Paisley and Renfrewshire Newsletter

JNI Beaver Scout

The JNI Beaver Scout Colony returned to outdoor activities for the first time in over a year. Enjoying warm and sunny weather in Ferguslie Gardens the Beavers took part in an Easter egg hunt which covered a wide area of the park and ensured they returned home tired.

JNI Beaver Scout

With the older members having joined the Cubs over the last year the Colony is looking to recruit girls and boys aged between 5 ¾ and 8 years old. In the Beavers, they have fun while going on adventures and making friends. There are opportunities to try new things while completing challenge and activity badges. The JNI is enjoying outdoor adventures before being permitted to return to our own activity centre in The Bield in Broomlands Street. The Colony returns to take on a Challenge Badge with everyone learnings skills for life.

For more details contact stephen@thejni.org.uk

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west end growing grounds

The West End Growing Grounds Association is registered charity that  provides a community garden on a high-profile site in Underwood Road  Paisley. It consists of 112 raised beds and two polytunnels for the local  community to grow its own food. The Association is looking for an  enthusiastic, physically fit experienced grounds person to assist its  members in managing the maintenance and development of the Garden.  

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The volunteer will report directly to the Board of Trustees and liaise with the  Board’s horticultural lead member and the local Community Pay-back Team  Leader.  

Duties include:  

Working with board members, discuss and provide information on best  practice grounds maintenance and safety.  

Operation and maintenance of electric powered ground tools (mower, strimmer,  hedge cutter, leaf blower).  

Water management. (Hose reel mains supply and water harvesting system)  

Organising members’ common area work parties. (Members are required to  complete 12 hours of common area work each year)  

Identifying and arranging work that may require Community Pay-back Team  assistance.  

Hours:  

This is a new appointment, and the nature and extent of the above duties will  be reviewed in consultation with the person appointed. 

If this volunteering opportunity interests you, please contact:  The Association Secretary at 07710 782510 e-mail contact@wegga.org

FAMILIES can enjoy an eggs-travaganza of fun events and activities during the Easter break from the comfort of their own home.

Renfrewshire Leisure Arts, Libraries and Museums teams have created an exciting programme of online events for children and grown-ups that would have the Easter Bunny jumping for joy.

All the events and activities – from theatre performances and music sessions to arts and crafts and library workshops – are easy to access by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com . The majority of the events are free to access online.

For the youngest audiences, Ipdip Theatre present Up and Down at 10.30am and noon on April 12.  This is an adventure on Zoom for children under five, giving them a chance to connect to distanced friends and relatives who are encouraged to join the fun.  There is a £3 charge to view this event.

The over-fives will love M6 Theatre’s beautiful short film When We Started Singing, exclusively on the Ren TV online channel from April 12-18.

For 11-15 year olds The Big Data Show by Civic Digits is a ground-breaking, immersive theatre experience using performance, gaming and digital magic being shown online 10am on April 7, or 7pm on April 14.  There is a £3 charge to view this event.

And youngsters can shake, rattle and roll with TRASH percussion, at 10am on April 17, or enjoy some gentle movement and simple crafts at Balloon Babies, 10am on April 10.

Scotland’s top musicians continue to entertain with Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth on fiddle and piano – and Valerie Barr on classical accordion, our Sunday Continental brunch-time boogie sessions will be recorded live for you to enjoy.

And don’t forget the weekly Stuck In The House Music sessions on Ren TV every Thursday, at 8pm.

They are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to become inspired to create a piece of art based on the outdoors. The artwork could be in the form of collages, sculptures, or photographs. If you submit a photograph of your artwork to the Renfrewshire Leisure website, there’s a chance it could be included in the online exhibition.

There are also two Library Workshops broadcast on Ren TV, on April 7 and 14 at 10am. The first is Wooly Easter Crafts and the second is Growing Green.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Manager, Rikki Payne said: “Our Easter programme this year is all about entertaining, informing and passing on new skills to young and old alike.

“Although our venues remain closed due to Covid restrictions, we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring a wide range of quality events and activities into people’s homes.

“The emphasis is on fun and there’s plenty for young and old to enjoy.”

The Easter events are made possible with the support of Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.

Elderslie Village Hall

Three popular community halls across Renfrewshire are set for full refurbishments after councillors approved awarding the £1.6million works contract to City Gate Construction.

The Paisley-based company is expected to start work in May on a wide range of internal and external improvements to Elderslie Village Hall, the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch and South End Action Centre in Paisley.

Elderslie Village Hall

Internal improvements include upgraded toilet facilities, new floor finishes and redecoration – providing modern accessible spaces for the varied community groups which use the facilities, from dance and drama classes to craft clubs, toddler groups, yoga sessions and local support groups.

All three facilities will benefit from new roof coverings, with the McKillop roof also incorporating solar panels.

At the McKillop and at Elderslie, the programme of works will also see repairs to external walls.

Replacement doors and windows, electrical rewiring and new alarm systems are also included where required, with the works scheduled for completion later this year.

McKillop Institute

City Gate Construction is an accredited Living Wage employer and the approved contract includes a series of community benefits provided, including two jobs for people currently unemployed and a work experience placement.

The local employer will also host industry awareness events promoting careers in construction and local trades will be invited to a supply chain opportunities event.

South End Action Centre

David Palmer, Commercial Director, City Gate Construction said: “We are genuinely delighted to be taking on this project once the contract is awarded and look forward to continuing our long-term working relationship with Renfrewshire Council.

“As a large local employer, these buildings have been a part of many of our employees’ upbringing and are still an important part of the community for many families in the Renfrewshire area, as well as historically important.

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“We will use our local expertise to deliver a high-quality finish which will enhance the future of these buildings. We are also keen to extend our local employment offering and if any local company or operative is keen to work on these projects, then please do get in touch.”

News of the works have been welcomed by community group Roar, who run activities for older people from community halls in Renfrewshire, focusing on social and physical wellbeing, with exercise, music and quizzes providing an environment for friendships to grow.

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Project worker Anne Morgan said: “Roar Connections for life has been running a group for older adults in the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch for more than 12 years and it is a fantastic venue which is central to the village and the refurbishment plans are much needed here. We also use Elderslie Village Hall too and other community halls, our services helping to prevent loneliness and isolation and provide a safe welcoming environment for all service users.

“The older community needs these facilities in order for clubs like Roar to continue and now, more than ever, we need to be able to assist older adults in building their confidence and allow them to stay mobile and stay connected.”

South End Action Centre has been home to the Kathleen Edgar School of Dance ever since the centre first opened.

Kathleen Edgar said: “We’ve been based at South End Action Centre since the very start 40 years ago and over that time, hundreds of children and young people have benefited from this local facility. Our dance school provides a safe, welcoming environment for children to develop their skills, enjoy a healthy activity and build friendships and self-confidence. It’s pleasing to see the centre getting this refurbishment and are looking forward to getting classes back up and running and continuing to provide a valuable resource in the south end of Paisley.”

Elsewhere, surveys are being carried out at Steeple Hall in Kilbarchan to deliver a smaller programme of works upgrading this community facility.

easter trail

Spring is here and there’s plenty to look forward to in Paisley town centre with our Easter Animal Trail!

There are 12 animal friends hiding in local business windows around the town centre …. but one of them doesn’t have a name.

easter trail

So it’s your job to find our friends and name the final animal to be in with a chance of winning one of two Easter-tastic prizes!

It’s the perfect activity to get everyone out in the fresh air and have some free, family fun at the same time!

Pick up a trail leaflet from either the Piazza Shopping Centre or The Paisley Shopping Centre, or if you prefer you can download your own trail leaflet which is available HERE.

Remember many of our local businesses are still open or operating, see the full list HERE – perfect if you want to stop to refuel or pick up some essentials along the way.

Plus parking is free in all council car parks seven days a week with on-street parking charges applied Monday to Friday only before 6pm.

Once you have completed our trail, just post your entry form in one of the special Easter post-boxes located in either of the shopping centres to be entered into our prize draw.

And don’t forget to pick up your free Spring Activity Sheet when collecting your trail leaflet, or download HERE

Let’s have some Spring Fun in Paisley this Easter!

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paisley museum

The journey to transform Paisley Museum into a top cultural destination took a major step forward today (Wed 31 March) as Renfrewshire councillors approved the appointment of the contractor to deliver the £23million main works programme.

Members of the council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board authorised the appointment of Kier Construction Limited as the main works contractor that will transform the A-listed building. Final negotiations will now take place with a view to formally appointing Kier next month. This will result in work beginning on site in early summer with construction likely being completed by late 2022, reopening to the public in 2023.

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This marks a significant milestone in the £42million redevelopment of the museum – the signature project in Paisley’s radical regeneration which also includes refurbishments of the town’s A-listed town hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the town’s high street.

The museum transformation project is an important part of Paisley’s economic recovery from lockdown both in terms of the on-site activity that will take place during the construction phase and in the increased footfall that will follow when the museum reopens to the public. When Paisley Museum opens its doors it is expected to attract 128,000 visitors each year from Scotland, the UK and overseas and provide a £79million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

Paisley Museum Reimagined Project Director, Kirsty Devine, said: “The approval to appoint the main works contractor is an exciting step forward in realising our ambitions of radically transforming this prominent symbol of Paisley’s past for future generations.

paisley museum

“A great deal of work has taken place behind the scenes over the last year to help realise our vision for the museum and once the contractor is formally appointed and work begins on site in early summer the public will start to see that vision take shape.

“Paisley Museum was founded as a place of learning at the heart of the town and this redevelopment project will preserve that for years to come, while showcasing the town’s globally-significant story like never before.”

The project will not only deliver a cultural facility of significance for Scotland, it will also help transform Paisley’s perception of itself, develop a visitor economy, lead the regeneration of the town centre and once again give Paisley a confident, outward-facing profile to the world.

Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland and Paisley Museum Reimagined Patron, Professor Frances Fowle, said: “It is wonderful that the museum will not only be restored to its former glory, but will be transformed into a world-class venue.  I am excited that Paisley is undergoing this period of cultural Renaissance and am proud to be a Patron of the Paisley Museum Reimagined project.”

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Kier have worked on a number of high-profile heritage construction projects throughout the UK and are currently helping to deliver the refurbishment of The Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Regional Director of Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, Phil McDowell, said: “The transformation of Paisley Museum is of significant local and national importance and we are looking forward to working with Renfrewshire Council on this project.

“We have extensive experience restoring and reimagining historic cultural buildings and we will work with our local supply chain partners and utilise the very latest digital technologies to transform the museum. We will also engage with the local Paisley community, providing job, training and apprenticeship opportunities as well as working with local organisations as we look to leave a lasting legacy in areas in which we build.”

A programme of community benefits were requested as part of the procurement process. Kier have agreed to offer a number of local employment opportunities, work experience placements, business advice and support to local SMEs, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. They have also made a commitment to ensure that supply chain opportunities are prioritised for Renfrewshire based businesses and pledged to support a local community project.

The redesign of the museum campus, being led by an international team including architects AL_A and exhibition designers Opera Amsterdam, will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 150%. The designs produced by AL_A radically reimagine the museum and its campus, reshaping it into a cultural hub of discovery, skills development, creativity and innovation. Improvement work will include a new entrance courtyard and entranceway, along with a new west wing, outdoor garden space and an interactive weaving studio.

The museum’s final phase of fundraising is now under way, with the museum website reimagined.paisleymuseum.org showcasing the project’s ambitious vision.

Renfrewshire Leisure is delighted to announce that Paisley Book Festival reached a global audience for its 2021 Festival programme. 20,296 people tuned in from as far afield as India, Malawi, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel as well as most of mainland Europe.

The most popular events included Scottish Masculinities with Douglas Stuart, Graeme Armstrong & Andrew O’Hagan, Get the Door Frank with Janey Godley, Songs for a Scabby Queen with Kirstin Innes and Outi Smith, Melanie Reid, and Chris Brookmyre & Dr. Marisa Haetzman: In Conversation with Ambrose Parry.

The 2021 Guest curated strands from Kirsty Logan and Malachy Tallack were also a resounding success, stimulating lively discussions across social media and in the YouTube live chat.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We are thrilled with the engagement with the second annual Paisley Book Festival, with events attended by people from all over the world and in significant numbers. I’ve personally really enjoyed attending the events. A particular highlight for me was ‘Working Class Lives in Fiction with Ely Percy and Julie Rea, not least because Ely’s fab book ‘Duck Feet’ is set in my home town, Renfrew.”

In addition to continuing partnerships established last year with the University of West of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library, Open Book, The Fountain, and Renfrewshire Leisure’s ArtBoss group, the festival also established several new relationships this year including the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, Extra Teeth magazine, the Edwin Morgan Trust, the National Library of Scotland, the University of Glasgow, Scottish PEN, and journaling/bookbinding duo Cassandra Barron and Julie Galante.

A wide range of local groups and talent formed part of this year’s programme including the Renfrewshire Makar, Brian Whittingham as well as local poets and authors including Ely Percy, Ross Mackenzie, Jim Ferguson, Basia Palka, Kay Metcalfe, and Sean McMenemy, and more.

The ArtBoss group showcased their new graphic novel created in lockdown, and three local authors – Donal McLaughlin; Mairi Murphey; Charlie Gracie – presented What it Means to Overcome, readings based on their experiences of emigration from Ireland. Morag Smith and Jim Aitken presented a host of local writers featured in A Kist of Thistles, a new anthology of radical Scottish poetry.

Drawing on local talent played another important part of the Festival success. The inaugural writer-in-residence, Imogen Stirling’s digital residency involved 15 workshops before the festival and culminated in three highly engaging public events at the festival itself. These events showcased both Imogen’s creative work and that of the community groups she had worked with for the residency, as well as introducing some of Imogen’s own favourite

Scottish writers/musicians in Imogen’s Big Night In.

Rikki PayneArts ManagerRenfrewshire Leisure said: “Our first digital Paisley Book Festival has defied our expectations. Reading has been a huge solace and escape for many during Covid and we were delighted to be able to offer readers something so positive in these times. There is no substitute for a live encounter with your favourite authors but

audiences responded to the exceptional digital programme with lively chatrooms and warm feedback. A huge thank you to those who donated and helped ensure the future of Paisley Book Festival.”

He added: “Next year, all at Renfrewshire Leisure hope to welcome our audiences back into local venues for Paisley Book Festival 2022.”

With two successful book festivals under its belt,  the Paisley Book Festival has, quite rightly, earned its place on Scotland’s rich cultural calendar of events.

Big PACE Night In Flyer
Join us for an amazing evening of performances and chat from a huge selection of PACE alumni and friends, hosted LIVE from Exchange, Paisley.
Our Big PACE Night In promises music, laughter, memories, surprises, and talent by the bucket-load. Mark the ending of lockdown with an unforgettable big night in!
Big PACE Night In Flyer

Featuring performances and interviews from PACE alumni and others including: Darren Brownlie, Dani Heron, James McArdle, Mark Rowley, Martin Quinn, Scott Reid, Erin Hair, Daniel Cameron, Erin Armstrong, Erin Caldwell, Leigh Quinn, Declan McLeish, Laura Murray, Santino Smith, Scott Mackie, Ryan Hunter, Liam Farrelly, Aida Levantaki, Heather MacInnes, Kick the Door, Rebecca Lafferty, Amy Conachan, Alex Robertson and more.

Raising funds for a new theatre dedicated to children, young people and families.
Tickets: Donate-What-You-Can (Suggested donation £15)

www.pacetheatre.com/bignightin

create culture academy

Funded by The Youth Work Educations Recovery Fund, Culture Academy will see Create Paisley team up

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Paisley YMCA

and Renfrewshire Council Youth Services.

create culture academy
Open to S1-S6, the programme will allow the young people to select one of the 4 strands: Dance, Visual Arts, Creative Writing and Media.
Interested in a programme that will allow you to develop creative skills and achieve a Bronze Art Award and take part in festivals such as Open Mind Fest.
Sign up heren https://www.createpaisley.org.uk/culture-academy/ Starting 8th of April and running every Thursday through to July!
Welcome to Your Vote square

Local people in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to exercise their right to vote at the Scottish Parliament election in May, with foreign nationals able to vote for the first time.

Refugees and other foreign citizens living in Scotland who have leave to remain in the UK, or do not need such permission, can now vote in Scottish Parliament and local council elections.

Welcome to Your Vote square

The Scottish Refugee Council have produced a range of materials, in various languages, to ensure that all foreign citizens are aware of how and why they should vote in May, and that the deadline to register to vote is 19 April.

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “It’s important that at the forthcoming election everyone who is able to vote takes the opportunity to have their voice heard.

“Refugees and other foreign citizens living in Scotland who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not need such permission, are now able to vote so I would encourage them to ensure they are registered by 19 April and take part in the election.”

All voters are being urged not to miss the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 6 April to register for a postal vote.

Application forms are available to be downloaded from the UK Government website and completed forms should be returned to the Electoral Registration Office in Paisley by the 5pm deadline

Kate Crawford, Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board, said: “In the forthcoming election for the Scottish Parliament, you, the voter, have a choice to either vote in person or by post.

“If you would like to vote by post in this election, please ensure you apply by 5pm on the 6th of April . It’s easy to do, just log onto www.renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or contact my office ero@renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or call us on 0300 300 0150 to arrange.”

Anyone wishing to vote by proxy should have their application in by 5pm on 29 April.

For more information on the election, including what to expect at a polling station on 6 May, please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SPelection2021.