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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.”
For more information on the PlayTalkRead bus and for hundreds of playtime ideas visit: www.playtalkread.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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

E: admin@pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

Paisley Pirates return to Scottish National Ice Hockey League action this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) after an absence of 5 weeks, when they will lock horns with local rivals Kilmarnock Storm.

“Yes, it seems like ages since we were on home ice, when we beat North Ayrshire Wild 9-2 just before Christmas, so it’s nice to be able to look forward to getting back onto it in front of our own supporters, and the fact that it’s going to be a local derby against the Storm just makes it a lot tastier. They would love to put one over on us, just as much as we want the two points which will keep us bang on track for a playoff place now that we’re into the business end of the season.”

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“We’ve only three home league games left before the start of the playoffs, and a few very tricky road trips, so it’s absolutely imperative that we continue the good form we’ve been showing since the beginning of December and keep the momentum going. It’s not always the team which finished top of the SNL which wins the playoffs, as we found out to our cost 2 years ago when we won the league, but lost out in the final to Dundee Tigers, who had only finished 5th or 6th over the season, but who had gone on a great run towards the end of the season and kept that momentum going all the way through the final stages. That’s a model we’d dearly love to draw upon this year. We haven’t quite given up on finishing top of the pile yet, although it will take a few results to go in our favour for that to happen, so keeping good habits going is very important right now, as it establishes confidence, and that’s everything. For a team with as much firepower as we’re showing just now, with 31 goals in our last 4 games, that can make the difference between having a good season, and having a memorable one!”

“I never tire of reminding folk that for a maximum of £7, the price of adult admission with reduced tariffs for all other spectators, we reckon to offer the best value in entertainment in the area bar none, so we’re hoping folk come out in force to cheer us on this Sunday. It really does make a difference to have a big crowd behind you, and the attendance at the North Ayrshire game was easily our best of the season, so here’s hoping they’ll turn out to support their very own, and local, ice hockey team!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]SHOPPERS are being urged to vote for their favourite stores in a top retail award contest.

Polling for the intu Braehead Retailer Awards 2015 started on Friday, January 16 and goes on until 5pm on Monday, February 2.

Winners of nine of the 13 categories will be decided by public vote and already shop bosses have been out in the mall putting a bit of fun into their canvassing by copying traditional political campaign tactics with placards and giant rosettes.

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Thousands of shoppers are expected to vote either online, or by posting their votes in a ballot box at the mall’s Customer Services Desk for the following categories – large and small store of the year; jewellery, ladies wear, menswear, footwear and accessories stores of the year; food outlet of the year, entertainment venue of the year and excellence in customer service.

And one lucky shopper who casts their vote will win a £250 intu Braehead gift card in a prize draw.

Other categories like store development, store manager, corporate social responsibility and environmental stores of the year along with best use of marketing will be decided by intu Braehead and shop management.

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More than 100 retailers from both the shopping centre and the adjacent Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination will be going for gold in this annual event. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 4.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We have a fantastic range of stores, restaurants and cafes in our malls and here’s a chance for the public to vote for their favourites.

“We’re encouraging retailers to go all out by hosting special Retailer Awards 2015 campaign events in their stores to win as many votes as possible.

“And of course, we want shoppers to vote either online or in the centre. If you want your favourite store to win, you’ll have to vote for them.”

To vote in the intu Braehead Retailer Awards log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead or pick up a voting form from the Customer Services Desk in the upper mall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]20 local pubs, clubs and bars are celebrating after being recognised as the ‘best bar none’ in Renfrewshire.

Licensed premises across the area took part in the Best Bar None Awards 2015, a joint initiative from Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland.

The scheme, introduced in 2012, recognises those premises providing locals with a safe place to enjoy a drink. Venues score gold, silver or bronze status and are then entitled to display their Best Bar None accreditation.

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Eight of the premises involved will now compete in the national Best Bar None award scheme.

The biggest winners were WWCM Ltd who won four gold awards for their venues Kilty Kilty, Caffufals, Fantoosh and the Tartan Rose.

Claire Colquhoun, general manager of WWCM Ltd, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won four awards. Kilty Kilty has been part of the scheme from the start but this is the first year we’ve put as many as four venues forward, so to win gold awards for all four is something we’re very proud of.”

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“We’re committed to making sure everyone who comes to our venues has a safe, enjoyable experience and it’s nice to be able to show that commitment through our Best Bar None accreditation.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We had more entrants for the scheme than ever before this year and it’s hugely encouraging to see the quality of the applications rise year-on-year.

“Well-managed licensed premises play an important part in making our towns and villages more vibrant places. Our award winners all go above and beyond for their customers and their communities, and we’re happy to be able to recognise that through Best Bar None.”

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Inspector Jane Harley of Police Scotland said: “We work closely with licensed premises throughout Renfrewshire to ensure the safety of their patrons and their wider communities.

“All of our award winners are doing great work to promote responsible drinking and community safety. I’d encourage other licensees to find out more about the scheme and get involved.”

Details of all award winners are available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bestbarnone

Best Bar None 2015 winners were:

Hotel Bar: Glynhill Hotel – Silver (Category Winner)

Independent Bar: Kilty Kilty – Gold (Category Winner); Caffufals – Gold; The Bankhouse – Gold; Bar Varia – Gold

Bar: Bishopton Inn Hotel – Bronze (Category Winner)

Independent Pub: The Ferry Inn – Gold (Category Winner); Hamishes’ Hoose – Gold; Tartan Rose – Gold; Old Swan Inn – Silver; Craigielea Bar – Silver

Pub: Lord of the Isles – Gold (Category Winner); The Flying Scotsman – Gold; Gabriels – Gold; Craig Dhu – Gold; The Last Post – Silver; The Trust Inn – Silver; Glenleven Inn – Silver

Night Club: Fantoosh – Gold (Category Winner)

Specialist Entertainment Venue: UWS Student’s Union – Gold (Category Winner)

Heart of the Community: Hamishes’ Hoose

Best Public Health Initiative: Caffufals

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Roll up, roll up for the circus on ice!

THE coolest show on earth is coming to town when circus acts perform on an ice rink inside a Big Top.

The Continental Circus Berlin On Ice show opens today (Thursday, January 8) on a specially built ice rink in a circus tent next to the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

And the ringmaster becomes a rinkmaster when the circus on ice has its only Scottish performances that run until January 18.

The show features trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, comedy acts, magicians and a troupe of dazzling ice dancers performing on the rink in a brand new state of the art and heated luxury theatre Big Top.

Operations manager with Soar at intu Braehead, formerly known as Xscape, Ian Anderson said: “This is a spectacular show that’s not been presented on this scale in the UK for 30 years.

“Continental Circus Berlin On Ice combines amazing feats of ice artistry with fabulous traditional circus skills and comedy.

“We’ve even got a daredevil whose wife fires a bolt from a crossbow to knock an apple from her husband’s head. All I can say is I hope she doesn’t slip on the ice when she fires the crossbow!”

Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9009 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk or the on site Box Office.

All photographs in this Gallery are taken by Digital Dave Photography  and Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

 

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Images from David Weir.

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Images from Tracey Clements.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE coolest show on earth is coming to town when circus acts perform on an ice rink inside a Big Top.

The Continental Circus Berlin On Ice show opens today (Thursday, January 8) on a specially built ice rink in a circus tent next to the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

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And the ringmaster becomes a rinkmaster when the circus on ice has its only Scottish performances that run until January 18.

The show features trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, comedy acts, magicians and a troupe of dazzling ice dancers performing on the rink in a brand new state of the art and heated luxury theatre Big Top.

And yesterday (Wednesday) the ice dancers and comedy acts got in some last-minute practice at the nearby ice rink in Braehead Arena.
Operations manager with Soar at intu Braehead, formerly known as Xscape, Ian Anderson said: “This is a spectacular show that’s not been presented on this scale in the UK for 30 years.

“Continental Circus Berlin On Ice combines amazing feats of ice artistry with fabulous traditional circus skills and comedy.

“We’ve even got a daredevil whose wife fires a bolt from a crossbow to knock an apple from her husband’s head. All I can say is I hope she doesn’t slip on the ice when she fires the crossbow!”

Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9009 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk or the on site Box Office.

Photograph Captions:

Circus Berlin pix 1,3,4 and 5 shows comedy act and plate spinner Professor Wacko with his assistant Natalie.

Circus Berlin pix 6 shows ice dancers performing with the Circus Berlin on ice

Circus Berlin pix 7 and 8 shows ice dancers Timofei Novaikin and Marie Baudet.

Circus Berlin pix 9 and 10 shows comedy act and plate spinner Professor Wacko with his assistant Natalie surrounded by ice dancers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]