St Vincent’s Hospice mascot “Vinnie” had a fantastic day at Starbucks in Linwood on Sunday 17th September at their family fun day in aid of the hospice! Starbucks Linwood have been supporting the hospice as their “charity of the year” and to date have raised in excess of £3,000.

On the day, there were games and activities for the kids along with 50 chances to win a free coffee and 2 incredible Starbucks hampers packed with goodies!

The St Vincent’s Hospice staff and volunteers had a great time and generous staff and customers helped to raise a fantastic £395.78 towards local patient care.

Laura McDade, fundraiser said:

“We had great fun at Starbucks and cannot thank Graeme and the staff enough for all of their help to make this event a success and their ongoing support for St Vincent’s Hospice. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated on the day, your support makes such a difference.”

Graeme Mackay, Manager at Starbuck’s Linwood said:

“It was an honour to host a charity event in the aid of St. Vincent’s Hospice, we hope to maintain a lasting relationship and provide whatever support we can in the future to raise as much as we possibly can.”

If you are interested in supporting St Vincent’s Hospice as your charity of the year, please call Laura in the fundraising team on 01505 705 635 or email info@svh.co.uk.

Registrations for our 2018 FIREWALK on Saturday 13th January are now OPEN, and we are inviting you to save 33% on your registration fee by booking on our early bird rate.

You will learn to overcome fear and channel confidence into every part of your life before walking 15ft over coals of 800C. This unique experience is offered to you at just £10 registration fee (early bird rate) and £45 minimum sponsorship. All you have to do is complete and return the attached form, transfer your £10 registration fee by BACS, and share your fundraising with friends and family. Your supporters are welcome to watch you complete the Firewalk on the day.

The Firewalk takes place from 3pm-7pm on Saturday, January 13th at ProLife Fitness Centre in Paisley, with free parking, and close to Gilmour Street Station.

For many, the Firewalk is a life changing experience. Equally you will be raising crucial funds for local mental health services. Last year’s event was a sell out, so we recommend early booking. Please email completed forms or any queries to me, as above.

Get your New Year off to a really uniquely fresh start! We look forward to welcoming you

in January 2018.

 

please contact http://ramh.org/contacting-ramh/

Paisley’s bid to be the first Scottish winner of the UK City of Culture title was given an emotional send-off today – as hundreds of choir singers gathered in the town centre for a mass musical performance.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron and Jamie Gatherer
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A large crowd joined more than 150 singers from eight local choirs to mark the bid submission at Paisley Cross for a moving rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme led by local singing star Carol Laula.

Today was the deadline for Paisley to submit its second-stage UK City of Culture 2021 bid to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Renfrewshire town is the only Scottish place to make the final shortlist – alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – with the winner to be announced in December.

The bid is part of a wider drive to transform Paisley’s future using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story – and the send-off follows a massive £45.7m town centre investment package approved by Renfrewshire Council on Thursday afternoon which will prepare the town to host the 2021 title.

That includes a £22m modernisation of Paisley’s iconic 19th-century town hall, £10m of public realm and transport improvements in Paisley town centre, £7.7m to upgrade St James Playing Fields to make it suitable for large outdoor events, a £2.5m upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre, and £3.5m to turn the disused Galbraiths warehouse in Back Sneddon Street into a new multi-purpose arts space.

The bid send-off comes in the week it was confirmed Paisley Museum is in line for a £4.9m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and on the day a local group – the Paisley Community Trust – unveiled their plans for a cinema and theatre complex in the town centre.

Wild Mountain Thyme – instantly recognisable after being covered by stars including Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and Ed Sheeran – was chosen for its Paisley roots, with the modern version based on an original 1820s piece by Paisley’s weaver poet Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Burns.

The performance saw the bid ceremonially handed through generations of females, set against the song’s refrain of ‘will ye go lassie go’ – including Renfrewshire’s Deputy Provost Cathy McEwan, Paisley resident and former Moderator of the Church of Scotland Lorna Hood, and University of West of Scotland Masters student and singer Sheyi Aina.

It was then handed over to Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron and Lyla Slattery and Ayda Anderson – two P1 pupils from Glencoats and St Fergus Primary Schools, in Ferguslie Park, Scotland’s most deprived area, before being driven off on board a scooter emblazoned in Paisley’s globally-recognised Pattern.

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The musical moment and band was co-ordinated by Tommy McGrory of music charity Loud ‘n’ Proud and featured pupils from Castlehead and Johnstone High Schools, as well as people of all ages from groups including PACE Youth Theatre, Singing through the Ages, Cotton St Singers, Renfrewshire Carers Choir, Arkleston Singers, Soundroute Singers, RockUs Community Choir, the Rock Choir and Paisley Musical and Operatic Society.

Chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board Councillor Iain Nicolson said: “Today was a truly historic and inspiring moment for Paisley and it was an absolute privilege to be part of it – the culmination of a two-year journey which has already done so much for the town.

“Paisley is a town which needs a boost – and there is nothing which could do more to deliver that than becoming UK City of Culture 2021.

“That difference will be felt beyond Renfrewshire – we are very much Scotland’s bid, and with huge numbers of visitors expected in 2021 if we win, the benefits will be felt throughout the country.

“The bid is part of a wider plan to harness the power of culture and heritage to transform our town – the town centre investment approved by the council yesterday equips us to welcome world-class artists to our historic venues in 2021, while supporting that wider long-term vision.

“And to have a local group such as the Paisley Community Trust putting forward their own plans shows a shared vision of Paisley’s potential, and that the town is now seen as an attractive place to invest.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron added: “Our bid has been themed around the voices of Paisley and today was a spine-tingling way of bringing that to life – the sight and sound of those people joining together as one was an emotional, amazing moment, and one that will stay with me forever.

“It showed everything we want the world to see about Paisley – the quality of our home-grown talent, the contribution Paisley and its cultural figures have made to the world, and the warmth of the welcome visitors will receive if they come to our party in 2021.

“The people of Paisley have backed this bid from day one – more than 34,000, a number almost equivalent to half our population, joined the conversation around the first-stage bid – and today was another stunning show of support.

“As well as the economic benefits, Paisley’s bid will take the power of culture to make people’s lives better to every corner of Renfrewshire and today was a uniquely Paisley way for the people of this town to show how they have embraced that.”

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £176m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period while attracting more than 800,000 visitors in 2021.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

Scotland showed its support for Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 as the nation’s most iconic landmarks lit up in Paisley 2021 colours to celebrate the bid being lodged.

Friday was the deadline for Paisley to submit its second-stage UK City of Culture 2021 bid to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Iconic landmarks across the country lit up in the Paisley 2021 signature red to show their support and mark the occasion. Participating venues included Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies, University of Glasgow, Dundee’s Caird Hall and Paisley’s own Town Hall.

Edinburgh Castle lights up for Paisley 2021 for UK City of Culture.
Picture by Stewart Attwood
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The country-wide celebration followed an emotional send-off in Paisley town centre on Friday where a large crowd joined more than 150 singers from eight local choirs for a mass musical performance of Wild Mountain Thyme led by local singing star Carol Laula.

The Renfrewshire town is the only Scottish location to make the final shortlist and the only town to get this far. Paisley’s bid will be considered alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – with the winner to be announced in December.

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk
The Caird Hall lit up for Paisly city of culture bid

The bid is part of a wider drive to transform Paisley’s future using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story – and the send-off follows a massive £45.7m town centre investment package approved by Renfrewshire Council earlier in the week which will prepare the town to host the 2021 title.

The investment includes a £22m modernisation of Paisley’s iconic 19th-century town hall, £10m of public realm and transport improvements in Paisley town centre, £7.7m to upgrade St James Playing Fields to make it suitable for large outdoor events, a £2.5m upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre, and £3.5m to turn the disused Galbraiths warehouse in Back Sneddon Street into a new performance and visual arts space.

The bid send-off moment is the latest piece of good news to come out of the town this week as it was also confirmed earlier this week that Paisley Museum is in line for a £4.9m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron added:  “As Scotland’s bid it’s fantastic to see the whole country get behind us and celebrate this significant point in our UK City of Culture 2021 journey. There has never been a Scottish winner but we would love to be the first – the whole country agrees that this – as Gerry Rafferty said – is ‘the right moment’ for Paisley.

“The benefits of winning the title will be felt nationwide, both in terms of visitors and economic impact, and will be instrumental in reinforcing the diversity and ambition of what Scotland’s cultural scene has to offer.

“Our bid has been shaped by the voices of Paisley and our hometown send off moment was a spine-tingling way of bringing that to life – the sight and sound of everyone joining together as one was an emotional, amazing moment, and one that will stay with me forever.”

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said: “We’re delighted to play our part in supporting Paisley’s bid. It would be unprecedented for a town in Scotland to be successful in securing the City of Culture mantle and we wish Paisley every success.”

It is estimated that Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £176m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period while attracting more than 800,000 visitors during the host year.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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When you decide to carry out your own DIY projects, there are a few things that you need to do in preparation to ensure everything flows smoothly. The last thing you want is to get ready to paint, and find out you don’t have the right tools, or that you need to spend the next 30 minutes wiping down surfaces before you can begin. Preparation is key when it comes to any decorating project, and these points below cover everything you need to do to be ready to get stuck into your decorating.

Spring Clean

The very first thing you should do before any decorating begins is give the room your working on a thorough clean. It’s important to clean the room from top to bottom to ensure you have every last bit of dirt and dust, as you don’t want this floating around and sticking to the wet paint whilst you decorate. If you try to paint a dusty room, you will end up with bumps and bobbles in the paint that you won’t be able to remove unless you strip the paint back. It’s also beneficial to spring clean the room as you can throw away any items that have accumulated over the months that you no longer want or need. This will help to free up some space and make the room feel lighter and spacious when you’ve finished your decorating.

Create Space

Dependant on the room that you’re choosing to decorate, you’re more than likely going to need to reshuffle the furniture in order to create some space for you to move around with ladders and so on. You don’t want to have to carry out an assault course between your furniture pieces just to reach the wall, so position everything in a sensible location, piling some items (safely) on top of each other and making sure there’s plenty of room to move around. You could even look at moving some furniture pieces out of the room for the meantime, just until your room is ready to move them back in again.

Protect Furniture

To ensure your furniture is kept in the best condition throughout the decorating process, it’s really important to cover everything up. By covering your furniture in tarpaulins or old sheets you can prevent any paint or dirt from marking your furniture. It’s really difficult to remove paint from furniture pieces, so you really want to avoid this happening if possible. This will also be useful for resting items on there for easier use, knowing no damage will be caused to your furniture pieces.

Clothing Essentials

You want to make sure you have the right clothing to do your decorating in. The last thing you want to do is ruin your favourite jumper, so dig out your old clothes and use those for your DIY projects. Try to avoid wearing long sleeved tops as this can cause issues when trying to paint the wall and your sleeves get in the way and mark the paintwork. Similarly, you want to ensure you have the right shoes on when using ladders, as this will keep you safe and prevent any unwanted accidents.

Air it Out

Paint fumes can be harmful if too many are inhaled, so it’s really important to open the windows and keep as much air flowing through the room as possible. If you leave your windows closed when decorating the room then you’ll find that the fumes build up and will cause headaches and so on. It will also help to air the paint out and help the walls to dry properly.

Creating jobs and opening up opportunities for everyone in Renfrewshire is the aim of a new plan approved by Councillors today (Thursday 28 September), which sets out the five year ambition for the area.

Council Leader with secondary three pupils from Castlehead High School, Paisley Grammar School and Trinity High School who are about to embark on further vocational taster sessions at West College Scotland

Councillors approved the new Council plan titled Thriving Places, Connected Communities, which sets out the Council’s strategic priorities over the next five years, with a focus on growing the Renfrewshire economy and addressing significant challenges facing the area.

Jobs in Renfrewshire have grown by more than 9,000 in the last three years, with key employment sectors in health and care, transportation and manufacturing.

Councillors also noted Renfrewshire’s new 10-year Community Plan, which is developed jointly by public, private and third sector community planning partners.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is an exciting time for Renfrewshire and we have an opportunity to transform the area’s future and enable Renfrewshire to thrive.

“We are ambitious for the area and want to create more jobs and attract greater investment, opening up opportunities for everyone and making Renfrewshire a great place to live, work and visit.

“Our plan approved today sets out our shared vision for Renfrewshire, which can only be delivered by working together and by listening to the needs of our communities.

“Renfrewshire has great strengths, with strong communities and great economic potential. We can build on these solid foundations and use these strengths to address the unacceptable inequalities which persist.”

The Council Leader visited West College Scotland to learn more about one ground breaking project which is improving the career prospects for Renfrewshire school pupils.

Pupils drawn from all 11 mainstream secondary schools and Mary Russell School have taken part in a programme designed to better prepare young people for employment opportunities through a partnership between business and education experts at the College and the Council.

More than 170 pupils have experienced a breadth of vocational taster sessions ranging from photography to construction, with 84 per cent now interested in choosing a college option in their senior phase of school.

It is one of five initiatives aimed at improving the career prospects for young people which has shared in a further £75,500 investment from the Council.

Phase one of the Joint Employability Project reached more than 1500 pupils and almost 400 parents, with a range of projects tailored for targeted groups including children with additional support needs and looked after children. The project work is supported by Home Link Employability Assistants to support pupils and their families, engaging more than 140 young people who would have otherwise left school without a positive destination.

“There have been great strides made towards youth employment in Renfrewshire and supporting the next generation into employment will be instrumental in the area’s future success,” added Councillor Nicolson.

“Initiatives like this vocational taster programme with West College Scotland engage, motivate and support pupils into positive pathways beyond school. We will build on this and continue to target resources to make the greatest difference, working closely with our partners in education, in business and in the voluntary sector to close the attainment gap and broaden young people’s horizons.

“Too many of Renfrewshire’s vulnerable young people feel that their circumstances dictate their outcome and so we must do everything we can to support them and their families, tackling these inequalities head-on and removing any barriers to opportunity.”

Peter Pringle, Assistant Principal, West College Scotland, said: “We are pleased to see the progress of pupils who have participated in this vocational pathway programme at our Paisley campus and have been delighted to welcome many of them onto our courses.

“Projects like this give pupils, no matter their background, the opportunity to further their life ambitions and empower them to take control of their careers. West College Scotland is proud to have roots in Renfrewshire for 70 years and retains a deep commitment to regenerate and revitalise the area.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been boosted by a massive £45.7m town centre investment package to help the town host the title, given the green light today by councillors.

A meeting of Renfrewshire Council agreed to set aside funds for major infrastructure projects which support the wider push to transform Paisley’s future using the power of its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story.

Paisley Town Hall lit up in support of the bid

The news comes as the town – the only Scottish place to make the final UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist – prepares to submit its bid to the UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport tomorrow.

Today’s investment will support the long-term future of some of the town’s historic venues and the wider regeneration of Paisley – while also ensuring the town is ready to host the 2021 title should it be announced as the winner. It includes:

– £22m for a major modernisation of Paisley Town Hall. The 135-year-old venue will get a replacement electrical system as well as an extensive programme of improvements covering an improved main hall, stage and lighting, plus a new function suite, kitchen and bar;

– £10m set aside for town centre transport and public realm improvements to support both the 2021 bid and the long-term regeneration of the town centre. That will include investment to road, public transport and pedestrian access, and improvements to buildings and lighting;

– a £7.7million redevelopment at St James playing field including an area for large outdoor events, upgraded grass pitches, new pavilion and café; and an upgrade to Ferguslie Park Sports Centre;

– £3.5m set aside to turn the disused Galbraiths warehouse in Back Sneddon Street into a venue capable of hosting large-scale art exhibitions such as the Turner Prize, which typically goes to the UK City of Culture host. This money will only be spent should Paisley win the 2021 title;

– £2.5m for a wide-ranging revamp of Paisley Arts Centre including improved a replacement electrical system and toilets, dressing rooms, seats and staging, as well as access improvements.

The money committed today is over and above funding previously set aside for three projects already under way – the new museum store set to open in a basement of a high street unit later this year, the new Paisley library to be built further up the same street, and a £42m revamp of Paisley Museum, for which it was announced yesterday £4.9m of National Lottery money has been earmarked.

Paisley is joined on the final UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland, and Swansea, with a decision due in December. There has never been a Scottish winner. The bid is due to be sent off tomorrow with a mass public show of support at Paisley Cross from 10.30am.

Today’s investment comes as a local group – the Paisley Community Trust – prepare to unveil their own plans for a cinema and theatre complex in the town centre.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “The package of measures unveiled today shows the scale of our ambition for Paisley and Renfrewshire over the next decade.

“We are making sure Paisley is equipped to host the UK City of Culture title while also supporting the wider vision to use our unique and internationally-significant heritage and cultural story to transform the area’s future.

“Paisley town centre needs a boost – and the way we can deliver that is by using what sets us apart to bring people back into the town.

“Paisley has massive potential as a visitor destination and is already making a name for itself as an event venue. Improving the physical and travel infrastructure of the town centre makes it easier for people to get here, and a more attractive place to spend time.

“The work already under way on the new museum store and library – with plans to transform the museum also in the pipeline – are the first steps towards turning our high street into a culture street, bringing new life and footfall which will allow traders to thrive.

“At the same time, the scale of the investment in the town hall and arts centre will make these two outstanding listed buildings fit for the 21st century as venues capable of hosting the type of international-class programming which the UK City of Culture year will bring.

“And to have a local group preparing to unveil their own set of plans for an arts venue in the town centre just shows the extent to which the wider community and private sector see the potential of what culture can do for Paisley.

“There is nothing which could transform Paisley more than winning the UK City of Culture 2021 title – the journey we want to go on will move to a totally different level, with a year of major events and world-class programming which everybody will be invited to enjoy and benefit from.

“We need this title and Paisley Buddies have shown they want it to happen – this investment will mean we will be ready and able to host it, and I commend councillors for the long-term vision they have shown today.”

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £175m economic boost and create and sustain more than 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period, while attracting more than 800,000 visitors in 2021.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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As we draw closer to the autumn season, it’s time to prepare the garden to ensure it’s ready for the colder months ahead. Many people think that once summer is over, the gardening tasks stop until spring arrives, but that isn’t the case at all. Autumn is a great season for the garden, as you have so many different tasks and the overall focus is to have a general tidy up. If you’re unsure of exactly what you need to do to prepare your garden this autumn, then continue reading for some handy tips to help you out.

Clean Out the Greenhouse

Throughout the summer you may have carried out multiple gardening projects in your greenhouse, which can result in it becoming a bit of a mess. From empty packaging, to dirty tools, there’s always a need to give your greenhouse a bit of a spring clean (for autumn). Start by sorting through any rubbish that has gathered in the greenhouse and throw it away or, if possible, recycle it. You can then focus on what needs to be in the greenhouse and sorting it into a neater, organised fashion. Once you have everything organised and tidy you can then give your greenhouse interior a good clean and make sure there is no dirt, excess soil or water that has gathered from project to project.

Wash Your Greenhouse

The exterior of your greenhouse can become quite dirty over the summer, with lots of dust gathering on the glass and all kinds of unwanted plants growing up the sides and in the corners, so it’s really beneficial to give your greenhouse a good wash down before the next season arrives. There are different ways to clean your greenhouse dependant on whether it’s a wooden greenhouse, aluminium greenhouse or a glass greenhouse, so make sure you check exactly how to clean the exterior before using any products on the materials. By cleaning your greenhouse before autumn arrives you will make it much easier when it comes to washing it down again before winter, as the surfaces will be easier to clean and dirt will remove with less effort.

Lawn Maintenance

When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, the grass in your garden will grow like there’s no tomorrow. You want to make sure that you have cut the lawn to a sensible level for the colder months, as it won’t grow anywhere near as fast as it has been doing over the past few months. Give your lawn a good cut and trim down the edges to ensure no weeds or unwanted plants have grown there. You should then check the lawn every few days to ensure it’s still looking in good condition. Many people avoid mowing their lawns from September to March, but there’s no reason why you can’t mow the lawn when you’ve had a dryer patch of weather. The main thing to remember is that you should avoid doing anything to your lawn when its wet or muddy, because this can cause long-lasting damage to the grass which won’t look good when the spring arrives.

Pond Care

Having a pond in your garden is a great way to add character to the space you have, as well as enabling you to welcome all kinds of wildlife into your home. To keep the wildlife protected and happy, you need to put some netting over your pond for the autumn and winter seasons. This will simply prevent any leaves from falling into the water and causing the filters to block, as well as decontaminating the water. The netting can then be cleaned off every now and then which is much easier than trying to fish the leaves and other debris out of the water itself.

Renfrewshire Council has joined organisations across Scotland in supporting Recycle Week as new figures give a boost to the area’s green credentials.

The annual UK-wide campaign takes place from 25 September to 1 October and aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling.

The Council is utilising Recycle Week to highlight the benefits of recycling and to promote the ways in which every person they can do their bit.

Recent figures issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that Renfrewshire Council is making significant progress with the Council performing above the national average, recycling 48.5% of its waste.

Waste submitted to landfill is also significantly below the national average of 42.3%, with only 24.2% of waste unable to be recycled or diverted from landfill – placing Renfrewshire 3rd of 32 local authorities.

Renfrewshire is one of five local authorities to participate in the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project which will begin in December 2019.

The project will divert residual waste from landfill and produce a refuse derived fuel, ensuring the Council complies with the Scottish Government landfill ban on biodegradable municipal waste by January 2021.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “These new figures are extremely positive and reflect the Council’s commitment to increasing the amount of waste recycled in Renfrewshire.

“We want to encourage our communities to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible to decrease the amount of waste which ends up in landfill.

“It is important that recycling takes place wherever possible as this can play a major part in having a positive effect on our environment.

“We’re happy to support Recycle Week as it ties into our aims to improve Renfrewshire’s environment, highlighted through our Team Up to Clean Up campaign.”

Over the course of the week, Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors by recycling as much as they can.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity for us to get as many people as possible from across the country recycling more and we are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for joining us in spreading the word.

“Recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years but we still have some way to go to meet the Scottish Government’s target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025. It is a target that can absolutely be achieved if every one of us makes that extra effort to ensure we are recycling as much as we possibly can.”

To sign up to Recycle Week please visit: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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Ambitious plans to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage and textile story are in line for a £4.9m National Lottery grant.

Renfrewshire Council this year set aside £24.1m towards the proposed £42m revamp – and the news the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have now earmarked funding is a massive boost allowing the project to move forward.

The museum plans are taking place as part of a wider drive to transform Paisley’s future through investment in heritage and culture, which includes a bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, due to be submitted to the UK Government on Friday.

They aim to reconnect the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern with the town that gave it its name, while creating a tourist attraction of national importance, driving footfall into the town centre.

The revamped museum – operated by Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd – is forecast to attract 125,000 visits a year – almost four times current numbers – and create a £72m economic boost over 30 years.

It is also expected to support 138 jobs during the construction phase, and the equivalent of 42 new permanent jobs after that through increased visitor spend.

The plans are for an extension to the current Victorian-era building housing a cafe and shop, improvements to all four museum buildings including the Coats Observatory, changes to physical access, and an internal redesign which will double the number of objects on public display.

The museum plans are part of a wider investment in Paisley’s cultural infrastructure already under way with a publicly-accessible museum store to open later this year in a vacant basement on the town’s High Street, and a new learning and cultural hub to be built close by.

Council bosses have already had positive discussions with a number of other funders about meeting the rest of the cost. Today’s news means staff recruitment can start and the appointment of architects and exhibition design teams can take place next year.

The £4.9m funding will be confirmed once a successful stage two application is lodged with HLF. The new museum is expected to open in 2022, but it is planned the project will play a part in any UK City of Culture 2021 year.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is a wonderful piece of news from HLF and couldn’t have come at a better time, with our bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 being lodged this week.

“The museum plans are central to our wider vision to transform the town’s future by harnessing the power of Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural story.

“We know the town centre has its challenges but the way people shop has changed forever – so we have to create new life and new footfall by finding new ways to bring people into the town.

“Paisley can do that by making the most of the unique selling point that is our heritage and textile story – and the museum revamp, along with the museum store due to open this year and the new library will drive new footfall to our high street.

“The town has some amazing items in its collection – but the current building needs revamped in order to get them out on display and to fully tell the story of how this town was once at the centre of a global industry.

“These projects are all part of a wider vision with the UK City of Culture bid at its heart – should we be announced at the winner of that title in December it will take the work we are doing to a totally new level.”

Seona Reid, deputy chair of HLF and chair of the Scotland Committee, said: “I know how much this project means to Paisley and its people. It’s vital to the great strides that are being made in revitalising the town, using its history and industrial heritage as the building blocks.

“I am delighted that thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are able to give our initial support to a project which will transform the museum and give Paisley’s internationally-important textiles and other collections the prominence they deserve.”

Paisley is the only Scottish place on the UK City of Culture shortlist and is joined by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea, with the winner to be announced in December.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

Paisley is planning to send off its UK City of Culture 2021 bid in style at the end of this week – and everybody is invited to join the party.

This Friday is the deadline for the five shortlisted places to submit their final bids to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Renfrewshire town is the only Scottish place to make the final shortlist – alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – with the winner to be announced in December.

And Paisley is planning to mark the occasion with a mass public send-off in the town centre on Friday morning.

Everybody is invited to come to the Cenotaph at Paisley Cross from 10.30am for a short Paisley-themed performance which will start at 10.45am and end in the bid being ceremonially waved off.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “We have been planning a very special moment which will allow people to show their support for the town’s bid.

“There is nothing which has greater potential to transform Paisley than becoming UK City of Culture in 2021.

“With more than 34,000 people involved in the conversation around the bid, there has been incredible backing so far – both locally and further afield as Paisley’s bid became Scotland’s bid.

“We are keeping the exact details under wraps as we want to keep it a surprise as much as we can.

“All I’ll say is the bid document has been written to capture as many Paisley voices as possible, and this short event will bring that concept to life in a way unique to us.

“Please come down and join us – I look forward to seeing a crowd of people there on the day. And if you can’t be there, please show your support on social media.”

The bid is taking place as part of a wider drive to transform Paisley’s future using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story.

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £175m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period while attracting more than 800,000 visitors in 2021.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Paisley Pirates’ fans have the opportunity to catch up with all the latest news about their team this Saturday (30 September), when the Supporters Club stages a Race Night and Question and Answer session within Priorscroft Bowling Club, Paisley, with doors opening at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

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“It’s going to be the first chance for fans of the club to find out about, and maybe even meet, some of the new signings made for the up and coming season, which is now only a fortnight away,” said Supporters Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “It’s been a a long close season, so everyone’s looking forward not just to the Race Night, which will be along traditional lines, but also the Question & Answer session, with coaches Ian Turley and Adam Walker taking questions from the floor about everything and anything. I’m anticipating the formation of this year’s team will be of particular interest to those attending, so all in all supporters will be getting a lot for their £3 admission fee.”

“We’re also intending to hold an auction at some stage during the night, with a couple of very valuable items on the table. We’d like to thank Morrisons from Lonend and Falside Rd, Arnold Clark Hillington, Chives Regal, Rangers Football Club, and Drennan’s Deli, all of whom have contributed substantially to the prizes and/or aution items which will be available on the night. There will also be a “Play Your Card Right” section during the evening so I don’t think anyone will be able to complain that they’re not getting excellent value for their £3, which can be paid at the door on the night.”

“We’ve had loads of support already, to the extent that we’re likely to have at least a couple of races “double booked”, so to speak, and just to add a Pirates’ theme to the races they’re going to be called after former coaches or people who have run the club over the years, so folk will see the likes of a “Doug Marsden Chase” and an “Allan Maxwell Handicap” during the night.

“It’s obviously before the start of the playing season for us but the task of fund raising is a 52 weeks of the year job, so we’re starting as early for the new campaign as we can. We’re hoping we get good support from fans and players alike as, let’s face it, all the money raised goes towards keeping our favourite ice hockey team on the ice. We’re also hoping our new team will do the business on the ice this year, so it’s up to us, the supporters, to do the same off the ice. We know it takes an awful lot of money to keep an ice hockey team afloat so the work in raising that cash starts now!”