The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,

As you probably know Scotland is in a pretty bad way with fire stats. Only 40% compliance with the fire Scotland act 2005, 1 in 10 fires in this area are commercial fires and you are twice as likely to die in a fire in scotland than any other country in the UK. Insurers also pay out £3.8m per day in commercial fire claims.

This has a huge impact at home, the local community, in business and on the economy.

Last year in Broomlands Street there was a fire in 1 or 2 flats and it came to light that none of the 6 flats had a working fire alarm to give an example.

I have been trying to promote #testittuesday on twitter and facebook and get others to RT it to get people to test their smoke alarms at home. I have been using one of my blog posts that gives practical advice on smoke alarms and also info about contacting Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to get a free alarm etc.

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It has been officially announced that Renfrewshire CVS is to mobilise an army of charities and volunteers to help residents make the switch to digital TV in Renfrewshire.

Starting in November, Renfrewshire CVS will work with other charities and voluntary groups to prepare people for the switchover, which starts in Renfrewshire on 8th June. The appointment has been made on behalf of Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the switchover.

Renfrewshire CVS will mobilise local charities across Renfrewshire to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. Charity staff and volunteers will be invited to attend free briefing sessions to understand the process and learn about the Switchover Help Scheme. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the advice and support given at these events.

Renfrewshire CVS is a local organisation that provides support to voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in the area to help them to achieve their aims and empower others. Their extensive networks, membership and partners make them ideally placed to take part in a programme of this type.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Renfrewshire CVS, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.

“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in Renfrewshire and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”

Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.

Russell Keene, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in Scotland, welcomed the announcement saying “the outreach work planned to reach into the community is essential and will help to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital TV when switchover arrives”.

Digital UK will soon be holding road shows across the central belt to provide further face-to-face advice for anyone who needs it.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

Glasgow’s airport scoops top national award

Glasgow Airport was last night crowned Best Airport in front of its peers at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

The annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards recognise excellence in a number of areas, and attract hundreds of senior delegates from UK airports and associated businesses.

Glasgow Airport was named Best Airport With Over 6 Million Passengers, for which Manchester and Birmingham airports were also nominated.

The award was voted for by major UK airlines which are members of the British Air Transport Association (BATA).

Terminal Operations Manager Ronald Leitch received the award from Simon Calder, Travel Editor of the Independent and a well-known media commentator on travel and aviation.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way by the airlines who use our airport every day. The award is testament to the fantastic effort that our terminal and airfield teams put in when they come to work.

“We have faced some difficult operational challenges this year such as the prolonged cold snap and volcanic ash disruption, but the response from our people was exceptional.

“I’m sure the focus on supporting our airlines and working as a team to provide the best possible product for our passengers has helped us in winning this award.”

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, said: “BATA is again pleased to be nominating the two ‘Best Airport’ awards. Both categories were extremely competitive and the winners well deserved.

“The strong field of nominees highlights the good working relationships that exist between UK airlines and airports.”

The AOA Annual Awards Ceremony, which is the centrepiece of the AOA Annual Conference, took place on Monday evening at the Hilton Metropole London.

Newcastle Airport won the category of Best Airport With Up To 6 Million Passengers.

Picture shows (l – r) Ed Anderson, Ronald Leitch, Simon Buck and Simon Calder.

New Media Breakfast with fatBuzz – Facebook for Business
Phoenix Honda showroom, Linwood
Tuesday 14th September 2010
8 – 10am

Facebook is without doubt the largest and most popular social network with over 400 million users world wide, it’s difficult to avoid it nowadays with such a large following of private and business users.

Are you getting the most from your Facebook activity? Is your Facebook set up properly for your business; should you use a Group, a Facebook Page, Facebook Causes or, your personal profile? How do you determine your privacy settings? These are all questions this event will explore.

Renfrewshire Chamber members fatBuzz, (formally known as Podcastmatters) are bringing this interactive and innovative New Media Breakfast to Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Chamber said, “Their events are now a must attend fixture in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and we are delighted to have them come and engage with our members.”

Member Cost: £15 + VAT / non member £20 + vat

NOTE: Charities can book a place at the reduced rate of £15 plus VAT whether they are members or not.

Further information:
0141 847 5465

This is an excellent opportunity to get out to buildings and parts of that building you normally can not access.. Also dont just go yourself, join up with others via the website and have a good old sociable day out..

Renfrewshire’s biggest entertainment complex, a hospice therapy unit and a hotel are joining more traditional choices such as churches and museums in a show of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

Xscape Braehead, Ash Tree hotel and the Accord Hospice therapy unit, both in Paisley, will all feature in Renfrewshire’s 17th Doors Open Day programme on the weekend of September 11/12.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open or accessible to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Planning and Transport.

Sixty venues will be participating. On Saturday 11 September venues in Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Erskine will be open. On Sunday 12 September the venues in Johnstone, Elderslie, Renfrew and Erskine will be on show.

Once again Doors Open Day visitors in Paisley will have the opportunity of being transported between venues in style thanks to funeral directors J and W Goudie. The firm is again laying on a limousine shuttle.

This year’s programme also features the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport. Youngsters who have their passport stamped at five participating venues can claim a certificate and gift at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall will be opening their doors for the annual national event. This year is the 29th anniversary of Doors Open Day and also the 29th Anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s death. In celebration of Dahl’s fantastic stories, take a tour of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory using clever CGI technology at Paisley Town Hall; make your own ‘Witches’ hat at Paisley Arts Centre; and find escaped insects from James’ giant peach at Paisley Museum!

Archaeology again features prominently with excavations at Paisley Abbey. That will involve a further dig which should reveal more about the construction history of the Abbey Drain. There will also be an archaeological evaluation of site of the west range of the Abbey’s monastic cloister which was demolished in 1874.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme,” said Councillor Iain Nicholson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board.

“One of the main ideas behind the Doors Open Day programme is to show people the continuing relevance of an area’s past. Nowhere is that more true than in Renfrewshire. We are proud of our heritage and Doors Open Day gives people the chances to visit free of charge iconic buildings and sites in towns and communities across Renfrewshire.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme and Children’s Passport will be available in the next few days from council offices, libraries, arts centres and museums, as well as Paisley tourist information centre, Paisley Abbey, India of Inchinnan, Braehead/Xscape.

Both programmes are available online on our Doors Open Day page.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Business Awards 2010.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the annual ROCCO Business Awards 2010. This is your opportunity to demonstrate excellence and gain recognition for the exceptional achievements of your business. The ROCCO Awards, organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Friday, 12th November 2010 at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Over 500 Business Leaders attended the spectacular event last year and this year promises to sell out again!

Your host for the evening, back by popular demand will be Fred MacAulay, with musical entertainment from Renfrewshire’s own School of Rock – Loud’n’Proud

We encourage the business community of Renfrewshire to enter the ROCCO Business Awards, demonstrating that your business has successfully achieved its objectives and created wealth and prosperity for our area. Submit your nomination for one or more of the award categories.

To give your company the best chance of success, don’t leave applying ’til the last minute. And ideally don’t copy and paste from a corporate document. We don’t want to make the application cumbersome – but answer the questions and include measures, targets and evidence. Good luck to all that enter.

Visit Santa in his Arctic Kingdom… just for a day from Glasgow Airport

The UK may be in the grip of belt-tightening but despite the economic gloom you can still treat your children to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit Santa in True Lapland this Christmas.

Transun, the UK’s leading operator of Santa trips to Lapland, is laying on extra day-trip flights in December, including a number of flights from Glasgow airport, due to their success last year, ensuring that you can still see the thrill on your children’s faces when they visit the grand old man in person – without breaking the bank.

Families on Transun’s day trips will take a ride on a Reindeer sleigh, go on an exciting husky sled journey, ride through breathtaking arctic scenery on a snowmobile and take part in a thrilling search for Santa, before finally meeting the big man himself. And they will still be back home in time for supper.

Nico Kostich, Transun’s Head of Sales and Trading, said: “Day breaks are the recession’s alternative to big-budget holidays. People don’t want to sacrifice their family holidays but at the same time perhaps can’t afford to travel for a long period of time.

“Transun offer an affordable way to create precious family memories, without breaking the bank.”

Transun’s day breaks start from only £399 per person and are operating from Glasgow airport on the 17th and 21st of December, right next to Christmas time to really get the excitement flowing. Transun is the UK’s leading operator of Santa breaks, with over 15 years’ experience operating to Lapland.

“Our packages are all-inclusive, with meals, rides and snow activities included,’ says Mr Kostich. “The private meeting with Santa will provide precious and magical memories, despite the recession.”

And for families that want to linger a little longer in Santa’s Lapland, Transun is also offering a competitively priced short break from Glasgow Airport during the Christmas period, for three nights.

Issued by Glasgow Airport on behalf of Transun.

About Transun:

Transun is a privately owned specialist tour operator established in 1982, concentrating on niche holidays for discerning customers.

Its programmes include Santa’s Lapland, Arctic Spirit, Day Breaks and a brand new Arctic Summer programme.

Transun is a member of ABTA and offers ATOL protection, and holidays can be booked through travel agents or direct, by phone and online.

For more information please contact:

Nico Kostich
T: 01865 265200

Sophie Plateau
T: 01865 265200

The Full listings for the Doors Open day 2010 are now online, if you have not taken part in the Doors Open day in the past, I would urge you to try it out and visit a few locations in the town or throughout Renfrewshire, its amazing to see some of the gems in our town.

Renfrewshire:  11 September 2010 – 12 September 2010

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 60 buildings taking part.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD.  If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Paisley Abbey Cluny 2010 – This year towns and villages throughout Europe have been celebrating the eleventh hundred anniversary of the founding of the Cluniac Order.  Paisley Abbey is one of only two Cluniac monasteries (the other being Crossraguel) and a series of events have taken place to celebrate the anniversary including a medieval fair, concert, coach tours, historical talks, a conference on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage and an exhibition ” Charters and Chamber Pots: Aspects of Medieval Paisley” at Paisley Museum.

Celebrating Tannahill – 2010 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Robert Tannahill and to mark this a series of events focusing on  and celebrating his life and work has been taking place including poetry readings,performances, talks, guided walks, exhibitions, concerts and the creation of two poetry walls.  Tannahill’s Cottage will be included in the DOD programme.