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My Credit Union Renfrewshire

Have you ever wondered what a credit union is? My Credit Union Renfrewshire will answer all your questions.

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website, outdoor advertising and radio campaign that will raise awareness of credit unions in Renfrewshire and answer the common question ‘What is a credit union’. To celebrate the launch, we are extending an invitation to the public and press to an event that will take place on Thursday 20th October (International Credit Union day) in the Piazza centre Paisley at 11am.

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www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk has been designed to promote the benefits of Credit Unions to the people of Renfrewshire. The fresh, easy-to-use website signposts people to credit unions throughout Renfrewshire, lists all their services and highlights the many benefits of saving and borrowing affordably. A key aim is to raise public awareness of credit unions generally and to help people enjoy the benefits of sound money management.

The website is funded by Renfrewshire Council who have committed up to £500,000 of funding to support credit union development in Renfrewshire as a key strand of their Tackling Poverty strategy. This substantial investment has been used in a variety of initiatives to tackle the rise in high cost lending and to provide access to a wider range of ethical and affordable financial products for the Renfrewshire community.

Gleniffer Credit Union, Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union, Scotwest Credit Union and White Cart Credit Union have collaborated on the development of the website to ensure that the Renfrewshire community can make an informed choice on the best credit union for their needs. Paula Ferrier, the Marketing Officer overseeing the website development said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for credit unions in Renfrewshire, to have a campaign that promotes good value financial products and services and the many free benefits that are available. Credit unions are not for profit, member-owned financial cooperatives, so they can’t always compete with the massive marketing budgets that banks and high-cost lenders can deploy. In some ways, credit unions are a well-kept secret! However, more and more people are discovering how much better off they are by joining a credit union, and with over a million members across the UK, mycreditunionrenfrewshire will help open credit union doors to even more people in Renfrewshire.”

To mark the launch of this vibrant new website and to celebrate International Credit Union Day, representatives from all five credit unions will be in the Piazza Centre, Paisley on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 1pm to chat and answer any questions about joining a credit union. Additionally, Councillor Mike Holmesdeputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, and several third sector agencies will be present to help raise awareness of credit unions and help mark the occasion.

There will be lots of credit union freebies being handed out – so call into the Piazza Centre and let Renfrewshire credit unions help you to make the most out of life and your money!

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Gleniffer High School pupil Lucy Johnston wins a photography grant

My name is Lucy Johnston and I am putting on an exhibition in Ta Ta Bella’s on the High Street in order to celebrate a photography grant awarded to me by the Woodland Trust.

I’m currently a pupil at Gleniffer High School while doing a college course for photography at WCS Paisley Campus, however I applied for the grant on my own. The project focuses on people and their stories about trees in the community – and how the parks, trees and woodlands around us are important.

Lucy has been in the Express and the majority of her photos have been taken in the Renfrewshire area.

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Young footie stars on the run to raise cash

YOUNGSTERS from a Paisley youth football team are right on the ball when it comes to raising money for club funds.

St Peter’s Boys Club 2006 team who have singed up en masse for the Fun Run after the Paisley 10k Race.

The St Peter’s Boys Club 2006 team is the first large group to sign up for the Fun Run that takes place immediately after the Paisley 10k Race, on Sunday August 20.

There will be 44 boys and adults representing the club taking part.

This is the fourth year the St Peter’s lads have taken part in the Fun Run and club officials are hoping to raise as much as £1000 to help pay for football kit and the cost of running the successful team.

Now other football teams and sports clubs are being encouraged to do the same and join in the fundraising bonanza by being sponsored to complete the Fun Run course around Paisley town centre.

Anyone can now register for the Paisley 10k Race or Fun Run, which is sponsored by sports and outdoor retailer, Decathlon. Last year 3000 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10k Race and hundreds more followed in the Fun Run.

Joyce McKellar is chief executive of Renfrew Leisure who are organising the Paisley 10k and Fun Run in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council. She said:

“Taking part in the Fun Run is a great way to raise money for sports clubs and good causes.
“Not only will it bring in much needed cash to help run sports clubs, it’s fun for team members to do something different and everyone enjoys taking part.
“Well done to the boys from St Peter’s for doing the Fun Run for the fourth time and I hope they get lots of sponsorship from family and friends for their efforts.”

You can register for the race by logging on to renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

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Global giant Diageo backs Paisley 2021 bid with special Johnnie Walker bottles

Workers at the world’s biggest Scotch bottling plant raised a glass to Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021– with specially-produced bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky.

Jean Cameron and Gavin Brogan with Diageo staff and the Paisley 2021 bottles

Some of the team behind the Paisley 2021 bid – to be lodged with the UK Government this week – visited the Renfrewshire base of drinks giant Diageo, the latest major business to back the town’s ambitions.

Aside from the limited-edition bottles, Diageo are one of a number of major local businesses who have agreed to donate £20,000 to meet the costs of hosting the title.

The company’s packaging plant at Shieldhall bottles more than 25 million cases of Scotch whisky annually – including iconic brands Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s, J&B and Bell’s.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron met some of the staff at the plant – while the 2021 team surprised staff in the canteen with musical performances.

The Paisley 2021 Johnnie Walker bottles are not currently available to the public, but a small limited edition will have been produced at a later date.

Paisley will lodge its bid with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport later this week. The town is bidding for the title as part of wider plans to use its unique cultural and heritage story to transform its future.

Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has had incredible backing to date from across the local community – so far, more than 30,000 people have taken part in the conversation around it.

“Along the way we have had wonderful backing from local businesses – with almost 200 to date publicly supporting the bid.

“That includes major local employers of international importance assigning uop as bid sponsors – including Glasgow Airport, WH Malcolm, intu Braehead, Gordon Leslie Group and Coats PLC – and we are thrilled to add Diageo to that list.

“I loved seeing two iconic global Scottish brands – the Paisley Pattern and Johnnie Walker – combined in one beautiful bottle.”

Gavin Brogan, Operations Director at Diageo Shieldhall said “Paisley is famous for its rich history of craftsmanship.

“Today we are part of that living heritage, making the most traditional of Scottish products, Scotch whisky here in Renfrewshire. We’re delighted to support Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 and we wish the team every success.”

For more on Paisley’s Uk City of Culture 2021 bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Renfrewshire honours heroic Victoria Cross recipient

A Paisley-born solider who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for ‘most conspicuous bravery’ during World War 1 has been honoured in a special ceremony in Renfrewshire today.

Three standard bearers pictured with Officer Commanding Balaklava Company Maj C M Wood, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Colonel DG Ross OBE, Chairman of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

2nd Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Arthur Henderson V.C, M.C was awarded the VC for his efforts in leading his Company though the enemy front line, despite almost immediately being wounded, to their final objective- after which he sadly lost his life.

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A commemorative stone was unveiled in the grounds of Renfrewshire House as part of a national campaign to honour the bravery of VC recipients from WW1 and provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within their communities.

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A short service was led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall who joined Officer Commanding Balaklava Company Maj C M Wood, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Colonel DG Ross OBE, Chairman of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association in giving a short speech and laying a ceremonial wreath to mark the unveiling.

Provost Hall said: “Arthur Henderson gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and all of Paisley, and Renfrewshire, should be proud of his roots in the area.

“He battled through the most difficult of adversity to ensure the safety of his fellow soldiers and fully deserves the recognition which has been bestowed upon on him.

“The commemorative stone will allow residents in the area to gain a greater understanding of how Paisley was a part of the First World War and ensure soldiers like Arthur are always remembered.”

Acting Captain Henderson was born in 1893 in Paisley and went to school locally, being educated at John Neilston Institute before moving into employment as an apprentice accountant in Glasgow.

Before the war he was a well-known cricketer and donned his whites for Ferguslie Cricket Club- where his VC medal ribbons and portrait hung in the clubhouse before being moved to Stirling Castle in the late 1980s.

He enlisted with Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders where he attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before becoming Acting Captain of the 4th Battalion.

His heroic deed of bravery took place on 23 April 1917 near Fontaine-les-Croisilles in France and he now lies in Cojeul British Cemetery, Saint-Martin-sur-Cojeul- and is remembered at both Paisley Abbey and the War Memorial in Gordon, Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

Colonel R L Steele TD DL, Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: “Sadly, we were unable to locate any of Arthur’s blood relatives and thus, it was only fitting that he was surrounded by members of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association, who are his present-day regimental family and brothers-in-arms.

“Speaking for The Royal Regiment of Scotland and as a veteran of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, we are all immensely proud of Captain Arthur Henderson VC MC and salute his memory – his cheerful courage and outstanding leadership is a splendid example to all who have served and will serve in the future.”

Acting Captain Henderson’s VC medal now resides at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, in the Imperial War Museum, London.

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Public exhibitions to shape major infrastructure projects

Engagement events in May will give members of the public a further opportunity to shape two Glasgow City Region City Deal projects spanning Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.

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Four full-day exhibitions in Renfrew, Paisley, Clydebank and Yoker will give people an opportunity to discuss the plans for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside and Glasgow Airport Investment Area projects.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a new opening bridge across the River Clyde linking Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank; construction of the Renfrew North Development Road and new cycle routes.

Proposals as part of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area focus on realignment of Abbotsinch Road, construction of a new bridge over the White Cart and new cycle routes between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks.

Each project has been shaped following extensive consultation with stakeholders throughout 2016 and 2017.

The exhibitions start at Renfrew Town Hall on Monday 8 May then Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May. The project team then cross the river to Clydebank Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May finishing at Yoker Community Campus on Thursday 11 May.

All four exhibitions run from 11am to 7pm and include a video representation of the findings from the comprehensive traffic modelling study as well as an animated fly-through model of the potential developments.

A Renfrewshire City Deal spokesman said: “Events throughout 2016 helped shape the projects so far and I would encourage anyone to come along to these final consultation exhibitions taking place in their area. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the projects, speak to the project team and provide input before the plans are finalised.”

Feedback from the exhibitions will be used to inform a full planning application in June, submitted to Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Glasgow City Council for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project. Works related to the Glasgow Airport Investment Area are entirely within Renfrewshire and will be considered by this authority alone.

Full details of each project are available at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal

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CarFest is coming to Paisley town centre this June!

St Vincent’s Hospice are bringing CarFest into Paisley town centre this summer for a motoring extravaganza not to be missed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and even a land train!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle.

Caledonian Pipe Band of Edinburgh

Organised by MaxSafe Solutions and sponsored by Paisley First, the event will take place in Paisley town centre on Saturday 17th June and offers free entertainment for all the family.

This is the fourth year of St. Vincent’s Hospice CarFest but its first visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting the hospice in Howwood.

There were cars and bikes, and the St Vincent’s Hospice mascot “Vinnie” as all proceeds from the event itself on 17th June will be going to the hospice.
Pictured is Innes 2 and Joe 4 Jagger from Bishopton

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre.”

“It will be a great day out for all the family and I am sure all the local businesses will join in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are very excited to hold this event in Paisley for the first time.”

“We look forward to meeting old friends and new at this fabulous event. Everyone at the hospice is truly grateful for all the support from our local communities.”

Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: ““Having set up the initial CarFest a few years ago, after speaking with the fundraising team at the hospice during one of our training courses, I came up with the idea of hosting a show at the hospice.”

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years. Everyone has loved it.”

“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is exceptional. What better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.”

The event on Saturday 17th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

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PAISLEY PIRATES 5 DUNDEE COMETS 9

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Pirates finished their season on a disappointing note as they relinquished the Scottish Cup to Dundee Comets, a hat trick from David Orr not being enough to prevent the league champions from going down to the Tayside outfit.

The Paisley side were hit by an opening blitz which saw the Comets hit two goals in twenty seconds in the fourth minute through Inglis and Hamilton and Gold, and while Orr’s goal did pull the score back to 2-1 after six minutes, Comets had their two goal cushion back in just over 60 seconds as Gold beat Meechan for a third time with under eight minutes on the clock, at which juncture Hepburn took over in the Paisley goal. However, he, too, was beaten in the 14th minute by a shot from Smith and the Comets went into the first break holding an already comfortable lead at 4-1.

Pirates needed an early goal in the second period to claw themselves back into the game, but it came at the wrong end as Dolan netted within a minute to give the Comets a four goal cushion with almost two full periods remaining. The champions did produce some fighting spirit and pulled back two goals from Orr, the third thus completing his hat trick, by the 37th minute to give a hint of daylight at 5-3, but Gordon shut the door again a minute later to take the score to 6-3 at the second break.

With Paisley looking down the barrel of a shotgun they pulled themselves back within two goals again after 45 minutes when Campbell beat Michie for 6-4, but once more the Comets slammed the door shut with a further two goals from Dolan and Whitelaw to end any lingering hopes of a last gasp fightback, and while Miller netted for 8-5 with just under two minutes to go, Comets had the final word with Gold scoring within thirty seconds to finish the scoring, sending Pirates home empty handed for the second time in a fortnight.

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Paisley 2021 bid marked with mass Baker Street sax performance in Gerry Rafferty home town

Paisley marked the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 in spectacular style today – with a mass outdoor rendition of Gerry Rafferty’s classic Baker Street.

Around 25 saxophonists were joined a by a live band and a crowd of hundreds on the town’s High Street for a special performance of the Paisley-born singer’s iconic worldwide hit, in the week of what would have been his 70th birthday.

The Baker Street performance was the brainchild of Tommy McGrory of local music charity Loud and Proud, and delivered in partnership with the Paisley 2021 bid team and backed by youth theatre group PACE.

The event was part of an action-packed weekend for the town – with Abbey Close hosting the third annual Paisley Food Festival, with thousands of visitors enjoying street food from some of the country’s finest traders.

The event also featured cooking demos from BBC Masterchef – The Professionals winner Gary Maclean, free workshops for kids, and live entertainment from acts including The Voice finalists Into the Ark and CBeebies star Katy Ashworth.

And Paisley Town Hall was hosting the final day of the 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – the largest real-ale festival in Scotland.

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture will be lodged with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport this week, ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been a mass movement, with incredible buy-in from the local community.

“That was evident again today, with a wonderful turnout and a great atmosphere at both the Baker Street performance, and the food and beer festivals.

“One of the key things our bid will celebrate is the incredible wealth of talent produced by this town, and Gerry Rafferty is one of the best examples of that – so this was a fantastic way to mark the bid submission later this week.”

Gerry’s daughter Martha added: “My father was very proud of his Paisley roots and I am sure he would have been supportive of the town’s UK City of Culture bid.”

The UK Government is expected to announce a shortlist of bidding places over the summer, and the winner by the end of the year.

For more information, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Rising Property Prices Indicate Homes Are Out-Earning Their Owners Over a Third of UK

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Prices of homes are soaring in the UK and new findings shows that that is partly because homes have been bringing more incomes than the owners of nearly a third of the UK, over the last two years.

In a new study, UK’s biggest mortgage lender, Halifax, found the values of property have jumped by more than average earnings in 31% of local authority districts.

The result of the findings also shows that Haringey in London provided a classic demonstration of how prices of property have been fast outstripping owner’s earnings over the last two years.

A spokesperson for well known property portal The House Shop said, “The value of the average property there has risen by £91,450 higher than the average income over the last two years – equating to an increase of £3,810 per month higher than its owner’s income.“

Harrow, also in London, follows closely with the average value of properties out-growing average earnings by £77,791.

In third place was St Albans in Hertfordshire which has seen prices in this district — popular with London commuters — inflate by £72,995 more than the average earning.

Not surprisingly, nearly half of the people polled (46%) said buying property was the best way to make money and secure one’s retirement.

The Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) recently published data /16 for the Wealth & Assets Survey 2014 and showed this has increased from the 43%  rate in its 2012/14 poll.

However, 40% of the respondents still believed an employer pension plan was the surest to prepare for retirement.

The Halifax study also discovered that the number of areas where property value increases were outstripping incomes has risen from its 2015 rate of 28%.

London, East of England, South West of England and South East make up 9 in 10 of the areas.

However, the trend is also obvious in areas outside of southern England.

For example, in the last two years, property value growths in Harrogate in Yorkshire has out-paced incomes by more than £12,500, while in Anglesey in Wales, house price increases have beaten earnings by more than £1,600.

The ONS data also indicates that at 40%, overall pension wealth constitutes the portion of family wealth, while property wealth comes in second place at 35%.

Property owners to still face old hurdles

Meanwhile, the recently released Spring Budget 2017 made no mention of the troubled property market, neither housing deficits nor stamp duty difficulties.

Despite repeated calls for Chancellor to lessen burdens, the average property buyer in London is still faced with a 21,000 stamp duty bill.

In the Spring Budget announced on Wednesday March 8, Chancellor Philip Hammond ignored pleas to reduce stamp duty charges, which would boost activities in the property market.

Although the government admitted in its Housing White Paper published in February that the property market needed fixing, tax thresholds remain unchanged from the levels introduced in 2014.

Currently, home buyers will have to pay the tax when buying a domestic property or a plot of land valued at more than £125,000, or £40,000 when buying a second home.

In London, where the asking price for the average property is £625,000, the stamp duty required is a staggering £21,250.

 

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Forget About Your Body, Focus on Your Mind

Obesity has become a problem all over the world and the UK has been swept in the tide. According to the NHS, “obesity is generally caused by eating too much and moving too little.” It’s not always that simple. Obesity doesn’t develop overnight, it is a by-product of poor lifestyle choices that have carried on for a while, such as drinking too much alcohol, eating too many calories, and not exercising enough. Obesity may also be influenced by non-food related factors, such as genetics and medical factors.

Throughout this article, we’ll be focusing on problems with food. The reality is that “you eat too much, you get fat.” The next logical question to ask is “why eat so much?”

Sometimes, people find it extremely difficult to just stop eating. They may have struggled with over-eating for a long time and may be unhappy with themselves, but they can’t stop eating. Sometimes, this is a case of bad habits that got out of hand and may be controlled by a more disciplined approach. Other cases are more serious, with sufferers eating compulsively. At this point, they have lost complete control over their eating habits, leaving them unhappy or depressed. They may consider themselves food addicts. Experts say it’s actually an eating addiction and not a food addiction.

What if you were given the option of eating as much as you liked but never gaining weight as a result? You’d take it, wouldn’t you? You may be considering getting professional help for your addiction, and you should. Using a professional addiction treatment helpline, such as Addiction Helper, will help you get the help you need to get rid of your addiction, but you should consider why you want to overcome your addiction in the first place. It’s all about the why!

Maybe it’s because you’d like to lose weight and feel confident about your looks and that’s okay. Maybe it is because you are worried about your health. The important thing to know is that addiction is about the mind.

When you take an addictive substance or engage in an enjoyable activity, your brain releases a feel-good hormone called dopamine. The feeling of enjoyment you get creates an irresistible urge to do it again, and you constantly want to recreate this feeling of enjoyment again and again. You become so attuned to it that you get withdrawal symptoms when you’re not engaging in the addictive activity. After a while, your brain becomes overloaded and then begins to produce less dopamine, resulting in less enjoyment of the addictive activity.

The real problem comes when you realize you’ve got rid of one addiction only to take on another. The problem is not the addictive substance or activity but that need to want to ‘feel good’ all the time. The bad kind of good. A healthy mind will naturally translate to a healthier body.