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Ross MacKenzie, a Renfrew-based author and journalist, was today (2 March) announced as the winner of the Younger Reader’s (8-11 yrs) category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which celebrate the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. Scotland’s largest book prize for children’s authors and illustrators, with each […]


PIRATES HOST TIGERS-TWICE! Paisley Pirates go into their final home game of the regular season this Sunday (face off 6.00pm) when they line up against Dundee Tigers, fresh from the disappointment of losing to Edinburgh last Sunday in a match which effectively ended any lingering SNL title aspirations, and following on from a record 19-0 […]

Top of the morning for four local schools as new clubs get underway

Children at four Renfrewshire schools are benefitting from new morning clubs that are offering a healthy breakfast and activities before the school day starts. Pupils at Gallowhill and St Catherine’s (both Paisley), and St David’s and Cochrane Castle (both Johnstone) are invited to the new clubs from 8.15am until 9am, every weekday. Councillor Jacqueline Henry, […]

Fairtrade Fortnight swings into action

Over 60 campaigners made a song and dance of Fair Trade to mark the beginning of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight. It was fun for all the family as local fair trade organisation Rainbow Turtle hosted a ceilidh at St Charles’ Church Hall in Paisley. Ceilidh band ‘The Reel Stramash’ provided the entertainment which also included highland […]

Johnstone mum creates permanent memorial to lost loved ones

A memorial bench remembering those lost to suicide has been unveiled in Johnstone town centre. Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall joined local resident Kate Sharkey to officially unveil the bench in the town’s Ludovic Square. Since the loss of her son Sean, Kate has devoted herself to ensuring Johnstone has a permanent place for residents to […]

Building restoration scheme celebrated at completion event

Paisley residents helped celebrate the end of a £3.5m project which has transformed part of Paisley town centre at the weekend. The Townscape Heritage Initiative/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme has changed the face of the Causeyside Street area over the past seven years through improvements to the streetscape and repairs to historic buildings And a public […]

Bringing Opera to Paisley

Puccini’s La Bohème in the Wynd Centre   Showing at the Wynd Centre on 17th and 18th November 2016 starting at 19:30, tickets cost £6/£8 and can either     be bought directly from our website or through our ticket office – for which we have commandeered William Kelly’s ‘  Print and Copy It’ shop – […]


EDINBURGH CAPITALS   6             PAISLEY PIRATES   5     Pirates’ flickering hopes of an SNL title were finally extinguished in another late night show at Murrayfield Ice Rink as they went down by the odd goal in eleven to an Edinburgh side including a number of players who had just iced for their Elite League team, the match not getting underway until close to 9.00pm   After the opening exchanges, the home team were the first to get on the board in the 9th minute as Beattie opened the scoring, but Pirates came back strongly and once they had equalised through …