Kilbarchan Lilias Day 2013

The parade will leave Tandelhill Road at 1.30pm and proceed through the village to the steeple, then onwards to the public park.

The procession will arrive at approximately 2pm when Miss Lilias, this year played by Miss Iona MacLeod, will read the proclamation.


Over the course of the afternoon, a number of events will take place in the arena; there is a seven a side football match between Kilbarchan Primary and Bridge of Weir Primary. We have a dog show from 12 noon with prizes for different categories. There will be a
number of local organisations with stalls selling home baking, tombolas and raffles for great prizes in the park from 1.30pm. This year we are delighted to announce we have two arena event one is Quack Commandos display. This is a fun display where border collies will herd Indian Runner ducks. The other is Owl Magic who will give a performance show with Owls.

Lilias Day is a major fundraiser for all the organisations who take stalls in the park, they really do rely on the support of people from Kilbarchan and other local villages. We ask that you make Lilias Day a date for your diary and come along with your friends and family to support this local community event.

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St Mirren Youth Academy

Why not pop along and give your support to the St Mirren Youth teams who are playing at the Training Ground at Ralston this weekend.  Home fixtures are:


Sunday 2nd June  – St Mirren U15  v    Motherwell U15     kick off 1pm


St MirrenSt Mirren Youth Academy Golf Day

The big tee-off for this year’s St Mirren Youth Academy Golf Day will take place on Tuesday 2nd July at the Dundonald Links.  All proceeds from the day will go directly to the St Mirren Youth Academy to support the excellent work being done in producing Saints players of the future.
Each team of three that is entered will be joined by either a player, member of the coaching staff, a director or a celebrity fan to make up a four ball who will all be in place for a ‘Shotgun Start’ at 9:00am on the day.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Team, Nearest the Pin and Long Drive competitions.
Entry for each team of three is £450.


The day will start at 8:00am with coffee and bacon roll.  Then after the round of golf a three course lunch will be served at 1:30pm which will be followed by the presentation of prizes. There will be photo opportunities with the League Cup and you can also hear Danny Lennon’s thoughts for the forthcoming season.
Please note that there are limited team numbers so entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Teams will be drawn a week before the event.
To reserve your team\’s place please e-mail or for further information please click on the link at the bottom of this email.


St Mirren Youth Academy Auction

A number of players have donated their shirts and boots used during the season just ended to help raise funds for the Youth Development system.


Player worn mementos from the League Cup semi-final and final and the league campaign are up for grabs, so to be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of these prized possessions all you have to do is place a winning bid. The auction will run from now until 6/7th June.


Each of the items listed below are lots in the Youth Development Auction.


For all the terms and conditions, info on placing bids and keeping up with the latest bids please check out the Youth Development website by clicking here.


Happy bidding and good luck!


Season Tickets

2nd June is the last day for buying  discounted season tickets for the new season.

Ticket office is open as follows:


Thursday 30th May 10am – 2pm then 5pm – 6pm

Friday 31st May 10am – 5pm

Saturday  1st June  9am – 12 noon

Sunday 2nd June 11am – 1pm

Monday to Friday (June)  10am- 2pm


Alternatively buy at or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130or by email


St Mirren in the Community News


As the latest class in the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme comes to an end St Mirren in the Community are looking to set up an exit strategy programme that will give participants a support mechanism as they start to go it alone.


The highly successful FFIT programme has been up and running since late 2010 and has helped many fans get back on the road to fitness by helping them to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves.


It was felt by previous participants of the programme that when the course was over that they felt left in limbo in terms of future support. During the 12 weeks of the course the support the participants receive is invaluable so we are now looking to carry that over beyond the course to try and help everyone stay on the right road for a healthier and fitter life.


With this is mind St Mirren in the Community are looking to put together a class initially on a Monday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm (start date to be confirmed) at the St Mirren Airdome where participants can take part in physical activity which will be predominantly a Walk Football session. The current group who are just finishing their course are very keen for this to happen so we now want to reach out to all former FFIT participants and the general body of Saints fans who want to be involved.


To get an idea of how many people would be interested in this programme we would ask you to lodge your interest in joining this programme by sending an e-mail to Community Coach Brian Sproul with your details. We will follow this up with an open night where participants can register for the support programme.


At present we also have the ‘Jogging Buddies’ which is held at the stadium every Wedesday evening from 6:00pm. We have two groups of ‘Jogging Buddies’ – one for beginners and another for experienced runners. All welcome.

For more info or to register interest please contact Brian Sproul by e-mail:


Summer Camps

Our highly successful Camps will be running again this summer with a full 6 weeks of activity and a something for everybody at all levels. The camps will be operating at the New Indoor Dome at St Mirren Park , Our Youth Academy at Ralston and a weeks Camp at Lochwinnoch (Lochbarr ) during Week 3.


The hugely popular Advanced player camp along with our Goalkeeper camp will be running at our very own Youth Academy,  where perhaps your child could end up as a star of the future, so why not book early to avoid disappointment.

You can register for the Summer camp by following the link on the Official St Mirren website or email or by calling 0141 840 6125



St. Mirren Airdome

The new St. Mirren Airdome is a multi-purpose indoor venue suitable, with a synthetic all weather astroturf surface. It is suitable for a variety of sports and can comfortably accommodate different user groups. The dome is available for hire for birthday parties, sports events, club training and small-sided matches.


For booking or enquires please contact:

David Mackay: 07809 341 876


Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693



St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131

Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome

Wednesdays: Goalkeeping Development Centre  4-5pm (5-12 years)


3-5 years: 9-10am

5-7 years: 10-11am

8-12 years: 11am-12pm


3-5 years: 10-11am

6-12 years: 11am-12pm

Additional Support Needs: 12pm-1pm

£4 per session. Pay on the day. 1st session is free.

Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1895 Go Online

New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland


The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 are released on ScotlandsPeople, the government’s family history website.

Called the Valuation Rolls, the records give an insight into Scottish society during that period, and will be a major resource for genealogists.

The records comprise more than two million indexed names and over 75,000 digital images, covering every kind of building, structure or property in Scotland that was assessed as having a rateable value.

The 1895 Valuation Rolls – Parish of Crathie and Braemar
Reference: VR87/89/69
Crown copyright. National Records of Scotland.

The Valuation Rolls include people from right across the social spectrum, from the wealthiest proprietors to the humblest property owners and tenants of Scotland’s urban housing.

Some fascinating aspects of social history in Scotland during the late Victorian age are revealed in the Rolls, including the growth of tea rooms, the opening of Scotland’s first crematorium and the provision of housing for workers, such as shale miners and prison staff.

Researchers at the National Records of Scotland have also identified many ‘tee-names’ in the Rolls, the names used in some communities in the north-east and elsewhere to distinguish people of the same name.

Every one of the Valuation Rolls on the website is fully searchable by name and address, with the records listing the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property – in many cases occupations are also included.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is an incredible resource that enables Scots, those of Scottish descent and anyone with an interest in Scotland to find out more about our nation’s fascinating history, heritage, people and built environment. The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1895 is a welcome development that will strengthen the rich resource available in Scotland’s national archive.”

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1895 will prove invaluable for family and local history research, enabling people to discover much more about who their ancestors were and how they lived. Reading an entry for a single building can provide a fascinating insight into local life at the time – adding to the information people can obtain from census records taken around that period. This forms part of the National Records of Scotland’s commitment to improving our service to the public and providing researchers with the resources that they need.”

Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that runs the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re very pleased to add a third set of Valuation Rolls indexes and images to the ScotlandsPeople website, bringing our total number of index entries to a remarkable 92 million. As part of an on-going digitisation project, the Valuation Rolls are an excellent historical resource and will help to bridge the gap between the 1891 and 1901 censuses.”

The 1895 Valuation Rolls are available on the ScotlandsPeople website (, and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh.

Paisley’s Future!!

The other day I posted a picture of Paisley High Street. It was immediately met with negative comments about how empty the High Street looked, however in reality the hustle and bustle of shoppers and people out enjoying a rare sunny day in town was much more the case. It got me thinking, we look back at days gone by when in our memories the High Street was a bustling shopping heaven, so what has changed and how can we get back to that happy place again?

Renfrewshires provost charity abseil

Well things will never be the same as they were, there are various reasons for this; the financial climate is probably the biggest one overshadowing not only Paisley but every shopping heartland in the country. With the banks restricting lending to small business and new start up traders what hope is there for changing the shops from ‘To Let’ to ‘Shop Here’?  In addition, so called private landlords with empty properties not being renovated or marketed properly is another challenge, some of the landlords and developers really should hang their heads in shame. Something should be done to make them lease the shops at a fair price and be fully supported financially by local government. Pop up shops, seasonal shops etc could temporarily fill the void.

We all have our own thoughts on what has gone wrong; bad town planning, out of town shopping centres and a change of trends, i.e. more internet shopping.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great when people show passion for the town although sometimes it can come across negatively, but in the vast majority of comments and posts I see so many people with a soft spot for the town and want to see it thrive again, and why not?

Paisley has so much to give. Any outsider coming to the town can see we have some amazing looking buildings. We have a community based SPL Football team who this year brought Paisley to a standstill with thousands lining the streets to see them lift the Scottish League Cup. We also have the Royal National MoD coming to town this year as well as the many events staged in and around Paisley every single week. We have so much to actually be proud of, we don’t have to start from scratch and build on nothing. We need political will, not political point scoring, so much good is done, but why in the West of Scotland do we not celebrate success rather than focus on the negative, there should be focus on the positive.

So where do we begin to get the town back on track? Can the trend of decline be bucked and a potential niche market rise from the ashes of the blight that is the empty shop, like rotting teeth on our once proud High Street. I firmly believe we can buck the trend.

Individuals who have the town at heart are thinking and acting positively but it seems to be the same old faces. Once more there are plans to bring a cinema or leisure based complex to the site of the former Arnott’s store. Included is a possible bus station with the idea of Paisley becoming a first class transport hub, and with it the foresight for us to be a destination town or outlet town. (These are just ideas at this moment)

The big question is, are we prepared to promote Paisley and not put it down at the first chance we get? I don’t have the answers but I know that there is a growing number of people who are getting behind the town.

The Paisley BID (Business Improvement District) is a concept used by the likes of Falkirk and which has worked well, but this may be a few months or a good year away from happening and it still has to be voted through. Websites like who have been promoting the town positively for more than 13 years, as well as groups like the Paisley Development Trust and the Creative Renfrewshire Network are trying their hardest to bring groups and organisations together so we have some joined up thinking to move the town forward. All these things take time, but they also require commitment and dedication, and we are under no illusion that it is an uphill battle, but not impossible.

Get behind the town, don’t knock it, memories are great but the future is far more important…

Please let us know your opinions and thoughts on what we have said either by commenting below or on our Paisley Facebook Group or Paisley Active Forum.

(Photograph of Paisley Abbey above part of the set of Paisley Photographs for the Renfrewshire Provost Abseil, taken by Alex Kyle for )


Renfrewshire Provost’s Charity Abseil Photographs

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25).

As usual we were on hand to record the events for the benefit of the community to highlight the positive action being taken by all individuals involved, all Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall

Provost’s thanks after charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has thanked ‘everyone who contributed’ to the success of a charity abseil in Paisley.

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers  who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25)

The event launched a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

The charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices, Accord and St Vincent’s – will share equally in donations received over the Provost’s term in office.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall

Well-wishers, families and friends gathered to support the abseilers – many of who were dressed as superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Black Widow from The Avengers.

“There are always so many people to thank on an occasion such as this – particularly when the event launched a new charity-giving scheme for Renfrewshire,” said Provost Hall.

“The abseilers all did themselves proud and I’m sure their sponsors will reflect that in their support.

“We also got a lot of support in kind.

Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team, were tremendous in guiding us through the preparations and organising everything to do with the abseiling.

“Gus Michael of Pulse 98.4FM hosted the event with typical aplomb.

“Irwin Stringfellow of Funtime Carnivals donated free the use of the inflatable slide and beat the goalie.

“The profits from the mobile kiosk operated by the council’s Community Services will also be donated to our fundraising as will the funds raised from charity stalls.

“I’d like to remind people that can they can support this joint charitable venture for Renfrewshire anytime – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a sponsorship contribution for the abseil.”

Donations can be made direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937

Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at

“The abseil proved a very encouraging start to this joint fund-raining approach and I look forward to more people getting involved in the months and years ahead.”

Photograph above taken for by Alex Kyle, more photos will be available soon.

Paisley West End Fair 2013 Photographs

Paisley’s West End Fair took place on Sunday 26th May 2013 in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens. This family event included a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.

There was plenty of market stalls, a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, bouncy castles, fairground rides, displays and an information shop completed the line-up. This years event was officially opened by Renfrewshire Provost Ann Hall.

All photographs for were taken by Tom Chittick on a rare lovely sunny day in the west end of Paisley.

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Creative kids Skoob-up library prizes

Creative kids from across the county are competition winners after helping Renfrewshire Libraries with a new initiative.

‘The Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters created by Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage children to read more. Lurking on the library shelves, the animations are designed to attract the eye of younger borrowers.


Until recently, all they lacked were their own names but a competition over the Easter school holidays saw hundreds of local kids suggest what they could be called.

Nine children were picked out as winners after coming up with the names chosen for each of the nine Skoobs.

Lochwinnoch-based children’s author Franzeska G Ewart was one of the competition judges.

Franzeska said: “It was a real honour to be asked to judge and great fun reading all of the hugely-imaginative names that were submitted.

“Ideas like The Skoobs are so good because they help give children a feeling of involvement with books.”

Councillor James Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s sport, leisure and culture policy board, presented the winners with their prizes.

Councillor Harte said: “It’s always encouraging to see how keen Renfrewshire children are to take part in competitions like this and it was great to meet the winners and see how enthusiastic they are.”

“Congratulations to all of the winners and I hope they’ll enjoy the pleasure of a lifetime of reading!”

The winners received a T-shirt each featuring the Skoob they had successfully named and a certificate.

Competition winners were:
* Molly Wishart, aged 6, Newmains PS
* Cameron Morton, aged 8, Brediland PS
* Kate Beverland, aged 10, Lochwinnoch PS
* Max Ralston, aged 6, Kirklandneuk PS
* Olivia Vanni, aged 5, Thorn PS
* Chloe Termini, aged 10, St Paul’s PS
* Aisling Murray, aged 8, Bridge of Weir PS
* Amy Beverland, aged 8, Lochwinnoch PS
* Angel McCallum, aged 7, West PS

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Renfrewshire Council Leader in ‘toxic debt’ of payday loans warning

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan is urging local residents to avoid falling into the toxic debt spiral of using payday loan companies and join the local credit union instead.

Renfrewshire Council has banned access of payday loan websites from council PCs and the Leader recently met with the board of the Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union to hear about their services.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can join and make full use of a range of financial services including affordable credit – meaning there’s no need to resort to payday loans.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Put frankly, these payday loan companies are absolutely shocking. To charge ridiculous interest amounts of anything up to 4,000 per cent, fail to check if the customer can afford the repayment then use bully tactics to hound for payment when they fall behind, is appalling practice. The result is vulnerable people falling into a spiral of toxic debt that they can’t get out of.

“I’d urge all Renfrewshire residents to avoid these companies. They are still unregulated and they will unfortunately be looking to take advantage of hard-pressed families in 2013 as benefit cuts start to take hold.

“Our local credit union offers a far better alternative. I had a really useful  meeting with its board recently. The credit union has a positive role to play in the community to help people through these difficult times by encouraging saving and ensuring access to affordable credit rates.”

For more information drop into the Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union at 41 High Street, Paisley, or call on 0141 889 7442.

Apprentice event attracts hundreds of young people

A special event designed to promote the benefits of modern apprenticeships drew a crowd of more than 200 young people to Paisley town centre.

The modern apprentice showcase run by Renfrewshire Council was designed to allow those aged 16 to 19 to meet employers with training and employment opportunities on offer.

Among those there were staff from the council’s own modern apprenticeship scheme, Renfrewshire Leisure, Skills Development Scotland and Reid Kerr College.

Local businesses there on the night included Napier Hair and Beauty, Penny Lane Homes and Cairellot Childcare.

Young people planning to leave school or who have left but are not in training or employment were able to chat to representatives about what a modern apprenticeship could offer.

There was also a ‘meet the apprentice’ feature allowing visitors to speak to young people who have benefited from apprenticeships about their own experiences.

The event was taking place as part of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week, on from 20 to 24 May.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, paid a visit to the event, which was held at the Youth Employability Hub in Gauze Street, Paisley.

Councillor Glen said: “I was delighted to see such a good turnout on the night – we had more than 200, which was more than we had expected.

“From speaking to some of the exhibitors on the night, I could see there is a great range of apprenticeship options available to young people in Renfrewshire.

“Modern apprenticeships are a great way for young people to pick up valuable on-the-job experience which studying for a vocational qualification at the same time.

“I would encourage any young people looking for a first step on the job ladder to investigate what one could offer.”

The council’s own modern apprentice scheme for 2013 will soon be offering further opportunities in horticulture and in office-based apprenticeships. Posts will be available on the MyJobScotland website.

The scheme was recently honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony, when it was named the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award category at the s1jobs recruitment awards.

For more information on apprenticeships visit

Cllr Roy Glen

Details of extra £4.5m jobs cash boost agreed

Details have been agreed over where a £4.5million cash injection for the Renfrewshire economy will be spent.

The money will be used over the next two years to deliver Invest in Renfrewshire, a council programme pulling together a number of schemes aimed at supporting local businesses and tackling youth unemployment.

At the council’s budget meeting in February, councillors agreed to pump an extra £4.5m into Invest in Renfrewshire, which – when added to the initial investment from the programme’s launch a year ago – takes the total to £7m.

Cllr Roy GlenThis week saw members of the council’s Economy and Jobs Board agree a report which lays out where that money will be spent between 2013 and 2015.

Just over £3.85m will be targeted at supporting businesses, with the largest chunk to go on wage subsidies to encourage companies to take on new staff.

Money has also been set aside to help companies grow, with funding to help pay for new premises, staff and technology, and grants to improve the look of shopfronts.

Another £1.5m will be spent on supporting unemployed young people to find and keep work.

This includes funding for graduate internships – with the council and with private-sector employers – and money for training and support for schools.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of the Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Supporting the local economy and helping young people find work are two of the major priorities of this council.

“We have been able to make this substantial investment in both in spite of the challenges caused by the tough financial climate, and the reduction in the council’s budget by the Scottish Government.

“We are determined to make Renfrewshire a better place to do business, and want to work with local firms to do that.

“June will see the first anniversary of the launch of the Invest in Renfrewshire programme and in the past year, almost 300 businesses have signed up to the scheme.

“But we want others to come forward and take advantage of the range of funding packages which are available to them.

“I would encourage all Renfrewshire businesses to speak to one of our team, who will advise them on what we can do.”

For more information, visit, email, or phone 0300 3000 144.

iPad gift is boost for Paisley pupils

Pupils at a Paisley school have been given a technology boost – after they were gifted an iPad.

Kersland School – which caters for pupils with a range of additional support needs – already uses touchscreen technology to help the children communicate.

When bosses at IT consultancy Sopra Group – Renfrewshire Council’s technical partners – became aware of how the technology was helping the pupils, they kindly offered to donate an iPad to the school.

The award was made as part of the company’s commitment to rewarding innovative use of technology in the public sector.

John Bailey, Sopra Group’s Head of Local Authorities and Health, visited the school to see for himself how the gift would help the children.

There, he met Councillor Jacqueline Henry, the Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, and Robert Naylor, director of the council’s Education and Leisure Services Department.

Councillor Henry said: “I was delighted to visit the school to see for myself how new technology is making it easier for the pupils to develop their social and communications skills.

“We would like to express our thanks to Sopra Group for their very kind gesture in donating the iPad.”

John Bailey said: “We believe people who take forward innovation should be rewarded and wanted to do so within Renfrewshire in a way related to the work of Sopra Group.

“We were moved by the story of how technology has helped the pupils at Kersland. It is fantastic to see how technology can make a difference to people.”

At Kersland, the pupils have been using iPads and smartboard technology to communicate their needs, to say how they are feeling, and even to order lunch.

Kersland School head teacher Michelle Welsh said: “Being able to use iPads has really increased the children’s independence.

“It’s been really positive for the children and staff, they have really taken to it, and we are delighted.

“The pupils use various pieces of technology which allow them to communicate much more independently and are really easy to use.

“All the children get something out of it and it’s been life-changing for some of them. It’s been a great opportunity.”