Craig’s Cakes is a family run Celebration Cake Shop in Paisley since 2003. Cakes for any Occasion made to your specific requirements. Come along to our Shop 4 Neilston Rd this Saturday from 11am-3pm for our Sample Day and special offers in store on the day… the Craigs look forward to seeing you there!!!

Council bids to be part of scheme to create more affordable housing

Renfrewshire Council has put itself forward to be included in a national scheme to create more affordable housing in Renfrewshire.

The National Housing Trust Initiative (NHT) allows councils to join with developers to make new homes available for lower rent levels in areas where there is a shortfall of affordable housing.

Renfrewshire Council has told the Scottish Government that it would like to be considered for the next round which is due to start in September 2011.

Major improvements to the Lagoon Leisure Centre are being carried out as part of Renfrewshire Council’s multi million pound Building Better Communities Programme (click here for further details). Part of this investment involves the refurbishment of the Arena Hall (already under way) and the modernisation of the pool area.

The Lagoon Pool will be closing on Sunday 25th September 2011 for refurbishment and is scheduled to open again in Spring 2012. During this period customers will still be able to access the Gym, Sports Hall and Fitness Classes.

The Renfrewshire Doors Open day programme of events has been released (please see the bottom of this post for the area wide pdf). This is a great weekend for gaining access to some of our amazing visitor attractions. Take your camera and the family and you will be in for a treat.

Paisley Girl to join Star DJ’s celebrate local cancer charities 100th birthday!

Paisleys Amy White will join Clyde 1 DJ’s Knoxy and Robin Galloway to celebrate 100 yeasr of Macmillan Cancer Support. The DJ Duo toasted their cocktails to Macmillan Cancer Support and urged supporters to attended the Macmillan Cancer Support West of Scotland Centenary Ball on the 3rd of September where Amy will be a guest speaker.

The ball being organised by west of Scotland trio Alison Millar and Ann McNulty and Victoria Gibbs who have all been touched by the support Macmillan offers to people and their families affected by cancer. All funds raised on the night will go towards supporting local Macmillan projects including information drop in centres in Renfrewshire.

Fibromyalgia Paisley & Inverclyde Network are holding a Christmas Craft Fayre & Table Top Sale and are looking for local crafters & community groups who are interested in booking a table at the event. Tables will cost £5.00. It is hoped to have a large variety of locally crafted items for sale, allowing people the opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts. Local community groups can also book a table and raise funds through sale of items etc. The event will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011, in St Mirins Cathedral Parish Halls, Paisley, starting at 11.00am.

Tables can be booked by contacting Hazel on or 07886 811407

Kersland School has eXcellence factor

Teachers and pupils at Kersland School in Renfrewshire are celebrating after they received excellent marks for everything in an HMIe inspection report published today.

And the independent inspectors are so impressed that they are coming back to learn more about some of the innovative work being done at Kersland so that this best practice can be shared with other schools.

Kersland School in Paisley caters for 70 pupils with severe learning difficulties. Pupils join the school from pre-school centres and may stay until they are 18 years old.

Only two other schools in Scotland have been evaluated as excellent for all of the five quality indicators scrutinised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. The indicators are: improvements in performance, learners’ experiences, meeting learning needs, the curriculum and improvement through self evaluation.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningam will be hosting an event in Paisley Abbey on Friday the 16th September. Tickets can be booked see the following information below on Aly & Phil. or go to their website

Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique – driving, impassioned and pure – with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Born in Lerwick, Shetland in 1946 Aly began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. In his early twenties, Aly headed to mainland Scotland. His dramatic playing, with great tone and technical ability brought early recognition as an outstanding musician of the folk music revival, and almost overnight, raised the level of expectation for music lovers throughout the country.

The Annual Wallace Day parade which starts from Ludovic Square in Johnstone right up to the William Wallace memorial in Elderslie is always an excellent event in the Renfrewshire Calendar.

Here is a video of the parade which took place on Saturday the 20th of August 2011.