fair trade


Dancers at a special Fairtrade tea dance in Paisley swapped their usual cuppa for giant mugs of Fairtrade tea to launch Renfrewshire’s “I Swap” Campaign.

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are launching the campaign as part of the upcoming worldwide Fairtrade Fortnight (February 22 – March 7).

The “I Swap” campaign will see people across Renfrewshire asked to sign a pledge to swap one regular purchase for a Fairtrade version. All those who sign a pledge will be entered into a prize draw to win a special Fairtrade prize at the end of Fairtrade Fortnight.

As part of the campaign Renfrewshire Council have already pledged to swap to using only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all future tea dances in the town hall.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “The national theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is ‘the big swap’, so our campaign is asking people to pledge to making one small swap, whether it’s tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate, because lots of small changes can make a big difference.

“The tea dances are a really popular, regular event, so this is taking Fairtrade to a different audience in Renfrewshire. We have made our swap, now we’re asking everyone in Renfrewshire to do the same.”

The Fairtrade Tea Dance also saw the launch of Renfrewshire’s 2010 Fairtrade Guide, which provides information on where to buy Fairtrade products in Renfrewshire and how to get involved in the campaign.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “Buying Fairtrade products helps to tackle poverty and injustice by giving producers in the developing world a better deal for the work they do and putting them in control of their own lives. Renfrewshire is already leading the way as a Fairtrade county, with a number of Fairtrade villages, towns and schools. Now we want to push that even further and get everyone in Renfrewshire supporting Fairtrade.”

A wide range of events will be taking place across Renfrewshire during Fairtrade Fortnight including:

– Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27 February from 10am

– A Fairtrade football tournament hosted by the University of the West of Scotland on Saturday 27 February

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

– “Big Swap” events and Fairtrade display in Bishopton Library from Monday 22 February until Monday 8th March.

– Fairtrade event at Bishopton Primary school on Friday 5 March with pupils presenting information on Fairtrade through music and song. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Meals.

– Coffee morning in Our Lady of Lourdes new church hall, Bishopton, Saturday 6 March, 10.30am to 1pm.

– Fairtrade event at Reid Kerr College on Wednesday 3 March between 11am and 3pm, offering a range of Fairtrade products for people to swap their usual purchases.

– Rainbow Turtle will be running the 90Kg Rice Challenge, urging people to help them sell 90 bags of Kilombero rice from Malawi. The sale of 90 1kg bags of rice, for a fair price, would give a farmer sufficient income to send a child to secondary school for one year in Malawi, where only one third of children go to high school because their families can’t afford the fees.

To find out more information about Fairtrade in Renfrewshire or to get a copy of the guide please email Pauline.moss@renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0141 840 3611.

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Paisley Abbey has selected top Scottish architectural firm Simpson and Brown (www.simpsonandbrown.co.uk) to design a new entrance and visitor facilities for the Abbey and renovations to the Place of Paisley. The firm was selected from ten who were invited to compete for this prestigious commission. The selection panel included representatives from the Abbey, the Church of Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and Historic Scotland.

The Abbey and the Place of Paisley have a long and varied history at the heart of the town’s church and community life. The Abbey wishes to continue to strengthen its role in Paisley’s cultural life.

A key part of the Abbey’s strategy is to create new indoor space between the Abbey and the Place, as well as to adapt existing accommodation in the Place of Paisley. These improvements will provide better facilities for visitors, the local community and the congregation, and help the Abbey to become more financially sustainable in the future.

The Abbey wishes to create an inspirational new public space which both the congregation and the local community will use, share and feel proud of. The intention is to conserve the Abbey and Place as special places – in terms of their religious, architectural and historical significance – and create an extension of the very best architectural quality.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something which is open and welcoming to all the people of Paisley – something which not only they will be proud of, but which will be of international quality.

The Minister of Paisley Abbey, the Reverend Alan Birss, said:

“As minister, I am very excited about the proposed development. We have a long tradition in the Abbey of welcoming pilgrims and visitors and of serving the parish and community around the Abbey. This development, when completed, will greatly enhance our work in these areas and reaffirm for a new generation the Abbey’s central place in the life of the whole community. Our hope is that the new and upgraded facilities will enable visitor and local resident alike to feel ‘at home’ in the Abbey and that, in a real sense, the Abbey ‘belongs’ to all.”

The Abbey’s aspiration is that the extension and renovations will open their doors to the public on the 850th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey: 15th September 2013, St Mirin’s Day. The architects will be starting design work shortly with this target date in mind.

For further information please contact:

Rev. Alan D. Birss (Minister of Paisley Abbey)
Paisley Abbey
Abbey Close
tel: 0141 889 7654
email: info@paisleyabbey.org.uk


Just a reminder that at the Arts Centre this week is our first matinee. Starting at 2pm sharp, get your legwarmers looked out, limber up and come see Step Up 2 The Streets.

Next Tuesday is our second week-day screening. Is Anybody There? starring Michael Caine. For more information on this, and the other screenings we have coming up, visit our webpage; http://www.paisleyfilmsociety.com/ . Click here too to keep up to date with whats going on behind the scenes via our blog.

Members £3 entry, non members £5 (£4 conc).


Charity hopes to raise £50,000

A leading cancer charity is calling on people in Renfrewshire to sign up to climb the UK’s highest mountain.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for 100 people to sign up to take part in a 4400ft climb up Ben Nevis in the Highlands to raise cash to fund vital cancer services.

This is the charity’s first ever Ben Nevis challenge and Macmillan hopes to raise a fantastic £50,000 from the May fundraising event.

Fundraising manager for Renfrewshire Susan Selkirk said: “The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year.

“This means Macmillan needs to continually raise more money to be able to offer medical, emotional and financial help to those who need it.

“We are looking for 100 people who want to help us fund our vital cancer services while taking on a challenging climb and experiencing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.”

The Ben Nevis challenge will kick off on Friday, May 14, with a dinner in a Fort William hotel. Climbers will conquer Ben Nevis on Saturday, followed by a celebratory dinner on Saturday night and return home on Sunday, May 16.

Everyone taking on the challenge is asked to pay a registration fee of £99 to and raise £500 in sponsorship. The registration fee covers the cost of the hotel, meals and the guides who will lead the group.

Susan added: “It will be a really fun weekend. We expect a wide variety of people to take part. We’ve already had some interest from keen hill-walkers, small groups of friends and even businesses thinking of sending staff along as a team building exercise.

“May should be a lovely time to climb Ben Nevis and really enjoy the spectacular scenery. We hope this challenge will prove very popular and we have lots of advice and tips for people on how to raise money before taking part.”

The Ben Nevis climb is one of a host of walks Macmillan has organised as part of its Walk With Us programme. The charity is also urging people who can’t take part in an official Macmillan walk to organise their own fundraising walk wherever and whenever they like.

To find out more visit www.macmillan.org.uk/walks or call 0131 260 3720.


Renfrewshire is celebrating it’s first birthday as a Fairtrade county.

The campaign to make the whole area an official Fairtrade zone got the go ahead this week in 2009 and to mark the occasion the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, who ran the campaign, celebrated with a special Fairtrade birthday cake.

Members of the group, including elected members and staff from Renfrewshire Council, Paisley, Lochwinnoch, Bishopton and Erskine Fairtrade groups, local schools and churches.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the steering group, said: “Everyone in Renfrewshire should be really proud of this anniversary. Supporting Fairtrade gives third world farmers and producers a fairer deal and Renfrewshire over the past two years has proven to be one of the leading areas in Scotland backing Fairtrade.

“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into the campaign to achieve Fairtrade status, mainly by people volunteering their own time and skills to raise awareness, host and staff events. That hard work has continued over the past year to progress the campaign further by encouraging new Fairtrade groups to set, for example in Erskine. We’ve also had great achievements in the past 12 months such as Houston Primary and Nursery becoming Renfrewshire’s first Fairtrade primary and nursery school.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the people in Renfrewshire who have supported Fairtrade, whether it’s by running or attending events, or choosing Fairtrade products as part of their weekly shop.”

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are now finalising plans for the lead up to and during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (20 February – 7 March). Highlights of this year’s programme will include:

– A Fairtrade Tea Dance in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 17 February.
– A Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27th February from 10am.

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

Councillor Lawson added: “Having Fairtrade status doesn’t mean the campaign is over. We will continue to work as a group to raise awareness and keep up the momentum. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight we have a packed programme and we are confident it will be our biggest and best yet.”



Superb news for the Paisley Saints, tonight as they beat Hearts in the league cup semi final at Fir Park to meet either Rangers or St Johnstone in the final at Hampden Park.

Always proud of the Buddies…..



A local lady, Freda Barton, from Glenburn Paisley has generously raised over £4,210 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Freda and her friends and family, shown here, have participated in countless activities to raise much needed funds to help support people affected by cancer in the local community. Freda and friends have participated in many events during 2009, from donning their green t-shirts at local fetes, to running the Paisley 10k, to holding a fantastic party night and even with her grandson saving up his pennies in a Macmillan Can!

“I’m delighted with the amount Freda has riased”, Susan Selkirk, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Renfrewshire, says “she’s so enthusiastic and wonderful at encouraging her friends and family into getting involved!”

“Macmillan is funded directly by donations and we couldn’t do the work that we do to help people affected by cancer without the dedication and support from people like Freda and her friends!

Freda has enjoyed her involvement and fundraising so much that she has signed up to continue to support Macmillan throughout 2010 as well – there is no stopping her!

People in the picture attached:
Back Row L to R
Steven Logan, John Logan, Nicola Taggart, Susan Selkirk, Aileen Logan, Freda Barton, Gary Urie, Michael Urie

Front Row L to R
Paul Barton, Josh Logan, Jay O’Riley, Matt Barton, Callum Barton, Susan Barton

Press here to visit macmillan.org.uk


January E Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our new e-newsletter. We hope that you find it both interesting and informative. It is our intention to send this on a monthly basis to give you an overview on what is currently going on within Fundraising. We also want to stay compliant with all legislation regarding this type of communication so please let us know if you do not wish to receive future editions by clicking the link at the bottom. Hope you enjoy.

For full information and all the news from ACCORD please visit our website www.accordhospice.org.uk

World Cup Sweepstake Kits

All football fans will of course, be aware of the World Cup taking place this summer in South Africa. Following the great success over the past three years of our Giant Christmas Cards with workplaces and sports clubs, we have produced a large sweepstake card which we are sure will prove popular. Each card wil raise £44 for the Hospice as there is a prize of either a M & S or Provan Sports voucher for each lucky winner. If you would like a free Kit for either your workplace or club/organisation please contact us on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk

Swing In Spring 19th March

We have been fortunate to secure the services of Jim McMail, one of the foremost entertainers on the Scottish circuit. Jim is bringing his Tribute To The Rat Pack featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr to the David Lloyd Club on Friday 19th March. There will also be a tribute to the 60’s featuring Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. Tickets cost ing £20 each including a buffet supper. are available on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk . Hope to see you there.

Pampered Chef Evening 24th March

This event is taking place in our Resource Centre at the Hospice. The main event will be a cookery demonstration and alight snack plus two glasses of wine will be provided. Tickets cosing £5 are available on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk

Jura Weekend 16th – 18th April

This hillwalking challenge was introduced into our calendar last year and proved to be a most enjoyable weekend for everyone taking part. The challenge involves two nights under canvas, the first in the grounds of the distillery and the second on the beach at Loch Tarbert. The Saturday involves a breathtaking trek through the valley close to each summit of the Paps of Jura and the Sunday morning is spent walking along the shoreline. Mimimum sponsorship is £125 and this includes accomodation food and ferry costs. You do not need to be super-fit to do this. it is well within most peoples capability. Just let us know if you would like to come . Sponsoship kits will be available to help you raise the funds required are available on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk

Ladies Lunch 25th April

This event has been long-established in our Fundraising Calendar and we are delighted to announce that this year the Guest Speaker is Scottish actress Jane McCarry who has also been building a reputation on the Scottish speaker circuit. Jane will be well- known to many of you as Isa Drennan on the hit BBC comedy series Still Game. The lunch is being held in the Glynhill Hotel and tickets cost £28 each. Please contact us on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk for further information.


We have a number of collections coming up over the next few months and we are always looking for volunteers to assist. Please let us know if you have a couple of hours to spare and would like to help with these.

Thanks for your support. Until the next time…

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Cancer charity calls on local women to hit the road and make those New Year’s resolutions stick

Though the snow is still very much with us, for most the festive season is now well and truly over and the New Year’s blues are kicking in. Feelings of guilt over copious amounts of mince pies, Christmas chocolates and a few too many Hogmanay drinks abound and along come the inevitable resolutions to eat healthier and get fitter.

Now leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on women across the West of Scotland to make their New Year’s resolutions stick by signing up to the Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k which takes place in Glasgow on Sunday 9 May.

The 10k road race takes in many of Southside’s beautiful parks making it one of the most scenic in the UK. The course is also flat, making it ideal for anyone to take part, whether you’re a seasoned runner, a keen jogger or a first-timer looking to walk much of the course.

The race is a perfect way to get fit, take on a bit of a challenge and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of one of Scotland’s premier events. The women-only race always leads to friendly camaraderie with fellow runners and friends and family on the sidelines cheering the 10,000 wonder women on as they pound the city’s streets.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking to build on the success of the 2009 race by getting even more women running as part of Team Macmillan in May this year. “Last year over 135 local women ran the Women’s 10k in aid of Macmillan and all the families we support in the West of Scotland, helping us to raise over £28,000,” said Macmillan’s Glasgow Fundraising manager Rob Cartwright. “This could help fund a Macmillan benefits adviser for a year providing welfare benefits advice to around 200 people in the West of Scotland to help them with the financial problems that often arise from living with cancer.”

“At present Macmillan is reaching approximately a third of all people affected by cancer. By joining Team Macmillan for the Glasgow 10k, local women can help Macmillan achieve our ambition of improving the lives of everyone affected by the disease through our practical, medical, financial and emotional support services.”

“Entering the Glasgow Women’s 10k is a great way to set yourself a personal challenge to burn off those Christmas carbs or get the girls together and have a great girls’ day out, whether it’s work colleagues, family members, Mums from the school gates, Uni friends or girls from the gym!”

Anyone joining team Macmillan will be given stacks of support and encouragement by Macmillan cheering squads who will line the route around the Southside of Glasgow. Team Macmillan runners will also be given a handy training guide and a sponsorship pack full of handy fundraising tips, as well as the famous green Macmillan vest with iron-on name letters so friends, family and spectators can cheer you on.

To register for the race, log on to www.runglasgow.org and follow the links. To join the lean green running machine that is Team Macmillan then visit macmillan.org.uk/running or contact the West of Scotland fundraising team on 0141 952 0085.


Video from the Glen Cinema Memorial on the 31st December 2009 at Paisley Cenotaph, organised by the Paisley Development Trust, for more information on the Glen Cinema please check out the website www.glencinema.co.uk

video taken by Brian McGuire, check out our gallery for images.