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Pirates recorded their biggest win over the Comets in a number of years, and in doing so took a significant step towards reaching the Scottish Cup Final next month. However, they did leave the back door slightly ajar and this left their visitors with a shaft of light at the end of an otherwise very dark tunnel.

The home side took the lead in the third minute when Conor Duncan took a pass from Richard Thorp to smash a low drive past Shearer to give his side a lead which they never lost. They successfully played off a penalty on Guy and made it two as Henderson was first to a rebound to poke the puck over the line in eight minutes to double the advantage. Pirates were on the ascendancy with some slick play and added a third goal through Abercrombie near the 15th minute to give them a handy 3-0 advantage. They did, however, lose players to penalties for almost 5 minutes in total either side of the interval but they played them off comfortably, keeping the visitors out of the game when they threatened to make a comeback.

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Pirates got back to full strength early in the second session and made Comets pay for their missed powerplay opportunities by scoring a fourth in the 23rd minute with a man advantage as Guy squeezed the puck home at the near post. Again Pirates were on the defensive as they were penalised twice within seconds but with Meechan performing heroics in the home goal, they repelled boarders for the full penalty session once more and hit Comets with a double whammy within a minute as first Duncan, with his second, and then Abercrombie, also completing a brace, took the score to 6-0 and Pirates were looking pretty, ending the period still looking for more goals.

Pirates again started the final period with a flourish, and scored a seventh after four minutes as Thorp fired home and Pirates’ chances of a Cup Final place appeared to increase. However, they allowed the visitors back into the game and two quickfire goals from McIntosh and McBean around the halfway point in the period gave them just a glimmer of hope in the second and deciding leg on Sunday 8 March.

After the game, player/coach Adam Walker commented, “We played well for 50/55 minutes but let them back in a little. If you’d offered us a 5 goal lead before the match we would have taken it but we’ll need to go there and battle a bit.”

The second leg takes place on Sunday 8 March and the winners go through to the final on Saturday 21 March. In the other semi final,, Murrayfield Racers recorded a narrow 3-2 win away to Dundee Tigers.

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A commitment of over £1million to support culture and events is helping to bolster Paisley’s reputation as one of Scotland’s top destinations for culture and events with a jam-packed programme planned for 2020.

A range of exciting projects, events and collaborations are being supported by Future Paisley – a programme of economic, social and physical regeneration building on the work already done to use Paisley’s internationally-significant culture and heritage story to change its future.

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Following the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid Future Paisley, funded by Renfrewshire Council, earmarked more than £1million to invest in supporting cultural and events programming in the town as part of a three-year funding package until 2022. Some projects supported through this funding come to fruition in 2020.

Next week the town will host the first-ever Paisley Book Festival supported through the Future Paisley programme and delivered by Renfrewshire Leisure. The ten-day event, taking place from 20 – 29 February at various town centre venues, will be centred on the theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories – drawing on the Paisley Radicals of 1820 as inspiration. The impressive programme will feature the likes of Jackie Kaye, John Byrne, Janice Galloway, Kirsty Wark, Alan Bissett and even a performance from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers.

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One of Paisley’s favourite sons, John Byrne, will bring his new musical play, Underwood Lane, to Paisley Arts Centre from 25-28 June for its world premiere, in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and Tron Theatre. The play tells the tale of a young skiffle band trying to make it and is written in memory of John’s Paisley buddy, Gerry Rafferty, who was born and brought up on the titular street. Underwood Lane is the last event to be held at Paisley Arts Centre before it closes for refurbishment.

The Paisley People’s Theatre Project, a large-scale participatory arts programme will launch this summer as part of a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland, Slung Low and Renfrewshire Leisure. It will engage with the local community offering classes and courses via Slung Low’s mobile Cultural Community College and months of in-depth workshops and rehearsals with professional actors and creatives leading to a performance in 2021 telling the story of Paisley’s momentous past.

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Future Paisley Lead for Renfrewshire Council, Leonie Bell, said: “The quality of events and collaborations taking place in Paisley in 2020 demonstrates how culture is thriving in the town. Through Future Paisley we are nurturing and supporting creativity in communities, the cultural potential of Paisley and opening-up opportunities for everyone to benefit from the transformative power of culture.

“By working with partners, communities, artists and creative and cultural organisations, locally and nationally, we are making changes that will benefit everyone in Renfrewshire by supporting brilliant art and culture through a programme of events, festivals and collaborations.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This year offers so many opportunities for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire to enjoy and engage with a fantastic and diverse range of cultural and creative events.

“The first-ever Paisley Book Festival will bring some of the most prestigious names in the Scottish literary scene to the town for what is sure to be a fantastic event. We’re all very excited to be hosting the first ever performance of celebrated Paisley Buddie, John Byrne’s, Underwood Lane production to Paisley Art Centre for what I’m sure will be a sell-out show.

“The impressive and extensive range of activity taking place supports the aims of Renfrewshire Leisure to help build cultural capacity and public participation in the creative arts in the town.”

Co-Producer of Paisley Book Festival, Keira Brown, said: “It’s great that Future Paisley have committed to funding the Paisley Book Festival. Having that level of commitment to reading, debate, learning and discussion in Renfrewshire is key to see a beneficial change in wellbeing, and reading development.”

Over the next few years, Future Paisley will continue to deliver exciting new cultural collaborations, events and programmes to celebrate Paisley’s unique stories, support local creative groups to grow and thrive through existing cultural funding programmes and create opportunities for everyone to benefit from all that culture has to offer.

Future Paisley investment will also supplement the town’s existing major events programme which already includes Paisley Halloween Festival – one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK.

The programme also complements the ongoing £100m investment in Paisley’s cultural venues and outdoor spaces, currently being overseen by Renfrewshire Council, and which includes the work to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination bringing new footfall to the town.

The support, commitment and investment by Future Paisley in the cultural and creative sector continues to build on the work of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

To find out more about the events taking place in Renfrewshire please visit: www.paisley.is or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on/

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Two prominent historic Paisley town centre buildings are set to be given a new lease of life – if council building repair grants towards a combined £1m investment are approved.

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Members of the council’s Leadership Board will next week consider whether to award £615,000 of funding towards the projects to revive buildings at 44 High Street and 3 County Place.

The money is available through the council-run Townscape Heritage/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH/CARS2) which includes financial support to help property owners with the cost of repairing and restoring historic buildings which have fallen into disrepair.

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The current TH/CARS2 scheme aims to improve the built environment in Paisley town centre and is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the council. The two projects for which approval is being sought are:

3 County Place: A grant of up to £360,000 towards a £630,000 project of external repairs to transform a C-listed building in a highly-visible site opposite Paisley Gilmour Street station. Once completed, the owner plans to convert the upper floors above the existing units into four new flats.

44 High Street: A grant of up to £255,000 towards a £375,000 building and shopfront improvement programme in a building currently home to several businesses.

The work will also include external building repairs and new traditional shopfronts for the ground-floor units.

It would cover the whole building apart from the middle shop unit – Uptown Barbers – which has already benefitted from work funded by the TH2/CARS scheme to improve its shopfront.

Both buildings are currently in poor condition and are on the Buildings at Risk register. The grants will be subject to the approval of the funders NLHF and HES.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley town centre is fortunate to have a wonderful collection of historic buildings but sadly some of them have been allowed to fall into disrepair.

“The great work being done by the TH/CARS2 scheme is helping to change that by helping property owners bring their buildings back into use for generations to come, and we thank our funders NLHF and HES for making that possible.

“Should these two projects be approved, they will transform the look of two prominent sites in the town, which we hope will in turn encourage others to invest.

“The building in County Place is seen by millions of rail passengers each year so the planned work will help change first impressions of Paisley, and will complement the investment the council will make to improve the look of County Square over the next couple of years.

“And the work on the top of the High Street is one of several investments being made in that area ahead of Paisley Museum reopening in 2022, which will bring 125,000 visitors a year.”

The current TH/CARS2 scheme operates in the area around Paisley High Street, New Street and Shuttle Street and follows a successful scheme which transformed the look of the Causeyside Street area of the town in recent years.

The five-year scheme will run until 2021 and will also see a number of other building restoration, shopfront improvement, and changes to streetscapes being delivered over the next year.

It is part of a much wider £100m investment in Paisley town centre’s cultural venues and outdoor spaces, which includes the work to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination and to keep Paisley Town Hall at the heart of life in the town as a landmark entertainment venue.

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Our Choose your Career Open Days across each of our main campuses will provide a showcase of our departments and support services.

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Come along To West College Scotland on Tuesday 25 February, and  find out more about our full-time, part-time and evening courses as well as apprenticeships, learning support and funding.

Staff and students will be on hand throughout the day to give information about our courses and career paths as well as assist with applications.

Our marketplace stalls will showcase demonstrations from our departments, and there will be an opportunity to have a tour of the campus facilities and see what being a student at WCS is all about!

The events will take place at the following dates & venues from 9am-3pm, 5-7.30pm:

TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY – CLYDEBANK CAMPUS

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY – GREENOCK FINNART ST CAMPUS

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY – PAISLEY CAMPUS

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MEMBERS of the LGBT+ community network group working for Renfrewshire Council have chosen two films to be shown at Paisley Arts Centre as part of LGBT History Month.

The film, But I’m A Cheerleader is being screened on Thursday, February 13 and the following night the movie, Pride is being shown.

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The Renfrewshire Council LGBTQIA+ staff network group aims to improve the opportunities for LGBT+ staff to be involved in how the local authority supports and celebrates its diverse workforce.

The staff network group chose But I’m A Cheerleader as it highlights the fight against discrimination using creativity and humour.

And the film, Pride has been described as ‘an inspiration’ to members of the network group. The film celebrates the power of community and how two very different communities can work together to overcome prejudice and persecution.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We support both the council’s LGBT+ staff and the wider LGBT+ community and these films are excellent choices for people to see.

“It’s well worth everyone coming along to Paisley Arts Centre to see these thought-provoking films.”

Visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com or call 0300 300 1210 to book tickets for these film showings.

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FAMILIES can be scientists for a day when they come along to the intriguing activities being held in Soar at intu during the February mid-term break.

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Demonstrations that everyone can get involved with include – how to make a cloud, a lava lamp, a hot air balloon, how to create electricity and how to make a volcano.

The free fun science-inspired events – from Saturday, February 8 till Tuesday, February 11 between noon and 5pm – will astound youngsters and grown-ups alike.Presenters will give easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind each of these experiments.

Those taking part are asked to bring an empty plastic bottle so they can make their lava lamp, which they can take home.

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Places on the activities will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. And there’s a special treat exclusively for intu Family Club members, who are invited to come along each day from 11am till 11.30am to find out how to make slime.

The intu family club in partnership with Playmobil is free to join and members receive exclusive offers and discounts, a child’s gift, a membership pack, a magazine and more.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve got some amazing science demonstrations lined up that are not just interesting and informative, but they’re great fun as well.

“This is something all the family can get involved in and everyone will be amazed when they see the results of their scientific experiments.”

David added: “We own and manage the most popular destinations and our aim is to create compelling experiences for our visitors.”

Go to www.intu.co.uk/braehead for more details and to sign up for the intu Family Club.

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Renfrewshire’s top schools for the promotion of fair trade have been announced, with Mary Russell and Bargarran Primary taking home the glory for 2019.

The awards aim to recognise the outstanding work carried out by local schools to promote fair trade in Renfrewshire and ensure young people have the opportunity to learn about how they can make a difference to the world.

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First-time winners of the John McDowell Award, which is named after the former Provost of Renfrewshire who established the campaign for fair trade in the area, are Bargarran Primary School.

They’ve established a Fair Trade Parliament consisting of 25 pupils from Primary 2-7, outlined their own fair trade policy for the school, run tuck shops and coffee mornings to promote the issue, and held whole school assemblies to talk about fair trade.

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The school also renewed its FairAchiever status in 2019 with the Fairtrade Foundation – the highest award that a school can receive.

Liz Mackenzie, Depute Head Teacher at Bargarran Primary, said: “All our pupils are delighted to receive this year’s John McDowell Award for their commitment to Fair Trade.

“Having successfully renewed our FairAchiever Status in May 2019, the pupils from this year’s Fairtrade Parliament are continuing to promote Fairtrade by raising awareness within the school and local community.“

Mary Russell Primary were highly commended for their commitment to the campaign.

Their peers in Mary Russell Secondary though have taken home the Renfrewshire Secondary Schools award for the first time after their committed group achieved FairAchiever status from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Their monthly group hosted regular coffee mornings and events, including the visit of a Rwandan coffee producer, worked with fair trade organisations including the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Rainbow Turtle, have embedded the issue into the school curriculum with all pupils having the chance to learn about fair trade in class and at school assemblies.

Julie McCallum, Mary Russell Head Teacher, said: “Our school is firmly committed to promoting the fair trade and sustainability agenda and we are delighted that this year the work we have been undertaking in Mary Russell has been recognised.

“Our Fairtrade committee led by our principal teacher Susan Hamill have worked hard to ensure that we continue to raise the profile of Fairtrade across our school and within our partnerships.”

Previous winners Gryffe High were highly commended for their fantastic ongoing work.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson presented the awards to both schools and praised their commitment to the cause.

Councillor Nicolson said: “It’s fantastic to see our young pupils learning about the importance of fair trade and both schools have done so much throughout the year to deserve their awards.

“Their work within their school is ensuring that our younger generation recognise the difference that can be made by supporting fair trade and they’ve raised awareness in the local community too by hosting regular events.

“As a council, we are committed to promoting fair trade having become the first in Scotland to sign up to the International Fair Trade Charter in May last year and we will continue to support it wherever possible as we move forward.”

The Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group meets regularly to discuss the issue of fair trade and outline how it can be supported within the council and more widely in Renfrewshire, and new members are always welcome.

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

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Two artists have been commissioned to create a public artwork to remember the victims and survivors of Paisley’s Glen Cinema disaster of 1929.

Artists Kerry Stewart, originally from Johnstone, and Rachel Lowther, who were appointed in the 90th year of the tragedy, have been chosen to work with community groups to develop a tribute to the disaster as a reminder of its lasting impact on the town.

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The Glen Cinema tragedy took place on 31 December 1929 when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee where more than 600 children were present. The main exit doors had a metal gate that had been pulled shut stopping it from opening leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 children were injured.

Commenting on the commission Rachel said: “As a mother, I was immediately moved by the terrible story of what unfolded at Glen Cinema on Hogmanay 1929. From silent film to the town’s stunned silence, the lack of any memorial beyond that in the cemetery tells of a pain and loss so great it could barely be spoken.

“As an artist, I am drawn to this project because it is both potent and sensitive. It is a challenge to make a work of art that can speak to this event, that can carry the sadness but also transform it.”

Kerry added: “It is possible to mark great loss in a way that is meaningful and particular to those lost and those affected. I hope that together Rachel and I can achieve such a monument.”

This appointment is Kerry and Rachel’s first public commission as a partnership. Both women studied at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art in London with Kerry’s background being in sculpture, performance and Fine Art and History of Art while Rachel’s focus is largely in sculpture. They have also both worked with Glasgow School of Art on separate projects.

They will shortly begin to reach out and engage with local community groups about the project with the ambition that the artwork would be unveiled by the end of 2020.

The artists said: “We are keen to create work within communities, that speaks directly to human experience. We intend to start the project by holding a series of workshops with different groups in Paisley, young and old; to try to understand the impacts of the disaster on the town, as it moved through time, transforming Paisley.

“We also intend to start conversations about what makes a good memorial and how tragedy can be marked with love, dignity and spirit. We have several ideas that we intend to put to the community for scrutiny and discussion, until a project emerges that we hope will have the support of the people of Paisley.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to getting to know the people of Paisley.”

The project is supported by Future Paisley – a radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment which uses the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural story to transform its future.

Paisley Partnership Strategic Lead on Cultural Regeneration for Renfrewshire Council, Leonie Bell, said: “The Glen Cinema disaster is such a tragic part of Paisley’s history. The 90th anniversary at the end of last year was a major milestone and it’s important that it continues to remain in the public consciousness in Paisley and beyond.

“We’re delighted to have artists of Kerry and Rachel’s calibre onboard to engage with survivors, their families and community groups to create a truly collaborative, sensitive and lasting commemoration of a tragedy which had such devastating and lasting impacts both locally and globally.”

The artists were commissioned at the end of 2019 as part of a wider programme of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Glen Cinema disaster.

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A Paisley lad and pupil of Trinity High School, who is part of the team Dancepoint are looking for local support to not just cheer them on for the live finals but to vote too when the show is on, they are a fantastic young group with tons of potential and crucially talent. You can see Dancepoint on the Greatest Dancer on BBC1 this weekend…

 

 

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Paisley Pirates, fresh from three wins on the trot in the Scottish National League, face one of their most daunting tasks so far as they head for Edinburgh this Sunday to take on the Murrayfield Racers (face off 6.00pm). The side from the capital has so far inflicted three heavy defeats on the Pirates, who are hoping that their recent winning streak will stand them in good stead against a side which has so far proved to have had the Indian sign over them in league and cup matches. Murrayfield have seldom been troubled in the  SNL so far this season, but suffered a rare 5-4 reverse to Solway Sharks, the other blockbusting side in the league this year on Saturday, although they did go to Aberdeen and record a 4-0 shut out victory on the Sunday.

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Pirates, on the other hand, have steadily climbed up the league table in recent weeks, their three wins from three matches in actual fact netting them eight points, as with matches against Belfast Giants SNL counting for double points, their 13-4 win against the Irish side last Sunday netted them four vital league points in their quest for an end of season playoff place, where they hope to successfully defend their title.

Pirates return to home league action the following Sunday (9 February) when they take on local rivals North Ayrshire Wild (face off 4.30pm).