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Rockin’ around The Paisley Spree 25 – 28 October 2012

The Spree national festival will bring something new to the Scottish arts scene and to prove it organisers have announced its programme for under 18s.  Three local initiatives; Create, Pace Theatre and Loud ‘n’ Proud will show just how talented you people can be.

Create is inspired, informed and run by volunteers and interns who are dedicated to building a creative arts focused future for Paisley where a community of confident young artists and musicians can develop and thrive.

On Friday 26 October, Create, in association with Hit the Road will hit the stage with Create Wars 2012, its final battle of the local bands.  Last year’s winner Crown of Storms will head the bill before hitting the road on their own Scottish tour. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 18:00, £2

On Saturday 27 October, Loud ‘n’ Proud will present the Wee Band and the Acutones with special guests.

Loud ‘n’ Proud was founded in 2001 as a local music project and it has developed an impressive track record in developing musical talent.  Loud ‘n’ Proud graduates regularly perform at festivals and win competitions.   Spiegeltent, Paisley, 12:00 – 14:00, £10 / 8

The Spree’s about a good laugh too, so there’s a Kids’ Comedy Club, in association with The Stand Comedy Club on Saturday 27.  Viv Gee, Billy Kirkwood and Steven Dick, offer comedy and magic in a show aimed at  8 – 12 year olds.  All content is age appropriate, every young fan must be accompanied by an adult and the club is not suitable for the under 5s. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 14:00, £5

Local theatre company, PACE, will  be performing “Terra Nova”……………The roots of our lives spread out in all directions, some to the north, some south, east and west, creating a true concordia of ideas to inspire our spirit with every step we take into the unknown…”

In a unique work devised for The Spree’s Spiegeltent, young actors pave the way for more vibrant creativity in the reflective sight of their Terra Nova … In words, movement and song PACE is stepping out to the rhythms of its heart. Spiegeltent, Paisley, from 15:00

All photographs taken for Paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements.

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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  https://www.facebook.com/groups/facebay.free.paisley/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/FacebayFundraising/  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!

THANK YOU!’

The Just Giving Page Is Still Live

http://www.justgiving.com/freeinpaisley4macmillan

 

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!


Councillor George Adam, elected member for Paisley South, was recently selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the new Paisley Constituency in for next years Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2011. This is the first time that a Paisley-only seat has been contested in the Scottish Parliament, due to recent boundary changes.

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George was elected to Ward 5: Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007 Council election. George has been involved with the Scottish National Party since he was 18. He was previously a Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for the Paisley North Constituency during the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.
George was born in Elderslie, in June 1969 (41), he is a true Paisley Buddie and is a fanatical supporter of St Mirren FC. George lives in the towns eastend with his wife Stacey. He has two children- James 18 and Jessica 16 – who live with their mother locally. George and his wife Stacey regularly attend St Mirren matches and follow the Scottish Football team when ever they can

George is convenor of Paisley South Local Area Committee on Renfrewshire Council and has been heavily involved, with that committee, in the regeneration of the Park areas in his ward. The Outdoor Gym in Brodie Park is one of many innovations from this and has proved so popular that another was commissioned for Durrokstock Park in Paisley. He has regularly involved himself in fund-raising for local charities and has ran Paisley 10k for Paisley & District MS Society and MND Scotland for 2010.

Councillor George Adam says:

“I am really excited about this campaign and I am extremely proud that I am the first candidate for this new Scottish Parliamentary seat of Paisley. Paisley is my home town and when I discovered what the new boundaries would be, I knew the 2011 Scottish Elections in the town could be a historic event.

Paisley Buddies are fed up with the tired and troublesome Labour MSP’s who have represented them over recent history. Very few actually come from the town and many where just political placements. This has lead many locals to look cynically upon local politicians and I believe things could be different.

We only have to look at the work the Renfrewshire administration has already done in regeneration of the Paisley Town centre. The Arnotts site will be transformed in the coming years, empty shops being actively promoted and vastly improved town centre events that increase the shoppers to our town. But it is a work in progress and we must ensure that this continues. It is important that we cannot rely on the inactive Labour MSP’s of the past that have no ideas and only provide us with soundbites and cliches.

We are living in very difficult economic times and it is important that we have representation from someone who has Paisley’s best interests at heart. I believe I am that person. I want to build further on the foundations laid by the local SNP and make Paisley the town we all want it to be.

I will be the only local candidate in next years election. The only one that can claim the title of a true Paisley Buddie. This alone is a very important distinction between myself and the rest. It is time we take Paisley back for ourselves. Moving away from the fatigued , failing politicians of the past and working together for the betterment of our town.

A number of years ago an employer of mine asked me if there was anything more to George Adam than I’m from Paisley, I support St Mirren and I’m in the SNP. I flippantly added – apart from my wife and children that’s about it. But on reflection I can look at this comment and put it into context for the coming election. My name’s George Adam, I come from Paisley and I want to be the your first Member of the Scottish Parliament!”

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Videos about Paisley

I have uploaded lots of high definition “alright a bit shaky but I am just learning” videos about and around the town of Paisley. I have also uploaded them to our Gallery section giving our visitors a way to enjoy our town in pictures and in video.

Simply go the Gallery section or click here to go straight to the section, I will update and add more all the time.

If you have any suggestions to where I could video next then please contact us and let us know. Hope you enjoy them.

Paisley on the web.

Paisley Social and Paisley Active

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The new updated social networking sections of Paisley.org.uk have now been put online.

You can now upload your own pictures, videos and blog. You can also use chat, private messaging and add friends or simply use the message board to air any issues or answer any issues about the town.

Also the Now and Then picture gallery is back online and being updated at the moment so you can view buildings and streets from the past and how they look in the exact same position today. Gallery Link.

Join the Paisley website today and take part in our active website.

Severe Weather warning Tuesday 25th February

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Oh no here we go again, the weather is turning for the worse tomorrow and Paisley will no doubt be battered with the strongest of the winds as normal.

The Met Office is expecting very strong winds across northern parts of the UK during Tuesday, with severe gales in places. The strongest winds are likely to affect Southern and Central Scotland, along with the northern parts of Northern Ireland and the far north of England. Here, westerly winds are likely to gust to 70 mph during daylight hours, steadily easing during the evening. Disruption could occur to transport and power supply networks. This warning will be updated at around 1000 on Tuesday 26th February unless superseded by Flash Messages.

Issued at: 1038 Mon 25 Feb

read more here 

Roof Update 31st Jan

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Got a letter from the council today and they apologised but said that normally when someone reports a repair that there is no need for the council to get back in touch with that person, IM sure though that I had told them that they would get someone to call me back.

However they go on to say that they have been very busy “[b]and quoted my blog, so blogs can get their attention[/b]” and said that they could see there was significant damage and that they would need the scaffolders to erect the structure before they can fix the damage, but listen to this [b]the target date is the 4th March[/b] thats a month away bloody hell.

Last night was bad again, we never used to have it so bad up here until a good few years ago Scottish power removed the trees in front of our house and since then its been hellish each year and the same tiles always come off the roof..

Only one tile came off last night and thats a result as far as Im concerned..

But also just before dinner time “I had written to my local councilor Lorraine Cameron” I had an email from Lorraine Cameron emailing someone in repairs and just conveying how angry I was that no one had come back to me “which they said they would” and on seeing my damage it should be treated as urgent.. so another result, I am Thankfull to Councillor Cameron for her time and reply it is very much appreciated and also shows that if you need something done Blog it and tell everyone about it…

Roof update

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Now i know you are on the edge of your seat about my roof problems, so I thought I would update you, I called the council again today as still no one had got back to me and I have found out they have to organise the scaffold company to come out and repair the damage, funnily enough on saturday of this week they were about five doors down from me.. mmmmm

anyways the target date is the 5th march so hopefully my roof holds out until then if not Im gonna be drookit or roofless…

my roof

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I have taken some video of my roof and the damage that the winds at the start of January did to my house 3 weeks ago on writing this blog, Renfrewshire council have done nothing “granted thy may be busy” but they have not so much as returned my calls or even came out to look at the damage, look just under the chimney and you will see the lead flashing has been cracked as well..

lets hope for our sake its not my bloody chimney..