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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall, is inviting local people to join her in marking the moment when Britain declared war on Germany and become involved in the First World War.

A multi-faith service is being held at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley on 4 August as part of the Renfrewshire Reflects commemorations.

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The service is open to the public and tickets are not required. Anyone interested in attending should contact Dorothy Kerr on 0141 618 7578 or email dorothy.kerr-es@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The service starts at 10.15pm and finishes at 11pm when a candle will be symbolically extinguished, reflecting the words of Sir Edward Grey, the then Foreign Secretary, when he said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The service includes hymns and scripture readings. Members of the PACE Youth Theatre will also be reading war poems and extracts from First World War letters sent by a mother to her son at the front and by a serving soldier to his wife.

Provost Hall said, “I would like to invite everyone who can attend to join me at St Mirin’s Cathedral on 4 August to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War. We will not be celebrating the event. At the time, the First World War was the most terrible conflict humanity had ever seen. It was originally called the Great War and the War to End All Wars. We will be coming together to reflect on events which cost the lives of millions of people across the globe and give thanks for the peace that we enjoy.”

All the lights except one will also be switched off in Renfrewshire House, the council’s Paisley headquarters, as part of the Lights Out initiative. Lights Out is a UK wide invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light for a shared moment of reflection.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4 August 1914 after the Germans refused to withdraw their forces from Belgium. Britain was bound by the 1839 Treaty of London to guarantee Belgium’s neutrality and come to its aid if the country was attacked.

Renfrewshire Council is taking part in a national programme of commemorative, educational, cultural and community events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The events will honour and remember the lives of those who served in the First World War and those who were affected by it. The commemorations will span a four-year period from 2014 to 2018. They will focus on the impact of the war and on marking the significant events of the conflict. The service at St Mirin’s Cathedral marks the first key date.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Civic reception honours St Mirren cup heroes

Civic reception honours St Mirren cup heroes

St Mirren’s cup-final winning heroes were honoured at a special event hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost.

The civic reception saw Provost Anne Hall welcome 26 members of the first-team squad plus directors and staff.

The St Mirren contingent mixed with councillors, local MPS and MSPs and invited guests for a three-course meal.

As Paisley Town Hall is out of action due to a £2.36million refurbishment, the event took place at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren won the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history last month, defeating Hearts 3-2 in a memorable final at Hampden.

Provost Hall welcomed guests to the reception, and gave a speech praising the club for its achievement in winning the trophy.

After the event, she said: “I was delighted to be able to host the civic reception for St Mirren, and I hope all who were there enjoyed their night.

“It was great to hear manager Danny Lennon and others connected to the club give a first-hand account of how they managed to make history on that day.

“The scenes of joy in the centre of Paisley on the night of the cup final showed just how much the cup win meant to the people of the town.

“St Mirren’s success gave Renfrewshire an occasion it will never forget, and it is a privilege to be able to honour those responsible.”

Provost Hall was joined at the top table by St Mirren vice-chairman George Campbell, who praised the club’s players and staff and thanked the council for the help given to the club.
Around 15,000 black-and-white-bedecked fans made the trip to Glasgow for the game on Sunday March 17.

And thousands lined the streets of Paisley town centre that night to see the team parade the trophy on an open-top bus, before taking to the stage in County Square at the official council-organised victory party.

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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

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Provost takes a step back in time

A collection of civic regalia worn and used by Renfrewshire’s Provosts past and present is now on display at Paisley Museum.
The display coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Provost’s chain. The chain, worn by current Provost of Renfrewshire Celia Lawson while on civic duty, was originally presented to the council on the 22 June 1911, the date of the Coronation of King George V. Formerly belonging to the Burgh of Johnstone, it is used with the addition of a new medallion to reflect the current Renfrewshire Council.

The exhibition features a variety of civic regalia and includes some of the badges of office worn by previous Provosts. Other items include the ceremonial spade used by a former provost when marking the creation of Robertson Park in Renfrew along with the trowel used to lay the foundation stone of the Paisley municipal buildings in 1899.
Some of the clothing worn on ceremonial duties is also on display including the robe worn by Provosts to lead a procession of councillors through the town. These processions would also have been led by a Paisley Halberdier whose tunic and hat are also on display.

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Renfrew Residents join Provost to preserve fishing rights

50 Renfrew residents joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson on a historic trip down the Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.
The guests were invited to watch as Renfrewshire’s civic leaders carried out the historic act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.
The tradition goes back as far as 1781 when the town lost the right to the fishing on parts of the Clyde by not fishing in the area.
King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew granting the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

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Provost predicts huge charity boost with psychic night

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Provost predicts huge charity boost with psychic night

Renfrewshire’s Provost is predicting a huge boost for two local charities by bringing back a popular psychic night.

Provost Celia Lawson is inviting local residents to support her chosen charities for 2011, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, at the event on Monday 29 August by coming along to the event.

 

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Provost’s Mistletoe Ball Raises £25,000 for charity

A whopping £25,000 has been raised for sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease at a glittering charity ball hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson.

The Provost’s Mistletoe Ball, held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, was hosted by STV’s Sean Batty and saw local representatives and members of the business community dig deep to raise the fantastic total for MND Scotland.

The night was a huge success, with guests enjoying entertainment from the MacDonald Brothers and Scotland’s answer to Katherine Jenkins, Nicola Cassels.

The majority of the total was raised during the charity auction which saw guests bidding for top prizes including two British Airways return flights from Glasgow to Vienna, a day with Sean Batty at STV studios, dinner bed and breakfast for two plus either a round of golf or an hour’s spa treatment at Mar Hall, dinner for 6 to 8 people cooked in your own home by Donald Angus Munro, member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, one year membership to Pro-Life Fitness for two, tribute night for 10 people in the Glynhill Hotel, including three course dinner, full Scottish breakfast and free used of leisure facilities.

Football fans scooped some unique prizes including a recaro chair worth more than £1000 donated by St Mirren Football Club. The leather chair, which is the same as those in the St Mirren dug out but has been adapted to use as an office chair.

Other football related prizes were a signed Celtic top donated by the club and a limited edition signed painting of Ally McCoist donated by Rangers FC.

One guest also successfully bid for the opportunity for up to four people to spend an exciting day at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Centre.

Another lucky guest won a stunning diamond necklace, worth £800, in the prize draw.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “It was a fabulous night from start to finish. Sean was a wonderful host, the entertainment was excellent and best of all the generosity of the guests was outstanding. I’m really delighted we’ve managed to raise such a great total for MND Scotland to help the 372 people living in Scotland with this disease.”

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Tea Dance Launches Renfrewshire’s “I Swap” Campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight

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Dancers at a special Fairtrade tea dance in Paisley swapped their usual cuppa for giant mugs of Fairtrade tea to launch Renfrewshire’s “I Swap” Campaign.

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are launching the campaign as part of the upcoming worldwide Fairtrade Fortnight (February 22 – March 7).

The “I Swap” campaign will see people across Renfrewshire asked to sign a pledge to swap one regular purchase for a Fairtrade version. All those who sign a pledge will be entered into a prize draw to win a special Fairtrade prize at the end of Fairtrade Fortnight.

As part of the campaign Renfrewshire Council have already pledged to swap to using only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all future tea dances in the town hall.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “The national theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is ‘the big swap’, so our campaign is asking people to pledge to making one small swap, whether it’s tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate, because lots of small changes can make a big difference.

“The tea dances are a really popular, regular event, so this is taking Fairtrade to a different audience in Renfrewshire. We have made our swap, now we’re asking everyone in Renfrewshire to do the same.”

The Fairtrade Tea Dance also saw the launch of Renfrewshire’s 2010 Fairtrade Guide, which provides information on where to buy Fairtrade products in Renfrewshire and how to get involved in the campaign.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “Buying Fairtrade products helps to tackle poverty and injustice by giving producers in the developing world a better deal for the work they do and putting them in control of their own lives. Renfrewshire is already leading the way as a Fairtrade county, with a number of Fairtrade villages, towns and schools. Now we want to push that even further and get everyone in Renfrewshire supporting Fairtrade.”

A wide range of events will be taking place across Renfrewshire during Fairtrade Fortnight including:

– Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27 February from 10am

– A Fairtrade football tournament hosted by the University of the West of Scotland on Saturday 27 February

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

– “Big Swap” events and Fairtrade display in Bishopton Library from Monday 22 February until Monday 8th March.

– Fairtrade event at Bishopton Primary school on Friday 5 March with pupils presenting information on Fairtrade through music and song. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Meals.

– Coffee morning in Our Lady of Lourdes new church hall, Bishopton, Saturday 6 March, 10.30am to 1pm.

– Fairtrade event at Reid Kerr College on Wednesday 3 March between 11am and 3pm, offering a range of Fairtrade products for people to swap their usual purchases.

– Rainbow Turtle will be running the 90Kg Rice Challenge, urging people to help them sell 90 bags of Kilombero rice from Malawi. The sale of 90 1kg bags of rice, for a fair price, would give a farmer sufficient income to send a child to secondary school for one year in Malawi, where only one third of children go to high school because their families can’t afford the fees.

To find out more information about Fairtrade in Renfrewshire or to get a copy of the guide please email Pauline.moss@renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0141 840 3611.

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Renfrewshire Provost Presents £22,000 Cheque For MS Sufferers

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Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Renfrewshire are to benefit from more than £22,000 which was raised by this year’s Provost’s Charity Ball.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson presented a cheque for £22,722.04 to Glenda McKenzie of MS Society Scotland.

The massive total was raised at the ball which was held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, in November.

The ball featured a charity auction which included a full set of Harry Potter books signed by JK Rowling, which alone raised £3,500, a holiday for four, VIP tickets to see Runrig in concert and an overnight stay at Mar Hall.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The ball was a great night but what made it extra special was the knowledge that all the proceeds were going to such a worthwhile cause.

“MS affects a larger proportion of people in Scotland than in many other countries so there are sadly many people whose lives are affected by it. I am delighted that through the generosity of all the guests we have raised such a fantastic amount which will go towards supporting MS sufferers within our community.”

Glenda MacKenzie, Fundraising Manager, MS Society Scotland, said: “The MS Society Scotland is absolutely delighted to accept this cheque following the wonderful fund raising efforts of the Provost and her team. All the money will be used to benefit people in the Renfrewshire area who are affected by MS.”

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Renfrewshire Welcomes Queen’s Baton Relay

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Queens Baton Relay Provost Lawson Claire Gibson and Callum Hawkins [800x600]

More than 100 young people from Renfrewshire got the chance to carry the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi when it visited Paisley on St Andrew’s Day.

The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi was welcomed to Renfrewshire as part of its tour of the UK ahead of the Games in March.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson officially welcomed the Queen’s Baton and its delegates, before handing it over to local 800m runner and Commonwealth Games hopeful Claire Gibson to officially start a special relay race around the historic Paisley Abbey.

Claire was followed by fellow local athlete Callum Hawkins who also carried the baton on a lap of the town centre, as well as 45 secondary school students who are training as sports coaches with the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 is a very prestigious event and it was an honour to welcome it to Renfrewshire. It was particularly special for the young people who got the opportunity the carry the baton and I am delighted we were able to get so many youngsters involved.

“We have a proud sporting past and a very strong future in athletes like Claire, Callum and William. Our Renfrewshire School of Sport Education is also contributing to our goal of creating an Active Renfrewshire by helping young people to share their enthusiasm for sport through coaching. For these reasons Renfrewshire was a perfect choice for the Queen’s Baton Relay to visit and we were all delighted to be given the opportunity to show off our town and our sporting talent.”

Local dance group Right 2 Dance added to the proceedings with a modern Scottish dance performance in front of Paisley Town Hall before the relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay then continued to the Lagoon Leisure Centre where 60 local primary pupils also got the chance to carry the baton in an indoor mini-relay event.

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