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St Mirren in the Community is now taking bookings for the ever popular Easter Football Camps.
The Camps will run on both weeks of the Easter school holidays (6th to 10th April and 13th to 17th April) from the club’s exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome and will cater for boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years old.

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Places are limited and bookings can be made by going to the St Mirren website downloading and printing the attached booking form, completing it in full and returning it to Ross Paterson, Football Development Officer at the address provided.

For further information please contact Ross Paterson on mobile 07702 287693 or email to ross.paterson@saintmirren.net.

Davie Birrell and James Cameron

Mission Motorsport – the Forces’ Motorsport Charity was set up to help aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport.

The charity uses motorsport to engage and merge the activities of the disabled and those carrying mentally and
physically debilitating injuries with able bodied servicemen and women as well as a large supporting cast of civilian
motorsport practitioners, sponsors and supporters.

Davie Birrell and James Cameron

 

“Race of Remembrance” – the story of the charity running an endurance race at Angelsea Circuit in November 2014 is on air this week including Sky Sports F1 HD, Sunday 22nd March at 11.45pm (other dates and times are available on alternative channels). This is a brilliant film, produced in conjunction with Mazda UK, and introduces you to many of our key personnel.

The charity’s Scotland Area Representative, Findlay Leask says “Despite launching originally in 2012 the charity has had little presence in Scotland – until now. We will be welcoming Cara Hilton MSP, teams, car clubs, industry, press and – most importantly – the Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) forces’ personnel in Scotland to join us at Knockhill Racing Circuit on the 16th April from 12noon. This will be an opportunity for the WIS to meet key members of the charity, learn what opportunities are available and experience the thrill of track time in a range of exotic machinery!” Findlay goes on to explain more about who the charity has helped; “Mike Courts, the Fife-based Mission Motorsport beneficiary and driver will be on-hand to tell the media how the support of the charity has helped him combat his injuries and PTSD to secure a drive in both the Scottish BMW Compact Cup and the Ginetta GT Supercup that tours the UK with the British Touring Car Championship. His story alone is inspirational.”

Mission Motorsport forms part of the MoD’s Recovery Career Services by sourcing vocational opportunities, work placements and training, where possible in the automotive sector (Jaguar LandRover, for example) but also across all industry sectors. The charity has support from Sir Stirling Moss, Lord Drayson and was engaged with HRH Prince Harry through the Invictus Games 2014. Each of the WIS forces’ personnel that are supported by the charity has a remarkable story to tell. Co-founder and charity CEO James Cameron will be available for interview in the run up to the event as well as on the day.

If you are interested in covering this event or require further information please contact Scottish Area Representative Findlay Leask on 07921 623453, email fl@missionmotorsport.org or visit www.missionmotorsport.org

Attached image shows Mission Motorsport driver, ex Black Watch Corporal and Double Amputee Davie Birrell with MM CEO James Cameron taken at Race of Remembrance 2014.

Paisley pirates

Pirates cantered to an easy win by crushing Moray Typhoons 11-1 in their final home match of the regular season, notching their seventh consecutive league win in the process.

The home side were on the board in only 46 seconds as Blair top shelved a shot past MacColla in the visitors’ goal, and the goalie was picking the puck out the net again less than a minute later as Riddell finished off a move with Cowan and Guy to double the advantage with under two minutes on the clock. On the five minute mark it was three as Stuart Miller was on hand to net the first of a treble, and perhaps the only real surprise of the period was that there were only nine seconds left in the period before McCamley added to the tally with a shorthanded effort, his team heading for the dressing room already four goals to the good.

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The middle session saw Pirates again beat a regular path towards the Moray goal, with Miller notching his second, and the hosts’ fifth, in the 28th minute on the powerplay, before Campbell scored a beauty six minutes later, taking a through pass from Churchill to round MacColla and tap into the empty net for number six. That ended the scoring for the period, with the home side disappearing into the distance at 6-0.

Typhoons briefly saw a shaft of light in the 43rd minute as Durkacz skated through the Pirates defence before drawing Langford to net his side’s only goal of the night, but normal service was resumed at the halfway point as Miller completed his hat trick by tipping in a Chris Turley thunderbolt to make it seven. Again Pirates appeared to take their foot off the gas briefly, but they finished with a flourish, netting no fewer than four times as Riddell, Churchill, Campbell and Cowan all found the target to complete their biggest win of the season.

Pirates finish their regular season with an away tie at North Ayr this coming Saturday, before travelling to Edinburgh for their final league match of the season on 8 March, before entering the playoff stage of the season, and will be hoping that several key players missing in the win against Moray will be available by that time.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, which will benefit Renfrewshire with three major infrastructure projects, took another step forward this week with the appointment of eminent people from business, politics and academia to bodies associated with the £1.13bn City Deal.

Renfrewshire is represented by Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, who has the Portfolio for Enterprise. Councillor Macmillan will continue his work to encourage business growth; underlining his commitment to economic regeneration and creating jobs.

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Lord Haughey, industrialist and philanthropist, has been appointed Chair of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Economic Leadership Board and Professor Anton Muscatelli, economist and Principal of the University of Glasgow, is Chair of the Commission on Urban Economic Growth.

Councillor Macmillan is determined to make the City Deal work for Renfrewshire, “These vital investment projects will help to grow and attract businesses, make local life better, and generate new wealth for this area. Together the City Deal projects are expected to deliver an extra 29,000 jobs for the City Region and to improve access to a further 45,000 jobs. The Enterprise Portfolio is an exciting role and it does reflect the strength of my determination to support business growth and build a bigger, stronger economy’

The Council has appointed a Project Director for the City Deal’s three major projects in Renfrewshire.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area, on which construction will start in 2018, will benefit business growth with a £51m spend on roads, cycle lanes and a bridge. Businesses will enjoy better links with existing facilities and the improved infrastructure will open up new areas for development and further business growth.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project will open a bridge over the Clyde, linking Renfrew to Yoker. With its associated new roads, the bridge will connect Renfrewshire directly with west Glasgow. This represents a £78m investment and work is planned to start in 2018.

The Deal also includes £144m to develop a rail access link between Glasgow city centre and Glasgow Airport, including a stop at Paisley Gilmour Street. This is good news for Renfrewshire, where the economic benefits of a frequent Airport connection will be substantial. Work on this project is scheduled to start in 2020.

Cllr Mark Macmillan is certain about the benefits of these projects and the wider City Deal programme. “They’re all about connectivity at local, regional and international levels. City Deal is creating a great economic resurgence in the West of Scotland and Renfrewshire is well placed to make the most of it.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  • 11.4% increase in January passenger numbers

 

Glasgow Airport has made the best possible start to 2015 after 485,685 passengers travelled through its doors in January 2015, representing an increase of 11.4% on the previous year.

International traffic grew by 18.1% and was bolstered by the performance of both Ryanair’s and Wizz Air’s direct services to Eastern Europe. Airlines such as Icelandair, Emirates and United also reported an increase in demand. Domestic traffic was up 6.6% compared to the same period last year and benefited from British Airways’ decision to add extra capacity on its Heathrow and London City routes.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It was always going to be a challenge to follow 2014’s performance but we have managed to continue where we left off and record yet another month of growth. January is traditionally a quiet period but we experienced a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to some of the European destinations we have added in recent months including Wroclaw and Katowice.

“Our focus for 2015 is to ensure we build on last year’s success by securing further new routes and services. Our efforts will be aided by the welcome announcement in January that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is to be devolved.  Giving the Scottish Parliament full control over APD will play a major role in strengthening our connectivity and it is vital this is progressed as soon as possible. Not only will it ensure our tourism industry can continue to flourish, it will enable us to truly leverage the opportunities presented by the series of major events that raised Scotland’s global profile throughout 2014.”

January’s performance follows the news that 2014 had been Glasgow Airport’s busiest since 2008. Annual passenger numbers were up by 4.8% to over 7.7 million ensuring the airport recorded its fourth consecutive year of growth.

Glasgow Airport also received a number of welcome announcements in January, including the launch of a new service to Donegal by Aer Lingus and confirmation that Ryanair will begin flights to Berlin, as well as add an extra daily service to Stansted, from October 2015.

Glasgow will host a series of major events in 2015, including the World Gymnastics Championships, the European Judo Championships, and the IPC Swimming World Championships – all of which will present opportunities to grow the inbound tourism potential of the city and build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

 

Traffic summary

January 2015

       
Terminal passengers

(000s)

 

Month

%

Change

Feb 2014 to Jan 2015 %

Change

 

Glasgow

 

485,685

 

11.4%

 

7,760,297

 

5.1%

 

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A TEAM of curlers led by the brother of Olympic Gold medalist, Rhona Martin is celebrating an unusual feat that’s the curling equivalent of a golfing hole-in-one.

Drew Howie, the older brother of Scots curling star Rhona, was skip of the team playing at the intu Braehead curling rink that achieved an ‘eight ender’ – a rare occurrence when all eight stones thrown by a team in a single end each score a point.

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The foursome – Drew and his wife, Lorna along with Mark and Cienwen Lombardi – are members of the Minerva Curling Club and were playing in a club league match against Bill and Rosemary McKean, Maggie Bridges and Maggie Martin.

Now the team that recorded the perfect score for an end of curling is set to receive a plaque and certificates from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in recognition of their achievement.

Drew, 52, who is a former Scottish Junior curling champion and in 1982 won bronze in the World Junior Championships, said: “Everything just fell into place during that end. I realised after our fifth stone landed in the house that the eight ender might be on.

“But you can never take anything for granted, as all it takes is for one stone from the other team to stop you.

“When I placed our final stone in the house, our opponents were very gracious and shook my hand. I almost never took the final shot out of kindness to them, but it’s a team sport and I didn’t want to let my team mates down.”

Bruce Crawford, chief executive officer of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club said: “We would like to congratulate Minerva Curling Club on their recent eight-ender at Braehead Curling.

“This great achievement is quite a rare occurrence and could be compared to a hole-in-one in golf.
“Only around ten eight-enders are reported on average each year and the RCCC presents an award to all member clubs which achieve this great feat.”

Scott Martin, general manager of intu Braehead Leisure said: “What a great achievement for Drew and his team. It’s been years since we had an eight ender here at the curling rink.

“Curling has become extremely popular in recent times, especially with newcomers to the sport who started at our Saturday Sweep curling sessions where beginners are shown how to play the game.”

Anyone interested in trying our curling at the Saturday Sweep, held at 10.45am every Saturday from now until March 21 should email david.horne@intu.co.uk or call 0141 885 4611.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Edward Reid had guests at a posh awards dinner on their feet singing along to his cheeky parody of the Frank Sinatra hit, New York, New York.

The bubbly entertainer had penned a whole new set of lyrics for his version of the classic song especially for the intu Braehead Retailer Awards dinner where he was on stage hosting the event.

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Edward found fame on the BGT show in 2011 by singing nursery rhymes to the tunes of well-known pop songs.

And when he was on stage at the mall’s awards dinner, instead of singing the famous first line of New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today” he sang “Start spending the cash, we’re shopping today”.

And when he got to the chorus of his surprise version, called Braehead, Braehead, instead of “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Edward sang “If I can’t buy it there, I can’t buy it anywhere”.

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As soon as the 200 shop, restaurants and leisure staff at the award bash realised Edward was singing about them and the intu Braehead mall, the dinner suit and ball gown-clad guests were on their feet cheering and singing.

Edward said: “I was really chuffed by the reaction of people at the awards dinner. They were all there in their finery and nobody knew I was going to sing a new version for them, but within a few lines of the song everyone was on their feet cheering and singing along with me.

“I was on holiday in Mexico when I heard New York, New York on the radio and I thought it would be a great idea to write new lyrics for when I was hosting the intu Braehead awards.”

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He added: “I’m not surprised, it went down so well, as New York, New York is a typical Scots party song and when you hear the song being played it seems to evoke memories of having a good time.”

The event, held in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, was the second annual intu Braehead Retailer Awards ceremony and general manager at the mall, Gary Turnbull said:

“I couldn’t believe it when Edward was on stage and started belting out his new lyrics and everyone got to their feet to join in.

“It was a fantastic performance and a clever piece of lyric writing from Edward. It was that good, he should record his Braehead, Braehead version. I’m sure it would be a hit with our shoppers!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE boss at intu Braehead has put three students in the frame as being top photographers.

The trio of snappers doing the photography course at West College Scotland were chosen by the mall’s general manager as prize winners in a competition, which has seen dozens of photographs being put on display in the busy mall.

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First place went to George Plu for his photograph of snow-covered hills at Newton Stewart, in Dumfries and Galloway; and runners-up were Susan Soutar, 48, with a photograph of a sunset in the Isle of Skye and 24-year-old Kirsty Thompson who photographed Royal Exchange Square, in Glasgow.

Head of Photography at West College Scotland, Robert Tabor said: “Students work on lots of different photographic projects and for so many people to see their work is a real boost to them.

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“Recognition for their efforts is going to build their confidence as photographers and we can’t thank intu Braehead enough for displaying our students’ photographs.”

The photographic competition winner received a £100 gift card and £50 gift cards were presented to the runners-up.

Gary Turnbull said: “The standard of photographs from the students is extremely high and the display of their pictures in the lower mall – which is changed every month – has attracted a lot of attention from shoppers passing by.

“The public should get the chance to see a display of the fine work being done by the photography students at West College Scotland and we’re delighted to make this happen.”

Photo Credits:

Photo winners pic 1: From left George Plu, Kirsty Thompson, Susan Soutar , with their winning photographs and Gary Turnbull, from intu Braehead.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Young children in Renfrewshire hopped on board the PlayTalkRead bus for fun and learning as it toured towns and villages across Renfrewshire.

Designed to help encourage parents and carers to play, talk and read with their little ones, the big purple bus is packed full of books, toys and activities for the whole family to get involved in.

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Kids had the chance to take part in engaging activities such as interactive Bookbug storytelling, song, rhythm and rhyme sessions and also got to take away a free book to help continue the fun at home.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “The PlayTalkRead bus tour around Renfrewshire is always a great experience for children and adults. The bus provides an ideal space where children and their parents or carers can have fun and learn together.

“Learning to play and be creative is important for children’s development and teaches them skills that are important in later life. The PlayTalkRead bus offers a fantastic opportunity for adults to learn more about how to interact with their child and make the most out of play time.

“There was a great turn out each day on the bus and I’m sure kids and adults alike can’t wait for the next visit.”
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pinnacle Training is an accredited training company in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Delivering a wide range of courses, both in-house and accredited, in various sectors including; First Aid, Health & Safety, Construction, Fire Safety, Licensing (SCPLH), Plant Machinery (Forklift Truck etc) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications in trades.

As well as this, there are Internal Verification and Health & Safety Consultancy services available.

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Pinnacle Training is the one of only a few companies in Scotland accredited to deliver a level 3 in Carpentry & Joinery (as well as Level 2 in other trades) on an OSAT (On Site Assessment Training) basis.

This is good news for tradesmen both in Paisley and further afield; it allows a Joiner who has worked in the field and has experience, but who has not yet gained their qualification to work whilst being assessed, and if deemed competent and meriting it, awarded a Level 2/3.

This also applies to tradesmen who have lost/damaged their certificates or need updating and refreshing, as well as tradesmen from other countries whose awards need transferred to be in line with the national standards.

Other awards available are Interior Systems, Fitted Interiors (Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom), and Ceiling Fixing.

Even better news; there is funding available to cover most of the cost of this award, and Pinnacle Training provide the forms and guidance to attain this.

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A new award on the course list also includes Level 1 Health & Safety In A Construction Environment (CSCS Green Card Qualification), which all on-site workers must complete.

Holding accreditation with 3 of the main awarding bodies, including SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority), Pinnacle Training’s lead trainer and assessor is both an Internal and External Verifier. This ensures quality training across the board, in line with national occupational standards.

Pinnacle Training travel to clients in Paisley and Scotland wide, working with all levels of businesses; from bar staff in pubs and clubs to high level management in the oil and gas industry. The wide range of courses ensures there are plenty of options for businesses requiring training and refreshers.

To view the full range of courses and services, the website can be found at:

www.pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk

News and updates can be found at:

www.facebook.com/PinnacleTraining

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