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Just to wish everyone a very Happy St Andrews day, its starting to get bigger each year and now the kids have started to get school holidays, it should be recognised as a National holiday and for us all to think of our roots in Scotland and feel proud to come from such a beautiful country and to be Scottish and proud.

There are various events being held across Paisley and Renfrewshire ” Events on the Renfrewshire Council website”

Baby Ceilidh
Paisley Town Hall
An opportunity for families to celebrate their Scottish identity through creative play and dance.

St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh
Paisley Town Hall
A traditional evening of Scottish dance music.

Alternative Highland Games
Lagoon Leisure Centre
See local schoolchildren try their hand at Welly Boot throwing, putt the neep and 3-legged racing in a giant kilt!

Digital Tapestry
Lagoon Leisure Centre/Paisley Town Hall
A multimedia presentation of Scotland in the 21st Century through the eyes of young people in Renfrewshire projected onto Paisley Town Hall.

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So far November has been a pretty good month for the Paisley.org.uk website our visitor average is still increasing and our average hits for each day in November was 46018 which has equated to 1242511 so far this month.

We are looking for sponsors for the webpages if any business is interested then please contact brian@paisley.org.uk all money made by this website goes back into the upkeep and new development, all our work is carried out by volunteers and they do an excellent job to promote the town of Paisley to a wider audience.

For more info or more detailed stats then a link can be provided upon request.

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For a good few years now the former T.A building in Paisley’s High street has been derelict and slowly going into a state of disrepair.. Its very sad to see this building go the way of so many other buildings of such significance not just in the town of Paisley but elsewhere..

I am sure many an x soldier has signed his life away in this building “I know I once did as a 16 year old” and the building was used to great extent by the Territorial Army for so long..

The new owners “no not Renfrewshire Council, but a private owner” should be held account to the future of this building and we should start to raise awareness before its too late.

One of our visitors to the website has even seen demolition vans parked up outside the building, what could be the purpose of this? There also has been numerous fires and police call outs.

Why don’t you get involved and tell us your memories of the building if you have ever used it or what the building should be used for in the future “residential use was one of the proposed planning applications see this reference here, this was for the “Refurbishment of main building & subdivision to form 8 flats; refurbishment of chapel to form 1 house; demolition of rear buildings & erection of 17 new build flats & maisonettes with associated parking and landscaping”.

A message board topic has been opened and we would like for you to discuss what you think.. Click here.

Please also note that it is a private company who has ownership of the building and for Renfrewshire Council to do a compulsary purchase order a future use for the building would be needed…

IMPORTANT:  If you notice any suspicious activity at the building please report it to the Police.

Anyway discuss, discuss, discuss and lets do something to preserve our historical and architecturally stunning buildings.

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FREE Giving, Locally, Easily
“Throw Away Future: Tonight”
ITV1 Friday 27th November 2009                                          20:00pm – 20:30pm
Jonathan Maitland continues his ‘living for free’ series, and attempts to renovate a deserving family’s home with discarded furniture. Following his campaign on food waste Jonny Maitland turns his attentions to furniture.
Every year we throw away 10 million bits of furniture and it’s mostly destined for landfill. That’s the equivalent of almost 30,000 pieces of furniture every day.
With landfill due to run out over the next decade, surely it’ s time to stop throwing it away and use some of that furniture again?
This week’s ‘living for free’ challenge is to make-over a family’s home using only furniture, fabrics and paints headed for landfill. Anything considered to be junk by its previous owners will be eligible material for the family’s home make-over. With only one week to source the furniture and one week to re-decorate the whole house….
Freegle groups across the UK already facilitate the passing on of unwanted furniture, for free, to someone local that can re use that furniture, keeping untold discarded goods from landfill (and future incinerators) . Freegle groups local to Brighton in Sussex worked with the production crew to procure furniture and all sorts of household goods that would have otherwise have been dumped at tips, but have instead have found a new home! Watch the show and see how easy it is to re-use someone else’s junk and how good it can look.
The eco interior designer Oliver Heath agreed to take control of the design side of things, using his skills to give all the discarded objects a new lease of life. He is joined by a willing band of Sussex University product design students keen to put their skills to the test and find out more about sustainable living.
The ITV crew enlisted the help of local organisations and groups dedicated to saving stuff from the tip, including GreenCycleSussex, which is the Freegle group serving Brighton and surrounds. There are over 200 Freegle groups across the UK facilitating the re-use of unwanted furniture and in fact anything tangible and legal!
The local group for Paisley is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paisley-Freegle/
Almost 1 million Freegle members already take part in giving away unwanted stuff instead of throwing it away.
As well as having your furniture and unwanted stuff picked up for free and keeping it out of landfill, you can help other local people in the process, be part of the ever-growing free economy and easily enable the free local re-distribution of goods. So it’s not just the environment you help when you join a Freegle group, it’s your own hip pocket and your local community as well-you save the planet and save money at the same time!
Grassroots re-use groups have sprung up all over the world this decade; places online where individuals can offer items for free to those willing to collect. Freegle groups are always run by experienced local moderators who are a great community resource themselves and are passionate about helping locals to find a new home for their unwanted stuff. They are dedicated to ensuring you have a fantastic local group to offer your unwanted stuff on. After watching the show you may be inspired to find a Freegle group close to you and find out all about it!
Have a look here:: http://www.ilovefreegle.org/

“Throw Away Future: Tonight”

ITV1 Friday 27th November 2009                                          20:00pm – 20:30pm

Jonathan Maitland continues his ‘living for free’ series, and attempts to renovate a deserving family’s home with discarded furniture. Following his campaign on food waste Jonny Maitland turns his attentions to furniture.

Every year we throw away 10 million bits of furniture and it’s mostly destined for landfill. That’s the equivalent of almost 30,000 pieces of furniture every day.

With landfill due to run out over the next decade, surely it’ s time to stop throwing it away and use some of that furniture again?

This week’s ‘living for free’ challenge is to make-over a family’s home using only furniture, fabrics and paints headed for landfill. Anything considered to be junk by its previous owners will be eligible material for the family’s home make-over. With only one week to source the furniture and one week to re-decorate the whole house….

Freegle groups across the UK already facilitate the passing on of unwanted furniture, for free, to someone local that can re use that furniture, keeping untold discarded goods from landfill (and future incinerators) . Freegle groups local to Brighton in Sussex worked with the production crew to procure furniture and all sorts of household goods that would have otherwise have been dumped at tips, but have instead have found a new home! Watch the show and see how easy it is to re-use someone else’s junk and how good it can look.

The eco interior designer Oliver Heath agreed to take control of the design side of things, using his skills to give all the discarded objects a new lease of life. He is joined by a willing band of Sussex University product design students keen to put their skills to the test and find out more about sustainable living.

The ITV crew enlisted the help of local organisations and groups dedicated to saving stuff from the tip, including GreenCycleSussex, which is the Freegle group serving Brighton and surrounds. There are over 200 Freegle groups across the UK facilitating the re-use of unwanted furniture and in fact anything tangible and legal!

The local group for Paisley is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paisley-Freegle/

Almost 1 million Freegle members already take part in giving away unwanted stuff instead of throwing it away.

As well as having your furniture and unwanted stuff picked up for free and keeping it out of landfill, you can help other local people in the process, be part of the ever-growing free economy and easily enable the free local re-distribution of goods. So it’s not just the environment you help when you join a Freegle group, it’s your own hip pocket and your local community as well-you save the planet and save money at the same time!

Grassroots re-use groups have sprung up all over the world this decade; places online where individuals can offer items for free to those willing to collect. Freegle groups are always run by experienced local moderators who are a great community resource themselves and are passionate about helping locals to find a new home for their unwanted stuff. They are dedicated to ensuring you have a fantastic local group to offer your unwanted stuff on. After watching the show you may be inspired to find a Freegle group close to you and find out all about it!

Have a look here:: http://www.ilovefreegle.org/

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Did anyone see the United States Air Force Galaxy that was in Glasgow Airport today, I didnt personally see it but I heard it taking off…. An unusual guest at Glasgow Airport..

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Thanks to Mark for sending in the links to paisley.org.uk

If you have anything to send into the Paisley Blog send it to enquiries@paisley.org.uk

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Renfrewshire Council have an excellent service on-line which you can put your postcode into and see when your new refuse collection days are, also everyone should now have their new recycling bins which let everyone do their part for a greener Renfrewshire..

Click here to enter your postcode.

Click here for the pdf document with the new calendar attached.

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Whats going on with our weather, its been a nightmare for days and only to get worse…

flooded

Westender one of our moderators on the Paisley.org.uk website took this shot of the Hammills today, go to his flickr set for more shots from around Paisley. Including a shot of the launching of the Scarborough ship down at the Clyde shipyards.

Keep up to date with weather warnings on the met office website.

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£30,000 study aims to find a future for world’s oldest machine factory

A £30,000 architectural, structural and financial investigation could be the key to restoring a crucial piece of Scotland’s industrial heritage to its former glory.

Renfrewshire Council has commissioned The Prince’s Regeneration Trust to carry out a major feasibility study into finding a new future for Paton’s Mill in Johnstone.

The 227 year old mill, believed to be the world’s oldest surviving machine factory, has been empty and increasingly derelict since production stopped in 2004. The Category A Listed mill was the first building to be constructed in the new town of Johnstone in the 18th century.

The feasibility study follows a £25,000 investment by Renfrewshire Council to seal the mill’s windows and doors. The move is designed to protect the iconic building from fire-raisers and thieves, who had started to remove lead flashing from the roof.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust was invited to get involved by the Council following its highly acclaimed regeneration work at the Anchor Mill and Seedhill Bridge in Paisley. The £12million project saw the historic mill and surrounding area comprehensively regenerated into a vibrant hub for the local community.

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, said, “The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is unique. It is the only agency in Scotland that has the capacity and the remit to undertake a feasibility study of this nature on such an important part of our built heritage.

“Renfrewshire Council worked very closely with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust on restoring Paisley’s Anchor Mill and we hope that we can achieve a similar success with Paton’s Mill.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said, “We at the Trust have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Renfrewshire Council working on the magnificent £12 million restoration of the 19th-century Anchor Mill and Seedhill Footbridge in Paisley. Together we have really set the gold standard for heritage regeneration work of this type. We’re thrilled to be able to help rewrite the future for Paton’s Mill which is part of Scotland’s industrial soul and of enormous historical significance.

“The options appraisal is the first step on the ladder for the mill and will hopefully bring forward a scheme that results in the sensitive regeneration of this fantastic building that will help revive the area and give a boost to the local community, as well as help save one of the world’s oldest mills.”

Paton’s Mill is the earliest surviving cotton mill in Scotland and one of the earliest in Britain. It was built on the banks of the Black Cart River in 1782 by the Corse and Burns Company.  The mill was a fully operational textile factory continuously for nearly 220 years.
It is also known as the Bootlace Factory due to its most recent use making shoe laces. At its peak, the mill produced around 25 million pairs of laces a year. Production finally ended in 2004 when Paton’s moved its operation to a nearby business park.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a charity established by HRH The Duke of Rothesay which focuses on heritage-led regeneration.  The Trust’s projects enable under used or redundant buildings to perform a new function, unlocking a regeneration of the wider community.

news from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Renfrewshire Gets Reeling For Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations

Whether it’s reading or reeling there’s fun for all the family in Renfrewshire this St Andrew’s Day as part of the Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations.

Renfrewshire school children have been given a holiday and a whole host of fun and games has been organised for Monday 30 November.

Even the infants are getting in on the act with their very own Baby Ceilidh being held in Paisley Town Hall.  As well as ceilidh dancing the little ones, aged up to four, will be able to enjoy a dj playing Scottish rock and pop, traditional Scottish circle games, sing-a-long of Scottish songs as well as helping to make a mural of Nessie.

The rest of the family can also get in on the act with a free Family ceilidh also being held in the town hall that evening between 7pm and 10pm.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “This St Andrew’s Day is going to be great fun and we want everyone to get involved. We’ve got so much going on that there really is something for everyone. The baby ceilidh is totally unique and gives the little ones a chance to join in the fun on the Scottish theme, and the Family Ceilidh means that all the other members of the family are also getting a chance to enjoy themselves.

“If Scottish dancing is not your thing then there’s also an excellent programme of children’s author visits running at Renfrewshire Libraries. Or if you’re feeling inspired by St Andrew’s Day why not try exploring your own personal history with the help of our excellent family history sessions.”

Award-winning Scottish children’s author Catherine MacPhail will be speaking to 9-11 year olds in Johnstone Library at 11am and to children aged 11 and older at 2pm in Paisley Central Library.

Linda Strachan, author of the Hamish McHaggis series, will be reading to 4-7 year olds at Glenburn Library at 1pm and Lochwinnoch at 3pm, while storyteller Gerry Durkin will be entertaining 4-8 year olds at Erskine Library at 11am and Bishopton at 2pm.

And for the adults poet, broadcaster and journalist Donny O’Rourke will read from his work at 7pm in Paisley Central Library.
Free family history sessions will take place throughout St Andrew’s Day in the Local Studies Library.  Sessions will last half an hour, with customers having one-to-one assistance. Customers will need to bring a date of a birth, marriage or death, the earlier the better. The sessions will be on a “drop-in” basis. For more information contact the Local Studies Library on 0141 889 2360.

Marie Christie, Project Director- Homecoming Scotland 2009 said: “Homecoming Scotland 2009 is an inspirational programme of events motivating people with Scottish ancestry, as well as those who simply love Scotland to “Come Home”. 2009 has been a very special year for Scotland and the Finale Celebrations across the country are a fantastic way to end this momentous year.  We are delighted that these exciting events in Renfrewshire are part of the programme.”

All St Andrew’s Day events are free.

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This video has been generously uploaded and allowed us to use it on the Paisley.org.uk website by John Macintyre, so many thanks..

The Video is of the Santas Parade in Paisley Saturday 14th November before the Christmas lights were switched on.

Thanks to John Macintyre.

Click here for more of the videos from this user.

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Paisley Film Society Takes To The Airwaves

BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth has invited Paisley Film Society onto her popular Movie Cafe show.  Janice will be finding out more about the Society and what can be expected from their forthcoming Spring/Summer programme.  The live interview will take place on Thursday 19th November from 1pm.  Buddies can listen in on 92-95 FM & 810 MW, or tune in via the internet: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.

More information about the Society is on their website: www.paisleyfilmsociety.com

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Ruth Lorenzo and Lemar were special guests today at the annual Christmas Lights switch on, Clyde 1 kept us entertained also with the big finale of Fireworks and the Christmas lights being switched on it was watched by what I would estimate to be around 20,000 to 30,000 people and even the weather “cold though” was very kind to us.

The event was very well organised and extra barriers and the placement of the stage made for easier movement within the crowd… So why not get down and see all the lights in action, they get better each year..

From everyone here at Paisley.org.uk well done to the organisers once again.. Job done..

Look in the gallery and the paisley.org.uk flickr group for pictures of the event itself..

Also HistoricalPaisley has a great set of pictures online too.

Also if you would like to discuss the event in the message board, sign up and let us know your opinion.