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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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My Credit Union Renfrewshire

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



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.


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!

Making This Christmas the Start of Great New Tradition


Paisley is an excellent town, perfect for families. When Christmastime comes around, though, it becomes extra magical. How the town dresses up for the Christmas season, however, shouldn’t have anything to do with how you celebrate the season with your family. It is your traditions and your efforts that mean the most, especially if you have a family. To make your Christmas extra special this year, try adding these new traditions to your annual holiday schedule:

1. Pick Up Your Own Christmas Tree

While it is infinitely easier to pick up your Christmas tree outside of your local shop or other local nursery, it can be so much more rewarding to go to an actual Christmas tree farm. It’s an excellent day out group idea to do with your friends, or with your family. Not only will you be able to pick out the perfect Christmas tree, you’ll have a greater connection to it than any other tree you’ve had. There are several options just outside of Glasgow, and less than a thirty-minute drive from Paisley, meaning that not only is this a great tradition to adopt, it’s also easy to do.

2. Make Each Bauble Count

Your Christmas tree is the centrepiece of your Christmas décor, and a great way to take it to the next level is to buy unique baubles throughout the years. The more memories each tree decoration has, the more special your tree will become. Don’t rely solely on the large box-sets you can pick up from a grocery store – spend more on a single bauble, and take your time. Eventually, you will have a tree full of special memories for you to cherish.

3. Have an Adult Party

As much fun as the Christmas season can be with children, you should also aim to have a Christmas party for adults only. Every parent needs to let loose and have fun, and having an adult-only get together can mean that you reunite with old friends you might not have seen in a while. You can have a great dinner spread, an open bar, play live casino Unibet to take your poker game to the next level, and so much more. Have a fun time as adults, and get to spend the time like you’re a kid again.

4. Go All Out

Another great Christmas tradition to adopt is to simply go all out for it. This means decorating your home, it means sending out all of the Christmas cards, going to Christmas parties, and doing as many Christmas events in your town as you can. The more effort you put into Christmas, the more you will find that you can capture the Christmas Spirit

Christmas is all about tradition and family, so get out there and start new traditions to make the season extra special. Make your own traditions, and do them every year in order to capture the magic of the season time and time again.

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Paisley Pirates’ head coach Ian Turley reflected on another successful weekend before looking forward to the prospect of perhaps their toughest home match of the season on Sunday, when they take on the in-form Dundee Comets (face off 6.00pm).

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“We put together another hard working display against the Thunder, and we got the rewards which the hard work has produced so far this year,” he commented. “Sure, most folk were expecting us to win comfortably, and we did, but Adam and I like to think that with that expectation is one which says that the Paisley Pirates are and will continue to be a hard working side, and we both believe that when you work hard you will get the benefit of that effort in the form of good results.”


“Once again, the goals are coming from all areas of the team, and not just one or two players, so that makes us a difficult proposition for most teams as marking one or two identified “danger men” is not going to work, as we’ve got plenty of other guys able to chip in for the team effort.”


He went on, “I know that we’ve had a lot of big home wins this year, and that can be less than invigorating if you’re a home supporter wanting to see your team win, but not necessarily by the kind of scores we’ve been chalking up so far. Well, I think I can promise fans that our next game, against Dundee Comets this Sunday, will be the veritable Christmas Cracker. Our encounters against them have always been amongst the most entertaining fixtures of the season, and I would certainly be saying to supporters that if they pick and choose their home games, this is one that they don’t dare miss! The Comets are one of the form teams this season, like they usually are, and they’ll be fancying turning us over in our home rink.”


“I’ll simply remind everyone that the Comets stopped us from picking up the treble last year, as while we won the SNL, they beat us in the final of both the Scottish Cup and the playoffs, when they were coached by no less than Adam Walker.”


“We’re advising supporters to give themselves more time than usual to get to the Arena, as apart from the fact we’re expecting a big crowd, it’s also the penultimate Sunday before Christmas, so parking may be a little more of an adventure than usual.”

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Christmas Lego workshop for kids aged 5-12

‘As snowflakes fall, don’t let your child’s curiosity and creativity freeze up! Ignite their desire to learn with the fun and exciting model plans & building activities offered at our Christmas Workshops. Children will bring their creations to life using traditional bricks, character figure models, motorised technic machines and mosaic art projects!

Themes include construction, super heroes, space, cities, master builder techniques and more! Creative building time, games and mini-figure & mini model Xmas gift add to the fun!’

kids aged 5-12 at Mossvale Community Church, 60 Greenock Road, Paisley, PA3 2LE on Friday 22nd December. The 3 hour workshop is on from 10:30am-1:30pm and costs £20.00 per child (this includes a lego mini-figure & small lego mini-model to take home).


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This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre

This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre we have an afternoon full of musical entertainment, first up is The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir followed by performances by Heriot Primary, St Peter’s Primary and St Charles Primary in our Christmas Choir Concert.

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Renfrew High pupils book in for advent calendar with a difference

PUPILS at Renfrew High School have been opening an advent calendar with a difference in the run-up to Christmas.

Instead of a chocolate treat, youngsters from S1 to S3 are getting the chance to win a brand new book as a present every day of Advent, right up to Christmas Eve. The winners are chosen in a prize draw.

The unusual Festive initiative is part of a programme of events encouraging pupils to read more, after Renfrew High was one of only six schools, in Scotland chosen to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge for secondary schools.

Funding for the Advent books has come from the Scottish Book Trust, together with a discounted price from Waterstones bookstore, at intu Braehead.

Already pupils have had visits by authors, two youngsters travelled to the Scottish Book Trust headquarters, in Edinburgh to discuss the initiative and other pupils were guests on BBC Radio Scotland talking about books and reading.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge programme at Renfrew High is being led by Renfrewshire Leisure librarian, Robin Dunlop, in conjunction with staff at the school.

Other schools taking part in the secondary reading challenge are St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, East Kilbride; Bannockburn High; Arbroath Academy; Clydebank High and Sgoil Lionacleit, on Benbecula.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The concept of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge is to raise awareness and provide a reading for pleasure culture among teenagers.
“Along with staff at Renfrew High, Robin is doing a fantastic job in creating a new interest in reading among the pupils there.

“And giving out a book every day of Advent is certainly a gift of reading, which hopefully the pupils will continue to do as they make their way to adulthood.”

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Intu Braehead mall opens to midnight – just in time for Christmas

The clock’s ticking towards Christmas Day, but intu Braehead is making sure shoppers have plenty time to buy the presents they want to give family and friends.

The shopping mall is open until midnight every day from Monday, December 18 to Saturday, December 23.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We want to take the pressure off shoppers and make Christmas shopping a bit more relaxed and enjoyable.

“Our longer opening hours are always popular with our shoppers, especially with people doing a day’s work and then having to make sure all the right Christmas gifts are bought and nobody misses out.

“Our midnight opening is ideal for people with busy lives and people can even keep up with their favourite soaps on TV in the early evening before nipping out to intu Braehead to do some Christmas shopping.

“And everybody loves being able to drive into one of our free car parks and get to the shops within minutes.”

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Scottish Huntington’s Association Ceilidh

Scottish Ceilidh, Saturday 17 March, 2018, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall (St Patrick’s Day) to book early bird tickets of £8 follow the link or give Linda a call 0141 848 0308 – hope you can join ushttps://goo.gl/WyC9Q1

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Derek Mackay – Most taxpayers to pay less than rest of UK

Additional revenues raised to protect NHS and other services.

More than two thirds of income taxpayers will pay less tax next year on their current income, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed as he published proposals to reform income tax in Scotland.

The Draft Budget 2018-19 proposes a progressive income tax policy which protects low earning taxpayers through the introduction of a new Starter Rate of tax.

The Cabinet Secretary also confirmed plans to introduce a new Intermediate Rate of tax of 21% and plans to increase the Higher and Top Rate of tax, to 41% and 46%.

As a result of these changes, and the increase in the personal allowance, all taxpayers earning up to £33,000 will be protected from any increase in tax rates. Those earning more than £33,000 will pay only a proportionate amount more.

A majority of taxpayers (55%) in Scotland will pay marginally less in 2018-19 than they would in the rest of the UK.

Setting out the Draft Budget for 2018-19, Mr Mackay said:

“The Scottish Government has faced continued austerity from the UK Government. Over a ten year period, Scotland’s block grant will have been cut by £2.6 billion in real terms and the independent Fraser of Allander Institute has confirmed that we face a £500 million real terms reduction in spending on day-to-day services over the next two years.

“In order to mitigate UK budget cuts, protect our NHS and other public services, support our economy and tackle inequality in our society, we have decided to reform income tax in Scotland.

“In line with the four tests set out in our discussion paper, our reforms will ensure that the vast majority of taxpayers are protected, that income tax becomes more progressive, that revenues are generated for investment in public services and that – coupled with our spending choices – there will be a positive impact on the economy.

“By raising an additional £164 million of revenues to support our investment plans we can deliver on our commitment to the NHS in full, with £400 million of extra spending on health without having to reduce spending on police and fire services, social care or education.

“Our new, fairer, income tax policy will protect the 70% of taxpayers who earn less than £33,000 a year and ensure they pay less tax next year for any given income whilst asking those earning more than £33,000 to pay a proportionate amount more to support our public services.

“Our plans also ensure that over half of taxpayers will pay slightly less in Scotland next year than they would in the rest of the UK, protecting low incomes and supporting the economy.

“These measures combined with our investment in the NHS, the economy, infrastructure, education and essential public services ensure that in the year ahead Scotland will be the fairest taxed part of the UK, providing the best deal for taxpayers.”

The reforms follow engagement with the public, business organisations and Civic Scotland around the Scottish Government’s discussion paper ‘The Role of Income Tax in Scotland’s Budget’.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission has forecast that these changes will generate £164 million of additional revenues in 2018-19 and that following the Scottish Government’s decision in 2017-18 to freeze the higher rate threshold, forecast revenues will be £366 million above the block grant adjustment.

The additional revenues come at a time when the UK Government is cutting £200 million in real terms from Scotland’s budget for day-to-day spending in the coming year and will help to support a draft budget package which provides £400 million of increased investment in the health service without having to impose cuts on other public services such as social care, police, fire or education.

Income tax proposals for 2018-19 are:

  • A new Starter Rate of 19% will be introduced for those earning between £11,850 and £13,850
  • A Basic Rate of income tax at 20% for those earning over £13,850
  • A new Intermediate Rate of 21% for those earning over £24,000 – however as a result of the new Starter Rate taxpayers earning less than £33,000 will pay no more in tax for given incomes
  • A Higher Rate of 41% on incomes over £44,273 to £150,000
  • A Top Rate of 46% on incomes over £150,000

In addition, the Draft Budget confirms that for Residential Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) the Scottish Government will set a new zero rate threshold for first time buyers of £175,000 – taking 80% of first time buyers out of tax altogether. The residential and non-residential rates and bands for LBTT will remain unchanged.

Mr Mackay continued:

“As part of our support for housing we are not just investing £3 billion over this parliament to increase the supply of affordable housing, but we will provide more support to help people to own their first home. These changes to LBTT mean 80% of First Time buyers will pay no tax at all on the purchase of their first home.”


Scottish Income Tax proposed rates and bands 2018-19

Scottish income tax rates Scottish Bands
A Starter Rate of 19% Over £11,850 – £13,850
The Scottish Basic Rate of 20% Over £13,850 – £24,000
An Intermediate Rate of 21% Over £24,000 – £44,273
A Higher Rate of 41% Over £44,273 – £150,000
A Top Rate of 46% Above £150,000

The Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate the policy above will raise an additional £164 million, taking forecast income tax revenues in 2018-19 to £12,115 million.

Following the Scottish Government’s decision in 2017-18 to freeze the higher rate threshold of income tax and the introduction of reformed income tax proposals for 2018-19, income tax policy in Scotland contributes to forecast revenues £366 million above the block grant adjustment to support public spending and investment in the economy in 2018-19.

Land and Building Transaction Tax proposed rates and bands for residential and non-residential property transactions, 2018-19

Residential transactions  Non-residential transactions Non-residential leases
Purchase price LBTT Rate Purchase price LBTT Rate Net present value of rent payable LBTT Rate
Up to £145,000 0% Up to £150,000 0% Up to £150,000 0%
£145,001 2% £150,001 to £350,000 3% Over £150,000 1%
to £250,000
£250,001 5% Over £350,000 4.50%    
to £325,000
£325,001 10%        
to £750,000
Over £750,000 12%        

The Scottish Fiscal Commission forecast changes to LBTT will cost £6 million with total forecast LBTT revenues for 2018-19 of £588 million.



How to Explore America


There are so many similarities between the UK and the US. This somehow makes the differences seem all the more prominent. Everything from the food, the cars, the homes, and even their weather is so foreign to those who have yet to experience it themselves, that it comes across like a younger, bolder sibling compared to Britain’s more reserved temperament.


Brits are exposed to masses of American media through television, films and the internet that sometimes it feels like we are one huge country divided by a bit of inconvenient water. On the other hand, the vast differences are precisely the reasons why so many Brits are drawn across the pond. Should you choose to join them and find out why our cultures are so intrinsically mixed, here’s what you need to know.


One: Forget Your Sense of Scale


It’s not just a myth – the US really does deliver when it comes to the ‘bigger’ out of ‘bigger and better’. Journalist Earle Hitchner astutely pointed out that “the difference between America and England is that Americans think one hundred years is a long time, while the English think one hundred miles is a long way”. English or not, every Brit can relate to this sentiment. If it’s a pain having to drive sixty miles to visit relatives down south, imagine the time and energy it will take to get from one side of an American state to the other. Don’t let this intimidate you – the sprawling landscape is there to be explored.


Two: Awaken Your Senses


Constantly comparing the food in the UK to that you’ll find in the US will only confuse your taste-buds. Throw yourself into the culture no matter how similar it might first appear to your own. Listen to the music, eat the food, feel the water. The comfort of speaking the same language as the majority of people in an otherwise hugely different culture will help you dive in at the deep end to get a proper American experience. Whether you’re interested in local histories, strange new shops, or the striking countryside, it is useful to do some research before you head off. For example, this Sonoma travel guide is perfect for wine-lovers visiting California. Track down these places online so you have a better idea of what to expect once you’re there. Your senses will enjoy the experience.


Three: Open Your Mind


Much like an older brother teases his younger sibling simply because they were born in different years, the UK has a peculiar love-hate relationship with the US. Although its media is widely consumed in Britain, which indicates that on some level it must be enjoyable, some Brits admit to a level of prejudice when it comes to the States. Leave this urge at home when you visit America, so you don’t interrupt an awe-inspiring road trip to the Grand Canyon with a remark about being surprised there isn’t a McDonald’s in one of the craters. You will be awe-inspired by this wonderful country and her people, so enjoy yourself, and prepare to be charmed.

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