Following our hugely successful Fèis week in 2015, Fèis Phàislig returns this July for children aged 8-18 across Renfrewshire. Working with some of Scotland’s best traditional musicians and tutors, participants will have the opportunity to take part in traditional music, song, and drama workshops across our 4 day event, regardless of their ability. No previous experience of music is required, just an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to take part. Find out more about the Fèis at

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Saints legend Tony Fitzpatrick is backing an ambitious bid to get the people of Renfrewshire motivated to get fitter and healthier to live longer.


The St Mirren chief executive joined forces with Renfrewshire Sports Charity and Paisley MSP George Adam to launch the inspirational Move Renfrewshire project which aims to give hundreds of local folk a unique opportunity to change their lives.

Pro-Life Fitness Centre, which is run by RSC to raise funds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices, is giving Buddies and those who live elsewhere in the area, free access to the gym and their excellent first class facilities for the whole of June.


And those who take up the challenge to get moving will also enjoy the chance to take part in a wide range of classes from Body Combat and Body Pump to spin,  Kettlebells,  yoga and Bokwa without spending a penny.

Former Saints captain Tony praised the bold move and said:”This is an exceptional opportunity for the whole community who can get involved and I intend to take up this offer myself. I have a long-standing relationship with Pro-Life and I am so impressed with the work they do here in Renfrewshire that I am backing this scheme.

“Not only do they support our hospices but young sports stars of the future too and this move by them is just immense.  I would urge anyone who has always wanted to go along to the gym but couldn’t muster up the courage to forget about the fear.

“Take the first step through those doors and you will see how welcome you will be made. There’s a fantastic team here who are always happy to help. You will become part of the Pro-Life family. It really could be a life changing moment.

“It’s not all beautiful models and bodybuilders at Pro-Life; it is just ordinary folk like me. I really hope folk will realise what a great chance this is and take advantage of the scheme. My advice would be to use the free month to see how good it feels after some exercise; some me time. It really is quite a unique and wonderful idea.”

Politician and former Pro-Life member George Adam admitted he hasn’t been to the gym for around two years but is determined to make time to get back into a healthy regime despite his busy schedule at Holyrood and in his constituency.

He said: “I think this is a superb chance for the people of Paisley to look after themselves in a positive way without having to think about where the money is going to come from to go to the gym.

“I was at my best and healthiest when I was coming along here and the fact that every pound profit goes to help two other great charities is absolutely incredible. I know the tremendous work our hospices do and how Renfrewshire Sports Charity is striving to boost their funds.

“I’m happy to be lending my support to such a worthwhile cause and I hope people take advantage of such a superb scheme. I have vowed to make time for myself to get to the gym and I think everyone should.

“If it is something you have ever wanted to do – now is the time at Pro-Life. It is not often such a great chance comes around. I hope Renfrewshire does get moving in June.”

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC, who came up with the impressive move to offer everybody a free month at Pro-Life, said: “The benefit of exercise to good health is well recorded and the professional team of experts here are striving to make sure our community has the best chance possible to live well and long.

“We realise there are people who would love to come to the gym and for one reason or another never make it along so we are opening the doors to everyone for a month so that those who are cash-strapped or just don’t know how to make the first move to fitness can come along to see what’s on offer and enjoy our facilities without spending a penny.

“Our team is ready and excited at the prospect of getting Renfrewshire moving and welcoming lots of new faces through our doors. We know times can be hard for some people struggling to make their money stretch and the gym is a luxury.

“So we want to make it possible for everyone to get moving in June by taking advantage of this special offer.”

To get your free access for June all you have to do is call one of the friendly staff on 0141 889 5027 and quote Move Renfrewshire or pop along to the centre at 98 New Sneddon Street, Paisley where the team are waiting to help you get moving by taking the first tiny steps into a new fitness regime.


Paisley’s medieval heritage came back to life as the town celebrated 700 years since the first Stewart king – Robert II of Scotland – was born inside Paisley Abbey.


A spectacular Medieval Fayre turned back the clocks to 1316, with revellers taking in the sights and sounds of medieval life – showcasing Paisley’s historic links as the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 gathers pace.

The birth of Robert II is a miraculous event tinged with sadness – after the young king was saved following a tragic horse riding accident that killed his mother, Marjorie Bruce – daughter of Robert the Bruce.

The event celebrated the life of Marjorie Bruce and Robert II through storytelling and song – with wandering minstrels, knights and puppets shows for kids inside the abbey.

Abbey Close itself transformed into a medieval campsite for the day, with working kitchen, hog roast, stocks, custom-made weaponry displays and falconry shows.

Kids and adults dressed up for the occasion, with many donning helmets and chain mail to become knights for the afternoon.

The Stewart dynasty – one of the most enduring royal dynasties in Scottish history – began with Robert II taking the throne as King of Scots in 1371.

Paisley Abbey is known as the ‘cradle of the Royal House of Stewarts’, being the resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland – Princess Marjorie Bruce, the wives of King Robert II and King Robert III.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who joined Paisley Abbey’s Reverend Alan Birss in dressing up for the occasion, said: “Paisley’s Medieval Fayre marks an important anniversary for the town as our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 gathers pace.

“Paisley Abbey is a true architectural gem and has some fascinating links to Scottish monarchy. It is unique as the birthplace of King Robert II of Scotland 700 years ago and also the resting place of many High Stewards of Scotland – including Robert’s mother, Marjorie Bruce.

“Paisley has a wealth of history and heritage and events like this are really putting Paisley on the map as unique tourist destination.”

Reverend Alan Birss added: “The medieval fayre was a roaring success and it was great to see so many people come to Paisley Abbey to mark this special milestone in the abbey’s long history.

“Paisley Abbey has a very long history and the medieval fayre has been just one way of exploring that heritage.”

Paisley’s Medieval Fayre is part of an exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events for Renfrewshire as part of the build up to the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

To find out more on Paisley 2021, visit, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.


Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers is set to get into the spirit of National Volunteers Week 2016 by supporting community projects in Paisley, where the global company is headquartered. The activity will form part of Responsib’ALL Day, a global day of action hosted annually by its parent company Pernod Ricard.


Chivas Brothers’ 1,600 employees will dedicate up to 9,600 hours to causes on Thursday 2nd June by undertaking activities to support and develop their local communities. A number of events are due to take place near the company’s sites in Scotland and London as part of the day which aims to create or renew convivial spaces for residents.

Dozens of green-fingered employees based at the company’s site in Paisley will help to spruce up Gleniffer Braes, a picturesque park area offering views across the town and the lower Clyde Valley across to Ben Lomond. As part of the project, employees will undertake work to repair a bridge and improve footpaths to enhance access for visitors.

Another team will join forces with Gallowhill Primary School in Netherhill Road to create an allotment enabling them to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables. The playground area will also be given a makeover as part of the project and volunteers will help to construct raised compost beds and a pathway made out of bark.

Neil McDonagh, Bottling Operations Manager at Chivas Brothers’ is part of the volunteer group helping to regenerate Gleniffer Braes.

He said: “It’s great to be able to team up with my colleagues and do something good for our community. A lot of us visit Gleniffer Braes regularly so we really wanted to help make it a more enjoyable place by enhancing some of its features.

“I’m really proud to be part of Chivas Brothers’ Responsib’ALL Day. It’s a rewarding project which enables us to make a real difference in our local community.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Chivas Brothers for the work being done at Gallowhill Primary School and Gleniffer Braes Country Park. The school allotment will be a great asset for local children and the improvements to the park will be appreciated by the many local residents who visit Gleniffer Braes to walk their dogs or spend time with their family. Renfrewshire Council is grateful to the Chivas Brothers’ team for their collective effort.”

Investing in local communities is just one of Chivas Brothers’ commitments, along with promoting responsible drinking, protecting the planet and empowering its people. Throughout the year employees are also encouraged to participate in Chivas Spirit of Support (Chivas SOS) – a staff inspired community scheme that offers all employees an opportunity to volunteer in local communities.

WHEN the going gets tough, the tough sign up for a new extreme fitness programme just launched at Renfrew Leisure Centre.

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Not for the faint-hearted, the Extreme Outdoor Fitness classes are for already fit people who want to get even fitter.
And before anyone can even join the programme – run by qualified fitness and training expert, Neil Hutchison – they’ll have to prove they can already run a mile in ten minutes, men can do 40 push-ups in one minute and 40 sit-ups in a minute with the women’s test at 20 push-ups and sit-ups in a minute.

The first class takes place on Saturday, June 4 and the six-week training block includes a mix of endurance workouts, Plyometric exercises, sled pulling, battle ropes, parachute runs, viper lifts and tractor tyre flipping.
Neil explains: “This training programme is for people who want to compete in events like Tough Mudder, or improve their times in 5k or 10k races.

“It’s also ideal for anyone who wants to join the police, Fire Brigade, or any of the Armed Forces.
“If people are fit, but want to get to the next level and become super-fit, then they should get down to our training camps and I’ll soon get them reaching their goal.”

He adds: “But make no mistake, these sessions will be tough and only those who want a challenge, are willing to be pushed to their limit and then maybe a bit more should sign up.
“By the end of the six-week course, they’ll be a lot fitter than they were at the start.”
The ultra-fitness sessions are every Saturday between 9.30am and 10.45am and cost £6 per class or £30 for a block of six sessions.

Call the Renfrew Leisure Centre Team on 0300 300 0266 for more information, or to book a Fitness Test.

Paisley Abbey Close transforms into a medieval campsite for the day. Featuring weaponry demonstrations, live falconry displays, an outdoor hog roast, medieval storytelling and fun for all of the family.

Photographs by Tracey Clements for

A major investment in new, hi-tech LED street lighting across Renfrewshire has got underway in Paisley. 

Councillor Eddie Devine (left) fitting one of the new LED lamps

Councillor Eddie Devine (left) fitting one of the new LED lamps

Lighting contractors started the installation in the Foxbar and Glenburn areas and will complete work in Paisley before moving to other parts of Renfrewshire later in the year.  

The new lights will save a massive £750,000 a year due to lower electricity consumption, reduced maintenance costs and a reduction in carbon tax payments.

Council chiefs say the £11m investment will protect the environment, save money on running costs and improve street safety at night.
Almost 29,000 streetlights across Renfrewshire are being fitted with new, energy-efficient lamps which consume around 60% less power than conventional lamps and last five times longer. 

Another benefit of the new LED technology is that it emits a more natural white light that allows colours to be seen more clearly. The light also produces better quality CCTV images which can help to deter crime and antisocial behaviour, and improve detection rates for incidents.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said:

“This investment will bring a wide range of benefits. 

“At the moment, street lighting accounts for one-fifth of the council’s CO2 emissions. By making this major investment in new, green LED technology, we are taking a significant step to meeting our carbon reduction targets.

“By using less energy to light our streets, we are also protecting council tax payers against the effects of future energy price increases.”

The replacement programme is expected is expected to be completed by May 2017. In most cases, the new LED lamps will be fitted to existing lamp-posts, making the exercise quick and straightforward. 

Residents will receive a postcard before installation starts in their area and lamp-post signs will be put up to remind them to keep installation spaces clear.

More information on LED street lights and details of the installation schedule are available at

Former volunteer with Claire Casey has now published a collection of songs and poems by Paisley’s Weaver Poet Robert Tannahill, this is fantastic to see such a collection now published and we all at wish Claire the very best for what seems a bright future in publishing.

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Claire Casey is a qualified archaeologist who has worked on a number of sites throughout Scotland, Ireland and England. This included a Neolithic settlement site in Orkney. She is currently working on number of writing projects. In her spare time, Claire is a Viking re-enactor who regularly takes part in the Largs Viking Festival.

“I have independently published a collection of songs and poems by Robert Tannahill. This came about, after I had a conversation with a friend of mine, and Tannahill had cropped up. My friend had never heard of Tannahill and when he had checked for his work on Amazon, he found that it was most faximilies and costing more than he was willing to spend”.

“I had decided that it would be something that I would work on. As well as collecting his songs and poems, I also wrote an introduction. I have tried to make sure that it was being sold at a reasonable price”.

“I personally think that Tannahill is worthy of being remembered. and his work needs to be recognised. With the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid, I think that it is the perfect time to highlight the work of Paisley’s Weaver Poet”.

The paperback and kindle versions of the collection are both available on Amazon.

Renfrewshire Chamber’s B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” – the largest event of its kind in Renfrewshire, returns to Paisley for the 6th consecutive year on Wed 8th of June 2016.



50 exhibitors and 6 free seminars throughout the day. The Lagoon, Paisley 10am-4pm.

Free to attend.  The day is a great opportunity for you to network with 50+ organisations, learn some new “stuff” or update your existing knowledge, all business people, students & senior pupils welcome.

 View Exhibitor details  here

Seminar 1, 10.15-11.00 “The WOW Factor” – Social Media for Customer Service Excellence with NSDesign
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Seminar 2, 11.15-12.00 “Marketing Scotland in the Digital Age” with Visit Scotland

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Seminar 3, 12.15-13.00 “Paisley2021/Invest in Renfrewshire/City Deal” with Renfrewshire Council
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Seminar 4, 13.15-14.00 “Mastering Selling Skills for your business” with Business Gateway
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Seminar 5, 14.15-15.00 “Are you a Manager or a Leader” with UWS
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Seminar 6, 15.15-16.00 “How to grow your exports ” with Scottish Enterprise
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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has met with a Malawian smallholder farmer to discuss ways in which we can tackle food security in developing countries and promote ethical trade around the world.

Gavin Newlands MP, Patrick Grady MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Richard Arkless MP with Kenneth Mwakasangula and James Johnstone.

Gavin Newlands MP, Patrick Grady MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Richard Arkless MP with Kenneth Mwakasangula and James Johnstone.

Gavin met with Kenneth Mwakasangula, a Malawian smallholder farmer, along with Just Trading Scotland to find out how fairtrade can rectify injustices in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Just Trading Scotland is a fair trade organisation, set-up to facilitate the import and distribution of fairly traded products to the UK. They are based in Paisley, and were at Parliament to raise awareness of Kilombero rice, grown by small farmers in northern Malawi, which has recently been stocked by Co-op branches across Scotland.

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

“I was delighted to meet with Kenneth Mwakasangula and James Johnstone, Community Engagement Officer from Just Trading Scotland to find out more about their work to tackle food security in developing countries and promote ethical trade around the world.

“Fairtrade is one of the most effective ways that we can resolve the injustices of the world. It can help develop the skills of local farmers which will can help lift communities out of poverty.

“It is fantastic that the Co-op have agreed to stock Kilombero rice which is grown by local farmers in northern Malawi. Customers who choose to buy Kilombero rice can be confident that they are buying a quality product and that the farmer is getting a fair price for their produce.”

Pro Life Fitness Centre is teaming up with local charity RAMH to help raise funds for mental health services.


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RAMH Chief Exec Stephen McLellan (back) & personal trainer Stewart Money (front) beginning Stephen’s training for September at Pro Life Fitness Centre

Every person registering for the RAMH Arran Bike and Hike will be given a free month’s membership and entered into a prize draw for 6 month’s free membership at Pro Life.

The 2 day Bike and Hike challenge takes place on Saturday 3rd– Sunday 4th September, 2016 and kicks off with a good luck breakfast in Paisley, transfers to Ardrossan and the ferry to Brodick. The challenge then begins with a 42 mile cycle circumnavigating the island towards Lochranza, followed by a celebratory dinner and overnight in Lochranza. Sunday begins with a 13 mile cycle to the foot of Goatfell followed by a hike of Goatfell at 874m, fish supper and ferry home, returning to Paisley for sunset.

RAMH is holding an Information Evening on Thursday 9th June at 6.30pm at their offices at 41 Blackstoun Road (PA3 1LU) to answer any questions and give participants good advice for fundraising and training. You don’t have to have registered to attend the Information Evening, just pop along to find out more about what it’s about.

Alex Whelan from Pro Life said “it’s crucial that we support mental health in our communities supporting conditions such as depression, self harm, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.”

“RAMH services are so important. Anyone who commits to the Arran Bike and Hike can use the gym and relaxation facilities for a whole month with no charge. Plus there’s a 6 month membership up for grabs in the prize draw.”

RAMH Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said “we welcome everyone on this fantastic weekend away on Arran, it’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself, meet new people and have a brilliant bike and hike experience.”

He added “We’re very grateful to Pro Life Fitness Centre for their kind support which means a great deal to us, the work of Renfrewshire Sports Charity is proving very important for health and wellbeing in the local area.”

All meals, transport and overnight accommodation are included and all you need is a bike, helmet and walking boots. RAMH ask for a £50 registration fee and £300 minimum sponsorship, with all money going directly towards services for those affected by mental ill health.

Places are limited so register NOW at or 0141 847 8900

£1500 was the fantastic sum of money gifted to St Vincent’s Hospice by the Spar Store in Lochwinnoch from carrier bag sales.

Back row: David Cunningham, Spar Area Manager, Fundraiser Carol-Anne Lamont, Karen Shaw, Lochwinnoch Store Manager. Front row: Elaine McCalI and Lynne Neil both Store Assistants

Back row: David Cunningham, Spar Area Manager, Fundraiser Carol-Anne Lamont, Karen Shaw, Lochwinnoch Store Manager. Front row: Elaine McCalI and Lynne Neil both Store Assistants

St Vincent’s Hospice was the nominated charity by the store’s staff members to receive this much appreciated donation.  David Cunningham, Area Manager for Spar Scotland said, “The staff of our Lochwinnoch store had nominated St Vincent’s Hospice because of work of the Hospice in the local area.  They are delighted to be able to help to give something back.”

Carol-Anne Lamont, who collected the cheque on behalf of the hospice, said, “We are hugely grateful to everyone involved for the donation and would like to thank staff and customers of the store for thinking of St Vincent’s Hospice. These funds will be used to support our work both at the hospice and in the community.”

If you would like to support St Vincent’s Hospice please call the Fundraising and Communications department on 01505 705635 or visit