Soul & Motown Paisley.

Pockets Pool & Snooker Club Presents

Soul & Motown, Classic chart & club soul from the 60’s & 70’s.

Pockets pool & snooker club, Stock Street, Paisley.

Saturday November 9th 8pm-1am

DJs Paul Massey & Grant Ogilvie

Tickets £5 on sale at the club – Advance purchase recommended.

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Paisley observatory

Winter Viewing Season begins soon at Coats Observatory.

The changing of the clocks at the end of October may signal darker days and the onset of winter – but what better way to brighten up these dark winter nights than to view the wonders of the night sky.

Coats Observatory will once again open its doors on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to allow visitors the rare chance to see a wide variety of celestial delights through powerful telescopes.

Opened on 1 October 1883, Coats Observatory celebrates its 130th anniversary this year and continues to welcome anyone interested in astronomy, from absolute beginner to knowledgeable expert.

During the viewing evenings observatory staff shall train the telescope on the Moon, the planets and any other interesting objects visible in the skies above Paisley. There will also be telescopes set up in the Observatory garden trained on various points of interest for visitors who don’t wish to climb the stairs to the dome. Observatory staff will be on hand to answer any astronomically-related questions anyone may have.

This year, right at the start of winter viewing season, there may be the chance to spot the planet Venus, which will be low in the sky in the west about an hour after the sun sets. Venus is covered in thick clouds and shines very brightly in the sky – it is in fact the source of many reports of UFOs!

By mid November Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System, will start to rise by 8pm. This gas giant is a fantastic sight through the telescope, revealing gas bands which encircle the planet’s atmosphere, its four brightest moons and even the Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm three times the size of the Earth.

Late November will also see the appearance of a very bright comet. Comet Ison, only discovered in September 2012, will pass very close to the Sun on November 28. If it emerges intact from its journey past our nearest star it should have brightened up enormously – it has been predicted that it might even be visible in daylight! Hopefully Comet Ison will be one of the highlights of the astronomical year.

Winter viewing nights at Coats Observatory will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 29 Oct 2013 to 27 March 2014 from 6.30pm – 9pm. Winter viewing is FREE and there is no need to book, last admission is 8.45pm.

For the duration of the winter viewing season the Observatory will also run a pre-viewing Planetarium Show every Thursday evening from 6pm – 6.30pm. The Planetarium show gives a virtual guided tour of the night sky from the comfort of your chair. Admission to the Planetarium show is free, but spaces are limited. Please call Paisley Museum on 0300 300 1210 to book a place in advance.

Visitors should note that winter viewing nights can only go ahead in good weather and will not run in the event of overcast skies or high winds. In the event of inclement weather Coats Observatory will operate Planetarium shows, talks and guided tours of the building.

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

GLASGOW AIRPORT HELPS BRING LOCAL HISTORY TO LIFE.

A local project which aims to digitally capture the history of parts of Renfrewshire has got off to a flying start following support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, a committee made up of local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Inchinnan and its surrounding areas. The group plans to produce a digital archive and website containing details on a number of projects. The first of which is an oral history project about life in rural Inchinnan from the 1930’s onwards.

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Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions and the £1,020 donation from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund will be used to purchase technical equipment for filming interviews and capturing scenic shots of the area.

The project, which will examine life through the decades, will gather information from residents and relatives and try to understand what it was like to live in the rural environment of Inchinnan farmlands. It will also focus on the development of Erskine community – which was built in the early seventies – and the impact it had on the local community and economy.

Ronald Leitch, head of security and terminal operations at Glasgow Airport, said: “This historical project is a fantastic community initiative and will definitely allow more people to learn about the history of the area. As a neighbour, Glasgow Airport is only too happy to offer assistance and get this exciting project off the ground.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson at Renfrewshire Council said: “Inchinnan Historical Interest Group is a good example of a community working together to promote the local history of the area. To do so, in such a public way is a terrific idea and demonstrates a great sense of community. I am sure the archive and website will prove extremely popular with residents of all ages.”

Bill McCallum, farmlands project leader at Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, said: “Talking to the various people we have interviewed for this project, has been very interesting and enlightening. Asking people to go back down their own memory lane is, in the main, a very pleasurable experience for them, and sharing that journey is both a privilege and rewarding for the project team. We are creating our own piece of history as there has never been an oral history of Inchinnan before, and receiving support from the FlightPath Fund is very encouraging to our project team.”

Once complete details of the project, which are expected to generate interest from local residents, schools and community groups, will be available from the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group’s website and will include photographs, video clips and interviews with residents living in the area during this time. Information will also be available at Inchinnan Parish Church.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

Picture: Glasgow Airport’s Ronald Leitch (centre) and Councillor Iain Nicolson meet members of the Inchinnan Heritage Interest Group, pictured with the camera is Bill McCallum.

Paisley Arts Centre in New Street

A true story inspires World War II survival tale.

Coming to Paisley Arts Centre on 29 Oct, Lifeboat is based on the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings.

Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, survival and enduring friendship brought to life by Musselburgh-based Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.

On Friday 13 September, 1940, a ship, The City of Benares set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived.

Paisley Arts Centre in New Street
Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the freezing waters of the Atlantic on an upturned Lifeboat, willing each other to survive.

The inspiration for Lifeboat came when Catherine Wheels Director Gill Robertson came across a ‘how we met’ article in the Sunday papers in 1999. In the article, Bess and Beth (who were then in their 70s) explained how they first met on the evacuee ship, The City of Benares in 1940, bound for Canada.

Bess and Beth credited their survival on the fact that they were both together and willed each other to survive, and that they were young and did not realise the direness of their situation. The article ended by saying, ‘we were not in the business of giving up…we hung on’ which of course went on to become a key line in the play.

Both Gill and Catherine Wheels writer Nicola McCartney couldn’t ignore Bess and Beth’s compelling, true-to-life story and subsequently brought Lifeboat to life on stage in 2002.

Lifeboat will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tues 29 October, 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be purchased at the Box Office in Paisley Arts Centre, on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

Renfrewshire Rockin’ Rollers seek Sponsorship.

We are Renfrewshire Rockin’ Rollers! Our team name is Mirin Maulers and we are a mixed, over 18 team who play roller derby, a hard hitting, full contact sport on skates. We are a team who promote teamwork, confidence, equality and hard work.

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Roller derby is a multi discipline and inclusive sport that encourages fitness, strength and a strong commitment to furthering the team. We are looking to both raise awareness of the team and seek sponsorship.

If you can help sponsor the club then please find out more information and contact details for the team by visiting their Facebook Page here.. www.facebook.com/renfrewshirerockinrollers

Joining the team:

So…. thinking of joining? Then you’ll need the following to start training:
Quad roller skates
Helmet
Wrist guards
Elbow and knee pads
Mouth guard

You can get most things (apart from the helmet and mouth guard) second hand off ebay and the UK roller derby recyclables group. You don’t need to spend wads of cash, and if you do, your protection is most important as you’ll soon find out! Any quads to start would be great to get you rolling initially! Also, the shops 5th Blocker in Glasgow and Into the Nitemare in Falkirk are on hand to let you try on, give advice and of course purchase from!

www.facebook.com/renfrewshirerockinrollers

Happy holidays for Renfrewshire’s kids.

A new scheme from Renfrewshire Council has seen hundreds more children taking part in activities during the October school holidays.

The new local activity sessions, which keep children entertained, cared for, and fed during the holidays are part of the council’s £7 million commitment to giving Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life.

Delivered as part of the council’s wider ‘Families First’ programme, the activity sessions were available free of charge in 14 venues across Renfrewshire.

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As well as keeping kids active during the school break, the Families First sessions offered a nutritious holiday lunch to children who normally receive a free meal during the school term.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “School holidays can place further strain on families who are already struggling.

“We want our youngsters to return to school after the break feeling healthy, refreshed and ready to learn again.

“These new local activities help to ensure this and are a great example of how Families First is helping to reduce the pressure on parents.

“We have to make parents aware of the support and services available to them. Over the coming months, Families First will be bringing a range of existing council, health and voluntary services together; making them easier to find and easier to use for those who need them most.”

The free local activities were piloted in Linwood and Ferguslie during the summer. The On-X and St Fergus Primary played host to 60 children for four days of play and healthy lunches. Following their summer success, the activities were rolled out for children throughout Renfrewshire during the October break.

Families First will continue to expand, offering a range of local services to families across Renfrewshire.

Parents with young children have until the 1 December 2013 to take part in a survey about the forthcoming changes to nursery provision in Renfrewshire. They can advise the council about what arrangements would suit them and their child best by logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/familiesfirst

Image: Quads, Kayam, Eshan, Anika and Rayan (left to right) aged 6 enjoy the Families First holiday activities at Renfrew High School

Energy advice service will help hard-pressed families this winter.

Renfrewshire Council and Linstone Housing Association (on behalf of FLAIR) will launch a dedicated energy advocacy service this winter to target support to hard-pressed local people.

As part of the service, residents will be able to make use of an expert adviser who can help them on a range of issues from resolving problems with energy companies to securing funding for new energy measures in their home.

The move means the previous Renfrewshire energy advocacy role that was run by the council and funded by the Scottish Government until March 2013, can be re-launched in time for winter.

Councillor Macmillan and Mrs Kerton

It helped many local people last year including elderly home owner, Elizabeth Kerton who had no hot water and poor insulation until an adviser stepped in.

Mrs Kerton, 64, from Johnstone explained: “The service was able to help me out during winter last year when my boiler wasn’t working properly. I was getting heat – but I’d had no hot water for over a year and had to constantly rely on my shower. The adviser was able to sort that all out for me and I got a new boiler, plus loft insulation. I’m absolutely delighted because the house is definitely holding the heat much better now. I’d recommend the advocacy service to others.”

Council Leader, Mark Macmillan met Mrs Kerton recently to hear how the service helped her. He said: “I’m pleased that with our partners at Linstone, we are able to re-launch this worthwhile service to offer a wide range of support on energy issues. I was delighted to hear first hand from Mrs Kerton who benefitted previously from energy advocacy. She had a faulty boiler and no hot water and they took on her case, resulting in a brand new boiler and loft insulation. I’m delighted for Mrs Kerton and look forward to other people who need help, getting dedicated support.”

Gary Dalziel, Linstone’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services, said: “We recognise that one of the most expensive aspects of having a home are the energy costs and we are confident that the introduction of this service of will be a tremendous benefit to our residents to ensure they are receiving expert, tailored and independent energy advice on what can be an extremely complex system. We are delighted to have been able to secure funding to allow Renfrewshire Council’s energy advice team to deliver this service on our behalf and across Renfrewshire.”

Councillor Macmillan added: “With national Energy Saving Week from 21 until 25 October, we’re reminded of the importance of doing all we can to be energy efficient to not only help cut down our bills, but to also reduce our impact on the environment.

We’ve set up a dedicated energy section at our website to offer tips and useful advice, and I’d urge everyone to visit the pages.”

The new service will be up and running by the end of October. To get in touch with the advocacy team, call 0141 618 7515 or email emu@renfrewshire.gov.uk

For more information visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/energy

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LEGO exhibition comes to Paisley Museum

A must-see exhibition for fans of LEGO® young and old, Brick City is a display of the world’s most iconic buildings and landmarks by LEGO artist Warren Elsmore, one of the very few professional LEGO artists in the country. Exclusive to Paisley, Brick City is a celebration of the world’s architecture, recreated using the toy of the century…LEGO bricks.

Brick City features many impressive replicas such as the London 2012 Olympic Park, Rome’s Colosseum and the Las Vegas strip. The exhibition also includes a model of London’s St Pancras station, which measures 5 ft tall and 12 ft long, and contains no less than 180,000 LEGO bricks; Brick City celebrates the best of global architecture and the simple magic of the famous Danish children’s toy.

In addition to this spectacular reconstruction of world-famous landmarks, from 23 November, the public are invited to get creative by producing their own version of famous Paisley buildings such as Paisley Abbey, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall. Visitors can also participate in a public art piece; a mosaic of the famous Paisley Pattern, constructed entirely of LEGO.

The exhibition takes place at Paisley Museum, from 8 November to 16 February. Tickets cost £4 (£3 conc), Family ticket is £12 (2 adults and 2 children). Children under 3 go FREE. For the duration of Brick City only Paisley Museum is extending its opening hours to the following: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11am to 4pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 5.30pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Arts.

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Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose.

We have a wonderful line up of exhibitors coming to Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose, Sunday 27th October! Pammie Annie Mckay who has a fabulous collection of statement earrings and necklaces, coming in every colour and texture you can imagine, all designed and handmade by Pam, using genuine leather and hypoallergenic fixings.

Susie Rodgers Millinery shall be joining us with her winter designs of beautifully hand crafted, felted cloche hats and re-worked berets. Choots with the coolest handmade ladies accessories EVER! Jodie Pope Jewellery has a degree from Glasgow School of Art, Jodie’s love of Art Deco Design, is hugely reflected in her work.

slug in a bottle marketMoxie Vinyl produce vinyl designs and shapes which can be used on any smooth surface…upcyle your furniture or decorate your walls at home. Looking for Grasshoppers (LFG) are returning with hand crafted paper beads and hand felted accessories, do you have a special book, map, song sheet or just beautiful paper? If so, Amye, the designer/maker from LFG could turn them into something special.

Dress Your Legs Ltd shall be providing us with stylish, unique and possibly just a little bit quirky ‘fashion for our legs’. Mariszkalime is back for their second visit, with hand dyed silks, embroidered and handcrafted textiles. Cupcakes by Lou shall be supplying our sugar fix! We have ‘Art on a Glass’ – hand painted glassware from Raspberry Twirl. Candle-icious with personalised candles and ceramics.

Miss Polly body products, use the finest, natural ingredients possible, all beautifully handmade and packaged by Polly. Sandy a graphic designer, shall be tipping his toe into the ‘market world’ for the very first time this Sunday, he shall be selling his wonderful pieces of ‘Street Art’ photography and ‘Retro Vehicle’ illustrations. Lastly we have St. Vincent’s Hospice ‘Vintage’ they shall have their always super selection of vintage ladies accessories, homeware and collectables.

 

If thats not enough, don’t forget Hamishes’ Hoose offer a wide range of delicious food and beverages. To reserve a table call 0141 561 7105 (it is advised)

The Chaplins play at Starlight, Paisley.

The Chaplins – Scotland’s hottest new Americana band

Live at Starlight, 16 Wellmeadow Street

Sat 26th October

Doors: 7:30pm

Tickets priced at £8 from Maria on 0141 840 4292 or in person Print and Copy it, 61 High Street, Paisley.

This is a slight departure for Starlight’s normal stage musical’s and is a chance to hear The Chaplins in a small intimate cabaret style venue (tables & chairs) max 60 people, so its quite exclusive. Licensed Bar available.

You can also relax and enjoy the show with a beer or a wine.

The Chaplins

 

The Chaplins (doors 7.30 Show 8pm) Licensed bar

@ Starlight

16 Wellmeadow Street,

Paisley PA1 2EE

0141 840 4292

You can see more from events in Paisley that The Chaplins have played in by clicking this link.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PUTS £50,000 UP FOR GRABS

Charities and community groups have been granted an additional four weeks to apply for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The closing date for applications, originally Friday 18 October, has been extended to Friday 15 November.

Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The money will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant community project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living under the flightpath.

In order to be considered for the airport’s third Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment and the environment.

On two previous occasions the Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects. The community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel.

This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

And the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) received £40,000 which allowed them to pilot a new project called Skills for Sustainable Tourism, which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a local community group or a national charity delivering local projects to think of a really innovative and beneficial project which would not be possible without this level of donation.

“After two successful Challenge Funds in recent years we are confident this will generate a lot of interest. Through the FlightPath Fund we support a wide range of organisations and hopefully the applications we receive will reflect this diversity.”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “The Skills for Sustainable Tourism project was very successful and would not have been possible without the Challenge Fund money. It’s fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality, both funded and participated in the programme.

“By committing so much of its money and time, Glasgow Airport showed it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland. Charities and community groups should be really excited that another Challenge Fund has been launched.”

The Challenge Fund is supported by money from the Communities Trust, formerly the BAA Communities Trust, which is the charitable arm of Glasgow Airport’s parent company.

The Communities Trust is one of the revenue streams which make up the airport’s FlightPath Fund, which was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success.

It supports communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

The FlightPath Fund has awarded in excess of £550,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities, and in 2012 made awards totalling more than £200,000.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

To be considered a project must:

  • Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community.
  • Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment.
  • Benefit a significant number of people.

Applications must:

  • Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need.
  • Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 October. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel will shortlist the strongest entries and the winner will be chosen by the trustees of the Communities Trust.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit www.glasgowairport.com, e-mail flightpath@glasgowairport.com or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew’s Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW

Epic town hall artwork puts Johnstone in the picture.

Johnstone’s newest building is being used to celebrate its existing ones – thanks to an ambitious piece of artwork devoted to the town.

Renfrewshire Council has just unveiled a specially-commissioned illustration of Johnstone landmarks to cover the hoardings around the site of its new town hall.

Construction on the £14.5m facility is due to start before the end of the month, with the building expected to be finished by summer 2015.

But council chiefs wanted to make sure the local community had a backdrop which represented the town while work was ongoing.

Glasgow-based artist Adrian McMurchie was brought on board to create an illustration of Johnstone’s buildings.

The resulting epic artwork will be displayed on three sides of the site hoardings, stretching from Ludovic Square, along William Street and into the adjacent car park.

A small section is already on display, with the rest to follow shortly. It features the town’s station and Paton’s Mill, as well as local churches, shops and housing.

Renfrewshire’s Deputy Provost John Caldwell met Adrian and representatives of the local community in Ludovic Square to see it for themselves.

Deputy Provost Caldwell said: “We wanted to make sure people weren’t just looking at a blank wall – that they had something unique and eye-catching instead.

“Adrian has done a great job with the drawings – and I’m sure people will enjoy wandering round them picking out the local sights.

“But while we are admiring the town’s existing architecture, one of the most exciting developments of all will be the one going up behind the hoardings.

“The new town hall represents a massive investment by the council which will transform the centre of Johnstone.

“We hope residents will identify sites of personal and community significance in this artwork and enjoy the sense of continuity between the past, present and future.”

Once complete, the new town hall building will house a new library, marriage suite, theatre and conference space, meeting rooms and a café.

It will also contain offices for council housing and social work staff, as well as Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

The artwork around the town centre has been given the thumbs-up by local community activists.

Throughout the project, Renfrewshire Council has been keen to involve members of the Johnstone community in the plans for its design.

Over the next few months, there will be various community activities, including the chance to contribute to public art which will be displayed inside the new building.

George Kennedy, secretary of Johnstone Community Council, said: “The new hoardings look very smart – much more interesting than a blank wall.

“It depicts the town very well – there were a few bits I instantly recognised, such as the High Church, and the former health centre.

“We are pleased we are getting a new building – it should be a big improvement on the last one and we are looking forward to it.”

Community council chairman Dennis Lavery added: “I like the way it is laid out – it isn’t meant to be a map of the town but it depicts it well.”

Artist Adrian McMurchie explained how he was able to create the mammoth artwork. He said: “It was a great job to work on and it is great to see it going up.

“We initially discussed doing lots of photos but decided drawings would work better. I had a drive around and that gave me a lot of ideas.

“I had never worked on anything as long as this before – I ended up doing the drawing on a 10m piece of paper.

“Johnstone has some great architecture but we didn’t just want it to be about the old buildings, we wanted to include some of the housing too.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.