Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Residents across Renfrewshire joined in online with Remembrance Day commemorations this year, as Renfrewshire’s events took place digitally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of the traditional parades and services, Renfrewshire Council broadcast a specially commissioned video across social media on Sunday morning. The video featured representatives from communities across Renfrewshire and focused on the importance of Remembrance, ending with the national two-minute silence at 11am.

In addition to the video, a podcast highlighting the work of veteran’s care charity Erskine has also been released.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron opened the online commemorations and visited the Cenotaph in Paisley on Sunday to lay a wreath.

Provost Cameron said: “We cannot express enough gratitude to our Armed Forces.

“Our thanks and prayers are with all our service personnel, past and present, for the outstanding work they do to keep us safe and I’m delighted we were able to honour them once again this year.

“It was great to see so many people watch our online commemoration. I hope you were all able to take the time to reflect in your own way over the course of Remembrance Sunday.

“I would also like to express my thanks to all who took part in the video. I’m glad we were able to highlight the individual stories of your communities during this challenging time.”

The video and podcast are available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Remembrance2020

sean connery

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said.

The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

 

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Sean Connery opening Paisley’s Piazza. The superstar was at the height of his fame when he cut the ribbon at the town centre shopping mall in 1970 (Daily Record)

Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, his son said.

His acting career spanned five decades and he won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.

Sir Sean’s other films included The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

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Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died overnight in Nassau.

He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.” read more…

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi

Paisley & District U3A members will remember this 5 November thanks to guest speaker Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi.  Senior lecturer Dr Mavroeidi from the University of Strathclyde is going to share that it’s never too late to keep your bones healthy whatever your age.  Those watching her live zoom talk at 2pm will be invited to put their own questions and discuss these points further in small breakout rooms.

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi 

Local U3A chair, Kathy O’Donnell commented: “Many of our members are retired from full time work but not from living a full life.  Dr Mavroeidi at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health has scanned all the latest research about bone density and aging.  The evidence clearly shows that if we spend more time standing up than sitting down as we get older, this will strengthen our bones and help our balance.  This is especially important for older people so that we know how best to exercise during the Covid 19 era.”

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi remarked: “The beneficial effects of regular weight bearing physical activity on bone health are well documented.  What is currently emerging is evidence that breaking up prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting time) with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing, also has distinct health benefits for older people.  During this talk, we will explore this topic further with particular reference to bone health.”

For more details on how to watch this free live talk, please visit the U3A website: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

Pumpkin trail

There may be no Trick or Treating allowed this year but why not get dressed up and head into Paisley for some free family fun with our Paisley Pumpkin Trail!.🎃🎃

Pumpkin trail

Just follow the trail around the town and name all the pumpkins for your chance to be entered into our Spooky Spectacular Prize Draw!

Pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre to get started or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website HERE.

All the pumpkins will be on display inside business windows so it’s the perfect activity to help the kids have some fun whilst getting some fresh air in Paisley town centre.

Golden ticket
This Saturday also sees the launch of our Christmas Golden Ticket competition!

We’ve joined forces with Renfrewshire Council to offer not one, not two but 14 prizes of £250 of town centre gift vouchers!

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of 14 lucky winners!

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.

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.

Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have!

We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards too if you want to give the gift of choice this Christmas.

More details on all Paisley First projects and events can be found on our website HERE or follow Paisley First on social media!

Plans to open up Paisley town centre car parks for free throughout December are set to be considered by councillors next week.

As part of a drive to support local businesses and encourage people to Spend Local during the festive period, all council-owned car parks in the town centre would be free to park in from 1 December to 3 January.

With the current Coronavirus pandemic causing reduced visitor footfall, Renfrewshire Council is proposing the festive initiative to encourage residents to visit their local town centre and support local businesses.

If the plans are approved, parking would be free in all Paisley off-street council car parks although charges would still apply in on-street spaces.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “At this time, we want to do all we can to support local businesses in Renfrewshire as we recognise the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on them.

“We’re working hard to support them to access the funding provided by the Scottish and UK Government, as well as creating the £1.3million Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund which was developed following detailed discussion with 500 local businesses and provides a package of interest free loans and grants for businesses affected by the pandemic.

“Therefore, by providing free parking in Paisley town centre as part of our Covid-19 response, we would hope to encourage people to shop in the town centre and recognise the value of local products, people and produce at this most difficult of times.”

The offer of free parking would build on the current parking pilot running in Paisley town centre which sees people given their first three hours of parking free at six of the town centre’s car parks, and this pilot was recently extended for six months at the Leadership Board in September.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Our businesses need all the support possible during these difficult times and this proposal would give people further opportunity to visit Paisley town centre and spend locally during the festive period.

“The pandemic has made it hard for businesses as they’ve had reduced income and footfall for a sustained period of time so this proposal aims to make it as easy as possible for local people to visit the town centre and give those businesses the much needed support they require.

“Please continue to follow the restrictions in place to avoid any further measures required for Renfrewshire and ensure that retail businesses can remain open in advance of and over the festive period.”

The proposal will be considered by the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council this Christmas for the Paisley town centre Golden Ticket Competition!

Launching this Saturday, 31st October, there’ll be not one, not two but fourteen prizes of £250 of town centre gift vouchers up for grabs!

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of 14 lucky winners!

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.
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.
Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have!

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local businesses need your support more than ever so we would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to Christmas Shopping.

“We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards if you want to give the gift of choice this Christmas.

“So please shop like your High Street depends on it, because it does!”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We encourage residents to support Renfrewshire’s town centre traders by considering how they can Spend Local this festive season.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy, so by supporting local traders we are supporting each other – and that’s never been more important than this year, when our businesses need your help more than ever.

“The Golden Ticket competition is a great incentive to spend money in Paisley town centre and is just one of the many innovative ways the team at Paisley First are helping showcase the range of great businesses and attractions the town has to offer.”

Draws are currently scheduled to take place in early December, just one of the perks of shopping in Paisley town centre this Christmas!

Love Local, Love Paisley!

More details on all Paisley First Christmas projects and events can be found at www.paisleyfirst.com or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

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This is a really simple ‘make at home’ project. Follow the video or download our instructions!

Make Packs with everything you need are available for £5 from ReMode on Paisley High Street – open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

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Green Halloween

At Halloween about 30 million people in the UK opt to dress up and more than 90 per cent of families will consider buying costumes. However, seven million of those costumes will get thrown out each year, with only a small number getting recycled.

As quoted in the Guardian, Chris Rose of the Fairyland Trust* explained:

“the scariest thing about Halloween now is plastic.”

With its growing popularity, he says “consumers can take action to avoid buying new plastic and still dress up for Halloween by buying from charity shops or re-using costumes, or making their own from non-plastic materials.”

With the majority of costumes sold by popular retailers like Asda and Tesco made from oil-based non-biodegradable fibres like polyester, PVC, nylon and acrylic, the level of textile waste generated by Halloween contributes dramatically to the already staggering 300,000+ tonnes of clothing discarded in UK landfills. Creating an abundance of microplastic pollution.

 

 

Facebook page has full video https://www.facebook.com/remodeyouth/posts/1585511395173733

Creative Alternatives!

Craft your own costume from ReMode’s scraps and fabric donations, as well as simple household items like tin foil, cardboard, laddered tights and old curtains. Autumn is an ideal time of the year to dust off your sewing machine and get creative!

It’s only going to be worn once or twice so don’t go overboard with glues and permanent fixes. Use a needle a thread where you can then – after it’s all over – either keep it as materials for next year’s creation or reclaim the buttons and trims for your craft box, and the rags for household cleaning.

Never put fabrics in your bin – donate to ReMode, charity shops or use your local textile recycle bin.

Indoor fitness classes to remain suspended following updated Scottish Government advice

People across Renfrewshire are being urged to continue taking advantage of outdoor and online fitness classes in light of the Scottish Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance.

Indoor fitness sessions for over-18s remain suspended as part of continued measures to manage the spread of the pandemic.

Renfrewshire Leisure is operating extra outdoor and online fitness sessions, both of which have proven popular and attracted a strong following.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We have a fantastic programme of socially-distanced outdoor exercise classes which has been tremendously well received and which we would encourage people to attend as an alternative. We have some brilliant fitness class videos online too and are continuing to build this content in response to customer feedback.

“We are also ready to support people to try something new – perhaps using the gym or going swimming. Switching up your usual routines can be a great way to boost fitness. Our team is on-hand to help in any way we can.”

Outdoor contact sports for the over-18s are also currently suspended as part of the same Covid-19 mitigation measures.

Details about the outdoor and online fitness classes – along with all other Renfrewshire Leisure services and the safety measures in place at this time – can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/coronavirus

West College Scotland has some last minute availability for the following certificated classes! Classes are FREE to those in receipt of benefit or Working Tax Credits etc. To find out more about the courses, contact Kathleen on 07980 696139 – kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk.

Practical Fabric Skills – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 9.15am to 12.15pm.

Personal Development Sewing Class – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Administrative Activities – Delivered Online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Tuesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (Learners must have reasonable IT skills)

Contemporary Families – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Wednesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT – learners must have reasonable IT skills. PC and Internet support is available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).

Exploring Wellbeing – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams -Wednesdays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Psychology – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Fridays 12.45 to 3.45pm (4 PLACES LEFT – PC and Internet support available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).