Zaction Man’s wishes come true thanks to Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport has helped a young boy who suffers from rare genetic condition live out some of his wishes.

Zac Borland from Cumbernauld, or ‘Zaction Man’ as he has become known among staff at the airport due to the items on his wishlist, is on a strict programme of medication but was able to forget his troubles during a day of fun with his family.

Asked what he would like to do most, Zac’s responses included: fly in an aircraft, put out a real fire with some firemen, and dash round Hamley’s toy store.

He and his family – mum Trudi, dad Ronnie and sisters Kim and Jenny – were collected from their home by in a chauffeur-driven limousine. At this stage Zac had no idea what was in store.

They were driven to Glasgow Airport where they were taken out on the airfield by the fire service. Zac and his sisters got behind the wheel of the airport’s new ‘Panther’ fire appliances and doused a real fire with the powerful hose.

The family then had lunch at Frankie and Benny’s before heading into Glasgow where Zac, Kim and Jenny dashed round Hamley’s, grabbing whatever they wanted.

After the excitement had died down, mum Trudi said: “It was amazing. Zac went into school the next day and one of the teachers asked him about it. His answer was something along the lines of ‘there are no words to describe it’.

“He absolutely loved being out with the fire crew and he has not stopped talking about it. His prized possession is the helmet they gave him. The girls loved it too.

“The whole day was fantastic from start to finish and although Zac was quite shy to start with, his smile got bigger and bigger as the day went on. It was lovely to see him just being a wee boy having fun, without having to worry about his condition.

“We would like to thank everyone, including those behind the scenes, who made this possible as it made our family feel so special.”

Unfortunately Zac was unable to fly on an aircraft due to unfavourable weather conditions, but is set to return in 2013 to fulfil this particular wish.

Flybe has also gifted the family, who have never flown before, complimentary flights to any of their UK destinations in 2013.

Trudi added: “Zac is so looking forward to that as well. The first thing he tells everyone is ‘I’m going to have a flying lesson’ and he has started to wind up one of his friends, who wants to be a pilot.”

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Penny Lane Homes

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Councillor Mike Holmes checks out Renfrewshire's Looking Local page.

Get up-to-date council news…through your telly

Renfrewshire residents can now keep up with the latest updates from their council this winter – through their TV!

People can log on to the Renfrewshire page of Looking Local – an information service which is free to view for Sky and Virgin TV customers.

Councillor Mike Holmes checks out Renfrewshire's Looking Local page.Renfrewshire Council will update its Looking Local pages throughout the winter months with news of any services affected by the weather.

This could involve updates on road gritting, changes to bin collections, warnings over severe weather, or notice of closures to schools or other public buildings.

Renfrewshire’s Looking Local microsite has been active since September, and already features information on and contact details for all major council services.

It also lets users report problems such as road faults and litter directly to the council, and access national services like NHS information and Jobcentre Plus vacancies.

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader Michael Holmes said: “Local residents can get information from the council in a number of ways, such as our website at and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“But research shows there is a large number of people out there who have Sky, Virgin or an-internet-connected Freeview box, but do not have access to the internet through a computer or smartphone.

“These people can use Looking Local to keep in touch with the council from the comfort of their own couch – and this is particularly important through the winter months when people need up-to-date information about vital services.”

To access Looking Local through Sky TV, residents should go to the Community Channel (channel 539) and press the red button.

To do so through Virgin, users should press the News button, then choose Interactive, then select ‘News & Info’ and then ‘Looking Local’.

From there, they can follow the instructions to find the Renfrewshire microsite, or they can use the quickcode 788 to get there directly.

Residents can also access Looking Local through Nintendo Wii, PC or web-enabled mobile phone by going to

The council’s customer contact centre can be reached on 0300 300 0300.

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Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.

Santa visits St Vincent’s patients

Patients at St Vincent’s Hospice are in for a real treat on Friday 21st December when Santa is due to visit, followed by Christmas lunch and a pantomime performed by staff and volunteers.

Day Hospice patient Eric Burns, from Johnstone, said “I feel like a school kid again; I’m all excited because I know Santa is coming.”

st-vincents-hospiceJohn Hair of Johnstone, who also uses Day Hospice services, said “I get picked up by the hospice, brought in and taken home at the end of the day and I couldn’t make it here unless that was the case.”

“I was sent to St Vincent’s Hospice for my breathing; to learn to breathe again. I enjoy it because it’s not a big clinic, it’s welcoming and there is always somebody to listen to you. We get exercises to do and I feel I’ve really improved since coming.”

It costs £5,000 per day to run services at St Vincent’s Hospice. Specialist care is provided to all those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses; hospice teams support the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones.

Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “Christmas is such an emotional time for many people; the care provided here offers a real lifeline to local families who may find it difficult coping with illness at this time.”

“The generosity of our local community is greatly valued at this critical time, our supporters are very special people and we need their continued help to maintain the care we are providing for all our patients and their families.”

To donate to St Vincent’s Hospice visit or call 01505 705635 for debit/credit card donations.

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Lunch with Santa in the Barn Tearoom

This year’s Lunch with Santa which took place on Sunday 16th December, was another successful day with 20 children from age 2 years – 7 years attending. A great day was had by all enjoying an afternoon of singing, dancing and games.

We raised a fantastic £158.00 and are looking forward to it all again next year.

Flo Ferguson from the Barn Tearoom front of house team said “It was a great afternoon and all the children enjoyed spending it with Santa. Santa did a great job, well done Santa!”



New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

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Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with was a no brainer! has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website or via Facebook

Gaelic Christmas in Paisley

Photographs from Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church, Paisley of the Gaelic Christmas in Paisley with Alison Buchanan. were on hand to take photos of the festive celebrations as Alison recited the traditional carols and brought a Gaelic sparkle to Christmas.

All Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for You can find more about Alex and his photographs on

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The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival which aims to showcase Gaelic language and culture to the wider world, through music, dance, drama, art and literature.

The first Mòd was held in 1892 in Oban and since then, it has traveled to many places throughout Scotland. Next year in Paisley, we will be celebrating the 110th Royal National Mòd!

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Provost teams up with Paralympian Aileen

Renfrewshire’s Provost teamed up with Paralympic medal-winning heroine Aileen McGlynn to help honour the area’s grassroots sporting champions.

Provost Anne Hall was at the Renfrewshire Sports Network Awards in Paisley Town Hall where she gave a speech in honour of Aileen.

Paralympian Aileen mcglynnThe Paisley-born cyclist – who was given an OBE in 2009 – is partially-sighted but rides in tandem with a fully-sighted pilot.

She picked up a silver medal in the summer to add to the three gold and one silver won at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics.

Provost Hall gave a short speech congratulating Aileen, who used to train with the Johnstone Wheelers club, while also praising her fellow Renfrewshire-connected Olympians and Paralympians

They are Emily Maguire, of Paisley, who won bronze in London as part of Team GB’s ladies’ hockey team, and 16-year-old Paralympic swimmer Andrew Mullen, who started out at the local REN96 club, and who qualified for three finals in the pool.

Provost Hall said: “The achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians this summer were so inspiring to watch.

“It was great to meet Aileen in person to hear her talk about her fantastic list of achievements over the years.

“There was a lot of talk during this summer of sport about legacy, and that’s what organisations like Renfrewshire Sports Network are there to build.

“The ultimate success of the London Olympics and Paralympics will be judged on how many of our young people are taking part in sport and living healthy lives.”

Aileen, 39, handed out awards to local sportspeople as the guest of honour at the town hall event.

Renfrewshire Sports Network offers representation and support to a range of sports clubs. A total of £5,800 was given out on the night to help aid local competitors.

John Rodger, chair of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “It was the first time we have held an event like this, but the Provost wanted to do something to help us mark the Olympic year and the achievements of our sporting champions.

“It was a great night and was really successful. We plan to do a lower-key version again next year.”

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£500k cash boost to help restore fountain

A historic Paisley landmark is set to be returned to its former glory thanks to a lottery cash boost of more than half a million pounds.

The money will go towards the restoration of the Grand Fountain – the centrepiece of Paisley’s Fountain Gardens park.

The eight-metre-tall Category A-listed monument is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest remaining fountains.

The project to restore it is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded a grant of £527,100.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, has welcomed the news

He said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This money will go a long way towards ensuring this link with Paisley’s rich industrial past will be kept alive for future generations to enjoy.

“The project will also provide a community benefit, in that local volunteers and tradespeople will be encouraged to learn more about the traditional skills needed to restore and maintain the fountain.

“The community have already been involved in the efforts to secure this funding and it is great to see their hard work rewarded.”

The fountain dates back to 1868, having been gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats of Ferguslie, joint-owner of the once-massive J&P Coats textile firm.

It still stands as a proud reminder of the town’s rich industrial heritage but is currently fenced off for safety.

The work will restore the cast-iron fountain’s surfaces and decorative detail as well its original colour scheme.

The council is still awaiting the outcome of an application for funding to Historic Scotland.

If successful, this will be added to the Heritage Lottery money and council funding to meet the full £660,000 cost of the project.

Fountain Gardens – recognised as Paisley’s oldest public garden – were created in 1797 by John Love, a local textile manufacturer after whom the adjoining Love Street was named.

Thomas Coats bought the park in 1866 and redesigned the open space before gifting it to the townspeople two years later.