Renfrewshire Model Railway Club are hosting a model railway exhibition in Johnstone Town Hall on the weekend of the 12th and 13th November.



The timings for the show are:

Saturday, 12th November, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, 13th November, 12:00 noon – 4:00pm

The cost of entry is:  Adult £5, Concession £4, Child £2, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £11.


This is the first time Renfrewshire Model Railway Club has held an exhibition in Johnstone Town Hall and hopes it may become a regular feature. The show should comprise of approximately 17 exhibits, three of which will be interactive, including a Scalextric slot car race circuit. There will also be a small number of trade stands, at which it will be possible to buy model railway items. There will also be demonstration stands to show what can be produced.

Renfrewshire Model Railway Club is based in Elderslie and is always looking for new members of all ages. The Club has its own website and facebook page Renfrewshire Model Railway Club, where more details may be obtained.

The Paisley skyline will be awash with colour this Saturday as the annual fireworks display returns with a bang.


Thousands will descend on the town centre for a full day of family activities as the winter events programme in Renfrewshire continues.

The excitement kicks-off at 2pm when the Capital FM DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment.

A variety of local bands and artists will showcase their talents including Matthew Gibb, Lisa Kowalski, The Turkey Nuts and The Vanities.

The Paisley and Piazza shopping centres will also play host to free children’s activities throughout the afternoon.

The fireworks will be launched at 7pm from the top of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters on Cotton Street, with the best views for the public set to be in Abbey Close and Gauze Street.


Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from early on Saturday morning onwards in the area around Gauze Street, Cotton Street and High Street, with parts of Seedhill Road and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

Mill Street will also be closed temporarily between 6.45pm and 8pm to ensure the safety of the public but with minimal disruption to traffic.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Every year the fireworks display attracts tens of thousands of people into Paisley as we light up the historic skyline.

“There is always a vibrant atmosphere around the town and I would encourage everyone, from families to visitors, to join in the experience of a major event in the town centre.

“Our winter events programme is just one part of the push towards our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and demonstrates Paisley’s capability to hold large scale events- a key requirement for the winning bidder.”

The fireworks display follows last weekend’s two day ‘spooktacular’ held in Paisley town centre to celebrate Halloween and precedes the switching on of the Christmas lights in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The Paisley switch on will be headlined this year on Saturday 12 November by triple-platinum selling artists Scouting for Girls, known for their top 10 singles ‘She’s So Lovely’ and ‘It’s Not About You’.

They will be supported by up-and-coming local bands on the main stage.

Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is sponsored by intu Braehead and the Paisley Shopping Centre.

Full details of this, and future, events are available online at

For more information on Paisley’s bid and how you can get behind it, visit


The Diane Mitchell Music School  have the following new classes:

Children’s Choir on  Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6pm for children aged between 6 and 13.  The price is only £25 per month.

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Musicianship class on Thursdays from 4 – 5pm for 3 – 6 year olds. Classes teach beat, rhythm and pitch and children get the opportunity to try out different instruments.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is celebrating Living Wage Week 2016 by encouraging more Renfrewshire organisations to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers.


Mr Mackay was speaking as the new Living Wage of £8.45 was announced.

Living Wage Week takes place each year during the first week of November. The week is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage Employers.

This year Living Wage Week begins on Sunday 30th October and runs to Saturday 5th November. 

Speaking SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Living wage week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the living wage and the living wage employer mark and I hope as many local employers sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers as possible.

“People who go out and do a hard day’s work should not be left struggling to pay the bills and this new Living Wage of £8.45 announced today will be a welcome pay rise for hundreds of people across Renfrewshire.

“With low pay as one of the main drivers of poverty, it is vital that employers who can pay the Living Wage do so.

“And I want to see businesses implement the new Living Wage as soon as possible, it makes sense for businesses – it’s an investment in people, it leads to increased productivity and reduces staff turnover.

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Pirates enjoyed a goal fest as they put their Ayrshire rivals to the sword in a one sided match played at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, scoring no less than FIFTEEN times against the hosts, while Graeme Meechan enjoyed his third shut out of the season.

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It took the hosts less than three minutes to open the scoring through an unassisted Chris Turley goal, and with under five minutes on the clock the lead was doubled as Chris Wilson finished off a move with Orr and Miller to give notice that it was going to be a long night for the hosts. Two minutes later the score was 3-0 as Marc Crute got in on the act, and with the flow of play going in only one direction further goals followed through Campbell and then Haydn Bain, scoring against his former club, to take the score to five by the first break, after a period in which Wild managed only two shots on goal.

The story and pattern of play continued in the same vein in the middle session, as Pirates continued to keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, and with less than half the period played the score had risen to 8-0 as first Thorp, then Wilson with his second, and Orr, all found the target to put their team well over the horizon. Pirates continued to push forward without adding to their total for the next ten minutes before Miller added a quickfire double in the last few moments of the session to duly rack up double figures in a spell which, once again, the visitors had dominated.

Into the final session, and with the destination of the league points already well established, it only remained to be seen what the final tally would be. Miller collected his straight hat trick goal with 5 minutes gone in the period. Pirates continued to press and with Thorp, Crute and Orr all completing their doubles, and another ex-Wild player, Riddell, also getting on the scoresheet, the scoring stopped at 15 with a few minutes left, the visitors defending a 5 on 3 disadvantage at the finish as first Bain, then Blair, sat out minor penalties.

Pirates will be pleased to record another untroubled win and now face the difficult trip to Aberdeen next Saturday to take on the local Lynx, in a match that will certainly test them to the limit.


Scorers:          Miller (3+2), Orr (2+4), Wilson (2+3), Crute (2+2), Thorp (2+1), Turley (1+3), Riddell (1+2), Campbell (1+1), Bain (1+0), Hassan & Jordan (both 0+1)

Penalties:        Bain 4, Spiers, Blair & Miller (all 2)

Shots on Goal:            Wild (Galloway)        46

Pirates ( Meechan)   10

Paisley enjoyed an explosion of light, sound and activity at the weekend when thousands of visitors descended on the town centre for the annual Halloween festival.

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The hugely-popular annual event – taking place as part of the build-up to Paisley’s bid for Uk City of Culture 2021 – kicked off on Friday evening with a lantern-lit parade through the town centre led by the stunning Spark! LED drummers.

That continued in Abbey Close itself with a fire garden run by outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank, featuring fire-breathing sculptures and spooky illuminations.

There was also lots for kids in Paisley Town Hall, with Halloween arts and crafts, a family disco, storytelling, puppet shows and music sessions with Feis Phaislig.

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Most of the same activities returned on the Saturday but with the addition of a main stage featuring live music from local musicians and dance groups, and entertainment from Pulse FM DJs.

Both days also saw a funfair, street entertainers and a great selection of outdoor food vendors.

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Groups involved over the weekend includes Independent State of Happiness, Right To Dance, Street Stuff, Floor4orce, Solid Rock Cheerleaders and Rock Us Community Choir.

There was also a special event in the run-up to the Halloween festival, with Paisley Town Hall hosting the world premiere of a new performance by award-winning visual theatre artist Al Seed.

The show – a dark gothic melodrama inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven – was one of the first to be funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events fund, aimed at boosting the local creative scene ahead of the Paisley 2021 bid.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council, and council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Once again, the Halloween festival made for a fantastic spectacle in the heart of the town.

“The event has been hugely popular since it started two years ago and has helped bring thousands of visitors into the town, boosting local trade.

“It was also good to see so many local cultural groups involved – and with Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 due to be submitted in a few months time, it was once again a great showcase of the flourishing creative scene we have here.”

Renfrewshire’s major winter events programme continues with the Paisley Fireworks display (Sat 5 Nov) and Christmas Lights Switch-on (Sat 12 Nov).

As your trusted local practice, Champion Vets Paisley is committed to improving the health of Paisley’s cats. Cats that venture outside are vulnerable to potentially fatal diseases such as cat ‘flu and leukaemia (FeLV). To combat this, the practice is offering reduced price vaccinations to all cats whose vaccination has lapsed.


Routine vaccinations protect cats against diseases which exist in cat populations throughout the Paisley area and continue to cause outbreaks without warning.

“For a variety of reasons not all cats’ vaccinations are kept up-to-date, which can put them at risk from an illness that could be easily avoided,” explains head vet Stephen Champion. “At Champion Vets we are dedicated to helping cat owners keep their beloved friends healthy – after all, they are an important member of the family!”

We are pleased to launch a limited VACCINE AMNESTY and are offering reduced price vaccinations for all cats who have not been vaccinated for 14 months or more. Cats will receive a full vaccination course of 2 vaccinations (3 weeks apart) for just £39.95 (the price of a booster) until the end of November 2016. PLUS, we will include a free worming treatment, PLUS a full veterinary health check, PLUS a 10% discount in the unlikely event that any further treatment is required at the time. This represents a total saving of over £25.00 on the vaccine and worming alone!

For further information and to make an appointment simply contact your local Champion Vets on 0141 889 7638 and speak to Dianne or Lara. Don’t delay – this is the biggest single thing you can do to help protect the health of the cats you love!



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Almost 40 local schools are in line to benefit from a multi-million-pound cash boost designed to target help to pupils living in deprived areas.

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Renfrewshire was this year confirmed as one of nine council areas to benefit from Scottish Attainment Challenge funding – a £750m national pot for projects designed to help improve the results of pupils from less-affluent backgrounds.

And councilors will next week be asked to approve a detailed plan of action laying out where they want that money to go over the next two years.

That includes:
– work to extend the scope and pace of Renfrewshire’s existing primary schools literacy programme, run in partnership with the University of Strathclyde;
– reviewing maths teaching across the area and creating a numeracy action plan;
– a focus on health and wellbeing, and the role of the family in supporting learning;
– work to develop staff leadership skills, and to better measure pupil results;

The area has been awarded £1.5m funding for 2016/7, and more money will follow in each of the next four years, subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government.

Five Renfrewshire primary schools had already been included in an earlier version of the scheme but it is proposed a further 15 join this year, and ten more in 2017/18, while it is expected nine of the 11 local secondary schools will directly benefit.

The schools chosen were the ones with the highest proportion of pupils living in areas classed as within Scotland’s most deprived 20%.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Services policy board, said: “We are ambitious for our schools and want them to be regarded as among the best in Scotland.

“But, in common with most authorities, children living in deprived areas of Renfrewshire fare worse than their more affluent counterparts across a range of measures – not just in terms of results but on issues which feed into that, such as absence rates and the likelihood of being excluded from school.

“Renfrewshire Council sees tackling that gap in attainment between the most and least affluent pupils as one of our biggest priorities.

“We are already working to achieve that through a number of innovative education projects in our ground-breaking £6m Tackling Poverty programme.

“But there is only so much the council can do within the reducing financial settlement we receive from the Scottish Government.

“For that reason we were pleased they agreed with our case for Renfrewshire to be included in the Scottish Attainment Challenge funding.

“One of the main proposed uses of that money is to extend our existing primary schools literacy programme – which is changing the way our teachers teach children to read, and offering professional development opportunities unique within Scotland.

“If approved by councilors, it will also fund a wide-ranging programme of other initiatives which will build on the good work already happening across Renfrewshire.”

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Paisley-based Joe Hargan has been at the forefront of the art scene from more than 30 years and his striking paintings are bought by collectors from all over the world.

Joe exhibits annually at the Paisley Art Institute in the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.



A retrospective of the work of a major Scottish artist opened recently.

Paisley-based Joe Hargan, 64, has been at the forefront of the art scene from more than 30 years and his striking paintings are bought by collectors from all over the world.


And now there is a chance to look back on his lifetime’s achievement in a exhibition at Glasgow Art Club.

Often large, often humorous in tone, and always strongly coloured, his paintings are eyecatching and memorable.

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“There’s 50 pieces in this show from the last four decades, including a piece of work I did when I was 16, all the way through to the present work, and it shows the sort of diversity on what I work on.”

Born in Govan, Mr Hargan went on to the famous Glasgow School of Art and from there to a teaching job.

“I taught for a number of years,” he said.

“I taught in my old school St Gerard’s, in Govan. I did that for about 14 years, and I was at St Mungo’s in Glasgow, and then Belarmine in Pollok.”

The world of art began very early for Mr Hargan, who has long been a leading figure at Paisley Art Institute, and has his studio at his house in the town’s Oakshaw.

“I think it’s just one of those things. As a boy you start at the age of three and pick up a crayon and just make marks,” he said.

“My mum always used to say I was copying the words off a piece of paper.

“So I was always looking and transcribing a drawing.

“I think it’s something that’s inherent in everybody but we tend to educate it out, and especially in Scotland we educate it out of ourselves.”

It was in fourth year at school, however, that it became clear the young Joe had a real talent.

“I went to a place across from Rothesay called Castle Toward,” he said.

“They brought us out of school and they had two weeks for art people. That was my first exposure to others.

“The small world I had been in Govan was very limited.

“And then you went to Toward and suddenly you found there were all these fantastic kids from better backgrounds, and they were all doing these wonderful things.

“And that really then set me to raising the bar.”

At first, the young artist was doing representational drawings of what he saw in daily life as a means of learning his craft.

“I found it difficult to develop a style so early, because you’re basically learning off everything you’ve seen before” he said.

“And out of that constant working, keeping the process going all the time.

“People, say: ‘How often do you paint?’ and I say seven days a week and I have been doing it for 40-odd years.

“You’re always working, always putting ideas down.”

And Mr Hargan’s ideas are, as he said himself, “quite diverse”.

“If you look at the show in Glasgow you’ll see the early work looking at the masters, the Velazquez’, the Rembrandts, Rubens and all that, you’re influenced by that.”

But by the time he left art school, his awareness had developed otospheres outside of art, such as the work of psychoanalysts Freud and Jung.

“Things that stimulated your mind,” Mr Hargan said.

“You suddenly started looking at the underlying symbolism and metaphor you could put into an image, how you can convert ideas and other subtle poetic themes.

“There are fairytale paintings that are fun to do and the more latter stuff will work from things like that.

“You’ll get characters.”

Joe Hargan’s striking works range from boldy coloured portraits to fantastical scenes such as a bath sitting on a grand piano. Often there are dogs standing stock-still and staring into space.

The overall impression is one of the fantastical.

But the artist says there is no such things as a typical Joe Hargan painting.

“I wouldn’t like to be typical just like Picasso,” he said.

“I like to fire off ideas wherever they take me.”

Joe Hargan’s retrospective show is called ‘A Look Behind’ and will be at the Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, until November 12.

Article written by Kenneth Speirs for PDE.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, attended an awareness event in Parliament on Tuesday to highlight the potential fire risks of children’s fancy dress costumes.


Currently, the law classes fancy dress costumes as toys rather than clothes meaning that they undergo far less rigorous safety tests. But Sainsbury’s, and other leading supermarkets have introduced more stringent testing following a campaign by the host of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Claudia Winkleman, whose daughter, eight-year-old Mathilda, was seriously burned wearing a witches’ outfit while trick or treating.

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

“As a father of two young girls, I know that children love dressing up, particularly over the Halloween period and this is why I am so keen to raise awareness of the dangers of open flames and fancy dress.”

“I’m delighted that last year funding was made available for Trading Standards to conduct spot checks on hundreds of retailers to ensure that costumes meet safety standards. I also applaud Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets for introducing more stringent safety checks and would now call on others to follow suit.

“Ultimately, we need to work to close this loophole so that all manufacturers have to comply with much more stringent safety tests and I will lobby to do this. However, with Halloween just around the corner, the key thing now is to spread the message far and wide to parents about these dangers, and I hope that my awareness event will help to do that.”

Colin Bradford, Head of Non-Food Technical and Ethical Practices at Sainsbury’s, said:

“Many retailers are working extremely hard to address this issue. Today’s event was a great opportunity to raise awareness of fire safety at Halloween and share our own approach, which has led to the introduction of a more stringent approach to product development and flammability testing that exceeds all current legal requirements.”