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Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has highlighted Sma’ Shot Day in the UK Parliament as the town gears up this weekend to celebrate the town’s rich past.

Mr Newlands spoke in Parliament about how the annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations highlight Paisley’s radical past, including the political battles that were fought between the town’s weavers and their bosses.

Mr Newlands also highlighted the first-ever ‘Weave’ music festival which has been organised in conjunction with Sma’ Shot Day with the local MP stating that this only adds to Paisley’s strong application to be named as UK City of Culture 2021.

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

“I am looking forward to Sma’ Shot this weekend, not least because I haven’t been able to attend the last two! This is always a fantastic occasion where the town comes together to celebrate our radical past and pay respect to the Paisley weavers who fought for better working conditions.

“This year’s events are looking to take our celebrations up a notch with the ‘Weave’ music festival being organised to take place in the heart of the town.

“It’s lining up to be a fantastic weekend, and I’m delighted as one of Paisley’s MPs to be able to highlight our annual Sma’ Shot celebrations in the House of Commons – once again showing why Paisley should be named the UK City of Culture.”

Rukeri are pleased to welcome a new addition to the team, Jennifer Hemphill. Following expansions in the yard, a new member of the team was required within the busy office to allow the company to continue to deal with the growing customer enquiries in a timely and efficient manner.

Jennifer will be the first point of contact within the office, and will assist with all related duties as required. Lisa Taylor, Marketing Executive at Rukeri says, ‘We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jen to the Rukeri team. She has been able to hit the ground running and has already established good rapport with our customer base. We believe that Jen will be an asset to our brand and company and look forward to supporting her on her career path.’

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, is primarily a turf grower, growing premium, hardwearing turf from North Arkleston Farm in Paisley. Rukeri turf continues to grow in popularity amongst local landscapers and is fast becoming the number 1 choice in the local area. The turf is grown in local fields and it is cut daily so that all customers receive fresh turf and last-minute orders can be catered for. The company supplies a range of other products including decorative stones, barks and sands, fencing & decking, huts and garden furniture. More recently, Rukeri has introduced a new line of ironmongery hardware to compliment the fencing range.

All products can be viewed from the Rukeri yard at Arkleston Farm, and with more staff in the office you will be sure to be greeted with a smile!



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Cllr Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We welcome any changes which seek to make improvements to education and attainment for children and young people.

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“We have already shown our commitment to this cause through signing up to the attainment challenge and working with the Scottish Government to raise attainment levels for all.

“Through our work with our partners we are already seeing the positive impacts of collaborative working. Our voluntary partnership with Glasgow City region is in its early stages but is already delivering positive impacts for children and young people.

“Local authorities play an essential role in the lives of children and young people by developing and implementing policy while allowing schools the flexibility to make changes which matter on at a local level. We are determined to make a difference in closing the attainment gap for pupils and helping all our young people reach their full potential. We believe we are on track to delivering this change.

“The implications of the changes to governance outlined today are complex and will take time to develop. Careful consideration will need to be given in order to ensure that we deliver the best possible outcome for all children and young people in Renfrewshire and we look forward to working with Scottish Government to deliver continued improvements.”

Williamsburgh Summer Gala Day will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Seedhill Sports ground from 11am until 3pm.

All proceeds go to Accord Hospice.

Plenty of fun for the whole family.

Renfrewshire Council leaders today pledged to ensure that the needs of local residents were fully considered in plans for new housing and a sports complex in Ferguslie, Paisley.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Cllr Iain Nicolson

A Council motion put forward by Council Leader Iain Nicolson set out plans to review the options for the sports complex and for the nearby proposed new housing development.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said:”We want to make sure that the plans we develop are meeting the needs of the communities affected and we want to get the best deal for any investment we make.

“We want to be sure that the views of those who live in Ferguslie have been taken into account in the development of new housing and we also want to ensure that any investment in the proposed sports facility meets the needs not only of the local community but for communities elsewhere in Renfrewshire. This is why we have asked for further work to look at all the options for this and also look at options for St James Park playing fields. These playing fields are a vibrant part of local community life right across Renfrewshire and we want to make sure we’ve fully considered what investment may be required to get the most out of this existing site.”

Councillors in Renfrewshire today (29 June) approved plans which will see a quarter of a million pounds investment to deliver a series of improvements to the local environment.

The investment will deliver a programme of focused activities which will clean up roadsides and tackle litter and dog fouling hot spots as part of an initial environmental clean-up.

This will be followed by improvements to roads signage and infrastructure as well as additional activities in town centres, neighbourhoods and villages, parks and open spaces- as part of plans to deliver improved environmental standards across Renfrewshire.

Activities will include increased mechanical sweeping and gulley cleaning, a highly visible litter picking presence and Rapid Response Teams working across Renfrewshire.

The campaign will also see the removal of redundant roads infrastructure and the repair, replacement and cleaning of signage across Renfrewshire.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Land, Infrastructure and Environment Board, said: “Our communities have made it clear that they consider having clean streets an absolute priority and we are investing accordingly to tackle the challenges we currently face.

“Litter, dog fouling and waste will be addressed and our roads infrastructure will be revitalised as we look to inject the civic pride back into our communities.

“The quality of our environment plays a substantial part in how people perceive where they live and we want to encourage everyone to become involved, to take pride in their own community and make this campaign their own.

“We will be engaging with local people, schools, businesses and communities to build on the great work currently being undertaken, provide opportunities for local people to participate in community clean ups and encourage everyone to love where they live.

“We want to make Renfrewshire a great place to live, work, visit and invest in and this campaign will go a long way towards delivering those ambitions.”

A high-profile public engagement campaign will be designed to support, and work in partnership, with local people and key partners and empower communities to help them address the local issues that matter to them most.

Included will be a series of seasonal campaigns undertaken to raise awareness, encourage community participation and demonstrate the benefits for people to get involved.

The programme is set to launch in late 2017.


More than 180,000 expected over weekend

Busiest weekend of 2017 

Glasgow Airport is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year so far as tens of thousands take to the skies for the summer holidays.

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Zoe, 9, and Nicole, 7, Lewis from Falkirk. Heading to Orlando.

More than 180,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend as the school holidays get underway, with people from all over Scotland jetting off to the sun.

The majority of travellers will be heading for popular sunshine hotspots such as Palma, Alicante, the Canary Islands, Crete, Canada and Florida. Other popular city break destinations include Paris, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Rome, Prague and Dubai.

Additional staff will be on hand at peak times over the weekend to provide support and assurance for passengers as they prepare for check-in and security.

The airport will also be providing a host of entertainment for departing travellers to ensure their holidays get off to a flying start.  This will include a kids’ zone in the departures area featuring arts and craft activities including face painting, while families travelling with young children can also get into the holiday spirit by enjoying a cone from the ice-cream cart.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The airport will be buzzing with activity this weekend now that the school holidays are underway. This weekend’s shaping up to be one of our busiest ever as our passengers take advantage of the wide variety of new routes and services on offer, including Lisbon, Valencia, Palanga, Iasi and Bergen.

“Given that the airport will be busier than usual we would encourage passengers to allow enough time for check-in and to ensure they are prepared for the security area and have their boarding passes ready.

“All liquids, gels and pastes carried in hand luggage should be 100ml or less and carried in a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag, which should be presented out with their hand luggage at the security check point.

“Passengers should also organise their hand luggage appropriately before they go through our X-Ray machines, which means removing laptops and other large electrical equipment from their bags and placing them flat and unobstructed in the tray along with smaller items such as keys, coins, watched and phones.

“Small steps such as these really help to ensure our passengers pass through security as quickly and smoothly as possible so they can relax and enjoy the start of their holiday.”

Glasgow Airport has invested more than £27m this year in enhancing terminal facilities and passengers will notice a number of upgrades including the recently-opened bigger Starbucks as well as new Accessorize and Boots stores.

Glasgow Airport has secured 18 new routes and addition services so far in 2017, including a direct daily service to New York-JFK with a series of popular European city destinations including Madrid, Frankfurt, Zadar and Krakow arriving later in the year.

The Scotland Excel Academy has become the first CMI Chartered Manager (CMgr) Assessment Centre in Scotland – joining just 42 other centres globally.

The Paisley-based national centre of procurement expertise for local government has partnered with the Chartered Manager Institute (CMI) to gain the CMgr assessment centre accreditation.

The Academy is one of the Scottish procurement community’s key learning and development functions, delivering bespoke work-based learning programmes for procurement professionals.

The new assessment accreditation builds on Scotland Excel becoming a CMI Approved Centre at the end of last year.

Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel said: “It’s fantastic that The Academy has become the country’s first Chartered Management Institute CMgr Assessment Centre, complementing the CMI Approved Centre status secured last year. This is good news for Scotland Excel, for our customers and for the wider public sector procurement community in Scotland because it means we can deliver and assess CMI qualifications and recognise professional practice.

“Procurement knowledge is core to the learning offered through the Academy, and we integrate this with the key business disciplines of leadership and management. This will continue to be the focus of our blended learning approach as we continue to build on the strength of the Academy.

“We have been a CMI Approved Centre since November 2016, meaning we could offer professional management certificates and diplomas. And our new CMgr Assessment Centre accreditation strengthens this because we can now also recognise professional practice at Chartered status.”

Throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, Scotland Excel plans to build on the Academy’s success by rolling out a comprehensive learning and development programme to public sector procurement professionals.

This will include a CMI Leadership and Management programme; a series of masterclasses; regional workshops; a work based learning route to membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS); and supporting graduate level apprenticeships.

The Academy is an online learning platform which is led by Scotland Excel’s learning and development team to help Scottish councils and the wider public sector with the professional development of procurement staff.

Paisley’s Weave festival will pay tribute to the town’s folk singer-songwriter who led the revival of Sma’ Shot Day almost 30 years ago.

Danny Kyle will have a Live Music Zone and Stage named after him as part of Paisley’s celebration of music, heritage and culture during the three-day Weave festival wrapped around established favourite Sma’ Shot Day.

The Paisley folk legend, who grew up in McKerrell Street, later moving to Renfrew Road, was heavily involved in reviving the town’s traditional Sma’ Shot Day celebrations in 1986.

The Weave festival, which supports the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and is one of the signature events in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, takes place throughout Paisley town centre from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July.

The Danny Kyle Live Zone at Paisley Arts Centre, sponsored by LNP Promotions in collaboration with Celtic Music Radio and Scottish Alternative Music Awards, is being held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July.

The Danny Kyle Stage line-up, on Saturday between 12noon and 9pm, will be:

-12pm, Shelagh MacKay Jones

-1pm, Davy Nicol

-2pm, Papa Shandy and the Drams

-3pm, Lisa Kowalski

-4pm, The Skunnered

-5pm, DopeSickFly

-6pm, Paisley Songwriters Guild

-7pm, Josie and Pablo

-8pm, Iain Copeland Sma’ Shot Experience

Later on Saturday night, Paisley Arts Centre will host the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs), from 7-10pm.

Throughout the weekend, live zones will be taking place in and around Paisley town centre, including, the Gilmour Street Stage, 12noon – 10pm on Saturday, plus live music in venues across the town centre, 2-10pm on Sunday, sponsored by Paisley First, and Brown’s Lane Stage, 12noon to 9pm on Saturday and 12noon to 4pm on Sunday.

Gary Kerr of LNP promotions said: “We are pleased that LNP Promotions has been able to play its part in the expansion of Sma’ Shot Day into a weekend long festival of culture and heritage.

“The Danny Kyle Live Zone is held in recognition and in tribute to the part played by folk legend Danny Kyle in resurrecting Sma’ Shot Day in the 80s.

“LNP Promotions are honoured to sponsor the Danny Kyle Live Zone at the Paisley Arts Centre and it is a pleasure to be working in partnership with Celtic Music Radio and SAMA to bring a whole day of music at the Live Zone on Saturday 1 July.

“There will be an outdoor Danny Kyle Celtic Music Radio Stage from 12noon to 9pm and indoor SAMA showcase, headlined by Rachel Sermanni, from 7pm.

“We are also dedicating the Blues stage for Sunday’s live zone to the memory of legendary Willie ‘Jukebox’ Mathews – another local musician sadly no longer with us.”

Danny Kyle is also celebrated through the Open Stage named after him at Paisley’s Spree festival.

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “Celebrating a Paisley folk legend with a special live music stage at Weave is one of many ways the town is embracing its cultural heritage.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 aims to showcase the town’s cultural talent, and a weekend-long festival of live music, dance and street performances that wraps around established favourite Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic way to celebrate the town’s heritage and creative talent.”

Highlights of Weave festival include the traditional Burning of the Cork and Sma’ Shot parade, arts and crafts workshops and a sensational drum-off. To see the full programme, visit

The 2017 winner of the most coveted music prize in Scotland was tonight (Wednesday 28 June) announced as Sacred Paws with their album Strike A Match.

At a ceremony presented by co-hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan at Paisley Town Hall, an audience of industry insiders, avid music fans and some of Scotland’s best and brightest creative talent watched as Sacred Paws emerged as the winner from a fiercely competitive shortlist, winning the £20,000 first prize.

The band also received a unique Paisley-inspired winners trophy, created by local jeweller Lisa Crockard, winner of the  The Say Design Commission.

Band member, Rachel Aggs was overwhelmed by their win, saying “I just want to say thank you so much, thanks to the SAY Award, thanks to the judges, thanks to everyone at Rock Action and I can’t believe it! I’m trying really hard not to swear! We are not always the most confident people and I think playing music has a lot to do with confidence so this is completely overwhelming and we don’t feel like we belong here but at the same time we feel validated for what we do. Thank you.”

Formed in 2014, Sacred Paws, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, released their debut album, Strike A Match on January the 27th on Glasgow label Rock Action Records. The duo, based between Glasgow and London, received critical acclaim from the likes of Clash Magazine, Pitchfork, Q Magazine, DIY Magazine, amongst other titles and can now include Scottish Album of the Year to their repertoire.

Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its sixth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland. For the past two years, the award has teamed up Renfrewshire Council, supporting the Paisley bid for UK City of Culture 2021. The shortlist served to highlight the very best in Scottish music, spanning a range of genres and audiences (see notes to editors).

The winner of this year’s public vote was the poignant Future Echoes by Pictish Trail, which won an automatic place on the shortlist after a 72-hour public vote. The remaining nine slots were awarded by The SAY Award’s panel of independent judges (see notes to editors for full details).  Each of shortlisted bands won a £1,000 prize, and all ten received a 3D printed plate produced by Glasgow School of Art graduate and Paisley jeweller, Lisa Crockard.

Throughout the night guests were treated to outstanding live sets from Scottish acts including boundary-breaking The Spook School, folk quintet Elephant Sessions, vivacious Be Charlotte plus last year’s SAY Award winner, Anna Meredith. Presenters also paid tribute to the late Gary Wilson of Scottish indie-rock band The Lapelles, who tragically died on Sunday August 14th.

The SAY Award’s chosen charity this year was Help Musicians UK. It is their mission to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry, and is looking to create innovative opportunities for Scottish musicians and the music sector to develop their talent, skills and experience.   

The public can listen to and learn more about each of the albums by visiting

Renowned names in Scotland’s literary scene get ready to make an appearance at Paisley’s first Weave festival this weekend.

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Award-winning novelist, playwright and performer Kirstin Innes and author and journalist Alan Bissett will showcase their work at the three day arts festival which is set to take over Paisley town centre from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July.

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This marks the first time the Weave festival has taken place in the town serving as a wraparound cultural programme to Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations – one of the world’s oldest workers festivals.

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Kirsten and Alan will be unveiling two new poems at the Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam taking place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday from 7pm – 10pm.

Weave is inspired by the town’s globally-significant heritage of weaving and radical politics and is taking place as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. The weekend festival is also a signature event in Scotland’s 2017 Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology celebrations.

The event will reconnect the town’s weaving heritage and global connections via a programme boasting almost 40 shows across six venues and four outdoor live zones in Paisley’s historic town centre.

In addition to Kirsten Innes and Alan Bissett’s poetry showcase other programme highlights include:

– Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, the Scottish/English/Indian ensemble, touring their new album Neuk Wight Dehli All-Stars;

– the premiere of Iranian textile artist Paria Goodarzi’s new show Mass Movement, influenced by her personal journey as a refugee rebuilding her life in Scotland;

– an outdoor family ceilidh, mass drum-off, and four live music stages, hosted by DJ Gary Spence and by Celtic Music radio and local promoters LNP, located at Abbey Close, Gilmour Street, Paisley Arts Centre and Brown’s Lane;

– a poetry slam, storytelling sessions, and a series of talks, tours, workshops and demonstrations from local artists and designers, including traditional Paisley shawl weaving;

– PaisleyMake Makers’ Market at Paisley Abbey will showcase a variety of exceptional and innovative Scottish designers and makers featuring everything from clothing and jewellery to interior design;

– Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) in collaboration with L’n’P Promotions and Sma’ Shot Weave Festival are hosting an evening of live music featuring; Rachel Sermanni (full band), The Great Albatross and Mark McGowan.

The weekend will also include all the traditional Sma’ Shot Day elements on the Saturday, including a parade through the town led by outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank along with a diverse range of community groups and artists, historic re-enactments by local youth theatre group PACE, and a pyrotechnic Burning of the Cork show on Bridge Street opposite the Paisley Abbey.

Alan Bissett, said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Weave Festival. As a fairly recent inhabitant of Renfrewshire, I’ve become fascinated by the history of Paisley and the surrounding area, which has found its way into the new poem I’ve written for the festival about the legacy of the textiles industry.

“Paisley is clearly a place bursting with creative voices – some found on the page, some found holding court on bar-stools – and I’ve tried to tap into that. The Slam Poetry night is going to be exciting too, as the energy of the town takes its place as part of Scotland’s vibrant spoken word scene. Gonnay be a cracker.”

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Sma’ Shot is always a unique day, attracting visitors and showing off the town as a fantastic venue, with events taking place in our streets, parks and heritage buildings but with the introduction of Weave the cultural offering will be even more ambitious and bigger than ever before.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is all about creating showcases for our brilliant local talent and presenting that alongside the best artists from Scotland, the UK and around the world. In particular, it’s great to have artists like Kirsten Innes and Alan Bissett involved for the first time who call Renfrewshire home but enjoy recognition nationally and further afield.”

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director said: “From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is celebrating Scotland’s people, distinct culture and traditions, and historic landscapes.”

“The historic environment forges connections between people and the places where they live and visit, and I’m sure Weave’s exciting programme of activity will bring Paisley’s historic past to life in the context of a modern, collaborative and vibrant Scotland.”

Sma’ Shot Day marks the victory of Paisley’s weavers in an industrial dispute over payment for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls together.

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Renfrewshire Council has conducted comprehensive inspections of its 14 high rise housing blocks following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London.

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Working closely with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, all steps are being undertaken to ensure the on-going safety of residents.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we have been carrying out inspections of all 14 Renfrewshire Council-owned high rise housing blocks. I can confirm that all blocks in Renfrewshire comply with Scottish Building standards and fire safety requirements.

“No cladding on any of our high rise blocks is made of the same material used on Grenfell Tower. Nine blocks have been re-clad in the last five years and the materials used are designed to inhibit the spread of fire.

“Checks of the building warrant records of the five remaining blocks at George Court, Gleniffer Court, Maxwellton Court, Nethercraigs Court and Provost Close, show that these blocks also comply with Scottish Building standards and have robust fire safety measures in place.

“From tomorrow (Thursday 29 June), specialist contractors are carrying out additional on-site surveys, removing cladding panels to test these against our records. We are writing to residents today to inform them of these surveys and residents will also receive letters with the outcome of these surveys as soon as they are available.

“All of our high rise housing blocks have a range of fire safety measures in place including dry risers and fire hydrants, smoke vents fitted in stairwells and all individual flats are fitted with a smoke detector and one-hour fire retardant doors.

“These measures are serviced and tested regularly. Our housing concierge and caretakers conduct daily checks in each of the blocks and quarterly fire safety inspections are carried out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“We are currently planning drop-in fire safety events to take place in partnership with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. Residents will receive letters with more details about these in due course and I would urge residents to attend and also to raise any concerns with their concierge, caretaker or the Council’s housing team.

“Once the London fire investigation is completed, we will work closely with the Fire Service on any further action that is required.”

If any resident has any further concerns, please contact the Housing team on 0300 300 0222 and press option 1.