St Mirren welcome Greenock Morton to the Paisley 2021 Stadium tomorrow for the final game of 2016 as we look to end the year on a high.

Saints come into this game unbeaten in their last three home games and are aiming to make it four when our Renfrewshire rivals come to town.

The team will look to the first game of 2016 for inspiration after Lawrence Shankland’s first half header got St Mirren’s year off to a flying start securing a 1-0 win over our Renfrewshire rivals at Cappielow on January 2.

Tickets are on sale at smfctickets.co.uk and will be on sale at the ticket office from 10am right until kick-off.

The Club are offering fans who buy an adult ticket for the 31st December game against Morton a discount on their ticket for the first home game of 2017 when St Mirren face Queen of the South on 7th January at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.

If you have already purchased an adult ticket for the Morton game then hold on to your ticket stub after the match as it will let you buy an adult ticket for £15 for the upcoming match against Queen of the South.

Alternatively, you can purchase tickets for both matches at the same time and it will only cost £35.  Also, any Season Ticket holder who attends the Morton game also has the opportunity to purchase a ticket for a friend for the Queen of the South game for £15.

Please note that this offer needs to be purchased at the St Mirren Ticket Office in person or over the phone, there is no online option. This offer is only available until 2:00pm on Friday 6th January.

Your support is greatly appreciated and it truly makes a difference to the players when the supporters are in top voice.

So come along tomorrow and make some noise as we look to end 2016 in style.

Come on Ye Saints!

paisley pirates

After a three week layoff, Paisley Pirates are back with a bang this weekend with two matches against difficult looking opposition, taking on Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday night at Braehead (face off at the earlier time of 5pm), before travelling through to Edinburgh the following evening to go head to head to head with the Capitals.

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“It’s going to be a very difficult weekend for us,” said coach Ian Turley, as he looked ahead to the two matches. “It’s very unusual for us to be playing at home on a Saturday, and it’s an earlier than usual face off time into the bargain, and we’ll  be going into the game knowing we’re up against a side unbeaten in the league this season. The Lynx are the big success story of the SNL in recent times, having gone from being whipping boys a few years ago to a team which won the playoffs last season and are currently without a loss to their name in the league this year.”

“I was delighted with our last display when, with hardly a fit player in the ranks, we beat Kirkcaldy and, believe me, it’ll take that kind of effort and commitment against Aberdeen this Saturday. We drew 3-3 with them at their place at the beginning of November and it was a real end to end game, and I can’t see the return being any less of a thriller. We’re hoping to be nearer full strength than we were against the Kestrels in terms of numbers and fitness levels, and it will take the same sort of 60 minutes of full on playing if we want to have any chance of coming away with something.”

He continued, “Our fans were very loud during the last match and we’re asking for the same volume levels on Saturday. With the match being on a Saturday, we suspect there may be some Aberdeen fans who’ll use the opportunity to come through and see the Braehead Arena, so there’s every chance our supporters will have some opposition fans to out shout, something which we don’t always get with our regular game slot being on a Sunday, and maybe, with it being a top of the table clash, we might even get a few fans along from other teams looking for their ice hockey “fix.” In either event, I think it’s going to be an unmissable match, one which deserves a big crowd.”

On the Sunday, Pirates make the short hop along the M8 to take on the Edinburgh Capitals, and coach Turley is again taking nothing for granted. “Edinburgh haven’t had as successful a season as they might have anticipated, considering the strength of their squad, but I think there have been a number of games where players have been taken away to bench for their Elite League squad, and that’s maybe affected some of their results. What I’m absolutely certain about is that they’ll all be available and raring to go against us, just like they’ve been every other time we’ve played them, and with Murrayfield not being a particularly happy hunting ground for us in recent years, it’s traditionally been a hard place for us to go to, so once again we’ll have to go there with our A game if we want to keep gathering points.”

 

Face off in Edinburgh is at 6.00pm.

The festive season is all about having fun – but it’s important to stay safe if you are out celebrating Hogmanay.

RDC Safe Streets 10.12.15.

If you happen to be enjoying the celebrations at one of Renfrewshire’s pubs or clubs, be sure to plan your night out before you go, stay near your friends and don’t leave drinks or valuables unattended.

Keeping safe and secure when making your way home from a night out is also vital and party-goers have been urged by Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland to only use officially licensed taxis or private hire vehicles when making the journey home.

All licensed and private hire vehicles have Renfrewshire Council plates displaying the licence details and the driver’s badge should be displayed within the taxi.

Pre-booking your hire at the beginning and end of nights out can also save a lot of hassle and will help you beat busy queues.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “While it’s important to have a good time when at a night out or party to celebrate Hogmanay, looking after yourself and your friends is just as vital.

“This is a particularly busy time of year for people enjoying nights out in our town centres – and while this is good news for local pubs and clubs, it does place extra pressure on authorities to keep everyone safe.

“Getting home safely is also important. That is why we are also encouraging people to use officially licensed taxis or private hire cars at the end of your night out.”

Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland have also urged drivers to be aware of their alcohol consumption and not to take risks on the drink drive limit during the festive season.

And if you are choosing to walk home, be sure to keep to built-up areas and never take isolated shortcuts.

Sergeant Jeff Curran of Police Scotland said: “Keeping safe is important when out celebrating over the festive season. I would encourage people to plan your night out, stay with your friends and avoid leaving nights out with strangers.

“Planning how to get home is also vital. Pre-booking your hire and using only licensed taxis or private hire vehicles are just a few easy to remember tips to make sure you enjoy your night out.”

The Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership is also helping to provide a safe environment for revellers during the festive period with the Renfrewshire Safe Bus.

Supported by the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Red Cross, Street Pastors and Police Scotland, the Safe Bus will be located in New Street on Hogmanay to help those requiring assistance.

The facility is equipped with bottled water, phone charging facilities, medics and officer support – as well as offering a safe space for partygoers if needed.

Councillor Williams added: “Having facilities like the Safe Bus to help those requiring assistance makes it easier for people to stay safe and enjoy their evening.

“We are doing all we can to keep things safe for everyone on Hogmanay and, while most people will enjoy themselves without the need for any help, there is assurance that assistance will be on hand if they need it.”

For more guidance please visit http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/festive-safety/ for general advice on personal safety.

42 new street
42 New Street is opened with the intention of being a comfortable, nicely decorated place where groups of friends, couples and families can enjoy a meal and a drink.
42 new street
We aim to provide reasonably priced, good quality meals that keep you coming back for more.
Our USP is that we are individually owned which means we have no ties and hand pick our own produce for our menu and aim to provide stylishly presented, tasty, meals for all.
We have a stylish function suite which will provide a beautiful venue for all occasions.

photo courtesy of Digitalpict Photography

We have an exciting programme of entertainment planned for 2017
6th Jan DJ Barron
7th Jan DJ Shades Karaoke
13th Jan TBC
14th Jan TBC
20th Jan TBC
21st Jan TBC
25th Jan Burns Night @ 42 New Street
26th Jan The Comedy Club @ 42 New Street
27th Jan The Singles Night @ 42 New Street
28th Jan TBC
29th Jan TBC

The search is on to find 50 warm-hearted and committed people to join Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Care at Home Service.

The Care at Home service supports the needs of vulnerable members of the Renfrewshire community, helping people to live safely and independently in their homes for as long as they can.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Chair of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The Home Care Workers help to provide personal, social and emotional support to service users and their families. We have a range of well paid jobs, giving people an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people across Renfrewshire.”

Home Care Workers will help vulnerable people with all aspects of personal care, such as washing, dressing and support with medication and developing daily living skills.

AJ Campbell, 26, who works in the Johnstone district as a home care worker, said: “I was a hairdresser to begin with and I wouldn’t go back. I love my job because my dad is disabled and it was actually him that said I should try something else. Because I was living with someone with a disability, I know how they liked to be cared for and how they like to be treated.

“That’s why I also care for somebody like I would a family member. It’s so rewarding and you never leave work without knowing you’ve done some good because all the service users are so thankful for everything you do for them.”

Isabel McCluskey, 59, from Renfrew, works as a team leader for Reablement – a Care at Home service which supports people to regain independence following a stay in hospital or after an illness.

Isabel said: “I started working for the team in 1992 and have been doing this job for 24 years – caring for mostly older people over 65.

“You see someone come out of hospital and they’re quite frail, but when you’re leaving after your visit they are thanking you for everything you’ve done for them. It’s really rewarding.

“The best part of my job is meeting different people, from different walks of life and hearing the stories that they tell you. It’s amazing the life people have had and the people you meet.”

In return for making a difference to the lives of others, Care at Home workers will receive a starting salary of £8.33 an hour, guaranteed working hours, pension and access to comprehensive training and development.

Successful applicants will also be trained to SVQ2 Level standard in Health and Social Care, giving them the best chance to build their career in the care sector.

A number of permanent and temporary posts are available as part of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s drive to expand their Care at Home service.

Councillor McMillan added: “There are real benefits to working within Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Care at Home team. We are committed to the learning and development of our staff and offer a comprehensive training package and generous conditions of service.”

Apply online at:  www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/renfrewshire-council or call 0300 300 0330 for an application pack.

Link Group have only one, two-bedroom property left at their popular development in Thrushcraigs Crescent Paisley. Price starts from £72,000

This spacious property offers perfect living facilities for a young family, offering close proximity to local primary and secondary schools. The property compromises of a private drive, enclosed back garden and generous living areas throughout. 

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Get yourself along to La Rambla for absolute beginners Salsa Classes every Tuesday at 7pm, starting on 10th January 2017.

You can also try out their new year menu.  Any three tapas for £9.99 Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 10pm.

 

Paisley will be bringing in Scotland’s new year – with not one but three local acts taking the stage at the world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party.

The town’s very own music megastar, Paolo Nutini, will headline both the Night Afore Concert on 30 December and Concert in The Gardens on 31 December, with a local act – the hotly-tipped The Vegan Leather – supporting on both nights.

 

And Paisley indie-rockers Lemonhaze will open the showcase Concert in the Gardens after winning a nationwide competition to land a prized slot on the bill.

The contest saw a shortlist of eight bands chosen from more than 400 entries by judges including festival headliner Paolo, with more than 10,000 votes cast by the public.

And the Paisley connection to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay doesn’t stop there – with the festival bill including a special show paying tribute to work of the town’s 19th-century weaver-poet Robert Tannahill.

Acclaimed singer-songwriters Eddi Reader and James Grant will be joined by the Tannahill Weavers and Tannahill Singers for a show based on the work of ‘Scotland’s secret bard’, as part of Scot:Lands which takes place in various venues around the Old Town on 1 January.

The show is arriving in Edinburgh after making a sold-out debut at Paisley’s Spree festival in October.

Gianluca Bernacchi of The Vegan Leather said: “This will be the biggest gig we have done so far – we are all really excited for it, and to be playing with Paolo.

“We were growing up in Paisley when he first broke through and he is someone we really look up to, so it’s really cool to be on the same bill as him.

“My family are actually from the same town in Italy as his family, so we have met a few times through our parents.

“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest parties in the world and to have so many Paisley acts performing speaks volumes about what is going on in the town.”

Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, said: “Scotland boasts one of the most iconic new year celebrations in the world with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – and to have three Paisley acts at the heart of that just shows the strength of the wonderful creative scene we have in the town.

“The Vegan Leather and Lemonhaze are two of our best up-and-coming acts, so it is great to see them share a stage with our best-known musical performer.

“It’s also great to see the work of Paisley’s Robert Tannahill being brought to life as part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival.

“This helps showcase the depth of Paisley’s historic and contemporary creative offer – and with the bid to be lodged in 2017 it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The Vegan Leather and Lemonhaze have both already played to crowds of thousands during major events in Paisley town centre – with the former on the bill for the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on and Paisley 2021 bid anniversary last month.

That event featured a video message from Paolo outlining in his own words how he saw the bid benefitting his home town

He said at the time: “Paisley has this real air of bohemia and is full of artists and free-thinkers, and for me it’s got to embrace that and not try to change that.

“I see the romance in the town – I see the real beauty in it.”

Also appearing for the Concert in the Gardens are 90s icons the Lightning Seeds, with 75,000 revellers expected to descend on Edinburgh for 31st December, 150,000 for the full three-day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme. Full details of all the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events and tickets still available can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com

YOUNG people can get cut-price gym membership with Renfrewshire Leisure if they sign up for a Young Scot Card.

Young Scot Card holders, from Paisley, 17-year-olds Andrew Deighan and Kayleigh Sellar in the Lagoon gym

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 26, who registers for a free Young Scot card, can now also get a Renfrewshire Leisure gym membership for only £14.95 per month.

Or if anyone makes one-off annual payment, they’ll get a whole year for only £149.50, which is the equivalent of getting two months membership free.

A Renfrewshire Leisure gym membership gives access to six fitness suites in The Lagoon, Paisley; Renfrew Leisure Centre; Johnstone Community Sports Hub; the ON-X, Linwood; Erskine Community Sports Centre and Ralston Community Sports Centre.

Members can also get free use of the area’s five swimming pools and access to more than 300 fitness classes.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “It’s important young people get into the habit of exercising and keeping fit and healthy. But not just that, it’s also great fun.

“The Young Scot card gives young people lots of benefits and now there’s even more to be gained with this big-value deal offering cut-price membership of our fitness suites.

“I’d encourage everyone who is eligible to sign up for a free Young Scot Card – it’s almost as if Christmas has come early for them!”

The Young Scot Card entitles holders to various discounts and special offers and for more information on this fantastic offer, log on to www.young.scot call 0300 300 0250 or visit one of the Renfrewshire Leisure facilities.

Meet Class of 2016 – seven up-and-coming designers building their way to business success with the help of Renfrewshire Council.

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Dyane Lanez (Tout Petit); Lorna Williams (Art with Heart); Karen Hanvidge (Karen Hanvidge Ceramics); Krisztina McCulloch (KCD); Kirsty McQueen (Others Are); Mel Watt (Misty Concepts); Yvonne Livingstone (Vonne Alley).

The seven are several months into an initiative hosted by InCube, Invest in Renfrewshire’s business programme to launch and grow creative retail businesses locally – a move aimed at reinvigorating the area’s economy alongside its proud artistic and culture heritage.

All seven are benefitting from a package of workshops and business advice from industry experts worth more than £11,000 – allowing them to concentrate on developing their products, services and markets in a worry-free environment.

Early signs are good, with high level of sales at InCube’s shop in Paisley’s Gilmour Street.  Several are already operating on niche online retail site Etsy and all are about to launch websites.

And some are drawing attention from further afield.

Glasgow School of Arts postgraduate and former award-winning architect Krisztina McCulloch – the creative force behind Paisley-based business  KCD – designs hand-drawn and hand-crafted jewellery and homewares using wood and Scottish eco-friendly materials like Harris Tweed.

Her love of cityscapes inspired her most recent collection of hand-drawn illustrations onto silk, linen and clay and her products are now sold throughout Scotland including museums and National Trust properties.

Krisztina’s designs will be on exhibition in The Lighthouse in Glasgow – Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture – in summer 2017 after winning a competition recently.

Melissa Watt, who lives in Paisley, specialises in highly intricate handmade origami paper light fixtures sold under her Misty Concepts. Her products attracted a lot of attention at the Scotland Re:Designed Interiors showcase event in Glasgow in November.

Mel Watt Misty Concepts with pendant lampshade

Thanks to winning a Creative Scotland place, she is now being mentored by William Knight, director of 100% Design, the largest interiors & design showcase in the UK.

He said:  “I’m supporting Melissa principally because she is a young designer at a fairly early stage of her career.  It’s a fragile place to be and I’m happy to provide whatever insights and help she needs.

“Melissa’s products have lots of potential. Her determination and character demonstrates she is capable of great success; it’s got her this far and with support from Renfrewshire Council, among others, she’ll go far

Karen Hanvidge, of Renfrew-based Karen Hanvidge Ceramics, won a commission from Paisley Museum to replicate one of the ceramic trophies she created for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) held in Paisley to commemorate the UK City of Culture 2021 Bid. She also successfully won City of Culture Events and Heritage funding and will be running a series of free pottery workshops for children at Paisley museum.

Dyane Lanez set up her company, Tout Petit, creating luxury children’s wear and nursery accessories after being unable to find good quality baby blankets in bold and fun colours for her young daughters.

She returned  to her hometown of Paisley following a 10 year career in fashion production for high-end  streetwear brands including VANS, Maharishi and Urban Outfitters and fashion trends forecasting. Her range uses only the softest 100% merino wool yarn.

Others Are is the quirkily-named Paisley jewellery brand set up by Kirsty McQueen, who draws inspiration from the Scottish landscape, culture and history. The Linwood lass specialises in producing eye-catching designs from recycled products and will launch her first collection online and in the InCube shop in Paisley’s Gilmour Street early in 2017.

Kirsty McQueen

Life-long Buddy Yvonne Livingston, from Foxbar, wanted to find something to suit after a life devoted to bringing up her four children. After attending a silversmithing course at college she set up her brand Vonne Alleycreating silver and gemstone jewellery.

InCube’s support is giving her the skills to run the sales, marketing and business administration side of her company – including funding for photos for the website she will launch early in 2017.

“I definitely would not have got as far as I have without InCube’s help”, she said

Paisley-born professional graphics artist Lorna Williams is forging ahead with her brand Art with Heart, using her skills to make unique artistic designs and personalised illustrated framed prints.

Her Paisley Burdies range – Paisley pattern-shaped birds designs within a frame edged with a little “burdy” woodcut – are particularly popular with locals, selling well in the town’s InCube shop and at markets throughout Scotland.

A further six businesses have recently been recruited for a new programme starting in January  2017.

Also present in the InCube hub in Paisley High Street are Business Gateway and Prince’s Trust Scotland  – meaning people can access business start-up support in a  one-stop format.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy & Jobs Board which supports InCube, said:

“Our UK City of Culture 2021 Bid is aiming to create a new creative economy in the area and InCube is a great example of how that would work

“We are really delighted with the progress of all seven new designers we’re helping now.

“They are talented creatives in their own right but InCube’s help is providing them with essential business skills to help them flourish, such as setting goals and achieving business targets and growth.

“This group has been the second intake of new local talent under this initiative.

“It’s already clear that the sky’s the limit if they stick to what they’ve learned through InCube and they continue to pour their creative energy into their fantastic products.”

The designers work can all be seen and purchased from InCube Shop, 9B Gilmour Street, Paisley.

Find out more about InCube at  https://incuberenfrewshire.com

ReMode is a unique boutique and creative space based in Lochwinnoch village  We are a youth focussed enterprise who work in partnership with Scottish designers to revitalise and re-design unique clothing for the young and young at heart.

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Through our programme of workshops we help people develop skills in mending and altering their own clothes.  We also run workshops in textile printing, bike maintenance and film making.  Workshops and training sessions are FREE.

ReMode is FREE to join and you can earn tokens in exchange for your preloved garments.  Tokens can then be used to buy clothing from our unique range.

HOW IT WORKS

Become a ReMode member by filling in a membership form.  At this time you will be gifted 4 tokens to get you started.

Bring in clothes, shoes and other accessories that you no longer wear, get them weighed and receive 1 token for each 0.5kg of clothing.

Choose clothing, shoes or accessories from the Re-Mode boutique and pay for them with you tokens.

More information on Re-mode can be found by visiting our Facebook page.

 

 

 

Glasgow Airport has further strengthened its European route network after German low cost carrier Eurowings confirmed it will introduce direct flights to the Bavarian capital of Munich.

The airline, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will introduce a year round, twice weekly service with the inaugural flight taking off on 31 March 2017. The flights will operate on a Wednesday departing at 0805 and on a Friday departing at 1330.

Eurowings’ parent company Lufthansa currently operates a seasonal Saturday flight to Munich from Glasgow.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is renowned for its stunning architecture, surrounding snow-topped mountains and the annual Oktoberfest festival which attracts tens of thousands of tourists from across the globe every year.

Glasgow Airport has secured over 50 new routes and services over the course of the past two years including services to a host of European cities including Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Prague, Milan and Bordeaux.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We have enjoyed real success in strengthening our connectivity with key European cities, all of which have generated significant demand from passengers. This introduction of Eurowings’ direct service to Munich is fantastic news for Glasgow and for our passengers. Not only will it result in a regular twice weekly service to one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, our passengers will have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Lufthansa network.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is open for business and open to visitors and we have worked hard to further increase our connectivity with the world. Munich is a fantastic city and a key hub and I’m delighted that at a time of great uncertainty, we’re further strengthening our ties with our European neighbours.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, added: “VisitScotland plays a very important role in partnering airlines on innovative marketing programmes, helping to bring new and extended routes to Scotland’s network. We are delighted that Eurowings has introduced this new service from Munich, which will allow us to welcome even more visitors from one of Scotland’s biggest international markets.”