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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Two local hospices were given a fundraising boost thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure staff and customers.

A total of £10,608 was raised after various sponsored events were held throughout the year at the sports and leisure centres throughout the area.

Now the money is being split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:

“Every year we just seem to raise more and more money for these two worthy causes. The generosity of our staff and customers knows no bounds and I’m really proud we have raised so much money this year.

Renfrewshire Council is looking for the views of Paisley town centre businesses on how it can best work with them during the ongoing £100m investment in town centre venues and infrastructure.

The council is leading an overhaul of the town’s cultural venues as part of wider push to use the Paisley’s unique cultural, heritage and events offer to drive new footfall and help transform the whole area.

That includes a £42m transformation of Paisley Museum into an international-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage and collections, and a £22m revamp of Paisley Town Hall into a landmark performance venue to stay at the heart of local life for future generations.

But that work means the museum is planned to close in September until 2022 and the town hall at the end of the year until 2021 – so the council is keen to talk to businesses now about how best to work with them during that period.

An online survey has been created which is available now which aims to inform Paisley town centre businesses about the upcoming work and invites their views on its impact, and asks how they would like to be kept up to date, and their views on ongoing town centre regeneration work.

Staff from the council and Renfrewshire Leisure will also be contacting some of the businesses closest to the museum in coming weeks to talk to them in person about how the building’s closure and future construction work might affect them.

Anyone interested in keeping up to date with news relating to Paisley town centre can now sign up for Paisley town centre email news updates via the council’s new gov.delivery news service – available via Renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Other projects coming over the next few years include a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the High Street, a £2.5m upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre, and major investment in key outdoor public spaces and transport junctions.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson launched the survey this week while meeting local business at a question-and-answer event organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

He said: “The upcoming investment in cultural venues is the next stage of a journey aimed at transforming the whole area by promoting culture, heritage and events.

“Changes to the way people shop and live have changed the role of town centres everywhere – but we believe investing in our unique assets is the way we have to go to bring new life to Paisley.

“We are already seeing the benefits of that through our successful major events programme and in the boost to our reputation and profile which came through Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

“We predict the revamped museum will quadruple current visitor numbers to 125,000 a year and the town hall will see visitors double to around 100,000. That will create new footfall, jobs and opportunities for the long-term – which will create benefits across Renfrewshire.

“But there will be a period of disruption while we get there and we are determined to work hand in hand with businesses to understand how we can help them during that period.

“Our starting point for doing that is this survey – I would encourage as many Paisley town centre businesses as possible to fill it out as your feedback will help us work with you better.”

The survey is at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

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Three charities have been given a civic boost after it was announced they will receive the support of Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Renfrew Council Provosts Charities MND, Accord Hospice and St Vincents Hospice16.1.18

Provost Cameron has pledged her support for MND Scotland, St Vincent’s Hospice and ACCORD Hospice as she prepares to undertake a variety of fundraising endeavours for each charity.

The Provost will focus on a different charity each year during her remaining time in office and will aim to raise as much money as possible by offering her services for the day to local businesses, hosting large events such as a charity ball and setting up fun, smaller events which everyone in Renfrewshire will be encouraged to take part in.

Provost Cameron said: “These charities are very close to my heart and I’m delighted that I will be able to support them throughout my time as Provost.

“The support and care they provide for families throughout Renfrewshire cannot be underestimated and is a vital lifeline for people in their time of need.

“I’ll be working hard to raise as much money as possible to help them continue their work so keep your eye out for upcoming events which you can take part in and play your part in supporting these fantastic charities.”

Provost Cameron will fundraise for MND Scotland in 2018 and 2021 and chose to support the charity after losing her mother to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles and may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, said: ““MND Scotland is very grateful to have been chosen as one of Provost Cameron’s charities and we look forward to working together to ensure everyone in Renfrewshire who is affected by Motor Neurone Disease receives the best possible practical, emotional and financial support.

“Awareness of MND has never been higher with the tragic diagnosis of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, and Celtic’s Jimmy Johnstone, and MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity which provides care and support to people affected by the disease, as well as funding research into finding a cure.”

Following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Provost Cameron will also support two local hospices, St Vincent’s and ACCORD, who provide palliative and end of life care to people with life limiting illnesses.

Helen Simpson, Chief Executive of ACCORD Hospice, said: “ACCORD Hospice is honoured and delighted to be chosen as one of the Charities that Provost Lorraine will support during her term in office.

“The fundraising ventures will financially support ACCORD Hospice in our care for individuals and families living with a life limiting illness in Renfrewshire, while also allowing us to reach more people and raise awareness of the palliative and end of life care services that hospices can offer the community.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kate Lennon, said: “We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to be named as one of the dedicated charities by the Provost, just weeks before we mark our 30th anniversary.

“For three decades, we have provided specialist palliative and end of life care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions all across the community. This is only made possible thanks to the generosity and kindness of our supporters, and we cannot thank the Provost enough for this incredible gesture.”

If you wish the Provost to come along and work in your business for the day, or have an idea for a challenge, please contact Donna or Heather atcivicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost.

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there will be total of twelve acts performing with an age range of 8-38 years old. There is something for everyone ranging from singers, dancers, guitarists and even a ukulele player.

Get on down to County Square tomorrow where the fun will kick off from 11am when Tickles the Clown (Insert photo) will be there to entertain the younger buddies before the main attraction of the day – the second heat of Paisley’s Got Talent  where Big Al will be on stage to introduce the next twelve entrants to our competition.

Come along and show your support for our very own talented Paisley Buddies, all vying for the Paisley’s Got Talent trophy and Grand Final Prize of £1000 – still time to get your entries in for the final heat on 12th August!!

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Buddie (Insert photo), the Paisley First Mascot will also be making appearances throughout the day to entertain the audience and provide photo opportunities. Kirsty will also be present between 12-3pm for face-painting and balloon modeling for all our younger little Buddies. The day will end with an acoustic set on stage until 4.30 pm.

 

Come on down to our Summer Spree, have some fun, and all for FREE!!!!