Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Quest4Talent Tuesdays Winners: Vocal section

(16-25yo section)

  • Jemma Stevenson,
  • Emily Cochrane
  • Decaln McLeish

(12-15yo section)

  • Summer Bain & Emily Middlemas (duet)
  • Emily Middlemas (solo)
  • Ashleigh Burns
  • Hannah Leggat
  • Gaby Humphries

*Mondays winners to follow

Paisley Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for

Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed Chief Exec’s from across the accredited Chamber network for their 1st Chief Exec’ Residential of 2013 held at Mar Hall in early March.

This is the 1st time the high profile group have met in Renfrewshire and the pleasant weather ensured the visitors saw the area at its best. With CEOs from as far afield as Plymouth and Inverness, the coming together gives the Chambers from across the network the opportunity to share ideas and best practice and discuss future opportunities. Items discussed included policy, the international Chamber network, affiliation, and the potential business impact of Independence.

Commenting on the successful event Renfrewshire Chamber CEO Bob Davidson said “…it was a pleasure hosting fellow Chief Exec’s from around the whole of the UK right here in Renfrewshire, Mar Hall was a wonderful venue. Our President Tom Johnston gave the welcome speech at the dinner focusing on how the chamber has grown and developed and the work we are doing in areas such as with young people, and Renfrewshire as a place to do business with examples of some of the great companies based here.”


About Renfrewshire Chamber: Est. in 1964, based at Glasgow Airport in Paisley and with just under 600 members. It is the area’s main business organisation and holds dozens of events every year providing members with the opportunity to network & learn. In addition the well-connected Chamber provides members with a range of products, services and marketing channels designed to help them grow & prosper. For more info on the Chamber please visit

Mar Hall

Quest4Talent Competition.

There is still time to enter the competition for the following categories.

Wednesday night at David Lloyd 6th March

Catagories: Bands

Bands can turn up on the night 5.30 for a sound check. Register upon arrival. 7pm start

Call Diane for more details: 07896689816

Monday 11th March at the Wynd in Paisley

2 categories:

>Scottish traditional (gaelic / scots song, instrumental incl accordian, bagpipes, clarsach etc… open to solo, groups, folk rock etc

>Chiors / Glee clubs

Sound check at 5.30 / 7pm start. Call Diane for more details 07896689816

Find out more

Street Stuff thinks outside The Box

Youngsters involved in Renfrewshire’s highly-regarded Street Stuff initiative are boxing clever – thanks to four new mobile youth clubs.

The award-winning youth diversionary scheme offers a range of activities for young people around the area, including The Box – a moveable venue packed with computer-game equipment, and street football with coaching from St Mirren.

And thanks to a recent cash boost, Street Stuff bosses have been able to up the number of Boxes from one to five.

The Boxes come equipped with Xbox, Playstation and Wii computer games as well as karaoke machines.

They will be stationed in areas which don’t already have similar facilities, or which have above-average rates of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, met up with St Mirren player Marc McAusland at Skye Crescent in Glenburn to see the scheme in action.

And Marc provided an extra treat for the youngsters by bringing along the Scottish Communities League Cup, ahead of St Mirren’s Hampden showdown with Hearts later this month.

They were joined by Street Stuff staff, and representatives from Strathclyde Police and Renfrewshire wardens.

Councillor Devine said: “Street Stuff really is a superb project, and deserves the praise it has been getting.

“Recently, it was the subject of discussion in the Scottish Parliament, where a motion praising it received cross-party support.

“There have also been calls for the Scottish Government to look into extending the programme nationwide, which is a great tribute to all involved.

“I would like to thank the many people who make this programme happen – both the volunteers who give up their time to help, and staff from the various organisations behind it.

“Their energy, hard work and innovation have given Renfrewshire a programme to be proud of.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGills Buses and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts up to 20,000 young people a year and – working with police and council wardens – has helped reduce youth disorder by up to 40% in areas where it operates.

It also operates a Kick and Collect programme, where youngsters who take part in community clean-ups are rewarded with prizes such as tickets to sporting events.

The current Street Stuff timetable can viewed online at

The Scottish Communities League Cup has been on a nationwide tour, visiting community initiatives and promoting the three values of the cup: respect responsibility and tolerance to football fans and families across Scotland.

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Paisley West End Fair – Sunday 26th May

Paisley’s West End Fair is on Sunday 26th May in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens.  This family event includes a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.  Market stalls a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, displays and an information shop complete the line-up. Download reservation forms and Talent Competition entry forms at

west end fair

Lanarkshire Paranormal investigated The Sma’ Shot Cottages in Shuttle Street Paisley on September 23rd 2012. Here is the report of the event.

An unlikely location.
There is nothing like the excitement of a large castle or a derelict hospital, the creepy atmosphere adds to the thrills associated with paranormal investigating, but never overlook the small and even cosy-looking places sited around our cities.
We were reminded of this when visiting an unlikely location, The Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley.

Sma-Shot-CottagesBeing a charitable organisation, we agreed to investigate the cottages and open up to the public in order to raise funds for this quaint little location. With a nightclub situated next door and the noise bellowing out, on arrival the team was uneasy about the success of this location and concerns grew as we set up the camera system and got a feel of the place.
How are we going to successfully call out with all that night club noise? And are we all going to spread out enough to get any activity without hearing each other? All this was on our minds, expecting a long and uneventful investigation… how wrong we were.
The teams decided, the cameras rolling, were ready to begin.
The first location was the area nearest the nightclub, the noise was horrendous. People queuing for the bar outside, calling out became more like shouting out (dawning on us now that a Saturday night was not the greatest idea here). After 20 minutes of nothing, we noticed the area getting really dark to a point where the street lights shining into the room through gaps in the window shutters were no longer silhouetting the antique looms and other furnishings in the room. People had to use their night vision cameras now just to see where they were walking. It was then we noticed the small bird cages hanging from the giant wooden looms swinging quite violently.
Being a solid stone floor and everyone far away from the looms themselves, we found this to be quite remarkable as well as physically impossible as there were no draughts, wind or any other elements that could have caused it.
As randomly as it started, it stopped again almost instantly. The light started to come back into the room, people started to report seeing human shapes in corners moving. Maybe we had underestimated this little location.
As the night went on, more shapes and several strange lights on the cameras appeared, not your usual perfect circle “orb like” lights, these had very abstract shapes and patterns.
The team was now in the reconstructed living room/bedroom area, already pleasantly surprised that this small city museum had more activity again – while calling out, again came the darkness. We asked if we were welcome and with an almighty crash the door into this room violently smashed open as if kicked from the other side, startling everyone. The door closed, we asked again and again, the door swinging open with incredible force.
Shadows and uneasy feelings were all around us throughout the night affecting emotions, the ladies feeling incredibly sad and the gentlemen feeling incredible anger. Strange smells of burning and choking were felt and we were only to find out later that there had been a fire in which a child died many years ago.
We left the building speechless and with great feelings of confusion. These are not your average bumps and bangs, not your normal, were they or weren’t they shapes? There is a story in this place, a story that the spirits which still reside in there are trying to show us.
We will return in March 2013 to try to find out what this place is telling us, other than never to underestimate small unlikely locations such as The Sma’ Shot Cottages Paisley.

Lanarkshire Paranormal ( are:
Stefan Richards, Co-Founder/Co-Manager
Jan Murdoch, Co-Founder/Co-Manager
Alex Kelly, Investigator
Debbie Murdoch, Investigator
Mark Adams, Investigator
Jamie Kelly, Investigator


Songs of Praise recording at Paisley Abbey on Monday 1st April 2013

Churches, schools, choirs and keen singers from Paisley & surrounding areas are invited to sing hymns in a ‘combined choir’ for a Songs of Praise recording on Monday 1st April 1-5pm at Paisley Abbey. You are also invited to join the congregation for Holy Communion on Easter Day, Sunday 31st March at 10am. This service which we will broadcast live on BBC One.


To apply for tickets for the Easter Monday Songs of Praise recording follow the instructions below. The 10am service on Sunday 31st March is not ticketed but please arrive early and be seated by 9.30am.

  • Via email:
  • Or via post: Songs of Praise (Paisley Tickets), 1st Floor, Dock House, MediaCityUK, Salford M50 2LH

Paisley-Poster-2 FINALPlease be sure to include the following:

  • Full name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address (if applicable)
  • Number of tickets you would like to apply for
  • Whether you would like Congregation or Choir tickets (N.B. for Choir – please also remember to state how many Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass tickets your require)
  • Any access requirements

Deadline for ticket applications is Wednesday 6th March

Please note that our recordings are often very popular and therefore we ask that you only apply for tickets that you will be able to use. We do try to accommodate everyone, but in the event that we are oversubscribed we will allocate on a pro rata basis.

Download the Application Form to take part in Paisley

For more information please visit

Recruits with James (left) and Mark (right)

Recruits get trained up in blaze of glory

A group of young people from Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were put on red alert when they took part in a day of fire warden training.

The Recruits – all aged 18 to 24 – are taking part in the latest edition of the popular youth employability scheme – loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice.

The two-month-long programme sees them take part in vocational training while competing in a series of challenges designed to help them improve their skills.

The fire training was hosted by Paisley-based company Code Red, which helps educate organisations about fire safety and first aid.

The young people were given a presentation on fire safety and took part in some group exercises – including using extinguishers to tackle a real fire!

James McMahon, director of Code Red, said: “We are a local firm so it is an honour and pleasure to be part of The Recruit and to give something back to the community.

“This was the first time we have been involved with The Recruit but we enjoyed the day immensely.

“We talked to them about the importance of fire training and about what the role of a fire warden involves.

“This means the Recruits now have all they need to be fire wardens at any future employer – they know how to use extinguishers and evacuate buildings.”

Recruit Kathryn Ingram, 20, originally from South Africa, but who now lives in Paisley, said: “The Recruit is really fabulous and I would recommend it to anyone.

“It is tough to get a job, as you often find you can apply for things and never hear back.

“But this is a great way to improve your skills and knowledge. Even getting the chance to meet new people is good too.

“I really look forward to it – sometimes the days where we aren’t in seem boring in comparison!”

Currently, there are two editions of The Recruit – one is for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers, and the other for unemployed young people aged from 18 to 25.

Both programmes are set to conclude with a grand finale at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel in March, with the winners on the night to receive job offers.


Come and Sing at Thomas Coats Memorial Church

This coming Easter we will be hosting a Come and Sing event to raise funds for the church. The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer is known and loved around the world, with his lyrical solos to the flinging wide the gates (with tuba fanfares!). We last performed this work in 2010, when a recording was made – the final copies of this will be available to purchase on the night.

thomas-coatsJoining us for the performance will be organ virtuoso Christopher Nickol, and vocal soloists Kieran White and Nick Cowie from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Full details of the event, and the booking form for singers are attached. Audience tickets will be available on the door.

This event will be the first of many this year to use our famous 4 manual Hill pipe organ. The organ has been silent for the last few weeks as expert restoration work has been carried out on the main bellows below the church.

Starting in April we are delighted to announce a series of free recitals on the organ. It is hoped that, if successful, these will become a regular feature at TCM.

The first three recitals are:

  • Sunday 21st April, 4pm:       Matt Edwards (TCM)
  • Sunday 19th May, 4pm:       Laurence Caldecote (Nuneaton)
  • Sunday 16th June, 4pm:       Christopher Nickol (New Kilpatrick)

Each recital will be approximately 40-45 minutes and entry is free – yes FREE!

It is hoped to have CCTV in place so that the audience can see what happens at the console.

Thank you again for your support of our work at TCM, for more details on the church, music and concerts please visit our website: The website also includes several video clips of the organ in action.

We look forward to welcoming you back to TCM in the coming months!

Download the application form StainerForm-300313


David Wallace walks the hot coals to help PACE Youth Theatre would like to express our support to David Wallace from PACE Youth Theatre in his endeavours to walk on hot coals, please read below for more information on how to help.

pace-youth-theatreDavid says “I think I once said I would walk over hot coals for our Youth Theatre. Well now I am going to. In these hard and difficult times the Youth Theatre needs every penny it can get and so I and others are walking on hot coals on Saturday 20th April to raise much needed funds.

PACE has an ethos of using drama to give young people the skills that will help them in life, but we also provide happy memories and true lifelong friendships…..that’s something money just can’t buy….! So please go to and support us if you can, with whatever you can, and share this with your friends. Thanks so very very much.”


David Wallace
Executive Director
PACE Theatre Company
0141 848 7471