Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Young people choose Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people in Renfrewshire have cast their votes to select the area’s representatives in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Five young people from Renfrewshire were chosen by the votes of people aged between 12 and 25.

Compared to the last Scottish Youth Parliament election in 2011, the numbers of votes cast overall doubled in this election.

Fourteen candidates stood in this election.  The five successful MSYPs will represent Paisley, Renfrewshire South and Renfrewshire North and West.

“Behind the scenes, council staff worked with schools, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland to support the candidates.

The successful candidates were:
Paisley constituency – Denzel Darku and Emma Hendrie
Renfrewshire South constituency – Jordan Buchanan
Renfrewshire North and West constituency – Robyn McKay and Adam Ferns
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “There was a lot of support for the election process from Council staff, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland.

“The ideas expressed in schools and among young people in general were an indication that everyone was keen to get involved.

“After that it was down to the commitment and the ideas of the candidates themselves to convince voters.

“We’ve encouraged our young people to play their part in the democratic process, and we’re delighted with the turnout.

“The increase in voter turnout is clear evidence that the Scottish Youth Parliament is proving relevant to young people in Renfrewshire and that the Renfrewshire candidates made a real impression on voters.”

Scottish Youth Parliament  www.syp.org.uk

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Legacy of Gerry Rafferty

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of songwriting inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.

The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who passed away in 2011, is best known for iconic hits like ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which was recorded with band Stealer’s Wheel.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists and some of the best local songwriting talent in the area.

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On Thursday 2 May, Paisley Abbey will play host to a concert from James Grant and Friends which promises to be one not to miss!

On Friday 3 May, the action moves over to the Wynd Centre for A Night at the Wynd featuring Carol Laula and some special guests in what promises to be another must-see event.

Free songwriting events in the town, including one very special James Grant Masterclass in Paisley Museum & Art Galleries on Saturday 4 May, will look to inspire a new generation of singer-songwriters.Watch this space for more details!

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought right now from www.tickets-scotland.com on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

For more information about Bring It All Home, e-mail us at towncentres@renfrewshire.gov.uk and follow us on Facebook or on Twitter@BIAHFestival

Paisley Buddies welcome St Mirren Cup heroes home

Thousand’s of residents of Paisley line the streets to welcome home the St Mirren team that defeated Hearts 3-2 in the Scottish Communities League Cup final on Sunday. BBC Scotland’s Brian McLauchlin reports, with additional comments from Sportscene guest Owen Coyle.

Video and text from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/21825754

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St Mirren in the Community

 

St Mirren in the Community are delighted to announce details of our forthcoming Easter Camps.

The details are as follows:

St Mirren in the Community – Easter 2013 Football Camps

Week 1: Monday 1st to Friday 5th April 2013Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013

 

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St Mirren Camp

Week 1: Monday 1st to Friday 5th April 2013Details: 3 to 12 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £35The St Mirren Camp is open to all boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years of all abilities. This fun filled week will include small sided games, skill zones, skills practices and speed sessions. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.

 

St Mirren Goalkeeper Camp

Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013Details: 5 to 14 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £35The St Mirren Goalkeeper Camp is open to all budding Craig Samson’s aged 5 to 14 years. This fun filled week will include fun goalkeeping activities and games. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.

 

St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp

Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013Details: 5 to 12 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £60 (includes training kit)The St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team and looking to further develop their skills.  The focus of the week will be developing individual players technique, including moves to beat an opponent, 1v1 situations, football homework and a variety of small sided games. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.

As part of the St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp, each player will receive a St Mirren in the Community Training Kit which they can wear to the Camp each day. This will include a St Mirren t-shirt, shorts and socks. To ensure your child receives this training kit on the first day, please book in advance.

To register your interest or to make a booking for any of the camps please contact Brian Sproul by phone: (0141) 840-6125 or e-mail: brian.sproul@saintmirren.net.  Alternatively you can download a booking form by clicking on the link below…

 

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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Collections

Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection? During April we have the following collections: * Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm * Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Buckets and tabards are provided. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on enquiries@bowfieldhotel.co.uk or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email Ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Silver Anniversary Ball

2013 sees St Vincent’s Hospice celebrate 25 years of providing care in Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas. As part of our 25 anniversary year celebrations we are holding a special Silver Anniversary Ball on Friday 10th May in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. You’re in for a night of glitz and glamour starting with our champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner plus coffee. Our celebrity hosted evening includes music from our live band followed by a DJ to get you on the dance floor. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help raise funds for the hospice in our exclusive auction and luxury raffle, full of prizes and surprises. Tickets are £48 and dress code for the evening is black tie. For more information and to book tickets please contact Karen Milne on 01505 705635 or email karen.milne@svh.co.uk.

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit www.svh.co.uk or email info@svh.co.uk for an information pack and booking form.

 

 

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Enjoy hit Edinburgh Fringe 2012 show ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ at Paisley Arts Centre.

Upcoming theatre performance, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ will make you question what you thought you knew about one of the world’s most recognisable and worshipped brands.

Both hilarious and harrowing, the piece is described as an ‘emboldened, passionate diatribe’ originally written in 2010 by American monologist Mike Daisey. Despite its author being an Apple fan and an admirer of the corporation’s late, legendary leader Steve Jobs, the tale looks into the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China and explores Daisey’s own, growing misgivings about the way in which our beloved iPhones and Apple products are built.

In this production, brought to Paisley by Gilded Balloon Productions, Daisey’s part is played by talented actor Grant O’Rourke. Mixing light-hearted humour (O’Rourke’s gadget geek character confesses to smelling his new technology!) with disturbing tales of armed guards and the toxic effects of hexane within the factories, ‘Agony’ certainly packs a punch that might not be enough to topple an empire, but will certainly give it a righteous shove.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Fri 12 April, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs , future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Shoppers in lunchtime munch for Fairtrade

Paisley shoppers helped munch their way to a fairer deal for people in the developing world when they popped by a special Fairtrade cookery event.

Hundreds of passers-by at Paisley’s Piazza stopped for a taste of free food samples at the lunchtime event, held as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Chefs from local restaurant La Rambla, in the town’s Renfrew Road, whipped up tasty treats including homemade paella for the crowd, using Fairtrade ingredients.

Fairtrade is a scheme which sees producers in the developing world given a fair price for their goods, which are sold in this country under a specially-branded Fairtrade mark.

Councillors Derek Bibby and Brian Lawson – who are both members of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group – popped by to taste the Fairtrade fayre.

The food was served up by La Rambla chef Anita Chauhan, who also provided cookery demonstrations for the passing crowd.

The mobile cookery facilities were provided by the Co-operative, with management at The Piazza kindly providing space within the centre.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This was just one of many events which took place around the area for Fairtrade Fortnight involving members of the community.

“Local schoolchildren held their own activities – from tuck shops and assemblies to rice sales – while members of local Fairtrade groups also did their bit to help raise awareness of the cause in their own towns and villages.

“This all helped to shine the spotlight on the Fairtrade cause, and of the good work done by the Fairtrade Foundation around the world, and I would like to thank everybody who took part.

“I would also like to give a special thank you to the management and staff at La Rambla and from The Piazza, as this well-attended event couldn’t have been staged without their help.”

For more information on Fairtrade, visit www.fairtrade.org

St Mirin’s Cathedral Carboot Sale

St Mirin’s cathedral tabletop – carboot sale 3rd Saturday of every month come and pick up some great bargains.

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Exhibition of drawing and mixed media on paper

Caroline Watson, a Paisley artist, presents an exhibition of drawing and mixed media on paper. Exhibited last year at the beautiful Paisley Abbey, this series of work is based on floral images and the tradition of giving flowers as gifts to convey love, sorrow, congratulations, thanks… and our need to share at some level in the experience of another. Preview night is Thursday 21st March from 6-8 p.m. so please come along and meet the artist.  


Caroline will also lead a one-day workshop on mixed media Saturday 13th April. To attend the preview or for information about the workshop, please contact www.houseforanartlover.co.uk or call 0141 353 4770.  (To contact the artist: www.carolinewatsonart.com

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Sell-out kids show Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl makes a return trip to Paisley Arts Centre.

The future of the ocean rests firmly on the shoulders of one brave little mouse in this colourful children’s show. Performing at Paisley Arts Centre on April 10, this is another Oscar escapade by Mousetale Puppets that is sure to capture the imagination of the audience – young and old alike!

Oscar and his friend Fin the fish will be swept into an exciting underwater mystery this Easter where they encounter the wicked Emperor Gritsklyter and a power which controls the whole sea. Can they rescue the Deep Sea Pearl and save the ocean from the evil Emperor’s iron rule?

Fast-paced, energetic and extremely funny, this firm family favourite has been produced in Mousetale Puppets’ distinctive glow-in-the-dark style with the cast made up entirely of fluorescent rod puppets that glow under the ultraviolet light.

Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is suitable for children aged 4 and above. The performance will take place Wed 10 April, 2pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets cost £4. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 (or 0300 300 1210 if booking after 18 March) or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.