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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Environmental And Restoration Group (R.E.R.G) and members of the Community are battling to save one of Paisley’s Historic Buildings – The Ferguslie Mills Half Time School, A building which is B Listed and in its day was one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the World but now lays with scaffolding holding it up.

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This Building has been left to decay and rot since a fire savaged through the Building in 1997, before this it was a Gem in Paisley’s Crown of Historic Building with many uses over the years from Education the Mill Lassies, A canteen for the Mill Workers to most recently a Social Club. It’s Fine architecture and style was created by Woodhouse and Morley, Who also designed the No 1 Spinning Mill, In 1983 the Half Time School was described by the Organisation ‘Save Britain’s Heritage’ Their Best Work surviving though this is no longer the case !  Many Developers have promised to Develop the site but these promises have never came true and its time we step in and take action to Save our Heritage before it’s lost forever – These  Buildings cannot be replaced once they have gone.

The Organisation is proposing a Buy Out of the site to restore the Building back to its former glory and giving it a new uses, in order to Save what is one of the few remaining Buildings left of the Ferguslie Mills Site. This Building has been part of a Long Saga of false promises by Developers and those promising action which has never been forthcoming and now the building lies in a State of ruins with no restoration insight from these Developers.

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Project Manager Jordan McPhail told the website: “This B Listed building has been allowed to decay for 17 years ago and we want to save it before it’s too late and there’s nothing left to save.

“Many developers have said they’ll do something positive with the site but nothing has happened and it’s now time for the community to step in and take action.

“We must save our heritage before it’s lost forever.

“Buildings like the Half-Time School can’t be replaced once they are gone, this is one of only a handful of examples in Scotland. It is believed to be the only purpose built Half Time School

“What we are proposing is to raise enough money to buy the building and the land and then return it to its former glory, with new uses.”

The Buy Out  will secure the Buildings future and be a real boost the Local Area, Creating Jobs and Apprenticeships. The Building will be Multi Use and Will be a great asset to the People of Paisley and Renfrewshire once restored. Currently we urgently need support from the People Of Paisley to carry out such a task and save it – As it may not last another winter being exposed to the elements. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us via Facebook or email us at [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Provosts Awards 78

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]People who live or work in Renfrewshire have begun to nominate those special people in our communities for a Provost’s Community Award.

The awards, which opened to nominations on Monday 27 October, are a chance to recognise those people who devote much of their time to others for little or nothing in return.

Taking the time to nominate someone for an award is what Gillian McGrane and Alison Hutchison did last year.

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Gillian and Alison, who work for Cairellot Nursery and Learning Centre, took just a few minutes out of their busy day to nominate their employer, Rosemary Elliot, for an award.

Little did they know then that Rosemary would go onto win the Employer of the Year award.

Gillian said “Nominating Rosie for the Employer of the Year Award was an easy decision.

“Rosie is a local mum and grandmother who has worked tirelessly for the provision of quality childcare in the village of Bishopton as well as being an advocate for the whole childcare sector.

“Most of us know someone who deserves a thank you and appreciation for what they do, day in day out without the want or wish for reward or recognition but unfortunately we are all guilty of sometimes being too busy to do something about it.

“When the leaflet advertising the Provost Awards popped through our door, we could think of no better accolade than a community award for someone who had dedicated her life to supporting the families around her.

“Rosie was thrilled and overwhelmed when our staff team told her of her nomination and win and we would encourage anyone to take a moment out of their day to say thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life or the life of your community.”

Nomination forms can be filled in online at Printed forms are also available at Council offices and facilities.

The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2015.

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Youngster’s first time flying in wing-walking display

A brave youngster’s first time in the air will see her strapped to the outside of a plane.

Stephanie Bain, who has never flown before, is delighted her first time flying will be so unusual.

The youngster is taking part in a wing-walking display to raise awareness for Help for Heroes, who help wounded and injured service men and women.

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Wing-walking is one of many items on Stephanie’s bucket list. If her nerves hold out while in the air, Stephanie hopes to go on to tackle sky-diving and bungee-jumping.

Stephanie will be joined by sixteen big-hearted locals and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall who will take to the air between Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 August.

Stephanie Bain said: “I’m very excited that my first time in the air will be on the outside of the plane. Most people would find that daunting, but I am thrilled by the idea.

“Last year, I drew up a bucket list of everything I wanted to do. So, when I saw Provost Hall was looking for volunteers to join her on a wing-walk, I just knew I had to do it.

“I’m really passionate about charity and I am keen to show my support for Help for Heroes. It’s particularly important to me as I have a few friends in the army and if anything should happen to them, I’m glad that Help for Heroes will be there to give them the support they will need.”

Renfrewshire Council aims to support and honour current members of the armed forces at the same time as we commemorate those who served during the First World War through our Renfrewshire Reflects programme of events.

A special service will be held on Monday 4 August in St Mirin’s Cathedral at 10:15pm to 11pm, the exact time that Britain declared war on Germany.

John Stott’s story

Stephanie’s passion and drive is something Andrewina Stott can relate to about her late husband, John Stott.

John joined the army aged 18 and was in the 15th Scottish division during World War Two. After the war, John served in the Army Cadet Force until retirement at age 65.

As one of the few serviceman in the Bridge of Weir branch of Legion Scotland, John did have a large group of comrades who were conscripted during the Second World War.

John was fortunate that he had good health until his later years and was able to be reunited with friends from his time in service in 1999 and 2004.

Andrewina Stott, widow of John Stott, said: “John’s life was the army and he was very fortunate to have had so long in active service. Even when John retired, his mind was very much still on the armed forces and he made three pilgrimages to Holland and Normandy to honour the lives of his fallen colleagues.

“John would have really appreciated the support Stephanie and the other wing-walkers are showing our service men and women.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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Community hosts suicide memorial football fest

Ferguslie will once again host an annual football tournament as part of a drive to raise awareness on suicide within the community.

Budding football enthusiasts have signed up their 7-a-side teams to the No Substitute for Life event on Sunday 29 June, 12pm-4pm.


Paul Cadona pictured at the last Substitute for life event at St Mirren Park

The memorial event will also host a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and a bouncy castle.

Later on there will be an opportunity for bereaved family and friends to write a message for a loved one on a purple heart and attach it to the Ferguslie Memorial Tree.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “More and more people are finding it easier to talk about suicide and it’s great to see events like No Substitute for Life bring that message into the community.

“Those who have been bereaved by suicide often find it difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one. This football tournament is a great way for communities to come together and support each other.

“Preventing our young people losing their lives to suicide is as simple as talking about the issue openly and frankly. I’d encourage the local community to once again join in on this worthwhile event.”

The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones.

The Football Tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and the family activities will be held in the Tannahill Centre.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

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Schools catering manager celebrates 30 years of service.

Schoolchildren and staff at Kirklandneuk Primary School have gathered to celebrate Renfrewshire’s longest serving catering manager.

Lorraine Kingsley has been part of Renfrewshire Council’s schools catering team for an impressive 30 years and has been a familiar face at the Kirklandneuk Primary serving hatch for 26 of them.

Joining the service aged 16, Lorraine has witnessed and embraced the development of the schools meals service, which has moved on from mince, tatties and tinned fruits to today’s more flexible and inspiring approach.

She has been instrumental in the council’s effort to transform its school meals service with Kirklandneuk being one of the first primary schools in Renfrewshire to introduce a ‘grab & go’ style menu with twice weekly ‘dine in days’.

The new formats have proved popular with pupils, and where implemented, have lead to an increase in the numbers of young people opting for school meals. Lorraine has been championing ‘grab & go’ in neighbouring schools so even more children can benefit from the increased variety.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s thanks to the input from dedicated employees like Lorraine that we’ve been able to improve and update our school catering service. Moving away from the traditional format of a sit-down meal served in the dinner hall to a more informal, self-serve approach has been highly effective. It is a lot more appealing for pupils and gives our young people access to a greater range of healthy, nutritious and affordable food options.

Councillor Devine joined Head Teacher Shirley Wieland, pupils and other council staff to surprise Lorraine with a bouquet and a handmade cake baked earlier by members the council’s catering team based at Montrose Care Home.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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ROCCO 2013 Winners:

Friday the 15th Nov saw 16 awards presented at the 10th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Sponsored this year by Life Technologies who have their European HQ in Inchinnan, the sell-out crowd of 490+ celebrated at The Normandy Hotel hosted by ROCCO regular Fred MacAulay.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented “it was a great night – a real celebration of the great businesses & people we have in Renfrewshire. I encourage all our 16 winners to use their ROCCO win in their own PR and share their good news with staff & clients. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, premier partners and companies that supported ROCCO 2013. For those that didn’t win I hope you will enter ROCCO 2014″.

The ROCCO 2013 winners are:

1. Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead – Glasgow Airport
2. Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group – Chivas Brothers
3. Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Rolls Royce
4. Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park – Rainbow Technology Systems
5. Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Spectrum Service Solutions
6. Outstanding Performing Business <5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems – Designline Creative
7. Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Sarkar Defence
8. Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company – Bray Controls
9. Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway – Engage Marketing & Communications
10. Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS – No Substitute for Life
11. International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Sarkar Defence
12. Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland – Craig Bickett (Tuckerbox)
13. Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Life Technologies
14. Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Carli’s Kindergarten
15. Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland – Ferguslie Pre-five Centre
16. Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Peter Beagley, intu Braehead

With entertainment provided by young artists from UWS MA in Songwriting and Performance and Loud’n’Proud, the event raised £10,000 for local charities & good causes including Accord Hospice and Sailability (Sailing for the disabled). Afterwards guests celebrated into the night at the after show party.

Renfrewshire Chamber themselves are officially short listed in the coveted UK Chamber of the Year award with the winner announced in London at a glittering awards ceremony at the end of November. The popular Chamber based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport has a growing membership at just under 600 companies and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

The twitter hash tag for any tweets on ROCCO 2013 is #2013Rocco (& #Rocco2013)

For more info on the ROCCOs please visit

More images are available on the Chamber facebook page  –



Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund

From day centres to outreach projects and from Bathgate to Inverclyde, many community groups and organisations have benefited from bursaries through Weatherseal. Today we will take a look at just a handful of them below. Remember the Community Heroes fund is open to the Renfrewshire area until the end of this week and will be continuing across Scotland over the coming months. You can fill in the simple application form here.


St Michael’s Day Care Centre is based in Linlithgow and provides breakfast, a 3 course lunch, transport, therapeutic activities and most importantly a safe, friendly environment for frail, elderly disabled people in the area. They celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving £500 to buy new resources for the centre and allow them to vary the daily activities on offer.

Some mothers from Fauldhouse Playgroup contacted the bursary as they were really struggling due to lack of funds. They were awarded £500 to help throw a Christmas party for the children as well as buy new toys and arts and crafts equipment.

Yorkhill Children’s Hospital radio station was raising money for an audio system within the children’s intensive care unit as they are not allowed radios in this section. Paul Harper from Real Radio was making a guest appearance on the station in early December and took the opportunity to announce a donation of £500 from the bursary towards the fund raising effort.

These are just a few of the success stories that have resulted from previous Weatherseal bursary programmes and will hopefully give an idea of how they could help you with your community group or organisation. For more information visit the and get applying!

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Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The money will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant community project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living under the flightpath.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013In order to be considered for the airport’s third Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment and the environment.

On two previous occasions the Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects. The community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel.

This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

And the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) received £40,000 which allowed them to pilot a new project called Skills for Sustainable Tourism, which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a local community group or a national charity delivering local projects to think of a really innovative and beneficial project which would not be possible without this level of donation.

“After two successful Challenge Funds in recent years we are confident this will generate a lot of interest. Through the FlightPath Fund we support a wide range of organisations and hopefully the applications we receive will reflect this diversity.”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “The Skills for Sustainable Tourism project was very successful and would not have been possible without the Challenge Fund money. It’s fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality, both funded and participated in the programme.

“By committing so much of its money and time, Glasgow Airport showed it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland. Charities and community groups should be really excited that another Challenge Fund has been launched.”

The Challenge Fund is supported by money from the Communities Trust, formerly the BAA Communities Trust, which is the charitable arm of Glasgow Airport’s parent company.

The Communities Trust is one of the revenue streams which make up the airport’s FlightPath Fund, which was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success.

It supports communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

The FlightPath Fund has awarded in excess of £550,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities, and in 2012 made awards totalling more than £200,000.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

To be considered a project must:

  • Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community.
  • Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment.
  • Benefit a significant number of people.

Applications must:

  • Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need.
  • Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 October. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel will shortlist the strongest entries and the winner will be chosen by the trustees of the Communities Trust.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit, e-mail or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew’s Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW


ROCCO 2013 – Still time to enter….

The ROCCOs are the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Now in their 10th year, they are the main corporate event in Renfrewshire. The ROCCOs are fast paced, fun and a great way for local businesses to get recognised for their success and reward staff & clients. This year the Chamber has 16 categories – all free to enter. Companies & organisations can enter as many as they wish. Entry is open to all members based anywhere AND non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. Deadline for entry is 9am on Monday 16th September – so still time to enter.


ROCCO 2013 main sponsor is Life Technologies whose EMEA HQ is in Inchinnan.

There are 3 new categories this year:

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems
ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

The remaining 13 are:

ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce
ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council


Shortlisted companies & organisations (excluding Business Leader) will get invited to attend a panel interview / presentation in October – the 3 judges will be sponsor, a Chamber Board Director and a neutral subject matter expert.

The night itself is Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel, always a sell-out with just under 500 people attending (black tie). The host this year is ROCCO favourite, Fred MacAulay

To enter, book a table or find out more info, visit


Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) is a charity and limited company that is seeking to broaden and strengthen its board to respond to future business opportunities.

ROAR embraces equal opportunities and welcomes applications from individuals who are resident in, or who have business interests, in the Renfrewshire area.

ROAR_logoExpressions of interest are sought from individuals who have an interest in the wellbeing of older adults and who have skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accountancy and financial management

  • Human Resources

  • Management in the public, private or voluntary sectors

  • Knowledge of the health and social care sector

Membership is non-remunerated and will include attendance at around six (daytime or early evening) Board meetings per year. Relevant expenses will be reimbursed.


For more information, please contact John Wilby (Chair)

c/o West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane

Paisley PA1 2SL

Tel 07710 782510

Closing date:  23 August 2013