[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Sunday 24th April,’s own Danielle Caira steps up to the challenge of the 26 miles of this years’ Kiltwalk, starting at Hampden Park, Glasgow and ending on the banks of Loch Lomond at Balloch.

Danielle was inspired by circumstances close to home when her own daughter was in Yorkhill Hospital (now called Royal Hospital for Sick Children) at an early age and she saw the plight of some of the young kids in the wards which tugged her heartstrings. She also saw the professionalism, warmth and compassion that the staff showed to every young person in the wards.


Danielle Far Right at last years Kiltwalk.

Every year the supporters of the Kiltwalk unite and pay tribute to the amazing, brave children who have touched their lives and the people who are caring for them and their families. Unfortunately some of these children do not return home as healthy. The proceeds of the Kiltwalk go to help the likes of CHAS, A&M Scotland, Calum’s Cabin and many more. This is the first year that every penny raised goes directly to the charities mentioned on

You can help these charities by sponsoring Danielle. You can contribute by clicking this link to the Virgin Money Giving Page. Please give generously and remember, it’s not for the person walking, it’s for Scotland’s Kids.

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Get fit to help our hospices

Former members of Paisley’s Pro-Life gym who have given up on their fitness regime have the chance to get moving and back into shape without spending a penny.


In a cracking Easter holiday giveaway the fitness centre in New Sneddon Street is inviting anyone who has abandoned working out there to get back into the routine with free training and use of the facilities right up until Monday April, 18.

02/05/14// PAISLEY. ProLife fitness centre paisley handed over to two charities

ProLife fitness centre paisley handed over to two charities

The team at the centre, which is run by Renfrewshire Sports Charity to raise funds for St Vincent’s and ACCORD hospices, is keen to welcome back some familiar faces in a bid to make the community fitter and healthier.

Members are also getting the chance to take their own family and friends along to workout, or train under the watchful eye of the team of professionals as part of this programme to get Renfrewshire moving.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC, said: “Keeping fit and sticking to a good nutritional diet goes hand in hand with good health. The benefits of exercise are well documented and we are happy to pass on our knowledge to those who come along.

“It is a marvellous opportunity for anyone who used to come along and just fell away for one reason or another to start afresh. We would love to see some familiar faces back over the next couple of weeks.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming some new faces as our members encourage family and friends to get into shape and support the aims of the charity at the same time. All our profits go to help the community we live in.”

From May 6, the world’s largest airline will resume seasonal flights between Glasgow Airport (GLA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

First 757 With New Livery

The flight, now in its 12th year of service, is operated using Boeing 757-200 aircraft in a two class configuration, offering customers the choice of 12 seats in Business Class and 158 Main Cabin seats.

AA 757-200 2

In addition to Philadelphia, American provides Scottish customers with direct services from Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). This flight is also operated by Boeing 757 aircraft, offering customers a choice of 14 seats in Business Class and 157 seats in the Main Cabin.

“Between Philadelphia and New York, Scottish customers have direct access to two major American Airlines hubs, and the wealth of onward connections available from both,” said David Thomas, Director, UK & Ireland Sales. “Both cities are popular destinations amongst Scottish Business and Leisure travellers, and our services eliminate the necessity for them to connect through another gateway.”

From Philadelphia, American’s largest hub in the Northeast USA, Scottish customers can connect on to nearly 160 destinations across the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. American Airlines has four Admirals Club lounges located at Philadelphia International Airport.

From JFK, customers can connect on to American’s network of more than 40 destinations across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, including near-hourly transcontinental services to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Transcontinental flights are operated with industry-leading Airbus A321T aircraft, offering fully lie-flat seating in First and Business Class. American has two dedicated Admirals Club lounges in JFK for Business Class customers and a Flagship Lounge for First Class Customers. 

Daily GLA-PHL Service Schedule 

AA  769            Boeing 757-200

·         Departs GLA at 10.45 a.m. (local time)

·         Arrives  PHL at 1.30 p.m. (local time) 

AA  768            Boeing 757-200

·         Departs PHL at 6.55 p.m. (local time)

·         Arrives  GLA at 7.05 a.m. (local time) – next day

Daily EDI-JFK Service Schedule AA 279 Boeing 757-200 • Departs EDI at 10.10 a.m. (local time) • Arrives JFK at 12.50 p.m. (local time) AA 278 Boeing 757-200 • Departs JFK at 7.10 p.m. (local time) • Arrives EDI at 7.10 a.m. (local time) – next day




American is in the midst of more than $3 billion in planned improvements to give customers a superior travel experience around the world. These investments include fully lie-flat seats; international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and power outlets; a new, modern design for lounges worldwide including in PHL and JFK; and an upgraded assortment of complimentary healthy food, cocktails and more. For more information, please visit

About American Airlines Group

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Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has commended the charity Erskine for providing “unwavering care and support to our ex-service men and women for over a century”.


In response to the devastation of World War I and the insufficient hospital facilities to care for our veterans who were wounded in war, Erskine was founded on 29th March 1916 and has cared for veterans from every major conflict since 1916.  The hospital was originally known as the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers and was located at what is now the Mar Hall Hotel.

Gavin Newlands MP has congratulated Erskine on their celebrating their centenary by lodging an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons:

“That this House congratulates the charity Erskine for providing unwavering care and support to our ex-service men and women for 100 years; notes that Erskine was founded on 29th March 1916 in response to the devastation of World War I and the insufficient hospital facilities to care for veterans who were wounded in war; recognises that Erskine has cared for 85,000 veterans from every major conflict since 1916; and wishes Erskine continued success in its charitable endeavours long into the future.”

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Like many people in Renfrewshire and across Scotland, I am immensely proud of Erskine’s proud tradition of providing unwavering care and support to our ex-servicemen and women for over a century.

“I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit one of Erskine’s care homes in my constituency, to meet some of our veterans who reside in the home and to see first-hand the excellent work that Erskine do day-in, day-out.

“I look forward to visiting Erskine again in the future and to continue to support such a worthy charity in any way that I possibly can as they pass the centenary milestone of their journey.”

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Conway, Chief Executive of Erskine, said:

“I think it is fitting that this year we pay tribute to all those staff and volunteers who have cared for over 85,000 veterans to such a very high standard and also thank all our supporters, past and present, that enable us to continue our work.

“I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us at our events to learn a little more about our history and join us in our celebrations.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall helped local charity Erskine celebrate its centenary with a special event at Paisley Town Hall.


A civic reception was held to honour a century of care provided by staff and volunteers for ex-service and serving men and women in Renfrewshire.


A series of speeches on the history of Erskine accompanied the launch of a new book- Erskine: A Century of Care- which tells the story of the how the new hospital was established.

At a public meeting held in Glasgow City Chambers on 29th March 1916, the proposal to establish a hospital in the West of Scotland for amputees wounded in battle was approved.

Within a few weeks £100,000 was contributed and that figure doubled within the year. Today the charity needs to raise over £8.5million a year to continue the work started in 1916.

The charity is the UK’s foremost provider of care and support for veterans and their spouses and recently completed the build of over 40 veterans’ cottages at Bishopton – suitable for ex-Service representatives and their families so they can enjoy more independent living together.

The centenary coincides with Renfrewshire’s participation in a national programme of commemorative, educational, cultural and community events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Renfrewshire Reflects will span a four-year period from 2014 to 2018 focusing on the impact of the war and on marking the significant events of the conflict.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “I am delighted to be able to support Erskine as they celebrate a hundred years of care in Renfrewshire.

“A civic reception shows the regard our community has for Erskine. Their work provides ex-service and serving men and women with a higher quality of life and serves this brave community in the manner it should.

“The charity are a credit to Renfrewshire and I’m sure their work will continue long into the future.”

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Conway, Erskine Chief Executive said: “This event marks the start of our centenary events which also include a Service of Commemoration in Glasgow Cathedral, Open Days, and the Erskine Ball, which this year returns to Mar Hall where the hospital was founded.

‘I think it is fitting that this year we pay tribute to all those staff and volunteers who have cared for over 85,000 veterans to such a very high standard, and also thank all our supporters, past and present, that enable us to continue our work.

“I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us at our events to learn a little more about our history and join us in our celebrations.”

A charity which offers a lifeline of friendship to older people has launched its 100th group in Scotland.

First Glasgow group 1971

Contact the Elderly, which hosts free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for those aged 75 and over and who live alone, has groups from the Borders to the Highlands. The latest addition launched in Edinburgh, the 14th group in the city.


The first Contact the Elderly tea party took place in 1971 at Greenbank House and Gardens in Clarkston with just a handful of guests and volunteers. Today, there are now more than 1100 volunteers supporting more than 900 older people enjoy the far-reaching benefits of tea, cake and, most importantly, company.

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

“It is a fantastic testament to our invaluable volunteers, fantastic guests and great team here in Scotland that we have reached this landmark number of groups. The amount of lives our tea parties have helped make better over the years will be extraordinary and of this I am incredibly proud.

“We operate on a very simple premise but the results are immeasurable. Chronic loneliness among our older population is a depressing fact of life but one which can be effectively remedied. The feedback from the older people we receive each and every week shows us just how much the friendships and outings with Contact the Elderly groups mean.”

Betty of Brechin has been attending Contact the Elderly tea parties for more than 15 years. She said:

“I don’t get out very much now so the Contact the Elderly tea parties are marvellous. I tell everyone I meet about them as I have made great friends over the years. We always have a great afternoon and I always really look forward to when we all get together again.”

John Clutterbuck started volunteering with the charity in its first year in Scotland. He remains a group coordinator in Glasgow to this day. He said:

“I have always enjoyed my time volunteering with Contact the Elderly. Volunteers often get as much out of our afternoons together as the guests. I have met a lot of friends and seen the benefits the tea parties have had on the lives of very many people.”

Once a month, a volunteer driver collects one or two older people and takes them to an afternoon tea party in a volunteer host’s home. The parties tend to last two hours. Hosts welcome groups into their homes once or twice a year.

The newest group held its first tea party in the home of 32-year-old Klaire McIntyre in Leith, Edinburgh. She said:

“I am delighted to have hosted the first tea party for Contact the Elderly’s 100th group in Scotland. We all had a fantastic time and I’m looking forward to many more parties in the years to come. It’s a fantastic charity and I can already see the difference it can make to the lives of older people.”

The charity currently has a waiting list of more than 100 older people throughout Scotland keen to no longer spend afternoons alone in the house. It is also committed to reaching more older people who are disengaged from society who would benefit from getting to know people in their local community. To do this, it needs people to donate a small amount of time to drive and accompany older people to parties, coordinate groups and to host parties.

Valerie added:

“This is a major achievement and we are now supporting more older people than ever before to live more fulfilled and enjoyable lives but this is not a reason to be complacent. We already know of at least 100 people in Scotland who want to join our parties and we know there will be many hundreds more we haven’t been able to reach out to. To continue our work we need more people in towns and cities throughout the country to commit to offering an invaluable lifeline of friendship to older people in their local communities by pledging just one afternoon a month, or even one afternoon a year, to Contact the Elderly.”

Contact the Elderly hopes to launch a further 10 parties in Scotland this year. For more information on volunteering, or becoming a guest, please contact Caroline McGinlay on or 0141 812 1555.

Air France celebrates new Glasgow – Paris route

This morning (30 March 2016) Air France and Glasgow Airport celebrated the start of the new Glasgow to Paris – Charles de Gaulle route.

Picture Nick Ponty 29/3/16 Air France inaugural flight arrives at Glasgow Airport from Paris.

On board the official inaugural Air France flight from Paris, which was greeted by a water cannon salute upon arrival, were Henri de Peyrelongue, Air France Senior Vice President Europe alongside French media and VIPs.

At International Arrivals, passengers and guests took part in a VIP champagne reception with traditional Scottish Highland dancing, local delicacies, as well as an official Quaich and ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries from Visit Scotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

This celebration came after the operations began on Sunday 27 March 2016. The daily flight connects Glasgow to Air France’s international hub in Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The airline offers a number of connections to its worldwide network of over 130 destinations from Scotland, including Shanghai, Tokyo and New York. The daily flight is operated by an Airbus A318, carrying up to 131 passengers.

Flight Number Origin Destination Departure (local time) Arrival (local time)
AF 1056 Paris Glasgow 7:30 8:15
AF 1057 Glasgow Paris 9:00 11:50

Every year, close to 15 million visitors travel to Scotland for both business and leisure. By serving Glasgow from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France is offering customers the opportunity to fly to one of the fastest growing destinations in Scotland, boasting strong economic and tourist attractions.

With the addition of the Air France Glasgow to Paris-Charles de Gaulle route, the AIR FRANCE KLM Group has strengthened its overall presence in Scotland and offers more than 150 weekly flights. In total the Group offers 7 routes from 4 Scottish airports (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where passengers will be able to connect to the extensive AIR FRANCE KLM worldwide network.

Warner Rootliep, General Manager AIR FRANCE KLM UK & Ireland said: “Demand from Scotland continues to grow which is why our Group has always invested in its Scottish network and local relationships with the region. Today we celebrate the introduction of the Glasgow-Paris route and looking at the results of the route so far, I am confident we will make it a success. AIR FRANCE KLM’s Scottish offering will ensure that local businesses are better connected to key markets around the world and we are proud to provide the largest city in Scotland with connectivity to and from key worldwide destinations”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To be able to officially welcome Air France to Glasgow Airport today is fantastic – both for the city and our customers.  Air France is a major player in the world of aviation with an extensive route network through its hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle into important global markets such as South America, China, India and Africa. The airline’s introduction of a daily service from Glasgow Airport this summer will play a crucial role in encouraging export led-growth, attracting further inward investment and supporting Scotland’s burgeoning tourism industry. Glasgow is the economic powerhouse of Scotland and the arrival of the French national flag carrier will further boost our connectivity with the world. We are looking forward to working with Air France to ensure the success of this exciting new service.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The arrival of Air France’s inaugural Paris flight into Glasgow is a significant boost for the city’s economy. Securing France’s national air carrier and the introduction of a direct daily, year-round service will further strengthen cultural and business links between Paris, Glasgow and the wider west of Scotland. There will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which has the potential to deliver considerable inbound leisure and business tourism. It will also vastly improve the city’s competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through one of Europe’s largest hub airports and Air France’s membership of the SkyTeam alliance route network. Glasgow is constantly striving to grow its air links and connect the city to the global marketplace. We’re looking forward to working with Air France, Glasgow Airport and VisitScotland on joint marketing communications activity in the coming months to ensure the success of this new route.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said “We are delighted to welcome the launch of Air France’s direct service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Glasgow Airport. The romance of its dramatic landscapes and the richness of its culture and traditions make Scotland a popular destination for visitors from France – currently one of our biggest European markets and set to deliver strong future growth. Glasgow, too, is increasingly becoming a must-visit destination for the French traveller, combining the cultural vibrancy of city life with the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park right on its doorstep.

This new route presents a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism to grow through increased connectivity, not only for our French visitors, but also our long-haul and emerging markets via the Parisian global hub.”

Scenes of Scottish History set in a Graphic Novel Style – New Exhibition Opening at Paisley Museum

A new exhibition that is sure to appeal to fans of the comic-book genre will open this weekend at Paisley Museum. 22 Pages – Scenes from Scottish History depicts historical events presented in a graphic novel style. The exhibition is FREE and will run from Saturday 2 April to Friday 20 May.

Thanks to the success of the ‘Superhero genre’, graphic novels and comic illustration have gained immense popularity and respect in recent years. But this medium is not new. The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt were the first examples of storytelling through pictures. Inspired by this tradition, this exhibition features 22 scenes from Scottish history, presented in a graphic novel style, in a that connects popular culture to traditional heritage in fun and vibrant ways.

The exhibition will also give visitors the chance to try their hand at creating their own comic book page or character.

Neil Bristow, Creative Learning Co-ordinator at Renfrewshire Leisure and organiser of the exhibition states ‘This is a fascinating exhibition, presenting events from Scottish history in a new way, that we are sure will appeal to visitors of all ages’

RAMH hi-res logo

Local mental health charity RAMH will unveil their new look branding and website along with the opening of their social enterprise in Johnstone on Saturday 2nd April at 11am.

RAMH hi-res logo


The ribbon will be cut at the new charity shop in Houston Square Johnstone by Cllr Iain McMillan, as the organisation also goes public with its updated brand.

Last year RAMH celebrated 25 years of service provision locally. The charity say every one in four people experience mental ill health each year. RAMH helps over 4,000 local people by providing support for all mental health diagnosis from depression to self-harm, bipolar disorder to anxiety issues.


paisley pirates

After a weekend off over the Easter period, Paisley Pirates now enter a critical stage in their season, beginning with the second leg of their Playoff Quarter Final against the Dundee Tigers this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm), with the winners going through to the finals weekend only six days later.

paisley pirates

“I suppose most folk will see us as shoe ins for the final stages, as we’re carrying a lead from the first leg in Dundee a fortnight ago, but we’re not looking at it that way at all,” said coach Ian Turley. “The Tigers narrowly missed out on a Scottish Cup Final date with us in mid April, only losing out on penalties at Edinburgh last weekend, so that gives an indication of what they’re capable of. They’ll be hurting at being so close to a Cup Final place, so we have to prepare for the game like any other and look to perform to the standards we’ve set ourselves this season.”

“Ice hockey can throw up some strange results, and anything can happen in sixty minutes, so we’ll be going out to show we deserve to be in the playoff weekend. Anything else would be unacceptable and we owe it to our supporters to put on a performance for them in our last home game of the season. We’re looking for the fans to get right behind us on Sunday at Braehead, as we go into the first of hopefully three very important weekends, so the least they can expect is that we play not just to my expectations this Sunday, but theirs as well. There are no second chances at this stage of the year.”

He went on, “We’re in a position that every other team would love to be in at this time of the year, so it’s up to us to work hard in training this week, go out and do the business on Sunday, then see where we are after that. We are very aware of all the support we receive not just from fans, but a whole range of people and agencies who help keep the club going, and this is a wonderful chance to pay them back for all that backing. Like I say, there have been a few strange looking results posted in the last fortnight, and we certainly don’t want to add to that list, so I’ll be doing everything in my power to make sure we give it our best shot on Sunday, and continue to have so many people proud of us!”

paisley from drone

After a weekend off over the Easter period, Paisley Pirates now enter a critical stage in their season, beginning with the second leg of their Playoff Quarter Final against the Dundee Tigers this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm), with the winners going through to the finals weekend only six days later.   “I suppose most folk will see us as shoe ins for the final stages, as we’re carrying a lead from the first leg in Dundee a fortnight ago, but we’re not looking at it that way at all,” said coach Ian Turley. “The Tigers narrowly missed …

Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir

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NEW members always welcome.
We meet on a Friday night 7-9pm at Wallneuk Church.
Cost  £3 per week