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Team up with your buddies for Paisley 10K

Renfrewshire’s Jogging Buddies network is just one of the groups leading the race to make this year’s Paisley 10k road race the biggest ever.

And Commonwealth Games hopeful runner Claire Gibson joined the group to officially launch online registration for this year’s event.

Renfrewshire girl Claire, an 800m runner and a strong hopeful for a place in the Scotland Team at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October, is encouraging people to get together with their friends, family and workmates to sign up for the Paisley 10K.

The August 29th event, one of the flattest, fastest and easiest courses on the 10K circuit, is aiming to be the biggest in its 11-year history.

This year registration has been opened up to allow groups to register together and the Fun Run will see even more colourfully costumed runners take to the streets.

Claire said: “The Paisley 10K really is the best of both worlds as it’s a largely flat and fast course. This means it’s easier than many other 10K events for people with less experience but it’s also good for regular runners who are aiming to get a personal best time.

“If you have ever toyed with the idea of trying a 10K then this is the one to try and to make it even easier you can now sign up as a group of friends or colleagues and start training together.”

Almost 200 people have already pledged to take part through the website, and now they can officially register.

The Paisley 10K and Fun Run are key events in the Active Renfrewshire campaign which aims to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunities to lead an active lifestyle.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s sports champion, said: “The 10K has become a really big event with everyone from international athletes from Scotland and beyond to friends and family taking part for a bit of fun and exercise. There is also the Fun Run which is shorter and ideal for families or groups of children who want to get dressed up in costumes and run together. They might even win a prize for best outfit!

“Both events take place right in the heart of Paisley town centre only steps away from Gilmour Street train station and there will be free parking on the day so it’s really easy to get to. There are also changing facilities nearby at the Lagoon Leisure Centre.

“One of the key aims of the Active Renfrewshire campaign is to show that taking part in sports or physical activity is fun. Not only are there massive health benefits but it is also great for your social life so get your friends, or your family, or your workmates and get training. The countdown is on!”

To sign up for the Paisley 10K or Fun Run log on to

Or to find out more about how to get involved in Jogging Buddies and for support on training for a 10K go to or call 01505 810936.

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Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Beer Festival is now in its 23rd year and, as always, the intrepid band of loyal volunteers and beer enthusiasts will be turning the town hall into the largest bar in the area for four days.
Scotland’s biggest beer festival is expected to bring approximately 4,000 punters through the doors of Paisley Town Hall over the four days.
At last year’s event 20,000 pints of beer and cider were drunk – and organisers are expecting thirsty Buddies to sink even more this time around.
Festival organiser Danny Matheson said: “Paisley Beer Festival is the place to be for all the very best real ales, great fun and a great atmosphere.
“Our panel of experts have selected a range of beers which will suit all tastes.”
CAMRA volunteer, Karen Moore, added: “I’m hoping that loads of Buddies will come along this year and will help support this now famous event on Paisley’s social calendar.
“We all work really hard to make it a success.
“We are very proud of being Scotland’s biggest beer festival.
“If hundreds of great beers, good food and a fantastic atmosphere aren’t enough to persuade people to come along, they shouldn’t forget the potential there is to rub shoulders with the likes of Paolo Nutini, who I served last year!”

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 28, and will finish on Saturday, May 1.

Run solely by 50 volunteer members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, the festival has taken many months to organise .
This year there will be approximately 170 different draught beers from all over the UK, as well as various foreign beers, cider, perry and mead.
The Scottish bar will feature beers from Barrhead-based Kelburn Brewery and the Houston Brewery among others.
Food will once again be available from the ever-popular Melbourne Catering Co, who will serve up some delicious German sausages and French crepes to soak up all of the beer.
Live entertainment on Friday night is still to be confirmed but the Caledonian Pipe Band is booked for Saturday to play right throughout the day.
As has been the case for the last several years, CAMRA Renfrewshire will be raising money for the charity, Myeloma UK, to remember one of their members who died from the disease.
This year, they will be dressing up as James Bond characters and collecting cash for the worthy cause.
As always the organisers desperately need more volunteers to help the festival run smoothly from set-up on the Monday right through to the Sunday take-down.
If anyone is interested in helping, all you need to do is e-mail Karen at

Volunteers must be CAMRA members but you can sign up at the festival if you’re not already a member.
Entry is £5 (£3 concession on Wednesday and Thursday) and includes a festival glass and programme.
This includes free re-entry on subsequent days as long as you bring your glass along.

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Adolf Hitler’s deputy’s ill-fated solo flight to be plot for new film.

Filmmakers were in Paisley Two weeks ago looking at locations as reported by Westender of

The ill-fated solo flight by Adolf Hitler’s deputy has inspired a Hollywood film.

Filmmaker Neil Marshall is planning to turn the story of the infamous plane crash that ended an attempt by Rudolf Hess to woo the Royal Family into a controversial blockbuster.

In a bid to contact Prince George, the Duke of Kent, in 1941, Hess parachuted out of his Messerschmitt fighter above Renfrewshire.

It is believed that his mission was to recruit Britain as a German ally. Instead he was swiftly arrested by a farmhand wielding a pitch fork and held at Army barracks in Glasgow.

Marshall said: “It’s about a hypothetical rescue attempt on Rudolf Hess after he parachuted into Scotland.”

Hess was found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment in West Berlin’s Spandau prison, where he committed suicide in 1987.

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An initial £4million programme has been launched to transform a derelict site in Paisley which was once occupied by the town’s famous department store.

An innovative partnership has been signed between Renfrewshire Council and Park Lane Group who now jointly own the site of the former Arnotts store on Gauze Street, Paisley.

The council and its commercial partner aim to boost the potential for redevelopment by firstly carrying out environmental improvements including some selective demolition work.

Then the partnership will prepare a detailed masterplan for the site with a mix of residential and commercial uses along with car parking.

The Arnotts site has lain derelict since 2002.

“This major investment and joint approach between the public and private sector provides a unique opportunity to boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre,” said Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay.

“The Arnotts site holds special place in the memories of many Paisley people. What we want to do now is to redevelop this iconic site to continue the town’s regeneration.

“We will work quickly over the coming months to make the site ready for development. Even in the current difficult economic climate, we feel our partnership will get things moving and turn the site’s fortunes around. The council is committing not only major investment but also the experience gained in a range of successful initiatives to improve Paisley. Those improvements have included better road access for motorists to the town centre, a popular and greatly expanded events programme, the redevelopment of the council’s former headquarters and securing of major funding from the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund.

“People can see that things are changing for the better in Paisley and this redevelopment plan for the Arnotts site is further evidence that the town’s fortunes are improving.”

Sean Robinson, Joint MD of Park Lane Group, said: “Our firm has a strong track record in commercial development in Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland. That includes major regeneration schemes at Glasgow Harbour and the successful development at Renfrew Riverside.

“We fully recognise the historic importance and, more importantly, the significant commercial potential of the Arnotts site. It’s our intention to actively seek interest from a range of developers and operators and we are confident that they site will again play a thriving role in the economy of Paisley.”

The initial £4million programme for the Arnotts site involves a £3m purchase price and a further Phase One £1m fund to carry out environmental improvements. The bulk of Renfrewshire Council’s contribution comes from the £1.83m which the council secured for Paisley from the Scottish Government’s Town Centres Regeneration Fund.

Renfrewshire Council and Park Lane Group will each have 50/50 shares in a limited liability company which owns the site.

The store on Gauze Street originally opened in 1927 and changed to Arnott’s in 1973.

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A sea of 14000 black and white souvenir cards will be held aloft by supporters to welcome St Mirren onto the pitch for this weekend’s Co-operative Insurance Cup Final at Hampden.

Renfrewshire Council and Paisley Vision Board have produced the cards which will be placed on every St Mirren supporter’s seat ahead of the match against Rangers on Sunday.

The cards have been created as a keepsake for supporters and have been signed by the St Mirren team.

They will also provide fans with details of after-match entertainment taking place in Paisley town centre.

Entertainment begins in County Square at 6pm, with live DJ Phil Clark playing all fans’ favourite tunes.

In the event of St Mirren winning the cup an open-top bus is planned to bring the team back to the town via Causeyside Street, Gilmour Street and ending in County Square.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, and Chair of Paisley Vision Board, Derek Mackay, said: “The black and white cards are a memento of the great achievement of St Mirren getting to the cup final. I will be joining the fans to cheer them on at Hampden on Sunday and have no doubt they can go all the way”

Also from everyone at We wish St Mirren all the very best for Sundays Cup Final.. Cmon the Buddies…

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This was sent into us by a local company Safe Bio Cleaning.


Renfrewshire People – We need your input
Where would you like to see Graffiti Removed in Renfrewshire?
I am looking to create a short demo video for the Bio Based Graffiti, Tar and Gun removal products that Bio Safe Cleaning supply and I would like input from residents of Renfrewshire or people who work in Renfrewshire on where we could record the demo DVD.

We would like the help of people of Renfrewshire to identify an area where we could remove graffiti that is unsightly, the best location would be somewhere that has Graffiti in a location with different surfaces covered with graffiti such as stone, plastics, metals etc. We are doing this as an exercise to promote the green product range that is 100% plant based and is much better for the environment than the other cleaners.

I do not want to upset Renfrewshire Council and will approach them to see if they are happy with us doing a Council or publicly owned area, is not we are happy to go to an area that is privately owned and we would be happy to donate the small charge to a chosen charity. If you think of anywhere that you would like to see clean of Graffiti then please feel free to post a comment on the SafeBioCleaning blog post or on one of the community websites such as within the Renfrewshire Graffiti post.

I am happy to have requests from the Third and voluntary sector for removal of Graffiti from their building and simply not charge for the work in return for helping us promote the green products and help change from chemicals over to chemical free 100% plant based Graffiti removal.

Any feedback welcome (as long as it’s not offensive to anyone…) and I look forward to your ideas and images… One area that I noticed before was the Linwood Skate Park which had pretty offensive Graffiti that I was surprised had not been removed, but I am not sure if that would have to be through Renfrewshire Council. We understand that Graffiti removal has a cost associated to it and the people who are making the mess are not necessarily the ones who pay to get it removed through council tax etc and we are clear that the council has many priorities for communities… This is simply to showcase and highlight a product range that can change the process and make it safer to remove Graffiti, Gum and Tar from communities and areas of business and commerce.

Here is a link to the Renfrewshire Council Website about Graffiti and the effects it has on the surrounding community for your information

I look forward to your feedback and ideas…

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Video From Paisley Film Maker David Baker.

Mission X (Paisley Arts Centre Tuesday 16th March 2010)

Poor Grant. He’s only trying to make it as a documentary film maker, when he gets a break – an interview with a real tough guy – a mercenary, gun for hire, bona fide bad guy. All is going well for Grant. He can hear the compliments, see the awards and is mentally rehearsing his interview on Newsnight with Kirsty Wark. Then things start to unravel and Grant is pulled into a situation he never imagined and he’d sooner forget.

Mission X . . . marks the spot for local film maker David Baker. Come see this locally filmed flick, with plenty of opportunity to ask the man himself after the screening.

Mission X screens on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm
(Note: Strong language used throughout.)
Members £3 Non Members £5/£4
And . . . the chance to vote for your Buddies Choice is coming to a close. It’s been a tough fight between The Usual Suspects and Passport to Pimlico. Voting closes tomorrow! Vote here:

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Just heard that Patterson’s the auctioneers are moveing from their glasgow base to the Heritage Building at the West End of Paisley. We have a message board post on the Paisley Forum asking what this building was used for “we know it was a funeral home previously” and would like to ask for your help in finding out its past and who designed and built the building which sits half way along Walker street, Paisley

add your comments below or join our message board topic and answer our question in there..

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The Glasgow comedy festival kicks off tomorrow the 11th March 2010 and lasts until 28th March, with venues to suit all comers with events for all the family and of course comedy that is a bit close to the line..

To find out a list of events and shows please visit one of my favourites and a very funny woman indeed is Janey Godley who is one of many local comediennes available.

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Cancer Charity Seeks Basket Cases

Macmillan Cancer Support in the West of Scotland is seeking help from local organisations this Easter as it tries to get chocoholics involved in its egg-cellent Guess the Name competition.

The charity is asking local businesses, schools and public service organisations to pick up one of its Easter Bunny Baskets which is choc-a-block with enough Easter Eggs to satisfy any sweet tooth as well as a cuddly Easter bunny, name sheet with 100 names on it and an envelope containing the bunny’s real name to reveal the lucky prize winner.

For a donation of just £1 local people can guess the bunny’s name with the egg-static winner receiving the basket and all the mouth watering Easter goodies inside – and that’s no yolk!

Macmillan Fundraising Manager Susan Selkirk is hoping local organisations will get involved and help encourage people to shell out a little bit more this Easter to help local families affected by cancer.

She said: “We’re looking for shops, hotels, community centres and schools to take one of our fantastic Easter Bunny Baskets.

“This competition is fun for all ages and is a great way for you to engage with your customers or visitors and raise money for people affected by cancer.

“This event helps Macmillan to raise thousands of pounds each year and with your support we will continue to provide medical, financial and emotional support services to those who need it most.”

If you are interested in getting involved then hop over to the phone and call Susan at the Macmillan West of Scotland team on 0141 952 0085 or email

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Two projects in Paisley North area are to benefit from almost £20,000 in grants.

The Y Don’t U? Youth activity group has been awarded £11,000 to take local youngsters on a residential activity weekend to Aviemore, and Paisley West and Central Community Council has been given £9,000 to hold their first gala day.

The grants were agreed by Paisley North Local Area Committee, which is made up of councillors, council officers, and representatives of local groups such as community councils and tenants and residents groups.

Councillor Brian Lawson, convener of the Paisley North LAC, said: “The local area committees were set up with the purpose of bringing local residents into the process of making decisions which affect their communities. The LACs are able to award grants of up to £20,000 to projects which will provide benefits to the members of those communities. These are two great projects which have clear benefits for local people and the communities they live in.”

Y Don’t U? Group is run by Ferguslie Park Sports Recreation and Leisure Trust and was set up after outreach work showed that local young people wanted to participate in more activities and set up a constituted group to develop, coordinate and manage these activities.

The £11,000 grant will be used to fund a residential weekend at Glenmore Lodge National Training Centre, Aviemore, for young people aged between 14 and 18 from the Paisley North area.
Gerard Carr, Chair of Y Don’t U?, said: “The overall aim of Y Don’t U? is to provide sports, leisure and educational activities to the young people in the Paisley North area without having any barriers of cost. Previous activity weeks held at Ferguslie Sports Centre have been extremely well attended with over 150 young people per day. The aim of the residential weekends at Glenmore Lodge are to provide additional activities and training to young people to boost their self esteem and confidence and help them volunteer for future activities.

“Since the start of the group Y Don’t U? has seen 12 young people gaining ASDAN qualifications, 8 young people gaining SHOKK Assistant Coach qualification, a further 12 young people working towards their ASDAN Bronze & short course qualification, as well as Child Protection training and First Aid training, 2 young people gaining employment with the Renfrewshire Diversionary Project and 4 young people gaining employment at Ferguslie Sports Centre. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of the Paisley North Local Area Committee.”

Sherie Gilchrist, 16, a member of Y Don’t U? Said: “It’s been great getting involved with the Y Don’t U? The school holiday activities have been great and the residential weekends at Aviemore were really good. We climbed Meall a Bhuachaille (2,657ft) and went kayaking on Loch Morlich which was exhausting but really good.”

Paisley West and Central Community Council will use their £9,000 grant to fund the first Paisley West End Fair.

John Wilby of Paisley West and Central Community Council said: “We are delighted that the Local Area Committee is supporting our efforts to promote and develop a community spirit in the West End. The Fair’s theme, Unity in Diversity, reflects the aim to highlight the positive aspects of cultural diversity and build on the Council’s plans for regeneration”

For more information on Local Area Committees email or call 0141 840 3399

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Tuesday 2 March
Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm
£5 (£4 conc) £3 Paisley Film Society members

This award winning film is a must-see. A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

Do you know someone who might like this? Forward it on!