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Top youth cycle race on way to Paisley

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire is gearing up for another summer of sport after it was announced that the area will host a prestigious UK-wide youth cycling race.

The 2015 British Cycling Youth National Circuit Race Championships has been awarded to Paisley, the first time Scotland has hosted the championships.

The event will take place on Sunday 12 July on a town centre route passing the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey and Town Hall.

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It will offer cycling fans the chance to see the sport’s stars of the future, with previous medallists in the race having included future world champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic medal-winners Geraint Thomas, Ross Edgar and Laura Trott.

The event was brought to Paisley through a joint bid by Renfrewshire Council and a group of local cycling clubs led by Johnstone Jets.

Next July will also see the area again host Street Velodrome – the world’s only pop-up velodrome – after its successful debut in 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this prestigious sporting event to Renfrewshire.

“We have a vibrant cycling scene locally and I am sure cycling fans from Renfrewshire and beyond will be thrilled to get the chance to see the sport’s stars of tomorrow compete up close.

“Renfrewshire is fast gaining a reputation as a venue for top-class events and I am sure the historic town centre of Paisley will provide a striking backdrop to the excitement on the roads.”

Event organiser Kenny Steele of the Johnstone Jets Cycling Club said: “It is fantastic to bring the British Cycling National Youth Championships to Paisley town centre.

“There are over 200 members of youth cycling clubs within a five-mile radius of the circuit and it’s testament to the growth of cycling in the area that Renfrewshire Council has continued with their commitment to bringing high level racing to the town.

“The organising group of Paisley 2015 look forward to welcoming all to Paisley in July.”

You can find out more about the event on social media, on Twitter on @Paisley2015 and Facebook at /paisley2015[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Photograph courtesy of Cameron Pollock of paisley.org.uk[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Fire engine rally Johnstone

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Fire engine rally moves to new home.

Johnstone residents are being invited to check out vintage vehicles from through the ages this month when the area hosts one of the area’s most popular annual events for the first time.

The Fire Engine Rally will take place in the town’s Houston Square on Saturday 16 August from 11am to 4pm, and will give residents the chance to get up close to magnificent machines from throughout the decades.

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The event – run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust – has taken place in Paisley for the past four years, but is now on the move to Johnstone.

The day will start with a parade of vehicles from the town’s fire station, leaving at 11am, with the fire engines due to assemble in Houston Square for the rest of the day.

Visitors will be able to enjoy family entertainment throughout the day, including chip-pan fire demos from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and a bouncy fire engine.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be taking a starring role on the day – when she is cut out of a car and ‘rescued’ by firefighters.

She met with members of the SFRS Heritage Trust, and serving firefighters from Johnstone Fire Station, to help promote the event, alongside two fire engines dating back to 1982 and 1970 respectively, and one of the current ones from Johnstone.

Provost Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally has been a popular part of the council’s town centre events programme for a number of years now.

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“In previous years it has attracted a crowd of thousands – and it would be lovely to see a similar turnout for the event in its new home in Johnstone.

“Events like this are great for bringing in a crowd and boosting local traders, and we are keen to spread those benefits around the entire area.

“The people at the heritage trust show tremendous dedication to maintain these vehicles and keep them alive for everybody to enjoy, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.

“And the event offers a great chance for serving firefighters to meet the public and for everybody to show their appreciation for the great work our emergency services do.”

Dave Adam, chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust, added: “This is the fifth year we have held the event, which has been bigger and better each year.

“This will be the first time in Johnstone and it will also be the first public appearance of a turntable ladder which dates back to 1939, which we hope will help make it a successful day.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator text=”camera”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Johnstone is lit up at Christmas event

Johnstone is lit up at Christmas event.

Johnstone was illuminated at the weekend as hundreds of people turned out for the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The popular annual event – which took place in the town’s Houstoun Square – served up an afternoon of festive fun, with live music and entertainment.

Boyband Rewind were on hand to perform before teaming up with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall on stage to push the button on the lights.

They were also joined by local youngster Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Other acts to feature on stage during the day included DJs from Pulse FM and local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

Highlights also included fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-on is always well-attended and I’m pleased to say this year followed in that tradition.

“However, there was a note of sadness surrounding this year’s event given the tragic events in Glasgow a few hours before – and I asked the crowd to take a moment to ensure their thoughts were with those most closely affected.

“This event provides a great focus for the town and its surrounding villages and offer young and old alike something fun to do on their doorsteps.

“It also provides a good boost for local businesses by bringing hundreds of people into the town centre.

“It’s been a busy month for events – with the fireworks and Christmas lights and Paisley and Renfrew in the past few weeks also going really well.

“My thanks go out to everybody who came along to any of these events and we hope to see you all back again next year.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on

Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on.

Johnstone will get its chance to shine in the seasonal spotlight when it hosts a mixture of music and magic for its Christmas Lights Switch-on this week.

The event – expected to attract hundreds of people – will take place in Houstoun Square, with family entertainment on from noon.

There will be a day of entertainment on the big stage, headlined by boyband Rewind as well as local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

DJs from Pulse FM will also be on hand to get the party started by introducing the acts throughout the day.

Other highlights will include fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be on hand to switch on the lights at 4.30pm and will be joined by Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone switch-on follows successful events in Paisley and Renfrew over the past two weekends.

“This event is always well attended and I’m sure this year will be no different. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

“It’s always great to see the main town square so busy – occasions like this are good for the community and provide a boost to local businesses too.”

Full main stage timetable is as follows: Noon – Pulse FM, 12.10 – Per4mance Stage School, 12.40 – DSD Street Dance School, 13.00 – Splash Productions, 13.40 – Todi, 14.15 – Andy, 14.45 – Sweet Injection, 15.25 – Francesca Kimberley,16.00 – Rewind, 16.30 – Lights go on.

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New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts

New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts.

The new £14.5m Johnstone Town Hall has been hailed as a development which will benefit the whole town, as work starts on the new building.

Workers have been on site this week to start groundworks on the 21-month project to build and fit out the state-of-the-art town hall.

The building is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and represents a massive investment in the regeneration of Johnstone.

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When it opens in summer 2015, the town hall will house a new library, marriage suite, theatre and conference space, meeting rooms and a café.

It will also contain offices for Renfrewshire Council housing and social work staff, as well as Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

And Provost Anne Hall – who attended a small ceremony to mark the start of building work – believes the development will be a major boost for Johnstone.

She said: “This will be more than just a building – it will be a modern centrepiece for the entire town.

“It will bring a number of important facilities and services under one roof – there will be something there of benefit to every resident of the town and its surrounding area.

“A lot of work has already gone into the design for this building over the past few years – and the council has been very keen to involve the community in that.

“The start of building work marks another significant milestone along the way.”

Provost Hall was joined on site by representatives of BAM Construction, the building contractors, and Hub West Scotland, who manage the contract.

Earlier this month, Renfrewshire Council unveiled hoardings around the site which display an illustration of buildings and landmarks around the town.

The epic artwork – which stretches around three sides of the site – is intended to represent and showcase the town’s past, present and future while work is ongoing.

A temporary Johnstone Library will be open in Collier Street while the work is ongoing.

For more information about the project, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/johnstone or call 0300 300 0114.

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Epic town hall artwork puts Johnstone in the picture

Epic town hall artwork puts Johnstone in the picture.

Johnstone’s newest building is being used to celebrate its existing ones – thanks to an ambitious piece of artwork devoted to the town.

Renfrewshire Council has just unveiled a specially-commissioned illustration of Johnstone landmarks to cover the hoardings around the site of its new town hall.

Construction on the £14.5m facility is due to start before the end of the month, with the building expected to be finished by summer 2015.

But council chiefs wanted to make sure the local community had a backdrop which represented the town while work was ongoing.

Glasgow-based artist Adrian McMurchie was brought on board to create an illustration of Johnstone’s buildings.

The resulting epic artwork will be displayed on three sides of the site hoardings, stretching from Ludovic Square, along William Street and into the adjacent car park.

A small section is already on display, with the rest to follow shortly. It features the town’s station and Paton’s Mill, as well as local churches, shops and housing.

Renfrewshire’s Deputy Provost John Caldwell met Adrian and representatives of the local community in Ludovic Square to see it for themselves.

Deputy Provost Caldwell said: “We wanted to make sure people weren’t just looking at a blank wall – that they had something unique and eye-catching instead.

“Adrian has done a great job with the drawings – and I’m sure people will enjoy wandering round them picking out the local sights.

“But while we are admiring the town’s existing architecture, one of the most exciting developments of all will be the one going up behind the hoardings.

“The new town hall represents a massive investment by the council which will transform the centre of Johnstone.

“We hope residents will identify sites of personal and community significance in this artwork and enjoy the sense of continuity between the past, present and future.”

Once complete, the new town hall building will house a new library, marriage suite, theatre and conference space, meeting rooms and a café.

It will also contain offices for council housing and social work staff, as well as Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

The artwork around the town centre has been given the thumbs-up by local community activists.

Throughout the project, Renfrewshire Council has been keen to involve members of the Johnstone community in the plans for its design.

Over the next few months, there will be various community activities, including the chance to contribute to public art which will be displayed inside the new building.

George Kennedy, secretary of Johnstone Community Council, said: “The new hoardings look very smart – much more interesting than a blank wall.

“It depicts the town very well – there were a few bits I instantly recognised, such as the High Church, and the former health centre.

“We are pleased we are getting a new building – it should be a big improvement on the last one and we are looking forward to it.”

Community council chairman Dennis Lavery added: “I like the way it is laid out – it isn’t meant to be a map of the town but it depicts it well.”

Artist Adrian McMurchie explained how he was able to create the mammoth artwork. He said: “It was a great job to work on and it is great to see it going up.

“We initially discussed doing lots of photos but decided drawings would work better. I had a drive around and that gave me a lot of ideas.

“I had never worked on anything as long as this before – I ended up doing the drawing on a 10m piece of paper.

“Johnstone has some great architecture but we didn’t just want it to be about the old buildings, we wanted to include some of the housing too.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Johnstone Scout Group Appeal

Brian McGuire, Alisdair Connell from paisley.org.uk and Johnstone Scout Group.

Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group Appeal

We feature in the Paisley Daily Express today 7th August 2013, Page 4 thanks to Lynn Jolly

Pictured is Alisdair Connell from the Johnstone Scout group (right) along with Brian McGuire from www.paisley.org.uk after handing over £100 to help their target of £1,000 to pay for the installation of a new CCTV system due to a serious attack on the building whilst the kids had a sleepover at the start of the summer holidays, please see the bottom of this email to enable you to help the Scouts achieve their goal.

Brian McGuire, Alisdair Connell from paisley.org.uk and Johnstone Scout Group.

On behalf of Johnstone Scout Group, I would like to sincerely thank Paisley.org.uk for their very kind donation of £100 towards the installation costs of our new CCTV system, following on from our recent spate of break-ins at the Scout Hall.

I would also like to thank Brian McGuire who runs the Paisley.org.uk site for all his help in promoting our appeal for financial assistance and getting the appeal put out into the public domain. Without the generosity of Brian, and Paisley.org.uk and other local businesses, we would not be able to install this CCTV system to protect our kids, leaders and property.

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to you all.

If any businesses would like to help contribute towards the costs of this system, then your donations would be gratefully received. We are still short of our required target by a few hundred pounds. If you are able to help, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/3s7iho

Many thanks.

Alisdair Connell, Group Scout Leader, Johnstone Scout Group.

Please visit the Paisley Daily Express for the latest up to date news of what’s happening in and around Paisley. www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk

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Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group

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Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group

On behalf of Johnstone Scout Group, I would like to sincerely thank Paisley.org.uk for their very kind donation of £100 towards the installation costs of our new CCTV system, following on from our recent spate of break-ins at the Scout Hall.

paisley-logo-printI would also like to thank Brian McGuire who runs the Paisley.org.uk site for all his help in promoting our appeal for financial assistance and getting the appeal put out into the public domain. Without the generosity of Brian, and Paisley.org.uk and other local businesses, we would not be able to install this CCTV system to protect our kids, leaders and property.

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to you all.

If any businesses would like to help contribute towards the costs of this system, then your donations would be gratefully received. We are still short of our required target by a few hundred pounds. If you are able to help, please email myself at johnstonescouts@hotmail.com.

Many thanks.

Alisdair Connell, Group Scout Leader, Johnstone Scout Group.