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Local Charity March Off With A Cheque From SPAR Scotland!

CJ Lang and Son Limited, owners and operators of SPAR Scotland, raised more than £70,000 last year for local causes and charities.

The company donated a generous cheque for £1000 to Erskine, the charity has been caring for Scotland’s veterans since 1916.Over the years Erskine have been helping ex-Service men and women with re-building their lives, restoring dignity and providing them with first-class care.

The money was raised through the sale of single-use carrier bags, which costs customers 2p per bag, and was collected and donated to a local charity nominated by the relevant stores. The initiative has been in place since 2008 and has already risen over £300,000 which has been invested directly into the surrounding community.

Erskine Community Fundraiser David McFadden said: “Funds raised from organisations like SPAR are a vital part of our funding and make a direct impact on our ability to make life better for the ex-Service men and women for whom Erskine cares. We want to say a huge thank you to the SPAR and their shoppers from Erskine, Lochwinnoch, Port Glasgow and Thornliebank for their generosity.

Every penny raised will make a real difference to the lives of the 1,100 veterans we care for each year at Erskine.”

Erskine is one of the 32 chosen charities across the country to benefit from the funds raised. Cheques will be donated to various campaigns from youth clubs, sports clubs, elderly care and specialist medical treatment throughout the year.

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Houston Kiltmakers

Houston Kiltmakers are a 4th generation family run business, specialising in Kilts, Tartan and Highland Wear.

The shop was founded in 1909 by William Houston (Grandfather of now owner Ken McDonald) as a gentlemen’s outfitters. Over time it developed to supplying Highlandwear and now that’s what we focus on. Houston Kiltmakers is now a 4th Generation family run business. Using only the best materials Sourced in Scotland, every kilt is handmade and tailored specifically for the customer by craftsmen and women ensuring that it lasts a lifetime. As we have grown over the years we have expanded and now ship Kilts all over the world!

The store is located in Paisley, and we have been in the same location on the High Street across from Paisley Museum.

Houston’s is currently run by Ken McDonald, Governor and Vice Chairman of the Scottish Tartan Authority. Ken received his first Kilt at a very young age and also wore a Kilt to school. He have always had a passion for Highlandwear and Tartan. Ken has been involved in Kilt making and Tartan Design for almost 40 years now. Tartan and Kilts are synonymous with Scotland and these traditions have to be safeguarded, as a Governor and Vice Chairman of the Scottish Tartan Authority he has been working hard to try to protect and preserve these key pieces of Scottish heritage for future generations[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_gallery ids=”22044,22045,22046,22047,22048,22049″ type=”masonry”][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]

Look around the shop via Google Street View here: http://t.co/SeL6obbqlF

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Youngster’s first time flying in wing-walking display

A brave youngster’s first time in the air will see her strapped to the outside of a plane.

Stephanie Bain, who has never flown before, is delighted her first time flying will be so unusual.

The youngster is taking part in a wing-walking display to raise awareness for Help for Heroes, who help wounded and injured service men and women.

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Wing-walking is one of many items on Stephanie’s bucket list. If her nerves hold out while in the air, Stephanie hopes to go on to tackle sky-diving and bungee-jumping.

Stephanie will be joined by sixteen big-hearted locals and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall who will take to the air between Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 August.

Stephanie Bain said: “I’m very excited that my first time in the air will be on the outside of the plane. Most people would find that daunting, but I am thrilled by the idea.

“Last year, I drew up a bucket list of everything I wanted to do. So, when I saw Provost Hall was looking for volunteers to join her on a wing-walk, I just knew I had to do it.

“I’m really passionate about charity and I am keen to show my support for Help for Heroes. It’s particularly important to me as I have a few friends in the army and if anything should happen to them, I’m glad that Help for Heroes will be there to give them the support they will need.”

Renfrewshire Council aims to support and honour current members of the armed forces at the same time as we commemorate those who served during the First World War through our Renfrewshire Reflects programme of events.

A special service will be held on Monday 4 August in St Mirin’s Cathedral at 10:15pm to 11pm, the exact time that Britain declared war on Germany.

John Stott’s story

Stephanie’s passion and drive is something Andrewina Stott can relate to about her late husband, John Stott.

John joined the army aged 18 and was in the 15th Scottish division during World War Two. After the war, John served in the Army Cadet Force until retirement at age 65.

As one of the few serviceman in the Bridge of Weir branch of Legion Scotland, John did have a large group of comrades who were conscripted during the Second World War.

John was fortunate that he had good health until his later years and was able to be reunited with friends from his time in service in 1999 and 2004.

Andrewina Stott, widow of John Stott, said: “John’s life was the army and he was very fortunate to have had so long in active service. Even when John retired, his mind was very much still on the armed forces and he made three pilgrimages to Holland and Normandy to honour the lives of his fallen colleagues.

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Take a Walk of Hope this August

Throughout August Renfrewshire’s national charity, the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), is appealing for people to organise a Walk of Hope to raise some much needed funds.

Part of the Paisley based organisation’s 25th anniversary celebrations they are looking for volunteers young and old to lace up their boots and get out on the paths and tracks.

“We’re not looking for everyone to organise a major expedition but that would be great if you could,” said fundraising coordinator, Linda Byars.

“Anything at all from a walk round the park to climbing a Munro can all make a huge difference to the support we can deliver to families living with Huntington’s disease (HD).

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues. Those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There
is no cure.

The SHA is the only charity in the country that supports families affected by the condition.

“There are around 5000 people potentially affected by this devastating condition across the country. Any funds raised can make a huge difference to the quality of life of people we support.

Contact Linda on 0141 848 0308 or linda.byars@hdscotland.org to find out how the charity can help you organise a Walk of Hope.

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Ecotune out perform for Huntington’s disease

Car enthusiasts moved into gear at Ecotune UK in Hillington for a fundraising open day and raised £2500 for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).

The charity is the only one in the country supporting families with the degenerative brain condition Huntington’s disease (HD).

Ecotune UK – a leading performance and economy vehicle software specialist – teamed up with car enthusiasts group Be Tapp’d to raise funds for the charity.

Around 150 people turned up to test their vehicles on the company’s specialist tuning equipment with all proceeds donated to the SHA

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues. The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure.

Stan Ward, Technical Director of Ecotune UK said

‘I was really humbled by the generosity of everyone who came along I have close friends affected by Huntington’s and know the devastating impact it has on families.’

The cheque was presented to fundraising officer Linda Byars.

‘This is fantastic sum that will make a big difference to the support we can offer families in Renfrewshire,’ she said.

Picture shows: Linda (left) picks up the cheque from the Ecotune team.

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St Mirren Open Day

The St Mirren Fans Council are hosting an Open Day in conjunction with the Club this coming Sunday, 3rd August.
The day will run from 12:00pm (noon) to 3:00pm and it is sure to be a great day for all the family, young and old.
From noon to 1:00pm you will be able to watch Tommy Craig put his players through a training session and then afterwards you will have a chance to meet the first team squad players.  Fans will be able to watch the training session from the West Stand.
The Fans Council will also offer fans the opportunity of getting their pictures taken with the famous old Renfrewshire Cup trophy and fans can also get their pictures taken with the ‘head-cut-out’ boards which have been really popular with our younger fans.
There will also be great fun for the young ones in the Carbrini@JD Airdome where we will have a skills session available for kids to try out with our Community Coaches – including a Skills Zone, Beat the Goalie and a chance to test the strength of your shot with the Powershot!!!
The Club Shop will be open and our good friend Paisley Panda will also be making an appearance so it is sure to a fun day out.
As usual the event is free to enter and it will run from 12:00pm (noon) to 3:00pm – hope to see you there!

For further details visit the Fans Council website www.supportsmfc.co.uk


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Eddi Reader Tickets on sale NOW

LNP Promotions presents – LIVE at Paisley Town Hall

(Competition for 2 tickets in the stalls)

Eddi Reader & her band, Plus support
Tuesday 7th October 2014



Seating: STALLS unallocated – Ticket price: £25(booking fee inc)
Seating: BALCONY unallocated – Ticket price: £25 (booking fee inc)…
Seating: GALLERY unallocated – Ticket price: £22 (booking fee inc)…

£25/ £22 per ticket – yes that’s right – postage is the only extra if you order online – if you buy in the shop at Apollo then all you pay is for the ticket.
Unallocated means you sit where you want.

Buy online at this link here:

Buy locally at: Apollo Music Paisley
48 Causeyside Street
0141 887 6293

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Recruits are just the jobs for charity

A group of 30 young people from a popular council-run youth employment programme rattled their tins to raise hundreds of pounds for a local charity.

The S5/6 youngsters on the Recruit programme – loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice – raised the cash for St Vincent’s Hospice by taking collection cans and buckets across Braehead shopping centre.

Every year, the organisers of The Recruit – which sees a group of young people compete through a series of business-based challenges with jobs on offer for the winners – choose a local charity to benefit from the young people’s work.

St Vincent’s will also benefit from a challenge where the Recruits will be asked to see how much money they can earn on an initial £1 investment from the charity.

Other activities taking place include bake sales, sponsored walks and runs and other charity fundraisers. The results will be announced at the Recruit finale on 18 August where all of the funds raised will be presented to St Vincent’s.

The Recruit is now in its fifth year and this summer’s programme has two sections, one for S5/6 school pupils and another for unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds.

Donna McLellan, community and trust fundraiser at St Vincent’s, supervised the Braehead challenge, and said: “The Recruits were wonderful ambassadors for St Vincent’s and they did a fantastic job.

“They had loads of energy and enthusiasm and that was reflected in the way they persuaded the public to contribute to the charity.

“It costs us £5,000 a day to run our charity and half of this comes from voluntary donations.

“Public fundraising can be tough and fundraisers have to be good-humoured and versatile. The Recruits showed they have what it takes.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, added: “The Recruit aims to equip our young people with skills that will benefit them in the workplace by giving them practical and business-based challenges.

“Every year we find another batch of young people who go on to do the area proud – and it is great to see them applying those skills by doing something that helps benefit a great cause like St Vincent’s.”

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Renfrew residents are singing through the ages

Renfrew residents, young and old, have bridged the generation gap with a unique singing project.

Elderly residents of Monkdyke Sheltered Housing Complex and pupils from Newmains Primary School have joined forces for ‘Singing through the Ages’.

Weekly sessions of song and reminiscence have been a hit with both age groups, and built up to a recent showcase concert at the primary school in Renfrew.

The setlist was mixture of the old and the new, with renditions of contemporary favourites like Pharrel Williams’ mega-hit Happy and Let It Go from Disney movie Frozen proving especially popular with the audience.

Residents at Monkdyke have had a great time taking part. Isobel Hay, 80, said “Singing through the Ages and working with the children has made me feel young and happy” with Jim MacDonald, also 80, adding “Working with Newmains Primary has brought back fond memories of when my children went to the school. If you give, you get back.”

Carol Cooke, headteacher of Newmains Primary School, said “The intergenerational links established by Singing through the Ages have been fantastic. The children have learned so much and really enjoy being in the company of the tenants. The school is delighted to be involved in such as successful initiative.”

Singing coach Charlene Gordon, of the Charlotte Gordon Vocal Academy, said, “The project has been such a great and heart-warming experience and the enthusiasm from both the residents and the children made my job very easy. We encouraged everyone to “sing yourself happy” and I think they achieved that!”

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Street Stuff kids are up for the cup

Street Stuff kids got a special treat this week when two of St Mirren’s victorious Renfrewshire Cup-winning team dropped in on a training session.

The young players got to meet Saints stars and local lads Marc MacAusland and Jason Naismith, scorer of the winner in a 1-0 victory over Greenock Morton in the annual clash.


The surprise visit also gave the youngsters the chance to get their hands on the cup itself.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “I was a happy man to see St Mirren win the cup and I hope it’s the first sign that we’re in for a great season.

“The football club is a huge part of the success of Street Stuff and the senior players really show their support. They are an example to the kids of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication to self-improvement.”

The award-winning Street Stuff programme is designed to divert young people away from possible antisocial behaviour and has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

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Location: Barshaw Park, Paisley
Date: 09 August 2014

12pm onwards (parade due to start 2pm) 

Barshaw Park and Scottish and Afro-Caribbean cultures come together to party!

Star performer on the day will be X-Factor star Misha B, and you can also enjoy steel pan drumming, samba dancing, grooving carnival rhythms and much more as we celebrate musical diversity.

There will be a funfair, stalls and lots of your carnival favourites.

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Bands, Musician, Promoters and Volunteers Wanted.

Are you passionate about music? Think you could organise a live music event? LnP Promotions are seeking people, bands and organisations to host live music as part of Paisley Live, a weeklong of live music and arts events in Paisley 1 – 7 September 2014.

There are loads of ways to get involved with Paisley Live and be a part of the UK’s Paisley’s biggest festival line up We are looking for local bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians to take this opportunity create their own part of this live community event.

Whatever you’re into – metal, dance, classical – as long as you’re into music Paisley Live is for you. Your gig can be whatever you want it to be; big or small, on a street corner or in a concert hall. Raise money for an incredible cause, enhance your CV, and have fun with your mates while you’re at it.

We’ll give you everything you need to put on a great event, with tips, advice, training, and other resources.

Be Part of the Paisley Revival

Paisley town centre has been in decline for over a decade and the whole community is looking for help to re energise the town both from a community spirit perspective and an economic one.

The aim of Paisley Music Week is to bring local music and arts organisations together and establish a week-long festival of music in Paisley. The vision is to restore Paisley’s reputation as a live music town and help rebuild the town centre as a visitor destination. For us to help deliver this vision, we need you.

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