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Provost community awards

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Still Time to Nominate Your Local Heroes

There’s still time for people to nominate Renfrewshire’s brightest stars for a prestigious community award.

The Renfrewshire Provost’s Community Awards recognise local people who have made a special achievement or contribution to our communities or have done something to inspire others.

Now the nomination deadline has been extended by another two weeks to give more people the chance to put forward their nominees.

Now in their twelfth year, there are seven different award categories so that people from all walks of life have a chance to be recognised from children and carers to arts and Fairtrade.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The awards really are a chance to recognise and say thankyou to the many special people across Renfrewshire who have achieved something extraordinary or given something back to their community.

“Often the most amazing thing about the nominees is that they don’t know why they are so special. That’s why it’s so important to nominate and that’s why we’re giving people more time to put someone forward. It can be a friend, relative, colleague, a teacher, a pupil, a group. The awards ceremony itself is always a very special occasion, seeing the winners’ faces and meeting all of them is one of the biggest pleasures of my role as Provost.

“It only takes a few minutes to fill in a form so please spare this small amount of time if you know someone special.”

All shortlisted nominees will be invited along with their family and the person who nominated them to the Awards Ceremony in February at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.

Winners receive return flights for two to London, two nights in four star accommodation, £200 spending money and £500 for the charity of their choice.

The categories in the Provost’s Community Awards are:-
Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services

Adult Achiever Award, sponsored by Diageo

Child of Achievement, sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd

Carer’s Award, sponsored by Former Provost Nancy Allison

Community Volunteer Award, sponsored by Ciba UK

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, sponsored by the Piazza shopping centre

Special Needs Award, sponsored by Scottish Power and Former Provost Ronnie and Mrs Helen Burns

The deadline for nominations is Friday 13 November. Nomination forms are available from any Renfrewshire Council building or fill in the form online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostsawards.

If you have difficulty finding a form please phone Drew Gibson on 0141 840 3363 or Mairi Brown on 0141 840 3706.

The awards are open to people who live and work in Renfrewshire.

Christmas carol service announcment

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The Spirit of Christmas carol concert will be held on Saturday 5th December at Paisley Abbey to raise vital funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Paisley Abbey provides the picturesque setting for our fifth annual Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 5 December.

This years line up will be hosted by TV star Eileen McCallum and feature wonderful performances from the Sirens of Titian, Eilean Stewart, the Jordanhill Secondary School orchestra and the talented children from Stagecoach in East Kilbride and Stirling. Tickets are available for only £10 with concessions for children. To purchase tickets or to find out more, please contact us on 020 7803 4828 or PaisleyAbbey@muscular-dystrophy.org

TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED

Free Christmas parking boost for Paisley motorists

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Free Christmas parking boost for Paisley motorists

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Motorists and businesses in Paisley town centre are set to benefit from
free parking in the run up to Christmas.

The exact details and dates for the scheme are still being finalised.
However, there is agreement from some of the leading public and private
organisations in Paisley that a free parking scheme will operate in the run
up to Christmas.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay, who also chairs the Paisley
Vision Board, said:  “We have been working on this proposal for some time
and are delighted at the support we have received so far to develop a
practical proposal for free parking to help shoppers and businesses during
the Christmas period. The message is Paisley is very much open for business
this Christmas.

“Along with Paisley Vision and Renfrewshire Council, we’re getting the
backing of the Threadneedle, the owners of The Piazza, and also the
University of the West of Scotland.  We are hoping that other private
sector car park operators will participate in the scheme.”

Councillor Mackay believes that the free parking scheme is further evidence
of partnership working “delivering for Paisley.”

“It’s very encouraging that those companies are coming on board and seeing
the practical benefits that a co-ordinated approach in Paisley can bring.

“There’s an increasing sense that positive changes are happening in Paisley
even in a very difficult economic period.  Renfrewshire Council has secured
£1.8m for the town centre and £1.5million in heritage lottery funding for
Paisley this year.  There’s been continuing work to enhance the environment
and improve community safety.  These are real successes for Paisley.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Renfrewshire Council’s Roads Spokesperson, said:
“Making access easier to Paisley town centre for motorists is a top
priority.

“The decision to open up to motorists the former bus lanes in St Mirren
Street, part of the High Street and part of Gauze Street has been made
permanent.

“Renfrewshire Council has also confirmed a £500,000 investment to refurbish
Central Road in Paisley which will benefit motorists and bus passengers.

“As for the imminent free parking scheme, it’s about striking a balance
between increasing access to and availability of parking and not seeing
those free parking spaces ‘clogged up’ by people leaving their cars there
all day.  We’ll monitor how the scheme works over Christmas.”

Fantastic New Fireworks Night Moves to Town Centre

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Fantastic New Fireworks Night Moves to Town Centre

Fireworks Night is set to go with a bang this year with Paisley premiering its biggest ever display in the town centre.

This year’s Guy Fawkes Night event is moving from Seedhill Road into the heart of the town with “A Night At The Movies” themed fireworks show taking place over Paisley’s historic backdrop.

Sparkling entertainment will also be provided with former X-Factor contestants The Dolly Rockers performing live, funfair rides and a Radio Clyde roadshow hosted by Gina McKee.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay, who also chairs Paisley Vision Board, said: “Paisley is making a name for itself with fantastic events over the last year such as our hugely successful Christmas lights switch-on which brought in more than 20,000 people into the town. We are planning to continue that success with our biggest and best ever Fireworks Night this year.

By bringing the show into the town centre we are making the night more accessible for everyone to enjoy all the entertainment and the movie-themed fireworks display over the town will be truly spectacular.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board said: This is going to be really different from what we have done in the past which is really exciting. Fireworks Night is a family affair and we are sure that people of all ages are going to enjoy this event.

“At this time of year unfortunately we always here about terrible accidents due to private fireworks and fire displays. What we are saying to people is, this year instead of having your own display why not come and enjoy a fantastic Fireworks show in a safe and friendly environment.”

Paisley’s Fireworks Night is taking place on Thursday 5 November at Gauze Street, by Paisley Town Hall. Roadshow starts at 6pm, Dolly Rockers on stage at 6.45pm, Fireworks at 7.30pm. Admission is free.

Parking on the night will be free at the Piazza Shopping Centre and Renfrewshire Council car parks.

Paisley Choral Festival 2009

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Voices in Paisley proudly present to us the Paisley Festival company’s annual Paisley Choral Festival.

The 2 week celebration starts on the 23rd October 2009 and features many artists including the all Female group All Angels who are amazing..

For more information and times and dates of events please visit www.paisleyfestivalcompany.com and help make these events succesful.

Macmillan Cancer Support

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Macmillan Steps Up The Heat

Local cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support challenges you to step out and take part in a Halloween Firewalk to raise funds to help people affected by cancer.

The first ever Firewalk is taking place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the eve of Halloween, October 30. The ultimate adrenaline rush of walking across burning hot coals, with a core temperature of 1,235 degrees Fahrenheit, will leave you with the most unbelievable feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement!

Local Macmillan volunteer Lynne Ogilvie, says “we are really excited about this event we hope to raise over £15,000 to help local people living with cancer. It’s a life changing challenge, so please take that step and call us today to register.”

“One in three people in Scotland are at risk from getting cancer at some point in their lifetime, the need for Macmillan’s services is vital and we can all help” Susan Selkirk, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said.

“The donations raised from this event will be ploughed into local services. The firewalk event is proving popular with dare devils already registering.  Places are limited so please get in touch with Macmillan as soon possible.”

All participants are asked to raise £150 minimum sponsorship  “£150 will pay for one of our local Macmillan Benefits advisers for one day, providing patients and family members with vital financial information and advice on the benefits and grants which are available to them,” says Susan.

The walk itself will be approximately 5 meters long and 1 meter wide, so will easily be crossed in 6 comfortable strides. All walkers will participate in a training seminar to master their physiology and psychology – it’s simply mind over matter. The company running the event has a 100% documented injury free event history and hot footing it across the glowing embers is handled by a professional company. Macmillan has a history of hosting many successful Firewalks throughout Scotland and has already riased money to fund Macmillan local services.

Macmillan is hosting a Halloween fancy dress party at the Watermill Hotel after the event to toast all walkers in their success.

To do somtheing “hot” call Susan on 0808 100 6000 for a fundraising pack, to register and for Halloween party tickets or email westscotland@macmillan.org.uk

Susan Selkirk

Fundraising Manager – Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire

Macmillan Cancer Support

1st Floor, Erskine House, North Avenue, Clydebank Business Park, Clydebank, G81 2DR.

Tel – 0141 952 0085 Mobile –  07801 307 026

Feel Good!

You can still be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Donate £3 – or the cost of your coffee – to Macmillan Cancer Support  – Text “beans” to 70123 visit macmillan.org.uk/coffee to find out more.

UK farmer co-op posts loss as dairy crisis deepens

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LONDON (Reuters) – The country’s largest dairy farmer co-operative reported a loss for the 2008/09 financial year on Friday and said it had dipped into reserves to shelter members from a market downturn.

First Milk, based in Paisley, Scotland, reported an after-tax loss of 7.1 million pounds for the year ended March 31, with group turnover declining by three percent to 582 million pounds.

The company cited a decrease in returns for milk powder, cheese and whey in the second half of the year. read more of the article here

Paisley Social and Paisley Active

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The new updated social networking sections of Paisley.org.uk have now been put online.

You can now upload your own pictures, videos and blog. You can also use chat, private messaging and add friends or simply use the message board to air any issues or answer any issues about the town.

Also the Now and Then picture gallery is back online and being updated at the moment so you can view buildings and streets from the past and how they look in the exact same position today. Gallery Link.

Join the Paisley website today and take part in our active website.

Paisley.org.uk moving server

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You may notice the website going offline “or parts of it” as we will be moving our web hosting to another server and one which should give us better capacity for future expansion on our site.

Please note this may take up to 48 hours and the site will show as offline during this perdiod so dont be worried that it is having problems…

Lets hope its hassle free…

Paisley Doors Open day 2009

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some pics from today.. enjoy…