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LEADING PAISLEY COMMUNITY WEBSITE BACKS PLANS FOR TOWN’S NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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John McKay Jewellers Valentine Competition

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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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Record numbers for Paisley 10k and Fun Run

A RECORD number of people took part in yesterday’s Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run. (Sunday, August 20).


There was a 25 per cent increase in runners compared to last year, with 3598 taking part in the two events – organised by Renfrewshire Leisure – compared to 2871 in 2016.

From serious athletes to fun runners in fancy dress, they came to pound the streets of Paisley.

Both events were sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer, Decathlon and 2156 people took part in the 10k Race and 1442 in the Fun Run.

And for the third year the official charity partner was Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many of the fun runners were also sponsored to raise much-needed funds for local charities, clubs and good causes with several entire football teams of youngsters taking part.

This year’s Paisley 10k race had £1200 of prize money and trophies were presented to fun runners, with prizes for the first three boys and girls from primary and secondary schools over the finishing line.

The Paisley 10k Race men’s winner was Alasdair Campbell, from Cambuslang Harriers with a time of 32 minutes.15 seconds. Second place in the men’s race went to Tewodle Mengisteab, frm Shettleston Harriers, with a time of 32.17 and third was John Bell, from Inverclyde AC with a time of 32.26.

The women’s 10k Race winner was Gemma Rankin, from Kilbarchan, AAC, with a time of 35 minutes 11 seconds. Second was Elspeth Curran, from Kilbarchan AAC, with a time of 35.57 and third was Claire Moffat, from Falkirk Victoria Harriers, with a time of 36.49.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We’ve had a fantastic turnout for today’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run.

“And much of the reason for that is the effect of the Paisley City of Culture 2021 campaign, which is putting Paisley on the map.
“People from near and far are hearing about the town and all the positive things that are happening here.
“It’s great to see the Fun Run numbers are increasing and so many children and young people taking part. They are the future competitors in the 10k race.
“Preparing for and taking part in these events is a boost to both people’s physical and mental health.
“It’s well known that the social side of running is good for people’s mental health as well as the physical.”

Joyce added: “Sport plays a major part in the culture of Paisley, Renfrewshire and the rest of Scotland and hopefully when Paisley wins City of Culture status, we can grow this event and have even more competitors coming from all over the country.”

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Upcoming Events in “The Hoose”

After a storming gig last month Re-Start return on the 2nd September to raise the roof in the Hoose with some Mod Revival beats, “best live gig in Paisley” was heard. get your Fred Perry on and get in the Hoose on the High Street Paisley.
Leave your tomagatchi and Furby at home alone, unplug the Walkman and get in on Friday the 25th for our Back to the Nineties Party, a decade of some of the best music around. From Britney Spears and Ace of Base to Beck to Nirvana and all points in-between.
CECM Scotland are casting for Extras for film and Tv on Thursday the 24th at 6.30 till 9pm. ya wanna be in the Movies Kid? Go ahead make my day punk!!
Always with fabulous deals on food with our Buy One Get One Free on all main meals (inc Steaks) we also do great drinks deals with a 35ml of vodka or whisky and a dash of mixer for only £2.50 or a Pint of Carling lager for just £2.75. ye canny beat us with a big stick BTW!
Time for our regular shuffling night of Motown and Northern soul music where the dance floor is packed all night. Make your moves in the Hoose on Saturday the 26th August. “Keep the Faith”
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Come and join the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

Come along to County Square in Paisley town centre this Saturday, 19th August, for the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

From 11 am to 12noon we have Tickles The Clown, back by popular demand!

Then from 1.30pm until 3.30pm there’ll be story-time from The Village Storytelling Centre inside the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley.

Then we’ll be rocking the town centre with the Paisley First Unsigned Showcase…Hosted by Loud ‘n Proud and Brick Lane Studios Paisley

We have a cracking line-up for you –

The Asuras 12noon – 12.40pm

The Vanities 1 pm – 1.40pm

Lemonhaze 2pm – 2.40pm

Delphi. 3pm – 3.40pm

The Turkey Nuts 4 pm – 4.40pm

So a great day out for all the family, come and join in the fun!

Paisley’s Got Talent Grand Final – Saturday 26th August – County Square, Paisley

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, a talent competition was launched to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

The crowds in Paisley town centre have been treated to some top class performances, Paisley Buddies are such a talented bunch!

Now the finalists for the Grand Final which will take place in County Square on Saturday 26th August, starting at 12noon…have all been confirmed!

It promises to be an afternoon not to be missed!

All the finalists are listed below, who is going to be crowned the Paisley First winner, and walk away with the Paisley’s Got Talent £1,000.00 star prize?

Next week, Paisley First will be telling you a little more about each of our finalists, who will you be rooting for? See www.paisleyfirst.com for more details…

The 12 finalists are:

* Laura & Claire Murray *Adam Dolan *Hollie Robinson

*Olivia McDonald *Emily Punton *Matt Fotheringham

*Emma McConnachie *Ruby Langfield *Emily Irving

*Archie Collingridge-Watt *Nadia Allan *Sasha Kaloheris

Well done to everyone who has taken part!

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ESOL Course

We still have a few places available for our evening Advanced ESOL course, which includes the Higher ESOL qualification and is ideal for learners who are doing HN college courses and/or want to go to university in the future.

Apply here: http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/esol/advanced-esol-evening

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Gold IIP for RAMH

Charity bosses have congratulated their staff for helping them to achieve an Investors In People Gold Award.

 

Mental Health charity RAMH have recently been awarded the prestigious accolade following a rigorous evaluation of standards across the organisation.

 

Operations Manager Shirley McCuish said “this is a significant achievement for RAMH. We are extremely proud of the contribution that each and every member of the team makes towards providing excellent service delivery, staff support and supervision, innovative leadership and development of services. A gold award is a team effort which is really worth celebrating.”

Investors in People is an internationally recognised accreditation for improved management of people. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable business results. Only the top 19% of organisations achieve gold by demonstrating that they consistently perform at a high level of people management.

RAMH employs almost 200 staff and a further 50 volunteers to help provide comprehensive mental health services across the west of Scotland. Every year they support over 4,000 people who are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or self harm. RAMH services include crisis support, housing support and a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit www.ramh.org or contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

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Back to School Offer

Core 2 Computing is celebrating 5 years in business at 10 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley, with a very special ‘Back To School’ offer.

Get yourself a reconditioned, Intel Dual Core Dell Laptop.Running Windows 7, loaded with anti-virus and word processing software, backed with our 6 months hardware warranty, for the bargain price of only £125 ! – Limited stock of this offer at this price so give us a call today on 0141 889 6363.

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How Will the Closure of the Chivas Regal Plant Affect Paisley?

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It was announced earlier this year that the Chivas Regal bottling plant, part of the Pernod Ricard Plc. responsible for producing a number of well-known spirit brands, that the plant will shut in 2019, in a move which could have far reaching consequences for the small town.

Jobs

One of the most important effects this move will have is on the availability and future prospects of employment in the town with the plant currently employing around 450 workers. Whilst Chivas Brothers has offered to transfer all the plant’s full-time workers to a new site in Dumbarton, there will no doubt be concern amongst the local community that jobs will become scarcer.

A pay deal recently offered by Chivas Brothers was not accepted by employees in Dumbarton, where they went on strike to try and secure a more favourable and, in their eyes, fair deal. This shows that there is growing discontentment amongst the workers and many at the Paisley plant will no doubt resent having to move location or change profession.

Local Businesses

Another party which may be affected by the move is local businesses, which will be set to lose some of the key lunchtime and after work trade. Since the plant employs so many people, the shops and food businesses in the immediate area will no doubt thrive off the lunchtime custom they receive, and it may even be crucial to their existence.

Paisley’s Economy

Although Dumbarton is only 12 miles away, it is clear that Paisley’s local economy may suffer in the short term as it is disrupted by the move. This may well have some residents worried that their town will lose out on future investment opportunities and become stagnant as valuable workers move away.

With this in mind the prospect of Paisley becoming the 2012 City of Culture will no doubt become an ever more alluring prospect as the local council seeks to inject further investment and put itself on the map as a tourist destination in order to reinject money in to the economy that may potentially be lost by the plant’s closure.

Future Opportunities

Despite initial concerns, the closure of the plant could well pave the way for a new company to set up on the site, which would potentially create more jobs in the area and provide a helpful boost to the local economy.

This would not necessarily have to be an industrial endeavour, and it could be the case that new facilities and amenities, such as a cinema (a fitting replacement for the demolished Kilburn cinema), may provide some relief for any jobs lost. It will be a while before the site is utilised for something different, but it still provides an exciting opportunity nonetheless.

Given the current economic climate and the prospect of Brexit upon the horizon, Paisley is not unique in suffering potential job losses and displacement. Many of the major UK financial industries such as Forex,  Banking, and Insurance Brokers are also considering the prospect of relocating abroad and the government is taking measures to combat this, but is worrying all the same.

The closure of the Chivas regal plant is undoubtedly a shock to the local community and economy. That being said, it is still two years away from being fully shut down, citizens and workers alike will be looking to the council to provide more opportunities further down the line.

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Write the best essays for your college application essay

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Essay writing is something that most college students need to specialize in. If you want to secure a seat in any good college, you have to pen down a high quality essays for the application process. When you are writing an essay you need to keep in mind that the coveted seat you are looking for can be won with that essay. So writing a high quality essay is extremely important while you are applying for colleges. Here are a few things that you need to keep in mind while you are writing your college application essay.

Be realistic

While writing college applications, you need to make sure that you are very realistic. While writing the essay you will have to showcase yourself or a particular part of yourself. If you are writings things that are explicitly unrealistic, there is a high chance that you essay will not even be considered.

Know your matter

Most academic application essays require you to write on one particular topic. While you are writing such essays it is important to know the exact topic that they are pinpointing. Beating about the bush will not help you to get anywhere. While writing a good essay, make sure that you are incorporating points that are in relation to the topic. The best way to do so is by reading up on sample letters that pertain to your topic.

Be precise and factual

It is very important to write down factual things in the essay. Since the essay will give the readers a good idea about who you are, it is very important to note down points that are pertaining to you and your nature. Finding such points should not be too difficult when you know your won objectives from that essay try not to make the essay too subjective as well.

Have an interesting introduction

The introduction sets the tone for your essay so make sure to make it very interesting. While you are writing the introduction, incorporate some points that will help you to give an idea reading what you will be penning down in the essay. Along with that the introduction also needs to incorporate some points that will help you to grasp the attention and interest of the readers.

Take professional help

If you feel that you are unable to write the best you can for your college application essays, it is always a good idea to take the help of professions. Visit any good essay writing site for such aid.

These things will help you to write some really good essays that will ensure you that coveted seats. When you are writing the essay, it is always a good idea to get it read by some other people. They will be able to give you some precious feedback to help make your essay even better. Make sure to proofread your essay well so that you do not submit on with any mistakes. Even the best written essays can turn sour if there is even one small mistake in it.

Ruchi Gupta is a popular blogger who is well known for her creative writing, especially her academic and travel posts. She has an avid interest in education and self development.

 

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Local MP urges Parents to Register for The Baby Box

The Scottish Government have this week launched the scheme that parents who are expecting a baby will receive a ‘Baby Box’. The Baby Box is filled with essential items that mums and dads need to make sure babies have the best possible start in life.

Local MP Mhairi Black has praised the national rollout of the scheme, she said “this is a really positive step by the Scottish Government we are enabling every child the right start in life and I am thrilled that the scheme will be rolling out to expectant parents in Renfrewshire”.

The scheme is designed by health professionals, based on a similar project in Finland. The box aims to send a message that no child should be left behind especially in the first six months of child development. Mhairi Black MP said “The Baby Box sends out an incredibly strong message that we should all have a good start in life, no matter what your background is. Expecting parents can now register for the Box through their midwives and I would encourage them to do so”.

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New spicy sausages at Wm Phelps Butchers

Wm Phelps butchers – New Paisley 2021 CHAKALAKA SAUSAGES – A sausage of culture for the city of culture bid.

Chakalaka is a tasty beef sausage with South African spices mildly hot Peri Peri green peppers tomato onion & garlic.

Great on their own or through pasta and perfect for the BBQ

Wm Phelps butchers
01418896420