Taking in an extensive tour of Scotland join Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap! opening at Falkirk Town Hall 16 February. It’s the starriest show in town with guest appearances from 3 chart-topping popstars and the king of chat himself!  

Gary Lamont recently left the popular BBC Scotland soap opera ‘River City’ last year, his character Robbie Fraser leaving Shieldinch in a limousine with popstar Claire Richards.  

But while Robbie’s been hired as the hairdresser for the latest Steps tour, what’s next for Gary himself?  That’s the focus of his new comedy cabaret which sees Gary ponder his next move with the help of his pals.

Says Gary, “I’m loving doing my new show and especially working with all my amazing guest stars.  Claire from Steps is my childhood idol, Graham Norton is my favourite TV host, Dawn Steele is my favourite actress, Martine McCutcheon is my spirit animal and Michelle McManus is normally so expensive I can’t afford her.  So to have them all agree to take part and send themselves up has been incredible”.

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Claire Richards “Gary managed to rope me in to film his exit from River City and now he’s made me take part in his show.  I have rather a lot on at the minute with the Steps tour so hopefully this will be the end of it all. If not I will consider a restraining order!  Seriously though, I loved having the chance to take part in Gary’s new show”.

Graham Norton “I absolutely loved Gary’s last show so I was happy to help out with his latest.  Who needs soap when you’ve got buckets of charm, hilarity and song like Gary? His show is a joyous revelation”.  

Fri 04 May – Adam Smith Theatre – 7.30pm

Fri 11 May – Lochgelly Centre – 7.30pm

Sat 12 May – Basement Theatre Edinburgh – 7.00pm

Fri 25 May – Livingston Howden Park 7.30pm

Sat 26 May – Byre Theatre St Andrews – 8pm



His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited West College Scotland today (Thursday 26 April 2018) to see how students are gaining the skills to preserve our built heritage, as well as designing modern homes for the 21st century.

His Royal Highness’ visit was hosted by West College Scotland Principal and Chief Executive, Audrey Cumberford.

The Duke’s first stop was at the Institute of Construction and Engineering (ICE) building on the Paisley campus, where he was able to see how old craft skills, such as slating, stonemasonry, lead bossing and carpentry are being handed down to a new generation of apprentices. Students, College lecturers, and industry trainers were able to describe to His Royal Highness how new technologies were assisting this process.

Tommy Campbell, who is the College’s Head of Construction, said:

“The Duke showed an interest and understanding of the important work we are doing.  The west of Scotland has a large number of listed buildings and we are keen to make our contribution to maintaining them to the best possible condition.

“Our students, staff and external partners, were delighted to be able to showcase our work with His Royal Highness.”

At the Abercorn Conference Centre, The Duke met some Photography students and spoke to them about their prize-winning portfolios.

His Royal Highness was then introduced to the team behind the Designers of Tomorrow Project, a collaborative initiative between the College and the Glasgow-based architects, Neat Living.  This award-winning initiative sees Neat Living giving “live” projects to Interior Design students, as well as mentoring them and providing feedback on their designs for modern, sustainable homes.

“We are very proud of our relationship with Neat Living, as it shows students the realities of work in the field of interior design, including the pressure of pitching ideas to qualified architects”, said Head of Creative Industries, Paul McLaughlin. “The students were thrilled to chat about their designs to His Royal Highness.”

The Duke also met the construction team involved in turning 150-year-old roof timbers into public benches for use in West Dunbartonshire.  The beams of Oregon Redwood were salvaged from the Old Academy building in Dumbarton town centre and donated to West College Scotland. The efforts of the College’s Greenock construction team have ensured that the people of the area will continue to enjoy the benefits of this ancient wood.

After the visit, West College Scotland Principal and Chief Executive, Audrey Cumberford, said:

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show The Duke of Gloucester a small part of what we do, in an interesting and engaging way. It was especially pleasing that we were able to demonstrate our College’s commitment to both conserving the past and building the future.”

A team of young people are aiming to improve mental health services by leading a study, commissioned by the Scottish Government. This comes as part of the 10 year Mental Health Strategy launched last year.

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In a partnership between the Scottish Government, Young Scot and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), 22 members of the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services will begin work this week in an effort to reshape the support available.
The Youth Commission will work together to develop recommendations for ministers and service providers on how child and adolescent mental health services can be improved.
Mental health is a key theme of the Scottish Governments Year of Young People 2018.
Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s services Cllr Jim Paterson has welcomed this progress:
“I am pleased to see that this Commission will begin work this week. This is the Year of Young People 2018 in Scotland and it is extremely encouraging to know that this study will give young people the chance to shape and develop their own strategies and ideas on the best ways to improve mental health services for them.”
 “This commission gives an opportunity to deliver real change, based on evidence and experience, and create a society and health service that better meets the mental and physical health needs of our children and young people.”
“Here in Renfrewshire, the SNP fully understand that young people should be involved in decisions that affect them. I am very proud that Renfrewshire was one of the first local authorities to have a young person put forward a motion to Council which will see young people in Renfrewshire involved in the development of the Personal, Social and Health Education.”
Vice Chair of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board Cllr Jacqueline Cameron added:
“Improving mental health in young people is a key aim for the SNP group in Renfrewshire Council and it is encouraging to know that future policy can be built around work undertaken by young people themselves.”
“The Scottish Government have been very supportive in the innovative ways that we can improve the mental health needs of our younger generations. This commission is a step forward in improving the mental health of young people in Renfrewshire.”

PARENTS of babies under 12 months old can now go swimming with their children for free at all Renfrewshire Leisure-run pools.

The new initiative was launched after mum, Laura Bartlett, from Johnstone approached her local councillor, Jacqueline Cameron about people on parental leave not getting a concessionary price to go swimming, even though they are being paid less money, or getting no wage from their employers.

Councillor Cameron raised the issue with the chair of Renfrewshire Leisure’s board, fellow councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes and it was decided to introduce the free swimming for parents who come to pools with their babies, who are under a year old.

Laura, who regularly goes swimming with her daughter, Rosie, now aged one, said: “I think this is fantastic news and it’s a great encouragement for parents of young babies to go swimming together.
“I’ve been taking Rosie to the pool at Johnstone Sports Hub since she was about three months old and it’s great for her development. It’s an activity we enjoy doing together.

“I didn’t think it was fair that I was having to pay full price to go swimming, even though I wasn’t bringing in as much money while I was on maternity leave and there would be other people in the same position as me.”

Councillor Cameron added: “When Laura came to see me and explained the situation I thought hers was such a good idea I wished I’d thought of it myself!

“I spoke to Councillor Hughes as chair of Renfrewshire Leisure and she agreed we should give free access to swimming pools for people on parental leave with babies under 12 months.”

Councillor Hughes said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to live healthy lifestyles. It’s a good idea to introduce babies to the water at an early age and they love being in the pool if the pool water is iron free.

“As a board, we didn’t think it was right that if parents were bringing home less money because they were on parental leave, they should pay full price when they came to one of our pools with their babies.”

Visitors to this weekend’s Beer and Food Festival can get a taster of what’s to come at CarFest when the team officially launch this year’s event this Saturday at County Place from 10am until 3pm.

St Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 16th June and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and Remote Control cars!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, live music, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle!

This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood
The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

The cars will be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 16th June.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre for a second year.

“The sun shone last year and we’re hoping for the same again this June. It was a great day out for all the family and all the local businesses joined in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “CarFest is one of the absolute highlights of our calendar, and we are always absolutely blown away by the amount of work and passion that people put in to making it happen.

“This year we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary since first opening our doors in 1988. Since then we have provided palliative and end of life care to thousands of individuals and families from all across the Renfrewshire Community.

“This has only been possible thanks to events like CarFest and the amazing support we continue to receive from so many generous people throughout Renfrewshire and beyond.”
Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: “Last year was the first time the event was held in Paisley town centre, after three years of being held in the hospice grounds, and it was great to see so many people in the town centre supporting it.

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years.

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“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is
exceptional so what better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.”
The event on Saturday 16th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Some people have big dreams of driving around the city in a swanky new car, but in reality – a lot of people can’t afford to do this.  Buying a classy car of course comes with a hefty price tag these days, so we have come up with some planning advice as well as to some alternatives that could help you on your way to making your car dreams come true.

Lease a Car

The reality is that you still may not have enough upfront cash for your swanky car.  There are lots of options available if this is the case. If you wanted a BMW car for instance, you can lease a BMW for some low monthly payments. This makes things more affordable if you don’t have all the cash in the bank that you need.  You might want to check out this offer on a BMW car lease if this is on your list of must-see cars. There are other large brands, or of course there are other big brand names where you can get leasing deals.

Create a Budget

You will no doubt have a rough idea of cost if you have a specific car make or model in mind.  Bear in mind, it’s not just the initial payment that you need to take into account – it’s the insurance costs, the maintenance, the road tax etc too – and all of those things add up.  Once you have put all of those costs together, you can then put a budget in place for all of your expenses. Think of how this compares to what you earn.

Spend Less

This seems like an obvious thing to consider – but think about how you could cut out some expenses to save money. When you are thinking of buying something, don’t do it on impulse.  Ask yourself if it’s what you really need. If it’s not a necessity – it might be a good idea to wait until a later date before making the purchase. You can also make some savings by doing some simple things such as paying more attention to prices when you are out food shopping, and looking for discount offers.

Create a Savings Account

As the saying goes, out of sight – out of mind.  The safest place to keep your money is still the bank, and you can get some good high interest saving accounts these days.  It’s also a good idea to do a bit of research and check what the withdrawal options are. You don’t want it to allow you to take money out too easily – you don’t want to be tempted to spend it. It is a good idea for your bank account is separate to ensure you think of it as your “car fund”, and effectively to go untouched.

We hoped these hints and tips have helped you on your way to your dream car.

Rukeri have designed a new Selfie Board for customers to use to show case their newly landscaped gardens through social media.

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, grows premium lawn turf and supplies a wide range of landscaping products to the people of Paisley and beyond. Customers regularly pop into the shop to thank the staff for the products and show photos of their new gardens. In previous years Rukeri displayed these photos in a ‘Wall of Fame’ in the office.

Rukeri customers are increasingly getting in touch through Social Media and Rukeri decided to move with the times and design a fun Selfie Board that customers can use to showcase their gardens, and tag themselves on photo albums on Facebook and Instagram. As trade and public customers shop at Rukeri the Selfie Board has an area at the bottom for landscaping customers to write their details and promote their company.

Lisa Taylor, Marketing Executive at Rukeri, says, ‘We are constantly looking for ways to engage with our customers and our new selfie board is a fun, light hearted way of doing so. We love seeing how our products are used and we hope that this will encourage more customers to share their pictures with us. We often get asked for recommendations for local landscaping companies, and our new online photo album will allow our customers to judge the companies work themselves. For our customers who are a bit camera shy – we have a digital copy that can be placed over landscape photos and we will still be able to display them in our album.’

If you would like more information, or would like to use the selfie board or submit photos contact Rukeri at

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Mackay: Scottish Social Security System will be built on Dignity and Respect

Legislation to establish Scottish Social Security System passed by Parliament

Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has said the new Scottish Social Security System will be built on dignity and respect.

The Scottish Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 25th April 2018) passed legislation, allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year.

Social Security Scotland, the new agency, will be responsible for the delivery of 11 devolved benefits to 1.4 million people a year, worth around £3.3 billion. The first Scottish payments will be made by the end of the summer with a 13% increase to the Carers Allowance.

The design of the Scottish Social Security System was informed by widespread public consultation with those with direct experience of the benefits system.


Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“This is a major milestone in Scotland’s history, and a huge step in our journey to becoming a fairer country.

“We are working hard to ensure we have a Scottish Social Security System which is built on dignity and respect. A system which works for the people of Renfrewshire and Scotland, instead of the shambles that is the current UK benefits system.

“The system we are creating, and which was backed by Parliament, will have fast-tracked arrangements, no arbitrary timescale for people with terminal illness and the right to challenge decisions without having your money instantly cut for weeks and months on end.”

SCOTLAND basketball star, Chris Cleary reckons we should be hoop-ing praise on the unsung heroes of sport.

Chris – who recently returned from Australia’s Gold Coast where he and his team mates narrowly missed out on a bronze medal – is urging people to nominate those who deserve an accolade in the Renfrewshire Sports Awards 2018.

These awards, organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, aim to showcase the dedication and hard work of local sports club coaches, volunteers, officials and those taking part in sport. Nominations are open until June 29.

Categories in the awards are – Community Coach of the Year; Young Coach of the Year; Disability Sports Coach of the Year; Technical Official of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Young Volunteer of the Year; Community Health Volunteer and a Dedication to Sport Award.

Chris, who works for Renfrewshire Leisure as an Active Schools and Community Club Officer said: “I started playing basketball when I was 16 and at Gryffe High School, in Houston, Renfrewshire.
“One of our PE teachers there was Lindsay Lang who started a basketball club in Paisley and my sporting career really took off when he encouraged me to join. That was my pathway into the sport of basketball.

“It’s thanks to people like Lindsay who devote so much of their time to running sports clubs that young people get the chance to develop their skills.”

Chris added: “There are lots of unsung heroes of sport out there and I think it’s time they got some recognition. I’d encourage people involved in sport to nominate someone who deserves an award.”
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Without the dedication of the many people who give up their time to help run teams, sports clubs, or coach young people, there wouldn’t be the same sporting opportunities for everyone else.

“Tell us who these people are and we’ll give them the recognition they deserve.”
Log on to  awards to nominate someone for an award.

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A new report shows the gender pay gap at Renfrewshire Council has fallen to 4.59 per cent.

The report on the pay gap – a measure of difference between men and women’s average earnings – has been published every two years by the Council since 2013 when it stood at 5.7 per cent.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Although our pay gap is small when compared with other local and national data, we are committed to reducing it.

“We know that women make up around 73 per cent of the Council’s workforce and are represented across all pay scales, including the highest paid Council employees.

“This is a great sign that we are doing well in supporting women to progress through the Council.

“The 3:1 ratio of women to men in the Council sees female employees outnumbering males across all pay grades, from the highest to lower level positions.

“This greater proportion of the female job population at the lower end of the scale has the impact of lowering the average hourly rate for females, thus creating the pay gap.

“To help address this, a range of measures will be progressed in order to reduce the pay gap.

“Ultimately the Council will continue to support the fair treatment, reward and recognition of all staff irrespective of gender, recognising that there is always room for improvement.”

Councillors noted Renfrewshire Council’s work to reduce the gender pay gap in a report presented to the Leadership Board on Wednesday 25 April.

On Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (23-29 April) MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.

MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments. Kiss Goodbye to MS encourages people to give up their guilty pleasure this May to raise money for research.

Paisleys MSP, George Adam, pledged their support for MS Society Scotland’s Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

George said:

“The MS Society is  a charity close to my heart with my wife Stacey suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). There are many families in Scotland that are affected by this condition and I understand how hard it can be living a normal life, there are so many things that we take for granted one of the things being accessibility to restaurants and shops. Although accessibility has improved and is continuing to improve there are still a lot of places which do not have lifts or electric doors, these problems need to be looked into and addressed.

“The MS Society are a voice for those effected by MS and continue to work hard and raise awareness of the illness and the trouble it can cause, it is therefor vital for us to support them with the work and research they do.

Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said:

“On this MS Week we would like to highlight the importance of MS research. For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.

“By joining a global group of fundraisers and taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, your small sacrifice could help us find new treatments for people living with MS and their loved ones.”

MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.

Sign up for Kiss Goodbye to MS on the MS Society website at