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Paisley Giraffe

Tuesday 18th September saw a very colourful character walking about town, pulling a giraffe patterned suitcase around with them they certainly brought some fun and colour to the town according to the photographs! Who was this person in a Giraffe Costume spotted throughout the town centre?

If it was someone you know then please get in touch but also please feel free to leave some comments below.

Is it the same person who laid the Sunflowers at Gilmour Street Station entrance a few weeks back? Who knows? Discuss please…

Pictures above show the giraffe walking down Gilmour Street from County Square, even stopping at the Dunfermline Building Society cash machine before taking a stroll through Dunn Square. Photographs by Jean-Marie Stewart of Paisley.org.uk and passing motorist Wilma Lafferty.

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Tunisian Market Paisley

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

tunisian marketExperience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

 

The Tunisian Market last year was a huge success and made for a very colourful High Street. Here is last years event in our Paisley Photographs. https://www.paisley.org.uk/events/tunisian-market/ 

 

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LNP Promotions Whos Who

LNP Promotions announce The No 1 tribute to The WhoWhos Who – are coming to Paisley on 17th November, playing a loud n proud fundraiser at The Union Storie street.
Open to everyone – students & non students.

tickets £10 each (booking fee may apply)

http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/

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Whos WhoSince their humble beginnings in West London in 1996 to now; Who’s Who, the longest established Who Tribute Show in the UK, have received incredible reactions across Europe and beyond for their exciting live performances. Pete Townshend’s leaping and Roger Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics have all but transformed the standard of tribute shows and set a benchmark within the industry for others to follow. Widely recognised and respected by their musical peers and acknowledged by members of (and those close to) The Who, as the group that most interprets the songs of Pete Townshend and the legendary live performances of The Who with honesty and integrity. Giving nothing less than 100% during a performance, Who’s Who ensure that a night to remember is guaranteed for those people who are lucky enough to be able to attend.

Fans of the band include Simon Townshend (The Who), Doug Sandom (The Detours), Peter “Dougal” Butler (Keith Moons’ right hand man), John Schollar (Beachcombers), Alison Entwistle and the Moon Family.

Singer Gary, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend and he also played at The Who Convention in Shepherds Bush in 1995, with Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwhistle.

The Keith Moon Blue Plaque Reception at The Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair, London in 2009, saw Zak Starkey watch the entire set, completely transfixed by the incredible authenticity and timing of bass player Terry Wyatt; prompting Zak to single him out for the kind of praise that only members of a rhythm section can truly understand, but coming from the son of Beatle, all the more memorable.

Drummer Paul “Moonie” Kemp bears an uncanny resemblance to the late great Keith Moon and prides himself on complete authenticity when drumming styles and kit specification is concerned. The kit(s) he plays are completely identical to the original spec, all the way down to the nuts and bolts that hold it together and represent a labour of love with regard to sourcing and application. He’s very close to the Moon family and is a familiar visitor for the odd cup of tea at Kit’s house. A complete “one off” on the live circuit, his explosive application to the style of Keith Moon, has to be seen to be believed; there is no need to “close your eyes” with him!

Between the members of the band, they have three International Who Conventions under their belt, including the first ever airing to an audience of Quadrophenia at the 2006 event, which led Simon Townshend to declare, “What an absolutely brilliant band Who’s Who are!” They celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Live at Leeds” in 2010, touring extensively and performing the whole of “Tommy” to audiences in the UK and Europe, amid critical acclaim and have now racked up five appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival (2006-2010, 2012).  Just this year, they played to over 10,000 people on Bournemouth beach, finishing off the weekend proceedings of the International Bournemouth Air Show.

With the raw power, passion and soul of the members that make up Who’s Who, these guys deliver far more than your average “run of the mill” band. Their longevity is testament to the reputation they have worked extremely hard for and as history rolls on; they have proved to be an essential ingredient to fans of The Who and their legacy, highlighting a void and illustrating just what The Who have left their fans and the music world. http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/

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Paisley Arts Centre Event

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy: a magical dance spectacular

Pucko Company in association with Brunton Theatre presents The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, which will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 7 October at 3pm.

BBoy Master Image hi resThis enchanting dance show tells the story of a young boy who finds a tiny egg which soon comes to life as a greedy caterpillar. An explorer, adventurer and a dreamer, his obsession with the insect makes him an outsider and a target for those who do not understand him. As the caterpillar begins its transformation into a butterfly our adventurer begins his own journey and soon realises that growing up can be a mighty battle.

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy is a wonderful tale for all the family, as it explores the joys and frustrations of growing up and getting older. Tickets cost £5 and the performance is suitable for ages 5 and up. To book tickets call our box office on 0141 887 1010 or go online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch

This month’s Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch takes place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the 27/9 with Andy McGeoch, Director of Marketing and Business Development with M&Co who this year are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The family business now based in Inchinnan has a turnover over in excess of £200M and employ almost 4,000 staff.

M&Co is one of the largest, privately-owned fashion retailers in the UK and has been selling quality clothing for 50 years. Originally a small family business of only 6 shops in Glasgow owned by the McGeoch family in the 1960s, M&Co, as they are now known

, has almost 300 stores nationwide.

To book please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com or call 0141 847 5450

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce’s members play an integral role in creating prosperity for the area, placing Renfrewshire firmly in the commercial spotlight and making it the place to do business. We work to represent our members as they grow their businesses, develop new technologies, create employment and diversity in Renfrewshire, and seek funding for further growth.

The Renfrewshire Chamber is a private company and is directed by a volunteer board selected from its members. Our team is based at Glasgow Airport.

The Chamber is a fully accredited and active member of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the British Chambers of Commerce, making Renfrewshire’s businesses an integral part of the most important business group in Britain.

On behalf of our staff, directors, and members, we would be delighted to speak to you about the Chamber and what we can offer you and your business. Please get in touch on 0141 847 5450 or click here for more information.

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Sma Shot Cottages Public Ghost Hunt

Public Ghost Hunt run by Lanarkshire Paranormal to raise funds for the Sma’ Shot Cottages on Sunday 23rd September. Call 07837 949356 and ask for Janice, or visit the website (link below).

Lanarkshire Paranormal

Lanarkshire Paranormal are a dedicated team of paranormal researchers. Based in Scotland, we investigate both private locations and organize many nationwide events. With the latest in hi-tech equipment and over 16 years experience, Lanarkshire Paranormal are at the forefront of paranormal investigations. We are solely driven to find the truth behind the sightings and reports that have been debated for centuries. Lanarkshire Paranormal arrange and cooordinate exciting paranormal investigations throughout the country for people to experience the unexplained realms of the paranormal. Lanarkshire Paranormal are a non-profit organization, raising funds for many charities throughout the UK So please check our events pages for more details on how to book and secure your place for an experience you will never forget. If you would like us to visit your own property, please feel free to contact Lanarkshire Paranormal.

http://lanarkshireparanormal.co.uk

Sma Shot Cottages

sma shotSma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

The cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

11/17 George Place

Paisley

PA1 2HZ

Tel: 0141 889 1708

Fax: 0141 889 0530

Wed & Sat 1200-1600 Apr-September
http://www.smashot.co.uk

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Plans for new Renfrewshire School

Plans for new £18 million school for pupils with special educational support needs

Children with special educational support needs could soon be enjoying the benefits of an £18million, state-of-the-art school if Renfrewshire Council can secure £9 million match funding from the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

Education and Leisure Services have already been discussing the options with local parents and will seek approval for a full consultation exercise at the Council meeting on 27 September.

If the funding can be secured the school could be open by summer 2016.

Under the proposals Clippens School, Kersland School and the Hollybush Pre 5 Centre would close. They would be replaced by a larger, single building, designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of children with special educational support needs.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “Kersland School and Clippens School both have an unrivalled reputation for the excellent quality of the teaching and care that they provide. What is required is accommodation that meets the same exacting standards.

“Consultation is the key to this process. We have held meetings with parents and will continue to do so on a regular basis throughout this process. We will listen to parents and we will be guided by their wishes.

“We recognise that the physical environment at Clippens and Kersland does not meet the learning and development needs of the pupils who use the schools. It simply isn’t good enough that in Clippens we have a two storey building where many of the pupils use wheelchairs.

“If we can get the funding from the SFT, we have an opportunity to provide local children, who have special educational needs, with the facilities that they deserve, facilities which are fit for the 21st century.”

The new school would provide:

  • · better access to PE and sporting facilities
  • · better ICT facilities
  • · specifically designed outdoor areas
  • · improved personal care areas which would help promote pupils’ independence and dignity
  • · improved accessibility and more effective support for pupils with sensory and physical difficulties.

Schools are normally judged on how close they are to the maximum number of pupils they can take, their physical condition and the suitability of their facilities.

Kersland School is currently overcrowded. It was designed for 65 pupils but currently has 81. Clippens School is satisfactory with a school roll of 58 against a capacity of 78. Hollybush Pre 5 Centre is severely underused with just 18 pupils, well below its maximum of 42.

Clippens and Kersland schools are both rated as ‘poor’ in terms of the conditions of the buildings while Hollybush is satisfactory.

Clippens was originally designed as a primary school and has two storeys. It has been modified to meet its pupils’ support needs but many are in wheelchairs and the building is unsuitable for them.

Kersland similarly scores poorly on suitability as the internal social areas and facilities are too small. Facilities are also spread over a number of annexes.

The Scottish Futures Trust is a public corporation, set up by the Scottish Government in September 2008, to improve public infrastructure investment.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Paisley Underground

Paisley Underground presents Fence Records: The Pictish Trail plus Randolph’s Leap solo set

The second night of live music on the trifecta of Paisley Underground gigs sees Fence Records artists, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap take to the stage on Friday 5 October at Paisley Arts Centre after a free panel event featuring music industry professionals.

The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who, alongside Kenny (King Creosote) Anderson, runs micro-indie DIY-folk collective Fence Records, from a remote fishing village in Fife, Scotland. His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop that has been described as a “post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk” (Plan B Magazine). Pictish Trail has recorded various albums, EP’s and singles of his own material for the Fence label – working with a number of artists such as King Creosote, James Yorkston, and KT Tunstall amongst others, along the way.

A mixture of pop through to folk, Randolph’s Leap will perform an intimate acoustic set courtesy of their guitarist and vocalist Adam Ross. Normally an 8-piece band from Glasgow, Randolph’s Leap are set to follow up their recent lo-fi cassette album ‘The Curse of the Haunted Headphones’ with a brand new polyphonic EP on Fence Records later this year.

Paisley Underground is once again providing platforms for local artists by offering Reid Kerr College students KiDD, a support slot for the show on October 5.

A free, music industry led panel event will be running prior to the show on October 5 offering keen musicians and industry enthusiasts the unique opportunity to put their questions on artist management directly to the experts. The panel event ‘Step into my office, baby’, will start at 6pm at Paisley Arts Centre on October 5 and while tickets are free, customers should reserve a place via the booking office, 0141 887 1010. A full list of panel members can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

The final label will be Still to come, the mighty Chemikal Underground record label with Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux, playing from a Spiegeltent on County Square on October 25, as part of The Spree festival.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be bought from the box office by calling 0141 887 1010 or by logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Paisley Underground, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Active Renfrewshire

12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

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Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund

Glasgow Airport helps senior citizens get into Olympic spirit

A support group for senior citizens in Renfrewshire has delivered another successful sporting event for its members thanks to Glasgow Airport.

With the country on the crest of a sporting wave thanks to Team GB’s successful showing at the London Olympics this summer, and an encouraging start to the Paralympics, it was time for Renfrewshire’s finest to step forward.

glasgow airportThe Senior Alternatives group organised the Beechwood Senior Olympics event for its members this year to coincide with the main event, and the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund donated £1,000 to fund the event.

Senior Alternatives meets every fortnight in Paisley’s Beechwood Community Centre, often drawing as many as 60 people to a session. The idea is to encourage social inclusion through activites that, while challenging, can be undertaken by elderly people and particularly those with disabilities.

Members hail from Paisley, Johnstone, Renfrew, Linwood, Erskine and Kilbarchan. People from care homes in Hunterhill, Foxbar and Renfrew also join in the fun on a regular basis.

Games days, cultural theme days, karaoke and a range of other activities are a challenging but fun way for the members to stay active. This year the Beechwood Senior Olympics were added to the timetable of events, with heats for more than 50 competitors taking place and the 12 top performers progressing to the finals.

Myra Speirs, who used her background from a career in social work and an extensive network of contacts to establish and develop Senior Alternatives into the success story it is today, said: “The Beechwood Senior Olympics was a great success this year and it was clear that everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves. Our members put everything into it, both physically and mentally.

She added: “Senior Alternatives is growing all the time helping to reduce social isolation and encouraging people to feel more confident. The positive feedback from our members encourages us to carry on planning and managing the service, including fundraising. We are very grateful to the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund for making the Beechwood Senior Olympics possible.”

Craig Martin, Glasgow Airport’s head of HR, presented the medals and said: “Promoting sport and physical activity in the community, particularly among those who may find it difficult to get access to facilities and require supervision, is one of the main objectives of the FlightPath Fund.

“The Beechwood Senior Olympics was a very well organised event, and clearly it left a lot of people on a high, just like the London Olympics. It is clear that Senior Alternatives provides a very valuable service to elderly people in Renfrewshire, and we are pleased to support it.”

Just like in London, those taking part and the audience were treated to opening and closing ceremonies with entertainment provided by local groups such as the Gaelic SONAS Choir, and children from Mossvale and St James primary schools.

Events on both days included shot putt, javelin and a quintathlon. Crawford Dobie, a member of the Senior Alternatives Management Committee, took the gold medal, but had to leave before the presentation so activity officer George Watson accepted the medal on his behalf. The silver medal went to Helen Graham and Annie Wilson took bronze.

Senior Alternatives meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 12 noon till 3pm. Able-bodied people aged over 50 or disabled people aged over 60 are welcome to join.

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed more than £170,000 to 60 organisations.

Click here for more on the flightpath fund.