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Provost’s delight at charity fundraising effort

Provost Hall starting her abseil

Provost’s delight at charity fundraising effort

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has expressed her delight at the final total raised for four local charities by a summer charity abseil.

Provost Hall and twenty volunteers abseiled from the roof of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters building in May.

With the final donations coming in this week, the abseil raised a total of £4,753.50.

Provost Hall starting her abseil

The event launched a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall. The charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices, ACCORD and St Vincent’s – will share equally in donations received over the Provost’s term in office.

Provost Hall said: “It was a really exciting experience abseiling from the roof and the perfect way to launch the new charity-giving scheme – and I’m just as excited to hear the final total now all the donations are in.”

“The abseilers all did themselves proud and that’s shown in the fantastic amount of sponsorship money they were able to raise.”

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to once again thank Civil Defence Scotland for guiding us through the preparations and organising everything to do with the abseiling.

“It really could not have happened without their professional expertise. They are a registered charity providing a volunteer national emergency response team and I’m so glad we were able to work with them on this occasion.”

“The abseil was a very encouraging start to this joint fund-raising approach and I look forward to more people getting involved in the months and years ahead.”

Details of more charity fundraising activities from Provost Hall will be announced soon but, in the meantime, donations can be made direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using:

* Account Number: 20041937

* Sort code: 82-54-04

More information about the scheme is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities

To learn more about Civil Defence Scotland, and for information about volunteering with them, visit www.civildefencescotland.org.uk

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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 Christmas Light Switch on 2012

Paisley Christmas Lights 2012

Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2012

Paisley was rocking today when Gina McKie from Radio Clyde hosted the main stage in Paisley Town Centre for the Paisley Christmas Light Switch On 2012. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Singing Kettle entertained the families who turned out in huge numbers when the Pop Group Stooshe switched on the lights for 2012.

The photographs below were taken by Cameron Pollock for www.paisley.org.uk showing the stage area and also the Christmas Lights, set up beside the town’s Paisley Abbey.

To see more of Cameron’s Photographs on Facebook click here.

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Paisley Abbey Set to go Back to Medieval Times

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Paisley Abbey Set to go Back to Medieval Times

Paisley’s Abbey Close is to be transformed back to medieval times with knights, jesters and musicians for a special event celebrating the town’s historic Abbey.

A medieval fair featuring historic re-enactments and old-fashioned children’s games, will be held in and around Paisley Abbey on Saturday 15 May as part of a weekend of events taking place in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow.

From Friday 14– Sunday 16 May the ancient abbeys of Paisley and Crossraguel, in Ayrshire, will be the focus of European attention as part of celebrations taking place to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France.
The Scottish abbeys, the only two Cluniac houses in Scotland, are the furthest flung from Cluny which once had a network of over 1,400 priories stretching from Poland to Portugal, from Scotland to Italy.
The medieval fair is open to everyone and will include historic re-enactors such as an apothecary, a calligrapher, musicians, an arrow maker, a blacksmith and weavers as well as knights in combat.

There will also be a craft fair and a range of children’s activities. Coach tours will run from Paisley Abbey to Crossraguel, Dundonald Castle and Kelburne Castle in Ayrshire with historic re-enactments taking place at the various venues.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Paisley Abbey has a very rich and varied history and, along with Crossraguel in Ayrshire, is one of the only two of these monasteries in Scotland.

“The weekend of Cluny celebrations offers something for everyone. From the medieval fair which will give children and families the chance to step back in time and enjoy some medieval games and activities, to the exhibition, concert and conference which will bring a huge range of people into the town to celebrate the unique history of the Abbey.”
The Cluny celebrations in Paisley will also see leading historians and archeologists flock to the town for a major conference in Paisley Town Hall on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage.

There will also be an exhibition of medieval treasures in Paisley Museum called Chamber pots and Charters, including the Arbuthnot Missal, a French book of Hours and the chamber pot rescued from Paisley Abbey’s unique Great Drain.
The evening of Saturday 15 May will see an impressive choral and organ concert in Paisley Abbey with French music of the 13th and 14th century being performed as well as the Requiem by the French composer, Duruflé.

for more info

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

Is Renfrewshire Council failing Paisley’s West End

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Being brought up in the west end of Paisley, it saddens me to see the decline of a very close community in that part of town, the people have had to endure their part of the town being ignored by the council and watching the area head into decay, a lot of the buildings have just been left to decay, and the answer is to board them up, then they are set on fire then they are demolished or ear marked for demolition, you see concentrations of Junkies roaming the streets and making it feel unsafe for the community.

We know the people of the west end have a great community spirit but this isn’t enough to help them, they need the area improved and looked after and helped back into the vibrant area it once was…

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition

Paisley Pipe Band Competition 2012

Pipe bands from across Scotland will come to Paisley to compete in the town’s first ever pipe band competition.

pipe-bandBands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew, will be up against competition from all over the country at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 24 July.

A procession of bands will play as they make their way down Paisley High Street from New Street to the cenotaph. They will then compete before judges in County Square.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Although Renfrewshire has a number of successful pipe bands this is the first time we have hosted a pipe band competition. The event will rather unusually take place in our historic town centre which will give it a unique atmosphere and give people an opportunity to watch the procession come through the town.

“The competition is less than a month before the World Pipe Band Championships so it’s a great warm up for the competitors and we expect to see some of Scotland’s best pipe bands playing in Paisley town centre.”

The event is supported by Paisley Vision Board and bands will compete for a Paisley Vision trophy.

The Paisley Pipe Band Competition takes place from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 24 July.

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