Paisley and renfrewshire Events

EVENT INVITATION
West College Scotland: We Do Care
Tuesday 22 October, Abercorn Building, Paisley

17:00 hrs :Arrival, Registration and Exhibition
17:30 hrs – 19:00 hrs: Informative Presentations

 

West College Scotland is Scotland’s largest college provider of online learning. We offer a wide range of flexible childcare, health and social care courses which you can study in a way that suits you. You might be in a job and looking to improve your qualifications or you may want to study in your leisure time.
At this event we will help you to create tailored learning packages to match your needs – it’s your learning journey after all!

With online learning, training, part-time and full-time courses in childcare, health and social care we can support your journey from induction to registration in Care. For many courses no qualifications or experience are necessary.

Come along and hear from our Sector Experts, previous students and meet the Team who will tell you about our special offers, advise you about your study choices and assist you with enrolment.

Register here: http://bit.ly/33tvqDZ

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Paisley’s annual festival of music, comedy and more gets under way tonight – with a special tribute to one of the town’s most famous musical sons, Gerry Rafferty.

The Baker St singer’s legacy will be honoured with a sold-out Gerry Rafferty Songbook night fronted by Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Gerry’s long-time friend and former Stealers Wheel collaborator Rab Noakes.

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The show kicks off nine days of Spree action – the bulk of which will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent next to Paisley Gilmour Street station in the town’s County Square.

The Spree festival is now in its eighth year and has helped Paisley become established as one of Scotland’s go-to destinations for major events.

The festival is organised by Renfrewshire Council, programmed by Regular Music, and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

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Many of the shows are already sold out but there’s still time to get your hands on the last remaining tickets for others at www.thespree.co.uk, in person at the box office at InCube shop at 9b Gilmour St, or on the door at The Spiegeltent.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s show, musician, broadcaster and long-time Rafferty fan Roddy Hart said: “We are super-excited and looking forward to kicking off the Spree festival with a collection of Gerry Rafferty’s best-loved songs.

“The Spree is an amazing festival – it’s great to have these events outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh as it brings music and talent to whole array of people who might not have access to it otherwise. There’s a fantastic selection of singers and artists and it’s a very exciting thing to be part of.”

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The Spree opening night also includes late-night comedy including Fred MacAulay and Mark Nelson in The Spiegeltent, with tickets still available at the door.

Saturday will see the town centre invaded by the Mods as the annual ModStuff event run by local promoters LNP Promotions returns with a free afternoon show – including the ever-popular scooter rideout – followed by a sold-out evening gig.

Rising stars of Scottish indie-rock The Snuts play The Spiegeltent on Sunday evening – with all tickets for the 450-capacity venue being snapped up in just two hours earlier this summer.

Highlights during the week include Hue and Cry (Mon 14th), Glasvegas only UK full-band show of the year (Tues 15th), former Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys (Wed 16th) and soul legend PP Arnold, performing alongside Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock (Thur 17th).

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Next weekend sees Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, and more late-night comedy featuring Scott Gibson and Gary Little (Fri 18th) before a lively last night with comedian Jerry Sadowitz followed by a closing party with the inventors of rockgrass Hayseed Dixie (Sat 19th).

Paisley Arts Centre will also host a diverse programme including Lost Map’s Lost Weekend (Sun 13th) with the Pictish Trail, a Paisley in Song night fronted by Michael Cassidy (Thurs 17th), and a show by ex-Arab Strap mainman Malcolm Middleton (Sat 19th).

The week will also see The Wee Spree – a special programme designed for kids to run over the October school week, featuring Lego, circus skills, comedy, and dance-along Disney films.

Sold-out shows include the Stramash ceilidh with local Gaelic music group Fèis Phaislig – promoting the town’s contribution to Gaelic language culture ahead of hosting the Royal National Mòd in exactly three years time.

And the Spree for All fringe festival will take the show on the road to towns and villages across Renfrewshire, with gigs taking place in local venues in Johnstone, Renfrew, Lochwinnoch and Kilbarchan, as well as a packed programme in Paisley’s Bungalow Bar and Old Swan Inn.

The Spree for All also takes in the Paisley Art Institute’s 131st annual exhibition – this year taking place in a formerly-empty unit in the Piazza shopping centre (right next to The Spiegeltent) while Paisley Museum is undergoing a £42m transformation.

Louisa Mahon, Renfrewshire Council’s head of communications, marketing and events, said: “The Spree has grown year on year with Paisley now firmly established as a key destination on Scotland’s festival map.

“Ticket sales this year have been by far our best yet – we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Paisley over the next nine days, which will be great news for local traders.

“Paisley town centre is home to many great places to eat, drink and shop and we and would encourage festival-goers to Spend Local and sample everything the town has to offer.”

The Spree is the first of a bumper run of major events in the area this winter, with huge crowds expected for Paisley Halloween Festival – one of the largest of its kind – on 25-26 October.

Paisley’s annual fireworks display is on Saturday 2 November, followed by Christmas Lights Switch-ons in Paisley (Sat 16th), Renfrew (Sat 23rd) and Johnstone (Sat 30th), while local business improvement district Paisley First’s annual Winterfest event will take over Paisley town centre for five weeks from 24 November.

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SUPER Mario visited Paisley to invite local video game fans to an amazing event that will take them to a gaming Nirvana.

The world’s most famous plumber reckons the Glasgow Gaming Market is the place to be on Saturday, November 9, which is expected to attract up to 2000 gaming fans.

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That’s when tens of thousands of classic and modern video games will be on sale and gamers will be able to find their favourites from years gone by.

The event, at the Glasgow Club Bellahouston, in Bellahouston Park, is the first time an event of this kind has taken place in Scotland.

Organised by Replay Events – the team behind the UK’s biggest gaming markets and the popular PLAY Expo conventions – the venue will be jam-packed with around 100 tables and 30 traders selling up to 100,000 sought-after video games and merchandise.

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Andy Brown, of Replay Events said: “Retro gaming is super hot just now with a huge interest in video games of years gone by.

“Everyone has their favourite games from back in the day and there’s a huge interest in rekindling the enjoyment they got from playing these games.

“People can find their must-have game at the event and visitors to our previous gaming markets have told us they can’t believe they’ve been able to get their hands on their favourite games.

“Whether it’s classic games, consoles, gaming merchandise, old computers or even custom made artwork that floats your boat, you’ll want to be at this event.

 “You could also find the perfect Christmas gift for the gaming aficionados among your family and friends.”

Andy added: “And if someone has a collection of video games they would like to sell, they can organise to set up a table at the Glasgow Gaming Market.

“We’ll have everyone from big-name traders, collectors and individuals selling games. It will be a real extravaganza of gaming and we’re expecting as many as 2000 people to come along searching for their favourite games.”

The event runs from noon until 4pm, but gaming enthusiasts can book one of only 500 early-bird tickets online for only £4 that gets them entry at 11am – and an hour before the crowds arrive – so they can get first dibs on the most sought-after games.

On the door entry at 12pm will be just £2 for adults and under 16’s go free when accompanied by an adult.

Visit www.glasgowgamingmarket.com for more details or if you want to sell games and merchandise at the Glasgow Gaming Market.

provost awards

Renfrewshire’s inspiring local heroes are set to be rewarded as nominations for the Provost’s Community Awards open for 2020.

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Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following six categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by City Gate Construction)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “It’s an honour to host the Community Awards again and take the opportunity to pay tribute to our local unsung heroes.

“I meet many people who really go the extra mile without looking for any reward or recognition in my role as Provost, but these awards come from the community themselves, demonstrating that the hard work these groups and individuals do is not going unnoticed.

“I can’t wait to read the nominations so don’t miss out on the chance to nominate and start sending them in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Friday 6 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 13 March 2020 at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2020, email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 618 7102.

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FAMILIES can have some spook-tacular fun in Soar at intu Braehead during the October school break.

There’s a fang-tastic variety of free Halloween-themed activities for everyone to enjoy every day from Friday, October 11 until Sunday, October 20 between noon and 5pm.

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And these fun activities for both adults and kids include joining in to create a creepy crawly spider picture to take home and use as a Halloween decoration.

There’s also a mysteriously spooky selfie mirror where everyone can pose for photos and then post them on social media as a great way to remember a great day out.

On Saturday, October 12 between noon and 5pm, Soar is also hosting an exclusive event for members of the intu Family Club with members receiving a goody bag filled with all sorts of things that will make the school holiday a week of family fun.

Family Club members are also being encouraged to come along in fancy dress to take part in a Halloween Fashion Show with a prize for the best-dressed family on the day.

And on Sunday, October 20, the PJ Masks cartoon superheroes will be visiting Soar to stage a Hero Training Camp.

There will be five meet and greet sessions with activities featuring Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.

These will be every hour on the hour for 30 minutes from 11am until 3.30pm. There will be an opportunity at each session to pose for a photo with PJ Masks characters.

Although there is free admission, the event will ticketed, so log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to book your place.

David Lyon, marketing manager for intu Braehead said: “There are lots of fun things happening in Soar for all the family this October school break.

“And since all the activities are free, you could say it’s a real free-ky Halloween event!”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to join the intu Family Club for free and enjoy exclusive offers and discounts, a gift for youngsters, a membership pack, a magazine and much more throughout the year

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With the new Scottish National Ice Hockey season only days away, Paisley Pirates supporters are girding their loins, as they look forward to a diet of activity for the next six months or so, combining vocal support for their favourites on the the ice with a programme of off ice events aimed at giving the players and management the maximum support possible as they once again bid for honours.

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Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead looked back at activities over the last 6 months of a very long close season and, while declaring herself satisfied with events which tool place, declared that she wants to see supporters become even more involved with the Pirates, one of Scotland’s top amateur teams.

“Every year, the role of the Supporters Club becomes more and more important, as the cost of running an ice hockey team, even an amateur one like us, rises and we, as fans, have to do our bit to keep the Pirates’ ship afloat. In the close season just ended, we appeared at three Summer Gala Days, namely, Barshaw, Renfrew and Ferguslie Park, we had our AGM at the end of May, staged a very successful Meet The Players Night just a few weeks ago, and held a successful raffle thanks to the support we received from Morrison’s Falside Rd, Hannah’s in Johnstone, Chivas and Rangers FC and Celtic FC for raffle prizes, all of which helped ensure that the club had a financially viable close season. We also tool part in a recent Celebrating Renfrewshire event, and all of these are important in keeping the club in the public eye on an ongoing basis.”

 

“We’re now getting into the serious stuff at long last as in addition to giving the boys all the vocal support we can muster we continue to help with the match night stuff like Chuck a Duck, man some of the table and generally help in keep a smile on the Treasurer’s face, all in the name of supporting the Paisley Pirates. It’s hard work, but we wouldn’t change our job for the world!” 

Hundreds of young people are counting down the days to the start of the school holidays as Street Stuff’s free October Week camp gets set to return.

Football, gaming and more will be available for those aged 8 to 16 at three venues across Renfrewshire throughout the week, with afternoon sessions running from 1.30pm-4.30pm every day.

A free, hot and healthy meal will be provided at every session so the young people are fully energised to take part and all are welcome to attend.

All activities come at no cost and include:

  • Monday 14 October – Football and Youth Bus at St Mirren FC Stadium.
  • Tuesday 15 October – Football and Youth Bus at Gleniffer High School and St James Primary School (Renfrew).
  • Wednesday 16 October – Football and Youth Bus at St Mirren FC Stadium, Gleniffer High School and St James Primary School (Renfrew), with a dance class at St James Primary (Renfrew) from 1.30pm-3.30pm too.
  • Thursday 17 October – Football and Youth Bus at Gleniffer High School and St James Primary School (Renfrew).
  • Friday 18 October – Football and Youth Bus at St Mirren FC Stadium.

Consent forms must be completed by all participants and will be available on the first day of arrival or can be filled out online in advance.

The October Week clubs will run alongside Street Stuff’s evening programme which hosts activities six days a week at venues across Renfrewshire.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Street Stuff continues to go from strength to strength and offers opportunities for young people all-year-round thanks to its fantastic coaches and volunteers.

“Our free October Week camps give our young people the chance to have fun with their friends when they’re not in school and parents and carers can feel safe in the knowledge they are in good hands.

“They can have fun, meet new friends as well having the chance to speak to our coaches and volunteers if they are having any issues.

“Add to that a free healthy meal at every session and I’m sure there are young people who can’t wait for the holidays to arrive!”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire contributing to a reduction in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour by 75 per cent over the first five years, with a sustained reduction of 65 per cent.

For more information and to see the October Week programme, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff.

shelley

MARY’S BACK! HIGHLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION WRITTEN BY LOCAL WRITER TO VISIT PAISLEY THIS OCTOBER

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Following a successful Scottish tour in spring 2018, The Occasion Theatre’s The Monster and Mary Shelley, written by Stewart Ennis, will return this autumn for a UK tour.

 

Described by The Wee Review as “Fascinating and hilarious… a wonderfully engaging show”, The Monster and Mary Shelley is an outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.

 

On a sun-less day at their villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to each write a ghost story. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

 

Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and darkly comic exploration of fear and the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

 

The show is directed by The Occasion Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director Peter Clerke, written by Stewart Ennis and performed by Catherine Gillard.

 

Stewart hails from Bridge of Weir. His very first job on leaving Linwood High school in the late 70s was a trainee journalist on the Paisley Gazette.  He’s also an ex RAI nurse. A career as an actor followed, primarily in theatre, but some may know him from his recurring role as Cllr McVitie in Still Game. Stewart also recently published his debut novel Blessed Assurance which refers to fictionalised versions of Paisley and Bridge of Weir.

 

Peter studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and was a founder member and Co-Artistic Director of benchtours (1991 – 2009), directing or performing in all of their productions. He was also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Lung Ha’s and spent five years at Edinburgh’s Theatre Workshop. From 2009 – 2015 he was the Artistic Director of Blue Apple Theatre, Winchester, one of Southwest England’s leading learning disability arts organisations.

 

Peter Clerke, director of The Monster and Mary Shelley said:

 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to re-tour this hugely enjoyable show, both to more venues across Scotland and, with the support from ACE, to break new ground in England.

 

Never far from controversy, Shelley, throughout her lifetime, was at the forefront of social change in a turbulent world. Her exploration of fear, in the form of Frankenstein’s Monster, spawned a whole genre of fiction and continues to hold a massive relevance in the present day. 

 

We very much look forward to introducing The Monster and Mary Shelley to new audiences across the UK.”

 

Catherine Gillard plays Mary Shelley. Catherine studied at Sydney Acting School and the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She was a founder member and Co-Artistic Director of benchtours (1991 – 2009). Recent projects include Kill Me Now (Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre/Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), Apocalypse, The Taking of Zena Charbonne and YOU ARE HERE! (The Occasion.)

 

Richard Williams composes. Set and costume design is by Ali MacLaurin with lighting design by Paul Froy.

 

The Monster and Mary Shelley will play Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley on Thursday 24 October. For further information and to book tickets, please visit www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

 

 

The Occasion Theatre is supported by Creative Scotland. The Monster and Mary Shelley tour is funded by Arts Council England and The Golsoncott Foundation.

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Paisley’s The Spree festival returns next week (11-19 October) with its biggest line-up yet.

Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, The Snuts, Gruff Rhys, Karine Polwart, Jerry Sadowitz, PP Arnold and Hayseed Dixie are just some of the top acts coming to town for the fast-growing festival, which is now into its eighth year.

The bulk of the action at The Spree 2019 will take place in the specially-erected Salon Perdu Spiegeltent in Paisley’s County Square – with a bigger tent than in previous years allowing for more people to enjoy the performances.

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The opening night (Friday 11 October) sees a tribute to one of Paisley’s favourite musical sons – A Gerry Rafferty Songbook, featuring Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Rab Noakes.

On Sunday 13 October, hotly-tipped Scots rockers The Snuts will play to a sold out Spiegeltent before Hue and Cry entertain a sell-out crowd on Monday 14 October.

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Platinum-selling indie-rockers Glasvegas come to Paisley for their only full-band Scottish date of the year on Tuesday 15 October and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys brings his solo show to the Spiegeltent on Wednesday 16 October.

London’s First Lady of Soul, PP Arnold, will perform songs from her six-decade career, including the classics ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’ and ‘Angel of the Morning’ alongside Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock on Thursday 17 October.

Singer-songwriter Karine Polwart is celebrating her first UK Top 40 album and will bring her Scottish Songbook of fantastic covers – including songs by Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Chvrches, Gerry Rafferty, Deacon Blue and more to the Spiegeltent on Friday 18 October.

The festival closes on Saturday 19 October with two fantastic shows. First, a sold-out performance from comedy headliner Jerry Sadowitz in the Spiegeltent, then a second late-night closing party of classic rock hits from US ‘rockgrass’ outfit Hayseed Dixie.

Comedy lovers can enjoy two late-night stand-up shows featuring Fred MacAulay, Susan Riddell, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd and Mark Nelson (Friday 11 October) and Scott Gibson, Rosco McCelleland, Jay Lafferty and Gary Little (Friday 18 October).

The Spiegeltent will also host an all-day festival within-a-festival on Saturday 12 October, with LNP Promotions ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod, including the spectacle of the annual scooter rideout.

The popular Paisley Arts Centre will host a series of gigs, including Lost Map’s Lost Weekend Sunday Social featuring the Pictish Trail, Fell, Molly Linen and Callum Easter (Sunday 13 October), Paisley in Song featuring Michael Cassidy and Andy Monahan (Frightened Rabbit) on Thursday 17 October, and an appearance from ex-Arab Strap musician Malcolm Middleton plus support from Megan Airlie (Saturday 19 October).

The Arts Centre will also show a number of film screenings, including Loki’s History of Scottish Hip-Hop and Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (Tuesday 15 October) and Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, which includes an after party where you can dance away to the label’s hits of 60’s and 70’s (Friday 18 October).

The Wee Spree popular programme of kids activities will take place as part of the main Spree festival with thousands set to be entertained during the school holiday period.

Highlights include the Bricks 4 Kidz Camps on Tuesday 15 October, Dance Along Moana and Mary Poppins film screenings on Thursday 17 October, Comedy 4 Kids Show on Friday 18 October and a bumper afternoon with Scotland’s top traditional musicians and young up-and-coming talent at Fèis Phàislig’s Stramash in the Spiegeltent on Friday 19 October.

This year will also see the return of the popular Spree for All fringe festival with gigs and events taking place in towns and villages across Renfrewshire.

The Spree festival is one of the centrepieces of Renfrewshire Council’s major events programme which has made Paisley one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years.

This year’s festival is programmed by Regular Music and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

Some shows have already sold out, so move quickly to secure your tickets by visiting the full listings page at www.thespree.co.uk.

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Volunteers, community groups, pupils and businesses have teamed up to remove more than 1000 bags of litter from Renfrewshire’s local environment.

A key part of Renfrewshire’s highly successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign, Spotless September saw 49 events held across the area and 931 volunteers take part to enhance their communities.

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Litter picks were held in schools, by riverbanks, outside businesses, in parks and more as the local community joined forces to tidy their local area.

The campaign has sparked new community gatherings across Renfrewshire and the latest has been formed by Jenna Givens as she looks to clean up Gallowhill in Paisley.

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Jenna said: “I’ve recently moved to the Gallowhill area and there is a real community spirit around here with volunteers coming out to help and more expressing an interest, I expect our fortnightly clean ups will become a growing movement.

“As ever my two children have a hugely positive impact and continue to do good and are still keen to make a difference, it’s very rewarding to see all those bags of litter piling up.

“The service from the wardens and StreetScene team is superb, always very reliable in dropping off and picking up on time, and I can’t wait to get back out there to Team Up to Clean Up.”

Spotless September also saw the first Pooches in the Park event take place in Barshaw Park as the campaign aimed to raise awareness of the issue of dog fouling and encourage everyone to be responsible dog owners.

More than 40 people turned out in rainy conditions to show their support for the mile-long walk, which also saw an open training event from St Mirin Dog Training Centre to teach owners and dogs alike how to stay safe when out walking.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Team Up to Clean Up campaign continuing to grow and develop and with almost a thousand volunteers taking part throughout September, we really are seeing the difference in our communities.

“It’s more important than ever that we take care of our local environment and it’s great to see volunteers young and old taking part in the campaign. I take pride in where I live and it’s important the next generation recognise that we need to all work together to make Renfrewshire an inviting place to live, work and visit.

“Spotless September may be over but the campaign continues on and I can’t wait to get back out there along with others who enjoy”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign forms part of a £2.5million investment across five years to make a real difference to the cleanliness of the streets in Renfrewshire and improve the local environment.

As well as the support from local communities, an enhanced programme of operational activity is underway to clean gullies, sweep the roads and repair the roads infrastructure to ensure the campaign is a joint approach between the council and its residents.

For more information and to find out how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.