paisley rugby football club

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley Rugby Football Club is based at Anchor Playing Fields in Ross Street, Paisley.

The club runs two senior teams and youth teams from P1 up to under 18. Training takes place most week nights and weekends. Currently the club has 150 members, ranging from family, player, non-player and associate/social memberships.

paisley rugby football club

In 2013-14, PaisleyRFC 1XV won the Renfrewshire Cup and ended the season being promoted to BT West Division 2.

Paisley RFC is a self-funded club that is run by volunteers and managed by a committee that ensures things are done, usually the day-to-day management of the club.

There are several events a year, from Ladies nights, race nights, Firework displays, and much more in the clubhouse and at outside venues to help with fundraising. Their biggest and best event is their annual Ceilidh, which is open to everyone, held in Paisley Town Hall.

It owns two Rugby pitches, a homely Clubhouse, which has a fully licensed bar, 4 changing rooms, communal shower room, ladies and gents toilets.

PaisleyRFC have close links with the community and have had a long-running association with the Accord Hospice and their main sponsor the Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley.

Paisley RFC members consider themselves a family, they are a welcoming friendly club to all who come down and enjoy the games and hospitality. If anyone would like to try out rugby or find out more about the club, go down and check it out, talk to any of the staff who would be more than happy to help you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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King Creosote, Roddy Hart and Dougie MacLean to play Paisley’s Spree festival.

A host of big-name music and comedy acts are on their way to Paisley this October, as part of the annual Spree festival.

The third edition of the Renfrewshire Council-run event – on between 10 and 18 October – will see the return of the iconic Spiegeltent to the town centre to host the bulk of the shows.

The centrepiece of the ten-day festival will be a one-off collaboration between King Creosote, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Friday 17 October.

The gig –in the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey – will see both acts play sets backed by the orchestra, and follows a rapturously-received show at the same venue during last year’s festival with the RSNO, Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad.

The Spiegeltent will host Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean – fresh from performing his best-known song Caledonia for a global TV audience of 1 billion during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The festival will close with a Scottish Album of the Year Showcase on Saturday 18 October headlined by award winners and Glaswegian hip-hop stars Young Fathers, plus fellow nominees Kid Canaveral and Hector Bizerk.

The bill is also big on laughs, with 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Russell Kane bringing his new show Smallness to Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 15 October.

Other big-name comics set to appear include Scotland’s very own ‘half-man half-Xbox’ Daniel Sloss in Paisley Arts Centre, and Spree festival favourite Craig Hill in the Spiegeltent.

There will also be two editions of the regular Buddy Good Laugh comedy nights run by Dead Sheep Comedy during The Spree, headlined by TV regulars Jo Caulfield and Mark Nelson.

Other musical highlights include indie-rockers Withered Hand and Merrymouth (fronted by ex-Ocean Colour Scene singer Simon Fowler), as well as veteran songwriter Rab Noakes, who was last in town when he produced a sold-out tribute show to Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty this year.

There will also be some award-winning traditional music thanks to Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson with Salthouse, as well as the return of the Danny Kyle Open Stage made famous by Celtic Connections.

The Spree will also feature plenty for children during the October break too, with Kids’ Comedy events featuring comics including Billy Kirkwood and Raymond Mearns, as well as free author events for kids in Paisley Central Library.

To see the full bill – which also includes film, theatre, community and local history events and even a hypnotist – visit from Thursday 28 January.

The festival will run alongside the opening weekend of the Brick Wonders Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum, after its predecessor Brick City broke venue attendance records earlier this year.

Brick Wonders will run until February and feature the natural ancient and modern marvels of the world, created by Lego artist Warren Elsmore.

And to build on the Lego link, The Spree will feature daily Let’s Do Robotics with Lego workshops for children, as well as a showing of the Lego Movie in the arts centre.

Tickets are already on sale for some shows through the Renfrewshire Arts and Museums box office at

Tickets for all others – including the King Creosote/Roddy Hart/RSNO show – will be available through from 9am on Thursday 28 August.

Spree fans can also call the Renfrewshire Arts and Museums box office on 0300 300 1210, or book in person at Paisley Arts Centre in New Street Paisley, PA1 1EZ.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]TWO GLASGOW AUTHORS SHORTLISTED FOR SCOTLAND’S 

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce today, Thursday 28 August, that Glasgow-based children’s authors E.B. Colin and Ross Collins have been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators.

Run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland, these are Scotland’s largest book awards, split into three age categories, with a total prize fund of £12,000. Shortlisted authors and illustrators receive £500 per book, and the three winning books receive £3,000 each. Over the next five months, children the length and breadth of Scotland will be reading the three shortlisted books in their age category and voting for their favourite. The three winning books will be announced at a special award ceremony on 4 March 2015.

E.B. Colin is shortlisted in the Younger Readers (8-11 yrs) category for her children’s novel, Pyrate’s Boy, published by Kelpies, a swashbuckling adventure set on the high seas in 1750 which follows a young lad’s experiences on board a pirate ship.  

Colin lives in Pollockshields and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Strathclyde University. She is also the author of four novels for adults including The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite and The Songwriter. She also writes short stories, screen and radio plays and for children. One of her children’s novels, My Invisible Sister, has been optioned by Disney in the US.

Commenting on her nomination, she said: 

“I’m delighted that ‘Pyrate’s Boy’ has been shortlisted. I had a lot of fun writing it, researching all sorts of things from poisonous snakes to Bonnie Prince Charlie. I loved living in 1750 and sailing the High Seas, if only in my imagination, and hope that lots of other readers will too.” 
Ross Collins is shortlisted in the Bookbug Reader’s category for the illustrations in picture book Robot Rumpus, written by Sean Taylor. Ross is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, and is a previous winner of a 2008 Scottish Children’s Book Award for Billy Monster’s Daymare and also appeared on the 2011 shortlist for Dear Vampa. Growing up, Ross attended Primary and Secondary school in Shawlands and then studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art, where he won the Macmillan children’s book prize in his final year. Collins also works in character development for animators such as Disney and is a regular at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

 Commenting on his nomination, Ross said:

It’s wonderful to be shortlisted for the award. To know that ‘Robot Rumpus’ will be in the sticky hands of so many Scottish children is a lovely feeling and an award that is voted for by the readers themselves is worth so much more.”
Ross’ book will also be gifted to every Primary 1 child in Scotland, along with the two other books shortlisted in the Bookbug Readers category. The books will be gifted in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack, funded by the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, and are intended to encourage P1 children, who are just beginning their learning journey, to discover the joy of reading.
Bookbug Readers (3-7 years)

  • Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray (Nosy Crow)
  • Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Ross Collins (Andersen Press)
  • Lost for Words by Natalie Russell (Macmillan)

Younger Readers (8-11 years)

  • Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith (Birlinn)
  • Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall (Kelpies)
  • Pyrate’s Boy by E.B. Colin (Kelpies)

Older Readers (12-16 years)

  • Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott (Kelpies)
  • The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Mosi’s War by Cathy MacPhail (Bloomsbury)

Jasmine Fassl, Head of Schools at Scottish Book Trust said:
“The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are much more than a celebration of Scottish literature – they are about expanding children’s horizons far beyond their physical boundaries and barriers. By simply reading just one of the shortlisted novels in their category, a 5 year old can imagine what it’s like to have rampaging robots as babysitters, a 10 year old can hop aboard a pirate ship, and a 15 year old can be transported into the mind of a teenager in a war zone. We hope that children, teachers, parents and librarians across Scotland will take this journey with us and get lost in these 9 wonderful stories.”

Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, commented:
“Literacy, and access to books for Scotland’s children and families is absolutely critical for our capacity to learn, to develop and to imagine. The work of Scottish Book Trust is fundamental in this. The next step beyond access is to provide the means for children and young people to develop an independent love of books and reading, and the Scottish Children’s Book Awards play an enormous role in making this possible. 
“By voting for their own reading choices they are taking steps in their journeys as independent readers – steps which will have an impact on their education, their wellbeing and their imaginations far into the future. Creative Scotland is delighted to support this work, and is encouraged to see such a strong shortlist of Scottish books for our voters to choose from.” 
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards also encourage budding authors or journalists to put pen to paper: the popular Book Review Competition offers pupils the chance to win book tokens for themselves and an author visit for their school.
Budding film makers can enter the book trailer competition to entice their peers to read the books too and win book tokens for their school. Scottish Book Trust provides extensive learning resources for teachers on how to create book trailers.
The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack is part of Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, funded by the Scottish Government and run by Scottish Book Trust.
CALL Scotland has again worked with Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books for children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can’t read the paper books. The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to
FOR ALL PRESS QUERIES, PLEASE CONTACT HELEN CRONEY: – 0131 524 0175 or 07751 69 58 54
Notes to editors:
Scottish Children’s Book Awards (@ScottishBkTrust – #SCBA15):

  • The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, and are supported by Waterstones and CALL.
  • Teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups in the appropriate age group and then the children and young people read, review, discuss and vote for their favourite books.
  • Reviews and book trailers are posted on the Scottish Book Trust website by young judges to share their enthusiasm about the shortlisted books.
  • Videos of each Bookbug category author reading and talking about their book will be available at

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack (@Bookbug_SBT):
The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack is part of Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, funded by the Scottish Government, run by Scottish Book Trust and co-ordinated locally across Scotland by the library service. Bookbug gifts books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in five Bookbug packs:

  • Baby pack (gifted by a health visitor to every baby)
  • Toddler pack (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler)
  • Pirate pack (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old )
  • P1 book (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0–5 in Scotland)

Creative Scotland (@CreativeScots)
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please  Follow us @creativescots and[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Doors Open Days 2014: Scotland through the Keyhole launched today at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, signalling what is sure to be an exciting month of looking through the keyholes and getting into some of the most fascinating buildings in the country.


With the help of local school children, the RSPB and staff of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum the Doors Open Days team declared Scotland’s annual festival of architecture, design, culture and communities officially opened for 2014.

Inspired by famous Scots such as William Wallace and Kate Cranston, pupils of Hillhead Primary school and family visitors to the museum designed and crafted miniature doors and keys. They showed of the hard work at the launch with a fabulous Parade of Doors and Keys in celebration of Doors Open Days.

The launch also marked the opening of Scotland Through the Keyhole, an exhibition of photography commissioned by the Scottish Civic Trust and supported by Homecoming Scotland 2014. Featuring 22 photographs by landscape photographer Damian Shields the exhibition showcases the very best of what the festival offers and what residents and visitors to Scotland can anticipate getting into this year and beyond.

The exhibition is now open to the public at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and like all of Doors Open Days events is free to attend. It will run from 27 August to 21 September and is not to be missed.

With almost all of the area programmes online visitors can start planning their very own Doors Open Days. Some programmes have events that require booking and will be snapped up fast, so don’t delay in getting online and getting started planning. Visitors can search by area, search by date or search by theme

Glasgow Bookings open Wednesday 27th August at 10am. Visitors will be able to book for these few events from 10am on Wednesday 27th August. Details of how to book for each of these can be found on their website


Pauline McCloy-Turtle, Scottish Civic Trust said:
‘This launch event is a great snap shot of what the festival is all about: communities getting involved, families making things together, venues like this wonderful gallery joining in and going that extra mile, and most of all, it is about people getting out and about and getting into buildings. Scotland is such a beautiful country and it is our pleasure to help showcase its buildings and its landscapes to the world.

Frequent visitors already know this and now, with the help of these photographs, we can spread that message even further afield. As part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 cultural programme we look forward to welcoming in the world and today has been a terrific springboard to just that.’

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

‘I am delighted that Doors Open Days 2014: Scotland through the keyhole has been included in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. This is a great opportunity that everyone should take advantage of to get free access to hundreds of buildings across Scotland that are not normally open to the public. 

The Year of Homecoming in 2014 provides a unique opportunity to encourage more and more visitors, both international and domestic to come and enjoy Scotland and will position Scotland on the international stage as a dynamic and creative nation.’

To find out more see our website



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Doors Open Day Paisley 2014.

The Annual Doors Open Day Paisley (Saturday 6th September) is nearly upon us and it makes for a fantastic day out with the family, when you can access buildings and places you would never normally be able to see inside.

Doors Open Day in Paisley 2014 will be popular with both amateur and pro photographers out there too, with access to the roof of Paisley Abbey (weather permitting) and hopefully this year there is also access to the roof of Thomas Coats Memorial church.

Below is a concise list of places and times of the buildings which will be open in town.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Paisley Anchor Mill          06.09.14 (10.00-18.00)

7 Thread Street, Paisley,  PA1 1JR

The Anchor Mill stands as a proud reminder of Paisley’s great industrial heritage.  Located at the Hammills on the White Cart River, this landmark Grade ‘A’ listed Domestic Finishing Mill was built in 1886 and is one of the few remaining buildings of the Anchor Mill complex.  At the centre of the building is the elegant, 4 storied, sun-lit Atrium.  This year in the Atrium, The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days and continue through until the 22nd September.  The tapestry depicts the determination, courage and influence of Scots as they journeyed across the world throughout the centuries.


Architect: Woodhouse & Morley

Building Date: 1886


The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days

Children’s Passport Scheme


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery)         06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Former Martyrs Parish Church, 40 Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2NP


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery) – the church was named in honour of two men who were hung at Paisley Cross in 1685 for refusing to renounce the Covenant and acknowledge the King’s supremacy. The building is now the headquarters of the 7th Paisley (JNI) Scout Group.

Building Date: 1835


Paisley – Brediland Allotment Association   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

3 Cardell Drive, Foxbar,  PA2 9AE


The Brediland Allotments were established in 1916, local knowledge states it was gifted by a generous farmer.

There are over 50 plots and 8 pigeon fanciers and Brediland Allotments  hold something for all ages in the community from under 5’s to older adults..

There has been a massive revival of interest in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in

recent years. As a result, Renfrewshire is starting to see the development of a number of innovative community led projects to allow people to start growing their own fresh produce.


Limited access for disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.


Paisley – Grand Fountain ( Grand Re-Opening ) 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Fountain Gardens, Paisley

Paisley – Grand Fountain – Doors Open Days sees the new restoration and interpretation project completed and today marks the special occasion of the fountain being switched back on.  Come enjoy our Victorian Garden Party and find out about the restoration of this A-Listed, cast iron fountain made by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow in the 1860s.  Adorned with cherubs, dolphins and walruses, it really is one of a kind.

Architect: Sun Foundry, Glasgow

Building Date: 1868


There will be an exhibition on the history of the fountain and gardens,

A Victorian style Garden Party to celebrate the switching on will also take place.

Children’s Passport.


Paisley – Hamishes’ Hoose   06.09.14 (12.30-20.00) – 07.09.14 (12:30-20.00)

45 High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2AH


This venue will host live music.  Simply show your Doors Open Day Booklet to get a free desert with any main meal purchased from the menu. (One desert per booklet).


Paisley – Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Place, Moss Street, Paisley,  PA1 1BG


The only Scottish Episcopal Church remaining in Paisley.  The congregation began in 1817 and merged with St Barnabas Church in 2004.  It is the oldest Episcopal Church Building in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.

Building Date: 1833


Paisley – John Neilson Institute (formerly John Neilson Institution)   06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley,  PA1 2DE


This astonishing addition to Paisley’s skyline is a fabulous distortion of antique classical forms, known to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally a school bequeathed to the town by a local grocer, it has was converted into flats in 1993 and won a prestigious Saltire Award for its conversion.

Architect: Charles Wilson

Building Date: 1852


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre   06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

11 Christie Street, Paisley,  PA1 1NB


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre – A recently refurbished facility providing first class facilities for the people of Renfrewshire in the form of a 6 court sports hall, modern fitness suite and dance studios, a new arena for events, new foyer and cafe together with a free form swimming and teaching pool.  This facility also hosts one of the newest Spa’s in the area.


Paisley – Langs Tannery   06.09.14 (9.00-11.00)

1 Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1JL


The original building dates to around 1830 but the site has been modernised over the years to provide a modern tanning operation to convert raw cattle hides into tanned leather suitable for upholstery and shoe leather manufacturers world wide.  The cattle hides are a by-product of the meat industry and Langs Tannery takes this product, adds value and produces a desirable product much in demand.  Please note non-slip footwear required to take this tour.

Building Date: 1830


Paisley – New Jerusalem Church 06.09.14 (10:00-15:30)

17 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2LB


this is a good example of an early Scottish Methodist chapel. The church was purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in 1860 for £600 and was formally opened and dedicated on 15th September 1861. In 1868 the interior was remodelled and new pews, a pulpit and stained glass windows were instated. The stained glass cost £103 and was designed by the artist Sir Noel Paton RSA, whose parents belonged to the congregation.

Building Date: 1810 and 1868


Paisley – Oakshaw Trinity Church  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley,  PA1 2DD


The church’s steeple is one of the most pronounced on Paisley’s skyline. The Hill organ has been newly restored.  Contains a stunning plaster ceiling together with seven notable stained glass windows: two by Oscar Paterson c. 1918; two by Alec Walker c. 1909 and 1921; and one each by Gordon Webster, 1951; Sadie McLellan, 1973; and John Clark, 1996.

Architect: John White, 1754 & 1767-70; Rennison & Scott, 1877

Building Date: 1750-56, steeple 1770


Paisley – Paisley Abbey & the Place of Paisley  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Abbey Close, Paisley,  PA1 1JG

Paisley Abbey interior

Paisley Abbey, the crowning glory of Renfrewshire’s architectural heritage, is over 850 years old, it was founded as a Cluniac monastery in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, an ancestor of the Royal House of Stewart and a distant relation of our future king, the Duke of Cambridge. Built on the site of a Celtic church established by St. Mirin in the 6th century, Paisley Abbey has been razed and rebuilt several times since then.

Its 25 stained glass windows, designed by 15 different artists, are exquisite   Paisley Abbey is also home to some of the most unique gargoyles, from the traditional to the something a little different see if you can spot the alien.  The cafe will also be open for business as will the tower and upper floors of the Place of Paisley.

Architect: Restoration by Rowand Anderson, Robert Lorimer

Building Date: 1163 with many additions throughout the centuries.


Paisley – Paisley Ambulance Station 06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

15 Craw Road, Paisley,  PA2 6AD


A purpose built Ambulance Station which became operational in 1996 to replace the temporary Ambulance Station.

A selection of Ambulance vehicles will also be on display, along with some short heartstart sessions.

Display of Ambulance vehicles and short heartstart sessions.


Paisley – Paisley Arts Centre  06.09.14 (09.45-16.45)

New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EZ


Built by the Town Council as Paisley’s first post-reformation church, the Arts Centre was a place of worship for nearly 250 years until it was converted to its present purpose in 1987.

This intimate and friendly venue provides an all year-round programme of drama, music, film, comedy and dance, it frequently hosts Scottish & world premiers.

Architect: James Baird & John Hart

Building Date: 1736-38

The Centre will be running drop-in arts session (11.00-15.00).


Paisley – Paisley Central Library 06.09.14 (09.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Reference library by John Honeyman, 1868-71. Lending and Children’s Libraries: Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1904, with extension by Keppie and Henderson, 1933.

An A-Listed building which opened in 1871 and was funded by a donation from Peter Coats.  In 1904 an extension was built by Honeyman, Keppie and MacKintosh.  MacKintosh’s influence can be seen in the use of recessed squares, in bookcase friezes and glazed screens, in the doors with oval glass panels, and in the roof trusses.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie, Macintosh & Henderson

Building Date: 1868, 1904, 1933

The library holds amazing archives of maps, photographs and drawings and additional exhibitions and competitions will run on the day.


Paisley – Paisley Community Fire Station 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Canal Street, Paisley,  PA1 2HQ


The current fire station in Canal Street replaced the old station in Johnston Street in 1972.  The station has two fire appliances, it is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  It has five groups of eleven personnel that attend various incidents like fires, car crashes, incidents involving chemicals, animal and water rescue incidents.


Paisley – Paisley Martyr’s Sandyford 06.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2PP


The union of the Martyrs and Sandyford Churches was formalised in November 2009 and a presence is maintained at both Broomlands Street and Montgomery Road, with the Broomlands church being the one open on Doors Open Day.

Architect: Changes by T G Abercrombie, 1904-05

Building Date: 1835

Organ music will be played throughout the day.


Paisley – Paisley Methodists Central Hall 06.09.14 (11.00-16.00)

7 Gauze Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EP


Paisley Methodists Central Hall was built in 1908.  New to Doors Open Days this beautiful building of note will hold an exhibition of Methodism past and present there will also be guided tours on request and children’s activities including a quiz and a story trail around the Church.

Building Date: 1908


Paisley – Paisley Museum & Art Galleries and Coats Observatory  06.09.14 (11.00-16.00) – 07.09.14 (14.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


The museum houses a wealth of treasures, from ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and natural history.  The pillar gallery has recently been refurbished with original Victorian architecture and double barrelled vaulted ceiling fully restored.

Observatory: A solar telescope, Alexander Stoddart’s bust of Newton and painted glass windows depicting famous astronomers can all be found in the observatory.

Open on Sunday 14.00-17.00 for the collection of prizes only.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh; T G Abercrombie

Building Date: 1868-81, 1902, 1915. Observatory 1883


Paisley – Paisley Sheriff Court & Justice of the Peace Court  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Street, Paisley,  PA3 2HW


The present Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts originally consisted of the court House and the offices of Renfrew County Council.  The extended building now housing the Procurator Fiscals office was re-opened in 1997 and 2011.

Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997

Building Date: 1885-90

Don’t miss the guided tour of the Courts and cells.


Paisley – Paisley Stowbrae Kirk  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

82 Causeyside Street, Paisley,  PA1 1YP


One of the newest buildings to this year’s Doors Open Days.  Stowbrae Kirk will be holding an exhibition of communion plates relating to the 4 churches in it’s history exhibition


Paisley – Paisley Threadmill Museum  06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley,  PA1 1JS

Thread Mill Museum

More than 10,000 people used to wind and bind thread for J & P Coats in this imposing A-listed building. Six tall floors high in red brick, 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building now functions as a business centre and an area of the ground floor has been provided rent free for the development of a museum devoted to the thread industry of Paisley, run by volunteers.

Architect: W J Morley of Bradford for J & P Coats

Building Date: 1899

The ground floor’s museum showcases an archive of photographs that offers a glimpse into the life of a mill worker.


Paisley – Ralston Community Sports Centre 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (9.00-15.30)

Penilee Road, Paisley,  PA1 3AX


Built around 1930 this is a world class example of Art Deco architecture in the style of the world famous Thomas Tait.  In the last few years it has been refurbished into a community sports centre incorporating a dance studio, state of the art gym and synthetic football pitches.  It’s balconies and downstairs reception foyer make it an ideal function space.

Building Date: Around 1930


Paisley – Renfrewshire House  06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street , Paisley,  PA1 1AN


Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s Headquarters building which, in addition to its refurbished open plan offices, features a new Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new Chamber which is suspended over the public service desks and is elliptical to embody the principles of equality and inclusive debate in local democracy.

Building Date: 1985

Customer Services and Council Chambers open.


Paisley – Sir James Clark Building – Studio 14 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Abbey Mill Business Centre, Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1TJ


Built in 1923 this B listed building was part of the former Anchor Mill Complex and is now used for offices and workshops.  All are welcome to come along and meet artist Caroline Watson, who will open her studio for the day to present an exhibition of drawings and mixed media artworks.  The work reflects an interest in landscape and objects of nature as experienced in a social and cultural context.  Also involved in local cultural activities, the artist is part of Weaving Musical Threads and an active member of the Creative Renfrewshire Network

Building Date: 1923

Exhibition of Drawings & Mixed Media Artworks



Paisley – Sma’ Shot Cottage   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley,  PA1 2HG


Sma’ Shot Cottages comprise an 18th Century weavers cottage and loom shop showing living and working conditions of a weavers family in the 1750s and a small row of mill owners cottages from the 19th Century.  The cottages contain many fascinating artefacts and are linked by a 19th Century heritage garden.

Building Date: 1700s-1800s

The Victorian interiors tell the story of Paisley’s 19th century development.


Paisley – St James’s Church of Scotland 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Underwood Road, Paisley,  PA3 1TL


This Gothic revival church of considerable architectural merit has a steeple which reaches for the sky.  It’s one of a limited number of churches in Scotland with eight or more bells.  Certainly, the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plain interior design helped Blanc to win the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. The congregation has very strong musical interests including a quoir, handbell team & orchestra.  Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with a chance to try handbells at 10.30 & 11.30,  choir activities 11.00 & 12.00, Organ & Piano demonstrations 14.00 & 15.00 and the Bell Tower is opening especially for Doors Open Days between 13.00 – 15.00.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1880, 1904


Paisley – St Mary’s RC Church 06.09.14 (10.00 -13.00)

163 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2UN


The picturesque coloured glass is newer than the church, and was a replacement for the original glass which was shattered by a bomb blast during World War II.  See the boy with the football and the lady with the Vacuum cleaner in this beautiful feature. Architect: Pugin. Building Date: 1891Post war stained glass above the choir and in the apse. Church completely restored, including Watt organ.


Paisley – St Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Gordon Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XL


St Matthew’s was built in 1905-1907 in a mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles by Paisley architect W D McLennan, who was a member of the congregation.  The church is regarded by many as Scotland’s most significant Art Nouveau Church.  McLennan originally intended the design to include a massive spire but it was decided late in 1907 to abandon this costly embellishment.

Architect: William D McLennan

Building Date: 1905-1907


Paisley – St Mirin’s RC Cathedral  06.09.14 (15.15-17.15)

Incle St, Paisley,  PA1 1HR


Built in 1932 to replace the 1808 church in East Buchanan Street, St Mirins’ dedicated to the Patron Saint of Paisley, became a cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Paisley in 1948.  It continues to serve as a parish church with recent renovations taking place in 2012.

Architect: Thomas Baird

Building Date: 1930-32


Paisley – St Mirren Football Club 07.09.14 (12.00-15.00)

75 Greenhill Road, Paisley,  PA3 1RU


First established in 1877 and although they moved to a purpose built stadium 4 years ago, the history of the club is proudly displayed within the club for all to see.  For Doors Open Day you will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, why not walk out the tunnel, see the dressing rooms, board rooms, referee room and even the TV interview room with a special competition for children with a chance to win tickets for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Premiership home game on Saturday 18th October 2014.

Building Date: 2008


Paisley – Tannahill’s Cottage  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

11 Queen Street, Paisley,  PA1 2TT


The cottage was built by the father of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” and compatriot of Robert Burns, who lived there for most of his life (1774-1810). Now home to the Paisley Burns Club, one of the oldest in the world, it reopened after a fire in 2003

Architect: James Tannahill

Building Date: 1775

View a display of Burns and Tannahill memorabilia.


Paisley – The Bull Inn 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (12.30-17.30)

7 New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XU


Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy.

Those presenting their Doors Open Day brochure on the Saturday will get 15% off of their  food bill.  No food served on a Sunday.

Architect: William D. McLennan

Building Date: 1900-01


Paisley – The Wynd Centre 06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

6 School Wynd, Paisley,  PA1 2DB


The Wynd Centre opened its doors on 30 Sept. 1984 and is the outreach arm of Oakshaw Trinity Church. When the former St John’s Church became available the centre expanded and the Architect Archie Richmond of Richmond Architects, Dumbarton, Glasgow designed the building as it stands now and it was opened by HRH Princess Anne in 2001. It has a 200 Seater Auditorium, Counselling rooms, varying sizes of rooms and halls.  Come along and see for yourself.  The Wynd Centre 30th Anniversary service on Sunday 7 September, Oakshaw Trinity Church 2.00pm. All welcome.

Architect: Archie Richmond

Building Date: 1984 & 2001


Paisley – Thomas Coats Memorial Church & Paisley Photographic Society 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Built by the Coats family in memory of Thomas Coats, the building is the epitome of Victorian neo-gothic splendour.  One of, if not the most opulent Baptist centres in Britain, the church’s eight arched crown spire is a principal feature of Paisley’s skyline.  The interior abounds with highly carved oak, marble and alabaster.  You will be able to take in the artful surrounds to the sound of organ music.  The Paisley Photographic Society will also be exhibiting their members’ photography.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1894


Paisley – Wallneuk North Church  06.09.14 (10.30-12.30)

Abercorn Street, Paisley,  PA3 4AB


Hailed as the triumph of stylish Paisley architect, this Perpendicular Gothic creation is one of the most powerful compositions to be found in the town.  The Church is built of red stone from Locharbriggs quarry, Dumfriesshire, the inside is mainly Austrian oak.  Various animals and symbols are carved in the wood and stone.

Architect: Thomas Graham Abercrombie

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Salmon fishing a great catch for Renfrew residents.

38 Renfrew residents joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in an historic trip down the Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.

The guests were invited to watch as Renfrewshire’s civic leaders carried out the historic act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.

The custom goes back as far as 1781 when the town lost the right to the fishing on parts of the Clyde by not fishing in the area.

King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew granting the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

However Renfrew Town Council failed to keep the rights on parts of the river owned by Sir Michael Stewart because they hadn’t fished those areas for some years. From then on it became practise to maintain the rights by having the Provost, Baillies and Town Clerk put out the nets and haul them in every three years. The practise of casting of the nets is still carried on as a tradition.

Provost Hall was also joined by local councillors, MPs and MSPs for the trip from Braehead pier to the mouth of the River Leven.

Provost Hall said: “I was pleased that so many from the local community joined me on this unique celebration of Renfrew’s history. The historic salmon fishing is a significant tradition and one that’s worth preserving. It’s great that everyone had such a great day.”

The fishing net for the special trip was kindly donated by Gordon from Country Sports, Paisley.

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Image 1 – Renfrew residents and civic leaders prepare to board the boat for the salmon fishing trip.

Image 2 – Provost Anne Hall and Renfrew residents on the Clyde Cruises Cruiser.


Image 3 – Sticking your net out: Provost Hall prepares to put her net into the water.


Image 4 – Catch of the day: Provost Hall looking to catch a salmon from the Clyde.


Image 5 – Provost Hall and Captain Thomas Klein, Clyde Cruises


Image 6 – Waving at the Waverley: Provost Hall is joined by Pat Watson, Brenda McEwan, Susan Graham and Effie McGachie.

Image 7 – Under the bridge: Donny Drennan, John Peacock, Susan Adam, Georgina Hunter and Christina Hunter with Provost Hall.

Image 8 – Local resident Effie McgGachie and Provost Hall at Dumbarton Rock, near the River Leven.

Image 9 – Brian Luse, Pastor at Renfrew’s Baptist Church and Deacon John Morrison from the diocese of Paisley.

Image 10 – Provost Hall and Renfrew residents enjoy the views on the boat journey to the River Leven.


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Renfrewshire begins primary schools catchment reviews.

Renfrewshire Council is starting a series of catchment reviews for local primary schools and pre-five centres.

The phased series of reviews is expected to take two years to complete and is linked to the council’s agreed £32.5million investment in the primary and pre-five sector.

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That investment will include: an £11m fully refurbished shared campus with extended nursery provision at St John Bosco Primary and Bargarran Primary, both in Erskine, which could open in 2018; a £6m refurbishment of St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone which would include a relocated Spateston pre5 centre and could open in 2019; a £6m refurbishment of St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar which could open in 2018 and would include a relocated Foxlea pre5 centre, and a new £5.35m replacement school on the site of the current St Fergus Primary which could open in 2017.

The initial catchment reviews will focus on three groups of primary schools – St Fillan’s Primary in Houston and Our Lady of Peace Primary in Linwood; St Anne’s Primary in Erskine and the new St James’ primary schools in Renfrew; and St Fergus’ and St Mary’s primary schools in Paisley.

Those reviews are expected to be completed and proposals brought forward by March 2015.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “During the consultation on the schools investment, we made clear to parents that we would come back for further detailed consultation on catchment areas and we are now fulfilling that pledge.

“This is an exciting time for education in Renfrewshire with the massive investment the council is making in schools even in our very difficult funding situation.

“We carried out a lot of work and athered a lot of information in preparing the investment plans and that will help inform the catchment reviews.

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Photograph of The Hamills Waterfall

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Council leader urges firms to back the BID.

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader is urging Paisley firms to get behind business-led plans to help revitalise the town centre.

Plans are well advanced in the town to set up a Business Improvement District – which would see local firms work together on projects of mutual benefit.

A BID is set up when all businesses within a geographical area opt to collectively invest in schemes to improve the area, paid for through a compulsory BID levy.

All firms within the BID area boundary will vote by secret ballot in October on whether to adopt the plans.

Paisley First – a group of local organisations who are leading the process – have produced a detailed business plan for how it will all work.

And Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan has thrown his support behind the proposals, saying local firms should back the BID.

He said: “Paisley town centre faces the same challenges as traditional shopping areas everywhere – but we believe there are exciting times ahead in the near future.

“The council this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s outstanding heritage and cultural assets to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration over the next decade and help attract tourism.

“But we can only make that happen with the support of all within the local community – and town centre businesses will be at the heart of that process.

“With that in mind, they stand to gain from having a body to represent their interests and bring people together to support projects which will help boost local trade for all.

“Business Improvement Districts are already working well in other towns and I would encourage all firms within the boundary to get on board with the proposals and back the BID.”

Councillor Macmillan recently met with former MEP Hugh McMahon and Ken MacDonald, of Houston Kiltmakers, the chair and deputy chair of the Paisley First Steering Group.

Hugh McMahon said: “Paisley First is fully supportive of Renfrewshire Council’s extremely imaginative and exciting proposals for town centre regeneration by exploiting Paisley’s historic past and iconic buildings.

“Paisley First has built on these proposals in our current business plan, designed to bring specific benefits based on dealing with issues highlighted through consulting Paisley businesses, to be circulated to all business in the proposed BID area.”

There are already 22 BIDs around Scotland, but should one be adopted in Paisley it would boast the highest number of businesses of any apart from Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

All business within the BID area will receive a copy of the business plan and a ballot paper when the 42-day ballot period kicks off on Friday 3 October.

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Renfrewshire shoppers face carrier bag charge in October.

New Scottish Government regulations mean Renfrewshire shoppers will have to pay at least 5p for carrier bags from October.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations have been introduced in a bid to cut climate change and reduce the number of carrier bags used by Scottish shoppers.

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Last year alone shoppers carted off 740 million carrier bags. ‘Bag for life’ re-usable carrier bags are exempt from the charge.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said, “The best thing we can all do for the environment is reduce the number of bags we use; re-use bags as often as possible and recycle any bags that we don’t need any more.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards Team is warning suppliers about their duties under the new regulations.

Councillor Eddie Devine said, “Any shop with more than 10 full time staff, or equivalent, has to keep financial records of how much they make from this charge for at least three financial years.

The Scottish Government is encouraging businesses to donate the proceeds to good causes, which benefit local communities or the environment, to generate publicity for their business.”

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Poverty Commission: ‘Unacceptable attainment gap must be closed’.

The attainment gap between pupils from high and low income families in Scotland is not acceptable and must be closed – that was the clear message from the Renfrewshire Tackling Poverty Commission recently.

The Commission met last week to focus on ‘education, skills and attainment’ with Professor Sue Ellis from Strathclyde University taking on the role of theme lead.

Professor Ellis said: “The attainment gap is not acceptable. There is absolutely no reason that in the 21st century what your parents earn should determine how well you do at school.

“Both schools and parents have a key role to play in narrowing the gap and it’s important that schools empower parents to support their children’s learning. We need to look more closely at how we remove existing barriers.”

Councillor Mike Holmes, Chair of the Tackling Poverty Commission, added: “Attainment in Renfrewshire is above the national average and continues to improve, but we cannot be complacent. As we work to do better there are challenges around how we use information about poverty and target interventions that will best support pupils to improve and close the attainment gap.

“How we respond to the challenge will have to vary depending on the needs of schools and their pupils, and I look forward to the Commission’s recommendations on how this is best achieved.”

During the recent meeting, Commission members Jim McCormick (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Audrey Cumberford (West College Scotland) and Professor Ellis, all put forward practical and positive ideas stemming from research, academic reports and real life experiences of how to narrow the attainment gap.

These will be considered along with recommendations on health and well being, housing and community, increasing income and minimising expenditure before the Commission makes its final report.

The Commission continues to gather evidence with the next meeting planned for Friday 12 September to focus on ‘housing and place’. It will move to its recommendation setting phase later this year.

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