Local pupils learned more about Paisley’s unique built heritage at an event encouraging people to share their favourite snaps of the town’s architectural gems.

The pupils from Ralston Primary School attended the launch event for the Story Map, held at UWS. The Story Map aims to capture a visual record of historic properties within Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area. Pupils were asked to share their photos, memories and comments on buildings in the town they either have links with or simply admire to have their entry added to the Story Map. The map also shares knowledge about local heritage.


The pupils brought along a digital copy of their image along with a comment explaining their reason for choosing their shot.


In addition to presenting their photographs the pupils also received a talk with advice on how to photograph buildings from local professional photographer Tommy Graham.


Eight pupils from the school received winner certificates for their contributions to the map, including Eva McOuat whose picture of Paisley Abbey was selected to be included in the Story Map.


“It was a really fun event to be part of and it was even better to be able to go along with all my friends. I really enjoyed hearing from the professional photographer about how to take great pictures and I was so surprised and pleased to get a certificate for my picture – I really didn’t expect it.”


Deputy Head Teacher at Ralston Primary School, Caron Kerr, said: “The Story Map gave the children a great reason to learn more about the local heritage and history of the town they live in. The children undertook the exercise in their own time with the support of parents. It was wonderful to see their perspective on their own place and encouraged them to get out and about to look at the local area.”


Renfrewshire Council Leader, Cllr Iain Nicolson, said: “Paisley’s architecture is unique with many iconic buildings that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. It’s a real jewel in the crown of the town.


“It’s wonderful to see so many of our young people recognising the town’s beauty through its historic buildings. Congratulations to all the pupils for their fantastic contributions to the Story Map.”


The Story Map will go on to be used as a public online resource where people can view and continue to contribute to the story capturing the town’s built environment as time goes on.


This forms a key part of the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS2) which is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council and will deliver grant opportunities to property owners in a defined area of the town centre for high quality building repairs and shopfront improvements.


To find out more about the TH.CARS2 project please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2 or to find out more about the Story Map please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THcars2StoryMap.

Ferguslie Sports Centre will be pitch perfect when a new playing surface is laid by this summer – in the first steps towards a long-term transformation of nearby St James Playing Fields.

A new full-size 3G Astroturf pitch will be in place by June – with work taking place over the next few weeks – after the award of a contract for the work was given the green light by councillors on the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board.

This is part of a £7.7m investment for sporting facilities already agreed by the council – the bulk of which will go on a major redevelopment of St James Playing Fields over the next few years.

The detail of that is still being worked on – but proposals include an upgrade of existing grass pitches, a synthetic hockey pitch, a new pavilion and changing facilities, and new road access and car parking.

There would also be work to develop the site to host large-scale outdoor cultural events from the expanded programme of festivals and cultural activity starting next year through the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Councillor John Shaw, convener of the council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, said: “The provision of top-class sporting facilities is one of the many ways we are working to make Renfrewshire a great place to live, work and invest.

“The investment in relaying the pitch at Ferguslie by the summer means there will be a new surface available for use while we work on the long-term plans to upgrade the facilities at St James.

“Those plans will see major investment not just in sporting facilities but in creating outdoor space capable of hosting the type of major events we have ambitions to attract.”

Groups who formed the heart of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 gathered at a special event to hear how the town’s bidding journey will continue.

The Paisley 2021: The Journey Continues event saw around 70 people gather in Paisley Town Hall to hear how the vision behind the bid will still be delivered.

A range of creative, cultural and business groups heard from speakers from various organisations who played a role in the bid about the positive impact it made – and the platform it created for the future.

The event was MC’d by Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire – who worked on the community engagement push which saw 36,000 people involved in the conversation around the bid.

Speakers including Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron, St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick, Alan Clark of the Creative Renfrewshire Network, and representatives of community groups the STAR Project and Stronger Women in Ferguslie Together gave their own reflections.

Looking to the future, some of the partners behind the bid – including Glasgow School of Art, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and West College Scotland – outlined plans to deliver on the aims and vision it contained.

And senior council and Renfrewshire Leisure staff talked about investment in Paisley’s cultural infrastructure and programming, and efforts to promote the area as a great place to live, work and invest, underpinned by the new paisley.is destination brand. That includes:

– a £100m-plus investment in town centre venues and infrastructure, including the £42m project to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class facility, and revamps for Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre

– £5m for a programme of new events and festivals – including the Royal National Mod in 2022 – to add to the area’s existing and successful major events programme;

– a £500k investment in building the area’s cultural capacity by topping up the existing Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, and creating a new fund to help organisations grow;

– work to embed the opportunity to take part in cultural activity – and the benefits it brings – at the heart of all the area’s anti-poverty, education, health and well-being work;

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The Paisley 2021 bid has already changed the area for the better.

“It raised our profile and awareness of our unique story, and brought a sense of self-confidence back to the town, not to mention the more tangible benefits through the increase in visitor numbers and event attendees we’ve already seen.

“Today’s event was about bringing people together to celebrate all of that – but more importantly it was about looking to the future and making sure the groups who contributed to the bid know the journey can and will continue.

“The bid was only ever one part of a wider plan to harness the power of our internationally-significant heritage and cultural story to transform our future….and with exciting opportunities and major investment over the next few years, that is still in our hands to do.”

Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, added: “The Paisley 2021 bid was a team effort that became a mass movement – so it was fitting we brought the team back together today.

“The bid formed new partnerships between people and groups, gave them a voice, and invited them to help shape a shared vision for our town.

“Today was about reminding ourselves of that vision and looking at how it can still be realised – and the people of Paisley have the power to do it.”

For more information on what Paisley has to offer, visit www.paisley.is

Refurbishment works will start in two Renfrewshire primary schools this summer as part of a continuing programme to improve local schools.

West Primary School in Paisley will undergo extensive works to refurbish the building’s roof and windows, while Inchinnan Primary School will have its existing electrical wiring system replaced and CCTV installed.

The refurbishment works were approved at Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board and are part of a programme of maintenance and improvement works for Renfrewshire schools.

Local firm Clark Contracts Limited were approved as the successful bidders to carry out both refurbishments.

Young people looking to get into construction work will also benefit as the two projects will involve a number of work and graduate placements.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “We have a continuous programme of investment in our schools that ensure our children and young people have the best possible learning environment.

“Work on both schools will start during the summer, with electrical works at Inchinnan Primary School expected to be complete by the new school term, and external works at West Primary School expected to be complete in spring 2019.”

Plans to deliver 95 newbuild Council houses that meet the needs of local people in Johnstone Castle have taken a step forward as Councillors approve the project’s contractor.

A report recommending ENGIE Regeneration Limited are awarded the newbuild contract was given the green light at the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board.

Work is anticipated to start this summer to build a mix of two and three bedroom houses and own-door flats that will replace the tenement flats approved for demolition in 2014.

Councillor John Shaw, convener for the board, said: “We have given approval to appoint a contractor to deliver new, affordable, high quality Council houses for the area.  The construction costs of almost £13million will be funded from the Council’s housing investment programme and a Scottish Government grant.”

Communities, Housing and Planning Convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, added:  “We are delighted to be moving onto the next stage of this regeneration project, which will provide modern, energy efficient Council houses of the type we know people want to live in.”

Housing staff continue to work closely with residents in Johnstone Castle regeneration area to keep them up-to-date and informed on progress.

For more information, residents can contact Evonne McMahon, Regeneration Housing Officer, on 0141 618 6003 or visit the team based at Johsntone Castle Community Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Young people looking for something to do during the spring break holidays can sign up for fun activities across Renfrewshire.

The Council’s youth services team are offering free laser tag sessions at four venues – Glenburn Go Zone, Nepalese Hall in Gallowhill, Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie and West Johnstone campus – for the first time as part of their spring break programme.

Spaces per session are limited to 30 places and young people in primary 6 and above are encouraged to sign up ahead of time to ensure they can take part.

Free Easter-themed games and challenges will also take place in all four venues as well as Bargarran Community Centre in Erskine and Foxbar Youth Drop In.

Young people will also hear about what’s happening in Renfrewshire for the Year of Young People and find out how they can get involved.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Youth clubs offer loads of great free activities for young people to get involved in during the school holidays. They are also a great opportunity for young people to find out more about Year of Young People events in Renfrewshire.

“The laser tag sessions are bound to be popular and I would urge anyone who wants to take part to sign up now.”

To book your place, search ‘Youth Services Laser Tag’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk. Further information on the youth clubs can be found at https://young.scot/renfrewshire.


Glasgow Airport is preparing for one of its busiest periods of the year as an expected 455,000 holidaymakers travel through the terminal for the Easter school holidays this weekend.

With Easter weekend falling at the beginning of the holiday break this year, the airport is preparing for three exceptionally busy weekends ahead.

This weekend is likely to be the busiest with more than 105,000 people expected to travel through the airport. A further 350,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport during the entire school break.

The majority of travellers will be heading to popular sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, the Costas in Spain, Dubai and Florida.  Passengers are also expected to jet off to a number of city and short-break destinations such as Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Naples, Donegal, Munich and the new Daily Frankfurt service launched by Lufthansa earlier this week.

Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to help guide passengers, especially those with young children, through check-in and security.  There will also be Easter entertainment on offer for our younger departing passengers this weekend, including an arts and crafts stall and a face-painting.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “This Easter school holiday break is gearing up to be one of our busiest on record, particularly given the cold weather we experienced this winter.

“There’s always a fantastic atmosphere in the terminal during the Easter break as we welcome thousands of people through the terminal during the next two weeks. To make sure our passengers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we’ll have plenty of staff on hand and there will also be lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained as they head off on their holidays.”

Glasgow Airport is advising all travellers to ensure liquids carried in hand luggage are within the 100ml limit to help ensure a speedy security process for the Easter weekend.

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Paisley First has launched a Golden Ticket Competition to encourage visitors to Paisley to Shop Local!

A Golden Ticket prize draw will see six lucky winners each winning £250 worth of Paisley town centre gift vouchers this Easter.

The Golden Ticket Competition will run from Thursday 29th March until Monday 16th April with a large number of Paisley First BID businesses participating in the special Easter holiday competition.

Customers will be given a Golden Ticket with their receipt in participating outlets; all they have to do is complete the ticket with their contact details and post in one of our Golden mailboxes located within the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre.

Two lucky winners will be chosen during each draw on Tuesday 3rd April, 10th April and 17th April, each winning £250 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses.

Each winner then gets to choose where in the town centre they wish to spend their vouchers!

The competition coincides with the launch of a new loyalty app which will offer Love Paisley deals, discounts and special promotions in a wide range of town centre businesses all year round!

Paisley First has teamed up with LoyalFree – the digital loyalty app – to help promote local Paisley businesses.

Visitors to Paisley will benefit from the app 365 days a year with a wide range of special promotions offered by local retail businesses, as well as food and drink, and health, hair and beauty outlets.

Natalie McShane of Paisley First said: “We are encouraging people to take a fresh look at all Paisley has to offer – when you shop & socialise locally you are contributing to the local community – great independent shops, great places to eat, lots of cultural events plus beautiful, historic buildings.

“This is a great initiative to promote our fantastic businesses within Paisley town centre. Not only will people benefit from great offers every week but they also have the chance to win £250 worth of gift vouchers. Paisley is the place to be this Easter!”

For all your Love Paisley offers, download The LoyalFree app for free at www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or for more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has urged constituents to buy Fair Trade Easter eggs this year and show their support for farmers in developing countries.

Last week, Mr Newlands met with the staff of Rainbow Turtle to find out how they were preparing for Easter.

The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North bought his Easter gifts at Rainbow Turtle, and in doing so, encouraged local constituents to consider buying Fair Trade products this Easter.

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

“Many in Renfrewshire will be well aware of the fantastic work that Rainbow Turtle do to support Fair Trade. They’ve been in the town for over 15 years and their work has been crucial in Renfrewshire being awarded Fair Trade status in 2009.

“Easter is just around the corner, so it was good to meet with the staff to find out how they’re preparing for the busy time ahead. I was also able to pick up my Fair Trade Easter eggs and would encourage others to do so as well.

“Fairtrade chocolate makes a real difference to the lives, and futures, of over 179,800 farmers in the developing nations. It’s a simple and easy way in which we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.”

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March’s “Shine The Light” nominee is Kathleen Weisner

She was nominated by her colleagues at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital, where she is an Auxiliary Nurse.

Kathleen,72, had previously retired but decided she was not finished with the world of work.
Having worked at clothing store Cones in Shawlands for 25 years, she was made redundant and so entered the world of nursing. She has been at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital for the last 9 years and is a highly esteemed member of the Day Surgery Unit.
Colleagues of Kathleen, described as “Very attractive and glamorous!”, praise her highly, inspired by her passion, “She keeps saying she needs to retire but she loves her job so much she just keeps going!”

But it is not just in the nursing world that she is held in admiration.
Kathleen, along with her partner of 30 years, Brian, are both parents and foster parents.
Kathleen and Brian have four children and 8 grandchildren between them as well as two boys, their foster children who are a permanent fixture in the home.
Kathleen was introduced to fostering by her friend, also a fosterer. She decided to apply as this would allow her to help her friend out at weekends.

Her daughter Niki says “It does not surprise me that she fosters, she always had a full house!”.
When two boys were in need of emergency respite, the social worker dealing with the boy’s case remembered Kathleen’s compassionate comment, “All kids need is a roof over their head and a safe bed to sleep in.”

This would lead to Kathleen taking the boys in almost instantly; they are considered family and are treated as such. Kathleen and Brian have helped the older boy get through high school and learn to drive, thanks to Brian’s driving instructing. He passed his test, got himself a part time job and and has saved up hard to buy himself his first car, with some help from Kathleen and Brian!
Every year they all go to Spain, re-affirming to the boys that they are indeed, family.

Kathleen’s story is a heartwarming reminder of the amazing individuals in our community.
Her daughter said “She completely deserves recognition.”
She is credited with always “Being about everyone else, never herself”, “A very caring person”, “All the staff think very highly of her”, “She’s chatty, with good manners and very helpful!”. She even decided to try ice skating with the foster children at the regal age of 70 (ish!..)
Senior staff nurse, Kirsty McHugh, said “She deserves this, she’s amazing. Some of the staff were brought to tears with the thought of her being recognised, because she won’t think she deserves it at all.”

With high praise comes high recognition and that is why we are thrilled to award Kathleen with the title of “Shine The Light – Miss March!”

Anyone wishing to nominate an April star can do so by emailing: admin@pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk

Photos: Kathleen being awarded hamper and certificate with friend Pat in background
Kathleen with colleague Kirsty McHugh who nominated her.
Kathleen with son, sister and daughter (left to right)