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Pupils and catering staff get fundraising

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Pupils and catering staff get fundraising

It’s been pretty active on the fundraising front for pupils and school meals catering staff in all Renfrewshire primary schools of late.

Amongst them, pupils and school meals catering staff at Bushes Primary School in Paisley donned their red noses and helped boost the funds being raised for Comic Relief.

Elsewhere, pupils and catering staff in St Peter’s Primary held fundraising events for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), the official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

It’s been 25 years since Red Nose Day first burst onto our screens. School meals catering staff celebrated this year’s Red Nose Day by putting on a red-themed menu that included tomato and lentil soup, cheese pepper pizza, strawberry ice cream and Red Nose biscuits. Fundraising events, a dress down day for pupils and staff, home baking and raffles were also held.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Bringing about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people by investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs, as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice is a key aim for Comic Relief and SCIAF.

“Similar efforts repeated in schools, homes and workplaces across Renfrewshire throughout the year contribute to transforming lives here in the UK and abroad.”

Councillor Jacqueline Hendry, Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “SCIAF work in over 16 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, to help some of the poorest people in the world, regardless of religion work their way out of poverty.

“Today’s fundraising efforts for both charities will make a contribution to that work and raise the profile of how much work still has to be done to tackle poverty.”


Paisley Lollipop man is best in the world


best in the world

best in the world

A former firefighter from Renfrewshire has seen off competition from 19,000 rivals to be crowned the UK’s favourite lollipop man.
John Foley, 56, from Paisley, was recognised for his work at the town’s Bushes Primary School.
He won a £1,500 holiday voucher and £3,000 for the school to build a community garden.
Staff and pupils at Bushes Primary nominated Mr Foley for his enthusiasm and dedication to the role.
As well as helping the school’s 358 pupils get safely across the road, he also helps the dinner ladies set up for lunch and has even stepped in to change car tyres for teachers with a puncture.
Mr Foley, who retired from the fire service last year when he was diagnosed with ME, said he was “grateful” for the award and praised the school for its “feel-good atmosphere”.

He’s such an important part of our school and we really don’t think the title could go to a better person. The kids love him and so do we
Moira Monaghan
Head teacher

He added: “It’s marvellous, it’s just marvellous. It’s very generous sponsorship so it is good for the school as well.
“It is a wonderful school, and I am doing a job that I love. It’s a wonderful place. The staff, the kids, the whole ambience to the place is just marvellous.”
Mr Foley won the Scottish title last month before taking the UK title of Kwik-Fit Insurance Lollipop Person of the Year.
He was presented with the award at a ceremony in the school on Monday.
Head teacher Moira Monaghan said: “We were over the moon when we heard John had been picked as the winner for Scotland but when we took the call saying he had won for the whole of the UK we just couldn’t believe it.
“He’s such an important part of our school and we really don’t think the title could go to a better person. The kids love him and so do we.”
During the presentation ceremony, pupils serenaded Mr Foley with their version of The Proclaimers’ hit 500 Miles, with the words changed to praise their lollipop man

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Glen Cinema Disaster, Film.


BUDDIES are being asked to help fund a film that will tell the story of Paisley’s worst-ever loss of life.

December 31 is the 80th anniversary of the Glen Cinema Disaster in which 71 young lives were lost.

Now, the Paisley Development Trust is working with Paul Mothersole, director of the Glen Cinema exhibition, which was staged five years ago, to make a DVD that aims to be a lasting memorial to the dead.

A total of £1,500 is needed to bring the project about and, so far, just £300 has been raised.

Piero Pieraccini, of the Paisley Development Trust, said: “Production costs are running at £150 per day and full use has been made of the available resources.

“We are running out of cash to complete filming and to print the film. There are about 10 days of work needed to finalise it and make it ready for a final viewing.

“In short what we desperately require is £1,500.

“We have approached the usual funding bodies but with no positive response.”

Mr Pieraccini, who is well-known as the boss of Paisley watering hole Hamishes Hoose, is appealing to businesses and individuals to consider donating cash, no matter how little, to the project.

“Even a small amount from individuals would be helpful,” he said.

“There is a lot of footage of survivors from the original exhibition that has never been seen and we would want to include that in the DVD.

“It would be on sale to the public but we would also distribute it to schools so that kids can see what happens. We want to keep it fresh in people’s minds.”

It was on Hogmanay 1929 that excited youngsters packed into the Glen Cinema, at Paisley Cross.

Smoke was detected, there was a shout of “Fire!” and a crush ensued in which more than 70 children died.

Buddies have never forgotten what happened to this day.

A plaque commemorates the disaster at the site of the cinema, which is now a furniture store.

Mr Pieraccini, right, spoke directly to Buddies: “If you can assist in helping us find the balance or would like to make a contribution to our costs, your help would not only be very much appreciated by us but by the whole of Renfrewshire.”

Anyone wishing to pledge cash can do so by emailing or by sending a cheque, made out to the trust, care of Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Service, 27 Clark Street, Paisley.

The Paisley Development Trust


The Paisley Development Trust (PDT) was formed to take forward a programme of community renewal through the arts and culture and is focussed on the creation of a Unique Selling Point for the town and the preservation and re-use of redundant buildings throughout Paisley. Through the regeneration of Paisley (Scotland’s largest town) we can also regenerate the whole of Renfrewshire.

The establishment in Paisley of a Scottish Cinema and Film heritage centre would fulfil these aims. The fact that Paisley used to be a town with a strong tradition of cinema going (not too long ago there were 7 cinemas in Paisley) and that Paisley University is recognised for the film and media courses they provide, it was agreed that the aim of the PDT should be to work towards the establishment of such a USP.

To raise awareness of the trust in the wider community a series of events have taken and will take place with the aim of involving as many people as possible in the common aim to promote Paisley in the national and international community.

The first of the PDT events in 2004 was a very successful and exciting exhibition called ‘Cinema Buddies’. This was to commemorate the 71 young lives that were lost in tragic circumstances in the cinema, on Hogmanay 1929. PDT continued with an end of year lantern procession that was featured in the BBC and STV live news for the day as well as a large number of print media. The Glen Cinema story received interest from a film production company and a documentary of the tragic events was created for broadcast on BBC.

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