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Gathering Threads – A Celebration

‘Paisley was the mills and the mills were Paisley’ *

Thanks to the generosity of Mr Marcus Dean, the Anchor Mill Atrium appropriately hosted 200 enthusiastic Renfrewshire school children – a credit to their schools – to celebrate the publication of their ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology.

The school children have been working with local poets: Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly and Tracy Patrick, learning about their local mill heritage, increasing their writing skills, visiting the Paisley Thread Mill Museum, interviewing past mill workers and recording their impressions in poetry, drama and art. Their wonderful writing is published in the ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology. The cover images and internal artwork are the winning pieces from the project’s art competition, judged by the Convenor of Education, Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Margaret Burleigh of the Paisley Thread Mill Museum committee and Caroline Watson, local artist and committee member of Weaving Musical Threads. The ‘Gathering Threads’ project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Our Stories fund, Renfrewshire Council Education Department and the arts association, Weaving Musical Threads. The All Our Stories fund was launched last year to support and enable people to explore, share and celebrate their local heritage and the Gathering Threads project was one of the first in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant.

At the start of the ‘Gathering Threads’ project, local poet and workshop leader, Tracy Patrick said; “It’s a fabulous opportunity to explore the history of Paisley’s Thread Mills. There are so many stories to discover, spanning generations of people who worked in the mills and we’re especially thrilled that young people in Renfrewshire will now have the opportunity to engage creatively with that history and preserve it for future generations.”

The celebration in the historic Anchor Mill was a joy to be part of. A selection of the pupils from the Renfrewshire schools that took part in the project: Gallowhill Primary, Glencoats Primary, St. John Ogilvie Primary, St. Mary’s Primary, West Primary, Williamsburgh Primary and Paisley Grammar School, recited their poetry and drama in the Atrium.  Margaret Muir spoke on behalf of the Thread Mill Museum and Cllr Jacqueline Henry – whose own mother worked in the mills, in fact in Anchor Mill itself, and clearly remembers those busy days of Paisley’s industrial heritage – spoke on behalf of Renfrewshire Council Education Department. Every child was presented with a copy of their ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology and a Certificate of Achievement for participation in this very valuable and most enjoyable project.

Further copies of the ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology will be available from the Paisley Thread Mill Museum – which, with added volunteer assistance, for the first time will be able to be open during the winter months every Wednesday and Saturday from 12noon to 4pm.

Photographs are thanks to Weaving Musical Threads and to Brian McGuire and Ian McDonald of paisley.org.uk
*Margaret McFadden in ‘Mill Memories’ by Evelyn Hood

Old Paisley  

Old Paisley’s women working hard

Making Paisley Proud.

The men getting the easier jobs

And getting more money than the lassies.

The lassies only getting 65 pence a week.

“Nae mare!” they all said.

Thousands of Paisley Mill lassies marching

Oot the gates of old Paisley Mills shouting,

“Come on ladies let’s get a fair pay equal to the lads!”

Then old Paisley’s mills

were working once again in Old Paisley.

 

by Mirren Porteous

formerly of West Primary School, now S1 pupil at Castlehead Secondary School

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GLASGOW AIRPORT MD RECEIVES OBE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Glasgow Airport’s managing director, Amanda McMillan, has been presented with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) at a ceremony in London.

Ms McMillan discovered in June this year that she had been recognised by the Queen for services to business and tourism in the 2013 Birthday Honours List. She was presented with her medal in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

The achievement recognises her contribution to business and tourism since becoming managing director of Glasgow Airport in 2008. During this period the airport has grown passenger numbers and secured new routes and services, including Emirates’ second daily Glasgow to Dubai flight. The airline has since reaffirmed its commitment to Glasgow through its sponsorship of the city’s Emirates Arena.

In addition to guiding the airport through the worst downturn in aviation history, Ms McMillan has worked closely with the airport’s city and national partners to promote Glasgow and Scotland as compelling markets to airlines and tour operators.

By expanding its route network and standing out from the crowd in terms of customer experience with the launch of a customer charter, Glasgow Airport has flourished under her stewardship.

Commenting on her award, Ms McMillan said: “When I heard I had been awarded an OBE it came as a huge surprise but it has finally sunk in. Being part of such a fantastic ceremony was a great honour and receiving an OBE at Buckingham Palace is a memory that will stay with me forever.

“To be recognised by the Queen in this way for doing my job is not only a source of great personal pride – I truly believe it recognises the people of Glasgow Airport who work tirelessly to ensure it delivers for the city and for Scotland.”

Earlier this year, Ms McMillan unveiled details of an ambitious £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover in 2013. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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15 Best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

Following on from our 15 Best places to visit in Paisley we asked the community on our Facebook group where they thought were the best places to eat, drink and be merry. As usual the community did not disappoint and helped give suggestions of various places, which should help when you are either popping into the town for some shopping, going to relax with a coffee, or have a bite to eat with a little aperitif before a night out on the town…

  1. Cardosi’s – This is a fantastic restaurant with a long standing and good name, it has an excellent menu, amazing specials and the staff are very friendly and attentive.
  2. Hamishes’ Hoose – This is a pub, live entertainment venue, restaurant and just a fine place to visit whenever you are in town for a nibble and some great fun, thoroughly recommended.
  3. dinner is servedAlan’s Chip Shop – This is quite possibly the best Fish & Chip Restaurant in Paisley, if not in Scotland (ok so we might be running away with ourselves here). Alan’s Chippie has also been in Paisley for many years, it has a take away counter as well as a seating area for a nice fish tea.
  4. Kwang Tung – One of the best Chinese take-aways and restaurants out there in our opinion and the food is always great, served by friendly staff and the menu is what you would expect from a decent restaurant.
  5. Gabriel’s – Lovely food at good prices with some friendly staff to help you make your choice, a great place to eat, drink and socialise.
  6. Kilty Kilty – A favourite for lunch for families and also a top pub and nightspot in town, well run and with some great entertainment to dance away those nights on the town.
  7. Lord Lounsdale – This is a popular place to go if you are out with the family or friends and looking to eat or drink. It has a regular crowd with a pool table, big screen TVs and a warm atmosphere, certainly popular with people looking to start quietly before hitting the town.
  8. Thai Siam – Great food and friendly staff with pre theatre deals on regularly. To some this is the best place in Paisley and never disappoints.
  9. The BBQ Shack – A newcomer on the food scene in Paisley but judging by the popularity of the place it will be here for a long time to come, portions are big and taste is huge. One word of caution, phone in before you visit to make sure they have what you are looking for as they run out fast.
  10. Multan – This place is amazing for food and it usually comes with a great service and value for money is almost guaranteed.
  11. Mirage – This is a cracking place and well known and popular.
  12. The Last Post – This former GPO in Paisley is now a huge public bar, it has no music so makes an ideal place to chat to friends over a lovely meal.
  13. Cibo – One of Paisley’s newer eateries and quickly establishing itself with people as being a taste heaven. This is right next to Paisley’s Sma Shot Cottages and is lovely for couples and families alike.
  14. Abbey Inn – Another fine bar for lunch, dinner and great refreshments afterwards with excellent staff and decent banter.
  15. Lees Diner – If it’s a decent lunch you’re after when you are out shopping in town, pop to the In-Shops inside the Paisley Centre, recommended and value for money.
  16. Alternatively, if you would like to have a great quality, natural food delivered every week – you can order from My Prep.

Visitor added suggestions.

  1. La Rambla – The old Bungalow Bar just down from Reid Kerr College suggested by John McCarney.
  2. La Mesa – New Street Paisley suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  3. Canal Station – The Old Canal Street Station suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  4. La Dolce Vita – Up there with the best, suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  5. Bella Roma – Suggested by Angie McGregor who was surprised not to see it on the list above. Also Stewart Wilson suggested here. Just out the backdoor of Gilmour Street Train station.
  6. Jam Jar – Shuttle Street, Paisley Family favourite, fab food, friendly staff, balloons for the kids, cocktails for the grown ups, good prices, fab portions, suggested by Joanne Thompson.
  7. East End Tandoori – It’s where Chris Pattison says is the first place he goes when coming back home from Barcelona.
  8. The Grumpy Monkey – in Moss Street for a great place to eat ? Always had lovely food and coffee in there. The home baking is to die for suggested by Paul.

 

This is no way an exhaustive list, if you have an establishment you would recommend then please add it to the comments below and we will add it to the page over time. (For non FB users please email them in)

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to add their comments and help with this list. They are as follows..

 

Andy Campbell, Angie Heaney, Margaret Blair, Kevin Doyle, Stuart Duffy, Sandra Lemetti, Lyndsay Yekaterina, Mary Odonnell, Lesley King, Angela Keating, Lynsey Moore, Lynsey Allan, Alison Jane Richardson, Mags MacGee, Aileen Wilson, Joe Atkinson, Dawn Robertson, Linda Neilson, John Campbell, Judith Walker and Norma Hagan.

Last chance for parents to give views on Renfrewshire nursery provision.

Renfrewshire Council is urging parents give their views on 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 aged four and under have until the end of the week 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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

The consultation has been running for five weeks and so far more than 550 parents have already had their say.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “It’s necessary that we plan and develop 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 service 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”.

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 1 December. To take part parents can either complete the online survey at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 0300 to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to them.

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Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on.

Renfrew residents enjoyed some festive fun at the weekend when a crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on.

The popular annual event was backed by a spectacular fireworks display, set against the backdrop of the town hall, which hosted most of the day’s events.

Throughout the day, locals enjoyed family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself put in an appearance to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while the Renfrew Burgh Band provided the music with a concert of traditional carols.

Families were also able to enjoy the fun fair rides next to the town’s High Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was on hand to press the button to turn on the lights at the climax to the day.

She was joined on stage by Josh Kirk, age 10, of Arkleston Primary, who won a competition to be part of the big switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrew sparkled in the spotlight as residents turned out in numbers to kick off the festive season.

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of events such as this, and to see a whole community getting out and enjoying themselves in the heart of their town.

“We are spreading the Christmas cheer around the area, with Paisley hosting a well-attended event last week, and Johnstone getting its own big day on Saturday, in addition to other smaller events around Renfrewshire.”

This year’s event had a little extra sparkle thanks to funding provided by the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee, which contributed £7,000 towards the day.

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On Video 2013

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On Video 2013.

Watch the highlights of Paisley’s spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-On 2013 Event.

Produced by ‘Nick Afchain Films’

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On 2013 from Renfrewshire Council on Vimeo.

Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on.

Johnstone will get its chance to shine in the seasonal spotlight when it hosts a mixture of music and magic for its Christmas Lights Switch-on this week.

The event – expected to attract hundreds of people – will take place in Houstoun Square, with family entertainment on from noon.

There will be a day of entertainment on the big stage, headlined by boyband Rewind as well as local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

DJs from Pulse FM will also be on hand to get the party started by introducing the acts throughout the day.

Other highlights will include fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be on hand to switch on the lights at 4.30pm and will be joined by Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone switch-on follows successful events in Paisley and Renfrew over the past two weekends.

“This event is always well attended and I’m sure this year will be no different. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

“It’s always great to see the main town square so busy – occasions like this are good for the community and provide a boost to local businesses too.”

Full main stage timetable is as follows: Noon – Pulse FM, 12.10 – Per4mance Stage School, 12.40 – DSD Street Dance School, 13.00 – Splash Productions, 13.40 – Todi, 14.15 – Andy, 14.45 – Sweet Injection, 15.25 – Francesca Kimberley,16.00 – Rewind, 16.30 – Lights go on.

£2m boost for plans to restore Russell Institute.

Plans to restore one of Paisley’s architectural treasures to its former glory are taking a giant leap forward after Renfrewshire Council secured a £2million funding windfall.

The Russell Institute is one of the town’s most striking landmarks – but the former health centre is lying empty and needs work to be brought back into use.

The council has been working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on a plan to save the building, with the health board having gifted the Institute for the good of the community.

An organisation has been lined up to move in if funding to help pay for the revamp could be secured.

And a £2m application to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has now been given the green light.

Work to make the 1,750 sq m interior of the building suitable for modern office use is expected to take around two years, and could begin in summer 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s stunning architectural heritage is one of the greatest features of the town.

“The Russell Institute is a magnificent building and a recognisable town centre landmark, and we are delighted to be able to help bring it back into use.

“This project will also bring significant economic and social benefits, by creating new jobs and allowing us to keep existing ones in the town centre, in addition to the jobs created during construction.

“This is just the latest stage in our continuing effort to make the best of the area’s built heritage, including the major revamp of Paisley Town Hall earlier this year.

“Plus, the £3.5m Townscape Heritage Initiative has seen major improvements to the Causeyside Street area, including restoration work on the Arts Centre.”

The council has been working with the Paisley Development Trust – a local group of volunteers dedicated to the regeneration of the town.

They initially commissioned a feasibility study into the building, which formed the basis for the grant application.

The trust’s chair Piero Pieraccini said: “This is fantastic news for the town and I am delighted to hear this money has been secured.

“This is a fantastic building which could have been left empty but this money will allow it to be brought back to life.”

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The building is notable for the distinctive bronze and stone sculptures on the exterior walls, and was used as a health centre until it closed in 2011.

Find out more by visiting the Paisley Development Trust Website.

Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

The sky over Renfrew was lit up tonight as the annual Christmas Light Switch On went with a bang. There was a terrific crowd along the High Street and the families gathered there were not disappointed with the show. The photographs were taken from Hairst Street where the crowds were much quieter allowing for better photographs of the fireworks display.

All photographs below were taken by Scottish Photography Productions (SPP) and kindly shared with www.paisley.org.uk

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“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

 

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15 Best places to visit in Paisley.

I asked the question to members of our Facebook Community recently “Where are the best places to visit in Paisley or where is the best place to go?” We had a fabulous response and some I would not have even thought of, I will thank everyone personally at the bottom of this page.

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I am sure even if you live and work in the town you have been to a few of the places listed below, if you have your own favourite and its not listed then please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to add your very own..

  1. Paisley Museum & Art Gallery – The memory of the interior is a big draw for many as it holds a special place in peoples’ thoughts, so shows how much an impact it can make.
  2. Barshaw Park – The serenity of sitting on one of the benches watching the world go by and having a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a hidden garden which is a real Paisley treasure and often overlooked.
  3. Saucel Hill – Sitting at the top of this hill, which is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life in town makes it seem a million miles away.
  4. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Its a hit with many visitors, the beauty of living in Scotland is you can be in the countryside within 5 minutes and with stunning views of the town and quiet peaceful soundings this place helps most people gather their thoughts for the day.
  5. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area is abundant in fascinating buildings and has a story around every corner, from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its steeple and associated history, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must visit.
  6. The Statues of Paisley – Paisley has many fascinating statues and each tells the story of a segment of the town’s history, from Paisley’s poet Robert Tannahill and The Coats brothers through to modern day Scouts statue and lots more. Don’t miss Witherspoon’s statue at the front of The University of the West of Scotland and also our glorious Cenotaph right in the centre of town.
  7. The Sma’ Shot cottages – This really is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history and also meet some fascinating people. There is so much to see, from the original looms and the cottage set up as a museum of the time, to a relaxing cup of tea from a china cup in the café.
  8. Thomas Coats Observatory – Look outwards towards the universe of which Paisley is of course the centre. This place is astronomical!
  9. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall has recently been refurbished outside and in for the recent visit of the Royal National Mod. You will find helpful information about the town at the main desk, lovely events space and a great venue for any kind of party, of course being Scottish we need no excuse.
  10. Paisley Abbey – Parts of the Abbey date back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is the most prominent building on this list and it is rightly so, this is a must visit.
  11. Anchor Mills – Right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past this building. This now renovated building is the least visited of all our places due to it being a business centre and private housing, this is usually only open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  12. The Hamills Waterfall – Mentioned above, this is a place so close to the town centre with many fishermen trying their luck in a now healthy river. This is an excellent place for photographs and some peace and quiet.
  13. Town Centre Walk – Follow the Heritage trail and you will be guided around most of the buildings and statues of the town, information on this can be had from the Town Hall.
  14. Woodside Cemetery – The resting place for many of our ancestors, the walk around the cemetery is likely to be an informative look at the stories of people who are now at peace. The Beild is just as you enter the cemetery and is home to the 7th Paisley Scouts in their newly refurbished centre.
  15. Thomas Coats Memorial Church – The Baptist Cathedral of Europe also features on our list of favourites and when you see this Gothic Style building you will see just why. If you know someone who studied at Paisley’s University then they probably had their graduation ceremony here, making this another jewel in Paisley’s visitor attractions.

 

When asking for this information from our members one of the group Stuart Duffy, who is a local photographer, posted the following statement which I found fascinating and is actually why I started taking interest in the town to begin with.

Stuart says “Paisley: An enormous resource for photographers

No matter your main hook in photography, Paisley presents itself to you as a golden place to spend a day.

Street: Street Photographers will find the “Buddie” a fantastic subject, they are honest and earthy. They are also more approachable than their cousins in other towns and cities, and in Paisley Town Centre there is a backdrop of historical buildings nestled in the architectural mistakes of the 70’s which are being removed/upgraded. Which leads me into …

Architectural: You could spend a day without having to travel more than a mile from the train station and have a months’ work at the end of the day. Cobblestone roads and paths, architecture running from the early 19th century and an Abbey that is not just old, open and friendly, they are positively welcoming.
Take a trip up the hill and pass the Coats Observatory, graveyards and roads and paths that easily let you experience Victoriana

Nature and Wildlife: I have spent a day in Barshaw Park, regardless of the season, but if you travel further afield you have wide open spaces and wild woods to allow you to capture natural wildlife.

Fashion/Social/Portraiture: There are amazing backdrops, panoramic views and cubbyholes where you can really make the session pop… within 15 minutes walk you can go from a waterfall to an ancient building and on to a leafy avenue.

Best of all, its friendly, it’s greatest asset is that the people of Paisley are friendly … oh, and you are normally only 10 minutes from coffee and cake.

When you leave by train, you might want to give yourself some time… Paisley Gilmour Street Station is worth some time!”

I hope that you have found this list helpful and the next time you are in town you will think differently and visit one of these fascinating places.

You can find more paisley Visitor Attractions listed on our Visitor Attraction Section.

Thanks to: Betty McLatchie, Nic Armstrong, Catherine Steel, Aileen Wilson, Anne McNair, Lynsey Moore, James Murray, Robert Smith, Lyndsay Cameron, David McLean, Andy Campbell, John McCue, William Robertson, Stuart Duffy, Mags MacGee, Scott Manson, Margaret Blair and Roddy Boyd.

Old and young battle it out to be champions.

Opponents from 11 years-old to 80 will be pitting their wits against each other as they compete in the first ever Inter-generational Quiz event on 29 November.

Four teams, each consisting of four older people and four school pupils, will battle it out over a series of challenges including: speed texting, Wii bowling, playing dominoes and hanging washing on a line.

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The schools involved are Gallowhill Primary School in Renfrewshire and Carlibar Primary School in East Renfrewshire. The pupils are being partnered by residents from Glencairn Court Amenity Housing in Paisley, Kirkton Services in Barrhead and some East Renfrewshire residents who have links with Uplawmoor Primary School, Uplawmoor.

In preparation for the big event, teams have been meeting every two weeks to teach each other the skills they need to triumph.

The Inter-generational Quiz takes place on 29 November at Carlibar Primary in Barrhead from 1.15pm till 2.30pm.

The quiz is part of the council’s commitment to reshape care for older people. It enables older people have an active role in their community and helps to break down barriers by getting younger and older people to work together to share information and skills. This has many benefits including reducing isolation, improving mental health and providing structure to an older person’s week.

The event is a partnership between Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils and the East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP). Mary’s Meals is also supporting the event by lending the clothes to hang on the washing line.

It’s hoped the quiz will become an annual event.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, said, “There is so much that young people can learn from older people but there aren’t many opportunities for them to get together in an informal way. There’s a saying that we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.

“There are many benefits to intergenerational working. It creates opportunities for young and old to learn new skills and share knowledge. And this project, in particular, is a positive way to provide a structure and sense of purpose to the older peoples’ lives while also offering a unique social outlet for older and younger generations to mix.”

Sheila Hood, Head Teacher at Gallowhill Primary School said, “Myself and the P7 Class Teacher, Cheryl Gray, have been so proud of how much enthusiasm our pupils have demonstrated in preparing for this event. It has been fantastic to see the two generations working together and fostering a genuine community spirit.

All too often, these two age groups misunderstand each other and this project proves that older people and youngsters can really enjoy each other’s company. The residents from Glencairn Court have been great fun and we hope to maintain these precious links for many years. We are in it to win it though!

Community link worker with the East Renfrewshire CHCP, Alan Stevenson, who set up the project and will be ‘quizmaster’ said, “Changes in all our lives have resulted in many community activities becoming segregated by age and this has resulted in older and younger people having less positive exchanges. This event will be a great opportunity for all those taking part to show the positive outcomes that can be achieved by people of all ages working, learning and volunteering together. I would like to thank all the schools, our partners in Paisley and all the participants for their time and effort in the development of the first ‘IQ Quiz’.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.