Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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St Vincent’s invite all to Summer Gathering

St Vincent’s Hospice continues its 25th Anniversary celebrations with an open invitation to the Summer Gathering on Sunday June 23rd from 2-4pm.

The annual Summer Gathering is a celebration of thanksgiving and remembrance and St Vincent’s are keen to highlight that the invitation is for everyone, not only those who have received services through the hospice.

st vincentsCatherine McGrath, spiritual care coordinator, said “we extend this invitation to everyone who would like to join us, there may be family and friends that you would want to remember. You don’t have to have a personal connection with St Vincent’s Hospice, everyone is very welcome indeed.”

“The event is a celebration including songs, readings and reflections – there’s something for everyone. We use symbols such as placing stones to form a cairn to remember those we love, all in a spirit of thanksgiving, for what that person means to us.”

A humanist celebrant will join spiritual representatives from churches and faith groups in the event led by the Patient & Family Support Team of St Vincent’s Hospice. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served afterwards.

No booking required, simply arrive on the day or for more information contact 01505 705635 or info@svh.co.uk.

Across the Pond from Paisley; celebrating the life and achievements of Alexander Wilson.

A new exhibition, entitled Alexander Wilson – Paisley’s Poet, America’s Ornithologist, opens at Paisley Museum on Friday 14 June. The exhibition will run until Sunday 1 September and admission is free.

One of Paisley’s most famous sons, Alexander Wilson was a weaver and a poet, but is best known for his illustrations of North American birds. This exhibition commemorates the bicentenary of Alexander Wilson’s death, looking at his life both in Scotland and America and highlighting his outstanding contribution to the science of ornithology.

Born in 1766, Wilson first found employment as a cow-herder before being apprenticed at the age of 13 as a weaver. It was during this time that he first turned his hand to poetry, a pastime which was almost a tradition amongst Paisley weavers. Some of his work however, was deemed to be libelous by the authorities of that time, and in 1794, after a couple of brushes with the law, Wilson made the decision to immigrate to America.

His interest in nature, in particular bird life, was further enhanced by his exposure to the wilds of the American countryside, vast areas of which were still unexplored at that time.

His first epic journey took him to Niagara, where he travelled all 1200 miles on foot, and provided the catalyst for what would become his life work – to describe and record all the birds of North America.

His publication ‘American Ornithology’ ran to nine volumes and illustrated all North American birds for the first time. This led Wilson to become known as the ‘Father of American Ornithology’.

This exhibition will celebrate the life and times of one of Paisley’s most famous sons, and the legacy he left to the science of ornithology.

For more information on Alexander Wilson, future exhibitions or events please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

 

Renfrewshire Provost’s Charity Abseil Photographs

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25).

As usual we were on hand to record the events for the benefit of the community to highlight the positive action being taken by all individuals involved, all Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk

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Provost’s thanks after charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has thanked ‘everyone who contributed’ to the success of a charity abseil in Paisley.

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers  who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25)

The event launched a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

The charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices, Accord and St Vincent’s – will share equally in donations received over the Provost’s term in office.

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Well-wishers, families and friends gathered to support the abseilers – many of who were dressed as superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Black Widow from The Avengers.

“There are always so many people to thank on an occasion such as this – particularly when the event launched a new charity-giving scheme for Renfrewshire,” said Provost Hall.

“The abseilers all did themselves proud and I’m sure their sponsors will reflect that in their support.

“We also got a lot of support in kind.

Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team, were tremendous in guiding us through the preparations and organising everything to do with the abseiling.

“Gus Michael of Pulse 98.4FM hosted the event with typical aplomb.

“Irwin Stringfellow of Funtime Carnivals donated free the use of the inflatable slide and beat the goalie.

“The profits from the mobile kiosk operated by the council’s Community Services will also be donated to our fundraising as will the funds raised from charity stalls.

“I’d like to remind people that can they can support this joint charitable venture for Renfrewshire anytime – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a sponsorship contribution for the abseil.”

Donations can be made direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937

Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities

“The abseil proved a very encouraging start to this joint fund-raining approach and I look forward to more people getting involved in the months and years ahead.”

Photograph above taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle, more photos will be available soon.

Paisley West End Fair 2013 Photographs

Paisley’s West End Fair took place on Sunday 26th May 2013 in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens. This family event included a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.

There was plenty of market stalls, a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, bouncy castles, fairground rides, displays and an information shop completed the line-up. This years event was officially opened by Renfrewshire Provost Ann Hall.

All photographs for www.paisley.org.uk were taken by Tom Chittick on a rare lovely sunny day in the west end of Paisley.

If you would like to add your own photographs for everyone to see please visit our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland

Apprentice event attracts hundreds of young people

A special event designed to promote the benefits of modern apprenticeships drew a crowd of more than 200 young people to Paisley town centre.

The modern apprentice showcase run by Renfrewshire Council was designed to allow those aged 16 to 19 to meet employers with training and employment opportunities on offer.

Among those there were staff from the council’s own modern apprenticeship scheme, Renfrewshire Leisure, Skills Development Scotland and Reid Kerr College.

Local businesses there on the night included Napier Hair and Beauty, Penny Lane Homes and Cairellot Childcare.

Young people planning to leave school or who have left but are not in training or employment were able to chat to representatives about what a modern apprenticeship could offer.

There was also a ‘meet the apprentice’ feature allowing visitors to speak to young people who have benefited from apprenticeships about their own experiences.

The event was taking place as part of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week, on from 20 to 24 May.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, paid a visit to the event, which was held at the Youth Employability Hub in Gauze Street, Paisley.

Councillor Glen said: “I was delighted to see such a good turnout on the night – we had more than 200, which was more than we had expected.

“From speaking to some of the exhibitors on the night, I could see there is a great range of apprenticeship options available to young people in Renfrewshire.

“Modern apprenticeships are a great way for young people to pick up valuable on-the-job experience which studying for a vocational qualification at the same time.

“I would encourage any young people looking for a first step on the job ladder to investigate what one could offer.”

The council’s own modern apprentice scheme for 2013 will soon be offering further opportunities in horticulture and in office-based apprenticeships. Posts will be available on the MyJobScotland website.

The scheme was recently honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony, when it was named the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award category at the s1jobs recruitment awards.

For more information on apprenticeships visit www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Provost practices before charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has been getting in some last-minute practice before leading a charity abseil with a difference.

Provost Hall will join Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and  will be part of a group of 20 people who will abseil from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, at noon on Saturday. (May 25)

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The event will launch a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

And joining in the event, representing charities and council departments, will be Superman, Supergirl, Batman and the Black Widow from the Avengers who will all abseil in costume.

In keeping with the Provost’s aim of involving the community in the new project, a range of entertainment has been arranged for the watching crowd on the day.

Starting at 11am, the upper deck of the council HQ car park will host a bouncy slide, an inflatable beat the goalie and a range of charity stalls.

In advance of the big day, Provost Hall visited Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre in Paisley for a spot of abseiling practice.

There she met up with representatives of Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team to assist in emergencies such as flooding and extreme winter weather.

CDS also help other organisations and charities run fund-raising events and have offered their knowledge of organising abseils to Provost Hall for the occasion.

“I’d like to thank CDS for the time and commitment they have given to our event,” said Provost Hall. 

“And while I am looking forward to my first abseil it did no harm to get in a spot of practice!

“I’ve been very encouraged by the positive response to my aim of using the office of Provost of Renfrewshire to highlight and support the work of four outstanding local charities.

“I’d urge people to sponsor friends, family or colleagues who are taking part.  Or they can support the charities by simply donating direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937 
Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities

“I also hope as many people as possible come along to enjoy the event and join in the activities that have been laid on. 

“People can  take advantage of the free parking in Renfrewshire Council marked bays in Paisley town centre every weekend.”

Four charities will share equally the donations received – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

One week left for 10k and fun run discount. Don’t miss out!

Renfrewshire runners are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run and make the most of the early-bird discount that ends soon.

The cut-price entry fees are still available – but only until Saturday 1 June.

Runners taking part in the 10k can save £3 on the normal entry fee, while adult fun runners save £1 and children save £2. The discounts are only available to people entering online at www.paisley10k.com

The annual event takes place in Paisley, this year on Sunday 25 August and is expected to be the biggest ever. Last year over 1,400 people took part, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said:  “This year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run is shaping up to be the best yet and there’s no better time to get your entry in for the early bird discount that ends soon.

“The event offers people the chance to develop a more active lifestyle in an enjoyable and fun way. It’s also a great way to raise Paisley’s profile as one of the British Heart Foundation’s three Scottish Heart Towns – and I’d urge as many local people as possible to get involved and sign up before 1 June.”

Paisley’s 10k is flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

The entry fee for the 10k is £18 with a t shirt (early bird £15) or £12 without a t shirt   (early bird £10). There is a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries.

The entry fee for the Fun run is £8 with a t shirt for adults (early bird £7) or £5 without a t shirt (early bird £4) and £6 with a t shirt for children under 16 (early bird £4) or £3 without a t shirt (early bird £2). The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12 with t shirts (early bird £10).

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount on all categories.

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Rail links plea on Paisley’s Mòd

Scottish Ministers are being urged to reverse cuts in rail services at Paisley Gilmour Street in time for Paisley’s hosting of the Royal National Mòd in October.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan has written to Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, asking him to reverse controversial cuts on rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street on Glasgow-Ayrshire routes.  The changes were introduced in December 2012.

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“Everyone is working hard to make Paisley’s hosting of the Mòd a success,” said Councillor Macmillan

“It’s vital that the Scottish Government plays its part too.

“Paisley has a unique product to offer the thousands of competitors and visitors who will come to the town.

“We can offer unique event spaces and an unrivalled cultural, industrial and architectural heritage.

“A major part of Paisley’s appeal has long been its public transport links by train, bus or plane at nearby Glasgow Airport.

“Discussions are continuing with local bus companies to amend services and timetables to cater for potential travel demand during this special event.

“However, the Minister’s decision to support cuts in rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street is a potentially damaging factor in our efforts to attract visitors.

“It would be a massive boost for the Mòd, and The Spree, the national arts and music festival which is held at Paisley at the same time, if these damaging cuts were reversed by October.

“Paisley Gilmour Street is the fourth busiest rail station in Scotland and its role as an important regional transport hub should be reinforced not reduced.

“There has already been some tinkering at the margins in bringing back some off-peak rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street on Saturdays.

“It’s time there was fair treatment and fair services for rail passengers in Renfrewshire.  With these major events coming to Paisley, there’s no better time for the Scottish Government to make that change.”

A festival for everyone: Refugee Week Scotland, 17 – 23 June 2013.

Refugee Week Scotland is an exciting programme of events happening across the country to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of refugee issues. Heritage is at the heart of this year’s celebration, with many events highlighting togetherness and commonality through music, dance and food as well as the unique and surprising contributions of new Scots to communities. With well over one hundred arts  and cultural events set to take place across Scotland from 17 – 23 June, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy coming up.

Paisley Arts Centre is just one of the cultural venues participating in the week-long celebration; bringing you top notch theatre, an astonishing photography exhibition and an uplifting film with a football theme. Plus we are delighted to have worked with local community groups, namely Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities (REEM) and African Association of Communities in Renfrewshire (AACR) when programming this year’s events.

Please see below for more information on each of the Refugee Week events taking place at Paisley Arts Centre.

Exhibition: Spirit 

Launched in 2012 by the Scottish Refugee Council in partnership with Streetlevel Photoworks, Spirit is an inspiring photography project supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Based on interviews and photographs taken by Refugee participants, this inspiring photographic exhibition explores what ‘spirit’ means to our communities and people in Scotland today.

Spirit will be on display at Paisley Arts Centre from 4 June – 1 July. Admission is free.

Film: Africa United 

Chosen by the Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire (AACR), Africa United (12A) is an extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walk 3000 miles to the Football World Cup in South Africa. The film will be followed by a short performance from Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities (REEM).

Africa United will be shown at Paisley Arts Centre on 18 June at 7pm. Tickets to the film are free, but should still be booked to ensure seats. Call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

Theatre: Some Other Mother 

Making its debut and touring nationally as part of Refugee Week 2013, Some Other Mother is a touching story of loss and survival written by A J Taudevin with support from the Tron Theatre, Stellar Quines and the Scottish Refugee Council.

High up in her Glasgow tower block, ten-year old Star and her mother await the outcome of their claim for asylum. As Mama’s mind fragments under the pressure of their unknown future, Star constructs a poetic and fantastical world of her own.

Some Other Mother will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 20 June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking Suitable for ages 14+

For further information on any of our Refugee Week Scotland events, future exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.