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Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on

Renfrew Xmas lights

Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on.

Renfrew residents enjoyed some festive fun at the weekend when a crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on.

The popular annual event was backed by a spectacular fireworks display, set against the backdrop of the town hall, which hosted most of the day’s events.

Throughout the day, locals enjoyed family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself put in an appearance to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while the Renfrew Burgh Band provided the music with a concert of traditional carols.

Families were also able to enjoy the fun fair rides next to the town’s High Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was on hand to press the button to turn on the lights at the climax to the day.

She was joined on stage by Josh Kirk, age 10, of Arkleston Primary, who won a competition to be part of the big switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrew sparkled in the spotlight as residents turned out in numbers to kick off the festive season.

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of events such as this, and to see a whole community getting out and enjoying themselves in the heart of their town.

“We are spreading the Christmas cheer around the area, with Paisley hosting a well-attended event last week, and Johnstone getting its own big day on Saturday, in addition to other smaller events around Renfrewshire.”

This year’s event had a little extra sparkle thanks to funding provided by the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee, which contributed £7,000 towards the day.

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Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs

Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

The sky over Renfrew was lit up tonight as the annual Christmas Light Switch On went with a bang. There was a terrific crowd along the High Street and the families gathered there were not disappointed with the show. The photographs were taken from Hairst Street where the crowds were much quieter allowing for better photographs of the fireworks display.

All photographs below were taken by Scottish Photography Productions (SPP) and kindly shared with www.paisley.org.uk

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“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

 

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Schools catering manager celebrates 30 years of service

Schools catering manager celebrates 30 years of service.

Schoolchildren and staff at Kirklandneuk Primary School have gathered to celebrate Renfrewshire’s longest serving catering manager.

Lorraine Kingsley has been part of Renfrewshire Council’s schools catering team for an impressive 30 years and has been a familiar face at the Kirklandneuk Primary serving hatch for 26 of them.

Joining the service aged 16, Lorraine has witnessed and embraced the development of the schools meals service, which has moved on from mince, tatties and tinned fruits to today’s more flexible and inspiring approach.

She has been instrumental in the council’s effort to transform its school meals service with Kirklandneuk being one of the first primary schools in Renfrewshire to introduce a ‘grab & go’ style menu with twice weekly ‘dine in days’.

The new formats have proved popular with pupils, and where implemented, have lead to an increase in the numbers of young people opting for school meals. Lorraine has been championing ‘grab & go’ in neighbouring schools so even more children can benefit from the increased variety.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s thanks to the input from dedicated employees like Lorraine that we’ve been able to improve and update our school catering service. Moving away from the traditional format of a sit-down meal served in the dinner hall to a more informal, self-serve approach has been highly effective. It is a lot more appealing for pupils and gives our young people access to a greater range of healthy, nutritious and affordable food options.

Councillor Devine joined Head Teacher Shirley Wieland, pupils and other council staff to surprise Lorraine with a bouquet and a handmade cake baked earlier by members the council’s catering team based at Montrose Care Home.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event

Renfrew xmas lights 2012 crowd

Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event.

Renfrew revellers are getting set for a party when the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place on Saturday 23 November.

The popular annual event is expected to attract a big crowd to the town hall, with a day of family fun and fireworks on offer.

There will be children’s entertainment throughout the day from noon, with stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself will be on hand to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while there will also be fun fair rides next to the High Street.

Another highlight will be a concert of traditional carols by the Renfrew Burgh Band.

The big event takes place at 5pm when Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall flicks the switch to light up the town centre, followed by a fireworks display set against the backdrop of the town hall tower.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-on is another highlight in the area’s festive calendar.

“The day will give Renfrew its chance to shine in the festive spotlight after the event in Paisley a week before.

“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

Councillor Eddie Grady, committee chair, said: “This annual Christmas lights event is an important day for the Renfrew community, which is why we wanted to show our support by adding extra money to the budget.

“The event is always well attended and I’m sure it will attract another good crowd on the day.”

Drivers should note there will be road closures for one hour from 4.30pm in the area around the town hall, including parts of Hairst Street, Canal Street and High Street, while the fireworks take place.

The festive fun moves on to Johnstone a week later, with the Christmas Lights Switch-on in Houstoun Square on Saturday 30 November from noon until 5pm.

More information can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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ROCCO 2013 Winners

2013 ROCCO group 12x8

ROCCO 2013 Winners:

Friday the 15th Nov saw 16 awards presented at the 10th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Sponsored this year by Life Technologies who have their European HQ in Inchinnan, the sell-out crowd of 490+ celebrated at The Normandy Hotel hosted by ROCCO regular Fred MacAulay.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented “it was a great night – a real celebration of the great businesses & people we have in Renfrewshire. I encourage all our 16 winners to use their ROCCO win in their own PR and share their good news with staff & clients. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, premier partners and companies that supported ROCCO 2013. For those that didn’t win I hope you will enter ROCCO 2014″.

The ROCCO 2013 winners are:

1. Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead – Glasgow Airport
2. Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group – Chivas Brothers
3. Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Rolls Royce
4. Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park – Rainbow Technology Systems
5. Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Spectrum Service Solutions
6. Outstanding Performing Business <5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems – Designline Creative
7. Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Sarkar Defence
8. Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company – Bray Controls
9. Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway – Engage Marketing & Communications
10. Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS – No Substitute for Life
11. International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Sarkar Defence
12. Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland – Craig Bickett (Tuckerbox)
13. Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Life Technologies
14. Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Carli’s Kindergarten
15. Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland – Ferguslie Pre-five Centre
16. Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Peter Beagley, intu Braehead

With entertainment provided by young artists from UWS MA in Songwriting and Performance and Loud’n’Proud, the event raised £10,000 for local charities & good causes including Accord Hospice and Sailability (Sailing for the disabled). Afterwards guests celebrated into the night at the after show party.

Renfrewshire Chamber themselves are officially short listed in the coveted UK Chamber of the Year award with the winner announced in London at a glittering awards ceremony at the end of November. The popular Chamber based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport has a growing membership at just under 600 companies and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

The twitter hash tag for any tweets on ROCCO 2013 is #2013Rocco (& #Rocco2013)

For more info on the ROCCOs please visit www.roccoawards.com

More images are available on the Chamber facebook page  – www.facebook.com/renfrewshirechamberofcommerce

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Renfrewshire Council nominated at national apprentice awards

Renfrewshire Council nominated at national apprentice awards

A council scheme to introduce young people to the world of work is one of a string of local individuals and organisations to be nominated for prestigious national honours.

The shortlist for Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2013 sees Renfrewshire Council listed as a finalist in the Public Sector Employer category, in recognition of the council’s highly-regarded modern apprenticeship scheme.

Angela Wilson

Renfrewshire Council employee Angela Wilson is a finalist in the Apprentice Champion category, for former apprentices who have continued to make exceptional achievements and promote the scheme.

Angela completed her modern apprenticeship in 2012, before moving into a job with the council’s youth employment team.

And the event could be a big celebration for the area, with two other individuals and two companies from Renfrewshire also nominated.

The companies are Cairellot Nursery of Bishopton (SME Employer category) and Scottish Leather Group of Bridge of Weir (Large Employer).

The individuals are Sean McBride, from Renfrew, and Neil Stewart of Bishopton. Both are on the shortlist for the Apprentice of the Year – Technical and Professional award.

The awards are run by Skills Development Scotland and will take place on 13 November at Glasgow Science Centre.

Other good news is that another council apprentice, Ryan Finnigan, has been named as a finalist in the Candidate of the Year category of the SQA Star Awards 2013.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “These nominations are testament to the quality of the council’s modern apprentice scheme, which has earned itself a good reputation over the years.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all involved in the scheme, and to Angela and Ryan – who have been shinings example to other apprentices.

“It is also great to see so many other Renfrewshire companies and individuals make it on the shortlist for the Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

“Several of the firms involved have worked closely with the council through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to boost the local economy and tackle youth unemployment.

“For six of the 29 nominees at a Scotland-wide awards ceremony to be from Renfrewshire is a tribute to the quality of the workplace-based training schemes we have here.”

A modern apprenticeship allows a young person aged between 16 and 19 to pick up on-the-job experience while studying for a vocational qualification.

Renfrewshire Council offers modern apprenticeships in both office and craft-based environments, covering disciplines such as construction, horticulture, vehicle maintenance and many more.

For more info about the scheme, visit the council’s website or call 0141 618 7277.

The council recently agreed to make available an extra £200,000 to create 40 new apprenticeships through the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

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Scotsman Fringe First winners touring Scotland

Scotsman Fringe First winners touring Scotland

Award-winning Edinburgh theatre company Nutshell is touring Scotland with Thread by acclaimed Scots writer Jules Horne. This darkly funny play explores friendship, the choices we make and who we become when our memories start to fade.

Thread is the second play in Nutshell’s Still Points in a Turning World trilogy and will be touring this October as part of the Luminate Festival, Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

threadCome roll your dice at the Burntisland beetle drive and share Joan, William and Izzy’s tangled lives. Friends since primary school and closer-than-close ever since, identities stitched together as intricately as their homemade party clothes.

Living in the secure but suffocating embrace of a 1950s Scottish seaside community, who gets to become the person they want to be?

Nutshell director Kate Nelson founded the Edinburgh-based company in 2000 with the aim of making intelligent, entertaining theatre through great writing, direct storytelling and unconventional venues.

Two performances of Thread will take place at Renfrew Town Hall on Fri 18 Oct at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked at the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Thread is suitable for ages 8+

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Renfrew Victory Baths

Renfrew Victory Baths

Renfrew Victory Baths

Renfrew (Victory) baths is an Edwardian building with a 25 yard pool and 1920s layout of cubicles around it, arched doorways and a viewing gallery. In the entrance there is a huge war memorial listing at least 1,000 names of Renfrew men lost in the 1914-18 War.

Taken by Anne McNair forwww.paisley.org.uk

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Explore area’s hidden gems for Doors Open Day

Paisley Abbey

Explore area’s hidden gems for Doors Open Day

The countdown is on to Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day, with more than 60 local buildings set to offer visitors a peek behind the scenes this weekend.

The event offers residents a showcase of the area’s fascinating architectural history, with this year marking the 20th anniversary of Renfrewshire’s participation.

This year – for the first time – there is a special feature for children in the form of a wicked-history-themed Diabolical Diaries booklet.

There will be prizes for any child who picks up at least five ‘venue-stamps’ in their booklet, available through all libraries and participating venues.

Buildings set to throw open their doors include historic gems such as Paisley Abbey as well as newer sites like St Mirren Park and the On-X Leisure Centre in Linwood.

Other highlights include a chance to see the A-listed Bascule Bridge at Renfrew in action, with the bridge set to open at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.

Also open will be local churches, fire stations and Paisley Sheriff Court. There will also be tours of Glasgow Airport, but places on these are now fully booked.

Paisley Abbey

Other events of note include:

– a family fun day in Paisley’s Johnston Street to mark the end of a £1m investment in the Causeyside Street area from noon until 5pm on Saturday;

– an information event regarding the project to restore the stunning 19th-century Grand Fountain in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens from 1 to 4pm on Saturday;

– a consultation event to let residents have their say on the latest proposals for the Semple Heritage Trail project in Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple Centre on Sunday from noon until 4pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Doors Open Day is a great chance for residents to uncover the hidden gems on their own doorstep.

“Renfrewshire has some superb buildings, both old and new, and I would encourage everybody to get out and about and take stock of their own surroundings.”

Residents are also invited to take part in a photo competition through social media.

All they have to do to be in with a chance of some great prizes is share their photos of the day on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram tagged with the hashtag #doorsopendaysrenfrewshire

Doors Open Day is one of many European Heritage Days, which take place in over 50 countries, with more than 20 million visits each year.

For more information and for a full list of participating venues, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk, or pick up a brochure from any Renfrewshire library.

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LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE UPDATE – ISSUED ON BEHALF OF NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE

LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE UPDATE – ISSUED ON BEHALF OF NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE

The latest Outbreak Control Team meeting has confirmed that there have been no further cases of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to the Renfrew area.

The total number of people affected remains at eleven.

GGC_2colIt has also been confirmed that the eleventh patient has been discharged from hospital and that all those affected have either recovered or are now recovering at home.

Dr Eleanor Anderson, NHSGGC Consultant in Public Health Medicine and OCT Chair, said “I am pleased that there have been no further cases for four weeks. A number of the people affected have experienced more severe symptoms, whilst the others have had a milder form of the disease. There are now no patients receiving hospital treatment and all those affected have either recovered or are recovering at home.

“Our comprehensive investigations are continuing and I would like to thank Renfrewshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and Health Protection Scotland for their ongoing work in seeking to identify a source.

“We have notified all community GPs and our frontline hospital teams to keep this outbreak uppermost in their minds when dealing with patients displaying symptoms of headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea. Anyone currently displaying these symptoms should contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or their own GP.”