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Lisa Kowalski has gone from busking on the streets of Paisley to performing outside Hampden, and has now just been awarded money via the Culture Events and Heritage Fund to create an EP. We asked Lisa to send us some information about what she has achieved via Lisa Kowalski Music.

“Although I have had the opportunity to perform in lots of places, busking in Paisley High Street is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunny Saturday. I’ve been finding a pitch on the High Street whenever I can and have made many supportive friends through this, including security guards, Big Issue sellers, local businesses and appreciative shoppers. Lately I’ve felt that the town has really helped me in my musical career with support from St. Mirren, Loud n Proud’s Tommy McGrory, Brick Lane Studios and Create Paisley.

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The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities were celebrated at this year’s Provost’s Community Awards.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was joined by comperè Gina McKie to help celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes in the local community.

The winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, which was held in Paisley Town Hall.

The winners this year were:

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Martyn Cosh

Sporting Achievement (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Amiee Pollard

Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Jodie Campbell

Community Group (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – Renfrew Care Home Activities Group

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Julie Clark

The Freedom of Renfrewshire was also awarded during the event to Lochwinnoch resident Corinne Hutton, who started her own charity to help people who have lost limbs after experiencing the loss of her own hands and feet in 2013.

Finding Your Feet provides practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and has raised over £250,000 since its inception to help those living with limb loss.

Corinne is the fourth recipient of the award after sculptor Sandy Stoddart, Charleston Drummer Tony Lawler and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The awards ceremony also recognised the achievements of seven outstanding members of the community through the awarding of the Provost’s Distinction Certificates.

The certificates were presented to Elizabeth Anderson, Margaret Gourlay, Tony Fitzpatrick, Gordon Lethorn, James Wardrop, Margaret Smith and Ann Grieve.

Provost Hall said: “It is a privilege to recognise those who contribute so much to our communities through their dedication, hard work and success.

“Each year the nominations we receive are humbling and it is inspiring to discover the work that goes on in our communities. Choosing a winner in each category is extremely challenging and I must thank everyone who took the time to nominate.

“This year we also awarded Corinne Hutton with the Freedom of Renfrewshire. Her attitude and spirit to overcome adversity and help advance the lives of others through her charity cannot be understated. I am delighted she has received this recognition.”

For more information on the Provost’s Community Awards, visit

Corinne’s Story

Corinne has been honoured for her charity work which has continued despite a life-changing illness in 2013. Having suffered acute pneumonia and septicaemia, surgeons were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee.

She is fondly know by the UK media as ‘The Bionic Mum’; however her son Rory (6) prefers calling her his ‘X-Mum’.

Her courage and determination has helped her raise over £250,000 achieved through the likes of completing a gruelling 5km assault course, becoming the first quadruple amputee in history to climb Ben Nevis, and breaking a record by abseiling 140 feet.

Corinne responded by establishing a charity, Finding Your Feet, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and families who have suffered limb loss or life-changing physical trauma.

Celebrities and sports stars including Andy Murray, Mel Gibson and Gerard Butler have given their backing to Corinne’s outstanding effort to help others.

With only a few days to go, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is urging people to put their nominations in for this year’s Provost’s Community Awards ahead of the deadline of Sunday 31 January.

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The awards honour those who devote their time to helping others in the Renfrewshire community or who are an inspiration to others people’s lives.

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Last year Vikki Swan, of Stepping Stones Nursery in Johnstone, took the time to nominate her employer, Lorna Bradley, for the Employer of the Year award.

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Vikki said: “As a nursery we are always busy but Lorna makes time for everyone and is extremely appreciative of the work that we do.

“She is very flexible, taking into consideration the needs of her staff’s changing circumstances and often takes us out for team lunches to show her appreciation for our efforts.

“She was overcome with emotion when she found out about her nomination and subsequent win. We all feel the same way about Lorna and were delighted to put her forward.

“I would definitely encourage everyone to nominate their employer after seeing how Lorna reacted.”
Lorna received her award at a special ceremony held at Tweedie Hall in Linwood. This year’s awards will be presented at Paisley Town Hall on Friday 11 March.

Lorna said: “I was completely overwhelmed and surprised when I found out about the award. I didn’t expect it all and I’m extremely grateful to my team for nominating me.

“It really is a team effort here and I try to provide strong management to help our team.

“Being self employed is difficult and the award gives good feedback to an employer and lets them know they are doing a good job.”

The award is sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who said: “Renfrewshire has many thriving businesses, both large and small, which provide a terrific working environment for their staff. This award is a chance for those outstanding employers to be recognised.

“If your employer makes your job easier and more enjoyable through their actions then nominate them now.”

There are five categories for the awards: Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers Award and Employer of the Year.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall said: “There are only a few days to go to nominate that deserving person or group and give them the recognition that they deserve.

“You can fill out a nomination form online at or pick up a printed form at Council offices and facilities.”

Paisley Pirates are celebrating not one, but two of their biggest successes in recent years-and without a puck in sight.

At the Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards event held last week, two well known faces within the club were honoured, along with local representatives from other sports and activities, at the inaugural staging of the event in the newly furbished Johnstone Town Hall, with many well known figures from the world of sport and broadcasting in attendance.

Pirates’ coach Ian Turley made the final three in the Community Coach of the Year category, and while missing out on the main award, was nevertheless delighted to be included in the final consideration. “Of course, it’s always nice to win any award, but it’s a big honour just to be recognised in this type of event,” he said. “None of us do what we do for the purpose of winning awards, we do it because we want to, and it’s quite humbling when people highlight what you do as worthy of consideration for an award.”

Mum Jackie Turley, secretary of the Paisley Pirates, went one better, however, in picking up the Volunteer of the Year Award, taking her completely by surprise and, for once, lost for words. “I really didn’t expect anything like this, and, like Ian says, you don’t do things to try and win awards, you participate because you want to and try to make a difference. We always preach that we’re a community club, run by the community, for the community, and in the community, and what I think I’m most chuffed about is that these awards certainly suggest to us that the Paisley Pirates are very much accepted as being in with the fabric of the local community. The club is much more than just an ice hockey team, we have an army of volunteers, to whom I dedicated my award, and a lot of people are involved in making sure that the Pirates remain one of the top amateur ice hockey teams in Scotland, and, at least as important, a well recognised local community group in the area which it serves, we hope, with distinction and honour.”


‘Jackie Turley’ holding Volunteer of the Year Award 2015

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St James’ Primary in Paisley have been crowned the year’s foremost fair trade primary school in Renfrewshire.

The John McDowell Trophy is awarded to the primary school which has shown the greatest commitment to fair trade across the year.

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Former Provost John McDowell donated the award having been heavily involved with the cause during his time in office and continues to support the cause today especially within schools.

Awarding the trophy on John’s behalf, Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, was impressed by the dedication that the school had shown throughout the year and the activities which they had completed to raise awareness.

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St James’ managed to achieve all three of the Fairtrade Foundation’s awards for schools in 2015; receiving the FairAware, FairActive and FairAchiever awards. They also created a whole school policy which sets out the school’s aims and incorporates fair trade into decision making within the school. This alongside numerous other activities ensured they took home the trophy.

Councillor Sharkey said: “It was a tough decision but St James’ have completed some incredible work this year and just pipped a number of other schools to win.

“Achieving three awards from the Foundation in one calendar year is tremendous and well deserved for the dedication they have shown to making fair trade a part of everyday school life.

“Fair trade allows pupils to learn about global issues and why we have a responsibility to help wherever we possibly can.

“Unfortunately John wasn’t able to present the award through illness but I know he remains a firm supporter of the cause and was delighted to see another school recognised for their efforts.

St James’ are the fifth school to receive the trophy succeeding last year’s winner Bridge of Weir Primary who again put forward a strong submission.

There were a number of schools who just missed out on winning the award with the decision process proving the toughest yet. The volume of schools being nominated is encouraging with the ultimate aim of having every school in Renfrewshire involved with fair trade.

Fair trade helps to improve the lives of the producers who fill our supermarket shelves by guaranteeing them a fair price for their products. The Fairtrade premium also gives producers money to invest in their local communities.

John McDowell said: “It is great to see the young people of Renfrewshire so involved with fair trade. It is vital that we make the younger generation aware of the issues in the world and I am proud that this trophy can encourage schools to become involved with fair trade.”

Acting Head Teacher, Michelle Ferguson, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and it is the least that our pupils and fair trade committee deserve.

“We have dedicated a lot of time making sure the pupils are aware of the issues of fair trade and tried to integrate it into our curriculum. The children are very enthusiastic in their learning and commitment to using fair trade wherever possible.

“We look forward to trying to retain the award next year!”

For more information visit

community councils

Local residents who want to be a ‘voice for their community’ will get the chance this month with elections to community councils across Renfrewshire.

22 community councils across the area will be accepting nominations for membership during an ‘election period’ from 1-30 September.

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The only exception will be Foxbar and Brediland where a new community council was formed this June.

Any person who is 16 or over, resident within the community council area and listed on the electoral roll is eligible to become a member of a community council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Community councils are the first statutory level of democracy in our country and an important voice for their community. The work they do to raise issues and concerns on behalf of local people is invaluable.

“It was very encouraging to see residents of Foxbar and Brediland come together this summer and form a new community council after its absence for several years.

“I would urge anyone interested in doing likewise to find out more about what their local community council does and consider becoming a member.”

Anne McNaughton, Community Council Liaison Officer for Renfrewshire Council, explained: “While we call this an election period, it’s important to point out that people won’t actually have to campaign for votes at this stage. It’s simply a period of time where all active community councils open up for the nomination of members. An election would only be necessary if the number of nominations exceeds the maximum membership size for a community council.”

More information about community council elections is available online at


Community Football Centres


Have fun, learn, train and play the St Mirren way!

Week night Community Football Centres resume on the week beginning Monday 24th August 2015. Weekend centres at the Carbrini@JD Airdome restart on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August. Football centres are pay as you play therefore you do not need to pre-book places, you can simply register and join on the night. The first session is free then £3.50 thereafter.


  • Monday’s –St Pauls Primary School – 3-5 years 6.30-7.30pm and 6-12 years 7.30-8.30pm. Goalkeeping Development Centre – Carbrini@JD Airdome – 6-12 years 4.30-5.30pm
  • Tuesday’s – Newmains Primary School and Kilbarchan Primary School – 3-5 years 6.30-7.30pm and 6-12 years 7.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday’s – Ralston Primary School – 3-5 years 6.30-7.30pm and 6-12 years 7.30-8.30pm.
  • Thursday’s – Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – 3-5 years 4-5pm and 6-12 years 5-6pm
  • Fridays – Rashielea Primary School and Gryffe High School – 3-5 years 6.30-7.30pm and 6-12 years 7.30-8.30pm
  • Saturdays – Carbrini@JD Airdome – 3-7 years 9-11am and 8-12 years 10-11am
  • Sundays – Carbrini@JD Airdome – 3-6 years 9-11am and 7-12 years 10-11am. Additional Support Needs Football – 6-14 years  10-11am. Goalkeeping Development Centre – 6-12 years 10-11am


Girls Development Centre

In partnership with Street Stuff, girls aged 8-14 years old can enjoy fun and progressive football sessions at the Carbrini@JD Airdome, free of charge! Please note that this centre starts on the week beginning Monday 31stAugust.



  • Wednesday’s – Carbrini@JD Airdome – 8-10 years 6-7pm and 11-14 years 7-8pm

For further information about Street Stuff, please contact  Street Stuff Manager, Stephen Gallacher on 07557 281 581 or email


Walk Football Centres

Fun and progressive football sessions for adults aged 16 years old and over, who are looking for a leisurely game of football, returning to physical activity from injury or illness, or wanting to improve their general fitness. Centres are pay as you play therefore you do not need to pre-book places, you can simply register and join on the night. The first session is free then £3.50 thereafter.


  • Thursday’s – Carbrini@JD Airdome – 4-5pm and 5-6pm


St Mirren Powerchair Football Club

St Mirren Powerchair Football Club resumes at St Benedicts High School on Thursday nights, on the week beginning Monday 24th August. The sessions will again run from 6.30-8pm and cost £5 per session. As always, new players are very welcome to come along and try their first session free of charge.



Birthday Parties

St Mirren in the Community offer fun and dynamic, football themed birthday parties, tailored to your requirements, at the exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome. Please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson for further information.


For further information about St Mirren in the Community, please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson on 07702 287 693 or email


Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has launched a charity raffle ahead of her much anticipated Masquerade Charity Ball in September.

With a top prize of £1,000 and tickets costing £1, the raffle will help to raise vital funds for the Provost’s chosen charities.


A £500 art voucher and a Lenovo laptop are the second and third prize on offer.

Raffle tickets will be available at all charity events hosted by Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and the two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost Hall said: “A raffle is a great way for people to donate a small amount of money that makes a big difference to the community. My chosen charities support and help local people at a time they really need it.

“There are fantastic prizes to win – from £1,000 cash, to £500 towards local art or a brand new laptop. I would encourage everyone who can to donate £1 – it all adds up.”

Prizes in the raffle were donated by Accord Hospice and Pacific Buildings Ltd.

The raffle winners will be announced on Friday 4 September, a week before the Masquerade Charity Ball takes place.

The Masquerade Charity Ball, which will be held in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, is promised to be an evening of great entertainment, live music and the popular live and silent auctions, presided over by professional auctioneers.

Tickets to the ball cost £60 per person and can be purchased by calling the Provost’s office on 0141 618 7102. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple are included.

Money raised at the event and raffle will be shared equally among the four charities.

For more information, visit or call 0141 618 6794.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Award winners celebrated at a special ceremony held in the Tweedie Hall, Linwood.

Five community heroes accepted awards by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and the sponsors for each category.

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Almost 100 people and organisations were nominated for an award in the five award categories, which were revamped last year.

The award winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the event.

This year’s winners were:

Employer of the Year award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Lorna Bradley, Paisley

Sporting Achievement award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Ross Paterson, Paisley

Community Volunteer award (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Arlene Clark, Renfrew

Community Group award (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – I Am Me, Renfrewshire

Carer’s award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Amanda Macdonald, Glenburn

Provost Hall said: “It is always important to recognise and honour the many dedicated people who do so much for others in the community, often without looking for anything in return. The huge number of nominations is a great indicator of the good that takes place daily within our communities, so deciding on five winners is always a hard thing to do.

“The five winners have dedicated much of their own personal time to helping others and are a true inspiration. As I listen to their stories, I am humbled and moved by how they have overcome adversity to make the lives of those around them better.

“I also honoured nine community stalwarts with a Distinction Certificate, who have helped to shape and transform our communities over the years. Their contributions have benefited many in the community.”

Provost Hall awarded Distinction Certificates to nine community champions to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions they have made to Renfrewshire. The certificates were awarded to Maureen Brough, Lesley Compston, Jessie James, Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Elizabeth McLean, Alan Madden, Sheila Patterson and Doreen Polson.

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Image 1: Lorna Bradley, manager of Stepping Stones nursery and winner of the Employer of the Year Award, with Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader Mike Holmes

Image 2: Ross Paterson, winner of the Sporting Achievement Award, with Ken Sinclair, Health and Safety Manager, Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services

Image 3: Arlene Clark, winner of the Community Volunteer Award, Glasgow Airport’s Communications Manager, Nicola Macnaughton.

Image 4: Carol Burt, founder of I Am Me project and winner of the Community Group Award, with Maureen Hill, Centre Manager of Paisley’s Piazza shopping centre.

Image 5: Amanda Macdonald, winner of the Carer’s Award, with former Provost Nancy Allison.

Image 6: Community Award winners Back l-r Ross Paterson, I Am Me team – Megan Milligan, Carol Burt and Fiona McIntyre, and Lorna Bradley. Front l-r Amanda Macdonald, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Arlene Clark.

Image 7: Lesley Compston with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 8: Jessie James with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 9: Robert Knox with his Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 10: Margaret Lavery with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 11: Elizabeth McLean with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 12: Alan Madden with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 13: Sheila Patterson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 14: Doreen Polson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 15: Distinction Certificates Back l-r Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Lesley Compston and Elizabeth McLean. Front l-r Sheila Patterson, Doreen Polson, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Jessie James and Alan Madden. Not pictured – Maureen Brough.

fairtrade rice challenge

Employees of Renfrewshire Council have sold over 100 bags of rice for a special Fairtrade challenge to help the children of Malawi.

The Kilombero rice was sold to employees by adding it to the lunchtime soup and by encouraging colleagues to buy a bag of rice to take home.

Promoted by Just Trading Scotland (JTS), the 90kg rice challenge initiative makes enough money for a Malawian farmer to send one child to high school for a year.

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Chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group, Councillor Jim Sharkey, said: “The 90kg rice challenge was a fun and innovative way for us to help Fairtrade and to fund a child’s education in Malawi.

“Renfrewshire Council has always been committed to supporting Fairtrade and promoting fairness and sustainability for farmers both at home and abroad.

“We work in partnership with a range of local organisations, and do our utmost to promote Fairtrade among our staff, customers and communities so that they understand the value of the campaign.

“It is great to know you are making a difference to someone’s life and we hope that we have encouraged people to be more conscious of their choices when they are shopping and choose Fairtrade.”

Just Trading Scotland Executive Board Member, Malcolm Shannon, said: “JTS are delighted that Renfrewshire council has been one of the many groups to complete the 90kg Rice Challenge. Over three tonnes of Fair Trade rice has been sold in Renfrewshire to date, which is enough to enable 30 children to receive a year’s education in Malawi.”

To find out more about the 90kg rice challenge, visit