Local lads Mark Pettigrew and James Mcmahon have decided to do some serious fundraising for MND Scotland (motor neurone disease) this year.

The lads from local company Code Red Fire Safety are arranging a race / auction / disco night in Five on 5 in Paisley on Saturday 4th of August to help get funding for this deserving charity that only fundraises for Scotland.

Mark, who will be trekking the Inca trail to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, will also be doing a charity bag pack in Tesco greenock from 12 – 4pm on Saturday 4th of August, so if you’re free and can help he would love your help. Mark, who has been a volunteer counsellor for the charity, decided that they could do more locally this year against this terrible disease that’s increasing in the country.

All of the money they raise will stay and be used in Scotland so if you’re looking for a great night out with fantastic drinks prices and great prizes then please call Mark on 07894900244 or 0141 561 2735 to buy your tickets. You can also volunteer to help them go head to head for this amazing charity by calling the same number.

Visit the following links to give your support and find out more information on helping this great cause.



Download the pdf with more information.

We had an email the other day there from a former student of the University of the West of Scotland and he showed us some amazing images of paisley Town Hall, I wanted to make a blog post to show the talents of Ian below.

Here is what Ian says.

I built this model of Paisley town hall as a project to myself as i’ve always been interested in cgi architectural modelling, this is an industry which is really just taking off and would usually involve a developer having the property modelled via CGI in order to display it to the builders (before building) and the customers (whilst being built). This is one of many uses for a CGI property being built as well as the obvious advantages in promotion.

I wanted to model a building that was easily recognized and my end goal in the town hall was to have a model that would actually look and render as a realistic form. I am happy with the model and am constantly adding parts to it or editing it. I am currently building a scene in which the town hall is a run down derelict building, this is far from finished though (i’ve attached a render to this email)

The town hall was modeled, surface and rendered using professional software Lightwave (9.6) which is a professional piece of software used in many films and CGI projects. architectural modelling is certainly something which i would like to ‘get into’.

I recently graduated from University of west of Scotland in Paisley with an honours degree in computer animation (2:1).

If anyone would like to contact Ian please email brian@paisley.org.uk 

Paisley Abbey Britain from above

Britain from Above presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. Register to zoom into these amazing pictures, identify mystery images, and share memories.

There is a page which features lots of amazing photos of Paisley from the air, housing schemes like Foxbar, Ferguslie and Gallowhill are not even built yet and the mill industry is in full flow. They are a fantastic snapshot of life in the early part of last century.

Paisley Abbey still has the ramshackle houses to the right of it and it shows the amount of land the mills covered to the East and West of the town.

If you have memories of Paisley at this time please join our Facebook Group page  –Click here for the Facebook Group 

To see the Paisley Skyline in the Britain above website click this link 


Russell Institute

The Paisley Development trust are holding an event in the Russell Institute on the 8th of September 2012 for Renfrewshire Doors Open Weekend.

The Russell Institute was donated to the then Paisley Burgh on the March 1927. Miss Agnes Russell had the building constructed as a memorial to her two bachelor brothers, Robert and Thomas Russell who had died in 1923 and 1920. The building was donated to the people of Paisley for the wellbeing of the woman and children in the area.

Over the years it has seen a family planning clinic, dentists, de-lousing chamber and has served many more other health related services. The health board currently have the building up for sale.  The Paisley Development trust hopes to take over the Russell Institute and use it as a community hub for the benefit of the people of Paisley

The Paisley Development Trust plan to celebrate to history of the building and the people who have worked and visited the building over the years.

The event is a 1920’s themed with different activities on the day. Currently we are at very early stages of planning but we have big plans for the event. Charleston dance classes, prohibition style cocktails, live jazz band, Opus Couture dress and shoe auction. We have many other ideas in the pipeline and would also like to hear from the people of Paisley what they would like to see happen on the day of the event and the future of building in years to come.

We are looking for volunteer researchers to look into the history of the building as well as the people who have worked there, as well as visited for health care. We also want to look into the future of the Russell Institute and new ideas of what how it can be used to benefit the people of Paisley.

We are looking for three generations of Renfrewshire to come along on the day and share their memories of the Russell Institute.  The memories will be recorded and documented into a video.  If you have memories of the Russell Institute then we would like to hear from you.

If you are interested in getting involved with the project then please send an email to ian.findlay@fablevision.org You can also visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RevisitingTheRussell

Next Saturday 7th July is the annual Sma’ Shot Day Parade. Parade starts at 12pm, burning of the ‘Cork’ at 5pm, the parade starts at Brodie Park, entertainment throughout the afternoon at Abbey Close.

The festival came about as a result of a political battle fought between the weavers of Paisley and their employers, the manufacturers, in the 19th Century.

The Sma’ (small) Shot was a cotton thread which bound all the colourful weft threads into the warps of the famous shawls.

However, the Sma’ Shot was unseen in the finished garments and so the manufacturers, known locally as ‘corks’, refused to pay for the thread.The weavers had no choice but to buy the thread themselves. Without it the shawls would fall apart and the weavers would not be paid for their work. A long dispute followed.

The Charleston drum, which was beaten through the streets of Paisley to summon the weavers in times of trouble, was beaten once again to rally the weavers in protest marches. After a long and hard struggle, the manufacturers backed down and the weavers were paid for the Sma’ Shot.

In 1856 the first Saturday in July, a traditional holiday for the weavers, was renamed Sma’ Shot Day in honour of the victory.From that day and for many years, the Charleston drum was used to rally weavers and lead them to the departure point for their annual trip, usually “doon the watter” to Ayr.
The demise of the weaving industry, the introduction of the five day working week and a change in local government brought an end to Sma’ Shot Day in 1975, but in 1986 local councillors and the people of Paisley decided to revive this great tradition.
Since then, on the first Saturday of July, once more the beating of the Charleston drum rallies the people of Paisley to a gathering outside Paisley Town Hall, and a procession is held through the streets of Paisley, led by ‘The Cork’, an effigy of one of the manufacturers defeated by the Paisley weavers.

Cannes and Sundance take a back seat to the Showcase Cinema in Linwood on Tuesday 26 June for the world premiere of the zombie shocker, ‘Dawn of the Fegs.’

Around 250 members of the local Ferguslie Park community are expected to attend the first showing of the 30 minute film.

Local youngsters wrote, directed and starred in the latest Romero inspired effort to commit the walking dead to celluloid. The film and companion graphic novel, Terror at the Tanny, are part of a community-based project supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Identities CashBack for Communities programme.

Fegs is the locally used term for people from Ferguslie Park. The Tanny is the Tannahill Centre.

Some 20 ‘undead’ actors took part in the project for young people aged from 10 to 19 years old. Parents and grandparents were also drafted in to help with costume design and make-up. Dance workshops were another key component of the project along with sessions on how to carve out a career in the film industry led by Kate Dickie.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care said, “This project taps into the strong community spirit that exists in Ferguslie Park. You can see from the breadth of involvement from five year olds to 85 year olds that the film has really made its mark with local people.

“The idea behind the film is that Ferguslie is facing its own zombie apocalypse. It tells the story of how local people, and young people in particular, react to defend their homes and families.

“All the filming took place at local locations chosen by the young people. They also had creative control on the content of the film and the graphic novel.”

Eight children were involved in producing the graphic novel taking full control of the ideas, script, storyboards, artwork, layout and digital photography.

The Zombie Project has received £15,000 from CashBack for Communities through Creative Scotland’s Creative Identities Programme. Renfrewshire Council has contributed around £4,000 with additional help and support being provided by St Mirren Football Club, Allsorts, Right2dance and the Tannahill Centre.

Since 2007, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme has reinvested over £45 million recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. This includes an investment of £2.25 million over three years on cultural activities involving arts, music and dance. During 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, over 8,000 young film-makers, dancers and musicians will be offered opportunities through CashBack to develop their skills.

Date: Tuesday 26 June

Time: 7pm till 8.30pm

Venue: Showcase Cinema, Phoenix Retail Park, Linwood, PA1 2BA


Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives exhibition at Paisley Museum opens with guest speakers Joe Brady, (Head of Integration at Scottish Refugee Council) and Jimmy Muyanja from Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities, (REEM).

An exhibition of photographs, Sixty Years, Six Lives by Ian Berry (Magnum Photos) to mark 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for Refugee Week 2012 is now opened at Paisley Museum from runs to Sunday 12 August.

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Joe Brady (SRC) and Jimmy Muyanja (REEM) opened the exhibition with a fascinating talk on the issues refugees face and their contribution to cultural diversity in Scotland.

Joe Brady, Scottish Refugee Council:

The Arts play an important part of the integration process for refugees. It offers opportunities to build bonds, create links and friendships; Sixty Years, Six Lives is a great example of this. The exhibition is a valuable insight into the courage needed to restart your life in different countries. The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Spirit’; the people of Paisley have always shown great spirit and enthusiasm in welcoming refugees. Long may it continue.

The exhibition will precede and run throughout Refugee Week 2012 (June 18-24). It is one of over 110 events that make up the programme for Refugee Week Scotland which celebrates the contributions refugees have made to the UK, and marks 60 years since the lifesaving UN Refugee Convention was created.

Cllr Iain McMillan, Convener of Community and Family Care:

This is the third consecutive year that Renfrewshire council’s arts and museums service has participated in Refugee Week Scotland and I am particularly delighted that Paisley museum is hosting this exhibition of specially commissioned work to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN refugee convention. Events such as this provide an opportunity for people to gain insight to, and understanding of, the issues faced by refugees, and are an excellent example of how art and culture can have a positive impact on the lives of those

who connect with it.

Sixty Years, Six Lives runs from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 12 August. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

For further information on our events log onto www.renfrewshire.gov/museums.


Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January, 1987) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Both his parents are Scottish, although his mother and father are of Italian descent (his father’s family coming from from Barga in Tuscany), and his family has been in Scotland for two generations.

Paolo’s father is Alfredo John Nutini, a catering shop manager born on 25 May 1957 in Paisley. His parents were John Nutini, a restaurateur born in Paisley in 1921, and Ada Castelvecchi (as shown in the image, there are various versions of the surname – please refer to the note at the foot of the page), born on 13 May 1921 at 13 New Street Paisley. John and Ada married on 13 May 1942 in Paisley. Ada died in 1991.

Find out more from the Scotlands People website. www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

This is the last day you can sign up to help buy the club in the Community buy out of ST Mirren FC one of the memberships is the 87 club which gives you a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed.
All 87club members will receive 20 shares in St Mirren Football Club.
87club exclusive events

  • 87club members and a guest can attend exclusive Q&A sessions with the club manager and first-team squad members.
  • Invitation to attend the official team pre-season photograph session,meet the new squad and bring your camera to grab some memories!
  • Invitation to new kit pre-launch events allowing 87club members to own the new strips before anyone else.


  • £3000 for lifetime CIC membership and 5 years of the exclusive benefits listed below

Member benefits
  • Exclusive use of indoor facilities in the CIC function area at half-time during home matches.
  • Fast-track service within the members bar before and after games.
  • Free car park pass with reserved priority space.
  • Exclusive game-by-game draw for guaranteed Directors’ box seating at either home or away fixtures.
  • Your name on a new 87club members plaque, located in the stadium, noting your key participation in bringing St Mirren into community control.
  • 87club business directory and online advertising – distributed among members to encourage fellow members to buy your products, or use your services.
  • Complimentary use of the stadium 87club lounge during normal working hours for named 87club members.* Individual members can also use the lounge, perhaps to enjoy a coffee with family and friends, and give them a stadium tour.
  • 87club businesses and individual names included on printed team sheets which are distributed at home matches in the corporate hospitality suite.
  • 87club St Mirren bar scarf, with unique design. Wear your colours with pride!
  • 87club membership smartcard with special design.

Visit the website to sign up now..>>>>>>>>>


Click here to apply now for an 87 Club Membership

A week-long series of events is being held by Renfrewshire Council to raise awareness about the help and support available to people with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Week (18 – 22 June) is being staged in partnership with Mencap, the national learning disability charity.

The council offers day services, residential accommodation, respite facilities, home support and befriending services for people with learning disabilities. Information and advice on all these services will be available along with an opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s evaluation of the ‘Same as You’ policy.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board said, “The council provides a fantastic range of services for people with learning disabilities and has invested millions of pounds in combined facilities such as the new Mirin Day Opportunities Service based in the refurbished Lagoon Leisure Centre.”

Mencap is currently running a campaign, ‘Stand by Me,’ to highlight the issue of the number of hate crimes committed against people with learning disabilities.

Renfrewshire Council is backing the campaign with a ‘Stand by Me’ event during its Learning Disability Week programme.

Councillor Iain McMillan said, “Research carried out by Mencap shows that people with learning disabilities suffer an appalling toll of abuse when they are just going about their daily lives. Nine out of ten people with learning disabilities reported being bullied in the last year with over 30% of them suffering verbal or physical assault every day or every week.

“Some people seem to think that because another human being is vulnerable they are fair game to be attacked, robbed and demeaned. They cannot be allowed to go on thinking this. Racial abuse and religious intolerance are rightly condemned and face heavy legal sanctions. One of the goals of our Learning Disability Week is to place hate crimes against people with disabilities in the same league of public revulsion as racism and sectarianism.”

Sarah Van Putten, Family Support Service Manager at Down’s Syndrome Scotland, “We find many people with Down’s syndrome and their families find it difficult to talk about being bullied. However, it’s important that these things are discussed. This is why we continue to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome in schools as bullying often comes out of ignorance.”
Mencap’s Living in Fear research shows many incidents take place without any evidence of provocation. People reported attempting to go about a daily activity and being attacked verbally, threatened or physically assaulted for no apparent reason.

Over 70% of people with a learning disability have been verbally abused, threatened or assaulted in a public place.

A significant number of people reported that they had been harassed in their own neighbourhood, many by neighbours and strangers as well as by local children and young people.


There is just a few hours left before the countdown clock on the www.10000hours.org website runs down but there is is still plenty of time for you to pledge your support and ensure we are able to complete the deal and put St Mirren football club in the hands of it supporters.

The response so far has been absolutely fantastic, thank you to each and every one of you who has signed up to back the bid and become a founding member of the organisation.

With your support we are delighted to advise that we have now reached and exceeded our initial target for individual direct debits.

Meeting that initial target is a great achievement however our sign up campaign continues. We would like as many fans as possible to back the bid to further demonstrate the fans commitment to the deal. Remember the more that sign up the quicker we can eventually repay our borrowing.

We are also still looking for more individuals or organisations who are interested in joining either the 87club or the 1877 non-executive club so please get in contact with us if these are options you would like to explore further.

We are also very pleased to see several former players backing the bid and joining 10000Hours.

Ricky Gillies features in an article in today’s Paisley Express talking about the exciting opportunities fan ownership will bring to the St.Mirren support whilst his fellow Millennium Champions team mates Barry McLaughlin and Steven McGarry are also signed up.

Steven isn’t the first Australian based buddie to have joined either, support has come from ex-pat buddies from all over the globe.

What happens next…….

The bid team will be sitting down on Monday morning to assess exactly what we have in terms of commitments to the Standard, 87Club and 1877 Non Exec membership categories, so if you still haven’t signed up you still have another couple of days to do so. Keep spreading the word to your fellow fans and get as many on board as possible.

Our online systems are there 24×7 to process new memberships. Simply join online at;


Shortly after that the team will be meeting up with the selling consortium and present our bid. We will communicate developments on progress as soon as we have something to report.

Your continued help and support is always very much appreciated.

Gordon Scott, on behalf of the10000Hours Team


Renfrewshire Council is set to honour service people who have died for their country in wars since 1945 by revealing a memorial stone at council HQ in Paisley.

The monument will commemorate the 22 armed conflicts which the UK has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.

The plans came about after the council was approached by the Royal British Legion, which is donating the stone in conjunction with Co-operative Funeralcare.

Although there are various existing war memorials throughout Renfrewshire, these are designed to remember the First and Second World Wars only.

The new stone will sit within the existing memorial garden at Renfrewshire House in Cotton Street, will be almost one metre wide, and will have rose bushes planted on either side. It is expected the stone will be formally unveiled in September.

The other groups who have contributed to the purchase of the stone are the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Engineer Association Paisley Branch, McLaughlan Glaziers and Barclays Bank

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The wars in which people have ultimate sacrifice in the name of their country should never be forgotten.

“While those who fell in the two world wars are commemorated elsewhere, this monument will ensure the conflicts which have taken place since then will also be remembered.

“We are grateful to the Royal British Legion, Co-operative Funeralcare and all the others who have contributed to this project, for everything they have done to make this possible.”

“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition, and the council, the armed forces and the community have strengthened that link in recent years.

“We’ve seen Renfrewshire’s participation in Armed Forces Day, the granting of the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the introduction of a children’s remembrance service, and the signing of a community covenant which provides mutual support between the civilian and armed forces communities.

“This new venture is a continuation of that connection, and is further evidence of its strength.”