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Bitcoin had a rough week, with prices dropping as much as 20% in some cases. But traders say there are signs that the is headed for a rebound. Options traders are pointing to increasing demand and open interest as evidence of optimism.

Traders say there are many reasons for the volatility, but one of the most talked-about is the lack of options available to buy and sell digital currency. That could be changing soon, though, with developers working on new options to give investors more control over their investments.

According to data, the number of calls and puts opened on the digital currency increased by more than 50% over the past week. These so-called derivative contracts give investors a way to bet on the direction of Bitcoin prices without actually owning any of the cryptocurrency.

Traders increasingly use choices to minimize risk and take advantage of optimistic indicators. However, the market has some significant challenges to overcome before reaching its full potential. This article looks at some of the key indicators that are encouraging Traders. As more institutional players enter the market, bitcoin will follow the same path as other traditional financial markets. In the meantime, investors should be careful not to buy too much.


Traders are utilizing choices for risk-management solutions.

Options have long been used to hedge positions in other assets, such as stock. But in recent months, the number of cryptocurrencies has increased, with institutional investors entering the space. Many institutional investors have become increasingly interested in Bitcoin options, which is helping to change the nature of the market. This new development is allowing investors to play with options on a wider range of coins, driving holders to use options as a risk-management solution.


Volume is declining

A decline in volume is a sign of an inactive market or losing interest in a particular currency, such as Bitcoin. It shows that the total number of investors has shrunk, and volume is a key factor in determining price movements. Historically, high volumes have created a favorable environment for large moves in BTC, as these movements require a large number of traders to make the market move. However, a decline in volume can signal a general disinterest among investors.

Despite the recent price rise, Bitcoin volume has remained stagnant for several weeks. A recent weekly report by Arcane Research showed that the cryptocurrency’s spot trading volume has returned to normal for 2022. Daily spot trading volume is the total volume of coins moving through the chain daily. If it has been increasing recently, more people are purchasing the currency, and the interest in crypto has increased.


Traders are seeing more traditional-finance players in the market.

As Bitcoin prices continue to rise, more traditional-finance players are entering the market. A focus on regulatory clarity could result in significant growth for the cryptocurrency. But the industry is not without challenges. As a new asset class, digital currencies are a foreign language for most investors. In addition to the regulatory challenges, traditional-finance players must adapt to new technologies.

Bitcoin prices surged on Thursday after news broke that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) was considering adding cryptocurrency to its trading platform. The move was a positive sign by some traders, who said it showed that institutional investors were beginning to take an interest in the digital currency. The CME’s decision comes days after Goldman Sachs said it was exploring the possibility of investing in bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Bitcoin options point to positive signs after traders say the digital currency is oversold. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) fell below 20 for the first time since February, indicating that traders are more confident in the future of bitcoin.


Final Words

The data shows that the market’s overall sentiment is positive and that there are good opportunities for long-term investors in Bitcoin. For investing in bitcoin investors can use  bitcoin trading software. The options market seems to agree, with most contracts showing optimistic signals. Whether these signals translate into actual price appreciation remains to be seen. Still, as long as traders remain confident in Bitcoin’s prospects, the cryptocurrency will likely continue to strengthen.


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The Glasgow Phoenix Choir, Saturday 7th May 2022

ACCORD Hospice are delighted to announce that the Glasgow Phoenix Choir are coming to perform at Paisley Abbey on Saturday 7th May 2022,. in aid of ACCORD Hospice.

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Glasgow Phoenix Choir is a member of the National Association of Choirs and is recognised as one of the foremost and longest established choral groups in Scotland and the wider UK.
Doors open at 7pm and the performance will start at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £15 per person.


Event information

Date: 7th May 2022

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Location: Paisley Abbey

Ticket information

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir Ticket



‘A Paisley Kiss’ 

by Mascagni

Paisley Opera’s brand new specially commissioned translation of Mascagni’s much-loved Cavalleria Rusticana.

29th – 30th April & 1st – 2nd of May

  • Professional soloists and Amicus orchestra join Paisley Opera’s full community chorus in a new production of Mascagni’s romantic masterpiece ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, with a new, specially commissioned “Paisley” translation.
  • There will be four performances running from Friday 29th of April to Monday the 2nd of May at a new outdoor covered venue in Paisley. 

Conducted by Alistair Digges, the cast includes soprano Shuna Scott-Sendal (Catriona), mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith (Lola), mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson(Lucy), tenor Thomas Kinch (Elijah) and baritone Aaron McAuley (Alfio). 

Directed by Fiona Williams, the production brings Mascagni’s world-renowned opera to the heart of the community, setting it in Paisley and including the city’s history, culture, landmarks and language. Paisley Opera’s specially commissioned translation by Lindsay Bramley, is laced with local dialect and references.

Paisley Opera Chorus is now over 40 voices strong. From those who have only ever sung in the shower to seasoned music lovers, and the singers range from sixteen to the over- sixties. As well as the professional singers, they will be joined by the Amicus Orchestra for the first time. 

Simon Hannigan, founder of Paisley Opera said: “Postponed since June 2020, we are incredibly excited about at last presenting ‘A Paisley Kiss’ (Cavalleria Rusticana). Mascagni’s masterpiece about love and betrayal, all set around the town square, works so well in Lindsay Bramley’s new translation. The translation gives a unique twist on the original story, (Mascagni may not have envisaged a giant Easter Bunny), in less time than a football match, resulting in exciting, accessible opera for all. While we may not quite have Sicilian weather, Paisley has a great sense of community which lends itself perfectly to the drama of this piece.”

We are delighted to be working with Amicus Orchestra for the first time and welcoming an amazing group of professional singers led by Shuna Scott-Sendall, winner of the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Fiona Williams returns to work her directorial magic with the cast and chorus of Paisley Opera. Set in a covered outdoor space in the heart of Paisley, we will bring the raw drama of opera literally onto the streets!”

Fiona Williams said, “It is brilliant to be back together again, creating a new show – it feels joyous! We are very excited to be able to perform at the heart of Paisley in a new outdoor, covered space, and to build relationships with other local organisations such as PACE Theatre Group and Amicus orchestra.”

Cast List

Catriona (Santuzza) – Shuna Scott-Sendall

Elijah (Turridu) – Thomas Kinch

Alfio – Aaron McAuley

Lola – Laura Margaret Smith

Lucy (Lucia) – Heather Ireson 

Creative Team

Conductor – Alistair Digges

Director – Fiona Williams

Designer – Katy Meehan

Lighting – Andrew Burnside

Friday the 29th of April – Monday the 2nd of May at 7pm


Central Road, Paisley, PA1 1EN

Box Office Details: 

Tickets on sale from Friday the 25th of March

Online bookings:

In-person ticket sales only: 

Bianco e Nero Coffee Shop27 Gauze Street Paisley PA1 1ES 


White Cart Company30B High Street Paisley, UK

Limited tickets available at the door – Ticket prices to follow 


The ROCCO Awards returned with a roar on Friday 19th November at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew. An ecstatic crowd of 400 people cheered 17 winners being crowned at Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its 17th year. The ambitious destination brand PAISLEY.IS returned as main sponsor for a third year signifying their ongoing support for the Renfrewshire business community.

Chamber President Liz Connolly highlighted the chamber’s achievements since Rocco 2019 and focused on the response in supporting the business community during the pandemic. The guests were piped into the Normandy by the talented St Columba’s School Pipe Band.

Mary Crearie Director, Communities, Housing and Planning Services, Renfrewshire Council gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the economic grant support awarded by Renfrewshire Council of over £53 million to the business community.

The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £9,000 supporting St Vincent’s Hospice and Kidney Research UK in memory of much-loved chamber director and friend Elaine Sherlock from Ingliston Country Club & Hotel.

The Rocco favourite host Fred MacAulay kept the audience laughing all evening and the GGC NHS Choir drew a warm and ecstatic response from the guests following their stirring performance with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19.

ROCCO Award for Environmental Sustainability – Sponsored by Paisley Is.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West)
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Creation IP.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport.
Winner: Volantes Technical Recruitment Ltd
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Business Resilience – Sponsored by Invest In Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Right Way Credit Union
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business 2021 – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Squared Insurance Brokers Limited
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Resilience in Tourism – Sponsored by Paisley Is
Winner: Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group
Winner: Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
Winner: Andrew O’Brien J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner: Arnold Clark
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 employees – sponsored by Braehead
Winner: Plush Plans Ltd
ROCCO Award For Outstanding Performing Business 5>25 employees – sponsored by The University of the West of Scotland
Winner: J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Doosan Babcock
Winner: Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group MD, Arnold Clark

Bob Grant chief exec said” Friday’s event marked a crucial step on the road to normality for our business community. The board and team at Renfrewshire felt it was crucial to run Rocco 2021 this year and plant a flag to mark the resilience and recovery underway. We witnessed a fantastic response from all our sponsors, companies entering and our guests on the night.”

“You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2021Rocco. I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 400 guests had a great time. Special thanks to principle sponsor, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, the Printbrokers for the program, Gary & Jan from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service. Thanks also to St Columba’s School Pipe Band who welcomed guests in such style.”

“Finally, thank you the GGC NHS Choir. It was a privilege to have them entertain us with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19 from our wonderful NHS. Planning for Rocco 2022 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

View the 2021 ROCCO Awards photo album on our Facebook page:

The winners of the recent Beat the Street Renfrewshire game have officially been presented with their prizes for topping the total and average points leaderboards in a special presentation.

The physical activity game took place over six weeks from September to October with more than 6,300 people taking part and walking, cycling and wheeling as far as possible within the game framework. Together, the community clocked up 53,100 active travel miles. 

Beat the Street is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by rewarding teams with points and prizes the further they travel. Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes were placed around the towns and villages of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch with participants invited to score points on journeys between them.

Among the winners who attended were Active Communities who topped the community and workplace leaderboards for total and average points, plus the Southend Smoothies who came third. Additionally, owing to the community’s achievement, MND Scotland were presented with a cheque for £500.

Maia Glackin, local engagement coordinator for Beat the Street, who presented vouchers and trophies to the winners, said: “The Beat the Street game really showed the best of Renfrewshire and brought together the whole community. Residents, partners and stakeholders from groups and organisations around the towns came together to encourage people to get active and to encourage the community to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.”

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s been so much fun to see our communities playing the game with their friends and families, especially as getting outdoors and exercising together.

“Congratulations to all of the winners, including our nominated charity MND Scotland, but everyone who took part and got more active as a result is a winner.”

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.

Participants will soon receive a survey to measure the impact of the game.

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:

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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
Liam Doyle 4.35 – 5.05
Charlene Gordon 5.10 – 5.40
Jordan Stewart 5.45 – 6.15
Graeme Kerr 6.20 – 6.50
Hollie Robinson 6.55 – 7.25
Lisa Kowalski 7.30 – 8.00
Alan McKim  8.05 -8.35
Laura Murray 8.40 – 9.10
Johnny Barr 9.15 – 9.45



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 ( 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.  

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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


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!!!
paisley pirates



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.

Paisley food Festival

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.