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Community groups curry flavour for Fairtrade Fortnight

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Kilbarchan curried Fairtrade flavour at a special evening organised by the local Fairtrade group.

Around 30 people attended Bobbins tea room to enjoy a Fairtrade curry made by Chef Carole Seeth, who co-owns the premise.

Many of the Fairtrade groups have been celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with events in their own towns and villages.

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A lucky few even had a visit from Ismael Diaz Rivas, a Fairtrade coffee and honey farmer from Guatemala, who visited Renfrewshire for the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Ismael even managed to squeeze in a trip to local beekeepers in Kilbarchan to find out what techniques they used to collect honey and tell his story of how the honey cooperative CIPAC formed in Guatemala.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said “It has been brilliant to see so many local community groups engaging with Fairtrade Fortnight. It is such an important cause and buying Fairtrade makes a real difference to the lives of Fairtrade farmers.

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“Having Ismael here to talk to some of our community groups has been a real honour and it has been a great experience for everyone to hear firsthand how the work they do benefits Fairtrade farmers.”

Graham Batin, Chair of Kilbarchan Fairtrade Partnership, said: “The curry night was a great success and I know everyone really enjoyed it. It just goes to show there are so many foods than can be made using Fairtrade ingredients.

“Although Ismael never got to come along to our night, I know both the community groups and Ismael really enjoyed the visit to Renfrewshire. It has really inspired us to keep up the work we are doing for Fairtrade. We hope these events have helped to raise awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade.

“We are very lucky to be able to work with local businesses like Bobbins and the Co-op in Kilbarchan who kindly donated the Fairtrade wine for the evening.”

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

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Kilbarchan Lilias Day 2013

Kilbarchan Lilias Day 2013

The parade will leave Tandelhill Road at 1.30pm and proceed through the village to the steeple, then onwards to the public park.

The procession will arrive at approximately 2pm when Miss Lilias, this year played by Miss Iona MacLeod, will read the proclamation.

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Over the course of the afternoon, a number of events will take place in the arena; there is a seven a side football match between Kilbarchan Primary and Bridge of Weir Primary. We have a dog show from 12 noon with prizes for different categories. There will be a
number of local organisations with stalls selling home baking, tombolas and raffles for great prizes in the park from 1.30pm. This year we are delighted to announce we have two arena event one is Quack Commandos display. This is a fun display where border collies will herd Indian Runner ducks. The other is Owl Magic who will give a performance show with Owls.

Lilias Day is a major fundraiser for all the organisations who take stalls in the park, they really do rely on the support of people from Kilbarchan and other local villages. We ask that you make Lilias Day a date for your diary and come along with your friends and family to support this local community event.

Text from our sister site http://www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk/event/003512-kilbarchan-lilias-day/

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Doors Open day 2011 Programme

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The Renfrewshire Doors Open day programme of events has been released (please see the bottom of this post for the area wide pdf). This is a great weekend for gaining access to some of our amazing visitor attractions. Take your camera and the family and you will be in for a treat. Read more

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Renfrewshire Doors Open Day 2010

This is an excellent opportunity to get out to buildings and parts of that building you normally can not access.. Also dont just go yourself, join up with others via the website and have a good old sociable day out..

Renfrewshire’s biggest entertainment complex, a hospice therapy unit and a hotel are joining more traditional choices such as churches and museums in a show of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

Xscape Braehead, Ash Tree hotel and the Accord Hospice therapy unit, both in Paisley, will all feature in Renfrewshire’s 17th Doors Open Day programme on the weekend of September 11/12.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open or accessible to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Planning and Transport.

Sixty venues will be participating. On Saturday 11 September venues in Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Erskine will be open. On Sunday 12 September the venues in Johnstone, Elderslie, Renfrew and Erskine will be on show.

Once again Doors Open Day visitors in Paisley will have the opportunity of being transported between venues in style thanks to funeral directors J and W Goudie. The firm is again laying on a limousine shuttle.

This year’s programme also features the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport. Youngsters who have their passport stamped at five participating venues can claim a certificate and gift at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall will be opening their doors for the annual national event. This year is the 29th anniversary of Doors Open Day and also the 29th Anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s death. In celebration of Dahl’s fantastic stories, take a tour of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory using clever CGI technology at Paisley Town Hall; make your own ‘Witches’ hat at Paisley Arts Centre; and find escaped insects from James’ giant peach at Paisley Museum!

Archaeology again features prominently with excavations at Paisley Abbey. That will involve a further dig which should reveal more about the construction history of the Abbey Drain. There will also be an archaeological evaluation of site of the west range of the Abbey’s monastic cloister which was demolished in 1874.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme,” said Councillor Iain Nicholson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board.

“One of the main ideas behind the Doors Open Day programme is to show people the continuing relevance of an area’s past. Nowhere is that more true than in Renfrewshire. We are proud of our heritage and Doors Open Day gives people the chances to visit free of charge iconic buildings and sites in towns and communities across Renfrewshire.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme and Children’s Passport will be available in the next few days from council offices, libraries, arts centres and museums, as well as Paisley tourist information centre, Paisley Abbey, India of Inchinnan, Braehead/Xscape.

Both programmes are available online on our Doors Open Day page.