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Please read the following below from Jennifer who is championing our town and country to further afield, I think its excellent to see and from all at we wish Jennifer all the very best. (please follow Jennifer’s Facebook group)

Jennifer Welford

Hi there,

My name is Jennifer Welford I am 23 years old. I was born in Paisley and have lived in our town for my entire life. I was a student at Castlehead High School and after years of training at Bonnie and Sharon Barr’s School of Dance at the YMCA in New Street I gained a taste for the limelight and last year decided to enter the international beauty pageant Miss Universe. The contest is owned by American Tycoon Donald Trump and has entrants from all over the world who are not only beautiful but intelligent, aware and ambitious young women who become great role models for a younger generation and ambassadors for charities worldwide.

The selection process is tough. After submitting your original entry and photographs, suitable girls are selected for a semi final interview followed by a regional final. At the interview you are given an opportunity to prove that you are the perfect candidate for the role. After the interview I had to wait for about a week before I knew I had been chosen for Miss Universe Scotland but when the letter arrived at my house I can’t tell you how excited I was, the feeling was incredible, however, I knew I was going to have to work hard to get a top three spot and qualify for the British final. The regional final was held on the 27/2/10 and I can’t say the night went without a hitch as during a catwalk I tripped and landed on the judges table. I knew I had all my friends and family cheering me on and I was willing to let all the hard work go to watse so, in true Buddie style, I picked myself up and got on with it which resulted in my coveted top 3 spot. I am now through to the final of Miss Universe Great Britain where one special young lady will be selected to represent our country at the international final.

In the run up to the contest Miss Universe Scotland Contestants were given the opportunity to work with and raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity which helps grant the wishes of children and young people fighting terminal illness. I jumped at the chance to use my involvement in the contest to make a difference and organised a sponsored 5k held on the 20/2/10 along with Glasgow Parkrun. It was freezing on the day of the race but my group and I soldiered on and for our efforts raises a whopping £1817 for the chairty!! The next round of the contest has chosen the Joshua Foundation as their charity and I have decided to host a Black Tie Dinner Dance at The Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow’s West End to raise funds for them. With a fabulous four course dinner, entertainment from esteemed writer, producer and stand up comedian Phil Differ and one of the best ceilidh bands in the business “The Jiggers” it’s set to be a great night. Tickets are £29 and all proceeds will go to the charity.

The final of the contest will be held in Birmingham at the ICC on the 02/05/10 and on the night one girl will be crowned the “Peoples Choice” and awarded 20 extra points onto the judges score. The way she will do this is by encouraging supporters to vote for her. I would love it if the people of Paisley could get behind me and text a message with the words “JENNIFER WELFORD” to 81118 to register a vote for me and help our town gain yet another successful export! You can also join my facebook support group by following this link and clicking the “join group” button at the top of the page –!/group.php?v=info&gid=282025951365

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mum, Christopher and Evelyn, the Paisley Express and Brian at for helping me so much with my campaign and finally I would like to thank my local sponsor Pro-Life Fitness Centre for chosing to help me through the final. You have all been wonderful.


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Paisley Abbey Set to go Back to Medieval Times

Paisley’s Abbey Close is to be transformed back to medieval times with knights, jesters and musicians for a special event celebrating the town’s historic Abbey.

A medieval fair featuring historic re-enactments and old-fashioned children’s games, will be held in and around Paisley Abbey on Saturday 15 May as part of a weekend of events taking place in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow.

From Friday 14– Sunday 16 May the ancient abbeys of Paisley and Crossraguel, in Ayrshire, will be the focus of European attention as part of celebrations taking place to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France.
The Scottish abbeys, the only two Cluniac houses in Scotland, are the furthest flung from Cluny which once had a network of over 1,400 priories stretching from Poland to Portugal, from Scotland to Italy.
The medieval fair is open to everyone and will include historic re-enactors such as an apothecary, a calligrapher, musicians, an arrow maker, a blacksmith and weavers as well as knights in combat.

There will also be a craft fair and a range of children’s activities. Coach tours will run from Paisley Abbey to Crossraguel, Dundonald Castle and Kelburne Castle in Ayrshire with historic re-enactments taking place at the various venues.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Paisley Abbey has a very rich and varied history and, along with Crossraguel in Ayrshire, is one of the only two of these monasteries in Scotland.

“The weekend of Cluny celebrations offers something for everyone. From the medieval fair which will give children and families the chance to step back in time and enjoy some medieval games and activities, to the exhibition, concert and conference which will bring a huge range of people into the town to celebrate the unique history of the Abbey.”
The Cluny celebrations in Paisley will also see leading historians and archeologists flock to the town for a major conference in Paisley Town Hall on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage.

There will also be an exhibition of medieval treasures in Paisley Museum called Chamber pots and Charters, including the Arbuthnot Missal, a French book of Hours and the chamber pot rescued from Paisley Abbey’s unique Great Drain.
The evening of Saturday 15 May will see an impressive choral and organ concert in Paisley Abbey with French music of the 13th and 14th century being performed as well as the Requiem by the French composer, Duruflé.

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All information was posted on the Paisley forum which can be accessed by clicking here “updated by westender”.
Renfrewshire Council have been looking at proposals of running the amfibious bus from the slipway beside the Watermill Hotel in Paisley and under the cover of darkness the bus was parked in the carpark of the watermill hotel last night.

A early rise was in order after spotting it last night, a 5am rise this morning to await movement saw the bus entering the slipway at the Watermill Hotel just after 6.30am this morning to a bemused line of traffic going over Mill Street Bridge, leader of the council Derek MacKay said plans to operate the service with a direct link to the jetty at Braehead are well under way.

In a tradition stretching back to Paisleys beginings Rev Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey performed the communication of the water ceremony, which was once used to wish monks safe passage on boats traveling on the River Cart which dates back to 1567.

Summer months may cause delays due to tidal fluctuances, however a barrier to control the water flow has been looked at with a possibility of it being installed on the River Cart at Morrisons at Lonend.

Amanda Moulson head of the town centre regeneration admitted there shall have to be lots of funding looked at however with lottery funding and visit scotland already giving backing this it shall further promote Paisley as a tourist town helping the local economy and returning the River Cart back to a working river.
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