Saturday 30th July: Saints welcome Aberdeen to Greenhill Road tomorrow hoping to build on the attacking performance they displayed against Dunfermline on Monday. With no new injury worries the same starting 11 as Monday is a strong possibility.Aberdeen will be a hard team to break down with Craig Brown always having his side well organised.Tickets still available for sale right up to kick off at the Greenhill Road Ticket Office. Lets get as many there as possible and shout the Saints on.

Blog post courtesy of Steven Wilson.

paisley from drone

St Mirren make the trip across the Forth Road Bridge to take on newly promoted Dunfermline on Monday night a game that is featured live on Sky TV.

With a mixed bag of pre season results lets hope the Saints are up for the challenge. With a near full squad to pick from lets hope Danny and his new Assistant Manager Tommy Craig pick the team that can get us off to a winning start.

Dunfermline have a lot of new players as well including a few familiar faces for us Saints fans with Gallagher,Smith,Potter & Mason sure to be in their squad.

Tickets are still available for this game £18,£10 Concessions,£5 Under 12’s

St Mirren F.C

Many thanks to Steven Wilson for this blog post.

paisley from drone

Paisley Pipe Band competition this Saturday (23rd) in the town centre. Street competition running all afternoon on High Street and Gilmour Street with the main competition in County Square starting at 1pm. Prize giving ceremony in County Square at 5pm.

Since starting in October 2011, Project Oskar, the furniture recycling project run as one of KIBBLE’s Social Enterprises, has expanded in every direction. The turnover of the project has steadily increased as have the number of Young People who have gained work experience and training through the project. As the business has grown, new opportunities have arisen and we have branched out into several new ventures including;


All these services are associated with property services and while we have been strongly supported by Renfrewshire Council, the project has also been marketing our services to the commercial sector and have successfully carried out out services for local solicitors, estate agents, landlords as well as Housing Associations and other Charities.

In recognition of all these new developments we decided to slightly alter our Project OsKar polo tops to advertise the services we now offer. The picture shows the “new look” OsKar shirts being proudly modelled by the newest recruits to Project OsKar – the boys started with us at the beginning of July and are already making great progress”

Paisley nursery gets makeover thanks to housing firm

A Paisley nursery have been given a makeover thanks to contractors working on Renfrewshire Council’s £138million housing investment project.

Wates Living Space painted rooms, replaced and painted fences, cleaned up the garden and brought in new colourful plants at Leaps and Bounds nursery as part of their national Community Day.

The nursery’s baby room in particular benefitted from the refresh as it had been flooded in the past and all the paint and plants used were in bright colours to reflect the environment of the nursery.

Wates are one of the key contract companies working on Renfrewshire Council’s five year Delivering Housing Improvements programme which will see thousands of council tenants get new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring, as well as new or upgraded central heating systems.

The contractors working with the council have also committed to supporting local communities wherever possible, from taking on local trainees to sponsoring local youth football.

Councillor Kenny McLaren, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “This is a huge project for council tenants but it is also important to us that the wider community benefit as well. The contractors working with the council on Delivering Housing Improvements are committed to supporting the local communities where they are working and this community day is a fantastic example of that. This was a great event and a real boost to the nursery.”

Wates Community Day is a national event organised by Wates Group where members of staff are released from their building sites and offices across the UK to deliver projects for charitable organisations in the Communities we are working.

Gillian Lavety, Partnership Manager for Wates, said: “Wates hold a Community Day event every year where teams across the country go out into the community to find a worthwhile project, a project that allows us to give something back to the community we are working in.”
The aim of Wates’ annual Community Day event is to make a tangible difference to the communities in which Wates works and live. As well as work on specific projects; quiz nights, auctions, raffles and sporting events take place across the UK to raise money for local charities. The 2011 Community Day contributed nearly 13,000 hours of hard work to over 110 charitable organisations.

Wates participated in 112 Community Day Projects, donating 12, 886 person hours to the communities they work in. In addition Wates Giving will be donating £22,500 to charitable organisations who they worked with on the day and an extra £5,500 to Barnardos for those projects who were not able to receive a donation.

School kids give underpass a makeover

Local school pupils have teamed up with a professional artist to give unwelcoming underpasses in their village a makeover.

Primary seven pupils from both Houston Primary and St Fillan’s Primary in Houston worked with artist Meredith Crone to design and paint the murals.

The project came about through the school travel planning process, lead by Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Transport Service, which highlighted that the underpasses were considered undesirable places to walk through. Pupils suggested painting them with bright murals to freshen them up.

Meredith visited the schools on several occasions to deliver workshops and gather ideas from the pupils. He then drew up a plan for how the murals would look using the pupils’ artwork and mapped out the murals so that the pupils could bring them to life.

The children chose to paint a seascape on one wall and an enchanted forest on the other.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “The aim of school travel plans is to identify ways to encourage greener and safer ways to travel to and from school. This project is a great example of how pupils contribute to their school’s travel plan by identifying potential issues that might put people off walking to school and suggesting ways to address this. The children were really involved from start to finish and had a great time working together as well as with Meredith. The young people who were so heavily involved in the project hope that the local community will appreciate their efforts to brighten up these underpasses and will enjoy the murals for years to come.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

St Paul’s Primary celebrates Golden Jubilee

A Paisley primary school has ended a year of outstanding achievement with a celebration of 50 years of service to its community.

St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar was recently praised in a report to Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board.

The review found “significant progress” among staff, pupils and in the level of parental involvement.

St Paul’s has followed that success with a Golden Jubilee Mass and reception for current and former staff and pupils, parents, church representatives, and councillors.

St Paul’s Church in Brediland Road was the venue for the Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Philip Tartaglia, Father Frank Hannigan and Father Eddie Cameron.

Then it was on to the school for a reception where memories could be swapped and friendships revived.

“The whole day was a marvellous occasion and reflected all aspects of the school’s life and history,” said recently appointed head teacher Claire Giudici.

“St Paul’s has strong links with our community but equally the community we serve has clearly valued the work that everyone associated with the school has done over five decades.

“It was lovely to see people catching up again, celebrating what has been achieved and seeing young people and not so young former pupils telling each other about their school experiences.”

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, “This was a very special occasion and the school and the community really enjoyed their day.

“I’d like to add my congratulations and thanks to everyone who has given their support and commitment to the school over 50 years.”

courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

St Mirren entertain Morton tomorrow at Greenhill Road in a Renfrewshire Cup game that promises to be a thriller.

Both teams have brought a lot of new players in this season and it will be good for the fans of both teams to come along and cheer their team on.

Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased from the ticket office right upto kick off £10 for Adults & £5 for Concessions.
Aaron Mooy(Back) and David Van Zanten(Ankle) are still doubtful for this game but our new signing Jeroen Tesselaar will be in the squad and will be looking forward to his home debut along with Smith, Teale,Thomson and Hasselbaink.

(Many thanks to Steven Wilson for this Blog Post)

Recruits take to the runway in Fashion Show Challenge

Renfrewshire teenagers taking part in this year’s Recruit competition were challenged to stage a fashion show in a busy town centre shopping mall.

Five teams taking part in The Recruit were each given two days, and no budget, to organise the show in which they each had to choreograph, style and model fashions from different decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.

They then staged three ten minute fashion shows over the busy lunchtime period in the Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley.

Primaljit Kaur, 16, from Renfrew, said: “It was very scary because we had people watching but it was a really good experience and good for getting your confidence up.”

Caitlin Dickey, 17, from Paisley, said: “It was a bit different, quite nervewracking but really good fun.”

Francesca Connelly, 17, Gryffe High, said: “It was a bit more interesting than some of the other challenges because it was about putting on an event. I’m interested in fashion and events management so this is really good experience for me.”

The teams were judged by an expert panel made up of choreographer Susanne Neil, hair stylist Claire McMahon and Louise McBride, Fashion Marketing lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Susanne said: “I showed them how to walk, got them to relax and be confident within themselves. I got them to bring their own personalities to it. They were all very mature and professional.”

Louise McBride said: “I was giving them an overview of what fashions were apparent in each decade and gave them ideas of where to look but all of them had great ideas themselves. I was very impressed. They had great enthusiasm, great teamwork and they just got into the show.”

In the end the winning team was Team Endurance for their showcase of fashion from the 1970s.

Claire said: “The input I had was on hairstyles from different decades and help and tuition on the morning of the show. They showed great enthusiasm, great teamwork. We picked Team Endurance as the winners though because of all the costume changes, they really pulled it out of the bag.”

The fashion show task was the latest in a series of challenges the 30 Recruits are facing over the course of the Apprentice-style competition this summer.

Maureen Hill, Piazza Shopping Centre Manager, said: “The Piazza was happy to provide our support to the Fashion Show Challenge. As well as being a great opportunity for those taking part in The Recruit to showcase their skills, the Mall’s fashion retailers and style-savvy shoppers made the Piazza the perfect place for the teams to show their take on fashion through the ages to a delighted audience.”

Towards the end of the programme the Recruits will face individual interviews before the overall winner is announced at a black tie finale in August.

See photos of what The Recruits have been up to on Renfrewshire Council’s Flickr page.

Renfrew goes back in time as 139 year old time capsule is revealed

Construction work on a £5.2million modernisation of Renfrew Town Hall has revealed a 139 year old time capsule.

The time capsule is in the form of a large glass jar which was found in the clock tower of the town hall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson joined museum and community representatives at the opening of the time capsule in the Renfrew Community Museum in the town’s Brown Institute.

Preliminary work by museum curators has found that the capsule contains documents signed by the then Provost along with a photograph of Renfrew Town Hall, coins, newspapers and a trades directory.

Among the newspapers included are copies of the Edinburgh Scotsman, Glasgow Herald, Glasgow Daily Mail, Paisley and Renfrew Gazette and Renfrewshire Independent.

Along with the insights it gives into Renfrew’s and Scotland’s history, the time capsule has a special history of its own.

From its base in the clock tower of Renfrew Town Hall, it survived a major fire in 1877 which led to much of the current town hall being rebuilt.

Now the time capsule has been rediscovered during construction work on the £5.2million refurbishment of Renfrew Town Hall which has been supported by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said “This is an amazing discovery. It’s a very special moment for me as Provost to be part of this unique civic experience begun by a provost almost 140 years ago.

“It’s particularly pleasing that the time capsule has been rediscovered through the programme to restore the iconic Renfrew Town Hall to its rightful role at the heart of our community.

“Preserving Renfrew’s history and traditions have been at the heart of that programme and the town hall will have an adjoining new Renfrew Community Museum.

“In the lead up to the town hall and community museum opening in December this year, Renfrewshire Council’s arts and museums service has been working with young people and local history groups on how Renfrew’s history can be told.

“There will be particular interest in this new discovery from our school pupils working on the ‘Renfrew: Past, Present and Future’ project which will result in a time capsule being buried in the town hall for future generations to discover”.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said “Renfrew has a proud history from its origins as a royal burgh to its shipbuilding heritage and the fact that it had Scotland’s first municipal airport.

“Throughout the development of the programme to redevelop Renfrew Town Hall we’ve had strong backing and commitment from the local community.

“As we move towards the final stages of that investment, it’s a great boost to be able to find and display such a distinctive part of Renfrew’s heritage”.

Craig Elliott, Marketing and Access Co-ordinator for the council’s arts and museums service
Said: “The initial assessment of the objects in the time capsule is that they appear to be extremely well preserved.

“However, most of the objects are paper which can present significant issues concerning conservation and redisplay. We will be working with freelance conservator Ann Evans who will provide advice on handling and displaying the objects.

“All being well we anticipate the objects becoming a focal point of the displays in the new Renfrew Community Museum due to open in December”.

Nationally, 1872 saw the widespread introduction of free education through the Education Act, the first international football match – a 0-0 draw between Scotland and England – and the introduction of the secret ballot by Prime Minister Gladstone on voting for Westminster MPs.

Locally, the newspapers contained in the Renfrew time capsule tell of the parade of tradesmen which accompanied the laying of the memorial stone for Renfrew Town Hall.

There’s also the story of the theft of £190 from a Renfrew cattle dealer while in a “house of ill fame in Paisley.”

Fergus Fulton was born in Chile 1923, moved to Glasgow where his father originally came from in 1931. He started with J&P Coats in 1940 and joined the RASC in 1942 aged 19 yrs. After demobilisation he returned to work with J&P Coats,it was here that he met and fell in love with Jessie McLardie. They married in the High Church in 1948 and they had 2 sons. He was one of J&P Coats most loyal and respected salesmen. Fergus died in 1976 aged 53, his wife Jessie outlived him by 27 years and he is survived by his 2 sons Gordon and Graham who both still live in Paisley.

Graham decided to find a publisher as he felt it was a story worth sharing with a large readership, be they part of the dwindling band of veterans or simply younger people with a curiosity about the brave men who fought in the second world war to keep our country free from tyranny.

Place names, punctuation and grammar are exactly as they were in the original diaries which tell some of the story of one mans “ordinary” war.

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Residents urged to have their say at conference events

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to express their views on local issues at a series of community planning conferences being held this autumn.

Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership will host their tenth annual community planning conferences this September.

The theme of this year’s events is “Our Renfrewshire, Our Future” and is designed to bring public sector agencies and members of the public together in a discussion about how to improve the quality of life in the area.

Participants can choose from discussions on topics such as tackling crime and offending, improving health, improving Renfrewshire’s economy or simply ‘your local area’.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who chairs the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership, said: “Anyone who is interested in how public agencies, community and voluntary groups and the wider public can work together for a better Renfrewshire should definitely think about attending.

“We’ll explain what the council and our partners are doing to tackle the challenges of budget cuts, economic downturn and a changing society, and what our key priorities are in building a better Renfrewshire.

“But we also want your views on how we can improve our services, how we can work together better and how we can reach out to our communities more effectively.

“With question and answer sessions, open discussions and drop-in surveys, everyone should have the opportunity to put their point across.”

Daytime and evening conferences have been arranged. Conferences will take place on the following dates:
* Monday 12 September – Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew
* Wednesday 14 September – Johnstone Town Hall
* Tuesday 20 September – Paisley Town Hall
Bookings are being taken now on a first-come, first –served basis.

Places can be booked online at or by calling Renfrewshire Council on 0141 840 3349.