Paisley and renfrewshire Events

jay semple

BLIND athlete Jay Semple is preparing to take part in his 11th Paisley 10k Road Race and he’s encouraging others to join him racing around the streets of Paisley.

Jay, 43, suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Choroideremia – a genetic disorder that causes a progressive loss of vision – and will be assisted running around the race route by a running guide.

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But not only is he running in the Paisley 10k Race, Jay will also be taking part in the shorter Fun Run that sets off shortly afterwards, wearing his kilt and accompanied by his nine-year-old son, Tyler-James.

The Paisley 10k and Fun Run takes place on Sunday, August 21 and organisers are welcoming runners of all abilities, – from novice to experienced club and international athletes.

The popular event is organised by OneRen – the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives – supported by Renfrewshire Council and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club.

The Paisley 10k is Scotland’s third largest road race and the official charity partner is the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine.

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10K race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged under seven, eight to 12 year old and 13 to 15 year old.

Jay, from Knightswood, in Glasgow has taken part in more than 300 road races and fun runs since he lost his sight in 2014, but he says the Paisley event is his favourite.

“It’s a fantastic day and it’s definitely my favourite run. It’s very well organised and there are always people cheering me on. I can’t speak highly enough about it.

“And Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron always comes over to give me a hug and I’m treated very well by everyone involved.”

Jay added: “I would urge people to sign up for the event and give it a go. If they’re not confident about doing the 10k, they should do the Fun Run.”

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at OneRen said: “There’s still time to sign up for either the 10k Race or the Fun Run and join more than 2000 people who will be running on the day.

“Those taking part will have a great time and there are always lots of people on the pavement cheering the runners as they go by.

“Getting sponsored to complete either the 10k or Fun Run is a great way to raise money for charity or local clubs and organisations.”

To sign up for the 10k or Fun Run go to www.oneren.org/paisley-10k. Entries close at noon on Friday, August 19 as there are no entries available on race day.

A previous Beat the Street game

A popular physical activity game that has been played several times in the area is returning – and this time it will be taking place in Paisley for the first time!

A previous Beat the Street game

Beat the Street is a real-life physical activity game that aims to get whole communities moving together by making exercise into a fun competition where participants of all ages can win points and prizes for taking part.

Beat the Street has already successfully been played in Glasgow, Falkirk, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire, and Renfrewshire. Now Paisley residents can join in the fun with a game that takes place from Wednesday, 31st August to Wednesday, 12th October.

Prior to the game, residents will see special sensors called Beat Boxes appearing on lampposts around these areas. Once the game starts, players will hover their card over the Beat Box to start their journey, before walking, cycling or wheeling to the next one to score points. There will be 69 Beat Boxes placed around the town and players can then clock up active travel miles for their team.

The game is free and open to anyone of any age.  Primary school children will be provided with cards and maps via their school and the wider community is invited to collect a free card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/paisley

Players can join a school team, a workplace team, charity team or community and the further that participants walk, cycle or wheel, the more points they will win for their team. The teams that top the leaderboards will be in with a chance of winning vouchers for books and sports equipment at the end of the six-week game, with prizes for average points too, so smaller teams are also in with a chance of winning prizes.

 

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener for the Economy and Regeneration Policy Board at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Beat the Street has been played several times around the area, but this is the first time it’s been played in Paisley!

 

“We’re delighted to have been able to bring the competition to the town and look forward to seeing how far everyone can walk, cycle, and wheel in the six-week game.

“Previous games nearby have shown that Beat the Street is a great way of getting children, families and our communities active. Not only that, but the game enables the community to lower its carbon footprint and also brings the community together which in turn improves wellbeing, increases feelings of safety and reduces isolation.”

Beat the Street Paisley has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

The game was created by Dr William Bird MBE to help tackle the UK’s low levels of activity, to help people incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives, as well also improving air pollution, increasing active travel and reducing congestion.

For more information on how to play, prizes and where to pick up a free card and map, click onto www.beatthestreet.me/paisley or search for @BTSPaisley on social media.

Spree for all

Music fans can enjoy a bumper line-up of gigs across Renfrewshire in September with the announcement of this year’s Spree for All.

Spree for all

The programme, established in recent years as a ‘fringe festival’ to Paisley’s annual The Spree festival, will see live music events take place in the area’s towns and villages across 1 – 11 September.

This year’s Spree for All has been programmed by Tommy McGrory of local music charity Loud ‘n’ Proud and Alan McEwan, director of Brick Lane Studios.

The packed programme will see venues in Paisley host fantastic gigs and open nights across the 11 days, with something to suit everyone’s tastes at The Bungalow, The Cave, The Keg, The Old Swan and Rocknrolla’s.

There’s an afternoon of performances to enjoy at Johnstone Band Stand on Saturday 3 September before live music at The Trust Inn and Habbies Bar and Grill in Kilbarchan later that evening.

Lochwinnoch’s Lochbarr Centre will host a Village Live night on Friday 9 September, while Lochwinnoch Golf Club, The Three Churches, The Brown Bull and The Corner Bar will stage a variety of shows on Saturday 10 September.

There’s a packed weekend in Renfrew with live entertainment at the Victoria Bar on Saturday 10 September before performances from top local acts in Robertson Park from 12pm – 5pm on Sunday 11 September.

Alan McEwan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved with what is going to be a fantastic Spree for All again this September. It’s great to be back working with artists in venues this year and we have a mix of indoor and outdoor shows for you to come and see free of charge across Renfrewshire.

“We have great artists such as Spiders on Mars, The M65s, Berry Tweed and The Chasers and North to Abeline to name a few – and also the wonderful Village Live youth project at our partner venues.

“I would like to thank Morag (Lochwinnoch Arts), Danny (Raptor Studios) and Ali and Jason (Erskine Arts) for helping make this happen.”

Pauline Allan, Events Manager at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming back the Spree for All events next month, which will once again provide a great accompaniment to The Spree festival in Paisley.

“The exciting programme offers something for everyone to enjoy and provides even more opportunities to get out and enjoy the wealth of talent we have here in Renfrewshire at our fantastic local venues.”

Full listings for the Spree for All programme are available online at www.thespree.co.uk/spree-for-all.

The Spree music and comedy festival is organised by Renfrewshire Council. This year’s events take place from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September, with tickets still available for top shows including Tinariwen, The Bootleg Beatles, Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes, Horse McDonald, Altered Images, Susie McCabe and The Slow Readers Club.

The Wee Spree programme for kids and families will take place from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 October to coincide with the mid-term break for Renfrewshire schools. Tickets for the Wee Spree events are on sale now.

For tickets and further details of shows at The Spree and Wee Spree, visit: www.thespree.co.uk.

Rocknrollas have an absolutely superb band in tomorrow night called The Signatures. They are a ten-piece soul backing band and they play rare soul associated with the 1970’s underground dance scene “Northern Soul”.

​The Signatures can be seen across the UK playing at many music festivals, live music venues as well as hosting their own Northern Soul nights working with various DJ’s across the UK. The Signatures have been fortunate enough to work with many original Northern Soul artists and so far have worked with and backed the following: Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, Tobi Legend, Brenda Holloway, Spyder Turner, Jimmy Thomas, Pat Lewis, Ruby Andrews, Chairmen Of The Board FT Ken Knox, The Flirtations, Nolan Porter and also worked with Bobby Wilson (son of the late Jackie Wilson).

The Signatures have supported March of the Mods for several years. Joining them will be Stefan Taylor for an evening which sees them playing the very best of Northern Soul. All profits raised from the event will go to Teenage Cancer Trust via Glasgow March of the ModsTickets are £12.50 and doors are 7.30pm. You can get tickets on entry. On Sunday it is Hitsville PA1 from 2pm.

Tonight The Best Bad Influence returns to The Bungalow with their outstanding Rock n Roll Live performance. They are one of the most energetic and exciting bands on the circuit and their brand of old and new Rockabilly is exceptional. The gig is free and doors open are at 7pm.

It is Rock Day at The Bungalow on Saturday and the venue has a full line up of the best local rock covers bands around. The day starts with: Heavy Traffic 2.30pm: Drty Luv 4.15pm: Canyon 6pm: Shardlake 7.45: The Dead Flowers 9.30pm. Local guitarist Iain Forbes will be performing outside in outside stage from 2.30pm.

Introducing Night this week features another line up of emerging talent and they are Ghostbaby, Frog Mountain and Catlash. Tickets are £5/£3 and available from Eventbrite/on the door on the night. Doors are 7pm with the first band going on approx 8pm. 

The Keg have 3 piece band Canyon in tonight from 9pm and tomorrow night at the same time of 9pm  up and coming Glasgow band Northern Holiday bring their blend of groovy garage rock and spaced-out psychedelic swagger. In support is Tape Deck 45.

The Cave have local new band on the scene Bits n Pieces in tonight from 8pm. No Class are playing tomorrow in the early slot at 6pm then later from 9pm playing till late it will be Wildcard. To finish off the weekend Rumours will be on stage at 6pm on Sunday.

Rheumatoid Rockers are playing at The Swan tonight from 8pm then tomorrow Inn He ‘Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm it is Headhunters. As it is Paisley Fair, The Swan has put on aextra gig on Sunday from 5pm and local band Abbey Road will be playing at this tea time special. The rest of the week looks like this: Clyde are in their usual slot at 5pm on Mondayand Lee James on Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm. Just announced – It’s back for the 6th year running on 3 September, T in the Swan a live music all day festival. This is a belter of a day and is jam packed with 8 live bands, solos, stage inside and out, BBQ and cocktail bar. All this for £6.You can get tickets at The Swan but be quick, this is a very popular event, so to avoid disappointment get down quickly and get your tickets.

Sunday Live continues at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3pm and Jenni and the Blockheads are at The Anchor also on Sunday from 4.30pm.

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm; Johnny Barr will be at The Keg on Wednesday from 8.30pm. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.

This year’s event, brought to you by OneRen, will take place on Sunday 21st August 2022. The 10K Road Race is suitable for runners of all levels from novices to experienced club and international runners.  For families, friends and youngsters, there is the shorter Fun Run that takes in some of Paisley Town Centre’s most famous landmarks.

In 2019, 3500 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10K road race and Fun Run, and the 2022 event is sure to be another great one not to be missed!

Erskine Hospital return as our race charity this year, with donations being able to be made to them during sign up. Erskine provides unrivalled support to Veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activities Centre, five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Transitional Supported Apartments.

Sign up now!

The Dughoose Ska Band

The first of 3 free gigs at The Bungalow starts tonight with Parliament of Owls and The Dughoose Ska Band.  This will be a high energy night of Ska, Punk and Soul from these two popular bands who are no stranger to The Bungalow. Doors are at 7pm. 

The Dughoose Ska Band

Tomorrow afternoon The Byres Road Big Band are playing at The Bungalow for the first time. They were booked to play way back just as the Covid Pandemic started and unfortunately the gig was cancelled. It is free entry, doors are 1pm and the band fires up at 2pm.

Tomorrow evening is Summer Festival 90’s Club Night which re-Lives the 90’s. Why don’t you join in on the fun celebrating all things 1990s. This is an era of music defined by The Stone Roses, Oasis, Pulp, Blur and many more iconic bands. Be prepared for a Now That’s What I Call the 90’s kind of night. Seems like yesterday but it was 30 years ago, so it now qualifies as long enough ago to be a nostalgic tribute night. It’ll be a memory jogger reminding you of not only the music but also it’s a time to remember Beanie Babies, Furbies, and Tamagotchis. Dressing up for the occasion is absolutely encouraged. The staff wants to see a crowd rocking up wearing sportswear, slip dresses, bucket hats, and combat trousers. It will be a fun night and really is a blast from the past and you’ll be sure to feel like you’ve been taken back in time and make sure to sing along on your trip down memory lane. Doors open at 7pm. 

On Thursday it is Introducing Night and The Bungalow welcome up and coming indie band Flair and young Paisley punks The Wee Reprobates to the stage for a night filled with young talent. Tickets are £5/3 students. Doors are 8pm.

At The Cave tomorrow night at 6pm is North to Abilene and in the later slot at 9pm it is Sad Ida. On Sunday from 6pm the Jim Keilt Blues Jam is back for their monthly get together. Just in case you didn’t know how A Blues Jam is run it is an inclusive night when everyone is welcome to take part and play with the house band. The jam is headed by someone in the band that is usually a local musician that has some following or reputation in the local scene. In this case of course it is the very popular and talented Jim Keilt. That band supply the “backline” for the jam including the amps, drums and PA system and if you don’t bring your own instrument Jim will sort you out. The session usually attracts some of the best players but anyone can join in. 

The Old Swan have Sin City in tonight from 7pm. Memphis are playing tomorrow in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ at 4pm and Clyde are in their usual slot at 5pm. Lee James will be singing some swing on Tuesday and on Thursday he’ll be taking you through the decades. Both gigs start at 3pm. Mike Edwards is at The Keg from 9pm tonight then it is the turn of Peely Wally tomorrow night also at 9pm. Peely Wally are a  rock cover band who play nothing but classics from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, Nirvana, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Queen to name a few.

Jenny and the Blockheads are at The Anchor on Sunday from 4.30pm. Unfinished Business will be playing at Kennedy’s Sunday 3pm. I saw them on stage at The Bungalow’s Sunday Open Stage afternoon having a jam and they were great fun. Well worth going to see.  

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm; Johnny Barr will be at The Keg on Wednesday from 8.30pm. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.

 

Renfrew Pipe Bands
Riddemption

Get ready for a bit of Reggae tonight at The Bungalow from Riddemption a multi-national collective and a mix of youth and experience. Riddemption have a mission to deliver UK based original roots rock reggae that pays tribute to the forefathers and queens of the genre that have gone before them. Formed in 2019, the collective brings together the best available reggae minded talent in Scotland and solid original Riddems. Riddemption have so far released Three Eps and two singles. All are recent studio projects built around their traditional Riddim versions

Riddemption

The band, along with various regular and guest singers have so far created a real buzz in the UK and are working hard to reach as many new fans as possible to pay their dues and keep roots rock reggae alive in a full band setting. Doors open at 7pm and you can get tickets on entry. 

Riddemption

The Bobby Deans Big Band will be back at The Bungalow tomorrow afternoon.  The band performs music from many well known artists: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and many more. The line up of 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, 5 Saxes, Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar and Singers is in keeping with the traditional bands from the swing era. The band has performed at many venues across the UK has spread across the country. Doors are at 1pm and it is free entry.

 

The Bungalow which is synonymous with Punk Rock converts itself nicely into a comfortable candlelit jazz bar. Tomorrow night get ready for a night of live jazz. You don’t need to be a Jazz enthusiast to enjoy the evening, simply sit back and savour the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear. Have a gin cocktail and enjoy some great music where everything will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere. The music is provided by two great local acts, Evelyn Laurie and Leana Zaccarini and The Moonlighters. You can be guaranteed a night of fantastic musicianship and a bit of banter from both Evelyn and Leana. Doors are 7pm. 

 

Wednesday is Sma’sh Hits night and the evening is intended for musicians who are interested in meeting other artists to collaborate, share practise and nurture talent. Whether you want to perform, network, or simply enjoy the music; everyone is welcome. Doors are 7pm. The Bungalow Introducing Night line up on Thursday next week is Angrego, Guns for Hire and Joseph Craig Miller. Doors are 7pm and tickets are £5/3

 

Dean Freeman and Emma Nailen are at The Old Swan tonight from 7pm and tomorrow The Old Swan has a cracking all-dayer in store from 2pm. The line up includes: support acts, The Festivals, Dean Freeman, Emma Nailen and the headliner is Strictly UB40. Strictly UB40 were founded in late 2013, Members of the band have played with a who’s who of UK reggae and ska, including Steel Pulse, The   Specials and The Selecter. The band have received acclaim from UB40 themselves for their stagecraft, amongst them founder member and saxophonist Brian Travers.  This is a day not to be missed. Clyde are back in their usual slot at 5pm on Monday and Lee James will be performing on his Swing Show on Tuesday and a Songs Through the Decades Show on Thursday from 3pm. 

 

The G33’s will be playing at The Cave from 6pm tomorrow and at 9pm they have a band TBA. On Sunday starting at 6pm it is Emergency Exit. Kennedy’s continue their Live Sunday Sessions at 3pm 

The Anchor has Ragamuffins on at 4.30pm. Drty Luv will be performing at The Keg from 9pm tonight and tomorrow night at the same time it is Mike Edwards. 

 

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is

the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm, Johnny Barr will be at The Keg on Wednesday from 8.30pm. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.

 

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New Funding for Seedhill’s Parks and People 

RIG Arts and ROAR are starting a new project to bring life into Seedhill’s Parks

RIG Arts and ROAR – Connections for Life today announced a new round of funding of £11,792 for Seedhill parks projects, ‘Park Life!’. This round of funding was led by RIG Arts with participation from ROAR – Connections for Life from the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund from the Scottish Government, distributed by Engage Renfrewshire

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‘Park Life!’ will work with local people using creative activities to explore what improvements they would like to see in their parks, specifically Mckerrell Street Play Park. This comes after the chute in the park, the only usable piece of play equipment bar a small climbing frame, was recently removed. 

“We’re really excited to be expanding our work in Seedhill, bringing more investment for the local community and hopefully starting a process to get the play parks looking a bit better” says Rebecca Livesey-Wright, Project Coordinator at RIG Arts. “Much needed improvements to the play parks are something we’ve heard from lots of people in Seedhill during our EVOLVE project and we’re pleased that this funding might help us to generate some ideas for what could be done.” 

Cassie Forbes CEO, Roar-Connections For Life said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with our partners RIG Arts on this project in Seedhill, an area of which will flourish with this opportunity to enhance the whole environment and will bring the community closer together.” 

This new round of funding will be used to provide creative-led mental health support informing physical improvements to McKerrell Street Play Park. Specifically, the areas that the project will focus on are: 

  • Intergenerational Health Walks 
  • Wellbeing-Led Creative Workshops 
  • A Community Wellbeing Event 

If members of the public would like to get involved in this activity, they can email Rebecca on rebecca@rigarts.org or Lauren on info@rigarts.org 

RIG Arts, Studio 7, Tobacco Warehouse, 11 Clarence St, Greenock, PA15 1LR 

Scottish Charity: SC042242

RIG are currently delivering EVOLVE in Seedhill – an ambitious creative programme to support residents to rebuild and recover from the pandemic; identify local priorities; build resilience; unlock potential; create a sense of place; celebrate local identity and renew pride in the area through an integrated arts approach to community empowerment. To date, we’ve delivered 5 successful Fun Day Events in McKerrell Street Play Park with project partners Williamsburgh Housing Association and One Ren, and events partner ROAR, as well as a long-term series of workshops for a range of ages, and further creative engagement delivered by our Artists in Residence.

The 2022 Cycle Arts Festival will take place over the first week of August 2022 (1st to 7th)   on  the traffic-free path that travels between Paisley and Lochwinnoch. It’s a week-long calendar of events geared towards encouraging everyone to visit this unique cycle path with arts exhibitions, live events and cycling activities. The festival will take place along 7 miles of the National Cycle Route 7, a cycle path that is designed for both walkers and cyclists.

“At this festival we have a stunning array of community developed projects that really highlight the talented artists and creative communities we have in Renfrewshire, the Cycle Arts Festival has an outdoors organic slant asking us to examine and celebrate our remarkable natural environments in Renfrewshire both urban and rural”  says Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at OneRen, the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives.

 

Katie Rowland, Art and Diversity Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland said:  “Sustrans is delighted to support this brilliant festival which showcases the creativity and talent of people who live in Renfrewshire. It’s very much a community event and we hope people who live both locally and further afield will come along, see for themselves and make use of this this brilliant, traffic-free section of National Cycle Network Route 7 in the process.”

 

Place Partnership at OneRen in collaboration with local arts and community partners, Sustrans and Cycling  UK have developed this unique Outdoor  Arts Festival for Renfrewshire. 

 

The Festivalfestival presents a series of outdoor arts and environmental engagements which link to local places and communities to celebrate and recognise the value of our unique environments. The festival pushes boundaries of creativity in terms of what kind of activities can be delivered outside.

 

There’s something for everyone to experience with a range of installations, activities and performances to discover as you make your way along the path.

 

At Kilbarchan local artist Phillipa Tomlin creates a permanent art installation created in collaboration with local residents. It combines uplifting poetry and a permanent mural, inspired by and exploring our connection to nature, the pigeons and other birds that live along the cycle route.

 

 Dance Artist Rod Heaslip creates ‘Strawboys’ – a vibrant and energetic outdoor pop-up performance at Elderslie and Lochwinnoch blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music.

 

 Come along to have your bike looked over to get it up and running with Dr Bike! At Dr Bike, your bike will be checked over by a trained mechanic, who will make any on-the-spot adjustments and fixes that need doing right there and then, free of charge.



The Cycle Arts Festival and the Cycle Arts Renfrewshire wWebsite are projects funded by Place Partnership based at OneRen, with Sustrans and Cycling UK.  The Place Partnership project in Renfrewshire is funded by Creative Scotland and Renfrewshire Council through Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of economic, social and physical regeneration using the town’s unique and internationally significant cultural and heritage story to transform the future.

 

To learn more about Cycle Arts Festival Renfrewshire, click here. [link to cycleartsrenfrewshire.co.uk]

Link to Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cycle-Arts-Renfrewshire

Link to Instagram: www.instagram.com/cycleartsrenfrewshire/

Link to Twitter: www.twitter.com/CycleArtsRen

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Fantastic musical by the hugely popular local Starlight Productions 9th & 10th of September, details in the poster below.

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scotia

Scotia Trampoline Academy are opening our online bookings system.

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On our system, you only need to insert your details once and they’ll be stored for all future bookings. You can book anywhere, anytime, on any device, when it’s convenient for you.
To get started follow this link to book: https://scotia-trampoline-academy.class4kids.co.uk/
Once you find your class, select “info and booking” and follow the steps to create a ClassForKids account (if you don’t already have one). You’ll automatically be taken straight through to complete your booking and pay.
You can log into your account at any time to view your bookings, pay and edit your personal details: https://bookings.class4kids.co.uk/dashboard