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.

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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!!!!

Williamsburgh Summer Gala Day will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Seedhill Sports ground from 11am until 3pm.

All proceeds go to Accord Hospice.

Plenty of fun for the whole family.

Barshaw Park was full to the brim on Saturday as thousands turned out to enjoy the annual Gala Day- which survived the anticipated windy weather.

One of the local community’s favourite events, there was something to keep adults and children alike entertained all afternoon as a range of stalls and activities were put on.

Kids were able to try their hand a kite-making at one of a number of workshops, which also included hula-hooping and a special preview Sma’ Shot Day workshop- where children can design and make a prop that they can bring along to be a part of the Sma’ Shot parade.

Photographs by Yvonne Goldie for www.paisley.org.uk

Combined with balloon modellers, magic shows, inflatables and face painting, there was no shortage of activities to keep them busy.

A live stage hosted by Erskine Music and Media entertained the crowds as they showcased the magnificent local music and dance groups Renfrewshire has to offer- including the captivating Rock Us Community Choir.

There was also the opportunity for locals to sign up for one of the many community groups Renfrewshire has to offer as well as charities fundraising towards their cause.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The annual Gala Day is a firm favourite in Paisley and it’s always fantastic to see thousands of the local community having such a great time.

“The Gala Day is just one of a number of exciting events taking place across Renfrewshire this summer and I hope to see everyone out enjoying what we have to offer.”

Upcoming events in Renfrewshire include the annual Sma’ Shot Day- which this year is part of the Weave Festival- as well as the Paisley Pipe Band Championships.

For more information on what’s going on visitwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events, www.Paisley2021.co.uk/events or contactevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

SPORTS centre staff and customers have raised more than £6000 for two hospices in Renfrewshire.

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD, left and Carol-Anne Lamont from St Vincent’s Hospice, right, with fitness instructor, Lesley Cochrane and members of her Body Attack class who helped raise the charity cash.


The annual Renfrewshire Leisure Charity Fundraising Week saw £6320 split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

The money was raised through various sponsored events at pools and sports centres throughout Renfrewshire including a Swimathon, raffle, tombola, bakery sale and fundraising where fitness fans sponsored their instructor, Lesley Cochrane not to speak for an entire class session.

Representatives of the two local hospices visited the ON-X, in Linwood to be presented with their cheques.
Carol-Anne Lamont, from St Vincent’s said: “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to thank members and staff for their efforts in raising this superb amount of money towards hospice care in Renfrewshire.

“It costs almost £6,000 per day to run our hospice and community services –more than half of which comes from donations and fundraising.  Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.”

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD added: “The staff and members of Renfrewshire Leisure have supported ACCORD for many years through their sponsored events programme and it’s absolutely wonderful that they continue to think of us and to raise so much money amount through a varied programme of activities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent week of activities for all of their support which goes to ensure that our patients receive the care they deserve.”

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who embraced the spirit of our fundraising and who put so much effort into raising the money.”

ACCORD Hospice have said thank you to staff and regulars at the Tartan Rose bar in Paisley after they raised £1,200 for the charity.

A party was organised by their resident karaoke presenter Helen McGrory and locals and staff raised money through raffles and selling football cards.

ACCORD Hospice said: “Huge thank you to all the staff and customers from the Tartan Rose Pub in Paisley; they have been fundraising for ACCORD this year with Helen McGrory the resident karaoke singer treating the customers to some fantastic tunes every Saturday night!

“Thanks for all your support!

“Tremendous from the pub that recently won Heart of the Community Award winner at the Best Bar None Awards!”

Lions were on the loose all across Renfrewshire on Friday night as the ‘Pride of Paisley’ public art project came to a close.

Autumn lion Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photgraphy for paisley.org.uk

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Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photography on behalf of  paisley.org.uk

The 25 colourful lions were auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

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Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.

The extremely popular public art trail was brought to the town centre by business regeneration group Paisley First as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Inspired by Paisley Museum’s famous ‘Buddy the Lion’, each lion featured a different aspect of Paisley’s unique culture and heritage.

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

They’ve been the ‘mane’ attraction in the town centre over the past ten weeks which has seen an estimated 20,000 visitors following the trail around the town.

Alongside the 25 full-size lions, 40 mini lions have been spread around the area with the aim of attracting visitors into shops, cafes and restaurants.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First Manager, said: ““The Pride of Paisley has been an enormous success for Paisley First and demonstrates what we can achieve through our business improvement district over the next four years.

“The project increased footfall and brought new visitors into the town who have went on to spend in local shops, restaurants and cafes.  We are currently working on next year’s summer projects which I am sure will be as good, if not better than this year.”

Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, said: “The Pride of Paisley lions brought a real buzz around the town centre and the project has been an unquestionable success.

“We are working hard to regenerate Paisley as part of our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and the project has highlighted the community spirit that Paisley possesses- which we need to harness if our bid is to be successful.”

Paisley First Business Improvement District is a business-led organisation which has been tasked with bringing forward events and activities to increase footfall and stimulate investment.

Paisley First are also a key partner in Paisley’s push towards the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors were: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

For more information on the project visit: www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

For more information on how you can get involved in backing the bid for UK City of Culture visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk.

Thousands of families and heritage lovers from across the West of Scotland visited Renfrewshire at the weekend for Doors Open Day.

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Popular heritage buildings – such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley Abbey and Sma’ Shot weavers’ cottages saw hundreds of visitors come through their doors.

Visitors took the opportunity to see inside Tannahill’s cottage – famous as the home of Paisley’s son Robert Tannahill – and watch as the only remaining fully operational bridge of its kind – the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, designed by Sir William Arrol – lift up at Renfrew.

Paisley’s ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021 featured in an exciting Yarn Storming inside Paisley Abbey as part of PaisleyMake – a design showcase supporting Paisley’s exceptional textile history and reconnecting the Paisley Pattern – the town’s global brand – back with the town.

History lovers popped into Johnstone to see the UK’s only museum in a supermarket – Johnstone History Museum sits inside Morrisons – and over to Paisley to visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum, which sits inside Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public also took part in a charity zip slide to raise much needed funds for four Renfrewshire charities – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

More than 50 buildings and locations took part in Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire, which is part of an exciting calendar of events for the area that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The area’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, at the heart of local communities, is a key component of Paisley’s bid.

Provost Hall said: “Doors Open Day is always a fantastic event that many people enjoy and this year was no different. Renfrewshire has a wealth of heritage buildings and hidden gems and people love getting inside to see them.

“Paisley Abbey also featured three special workshops as part of PaisleyMake, with the public making corsages, origami and yarn storming the Paisley 2021 logo.

“Brave members of the public also joined me for a charity zip slide in East End Park, which will raise much-needed funds for my four chosen charities. I really enjoyed my first zip slide and it was great that it took place as part of Doors Open Day.

“Renfrewshire’s unique features also proved popular among visitors, with two new buildings – St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Erskine Community Allotments – also opening their doors at the weekend.

“We are fortunate to have examples of brilliant architecture and innovative venues across the area. Renfrewshire should be proud of its heritage and cultural offering, and Doors Open Day does a wonderful job of showcasing why the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is so strong.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.