Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Me and My Shadow, My Shadow and I: an innovative show specially designed for kids.

Highly visual, interactive and revolutionary early years’ theatre performance My Little Shadow has been written and produced specifically with young audiences in mind.

Taking place at Paisley Arts Centre in late April, My Little Shadow magically blends dance with live music, song, film and clever puppetry to tell the story of a young girl and her mischievous shadow.

From front row seats, children will join the rogue Shadow as she sneaks out at night for an out of this world adventure. Zoom off on the rocket with her as she flies into space and back – but not before encountering a friendly little alien!

As My Little Shadow is focused on interacting with young theatre-goers, the story is broken up with opportunities for the audience to participate; including helping to launch the rocket with a rousing blast-off countdown and ‘pass the move’, where children mimic the dancers’ movements on stage.

The production has been created and produced by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Outreach Team in partnership with local dance organisation, Right2Dance. Written and directed by Vanessa Rigg, she will also provide the narration and live soundtrack for My Little Shadow. The lead characters, the young girl and her shadow are brought to life by Right2Dance performers Joanne Garbutt and Eilidh McCormick with choreography courtesy of Right2Dance tutor Aileen Palombo.

Young families can join in the My Little Shadow fun at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. There will be two performances each day at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets cost £4 per adult (an adult ticket includes 1 free child’s ticket) and additional children’s tickets cost £2. Tickets can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

For further information on My Little Shadow, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

Civic reception honours St Mirren cup heroes

St Mirren’s cup-final winning heroes were honoured at a special event hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost.

The civic reception saw Provost Anne Hall welcome 26 members of the first-team squad plus directors and staff.

The St Mirren contingent mixed with councillors, local MPS and MSPs and invited guests for a three-course meal.

As Paisley Town Hall is out of action due to a £2.36million refurbishment, the event took place at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren won the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history last month, defeating Hearts 3-2 in a memorable final at Hampden.

Provost Hall welcomed guests to the reception, and gave a speech praising the club for its achievement in winning the trophy.

After the event, she said: “I was delighted to be able to host the civic reception for St Mirren, and I hope all who were there enjoyed their night.

“It was great to hear manager Danny Lennon and others connected to the club give a first-hand account of how they managed to make history on that day.

“The scenes of joy in the centre of Paisley on the night of the cup final showed just how much the cup win meant to the people of the town.

“St Mirren’s success gave Renfrewshire an occasion it will never forget, and it is a privilege to be able to honour those responsible.”

Provost Hall was joined at the top table by St Mirren vice-chairman George Campbell, who praised the club’s players and staff and thanked the council for the help given to the club.
Around 15,000 black-and-white-bedecked fans made the trip to Glasgow for the game on Sunday March 17.

And thousands lined the streets of Paisley town centre that night to see the team parade the trophy on an open-top bus, before taking to the stage in County Square at the official council-organised victory party.

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Silver Anniversary Ball

Celebrate 25 years of care for all with St Vincent’s Hospice at the Silver Anniversary Gala Ball on Friday 10th May, 2013 in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, hosted by Shereen Nanjiani. Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour starting with a  champagne reception followed by a glass of wine, 3 course dinner plus coffee, 15 piece big band and DJ until 1am, plus prizes & surprises throughout the night. Tickets are just £48; reception from 7pm, meal 7.30pm, carriages 1am, dress to impress. A very limited number of tables remain – to reserve/book your tickets email info@svh.co.uk or call 01505 705635.

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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Collections

Will you help us make a difference?

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

We have a couple of different collections coming up over the next couple of months which we need volunteer support with:

Door to Door Collections

Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May – Lochwinnoch, Elderslie, Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead..

Bag Pack

Marks and Spencer, Braehead – Saturday 18th May, 10am – 4pm

Bucket collection

Ikea Braehead – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am – 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. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Tribute Night

Friday 7th June 2013, Normandy Hotel Renfrew

The Normandy Hotel are delighted to promote this fabulous event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice. A showcase of tributes to the stars, including Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Cher! Tickets are just £26 which includes a 3 course dinner plus coffee, with tribute acts followed by a DJ to dance the night away to. Book now to avoid disappointment. To book tickets please contact the Normandy Hotel on 0141 886 4100 or visit www.normandytributes.co.uk/event

Barn Tearoom

As of the 22nd May we will no longer be serving hot meals in the Barn Tea Room. Teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soup will still be available to purchase, alongside our exciting range of vintage goods and furniture.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support to the Barn and the hospice. This will help us to continue to care for patients and their families who require our services now and in the future

 

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Paisley is gearing up to honour one of its favourite sons with a series of songwriting events in the town this May.

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of song inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.  The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who died in 2011, is known for his iconic hits ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists such as Love and Money’s James Grant as well as a celebration of Paisley songwriters.

James Grant will open the event in Paisley Abbey on 2 May, where he will welcome friends Chris Thompson(Friends Again and The Bathers), Graham Skinner (Hipsway), Monica Queen (Belle and Sebastian collaboratrix), Fraser Spiers and bandmate and producer Paul McGeehan.

Home-grown songwriting talent will feature with Carol Laula and Yvonne Lyon performing in the Wynd Centre on 3 May and Michael Cassidy, local artist and winner of a council-sponsored songwriting prize in 2012, opening the Abbey concert.

In this first year of a new annual event, budding songwriters can join a free ‘masterclass’ in the town in a special session in Paisley Museum with James Grant.

Paisley’s Songwriting Guild will also perform free in The Bungalow Bar on Thursday 2 May and in Hamishes Hoose (just after the masterclass in the Museum) on Saturday 4 May.

Martha Rafferty, Gerry’s daughter, said: “Gerry’s talent is recognised as much today as it ever was and he would have hoped to inspire people from Paisley to pick up a guitar and try writing a tune or two themselves, I’m sure.”

“He was passionate about his music and he was passionate about his hometown – any combination of the two is a great way to remember him.”

Renfrewshire Council is backing the event with Council Leader Mark Macmillan describing it as “another step in promoting Paisley as an exciting cultural venue”.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Paisley music scene has always been incredibly vibrant and we’re doing all we can at Renfrewshire Council to encourage musicians and music fans to the town.

“We’ve been blessed to have talents like Gerry Rafferty over the years and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate what he and his music brought to Paisley.

“This is a huge year for music in the town.  In October, Paisley will take centre-stage as the showcase for traditional and contemporary Scottish culture when we see the return of The Spree festival and we play host to the Royal National Mòd.

“All of these events attract people into the town and that’s what we need as we work to regenerate Paisley after some tough years.”

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

More information about the festival is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bringitallhome

Behind the scenes at Paisley Town Hall – Paisley Photographs

Paisley Town Hall will be ‘an even bigger asset than before’ when it reopens after a £2.36m refurbishment next month.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan scaled the heights of the iconic clocktower for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work.

This was a one-off opportunity to see up close some of the features of the town hall, long regarded as one of the finest 19th-century buildings in Renfrewshire.


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After checking out the restoration work and speaking to the project team, Councillor Macmillan said: “The town hall will become an even bigger asset to Paisley when it reopens in May.

“We are investing in our architectural and cultural heritage as a step towards the economic regeneration of our town centres.

“Aside from the restoration of a much-loved building, the project is also generating work opportunities for young people as apprentices.”

The new venue will be fully accessible for people with disabilities and will be a top entertainment, wedding and conference, venue.

A remodelled foyer, and the creation of new interior space from the existing cloisters, will provide space for customers to relax and access information on what to see and do in Renfrewshire using the new interactive screens.

The restoration work will provide the town hall with a makeover in time to play host to the Mòd in October 2013.

The town hall is currently closed for events, but open for bookings. Customers can have restricted access to view the building prior to making a booking. The new town hall reception number is now 0141 618 5041.

I am sure you will agree that these Paisley Photographs are simply stunning and from a unique angle.

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The Joni Keen Quartet at Paisley Arts Centre

Celebrate the ‘First Lady of Song’ with talented Scottish Jazz singer Joni Keen.

Accompanied by her quartet, Joni Keen will return to Paisley Arts Centre later this month, following a hugely successful show here back in 2010.

Joni’s wonderful jazz vocal first rang out in 2000 after she performed during the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and has since gone from strength to strength, playing both internationally and for the BBC. Her latest offering is inspired by her second album entitled ‘Ella, Oscar and Me’ and is a fitting tribute to the ‘First Lady of Song’ Ella Fitzgerald and jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson.

joni keenOn the night, Joni will be accompanied by three talented musicians who will collectively take the audience on a musical journey through Ella and Oscar’s catalogue of classics, reliving the era with humorous anecdotes and beautiful live song. And with such a loyal following throughout Scotland, jazz fans are advised to book early to ensure they don’t miss out on what is sure to be a wonderful night’s entertainment.

The Joni Keen Quartet will play Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm. Tickets to the show 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

For further information on The Joni Keen Quartet, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

Image courtesy of  www.jonikeen.com 

Games Fund enters home straight

The race for applications to a Commonwealth Games-inspired fund for local sports clubs, organisations and athletes has entered the home straight.

Renfrewshire Council’s Commonwealth Games funding programme has grants of up to £5,000 for coaching, training, equipment, transport and marketing.

Councillor James Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Renfrewshire is the ‘Gateway to the Games’ in 2014 and we’re looking to use this opportunity to build a legacy of sporting activity and achievement.

“Whether you’re an individual or a sporting club, it can be expensive to take part in your chosen sport so this funding could be a big help.”

“This money will help nurture local competitors and allow them to reach their full potential at next year’s Games. And for those of us who don’t compete at the elite level, it might just help in getting some great fun out of sport.”

Grants are available to any voluntary or not-for-profit organisation or club which delivers sport or physical activities within Renfrewshire. They are also open to elite athletes.

Individual awards of up to £5,000 are available although more may be on offer in exceptional circumstances.

Application forms are available now at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or from the Active Renfrewshire team on  0141 889 1110

Applications must be returned by Friday 5 April 2013.

1984

See George Orwell’s dystopian novel brought to life on the stage at Paisley Arts Centre.

Coming to Paisley Arts Centre on April 19, Sell a Door Theatre Company are back with their interpretation of George Orwell’s famous political science fiction novel, 1984.

Adapted by playwright and director Matthew Dunster, 1984 follows Winston Smith and the people of Oceania, who are tyrannised by the Party and their totalitarian rule. Employed by the Outer Party, Winston rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he’s handed a note that simply says ‘I love you’ by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in search of the real truth.

In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the ‘proles’ ignorant by content, where war without end is always fought and Big Brother is always watching; can Winston possibly hold on to what he feels inside?

1984 will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 19 April, 7.30pm. Suitable for ages 10 +. Tickets to the show 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.

For further information on 1984, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

Yesterday in parliament St Mirren Football Club were congratulated on their winning of the Scottish Communities League Cup.  In a question raised at Holyrood, Paisley’s MSP questioned Nicola Sturgeon about the benefits of football teams that take pride in being part of their local community and give something back.  St Mirren have been long involved in community projects around Paisley and Renfrewshire, including Street Stuff where young people are encouraged to take part in sport and has seen a dramatic drop in levels of disruptive behaviour.

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Speaking on the Deputy First Ministers words, George said:

‘I was extremely pleased that Nicola offered her congratulations to St Mirren on winning the League Cup.  In fact it is particularly fitting that the cup has been branded the ‘Communities League Cup’ through sponsorship from the Scottish Government.  We all know that St Mirren are one of the best, if not the best football clubs in Scotland that integrates completely with their town.  They are always willing to help local groups and individuals out and take part in projects that benefit our community.

‘There is a serious sponsorship value associated with the government’s sponsorship of the cup to develop more programmes with clubs from around Scotland.  They will do well to have a look at our great team to get an idea of how a club can be a seamless part of the community – ‘One Town, One Team’.

Speaking from Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:

‘I take this opportunity, as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final.

‘Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

‘I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action’.

 

Extract from The Scottish Parliament Official Report

 Scottish Communities League Cup (Values)

5. George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government how successful this year’s Scottish communities league cup has been at promoting its values of respect, responsibility and tolerance. (S4O-01959)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon): It has been a great success. Our sponsorship of the Scottish communities league cup is a commitment to build on what is good about the game, taking the passion from the grass roots and communities and providing a positive message to the rest of football and indeed society. We have been working in partnership with the Scottish Football League, the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football Association and clubs to engage with communities and educate young people to understand the three pillars of the cup: respect, responsibility and tolerance.

George Adam: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the famous Paisley St Mirren recently won the Scottish communities league cup. Will the cabinet secretary agree with me that, on the day of the final, St Mirren and Hearts fans indeed promoted the values of the tournament? Will she note the amount of community involvement that St Mirren has sustained for so many years, including in the run-up to and after the final? In Paisley, we are lucky to have such a great community-based club. Does the minister agree that sports clubs such as St Mirren, engaging with their local communities in that way, can only be positive for those communities?

The Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick): Mr Adam, you could not help yourself.

Nicola Sturgeon: As someone who supports another team that plays in black and white, I am sure that George Adam’s shirt and tie combination today is completely coincidental. I take this opportunity, however—as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final. 18321 27 MARCH 2013 18322

I agree on the rest of George Adam’s question. Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action.

 

Text taken from http://www.paisleysmsp.org/st-mirren-congratulated-by-deputy-first-minister/

ON-X Linwood

Plenty for kids this Easter break

Wondering what will keep the kids busy during the school holidays?

The answer might be a packed programme of sports and leisure activities from Renfrewshire Council.

The Active Renfrewshire team promise Commonwealth Games-themed activities, sports ‘taster’ sessions and outdoor activities such as fishing and cycling. Other less-sporty types might prefer the arts, dance and multimedia activities the StreetStuff team bring with them on the Youth Bus.

The team will be out and about across the towns and villages from 1-14 April.

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Details of where they will be and when are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or from the Youth & Sport Services Team on 0141 889 1110.

Sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, including the new On-X Linwood centre, will host Spring Activity Camps during the holidays. These highly-popular camps are available for four or five days and are designed around ‘early risers’ or ‘afternoon kidz’ to suit parents’ needs.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or on 0300 300 0250.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “With the weather being so bad lately, I’m sure the kids are raring to get outside and have some fun. But even if it stays as bad, we’ve got plenty going on, from the activity camps to the Youth Bus, which the weather won’t beat!