Dr Tom Brown U3A guest speaker

After six months of living in a pandemic, Paisley & District U3A members are in for a treat.  On Thursday 1 October at 2pm, retired consultant psychiatrist, Dr Tom Brown will outline ways to help your emotional wellbeing in a Covid 19 world.  This is the first in a new season of U3A monthly events on Zoom until public meetings resume.  Members can also put questions to Dr Brown using a live link.

Dr Tom Brown U3A guest speaker

Local chair, Kathleen O’Donnell said: “Quite a few U3A members began shielding due to their age or health conditions when the coronavirus started.  Even after the lockdown restrictions eased, a fair number were still apprehensive about being out in the community.  Our committee saw how this health crisis can seriously impact someone’s confidence and sense of wellbeing.  So it’s an honour to have guest speaker Dr Brown explore some of the issues people are facing.  We also hope viewers will take part in the discussion afterwards.”

Tom Brown remarked: “Covid 19 presents many of the challenges to our mental wellbeing that any illness may do.  There are, however, some unusual features – for example, the need to isolate and quarantine at a population level.  I will discuss some of the threats this poses and how to tackle them.”

More details on this forthcoming talk at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

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Lisa Kowalski and the Accord Hospice are working on pulling together an online music event to raise funds for the hospice. It’s on 25th April and will be called Chords for the Accord.

We have pulled together 10 local artists who Lisa has worked with before to take part and they will be livestreaming their sets into a 5 hour music session with any donations to go to an Accord just giving page.

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Chords for the Accord Rosta


Artist Time FB Link
Liv Dawn 4.00 – 4.30 https://www.facebook.com/livdawnmusic/
Liam Doyle 4.35 – 5.05 https://www.facebook.com/liamdoyle22/
Charlene Gordon 5.10 – 5.40 https://www.facebook.com/charlene.gordon.37
Jordan Stewart 5.45 – 6.15 https://www.facebook.com/jostewartmusic/
Graeme Kerr 6.20 – 6.50 https://www.facebook.com/graemejkerrmusic/
Hollie Robinson 6.55 – 7.25 https://www.facebook.com/HollieRobinson22/
Lisa Kowalski 7.30 – 8.00 https://www.facebook.com/lisakowalskimusic/
Alan McKim  8.05 -8.35 https://www.facebook.com/alanmckim123/
Laura Murray 8.40 – 9.10 https://www.facebook.com/LauraMurrayMusic/
Johnny Barr 9.15 – 9.45 https://www.facebook.com/Jbmusic91/



Liv Dawn

Although from the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Liv is a friend of the Paisley music scene and recently wowed the audience with her pop/ country styled set at a gig at CCs – Callums Cavern. 

Liv started off 2020 with a bang by supporting Tom Walker on his U.K Home Run tour and was a finalist in the BBC Scotland Singer/Songwriter competition last year.

Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle graces the streets of both Paisley and Glasgow with his wonderful voice.  His singing ability has won him a number of national awards and a strong fan following. He is also an accomplished song writer, who writes from the heart and has released a charity single for Alzheimer Scotland. 

Charlene Gordon

Paisley based singer Charlene, of Rock Choir fame, is a polished performer and accomplished vocalist. Charlene’s vocal ability means she needs no accompaniment and can hit all notes, genres and eras.

Jordan Stewart

18 year old Jordan has already been a fixture of the Paisley youth music scene for a number of years and is a real rising star. With her flawless voice, impressive work ethic and warm heart, Jordan is sure to continue to grow her audience.

Graeme Kerr 

Graeme Kerr is a dedicated acoustic performer from Paisley. His set list is wide and varied and includes songs that are rarely heard but are instantly recognisable.


Hollie Robinson

Hollie is a, fun loving but 100% professional 16 year old singer/songwriter who loves to perform and entertain people.

Hollie represented the UK at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in the summer of 2017 returning home with 3 bronze medals and an Industry award in her vocal categories. Not long after this she won Paisley’s Got Talent 2017, singing her way to the win with ease. 

Lisa Kowalski

Lisa’s music career really took off with the launch of the Paisley 2021 bid in 2017 and the release of her EP and Hearts of Gold video, which was about busking in the town.  Lisa has since been honoured to perform at many great venues, from St Mirren FC to an open top bus on 6th Avenue New York.  As NYC Tartan Week 2020 has been cancelled, this week she sang Hearts of Gold live on Scott Mill’s Radio 5 Live show.


Alan McKim


Paisley singer-songwriter Alan McKim is a passionate performer. Alan possesses a refreshing back-to-basics and gritty approach ideal for these austere times whilst succeeding to keep his sound wholly new and fit to fill city stadiums. Alan is a past winner of the highly prestigious Best Acoustic Scottish Alternative Music Award and is a fine example of why Paisley is considered to be a richly talented music town.

Laura Murray

Laura is a Paisley born Singer/Songwriter with a pop-orientated, soul twist. 

In November 2018 she was flown to Germany to represent the UK in Project Aloft Star 2018, performing her original music to many industry professionals. A subsequent single was quite a hit on Spotify and in Germany.

Johnny Barr

Johnny Barr is a Paisley Singer/Songwriter, Music Teacher and Events Organiser. He is member of the London based singer/songwriter collective Winter Springs (https://www.facebook.com/winterspringsmusic) and is capable of performing a wide mix of songs ranging from Motown to Modern. If you enjoy a musician that is capable of creating a performance totally based on where the mood takes everyone then this is not to be missed. Get your requests in!

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Your home is your palace and the place where you should feel comfortable and secure.

However, thinking of ways to keep your home looking and feeling tip top and terrific can be challenging.

So here are 10 tips for making your house more homely.

1. Use soft furnishings

Soft furnishing such as throws and cushions make excellent additions to most rooms in your home and can seriously enhance the look and feel of key furniture pieces such as your sofa.

2. Hang some mirrors

No home is complete without a mirror hanging on the wall.They make a great focal point for any room, brighten up dark spaces and can make small space seem larger.  So whether you’re looking for something decorative or minimalist, they’re a great investment.

3. Get a living room rug

A rug is a must-have item for a non-carpeted living room because it adds texture and softness. Rugs also make a great centre piece for a room and make the floor a more welcoming

Place – check out a rug store such as Benuta to find your perfect product.

4. Get dimmer switches

Dimmer switches allow you to use lighting to maximum effect by playing around with lighting levels, so that each room in your house can benefit from its own distinctive atmosphere.

5. Use lamps

Lamps help create a cosy atmosphere within the home because they offer lower lighting than ceiling lights and can produce beautiful lighting patterns on your walls (depending on the shade you choose). If your looking to make a bold statement floor lamps are a great option – they stand out, fill bare spaces and can complement your furniture and chosen colour scheme.

6. Decorate with wall art

Putting up photos of family and friends, sayings you love or an artwork that has caught your eye immediately adds personality to a room, prevents your walls from looking bare and the rooms in your home appearing empty.

7. Use storage furniture

If you’re struggling to find space for your household clutter, multifunctional furniture pieces such as a storage footstool are a brilliant investment because they serve as practical furniture items whilst keeping messy bits and bobs nicely out of sight.

8. Be fragrant

A homely household doesn’t just look and feel great, it should smell nice too. So stock up on some diffusers, candles, fragrance plugs (whatever your preference) and let thosebeautiful scents flow through your home.

9. Get a door mat

A doormat helps make your house a warm and inviting space from the moment you step foot inside. It’s one of the first items that your guests will see, so it needs to look the part – for high-quality options head to an online mat store such as Kleen-Tex.

10.  Re-arrange your furniture

Re-arranging your furniture is a fun and cost-effective way to breathe new life into your home.

Follow these tips and your house will be transformed into a super homely, cosy and comfortable space that you just can’t get enough of.  

Tannahill Centre

New football facilities, a music library and free bike repairs are just a few of the projects soon to be available for young people in Renfrewshire after the successful applications were announced for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

43 projects were awarded a total of £150,000 in funding after almost 3500 young people cast more than 10,000 votes.

Tannahill Centre

The successful projects were announced at a celebration event at the Tannahill Centre in Paisley which was attended by more than 100 young people and community partners from across Renfrewshire.

St Mirren Youth Football Club were successful in receiving the maximum £3000 to create a changing facility at the India Tyres park which help to get hundreds of budding footballers out onto the park.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Treasurer, said: “What this funding is going to do is allow our nine boys and five girls teams to be playing out of the Tyres hopefully from 2020.

“It’s really going to boost our club and make sure that more young people are going to be playing at the Tyres in the near future.”

Another successful project that received the maximum award was Erskine Music and Media, a Community Interest Company run by young people, for young people that provides services such as music tuition, PA hires, event filming and photography.

Catherine Coyle, Erskine Music and Media, said: “This funding will help us to create a new music library consisting of vinyl’s and CDs, as well as opening up lots of opportunities to go on trips, see new places and play gigs.

“In general, it is going to open a lot of doors for us and give us more opportunities in the musical world.”

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youth groups across Renfrewshire came together to form a steering group which facilitated the fund, as well as renaming it the ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people’.

It allocated £150,000 to projects which will make a real difference to the local area, such as removing the barriers to participation or the stigma around mental health, with the maximum award to each project being £3000.

The funding was split by population between the seven Local Partnership areas of Renfrew; Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton and Langbank; The Villages; Johnstone and Linwood; Paisley North, West and Central; Paisley East and Gleniffer.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “Through the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund, we’ve been able to give young people the opportunity to shape their communities how they would like to see them.

“If there is an activity or support that they feel is missing, this fund gives them the chance to create it and we will now support all applicants as best we can to ensure that their ideas come to fruition.

“Too often, young people feel they are outside of the decision-making process, but through the fund we have been able to award almost £150,000 directly to young people to help them improve their own and the lives of their peers in Renfrewshire by making the changes they know are needed.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of funding, now is your time to go make a difference.”

The successful applicants will now use their funding to develop their projects and will be provided with the support they need to progress their ideas into reality from the council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams.

For more information and a full list of winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/celebratingrenfrewshire.


Adrian McKechnie, Chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “I think this an amazing opportunity for young people to get involved in the decision making behind how money is spent.

“The projects that the funding is going to go towards, whether this is to affect change or put together programmes that they see the value in, I think that’s what’s at the core of participatory budgeting and what was at the core of the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund was that it was young people in control of how that money was spent.”

The full list of winning projects and their funding awards are:

Erskine, Inchinnan, Bishopton & Langbank

Erskine Music & Media Studio – £3,000
Erskine Youth Council – £2,918.90
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Park Mains Community Sports Hub – £3,000
St Mirren Youth Football Club – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £675.39


Gleniffer High School (sports leaders) – £2,900
Gleniffer High School (gymnastics) – £2,500
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor Group (Club) – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor group (Residential) – £805.69

Johnstone and Linwood

Johnstone High School – £1,890
Johnstone Castle Learning Centre – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Linstone Housing Association – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Linwood High School – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Youth Interventions Sco46578 – £3,000
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £151.69

Paisley East

St Andrew’s Academy PE Department – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £2,964
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Sport for Change – £1,475
Loud N Proud £3,000
CREATE Paisley (cafe) – £2,934
Alba Thistle BC 2003 – £1,500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,567.40

Paisley North, West and Central

Paisley YMCA – £3,000
Loud N Proud – £3,000
Mary Russell Youth Club – £1,100
Own Yer Bike – £2,980.35
Pals of the Privies – £3,000
Cameron Dance School – £2,600
CREATE Paisley (ambassadors) – £2,000
Kibble Education and Care Centre – £2,800
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £652.65


Renfrew High Pupil Leaders – £3,000
Young Ambassadors – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrew YMCA SCIO – £639.66
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,362.03

The Villages

Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £3,000
Johnstone Burgh Football Club – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club – £372
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lapwing Lodge Camp Staff – £2,500
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
The Boys Brigade, Paisley & District Battalion – £1,000
Elderslie Youth Connect – £500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £2,500
Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities – £82.40

There can be no growth without leaving your comfort zone, they say, well Saturday 15 June 2019 saw 20 of Iconic’s members leave their comfort zones and venture south to Drumlanrig Castle to take part in the Tough Mudder event.
“Tough Mudder is and endurance event series in which participants attempt an 8 to 10-mile long obstacle course tattiest mental and physical strength. It was co-founded by Will Dean, a former British counter-terrorism officer and Guy Livingstone, a former corporate lawyer. the obstacles play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The Tough Mudder organisation values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation.” Wikipedia
A combination of a cross country run, with extra mud, an assault course with electric fences, and mud, climbing ropes, with mud, cargo nets over mud, monkey bars, with mud, freezing cold water, with mud and mud, with extra mud thrown in.
Iconic PT James Miller had prepared the team well training way in advance, James is no stranger to Tough Mudder having completed the course last year along with other Iconic members Angela Little, Mia Mortimer andMartin Millar (who used a trip to Uganda to build a school as an excuse to avoid this years event), under James excellent tutelage they were ready to take on any obstacle, no matter how high, how wet, how muddy, how physically and mentally challenging, so forewarned if not forearmed  we set off from Lawn St, in an excellent luxury coach organised by the excellent luxury John Rae, a two hour journey to the dark heart of Dumfriesshire.
Bit drizzly on arrival we bundled together and got through the registration process, got our team start time of one o’clock and made last minute preparations for the race, wrote letters to loved ones, completed the wills forms that the chaplains passed out, sorry no, that was D-day, we were just running up a hill in the mud.
I’ll get the obstacles out of order but from the start they were a stretch, a rope climb, a ducking under three huge pipes, hurdling over straw bales, and then it got worse! Swinging from ropes, electric shocks, having to be carried for 50 Metres (thanks Mia), you get the idea, it was muddy and wet and cold, weather was nice though I got a lovely beetroot coupon as you can see below, thanks also to our support team Craig, Fiona and Katie who popped up occasionally with cider and chocolate.
Twenty of us started, aged between 16 and 56, and I’m happy to say 20 of us finished after an afternoon of laughter, terror, pain, cooperation that I’ve never seen before, both from team members and from complete strangers, when faced with a 15 foot high barrier to have 2 Edinburgh Bikers say “stand on me” was the one way any of us were getting over!
Money raised for charity at time of writing stands at an amazing £5000, achieved the unacheivable, had one of the most insane days of my life and enjoyed every minute of it.
Would I do it again?
Aye, right, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason!!!
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Pirates put on a scintillating show in Tayside on Sunday night as they beat the defending league champions in their own backyard, including a stirring two goal fightback when they trailed early in the match.

The visitors were caught on the hop and found themselves facing an uphill task almost from the first whistle as Pokorny scored twice in the 4th minute to give the Comets a lead which they held on to while Pirates found their feet. Skipper Chris Turley led the recovery from the front and beat Michie in the home goal in the 10th minute to pull Pirates back into the match, and a second strike from Marty Guy, assisted by captain, two minutes later, had the game tied at 2-2 with 11 minutes on the clock. The visitors continued to heavily outshoot their hosts but were unable to find the net again in the remaining minutes of the session, leaving the scores tied at the first break.

Paisley pirates

Pirates came out for the second session with a will and were ahead after 23 minutes as player/coach Adam Walker took a pass from Spiers to put his team ahead for the first time in the match, but John Dolan equalised less than three minutes later to tie the scores once again. It didn’t take the away side long to retaliate, however, as ace sniper Daniel Abercrombie restored the lead inside a minute, and Marty Guy helped himself to a second goal with three minutes of the session remaining to put Pirates ahead by 5-3. Dundee weren’t done, however, and with Thorp sitting out a penalty they took advantage of the extra player to score, again through Dolan, with five seconds of the period remaining, to pull it back to a one goal game in favour of Pirates at 5-4 at the buzzer.

Pirates were continuing to outshoot Michie by two to one, Meechan in the away net having a comparatively quiet evening, but they couldn’t quite find the insurance marker they were looking for until the 54th minute when Thorp linked with Henderson, who gleefully put the puck away to secure the points for the visitors at 6-4 and round off a notable performance by the visitors, who succeeded in blending solid defence with good attacking play throughout the 60 minutes.

Pirates are back in action this coming Sunday (3 March) at Braehead Arena when they go head to head with Kilmarnock in a match which will decide their playoff opponents in a few weeks’ time, in their last regular season fixture, which faces off at 5.00pm.



Paisley Pirates can clinch the runners up spot in the Scottish National League this Sunday if they can overcome opponents Kilmarnock Thunder in their final league encounter of the 2018-19 season at Braehead Arena (face off 5.00pm). Pirates have already ensured their place in the playoffs, but their opponents will not be known for certain until the completion of the final round of league fixtures which will determine final placings. The first round of playoffs will be played over the next few weeks on a home and away basis over two legs, the winners of each tie proceeding to the playoff finals weekend in Dundee at the end of March/beginning of April.

After recent excellent displays, the most recent being a 6-4 win over the reigning league champions, Dundee Comets last Sunday, their young side, coached by Ian Turley and Adam Walker, will be looking to finish the regular season with a flourish before making their bid to win the playoffs, a feat which has so far eluded them. Their squad has continued to improve throughout the season, and in spite of various challenges arising through injury and other factors which on occasion has left them short handed.

With a run of wins behind them, the club will be hoping to finish the regular season on a high with a convincing victory against their near rivals, one which would continue their momentum as they enter the playoffs.

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While it’s always nice to get away on a holiday, even if it’s just a mini break, typically not every trip you book will be a “dream holiday” or a bucket list trip. These ones tend to be much rarer since they can see you jetting off to faraway exotic destinations, and cost more than the typical trip does. If 2019 is the year that you plan to embark on a dream holiday, then you’ve probably already priced it out, or at least have a vague idea of what it will cost. In doing this, you’ve also probably started to give thought as to how you plan to come up with the cash to pay for it.

Here, we’ll take a look at seven tips that will help you with the financial aspect of the trip, so that you don’t miss out on a great opportunity due to lack of funds.

Ensure You’re Getting the Best Deals Possible on Your Trip

The first tip has to do with the price of the actual trip, as you want to be sure you’re getting the best deals possible on things such as flights, accommodation, car rental, etc. Expert travellerswill attest to all kinds of money saving tips such as booking a flight mid-week rather than on the weekend when the rates are higher, taking advantage of early booking discounts and promotions, using loyalty points and rewards for travelrelated expenses, and travelling during the off-season for that particular destination.

By using all of these tips you may be able to bring down the total cost of the trip significantly, which means you need to come up with less money.

Be Strict About Your Travel Budget

It’s also important to be strict when it comes to your travel budget. If you don’t give yourself a maximum amount that you can spend, then you make it really hard to save enough money and there’s a good chance you’ll spend more than you are comfortable with. Create a travel budget as your savings goal and tell yourself that’s it, you won’t spend a penny more.

Keep in mind when you create your travel budget, it needs to include flights, transportation at the destination, accommodation, food, tours and sightseeing, shopping, etc. In other words a realistic budget that encompasses everything.

Cut Back on Expenses at Home

Any time you are trying to save up cash for something, whether it is a dream trip, a new car, renovations, etc., it’s always a good idea to look for ways you can cut back on expenses. This will free up cash that you can then move to savings.

In order to find the best areas to make cuts in, you’ll need to start with a budget. There are all kinds of budgeting apps that you can use to set up a budget and then track all your expenses and income going forward. As an added bonus, you can use these apps to set up bill payment reminders, so that you don’t miss any and end up having to pay interest and a penalty fee.

You will need to begin by inputting your income and then all your expenses, both fixed and variable. The fixed expenses are the ones you don’t have control over and probably can’t be changed (mortgage, car payment, loan payment, etc.), but the variable expenses tend to offer some wiggle room. This includes things such as groceries, dining out, entertainment, and shopping.

If you make sacrifices in each of these areas, you can then take that money and start a holiday savings fund.

Consider Getting a Short-Term Loan

If all of these tips aren’t enough and you still come up short, then it may be time to look into a loan. You can find lenders such as Everyday Loans who offer loans that range from £1,000 up to £15,000 and can be paid back over an 18 to 60 month period. The application process can also be done online, so you don’t have to visit a branch in person. If you happen to have a bad credit rating, Everyday Loans can still provide you with a loan.

What a loan does essentially buys you time. You’ll have that 18 to 60month period to pay for your trip rather than coming up with the total amount in just a few months.

The Work is Worth it in the End

Coming up with enough money for your dream trip isn’t always easy. Typically, it involves making sacrifices and living on a very tight budget for a while. Rather than start feeling down on things that you may need to cut out or miss out on, try to keep your goal in mind and focus on the amazing time you’ll have on your holiday.

When you say Paisley, you say one of the biggest cities in Scotland. It is a town filled with history, especially in the textiles industry. It is one of the five UK cities that has been put on the list of the UK City of Culture 2021. It is localised only 10 minutes away from Glasgow, and it is one of the main tourist attractions of Scotland. The persons, who choose Paisley as their vacation destination, do it because they want to relax and get in touch with a new culture. Paisley is famous for having numerous secret places, tourists cannot wait to discover, once they arrive here. It is surrounded by a breath-taking countryside landscape, but when stepping in the city, people are simply charmed by its architecture.

The historic centre of Paisley is one of the main attractions for tourists, because it is easy to access. Here are located some of the most well-known buildings in Edinburgh, like the oldest public observatory from Scotland, the Coats Observatory.

Queen Elisabeth is a descendant of a king born inside the Paisley Abbey. Robert II was the first Stewart king, the grandson of Robert the Bruce, and he is the direct ascendant of the present Queen. The Paisley Abbey is a place filled with history, thatwaits for curious people to discover it.

Paisley offers visitors countless local attractions, and if you want to visit it in 2019, then this article will serve you as a guide.


What local attractions should you put on your list?

Paisley Abbey

You should start your adventure in Paisley by visiting the Paisley Abbey. It is a majestic and fantastic building that will stun you from the first sight. It offers to the public eye loads of history, and the stories you will discover here, will help you understand better the life of the persons buried within the church. For the ones who do not know, the Abbey dates about 1,000 years, and its interesting monuments and inscriptions stay proof for its history. Nowadays, the Paisley Abbey is used for worship services, every Sunday.

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church

This church is also known under the name of The Baptist Cathedral of Europe. It was opened in 1894, and it was built by the Coats family in the memory of Thomas Coats. It is one of the most impressing building in Paisley, because of its intricate details. The entrance and the red sandstone are two of the details that marvel the visitors. It is considered one of the rare gems of the city, because it looks spectacular both inside and outside. At night it looks like a veritable gothic building, a relic of the town’s Victorian Heyday.

Gleniffer Braes Country Park

If you want to have a spectacular view, then you should include on your to-visit list the Gleniffer Braes Country Park. The localsstate that the best time to visit it is during the Guy Fawks night, or during a lightning storm. It is located on the edge of Paisley, and it runs the length of the ridge of low hills that form the Braes. During the winter, you can have some awesome views from the Car Park in the Sky. You can see the Crianlarich or the Central Belt, depending of your position. The landscape is perfect for taking your dog to a walk, or using your metal detector to find lost treasures.

Events you can take part while being in Paisley

Depending on the time of the year when you will visit Paisley, you also have the opportunity to take part to some amazing events.

On first of February, you can take part to The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long event. It will be organised at the Ayr Town Hall, and it will help you spend a magic night filled with songs that will warm your heart. This event is planned to offer people the opportunity to show their passion for music. Make sure you see the musical, if you plan to buy a ticket, because you need to know the songs if you do not want to sit there quietly. This amazing event is organised with the purpose to raise money to help the Unity Grill to continue their fight against hunger and isolation.

On 15 of February, you have the opportunity to take part to the Annual Prophetic Conference. It will take place in the Royal concert Hall, and some of the guests will be Tomi Arayomi, Rebecca Greenwood and Dr Sharon Stone. Make sure you book in advance, if you want to take part in the conference, because there are great chances the tickets to sell out quickly.

Another event that is taking place on 15 of February is the Bring It All Back ‘High School Musical Party‘ in Glasgow at SWG3. This event celebrates 13 years since the release of the Disney Channel hit musical, and the guests are invited to listen the songs from all 3 movies. The participants are encouraged to dress like their favourite characters. However, if you do not have your character outfit prepared, then you should not worry, because your own outfit is also acceptable. If you want to get a good price for the ticket, you should buy it in advance.

On 23 and 24 February, it will take place the Scottish Wedding Show. It is the biggest wedding event organised in Scotland, and if you are getting ready for your wedding, you should not skip it. You will have access to more than 300 exhibitions, and it will cover all the important aspects when organising a wedding. This event is considered the epitome of style and elegance and it will help you plan your special day. It does not matter what theme you want for your wedding, you will definitely find something that it will suit it. You can choose the day that better suits your program to visit the wedding show, because the exhibitors are contracted to be present both days.




Russia is signified by perhaps two things. The birthplace of socialism and for its cold weather. This country is the perfect destination for a solo trip filled with melancholy and self discovery. And perhaps the best way to traverse this behemoth of a country all by yourself is the famous and illustrious railway system of Russian Train Tickets are easily available online.


Russian railways are famous in its myth and its stature. The Trans-Siberian train route is known for traversing some of the toughest and scariest terrain possible. For any solo travellers who are planning a trip across the length and breadth of this majestic country, the train route traversing throughout the heartland is the perfect means to an end.  Here are some of the train routes within and across Russia which can be taken for a memorable journey.


  1. Moscow to St. Petersburg


Moscow and St. Petersburg are the two main cities of Russia. The connectivity between these two cities is very important for the country. And obviously the train system plays a very important part in that connection. Moscow to St. Petersburg is an overnight trip and is dotted with innumerable trains in between. Apart from the famous high speed Sapsan railway, which covers the distance in just four hours, there are many more overnight train routes. So if you are ever in Russia and are traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg it is advisable that you avail the train.

  1. Trans-Siberian railway


Perhaps the most romanticized and written about railway in the world is the Trans-Siberian railway. It crosses through six time zones, through plains, mountains, rivers , valley and steeps to connect some of the most inaccessible areas of the world with each other. The main route of Trans-Siberian railway runs from Moscow to Vladivostok. This is the main route. Apart from this route there are two more routes connecting Moscow to Beijing . One of those two traverse through Mongolia and pass through Ulan Bator. The other one does not travel through Mongolia and this makes this route longer.


  1. From Europe to Russia


Russia has train connection with all the important European cities. The Paris-Berlin-Moscow route is one of the busiest train routes in all of Europe. Many people prefer to travel by train across Europe instead of taking a flight and this makes the train routes through Europe a very important connection for tourists.


  1. The Golden Ring


This is the railway system of Russia that connects the old cities at the north west of the country. This railway system is a hit among the tourists because all the cities that this railway system connects, like Vladimir, Yaroslavl , Sergiev Posad etc. are all ancient cities which contain a lot of historical places and monuments depicting the ancient history of Russia.


The railways are a historic milestone of the country of Russia and the intense connection that the railway provides gives Russia its strength in this economy due to the connectivity . For solo travellers the railway system of Russia is the biggest asset as it provides a cheap and reliable source of transport across the length and breadth of the country.

Highland Fling Swing

Throughout 2018, Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron, has been doing her piece for charity, helping to raise funds and awareness for her chosen charity – MND Scotland.

Highland Fling Swing

From hopping aboard trains spreading awareness to all corners of Renfrewshire, to taking a team up to Killiecrankie for a sponsored swing, Provost Cameron has been keeping busy.

MND Scotland was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer and his wife Peggy.

At the time, services were limited, and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition.

John had been visiting Charing Cross Hospital in London when he learned about a charity that was already providing support for people with Motor Neurone Disease in England, and became determined to set up a similar organisation here in Scotland.

Today, MND Scotland strive to reduce the impact of MND on the lives of those affected, by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy and a grants programme.

There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year.

Sadly, around 53% of those diagnosed will die within one year.

Provost Cameron said “I lost my mum to MND in 2011 and the charity is very close to my heart. I really love that as part of my role as Provost I’m able to support the amazing work that charities such as MND Scotland undertake in our communities.

“It’s been a brilliant year from start to finish and I’ve had a ball getting out and about in the community spreading the message far and wide.

“One of the highlights was taking a team of daredevils up to the Garry Bridge in Killiecrankie to take part in the Highland Fling Swing. Our brave fundraisers experienced a 15-metre free fall from the bridge and everyone had a great day.

“I’ve also been honoured to work closely with Scotrail this year, who also support MND Scotland. For MND Awareness Day I travelled around Renfrewshire by train, raising money and awareness for the charity, and I also worked for a day at Johnstone Train Station as part of my Working Challenge.

“There are currently 14 people living in Renfrewshire with MND – but when you consider the number of family, friends, and colleagues the number of people affected by MND locally is actually much higher. All the money raised this year will help MND Scotland offer essential services and go towards research to find treatments and a cure for MND.”

As well as working with Scotrail, Provost Cameron also spent a day working with City Gate Construction and hosted a charity ball to raise essential funds.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland said: “MND Scotland was very grateful to be chosen as one of Provost Cameron’s chosen charities and we have enjoyed following her activities throughout the year.

“This summer we announced the launch of the first Motor Neurone Disease clinical drug trial in Scotland, in over 20 years.

“This funding is part of a total commitment of over £1.5 million into clinical drugs trials being made by MND Scotland, and developments like this can only happen thanks, in part, to the support given by Provost Cameron and the people of Renfrewshire.”

Provost Cameron will support local charities, St Vincent’s Hospice and ACORD Hospice, in the next two years and will return to fundraising for MND Scotland in 2021.

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As Christmas draws closer and we get excited about the prospect of seeing extended family, filling up on food, and eagerly opening piles of presents, it’s important to remember that not everyone in our local community is feeling the same way.

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Storage Vault Paisley Branch have been doing their bit to help those struggling in the community by supporting some fantastic Paisley and Glasgow-based charities who are doing a world of good.


Christmas is a time of giving, so why not see what you can do to give these fantastic groups some assistance?


A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand are an inspiring local community group who have banded together to help the homeless and less fortunate across Paisley.


Every Tuesday they congregate at the entrance of Marks and Spencers on Paisley High Street between 8 and 9pm, distributing soup and hot drinks.


They also donate clothes, bedding, shoes, and toiletries to those who need them, storing all of their donated stock in a storage unit that we have donated to them at our Paisley self-storage site.


A Helping Hand are currently in urgent need of various food items and personal hygiene products which they have listed on their Facebook page, as well as items for their special Boxing Day Event.


Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank

Another fantastic charity we put our full support behind is the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank.


The toy bank works closely with social work, Barnardo’s threads, the STAR project, and the Foodbank in order to provide children aged 0-18 across Renfrewshire with Christmas presents. They too keep their donations in a free storage unit gifted by the Storage Vault Paisley team.


Christmas can be stressful enough for parents without the worry of providing their families with enough food over the holidays, let alone purchasing them toys, books, and games.


Until the 17th of December, Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank are holding drop-offs of toys at various locations across the county. Toys and books in good condition are being sought  to donate to donate to children of all ages desperately in need of some Christmas cheer.


ACCORD Hospice

Christmas should be a time of joy where families gather together, but for some, serious illness takes this bonding opportunity away.


Storage Vault support ACCORD Hospice by giving them free storage as well as donating £1 to them for every storage unit we rent.


ACCORD strive to provide palliative end-of-life care to those with terminal illness across Renfrewshire and some areas in East Renfrewshire.


Catering to both physical and emotional needs, they are doing a fantastic job bringing families together, which is much needed at this time of year, giving individuals a dignified end to their life.


Homeless Street Team Glasgow

This group are a not-for-profit community group who venture out onto the streets of Glasgow City Centre twice a week to help the homeless, giving out food and hot drinks, toiletries, and clothing.


They actively seek out individuals who are homeless and ask if they are looking for support. They sit and talk to them, which is often much-needed, especially during the winter snap when it’s easy to feel helpless and alone.


Storage Vault help the team by providing them with storage unit space to keep their wares in.


Give Your Support

Storage Vault are passionate about giving back to the community that has supported them for so long. These Paisley and Glasgow-based charities deserve immense aid for all the good they do, particularly at this time of year.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities are set to be honoured once again this year and the long-standing sponsors of the awards have shown their support once more.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

Glasgow Airport Ltd, ACRE Industiral, UNISON Renfrewshire and the Piazza Shopping Centre have committed yet again to sponsoring one of the awards which aims to recognise the unsung heroes of Renfrewshire.

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Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open and will see six individuals or groups celebrated for their hard work and dedication within Renfrewshire.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support of our sponsors who make it possible for me to honour some of the amazing people in our communities.

“It’s a fantastic part of my role being able to reward the inspiring people we see nominated every year and I can’t wait to see who is put forward this year.

“Please don’t miss the chance to give that person or group the recognition they deserve and get your nominations in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Wednesday 12 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019 and the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2019, email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 618 7102.