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New figures have revealed that 20244 families in Renfrewshire have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day.

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Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017.

The new Baby Box was created by a team of young people from schools across the country.

The new boxes will also encourage families to become more environmentally friendly, with parents-to-be receiving a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy, and liners.

Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digital thermometer, and books.

Commenting, MSP George Adam said:

“Every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

“At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about fairness and opportunity, which is why I’m delighted to see that numerous new families have benefitted from it.

“96% of expectant parents in Scotland are now requesting a Baby Box – and more than 80,000 have been delivered.  That’s a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box.

“Given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.

braehead exhibition

Aesthetic suites are delighted to be the first aesthetics clinic to become exhibitors at the wedding exhibition at braehead arena on the 11th and 12th of May. We will be available to offer advice and discuss treatments available as well as offering gift bags and discounts.

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Due to a dramatic increase in popularity of aesthetic procedures with brides to be and the wedding party for this special day…we have produced packages to make appointments more manageable.

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Package 1. 3 people Drinks and canopes on arrival A 10% off discount for the group booking. Package 2. 5 people Drinks and canopes on arrival A 15% off discount for the group booking A free skincare package for the bride

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Come along to our gorgeous spacious clinic ….call on 01412371750

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Youngsters and teenagers can spring into action this Easter with a host of activities at their local sports centres.

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Renfrewshire Leisure is again holding a series of their popular Spring Activity Camps for Primary school age kids during the Easter holidays. There will be various activities involving sports and games for everyone to enjoy.

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These camps will take place in Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre; The ON-X, in Linwood; Renfrew Sports Centre; Johnstone Sports Hub and at Park Mains, in Erskine.

They run during weekdays of the school holidays – April 1 to 5 and April 8 to 12.

Also for five to 12 year olds there are football camps being organised in partnership with the Scottish Football Association.

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For young people aged between 11 and 18 there are exciting activities available like mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and bushcraft.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’re offering a fantastic Easter Camp program this year.

“We’ve got something for everyone and not only will it keep them active and healthy, they’ll have great fun and meet new friends as well.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com to book a place on one of the activity camps or call 0141 618 6558 to book any of the outdoor activities or 0141 618 7973 for football camp booking.

TLC is looking for couples who are getting married this summer to feature in their brand new show that aims to capture the memorable moments that happen in the hours before your wedding as you prepare with your bridal party and family.

If you are getting married in the UK this summer and want to share those memories of nerves and anticipation…fill out our registration form to learn more https://bit.ly/2JdvGlw

 

Which horse will create their place in Grand National history?” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by David Holt

One For Arthur flew the flag for Scottish sport when capturing the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National at Aintree, two years ago.

True trials for the extended 4m 2f race are hard to find, but the Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse some 30 miles or so south of Paisley can provide clues for the Merseyside showpiece.

With the 2019 Grand National fast approaching, here are the Scotland trained hopes and those who ran well in the Scottish equivalent last season with claims at Aintree.

Only Ayr runner-up Ballyoptic guaranteed a run

The first three home in the 2018 Scottish National all get entries into the big one this time, but unlucky second Ballyoptic is the only one of that trio guaranteed to line-up in Liverpool.

This is because, at the time of writing, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge is among the first 40 horses in the 2019 Aintree Grand National weights. That is the maximum field of runners that can go to post.

Ballyoptic was just beaten a nose at Ayr by Joe Farrell, but the inmate of Welsh trainer Rebecca Curtis’ stable would need almost 20 horses to come out of this race in order to meet him again.

Neither of these horses have won this season. Ballyoptic fell over the Aintree fences in the Becher Chase back in December, was then a well-beaten sixth in the Welsh National at Chepstow and pulled up at Haydock last time out.

Joe Farrell, meanwhile, was a rusty looking sixth in a veterans’ chase at Newbury on his first start since winning the Scottish National but then a creditable second at the same venue. These performances are reflected in top prices of 50/1 for both him and Ballyoptic with bookmakers.

If there is an Ayr runner worth putting a free Grand National bet on, then it may be the Scottish National third Vintage Clouds at 16/1. This Trevor Hemmings owned grey hails from the Yorkshire yard of Sue Smith, who saddled Auroras Encore to Aintree glory back in 2013.

While Vintage Clouds needs five horses to forego their Grand National entries to get a run, that looks likely as many trained in the Emerald Isle have the Irish equivalent at Fairyhouse as an alternative option. He was only four lengths behind the front two at Ayr and looks solid each-way value.

Lake View Lad leads Scottish bid for more success

Both Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad are set to run in the 2019 Grand National in these colours” (CC BY 2.0) by Henry Hemming

Although One For Arthur looks set to make a bid to regain his Grand National crown for Lucinda Russell, it’s another Perthshire trainer in Nick Alexander who saddles the leading Scottish hope this year.

Lake View Lad has really improved for racing in staying handicaps this season when winning Listed and Grade 3 prizes at Newcastle and Wetherby. This other grey gelding belonging to leading Grand National owner Hemmings also ran a huge race off top weight when just behind Vintage Clouds at the Cheltenham Festival.

Bookmakers now have Lake View Lad at prices between 20/1 and 14/1 for the big one. One For Arthur, meanwhile, is a 33/1 shot but has history against him with Aintree icon Red Rum the only horse to reclaim the Grand National.

Captain Redbeard is another Scottish trained horse who could make it to Aintree from the Selkirk stables of Stuart Coltherd. He got no further than the deceptive Foinavon fence on the Grand National course last year – an obstacle which can catch you out. Captain Redbeard needs about 10 to come out of the race to run in it again this year and is another 50/1 chance.

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New data has revealed the postcodes in Paisley’s surrounding area which are most likely to suffer from burglaries in 2019.

 

The data created by MoneySuperMarket took into consideration over 2.5 million home insurance quotes nationwide and revealed that a Paisley postcode didn’t appear in the hotspots list until over number 1000 overall in the UK.

 

The comparison site has taken a look at the burglary hotspots which exist in the surrounding area and has revealed the ten postcodes which are most likely to be affected by burglary.

 

UK Rank Postal Area Code Postal Area Rate per ‘000
179 G61 Bearsden 27.61
295 G12 West End, Cleveden, Dowanhill, Hillhead, 24.04
406 G77 Newton Mearns 21.47
462 G41 Pollokshields, Shawlands 20.49
490 G43 Mansewood, Newlands, Pollokshaws 20.12
503 G3 Anderston, Finnieston, Garnethill, Park, 19.88
528 G51 Govan, Ibrox 19.47
531 G76 Busby, Clarkston, Eaglesham, 19.45
568 G4 Calton, Cowcaddens, Drygate, Kelvinbridge, 18.80
587 G13 Anniesland, Knightswood, Yoker 18.60

 

So how did Paisley match up to the surrounding area?

 

UK Rank Postal Area Code Postal Area Rate per ‘000
1,339 PA1 Paisley (Central, East and Northeast) 10.12
1,665 PA2 Paisley (South) 7.51
2,130 PA3 Paisley (Northwest), Linwood 2.92

 

As you can see above, very well! Not one postcode appeared in the top 1000 for most likely postcodes to be burgled and Paisley Northwest actually finished in position 2130 out of 2339, making it one of the most unlikely postcodes in the UK to be affected by burglary!

 

Emma Garland, data scientist at MoneySuperMarket, commented on the statistics: “Over the past 12 months, burglars have mostly been targeting suburbs and urban areas, with the safest areas dominated by smaller towns and villages.

 

“Anyone that has ever been burgled will tell you that the cost goes beyond the value of the items stolen, from the psychological impact of your home being violated to the difficulty of replacing things with sentimental value.

 

If you take precautions – such as fitting new door and window locks, installing bar windows where necessary and using security cameras – you can reduce both your contents insurance and your anxiety about getting burgled. Looking for the best deal possible at every renewal will also help keep premiums low.”

 

You can take a look at how your accommodations burglary rate looks like here – https://www.moneysupermarket.com/home-insurance/burglary-hotspots/

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Last small office in the size of 150 sqft available to let at Mirren
Court Three on the third floor.

The office is perfect for 1/3 people.

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Excellent location, Car Parking available, Flexible Terms!

Call 0141 843 4211 to arrange a viewing!

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Gambling online is an activity enjoyed by many people all over the world. It has gained popularity over the years, and it still has a long way to go. If you are a beginner in this, you might be a bit skeptical about the idea. There are some sites to choose from and deciding on which one to go with can be a challenge in itself. For a first-timer, you can go to UK Mobicasinos, it is one of the most trusted websites whereby you can get information about different casinos. They also offer you advice on what to consider before deciding on a casino to gamble.

Here are some of the major points you need to take note of before gambling on any online casino site.

 

  • They are multi-platform

 

When the online casinos firstly came, you had to download software programs to play, and this was not compatible with most operating systems. It occupied a lot of space and took a long time to download. Over the years, through technology advancements, you can access them on your browser enabling you to be able to play from any platform. From your phone, tablet or computer.

 

  • How do they work?

 

Online casinos generate numbers randomly to ensure and certify that the dealt cards and the spins on the machines are decided on by chance. It makes sure that you the player do not overthink of the game and have fun.

 

  • The withdrawal options

 

The web-based casinos have unique features when you want to withdraw money you have won in previous games. You have to ensure you are quite familiar with most, if not all of them. The typical options are NETeller account and Wire Transfer.

 

  • The games always favor the casinos.

 

It is almost next to impossible to gain the upper hand against casinos. Unless you have a rare gift of being able to speculate the next play or move, the casino will beat you most of the rounds. Always keep this in mind before playing at any point.

 

  • Do a thorough research

 

These casino websites are known for scamming and conning. It is, therefore, your mandate as the player to carry out your research and ensure you join one that is regulated by legal agencies. UK Mobicasinos comes in handy to help you get reliable information about the top online casinos. Being scammed on one of these sites is not an exciting experience; thus you must dig deep.

 

  • Security, trustworthiness, and reliability are the top priority.

 

It only applies to the trusted websites with a good reputation, as earlier states, many scammers will try to con you. However, for the top trusted sites, you can be sure that your information is confidential and you can enjoy playing without any worries. They also make good on their promise to pay when you win.

 

  • Free versions

 

The most common games in casinos are baccarat, blackjack and the roulette. If it is your first time and you have no idea which game to try out first, the online casinos offer you the chance to sample them by giving you a free version then afterward you can try your luck in gambling. Those who have casino premises, on the other hand, do not have such offers.

Always keep in mind that gambling is quite addictive; therefore it is advisable to proceed with caution. As much as the games tend to favor the casinos, they also want you to win from time to time so that you can always come back and recommend more people to it. Sites with higher chances of winning have more people playing in them. All this information on how to ensure you get the best casino site are in UK Mobicasinos.  Do not forget to have fun in the process; it is never that serious.

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Neil Bibby MSP has today joined environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in applauding the efforts of local residents from Paisley who are participating in its annual Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place across the country throughout April and May.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is supporting communities to take part and help remove litter from their local area – transforming the places that they live in and improving the areas that they care for.

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Throughout April and May, Keep Scotland Beautiful will be working with Paisley residents, businesses, schools and community groups to arrange their own Clean Up events to remove rubbish from local streets, parks and public areas.

Neil Bibby MSP said:

I am proud of the actions of local residents from Paisley who are participating in the annual Spring Clean Campaign – helping to remove more litter and preserve the places that we live in. I hope that the 2019 Spring Clean Campaign is a fantastic success.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:
“Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for people across the country to take part in our annual Spring Clean campaign. Every April and May thousands of volunteers take to the streets and remove a significant amount of litter from their local communities.

“We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and hope that everyone will take part – helping to make 2019 the most successful Spring Clean campaign to date.”

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Visitors to one of Paisley’s best-known chip shops will be having a special conversation while they’re eating their fish and chips.

Hannah Fox and Kate Drummond from Paisley Arts Centre’s Out of Place programme of innovative artworks will be interviewing customers in Castelvecchi, in Paisley’s New Street on Monday, March 25 and Saturday, March 30 between 11am and 5pm.

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They will be gathering information for a unique newspaper called The Castelvecchi Chronicle, which when printed, will be used to wrap the next day’s fish and chips!

Kate Drummond explains: “Castelvecchi owners, Alfredo and Linda Nutini have kindly welcomed us into their wonderful café.

“We’ll set up camp in the restaurant to gather news, views, top tips, wishes and fascinating facts from customers as they sip their cups of tea and have a delicious meal.

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“We want to fill this newspaper with people’s news with an emphasis on the delights, trials or triumphs of their day-to-day experiences, which will then be featured in this rather unusual newspaper.”

Hannah added: “After we’ve produced The Castelvecchi Chronicle, we’ll deliver the newspaper back to the café for the classic ‘keep ‘em warm and soak up the grease’ function.

“The staff can wrap all takeaway orders in their very own newspaper for people to read while they eat their fish suppers.”

The Castelvecchi Chronicle project is part of Paisley Arts Centre’s Out of Place programme of innovative artworks in unconventional spaces delivered in association with Glasgow’s Take Me Somewhere. The main Out of Place programme will run from May 17 to May 19.

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The award-winning Gin71 bar is coming to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 to give visitors the chance to enjoy a perfect serve of top artisan gins.

The popular Glasgow-based bar chain returns to the Festival, which takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, after hosting popular gin tasting sessions at last year’s event.

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Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 will see more than 40 top food and drink traders from across Scotland, a demonstration kitchen with celebrity chefs, a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and live entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

Gin71 will run two dedicated gin tasting sessions on Friday 26 April, with 60 places available for each session and expert staff on hand to showcase the very best Scottish craft gins.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a range of spirits served neat, with ice, and with a perfectly matched garnish and mixer, making it the perfect night out for gin lovers or those looking to try something new.

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On Saturday 27 April, the bar will have its very own gin palace tent with a wide range of craft gins to sample.

Gin71 will also be hosting a number of gin distillers to run ‘Meet The Maker’ events. These events will offer visitors the chance to chat to the people who create their favourite spirits and enjoy a complimentary sampling of their gins.

Managing Director of Gin71, Paul Reynolds, said: “We can’t wait to bring Gin71 back to this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and give visitors the chance to enjoy our range of fantastic craft gins.

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“Our evening tasting sessions and Festival gin bar were extremely popular with attendees at last year’s event and our expert bar staff will be in attendance once again to help people choose the perfect gin.

“Gin is continuing to be a really popular choice and, whether you’re a gin enthusiast or just looking to expand your horizons by trying something new, we look forward to seeing you at Paisley Food and Drink Festival this April.”

Gin Tasting

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals. This year’s line-up will also see delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, the popular Rum Shack, live music and entertainment programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, children’s workshops, picnic areas and much more.

Demand for places at the Gin71 tasting sessions is expected to be high, so interested parties are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the tasting sessions are £25 per person which covers samples of six of the finest artisan gins, a history of Scottish gin and in-depth information on each spirit featured with Gin71’s expert team.

To find out more or to book your place, please visit: www.gin71.com/paisley