renfrew town hall

Local residents and businesses in Renfrew have been invited to view the details of the proposed Simplified Planning Zone that is being prepared for Renfrew Town Centre at an open day at Renfrew Town Hall on Wednesday 3 June 2015.

A Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) is an initiative that allows businesses and property owners to make small scale changes to their property without the need of a formal Planning Application and is seen by the Council as a further commitment to boost town centres and encourage investment.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said, “I hope that Renfrew’s residents and businesses will take advantage of the event on 3 June to examine the Draft Simplified Planning Scheme and to express their views on how they want to see the town centre continue to be a focus for community and economic development.”

The Draft SPZ Scheme approved unanimously by the Planning & Property Board on May 12, provides a framework that limits unacceptable uses in the town centre but at the same time reduces the burden on businesses and residents who are looking to carry out small scale changes that will benefit the town.

Details of the scheme have been delivered to every property within the proposed SPZ area and locally based community organisations and as well as the Open Day that will run from 9am to 8pm, interested parties can view the plans on the Council’s website where they can also submit any feedback.”

sma shot day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley’s annual summer celebration of the town’s unique weaving history will be bigger and better this year – and you can take centre stage at the event.

The annual Sma’ Shot Day – one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals – takes place on Saturday 4 July, and this year’s event will boast an all-new parade.

And the organisers are looking for volunteers who want to create a costume for and join the historic parade from Brodie Park to Paisley Abbey.

Four day-long ‘creative camps’ will take place to give any volunteers the chance to make their own props and costume for the parade.

The free-to-attend workshops – run by award-winning outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank – are on Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21, and 27 and 28, June, from 10am to 6pm, at Thomas Coats Memorial Church.

They are open to anybody aged eight and over, although anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book a place, email, with your name and contact details and which of the four workshop dates above suits you best.

Councillor Roy Glen, of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Board added: “Sma’ Shot Day is one of the highlights of the area’s events calendar and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

“The town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will have our textile heritage at the heart of it, so it is more important than ever that Paisley celebrates its unique history.

“Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic showcase of that, and I would encourage as many people as possible to come forward for what looks like being a really fun project.”

Billie Klinger, Walk the Plank producer, said: “We’re delighted to be working on the parade element of Sma’Shot Day, especially as the town looks towards the even bigger UK City of Culture bid in 2021.

“Sma’Shot provides a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to mark this important event in the town’s history and our creative workshops are designed to give everyone the chance to be part of a great collaborative expression of its past.”

Sma’Shot Day helps celebrate the town’s proud textile history by marking the victory of Paisley’s weavers in an industrial dispute of the 19th century.

The weavers didn’t receive payment for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

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#KissMay: St Vincent’s Hospice asks you to don your red lipstick for Hospice Care on 29 May


  • St Vincent’s Hospice to participate in National campaign encouraging social media users to share “red lipstick selfies” online
  • Send a kiss to someone you miss! Send a text message to donate £2
  • Hospice and palliative care Charity, Care2Save, created the playful campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for hospice around Britain


On May 29 2015, St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood is asking people in Renfrewshire to share a “red lipstick selfie”, to help raise awareness and funds for hospice and palliative care services.


Britain’s 232 hospices need to collectively raise £1.8million every day to ensure that these crucial services can continue to tirelessly support patients and their loved ones. St Vincent’s Hospice alone needs to raise £5000 every day. Without the public’s support, local Hospice Care would not be possible.


Help to make a real difference to those reaching the end of their lives by:


  1. Donning red lipstick (you too, guys!)
  2. Sharing a picture online of you puckering up, tagging #KissMay.
    Why not dedicate your kiss to someone you miss?
  3. Sending a text message with the words KISS29 £2 to 70070 to donate £2.


Kate Lennon, CEO of St Vincent’s Hospice said:

“We’re incredibly proud to offer our very special care to patients who are coming to the end of their lives in Renfrewshire. Although we already have some fantastic supporters, we increasingly rely on finding new ways of raising funds to continue providing the care that we do.

We hope that all of our supporters get on board with this campaign and share a ‘red lipstick selfie’ for #KissMay.”


Andrea Fragata-Ladeira, CEO of The Care2Save Charitable Trust said:

“Hospice Care is something that may affect all of us at some point in our lives and hospices need to raise growing amounts of money in order to continue providing the essential care they do.

We hope the public join us in supporting #KissMay for hospice care. It’s time we declare our support for hospices around Britain to help secure their future.”

What you need to know about hospice care in the UK

  • 120,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions receive hospice care every year.
  • £1.8m needs to be raised to fund Britain’s charitable hospices everyday (£9,000 per hospice)
  • The number of people aged 85 and over is expected to double in the next 20 years
  • 50% of people say they are concerned there won’t be enough hospice care available in future.

About St Vincent’s Hospice
St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation (Scottish Charity No SC006888) at the heart of the community in Renfrewshire, offering specialised care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness. Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.

  • It costs £5,000 per day to run our hospice and community services, over half of which comes from donations and fundraising.
  • Over half of the services we provide are in the community, enabling patients to live at home supported by St Vincent’s Hospice.
  • Following a stay in our in-patient unit many of our patients return home to be supported by our community based services
  • Our Day Hospice provides access to occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and complementary therapies. Additionally our Day Hospice provides opportunities to enhance emotional well-being through companionship and peer support
  • We also offer pre and post bereavement counselling services for families, children and young adults
  • We have 10 hospice shops locally, plus the Barn tearoom in the hospice grounds in Howwood
  • We are proud that for every pound donated, over 80p goes directly towards patient care
  • As a responsible organisation St Vincent’s Hospice promises never to sell or share your data

If you think St Vincent’s Hospice could help someone you know, talk to your GP or District Nurse.


About The Care2Save Charitable Trust

Care2Save is run by independent charity The Care2Save Charitable Trust (registered charity 1151546).  The idea for Care2Save was born out of the hospice movement and was the brainchild of the fundraising team at St Luke’s Hospice, Winsford, Cheshire who wanted to create a shopping portal that would benefit all the 233 hospices in the UK.


For Adults in the UK there are:


  • 223 hospice and palliative care inpatient units
  • 3,200 hospice and palliative care beds
  • 291 home care services
  • 129 Hospice at Home services
  • 275 day care centres
  • 346 hospital support services1.


For children: in the UK there are:

  • 43 hospice inpatient units
  • 338 hospice beds


The Care2Save Charitable Trust will use the 20% commission received from purchases to support hospice and palliative care in the UK and globally.


For further information

Please contact the Care2Save press office on: Telephone: 020 7221 7883 or email

To contact St Vincent’s Hospice:  Telephone 01505 705635 or email



Comedy promoters Dead Sheep Comedy bring The Stand’s hugely successful monthly improvisation show, Improv Wars to Paisley Arts Centre on 11 June.

As part of the Buddy Good Laugh comedy strand, Improv Wars features some of the best improvisation comics around with Stu Murphy, Garry Dobson, Joe Heenan and Scott Gibson.


Hold on tight for this fast, frantic and unpredictable showdown of improvised comedy games where the same game is never played twice. Anything can happen when two teams of comics battle it out for big laughs as our players pit their skills against whatever the audience throws at them.

Improv Wars, will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 11 June  at 8.30pm. Suitable for ages 18+. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) + booking fee* and are available via the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or online at

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Contact the Elderly provides free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people aged 75 and over who are socially isolated, and has been described by some as a lifeline of friendship.

Eleven local groups from in and around Glasgow, including the group in Renfrewshire, recently joined forces for a tea party to celebrate the charity’s fiftieth year.

Ordinarily a volunteer host welcomes a small group of around six guests and four drivers at their home once or twice a year, and each group enjoys 12 tea parties a year. On this occasion however, the venue was Kinlochard Village Hall and more than 100 guests and volunteers attended.

Tea parties have been held annually in Kinlochard for 43 years and the volunteer who arranged the first one, Saffrey Miller, is still involved today!

Guests were piped into the hall by 11 year old Murray O’May, and enjoyed music from harpist Katherine Harrison and Care for a Ceilidh, a scheme which sees musicians providing short concerts to residents of care homes in and around Glasgow.

Tunnocks also donated a beautiful cake for the Golden Jubilee tea party and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Rance travelled from London for the special tea party. Commenting on the day, she said:

“For me, it was one of the most rewarding tea party events I have attended and so wonderful to see our work in action.

“Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves, guests and volunteers alike. The entertainment was superb and I could see how much work had gone into making it such a success.”

Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers.

To find out how to volunteer with Contact the Elderly, if you would like to become a guest, or know someone who could benefit from this unique charity please contact Caroline McGinlay, Scotland – Volunteer Support Officer on 0141 812 1555


Image 1- Overall view of 11 groups

Image 2- Alex and Mary (Rance – CEO) cutting the cake donated by Tunnocks

Image 3- Katherine playing the harp

Velodrome 13

Cycling fans are gearing up for a treat when the world’s only pop-up track racing event returns to Paisley as part of a day-long festival of sport.

Street Velodrome will be back in Paisley’s County Square on Saturday 30 May as the first of seven UK tour dates, after a successful debut last year.

Amateur riders can sign up to race against the clock with the fastest reaching the final to be coached by and race alongside professionals including John Paul, who represented Team Scotland during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The event – which also features local club the Johnstone Jets – will be televised, and broadcast later in the year on BT Sport and Eurosport.

Riders can sign up on the day but interest is already high, so to guarantee a place sign up now at

Registration will be open from 9am, with amateur qualifying in the morning, a session for community groups over lunchtime, and the six finals (men’s, women’s, and under 8s, 10s, 12s and 16s) taking place from 4 to 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council has arranged a series of sport-themed events in the town centre on the day to help get families involved.

Attractions include bubble football, unicycle stunts, street athletics, a smoothie bike, and Paisley Farmers’ Market in its usual place at Paisley Cross from 10am to 2pm.

There will be free outdoor spin classes between 10.30am and 4pm, run by Renfrewshire Leisure’s Ricky Taylor, with special RL ‘yellow jerseys’ for the winners.

There will also be a team from Street Velodrome’s official charity partner Re~Cycle, collecting unused and unwanted bikes and sending them to vital projects in Africa.

Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Street Velodrome made a successful debut last year and this year’s event will serve up even more high-speed racing thrills.

“It is the first of two major cycling events we have this summer in Paisley town centre – with the sport’s stars of tomorrow en route for the British Cycling Youth National Circuit Championships on Sunday 12 July.

“Those events are high-quality additions to a programme already including established favourites like Sma’ Shot Day and the Pipe Band Championships.

“We and our partners will look to expand that programme further as we build up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and continue establishing the town as a key destination on Scotland’s events map.

“That bid is the key strand of a wider set of plans aimed at using the town’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage offering to transform its future.”

Carl Thompson, Street Velodrome series director, added: “It is so exciting to be coming back to County Square in Paisley.

“Last year saw some great racing with an enthusiastic and supportive crowd and it should be a great atmosphere once again. We expect the local riders competing to get the loudest cheers.”

For more information on local events, visit

high street

Paisley’s pedestrianised High Street is to open to cars and taxis in the evenings and overnight from the end of July.

Renfrewshire Council has announced the start date for what is believed to be the first such pilot in Scotland.

The first car in almost 20 years will be allowed back into County Place, Gilmour Street and the High Street from 6.30pm – 6.30am.

high street

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It has been something of a long and winding road dating back to 2013 to be allowed to make this change with a public hearing followed by discussions with Scottish Ministers.

“But we have remained committed to our plan which has had strong support from local business. Now we have received confirmation from Transport Scotland and are looking forward to seeing the benefits in action.

“Improving vehicle access is a key part of our plans to bring people – whether residents or visitors – back into Paisley town centre to boost the developing night-time economy.

“Renfrewshire Council has made the regeneration of our traditional town centres one of our key priorities.

“There is widespread recognition that our innovative heritage-led regeneration strategy has the potential to transform Renfrewshire’s fortunes.

“There have already been some significant successes in our efforts to develop investment, jobs and tourism.

“People are coming back to live in Paisley town centre – for example, through the redevelopment of the iconic Arnotts building.

“Renfrewshire’s events strategy has attracted the Royal National Mòd and helped introduce The Spree comedy and music festival.

“Last year a Business Improvement District was agreed for Paisley. And only recently, the heritage-led regeneration plans for the town snapped up two awards at a prestigious UK-wide ceremony.

“Paisley is also bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021.

“There is a strong sense that Paisley is making progress and this change can help continue that positive change.”

peppa pig

CHILDREN’S telly favourite Peppa Pig was certainly hogging the limelight when she visited Scotland yesterday. (Sunday, May 24)

More than a thousand youngsters turned up at the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination, near Glasgow to catch a glimpse of the little piggy, who is now a worldwide phenomenon.

Peppa was making a series of appearances throughout the day to entertain the kids as well as teaching them a fun new Peppa song and dance. It was her only Scottish date as part of a nationwide tour of 14 intu shopping and leisure destinations.

At each of Peppa’s five appearances, almost 100 lucky youngsters managed to get one of the free entry wristbands to get close up and meet Peppa, but hundreds more came to the Soar at intu Braehead centre mall just to see their favourite little piggy.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The reaction to Peppa Pig was amazing.

“It was one of the most popular events we’ve ever staged at intu Braehead with a huge demand for free entry wristbands. Even those who couldn’t get a wristband turned up in their hundreds.”

The Peppa Pig TV show is now screened in 200 countries across the globe and has been translated into 40 different languages.

Last week it was reported that Peppa, who first appeared on British television in 2004, had smashed the one billion dollar barrier for US sales, which is expected to double by 2020.

Preschool show Peppa Pig is co-owned and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne) and created by animation studio Astley Baker Davies. Episodes air daily on Channel 5’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr.



Captions –  Peppa 1 pic: Lucie Edgar, aged three, from Hunterhill, in Paisley meets Peppa Pig when she visited Soar at intu Braehead. Peppa 2 pic: Youngsters visiting Soar at intu Braehead enjoyed meeting Peppa Pig.


YOUNGSTERS got a chance to show of their baking skills at the intu Braehead shopping centre yesterday. (Friday)

The kids were having loads of fun at the mall’s Wee Cookies Bakery – flipping pancakes and decorating gingerbread men with coloured icing.

It was part of intu Braehead’s Big Eat event, which continues today with a festival of food and cookery demonstrations, hosted by Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid.

A specially built kitchen has been set up in the central atrium for The Big Eat, which runs from noon to 5pm and there are be free nibbles for everyone to enjoy.

The Big Eat is part of a series of Big Treat events throughout May, at both the mall and Soar at intu Braehead. These events are also taking place all over the UK at other intu shopping centres.

And there’s another treat for children when Peppa Pig makes several special appearances between 11am and 3pm tomorrow (Sunday) at the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.


With pic of Morvin Okoro, aged five, from Gallowhill, Paisley.

johnstone town hall

Johnstone’s new town hall was given a housewarming to remember at the weekend – with an afternoon-long party to which the whole town was invited.

Thousands turned out to enjoy entertainment laid on by Renfrewshire Council designed to celebrate the £14.5m facility in the heart of the town.

The official opening was performed by local MSP Hugh Henry, who unveiled a plaque during a short ceremony for guests from the local community.

Clyde 1 DJs Gina McKie and George Bowie got the public party started on the main stage in Houstoun Square, with an afternoon of music, dance and more, as well as a funfair.

Acts appearing on the day included Scottish X Factor starlet Emily Middlemas, as well as local rockers Lemonhaze, singer Liam Doyle, McCallum School of Music, Splash Productions, Christine Aitken School of Dance and Johnstone Brass Band.

There was also plenty going on for kids, with theatre performances inside the town hall, plus giant inflatables in Ludovic Square.

And local traders were able to show off everything the town has to offer to visitors, with a showcase run by the Johnstone Business Consortium.

The fun continued into the evening with a family ceilidh led by Clamjamfrie in the main hall – showing off the flexibility of the facility.

The town hall will be a hub for life in Johnstone and the villages for generations to come, and contains modern facilities including theatre space, a library, dance studio, ceremony suite, cafe, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The building is also home to offices for council housing, social work, registry and Adviceworks staff, meaning it acts as a one-stop shop for a range of services.

Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support are also due to move into the building later this year.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was there on the day and said: “This town hall is very much for the people of Johnstone – it was designed in partnership with the community and with their needs in mind.

“So it was only fitting that we put something on in the town centre on the day of the official opening which would bring the people of Johnstone and the villages into the new building and the area around it.

“The day itself was a great success – it’s always a pleasure to be out and about and meeting people at occasions like this.”

The new Johnstone Town Hall is now available for functions, and will soon be taking its first wedding.

For more information, visit, or call 0300 300 1210.dr

Theatre 06

Ambitious plans for a community-led theatre and cinema development in Paisley town centre have taken another step forward thanks to a council cash injection.

The Paisley 2021 Community Development Trust is working on innovative proposals for a multi-purpose performance venue as part of the wider push to use culture and heritage to transform Paisley’s future, including a bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

And the trust has been awarded up to a maximum of £34,000 from a council fund for social enterprises to help them produce a detailed business case for the new venue.

A feasibility study into a new venue was one of the key strands of the heritage-led regeneration strategy for Paisley revealed by Renfrewshire Council last year.

The flagship project of the regeneration strategy is the plans to turn Paisley Museum into a national museum of textile and costume and an international destination for heritage tourism.

The Paisley 2021 Trust – a charitable organisation formed by local businessmen and including PACE Theatre Group – last year approached the council and offered to take the lead on the study into the new theatre/cinema.

The money for the project comes from a social enterprise grant fund set up last year through the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support business and create employment.

Councillors on the Economy and Jobs Board this week approved the award of an additional £100k to extend the grant scheme for another year until 2017.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are taking forward ambitious and far-reaching plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to transform the town’s future.

“Paisley is due to lodge its bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and crucial to that will be boosting the area’s cultural programme, which means we need to consider our venue capacity.

“That bid process is bigger than anything the council can do on its own – it will need the entire community pulling together, which is why we are delighted the Paisley 2021 Trust has volunteered to run with this element of it.

“The social enterprise grant fund has been a big success since it launched last year, with a number of worthy local causes having benefitted to date, and we are delighted to be able to extend that fund to run into 2017.”

Paisley 2021 trustee Gary Kerr added: “We are delighted with the level of support we are receiving from the council at this stage of the project.

“The feasibility study is an exciting development which we hope will demonstrate the viability of a new theatre and cinema in Paisley town centre.

“Our consultants will be speaking to the local community as well as touring groups, performers and agents.

“We hope by the end to have established a demand for it, what shape it should take, and which of the five sites we have earmarked it should be on.”

Other third-sector projects to benefit from the social enterprise small grants scheme since it was set up last year include Crisis Counselling, Erskine Music and Media Studio, Scottish Huntington’s Association and KipCo Kilbarchan Improvement Projects.

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THE intu Braehead curling rink has been chosen to host the Scottish Schools Curling Championship for the next three years.
The team that runs the rink has been successful in their bid to stage the event in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

And the decision by The Royal Caledonian Curling Club cements the intu Braehead rink’s reputation as a venue for major competition, as it follows the announcement earlier this year that the prestigious European Curling Championship will also be held there in 2016.

The Scottish Schools Curling Championship being held in Renfrewshire will also bring a boost to the local economy, with 200 children and their families from all over Scotland staying in the area during the three days of the tournament, held in March each year.

Sheila Swan, competitions manager for the RCCC said “We are delighted to be bringing the Scottish Schools Curling Championship to intu Braehead.

“As well as being a vibrant retail and leisure destination, intu Braehead will host the prestigious European Curling Championships in 2016, making it a great venue to inspire our young curling stars of the future.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It is great news that Renfrewshire has once again been chosen to host a spectacular curling competition. I am sure the championships will inspire more young people to get involved in the sport.

“Renfrewshire has loads to offer visitors, from our historic town centres, excellent transport links, and some of Scotland’s best shopping and leisure facilities at Braehead.

“Between hosting sporting occasions like the Scottish Schools Curling Championship, the European curling championships next year and Paisley’s upcoming bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, Renfrewshire is firmly establishing itself on the map as a destination for top-class events.”

General manager of Braehead Leisure, with responsibility for the curling rink as well as the nearby Braehead Arena, Scott Martin said: “Being given the opportunity to host this tournament is testament to the first-class curling facility and quality of ice surface we can provide for the highest level of curling competition.”