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CALL TO YARNS! – A Community Project

CALL TO YARNS!

It is time for The Renfrewshire Tapestry

Andrew Crummy, Scottish artist and designer – who drew the panels for the Battle of Prestonpans, the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – will be working together with an eclectic group of people to create a tapestry for Renfrewshire. It will be a celebration of the amazing global importance of this part of Scotland, a tourism draw and have its part to play in the City of Culture bid 2021.

Want to know more? Want to take part?

Everyone is welcome to our Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry project launch

On Saturday 20 February 2016

At Paisley Abbey

From 11am until 1pm

Andrew Crummy will be introducing the project, as well as leading a workshop.

You can also:

  • Take part in a textile walk
  • Chat to historians and meet up with a monk, walk with Wallace, greet a gallus Mill Girl…
  • Tell your stories and memories
  • Try your hand at a stitch or more
  • Please also – Donate your tapestry wool – authentic Anchor tapestry wool is needed to sew the tapestry. We are determined the tapestry will only be sewn with authentic Anchor yarn. Please look out any tapestry wool that you have in your households… and bring it with you.

The Renfrewshire Tapestry will reflect the wonderful history of Renfrewshire. Everyone who is involved will be acknowledged in this stepping stone in the continued celebration of the unique status of Renfrewshire.

WELCOME to Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry Launch

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Images copyright of Andrew Crummy, Alex Hewitt and Weaving Musical Threads [WMT]

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Paisley Pirates – Update

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Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.

“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”

“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”

“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”

“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”

 

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Phil Kay performs at Buddy Good Laugh Gig

Phil Kay performs at Buddy Good Laugh Gig.

The award-winning comedian, Phil Kay will headline the next Buddy Good Laugh gig at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 27 March. A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ stand-up comedy strand is a partnership event with local promoters Dead Sheep Comedy.

Phil Kay was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award in 1993, and since then has been touring to sell out performances and worked behind the scenes on many TV shows including Jonathan Ross’s Saturday Show, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Harry Hill’s Pilot Show. He has also made guest appearances on QI and Russell Howard’s Good News.

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The gig on 27 March will also feature the hilarious Cammy Sinclair with his high energy stand up performances and Jamie Dalgleish who has hit the ground running since his first gig in 2010 with sell out performances at the Fringe and taking home the title of Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2011.

Doors open at 8.15pm and the show will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

Line-ups for A Buddy Good Laugh gigs May – June are available online now, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events for more details.

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Council event keeps welfare reform high on the local agenda

Council event keeps welfare reform high on the local agenda.

Renfrewshire Council has hosted a welfare reform event aimed at supporting local third sector organisations in their efforts to help vulnerable people affected by UK Government welfare changes.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, hosted the event in Paisley Town Hall (on Tuesday November 19). Over 50 representatives from community and voluntary organisations in Renfrewshire attended the event titled ‘Benefits are Changing – Providing Information and Support.’

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Presentations given on the day discussed Scottish Welfare Fund (June Reid, Renfrewshire Council); Discretionary Housing Payments (Barry Jardine, Renfrewshire Council); Development of Financial Skills (Alison Dowling, Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union); and Sharing Good Practice (Lynn Williams, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations).

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “Our third sector has such an important role to play in helping and supporting communities who are being hit by the UK Government’s benefit cuts. Many vulnerable families go to local organisations looking for help and it’s vital that we keep sharing information about the support available to residents who are struggling.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, unveiled plans for a £500,000 funding injection for Renfrewshire’s Credit Unions at the event. He said: “Welfare Reform continues to be the most significant threat to our area and we want to make absolutely sure we keep dialogue open with our third sector partners.

“Responding to the benefit cuts and helping the area cope is a top priority for this council and we’ve demonstrated this through a package of measures that include topping the DHP fund to its maximum and pledging significant funding to support a credit union initiative that will help residents gain access to banking and fair credit.

“But over and above the work we’re doing, we recognise the valuable work being delivered by local third sector organisation in towns and villages across Renfrewshire to support the vulnerable through these difficult times. I’d like to thank everyone who came along to our event.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

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Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event

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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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Celebrating a spa-cial birthday

EVE Spa

Celebrating a spa-cial birthday .

CLIENTS turning up for EVE Spa’s first birthday party will end up getting a gift themselves.

The luxury spa in Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre is marking being open for one year with a day of celebration for customers and staff.

And when clients buy special VIP Birthday treatments costing £30 and £20, they will be given a gift card for the same value to spend on health and beauty products.

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EVE Spa beauty therapist, Jenna Cowan, left and spa manager, Lynne Nesbit with a first birthday cake.

The EVE Spa birthday party starts at 10am, on Friday November 8 and the celebrations go on all day until 7pm. Everyone is invited and guests will get a free glass of bubbly, fruit juices and a goodie bag to take away.

The £30 VIP Birthday treatments include an anti-aging, or hydrating facial; a body strategist cellulite treatment, or Rasul mud treatment for two with use of the Thermal Experience area. For £20 guests can have a spray tan or an express or gel manicure.

EVE Spa manager, Lynne Nisbet said: “We’ve had a fantastic first year and as a special thank you to all our clients, EVE Spa is going to give them a birthday present instead of receiving one.

“I hope lots of people come down to join the party and if you haven’t been to EVE Spa before, this is a great chance to visit us and see the first-class luxury treatments that are available in the centre of Paisley.”

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Historical Adventures After School Clubs

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Historical Adventures After School Clubs.

We will now be starting two classes at St. Catherine’s Primary School. The first day for the Junior class will be Thursday the 7th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and this will be suitable for 5-7 year olds. The Senior class will be starting on Friday the 8th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and will be suitable for 8-12 year olds.

historical adventureshistoricalahistorical-adventuresOther after school classes that are available are:

  • St Anthony’s Primary School juniors on a Monday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Fordbank Primary School on a tuesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • St. Anthony’s Primary School on a wednesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Please note you must attend these schools in order to attend the classes.

 

Classes that are open to everyone are:

  • Hunterhill community centre on Wednesday’s
  • Juniors ( 5-7 year olds ) 3.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.
  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 4.30 p.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Foxbar community centre on Thursday’s

  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.

Find out more by visiting facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

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Sisters reunited thanks to Paisley on the Web

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Sisters reunited thanks to Paisley on the Web.

A week ago we were contacted by a lady in England who was looking for family in the Renfrewshire area. We suggested she post on our Facebook group page and see if she got any leads from our thousands of followers.

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Before Stephanie’s grandmother passed away in January she gave her some information that she hoped would help her locate her sister, but without success. Stephanie has never met her sister and her father has refused to tell her anything about her. When she was young her father left the family to go to Scotland where he married a woman, Maggie, in Oban and had another daughter. Her father also left them, and Stephanie was hoping that information from her aunt that Maggie’s parents had a farm in Renfrewshire would help her find her half-sister Jessica.

Almost immediately, Stephanie had messages from people offering help, one of whom provided information which helped her trace her sister! Thanks to the help of Elizabeth Anne, one of our long-time Paisley group members, Stephanie is now chatting to Jessica on Facebook and they are gradually getting to know each other. Jessica had no idea of Stephanie’s existence so they are taking it easy and have a lot of catching up to do. We are delighted that these two young ladies have found each other and hope they can meet outside the virtual Facebook world soon.

You can join the Paisley chat by visiting our Facebook Group or Like our Paisley, Scotland Facebook Page.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the efforts on Facebook.

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New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts

New Johnstone town hall praised as building work starts.

The new £14.5m Johnstone Town Hall has been hailed as a development which will benefit the whole town, as work starts on the new building.

Workers have been on site this week to start groundworks on the 21-month project to build and fit out the state-of-the-art town hall.

The building is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and represents a massive investment in the regeneration of Johnstone.

Johnstone Town Hall work starts

When it opens in summer 2015, the town hall will house a new library, marriage suite, theatre and conference space, meeting rooms and a café.

It will also contain offices for Renfrewshire Council housing and social work staff, as well as Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

And Provost Anne Hall – who attended a small ceremony to mark the start of building work – believes the development will be a major boost for Johnstone.

She said: “This will be more than just a building – it will be a modern centrepiece for the entire town.

“It will bring a number of important facilities and services under one roof – there will be something there of benefit to every resident of the town and its surrounding area.

“A lot of work has already gone into the design for this building over the past few years – and the council has been very keen to involve the community in that.

“The start of building work marks another significant milestone along the way.”

Provost Hall was joined on site by representatives of BAM Construction, the building contractors, and Hub West Scotland, who manage the contract.

Earlier this month, Renfrewshire Council unveiled hoardings around the site which display an illustration of buildings and landmarks around the town.

The epic artwork – which stretches around three sides of the site – is intended to represent and showcase the town’s past, present and future while work is ongoing.

A temporary Johnstone Library will be open in Collier Street while the work is ongoing.

For more information about the project, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/johnstone or call 0300 300 0114.

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Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013.

Tinchy Stryder and The View play Paisley

Lights set to twinkle alongside A-list stars

This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER, 2013

12 NOON REINDEER PARADE COMMENCES FROM GILMOUR STREET

1PM CLYDE ONE ROADSHOW COMMENCES

1.10PM MAGIC SHOW

2.00PM MR MEANOR

3.00PM ALEXA

3.30PM FLYING JALAPENOS

4.30PM TINCHY STRYDER

5.30PM THE VIEW

5.55PM PROVOST & COMPETITION WINNER

6.00PM LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style.

Tinchy Stryder

With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music.

Two years later, they emerged with the Mercury-nominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe.

Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready.

Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself!

Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa.

On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.

Paisley Christmas Lights

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013 button at 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season.

“This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day.

“Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach.

“We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme.

“Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

Information courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.