Be Silent or Be Killed

Be Silent or Be Killed. A terrifying true story brought to life on stage.

Moray based theatre company Right Lines Productions, in association with Eden Court, Inverness, will be visiting Paisley Arts Centre with their powerful new play on May 22. Be Silent or Be Killed, by Euan Martin and Dave Smith is based on the book of the same name by North-East businessman Roger Hunt and Kenny Kemp.

40 hours under siege in Mumbai hidden and alone. What would you do? Be Silent or Be Killed concerns the impact of international terrorism on the individual and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

be-silent-or-be-killedIn November 2008, Roger set off from his home in Macduff destined for Mumbai, to set up a new project for the Royal Bank of Scotland in India’s financial capital. However, little did Roger know that this routine business trip would turn into an extraordinary, life-changing experience.

Shortly after his arrival in Mumbai, Roger became caught up in a deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of many innocent people. For 40 hours, Roger lay hidden and alone in his hotel bedroom as terrorists moved from floor to floor seeking Western targets. Amazingly, he was able to communicate via his Blackberry phone with colleagues at RBS headquarters in Edinburgh, and it was this support, along with Roger’s calculated decision-making, personal resilience and determination to survive that lead to his eventual rescue. The fourth anniversary of his ordeal was in November 2012.

The highly talented Scottish cast are James Mackenzie (who plays Roger), Helen Mackay (Irene) and Euan Donald (Chris). The play is directed by highly acclaimed creative artist Ian Grieve.

Be Silent or Be Killed is a multi-media project, with both audio and visual aspects forming an integral part of the production from the outset; recreating an evening of dramatic theatre you can’t afford to miss.

Be Silent or Be Killed will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Wed 22 May, 7.30pm. 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 Be Silent or Be Killed is suitable for ages 14+ and contains some strong language, disturbing images and loud noises.

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Paisley Food Bank
Trussell Trust Foodbanks work in partnership with other agencies to help people in times of crisis. These agencies (listed below) issue the vouchers to those they deem to be in greatest need. This way the Trussell Trust can manage their supplies and ensure that those in genuine need are reached.

Trussell Trust Foodbanks are about dealing with the root cause of food crisis. Along with the professional agencies, they need to be sure that the client is engaging with all services which can tackle the individual root cause, whether it is benefit delay, debt, budget issues, homelessness etc.

food-bank-paisleyExternal agencies holding vouchers include

  • Social Work Dept
  • All housing and homeless services (council)
  • Housing Associations
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Advice Works
  • Addiction services
  • CPNs

If you are in food crisis you should speak to any one of these agencies who works with you. If you do not have access to such agencies and need food, you can contact Roslyn McVeigh (foodbank manager) directly on 0141 889 7999 and she can direct you to a suitable agency to obtain the voucher.

Food parcels cannot be given without a voucher.

Once you have a voucher we are open from 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 31 Broomlands St Paisley PA1 2NG OR at Johnstone High Parish Halls, Quarry St Johnstone on Wednesday 10:00am-Mid-day

Anyone wishing to donate food can drop it off at the warehouse at Unit 12 Abercorn Ind Estate PA3 4AT. Its open for food donation on Monday and Friday 10:00 am -mid-day and again Thursday 6:00-7:00pm. For enquiries please contact: 0141 889 7999

paisley patter

Paisley Patter are looking for anyone willing to volunteer their time for the fabulous Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition at Paisley’s Anchor Mill (The Atrium), Thread Street.

We need people who could cover the following shifts:

Wednesday (1st), Thursday (2nd) or Friday (3rd May), 5pm-8pm.  There will be one other volunteer with you so you are not alone.

Sunday 5th May, 1pm – help with dismantling the tapestry and loading it into Arran’s van – some lifting of boxes etc required, (I’m a girl and I managed to do it so no wimping out!)

It’s a fantastic way to get involved in your community and meet new people.

The tapestry is world-famous so having it here in Paisley is a great thing for our town.

Paisley Patter is a project which involves the stitching of the Paisley Panel of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, also the gathering of stories from anyone who has one to tell about Paisley in the 1930s. We meet 1-3pm Wednesdays and Saturdays and you would be made most welcome at any of our meetings. This week’s meetings are at Anchor Mill, Thread Street and after that we meet at the Thread Mill, Seedhill Road.

Contact for details on any of the above which interests you.

paisley abbey flower festival

Paisley Abbey 850 Flower and Fabric Festival

Abbey’s 850 anniversary Flower and Fabric Festival which is taking place in the Abbey from Thursday 9 May, – Saturday 11 May from 10am to 4pm each day. On display will be hangings made over the last 18 months by the Abbey Stitcher’s and these will be complimented by floral art displays. The Accord Hospice art exhibition will be on during that time, too, so there should be something for everyone.

9,10 and 11 May 2013Tickets £5 from the Abbey shop or at the door

Tea and Coffee available

Open from 10 am till 4pm

Find out more about Paisley Abbey here



the single kettle

Meet the new-look Singing Kettle cast for new show, Rumble in the Jungle.

Anya Scott-Rogers has recently been unveiled as the brand new cast member of the Singing Kettle, joining existing members Gary Coupland and Kevin Macleod just in time for the Singing Kettle’s next show-stopping adventure, deep into the jungle!

Stopping off at Paisley on their busy tour of Scotland, the Singing Kettle will bring their new show, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ to the Town Hall stage on Sunday 12 May. With the new characters leading the way, young audiences will follow the jungle beat on a quest for magical coloured kettles and find clues for songs that will captivate and enthral mums & dads as well as the kids! Bozo the dog will also take to the stage, causing mischief and mayhem with all his monkeying around.

Be part of the action by coming along dressed as your favourite wild animal and join in the fun with Singing Kettle friends both old and new on this wonderful safari adventure.

The Singing Kettle, Rumble in the Jungle show will take place at Paisley Town Hall on 12 May at 1pm and again at 3.30pm. Ticket prices vary, please call the Box Office for more information and to book, or visit

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Glasgow Airport adds Turkish North Cyprus to summer schedule

Glasgow Airport is to further strengthen its 2013 summer schedule with the addition of Cyprus Premier Holidays to its long list of airlines and tour operators.

The UK-based company will operate direct flights to Turkish North Cyprus during the coming summer season with a view to introducing a full summer service in 2014.

The inaugural flight will take-off on Thursday 20 June and there will be a weekly service thereafter until the end of July. It is the first time Cyprus Premier Holidays will have operated from Glasgow and it will offer holidaymakers the opportunity to experience the delights of the Mediterranean island which was ranked in the Rough Guide’s top 10 of places to visit in 2013.

The long established specialist tour operator to Turkish North Cyprus will offer a range of three star and luxury five star accommodation within the coastal towns of Famagusta and Kyrenia, both of which boast tranquil settings and stunning scenery.

Cyprus Premier Holidays

Francois Bourienne, commercial director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This will be the first time in seven years Glasgow Airport will have served Turkish North Cyprus which is often described as the Mediterranean’s hidden gem. It is yet another welcome addition to our summer schedule and we’re looking forward to working with Cyprus Premier Holidays to ensure the success of what I am sure will prove a popular route.”

Kemal Kenan, General Manager at Cyprus Premier Holidays, added: “We have worked very hard to bring the best of North Cyprus to Scotland and our experienced sales team together with our partners are ready to serve the people of Scotland in choosing the right holiday for them.”

Cyprus Premier holidays to Turkish North Cyprus are currently available to book via Barrhead Travel in Scotland.

Turkish North Cyprus is not part of the European Union. As the official currency is the Turkish Lira, pricing is in line with the excellent value resorts on the Turkish mainland which prove popular year-after-year with Scottish holidaymakers.

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Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition Launch Photographs

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is exhibited in the atrium of Anchor Mill, Thread Street, Paisley from 27th April-4th May 2013, weekdays from 2pm-8pm and weekends from 11am-4pm. Free entry.

The exhibition was opened by Paisley MSP George Adam, all photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Brian McGuire.

You can also find a lot more information about Paisley Patter by visiting and also the Paisley Development Trust by visiting

Paisley (BattleTap) poster

Paisley Development Trust in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum Present

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition (Please note this event has already happened in 2013)

The home of the thread industry in Scotland is on the map once again as the Atrium in the Anchor Finishing Mill (Anchor Mill) plays host to the world famous

Paisley (BattleTap) posterBattle of Prestonpans Tapestry 

Next week, from 27 April to 4 May, this amazing artwork and heritage resource which has been touring all over Europe, will be on display from 2 pm till 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 11 am till 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE (although donations to support the Prestonpans Tapestry and the Thread Mill Museum will be very welcome).

The Tapestry exhibition is part of Paisley Patter, an intergenerational project from the Paisley Development Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery (All Our Stories) being delivered in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum and the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Bringing the famous Tapestry to Paisley was the ambition of two of the founding members of the Thread Mill Museum, Eleanor McAllister and Ellen Farmer – both of whom have sadly passed away within a month of each other. The Paisley Development Trust is determined to ensure the project goes ahead exactly as they had planned.

“PDT is proud to be supporting the Thread Mill Museum at this difficult time” said Piero Pierachini, Chair, Paisley Development Trust.

The Paisley Patter Project is designed to bring the Museum to life as local “stitchers” (volunteers with some embroidery skills or with an interest in learning them) gather each Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (1 pm till 4 pm) to complete our very own panel: the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry

The group meets in the Thread Mill Museum to share stories and memories of Paisley between the Wars that are then translated into images for the Tapestry. Anyone who is interested, who has family stories or memories of the 1930s or who is young and would like to learn about Paisley’s history from those who lived through it, is very welcome to come along and join us.

For further information about the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition, the Paisley Patter Project or to get involved contact: Marie Connolly on 07743 166098.

Click here for the tour dates poster. (PDF)


RWH1697 seek volunteers for our shop unit which will be opening in the next month,

Volunteers can participate in a number of activities including costume making, talking to the general public about the history of the Renfrewshire Witches Story and Selling RWH1697 Crafts and Merchandise,

The Shop is number Unit 17 and is based on the top floor of the Paisley Shopping Centre,

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the shop unit please contact Dale Irvine, Shop Manager at who will gladly assist you,”


Glasgow Airport puts health & safety in the frame

Glasgow Airport is putting health & safety firmly in the frame with the launch of a new initiative which will highlight the importance of maintaining a safe working environment.

As part of its Safety First campaign, Glasgow Airport’s assurance team has produced a DVD which demonstrates the very real risks of ignoring potential hazards. The DVD will be rolled out to the 4,500 people who currently work on the airport campus and will encourage staff to challenge or report anything they believe to be unsafe.

The Safety First campaign is the latest in a long line of initiatives undertaken by the airport which has received a host of awards for its excellent health & safety performance. In 2012, it received a Healthy Working Lives Gold Award, an International Safety Award, and a Gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Gillies Crichton, head of assurance at Glasgow Airport, said: “The health and safety of our customers and staff has always been our number one priority and whilst we are extremely proud of our track record in safety, it is important we do not rest on our laurels. We have a well framed and well managed health and safety policy which has improved performance levels across the business and our Safety First campaign will help us to build on this.

“We want everyone who visits or works at the airport to be safe. Not only will our DVD promote good working practices, it will hopefully embed a safety culture whereby every member of staff has the confidence to take preventative action and reduce the risk of accidents.”

George Adam MSP for Paisley added: “Glasgow Airport continues to be a beacon for best practice.  I think most people in Renfrewshire are aware of the way those employed by the airport go about their business, in the most professional way.  This new safety campaign continues the good work that has won the airport so many safety awards over the years.”

renfrew town hall

Music for a spring evening

Venue: Renfrew Town Hall

Date/Time: 27th April 2013

Event Price: £12.50/£10

Event Information: Featuring Thomas Walker (Tenor) with guests Fiona Menzies (Piano) and Gwen Mairi Yorke (Clarsach/Harp). Also appearing will be Starlight Music Youth Theatre.

An evening featuring well known classics from the world of song and opera set in the fantastic surroundings of the refurbished Renfrew Town Hall.

ordered by emailing or by calling 07456 197214. Tickets can also be paid for using Paypal, cheque or cash.

The event is promoted by Renfrew & Gallowhill SNP.

Paisley Abbey

Eternal Light  –  The Concert                                                                      

On 15 May this year, in Paisley Abbey, Bearsden Choir will be joined by Chorus Niagara to perform two wonderful choral works.  The first is a traditional mass, composed as a celebration for the life of a loved one and the second, a requiem, written, not for the dead, but for those who are left to grieve.

The concert, Eternal Light, will benefit Poppyscotland and the Royal Canadian Legion. Please, read on and discover how various, disparate elements have combined to make this a very special event.

Beethoven wrote his Mass in C major in 1807, as a commission for Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy ll, to celebrate the birth date of his wife Princess Maria.  It is one of the least often performed of Beethoven’s larger works yet it has been described as, “a long-underrated masterpiece.”

Howard Goodall – Eternal Light: A Requiem. Many composers have written a requiem, a mass for the dead, in which they offer prayers of deliverance for the souls of the departed. Eternal Light looks at death from a different perspective. It reflects upon the agony and the emptiness which accompany the loss of a loved one and the desolation and despair that must be endured by those who are left to mourn. Premiered on Armistice Day 2008, Goodall has skilfully woven the words of the Latin Mass with poems in English to create, “a breathtakingly beautiful piece of music. “

One of these poems,” In Flanders Fields,” was written by a Canadian military doctor, John McCrae, who was born in Guelph, Ontario, only 60 miles from St Catharines – the home of Chorus Niagara.


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Eternal Light – Remembrance

Canada and Scotland have enjoyed a close – knit and staunch association for centuries.
Culture, education, business are but a few of the links which bind us together. Sadly, however, over the years, history has seen fit to forge and temper one particularly sombre yet wholly inspiring alliance, military service in time of war. Generations of men and women, Canadian and Scot, have served, fought and died side by side. South Africa, two World Wars, Korea and countless other actions have exacted their toll. Even now the harrowing spectre of Afghanistan continues to haunt both nations.

The Spanish author, C R Zafon wrote, “As long as we are being remembered we remain alive.”  Remembrance is a ceremony more commonly observed on a cold, crisp Sunday morning in November. This concert will, we hope, be performed on a warm spring evening in May and I am sure that you will agree that Remembrance should not be consigned to the bleak mid winter but that it should be ever present and eternal.

On 15 May, while poppies bloom in Flanders, choirs from Canada and Scotland will join together to sing and to remember ever mindful of the significance of the Poppy. There will be a collection in aid of Poppyscotland and The Royal Canadian Legion.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to welcoming you to our concert

Eternal Light  –  Why the Poppy ?

The winter of 1914/15, the first of the Great War, had been bitterly cold, the French countryside lay lifeless, ravaged by fierce and bloody fighting – it seemed as if the very soul of the soil had been laid bare. Yet, as if to make amends for this bitter winter of war, the spring of 1915 was the harbinger of cloudless skies and glorious sunshine. Indeed, it is said that, early in the morning, it was possible to hear birdsong in the stillness ‘twixt salvo and shell-burst.

Europe was in the grip of war yet, the warm spring weather together with the broken earth would  help create a magnum opus of the 20th Century – the Poppy, the image  that was to become the single most eloquent, most enduring indeed, eternal, symbol of Remembrance. Though its colour is redolent of blood and suffering, the Poppy’s dogged determination to flower was seen as a symbol of hope and regeneration.

Poppy seeds will lie dormant in the ground for years, germinating only when the soil is disturbed. Farmyard, field and forest, scarred and devastated by the folly of man, afforded just such “disturbance.” The madness of war would encourage the propagation of this tiny flower.  The pitiless pock-marked wasteland of the Western Front, the cemeteries, the countless solitary graves, together, would provide a fertile birthplace. Sun, soil and, paradoxically, war, would help awaken the slumbering seeds. Poppies would bloom, be blown and, perhaps, offer a flicker of hope to soldiers, cast adrift in an ungodly, desolate landscape.

The sight of these delicate, vibrant red flowers growing on the shattered war torn ground caught the attention of one particular soldier – Major John McCrae, MD Canadian Army. The grandson of Scottish immigrants, he was one of the most highly respected Canadian physicians of his generation and he was also a poet.

On May 3, 1915, McCrae presided over the funeral of fellow Canadian soldier, 22 year old, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer who was from Ottawa. Helmer, a friend and a former student of McCrae, had been killed by shellfire the previous day.  During the burial service McCrae noticed how Poppies appeared to flourish in the broken soils of the battlefield and how like tiny crimson sentinels, they stood watch over the graves of the fallen. The death of his friend and the image of the Poppy moved McCrae to compose some of the most memorable lines of war poetry ever written – “In Flanders Fields”

This short, poignant poem would enshrine the Poppy as the unique symbol of Remembrance. The delicate, blood red flame would never be extinguished. John McRae had pressed the petals between the pages of history and entrusted the Poppy to Eternal Light.

John Wilson
Bearsden Choir