Paisley Town Hall Photographs

As you can see from our Photographs of Paisley Town Hall, the front scaffold has now been removed and our Town Hall looks splendid. Our photographer Alex Kyle was passing today and took some photographs of it, as well as a group of the Invest in Renfrewshire’s recruits..

The Town Hall is being refurbished for this year’s upcoming Mòd festival which should see this beautiful building being central to the music and festivities.

The Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build Paisley Town Hall to his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life. read more…

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The launch of Paisley Rotary Club’s Quest4Talent 2013 took place on 7th January 2013 at 4.30p.m in The David Lloyd Centre Renfrew,

This is the 5th year of this highly successful competition which has already helped some of Renfrewshire’s most talented performers on the road to success as well as raising many thousands of pounds for local and international charities.

This year as well as the usual categories for soloists, groups, bands, instrumentalists, choirs and dance there are two exciting new categories; musical theatre and traditional music. The traditional Scottish Category is a particularly exciting one for us with the MOD coming to Paisley in 2013, and we are hoping to get entries from traditional musicians and artists in the area. We are taking entries from young people from the ages of 6 up to 25 years old from Renfrewshire and all surrounding areas in the West of Scotland. Closing date for entries is 28th February 2013.

(All Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk )

This year our chosen charities to support are Street Stuff and PACE’s Abbey Road Project, as well as Rotary’s international charity.. End Polio Now. We have support from many local businesses and Celtic Music Radio are broadcasting the final for us.

The launch was hosted by BBC’s Sports presenter David Currie and David Wallace of PACE along with Rotary organisers an last year’s winners.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March at the David Lloyd Club and the Wynd Centre.

Entry forms can be downloaded on the website www.quest4talent.org.uk or tel Alison Walker on 0141 581 2193/2194

Last year’s winners were:

Overall winner and vocal 12-17 years winner – Jenna Milroy
Vocal 7-11 Rebekah Kirk
Vocal 18 -25 Robyn White
Instrumental 7-11 Jasmine Galvin
Instrumental 12-17 Rebekah Mitchell
Entertainment/Bands – Sinne ( Gaelic Folk group from Glasgow Gaelic School)
Choirs – Cardonald Primary School Choir
Dance – Gemma Lilley

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

What’s on Renfrewshire:

Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire

Gaelic Christmas in Paisley

Photographs from Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church, Paisley of the Gaelic Christmas in Paisley with Alison Buchanan. Paisley.org.uk were on hand to take photos of the festive celebrations as Alison recited the traditional carols and brought a Gaelic sparkle to Christmas.

All Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk. You can find more about Alex and his photographs on www.facebook.com/alexkylephotography

For more information on Mòd Phàislig please visit the website www.modphaislig.org

Mod Phaislig

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival which aims to showcase Gaelic language and culture to the wider world, through music, dance, drama, art and literature.

The first Mòd was held in 1892 in Oban and since then, it has traveled to many places throughout Scotland. Next year in Paisley, we will be celebrating the 110th Royal National Mòd!

To find out more about the Mòd, please visit www.acgmod.org/

Scotland Sings Mòd Phàislig 2013 Photographs

We were on hand to take some fantastic Paisley Photographs of the Scotland Sings Event in Paisley Abbey on the 1st December 2012.

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk for more information about the event that has already happened see below and also a link to the main website.

Scotland Sings (event already has taken place)

The Gaelic flagship event of the Scotland Sings weekend, which celebrates the joy of singing across Scotland! Come and enjoy an evening of the special music of the Gaels in the historic setting of Paisley Abbey.

An Comunn Gàidhealach, Comunn nan Còisirean agus Mòd Phàislig 2013 a’tighinn còmhla a’ cur taic ri ‘Alba a’ seinn’

Hosted by renowned Gaelic broadcaster Iain Mac’illeMhìcheil and featuring Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir, Govan Gaelic Choir and Largs Gaelic Choir with very special guests the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association. This is sure to be a very special evening as Paisley kicks off the celebrations as host town of the Royal National Mòd.

Sàr oidhche ann am Pàislig is sinn a’ cur fàilte oirbh uile gu baile a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail ann an 2013.

http://www.modphaislig.org/events/scotland-sings/

Paisley MOD 2013

Paisley Events – Scotland Sings

The Gaelic flagship event of the Scotland Sings weekend, which celebrates the joy of singing across Scotland! Come and enjoy an evening of the special music of the Gaels in the historic setting of Paisley Abbey.

Hosted by renowned Gaelic broadcaster Iain Mac’ille Mhìcheil and featuring Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir, Govan Gaelic Choir and Largs Gaelic Choir with very special guests the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association. This is sure to be a very special evening as Paisley kicks off the celebrations as host town of the Royal National Mòd.

Venue:

Paisley Abbey

Date:

Saturday 1 December 2012

Time:

7.30pm

Price:

£10 (£8 concession)

Buy tickets:

Print & Copy IT,
61 High Street,
Paisley.
or
email: modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk
Call: 07535514385

Content from Mòd Phàislig – http://www.modphaislig.org

the spree

Paisley Spree is a triumph
Six months of planning, 24 events and nearly 3,000 people made last weekend’s new national festival, The Spree, a triumph.

The music, arts and comedy festival launches Paisley’s Year of the Mod and showed just how well the town is suited to holding major cultural events. Next October, the Spree will wrap round the Mod; making Paisley the focal point for Scottish music, drama and comedy.

the spreePeople from Tokyo, Texas, Ireland and throughout the UK visited Paisley to see artists such as Roddy Frame, Damien Dempsey and Karen Matheson, Fidil and Chemikal Underground. They also enjoyed some rip-roaring comedy: Craig Hill’s outrageous Jock’s Trap!, lunchtime improvisation, kids’ comedy and Saturday night’s Best of Scottish Comedy in association with the Stand comedy club.

A Spiegeltent was shipped in from Holland and local people watched on in amazement as this spectacular venue was erected in Paisley’s County Square within 24 hours.

There were four partners involved in funding and delivering the project; Creative Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, EventScotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:

“The Spree was a great success. We were proud to welcome so many visitors to Paisley and, of course, Renfrewshire’s people got the chance of a great night out on their door step.

“The Spree shows us all how a real town setting like Paisley does can add to a festival’s character. The Abbey and the Spiegeltent were fantastic venues, the town’s people welcomed our visitors in the best Paisley spirit and the atmosphere around the town lively and friendly.”

The Spree organisers worked closely with local organisations such as: Reid Kerr College, who assisted with the photography and radio interviews; the University of West of Scotland, who are working on the festival evaluation; Loud ‘n’ Proud, a local youth charity who help develop young musicians in Scotland; and PACE Youth Theatre.

The festival ended yesterday with a full day of Celtic Connections that included a flavour of the Danny Kyle Stage. Previous finalists such as Breabach and Craig Jeffrey entertained a full Spiegeltent audience who were then treated to a Scottish exclusive performance by Francois and the Atlas Mountains.

Amanda Moulson, Renfrewshire Council’s Town Centres and Events Manager added:

“The Spree has had a great impact on Paisley and has placed us firmly on Scottish events map; proving that great things can happen in towns as well as cities. We’re happy to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended a Spree event and who supported the festival in its first year.

“Paisley can prepare for an even a bigger Spree next year as we welcome the National Royal Mòd.”

www.thespree.co.uk

Paisley MOD 2013

Mòd Phàislig & Voices in Paisley are offering an exciting opportunity to compose the tune ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mod 2013’which will celebrate the historic visit of the renowned Gaelic festival to the town in 2013. As their contribution to Weaving Musical Threads, the arts extravaganza which takes place across Renfrewshire on 3 & 4 March, the Mòd Phàislig 2013 team have combined with Voices in Paisley to host this competition, with the winner being unveiled on Saturday 3 March when a number of Gaelic choirs will perform in the town as part of the celebrations.

In order to enter the competition email or post a manuscript of your composition to the Mòd Phàislig team. Do not put your name on the manuscript as the judging will be anonymous. It would be useful if entrants could also submit some audio of the tune being played, although this is not essential. In addition to the manuscript, a covering letter is required with full contact details, as well as any information you feel is necessary. E-mail entries to modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk or post to Mòd Phàislig 2013, 12 Ben Nevis Road, Paisley, PA27LA by 8 February. If you have any queries contact Ealasaid MacDonald on 07535514385

In addition to having the honour of their tune being the soundtrack to the Mòd Phàislig celebrations, the winner will receive a cheque for £150. Judging the competition to the final two are three stalwarts of traditional music, Duncan Nicholson, Pipe Major of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Brian Laurie of the Brian Laurie Accordion Music School and Andrew Gifford of the renowned band Fiddlers Bid. It will be the audience at the Gaelic Choirs event on 3 March that will make the final decision.

Jim Drennan, Chair of Voices in Paisley said:

‘We are delighted to be working with Mòd Phàislig 2013 as our contribution to Weaving Musical Threads. The tune will provide a lovely soundtrack to the preparations for the Mòd, and will be a lasting legacy. We hope composers from Renfrewshire and afar take the opportunity to be part of two exciting events.’

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig 2013, said

‘This is an excellent opportunity for people to be at the centre of the Mòd Phàislig celebrations. The tune will be central at all events as we prepare for the Mòd and also while it is here in the town. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to judge and I know they are looking forward to seeing the different interpretations of ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mòd 2013’.

For press queries contact Ealasaid (Liz) MacDonald on 07535514385 or email liz.macdonald-ce@renfrewshire.gov.uk