Catherine McAtier, Josef McFadden, Carolyn Edmondson, Emma Owen, Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Dominic Snyder, Jane Dixon, Gillian Steel and Chloe Wright (1)

A new creative hub on Paisley High Street is encouraging everyone to make-do-and-mend.

But far from being the frugal war-time message, fashion and textile experts at ReMode are inspiring people to tailor their favourite clothes to meet the latest trends and protect the environment.

Catherine McAtier, Josef McFadden, Carolyn Edmondson, Emma Owen, Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Dominic Snyder, Jane Dixon, Gillian Steel and Chloe Wright (1)

ReMode recently opened its town centre premise thanks to support from Renfrewshire Council’s creative hub development fund, which enables creative companies to co-locate and collaborate.

The social enterprise, founded in 2017 – receives funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund – and now has premises in Paisley and Lochwinnoch, each selling second-hand and upcycled clothing.

And the dedicated staff team also run sewing workshops and a school education programme highlighting the environmental impacts of the fashion and textile industry.

Project Manager Jane Dixon, a Fine Art graduate with 25 years in arts administration, says: “Our whole ethos is can we make clothes last longer as they are an amazing, valuable resource – you can buy second-hand, you can swap, you can alter or mend the clothes you have. Whatever you want to do, we’re here to help you.

“It’s really exciting being here on the high street as people are popping in and we’re able to have conversations about why we’re here and what issues we’re highlighting. We’re not just a shop; we’re here to talk about the positive things people can do to reduce the impact our fashion choices have on the environment.”

The Paisley premise is also home to clothing and accessory print designer Josef McFadden, who converts his hand-drawn illustrations onto ties, bow ties, hats and scarves; Paisley-born embroiderer Catherine McAtier and local textile designer Chloe Wright, owner of Loopy Lally Designs. They have all benefited from the Council’s InCube Creative programme, which helps people turn their talent into a sustainable business.

Jane added: “There’s no way we would have had the confidence to take on a high street premise, let alone welcome other businesses into the fold, if we hadn’t had the support of Renfrewshire Council. It feels like we’ve made a really big leap and someone is here holding our hand. There’s now lots of different opportunities for us to explore and we are in a strong position to grow.

“I’m relatively new to working in Paisley, but what has struck me is how strongly the people in Paisley feel about Paisley. There’s a strong sense of community pride. The maker community is also really strong and there’s a bit of a vibe going on, which is very exciting to be a part of.”

Emma Owen, 27, has just joined ReMode as its Programme Assistant, and having re-located to Paisley from Inverness, is excited about being a part of the local creative network.

She said: “In the short time I’ve worked here I feel part of a community, it’s nice to meet people and see how excited they are that there’s something like this in Paisley.

“Make-do-and-mend is back and what’s great is being able to share skills with people and learn from others who come in to see us too as we all need to go back to a place where we share our skills with one another. Paisley is up-and-coming and things are happening on the High Street which will make people proud to live here.”

ReMode is the second business to benefit from the Council fund, following furniture upcycling business UpHub opening its Paisley high street hub earlier this year. Plans are in place to establish up to 12 hubs by 2021, each with a different creative focus.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s great to see ReMode open its new Paisley premises and I look forward to seeing them and all the creative companies based here go from strength-to-strength over the coming years. The work the ReMode team do is really important, giving people important life skills like sewing and helping us as consumers to make small changes which make a big difference.

“We have so many creative and innovative people in Renfrewshire making unique products and our creative hub development fund is there to help them achieve their goal of turning their talent into a viable business, giving them the platform to sell their products on our local high streets.

“Our business development team have the knowledge and expertise to support creative companies to achieve sustainable growth and in the last four years alone have helped more than 100 creative start-ups. I’d encourage creative entrepreneurs to get in touch and see how we can help them achieve their ambitions and make Renfrewshire the place of choice for creative businesses.”

For more information about our creative hubs, call InCube on 0300 300 1180.

Case study – Made in Renfrewshire

Josef McFadden may hail from Northern Ireland, but his creative business is made in Renfrewshire.

The 27-year-old moved to Paisley in 2017, via a pit-stop in the Scottish Borders, to complete the Council’s InCube Creative programme – helping people turn their talent into a sustainable business.

Josef, a clothing and accessory print designer, converts his hand-drawn illustrations into menswear products, including ties, bow ties, hats and scarves.

“My business is much bigger since I moved to Paisley,” says Josef. “The InCube programme was fantastic and through that I got a lot of support from Business Gateway and mentoring help. I learned lots, how to run a business for yourself and to think much more commercially. That’s been the biggest change in my business thanks to the programme.”

Originally aiming to be a portrait painter before discovering textiles, Josef has now moved into studio space at ReMode on Paisley High Street, the latest creative hub to open in Renfrewshire.

Fashion-focused ReMode sell second-hand and upcycled clothing and run sewing workshops together with an engagement programme to highlight the environmental impacts of the fashion and textile industry.

It’s a cause Josef is excited to be a part of. He said: “All of my products are sourced in the UK, handmade to the highest standards and all without oil or gas in the print production process. I work with an ethical, sustainable designer in North Berwick who takes my off-cuts and I’m keen to do more to support sustainability and contribute to the work ReMode are doing.

“It’s a lonely life when you’re self-employed, so it’s nice to be in a shared studio setting where you can come in, see other faces and throw ideas off one another. And it’s really beneficial to have 24-hour access, as well as space to work and to store my collections.”

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Road users in Renfrewshire are being warned of the dangers of driving while under the influence during the festive party season.

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With new laws coming into force in October, motorists can now face roadside drugs tests as well as a breathalyser test for alcohol – with a zero-tolerance approach to eight drugs including cannabis, heroin and cocaine.

Anyone caught drug or drink-driving can face penalties such as the loss of their licence or jail time.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “It’s important that motorists recognise the criminal and personal consequences of being caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“It puts not only the driver, but any passengers and other road users at risk and the advice to any motorist would be not to risk it.

“You may think that you won’t be over the limit but don’t run the risk of causing a crash, losing your licence and even jail time.”

In the first four weeks of roadside drug testing being in place, 96 people provided positive tests and were arrested pending further enquiries.

This year is the first festive campaign that roadside drug testing is in place and police are carrying out dedicated patrols.

Chief Inspector Douglas Falconer, Local Area Commander for Paisley, said: “We know the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs and there really is no excuse for it. The consequences of doing so can be life-changing.

“Local officers and road policing colleagues will continue to proactively enforce the drink-drive limit and use the new drug-drive laws and roadside testing kits to help keep Renfrewshire’s roads safe.”

For more information, visit www.roadsafety.scot/topics/drink-driving.

TAXI

Revellers are being advised to stay safe during the festive season by ensuring they only use licensed taxis and private hire cars to get home from a night out.

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Renfrewshire Council is offering advice to partygoers now that the festive season is underway, advising that anyone heading out in Renfrewshire should:

  • Book their taxi home in advance;
  • Use a taxi or private hire company they are familiar with;
  • Only get in the taxi they have booked to take them home;
  • Make sure that their taxi is displaying Renfrewshire Council plates and licence stickers, with the drivers badge visible in the car too.

There are several private hire car companies in Paisley, Johnstone, Linwood, Renfrew and Erskine, and all hires must be pre-booked in advance.

Councillor John McNaughtan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Policy Board, said: “The festive season brings more nights out for people than normal and while it is an enjoyable time of year, we want to ensure everyone is safe at all times.

“Getting to and from a night out can be tricky so it is important that everyone follows the advice given and only uses licensed taxis or private hire cars to get home.

“While it can be tempting to ask a private hire car on the street to take you home, please only get into the one you have booked and, where possible, arrange this before you head out for the evening.

“You can flag down one of our taxis, which are all white in colour and rank at Glasgow Airport and Gilmour Street, and they will have their details clearly displayed to ensure they are recognisable as a Renfrewshire Council taxi.

If you are unhappy about the conduct of a taxi or private hire driver, you should contact the Council’s Civic Government Enforcement Officer on 0300 300 0300 or the Police on 101.

You can ask to see the driver’s badge and note the number. Alternatively, you should note the plate number or registration number of the vehicle.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/taxisandprivatehires.

BEAR Scotland visting the SBMC factory
  • Over 1,340 road signs have been produced since January by Armed Forces veterans for trunk road network in north of Scotland
  • Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SMBC) employs veterans from the Armed Forces and others with disabilities in Scotland who may need support adjusting to life after service
  • Trunk road operator BEAR Scotland was one of the first commercial companies to purchase the road signs one year ago

BEAR Scotland visting the SBMC factory

A team from BEAR Scotland visited a veterans’ manufacturing company in Erskine on Friday to mark a year of trading between the two organisations and to meet the ex-forces team members manufacturing the road signs installed by BEAR across the north of Scotland.

Based in Erskine, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SMBC) employs veterans from the Armed Forces and others with disabilities in Scotland who may need support adjusting to life after service. SMBC manufactures commercial signage and printing services, including high-quality road signs.

BEAR Scotland was one of the first commercial companies to purchase road signs from Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, now just over a year old. Since January, SMBC has produced over 1,340 signs for BEAR Scotland – more than a quarter of all the signs the initiative has produced in the past year – which have since been erected across the trunk road network throughout the north of Scotland.

These signs have included directional signage on the A9, M90 & A82 as well as warning signs, tourist signs and larger bespoke signage for road safety projects.

On Friday’s visit, BEAR Scotland saw first-hand the dedication, quality and precision behind the work SMBC does in producing road signs for the trunk road network.

Iain Murray, Managing Director for BEAR Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to visit the dedicated team at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and meet those involved in producing such a high-quality product for us since January this year.

“BEAR Scotland has long supported employment opportunities for ex-forces members and it is so inspiring to come to the depot and meet those producing the signs we use across our network in the north of Scotland and hear their stories.

“We’re so pleased with the quality, skill and dedication behind this initiative and we’re delighted that working with Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company not only supplies us with a high-quality product but also provides essential employment opportunities for our brave veterans.  We look forward to developing further opportunities and ways to work together to support this great initiative in 2020.”

Michelle Ferguson, Director of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, said: “Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company was established for one simple reason: to offer greater opportunities to those veterans and others with disabilities.

“The vast majority of veterans have an easy transition and are able to move into the civilian workforce relatively smoothly. However, for too many, they face great challenges – and that’s who we’re here for.

“The business that BEAR has placed with us in the last year has helped our organisation grow immensely, allowing us to employ more military spouses, veterans and others with disabilities giving them valuable transferable skills. Gary Jamieson, one of our veteran’s, sums it up perfectly – ‘when BEAR places an order with us they aren’t just buying a sign, they are changing the lives of veterans’.

“We are incredibly thankful to BEAR Scotland for the trust they have put in our team and for their continued backing. We are looking forward to further collaboration in the coming years and to seeing the signs we make across the Scottish road network.”

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Residents in Renfrewshire are being reminded that bin collections will not take place on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, with these collections rearranged to earlier in the week.

Grey, blue or food waste bins due to be collected on Wednesday 25 December or Wednesday 1 January will be collected the previous Sunday, on 22 and 29 December.

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Green bin, brown bin, sack collection or bulk bin recycling due to be collected on Wednesday 25 December or Wednesday 1 January will be collected the previous Monday, on 23 and 30 December.

Bulk bin residual, food or trade waste due to be collected on Wednesday 25 December or Wednesday 1 January will be collected the previous day on Tuesday 24 and 31 December.

All bins due to be collected on all other days will be collected as normal.

Renfrewshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, for any excess recycling or waste generated over the festive period.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We know how important collections are at this time of year and our teams will be working extremely hard to ensure that all bins are uplifted as normal.

“If you’re due a collection on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day then please make sure you know when to put it out instead.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our collection teams for their hard work and dedication over the festive period, it really is appreciated.”

All residents will have received a new collection calendar to their home, which includes their festive collections, and these are available to download from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins.

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Renfrewshire school pupils donned their hard hats and high-vis jackets as they were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a major project transforming the Clyde waterfront in Renfrew.

The £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project is jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments through the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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Construction is scheduled to start next year on the project, which includes the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde, improving access to work, education, hospitals and leisure for communities on both sides of the river.

Advance clearance works are being led by contractor Daltons Demolitions who presented the career opportunities in demolition to a group of S5 and S6 pupils preparing for life in the construction sector.

Pupils pictured with James McAllister- group-2

Together with a helpful talk on what the job entails, 20 pupils were taken round the site, sat inside an excavator and even tested their skills in a special demolition plant simulator, courtesy of the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG).

James McAllister, Commercial Manager at Daltons Demolition, said: “It was great to welcome the young people on site and give them hands-on experience of what’s involved in working in demolition. I’m sure many of them were surprised to learn that a career in demolition requires special skills and can also pay very well.

“Every job is different with demolition and it can be very interesting as there’s no two buildings the same. We’re the first stage of any redevelopment, the first stage of the rebuilding process.

“My advice to any young person considering demolition or any other part of the construction sector would be to gain the necessary certificates and qualifications, and once you have your foot in the door, turn up on time every day, work hard, show enthusiasm and you’ll go far.”

The pupils are completing the 10-month My Future Pathway Construction programme which aims to ready them for a career in the construction sector.

Activities include a range of taster days, site visits, mock interviews and a two-week work placement as well as the chance to gain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and health and safety certificates.

On successful completion of the programme, the pupils will complete an interview for a Modern Apprenticeship.

Liam Donnelly, 16, an S5 pupil at Gryffe High School said: “I was thinking about doing construction and this course has given me the chance to learn more about what’s involved. I really enjoyed the visit, especially doing the virtual reality simulator, which was difficult to handle, and learning about all the different machines. I’ve a brother who lives in Australia and I’d like to go out there to work in construction with him.”

Darren Young, 17, in S6 at Johnstone High, said: “The simulator was quite hard at first, but once you got the hang of it, I was fine. I planned to do joinery, but after seeing this I’d be keen to learn more. It was interesting seeing how you transform a site and get it ready for a new project. I want to do an apprenticeship so this programme is helping me towards that.”

The Daltons event and all visits and placements on the programme are delivered through community benefits, which are commitments from companies who secure a Council contract to provide educational and community-focused opportunities.

Councillor John Shaw is Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, which oversees contract awards.

He said: “Community benefits are a vital part of all council contracts and we have a dedicated team working hard to identify the opportunities that will bring the greatest benefit to Renfrewshire residents, consulting closely with the local business community. Education is a hugely important focus for us and I’m sure the pupils learned a lot from such a unique experience that Daltons provided.

“The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project will bring lots of construction companies to the area, with plenty of jobs to build the bridge and the surrounding roads and I’d encourage school leavers to contact our Invest in Renfrewshire team to find out more about how they can get ready to gain employment.”

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SHOPPERS needn’t worry if they think time is running out to get all the Christmas presents they need.

The clock may be ticking, but intu Braehead is making sure everyone has plenty time to buy the gifts they want for family and friends by opening until midnight.

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The popular shopping centre is open until midnight every day from Monday, December 16 to the following Monday, December 23.

And with free parking for 6500 cars, a safe and comfortable mall to do their shopping in and a host of restaurants and cafes visitors to intu Braehead have all they need to enjoy their Christmas shopping experience.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Our aim is to make people’s Christmas shopping a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

“Shoppers love our longer opening hours especially with people working during the day and then having to make sure they get all the right Christmas gifts.

“Our midnight opening is ideal for people with busy lives and people can even keep up with their favourite soaps on TV in the early evening before nipping out to intu Braehead to do some Christmas shopping.

“And everybody loves being able to drive into one of our free car parks and get to the shops within minutes.”

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Paisley is the place to be this Christmas with WinterFest just one of the highlights to help get you in the mood for the festive season!

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Running until 30th December, our outdoor ice rink is back, and our big wheel is lighting up the Paisley skyline yet again!

Don’t forget there’s a 20% discount on ice skating for those who can show proof of a PA postcode at the ticket office, or who have a valid Young Scot card.

Family favourites such as the Rudolph coaster, carousel and the Wave Swinger have also returned as well as the Fire Pit and ever-popular Nutella House.

Visitors to Paisley town centre can also see a very special Santa and his reindeers…taking three months to build, and using 700,000 LEGO® Bricks, you can even sit next to Santa on his sleigh for a Christmas selfie!

Our free festive trail is the Christmas Bricklive spectacular, the Paisley Penguin Parade Trail – follow the trail of penguins around the town centre, naming all our penguins as you go,  find our Christmas Emperor Penguin to claim your festive treat and enter our prize draw!

Trail maps and entry forms are available in the Piazza and Paisley Shopping Centres along with our Paisley Guide to Christmas, giving you the lowdown on the best places to shop, socialise and get ready for Christmas!

Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

And follow Paisley First on social media @PaisleyFirst to take part in our 12 Days of Christmas Competition with fantastic prizes from local businesses up for grabs every day in the run up to Christmas, starting tomorrow!

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Christmas Concerts
The Diane Mitchell Music School offers one to one lessons in multiple instruments for people of all ages, With additional Musicianship based classes for children.
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All Pupils have been working hard this year and are finishing up for Christmas with a loud, musical BANG!
Feel free to come along to either of our performances on Wednesday 11th of December (Barrhead Evangelical Church) at 6.30pm or Saturday 14th December (The Life Church, Paisley) at 3.30pm!
Tickets on the door – Adults £5, Concession £3 and Children Free!
Our new term starts in January with some brilliant new classes on the way! Click Here for 2020 Term Dates.
Including a Gospel choir for Children and young people age 8-16 that are interested in singing and performing and a new baby sensory/musical tots class!
Have a look at what we have to offer and don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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