Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Anna MacDonald

MUSICAL MILLS

A celebration of Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage

PAISLEY THREAD MILL MUSEUM

MILE END MILL

SEEDHILL ROAD, PAISLEY

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 12- 4PM

ENTRY FREE

 

  • MUSIC     
  • HISTORY
  • POETRY
  • ART…

 

…four good reasons to celebrate Paisley (as if you needed a reason!) and you’ll find all of them at Musical Mills in the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November.  Weaving Musical Threads and University of the West of Scotland orchestrate an afternoon of some of the best talent to be found in Renfrewshire. Not to mention a few guests from its sunny Glasgow suburbs.  Here are just some of the names who’ll lend their talents to a symphony of culture and entertainment:

 

Sandy Stoddart

Yes, you’ve blinked and his name is still there!  Musical Mills hosts the premier of a new, never before revealed artwork from the internationally acclaimed sculptor!

 

Graham Fulton

Paisley punk poet extraordinaire and author of such collections as The Iron Bar Man and Speed of Dark

 

Dave Manderson

Author of the critically acclaimed novel, Lost Bodies.  Read this and you’ll never walk alone in the dark again!

 

Brian Whittingham

Reading poems from his new collection, Clocking in Clocking out, recently launched from the Titan Crane in Clydebank (not Brian, the book)

 

Anna MacDonald

“…has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck ….” (Ark Magazine); Anna will premier her beautiful new song, based on the Mill Girls poetry – yes indeed – those same mill gals you’ll be meeting!

 

Pauline Vallance

Winner of the 2009 Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Pauline delivers her own unique and inventive brand of clarsach and vocals.  Eat your heart out, Cowell!!

Throughout the day, the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) will bring you their perspective in verse of what was good, great or fair to middling about life in the mills for the thousands of women who worked there.   We’ll also have the eloquent Ray Evans, winner of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Poetry competition; G W Colkitto from Read Raw Ltd, Jim Gilbert, one half of musical duo A Wing and a Prayer, and Wullie Purcell, the oldest man in Paisley, reciting songs and poetry on his 200 year old guitar.

 

And if all that isn’t harmonious enough, we’ll have art from Karen James, and a special film interlude that will take you back in time to the Paisley that was.  Or you could just drop by for a chat and a look round the Museum and its many archives.

 

Oh yes, and if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty performed on a harp before, now’s your chance!

 

Join the Musical Mills symphony.

 

And last but not least, another good reason to celebrate Paisley:–

 

ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOMED WITH A FREE DRINK!

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PAISLEY PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

PAISLEY ABBEY

SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER AT 7.45PM

PAISLEY PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

AS PART OF ABBEY 850 CELEBRATIONS

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paisley0abbey-850“FIVE CENTURIES OF MUSIC”

a wide programme of sacred and secular pieces
by

Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Parry,
Schonberg, Wagner etc. etc.

Tickets priced £10 on sale at the Abbey shop or at the door.

Info at: www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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Paisley Abbey An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
in the Abbey

alexander-mccallTickets £10 (to include glass of wine/soft drink)
from Paisley Abbey Shop or by phone 0141 889 7654

An hour in the company of Alexander McCall Smith is an hour of sheer delight. The creator of the much-loved Precious Ramotswe and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is one of the world’s favourite authors.  He is delighted to visit Paisley Abbey as part of the 850th anniversary celebrations. Join him as he talks about his life and work and introduces a new, stand alone novel  – Trains and Lovers: The Heart’s Journey.

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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PAISLEY ABBEY

SATURDAY RECITALS

at 12.30pm

paisley0abbey-85017 November Edward Taylor – organ
(Asst Carlisle Cathedral)
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22 December Lawrence Gargan (trumpet)
George McPhee (organ)

Tickets £5 on sale at the door

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Paisley Events

Please come and support this event at Paisley Arts Centre tomorrow night. Tues 23rd. It will be an interesting film and after show discussion will address film makers perspective, dance, pressures of celeb culture and ‘suicide’

red-shoes-tt0040725THE RED SHOES
Renfrewshire
Film
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133m, U

A beautiful landmark of dance cinema, The Red Shoes is a cautionary tale about creative obsession. The film stars Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballet dancer manipulated by a Svengali figure. One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films, the screening will be followed by a dance performance from Reid Kerr students.

Venue Information
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Event Information
Tue 23rd
Free
Free / No booking required – Information: 0141 887 1010
7 – 9.30pm

http://www.mhfestival.com/

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Glasgow Airport

Here is a statement from Glasgow Airport regarding an incident earlier this morning.

Aircraft operations have restarted, however we are advising passengers to check with their airlines as there has been some disruption.

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Glasgow Airport“At approximately 07:45 flight LS177 from Glasgow Airport to Alicante was forced to make an emergency stop on the runway just prior to take off.

“The 737-800 Jet2.com aircraft was forced to curtail take off due to smoke in the cabin.

“All 189 passengers were disembarked. Glasgow Airport had to suspend flights until 10am when the runway was reopened.

“This has resulted in delays and passengers are advised to check with their airlines.

Update 10:54am
Six inbound flights were diverted –

2 to Edinburgh
2 to Manchester
1 to Prestwick
1 to Aberdeen

5 flights were cancelled –

2 inbound – 1 x London City and 1 x London Gatwick
3 outbound – 1 x Dublin, 1 x London City and 1 x London Gatwick

14 flights have been delayed.

http://www.glasgowairport.com/

Sarkar Defence Solutions of Hillington has become the 100th local business to sign up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

The company, which manufactures and exports body armour products, received its certificate at a recent Invest in Renfrewshire business breakfast hosted by Council Leader, Mark Macmillan at Reid Kerr College.
The Invest in Renfrewshire programme encourages Renfrewshire businesses to recruit and train local unemployed young people. In return the council can provide support for the businesses in the form of employment subsidies, training support and business loans and funds to help the businesses grow.

Since the scheme was launched in June, a wide range of businesses have signed up, from new enterprises to established multi-million-pound companies such as Steel Engineering of Renfrew.

Sam Sarkar, Managing Director of Sarkar Defence Solutions, said, “As a business that started up in this area, we’re pleased to be supporting the Invest in Renfrewshire programme. We’ve recently taken on a local graduate intern under the scheme and they will be working on some of our marketing projects over the next seven months. Working with a global company like ours will give them a lot of valuable experience.

“The council’s Invest in Renfrewshire team has been very helpful in helping us with our plans to develop our factory in Hillington.”

Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “It’s great that local businesses like Sarkar Defence Solutions are supporting Invest in Renfrewshire. There are clear benefits for the business and for local young people who are struggling to find work at the moment. I would encourage all local businesses, big and small, to sign up to the programme.”

For more information on the Invest in Renfrewshire programme, go to www.investinrenfrewshire.com or call 0300 3000 144.

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New Recruit for Renfrewshire Chamber The Chamber has been supporting Renfrewshire Councils, The Recruit since it started in 2010. Based loosely around the BBC’s The Apprentice, a number of secondary school leavers under take a summer of business related challenges.

The Top Recruits win real paid jobs for a year – with the Chamber offering the position of Management Trainee. This year’s winner was Alison Fraser from Elderslie who went to Johnston High.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on her Recruit experience, Alison said “Throughout The Recruit programme I made many new friends, gained various different skills and greatly improved my confidence. And of course I won my job in the Chamber – which I still can’t believe I got! Being at the Chamber for a month, it has opened my mind to many diverse aspects of work and I have been introduced to many influential people who have put given me great advice.

Throughout my year here I hope to meet many more fascinating people, hear about their businesses and how they have achieved their success. After my year at the Chamber I plan on going to The University of the West of Scotland to study Social Sciences.

For more info on the Chamber visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Photographed – Recruit host George Bowie, Chamber job winner Alison Fraser and Chamber CEO Bob Davidson
Regards,

 

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Renfrewshire Chamber for the 2nd year running has been shortlisted with 5 others chambers across the entire UK (from a total of 51) for the prestigious BCC Chamber of the Year.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceChamber President Tom Johnston, delighted with the official shortlisting commented “once again well done to all the Chamber Team and the Chamber Board.

Renfrewshire Chamber punches way above its weight in the Chamber network – and I am confident this will be recognised nationally. I will be joining members of the team at the official ceremony, when the winner is announced at the end of November in Guildhall, London.”

For more info on the chamber please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com