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A two-day music festival in Renfrewshire this weekend is set to give a cash boost to the Nordoff-Robbins music charity.

It’s hoped thousands of pounds will be raised to provide music therapy to vulnerable children, young people and adults during the Everyone’s Invited event being held at two venues at the intu Braehead shopping and leisure destination.

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Nordoff-Robbins Scotland is the free festival’s official charity partner and the event features a host of pop and rock bands along with solo performers on stages being built in the shopping mall’s Curling Arena and at her nearby Soar at intu Braehead.

Hosted by Clyde 1 presenter Cassi, Everyone’s Invited kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, June 27, at the intu Braehead Curling Arena and top-of-the-bill during the four-hour music extravaganza is electro pop girl band, Neon Jungle.

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The London-based four-piece group features Scots singer, Shereen Cutkelvin, from Lanark and the band’s second single, Braveheart peaked at Number 4 in the UK charts, last year. Their debut album, also released in 2014 entered the UK album charts at number 8.

Also on the bill are X Factor finalist, Nicholas McDonald; Scots boy band, Rewind; rock band November Lights; singer-songwriter, Rebekah Kirk; singing duo, Mitchell and Boyd; singer, Liam Doyle; and girl band, Echo.

Day Two of Everyone’s Invited takes place on the live music stage in Soar at intu Braehead, on Sunday June 28, between 1pm and 4pm.

Topping the bill is last year’s X Factor finalists, Only the Young with support acts including Scots singer, Kloe; boy band, Rewind; singer-songwriters, Kevin McGuire and Robbi McFaulds and Scots band Rubicon, which features teenage triplets, Joe, Erin and Ciara McNair.

As well as music during the day there will also be a display of BMX bike stunt riding at the entrance to Soar at intu Braehead at noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

On both Saturday and Sunday the shopping mall will feature a Summer Garden with free food sampling and arts and craft activities for kids. And on Saturday at Soar at intu Braehead, ice hockey fans will get the chance to meet Braehead Clan players between noon and 3pm.

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Nordoff-Robbins fundraiser, Andrew Sinclair said: “Being involved with Everyone’s Invited gives us a great opportunity to reach out to the tens of thousands of people who will visit intu Braehead during the festival weekend.

“It’s important for us to let people know how great the need is for music therapy in Scotland and to raise money to fund the vital work we do.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We’ve a fabulous line-up of acts for this year’s Everyone’s Invited. And with there being no ice at the curling rink during the summer, we’ve been able to create a brand new music venue.

“Not only can people come along and enjoy the music they can find out about the great work Nordoff-Robbins does and donate to this worthy cause.

“We’ll be doing our bit for the fundraising as our cleaning and customer services staff will be dressed as pop stars during the festival and collecting money for the charity.”

A team of bodybuilders from Paisley stole the show at a national competition to find the best in Scotland.

We told how Pro-Life member Davie Hennessey lifted the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation’s Over 40’s masters title and then went on to win the best in show before proposing to his girlfriend Elaine Elliot – a personal  trainer at the gym – in front of a packed audience at Perth Concert Hall.

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But he wasn’t the only winner on the day with Team Pro-Life coming back to the town with three trophies and four places under their belts.

And to celebrate their success, the men and women who had been following a strict exercise and diet regime for 14 weeks leading up to the BNBF Scottish championships, were treated to cake, crisps, chocolate and sweets when they returned from the event.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at Renfrewshire Sports Charity, who run the Pro-Life Fitness Centre in New Sneddon Street, laid on the party as a special reward for everyone who had worked so hard to reach peak condition to represent Renfrewshire at the major competition.

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She said: “Team Pro-Life were awesome and the support from Paisley and elsewhere in Renfrewshire was magnificent. We took over the hall cheering the local guys and girls on and what a performance they all gave. It was tremendous and they did themselves and the town proud.

“Davie was phenomenal and deserved both his trophies. He’s in the best shape of his life. Stuart Love went on to take the Men’s Open Lightweight title; Ronnie Cooney took a second and lifted a special trophy for being the only over 70 competitor. We also had three other team members placed.

“Mick Boyle, who was competing for the first time, came second in the under 90kg novices category while Alex Whelan, senior and Stacey Ferguson were also placed. It was a fantastic day for us and for Paisley.”

Gayle added; “I thought they all deserved a treat. We got the cake to mark the 25th anniversary of Pro-Life and the 1st anniversary of Renfrewshire Sports Charity but no-one could eat it because they were all in training.

“So I decided to keep it until they came back. It was a very special day with the wins and places for our athletes. The proposal from Davie to Elaine was just the icing on the cake. We were all thrilled and screaming. It was a lovely moment and I’m glad Davie decided o share it with us and that I was there to see it.”

Winner Stuart Love, 32, revealed: “I used to sneak into Pro-Life when I was a 15-year-old boy with a guy from work and I got hooked on exercise and fitness. I always wanted to be a bodybuilder. I joined properly years later and just love going there.

“David Hennessey helped with my training and his fiancée Elaine Elliot with diet and nutrition. I have competed in the past but this is my best win to date. It was an incredible feeling.

Stuart, from Barrhead, added: “I’ve now been invited along to the British finals at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in September which is incredible so there’s no let up in the training. It was a fantastic day and the support was tremendous.”

Pro-Life will have four athletes competing at the event: Davie Hennessy, Stuart Love, Mick Boyle and Ronnie Cooney.

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TRIBUTE has been paid to the hard work and dedication of staff at sports and leisure centres locally.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s interim chief executive, Derek Gillespie was speaking after 20 staff were presented with Achievement Awards at a ceremony, in Johnstone Town Hall.

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The event was held to mark various achievements by members of the Renfrewshire Leisure team who work in the various sports centres, swimming pools, fitness suites and spa the management trust runs.

Awards and certificates were presented to staff for long service, perfect attendance and gaining new qualifications in the leisure sector.

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Mr Gillespie said: “Teamwork is very important in many sports and that’s also what’s needed when you are running an organisation like ours.

“We have a great team delivering the very best sports and leisure activities and facilities to the people of Renfrewshire.

“It’s only right that as an organisation we recognise the achievements of our staff.”

Councillor Jim Harte, who is the chairperson of the board of Renfrewshire Leisure, presented the awards to staff.


Group pic 1: Winners – the Renfrewshire Leisure staff who received Achievement Awards, with Derek Gillespie, back row left and Councillor Jim Harte, second left.

Group pic 2: Winners – Councillor Jim Harte, front left and Derek Gillespie, right with Renfrewshire Leisure staff who received Achievement Awards.


A special anniversary dinner and quiz for local mental health charity RAMH has raised £10,500.

The recent event, celebrating 25 years of services, had teams from across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire competing to be quiz champions. Linstone Housing Association, based in Linwood, came out on top.


The quiz had 8 rounds including Scotland, Food and Drink, TV and Film, and Sport, and was hosted by BBC Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip auctioneer Natasha Raskin.

Guest round hosts included George Adam MSP, Professor Paul Martin and Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall. Among other brainteasers, guests had to identify iconic album covers, song introductions, a mystery spice and a malt whisky.

The dinner was sponsored by UWS, and the prosecco reception was provided by Pro-Life Fitness Centre.


University of the West of Scotland Depute Principal, Professor Paul Martin said: “The University has a long-standing relationship with RAMH and is proud to support them in their 25th anniversary year. Their work in providing advice and education to promote understanding across a range of mental health topics is exemplary; their services make a huge impression on the lives of individuals and their families.  We look forward to ourcontinued collaboration to benefit our local communities.”

Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said: Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said: we’re delighted that so many RAMH supporters attended our anniversary dinner and quiz event, to mark 25 years of service provision. It’s fabulous to have raised £10,000 which will help us continue to develop mental health services in Renfrewshire and beyond. I’d like to give thanks to our sponsors UWS, Pro-Life Fitness Centre for the reception, our quiz writer Gerry Grant, to the volunteers involved in the preparation and on the night, and most especially to everyone who attended and supported us so generously.”

RAMH is celebrating 25 years of providing services in the local area and needs your help to reach a £25,000 fundraising target before the end of the year. To make a donation go to and search for RAMH. To get involved contact 0141 847 8900 or for a free fundraising pack.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is urging local people to go sky-high in her latest charity feat.

Proving the sky is the limit for a second time, Provost Hall will take part in a special skydive to raise vital funds for her chosen charities.

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And she’s looking for as many big-hearted people as possible to join her in the charitable crusade.

Strapped to a qualified instructor, each skydiver will jump from up to 10,000ft, experiencing 30 seconds of free-fall at around 120 miles per hour. The parachute will be deployed by the instructor at 5,000ft.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship to take part and must be aged 18 or over.


Provost Hall said: “Since the wing-walk last year, I have caught the daredevil bug. So when I was asked what I would like to do next, I could think of nothing better than doing a skydive.

“The wing-walk raised over £5,000 for armed forces charity Help for Heroes, so I hope to raise just as much money for the local charities I support.

“I would urge anyone who is interested in taking part to get in touch.”

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

The event, which is being organised by Skydive St Andrews, will take place on Friday 28 August.

To register for the skydive or to sponsor the charity event, call 0141 618 6794.

For more information, visit

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall took up a charity challenge at Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce Business Matters in Renfrewshire 2015 event.

The event saw Provost Hall earning the living wage by greeting guests and helping businesses with their exhibitions and seminars.

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The Chamber donated £500 to the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme, which will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Since the launch of the scheme, Provost Hall has raised nearly £18,000 at various charity events, including four working challenges – the ice-rink at the Piazza shopping centre, Paisley; Phoenix car dealership, Linwood; local leather plant Bridge of Weir Leather; and Glasgow Airport.

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Provost Hall said, “When the Chamber of Commerce challenged me to work at their Business Matters event, I was delighted. The business community in Renfrewshire is really vibrant and it was great to meet so many local business people.

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“Among the businesses and entrepreneurs at the event were two of my chosen charities – Accord and St Vincent’s Hospices. I was also thrilled to chat to local pupils from Gryffe High School who enjoyed being part of the event.

“The money raised by the working challenge will provide vital funds for my four chosen charities, which will be split equally between the organisations. People can support the scheme by making a donation to my charity fund. Details of how to donate are available”

Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber was delighted to offer the Provost the opportunity to work for a day at our B2B event. The Provost helped make our day at the Lagoon a success by greeting delegates, manning the Chamber stand and engaging with the 70 exhibitors”.

For more information on the Provost’s chosen charities

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Image 1- Pupils from Gryffe High School

Image 2 – Honorary President Tom Johnston and Bob Davidson with provost

Images 3 – microsoft stall L-R Steven Brown (Consilium), Tom Johnston, Provost, Joel Scott (Consilium) and Bob Davidson

Image 4 – Chamber stall

Image 5 – ACCORD Stall L-R Ken Mathie, provost and Bob Davidson

Image 6- St Vincents Stall L-R Christine Haddock (voluntary co-ordinator) Louise Strachan (fundraising co-ordinator) Provost and Bob Davidson

Image 7 – Santander Stall L-R Bob Davidson, former St Mirren Player Barry Mclaughlin now relationship director Santander, Provost and Ritchie Carrino (business manager)

Image 8 – Brookfield Alarms- L-R Provost, Robert MacIntyre (owner), Craig MacIntyre (engineer) and Helen Perry (Admin Assist)

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Race organisers Renfrewshire Council are urging runners to sign up now for this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

The event, taking place in the town centre on Sunday 30 August, offers ‘early bird’ discounts on race registration until Saturday 6 June. Discounts are available for club runners, adults, children and those who choose to compete as a team.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Last year, there were over 1,900 competitors in the road race with another 900 in the fun run, so this race just keeps getting bigger and better.

“The Road Race is popular with serious runners and first-time participants because it’s a flat, fast loop of the west of the town and the town centre. It’s also one of the more scenic routes for this type of race, taking in many of Paisley town centre’s architectural gems. The Fun Run is a 3km dash around the town centre, and even if you don’t fancy running, it’s perfect for a stroll round with family.”

“If you can, sign up now, take advantage of the discounts available and then start training so that you get the most of taking part in this year’s race.”

The popular event, sponsored for the fifth year by Hillington Park, will take place on Sunday 30 August.

Runners can sign up online at or pick up a race application form at their local sports centre or library.

Every competitor receives a medal and trophies are awarded to the winner of each age category in the 10k.


Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has launched a charity raffle ahead of her much anticipated Masquerade Charity Ball in September.

With a top prize of £1,000 and tickets costing £1, the raffle will help to raise vital funds for the Provost’s chosen charities.


A £500 art voucher and a Lenovo laptop are the second and third prize on offer.

Raffle tickets will be available at all charity events hosted by Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and the two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost Hall said: “A raffle is a great way for people to donate a small amount of money that makes a big difference to the community. My chosen charities support and help local people at a time they really need it.

“There are fantastic prizes to win – from £1,000 cash, to £500 towards local art or a brand new laptop. I would encourage everyone who can to donate £1 – it all adds up.”

Prizes in the raffle were donated by Accord Hospice and Pacific Buildings Ltd.

The raffle winners will be announced on Friday 4 September, a week before the Masquerade Charity Ball takes place.

The Masquerade Charity Ball, which will be held in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, is promised to be an evening of great entertainment, live music and the popular live and silent auctions, presided over by professional auctioneers.

Tickets to the ball cost £60 per person and can be purchased by calling the Provost’s office on 0141 618 7102. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple are included.

Money raised at the event and raffle will be shared equally among the four charities.

For more information, visit or call 0141 618 6794.

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ALMOST a hundred people splashed out on a party to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day at a swimming pool.

A host of special activities took place today, Friday, May 8 at Renfrew’s Victory Baths to celebrate and remember VE Day in 1945, which marked the end of the Second World War.

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Staff at Renfrewshire Leisure – the management trust that runs sports and leisure centres locally – and the Over 50s Club, which meets at the pool, organised the event that took everyone back to the 1940s.

Pool staff were dressed in 40s-style clothes and a Second World War jeep was parked outside, while inside, the fitness studio was transformed into a street party, with the walls adorned with images of that famous day in 1945 and a long table laden with teas, sandwiches and cakes.

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Even the regular water aerobics class was held to 40s Big Band music and there was an old-fashioned radio with an iPod docking station inside playing the famous Winston Churchill speech that was broadcast to the nation on VE 1

The VE Day event was staged after the success of the Victory Baths own 90th anniversary celebrations in 2011, which attracted a large crowd and some of those attending dressed in period costume.


Isobel Marshall, 79, is President of the Over 50s Club and she said:
“This has been a fantastic event and it’s brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people. We’ve had almost 100 people come along to our street party and I think it was so popular because people still have that war-time community spirit. Or as I like to think, the Over 50s Club spirit!

“VE Day was very important because it meant that for children at the time their daddies, big brothers and other family members would be coming home from the war. It was a time of great celebration and people of a certain age will never forget that day.

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“The staff at the pool here have been great and really joined into the spirit of the event by decorating the fitness studio, getting dressed up and gathering various artifacts from the local museums service like a gas mask and ARP warden’s helmet.”

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Renfrewshire Leisure’s interim chief executive, Derek Gillespie said: “We’ve managed to create our own small community among those who come to Renfrew’s Victory Baths and it was great to see everyone getting into nostalgic spirit and enjoying our VE Day Anniversary street party.”


Picture Credits: Jeep 1 and 2 – Ready for VE Day action with a Second World War jeep, from left, Isobel Marshall, president of the Over 50s Club; Drew McCann, who restored the vehicle and recently-retired receptionist at Renfrew Victory Baths, Elizabeth McGhee.

Staff 1 pic – In the mood for nostalgia – from left, Renfrew Victory Baths staff Elizabeth McGhee, Adrienne Newton, Paul Carruth, Carole Doyle and Susan McCann.

Staff 2 pic – Pool staff Paul Carruth and Adrienne Newton join in the fun.

Table pic – Remembering the wartime community spirit at the Renfrew Victory Baths street party.

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