There might be championship-winning squash club at the ON-X Sports Centre in Linwood – but there’s plenty room for even more members.

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From left – back row, Alan Wright, Ian Armstrong, Craig Wright and Brian Wright. Front row, Graeme Bamford, Russell Forsyth, Blair MIchie, Paul Robson and David Armstrong.

The ON-X Squash Club has had a hugely successful inaugural season with their first team romping home to win Division 5 of the West of Scotland League by 57 points and being promoted. The second team came third in Division 6 and won promotion to Division 5. The club – sponsored by Commercial and Asset Finance Ltd – plays at the ON-X on a Wednesday night and a Saturday morning.

Club captain Blair Michie said: “We’ve had a fantastic first season and we’re aiming to repeat our success next season. “At the moment, we have fourteen members and running two teams. We’re looking for new members to join us and if we get enough new players we’ll get a third team going as well”.
“Playing squash is great fun and obviously, it’s a great work out and excellent for developing your fitness.
“It doesn’t matter what standard a squash player you are we’d welcome you along to the club and we can organise coaching sessions for people who haven’t played much squash or even never played before.”

Anyone who wants to join the ON-X Squash club should contact Blair through the sports centre on 0141 300 300 0250

The call is out for entries for the 6th annual Street Stuff Football Festival which will take place at St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 Stadium on Tuesday 3 May, starting at 5.30pm.

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l to r: St Mirren FC’s Barry Cuddihy, Kyle McAllister, Jamie Langfield and David Clarkson.

The tournament is free to enter and is open to teams of five players from Renfrewshire in age-groups 8-11, 12-15, and 16-18 years old.

All of the games will be played on the main pitch, giving youngsters a unique opportunity to show off their skills.

Entry forms can be downloaded from St Mirren’s website at  www.saintmirren.net/forms

Teams and spectators will also have the chance to play FIFA Tournaments on the Renfrewshire Youth Buses and take part in dance activities inside the stadium.

Street Stuff is run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

For more information on the Football Festival contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557 281 581, stephen@saintmirren.net

For more information on Street Stuff, go to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff.

265 residents in Renfrewshire have been reissued with postal voting papers for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary election after a printing error was discovered on the reverse of the peach coloured Regional List Ballot Paper.

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The issue does not affect any of the other 30,124 postal votes issued in the three constituencies in Renfrewshire.

New ballot papers are being delivered today (Wednesday April 27) to all 265 residents involved – just a day after the incorrect papers first arrived by post.

Voters have been reassured that even if they have already returned the ineligible voting paper, the correct replacement ballot paper would count for their vote instead.

All of the 265 residents live in the Renfrewshire North and West constituency.

The postal votes for that group of people were printed in the final run of postal ballot papers being issued to people who applied for postal votes.

The backs of those Regional Ballot papers were inadvertently printed with the same details for the constituency of Renfrewshire North and West rather than referring to the West Scotland Region.

Sandra Black, Regional Returning Officer, said:  “We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the problem has been identified and is being quickly resolved.

“We would also like to thank the residents who took the time to contact us and point out something was wrong.  

“This is a specific problem linked to the last batch of postal votes that was printed and involves only that group of 265 people.  Everyone involved has been written to and also given a number they can call if they have any further enquiries.

“We are doing everything possible to give people all the information and reassurance that they are entitled to and we can confirm that every one of them will have the chance to make their democratic choice.”

Coats Observatory will be the place to be on Monday 9 May to witness the rare astronomical event of the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. The event will take place between 1pm and 6pm and is FREE of charge. Entrance to Coats Observatory will be via Oakshaw Street West in Paisley.

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Using special sun filters on the Grubb telescope housed at the Observatory, visitors will be able to witness this rare occurrence. Transits of Mercury are rare and only happen in either May or November when Mercury’s orbit is at its most extreme points. On Monday 9 May Mercury will appear as a small black dot as it slowly crosses the face of our parent star. This event will not be repeated until November 13 2032, although there will be a partial transit visible on November 11 2019 – the November dates will not be as favourable for observation as the Sun will be much lower. The next one to happen that falls in May is not until 2049!

John Pressly, Observatory Officer states ‘This really is a fantastic opportunity to witness an astronomical event which we will not see repeated for several years. Transits of the planets Mercury and Venus have been used by astronomers in the past to determine a number of factors such as the distance from the Earth to the Sun and the sizes of the planets. Whilst we will not be conducting any scientific studies during the event it will still be great be able to say that you witnessed the transit of Mercury for yourself at Coats Observatory.’

In the event of inclement weather, a ‘virtual’ version of the transit will be screened in the Planetarium in the Observatory.

Please note, it is very important that people do not look directly at the Sun with unfiltered equipment.

Join our free 6 week cooking course to help you learn to cook on a budget.nhs

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 from 9.30 am to 11.30am at Foxbar Community Centre.

To book a place please contact Anne Gibson on 01505 821802 or email Anne.Gibson2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

 

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St Mirren have not threatened to be more than a mid-table side during the 2015/16 season, but the upturn of fortunes since the arrival of new manager Alex Rae at the end of last year has given fans cause for optimism ahead of a new campaign. The Buddies have won nine of the 18 games in the Championship since Rae took charge, while talented young midfielder Stevie Mallan has showcased the form that earned him a call up to the Scottish national side, with 14 goals in all competitions.

In another boost to the club, the situation off the pitch also appears to be improving as supporters moved a step closer to taking a majority ownership via a subscription scheme. Lifelong Saints fan Gordon Scott and the St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) have had a joint offer accepted in principle, which will see ex-director Scott paying a bulk sum of around £1 million. Around 1,000 fans will then need to pay £12 a month via the loan scheme. The Buddies have been up for sale for seven years, so a conclusion to the long-running saga will surely aid a bid for promotion next season.

Mallan has been the star performer this year, and he has been ably supported by the likes of Jamie Langfield, Rocco Quinn and Andy Webster, who could all form the spine of a potentially successful team in 2016/17. However, there will be need to be further additions to the squad in order to strengthen it as the Championship is likely to be hotly contested and more competitive during the next 12 months. The Saints are likely to look for a proven goal scorer to take the pressure off Mallan and replace Lawrence Shankland, who is set to return to Aberdeen when his loan spell ends.

St Mirren will also have to fill the void left by Steven Thompson. The 37-year-old captain and forward revealed in early April that he would finally be hanging up his boots after an illustrious playing career, which included a League Cup final victory with the Buddies back in 2013. Alex Rae has revealed that plans to recruit players are now taking shape after the team’s safety was secured, adding that it was important to “bring in the right types” in order to take the club forward. The former Wolves and Sunderland midfielder also hinted that certain deals for players at the club could be agreed during the next month, ahead of the summer recruiting campaign.

St Mirren fans are cautiously optimistic about their team’s chances for 2016/17, but their chances to sustain a promotion push will largely be down to Rae’s ability to successfully oversee a major overhaul of the current playing squad on a tight budget while retaining the club’s brightest prospects and influential performers. However, Leicester City’s fairytale run to Premier League glory this season should give hope to all clubs in England and Scotland that success may never be too far away.

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  At the end of a successful season for the Paisley Pirates, one which saw them finish in great style by winning the Scottish Cup, the club has paid tribute to the many sponsors who have supported the local ice hockey team.   “We try to be as self sufficient as we possibly can be,” said coach Ian Turley, “but without a doubt the support of sponsors is an essential element of the whole package which allows the Paisley Pirates to take to the ice each season,” he stressed. “This sponsorship comes in various forms, whether it’s simply cash from …

Thanks to the Paisley Pirates see more at http://paisleypirates.org/

 

**CATS Award nominee 2015: Best Music and Children’s Shows
A funny, intimate and delightful dance theatre piece which takes young children on a visual and musical journey of discovery
For children aged 6 month – 4 years

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Scottish Tour: 4 May – 4 June 2016

“This production goes a wonderfully imaginative extra mile in its mix of bouncy dance theatre, cunningly versatile design, live music and audience participation.” **** The Herald

Featuring rhythmical text, this interactive performance envelopes children in an imaginatively changing world. They can enjoy the visual, physical and musical energy of the show, identify with the emotions of the characters and even explore the set at the end. The performance is inspired by  Barrowland Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Gilmore’s personal experiences with her own children in terms of what they find funny and how they behave and move.

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Poggle is the story of Vince. He wants to explore the forest, but is too scared to go on his own until he meets Poggle, a friendly creature, who takes him on an adventure where he discovers the forest and the magical musical tree. With live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping throughout, children will enjoy a sense of discovery and accomplishment throughout this show as they interact with the characters.

Natasha Gilmore, Barrowland Ballet, Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet and director of Poggle, said: “Poggle was inspired by my young children as I watched the way they explored and played in the world around them. The joy of discovery and accomplishment when new skills are found and obstacles overcome and the wonderment children find in the simplest things, like mud.”

Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow. The company name reflects its unique mix of popular culture and high art. Its name, taken from Glasgow’s famous Ballroom, also shares its belief that dance is for everybody. The company repertoire is built around the artistic work of choreographer, Natasha Gilmore. The work is inspired by her personal experiences and its challenging themes are delivered with wit and humour. The insightful observations of human behaviour and relationships enable audiences to identify with the stories in a multitude of ways, as they resonate with their own experiences. Recent productions, Tiger and Tiger Tale (7+) have toured to great success with Tiger Tale performing at Imaginate and both Tiger and Tiger Tale were part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2014 and toured internationally in 2015. Barrowland Ballet believes dance theatre should be available for everyone and creates professional productions and participatory projects for and with a variety of people. The most recent work was The River, a Festival 2014 event which took place along the banks of the Clyde with a 150 strong cast of dancers, singers and musicians.

Macrobert arts centre is the arts centre for Stirling and the Forth Valley and a cultural hub for Scotland. With a vision to promote and develop participation in and enjoyment of the arts macrobert offers a huge variety of activities with over 400 live performances – drama, comedy, opera, dance, music, musical theatre and art exhibitions – alongside a varied Creative Learning programme throughout the year.The venue is also a producer, co-producer and instigator of new work for young audiences. www.macrobert.org

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Age guidance: 6 months – 4 year olds | Running time: 30 minutes plus playtime at the end

 

Touring dates 

Wed 4 May

Paisley Arts Centre, Witherspoon St, Paisley PA1 1UR

11am & 2pm

£3

0300 3001210

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

 

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, attended the Immigration Bill debate on Monday evening, aiming to secure amendments to the Immigration Bill that would have required the UK government to accept at least 3000 of the unaccompanied child refugees in Europe and stop the detention of pregnant migrant women.

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The UK Government has so far failed to make any clear or firm commitment to resettle its fair share of these vulnerable children. On Monday, the Government voted down the amendment that would have compelled them to offer sanctuary to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees.

The Government also voted down the amendment that would have stopped the detention on pregnant women. Instead, the Government has introduced a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women held at immigration centres.

The SNP has called for greater resettlement since the start of crisis and the SNP Scottish Government has led the way in the UK on practical support for refugees – launching Scotland’s refugee taskforce with £1million of funding, providing £375,000 in aid to support humanitarian activity in southern Europe, and ensuring Scotland has taken in more than 400 of the 1,300 refugees given a safe haven in the UK under the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

Commenting, Gavin Newlands MP, said:

“We had an opportunity to force the UK government to show the leadership that has been lacking by accepting our fair share of the thousands of unaccompanied child refugees that are already in Europe.

“The UK government has so far failed to provide a fair share of these vulnerable children with the protection and sanctuary they need and deserve. As a result thousands of child refugees continue to struggle alone and at risk of trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse – with an estimated 10,000 children disappearing in Europe in 2015 alone, including those who have died trying to get to the UK.

“We would never allow this to happen to own our children, and we cannot now turn our backs on our moral and legal obligations to refugee children either.

“The Government also turned down the opportunity to stop the heinous practice of detention of pregnant women.

“The Government claims to be aware that the practice of locking up innocent pregnant women is inhumane but it isn’t willing to admit fault and accept the case for an absolute ban.

“The Immigration Bill is flawed, divisive, and ultimately bad for Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK. In a rushed and ham-fisted drive to reduce immigration – at any cost – the Tory government is pushing through unhelpful targets and disproportionate measures without consideration for the damage they that will do to the economy and society.

Gavin Newlands, the Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has added his voice to calls for the UK Government to commit to not cut or delay the orders for eight type-26 frigates as doing so would be a “total betrayal” of the 800 shipyard workers on the Clyde who would potentially face redundancy.

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Contracts for thirteen type-26 frigates were placed during the independence referendum of 2014; however, after the referendum it was scaled back to eight orders. On Friday 22nd April 2016, representatives of the trade unions from Scotstoun and Govan shipyards were told by BAE Systems that a worse-case scenario for further scale backs would be 800 workers being made redundant.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, the Renfrewshire MP pressed the UK Government’s Minister for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne MP, asking:

“There is a growing sense of anger and frustration on the Clyde. Many of these hard-working and highly-skilled workers are starting to feel as if they were used as a constitutional pawn. What does the Minister say in response to the Secretary of GMB Scotland who said that the UK Government’s actions on the Clyde are a total betrayal of the upper Clyde workforce?”

Speaking after the debate, Gavin Newlands said:

“Scotland’s shipbuilding industry has a proud past and the shipyard workers on the Clyde were promised by the UK Government that their industry had a promising future.

“During the independence referendum in 2014, those campaigning for a No vote alleged that ‘Separation Shuts Shipyards’ and the UK Government pledged to build thirteen type-26 frigates on the Clyde.

“However, despite remaining as part of the UK, we have gone from the promise of a world-class frigate factory to the prospect of 800 hard-working and highly-skilled shipyard workers being made redundant.

“The contract to build eight type-26 frigates, which has been already scaled back from thirteen, must not be cut or delayed any further by the UK Government. Any cut or delay would be a total betrayal to all of the shipyard workers on the Clyde – the workers and their families deserve to have the promises made to them fulfilled and job security guaranteed.”

Keen golfers will club together this weekend to raise money in support of Renfrewshire’s Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group.

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Elderslie residents Stephen Torrance and Andy Payne have arranged a golf day in memory of Vincent Torrance who took his own life in 2009, aged just 27.

The Vinny Torrance Invitational will see 80 players- playing in teams of four- take part in a Texas Scramble competition- with prizes for 1st and 2nd as well as four feature holes.

Elderslie Golf Club will host the event and have helped keep costs down by subsiding green fees for the tournament which has helped ensure a capacity attendance.

Local companies have also signed up to help with all 18 holes being sponsored on the day which will boost the fundraising total.

The previous hosting of the event raised more than £2500 which was donated to the SOBS group to allow the continuation of support for those who have been bereaved and those who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Stephen said: “We are looking to raise awareness of depression and suicide and to let people know that it’s good to talk about these issues.

“The SOBS group are great as they give support to those directly affected by the loss of someone to suicide and they have a great team in Rosemary and Lisa.

“On the day Andy, Vincent’s best friend, and myself just want everyone to have fun. It’s a fun day and no doubt Vincent would’ve had a ball if he was involved.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The event is a fitting tribute paid by Stephen to his brother and a terrific way to raise money for a worthy cause.

“It is vital that the stigma around suicide is removed and those at risk feel comfortable to discuss what they are feeling. The SOBS group provide an excellent outlet for those bereaved by suicide to speak with people who have faced similar experiences to themselves.

“If you believe you recognise the signs of self harm or suicide, please try and help. It could make a huge difference.”

The SOBS group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 2DB, from 7pm-8:30pm.

Renfrewshire’s Choose Life team can be contacted via 0141 849 2200 or elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The SOBS national helpline can be reached on 0844 561 6855, experts at Breathing Space are available on 0800 838 587 and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

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