Paisley and Renfrewshire Newsletter

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Find out how you can join in this year’s Halloween festivities by decorating and lighting up your windows 🎃👾
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As part of Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of This World, you can get involved by registering your otherworldly decorations and creations as part of a special Window Wanderland trail.

It’s free to take part and you can create whatever you want, from lights in the window, a cutout silhouette, simple to spectacular it’s up to you!

Plus, spread the word with your friends and neighbours – we’d love to see your streets transformed into magical outdoor galleries.

Head over to our website to find out more on how you can register your window 👉 https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/renfrewshire-2021/

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Glasgow Airport

– Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow top 3 UK airports in latest results –

The efforts of AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, in working towards a more sustainable future for aviation have been recognised once again by the leading global sustainability organisation Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Glasgow Airport

Described a mission-driven and investor-led organization, GRESB provides standardised and validated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to the capital markets.

Southampton was ranked as the best performing UK airport in the GRESB benchmark. Together with Aberdeen, it received a five-star rating for its sustainability performance, and all were recognised as “airport transport sector leads”.

Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow were ranked first, second and third respectively within the UK Transport: Airport Companies categories. In the European category Southampton was second, Aberdeen fourth and Glasgow fifth.

In the same worldwide category Southampton was third, Aberdeen seventh and Glasgow ninth.

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director for Glasgow Airport, said: “As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to ensuring that we balance the undoubted economic and social benefits delivered by our airports with our climate responsibilities.

“How we do this has been set out in our Sustainability Strategy, which was launched last month and details a clear roadmap on how Glasgow can continue to support Scotland to not only recover, but prosper post-pandemic while decarbonising.

“We are delighted to be recognised by GRESB once again for all the hard work staff and colleagues continue to do.”

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to balancing the undoubted economic and social benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.

“To have all three of our airports to be named as the top three performing airports for sustainability by GRESB is a great achievement.

“I am pleased to say we have already made significant progress in addressing our environmental impacts. Since 2018, we have reduced our direct carbon emissions by 52% and in 2020 each of our airports achieved carbon neutrality status. However, we recognised that there is more work to do in addressing our impact and as a group, we have set ourselves the target of achieving net zero carbon for our direct emissions by the mid-2030s.

“We are also committed to working with the wider aviation industry to achieve net zero and deliver a future that is inclusive, low carbon and connected.”

Each year, GRESB assesses and benchmarks the ESG performance of assets worldwide, providing clarity and insights to financial markets on complex sustainability topics.

The GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, goals and emerging regulations. The GRESB ESG Benchmark grew this year to cover more than $6.4 trillion of assets under management, up from $5.3 trillion the year before.

Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director at GRESB, said: “GRESB Sector Leaders are the organisations that are setting the pace and driving progress toward a net zero future. We are proud to recognise your determination, achievement, and leadership in creating a more sustainable world.

“Across the globe, organizations are demonstrating a deep commitment to ESG integration while making important strides towards a more sustainable future for us all.

“ESG transparency and improving overall performance have never been more important, and it is inspiring to see such a high level of dedication from the industry.”

To find out more about the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark visit: GRESB.com

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From Paisley First:

Have you seen the latest edition of our Love Paisley magazine?

This special autumn and winter issue has you covered for the festive season with our Paisley town centre Christmas Gift Guide!
We also have all you need for winter fashion so you can stay warm and on-trend!

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And we’ve got the latest from our hair and beauty businesses who will make sure you are looking fabulous for the festivities!
If thoughts of the dark nights have you heading to the kitchen for some feel-good food, our independent food retailers have you covered!

Or, if you’re looking to stay social and get creative, we have the latest on classes and activities for adults available in our town centre businesses.
Plus. we take you on a tour of Paisley’s much-loved pubs and bars!

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Move or improve? If your home is top of your to-do list at the moment, we have a special section devoted to helping you take that next step up the housing ladder or turn your current house into your dream home.

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So, if all that’s whetted your appetite for more, you can see the digital version of the magazine here! https://bit.ly/30NiUDs
Or why not head into town and pick up your copy from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley or The Paisley Centre!

Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Love Local, Love Paisley!

Glasgow Airport
  • First currency collection since relaunch raises fantastic amount for the FlightPath Fund 

 

Glasgow passengers have raised an incredible £6124.47 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund despite the pandemic almost grounding air travel.

Glasgow Airport

The fantastic amount was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which passengers can donate any left-over currency. 

All monies raised through the globes make up the £70,000 total made available last month to ensure the FlightPath Fund could resume following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The FlightPath Fund supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas. 

The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport. 

The total amount collected came from dozens of different global currencies including Croatian Kunas, Turkish Lira, Polish Zloty, Singaporean Dollars, Latvian Lats, South African Rands, Ukrainian Hryvnia and Israeli New Shekel. Currencies new to the collection globes included Malawian Kwacha, Ethiopian Birr, Macau Patacas and Costa Rica Colons. 

The top five currencies collected were: 

  • UK Pound
  • The Euro
  • US Dollars 
  • Swiss Francs
  • Danish Krone

 

Outwith the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, the globes also collected donations in pre-Euro currencies including Irish Punts, Portuguese Escudos, Dutch Guilders, Austrian Schillings and German Deutsche Marks.

Archie Hunter, Chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, said: “The generosity of the passengers who travel through Glasgow Airport plays a central role in the important work of the FlightPath Fund and is so gratefully received, particularly given the challenges we have all faced since last March. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our work and this amount will allow the Fund to help serve community groups, clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.

“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the FlightPath Fund committee and indeed the people who will benefit greatly from the donations made via the globes.” 

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October. The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support. 

To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and our funding guidelines. 

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Volunteers from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign are set to have access to £40,000 for environmental projects across the area.

If approved by councillors, volunteers will be able to apply for funding to carry out environmental improvements such as sowing wildflowers, installing planters or improving green spaces for local wildlife and would allow them to work with landscapers or purchase small items of equipment to carry out the work themselves.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

It would be allocated from the Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has funded community-led projects worth more than £1.7million since it was created in 2018.

Of the 62 projects supported, 34 have originated from Team Up to Clean Up volunteers and numerous parks, community gardens and nature reserves have benefitted from the coordination of the campaign and the fund.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Team Up to Clean Up campaign continues to be a fantastic example of how we can work together with the community as a Council, as is the Green Spaces Fund which has helped deliver improvements within almost every community in Renfrewshire.

“This funding would give volunteers the opportunity to carry our small environmental projects which they believe would make a significant difference to their local green spaces and I look forward to this being brought forward to the forthcoming board for consideration.”

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The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign brings the Council and community together to improve Renfrewshire’s local environment, with a £2.5million investment by the Council in additional road sweeping, fly tipping removal, litter picking, and gully cleaning enhanced by litter picking carried out by dedicated volunteers from the local community.

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Since it launched in 2017, the area’s street cleanliness has improved significantly – with the area now being well above the Scottish average and moving from 26th in Scotland to 13th last year.

For more information on the campaign, including how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join more than 3,200 members of the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/teamuptocleanup.

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Powerful impact of writing project in forging friendships highlighted as Renfrewshire Leisure and Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group secure grant to continue creating cultural connections

Children from diverse ethnic and migrant communities have described how finding pen pals has made them feel loved as they build lives in Renfrewshire.

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A group of six to 11-year-olds have forged new friendships while taking part in a project aimed at encouraging understanding and creating new cultural connections.

Ten children of Syrian refugees living in Renfrewshire have been paired with 10 youngsters of African heritage, writing to each other – sharing all kinds of experiences and feelings – so that they can learn more about the background of each other’s families.

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The scheme, led by the region’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group – comprising, Renfrewshire Leisure, Pachedu, School of African Cultures, Jambo Radio, Inspiring Families and the University of the West of Scotland – aims to create a greater understanding of the diverse cultures that make up modern communities, particularly “new Scots”, whether they be those whose families have lived in the country for many years or those who are new to the country.

Its success is attracting national interest, with a pilot project launched as part of Refugee Week securing £4,420 to continue it through this year.

Describing how the work made them feel, one of the children who took part said: “It helps create love, friendship and respect for people from all countries, fighting racism everywhere.”

Another said: “I want to make a new friend – someone who can relate to me but who is completely different.”

The cultural steering group is spearheaded by community charity Renfrewshire Leisure, which works with communities across the region.

Heather Paton, Renfrewshire Leisure

Cultural Development Officer Heather Paton said: “A rich diversity of cultures make up modern Renfrewshire and Scotland. We want to build relationships between and celebrate them all, encouraging understanding. It’s so important. Families will have shared experiences that each can relate to.

“It has been fantastic to see the difference this has made to the children. Particularly during lockdown, we could see the difference that these connections were making, tackling loneliness while allowing them to learn about each other and what they enjoy about being in Scotland.

“This project will play an important part in shaping their outlook on life here while celebrating their family’s roots as well. This is something we can all embrace.”

The project is run in alliance with Pachedu – a charity which promotes dignity and tolerance – and its School of African Cultures, established to enhance cultural identity for children of African descent born in Scotland and to redress stereotypes in wider society.  

Young people of African Heritage from The Redeemed Assemblies church also took part in the pilot scheme.

Explaining more about Pen Pals, Regine Bews, Founder and Project Coordinator at the School of African Cultures, said: “We want to build bridges between different ethnic communities in Renfrewshire – Polish, Chinese, Syrian, African, Asian – and find ways to connect with each other.

“Children are a great way to break down barriers and reach adults. Introducing the Pen Pal Project to the Syrian Community was a way for the African Community in Renfrewshire to say ‘welcome’. 

“The theme of Refugee Week 2021 was ‘we cannot walk alone’. This connection has demonstrated that the Syrian children who are settling in our communities are not walking alone.

“Children from all of the communities in Renfrewshire love Scotland.

“Through these letters, young people connect with other ethnic community groups, they learn about other countries and cultures, they present their own country and culture, they improve their art and English writing skills, contributing to removing cultural barriers and stigma.”

Rahaf Sharif, who coordinated the Syrian children who took part and works closely with Syrian families living in Ferguslie,  said: “The children really enjoyed it.

“It was something new that made a difference for their lives during the restrictions in the pandemic. It helped them socially to make new friends, gave them confidence, meant less screen time and more positivity and self-expression through creativity.

“They learned to do something their parents had before the internet which helped improve their English writing, communication skills and encouraged them to learn about other cultures and be creative.”

It is hoped that the new Scottish Government grant will further strengthen connections across communities, allowing the team to work with up to 40 children over four months. News of the support has been welcomed.

Aneel Singh Bhopal, Regional Integration Coordinator for the South West of Scotland with the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire Leisure’s Pen Pal project receive funding to build on the positive work done with children from refugee and other minority ethnic communities from across Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland.

“I am confident that the project will continue to help strengthen connections, improve integration and enhance the artistic skills of a diverse group of young people living in Scotland at a crucial time.”

The stories and artwork that the children share with each other will be collated into a book so that everyone who takes part has a copy to keep. That book is set to be shared with the public as part of Paisley Book Festival in February, where all of those who took part will be invited to an event to celebrate the work.  Copies will be shared in Renfrewshire’s libraries.

The project is supported by Future Paisley and part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

Its successes are also being highlighted as part of Black History Month events in Renfrewshire throughout October. More details about those can be found at https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/renfrewshires-black-history-month-cultural-programme-2021/

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The Southmartins are back at The Bungalow tonight. John Lyon of NNE said “After one of the best gigs of 2019, we’ve managed to convince Andy, Naomi and the band to head back to Paisley for 2021” The Southmartins give you the hits and bits of the Beautiful South and the Housemartins. It is the best sing-along night of the year belting out Happy Hour, Old Red Eyes is Back, Song For Whoever, Me and the Farmer, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10, Caravan of Love and many, many more.

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The band has toured the UK at sell out venues and was invited to play at Paul Heaton’s own venue in Salford for the launch of the “comeback” album with Jacqui Abbott. Lead singer Andy is about as close as you’ll come, vocally, to main man without it being himself and the night will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

In support is and up and coming young talent Robyn Red. She is a singer-songwriter from Airdrie. She spoke to me last week and told me “I write country-pop-rock music and my influences are Amy Macdonald, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice” Robyn started learning keyboard when she was five years old, then later when she was 13 she bought her first guitar and learned how to play it from you tube videos. In 2019 at only 14 she travelled to LA to represent UK in the World Championships of Performing Arts. She won gold for self-accompanied pop and silver for self-accompanied country. Although only 16 she was on the bill for Party in the Palace and Gig in the Goil. She is the one to watch. Tickets are on the door and opens at 7pm

 

Tomorrow afternoon The Bungalow has a fantastic lineup of local singer-songwriters with host Johnny Barr Free event and starts at 2pm. 

If you remember the days of The Sweet, T Rex, Slade, Mott the Hoople and Roxy Music, Hot Love are bringing their nostalgic show to The Bungalow tomorrow night. The band has brought together some of the finest musicians and singers around to create this upbeat, exciting and ultimate 70s tribute show. Performing hit after hit from the 70s, Hot Love can guarantee that you will know every song and every lyric too. You will be taken on a journey back in time when flares, double denim and perms were a thing. Tickets on the door and opens at 7pm.

The Cave has another fantastic Four in a Row for you again this weekend. Starting tonight at 9pm it is Mojo Filter, then in the early slot tomorrow at 6pm it is The State Blues Band followed by Blackout at 9pm. Sad Ida is playing on Sunday at 6pm and the night isn’t over because Grant Cherry is back with his After Show Party from 9pm. 

Local singing trio Feeva are putting on The Ultimate Motown Show tonight at The Old Swan. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £10. Arizona plays tomorrow from 4pm followed by Esquire at 8pm then Emma Nailen at 9pm. . The Swing afternoon on Tuesday starts at 2.30pm. Tonight Proposal are at Tannahills from 8pm. Jenna Milroy is singing at The Glennifer Hotel from 8.30pm tomorrow night. Old Bohemia are at The Keg tonight from 9.30pm. 

Rocknrolla’s is back with a bang with a superb 80’s tribute doubleheader featuring the hits of synth legends Erasure and The Pet Shop Boys. Tickets are only £10 to get the hits from Sometimes, A Little Respect, Drama, It’s a Sin, Always on my mind and maybe a wee Abba cover in there somewhere. Doors 7pm. 

The Anchor has Moonshine Mojo in at 4.30pm on Sunday. Mr Brightside 9pm at Harvies tomorrow night. 

Open Mic Nights this week are Sunday: The Columba Club 2pm, Monday: Dunky Hunter at The Abbey 8.30pm, Tuesday: The Anchor with Andy Lindsay 8pm, gantry at 9pm, Wednesday Andy again at The Patter Bar 8pm, The Keg with Johnny Barr 8.30pm. 

Lots on this week – Keep Music Live. 

 

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food bank

Natalie Don MSP is encouraging Renfrewshire residents to share their views on a draft national plan by the Scottish Government to end the need for people to use food banks.

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The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West is urging local people to input their ideas and opinions via a consultation about the plan, which is supported by food bank operators including the Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network, to prevent food insecurity.

The Scottish Government’s proposals are weighted towards strengthening incomes through fair work and social security to ensure everyone can afford food that meets their needs and preferences, and supporting joined-up local responses seeking to make food banks the last port of call for people experiencing hardship by promoting emergency financial assistance and money advice first, alongside holistic support services.

Natalie Don MSP said: “The staff and volunteers at food banks in Renfrewshire and across Scotland provide a vital service, thanks to generous donations, to support many people in our communities experiencing poverty to the extent that they cannot afford to feed themselves or their families.

“Food banks, however, are not a long-term solution to poverty and I welcome the Scottish Government’s draft plan to end the need for food banks, which aligns with the SNP’s national mission to eradicate poverty.

“Rising energy and food prices, along with the UK Tory Government’s callous cut to Universal Credit, ending of the furlough scheme and failure to use wage-setting powers to ensure household incomes keep pace with the cost of living, is increasing financial hardship.

“Unfortunately, as 85 per cent of benefit spending in Scotland is still decided by out-of-touch Westminster politicians, the Scottish Government has limited powers and budget to mitigate the impacts for people being driven further into poverty and requiring to use food banks, but has set out these proposals to use existing powers to minimise food insecurity.

“I urge people in Renfrewshire – especially those who are or have been directly impacted by poverty – to take the opportunity to get involved and help shape this national plan as everyone should have the right to an adequate standard of living, including the ability to access food that meets dietary, social and cultural needs.”

For more information about the government’s plan and to participate in the consultation, go to consult.gov.scot/housing-and-social-justice/ending-the-need-for-food-banks before 25 January 2022.

Halloween event

EVOLVE Halloween Spooktacular

Date: October 29th

Times: 3-6pm

Location: McKerrell Street Play Park, McKerrell Street, PA1 1NJ

Free: trick or treat bags Halloween game starts activities bouncy castle face painting film tent food

Halloween event There will also be a wheelchair accessible portaloo on site. We’re delivering the event with our project partners, Williamsburgh Housing Association and Renfrewshire Leisure, which is part of the Culture Collective funded through Creative Scotland. We’re also delivering the event in conjunction with ROAR – connections for life. Food is being provided by Ladyburn Diner, is free and will have vegan and vegetarian options, and the free food packs for cooking at home are provided by the Darkwood Crewe.

1. Dr Bike, Hannah, Hayley & Harmony at a Beat the Street Renfrewshire event last week

The final push for points has started as the interactive travel game Beat the Street Renfrewshire draws to a close.

1. Dr Bike, Hannah, Hayley & Harmony at a Beat the Street Renfrewshire event last week

From today (Wednesday, 20 October) until the end of the game, 27 October, players will take part in Go Celebrate week where every Beat Box in the game will be giving out double points.

The game comes to an end at 7pm on 27 October when the leaderboards will be taken down and the winners announced shortly afterwards.

More than 6,230 people from Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch have taken part and have together walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 45,000 miles so far in the competition.

Fordbank Primary School leads the total points leaderboard and Thorn Primary School leads the average points leaderboard for schools. The teams that top both leaderboards will each win £300 in book or sports vouchers and a trophy.

It is hoped that the game will have a lasting impact on local people and they continue to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said: “I can’t believe ‘Go Celebrate Week’ is here and we’re into the final week of Beat the Street.

“The game has really been the talk of the participating towns and villages for the past few weeks, and it has been fantastic to see everyone getting active as a community.

“We’ve heard heart-warming stories of communities coming together, of people telling us how they’ve got chatting to neighbours and of players getting to experience green spaces and parts of their towns that they might not have known about before.

“The Beat the Street game itself is just the start though – when the game comes to an end, we’ll then continue to work with the local community to ensure that these healthy lifestyle habits are put into action and players are signposted to activities and community groups that they might not have known about before.”

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

More information will be available at www.beatthestreet.me/renfrewshire and on social media @RenfrewshireBTS