Visitors to one of Paisley’s best-known chip shops will be having a special conversation while they’re eating their fish and chips.
Hannah Fox and Kate Drummond from Paisley Arts Centre’s Out of Place programme of innovative artworks will be interviewing customers in Castelvecchi, in Paisley’s New Street on Monday, March 25 and Saturday, March 30 between 11am and 5pm.
They will be gathering information for a unique newspaper called The Castelvecchi Chronicle, which when printed, will be used to wrap the next day’s fish and chips!
Kate Drummond explains: “Castelvecchi owners, Alfredo and Linda Nutini have kindly welcomed us into their wonderful café.
“We’ll set up camp in the restaurant to gather news, views, top tips, wishes and fascinating facts from customers as they sip their cups of tea and have a delicious meal.
“We want to fill this newspaper with people’s news with an emphasis on the delights, trials or triumphs of their day-to-day experiences, which will then be featured in this rather unusual newspaper.”
Hannah added: “After we’ve produced The Castelvecchi Chronicle, we’ll deliver the newspaper back to the café for the classic ‘keep ‘em warm and soak up the grease’ function.
“The staff can wrap all takeaway orders in their very own newspaper for people to read while they eat their fish suppers.”
The Castelvecchi Chronicle project is part of Paisley Arts Centre’s Out of Place programme of innovative artworks in unconventional spaces delivered in association with Glasgow’s Take Me Somewhere. The main Out of Place programme will run from May 17 to May 19.
The award-winning Gin71 bar is coming to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 to give visitors the chance to enjoy a perfect serve of top artisan gins.
The popular Glasgow-based bar chain returns to the Festival, which takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, after hosting popular gin tasting sessions at last year’s event.
Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 will see more than 40 top food and drink traders from across Scotland, a demonstration kitchen with celebrity chefs, a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and live entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.
Gin71 will run two dedicated gin tasting sessions on Friday 26 April, with 60 places available for each session and expert staff on hand to showcase the very best Scottish craft gins.
Attendees will be able to enjoy a range of spirits served neat, with ice, and with a perfectly matched garnish and mixer, making it the perfect night out for gin lovers or those looking to try something new.
On Saturday 27 April, the bar will have its very own gin palace tent with a wide range of craft gins to sample.
Gin71 will also be hosting a number of gin distillers to run ‘Meet The Maker’ events. These events will offer visitors the chance to chat to the people who create their favourite spirits and enjoy a complimentary sampling of their gins.
Managing Director of Gin71, Paul Reynolds, said: “We can’t wait to bring Gin71 back to this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and give visitors the chance to enjoy our range of fantastic craft gins.
“Our evening tasting sessions and Festival gin bar were extremely popular with attendees at last year’s event and our expert bar staff will be in attendance once again to help people choose the perfect gin.
“Gin is continuing to be a really popular choice and, whether you’re a gin enthusiast or just looking to expand your horizons by trying something new, we look forward to seeing you at Paisley Food and Drink Festival this April.”
Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals. This year’s line-up will also see delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, the popular Rum Shack, live music and entertainment programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, children’s workshops, picnic areas and much more.
Demand for places at the Gin71 tasting sessions is expected to be high, so interested parties are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the tasting sessions are £25 per person which covers samples of six of the finest artisan gins, a history of Scottish gin and in-depth information on each spirit featured with Gin71’s expert team.
To find out more or to book your place, please visit: www.gin71.com/paisley
Introduction to the Paisley Drinks Co.
Brian at Paisley Org has asked me to do this blog to tell the fine people of paisley more about the Paisley Drinks Co and what my ambitions are for the brand.
I’ve worked in the Food and Drink industry for a number of years now and the Scotland Food & Drink scene is booming, In 2016 it generated £13.9 billion to the Scottish economy and the Scottish Government has set out an ambition to take that to £30billion by 2030. During my role as a supermarket buyer I was lucky enough to visit a lot of businesses in this sector across Scotland so I have seen the growth of the industry first hand.
Having now lived in Paisley for over a decade now I am proud to call it home. I was inspired by how the whole town got behind the 2021 bid even though the bid was unsuccessful it has put a lot of positivity back into Paisley and there are lots of great projects being carried out to move Paisley forward.
In Spring 2018 I started work on developing a range of premium sodas after seeing the rapid growth of the craft beer and gin markets, with new brands popping up all over Scotland. I looked at the Soda market and felt there was a gap for a high quality range of craft sodas created using only natural ingredients. It felt right to recognise Paisley in the name, Paisley as been at the start of many great things and my hope is that the Paisley Drinks Co will follow suit.
- Something New – We produce great tasting craft sodas as exciting alternatives to the traditional big brand flavours. We’ve created unique recipes with real fruit flavours which are delicious to drink and unrivalled in the marketplace.
- Our 100% Natural commitment – We use only the best, natural ingredients in all our products, blended with pure Scottish water. Using unrefined sugar, our sodas are completely free of artificial colourings, flavourings or additives such as aspartame, making them a healthier option.
- We’re leading the way in the Real Soda Revolution – We believe drinking soda should be fun, enjoyable and totally guilt free. We want to spread the word – and taste – that our quality craft soda is a real, better and healthier alternative to chemical fizz.
- We’re a small local business with big ambition – Born in Paisley, we want to become the most popular soda label in the land. Our elephant brand reflects our enormous ambition to grow and develop into a strong market leading company.
And last but not least here are our flavours
Very Berry Raspberry Lemonade
One of our most popular flavours, our Very Berry Raspberry Lemonade has a taste of summer in every sip. Zesty, tangy and a gorgeous deep pink, this refreshing soda is a perfect mix of fruit and fizz. Made using only the best natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, there are just 73 calories in every bottle. Relish and enjoy over a tall glass of ice.
Dreamy Strawberry Coconut Soda
Quite simply divine, our Dreamy Strawberry Coconut Soda is a match made in heaven – rich strawberry and creamy coconut blended to absolute perfection. Made using only the best natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, there are just 78 calories in every bottle. Feel the fruit burst through with every sip.
Mystical Rhubarb Cream Soda
Full of nostalgia but with a contemporary twist, our Mystical Rhubarb Cream Soda is fresh, sharp and perfectly sweet. With just enough bubbles to let the flavour burst through, it’s crisp, classy cream soda at its very best. Made using only the finest natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, there are just 55 calories in every bottle. Reminisce with every delicious mouthful!
Darkest Blueberry Ginger Soda
Our boldest flavour in the range, our Darkest Blueberry Ginger Soda is lip-smackingly good! Guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds, it’s also subtly sweet with a distinctive scent too. Made using only the best natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, there are just 86 calories in every bottle. Delicious on its own or mixed with your favourite spirit.
Guinness World Record holder and the first Scot to receive a double hand transplant, Cor Hutton, has joined St. Vincent’s Hospice today to celebrate the grand reopening of their charity shop in Lochwinnoch.
Cor, who has made headlines all across the globe with her inspirational accomplishments, is a long-time supporter of the Hospice and was delighted to join with members of the Change Lochwinnoch Project and Hospice staff to mark the culmination of months of hard work, fundraising and renovation to the village store.
Cor said: “I’m so delighted to be here to celebrate the opening of St. Vincent’s Hospice. Charity and community are two things extremely close to my heart and this is a celebration of both. I’m certain the shop will be a success because of the fantastic locals and I’ll be popping in whenever I can.”
The Change Lochwinnoch project was launched by a group of volunteers in the local community who have close ties to the life changing work of St. Vincent’s Hospice and the importance that donations to their charity shop make to their services.
After months of extensive fundraising efforts and generous contributions from supporters and businesses, renovation works began at the start of March to completely transform the shop, creating a modern and warm environment for the community to enjoy while continuing to raise vital funds for the charity.
One of the organisers of the project, Christine Midgley, said: “It seems like the whole village has supported the Hospice shop refurbishment! There are far too many people to name, but we want to thank everyone who has given their time, services, materials, money or even just dropped in with snacks or well wishes to keep us going.
“Special thanks has to go to Eric Whitfield. The entire refurbishment was his idea, and he ran with it, planning, organising and managing the whole thing – begging, borrowing and chasing support from anyone we could get to make this a reality. He is our hero.”
St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families affected by life-limiting conditions from across Renfrewshire.
Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s, Kate Lennon, commented on the project, saying: “We cannot put into words how much this means to everyone at the Hospice and the people who rely on our care. The time, dedication and efforts of the community in Lochwinnoch to make this shop renovation a reality has been absolutely unbelievable.
“The Group involved in our shop renovation have worked tirelessly for months on end to raise the funds, liaise with organisations, contractors and supporters to get the support and materials necessary. Many of them even went that step further, taking up tools to physically help with the construction work. Every year our Hospice shops raise more than £400,000 towards our services and the renovation of Lochwinnoch will make such a positive difference to so many people in the community. On behalf of all of us, from the bottom of our heart, thank you!”
Every year, the Hospice shops raise more than £400,000 towards the life changing work of the Hospice. Please, drop in and visit the Lochwinnoch store, or find your nearest St. Vincent’s shop by visiting: www.SVH.co.uk.
It’s been described as “the best job in the world” and is benefiting school pupils right across Renfrewshire.
And thanks to a partnership with experts at the University of Strathclyde, classroom assistants in Renfrewshire schools are now even better equipped to support pupil development.
Following a successful pilot last year, the latest cohort of 33 classroom assistants from 22 primary schools have just completed a professional learning programme run by the University.
The comprehensive six-month programme was delivered in schools and covered a range of skills to support reading, writing, numeracy and mathematics.
“I’ve been a classroom assistant for 19 years and have always said this is the best job in the world,” said Alyson Bright, who works at East Fulton Primary School in Linwood.
“This programme has been great, I’ve enjoyed meeting up with other classroom assistants and hearing their experiences and also building my own confidence and learning new techniques has been really invaluable.”
Jackie Docherty has been a Classroom Assistant at Woodlands Primary School in Linwood for 11 years. She said: “The biggest part I’ve learned from the programme is about how best to work with the teacher, using the same language with pupils and working together as a team. I just love my job – nurturing young people is very rewarding.”
The programme saw classroom assistants keep diaries to reflect on what they learned, with opportunities to practise each approach in the school setting.
It also covered new techniques on how to use play to support effective learning.
Evelyn Hart, Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, said: “The University is delighted to have worked with such a committed and knowledgeable group of staff.
“Classroom Assistants do crucial work in schools and build trusting relationships with children. This helps the wider ethos of the school, as well as children’s learning and their health and wellbeing.”
This programme is part of Renfrewshire’s work as a Scottish Attainment Challenge authority, a national initiative to close the attainment gap between those living in Scotland’s least and most deprived areas.
Last month, Renfrewshire became the first local authority rated ‘excellent’ for its progress, achieving significant year-on-year improvements in listening, talking, reading, writing and numeracy, with the attainment gap closing across all measures.
More than 3800 pupils have benefited from the PATHS programme in partnership with Barnardo’s, which has seen a significant reduction in antisocial behaviour and improved classroom concentration.
Some 300 parents, carers and pupils enjoyed tea-time study sessions and 1000 staff have completed Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning training to improve confidence in teaching numeracy.
Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “Supporting the professional development of our education staff is central to our sustainable approach in raising attainment in Renfrewshire. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the classroom assistants on completing this programme and I am sure they will put their new-found knowledge to great use in the classroom.
“We want to give every child in Renfrewshire the best possible start in life and are very proud of the progress being made in raising attainment and improving learning.”
Families are to get a new discounted rate when they hire Tweedie Hall, in Linwood.
The move by Renfrewshire Leisure to create a new community rate – lower than the normal commercial charge – comes in response to requests from local residents to look at a community rate, in addition to the existing commercial and charity rates.
The new reduced rate is available to residents from all over Renfrewshire who want to use the Tweedie Hall for family social events, such as birthday parties, anniversaries and other family celebrations.
The reduced charges will be introduced from April 1 and is a one-year pilot to assess the viability and impact on hall lets of the new community rate.
Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We listened and took on board what the local community had to say. The new hire rates and Tweedie Hall is now our most affordable town hall for family events.”
Tweedie Hall has seen steady business during the past three years with more than 1400 events held there last year.
Councillor Hughes added: “Tweedie Hall is a fantastic modern venue with easy access for buses and by car from the motorway along with ample parking.
“It has an excellent range of spacious and flexible halls and rooms of varying sizes that is suitable for any event or family gathering.
“And the hire rates at Tweedie Hall are well below similar community halls in places like Glasgow and in the commercial sector.”
There are now three rates for hire of Tweedie Hall – a commercial rate, the new community rate and a rate for registered charities to hold events.”
COURAGEOUS teenager Erin McCafferty who beat cancer has been chosen with her twin sister Nicole to launch the 25th birthday celebrations of Race for Life in Scotland.
The twins shared almost everything together growing up but never the same birthday. Despite entering the world just 25 minutes apart, they were born on separate days with Erin arriving at 11.50pm on November 1 while Nicole was born in the early hours of November 2, 2000. But after Erin was diagnosed with leukaemia only three days before her 15thbirthday, Nicole vowed to do everything she could to share that heartache, standing by her every step of the way through treatment.
Now Erin has been given the all clear, the twins are marking another milestone – the 25th birthday of Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Scotland. Scotland’s first Race for Life event was held in Glasgow in spring 1995. Since then, millions of pounds have been raised to fund vital research in to gentler and more effective treatments for cancer. Thousands are set to take to the streets again to take part in Scotland’s biggest Race for Life at Glasgow Green on May 19. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.
And there’s a chance to join the Race for Life 25th birthday celebrations at a special event on Argyle Street, Glasgow on Saturday March 30 between 10am and 5.30pm. Shoppers can decorate a sign to say who they’ll join the Race for Life for this year as well as submit their entry for this year’s event and take part in some fun glitter face painting.
Erin, now 18, said: “I’ve just celebrated the first year of being cancer free and it’s been the best year of my life.
“Nicole may be my little sister by 25 minutes but she’s also been like a best friend. I’m lucky to have a twin sister who I’m so close to. When I had my hair shaved off after I was losing it due to the side effects from chemotherapy it was Nicole who held me for ten minutes as we cried in the toilets. But I didn’t actually cry the first day I was told I had cancer. I think I was just in shock. When you’re a teenager you feel that you’re invincible. Cancer was something that happened to other people. It didn’t even enter my head that I might get the disease.
“Cancer made Nicole and I grow up very quickly. We got through it and now if we can help other people get through it then we’ll do everything we can.”
Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.*
Erin of Carluke, South Lanarkshire, knows exactly how vital the power of research is. Erin was in her fourth year at Carluke High School when she first started feeling unwell, developing unexplained bruises and fainting on the way to school. She recalls vividly the moment her life was turned upside down on October 29, 2015, at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow after tests revealed she had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Erin endured two and a half years of treatment including eight cycles of chemotherapy in total. Her lowest point was in May 2016 when a chest infection led to pneumonia and Erin was in the intensive care ward, watched over anxiously by her parents, Yvonne McCafferty and Vincent Mooney, both 47.
Erin said: “I thought I was going to die.
“I felt so terrible. I remember even saying to my mum that if this was really it then she should just let me go. I felt so unwell then but my consultant Dr Brenda Gibson was amazing, very calm and explained what we were going to do to get me well again.”
As Erin slowly recovered there were good days too. Her twin Nicole rallied family and friends to raise more than £31,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It was fixed up for the twins to meet the Britain’s Got Talent stars including Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and comedian David Walliams and they also jetted to London to a gig where they met singer Olly Murs. But the greatest highpoint was on February 27 last year after Erin took her final chemotherapy pill and was able to ring the ‘End of Treatment bell’ at hospital. Now Erin is keen to train as a nurse to help others.
Erin said: “I was very scared in the early days when I got cancer and there were some really special, highly skilled nurses who stepped in to help me saying just the right thing at exactly the time I needed them to.
“I’d love to be that special person for someone else in the future and to give something back.”
Cancer Research UK has funded pioneering research in to understanding different types of childhood leukaemia, which has improved the way children are treated today, meaning more survive.
Organisers are appealing for Scots of all ages and abilities to stride out to help beat cancer with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K and 10K events of the year kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 12, closely followed this spring by events across the country, everywhere from Edinburgh to Irvine, Falkirk to Fife. Scotland’s biggest Race for Life event is on Sunday May 19 at Glasgow Green.
Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Erin and Nicole for helping us celebrate Race for Life Glasgow’s 25th birthday this spring.
“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients across Scotland access to the latest treatments. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.
“Taking part in our Race for Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now. Our Race for Life events were women-only when they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone – women, men and children – has the chance to participate together.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend. To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.
“This spring, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life. It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”
Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world. An exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists in Glasgow first manufactured the brain cancer drug, temozolomide. Thousands of people now benefit from treatment with this drug worldwide.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.
To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
GAME for a laugh shopping centre boss Peter Beagley became Oor Wullie for a day as he launched the intu Braehead bid to raise money for a children’s hospital charity.
Peter dressed as the iconic comic strip character and sat on a galvie bucket beside a life-size statue of Oor Wullie, which will be on display in the mall for almost three months from June 17.
The shopping centre has partnered with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and is sponsoring a statue as part of the Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail 2019.
When the life-size Oor Wullie statue goes on show in the lower mall, shoppers can download an app on their mobile phone or tablet, which will register they have visited the statue. They can then claim a reward from the centre’s customer services desk.
The intu Braehead sculpture will have its own unique design pattern when it is unveiled in June and is one of 200 Oor Wullie statues popping up around Scotland.
As part of the sponsorship, intu Braehead will also receive a smaller statue that they are gifting to the Riverbrae School, in Linwood for the pupils there to decorate with their own designs. This will also go on display in the shopping centre before going back to the school.
Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “You could say one of the things on my bucket list is to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. And all our staff and shoppers can have a bit of fun along the way.
“Oor Wullie is undoubtedly one of the most iconic characters in popular Scottish culture. It was great fun getting dressed up as Oor Wullie and it brought a smile to everyone’s face when they saw me in the mall beside the statue.”
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity supports babies, Children and young people being treated at the city’s Royal Hospital for Children. Other charities benefiting from Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail elsewhere in Scotland are Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and the ARCHIE Foundation..
Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said:
“It’s fantastic to see that Peter and the team at intu Braehead have already embraced the fun and creativity that Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail will bring to Scotland this summer.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the centre for their continued support, and can’t wait to visit the Oor Wullie statue at intu Braehead.”