WEST END WURDZ Paisley Events
‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’
Sunday 28 October, 2.30-4.30pm
16 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley
If you’ve never been to a poetry event in Paisley, now’s your chance! Five female Paisley poets (Oh, who can resist that alluring alliteration?), one Dundee poet, and one Glasgow poet get together to ask, ‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’ In case you didn’t know, Paisley and Dundee are toons that are alive with mill history. Dundee made the jute, and Paisley made the thread. So come and hear the gallus mill girls poets (Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly and Gwen McKerrell) tell you what was great and gory about life in the mills. Mark Thomson gives his unique perspective in Dundonian patter. Mo Blake sheds her mill girl persona and delivers poetry with true wummin’s wit. And Barrheid’s own Jim Ferguson gives his take on… well, wait and see. Come and say your piece at the open mike. With music from Coleslaw and a special guest appearance from John Lennon’s elbow!
Oh yes, and did I mention the FREE WINE!
What fabulous quality, nearly new items will you buy for your cheeky monkey at The Jack and Jill Market for maternity, babies and children (0-9yrs) which is coming to The Meadow Leisure Centre, Meadow Road,Dumbarton,G82 2AA on Sunday 21st October 2012. Stalls filled with gorgeous bargains, whether you are looking for Prams, Buggies, Cots, Highchairs, Car Seats, Toys, Clothes. The list is endless…
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‘Kings_Ov_Leon’ have been rocking out the most prestigious theatres, festivals and music venues since the start of 2009 with their undeniably breathtaking show! __
The scale, energy and charisma of their performances leaving audiences across Europe sure they’ve seen the Kings Of Leon themselves! The Kings_Ov_Leon take you on an absolutely epic, exhilarating journey playing your favourite KOL tracks from the first release “The Holy Roller Novocaine” through to the incredible number one album “Come Around Sundown”, all with unprecedented accuracy __
It’s this meticulous attention to detail; visually and audibly, that’s earned them rave reviews from press, critics and audiences alike. Hearing really is believing! But the uncanny resemblance doesn’t end there! Like the Followills there’s brotherly chemistry between lead guitarist Mark Eyden (Matthew Followill) and Dan Eyden (Jared Followill), the unmistakeable voice of Caleb bellowing eerily from Liam Coffey and the juxtaposed pounding rhythm and sweet harmonies of the bands ‘Nathan‘, Ant Wheeler.
All the guys have their own long history of professional success. In 1999, as a young teenager, Mark was signed to record label giants Polydor after winning BBC1s ‘Get Your Act Together’ in the band ’Marlo’ with what was the biggest ever national phone vote. He went on to tour extensively including a performance in front of 50,000 fans at ‘Party in the Park’ and had a charting single release.
Ant drummed professionally for numerous bands including the Towers of London and Wilkento. Dan, the youngest of the band at 21, fronted ‘Perfect Confusion’ and is a prolific song writer in his own right. Liam is the most recent to join the band. He has a long history of live performance in both original and covers bands including the epic ‘No Quarter’. He’s completed the line up and brought along with him a truly charismatic and authentic edge!
The Kings Ov Leon’s dogged determination to push the boundaries of what you’d expect of a tribute band sees them return to venues time after time. They’ve played literally hundreds of gigs and been championed by Signal Radio, XFM, The Stage and even the Kings Of Leon!
Notable venues include Tribfest – Europe’s biggest tribute festival, Marvellous Festival, a huge O2 Academy headline tour and the Ministry of Sound. The Kings Ov Leon carry a full professional PA system and lighting rig. Naturally all the guitars, drums, cymbals, amps and pedals are identical to their counterparts! How close can a tribute band get? The name says it all!
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HRH The Princess Royal to attend service to mark 850th Anniversary of Paisley Abbey
On Monday 15 October, HRH The Princess Royal is to attend a service at Paisley Abbey to mark the beginning of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary year.
Following the service, which will feature music especially composed for the event by the Abbey’s Director of Music, Dr. George McPhee, Her Royal Highness will meet members of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary organising committee, unveil a plaque commemorating the visit and receive a gift from 8-year old Stephen Chalk on behalf of the Abbey congregation.
Admission to the service is by invitation and, as well as members of the Abbey congregation, representatives from other churches in the town and the community of Paisley will be present.
Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey said: “It will be an honour to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Paisley Abbey for one of the most auspicious occasions in our year of celebration to mark the Abbey’s 850th Anniversary.
“Paisley Abbey has been at the centre of the town’s history and is an architectural landmark for the town and a spiritual focus for the community. Times have changed but the Abbey’s mission has remained unchanged. The events which will take place over the coming months will remind us all of that enduring legacy.”
Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 when Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, signed a charter establishing a ‘house of devotion’ on his lands of Paisley. That ‘house of devotion’ became one of the foremost Cluniac Abbeys in Europe. Religious and secular history are interwoven in the Abbey’s story with Robert II, the first Stewart king, being born here and Princess Marjory Bruce (daughter of Robert the Bruce and mother of Robert II) and Robert III buried here.
After the Reformation the Abbey church continued to serve as a place of worship for the people of Paisley and today is a vibrant parish church of the Church of Scotland.
Details of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary events, which run from 15 September (St. Mirin’s Day) 2012 to 15 September 2013 can be found on the website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk
The service on Monday October 15 will begin at 1.30pm
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Video of the performance at Glasgow Airport of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during the September weekend.
RSNO surprise Glasgow Airport passengers with live orchestral performance
Scotland’s national orchestra gave a rousing performance at Glasgow Airport as thousands of passengers took to the skies for the September holiday weekend.
Led by Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, 70 RSNO musicians gave two performances in the departures lounge featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Last year the Orchestra surprised travellers and airport staff in the check-in area with an impromptu rendition of Ravel’s Boléro, an online video of which has been viewed around the world.
The RSNO performance is the culmination of Glasgow Airport’s six week Best of Scotland campaign which has celebrated the best of Scottish food, drink, culture and entertainment.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are always looking for ways to entertain our passengers but it doesn’t get more exciting than having Scotland’s national orchestra perform live in the terminal.
“Joining forces with the RSNO for this unique event is a fantastic way to round off our Best of Scotland campaign which proved hugely successful. In addition to highlighting what is great about Scotland, the various events over the last six weeks have created a real buzz in the airport.
“The campaign also provided an opportunity to highlight the fact that we have invested millions of pounds in new retail and catering facilities for our customers over the past 18 months.”
RSNO chief executive Michael Elliott said: “In recent years the RSNO has developed a reputation for taking live orchestral music out of the concert venue and into public spaces. It never fails to surprise me how much of an impact our music can have, especially when performed in unexpected surroundings.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see people new to live orchestral music enjoy the experience with so much enthusiasm. Our thanks go to Glasgow Airport for allowing us to present these performances.”
More than one million passengers passed through the airport during the Best of Scotland campaign, which has showcased some of the country’s most iconic brands and successful exports including Irn Bru, Tunnocks, Mackie’s ice cream and Harris Tweed.
The RSNO performance is one of a series of musical, theatrical and comedic events which have helped to create a carnival atmosphere in the terminal during one of the busiest periods of the year.
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Derek Mackay MSP announces support for Paisley businesses
Local Government Minister Derek Mackay today announced £20,000 funding to support the development of a Business Improvement District in Paisley.
Business Improvement Districts offer a sustainable financial model to support businesses in a defined geographical area of a town, city or commercial district. BIDS can augment existing public sector investment to provide mutual benefit and contribute to sustainable economic growth in the local economy. The businesses work together reducing costs, sharing risks and creating new opportunities for growth.
Announcing the award to support the development of the Paisley Business Improvement District, Local Government Minister Derek Mackay said:
“I’m delighted to support the work of local businesses in taking forward their proposals to form a Business Improvement District (BID) for Paisley and to help private and public sector partners to transform opportunities for the town. Today I have announced the award a £20,000 grant to support the development of this project. The BID aims to enhance events and the promotion of Paisley, which I wholeheartedly endorse.
“The Business Improvement District (BID) initiative links directly to this Government’s commitment to support sustainable economic growth and is particularly relevant in the current economic climate. The initiative supports private and public sector partners in working together to invest in improvements to the local business environment, while contributing to the wider regeneration of the local community.”Partners will now use the seed corn funding we have provided to develop their proposals and work to enhance the prosperity of Paisley’s town centre.
“I look forward to seeing the Paisley BID progress and wish all involved well.”
Piero Pieraccini, Chair of the Paisley Development Trust added:
“I welcome the decision by the Scottish Government to give £20,000 grant funding to take forward the Business Improvement District for Paisley. We look forward to working with people locally to take it to the next stage. This will kick-start activity, and is great news for the town.”
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Sympathetic restoration puts Victorian gallery back in proportion
The Pillar Gallery, part of Paisley’s Museum and Art Gallery, is being returned to its original Victorian splendour 40 years after it was ravaged by a 1970s make-over.
The original double arched ceiling was lost to view when a lowered ceiling was installed. The 1970s ceiling halved the height of the gallery, significantly affecting the look and feel of the display space.
The ongoing nine month restoration has seen the removal of the suspended ceiling and associated lighting. During the work air handling units were also removed along with plinths, display structures and redundant ICT cabling.
The double arched ceiling and walls have been redecorated, the pillars have been re-plastered and the floor has been resurfaced.
Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “The Victorians had an eye for space and believed in architecture which inspired and impressed. The 1970s saw a rebellion against what was seen as the over ornamentation of the 1870s.
“What we have done is to return the Pillar Gallery to its correct proportions while carrying out a sympathetic upgrade. Our aim has been to make the display space fit for the 21st century without taking anything away from its character.”
The upgrade has involved fitting new energy efficient lighting and installing two banks of seats with projection and screen capabilities, new information graphics and new display cases.
The new/old look Pillar Gallery will be officially opened on 7 November. Exhibition themes are expected to include: natural history, the Victorians, World War I and II, archaeology and the Egyptians.
The Paisley Museum opened in 1871. The building was designed by the well-known Glasgow architect John Honeyman and was paid for by Sir Peter Coats of the famous Coats thread manufacturing family. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk
The 1st of October saw the start of the 6th annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and as usual Renfrewshire is hosting a huge variety of events for all interests and ages. The Festival is one of the largest arts and social justice festivals and the theme this year is Walk in My Shoes, promoting the empathy and understanding that comes with really thinking about our own and others’ mental health and wellbeing.
There are events taking place between now and October 24th in various venues across Renfrewshire, so over the next 3 weeks, each Monday you will get an e-mail highlighting the coming week’s events. There are brochures in various locations including Council offices, libraries, leisure centres and the Charleston Centre, and a pdf version of the brochure is attached. There is also lots more information on www.mhfestival.com
Tue 2nd Oct, 6.30pm – ‘Walking in my Shoes – from Prada to Primark’ – multi media event about the impact of materialism on our culture delivered by Dr Carol Craig from the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing, Reid Kerr College (£5)
Wed 3rd Oct, 12.30pm – Poetry at the Museum – Read Raw Ltd share poems and readings during lunchtime, Paisley Museum (free)
Wed 3rd Oct, 2pm – My Name is Joe – Film starring Peter Mullan followed by panel discussion exploring issues in the film, Paisley Arts Centre (free)
Wed 3rd Oct, 7pm – Walk the Line – Film about the late great Johnny Cash, followed by live music in the style of the man himself! Paisley Arts Centre (free)
Wed 3rd Oct, 7.30pm – Positive Renfrewshire Pubs – Live music and mental health info in the Bungalow Bar, Paisley (free)
Thus 4th Oct, 10am – My Story, My Rhythm, My Shoes – expressive arts workshop for adults, Life Church, Paisley (free)
Fri 5th Oct, 1pm – ‘On Edge’ – film about how young people cope with the pressure of their lives, Abercorn Centre, Reid Kerr College (free)
Fri 5th Oct, 2pm – ‘Mind Games’ – interactive drama focussing on depression, Abercorn Cemtre, Reid Kerr College (free)
Fri 5th Oct, 7.30pm – Loud’n’Proud 10th Year Anniversary Showcase – music extravaganza featuring singers and musicians of all ages, including a rock orchestra and rock choir, Paisley Town Hall ((£12.50, £9.50)
Poetry Windows – Discover poems displayed in shop windows and pick up a copy of the Walki in My Shoes contemporary poetry collection, throughout Paisley
‘Walk in My Shoes’ – Art Exhibition, Paisley Arts Centre and Sunshine Art Gallery in the Paisley Centre
The Road to Wellbeing – Interactive public art project, Sunshine Art Gallery, Paisley Centre
Photography Exhibition – created by members of the DRC Photography Group, Disability Resource Centre, Paisley
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Hello there and welcome to another update from the Historical Adventures Youth Theatre. During the past couple of weeks the children and teenagers of Johnstone have been very hard at work with our upcoming winter panto ‘Cinderella’. Poor Cinders is being forced to work away all day and night while her horrible stepmother and stepsisters are always out enjoying themselves (I’m pretty sure the parents of Johnstone can empathize with Cinderella). After a session or two, we have the cast members in place which everyone is happy with and we are steadily on our way to show our performance come sometime soon in early December (details will be available soon, please check our Facebook and our blog for updates).
We also had a new influx of new members to our Monday nights and as always with any Drama group, the more the merrier! This has brought our Johnstone register to just over twenty members! Meaning more performers which in turn means bigger things for the group which all adds up too lots more fun for all involved!
For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:
Or alternatively, contact by phone at the following number: 07812437559
The Historical Adventures Johnstone Youth Theatre takes place on a Monday night, in St Aidan’s Church Hall, starting at 6:00pm and finishing at 7.30pm. The first night for new members is free and each following class after that is £3.50 per person.
Hello and welcome to another update from Thursday nights here at Historical Adventures Youth Theatre. While planning to do our upcoming pantomime ‘Cinderella’ (dates to be announced please check our Facebook and continue following our blog for upcoming details) and the standard is really high with all the rehearsals we’ve been having, it really shows. The children have all been very hard at work and for a newly founded group they are learning the arts of stage craft very quickly. Parents of Foxbar probably have a hard enough time trying to keep their young actors sitting still for five minutes, well our job is to teach them how to stand still on stage for an entire performance (you can imagine how well this activity went during our first time trying it). Although, they are getting there and we have no doubt they will be more than capable when it comes to show time. The progress is there in leaps and bounds with every single scene we rehearse every week.
In saying that, just because we are working on our panto, does not mean we are full up. In drama, the motto will always be ‘the more, the merrier’ and that rings more than true for us here at Historical Adventures. Our Foxbar class takes place in the Foxbar Community Centre and begins at 5.30pm, finishing at 7.00pm. The first night for new members is free and each following class after your free trial is £3.50 per person.
For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:
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