Local Girl Chops Locks For Charities

Heather Anderson, 20 from Kilbarchan, bravely agreed to have 16 inches cut off her beautiful hair to raise £350 for 2 very deserving charities.

During a visit to Room 19 Hairdressing in Kilbarchan today, hairdresser Pamela McKechnie very kindly agreed to cut Heather’s hair to raise money for both St Vincent’s Hospice and Little Princesses Trust.

Heather has raised £200 for St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood where her Nana was cared for. St Vincent’s Hospice has provided specialist care in Renfrewshire, completely free of charge, to thousands of families since it was founded in 1988.

Heather said “I’m chose to cut my hair for St Vincent’s Hospice, because they are a great charity who made my nana smile. I’ve lost two of my grandparents to Cancer, both my Nana and my Granny and ive been feeling like its time to do something for the people who helped them and for the people who still suffer every day with the struggle of cancer.

I am also supporting Little Princesses Trust whom I am donating my hair to, they are a great charity who make wigs for small children suffering with hair loss “

Lorraine Jeffrey, Senior Fundraiser said: “On behalf of everyone at St Vincent’s Hospice, we are extremely grateful to Heather for this every brave, thoughtful and positive way of fundraising.

“We need everyone to get involved in our 25th Anniversary celebrations to raise £1 million, so that we can continue caring for people living with life limiting illnesses, making such a huge difference to them and their families.”

For a free fundraising pack and to get involved in the 25th Anniversary celebration and £1 million appeal contact info@svh.co.uk or 01505 705635.

Father and son duo run in memory of grandfather Thomas

A father and son duo have raised £840 for their local hospice in memory of the grandfather.

Scott Walker and son Stewart Walker, both ran the recent Men’s Health 10K on father’s day and dedicated their efforts to grandfather Thomas Walker, who was cared for at St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.

Scott said “my son Stewart and I wanted to do something to thank St Vincent’s for taking care of my Dad. He was only in the hospice for 42 hours but the care was exceptional.”

“The wee things made so much difference; the nurses talked to him all the time, they even trimmed his nails and gave him a shave. Those kinds of personal touches made the situation so much easier.”

St Vincent’s Hospice is this year celebrating 25 years of care for all in Renfrewshire and beyond and aims to raise £1m to maintain and develop services.

Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “we care for local patients and their families every single day and are asking all our supporters to help us reach our £1m target by the end of the year”.

“We are asking all supporters to follow the exceptional example set by Scott and Stewart and run for St Vincent’s Hospice in any of the forthcoming races coming up including

  • Paisley 10K on Sunday 25th August
  • Kilmacolm Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September
  • Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 29th September
  • Great Scottish Run on Sunday 6th October
  • Dublin Marathon on Monday 28th October

St Vincent’s Hospice provides care for all those living with life limiting illnesses, completely free of charge. The hospice even send their runners with a free running vest. On his hospice t-shirt worn for the 10K Scott wrote “for Dad, I still think about you, miss you and love you”.

For a free fundraising pack or to get involved in the 25th anniversary of St Vincent’s Hospice contact info@svh.co.uk or 01505 705635.


Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group

On behalf of Johnstone Scout Group, I would like to sincerely thank Paisley.org.uk for their very kind donation of £100 towards the installation costs of our new CCTV system, following on from our recent spate of break-ins at the Scout Hall.

paisley-logo-printI would also like to thank Brian McGuire who runs the Paisley.org.uk site for all his help in promoting our appeal for financial assistance and getting the appeal put out into the public domain. Without the generosity of Brian, and Paisley.org.uk and other local businesses, we would not be able to install this CCTV system to protect our kids, leaders and property.

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to you all.

If any businesses would like to help contribute towards the costs of this system, then your donations would be gratefully received. We are still short of our required target by a few hundred pounds. If you are able to help, please email myself at johnstonescouts@hotmail.com.

Many thanks.

Alisdair Connell, Group Scout Leader, Johnstone Scout Group.


Visiting Paisley by car

The town of Paisley is a fantastic destination for a day out of Glasgow. I discovered this fascinating town almost by chance on one of my road trips around Glasgow, and ever since I have kept coming back for day trips with family and friends. Because there is so much to see and do in Paisley, I highly recommend renting a car, as you will have more flexibility and freedom. A good option is the local Sixt office at Inchinnan Road, which has a range of rental cars that are the ideal size for a visit to Paisley, like a Vauxhall Corsa or a 3-door VW Polo. You can save money on your rental by using a Sixt promo code when you go there. .

Charming Paisley: what to see and do

Starting at Inchinnan Road, drive towards Paisley centre along the Whitecart waterway. I always make a point of taking a walk along this waterway, as both banks are lined with trees and there is a lovely walking trail that goes all the way down to the city centre. I also love stopping by for a cup of tea at the town square between Gilmour and Moss Street. You cannot miss this landmark as there is a war memorial right in the middle.

The cafés here are ideal for people-watching and to ease yourself into the relaxed pace of this town. Paisley Abbey and the town hall are another compulsory stop, as they are surrounded by beautiful gardens that overlook the Whitecart waterway. Don’t miss the colourful stained glass windows inside the abbey, and check with the abbey’s visitor centre to see if there are any events going on (last time I visited I attended a first-class organ concert for free!). For the best views of Paisley, drive to Barshaw Park. Here you will be able to spot Paisley’s main landmarks (like the abbey’s towers) and the rolling hills of Renfrewshire beyond the town limits. The park also has a nice pond, a small zoo, and a café.

If you are anything like me, you will not miss the chance of sampling some traditional Scottish cuisine during a day trip to Paisley. There are many excellent pubs serving great food (and better ales) along New Street and the high street, so just go and find your favourite. Driving through Paisley is really convenient, and you will not find it stressful because the roads are never too busy with traffic. On your way back, you can fill up on petrol at the BP station at Greenock road before returning your car to the Sixt office in Inchinnan Road.


SIXT station Glasgow Airport GLA
64 Inchinnan Road
PA3 2RP Paisley
Phone no. +44-844-4993399
Fax +44-844-2486607

SIXT station Paisley GLAW01
64 Inchinnan Road
PA3 2RP Paisley
Phone no. +44-844-4993399
Fax +44-844-2486607

Rotary Club sitting pretty on Harvey’s 60th Party

Great news for the Rotary Club of Paisley! Come along to Harvey’s Furniture store in Paisley this Saturday and for every suite sold on the day, £5 will be donated to the club.

There’s already a massive 60th party sale on but now local charities and community groups will also benefit.

The Rotary Club will be there with fun events including face painting from 12 until 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join in


st mirren
Home Pre-Season Game

We  have one pre-season game left to  play at home. Tickets are still available from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.


The ticket details are as follows:


stmirren.pngSt Mirren v Newcastle United,  Tuesday 30th July 2013

Adult – £15
Concession – £8
Children – £5

Newcastle United FC team will be made up from 1st team/reserves and U21 players


First SPFL Game

Our First SPFL game is on 3rd August 2013 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club. St Mirren fans will be located in the South Stand and will be able to pay at the gate.


The tickets details are as follows:


Adult – £21

Junior/16-25/Concession – £16

Under 12 – £10

Match Day Bar

The hospitality suite will be open again as a match day bar for  our Game against Newcastle on 30th July 2013.

The suite will open from 5.30pm with last orders being called at 7pm bar allowing the bar to close as per licensing regulations at 7.15pm.

Entry is £5 for which you will be issued with a match day bar ticket which includes your first drink at the bar plus access to the bar for one hour post match.  Please note that there will be no admission to the lounge post match if you don’t have a match day bar ticket.

No under 18s will be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for this event are available from the stadium’s main reception. Any unsold tickets will be sold on the day of the match (subject to availability) from the Hospitality Suite entrance.

Ticket Office West Stand 

The new Ticket Office situated in the West Stand beside turnstiles 11-14 will be in operation again for the Newcastle match.  This proved to be a big success. We realise that there was a queue towards kick-off and we would like to thank our fans for their patience. We are looking at ways to improve this, however all fans were able to enter the ground prior to kick-off.


Ticket Office

The Ticket Office is open as follows:

Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus from 10am to kickoff on Tuesday 30th July 2013.

Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

Matchday Parking at St Mirren

Season tickets for the White Car Park are still available to purchase at a cost of £50 for the season which covers all matches. The car park offers secure car parking behind the West Stand on matchdays. The Club are aware that there were initially delays in exiting the car park post match in the first season at Greenhill Road, but have worked hard since to ensure everyone can exit within 5-10 mins of the end of the match. We do require, for safety reasons, to ensure all pedestrians are outwith the stadium environ prior to commencement of exiting of vehicles.

We also offer parking on a match by match basis at a cost of £4, tickets available from the Car Park Steward at the entrance to the White Car Park.

To purchase a White Car Park season ticket, you can contact Main Reception (tel 0141 840 6121) at St Mirren Park or download the application at the bottom of this email

U20 SPFL League Fixtures

The fixtures for the U20s have now been released. The first 4 games are as follows:

06/08/13            Dunfermline V St Mirren

13/08/13            St Mirren V Ross County

20/08/13            Hibernian V St Mirren

03/09/13            St Mirren V Aberdeen

Full details can be found on the website.

St Mirren in the Community News

Panda Club

The Panda Club is open to St Mirren fans, both male and female, aged 5-12 years old and membership is FREE!!

A day at The Panda Club is as follows:

* SFA/St Mirren FC Qualified Coach for 1 hours coaching.

* Lots of footballing fun within the new St Mirren Dome.

* 1 match day ticket. Children will be accompanied and supervised by Community Coaches to the match.

* Panda Club members will be seated in the exclusive ‘Panda Area’ in the Reid Kerr College Family (South) Stand.

* The cost per child is £3 with a season ticket (displayed upon arrival) and £5 without a season ticket.

Football sessions will take place on the astroturf inside the St Mirren Dome, located at the North Stand End of St Mirren Park.

Adults wishing to attend the game can purchase tickets from the St Mirren Ticket Office

Parents are to collect their child at the Community Office, located at the North Stand End of the stadium, at the end of the match

Panda Club details for pre-season fixtures are as follows;

St Mirren FC v Newcastle United FC
Tuesday 30th July
6:00pm – 9:00pm

For bookings and further information please contact Football Development Officer Ross Paterson on (0141) 840-6131 or email ross.paterson@saintmirren.net.


Last 2 Summer Camps

There are now only 2 weeks left of Summer Camps. Why not send your kids along, even for one day. Details are as follows:


29th July to 2nd August

St Mirren Dome Camp, 3 to 5 years, 0930-1230 £40 or 6 to 12 years 0930-1530 £60


5th August to 9th August

St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Goalkeepers Camp, 5 to 14 years 1400-1700 £40

St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Advanced Player Camp 1400-1700 £65 (kit included)

The Advanced Player Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team who are looking to further develop their skills.


For more info please contact Community Coach, Dave Mackay by telephone: (0141) 840-6131 or e-mail: david.mackay@saintmirren.net.


Full details of all the camps can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301.

Win a FREE professional family or personal portrait session

Act fast for a FREE professional family or personal portrait session this Sunday afternoon! What are you up to this Sunday? Available between 4.15 and 6 pm? Your chance to win a portrait session in a Glasgow studio and get 3 prints for FREE with one of our main photographers for Paisley.org.uk Alex Kyle Photography.

Session lasts no more than 1 hour. T&C’s apply (must smile, must be able to make your way to Kinning Park, must like photos and fun, no pets allowed this time… Up to 6 people max. Photos may be used for promotional purposes) Simply share this post and click ‘LIKE‘ at www.facebook.com/alexkylephotography

Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill added to Spree festival bill

Top Scottish comedians Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill are on their way to Paisley after becoming the latest big names to be announced for October’s Spree festival.

The Spree (10 to 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to run alongside the Royal National Mòd.

The Mòd (11 to 19 October) is the premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language and will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history, with Spree and Mòd fringe events combining to create a festival feel for the town.

Fred MacAulay

Telly funnymen Craig and Fred have been added to a Spree programme which already includes a mixture of music, comedy and literary events.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in County Square.

Camp comic Craig – who returns to Paisley after wowing the crowds at last year’s Spree – will help kick off the festival on Friday 11 October in the Spigeltent.

He will be performing his new show ‘Tartan About’, billed as a ‘wickedly delicious evening of pure, unadulterated fun’.

BBC radio presenter Fred – ‘Scotland’s most successful bald comedian’ – will play the Spiegeltent on Friday 18 October.

Visiting Paisley ‘to talk about all things funny’, he has been described as ‘rib-achingly funny, one of the funniest men alive’.

The Spiegeltent will also host to two editions of Whose Lunch is it Anyway, over the lunchtimes of Friday 11th and 18th October.

The event – in association with The Stand comedy club, will allow workers to take a break from the office as the resident comics create improvised hilarity from the crowd’s suggestions.

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 26 July.

Events already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and two Best of Scottish Comedy nights, with tickets on sale for these and more from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

Craig HillWhile the main Mòd competition will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and ceilidh dances – will take place around the town.

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. Keep an eye on www.modphaislig.org for more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, an historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time.

Recruits are Mòd-el pupils during festival challenge

A group of Renfrewshire teenagers are planning a festival of fun – after devising a series of events for young people when Paisley hosts the Mòd later this year.

The youngsters on Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were tasked with creating a programme of activities for 11-15-year-olds during the event by festival organisers.

The Royal National Mòd – Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture – will come to Paisley for the first time between 11 and 19 October.

The Recruit is a popular council-run youth employment scheme loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice, which sees young people compete through a series of business-related challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

This summer, there are two programmes, one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

For the Mòd task, the youngsters on the S5/6 programme were asked to prepare a presentation on their proposals for a fringe programme for young people.

They were also charged with considering budgets and with speaking to local businesses to see if they could secure any deals.

The team judged to be the winners were Team Endeavour, made up of Mateusz Hajdecki, 18; Craig Woods, 17; Rachael Fletcher, 17; Lauren Goldthorp, 16; Shannon Boyle, 18; and Chloe Swordy, 17.

Running the rule over the youngsters’ presentations was Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee.

She said: “The Royal National Mòd will be a massive event for the town, with thousands of visitors expected over the nine days.

“The aim of the Recruit task was to ask the young people to generate ideas to help keep other young people entertained, which will complement the main Mòd events.

“The committee will now look to implement the best of the ideas. The young people showed a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm, and I was really impressed with the quality of their suggestions.”

The Mòd is being brought to Paisley by An Comunn Gàidhealach. The main competitions will take place in Paisley Town Hall, with fringe events spread throughout the town.

Taking place at the same time is The Spree national arts festival, which returns after a successful debut last year and has been designed to wrap around the Mòd.

This year’s Recruit will culminate with a finale in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 14 August, at which the winning Recruits will be revealed.

Recruits given marketing challenge by centre boss

Renfrewshire’s latest batch of young Recruits are aiming to show they are backing the right horse after being set a business task by the boss of an equestrian centre.

Ian Maxwell, general manager of Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton, visited the young people on the popular youth employment scheme to set them a brief for a marketing challenge.

The Recruit is a Renfrewshire Council-run programme loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice and sees young people take part in a series of enterprise-related tasks, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Recruits with Ian Maxwell of Ingliston and Sarah McEwan of Renfrewshire Council

This summer sees two programmes – one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

The Ingliston challenge sees the Recruits on the 18-24 programme split into teams and each given a small budget to produce a marketing campaign to promote the centre.

The teams will return next week to present their ideas to Iain, who will judge which group is the winner.

Ian said: “I got involved in the Recruit after attending the finale last year as a guest, and was then asked if I would consider mentoring some of the young people who needed help with interviews.

“Young people are looking for experience, and opportunities are only available for the most committed. The Recruit helps give them a flavour of what the business world involves.

“It was a day I really enjoyed. It was great to see their confidence levels – they weren’t put off by having a guy in a suit walk in. It was lovely to see they were eager to listen and to ask questions.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Board, added: “Jobs and employment are two of the big priorities of the council.

“The Recruit, along with our £7m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, is one of the ways in which we are providing practical help for local young people.

“Once again, the Recruits are getting the chance to learn about a variety of different business sectors from people working in that field.

“We are grateful to all the organisations who give up their time to help the young people on this scheme widen their horizons.”

This summer will see the Recruits take part in challenges with a wide range of local partners, including Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, St Mirren and Cosmopolitan Hotels.

The winning Recruits will find out who has been successful in their job hopes at a special ceremony in Paisley Town Hall on 14 August.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.


Renfrewshire Chamber launch 10th ROCCO Awards

Get ready to ROCCO…

Renfrewshire Chamber are delighted to announce that their 10th annual business awards, the ROCCOs, are now open for entry. This year the Chamber has 16 ROCCO awards, all free to enter and open to all Renfrewshire Chamber members and also non-members based in Renfrewshire. The awards ceremony itself will be held on the 15th November at The Normandy Hotel with Fred MacAulay returning as host.

rocco2013The ROCCOs are the premier business event in Renfrewshire and have been a sell out for many years filling the venue to its capacity (just under 500).

The ROCCO awards and sponsors for 2013 are:

1. ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
2. ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
3. ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
4. ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsorship available
5. ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
6. ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
7. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5 & 25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
10. ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
11. ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
12. ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
13. ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College
14. ROCCO Award for Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce
15. ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
16. ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland

Commenting on the launch of the 10th ROCCOs, chamber President Tom Johnston said “I encourage all organisations to consider entering; the ROCCOs are a great way to be recognised for your achievements. And for those wishing to attend and reward staff & clients with a great night I recommend you reserve your seats soon as the event will sell out”.

The shortlist will be announced by the end of September with finals judging taking place mid-October. The closing date for entry is the 6th September 2013 and the twitter hashtag is #2013ROCCO

For more info and to enter please visit www.roccoawards.com

Pipe bands are in tune at town centre event

Some of Scotland’s top pipe bands had fun in the sun at the weekend in Paisley town centre.

The good weather brought out a crowd of thousands as record numbers turned up to watch the fourth annual Paisley Pipe Band Competition on Saturday.

The town centre reverberated to the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums as hundreds of performers from across the country marched down the High Street.

The bulk of the action took place in the competition arena in County Square, where bands were marked on their performance by judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

And the occasion was made more poignant with a special trophy awarded on the day in memory of keen piper Craig Hepburn, the Linwood teenager who was killed in Yorkshire just over a year ago.

Craig had been a member of the First Scottish Milngavie Pipe Band, who competed on the day. He had previously been a member of the Paisley Pipe Band.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. Chieftain for the day was Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell.

He said: “Once again, the pipe band contest was a superb occasion, and it was a privilege to preside over the day’s events.

“The sunny weather certainly helped us attract a crowd and I’m sure those who came along on the day enjoyed their afternoon out.

“The traditional music flavour is one the town will taste a lot more before the year is over, with Paisley hosting the Royal National Mòd and The Spree arts festival in October.

“The successful staging of events like this helps to promote Paisley as a venue and a destination to visitors and residents alike.”


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