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Whats on in Renfrewshire!

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What’s On in Renfrewshire!
We have a fantastic season lined up – tickets now on sale!

Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)

Coming up……

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Music: The Rat Pack is Back

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

The first 3 people to email us at with ‘VIP TICKETS PLEASE’ in the subject will win a pair VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets, where lucky winners will be invited backstage to meet the band and have their photograph taken with the Las Vegas legends.!

Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.


Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Herstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August

Every 1000th, 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Win With Us
Congratulations to our lucky winner M. Tomlinson of Renfrew, who took just a few minutes to fill in a short survey after attending Renfrew Gala Day and won a £30 gift card for Braehead.

We value your opinions and are always striving to provide you with the best possible service. Please take our quick survey and tell us what you think. Thank you.

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Fibromyalgia Paisley & Inverclyde


Fibromyalgia Paisley & Inverclyde Network are holding a Christmas Craft Fayre & Table Top Sale and are looking for local crafters & community groups who are interested in booking a table at the event. Tables will cost £5.00. It is hoped to have a large variety of locally crafted items for sale, allowing people the opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts. Local community groups can also book a table and raise funds through sale of items etc. The event will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011, in St Mirins Cathedral Parish Halls, Paisley, starting at 11.00am.

Tables can be booked by contacting Hazel on or 07886 811407 Read more

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Countdown to Paisley’s spectacular fireworks display


Special parking and prime viewing sites have been set up for people coming into Paisley for this year’s fantastic fireworks display Nov 4th 2010.

Residents from across Renfrewshire are being encouraged to come into Paisley for the spectacular free event and to make things easier specific free parking areas and viewing areas have been designated.

The key parking areas are at:
– Reid Kerr College
– Paisley Grammar School
– University of the West of Scotland
– The Paisley Centre car park

There is also free parking at the Piazza and council carparks excluding Cotton Street and the Council HQ car park.

Prime viewing areas for the fireworks display, which will each be linked up to the live PA to the Clyde 1 Roadshow are at:
– Gauze Street, at Cotton Street
– Forbes Place, at Dunn Square
– High Street at the Cenotaph

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This is going to be our biggest and best fireworks display yet and we want to make sure as many people as possible can safely enjoy the event.

“Through our sponsors we have agreed hundreds of free parking spaces all round the town centre to make it easier for those coming in from other areas. It’s going to be a busy evening and we’d urge people to go to one of these suggested car parks.

“The prime viewing locations will give everyone the chance to see the fireworks and hear the live PA from the Clyde 1 stage at Gauze Street.

“Fireworks night is a great family occasion and we want everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe so are encouraging people to come to the council’s official fireworks display.”

The event, on Friday 5 November, starts at 6pm with the Fireworks from 7.30pm.

This year’s display has a ‘Songs from Famous Musicals’ theme, including Abba, Grease, Queen, Les Miserables and many more.

There will also be live entertainment from tribute act Paulo Martini and a fabulous fun fair.

The event, organised by Renfrewshire Council and Paisley Vision, is free and is sponsored by The Piazza, KDS Group, Bam Construction, Reid Kerr College, University of the West of Scotland and the Paisley Centre.

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Accord Hospice Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer edition of our e-newsletter. This time of year is quieter than usual from an events point of view however this gives us the opportunity to plan ahead with some new ideas and to think of ways of improving some old favourites. We have been very busy before the holiday season and below you will read about our very successful Midnight Walk and Summer Fayre. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in any of our events

Cumbrae Capers!! Saturday 28th August

This event has proved to be very popular over the past few years. It’s quite simply a sponsored event challenging youu to get round the island by your preferred method – walking/cycling/roller-blading ….whatever. Last year we had someone pulling a tractor tyre!!! A good fun day for all and we even buy you a roll at the Dancing Midge in Millport!!

Supermarket Collections

We have quite a few collections and bag packs coming up in various locations including Tesco Silverburn, the Piazza, The Paisley Centre and Braehead. If you can spare a couple of hours and would like to help us please get in touch.

Golf Competition 22nd September

We still have some places left for our annual golf event which is played on one of the best links courses in Scotland, Western Gailes at Irvine. Cost is £120 per person and includes coffee/roll on arrival and a three course buffet after your game.

Annual Dinner 29th October

Our Dinners always prove popular and this year will be no exception as we have secured the services of the award winning after dinner speaker, Sandy Strang. Please contact us for more information

Recent Events

The past few months have been very busy for us and we have been thrilled with the response to our new event, the Midnight Walk. Over 300 supporters, the vast majority of whom were new to us, joined us for a sponsored walk over the Erskine Bridge. So far, we have raised over £13,000 and this figure is rising every day. Many thanks to everyone who took part and we are sure that this event will be repeated next year.

Our Summer Fayre was again very successful and we are delighted to report another record year with over £29.000 raised for Hospice funds

and finally……. Facebook and Twitter

Just a wee reminder to check us out on these social media sites which will keep you right up to date.

lastly, we hope that you are all enjoying the summer and your holidays!!

Dont forget to visit Accord and sign up for their newsletter

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Paisley Film Society


Just a quick note to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported the Paisley Film Society. It’s been a great year so far, and as we near the end of our first season at the Paisley Arts Centre, its time to look back over whats been a great few months. And it wouldn’t have happened without you! So thank you!!

At the start of June we applied for funding from Regional Screen Scotland to help us run a February Film Fiesta, but unfortunately we have not been lucky with that funding bid. However . . . fear not! Our next port of call shall be the Lottery, and hopefully we will be able to get enough money to run a fantastic week long programme of films and workshops for all.

Our final two films are Persepolis (screening tonight, as part of Refugee Week) and Dirty Dancing (Tuesay 29th June).

We will be taking a break over the summer, but looking ahead to Autumn Winter, our schedule of films has been confirmed. Basic details are on our the front page of website ( Do go and have a look (scroll down to the bottom of the home page).

Thanks again for all your support so far – do continue to support your local film club and we’ll take it from strength to strength.

All the best