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THE ORCHESTRA OF SCOTTISH OPERA

PAISLEY ABBEY

SATURDAY 19 JANUARY AT 7.30PM

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MENDELSSOHN Overture: The Hebrides
Op.26 (“Fingal’s Cave”)

RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano

FRANCK Symphony in D minor

Conductor Francesco Corti

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Tickets: £13/£10 (concession)

from the Abbey Shop (Mon-Sat 10am-3.30pm). Booking fee £1 per ticket.
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Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) Box Office
100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3D or phone: 0141 332 5057
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Book online:scottishopera.org.uk

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Schools issue pupil registration reminder to Renfrewshire parents

Parents of Renfrewshire kids due to start school in 2013 are being issued a reminder to register next week.

Arrangements have been made in Renfrewshire schools to register all children who reach five years of age between 1 March 2013 and 28 February 2014.

Pupils whose surnames begin with the initials A-L should be registered at their catchment school on Wednesday 16 January.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Pupils with surnames starting M-Z should be registered on Thursday 17 January. On both dates, registration will take place between 1 and 3pm.

Parents are required to produce their child’s birth certificate and two proofs of residence.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convenor of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “Sending your little one to school is always a big moment, so it’s worth getting things off on the right foot by registering correctly.

“Registration with your catchment school is a fairly simple process so please make sure you go along on the right date and have all the necessary documentation.”

Parents wishing their child to attend a school outwith their catchment area need to make a placing request. Placing request forms are available from catchment schools upon registration.

For more information on school registration, call 0300 300 0170 or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Paisley Hillwalking Club

22 January 2013,
Raffertys Bar meet and greet night. Our first meeting of the year and a great chance to get involved.

Sunday 3rd Feb,

First Hillwalk of the new year; GLEN DOUGLAS-INVERBEG INN, a trip up over or round the Luss hills.

Beginners are always welcome.

www.paisleyhillwalkingclub.org.uk , Book a place through the Bus Convenor, Brenda Lawson, call on 07968 240975
or email at busbookings@paisleyhillwalkingclub.org.uk on or before the previous Wednesday evening.


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All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, McGill’s, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

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Have your say on vision of the future

Renfrewshire residents are being encouraged to have their say on the masterplan for how the area’s land can be used over the next five years.

A draft version of Renfrewshire’s Local Development Plan is being published for public consultation for six weeks as of Monday 14 January.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1The local plan is the key blueprint used to help guide council planning decisions.

It sets out the different purposes designated for each section of land in the area; for example, retail, residential or office use.

Copies of the plan will be available for public viewing until Monday 25 February at council HQ, at all local libraries, and online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Board, said: “The local plan is a hugely-important piece of work, as it lays down guidelines for councillors to consider in any future planning decisions.

“Our aim is to make the area a more attractive place to live, do business and visit, with land assigned in the right places to take account of all of the above.

“The publishing of the proposed plan gives residents and businesses a chance to look at how the plans will affect them.

“All feedback we receive will be taken into account before the final version is published and I would encourage all interested parties to have a look at the plan.”

For the first time, those who own property next to sites which the plan earmarks for new development will be directly notified by the council.

Notifications are being sent to community councils and other local organisations and individuals who took part in the development of the draft.

The publishing of the plan is the culmination of months of work for council planning officials, who have been working on the contents since 2011.

Once all comments have been received and considered, the final version of the plan will be drafted.

The plan will only be fully approved after a final period of consultation and a review of any objections to its proposals is conducted by the Scottish Government.

Members of the public with any comments or questions can get in touch by emailing localplanconsultation@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or by calling 0300 300 0144.

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A New Year, a New Start….

Renfrewshire Chamber is offering local businesses a great start to 2013 with 25% off membership ‘til the end of January. The Paisley based Chamber is almost 600 members in size and has won several awards in the last year including:

  • Investors in People Silver
  • UK Chamber of the Year Runner up 2012 ( & 2011)
  • Renfrewshire Council Quality Awards finalist 2012

Commenting on the opportunity, Chamber chief executive Bob Davidson said “our January offer is always very popular, allowing businesses of all sizes and sectors the chance to join the areas main business organisation and save money”.

The Chamber provides companies with access to a wide range of products & services designed to help them grow & prosper, including:

  • Networking events – lunches, forums, business breakfasts & seminars
  • Marketing channels – magazine, eNews, app, website & social media
  • Chamber HR & Legal, Health, Finance and Merchant Services
  • The ROCCOs – annual business awards
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Export Documentation
  • Business Mentoring
  • Graduate Recruitment Incentive

New members also get to attend their 1st networking lunch for free. To take advantage of this offer please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com or call Bob Grant, Membership Manager on  0141 847 5455

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The Firehouse Paisley Reunion

The Firehouse has been closed for ten years now but this doesn’t stop the attendees (50+) remembering what it meant to us.

Everyone from myself (I own www.xblgamerhub.com) to Gordon McRory, who become the drummer for the Fratellis to Cheryl Galbraith who was a Cast Coordinator for the olympics and paralympics attended the Firehouse.

We are now all late 20’s early 30’s and it is very inspiring to see that it has had success stories across the board.

The Bungalow Bar, Paisley
Sunday 6th of January 8pm onwards