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Scotland’s biggest home energy company Weatherseal has launched a major campaign to support Paisley community projects.

As part of an ongoing commitment to fund tens of thousands of pounds of worth local causes, across the country, the Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund will give back to the communities who have served Weatherseal so well over the years.


Any community or charity project in the Paisley area can today apply for a grant of up to £500 to spend on improving the lives of the people in their area.

Every area in Scotland will benefit from at least one community bursary award.

Weatherseal has already gifted thousands of pounds already including projects for the elderly, vulnerable, and young people. Other good causes have included supported mental health charities, children’s hospitals, specific children’s health support groups, and carers.

Weatherseal managing director Tony Reilly comments:

“Weatherseal is proud to serve Scotland and throughout the length and breadth of the country, communities have been good to us.

“We have a tradition of supporting local projects and charity, and this launch of a major new Community Heroes Fund over the next year, is a sign of our desire to support those who support those in the communities in which we serve.

“I fervently hope that lots of deserving local projects in the Paisley area apply for a bursary from our Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund, and would encourage as many as possible to do so.”

The Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund grants bursaries of up to £500. Applications should be submitted online at Applicants are encouraged to choose the Paisley Daily Express when asked where they heard of the fund.

Enquiries:          Amy Forsyth, Progress Sponsorship & Communications, 07808 132 592

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Johnstone Scout Group Appeal

Brian McGuire, Alisdair Connell from 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 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 and Johnstone Scout Group.

On behalf of Johnstone Scout Group, I would like to sincerely thank 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 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 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

Many thanks.

Alisdair Connell, Group Scout Leader, Johnstone Scout Group.

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Facebay Fundraising For Macmillan


A Facebook appeal and sponsored walk has raised a fantastic total of £713 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on Wednesday Irene and Ian McDonald presented the cheque to April Andrews from Macmillan.

Irene explains how the money was raised:

‘Our sponsored walk was held at Barshaw Park on 8th April 2012 at 1pm. The bad weather put a lot of people off coming to the event, but we carried on regardless.

After the walk we had raffle prizes and we also had a stall where we sold items which people donated.

At the end of the day two young people came up to me and handed me £40. This was a PERFECT end to the day. I would personally like to thank Amy Gray and Sean Kelly for this donation, thank you Amy and Sean, that was a lovely thing to do and we very much appreciated it.

We would also like to thank everyone who helped with this event and everyone who donated items for us to sell, also the people who gave us sponsor/donation money, and the local companies which donated items for this fantastic cause.

As this event was set up through my website and was a big success with over 1000 members, we have now set up another website which helps other fantastic charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Cot Deaths and Miscarriages, RAH Children’s Ward and the PDSA which are all great charities and need help raising money.


This site is  EVERYONE is welcome to join and put unwanted goods or items that they no longer need on the site. Every penny raised goes to the charities.

This site is doing great but we would like more people to join and donate to these fantastic charities, please help this be a massive success.

This is how the site works:  People donate their unwanted or items they no-longer need on the site, then the people who want the items pay a small donation for charity.

We have started off with Macmillan Cancer Support and every 3 months we will change to one of the other charities, so this gives each charity a fair chance.

We have a Just Giving page set up for people who want to pay for their items in that way – this makes even more money if you are a tax-payer as Gift Aid gives 25% on top of the sum donated.  Also everyone is welcome to make a donation, no matter how small or large on the page as it’s for a really good cause.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to raise this amount of money, it was fantastic!


The Just Giving Page Is Still Live


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Register on the Anthony Nolan Trust


You may have seen me in todays Paisley Express and I am fortunate enough to be able to possibly save someones life who is suffering from Lukemia, this is something I feel strongly about, I donate blood regularly as you never know when you need it yourself (you cant donate blood when your a potential donor though).

The are desperate for men aged between 18-30.

Here is a snippet from the Anthony Nolan website:

Join The Register:

We use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. So far we’ve saved thousands of people from blood cancers, such as leukaemia. With your help, we could save many more.

Right now, we can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to us in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant. Men aged 18-30 are more likely to be chosen to donate, but they currently account for just 12% of donors on our register. That’s why we need more of them to come forward.

The just of it is you can Save a Life, make a difference to someone and their family..

go to or email and I can help you with any questions but basically, its easy to join the register and extremely worth it in the end, imagine the power to save someones life and change their whole world, the thought of that inspires me… We are sometimes mixed up and caught up in our own little world and yet, one act of kindness can change someone for ever..

Please consider it now…

Brian McGuire


Click here to visit the Anthony Nolan website.


Can I just say a big thank you to Allison Rennie from the Paisley Express for her Article today visit their website or visit them on Facebook

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The Paisley Daily Express has launched a new Reader’s Pic of the Day feature and we want to hear from you. We’re looking for lighthearted snaps of everyday life in Paisley and Renfrewshire as well as photographs which highlight our beautiful towns, villages and countryside. The best way to get in touch is to sign up to our group on our Flickr page ( and upload any photos you’d like to see published. It would be great if you could include some details about the picture – where it was taken, when, and your name.



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Alexander Stoddart: The Paisley Sculptor.

A MAJOR exhibition of works by one of the world’s finest sculptors has opened at Paisley Museum.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the historic venue to view ‘Alexander Stoddart: The Paisley Sculptor.’
Paisley artist Mr Stoddart – who is known as Sandy to his friends – is one of the most distinguished artists working in Scotland today and many of his works can be seen worldwide.
In 2008, he was appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland and he is also a Freeman of Renfrewshire.

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Johnstone apprentice wins award

A YOUNG tradesman working for a family-run firm has pipped his peers to be named a top apprentice.

Scott McPartlan finished his final year at North Glasgow College with both the qualification and the award for the most accomplished pupil.
The 22-year-old, from Johnstone, works for warm air heating sales and installations specialists Abercorn Heating.
A small, family-run firm, the company has been around for more than 30 years – employing 12 staff, including two apprentices at their base on Abercorn Street, Paisley.
Scott said: “Surprise doesn’t even come close to how I felt when I was declared the winner
“I was pleased to pass everything and get it over and done with after four years but this was the icing on the cake.”
Scott, who has now completed his training, has spent the past four years honing his skills at the Paisley firm.
Working with many of the experienced engineers, the apprentice has learned the skills needed to become a heating engineer.
Studying an SVQ in Heating and Ventilation at the Springburn-based college, everyone but Scott worked for a national company. However, the plucky young apprentice managed to outdo his classmates to take the prize.
And he believes working with the skilled workers at the Paisley firm helped him get to the top of the class.
He said: “I was the only person from a smaller company in my class and also the course. But all the engineers who’ve helped me over the past few years at Abercorn have helped me be successful. It is a great company to work for.
“Now I just can’t wait to get out there on my own and do the job I’m trained to do.”
Proud boss Paul Bryan, joint owner of Abercorn Heating with his brother-in-law Mark Brooks, was delighted with Scott’s achievements.
He said: “Scott has set the standards and I am very impressed he has passed his exams and also become the top man on his course.
“He has worked extremely hard over the past four years to get through his training and has come out the other side successfully.
“Scott is a part of our future plans to expand the company into renewable energies and the further expansion of the company.”

text and image taken from the Paisley Daily Express webpage

Death of Jim Neil Announced


Really very sad to hear this.

The death of a former managing director of News International Scotland – and brother of broadcaster, Andrew Neil – has been announced.

Jim Neil died last week, after a short illness, aged 70.

He was also a former news editor at the Sunday Times Scotland. Before, he was editor of the Paisley Daily Express.

In an obituary in the Times, former Sunday Times Scotland editor, Gerald Malone, writes: “Will there be such a phenomenon as gentleman journalists in this rapid-fire, digital news age? Probably not, but Jim Neil… was just that in the 1970s, 80s and 90s – the last of the glory days of newsprint and local journalism, when the pace was slower and the voices sometimes kinder.” read more here.


Community website backs positive ‘Paisley is…’ campaign



Dec 17 2009 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express
IT’S only a few days old but already the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign has got the whole town talking.
Every Buddies favourite daily is leading the way in backing the bid to boost our town.
We helped launch the campaign and want to make sure all our readers know all about the positive events and good people living in our historic town.
And we’ve been inundated with responses from folk wanting to come on board and do their bit to promote Paisley.
Now Brian McGuire, who runs the popular website from his home in Glenburn, wants to spread the postive Paisley message all over the world.
Brian set up his excellent website nine years ago and it has grown to become massively popular across the world, receiving an incredible 1.38 million hits last month.
He explained: “I got it going to promote Paisley. I had just left the army and come home to Paisley and after touring the world, I realised Paisley isn’t as bad as everyone makes out.
“At the time, the town was going through the drug wars, as they were called, which gave it a bad reputation but it really wasn’t that bad compared to some places I’d seen.
“I started putting up pictures of Paisley and a bit of history on a website and it grew from there.”
Brian is right behind the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign and already has the logos on his website. The logo cleverly uses the ‘is’ in Paisley to promote certain aspects of the town such as its history or popular events.
Brian said: “The logo is on every page of the website and when you click on a different page, the logo changes to something relevant to the page.
“So if you’re looking at the history of Paisley, the logo would change to ‘Paisley is…rich in culture’.
“It’s quite clever and can be used to promote lots of different parts of the town.
“I’m right behind the Paisley Daily Express and Paisley Vision Board for doing this.”
The website reaches across the world and is manned by Brian and 10 volunteers.
Around half of all the website visitors come from America and the rest from across the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Brian added: “We never have any problems with people on the site, it’s always very positive.
“It’s a community website. I have been asked to make money out of it by doing different things but I’ve always said no.
“It’s for the people of Paisley and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

We want to know all about what ‘Paisley is…’ doing so if you’ve got a good news story about the town or its people that you want to share, phone our newsroom on 0141 887 7911 or drop us an e-mail at

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Dont forget the Jannie


They certainly don’t make them like they used to, just read the story in the Paisley Daily Express about ‘Jannie’ Joe Adam who is retiring from his job at 85.

Joe works at Paisley Sheriff Court and even by the remarks of his son ‘Duncan’ you just know that Joe is a right character….. It got me thinking “i know i shouldn’t do that its bad for the brain”.

Snippet from the Paisley Daily Express website: A HARDWORKING jannie is finally hanging up his mop and bucket…at the grand old age of 85.

But dad-of-ten Joe Adam is making sure the job stays in the family – for one of his sons is being brought in as his replacement.

Joe has become a familiar and popular character at Paisley Sheriff Court during his 18-year stint as janitor there.

He was in his 60s and working for the council’s sewerage department when he retired for the first time but was soon itching to get back to work and was delighted to be offered the job at the landmark building, in St James’s Street.

But, now that he has retired for a second time, active octogenarian Joe insists he has no plans to head back to the JobCentre.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: “I don’t think I’ll look for another job. I’m going to my son’s house in Spain soon. I find the winters here hard going these days.”

There are so many people out there who work their fingers to the bone and go unnoticed in today’s society… We should highlight them and what they do and simply say thanks… add your comments below and please remember others right to privacy…

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