wick and candle company

Introducing Wick Candle Company, a one-woman-run small business based in Paisley.

We produce 100% Soy Wax candles and wax melts in a range of classic, inspired and seasonal scents. Our wax products are all hand-made in Paisley and poured in small batches to ensure optimum quality.

We also stock a range of luxurious bath, body and home scented products. Looking to start your Christmas shopping or fancy treating yourself? Come have a look at our beautiful range.

Wick Candle Company prides itself on being both vegan and environmentally conscious, ensuring we are as good for the environment as we are for the soul.

Young Carers Grant

Young people caring for someone on a disability benefit could get more than £300

Young Carer Grant, which is a benefit unique to Scotland, is marking its second birthday. By 31 July 2021, Social Security Scotland has authorised 4,190 Young Carer Grant applications since launch. With over £1.25 million in vital support provided directly to young carers from the Scottish Government.

Young Carers Grant

The payment is available for 16, 17 and 18 year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for a person or people who receive a disability benefit. Young carers can apply if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed.

People can apply once a year as long as they remain eligible. The payment is a £308.15 cash benefit and people can spend it as they choose.

The Scottish Government introduced this payment  in October 2019, to help young people with caring responsibilities. It is one part of a wider package of support available to young carers funded by the Scottish Government.

Young Carers Grant

Speaking at Broomhouse Carers Hub in Edinburgh, The Minister for Social Security, Ben Macpherson said:

“Young Carers play a vital role in our society and, as we mark the 2nd birthday of the Young Carer Grant, it’s important for us all to recognise their significant caring responsibilities and their remarkable dedication to helping others.”

Young Carers Grant

“Unfortunately, opportunities that typically occur during young carers’ lives, such as getting their first job or starting college or university, can often be limited by their caring role. That is why we used our social security powers to introduce the Young Carer Grant, which is a small part of our wider support and one way in which we aim to give back to these young people who so selflessly care for their loved ones.”

“Many young carers don’t yet realise that they may be entitled to financial support. We want to get the word out all across Scotland that the Young Carer Grant is there and that we want those who are eligible to benefit from it. We also want to remind young carers who have had the payment before to apply again and get the money they are entitled to.”

Paul Traynor, Head of External Affairs, Carers Trust Scotland, said:

“Carers Trust Scotland continues to support the innovative Young Carer Grant, which goes some way to recognising the immense contribution of unpaid young carers in Scotland.”

“Two years since Young Carer Grant launched and we are delighted that many young carers have benefited from this support already and we encourage all young carers aged 16-18 to apply.”

“It is vital that young carers are provided with appropriate support so that they are able to live their own life alongside caring and have a fair chance to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Young Carer Grant provides financial support which can make a positive difference to young carers’ lives and helps to break down financial barriers that they may experience in pursuing their aspirations, such as taking part in leisure, education and socialising.”

Ruth Williams, a 16 year old young carer said:

“I am currently in my sixth year of high school and this year I am doing Modern Studies, Business and an Open University course about Law making in Scotland with the hopes of next year going to university to study law.”

“I care for my dad who is in a wheelchair. I spent some of my first Young Carer Grant payment on a couple of plants for my room and some new books as this is how I like to spend my downtime.”

“I found the grant very easy to apply for, with everything being made very clear and accessible to me”.


Please note the M8 will be subject to lane restrictions and road closures from 6am on Saturday, 30 October and not 8pm as previously issued. 


Drivers are being reminded that there are additional road closures and restrictions, coming into force near the SEC, for a short period, due to specific COP26 events on 1 November.


On Monday 1 November, part of Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street will be closed to traffic and no vehicles permitted to be parked on the route. This is likely to cause severe congestion in the area as it is currently one of the alternative routes that people have been using because of the Clydeside Expressway being closed.

Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street from Byres Road to St. Vincent Street will be closed from 1000hrs Monday 1 November to 0600hrs Tuesday 2 November.

Finnieston Street from Argyle Street to Lancefield Quay will also be closed as will a number of other roads in the area that join Argyle Street.

No Parking will be permitted on Argyle Street, Dumbarton Road, Finnieston Street and short lengths of the adjoining roads from 0800hrs on Monday. Vehicles left on the route after this time will be removed.

The above restrictions will not impact emergency service vehicles responding to an emergency within the area and pedestrian access will be maintained.

COP26 begins on Sunday 31 October with world leaders attending a special summit at the start of the proceedings.

People are urged to plan their journeys in advance. Drivers in particular are being asked to look at travelling outside peak times, consider if the journey is necessary at that time or at all and leaving the car, opting to travel in a different way to reduce congestion.

Some 9,000 letters have also been sent to homes in the Anderston, Finnieston and Yorkhill areas with full details and maps of the road closures and parking restrictions.

Andy Waddell, Director of City Operations at Glasgow City Council, said: “In general people have heeded the advice to plan ahead when travelling in and around the city. Diversion routes are busier due to the Clydeside Expressway being closed but people have taken on board what we’ve been saying about changing how and when they travel to avoid congested areas. This will be particularly important with the additional road closures coming into effect on Monday.

“Ultimately we need people to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journey or make alternative arrangements if possible.”

Road closures are already in place for public safety with Glasgow’s Clydeside Expressway now fully closed until 15 November.

The M8 will be subject to lane restrictions and road closures from 6am on Saturday, 30 October until 6am on November 15. The Tradeston M8 On-slip at West Street will be closed with no access to North Street/Charing Cross.

A signed diversion route will be in place from West Street to North Street, via Kingston Street, George V Bridge and the Broomielaw. Access to Bothwell Street from the M8 Eastbound at Junction 18 will remain open.

The public is advised to visit the Get Ready Glasgow website – www.getreadyglasgow.com  – which provides all the travel details and will be regularly updated with all the latest information for commuters and businesses as well as details on alternative routes, local road closure dates and where local access will be maintained.


Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council this Christmas for the Paisley town centre Golden Ticket Competition! 

Launching this Saturday, 30th October, there’ll be £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners! 


Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could win big! 

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons. 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses. 

Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have! 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to Christmas shopping this year. 

“We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards if you want to give the gift of choice. 

“And if you are looking for inspiration, why not pick up a copy of our latest Love  Paisley magazine and take a look at our extensive Christmas Gift Guide. 

“Paisley has Christmas all wrapped up!” 

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We’re encouraging residents to support Renfrewshire’s local traders by considering how they can Spend Local this festive season. 

“Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting local traders we are supporting each other – and as we look forward to a festive season this year with more opportunities to meet up with friends and family, our businesses need your help more than ever. 

“The Golden Ticket competition is a great incentive to spend money in Paisley town  centre and is just one of the many innovative ways the team at Paisley First are 

helping showcase the range of great businesses and attractions the town has to offer.” 

Draws are currently scheduled to take place on 27th November and 4th and 11th December, just one of the perks of shopping and socialising in Paisley town centre this Christmas!  

Love Local, Love Paisley!  

More details on all Paisley First Christmas projects and events can be found at  www.paisleyfirst.com or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

james martin

TV celebrity chef James Martin has teamed up with potato king, Albert Bartlett to launch a SpudULike By James Martin eatery at the Braehead Centre.

It’s a concept that takes the humble baked potato to a whole new level and the re-branded restaurant in the upper mall at Braehead opened today/yesterday. (Friday Oct 29)

james martin

And the imaginative menu of delicious toppings devised by James is sure to be appealing to hungry shoppers.

James – who presented Saturday Kitchen on BBC One for ten years and is now seen on the hugely popular James Martin’s Saturday Morning on ITV – has created an amazing new menu for baked potato lovers.

The new toppings include Peri-Peri Chicken Wings, Bad Boy Hot Dog, BBQ Pork Ribs, Chickpea Daal, Butter Chicken and Scottish Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese to name but a few.

James said “I loved Spudulike as a child and jumped at the chance to get involved with it.

“For me it is all about the food and the ingredients, as well as supplying great dishes at affordable prices.

“We’ve got a new menu, a new look and I’m so excited about it.

“We’ve got something for every member of the family and I can’t wait to welcome you in to SpudULike at Braehead!”

Braehead marketing manager, David Lyon said: “James has taken the baked potato into the 21st century with his fabulous menu of toppings.

“Visitors to Braehead will be very impressed with not only the new menu, but the complete re-brand and re-launch of the restaurant.

“It’s just another example of the wide variety of stores and eateries we are attracting to Braehead.”


Bibby calls for ‘levelling up’ of Paisley town centre

Responding to news that a bid to spend over £38 million of UK government cash in the Paisley Harbour and Abercorn Street areas had been successful, MSP Neil Bibby said: “I will always press for Paisley and Renfrewshire’s fair share of investment.

iain nicholson

The definition of the Leveling up Fund ”

What is the UK Levelling up?
The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund contributes to the levelling up agenda by investing in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centre and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.”

I hope this award is one of many and that it will deliver the change being promised. Our local economy is crying out for investment, to bring back skilled work and breathe new life into our town centre. “Local people want to know why, of the £38 million secured for Renfrewshire, not a single penny will be invested in Paisley town centre itself.


“There will be no levelling up in Paisley until we level up the heart of the local economy. If the town centre won’t see any direct benefit to this £38 million then the Council should challenge both Scottish and UK Governments to find new ways of investing in our area.

Frankly, the Council should be doing much more to fill vacant units and kick-start regeneration too. Paisley and Renfrewshire are missing out on the investment it needs. It is clear the UK Government policy of levelling up is a PR exercise and the Scottish Government don’t have one. People in Paisley are being failed by both our Governments. If the Scottish and UK Governments think this is good enough then they are very much mistaken.”

Natalie Don MSP outside constituency office October 2021

Natalie Don MSP is looking forward to ramping up her constituency service operation after securing an office in Renfrew town centre.

Natalie Don MSP outside constituency office October 2021

After making several enquiries about premises in locations across the Renfrewshire North and West constituency, the MSP has agreed to rent office space, previously used by estate agents, at 1A Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8JH.

Natalie Don MSP said: “I am delighted to have secured a constituency office in Renfrew town centre. The office is in a great spot, highly visible, front facing and, importantly, accessible for people with disabilities.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic not yet over and the Scottish Government continuing to ask people to work from home whenever possible, I look forward to opening the office for constituency business as soon as practicable.

“In the meantime, my team and I will be using this time to make the office a safe environment for both my staff and constituents while COVID-19 remains a risk to public health.

“I am excited about having a presence at the heart of Renfrew, which will provide further opportunities for people to share their concerns face-to-face with me. I appreciate, however, the limitations on travel and the fact that some people from our villages may find it difficult to travel to the office by public transport.

“I assure constituents that I will always be accessible in our villages, and if anyone has any problems travelling to the office after it opens. please get in touch or feel free to arrange an appointment at one of my 12 local advice surgeries.”

Natalie Don MSP’s next surgeries take place at The Bridge, Bridge of Weir 10:30-11:15, Hunter House, Quarriers Village 11:30 – 12:15 or the Carrick Centre, Houston 12:30 – 13:15 on Friday 5 November; followed by Bargarran Community Centre, Erskine 10:30 – 11:15 and The Cherrie Centre, Renfrew 11:30 – 12:15 on Saturday 6 November.

Constituents can currently raise enquiries for Natalie Don MSP’s attention by emailing: natalie.don.msp@parliament.scot or calling her office in the Scottish Parliament on telephone: 0131 348 5085.

paisley from drone

Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than photographs of family and friends. If you’ve recently moved, you might be wondering about the best ways to display some of your beloved memories in your new space. There are actually lots of ways you can showcase the best moments of your life and this blog will tell you how. Whether you’ve photographed landscapes around your hometown or want to display images of your children and extended family, you’ll be much more confident after reading this list.

Think about quality

Quality is everything when you’re printing out photos. If you just use regular printer paper then you’re going to be disappointed in the results. For really good photos that captivate your attention every time you walk past them, you’re going to need decent equipment. Invest in a good printer, some quality ink, and this Samsung m2070 toner. Make sure your printer is equipped for printing on photo paper and adjust your settings accordingly. If you do all of this, your photos will rival those printed in a professional shop while costing a lot less.

Shop around for frames

Not every frame will work for every photo, so you’ll need to match frames with not only your décor but your pictures as well. Start by thinking about the aesthetic you want to create at home and the type of furniture and colours you already have. You could opt for sleek glass frames or rustic wooden designs. There’s no limit to the kinds of frames available out there, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s a good idea to buy frames before printing out your photos because it can be tough to find the right size for a picture you already have. If you’re printing photos at home, it will be easy to adjust your settings and print your photos out a little bit smaller or bigger.

Don’t overcrowd

You might be tempted to hang up as many photos as you can, but this can result in your home looking cluttered. Try to group photos together in displays that make sense. For example, you could have your family along the stairs but hang some contemporary artwork in the living room. Think about how the photos you have on the wall will pair up with frames that are standing on cabinets and side tables. While standing frames can really add something to a shelving unit, beware of putting frames in inconvenient places where they can easily be knocked over.

Ask for people’s opinion

There’s nothing worse than displaying a photo of someone that they’re not fond of. While they’ll be flattered to have a place in your home, if they don’t like the way they look, they might feel self-conscious. Reach out to friends and family before making a feature of their face on your wall. If they’re not happy with the photo, they might be open to taking another one the next time you both meet up.

1. Auchenlodment Primary School Primary 6

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has come to an incredible conclusion after the game came to an end on Wednesday evening.

1. Auchenlodment Primary School Primary 6

The game took place across the areas of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch and invited local residents of all ages to walk, cycle and wheel as far as possible during the six-week challenge in return for prizes.

Beat the Street Renfrewshire winners 2021

More than 6,300 people signed up and collectively clocked up 53,100 active travel miles.

The winners are:

Schools – total points:

  1. Fordbank Primary School
  2. Houston Primary School
  3. Thorn Primary School
  4. Auchenlodment Primary School

Schools- average points:

  1. Thorn Primary School
  2. Fordbank Primary School
  3. Howwood Primary School
  4. Houston Primary School

Community and workplace teams – total points:

  1. Active Communities
  2. 4th Johnstone GB
  3. Southend Smoothies

Community and workplace teams – average points:

  1. Active Communities
  2. 4th Johnstone GB
  3. Southend Smoothies

Small teams – total points

  1. The Wild Girls

Individual leaderboard

  1. Oddball


  1. Riverbrae School

Additionally, thanks to the participation of all players, the MND Scotland charity received a donation of £500.

Feedback for the Beat the Street game has been positive with lots of participants getting in touch to say that they have enjoyed walking and cycling more. One player got in touch to say: “Thank you so much for running the game in Houston. My family and I have loved playing. It gave us a focus every day and forced us out in all weathers! We had a lot of fun, and will miss the challenge. I hope you return to Renfrewshire in the future.”

The game has inspired local people to get outside, become more active and to leave the car at home wherever possible, with the hope that this will continue outside of the game too.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Beat the Street has been fantastic for the area and we’d like to thank everyone who took part.

“We have seen such passion and commitment from players who have got in touch to tell us their stories about how much they have loved the game and that they will be sorry to see the Beat Boxes go!

“We’ve heard from people who have got fitter, spent more quality time together as a family out and about and have really got to know the local area on foot in a way that you just don’t when you’re driving. We’ve heard lovely anecdotes about people who visited every Beat Box, stories about conversations being struck up and people trying out new activities and getting into healthy habits.

“Congratulations to each and every player who got involved with Beat the Street and took the time to come and visit the Beat Boxes. We hope that people will continue to walk or cycle or school or work and will continue to enjoy being active.”

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

Find out all you need to know at www.beatthestreet.me/renfrewshire and on social media @RenfrewshireBTS

Remembrance events 2021

Legion Scotland and its member community are custodians of Remembrance in Scotland and are involved in events around the country all year round.

While Head Office oversees and works closely with Poppyscotland on national events, our branches make sure that services, parades and more take place in local communities, so that the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women can be commemorated by all.

Please get in touch with your branch to find out what is planned in your local area and how you can get involved.

Remembrance events 2021

 National Remembrance events

Please note: Plans for many of these events have been adapted due to ongoing Covid restrictions and precautions. Legion Scotland will continue to monitor the situation as these events approach.


Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh

25 October

Dedication of the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance, by the Scott Monument in the heart of the city. Both the Field and Garden of Remembrance will be open from Monday 25 October for the public to visit and pay their respects over the Remembrance period.


Garden of Remembrance Glasgow

26 October

Dedication of the Glasgow Garden of Remembrance in George Square. The Garden of Remembrance will be open from Tuesday 26 October for the public to visit and pay their respects over the Remembrance period.


Armistice Day service

11 November

Legion Scotland hosts a short service of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day in Princess Street Gardens. The 2020 Armistice Day service was cancelled due to Covid restrictions, so we look forward to being able to once again invite everyone to gather and pay their respects at the Garden and Field of Remembrance.


Festival of Remembrance

13 November

Hosted by the Royal British Legion at the Royal Albert Hall in London, this event and the Cenotaph March Past on Remembrance Sunday have a limited number of tickets available for Legion Scotland members to attend. These have been allocated by a process of nomination and ballot.


Remembrance Sunday – National Event 2021

14 November

Remembrance Sunday will be marked this year at the Stone of Remembrance at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and veterans community to remember our fallen at 1100 hours.


If you have queries on any of the events in Scotland, please contact Brian Ward on 0131 550 1562 or email b.ward@legionscotland.org.uk

Aerial view of AMIDS development (1)

A transport project improving links between Paisley town centre and Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS has secured almost £40million in Levelling Up Funding.

Renfrewshire Council’s AMIDS South project, which includes a 1.7km ‘gateway route’ along the White Cart river, has received £38.7million from the UK Government Levelling Up Fund.

Aerial view of AMIDS development (1)

That is the third highest award of all the UK-wide projects being supported in the first round of the fund confirmed by the Chancellor during his UK budget announcement on Wednesday (27 October).

This will provide around 90% of the funding for the project to develop a network of road, cycling and walking links from the town centre train station and bus interchange to Glasgow Airport, AMIDS and onto Inchinnan.

It will also strengthen the links to the significant investment well underway in Paisley town centre cultural venues, which includes a £42million transformation of Paisley Museum and the £22million refurbishment of the town’s A-listed Town Hall, as well as a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street.

Economic projections found the project could bolster the local economy by an additional £136million and cut carbon emissions by 21,700 tonnes while help existing and new companies to grow, creating new job opportunities for years to come.

The gateway route from Paisley town centre along Abercorn Street, Harbour Road and Inchinnan Road to Glasgow Airport and the manufacturing district AMIDS includes new cycle routes and landscaping as well as a bridge crossing at Paisley Harbour for pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic.

Also included in the brief is an east-west road link from Renfrew Road joining onto the new route, increasing connectivity to the manufacturing district and improving accessibility to the proposed new Paisley Grammar community campus, West College Scotland and Gallowhill area as well as the new Scottish Leather Group factory and many other businesses in the Abercorn area.

And traffic calming works on Love Street will improve the environment for local residents and pedestrians, the area benefiting from a reduction in traffic flow due to the new routes.

Funding will also enable improved walking and cycling on Greenock Road between Inchinnan Business Park and AMIDS.

White Cart - Abercorn Bridge (1)

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Development of Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS is a huge coup for Renfrewshire, attracting many new jobs and opportunities and it’s vital that we ensure the infrastructure is in place which enables residents in the surrounding areas to be able to access these jobs.

“This project does just that, better connecting communities to education and employment, enabling economic growth, helping to cut congestion and supporting our commitment for Renfrewshire to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“Clearly, our bid to the Levelling Up fund put forward a compelling case, backed by business, enterprise and education leaders from across Renfrewshire and I’m pleased that we can now progress it and ensure it delivers for our communities.”

Levelling Up fund bids required the support of the constituency MP for the area, and Gavin Newlands MP, said: “This additional funding for the AMIDS South project is welcome and having supported this bid I am now keen to see this project delivered as soon as possible.

“The vision shown by Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Enterprise in developing AMIDS is reaping real rewards for Paisley and Renfrewshire and boosting our local economy through the kind of high-skill, high-value jobs that will drive innovation for the future.

“Combined with the transformational increase in active travel spend recently announced by the Scottish Government, it’s clear Renfrewshire is playing its part in the transition to a net zero society – a world-leading objective in the run up to COP 26 in Glasgow.”

The Council’s bid included letters of support from local businesses, with the infrastructure complementing other works being progressed including an active travel route between Paisley and Renfrew and the Glasgow City Region City Deal funded project building an opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew.

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Renfrewshire is open for business and is bouncing back from the huge impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Investment in infrastructure at this scale highlights how something special is happening here and we look forward to the inclusive growth and boost it brings to our local economy.”

Liz Connolly, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland, said: “We are working on plans to develop our Paisley campus and these new transport links will bring great benefits to our students and to the local community accessing our facilities. Having the advanced manufacturing district nearby offers fantastic opportunities for our young people to develop their skills here and it’s pleasing that everyone will have greater choice to walk and cycle to their studies.”