Roddy Woomble to perform ‘Listen to Keep’ tracks live at Paisley Arts Centre.

Don’t miss an intimate live performance from Roddy Woomble on 23 Oct as he performs tracks from his third solo album, Listen to Keep.

Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and performer.

His first solo venture came in 2006 with the album, My Secret is My Silence; a record which won rave reviews throughout the music press and saw Roddy move away from the melodic rock style of Idlewild towards a softer, lyrical vein of songwriting.


He was also the key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs.

Roddy went on to record and release the album Before the Ruin with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to critical acclaim.

Woomble’s second solo album The Impossible Song and Other Songs was released on Greenvoe/EMI in spring 2011. It was written and recorded at the An Tobar Arts Centre on the Isle of Mull. Along with his band (Sorren MacLean, Seonaid Aitken, Gavin Fox and Danny Grant), Roddy toured the album extensively around the UK, playing over 100 shows in 2011 and 2012. The Guardian described the record as “a moving and quietly joyous collection of pieces weaving together strands of folk, jazz and country.”

A regular at Paisley Arts Centre, Roddy’s show this week will feature songs from his latest album, Listen to Keep as well as songs from his earlier solo work and several Idlewild numbers.

Roddy Woomble will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 23 October, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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More nursery time on the way for Renfrewshire 3 and 4 year olds.

Renfrewshire Council has launched a new consultation for parents about changes to nursery provision.

Currently every three and four year old in Scotland is entitled to 475 hours of government funded pre-school education each year. The Scottish Government is increasing this annual entitlement to 600 hours from August 2014.

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Families in Renfrewshire with children under four have six weeks to tell the council what nursery arrangements suit their needs best so the council can plan for this change.

Whether it’s longer days or more days at nursery for their child, parents can register their views online at

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board: “It’s necessary that we plan and develop a nursery provision that meets the Scottish Government’s commitment, but more importantly, also suits the needs of children and families within Renfrewshire.

“This change complements the work already underway to give children in Renfrewshire a great start in life.

“Our £7 million Families First programme is improving access to early learning and supporting families to deal with the issues that impact on their youngster’s ability to learn and develop or which prevents them for reaching their potential.

“A nursery provision that meets the needs of families will give parents the option to participate in work, training or education and the opportunity to build a better future for their family”.

Parents have until 1 December to take part in the consultation, which can they do online at or by calling 0300 300 0300 to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to them.

Edwyn Collins at Paisley Abbey Photographs

The fantastic Edwyn Collins performs in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Festival, all photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with



A Buddy Good Laugh at Paisley Arts Centre Photographs.

Father Ted actor and comedian Michael Redmond as he performed at Paisley Arts Centre’s dead sheep comedy club the other week as part of Dead Sheep Comedy’s ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ at Paisley Arts Centre

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Alex Kyle Photography.


Hip-hop dance theatre double-bill featuring parkour, acrobatics and beat boxing

Specialists in circus theatre, acrobatics and dance, Bright Night International are delighted to present 925 / Heartbeatsa non-stop showcase of daredevil parkour and freerunning moves teamed with hip-hop dance and live beat boxing.

Everyone dreams of a different kind of life. In the routines of an ordinary day, music can slip through the cracks and make you move…

Bursting in to the auditorium at Paisley Arts Centre on Monday 21 October, 925 / HeartBeats will be packed with mischievous acrobatics and hilarious circus moves guaranteed to shake up the audience.


The 45 minute double-bill features the fast, fluid choreography of Xena Gusthart of Xena Productions and live beat-boxing from acclaimed Glasgow musician Bigg Taj, a finalist at the 2009 UK Beatbox Championships.

925 / Heatbeats is a vibrant and fun performance suitable for all the family – and the ideal boredom-buster for the last day of the October holidays.

925 / Heartbeats will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 21 October, 3pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visiting Suitable for ages 8+

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Conferences will make 2023 plan real for Renfrewshire communities.

Leaders of Renfrewshire’s community planning partnership met with local community leaders at Renfrew Town Hall to launch a programme of conferences aimed at achieving ambitious targets for Renfrewshire by 2023.

The community planning partnership is made up of Renfrewshire’s main public services, including the council, the police and the health service, along with representatives of community and voluntary organisations.


Each of the five conferences run from 9.45am till 3pm and will look in detail at one of the key themes of the recently approved Renfrewshire Community Plan 2013-2023:

* Children and young people – Thursday 14 November – St Mirren Park

* Community care, health and wellbeing – Friday 15 November – West College Scotland

* A safer and stronger Renfrewshire – Monday 18 November – West College Scotland

* A greener Renfrewshire – Monday 25 November – Anchor Mill, Paisley

* Jobs and the economy – Wednesday 27 November – Kibble Centre, Paisley

The conferences will develop action plans for community and voluntary organisations and local residents to shape the plan to help them deliver better services and identify areas where they can help with the delivery of services.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Mark Macmillan, said, “Community planning is about involving local people in shaping and delivering the services that they need. The themes of the community plan reflect the big issues that face Renfrewshire and the shared priorities of the council, the police, the health service and all of our other public services.

“All of the public services who were here today are committed to delivering the best possible services to our communities, particularly those that are facing the most challenging circumstances.“

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, which supports voluntary organisations, community groups and charities in the area, said, “One of the most important things about this community plan is the central role local voluntary and community organisations will play in developing the plan and achieving its targets.

“You only need to look around to see the important role that community organisations and charities have in delivering services, such health care, social care, child care and sport and leisure to Renfrewshire’s communities. The increased involvement of these organisations will play a big part in ensuring that the community plan achieves its aims.

“The programme of planning conferences announced today will provide a focus where public services and the communities that they serve can get together to make the community plan real.”

Renfrewshire’s community plan for 2013-2023 can be viewed at

To find out more about attending one of the community planning conferences, email or call 0141 618 7353.

Readers can contribute to the discussion about the community plan on Twitter using hashtag #mpowren

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Renfrewshire secures £600,000 to support residents facing hardship

More than £600,000 of funding has been secured for vital projects to help Renfrewshire residents who are being hit by the UK Government’s benefit changes.

The council and its third sector partners worked on four funding bids that have brought a total of £678,896 into the area, meaning 15 extra staff posts can be created to help people cope with the impacts of welfare reform.

The cash has been secured from the Big Lottery’s Support and Connect fund and the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s (SLAB) Making Advice Work fund and will be targeted to four projects:
* Helping Disability Living Allowance claimants through the benefit changing over to Personal Independence Payment
* Supporting tenants affected by ‘bedroom tax’
* Targeting financial advice to people with addiction and mental health issues
* Offering support to tenants facing hardship.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that once again, Renfrewshire has been pro-active in doing all it can to work with partners to help local people who are being adversely affected by the UK Government’s benefit changes.

“The full impact of Welfare Reform is yet to be felt, with major changes to Disability Living Allowance still to be fully implemented and Universal Credit’s roll out date unknown. Tenants are still coming to terms with the ‘bedroom tax’ and many people are confused about the changes still to come. Our residents need support to help them cope and this major funding boost will compliment the hard work already done by our Advice Works team and the local Citizens Advice Bureau.

“My congratulations go to our third sector partners for their hard work in securing these funding bids as this money will go a long way in getting help, advice and support to those members of Renfrewshire’s community who need it the most.”

Summary of the awards and what will be delivered:

1) Big Lottery Support and Connect: £306,000 awarded for a project led by Federation of Local Associations in Renfrewshire (FLAIR). It will create seven posts to help tenants facing hardship. It will offer support on energy efficiency, specialist welfare advice, develop financial skills, and give information on using savings accounts, credit unions and accessing affordable loans.

2) SLAB Making Advice Work: £115,476 to help Disability Living Award (DLA) claimants with the change to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). One income adviser post will be created in Advice Works; and two posts will be created in Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to increase welfare rights capacity.

3) SLAB Making Advice Work: £112,818 to target support to tenants affected by Under Occupancy Rules (‘bedroom tax’). Two adviser posts will be based in FLAIR; and one money adviser will be based in the council’s Housing Service.

4) SLAB Making Advice Work: £144,602 to target financial advice to people with mental health or addiction issues. One financial literacy worker will be based in RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health); and two income advisers will be based in Advice Works, working with addiction services.


The Masters of the House Perform at Paisley Town Hall

From the opening chords of the overture, the audience for the musical spectacular, The Masters of the House, are whisked off on a whistle stop tour of wonderful music from the world of musical theatre. The cast take to the stage, resplendent in their evening dress finery and begin to take the audience on a vocal journey through the various stages of producing a West End Musical hit.

The show is constantly being updated with tunes carefully selected from over eight decades of popular musical theatre, including favourites such as All That Jazz (Cabaret), Climb Ev’ry Mountain (The Sound of Music), Defying Gravity (Wicked) and Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers) as well as some wonderful show medleys splendidly arranged by the Musical Director.

This superb star cast are plucked from West End Shows such as Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and other hit musicals, accompanied by an equally accomplished live band, perform these and many more wonderful songs in concert for all ages to enjoy. No ‘Masters’ show would be complete without a selection of numbers from the longest running West End shows and this version doesn’t fail to keep up the tradition.

The Masters of the House are renowned for their superb vocals and entertaining presentation delivered with panache by some of the leading theatre artistes of today. Truly, an evening not to be missed.

The Masters of the House will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 (£12 conc) and are available at the box office on 0300 300 1210 or online at

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Grand Fountain – Scottish Ironwork Seminar.

As part of the Grand Fountain: ‘Interpretation and Restoration’ project, a Scottish Ironwork Seminar, focussing on the Grand Fountain in Paisley and the Sun Foundry, Glasgow, is to be held on Tuesday 29th October in Paisley Town Hall.

The Grand Fountain project is funded by Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renfrewshire Council and will see the A listed cast iron fountain at the centre of Fountain Gardens, Paisley, restored to full working order by summer 2014.

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The seminar will provide information on the current restoration project and explain the architectural and historical context of the Grand Fountain.

The full programme is attached here:

Places at this event are free, but spaces are limited so must be reserved by contacting the project officer on 0141 618 4844 or emailing


Thought provoking theatre: Mess is coming to Paisley Arts Centre.

Written by Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton
Performed by Caroline Horton & Company

Based on her own experiences of anorexia nervosa this funny and poignant play with songs explores obsession, despair and letting go, offering an authentic insight that challenges popular misconceptions about dealing with and recovering from the condition.

Mess was developed with the help of experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, one of the leaders in eating disorder research, and with funding from a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.


Josephine, Boris and Sistahl are catapulted from the depths of despair and bafflement to the heights of joy and hope and back again as they struggle to tell the story of Josephine’s anorexia and recovery. Mess is wickedly funny and deeply moving, providing a window into an internal world of addiction and control, which is finally rejected for the messy, chaotic and rich world outside.

Following its award-winning debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and subsequent tour and London run in spring 2013, Mess is touring to schools, colleges, theatres and arts centres with workshops and discussions. Caroline Horton says, “I decided to make Mess when I spoke about my experience of anorexia and recovery at my old school. I realized people wanted to talk about these issues but didn’t feel they could. Taking Mess into schools can help open up those conversations.”

Caroline is joined by Australian actor Emily Goddard (Victorian Green Room Award nominee and Melbourne Fringe Best Cabaret nominee). Musician Seiriol Davies previously collaborated with Punchdrunk, writing songs for and performing in The Black Diamond (2011).  His original score and songs are performed live.

Mess will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 24 October, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visiting Suitable for ages 13+

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World Village Market Paisley Photographs.

The colourful World Village Market has arrived in Paisley promising a fabulous range of quality gift ideas and mouth-watering goodies from across the globe.

From hot French crepes, rich cheeses and Columbian gourmet coffees to German BBQ and plump Greek olives, this unique festival-style street market promises an eclectic range of food and drink for visitors to enjoy.

The market will also feature ethically-traded, handmade, eco-friendly arts, crafts, clothing and accessories from across the globe including Turkish scarves, Indian dresses and sequined flip-flops from Bali.

Live music and street entertainers will add to the festival atmosphere. The Market is here till Monday 21st October.

All photographs below taken by Ian McDonald on behalf of Paisley on the Web.

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Paisley.

Today saw HRH The Princess Royal pay a visit to Paisley and the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

Amongst the venues visited by HRH The Princess Royal were Paisley Abbey and also Paisley Town Hall helping raise Paisleys profile nationally.

Here is a fantastic set of Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for