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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Black Friday ‘Weekend’ Portrait Offer!

Yes, we’ve joined in with the black Friday weekend madness.
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Offer ends on Monday if it doesn’t run out by then!

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Winter Kit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd are gearing up for the winter season and look forward to supplying customers throughout Renfrewshire and the UK with de-icing salt.

Having moved premises last year, the company now operates from North Arkleston Farm in Paisley – just next to Junction 27 of the M8. Salt and Grit Solutions supply de-icing salt to individuals, local councils and businesses alike, and are one of the primary suppliers of salt to Renfrewshire Council as part of the Scotland Excel Framework, meaning they will be supplying schools, hospitals and other government buildings, along with local gritting companies that work throughout the night to keep the roads and local communities safe.

The company has grown successfully in the past couple of years, and a large part in this is from knowing how important salt deliveries are to customers. The weather can at times be unforgiving (remember the winter of 2010?), and during peak times like that the team at Salt and Grit Solutions endeavour to work around the clock to keep other businesses moving. A good reputation has been built through hard work, and strong relationships have been created with customers by understanding individual needs and working out service agreement plans to meet them. Recent customer feedback and the repeat customer base has shown that it is not only competitive prices and the highest quality de-icing salt available in the UK that attracts and retains customers.

It has been an exciting year for Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd as the company has expanded and diversified, bringing the Rukeri brand of turf and landscaping products to Paisley. Recent developments to the business include the colourful display area that was created in spring to showcase a range of products on offer from the company and this now has the winter additions of salt, salt spreaders, grit bins and other winter accessories.

While the company does supply de-icing salt to customers throughout all of the UK, a fantastic service with short delivery lead times is offered to the people of Paisley, as to be expected by a local supplier.

If you are looking for a compact wheel loader or mini excavator for your job then Hanlon Case are certainly the company for the job.

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Reclaim the Night

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special procession and echo the international call to end to violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night procession in Paisley prompted a huge turn out as local people showed their support for the cause. The procession launched Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign.

Men and women joined the procession, led by Tony Lawler, who bangs the Charleston Drum each year for the Sma’ Shot parade, as they marched from West College Scotland to Paisley Town Hall, where attendees were invited in for an evening of entertainment.

At the town hall, Rosie Kane gave a powerful talk on why society needs to break the silence on violence against women. Local community groups also provided music and entertainment.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see so many people coming along to support such an important cause.

“There was a great atmosphere throughout the procession and the high turnout shows that the people of Renfrewshire are dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who also attended the procession, said: “It was inspiring to see so many people brave the cold and rain to show their support for ending violence against women. Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it’s important to break the stigma and encourage victims to speak out.

“There is always support available and no-one should suffer in silence. Groups like Renfrewshire Womens Aid and Renfrewshire Rising do great work and it is important to continue to support them.”

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

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Mission Discovery 04

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Talented school pupils from Renfrewshire will see their science experiments blast off into space thanks to a unique collaboration with NASA.

Eleven pupils from across Renfrewshire, all participants in this summer’s popular Mission Discovery space school, visited science laboratories at the University of West of Scotland to see their winning experiments being built.

The experiments, the first from Scotland to make it into orbit, will be launched into space next year and conducted by astronauts living on the International Space Station.

Over 200 S3-S5 pupils took part in this summer’s special week-long space school led by former NASA astronauts Ken and Michelle Ham.

Julie Keeble, lecturer in pharmacology at Kings College, London, spoke to the pupils at UWS and witnessed their experiments. Julie said, “The pupils were asked to come up with an idea for an experiment worthy of astronaut time up in the space station. The winning ideas show creative thought and innovation and are well-deserving of their journey up to the space station.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “Mission Discovery has been such an inspiration to school pupils in Renfrewshire and it’s great to see the pupils here today watching their ideas come to life. To put this achievement into context, it costs around $25,000 to send 1 kilogramme of material to the International Space Station.

“Studying science subjects can be a route into a successful career in many different industries and we’ll continue working with partners to offer exciting initiatives that engage young people and enhance their studies. I’m delighted to say that Mission Discovery will return this summer and another group of pupils will get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their ideas go into orbit!”

Elese Watson (15) from St Benedict’s Secondary School, said, “It’s an absolute honour to be involved with this! We started working on these experiments in July and spent about five days working up the initial ideas. It’s incredible to think that our work will be the first experiments from Scotland to go into space.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said, “We are extremely proud of our role as an educational sponsor of Mission Discovery and were delighted to host this event at our Paisley Campus.

“The importance of promoting science, engineering, technology and mathematics based subjects and nurturing our best talent in these areas cannot be underestimated and this project will go a long way in achieving this goal.”

Renfrewshire is just one of two areas, involved in the Mission Discovery project, that are sending more than one experiment up to the International Space Station.

The Renfrewshire experiments involve testing the feasibility of producing oxygen from cactus plants. Oxygen is a vital space resource providing fuel for rockets and breathable air for astronauts. The cactus was chosen for its durability, its low water consumption and its ability to photosynthesize in the dark.

The other experiment involves examining the impact of microgravity on the staphylococci and streptococci organisms responsible for bacterial conjunctivitis.

Mission Discovery is part of a range of initiatives designed to enhance young people’s studies in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects). The initiative is sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland, which are working with Renfrewshire Council to establish Renfrewshire as a centre of STEM excellence.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Winning team Apollo 12 included: Ben Herrington; Christopher Withers; Olivia Ramsay; Katherine Bogan; Lara Cumming; and Callum Mort. Their mentor was Sara Gangi, UWS student.

Runners-up the Time Lords included: Elese Watson; Blair Gilmour; Emma Mae Middleton; Craig Piggot; Saif Saleem; Hayden Chivers; Sadia Aziz; and John Martin. Their mentor was Lewis Fleming, UWS student.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Paisley pirates


Moray Typhoons 4 Paisley Pirates 3

(Typhoons win on Golden Goal)

In a night of sheer mayhem approaching pantomime farce, Pirates maintained their dismal record of failing to win a Scottish Cup tie in almost 9 years, as they fell 4-3 to Moray Typhoons in a match which chalked up almost 200 minutes in penalties.


The visitors were behind in the 5th minute as Durkacz opened the scoring for the hosts, and with penalties being liberally handed out by referee Young from just after the opening marker, both teams had difficulty in retaining five skaters and the hosts doubled their lead just after the halfway point in the period as Russell netted a second for Typhoons during the chaos. Pirates came back and reduced the deficit four minutes later as McCamley got on the end of a move with Cowan and Wilson to put his team onto the board and they headed for the dressing room 2-1 behind.

The Renfrewshire side were level only three minutes into the middle session as Conaboy fired home on the powerplay, but their equal status lasted barely 90 seconds as the home team were ahead again through Munro. While there were no more goals during the period, the penalties continued to flow with the referee unable to keep control of a game in which a number of illegal challenges went unpenalised.

Pirates had a goal chalked off by the referee who, having first awarded the goal and then prepared to drop the puck for the re-start, then changed his mind and after an argument with the goal judge, who found himself summarily dismissed from the action thereafter by the official, chalked it off. In spite of playing with a numerical disadvantage for much of the period, as in fact they had done for most of the match, they continued to push forward and were finally rewarded with an equaliser less than 3 minutes from the end of regulation time, as Wilson grabbed the lifeline to tie the scores before the end.

However, in spite of the rules clearly stating that a drawn cup tie should be resolved by immediate progression to penalty shots, the referee ordered overtime. Pirates should have been awarded a penalty shot when Moray were called for having too many men on the ice during the final session, but once again the official ignored the rule book and the home side scored after almost five minutes of further mayhem, penalties, and utter confusion, to be declared the winners.

Pirates have filed an official complaint regarding the events of the night and, as yet, await an outcome. They return to Elgin on 13 December on league business.

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was still angry and frustrated after a weekend which saw his side slip out of the Scottish Cup after a shambolic and highly controversial evening at Elgin, his side going down 4-3 in overtime, courtesy of a golden goal awarded to the home side.

“This is going to sound like sour grapes even before I say it, but there comes a point where the level of refereeing gets so low that player safety is put at risk, and there were a number of occasions on Saturday night where I seriously wondered whether I should be pulling the players off the ice” he raged. “I know referees have a difficult job to do, but I have a responsibility to look after the players’ safety, and on Saturday night the level of incompetence displayed by the referee was such that I was close to pulling the players off during the game, and risking the very severe consequences to the club which that would bring. I asked a number of times in the course of the game to have a word with him, all within the rules, but after ignoring me for most of the game he told me I was on my first warning, yet we hadn’t had an exchange of words up until then.”

“Our players were taking cross checks to the head, and from behind, which were going unpunished by the referee, yet when we complained, we were being penalised. Now, as anyone will tell you, we’re perfectly capable of looking after ourselves on the ice when the occasion merits it, but you have to be competing on a level playing surface to do that, and let’s just say we were climbing a slippery slope for 60 plus minutes.”

“He disallowed a goal after first awarding it a full minute earlier, before going back to the goal judge, disallowing our goal, although the judge said the puck had definitely crossed the line, and then, after arguing with the goal judge, dismissed him from the game. In overtime he called Moray for having too many men on the ice, but that merits an automatic award of a penalty shot to the other side. A bench minor was given even after our captain explained the ruling in depth as per the IIHF handbook. A penalty shot in overtime could obviously have won us the game. To compound matters, the decision was made to play overtime when the rules in cup competition state that a drawn tie should immediately go to penalty shots, without overtime.

“We can take losing games when they are played according to the rules. This one wasn’t for which it is important that our club addresses the issue, something which we’ve never had to do before. We’re scheduled to be going there in under 3 weeks on league business, and, as I say, I have a duty to look after the safety of the players, something I could not do in our last encounter. We believe the cup match should effectively be replayed, given that the rules were not followed in this instance and I will be raising my concerns should the same official be scheduled in to referee any of our future games.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Shari Low

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Glasgow author Shari Low has written a love letter to the library of her childhood, Renfrew Library, as part of Book Week Scotland.

In her heartwarming and funny ode to the library, Shari praises the peace and quiet the library offered as well as the vast range of books she could borrow, describing how “At five years old, I was in awe of the surroundings. The quiet. The calm. The rows and rows of books filled with wonderful pictures and words I couldn’t yet read.”

The letter follows her changing tastes in books as she grows up. Shari says that as a child “Entire summers were spent drinking lashings of lemonade with the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, kids who today might spend their time sitting inside playing an Xbox rather than searching for a kidnappers, thieves and smugglers.”

As well as crediting the library for inspiring her to become a writer, Shari also emphasises the many other benefits a library can provide, saying “Libraries are no longer just temples to the written word. Now, they have IT facilities, mother’s groups, children’s reading sessions and author events.

“They are the hub of the community. Their importance cannot be underestimated – because even in a society where everything is available at the click of a mouse, a library is more than just a building – it’s the entry point to tens of thousands of other worlds just waiting to be explored.”

Shari’s letter is a great example of the ways libraries can influence people throughout their lives. Residents who feel inspired by Shari’s letter and want to thank their local library for providing inspiration or a quiet place to escape can write their own love letter.

Book Week Scotland’s letter template can be downloaded from Residents can also pen their letter and send it straight to their local library.

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johnstone christmas lights

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Johnstone is lining up a festival of festive fun at the weekend when the town’s Christmas lights are turned on in the town centre.

Saturday will see an afternoon-long party in Houstoun Square with live entertainment on the main stage from noon to 5pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be joined on stage by a competition winner from a local school to turn on the lights at 4.30pm.

The square will host funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, stalls and a tea room hosted by St Vincent’s Hospice, as well as a marquee featuring face-painters, Stevo the Clown and circus workshops.

DJs from Renfrewshire-based online radio station Sugar Radio will be providing the tunes on the main stage, with ten different music and dance acts to perform.

The highlight will be boyband 4th State, who will close the show after the lights have been switched on, with a number of other local performers on during the day.

The acts are: Jump Dance group, Splash Productions, DSD Street Dance, Per4mance Stage School, Lewis Irons (singer), Johnstone Community Dance group, Clyde (three-piece band), Mel & Em (singers), Echo (girl band) and 4th State.

For more information, including a full timetable of entertainment on the day, visit

The lights switch-on is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Provost Hall said: “After successful and well-attended lights switch-ons over the past two Saturdays in Paisley and Renfrew I am pleased to be heading to Johnstone next.

“The event is always popular family day out for people in the town and the surrounding villages and the line-up this year should attract another big crowd.

“Holding the event in the main town square helps bring a benefit to local traders, and follows the successful Fire Engine Rally, which we held in Johnstone for the first time back in August.

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mark mcmillan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nearly five hundred families in Paisley are expected to save around 20 – 30 percent on their energy bills thanks to an innovative project to replace a 1960s district heating scheme with a new energy efficient system.

The £6.8million project, currently underway in the Charleston area of Paisley, will replace the existing scheme with a state-of-art energy efficient biomass heating system, as part of a partnership between Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Gas.

Up to 500 homes in the area share a district heating system which was installed when the properties were built in the 1960s.

Now, residents of Calside Court, Hamilton Court, Rowan Court and Union Court high rise blocks, and the seven maisonette blocks in Alice Street and Calside, will see this replaced by a new, energy efficient biomass boiler which runs on wood pellets.

Each home will have conventional radiators fed from the new central boiler, which will also provide instant hot water to each property.

External insulation is also being fitted to the homes, to improve their energy rating and keep more of the heat in.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan visited the site to see the progress being made. He said: “Rising fuel costs are one of the main causes of fuel poverty with many families struggling to pay their bills. This council is committed to tackling the causes of poverty in our communities and this scheme will provide real benefits to hundreds of local people.

“This is a major project that will benefit hundreds of households currently sharing an outdated and costly heating system.
Not only will this save people money on their heating bills, it will make these building more modern and sustainable for years to come.”

Steve Gapik from Scottish Gas, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Renfrewshire Council and we are certain that this project will make a real difference for the residents of Charleston. Our funding will make a huge difference to local people – making sure their homes are warm and comfortable this winter and helping to keep energy bills down.”

In addition to the expected energy savings the servicing and maintenance costs for the new system will reduce significantly for both the Council and the 160 owners in the blocks. Also, by converting from gas to biomass, the project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by around 1,100 tonnes each year.

The improvements are being fully funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which means there is no cost to either the Council or the owners. ECO requires energy suppliers to provide energy efficiency measures to people living in hard to heat homes and lower income and vulnerable households. ECO is part of the government’s strategy for cutting the amount of greenhouse gases generated from burning fossil fuels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Renfrewshire youth

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A popular youth award ceremony has been run solely by local young people for the first time.

The fourth Positive About Youth awards, which celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of young people in Renfrewshire, was organised by Renfrewshire Youth Voice, and supported by Erskine Music and Media Studios and West Johnstone Youth Council, who provided sound, lighting and catering at the event.

Over 100 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, attend the awards ceremony at Renfrew Town Hall.

The winners from each of the six categories were:

Young Artist of the Year (sponsored by Integrated Children’s Services) – Ferran Hart

Young Carer of the Year (sponsored by Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership) – Jade Lochhead

Unsung Hero Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership) – Chiara Smith

Young Sports Person of the Year (sponsored by Renfrewshire Tobacco Alliance) – Jacob Robertson

Young Citizen of the Year (sponsored by Young Scot) – Kevin Miliken

Group Project of the Year (sponsored by Scottish Youth Parliament) – Y’s-Pathways (Renfrew YMCA)

Pupils from Gryffe High School picked up the Young Artist Award on behalf of Ferran Hart, who sadly passed away before the ceremony. Ferran is fondly remembered for the significant amount of money he raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “Young people in Renfrewshire have a great potential to succeed in their chosen careers and make a difference to their local communities and that’s why it’s vital we celebrate these early achievements and encourage our young people to be ambitious.

Renfrewshire Council is proud to support the Positive About Youth awards, which are key to promoting positive images about our young people and supporting them to participate with the wider community. The winners and runners-up of this year’s awards should be proud of their own personal achievements.”

Renfrewshire Youth Voice’s chairperson, Emma Hendrie, said: “I felt so proud to be a part of an event which not only brought together our youth forum with other groups of young people, but also showcased the talents of young people across Renfrewshire. It was an event for young people by young people.”

Young people aged 12-25 can find out more about local youth groups and the youth forums by contacting John Kennedy, Youth Services Officer, on 0141 889 1110.



Top row – runners up: David Anderson, Melissa McCuaig, Lewis Compston, Rhona Hall, Amy McCa

Bottom row – winners: Jade Lochhead, Kevin Miliken, Chiara Smith and Jacob Robertson

NOTE: Gryffe pupils who picked up Ferran Hart’s award not in picture


Group of the year winners – Y’s Pathway’s (Renfrew YMCA)


Group of the year runner up – Trinity High School Senior Leadership Team


Renfrewshire Youth Voice (Organising Group)

Top Row – John Kennedy, Andrew Ogwu, Cameron Shields, Emma Eck, Angelina Bannon, Stacey Anderson and Denzel Darku

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A psychological thriller coming to Paisley – ‘CLEEK’ the movie.

We are making a feature film in Paisley – filming begins in January 2015. What we’re hoping to do is let the world know just how much Paisley is changing for the better, and what better way to do it than in a film.


But to be able to afford the various costs of filming and the distribution costs to get it into cinemas, we’re crowdfunding and holding various fundraising events. So we need you to help us raise the £50,000 needed…..

The vast majority of cast and crew either live in, or have connections with Paisley.

Please follow the link to our crowdfunding campaign – for every donation over £5 made, YOU receive a perk/reward. Donations can be as much or as little as you would like and can be paid by PayPal, Credit or Debit card.

Could you also please SHARE on Facebook or Twitter and spread the word with just a click of the mouse.

Thank you,

Susan Sutton and Christina Littleson

CalyRose Productions

Crowdfunding Campaign:


renfrew lights

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Festivities and fireworks helped light up Renfrew at the weekend when the town’s Christmas lights were turned on.

A crowd of thousands gathered in the streets around the town hall to see the annual seasonal spectacular.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall took to the stage alongside competition winner Sara Sinclair, seven, of Arkleston Primary, to press the button to illuminate the town.

The switch-on itself was then followed by a fireworks display, with the town hall providing a striking backdrop to the spectacle.

Pulse FM DJ Gus Michael was on hand to provide some tunes and lead the countdown to the lights going on, with the build-up including a live performance from singer-songwriter Murdo Mitchell.

There was plenty free family fun earlier in the day, with visitors to the town hall getting the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

Other activities including facepainters, balloon modelling, Christmas crafts and circus workshops, puppet shows and a Christmas carol service, while outside there was funfair rides, street performers and entertainers.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was a pleasure to be there to help switch on the lights in Renfrew.

“The event is always well-supported by the local community, who always turn out in their numbers.

“Our events programme is geared towards giving local traders a boost by using our historic town centres as venues and bringing in a crowd.

“Renfrew Town Hall again made a great backdrop for the fireworks display and the town looked great.”

The event was supported by a financial contribution from the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

Next Saturday, Johnstone gets the chance to enjoy the seasonal spotlight when its Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place between 12 and 5pm in Houstoun Square.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Book Week Scotland is set to be a wild time in Renfrewshire as famous wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allan will be at Central Library in Paisley.

The sold out event will see Doug give nature lovers a presentation on his work and discuss his new book.

Book Week Scotland has many other exciting events taking place in Renfrewshire Council’s Libraries. Mill Memories, which takes place at Central Library on 28 November, is based on Evelyn Hood’s book which features interviews with former employees of Paisley’s Thread Mills and offers a unique insight into Paisley’s past.


Top author, Alex McCall, will join Johnstone Library and popular children’s author, Barry Hutchison, will be at Ferguslie Library. Both events will take place on Tuesday 25 November.

People can also drop into their local library to pick up a free copy of ‘Stories from Home’, a collection of stories written by Scottish people about what home means to them.

Primary 1 pupils will also receive a special treat of a Bookbug family pack from their local library and Scottish Book Trust. The special three book package will be given out to encourage youngsters to keep up the habit of reading.

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said: “We are thrilled to have such an exciting selection of guests visiting Renfrewshire for Book Week Scotland.

“Libraries are a valuable community resource for learning and development. Joining the library at a young age can have lifelong benefits, building a great habit of book reading and supporting learning for years to come.

“But adults can benefit from reading too- getting lost in a good book can reduce stress and help keep your mind active as well as improving your own writing skills.

“There are many other benefits to joining a library. You can learn new digital skills with our computer classes or getting help to find a job with our ‘Get On’ service.

“We hope that the different events planned for Book Week Scotland will encourage people of all ages to visit their local library and see what it has to offer.”

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