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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

Thousands helped Paisley celebrate one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a weekend of history and heritage.

Costume-clad kids, street performers and families joined the parade led by the Charleston Drum – the traditional means of calling the weavers out for their annual festival.

An afternoon-long party of live music and entertainment took place on Abbey Close – featuring performances from PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – all building up to the traditional Burning of the Cork.

The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.

It’s one of Paisley’s most spectacular stories and couldn’t be better timed as a new campaign – What’s Our Story? – is launched asking local people to share what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great and help transform the region’s image.

The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall says: “Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic piece of history for the town and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“In celebrating the struggle of the Paisley weavers to receive rightful compensation from their employers – the manufacturers of the Paisley Pattern shawls – it’s an event that shows we are renowned as passionate, radical people.

“Sma’ Shot is just one of the town’s stories and we know there are lots more the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have to tell. What’s Our Story? is all about capturing the full, authentic warmth and vibrancy of local people.

“A new brand for Renfrewshire must come from the people who live, work and study here. It is for that reason twe are asking everyone in Renfrewshire for their help.”

The weekend’s entertainment continued with the popular poetry slam and two radical theatre productions – From the Calton to Catalonia and specially-commissioned Silver Threads.

Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

To submit your story about Paisley or Renfrewshire, visit WhatsOurStory.co.uk, share your story on social media using #MyStoryMyTown or complete one of the comments cards.

 

 

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Thanks to warrenmedia for the images.

Paisley 2021

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk.

Sma’ Shot Day

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley Patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day

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CALL TO YARNS! – A Community Project

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CALL TO YARNS!

It is time for The Renfrewshire Tapestry

Andrew Crummy, Scottish artist and designer – who drew the panels for the Battle of Prestonpans, the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – will be working together with an eclectic group of people to create a tapestry for Renfrewshire. It will be a celebration of the amazing global importance of this part of Scotland, a tourism draw and have its part to play in the City of Culture bid 2021.

Want to know more? Want to take part?

Everyone is welcome to our Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry project launch

On Saturday 20 February 2016

At Paisley Abbey

From 11am until 1pm

Andrew Crummy will be introducing the project, as well as leading a workshop.

You can also:

  • Take part in a textile walk
  • Chat to historians and meet up with a monk, walk with Wallace, greet a gallus Mill Girl…
  • Tell your stories and memories
  • Try your hand at a stitch or more
  • Please also – Donate your tapestry wool – authentic Anchor tapestry wool is needed to sew the tapestry. We are determined the tapestry will only be sewn with authentic Anchor yarn. Please look out any tapestry wool that you have in your households… and bring it with you.

The Renfrewshire Tapestry will reflect the wonderful history of Renfrewshire. Everyone who is involved will be acknowledged in this stepping stone in the continued celebration of the unique status of Renfrewshire.

WELCOME to Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry Launch

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Images copyright of Andrew Crummy, Alex Hewitt and Weaving Musical Threads [WMT]

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QUEST4TALENT 2013

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NEWS FROM THE ROTARY CUB OF PAISLEY

QUEST4TALENT 2013

Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.

www.quest4talent.org.uk

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Business Matters in Renfrewshire

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Business Matters in Renfrewshire – 2012
your local B2B event, 10th May 2012, 9am-4pm Paisley Town Hall

http://renfrewshirechamber.com/event-B2B2012BusinessMattersinRenfrewshire.asp

Please support your local B2B event – the event is free to attend and all are welcome (all businesses, entrepreneurs, career changers, students – all welcome – you do not need to be a member to attend). Please share this email with colleagues.

Free to attend, 30 exhibitors & 10 seminars plus keynote speech from Minister for Local Government & Planning, Derek Mackay MSP

Seminars:

Key Note Speech: Scottish Government Minister for Local Planning & Government, Derek Mackay MSP
9.30 – 10.30 Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Invest in Renfrewshire
10.45 – 11.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Trusted Trader
11.45 – 12.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Regeneration & Development
12.45 – 1.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me click here

Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan – What it means for Business – from The William Tracey Group
1.45 – 2.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Employment law for business: What do you need to know? – from bto
2.45 – 3.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Crowdfunding – A Blooming Revolution from Bloom VC
10.45-11.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

What’s the difference between management and leadership?- from Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
11.45 – 12.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register meclick here

Coaching People to Perform – from On Track Training
12.45 – 1.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Social Media – The Good, The Bad and The Downright Mad – from NSDesign
1.45 – 2.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register me click here

Love Your Brand from Branding Boutique
2.45 – 3.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Examples of companies exhibiting include:

Renfrewshire Council – various departments
Business Gateway
Renfrewshire Chamber
Scotia Marketing
NSDesign
PCR Business
Reid Kerr College
University of West of Scotland
Campbell Dallas
The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Bibby
St Vincent’s Hospice
Ferguson Imaging
SQA
The William Tracey Group
Sabre
Dark silence
Engage Renfrewshire
Skills Development Scotland
Prolife Fitness
SPT
Skills Development Scotland
Kibble

hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

Business Matters PDF right here

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Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group – Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack and the Beanstalk is running from Saturday 26th November to Saturday 3rd December in Johnstone Town Hall.
Tickets £9/£8 with a special ticket price on Monday evening and Thursday matinee – just £5!

Evening performances start at 7.30pm and matinees on both Saturdays start at 2pm.

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Glasgow’s airport scoops top national award

Glasgow’s airport scoops top national award

Glasgow Airport was last night crowned Best Airport in front of its peers at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

The annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards recognise excellence in a number of areas, and attract hundreds of senior delegates from UK airports and associated businesses.

Glasgow Airport was named Best Airport With Over 6 Million Passengers, for which Manchester and Birmingham airports were also nominated.

The award was voted for by major UK airlines which are members of the British Air Transport Association (BATA).

Terminal Operations Manager Ronald Leitch received the award from Simon Calder, Travel Editor of the Independent and a well-known media commentator on travel and aviation.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way by the airlines who use our airport every day. The award is testament to the fantastic effort that our terminal and airfield teams put in when they come to work.

“We have faced some difficult operational challenges this year such as the prolonged cold snap and volcanic ash disruption, but the response from our people was exceptional.

“I’m sure the focus on supporting our airlines and working as a team to provide the best possible product for our passengers has helped us in winning this award.”

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, said: “BATA is again pleased to be nominating the two ‘Best Airport’ awards. Both categories were extremely competitive and the winners well deserved.

“The strong field of nominees highlights the good working relationships that exist between UK airlines and airports.”

The AOA Annual Awards Ceremony, which is the centrepiece of the AOA Annual Conference, took place on Monday evening at the Hilton Metropole London.

Newcastle Airport won the category of Best Airport With Up To 6 Million Passengers.

Picture shows (l – r) Ed Anderson, Ronald Leitch, Simon Buck and Simon Calder.

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Two friends Cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise funds for charity – Epilepsy Bereaved

On Sunday 12 September 2010 two determined friends are cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in Memory of Alan Donaldson and in support of Epilepsy Bereaved
About Alan: Alan Donaldson tragically died at the age of 29 from Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) on 2nd of January 2010, Alan had lived with epilepsy for many years but he never let it stop him achieving anything in life such as gaining a first class honours degree and masters as well as travelling over the world. Alan was a loyal friend to many, dearly loved son, brother & partner. Alan would have celebrated his 30th Birthday on the 2nd September 2010. Alan had a passion for football, music and current affairs, he was a very intellectual young man with a vigour for life which has inspired many people to help support the charity SUDEP.

The Cycle: Jamie Grant (age 25) and Scott Duncan (age 30) from Renfrewshire are cycling 51 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh (as part of Pedal for Scotland) in aid of SUDEP to help raise awareness of a startling fact that is not yet well known: 3 people die suddenly every day in their prime across the UK from epilepsy. Jamie and Scott are also trying to help Alan’s family and friends meet their fundraising target of £20,000 towards the SUDEP charity which they are very determined and motivated to achieving.

Fundraising Site
http://www.justgiving.com/alan-donaldson or
bit.ly/do90Ug
Other Great Fundraising Story
On Saturday 4th September 2010 – 125 family & friends were inspired by a photo once taken of Alan at the summit of Ben Lomond. They walked up the 3196 feet high Ben Lomond to celebrate Alan’s Life and Memory as he would have been 30 that week if he had not been taken by SUDEP.

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Tesco to open First Airport Store

TESCO TO OPEN FIRST AIRPORT STORE

Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has chosen Glasgow as the location for its first airport store.

A new Tesco Express store will open in the domestic arrivals area of Glasgow Airport later this year.

The products on sale will reflect the needs of passengers returning from holiday and business travellers who need to stock up before heading home, as well as departing passengers and airport staff.

The store will be open round the clock and will offer a wide range of goods similar to those seen in Tesco Express stores across the country including dairy products, ready meals, breads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This is great news and I’m very proud that Tesco, which is undoubtedly one of the strongest brands around today, have chosen to open their first airport store here at Glasgow Airport.

“Tesco’s presence will totally transform a prominent space in the domestic arrivals area, and improve the overall choice available to our passengers and staff in the terminal.”

Tony McElroy, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager said: “We are delighted to be making this investment at Glasgow Airport. The new store will bring around twenty new jobs and is a first for Tesco at an airport location.

“Our Express stores stock a wide range of everyday essentials with a focus on fresh foods and convenience shopping.

“Our Glasgow Airport store will have the same great range and prices as the Tesco Express stores you find in Scotland’s High Streets, and it will enable travellers arriving in Glasgow to pick up those essential items before heading home.

“Across Scotland we are investing and creating jobs – this latest Tesco Express store in Glasgow Airport is a great example of our continued commitment to keeping our business fresh and trying new ideas.”

http://www.glasgowairport.com/