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Yes, in the blink of an eye, Paisley Film Society has reached the grand old age of one! We couldn’t have done it without your support and enthusiasm – thank you! To celebrate our first year come join us at our next screening (Moon – see below for more details). As well as getting a great presentation from John Pressley of Renfrewshire Libraries, there will be cake . . .
Its been a long three years, alone, on the moon. With his stint almost over Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is on the count down to head home, back to his wife and family. Satellite links are down, he is utterly on his own. But all that time in solitude can start to play tricks with your mind.

Harvesting helium isotopes isn’t all its cracked up to be. With only the onboard computer Gerty (brilliantly voiced by Kevin Spacey) for company, Sam soon thinks he is losing it after he sees someone else whilst out on a routine maintenance drive in the moon buggy. Keen to investigate more, Sam quickly realises all may not be as straightforward as he thought.

This is the feature debute for Director, Duncan Jones (the son of David Bowie) and received incredible praise when first released. Though paying homage to 2001: A Space Odessey, Solaris, Silent Running and other vintage sci-fi movies, it has carved out a place in modern sci-fi movie history as being a classic in its own right.
Not a member of Paisley’s very own Film Society yet? Click here: go to the Contact Us tab, fill in the contacts box telling us you want to be a member and we’ll get everything sorted out for you. Autumn / Winter dates are soon to be announced so do keep checking back to our website.

Moon screens Tuesday May 4th at 7.30pm
Tickets at the door £5/£4 £3 for Members.
Hope to see you there!

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This Saturday, the 1st of May (the day you wash your face in the morning dew in order that you remain fresh skinned all year) sees one of the best stand up comedians in the country appear in Hamishes’ Hoose, Raymond Mearns (for it is he) has the sharpest. keenest and rapier like wit of anyone I have ever seen. I have seen him a number of times as he used to MC the Joke Box many moons ago. I never tire of seeing him as he always has me in stitches ( I need to stop him carrying that ice pick). He is learned, has studied law and the female form and is an all round smart ars*. Deffo one to catch. also on the bill is MC Scott Agnew, Mark Nelson and Davey See. You can pay at the door or to ensure to get in, pop into the pub and buy a ticket before Saturday.

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The beer event of the year returns for
it’s 23nd outing.

Four days of excellent beer, music and food, entirely organised and served to you by CAMRA volunteers.

Here we are again at the highlight of the year for those that appreciate outstanding beer quality. It is also an opportunity for people to try the diverse choice presented at this now famous event.

We come to you from the Paisley Town Hall and we open on at 5pm on Wednesday 28th April. Preparatons are underway and beer is on order, full beer lists will be available shortly but as usual we will be showcasing

The English Bar, specialising this year on the Yorkshire regions

The Scottish Bar, featuring, among others, our own local breweries

The Foreign Bar, with some old favourites as well as the usual surprises that need to be treated with caution

The Cider Bar where there is always an interesting collection of Real Cider, Mead and Perry.

Our chosen charity this year is Myeloma UK, and staff invite you to join them and dress like a James Bond character on Saturday to support the fund raising, and to give you an excuse to order your beer, “shaken not stirred”

Have a great festival, keep an eye on the strength of the beer you are drinking and be sure to grab something to eat before and during sampling the ales.

Check out the Beer Festival web page here

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The Robert Tannahill Federation

proudly presents

The Tannahill Weavers In Concert

“An especially eloquent mixture of the old and new.” – New York Times

“World class musicians with passion and a healthy sense of fun, keeping alive and making accessible the very heart of the tradition itself.” – Mojo Magazine

“…as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world.” – Sing Out!

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley

Friday 21st May 2010

Show starts 8pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 Conc.)

On sale from Monday 11th January

Paisley Arts Centre Booking Office:

Tel. 0141 887 1010

Or find out more information from the bands website here

Text below taken from

Robert Tannahill (1774-1810)

Paisley’s weaver poet born in Castle Street, son of a well-respected ‘bien’ weaver to whom Robert was apprenticed in 1786. Described by a contemporary as the ‘prettiest shuttler’ he had ever seen, Robert had a wee box on his loom-post for jotting down his ideas.

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Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

Alistair Campbell Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Ruaraidh Dobson Scottish Liberal Democrats
Mags MacLaren Scottish National Party (SNP)
Gary Pearson Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Chris Rollo Scottish Socialist Party (no webpage and no twitter?)
Jim Sheridan Scottish Labour Party
Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency

Douglas Alexander Scottish Labour Party
Andy Doig Scottish National Party (SNP)
Ashay Ghai Scottish Liberal Democrats
William Hendry Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Jimmy Kerr Scottish Socialist Party
Paul Mack Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Gordon McCaskill Scottish Conservative and Unionist
If you know a candidates personal/business website or if they have a twitter acount then please contact us via
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Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the two week festival it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle , row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

As well encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Paisley District Scouts, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshielf Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, and Ingliston Country Club.

The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to

download go renfrewshire  pdf

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For the second series of Cowboy Trap, presented by Clive Holland, we are looking for homeowners whose lives and properties are in chaos thanks to ‘cowboy’ workmen.

This is your chance to get the job finished properly, call to account the builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers or joiners who are to blame, and share your experience to help prevent other viewers from falling into the ‘cowboy trap’.

Filming takes place between January and July 2010, so get in touch now.

Cowboy Trap is produced for the BBC by Mentorn Scotland.

You can find out more information by clicking this link

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Blow to Paisley as major firm axes 230 jobs

More than two-thirds of the workers at a Scottish town’s biggest private employer are being made redundant in a cost-cutting measure.

BASF, the German chemicals company, has confirmed that there will be 232 redundancies at its Ciba plant in Paisley, which manufactures synthetic dyes for paints and plastics.

The cuts mean there will be just 120 people left at the Hawkhead Road factory from 2013 onwards.

It is understood to be the biggest single blow to the factory since it was founded more than 40 years ago. Hundreds of jobs have already gone at the plant since 2005.

The first of the job losses at what is said to be the largest classical organic pigment manufacturing facility in the world will occur this year. However, the majority will go in 2012, said BASF.

The company added that the restructuring would make the plant more competitive and give it a more sustainable future.

Concern about the future of the factory surfaced in July last year when workers were sent home for a month to save on operational costs as the economic downturn took hold.

BASF said yesterday’s decision was made because the site was operating at very low levels.

It added that the plant will take over production of some pigment products from BASF’s site in Louisville, Kentucky. Some production at Paisley will be moved to BASF plants with spare capacity in Asia.

The liquid preparation plant will be closed by the end of 2012, with work transferring to a BASF plant in Mexico.

Peter Wormald, the Paisley site manager, said: “This restructuring will reposition the site as a highly utilised, competitive manufacturing supply point in Europe. These changes will result in a smaller BASF site, but one that is more sustainable in the long term.

“Employees who are made redundant will be given support and assistance to help them find alternative employment.”

Ciba, a Swiss company that makes chemical additives for plastics, paper and coatings industries, was taken over by BASF in 2008 in a £3 billion deal. BASF had targeted Ciba after it reported losses following problems with the rising cost of raw materials, currency fluctuations and production difficulties.

Later the same year, BASF closed the Paisley plant’s research and global technical centre, with the loss of 36 jobs.

Before BASF came in, about 100 people were axed; while in March 2007 and in 2006 around 80 staff were made redundant.

In 2005, 30 jobs went as the speciality pigment manufacturing unit was closed down.

Wendy Alexander, the Labour MSP for Paisley North, yesterday argued that the extra £82 million the Scottish Government has received in the Chancellor’s March budget should now be used to resurrect the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL). Its cancellation meant the loss of 1,300 jobs and £300m investment to Renfrewshire and the west of Scotland, she argued.

She said of the BASF announcement: “Everything possible must be done to prevent these jobs from being lost.

“I will be urging the Scottish Government and the company itself to explore alternatives to redundancy and [to] try to find a way forward.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Derek Mackay said: “Our first concern at this difficult time is for the workers and their families. The council will be doing everything it can, along with other public agencies, to make sure they have access to the best advice and guidance available on retraining, finding new employment and getting all the benefits they are entitled to.

“It is clearly very disappointing that such a well established company feels the need to scale back its operations in such a major way.

“However, Renfrewshire isn’t immune to the problems of the global economy and it’s worth pointing out that the company has made clear that its decision was based on a wide-ranging review of its global operations and was in no way a reflection of the performance of its Renfrewshire plant. It’s encouraging at least that 120 jobs will remain here in Renfrewshire.”

News source : The Herald Scotland

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Paisley Abbey has selected top Scottish architectural firm Simpson and Brown ( to design a new entrance and visitor facilities for the Abbey and renovations to the Place of Paisley. The firm was selected from ten who were invited to compete for this prestigious commission. The selection panel included representatives from the Abbey, the Church of Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and Historic Scotland.

The Abbey and the Place of Paisley have a long and varied history at the heart of the town’s church and community life. The Abbey wishes to continue to strengthen its role in Paisley’s cultural life.

A key part of the Abbey’s strategy is to create new indoor space between the Abbey and the Place, as well as to adapt existing accommodation in the Place of Paisley. These improvements will provide better facilities for visitors, the local community and the congregation, and help the Abbey to become more financially sustainable in the future.

The Abbey wishes to create an inspirational new public space which both the congregation and the local community will use, share and feel proud of. The intention is to conserve the Abbey and Place as special places – in terms of their religious, architectural and historical significance – and create an extension of the very best architectural quality.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something which is open and welcoming to all the people of Paisley – something which not only they will be proud of, but which will be of international quality.

The Minister of Paisley Abbey, the Reverend Alan Birss, said:

“As minister, I am very excited about the proposed development. We have a long tradition in the Abbey of welcoming pilgrims and visitors and of serving the parish and community around the Abbey. This development, when completed, will greatly enhance our work in these areas and reaffirm for a new generation the Abbey’s central place in the life of the whole community. Our hope is that the new and upgraded facilities will enable visitor and local resident alike to feel ‘at home’ in the Abbey and that, in a real sense, the Abbey ‘belongs’ to all.”

The Abbey’s aspiration is that the extension and renovations will open their doors to the public on the 850th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey: 15th September 2013, St Mirin’s Day. The architects will be starting design work shortly with this target date in mind.

For further information please contact:

Rev. Alan D. Birss (Minister of Paisley Abbey)
Paisley Abbey
Abbey Close
tel: 0141 889 7654

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The sights, sounds and tastes of the Tunisian bazaar come to Paisley from Thursday 15 April till Saturday 17 April

Nearly 30 stalls will have hundreds of exotic offerings on sale from hand made ceramics to spices from the orient. The market is open from 9am till 5.30pm. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy cous cous, crepes and paella as they look around the stalls.

The Tunisian bazaar and continental market has been organised by the Paisley Vision Board as part of the partnership approach to regenerating the town centre. The market is one of a programme of events which has already seen the hugely successful Fireworks Night and Christmas lights switch on draw 20,000 strong crowds.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Celia Lawson, said, “Shoppers will be able to experience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous ceramics when the Tunisian bazaar and continental market comes to town.

“There will be hot food with dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets. There will be Tunisian leather-ware, handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tagines, lamps, pots, carved wooden ornaments, jewellery, art, music and traditional Tunisian clothes. There is even a stall selling slippers – perfect for Grandpa’s Christmas present!”

The following products be available:

  • Handmade leather goods including slippers, handbags and belts
  • Hand made ceramics, pottery lamps, tiles and tagines
  • Fresh olives and spices
  • Olive wood carved ornaments
  • Hand made fashion clothes
  • Silver frames, jewellery, glass ornaments and mirrors
  • Clay drums (tamtam)
  • Hand knitted table covers
  • Freshly cooked cous cous
  • Tunisian cakes (patisseries)
  • Dry fruits and nuts
  • Spanish paella
  • French pancakes
  • Pashminas and scarves.

Press Release by Renfrewshire Council

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Just a wee update, for all our existing volunteers and anyone wishing to have their very own email address.

Please contact and tell me you would like a brand new email and I will set you up as soon as I can..

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We are going to gather a list of all the politicians who are up for election in their area and either using Twitter, facebook or other online methods to keep future voters updated of their schedule.

We already follow quite a few of the elect but rather than publishing our lists we wish for anyone to tell us who is online.

Remember we are a non political website but we do wish to keep visitors and Paisley updated

Send in any names and their addresss to forthwith