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There’s nothing worse than finding out you may have a broken radiator, especially at this time of year where you don’t know what the weather will be like one day from the next. If you need to replace a musty old white radiator for the likes of the living room or kitchen with a new one and you want it to look the part, here are some tips and tricks to help avoid making mistakes when buying a new white radiator.

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Don’t go for just a primer


My first tip is the kind of thing that will have you kicking yourself for making a silly mistake. If you’ve ever done any DIY work at home, you’ll know about using primer on the likes of your skirting board or window frames. In the vast majority of cases, it’ll be a white coloured primer which then helps white paint look better after a few coats are on. This isn’t the same with radiators.


Some radiator brands will give you the option of going for just primer on the radiator. With the radiators being bare metal, and usually painted over, if you think choosing primer is going to save a few quid, you should know that these primers are usually black or dark grey and won’t always be white. Don’t confuse yourself into thinking primer = white, and always ask the shop you’re buying it from what colour they use for theirs.


Don’t paint it yourself

Speaking of colour, don’t be misled into thinking that picking a radiator with a primer on it means you can go ahead and stick a few layers of white paint on it yourself. Radiators need a good quality emulsion applied or else you’re going to end up with bubbles that lead to splits and chips all over the place.


Most radiator brands will also spray the paint on for a smoother finish, so if you’re tempted to go at yours with a paintbrush, be forewarned you will almost definitely end up with visible brush strokes.


Don’t mismatch everything


People tend to forget that for a radiator to work efficiently, the whole thing is reliant on good valves at either end. If you’re going to replace an old radiator that has seen better days, ask yourself if you think some shiny new valves are needed too.


I always tell people who have the small-cap valves to get them replaced with thermostatic valves at the same time as the radiator. That way it helps get the radiator working perfectly and you can adjust the valve to get the temperature just how you like it.


Don’t take the brackets off the wall


If you have your heart set on doing the replacement yourself without professional help, keep the original brackets screwed into the wall. When buying similarly sized radiators, you’ll tend to find that they can latch on to existing brackets just as well.


When your new radiator gets delivered, have a quick check to see if it will fit. It’s just a simple step to see if you don’t need to drill into your wall and potentially make a few nicks in the plaster in the process.


Get a good deal on a white radiator today!


For a great deal on white radiators, I recommend checking out https://www.traderadiators.com/radiators/white-designer-radiators. They’re a Glasgow based online-only radiator store. They do some cracking deals because they don’t have any physical shops, which means lower overheads and more savings passed back to the customer.


Add to that the fact they do free next working day delivery on a lot of their products, and you’re on to a winner.

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Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and RAMH (recovery across mental health) have created a direct access free telephone support line to help people talk about how they are feeling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new support line 0800 221 8904 is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and adds to the collaborative ongoing localised support already available across Renfrewshire.

Stephen McLellan of RAMH said: “We are aware that many people are worried about the effect of Coronavirus as well as the practical, emotional and financial effects and are looking to speak to someone about their feelings.

“They may not want to trouble their GP or even loved ones with their concerns. This support line aims to make speaking with someone who understands their anxieties that little bit easier.”

For the last few months, Renfrewshire HSCP and RAMH have worked together to make speaking about concerns simpler.

Stephen added: “We are now introducing a direct, freephone contact number, to enable as many people as possible to get in touch without cost. Trained and experienced staff will be on hand to offer a supportive ear and can assist with putting people in touch with resources, information and added assistance throughout Renfrewshire.”

Renfrewshire HSCP has been working with other local organisations to focus on what could improve wellbeing across Renfrewshire, recently launching the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board said: “It is important that we always put the people of Renfrewshire first in our minds, especially at a time like this.

“This support line is a good example of where we are working with community organisations and locally based charities to help support those who need us most.

“A collaborative community response will have a bigger impact on people’s wellbeing than any one organisation can make alone and we are exploring further opportunities to make this happen in Renfrewshire.”

Find out more at: www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/ramh

Garden Gang Buddies

As pupils returned to school, some retired adults in Paisley & District U3A went to study Geilston Gardens in Cardross.  This U3A’s Garden Gang visited the walled garden and floral mini maze recently re-opened by the National Trust for Scotland.  Mindful of the current lockdown guidance, everyone stayed in small groups, and afterwards members enjoyed a socially distant picnic in the beautiful grounds.


Valerie Reilly who leads the U3A Garden Gang said: “Over 11,000 people come to see Geilston every year.  However, due to funding pressures, its future is not secure.  We were able to learn the history of the property and explore this garden by the River Clyde.  We were so lucky with the weather and it turned out to be an excellent experience.  Many of our members have been shielding so it was lovely to meet up again outdoors.”

The U3A Garden Gang is planning another trip on Wednesday 9th September at 11am to Tollcross Park in Glasgow.  This is one of Glasgow’s ‘municipal’ parks with its own guided heritage trail.  Social distancing will be strictly observed throughout this visit.  More details at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

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Many people have imagined of starting a business, but not everybody follows through with it. There are many reasons why this might put someone off – it’s a lot of hard work, there is a financial risk, keeping accounts and a lot of other business admin paperwork which isn’t always fun. One thing to keep in mind when starting a business is employee satisfaction. If you have ridden the wave of COVID madness, consider rewarding your hard-working employees with things such as awards which you can get personalised by The Engraving People.

Access to Advice

It can be tricky knowing where to start when it comes to business planning, especially if you’ve never done anything similar to this before, and there is certainly is a lot to consider. From seeking financial support to branding to hiring staff, to finding a workspace, the list goes on and on. This is why so many start-ups need advice on how to get themselves up and to run and become successful. In Renfrewshire, there is lots of access to this kind of expert advice, and you can find the right guidance and encouragement from Invest in Renfrewshire.

The Opportunity to Expand

For most business owners, the goal is to grow and expand their company over time. With Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow just a few miles away, Paisley is a great place for a small enterprise to start. With easy access to such a large city, this means that there is a great opportunity for your business to grow and potentially open offices/stores in a thriving cultural hub. These affordable serviced offices Glasgow are perfect for business owners looking to develop their company and branch out from Paisley and the surrounding areas.

Helping the Local Community

If you’re an individual with a great sense of community spirit, starting a business in Paisley is a wonderful way to give back and contribute to the local economy. While Paisley might already be a great place to visit and popular with tourists, there’s always room for improvement, and your business idea could be just what this town needs! Help to support your local community by offering residents and visitors something wonderful and increasing employment in the area.

Grants and Loans

There is also access to grants and loans for start-ups based in the Renfrewshire area, which could help you to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true. Again, you can find more information regarding these schemes to Invest in Renfrewshire, or you can look at Scottish Enterprise for more options.


Finally, starting a business of your own does help to give you a sense of independence. While there are risks in starting a business venture, there is also a great sense of satisfaction and achievement when you see it become a success. There can be a lot of flexibility, too, as you can determine your working hours – what’s not to love about that?

Paisley is a wonderful town and has a brilliant, supportive community. With access to so much expert advice and funding opportunities, why not try to make your dream job a reality?

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron set sail across the River Clyde this week to carry out the traditional act of casting the nets to maintain Renfrew’s fishing rights on the river.

Due to current Scottish Government guidelines, Provost Cameron was unable to be joined by Renfrew residents for the traditional boat trip down the Clyde and instead headed across the river solo on the Renfrew Ferry.

Provost Cameron said: “The symbolic act of casting the nets is a key part of Renfrew’s history, dating back hundreds of years, and it was important to myself and to the local community that the fishing rights continue to be preserved, even when so much is disrupted just now.

“Thank you to the Renfrew Ferry who were happy to take me across the river so the tradition could be upheld and to Howwood Fisheries for their kind donation of the salmon net.

“It is disappointing that I couldn’t invite Renfrew residents along this year, but I hope that in three years time the event will be able to go ahead in all its usual glory.”

King Robert III granted a charter to the community of Renfrew detailing the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396, with a subsequent charter, confirming the rights, granted by Queen Anne in 1703.

However Renfrew Town Council failed to keep the rights on parts of the river owned by Sir Michael Stewart because they hadn’t fished those areas for some years.

Since the rights were restored, it has become practice to maintain them by having the Provost cast the nets and haul them in every three years.

A commemorative video is being produced to showcase the casting of the nets by local filmmaker Paul Mothersole, featuring historic footage and interviews with members of the local community. The video will be released in the coming months.

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While traditionally all eyes are on the bride, it’s just as much of a special day for the groom. Finally, grooms are starting to steal a sliver of the spotlight for themselves by adding some flair to their fashion. Grooms want to look good for their wedding day photos too, and we’ve got some trendy wedding fashion options for men to talk about today. 


It’s Time To Talk About Men’s Wedding Fashion 


Men often stick to classic black tuxes or formal suits in black or grey because they are traditional and simple. It’s hard to mess up men’s formal wear when you stick to the old ways. What man doesn’t look stunning in a black tuxedo? Fear of looking out of step on their wedding day though has been holding men back from inserting their personal style into the festivities. Modern grooms are differentiating themselves with colored suits, statement ties, patterned socks, and other unique upgrades. 


Now, more than ever, as two people enter a marriage they are committed to supporting each other as individuals. Let that start with the wedding day attire. Have both the bride and the groom in on the style decision making. Have elements from the bride’s attire or wedding theme tie into the groom’s outfit. Let the man of the hour infuse some of his personality into the clothes he wears. 


Tips For A Groom Glow Up On His Wedding Day 


Groom Wedding Day Hair Care


A typical men’s haircut actually looks best a few days to a week after getting cut. So plan your last trim in that timeframe. You can use a little product like texture cream, gel, or hairspray to keep stray hairs in place. While you’re at it, you might want a professional to take a look at those manly brows when you get your trim. There’s no shame in getting a little brow trimming done. 


Groom Wedding Day Skincare


Starting up to 6 months before the wedding day, grooms should start taking extra special care of their skin. This can include washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and daily sunscreen. Plain old water will also do wonders for your skin, helping it look younger and brighter. Men’s attitudes toward grooming and skincare have taken a turn for the better in recent years, according to this Forbes article.  


As for your facial hair, book a hot towel and straight razor shave for all the men in the wedding party on the morning of the big day. If you prefer stubble, make sure to test when your stubble looks best, is it 3 days after a shave, or 5? You don’t want to be trying to figure that out the week of the wedding. For anyone with a beard, get that baby oiled and trimmed. 


Trendy Suit Choices For The Groom


Today’s groom has so many choices to stand out in their suit, from casual, to ultra-formal, to just plain snazzy. The groom can stand out from the rest of the men in the wedding party with a different or elevated suit style, a chance of color, or an added pattern. Here are some hot trends for 2020 and beyond that men are enjoying at the altar:


Brocade – brocade is a decorative silk weaving style that adds a subtle print to the fabric of the suit. 


Colors – try a dark or navy blue suit, also shades of pink are really in for 2020. 


Checks and Stripes – Checkered suits are back, as well as gangster style pinstripes. 


Go Floral – adding floral touches is all the rage for men’s wedding attire.


Velvet Blazers – an oldie makes a comeback, especially when paired with a contrasting black lapel. Perfect for fall and winter weddings. 


Outfit Changes – Reception outfit changes aren’t just for the ladies anymore, men are getting in on this action with a second more casual suit for dancing. 


Ties, Cufflinks, And Socks


Another way to have fun with the groom’s outfit is to accessorize with personality. You can add color with ties, bowties, and pocket squares. Go bold with color or patterns if you’d like. Cufflinks are a great way to add some extra class or a little humor. Why not have a golden pair of dice for gamblers, some silver guitars for rockers, or even some nerdy StarTrek apparel? Let the groom be himself on his wedding day and celebrate who he is and the things he loves. 


That leaves socks. Socks are an important and often overlooked wedding day necessity that doesn’t have to remain basic. Bring the socks into the limelight with custom gift sets for the men in your wedding party. Fun, colorful, patterned socks with customs labels make fantastic gifts. Some companies, like No Cold Feet, offer customizable packages of groomsmen socks that can be personalized for members of a wedding party.


More Ways To Celebrate The Groom 


Looking for a few more last-minute ways to make the wedding day special for the groom through his outfits or gifts? Here are a few more tips you might enjoy:


  • Use a signature scent. Pay attention to what you want to smell like on your wedding day. A bottle of nice men’s fragrance would make a great groom’s gift from the bride.
  • Get your smile beaming, indulge in some teeth whitening because you’ll be flashing the pearly whites for the camera all day and night. 
  • Your hands might get photographed next to the brides to show off the wedding rings to make sure to take proper care of your nails, including a manicure if needed. 
  • Consider a Bro-dal shower for the groom. Wedding gifts aren’t just for the ladies anymore, according to the New York Times.


Don’t forget about the groom’s style on wedding day. Make sure to follow some of these tips to make the man of the hour stand out. You’ll have a smiling groom, great wedding photos, and a magical day to remember.

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If you have a deck, then you already know that it is an integral part of your home. Decks are an affordable way for homeowners to add extra living space to the house.  You’ve invested thousands on the pride and joy that is your latest addition so you want to ensure that you go out of your way to take care of your deck.

Even the most well-constructed deck will start to deteriorate after some time especially with regular use. An untidy and grimy deck is an invitation for mold and mildew to grow. So if you want it to last for as long as possible, you must know that deck maintenance is a continuous process.

If you fail to take care of your deck, it will slowly begin to discolor as a result of buildup from dirt, moss, algae, and other natural elements. These natural elements can wreak havoc on your once immaculate deck tearing the surface apart. This will consequently cause splinters to form, thus creating an even rougher surface that will invite even more damaging elements.

Before too long, what you will be left with is a dingy looking deck that’s treacherous when it’s rained on and too dangerous for all your guests to enjoy. Lucky for you, we know all about decks and understand just what it takes to keep them looking like new even years after the initial installation.

Tempt your friends and family to linger longer by giving your deck the special attention that it deserves with the following tips:

Be sure to clean your deck well at least once every 6 months

It is very critical that you exfoliate your deck regularly so that the protective sealers can bleed deeper into the wood, thus offering even more protection. Whenever the weather is nice and warm outside (60 to 70-degree weather is appropriate), go over the surface of your deck with a roller or sprayer so that any mold or debilitating bacteria can be terminated.

You can use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub any visibly dirty or greasy spots, which might provide the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Of course, you can always use a power washer when you have nothing else to work with but you risk damaging the wood even further than it already is.

Protect your plants or shrubbery during the cleanup

Before you start the cleaning process, ensure that you cover your plants or ant shrubbery on the deck to keep it safe. The chemicals in these deck cleaners and sealers that we use for maintenance can harm or kill your plants if the overspray gets to them.

The best way to prevent this from happening is by covering the vegetation with a waterproof tarp. However, remember to only drape the protective covering loosely so that air can circulate freely.

Store any accessories that you may have safely

By now you know the importance of keeping your deck clean. However, we know that it’s not always as easy to keep it neat and organized with your garden equipment, grilling utensils, as well as the children’s toys always littering the outside area. That’s why it is so essential that you invest in a well-constructed deck box that you can use to safely store all the excess debris and material that is often strewn all over your deck.

The best deck boxes to invest in are the weather-proof variety because they will not wear and tear even when exposed to harsh weather. Weatherproof deck boxes will also keep all the contents within secure and protected from harsh weather. Deck boxes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, designs, and prices so you shouldn’t have any problems finding one that’s suited to your deck. For more information, check out this guide on giftwits.com

Avoid using paint for sealing your deck

It might make sense to use paint to seal your deck at first. However, if you do, the paint will only look attractive when it’s first applied before starting to appear distressed after some time in the sun. Plus, if your deck is already sealed using paint, you will need to first remove that coating of paint using stripper or sander before you can re-seal the surface with an alternative sealant.

The best sealants to use are those that seep into the wood. Any finish that is designed to leave a film instead of penetrating the wood such as lacquer or varnishes, will start to peel or crack after some time. You should seriously consider using synthetic sealants over oil-based ones which are more likely to attract mildew or algae. Semitransparent finishes are also good especially if you need to protect the deck’s original wood color or keep it safe from sun damage.

Know when to call in the professionals

If cleaning your deck seems like too much work for you either because you don’t have access to the right cleaning supplies or you simply don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can always give professional deck cleaners a call to come and help you with the mammoth task.

Professional deck cleaners will have the right tools for the job so that the surface of your deck can be brought back to life. They will be able to clean the surface, as well as strip down dirt, grease, and grime. If there is any clear damage such as wood fading in some sports or deck boards that need replacing, your team of professionals will be able to offer you advice on how to take on any repairs needed.

Furnish your deck with ec-friendly things

Over time, your deck may see some degradation based on the type of furniture you choose. For example, iron-made furniture may become corrosive and then damage your deck floor.

Consider the environment – and the longevity of your deck when you choose the right furniture. For example, I have a nice hammock on the deck because it doesn’t actually leave any footprint (great buying guide here). I also use eco-friendly deck cleaner products, wooden chairs and tables.

Every decision you make counts towards making sure you take good care of your deck.

Final Thoughts

Decks, especially well-constructed ones, can be one of the best features of a home. However, if they are not well maintained, even the most superior decks will start to look neglected after some time.

Not only will this reduce the resale value of your home considerably, but the repairs costs might also snowball out of control, so it’s best to avoid all this from happening simply by taking better care of your investment. Not to worry though. These tips above will ensure that your deck stays as beautiful and inviting as the day it was installed.

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Did you know that construction is the leading industry in terms of workplace fatalities?

Not to mention a whole host of injuries including broken limbs, head injuries, fractured bones and lacerations.

Furthermore, it’s not just your employees that you need to think of when it comes to the safety of your construction or building site, you also need to keep the site secure for members of the public.

From improving employees communication, to providing adequate PPE, to investing in security alarms, keep reading to discover how you can keep your construction site safe and secure in six simple steps.

1.    Focus on effective communication

The simplest way to prevent on-site accidents or injuries is to focus on improving your current communication techniques. This is because the quicker and more effectively you can talk to your employees, and them amongst themselves, the easier it is to alert everyone of any hazards or potential dangerous situations that could pose a threat to the safety of both your team and the public.

2.    Install scaffold security alarms

Within the M25, scaffold security alarms are a legal requirement for all projects that require scaffolding and are becoming increasingly popular throughout the rest of the UK due to their ability to deter thieves and protect children and teenagers who might try to climb up your temporary structure.

RaiderVision can provide you with a high quality Scaffold security alarm that is 100% cable free, fully armoured and will not pose as a hazard to workers using the lifts.

3.    Provide PPE

PPE, personal protective equipment, is necessary for anyone who steps foot on your construction site, whether that be the construction workers themselves or site visitors. If you are the site manager, it is your job to ensure that everyone is wearing proper construction PPE such as protective helmets, safety shoes and reflective vests.

A failure to do this can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

4.    Eliminate trip and slip hazards

Both trip and slip accidents are extremely common on construction sites, yet in most cases they are easily avoided. One of the simplest ways to prevent these types of accidents is to make sure that you keep your building site clean and tidy.

Ways in which you can do this include:

  • Storing tools safely away when not in use
  • Creating a designated waste area
  • Keeping access routes clear
  • Fixing any broken or faulty tools

5.    Keep areas well lit

Keeping your construction site well-lit is a highly effective way to deter criminals, making them easier to see and alerting passersby of their presence. If you can, keep your lights on all night as this may make intruders think that workers are still on-site, making them less likely to break in.

6.    Invest in a virtual guard

A fairly new concept, if your site is prone to theft or break-ins, you may want to consider investing in a virtual guard. Much more effective than a person, a virtual guard can sweep your entire site in a matter of seconds and instantly alert you or the p

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Hello, let me introduce myself my name is Lucas, I am one of the newest journalists for Paisley.org.uk. I am so pleased to be able to share my first article with you guys and I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. Just so you can all get to know me a little better I am a new journalist starting out.  I have always had an interest in journalism and I love writing. I am not originally from Paisley nor do I currently live there.  I live in a different region however; Paisley was a large part of my teenage years.

Paisley is a town that people are drawn to; it is a town that people are happy to call home even when some people are negative about it.  Paisley is a town that has a lot to offer from its Shopping Centres, High Street and parks to the Paisley Abbey and Paisley fountain gardens. There is so much to see and do and most of it is free. Paisley is a very welcoming town full of people who are more than happy to help if you need directions or if you just need to know where a certain place is. As previously stated I did not grow up in Paisley but I did go to high school there so it was a town that I spent 4 years getting to know and that I still go back to even to this day.  When I first started school in Paisley, I had no knowledge about the town and I did not know anything about it. Now many years on it is a town I have grown to become quite fond of in many ways.

When I think of Paisley the first thing that comes to mind is its transport system.  I,have no knowledge on the buses of Paisley as I am a rail traveller. I love using the trains and that is always the one thing that sticks out to me when I think of Paisley is the train stations. Paisley has three train stations Paisley Gilmour Street, Paisley St James, and Paisley Canal.  Paisley Gilmour Street sits in the town centre of Paisley and is most likely the busiest due to its location.  Paisley St James is situated right across from St Mirren Football Club and is at its busiest when St Mirren are playing a home game.  Sadly this won’t be the case just now due to COVID-19 but it is still popular with regular commuters. Paisley Canal is a five- or ten-minutes’ walk from the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  So, as you can see Paisley has a good rail network in terms of getting you to different parts of the town.

This is one of many positives about Paisley, Paisley is a historical town and it is popular with tourists. People near and far come to see the Paisley Abbey, The Paisley Horseshoe, Coats Observatory just to name a few things. So, let me tell you a little information about these sights I have mentioned.

Paisley Abbey is still an active abbey, services take place there and people can just go to pray. Services take place on a Sunday but you do need to contact the abbey to check if you can attend due to the COVID-19 restrictions.   During this pandemic the café is closed and the gift shop is only open for a few hours on certain days. When the Abbey is open however, you can go in and see what the Abbey has to offer from its beautifully designed windows to its magnificent organ. After exploring the building you can enjoy a light lunch or just a coffee in the tearoom or buy a souvenir from the gift shop. Although the Paisley Abbey is free to enter, donations would be appreciated. . The Abbey relies on public donations to keep running and to remain open. The profit from the gift shop and café also go towards its upkeep. Just because the Abbey itself is currently closed to the public this does not mean you still can’t go see the outside of the Abbey, the building is beautifully built…just don’t get too freaked out by the gargoyles.


Moving on from creepy gargoyles to a lovely metal horseshoe plaque surrounded by cobblestones in the middle of the crossroads where Maxwellton Street and George Street cross. You may think that this is a nice lovely little plaque but, this plaque tells the story of a very dark but interesting part of Paisleys past. On the plaque the words are embedded Pain Inflicted, Suffering Endured, Injustice Done. I remember one day walking over this plaque while crossing the road and having no idea the story behind it, most folk might just think it is a drain cover. The story behind this horseshoe plaque is back some time ago in Paisley in the 17th century when a little girl called Christian Shaw became unwell, a few days before this a woman named Katherine Campbell has shouted curses at Christian. This led Christian to accuse Katherine of witchcraft along with six men and women. At this time witchcraft was illegal in Scotland so when the case went to court all seven of them were sentenced to be executed. Although it is said that one of the men took his own life in prison before the law could.

The six remaining people including Katherine were strangled and burned at the stake in the park within Paisley named Gallow Green, one of the women burned is said to have cursed all of the people at the execution and their descendants. The charred remains of the six bodies were buried at the crossroads where Maxwellton Street meets George Street. The horseshoe and plaque were supposedly to stop the witch’s spirits coming back. The story might seem a bit dark and glum but this is a big part of Paisley’s history, unfortunately you can’t get a close up look of the horseshoe plaque due to it being situated in the middle of the busy crossroads but you will still be able to see it from a distance.  If you do want to surround yourself with that part of Paisley’s history you can go have a look around Gallow  Green Park where the executions took place all those years ago.

From scary gargoyles and witch trials to the very last place I am going to tell you about. Barshaw Park is a lovely big park located within Paisley There are a few things to see and do in this lovely park. If you have children then there is a playpark for them , there is a safe play area for younger children  too.

The park is not only for children. For those who just want a bit of peace and quiet then take a walk around the Walled Peace Garden which has paved paths for you to follow. Depending on how energetic you feel you could always climb to the top of the hilltop and look at the stunning views of Paisley. Great photo opportunity if you are a budding  photographer maybe take some pictures from the hilltop as the sun rises or sets over Paisley. It’s also a great place to walk your dog.  We should not forget about the miniature railway, loved by people young and old , however due to vandalism the engines were destroyed in an arson attack.  Funds are being raised to help the volunteers with the repairs. If none of that sounds like your  thing then why not just take a walk round the park, or  maybe even grab a coffee and go and sit on one of the benches within the park and watch the world go by.

The park is not only for children. For those who just want a bit of peace and quiet then take a walk around the Walled Peace Garden which has paved paths for you to follow. Depending on how energetic you feel you could always climb to the top of the hilltop and look at the stunning views of Paisley. Great photo opportunity if you are a budding photographer maybe take some pictures from the hilltop as the sun rises or sets over Paisley. It’s also a great place to walk your dog.  We should not forget about the miniature railway, loved by people young and old, however due to vandalism the engines were destroyed in an arson attack.  Funds are being raised to help the volunteers with the repairs. If none of that sounds like your thing then why not just take a walk round the park, or maybe even grab a coffee and go and sit on one of the benches within the park and watch the world go by.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article about some of the sights and history of Paisley. I want to finish this article by giving you some lovely comments I received about Paisley.

“Something positive about Paisley is actors like Gerald Butler and musicians like Paolo Nutini come from there and having people like that come from a small town really promotes the town itself and its creative industries.”  Laura, Hertfordshire.

“The people of Paisley are proud of their heritage, their culture and their identity. Paisley is widely known for its textiles, its architecture and its talent” Gavin, former teacher at Kibble Education and Care Centre.

“I like Paisley because it has really good bus connections and it is easy to get from one place to another.” Ewan, Glasgow

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This Wednesday, and every Wednesday through to the 30th of September, Create Paisley will be running online graphic novel workshops about a sword-swallowing theatre magnate. John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs will be your hosts, a writer and artist team who work under the name Metaphrog. 

Metaphrog have been nominated for, and won, several awards, and currently have an acclaimed graphic novel called Bluebeard on release. They’ve also done workshops in Paisley before. “We were at the central library for Will Eisner week and we also did several school visits” John tells me. “They went very, very well.” 


As for this event, John tells me, ““We loved doing this research. There are some great sideshow posters and some colourful characters.” Delno Fritz is certainly a character. This man, almost forgotten now, was a big draw in his day and a leading international circus performer – as a sword swallower. “He was a friend to Harry Houdini” John says “and a world famous figure”. Colin Begg from Paisley Heritage dug up his story. “Colin came across Fritz and his Paisley connection in David Rowand’s book Silver Threads” John says. “It’s an interesting and very fertile area. The project was to encourage interest in the past, history and local heritage through the story of this man”.


He’s quite a man. Delno Fritz, born 1871, was one of 17 children, who ran away to join the circus. Several times. He eventually succeeded in joining with a friend. The friend went on to become a doctor. Delno became a sword swallower, and people went crazy for his act – he even performed for Queen Victoria. “His date of birth is unsure, and his IMDb entry is a bit loose too” John says. “It’s unlikely he is in the 1931 film Freaks for example, since he died in 1925”. The man had become a myth.

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The workshops around this myth will run over 6 weeks. “We’ll talk about how comics work” John explains. “We show character design and world building all using the life of Delno as a springboard or inspiration. That life includes his involvement with the Empire Music Hall, and hence life in Paisley in the early 1900s”. You knew there had to be a Paisley connection – “So there will be six modules with a different focus – including cover design and discussion of changing attitudes” It should be an involving 6 modules.


When I ask John if it’s weird to be doing a workshop in Paisley from home, he laughs. “Everything is weird right now!” adding, “It was very hard to research especially now with archives closed and facts distant. We’re embracing the weird!” Sometimes weird times can be fun, and it’s always good to have something to occupy you. if you’re looking for that over the next six weeks, you’re welcome to tune in to Metaphrog’s Zoom workshops.


You can see more details and a trailer about this event at the following link, with the registration form included too: https://www.createpaisley.org.uk/news/delno-fritz/


Article by one of our new Journalist’s Keir Hind, lookout for more of Keir in the coming weeks.


Communities are being asked to put forward their views on the creation of biodiversity areas in Renfrewshire, with a consultation launched to discover which areas could benefit from biodiversity.

Local people will be asked whether nature should be encouraged in parks, road verges, roundabouts and within their neighbourhoods, as part of a drive to encourage residents to shape the communities they live in.

The Council has already identified potential areas for biodiversity in Renfrewshire, with a maximum of ten chosen in each community, and residents will be asked to decide whether they believe they are suitable.

Detailed assessments have been carried out on each proposed area to identify the current biodiversity and the potential for animals, plants and natural flowers to flourish.

Community members can see the proposals and the assessments online and are encouraged to submit their views on the proposed sites, and any other areas in Renfrewshire that they believe would benefit from biodiversity, before the consultation closes on Sunday 13 September.

Those without internet access can call 0300 300 0330 to for support to submit their views.

The proposals are designed to improve the local environment as part of ongoing plans to tackle climate change in Renfrewshire, with the council taking the lead in putting it at the forefront of all decision making for the future.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “As we continue to look for every opportunity to tackle climate change, the creation of biodiversity areas across Renfrewshire would help improve the local environment and allow nature to flourish in our communities.

“We want to know where you think biodiversity would flourish and help us improve our local environment, whether that’s in your local park, a grassed area near your home or a road verge in your area.

“This isn’t about not cutting grass and leaving it to grow wild though. We’ve cut more than 97% of Renfrewshire grassed areas in recent months so the areas we have proposed have been specifically identified for this purpose.

“Each area would be maintained and added to if required to ensure that natural plants and insects can develop, and their progress would be monitored continually.

“This consultation gives local people the chance to have an informed look into biodiversity, as well as each proposed area and its potential benefits, before making their decision, so I would encourage everyone to take part before the deadline.”

For more information, and to take part in the consultation, residents should visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/biodiversityconsultation or call 0300 300 0330.

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Safety the priority as Renfrewshire Leisure confirms the careful restart of services at gyms and swimming pools after Covid-19 shutdown

Local leisure charity, Renfrewshire Leisure, will begin the safe and phased reopening of its leisure centres from Monday, September 14th.


Details of the plans for gyms and swimming pools have been confirmed, along with news that members will not be charged any membership fees until November. This delay to restarting payments is to cover payments made in March but has been extended to thank supporters for their loyalty as the organisation moves into a significant phase in its recovery from the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.


On September 14th, ON-X in Linwood, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Renfrew Victory Baths, Erskine Sports Centre and Erskine Swimming Pool will reopen, complying with all Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing. 

Shared leisure facilities at Park Mains High School in Erskine and at the Johnstone Community Sports Hub will open in a second phase, with strictly controlled public access. This will involve detailed health and safety reviews and will ensure there has been sufficient time to settle pupils and staff safely back to school. Planned investment work in maintenance of the swimming pool at Johnstone means that this part of the venue will not be ready to reopen alongside other areas of the site, but will follow later.


Some outside synthetic sports pitches will reopen to pre-existing club bookings on August 31st, although changing room facilities as well as smaller pavilions and gym facilities (at Seedhill, Ferguslie and Ralston) will remain closed for now as a result of challenging physical distancing requirements. Wider bookings – which must be made by phone – will be opened from September 14th. Full details are available at www.renfrewshireleisure.com.


Entrance to indoor leisure facilities and services will be by online pre-booking of time slots only. Clearly indicated hygiene measures will be in place at each venue, with details emailed to members and customers once bookings are made. More details about the online booking system will be provided ahead of opening.


Details on restarting the Learn to Swim programme are being reviewed. An update on this will be provided shortly.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the earliest possible date from which gyms and pools could reopen was August 31st. This confirmation has allowed the Renfrewshire Leisure team to review the latest Government guidance and enter the final phase of preparations to ensure customer and employee safety.


Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how eager people are to enjoy the services in our venues once again and are looking forward to welcoming members and customers back as we work to help improve residents’ wellbeing across Renfrewshire. That’s why I am so pleased that we are able to help people invest in their health by continuing our freeze on members’ direct debit payments until November.


“While arrangements at our venues will be different to that which our communities are used to, we are sure that by working together and adhering to all of the guidelines in place that the gradual restart of our services will be enjoyable for everyone.”


Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The safe and phased restart of on-site services at our leisure centres and swimming pools is a major milestone in not only our charity’s careful route out of lockdown, but that of the communities we are proud to serve.


“Safety remains our number one priority. The dates and phased approach we have planned for the restart of our services reflect that, ensuring we will be in the strongest position to welcome people back in the safest way.”


Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.