Paisley and renfrewshire Events

The May Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch speaker is Iain McFadyen, the Managing Director of the Scottish Leather Group.

Scottish Leather Group Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of leather in the United Kingdom. The Group comprises of four leather manufacturing subsidiaries and a technology company, 4 of which are located in Renfrewshire. Formed in 1965 and employing 550 people, their exports represent 80% of turnover. Their specialist leathers are produced for a wide range of industries: automotive, furniture, marine, aviation, shoe and leather goods. The Group export sales represent over 80% of turnover.

The lunch takes place on the 30th May 12-2pm at St Mirren FC. To book please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Doors Open Day 2013 will be chance to get into buildings

An annual celebration of Renfrewshire’s fascinating architectural history will return later this year – and organisers are looking for buildings to add to the list.

Doors Open Day is a showcase of the country’s built heritage, where visitors take a peek through the keyhole at hundreds of Scotland’s buildings for free.

This year’s event takes place on 14 and 15 September and will be the 20th anniversary of Renfrewshire’s participation.

Paisley Abbey interior

Local buildings set to throw open their doors on the day include Paisley Abbey, the council chambers at Renfrewshire House, local churches and fire stations.

But organisers are looking for local buildings of historical or architectural significance which have not taken part before to come forward for this year’s event, which is supported by Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “The idea behind Doors Open Day is to show people the hidden gems that link present-day Renfrewshire to its past.

“Renfrewshire has an architectural heritage to be proud of, and Doors Open Day gives residents a glimpse of the fascinating history on their own doorstep.

“While there are many local buildings that prove popular with visitors every Doors Open Day, we would love to add new attractions to our list.

Paisley Abbey interior“We are keen to hear from the owners or managers of interesting buildings throughout Renfrewshire.

“If you would like to offer or recommend a building to add to Doors Open Day, please call 0141 618 6794 or email towncentres@renfrewshire.gov.uk by the end of May.”

Doors Open Day is part of a wider Europe-wide celebration of built heritage, and sees over 50 countries take part, with over 20 million visits annually.

The Renfrewshire event will feature a competition for children to have their passport ‘stamped’ as they visit different venues, and will have a fun historical theme.

The council will also be running a photo competition with visitors encouraged to share their pictures of the buildings on social media.

For more information about the national event, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk

 

You can download the Doors Open Day Leaflet for the Renfrewshire area by clicking here..

Provost drops in for charity fundraiser.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall will abseil down Renfrewshire House to raise money for her four chosen charities: Saturday 25th May, stalls and inflatables will be open from 11am abseil commencing around 12.00

Accord Hospice

Hillman Imp Linwood RallySt Vincent’s Hospice

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

and

Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health.

Joining Anne will be the Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, along with a representative from each charity. The Provost also hopes to “rope” in some extra volunteers from Renfrewshire Council.

All money donated to the special fundraising bank account (account number 20041937 sort code 82-54-04) will be split equally between the four named charities

In addition, each charity shall be setting up stalls to raise money for their own individual charities.

Overseeing the abseil will be Civil Defence Scotland http://www.civildefencescotland.org.uk/ a Scottish charity with a team of dedicated men and women drawn from all walks of life who promote, develop and maintain CDS as a volunteer national emergency response team. The team comprises volunteers trained in a variety of skills in order to assist, primarily, their local communities and also to respond to incidents in any part of Scotland and elsewhere in the United Kingdom when affected by emergencies and disasters, both man-made and natural.

A bouncy castle will be there to keep the kiddies entertained, provided FREE by Irvin Stringfellow and all money raised from this will also be split between the four charities.

The abseil is the first of several charity events the Provost is hoping to host during her term in office and www.paisley.org.uk wishes her every success in this and future fundraising events.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to these deserving and worthy charities can do so to

Bank Account Number:  20041937 Sort Code: 82-54-04

Clydesdale Bank
1-3 Causeyside Street
Paisley
PA1 1UW

tessera

An internationally famous gospel group is to perform at the Oakshaw Trinity Church Paisley on Saturday 18th May. The group, Tessera, perform regularly on BBC TV Songs of Praise . In 2007, as part of the London Adventist Chorale, they sang at the bicentenary  celebrations of the End of Slavery in Westminster Abbey.  In 2012, they were invited to take part in the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.

Introduced by Adventist Chorale  Director, Ken Burton, they will be performing throughout the day, commencing at 11.15.  Entry is free with donations to ADRA – the Adventist Development & Relief Agency”.

Download the Tessera Poster

 

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INDIAN TAKEAWAY WITH HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

An Evening of Comedy, Cooking and Curry UK TOUR 2013

Kohli’s cookery and anecdotes left a reassuringly warm aftertaste.” «««« The Times

Following the success of his other live shows, Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala, Hardeep Singh Kohli would like to invite you to his brand new show, Indian Takeaway.

The country is obsessed with curry. That much we know. But how do Hardeep’s home-cooked curries – the recipes inspired by his Mum and his Gran – compare to the local Indian Takeaways we love and adore? Let’s find out!

At the beginning of each show Hardeep will order a takeaway live on stage for delivery to the theatre, having selected a local Indian takeaway from audience suggestions submitted via HardeepLive.com. He will then order an audience member’s favourite meal. Whilst waiting for the order to arrive Hardeep cooks his own food.

Two curries with side orders of delicious cooking tips and lip-smacking Comedy. What’s not to like?

The ever-affable Glaswegian makes an excellent host and is well worth a taste.” «««« Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Hardeep’s love of all things culinary has led to him touring the UK constantly for the last three years with his hit shows The Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala which have both been huge hits with audiences across the UK. He was also runner-up on the first series ofCelebrity Masterchef which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the City.

His first book Indian Takeaway was nominated for an Independent Book Award and he has written about food for Olive, Observer Food Monthly, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times and various other publications and is a columnist for Waitrose Food Illustrated.

Hardeep is a regular host on Channel 5’s hugely popular current affairs show, The Wright Stuff and has been a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on BBC 1’s Question Time, and This Week with Andrew Neil. For Channel 4 he has written and presented the BAFTA Award winning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the critically acclaimed and award winning Hardeep Does… and the seminal gambling series 50 Says You’ll Watch This.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called “hardeep is your love” saw him twice nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish Columnist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He is also Contributing Editor on the Spectator Magazine, has written for the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Observer Woman, Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few.

Having started his broadcasting career in radio he still holds the wireless very dear, presenting extensively across Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live and has made a plethora of documentaries for Radios 2, 3 and 4.

www.hardeeplive.com Hardeep’s Indian Takeaway will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Sat 15 June, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£13 conc) and can be booked by calling 0300 300 1210 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking. Hardeep’s show is suitable for ages 14+

 

“Business really does matter in Renfrewshire”

The largest business to business event in Renfrewshire has just completed a successful 2 day residence at the beautifully restored Paisley Town Hall. Ran by Renfrewshire Chamber, “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” a free local B2B event (Business to business) open to all business people, students & school pupils was attended by >500 people over the 2 days.

The business conference on Day 1 attracted an impressive panel of speakers including:

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP
Dr Walter Boettcher – Economist – Director, Research and Forecasting Colliers International
Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Hosted by Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland Business & Economy Editor

Economist Dr Boettcher commented that “….the focus was on the real economy, how to break the hiatus of investment and especially how to capitalise on Scotland’s numerous comparative advantages (energy, engineering & technology, education, to name a few).  The economy may still be lacking traction, but the messages were consistently positive suggesting that a turning point in sentiment is at hand and stronger economic performance within reach.”

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Sir Tom Hunter – whose first retail outlet opened in Paisley in 1984, gave an inspirational speech and before leaving gave his time to a number of people keen to get some advice from one of Scotland’s most successful business men. Sir Tom, who stayed for the whole event commented “well done, speakers were all good…..it was a good event with an impressive turnout”.

Day 2 attracted 35 exhibitors and offered delegates the opportunity to learn about a broad range of topics from the “How to…” themed seminars including:

How to Build a Brilliant Brand with Fission Creative
How to Ruin Your Brand on Social Media with NSDesign
How to Grow Your Business with Invest in Renfrewshire
How to Improve your Tendering with Renfrewshire Council Procurement Team
How to be a Great Business Leader with Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
How to Deliver Customer Service the Disney Way with Renfrewshire Chamber Board Director & ex Diageo Supply Chain Director Colin Neill

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Chamber President Tom Johnston said “This was our 1st time adding the business conference to Business Matters in Renfrewshire – and I have to say it went very well. Great speakers and a good turnout of approx. 200 people on day 1. We listen to our members and the Chamber Team used that feedback to improve the 2nd day from last year. Over the course of Day2 – approx. 350 attended. I would like to take this opportunity again to thank all our speakers, exhibitors and the people from Renfrewshire and beyond that attended. I hope what they heard & seen will inspire them to bigger & better things – improve their business and ultimately protect and ideally create jobs in Renfrewshire.

All images from the event are available on the Chamber facebook page – and to see the many twitter comments use the hashtag #b2bpaisley – 200+ tweets used the hashtag

Twitter comments included:

@fissioncreative: #b2bpaisley has been a fantastic event! @RenfrewshireCoC have done an amazing job, seminars were very useful and informative!

@LAShuttleworth – Oh. My. Goodness. #b2bpaisley absolutely fantastic. Colin Neil & Dr. Stuart Paul in particular were excellent. @fissioncreative also great.

‏@FullHouseApps: Hilarious and informative talk from @nsdesign #b2bpaisley

@markmacmillan12: Great turn out from at @RenfrewshireCoC #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall

‏@ModPhaislig2013: At the #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall. Lots of interest on #modphaislig2013

 

About Renfrewshire Chamber

Est. in ’64 and based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport, the fully accredited award winning Chamber is run by Chief Exec Bob Davidson and his team.  Bob reports to a Board of Directors chaired by President Tom Johnston. Renfrewshire Chamber is the area’s main business member organisation – whose purpose is to “help Renfrewshire grow & prosper” and have just under 600 members. The Chamber delivers a year round calendar of events and offers a range of member benefits.

For more information on Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Young people from throughout Renfrewshire can step out on the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park to show their football skills at a special tournament this month.

The festival of five-a-side football is an annual end-of-season event run by the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, offering activities for young people – such as mobile youth clubs and street football with coaching from the club – at youth disorder hotspots.

And the scheme’s organisers are looking for teams of young people aged from 10 to 18 to get their entries in for the event, on Monday 13 May from 6.30 to 9pm.

Those playing on the day will be able to pose with the Scottish League Cup, and meet some of the first-team players who won the trophy in March.

Youngsters will also get to try out St Mirren’s brand-new Dome, with some of the action due to take place in the recently-opened indoor pitch beside the stadium.


For those who don’t fancy the football, computer games will be set up in the main-stand hospitality suite, with Fifa 13 and Just Dance on offer.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, said: “The activities run by Street Stuff have made a huge difference to the area and to the young people involved.

“By giving youngsters somewhere to go and something to do, and through the work with police and the council’s community safety services, youth disorder rates have fallen in every area where the scheme operates.

“The end-of-season football festival is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar. I would encourage any local youngsters who want to play at St Mirren Park to get together with their mates and enter their team now.”

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon added: “The club is always keen to play a part in the local community and events like this are great for the youngsters.

“I’m sure we will see a great standard of football on the evening and who knows, maybe some St Mirren stars of the future will be among those taking part?”

There will be separate competitions for those aged 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, with trophies for the winners. All those taking part will receive a goodie bag and medal.

Entry forms are available to download at www.saintmirren.net. More information is available by contacting Street Stuff organiser Stevie Gallagher on 07557 281581 or stephen@saintmirren.net

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, McGill’s Buses, Reid Kerr College and Engage Renfrewshire.

The event is being funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Dance Ihayami Interview and Photographs

Photographs and Interview from when Dance Ihayami visited and performed in Paisley Arts centre recently. Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media.

Photographs below taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk find more of Alex’s photos here 

Dance Ihayami Interview produced by Peter Greenwood

Interview and photos were courtesy of all the members from Dance Ihayami so we would like to thank them all for their time and the performance was amazing and mesmerising… Find out more by visiting www.danceihayami.org

Hillman Imp Linwood Rally

Linwood Imp Returns to Linwood.

Photographs of the Hillman Imp Rally at St James Business Centre, Thursday 2nd May 2013. All Photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements

The centre-piece of the celebrations was a parade involving a 50-strong convoy of vintage Imps, which have now set off on a 320-mile journey from the Linwood site to the former Rootes headquarters in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

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Holiday Monday Open Day

The St.Mirren Fans Council are hosting an open day in conjunction with the club this coming bank holiday Monday, 6th May.

It’s a day for all the family, young and old.

stmirrenfanscouncilYou will be able to watch a behind closed doors training session and meet the first team squad.

Club photographer Allan Picken will be available to take an official club photograph with the Scottish Communities League Cup on the actual podium used for the League Cup trophy at the Final.

For further details (including times etc) visit the fans council website at www.supportsmfc.co.uk