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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

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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.

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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…

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some pics from today.. enjoy…

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Get into some fascinating buildings this September with Renfrewshire’s ‘Doors Open Days’.  New this year, the Anchor Mills West Gatehouse, completing the regeneration of the vast mill complex.  Also archaeology at Paisley’s unique Abbey Drain, and near the Collegiate Chirch, Castle Semple.

for more information click here for the Doors Open Day website.

Dont forget you can showcase your videos and pictures on the Paisley social section.

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A team from Glasgow Archeological Research Division (GUARD) are plumbing the depths of a medieval drain in the grounds of the 14th century Paisley Abbey, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The dig is jointly part of Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Day Scotland – an annual event that allows the public free access to otherwise off-limits buildings, historical and modern, across the country throughout September. Michael Fediginan, who runs the local interest website Paisley.org.uk, has been on hand to photograph and record the excavation, and gave Heritage Key an insight into progress so far. read more “text from Heritage Key”

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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gimour has put the Scottish Premier League club up for sale after deciding to step down.

Gilmour and vice-chairman George Campbell have formed a consortium with other board members to sell their 98,000 shares in a single block.

A 52% stake is available, with the club hoping to find a buyer by January.

Gilmour told BBC Scotland that it was the right time to sell, adding: “There’s a fresh input required of finance and, more importantly, energy.”

The St Mirren chairman revealed that the consortium had been mulling over the move for the past 12 months and that it had achieved its objectives of making the club debt-free. news story from the bbc click here to read the rest of the entry

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The Paisley Choral Festival takes place at the end of October, check it out www.paisleyfestival.co.uk for more information.

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Today, we can confirm that as part of Doors Open Day and Scottish Archaeology Month, archaeologists from the University of Glasgow “GUARD Glasgow University Archelogical Research Division” are conducting an investigation around the modern manhole which is the present access to the Drain, i was luckily enough to be told in june about the planned dig which started this morning on schedule.

Paisley Abbey’s drain is almost unique in Britain, being in parts somel.5 to 2 metres in height, beautifully built of dressed ashlar blocks. The drain was rediscovered in 1990 when archaeologists from the GUARD (Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division) were directed to the modern manhole by Frank Snow, of the then Strathclyde Sewage Department. The drain was excavated of 2 feet (60 cm) of silt which contained some amazing finds.

Fragments of pottery from several hundred vessels were recovered, along with a complete chamber pot (on display in Paisley Abbey sacristy). Work has been carried out this summer by Sabrina Gillman a post graduate student at Glasgow Uni, to catalogue and study this pottery. She has been assisted by many volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum and Glasgow Archaeology Society.

Other finds included inscribed slates, buckles, lead seals, gaming pieces, and remains of more than one hundred and forty plants. Amongst these are food plants such as barley, wheat, onions, kale, imports such as mace and figs, and medicinal plants such as opium poppies, greater celandine and hemlock.

The excavation’s purpose is two-fold. First to provide information about the construction of the drain, and, it is hoped, help date the structure and reveal any earlier form of drain on the site.
Second, to establish whether there is any valuable archaeology here which might preclude use of the area for any future permanent viewing facility.
The archaeologists will be on site during Doors Open Day to explain their findings, and there will be an exhibition in Paisley Abbey providing more information about the drain.

paisley is very grateful to the University of Glasgow’s Archaeology Department, particularly Professor Steven Driscoll, Robert Will and Sabrina Gillman for their expertise and enthusiasm; the University of the West of Scotland, particularly Tony Grace of the School of Media, Language and Music for recording the dig and helping make it more widely known; Renfrewshire Local History Forum, particularly Andrew Eadie and Bruce Hendry for their unfailing support and enthusiasm; Frank Snow – the man who knew where the Drain was when the archaeologists couldn’t find it and who has kept his sense of excitement and ownership for nearly twenty years; and On Site Ltd, Acre Industrial and Scot Jet Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the dig.

information sent in by “historicalpaisley”