Paisley Fireworks Event 2013

The town centre of Paisley will be alive to the sound of Fireworks this year when the annual pyrotechnics display comes to town on the 2nd November 2013. This event is extremely popular with families and if last years Halloween theme event was anything to go by then they just get bigger and better…

Time: Entertainment from noon, fireworks at 6pm

Venue: Paisley Town Centre


Don’t miss Paisley’s fabulous Fireworks Spectacular! We have entertainment through the day in Paisley town centre before the fireworks finale.

The day kicks off at noon, with street entertainment including stilt walkers, balloon modellers and face painters, plus puppet shows in Paisley Town Hall.

The Clyde 1 roadshow will provide entertainment all afternoon on the stage in Gauze Street, with live performances from boyband Rewind and kids’ favourites the Singing Kettle.

Running order is as follows: Noon – Clyde 1, 1.30pm – Sweet Injection, 2pm – Clyde 1, 3pm – Singing Kettle, 3.30pm – Clyde 1, 4pm- Nycki Symz, 4.30pm – Clyde 1, 5.30pm – Rewind, 6pm – Fireworks display

The big event will take place at 6pm, when the skies above Paisley will explode with colour during the fireworks display.

In celebration of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this year’s display will be focused around great sporting music, from the movies to the big sporting events themselves – everything from Chariots of Fire to Rocky!

The event has been increasingly popular in previous years so we advise visitors to get here early, enjoy the sideshows, and get the best view of the fireworks.

Remember, parking is free in all council-metered bays every weekend. There will also be additional free parking at West College Scotland, Paisley Grammar School, Wallneuk Road and Castlehead High School.

Please note there will be extensive road closures in the area around Gauze Street in the town centre, starting from Saturday morning.

Below is a small video from last years event, in the foreground is Paisley Abbey, video was taken by Ian McDonald for

Photographs of Paisley Fireworks

Photographs are taken by various photographers for including, Alex Kyle, Anchor Mill Studios, Ian McDonald, Tracey Clements and Brian McGuire.

Paisley Museum

Paisley Natural History Society Talks at Paisley Museum

Plants, the real silent witnesses

Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Dr Jennifer Miller (Director of the Dickson Forensic Bio-Archaeology Unit, Northlight Heritage) on Thursday the 3 October at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

Paisley Museum

Locard’s Principle states that every contact leaves a trace. When applied to fingerprints, drops of blood or firearms discharge, this concept is easily understood and recognised.  However, plants and soil surround us whenever we step outside our door, ready to adhere to clothing and tools; to shed traces into or grow through a clandestine grave. Forensic Botany now has an accepted role in criminal investigation. This presentation will outline the various ways in which plants contribute to the investigation of serious crime, giving case examples to help illustrate salient points.

The talk is free and open to everyone, just come along.

Paisley Natural History Society

Paisley Natural History Society was formed in the early 1970’s by local naturalists and is still going strong. The aims of the society are simple:

1. To encourage the study of natural history in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

2. To support the conservation of wildlife and habitats; and

3. To maintain links with the Natural History department of Paisley Museum.

Regular indoor meetings are held in Paisley Museum on Thursday evenings during the winter months covering a variety of natural history topics from butterflies and birds to fungi and fossils and outings are organised during the summer months visiting sites throughout Scotland.

You don’t need to be a member to come along to the talks, they are open to anyone with an interest in natural history.

Copies of the winter talks programme can be obtained from Paisley Museum and the talks are also listed on the Renfrewshire Council website.

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival Outreach

Presents a Pre-Mòd Concert featuring The Largs Gaelic Choir and our own Witches’ Brew aka  Clare Robertson and Pauline Vallance

The Factory Street Quartet featuring Colin Frame, Dominic Snyder, Connor Burgess & Alan Dixon and Willie Gamble

Saturday 28th September 2013
Lochwinnoch Parish Church
7.30pm,  tea/coffee included

Tickets £5 and £2.50 cons available at
Calder Gallery and The Junction


Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund

From day centres to outreach projects and from Bathgate to Inverclyde, many community groups and organisations have benefited from bursaries through Weatherseal. Today we will take a look at just a handful of them below. Remember the Community Heroes fund is open to the Renfrewshire area until the end of this week and will be continuing across Scotland over the coming months. You can fill in the simple application form here.


St Michael’s Day Care Centre is based in Linlithgow and provides breakfast, a 3 course lunch, transport, therapeutic activities and most importantly a safe, friendly environment for frail, elderly disabled people in the area. They celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving £500 to buy new resources for the centre and allow them to vary the daily activities on offer.

Some mothers from Fauldhouse Playgroup contacted the bursary as they were really struggling due to lack of funds. They were awarded £500 to help throw a Christmas party for the children as well as buy new toys and arts and crafts equipment.

Yorkhill Children’s Hospital radio station was raising money for an audio system within the children’s intensive care unit as they are not allowed radios in this section. Paul Harper from Real Radio was making a guest appearance on the station in early December and took the opportunity to announce a donation of £500 from the bursary towards the fund raising effort.

These are just a few of the success stories that have resulted from previous Weatherseal bursary programmes and will hopefully give an idea of how they could help you with your community group or organisation. For more information visit the and get applying!

Renfrewshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2013

Are you ready to SMHAFF?

Renfrewshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2013

Only a few days until the seventh Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival kicks off! We are very, very proud to call this one our biggest and strongest Festivals yet. As you may imagine, the past few days have been extremely busy for everyone involved, but also very rewarding. We can now feel everyone’s expectation as they look forward to the Festival and that means a lot.

The Festival will officially begins on Tuesday, 1 Oct, with opening events ranging from a relaxing retreat day in the beautiful surroundings of Muirshiel Country Park (Renfrewshire) to an evening exploring the concepts of reality and memory through poetry in St Andrews (Fife).

In Glasgow, Festival favourite Vanessa Coffey (Down The Rabbit Hole) and ‘one man artist collective’ the vacuum cleaner present an incredible dance and performance double-bill at Tramway for three nights, from Thursday to Saturday. Tickets have been selling fast – the opening performance is already sold out – so if you want to catch this intimate gem on Friday or Saturday, we advise you to book as soon as possible.

This fantastic opening week will culminate on Saturday 5, with Duglas T Stewart’s film and music event Serious Drugs in Bellshill, our Festival Family Day in the Kinning Park Complex, Saturday Night Fever followed by a disco at SWG3 and Alan Berliner’s First Cousin Once Removed screening in Edinburgh Filmhouse –the film will be coming to Glasgow on the Sunday. Saying we are excited to welcome world-class documentarian Alan Berliner to the Festival is a massive understatement. Get a taste of this event in our exclusive interview here.

Speaking from New York ahead of his visit to the UK, Berliner discusses his unique relationship with poet Edwin Honig, the impact of Alzheimer’s on this deeply intellectual figure and the crucial role memory plays in shaping our identity.
We hope you enjoy reading this fantastic and inspiring interview and we look forward to seeing you at SMHAFF 2013.

Best wishes,

The Festival team

MODstuff Paisley

A series of gigs & events From Friday 11th October and Saturday 12th October raising funds for local charity

Loud n’ Proud through LNP Promotions.

About LNP Promotions :
Raising funds for Loud n Proud, Promoting great events in Paisley,

To help our charity and our town through great music events.

Venue: The Bungalow , Shuttle Street, Paisley

Time: 6.30pm until late.

Friday night bands:

The Laynes , Button Up & The Beatroots.

Friday & Saturday night gig tickets available

at The Bungalow ,Apollo Music Paisley , from LNP Promotions &

Tickets Scotland. (£10 each night – booking fees may apply)

Council Leader wants Renfrewshire to lead the way on tackling unemployment

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader wants the area to lead the way on tackling youth unemployment and is urging partner organisations to do all they can to help.

The council has made a significant investment in its £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to reduce youth unemployment and boost the local economy.

Councillor Mark MacmillanNow, Councillor Mark Macmillan is asking the council’s public-sector partners to consider whether they can do more to help tackle the issue.

He said: “The rate of youth unemployment among young people is far higher than the average for all age groups, in both Renfrewshire and Scotland.

“The council is determined to avoid a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are frozen out of work – which is why we have made tackling youth unemployment a priority though Invest in Renfrewshire.

“The public sector has a crucial role to play in addressing youth unemployment, which is why we are formally asking our partners to buy in to our agenda of up-scaling what Renfrewshire’s public sector does to tackle this issue.

“We want Renfrewshire to lead the way when it comes to cutting unemployment among 18 – 24 year olds.”

A meeting of the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership Board saw the council ask other public-sector agencies in the area to consider how well they use existing council or government programmes set up to help young people into work.

Partner agencies agreed to:

* Engage with the Invest programme and provide direct support to young people;

* Agree to host as many internships, work placements and workplace visits as possible;

* Set ambitious targets in providing job opportunities and report back on these.

Invest in Renfrewshire includes an employer recruitment incentive, which pays half the wage costs of a new employee at national minimum wage for up to nine months, with an extra £1,000 available to companies agreeing to pay the Living Wage of £7.50 an hour.

It also includes a graduate internship programme, which pays a subsidy of up to £5,000 to organisations taking on an unemployed graduate for a project-led position of up to 11 months.

The Magic of the Beatles visits Paisley Town Hall with their No. 1 Hits Golden Anniversary Tour

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first number one album, the authoritative Beatles live concert show will play Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 3 October.

In 1963, the single Please Please Me launched John, Paul, George and Ringo’s chart-topping career, followed later in the same year with the release of their debut number one album Please Please Me. It announced the arrival of a band that was to become the biggest-selling recording artists in the world.

During the sixties, the Fab Four’s live shows saw fan hysteria never seen before or since – leading to the coining of the phrase ‘Beatlemania’.

“The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates these legendary live performances, and more,” says show producer Michael Taylor.

And the show promises to transport music fans from the Beatle’s Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

“Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish magical musical trip back to Yesterday”, says Michael Taylor.

Fifty years on, The Magic of the Beatles ensures the Fab Four’s remarkable musical legacy lives on, live and in concert.

The Magic of the Beatles will be at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 3 October, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16 (£14 conc) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum & Coats Observatory achieves Visit Scotland Award

Paisley Museum has recently been awarded a prestigious 4 star visitor attraction award after an assessment from Visit Scotland which revealed that the programme of positive change to improve visitor experiences developed by the staff on site has been hugely successful.

Over the past year the front of house team have been successful in implementing a series of improvements which have included; the introduction of a ‘welcome host’ on arrival at the Museum, new staff uniforms, an improved schedule of free Observatory tours that all staff are now trained to provide and the introduction of free ‘drop-in’ activities for families.

The team have been recognised for these efforts by Visit Scotland who upgraded the Museum & Observatory to a 4 star rated attraction as they not only scored the venue high on cleanliness, presentation of displays and the information available about the collections but also the welcome, attitude and efficiency of the staff.

Visitors who have not been to the venue recently will be treated to a reinvigorated Pillar Gallery, a bright and attractive museum shop with new products as well as regular tours and planetarium films for all the family.

Paisley Museum

From everyone at we would like to pass on our hearty congratulations on this achievement as we know the staff all work hard to promote the venues to a wider audience and the staff have been fantastic with us too.. All brilliant.. Well done… Brian…


Renfrewshire Council nominated at national apprentice awards

A council scheme to introduce young people to the world of work is one of a string of local individuals and organisations to be nominated for prestigious national honours.

The shortlist for Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2013 sees Renfrewshire Council listed as a finalist in the Public Sector Employer category, in recognition of the council’s highly-regarded modern apprenticeship scheme.

Angela Wilson

Renfrewshire Council employee Angela Wilson is a finalist in the Apprentice Champion category, for former apprentices who have continued to make exceptional achievements and promote the scheme.

Angela completed her modern apprenticeship in 2012, before moving into a job with the council’s youth employment team.

And the event could be a big celebration for the area, with two other individuals and two companies from Renfrewshire also nominated.

The companies are Cairellot Nursery of Bishopton (SME Employer category) and Scottish Leather Group of Bridge of Weir (Large Employer).

The individuals are Sean McBride, from Renfrew, and Neil Stewart of Bishopton. Both are on the shortlist for the Apprentice of the Year – Technical and Professional award.

The awards are run by Skills Development Scotland and will take place on 13 November at Glasgow Science Centre.

Other good news is that another council apprentice, Ryan Finnigan, has been named as a finalist in the Candidate of the Year category of the SQA Star Awards 2013.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “These nominations are testament to the quality of the council’s modern apprentice scheme, which has earned itself a good reputation over the years.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all involved in the scheme, and to Angela and Ryan – who have been shinings example to other apprentices.

“It is also great to see so many other Renfrewshire companies and individuals make it on the shortlist for the Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

“Several of the firms involved have worked closely with the council through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to boost the local economy and tackle youth unemployment.

“For six of the 29 nominees at a Scotland-wide awards ceremony to be from Renfrewshire is a tribute to the quality of the workplace-based training schemes we have here.”

A modern apprenticeship allows a young person aged between 16 and 19 to pick up on-the-job experience while studying for a vocational qualification.

Renfrewshire Council offers modern apprenticeships in both office and craft-based environments, covering disciplines such as construction, horticulture, vehicle maintenance and many more.

For more info about the scheme, visit the council’s website or call 0141 618 7277.

The council recently agreed to make available an extra £200,000 to create 40 new apprenticeships through the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Thomas Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory 130th Anniversary

Tuesday 1 October will mark the 130th anniversary of the opening of Coats Observatory. To commemorate this event the observatory will play host to an evening of astronomical-themed events.

Coats Observatory is Scotland’s oldest public observatory. A gift to the town from the Paisley Philosophical Institution and funded primarily by Thomas Coats of the Coats thread-manufacturing family, Coats Observatory first opened its doors to the public on the night of October the first, 1883. Coats Observatory was the first purpose-built observatory in Scotland which allowed members of the public access to a powerful telescope to see the wonders of the universe up close.

Thomas Coats Observatory

The building now operates as a visitor attraction and museum. During the day visitors can enjoy a guided tour around the building, taking in some of the fantastic Victorian-era scientific equipment once used to record earthquakes, the weather and observe the stars and take in the view from the balcony. In the winter months the observatory opens twice a week to keep up the tradition of allowing members of the public to look at the night sky through the telescope. If the weather is poor a state of the art digital planetarium provides a virtual tour of the cosmos without having to leave the comfort of your seat.

To celebrate its 130th anniversary Coats Observatory will open from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday 1 October. Amongst the activities on offer will be planetarium films, guided tours, a talk on the history of the institution and, weather permitting, night sky viewing from 9pm – 10pm. If the weather prevents the use of the telescope planetarium shows will operate instead.

Admission to Coats Observatory is free, although places must be booked for the planetarium films as spaces are limited. Please call Paisley Museum on 0300 300 1210 to book. Films will operate at 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm.

Entry to Coats Observatory that evening will be via 49 Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, PA1 2DR.

For any other information on the event, please contact Coats Observatory on 0141 618 5119.

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Invest in Renfrewshire business hub

Renfrewshire Businesses get chance to quiz the experts

Renfrewshire firms can pick up some business-boosting tips at a series of free meet-the-experts events next month.

The special sessions will allow businesses of all kind to find out more about subjects including how to access business-growth funding, and bid for council contracts.

They will be hosted at Renfrewshire Council’s recently-opened business hub in Lawn Street, Paisley throughout October.

Other topics set to be covered include consumer protection, planning and building standards, business licensing, recruitment, and funding for the third sector.

Each of the ten sessions will be staffed by an expert from the council or elsewhere, who will be able to answer questions and offer advice on their subject.

They are open to any local businessperson, although visitors will need to book a timeslot in advance.

To see a full list of sessions and times, and for details on how to book a timeslot, visit

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The council has a key role to play in creating conditions in which local firms can grow.

“We have made a significant investment in boosting the local economy through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, to which more than 400 local firms have signed up since it launched last June.

“We are keen to ensure that any knowledge which could help the local business community is passed on, which is why we are hosting these meet-the-expert events.

“If successful, we will look to make these sessions a regular feature in future. I would encourage any local firms to get in touch and find out more.”

Invest in Renfrewshire is the council’s flagship £8m programme to tackle youth unemployment and boost the local economy.

The council recently opened the Invest in Renfrewshire Business Hub in Lawn Street, with the facility intended to be a one-stop shop for local firms to find out about the scheme.

The hub contains rooms which are available for any local business in need of meeting space to use.

For more information about Invest in Renfrewshire, call 0300 300 1180, email or visit