviting local people to join her in marking the moment when Britain declared war on Germany and become involved in the First World War.

A multi-faith service is being held at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley on 4 August as part of the Renfrewshire Reflects commemorations.

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The service is open to the public and tickets are not required. Anyone interested in attending should contact Dorothy Kerr on 0141 618 7578 or email dorothy.kerr-es@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The service starts at 10.15pm and finishes at 11pm when a candle will be symbolically extinguished, reflecting the words of Sir Edward Grey, the then Foreign Secretary, when he said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The service includes hymns and scripture readings. Members of the PACE Youth Theatre will also be reading war poems and extracts from First World War letters sent by a mother to her son at the front and by a serving soldier to his wife.

Provost Hall said, “I would like to invite everyone who can attend to join me at St Mirin’s Cathedral on 4 August to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War. We will not be celebrating the event. At the time, the First World War was the most terrible conflict humanity had ever seen. It was originally called the Great War and the War to End All Wars. We will be coming together to reflect on events which cost the lives of millions of people across the globe and give thanks for the peace that we enjoy.”

All the lights except one will also be switched off in Renfrewshire House, the council’s Paisley headquarters, as part of the Lights Out initiative. Lights Out is a UK wide invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light for a shared moment of reflection.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4 August 1914 after the Germans refused to withdraw their forces from Belgium. Britain was bound by the 1839 Treaty of London to guarantee Belgium’s neutrality and come to its aid if the country was attacked.

Renfrewshire Council is taking part in a national programme of commemorative, educational, cultural and community events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The events will honour and remember the lives of those who served in the First World War and those who were affected by it. The commemorations will span a four-year period from 2014 to 2018. They will focus on the impact of the war and on marking the significant events of the conflict. The service at St Mirin’s Cathedral marks the first key date.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]