[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Remembering the good old days of Glasgow variety theatre.

Would a stroll down memory lane take you to the steps of the Paisley Theatre, scene of amateur operatics, theatre repertory, and performances by the Logan family, Andy Stewart and other luminaries?

If it would, members of the Scottish Theatre Archive “On Stage” project would like you to join them in a journey of reminiscence.

On Thursday, October 16, as part of The Spree festival, Paisley Central Library, in partnership with the Scottish Theatre Archive, will host a drop-in day – “Your Theatre History” – that will fulfil two functions.

Professor Adrienne Scullion, who holds the James Arnott Chair in Drama at the University of Glasgow, said: “The Scottish Theatre Archive is an essential collection for anyone interested in the story of theatre and drama in Scotland but it’s also a fantastic resource for anyone interested in social and cultural history more widely.   This event will allow us to showcase the historical riches held in both the Scottish Theatre Archive and Paisley Library’s Heritage Services  and just might also unlock a few new memories about our theatrical heritage too.”

The morning session, “Exploring Your Theatre History”, is an opportunity for people who want to carry out their own research into friends or relatives who worked or performed in the theatre. It will allow them to tap into the resources and expertise of the Heritage Services and the Scottish Theatre Archive, which is based in the University of Glasgow Library’s Special Collections department and has a mission to preserve and promote interest in Scotland’s theatrical heritage. Anyone interested in this part of the day is advised to phone or email the Scottish Theatre Archive with the details of their inquiry in advance.

The afternoon session is entitled “Remembering  the Paisley Theatre” and is a celebration of memories of  that theatre (also known as the Victory Theatre) on Smithhills Street, which opened in 1890 and closed in 1959.

Over two hours, there will be a talk, short film screening and informal group discussion which will allow participants to share memories of the Paisley Theatre with members of the Scottish Theatre Archive and Paisley Library Heritage Services. They would particularly like to hear from anyone who remembers appearing at the theatre in amateur productions, or seeing Scottish variety shows there in the 1940s and 1950s. Both events are being held at Paisley Central Library.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]



Contact the Elderly is calling on the support of its network of guests, volunteers and stakeholders throughout Scotland to help it achieve a funding goal.

The charity, which has over 80 groups throughout the country from the Borders to the Highlands, is in the running for funding from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. It is currently sitting at second place in Edinburgh and hopes to nudge its way up to first with its community’s support.


There are four shortlisted charities in Edinburgh who will receive between £500 and £3000. The funding level is decided by the number of votes each charity receives with the vote closing on 10th October.

Anne Grindley, Edinburgh Area Organiser for the charity, said:

“We are thrilled to have been selected for the Bank of Scotland’s Community Fund from the many applicants. We hope our supporters, guests and volunteers will vote for us and it’s great to know that when the polls close, we will be receiving a much appreciated donation to the charity.”

Contact the Elderly offers lonely people aged 75 and over a social lifeline. Volunteer drivers collect one or two older people in their car and join them at a tea party in a volunteer host’s home. The parties tend to welcome around six older guests and four drivers, and take place monthly on Sundays. In Edinburgh there are eight such groups that enjoy an afternoon of stories, laughter and conversation.

Valerie Crookston, Scotland Executive Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:

“This is a great opportunity for our Edinburgh groups to raise a fantastic sum and we would like to appeal to our many supporters throughout the country to help us be as successful as possible.”

You can vote for Contact the Elderly online, in participating Bank of Scotland branches and via twitter or text message. Visit https://bos-cf.co.uk/PNH for more details.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley Pirates were yesterday sporting new strips as they celebrated a cool new sponsorship deal with the town’s leading Pro-Life gym.

And the move certainly fits the bill for the ice hockey team who will reap the benefits of the expert team of professionals at the centre.

And the club is delighted to be entering a new period in their long relationship with Pro-Life which is now managed by Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

The Pirates hope the partnership between the club, their fans and the charity will help raise hundreds of pounds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices as well as raising the profile of both.

Gayle Brannigan, CEO of RSC, said: “We are delighted to be continuing this long bond we have with the town’s ice hockey heroes which started way back with Alex Whelan and spans some 20 years. As well as giving the Pirates the cash support they needed to help buy strips sporting their new logo players will get a discounted membership to Pro-Life.

“They will also receive regular fitness assessments, ice hockey specific training programmes and bespoke nutritional seminars and eating plans from our team of experts here. When we launched the charity earlier this year we pledged to raise thousands of pounds for our hospices and to support sport in the community.

“We are hoping that Pirates fans that are looking to stay fit or perhaps take the first steps to a healthier regime will follow the players to Pro-Life where their membership will boost funds to the hospices looking after patients and families right here in Renfrewshire.”

Coach Ian Turley said: “It’s fantastic that were are linking up with Pro-Life once again under new management in the shape of Renfrewshire Sports Charity. We enjoyed a great partnership with Alex Whelan and are delighted to be maintaining a relationship between the Pirates and Paisley’s premier fitness centre.

“There’s a whole host of two way benefits which will see Pirates’ players able to take advantage of what Gayle has outlined while in return Pro-Life members be able to attend Pirates’ home games at the concessionary rate if they bring their card along.

“The charity is a great idea and we will do everything we can to help them in their efforts to raise money for the hospices. I would urge our fans who have been tremendous in their support of the team both home and away to get behind the new charity. We’ll be helping Pro-Life out in any way we can with players appearances, complimentary tickets and merchandise.”

Captain John Churchill said: “Pro-Life is a fantastic place. The facilities are excellent, the staff professional and really friendly and we’re lucky to be associated with such a great place. We are happy to be backing Renfrewshire Sports Charity in all their efforts and we would urge everyone to join us.”

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Looking good…Gayle Brannigan, CE of Renfrewshire Sports Charity with Pirates from left: Chris Turley, coach Ian Turley, Stuart McCaig, Stuart Miller, Graeme Meechan, Tom Johnston, Mark Hassan and captain John Churchill.

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Lulo Reinhardt

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Grand-nephew of jazz legend to play live in Paisley.

Lulo Reinhardt represents one of the most unique voices in jazz music today. His Latin-Swing Project combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango and bossa nova.

Lulo is the grand-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. But the family’s musical lineage is peppered with highly talented musicians including his uncle, the violin master Schnuckenack Reinhardt.

Lulo will be joined at Paisley Arts Centre by his band; Christoph König (violin), Harald Becher (bass), Uli Kramer (drums) and Winfried Schuld (piano).

Lulo Reinhardt will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 5 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) + booking fee* and can be booked by calling 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

*Please note: a £1 service charge per transaction applies for bookings made by phone or online. There is no service charge for tickets purchased in person or for tickets booked by phone and later collected from the Box Office.

To find out more about future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or www.twitter.com/RenArtsMuseums[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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BID vote can do the business for Paisley.

BUSINESSES in Paisley are being urged to back a bold action plan to revitalise the town centre.

And all they have to do to help kick-start a new era for the town is put an ‘X’ beside the box on a voting form agreeing to set up a Business Improvement District for Paisley.
Postal ballot papers, along with the BID business plan are being sent to town centre businesses on Friday, (October 3) asking if they want to set up a BID company in Paisley.

If enough businesses vote to set up the BID, a board of directors from the local businesses community will be elected to run the organisation.

With fees paid by local businesses – ranging from as little as 55p a day – to fund initiatives, the BID company will start working to encourage more people to come to the town centre by organising events and other marketing and promotional campaigns.

The BID would also act as a voice for local businesses and as a buying group to get cheaper utility bills.

Yesterday town centre traders got together to launch the BID Business Plan and to encourage other businesses to vote to set up a Paisley BID.

Businesses have until November 13 to return their voting forms to the Electoral Reform Services, in the pre-paid envelope provided.

David Wallace is executive director of the hugely successful PACE Theatre Company, based in School Wynd. He said:
“I fully support this BID because it puts the success of the town centre at its core, it puts its future in the hands of its businesses and puts Paisley first.”

Maria Aitken, who runs Nibbles Sandwich Bar, in Johnston Street, Paisley is also backing the BID.
Maria said: “One of the most important factors in the successful regeneration of Paisley is bringing more people back into the town centre. The work that will be done by a Paisley BID will do just that.
“The more support the town’s business community gives to the proposal, the more we will all benefit. I would certainly urge businesses to back this plan and vote to form a BID company in the town.”

Abid Hamid, who runs the Newsrack shop, in Paisley High Street added: “As a small business I want the town centre to do well and bring more people to Paisley.
“I back the Paisley BID to do this.”


Pictured: Backing the BID – Paisley businesses owners with the BID Business Plan, from left David Wallace, Abid Hamid and Maria Aitken.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Midge Ure Competition Winner.

Well done to our competition winner Andreea Covaleov who entered our competition in conjunction with LNP Promotions to win 2 tickets to see Midge Ure in concert at Paisley Town Hall on the 24th October.

Andreea who is studying in Glasgow and living in Paisley said she is a big fan of Midge Ure and cant wait to go along and says she never wins anything…

Well it goes to show if you don’t enter you don’t win..

You still have a chance to buy tickets to see the man himself get down to Appolo Music or visit www.tickets-scotland.com and buy your tickets now, before its too late…

Pic 1: Andreea receives the tickets from Gary Kerr next to the Midge Ure Poster at Paisley Town Hall..
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Paisley on the web meet Midge Ure.

Paisley on the web was at the Scottish Hydro on Tuesday to meet one of Scotland’s singing superstars Midge Ure.

LNP Promotions have secured Midge Ure to sing in Paisley Town Hall on October the 24th. Midge donated one of his classic guitars and kindly signed it for part of the upcoming charity auction by LNP Promotions (details to be posted soon).

As the social media partners for LNP Promotions, Paisley on the web attended to take photographs and video of the occasion..

(pictured above are Midge Ure, Gary Kerr, Tommy McGrory of LNP Promotions and Ian McDonald of Paisley.org.uk photo taken by Brian McGuire of Paisley.org.uk)

Midge Ure was very impressed by the commitment of LNP Promotions and Paisley.org.uk to push Paisley as a music venue and to attract the very best of acts to the town..

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Paisley Arts Centre in New Street

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Double Bill of Hip Hop Theatre at Paisley Arts Centre.

An exciting performance of hip hop theatre will take place at Paisley Arts Centre next month. Status Anxiety & Thinking in the First Person is a double bill of high octane dance that questions our use of social media on our ability to communicate.

Status Anxiety & Thinking in the First Person will be performed on Wednesday 1 October at 7.30pm. The performance will include a short piece by local dance group, Right 2 Dance, and will conclude with a post show discussion on the performance and the benefits of dance on our well-being.

Paisley Arts Centre in New Street

Status Anxiety, the first piece in the show, looks at whether having the ability to connect with everyone helped us forget how to truly connect with anyone. A physical, entertaining and witty piece of dance theatre; Status Anxiety challenges the characters we become when hidden behind a computer screen.

Thinking in the First Person, the second part of the show, is a highly physical hip hop theatre piece, that incorporates elements of contemporary dance to create a uniquely powerful style of movement that has left audiences holding their breath.

Status Anxiety and Thinking in the First Person are part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Tickets cost £5 + booking fee*. Tickets can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or 0300 300 1210.

*Please note: a £1 service charge per transaction applies for bookings made by phone or online. There is no service charge for tickets purchased in person or for tickets booked by phone and later collected from the Box Office.

To find out more about future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or www.twitter.com/RenArtsMuseums[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We thought you might like to know about some events organised by Paisley
Thread Mill Museum for September and October.

The guest speaker for our three talks is Valerie Reilly, previously Keeper
of Textiles at Paisley Museum.

The events are as follows:

Monday 29th September, 7pm: ‘Coats and Clark: the Binding Thread of
Paisley’s History’

Monday 20th October, 7pm: ‘From Harn to Harness: Paisley’s Early Textile

Monday 27th October, 7pm: ‘All Stitched Up: A History of Embroidery in
Northern Britain’


More information can be found in the attached poster. You are welcome to come
along on the night without booking. However, if you would like to let us
know you are coming please ‘join’ the events on Facebook or reply to this

You are welcome to share the attached poster with those you think
might be interested in coming along. Further information is also on our
web page: www.paisleythreadmill.co.uk

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Skoobs to brighten up Renfrewshire libraries.

Kids in Renfrewshire will get a colourful surprise the next time they go to the library.

The Skoobs, a group of playful monsters, will brighten up Renfrewshire libraries in a bid to get more kids to join their local library.

From 6 October, kids who join the library will receive a special Skoobs passport and goodies every time they visit.


They will also receive a special certificate if they complete three SuperSkoob challenges – book reading, fact finding and treasure hunting.

Kids will be encouraged to take part in the wide variety of activities on offer, including Bookbug, help with homework, arts and crafts sessions and the toy library.

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “It’s vital that our libraries are attractive and engaging places for younger children to come and learn. The bright and colourful characters should be a big draw to youngsters.

“Our libraries are not only places to find a good book, children can also get help with their homework, learn how to get online in a safe environment and even develop their creative skills through arts and crafts.

“Visiting the library is a good way to boost confidence and develop social skills. We’ve got lots of activities taking place – from Bookbug to the toy library. There’s a wide variety for everyone no matter what the interest is.”

Kids can join the library by filling in a form at their local library or online at www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Rehousing advice sessions for tenants in Johnstone Castle.

Tenants in Johnstone Castle who are affected by housing regeneration plans are being invited to a series of advice surgeries to discuss their rehousing options.

Six sessions will be held in Johnstone Castle Community Centre between Monday 22 September and Friday 10 October to give Renfrewshire Council tenants the opportunity to speak to housing officials directly about the plans to demolish 48 blocks of tenement flats and replace them with new houses.


Tenants affected will be offered suitable alternative housing as the regeneration programme gets underway. In order to make sure all tenants are offered suitable alternative accommodation the council needs to speak to all of those affected to get an up to date picture of their housing needs.

Letters have been sent directly to council tenants of the 288 properties marked for demolition inviting them to attend the surgeries.
The sessions have been arranged following months of consultation with tenants on the plans, which also include demolishing the lock-ups at Elm Drive/Spruce Avenue and Maple Drive within Johnstone Castle.

In August the council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board agreed to move ahead with the regeneration plans after a report showed that 87% of those spoken to were in favour.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of the Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “These plans to demolish low demand tenements in Johnstone Castle and replace them with modern, family homes have had a really positive response so far. We are now moving ahead with the regeneration strategy and as part of that we need to make sure we offer all of those affected suitable alternative accommodation before the work gets underway. Due to the number of households involved this will be a complicated process so that is why it’s really important that we speak to each of those affected to ensure we have all of their information when we are pulling together plans.”

Tenants living at the properties affected are invited to one of the following advice surgeries:
· Monday 22 September – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
· Tuesday 23 September – 1.30pm – 6pm
· Wednesday 24 September – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
· Wednesday 8 October – 1.30pm – 6pm
· Thursday 9 October – 1.30pm – 4pm
· Friday 10 October – 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Please bring one form of identification to the advice surgery (passport, driving license or birth certificate) otherwise your application cannot be registered.

You can contact the Housing Options Team at Johnstone Neighbourhood Office on 0141 618 2581to book a specific timeslot or just drop in and wait to speak to an advisor.

Alternatively, if you are unable to come along to any of the sessions you can arrange to meet with an advisor at Johnstone Neighbourhood Office at a more convenient time by calling 0141 618 2581.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Scottish Referendum Renfrewshire Count Photographs.

All photographs were taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk