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Provost practices before charity abseil

Provost practices before charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has been getting in some last-minute practice before leading a charity abseil with a difference.

Provost Hall will join Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and  will be part of a group of 20 people who will abseil from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, at noon on Saturday. (May 25)

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The event will launch a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

And joining in the event, representing charities and council departments, will be Superman, Supergirl, Batman and the Black Widow from the Avengers who will all abseil in costume.

In keeping with the Provost’s aim of involving the community in the new project, a range of entertainment has been arranged for the watching crowd on the day.

Starting at 11am, the upper deck of the council HQ car park will host a bouncy slide, an inflatable beat the goalie and a range of charity stalls.

In advance of the big day, Provost Hall visited Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre in Paisley for a spot of abseiling practice.

There she met up with representatives of Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team to assist in emergencies such as flooding and extreme winter weather.

CDS also help other organisations and charities run fund-raising events and have offered their knowledge of organising abseils to Provost Hall for the occasion.

“I’d like to thank CDS for the time and commitment they have given to our event,” said Provost Hall. 

“And while I am looking forward to my first abseil it did no harm to get in a spot of practice!

“I’ve been very encouraged by the positive response to my aim of using the office of Provost of Renfrewshire to highlight and support the work of four outstanding local charities.

“I’d urge people to sponsor friends, family or colleagues who are taking part.  Or they can support the charities by simply donating direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937 
Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities

“I also hope as many people as possible come along to enjoy the event and join in the activities that have been laid on. 

“People can  take advantage of the free parking in Renfrewshire Council marked bays in Paisley town centre every weekend.”

Four charities will share equally the donations received – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

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Paisley Pirates win SNL Trophy

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Paisley Pirates win SNL Trophy

It’s been 20 years since the Pirates last won the league. In 3 seasons Coach Ian Turley has transformed a club that was left for dead by the previous management into Champions.

In the players and fans opinions this makes him a real local hero in their book. Here are some Paisley Photographs of the trophy being presented by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall.

Provost Anne Hall presenting the SNL Trophy to Team Captain John Churchill, flanked by Alternate Captains Chris Turley (on the left) and Mark Hassan (on the right)

Provost Anne Hall presenting the SNL Trophy to Team Captain John Churchill, flanked by Alternate Captains Chris Turley (on the left) and Mark Hassan (on the right)

The Paisley Pirates Team: Back Row - Ian Turley Jr, Gordon Nelson, Scott Blackwell. Richard Thorp, Martyn Guy, Rab Henderson, Ian Turley Sr  Middle - Chris Coles, Keith Riddoch  Front - Jackie Turley, Provost Anne Hall, Graham Park, Chris Wilson. Stuart McCaig, Warren Crawford, John Churchill. Chris Turley, Mark Hassan, Calum Blair.

The Paisley Pirates Team:
Back Row – Ian Turley Jr, Gordon Nelson, Scott Blackwell. Richard Thorp, Martyn Guy, Rab Henderson, Ian Turley Sr

Middle – Chris Coles, Keith Riddoch

Front – Jackie Turley, Provost Anne Hall, Graham Park, Chris Wilson. Stuart McCaig, Warren Crawford, John Churchill. Chris Turley, Mark Hassan, Calum Blair.

Team Captain John Churchill with Coach Ian Turley Jr

Team Captain John Churchill with Coach Ian Turley Jr
All images courtesy of paisleypirates.org please do not use the images without permission. Kind regards to Douglas Hepburn.

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Paisley 10k Photographs

Paisley 10k Photographs

Paisley 10k Photographs

First Pics: Sunday the 26th of August saw runners pound the streets and we will have all the Paisley 10k Photographs to show you. The run was officially started by Phil Packer MBE (see text below).

Also the Fun Run, which took place on the same day, is a great day out for families and friends. It’s a great way for all the family to keep fit and raise money for a good cause.

The Paisley 10k Road Race is one of the flattest and fastest courses with easy transport access. The course, which was the same course as last year, is accredited by Scottish Athletics as an accurate 10k distance.

Here is the first selection of the Paisley 10k Photographs, more will be available tomorrow (Monday 27th).

All photographs were taken by Annie Crawford for Paisley on the web.

You can find out more about the Paisley 10k by visiting here.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

Phil Packer The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com