1984

See George Orwell’s dystopian novel brought to life on the stage at Paisley Arts Centre.

Coming to Paisley Arts Centre on April 19, Sell a Door Theatre Company are back with their interpretation of George Orwell’s famous political science fiction novel, 1984.

Adapted by playwright and director Matthew Dunster, 1984 follows Winston Smith and the people of Oceania, who are tyrannised by the Party and their totalitarian rule. Employed by the Outer Party, Winston rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he’s handed a note that simply says ‘I love you’ by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in search of the real truth.

In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the ‘proles’ ignorant by content, where war without end is always fought and Big Brother is always watching; can Winston possibly hold on to what he feels inside?

1984 will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 19 April, 7.30pm. Suitable for ages 10 +. Tickets to the show cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on 1984, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

Yesterday in parliament St Mirren Football Club were congratulated on their winning of the Scottish Communities League Cup.  In a question raised at Holyrood, Paisley’s MSP questioned Nicola Sturgeon about the benefits of football teams that take pride in being part of their local community and give something back.  St Mirren have been long involved in community projects around Paisley and Renfrewshire, including Street Stuff where young people are encouraged to take part in sport and has seen a dramatic drop in levels of disruptive behaviour.

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Speaking on the Deputy First Ministers words, George said:

‘I was extremely pleased that Nicola offered her congratulations to St Mirren on winning the League Cup.  In fact it is particularly fitting that the cup has been branded the ‘Communities League Cup’ through sponsorship from the Scottish Government.  We all know that St Mirren are one of the best, if not the best football clubs in Scotland that integrates completely with their town.  They are always willing to help local groups and individuals out and take part in projects that benefit our community.

‘There is a serious sponsorship value associated with the government’s sponsorship of the cup to develop more programmes with clubs from around Scotland.  They will do well to have a look at our great team to get an idea of how a club can be a seamless part of the community – ‘One Town, One Team’.

Speaking from Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:

‘I take this opportunity, as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final.

‘Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

‘I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action’.

 

Extract from The Scottish Parliament Official Report

 Scottish Communities League Cup (Values)

5. George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government how successful this year’s Scottish communities league cup has been at promoting its values of respect, responsibility and tolerance. (S4O-01959)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon): It has been a great success. Our sponsorship of the Scottish communities league cup is a commitment to build on what is good about the game, taking the passion from the grass roots and communities and providing a positive message to the rest of football and indeed society. We have been working in partnership with the Scottish Football League, the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football Association and clubs to engage with communities and educate young people to understand the three pillars of the cup: respect, responsibility and tolerance.

George Adam: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the famous Paisley St Mirren recently won the Scottish communities league cup. Will the cabinet secretary agree with me that, on the day of the final, St Mirren and Hearts fans indeed promoted the values of the tournament? Will she note the amount of community involvement that St Mirren has sustained for so many years, including in the run-up to and after the final? In Paisley, we are lucky to have such a great community-based club. Does the minister agree that sports clubs such as St Mirren, engaging with their local communities in that way, can only be positive for those communities?

The Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick): Mr Adam, you could not help yourself.

Nicola Sturgeon: As someone who supports another team that plays in black and white, I am sure that George Adam’s shirt and tie combination today is completely coincidental. I take this opportunity, however—as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final. 18321 27 MARCH 2013 18322

I agree on the rest of George Adam’s question. Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action.

 

Text taken from http://www.paisleysmsp.org/st-mirren-congratulated-by-deputy-first-minister/

ON-X Linwood

Plenty for kids this Easter break

Wondering what will keep the kids busy during the school holidays?

The answer might be a packed programme of sports and leisure activities from Renfrewshire Council.

The Active Renfrewshire team promise Commonwealth Games-themed activities, sports ‘taster’ sessions and outdoor activities such as fishing and cycling. Other less-sporty types might prefer the arts, dance and multimedia activities the StreetStuff team bring with them on the Youth Bus.

The team will be out and about across the towns and villages from 1-14 April.

ON-X Linwood

Details of where they will be and when are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or from the Youth & Sport Services Team on 0141 889 1110.

Sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, including the new On-X Linwood centre, will host Spring Activity Camps during the holidays. These highly-popular camps are available for four or five days and are designed around ‘early risers’ or ‘afternoon kidz’ to suit parents’ needs.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or on 0300 300 0250.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “With the weather being so bad lately, I’m sure the kids are raring to get outside and have some fun. But even if it stays as bad, we’ve got plenty going on, from the activity camps to the Youth Bus, which the weather won’t beat!

Benefits are changing day

Residents turn out for welfare reform info event

Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special event to spread the word over wide-ranging and controversial changes to the benefits system.

The council-run ‘Benefits are Changing Day’ was held at the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley to raise awareness of UK Government’s welfare reform programme.

These include changes to housing benefit – dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’ – which will see cuts in housing benefit for social housing tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.
Benefits are changing day
It is thought that the changes – due to come into effect on April 1 – will affect around 3,000 households in Renfrewshire.

Those affected will include council and housing association tenants, who could find themselves with less money to go towards their rent.

Visitors to Benefits are Changing Day were able to speak to a range of advisors about the help available to them.

Groups represented at the Tannahill Centre included the council’s housing, benefits and AdviceWorks teams, Renfrewshire Employability Partnership and Ferguslie Park Housing Association.

Councillor Michael Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s deputy leader and welfare reform spokesman, said: “The UK Government’s welfare reform agenda will take around £22 million out of the area’s economy.

“Many of the people worst-hit by these changes will be the ones who most need help, with more people at risk of being pushed into poverty and homelessness.

Benefits are changing day

“As the council is the body responsible for administering these benefits, we are doing everything we can to make people aware of the changes and what they should do.

“Renfrewshire Council has created a 45-strong team to support and advise local people about the changes, and to help them with financial issues.

“Events such as the Benefits are Changing Day are part of that process, and I was pleased to see so many people turn out to take advantage of the help on offer.”

For more information about the changes, tenants should call their landlord. Anyone wishing advice about housing benefit entitlement can call 0300 300 0204 for more information.

More information is available on the council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges

A Happy Easter to one and all from all of us at Historical Adventures.  While we may be on beak during the Easter term there will be plenty of activities to do once we return starting on Tuesday the 16th of April.  We have various after school drama classes on at selected schools which are Fordbank Primary (Junior’s class on a Tuesday), St Anthony’s Primary (Junior’s class on a Monday, Senior’s class on a historical adventuresWednesday) and Todholm Primary (Junior’s classes on a Tuesday and Thursday, Senior’s class on a Wednesday and Friday).  If you are a pupil who attends one of the schools in which we offer Drama Classes, please talk to your school teacher for information on joining.  Classes run from three pm until four pm and are only two pounds per session.

In addition to our after School programmes, our Youth Theatre  classes at Johnstone (St Aidan’s Church Hall, Tower Road, 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm) and at Foxbar (Foxbar Community Centre, Amochrie Road, 5.30 pm until 7.00 pm) are underway with their ‘Tam O’Shanter’ shows, bringing an adaption of the famous Rabbie Burn’s poem to life on stage.  Full of Tam’s antics, with ‘murky deil’s’ dancing and Horses ‘skelpitin’ on to safety, don’t make yourself feel ‘scunnered’ by missing this fantastic show.  Join in the fun and have ‘bonny’ smiling faces all around as we celebrate this timeless tale (dates to be announced).

For any more information please check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd  for all the very latest and up to date information concerning our Youth Theatre’s, School Programmes and other events.

Heritage project hailed as economic boost

A special project which will enhance access to one of the area’s best-loved parks has been hailed as a boost to the local economy.

The Semple Heritage Trail was officially launched earlier this month at an event attended by local dignitaries and pupils from nearby Lochwinnoch Primary.

The ambitious £880,000 project will see work at Castle Semple Country Park in Lochwinnoch to create ‘heritage destinations’ and conserve built and landscape features.

It will also improve biodiversity by creating wetland habitats and will see mobile cameras installed to allow the public to view the wildlife in the park.

The project – due to be completed by summer 2015 – will also create volunteer opportunities, as well as allowing up to 1,000 schoolchildren to take part in practical workshops.

Councillor Chris Gilmour, Chair of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Authority, said: “I was delighted to attend the launch of the Semple Trail Heritage Project.

“The lands at Castle Semple have a long history which will be brought to life by this project through conservation, interpretation and activity.

“We already welcome 350,000 visitors a year to the Castle Semple area.

“This project will deliver a better experience for those who already come and will hopefully entice many new visitors, with all the economic benefits that will bring.

“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has been involved in the delivery and funding of this hugely-worthwhile project.”

The Semple Trail Heritage Project is being delivered and part-funded by Renfrewshire Council, Clyde Muirshiel Park Authority and the South Renfrewshire Access Network Initiative group.

Funding has also been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Renfrewshire LEADER , the RSPB  and the SRDP Rural Priorities Woodlands in and around Town challenge fund, administered by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.

“With spring just around the corner, this fascinating and beautiful country park is now accessible to so many more people.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to have been part of this and I would urge everyone to visit, explore and enjoy the wonderful natural heritage of the Castle Semple estate.”

Find out more here.

Pupils’ tourism careers get off the ground thanks to Glasgow Airport

Scotland’s next generation is learning about career opportunities in one of the country’s largest and most important industry sectors thanks to Glasgow Airport.

A project which introduces young people to the opportunities available in the hospitality and tourism sectors is being paid for with £40,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The airport is also playing an active role in the delivery of the project and recently hosted an interactive session with pupils from Drumchapel High School, to demonstrate the wide range of jobs and career progression opportunities available at the airport.

The aim of the Skills for Sustainable Tourism project, which was devised by the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC), is to encourage these young people to move into education, training or employment in the tourism and hospitality sectors when they leave school.

With Glasgow Airport employing only around a tenth of the 4,500 workforce based on the airport campus, business partners World Duty Free also took part to give the pupils a retail perspective.

glasgow airport

Craig Martin, Glasgow Airport’s head of human resources, took part in the recent session with the children. He said: “This programme recognises the importance of tourism and hospitality in Scotland, and comes at exactly the right time with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming all taking place in 2014.

“These interactive sessions are a great way to inform these young people about the huge range of jobs and career progression opportunities that exist at Glasgow Airport and a range of other organisations. Hopefully some of the visitors will return to take up employment here in the future!”

As the goal is to enable the Drumchapel youngsters to learn about every aspect of the tourism and hospitality industries, and increase their awareness and opportunities, the airport visit is just one of several facilitated by SBC including Glasgow 2014, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental Hotels and Rabbie’s Tours.

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “It is great news that a prominent business like Glasgow Airport, which supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality both directly and indirectly, has chosen to fund this project in its entirety.

“During an economic downturn there is a greater risk that young people will leave school without employment, education or training, however we believe there are a significant number of opportunities available in tourism and hospitality which provide a route to both work and skills development.

“By funding and participating in this programme, Glasgow Airport has shown it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of Scotland’s tourism industry.”

Find out more here http://www.glasgowairport.com/

Paisley pub has licence suspended after ‘lock-in’

A Paisley pub has been shut down for two weeks after licensing chiefs heard of a series of alleged rule-breaches, including a 6am lock-in.

De Beers, of High Street, Paisley, had its licence suspended for two weeks as of Wednesday 27 March after Renfrewshire Licensing Board heard evidence from police.

Strathclyde Police Chief Superintendent Alan Speirs applied to the board for a review of the pub’s premise licence due to the alleged consumption of alcohol outwith permitted hours and other concerns over the management.

In his application, members were told of an incident at around 6am on Sunday 20 January where officers on duty noticed lights on in the pub.

Police alleged that, once inside, they found the premises manager asleep on a couch, and that he and two other staff were ‘significantly intoxicated’.

Police evidence says the pub was ‘littered with half-full glasses’ and that the staff were ‘evasive’, with one claiming they were having a ‘staff meeting’.

The board also heard of another incident two weeks later where the manager was allegedly found to be drunk behind the bar at 1.40am.

He and the two other staff members were the subject of reports to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to these two incidents.

Other incidents detailed in the police report included:

– a routine police inspection which uncovered traces of cocaine in the toilets;

– a 16-year-old who was allegedly caught with a pint of lager in his hand after wandering out of the pub;

– and a man who accepted a fixed-penalty fine for drinking in public after he was found outside the pub with a tall glass of alcohol.

Councillor Alex Murrin, chair of Renfrewshire Licensing Board, said: “The board will take such action as is necessary to make sure its licensing objectives are upheld.

“These include the prevention of crime and disorder, securing public safety, preventing public nuisance, and protecting and improving public health.

“Key to that is for premises to respect the terms of their licence, and that includes making sure they stick to the times they are permitted to be open to sell alcohol.

“While the board understands that the vast majority of pubs within Renfrewshire do operate responsibly, we hope this suspension will serve as a message that we will crack down on any who are found to have broken the rules.”

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Walkers invited to join Easter event

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to use their heads as part of an Easter Eggstravaganza outdoor event.

The council’s Youth and Sport Services has organised an Easter Bonnet walk on Paisley’s Gleniffer Braes on Wednesday 3 April.

Bonnets are not essential but prizes will be given out on the day for those with the most creative seasonal headgear.

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The walk – which will take in the lower reaches of the hills – should be suited to all levels of walkers, although suitable footwear should be worn.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sports, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Events like this can be a fun way to get out about and enjoy the health benefits, as well as being a good way to meet new people.

“I would encourage anybody who is free on the day to go along.”

The walk will start at 1pm at Glen Lodge Visitor Centre, Glenfield Road, Glenburn. For more information, call 0141 842 3000.

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Paisley Pirates win SNL Trophy

It’s been 20 years since the Pirates last won the league. In 3 seasons Coach Ian Turley has transformed a club that was left for dead by the previous management into Champions.

In the players and fans opinions this makes him a real local hero in their book. Here are some Paisley Photographs of the trophy being presented by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall.

Provost Anne Hall presenting the SNL Trophy to Team Captain John Churchill, flanked by Alternate Captains Chris Turley (on the left) and Mark Hassan (on the right)

Provost Anne Hall presenting the SNL Trophy to Team Captain John Churchill, flanked by Alternate Captains Chris Turley (on the left) and Mark Hassan (on the right)

The Paisley Pirates Team: Back Row - Ian Turley Jr, Gordon Nelson, Scott Blackwell. Richard Thorp, Martyn Guy, Rab Henderson, Ian Turley Sr  Middle - Chris Coles, Keith Riddoch  Front - Jackie Turley, Provost Anne Hall, Graham Park, Chris Wilson. Stuart McCaig, Warren Crawford, John Churchill. Chris Turley, Mark Hassan, Calum Blair.

The Paisley Pirates Team:
Back Row – Ian Turley Jr, Gordon Nelson, Scott Blackwell. Richard Thorp, Martyn Guy, Rab Henderson, Ian Turley Sr

Middle – Chris Coles, Keith Riddoch

Front – Jackie Turley, Provost Anne Hall, Graham Park, Chris Wilson. Stuart McCaig, Warren Crawford, John Churchill. Chris Turley, Mark Hassan, Calum Blair.

Team Captain John Churchill with Coach Ian Turley Jr

Team Captain John Churchill with Coach Ian Turley Jr
All images courtesy of paisleypirates.org please do not use the images without permission. Kind regards to Douglas Hepburn.

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Mod Phaislig 2013

The Royal National Mod will be running from Friday 11th October to Saturday 19th October.

This is the first time the prestigious festival has been held in Paisley and so to answer any questions or queries regarding the festival, the local organising committee of Mod Phaislig 2013 would like to invite you to come to an informal information event where you can have a cup of tea and find out more about the Mòd and what it means for Paisley.

This will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 27 March at
The Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

This event will give the committee a chance to outline plans for the Mòd and to take on board the opinions and ideas of those present. It will also give them an opportunity to let interested parties know how they can get involved in making Mòd Phàislig a great success.

To rsvp to the event email modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk

Young people choose Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people in Renfrewshire have cast their votes to select the area’s representatives in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Five young people from Renfrewshire were chosen by the votes of people aged between 12 and 25.

Compared to the last Scottish Youth Parliament election in 2011, the numbers of votes cast overall doubled in this election.

Fourteen candidates stood in this election.  The five successful MSYPs will represent Paisley, Renfrewshire South and Renfrewshire North and West.

“Behind the scenes, council staff worked with schools, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland to support the candidates.

The successful candidates were:
Paisley constituency – Denzel Darku and Emma Hendrie
Renfrewshire South constituency – Jordan Buchanan
Renfrewshire North and West constituency – Robyn McKay and Adam Ferns
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “There was a lot of support for the election process from Council staff, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland.

“The ideas expressed in schools and among young people in general were an indication that everyone was keen to get involved.

“After that it was down to the commitment and the ideas of the candidates themselves to convince voters.

“We’ve encouraged our young people to play their part in the democratic process, and we’re delighted with the turnout.

“The increase in voter turnout is clear evidence that the Scottish Youth Parliament is proving relevant to young people in Renfrewshire and that the Renfrewshire candidates made a real impression on voters.”

Scottish Youth Parliament  www.syp.org.uk