Paisley and Renfrewshire Newsletter

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Last weekend saw Renfrewshire Council’s first Big Spring Clean with more than 1000 volunteers taking part in 31 community clean ups across Renfrewshire. Volunteers, pupils, services and local businesses all worked together to collect just under 500 bags of rubbish and joining with them were your local SNP councillors who took part in clean ups across Renfrewshire.
Litter picks were arranged across the area by schools and community groups, while Renfrewshire Council provided the equipment and were on call to collect rubbish at the end of each event.
Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean was created as a part of the SNP administration’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and the success of this weekend shows the continuing support for the campaign.
Cllr Cathy McEwan, Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board stated, “I am thrilled about the success of the Big Spring Clean weekend and the continuing success of the SNP’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign. It was fantastic to see so many people out working together and taking pride in their local areas.”
“Volunteers young and old turned out to work alongside each other to make a real difference to their local area and the event has been a huge success, with a noticeable increase in the cleanliness of all communities after the weekends efforts.”
“Thank you to every volunteer who took part over the weekend. Please continue to harness that community spirit and work with us as we Team Up to Clean Up.”
The SNP budget recently allocated £2.5 million over the next five years, to the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and environmental efforts. Investment over the last year has already seen a programme of increased gully cleaning, mechanical street sweeping, a strengthened Rapid Response Team and additional litter pickers however with increased investment, the SNP will be looking to take this even further.
Cllr Don, Depute Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board has stated that she hopes the results of the Big Spring Clean will be maintained in the future. 
“Just under 500 bags of rubbish were collected by volunteers and while this is fantastic, I want to get to a stage where this level of litter is non-existent in Renfrewshire.”
“The council has a responsibility to maintain the fantastic work carried out by volunteers over the weekend and the SNP’s increased investment will allow the council to continue to invest in new ways to improve the cleanliness and appearance of our local environment.”
“As local residents however, we also have a responsibility too. We need to discourage the throw away culture which has developed and I hope that the visual presence of a huge number of local residents picking up litter in their area, may make people think twice in the future.
“It was fantastic to see many local businesses getting involved, with some even carrying out litter picks of their own. Education is key to the Team Up to Clean Up campaign; people have to understand that it is not ok to drop litter and the more attention the campaign gets, the more we will be able to get this message across. Thank you again, to everyone who got involved.”
More information on the campaigns initiatives, following the increased investment, will be available in the coming weeks. Although the Big Spring Clean weekend may now be over, the Team Up to Clean Up  campaign continues with new litter picks being organised regularly.If you would like to get involved or for more information on the campaign, visit or join the Team Up to Clean Up Facebook group where you can keep up to date with the campaign and volunteers across Renfrewshire.
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Public exhibition on plans for new business development site

Plans to develop a new business development site next to Glasgow Airport will be presented at a public exhibition in May.

Renfrewshire Council’s City Deal team will be on hand to discuss the proposals at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew, from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday 2 May.

The City Deal team intend to apply for planning permission in principle for the new business development located at Netherton Farm, to the east of Abbotsinch Road.

A 158-acre site, it would have a focus on advanced manufacturing and research and development, with opportunities for a wide range of businesses large and small.

And the proposed site would be at the centre of the development of emerging plans for an advanced manufacturing innovation district.

Planning consent is already in place for the enabling roads, bridges and cycle routes, which is funded through £39.1million from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, with work expected to start on this in late 2018.

Feedback from this public consultation will be incorporated into an application for planning permission in principle to ensure the site is in prime position to attract investors and welcome new tenants.

Planning permission in principle addresses common planning, environmental and statutory requirements for the land, streamlining the process for potential developers, who would still be required to submit detailed planning applications for any proposed developments.

Members of the public will have further opportunity to make formal representation to the planning authority once the application is submitted.

A City Deal spokesperson said: “We would encourage people to come along and learn more about these exciting proposals which have the potential to attract major investment into Renfrewshire and create thousands of jobs.

“This exhibition is an important part of the pre-application planning process and all feedback will be carefully considered before any application is submitted.”

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Shattered, a new play written by Lisa Nicoll will tour Scotland with its first performance at Paisley Arts Centre, on Saturday, May 19.

Inspired by interviews and life experiences, Shattered deals with the universal themes of grief, loss and isolation as well as the things that are left unsaid between the people to whom we are sometimes the closest.


The play is a partnership between In Motion Theatre Company and the Scottish Cot Death Trust and will also be performed as part of the International Conference on Still Births and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in June in Glasgow.


Three years on from the sudden death of their baby, Lucy and Ben are struggling to find some kind of normality in their fractured world.   Lucy focuses, as she has for the last few months, on the people on the street who she watches day in and day out from her window, telling stories of them like a TV boxed set. She wants to be part of it all again. She wants to be close to Ben again.  Ben wants to be close to her and tries through humour and dancing to do this.


Lucy watches cafe owner Tom from the window; he is someone who used to be her friend, who visited her, who she confided in but who hasn’t acknowledged her for months.  He knows that she is there but he cannot speak to her or wave. Left alone for a few days in the flat Lucy has an encounter with stranger Katy which begins her reconnection with life.


The cast comprises Nicola Roy (Lucy), Gavin Jon Wright (Ben), Kirsty Findlay (Katy) and Nebli Basani (Tom).  Shattered is directed by Jordan Blackwood with lighting by Laura Hawkins, sound by Alan Orr and set and costume design by Fraser Lappin.  Creative biographies are attached.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We are always interested in new and innovative forms of arts and entertainment
“We’re particularly keen to give a platform to new writers, performers and artistic works. I’m sure audiences will enjoy this thought-provoking production of Shattered, when it debuts at Paisley Arts Centre.”

Sat 19th May, 7:30PM £10 / £8

Paisley Arts Centre
0300 300 1210

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Six Legal Must Dos for Older People Talk

Wednesday 16th May 1.30pm  –  King Street Hall, 5 King Street, Paisley

The talk is 45 minutes with Q & A and is delivered by Nicos Scholarios, a member of Solicitors for Older People Scotland (SOPS). It is suitable for older peoples’ groups, staff in NHS, Third Sector and Local Authority. Refreshments will be provided.


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Rukeri Launch New Website

Rukeri is pleased to launch a new e-commerce website in time for the summer season of 2018. The website has been designed to offer customers a more streamlined shopping experience, while also promoting the brand.

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, offers landscaping supplies to trade and public. To complement continued investments in other areas of the business, a new website was implemented to improve the user experience and utilise modern technologies, ensuring compatibility with all browsers and mobiles.

Rukeri enlisted the services of local web design company, Xtensive Ltd, who designed and implemented the new site. Lisa Taylor, Marketing Executive at Rukeri says, ‘We are delighted with our new website. The team at Xtensive took our brief and came up with a website that promotes our products and services and offers our customers a more modern, responsive and faster shopping solution. We have already had positive feedback from our regular customers and feel confident that the site will develop with us as we continue to grow and focus on our e-commerce sales.’

Rukeri is primarily a turf grower, growing premium, hardwearing turf from North Arkleston Farm in Paisley. Rukeri turf continues to grow in popularity amongst local landscapers and is considered by many as the number 1 choice in the local area. Fast delivery lead times certainly help with this!

The company supplies a range of other products including soils, decorative and general aggregates, barks and sands, fencing & decking, huts and garden furniture. Products can be viewed on the new site at or customers are welcome to come and view the display area at North Arkleston Farm.

For more information contact Rukeri on 0141 8891455.

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St Mirren Championship Trophy Photographs

Pictures from Saturday the 21st of April of St Mirren parading in an open top bus through Paisley from Greenhill Road to Cotton Street, marvelous support from Paisley Buddies ensured a great day with a little help with the lovely dry weather. A day many will not forget.

The Following Photographs are taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on take your time to go through this vast gallery and see if you can spot yourself.

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Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean brings out more than 1000 volunteers

More than 1000 volunteers took part in 31 community clean ups as the Renfrewshire community were inspired to take part in an action-packed weekend of events.

Almost 500 bags of rubbish were collected as pupils, volunteers, police, and local businesses and elected members worked side by side to brighten the local area and tackle the issue of littering.

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean was the largest set of events planned since the launch of the Team Up to Clean campaign, and set out to make a real difference to the area’s environment.

Litter picks were arranged across the area by schools and community groups, with Renfrewshire Council assisting by providing all the required equipment needed and removing the collected rubbish at the end of each event.

Donations of water, bananas and sweet treats for the volunteers who took part were made by local Morrisons, Tesco, McDonalds and Greggs outlets across the area.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The level of support we have seen over this weekend has been incredible and has shown the breadth of support for our Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

“Volunteers young and old turned out to work alongside each other to make a real difference to their local area and the event has been an undeniable success, with a noticeable increase in the cleanliness of all communities after the weekend’s efforts.

“We know there are still areas of improvements to be made but with the support of the community, and a desire to eradicate the problem, we will begin to see real results and this weekend shows what can be achieved when we work together.

“Improving the cleanliness of Renfrewshire is a key commitment for the Council and we will continue to do our bit to ensure our streets are cleaner and Renfrewshire is a brighter, more attractive place to live and work.

“Thank you to every volunteer who took part over the weekend. Please continue to harness that community spirit and work with us as we Team Up to Clean Up.”

£2.5million has been allocated to Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign across the next five years to allow the continuation of an enhanced programme of gully cleaning, increased mechanical road sweeping, replacement or removal of out of date street signs, a strengthened Rapid Response Team and an additional six community litter pickers.

The campaign also challenges the community to play their part and this has been a rousing success as almost 100 community clean ups have been undertaken throughout the area and more than 1800 volunteers have taken part.

The campaign also aims to tackle the issue of dog fouling in the area and recently saw more than 50 responsible dog owners turn out for a mass dog walk in Robertson Park in Renfrew.

This followed a targeted streets initiative in which dog waste is spray painted with bright colours, warning messaging is painted sprayed  onto the pavement, enforcement patrols are enhanced and signage is placed around the area to bring the issue to the attention of offenders within that street.

For more information on the campaign, visit or join the Team Up to Clean Up community group on Facebook.

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Stow Brae Church Halls Slimming World Groups

Details for the Thursday and Friday sessions.

Contact Lynn on
07774 077103.
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Tannahill Threads – Ferguslie Film Weekend – Public Ballot Open

As part of the Tannahill Threads Festival, the Tannahill Centre will be transformed into a pop-up cinema, with a 32 square foot movie screen making the Tannahill Centre its home on Friday, 11th May and Saturday, 12th May 2018.

Tickets to all of the screenings are FREE and can be accessed via a public ballot that is now open until Tuesday, 1st May 2018.

You can enter the ballot here:

Information on each of the screenings we are showing is detailed below.  The ballot is open to anyone so I’d greatly appreciate it if you could promote it to your beneficiaries, service users and wider community.


9:30 am CoCo (PG)

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

2:00 pm Slab Boys (15)

Paisley 1957 is the setting, and three working-class lads from the local carpet factory are looking forward to a staff dance and the rock’n’roll fuelled promise of sweet escape from the daily drudgery of their lives.

6:00 pm Black Panther (12A)

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.


10:00 am The True Cost (12)

A ground breaking documentary, the True Cost pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

1:00 pm The Greatest Showman Singalong (PG)

Sing along to the movie inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

3:00 pm InSyriated 2017 (15)

Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turns her flat into a safe harbour for her family and neighbours, trying to protect them from the war outside.

Photo by David Cameron.