Paisley and renfrewshire Events


Starting on 10 March for 4 weeks (Tuesday 9.30am-12pm) these fun motivational workshops will help you identify your skills and qualities. Learn about stress and well-being and help inspire you to take positive steps towards your future. Come along and see what change you can make happen for you!


Contact Kathleen for more info 0141 842 1015 or email

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Paisley Pirates face probably their most important weekend of the season so far as they prepare to travel to Tayside to face Dundee Comets in the second semi final of the Scottish Cup (second leg) on Sunday, with Murrayfield Racers awaiting the winners on Saturday, 21 March.


Pirates carry a healthy 7-2 lead from the first leg at Braehead in mid February but will be taking absolutely nothing for granted, as they anticipate a make or break deciding leg against a side which has already shown it can come back from a substantial deficit, having recovered twice from a three goal minus in their league game at Braehead Arena in the league game to record an 8-7 victory, and they beat Pirates 9-5 in the return league game in Tayside the following night.  

Comets were seven goals down in the cup tie at Braehead before two late counters gave them some hope that the tie is not completely over, so Pirates will require to be on their guard in the deciding leg, and ensure that they work hard at both ends of the ice in order to give their travelling fans a night to remember, and a cup final to look forward to, in what has sometimes been an up and down season. 

The deciding leg faces off at 6.30pm in the Dundee Ice Arena.

Hand over of Johnstone Police station to community groups 20.8.18

Communities in Renfrewshire are set to see the benefit of a strategic partnership between the council and prominent community organisation Active Communities.

Building on the council’s commitment to community empowerment, the agreement will strengthen partnership working, support mutual learning and identify opportunities for further collaboration where possible.

Hand over of Johnstone Police station to community groups 20.8.18

Hand over of Johnstone Police station to community groups 20.8.18

The agreement is set to aid the asset transfer of the former police station in Johnstone as Active Communities move their day-to-day business into the site, as well as continuing to transform it into an innovative health and wellbeing centre for the local community.

The group are working closely with the Robertson Trust to develop only the second Women’s Centre of its kind in Scotland within the station as part of their KAIROS initiative, which will provide a vibrant, safe space for women to come together for social activities, courses and classes.

The project so far has brought significant funding into Renfrewshire from the Scottish Land Fund, Town Centre Capital Fund, the Robertson Trust and the council’s Community Empowerment Fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “I’m delighted that we’ve strengthened our relationship with Active Communities once again as we support the fantastic work they are undertaking at the former police station in Johnstone.

“It is soon to be a thriving hub for the local community, including the creation of a safe space for women through the outstanding work of the KAIROS initiative.

Hand over of Johnstone Police station to community groups 20.8.18

Hand over of Johnstone Police station to community groups 20.8.18

“The agreement will allow us to work more closely with the group to identify further opportunities for collaboration as we further enhance our commitment to community empowerment in Renfrewshire.”

The partnership agreement will be continually monitored and will initially last for one year.

Susan McDonald, Active Communities Chief Executive, said: “We believe strongly in partnership working and are delighted to be signing a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Renfrewshire Council.

“We’re committed to supporting each other to achieve our strategic objectives and believe that this close collaboration will deliver significant mutual benefit for our two organisations.

“We have ambitious plans to transform the former police station in Johnstone into a community-led Health and Wellbeing Centre which will focus on prevention and early intervention, reducing inequalities, tackling loneliness and isolation, and building the capacity of the local community to take the lead in preventative action.

“Working closely with Renfrewshire Council will allow us to develop this exciting project, explore new ways of working and share learning with others. We will be launching our feel good Renfrewshire Campaign and we’re excited to encourage other partners to join us on this.”

For more information on community empowerment in Renfrewshire, visit


Payment amount to increase for applications received from April

Over 1,500 payments were made from mid-September to late January to help people in Scotland pay for funerals according to latest Funeral Support Payment statistics that were published today.


Eligible applicants received an average of £1,516 to help towards the cost of a loved ones funeral.

And from April 1, the standard flat rate will be increasing by 40% to £1000, to further support those struggling with funeral costs. The latest statistics show that almost eight out of ten (78 percent) of applications were authorised.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Coping with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events any of us can face. It’s even harder when there’s extra stress trying to find the money to pay for a funeral.

“I am encouraged by these new figures which show Funeral Support Payment has been available to support people at such a difficult time in their lives.“

“Making sure that everyone gets the financial support they are entitled to is a basic step in putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security in Scotland.”


  • Introduced in September last year, the Funeral Support Payment replaced the UK Government’s Funeral Expense Payment in Scotland, increasing eligibility. It is intended to help alleviate the burden of debt faced by those on low income benefits when paying for a funeral.

  • The Funeral Support Payment is made up of three separate parts: burial or cremation costs; travel costs; and a flat rate for other expenses – and it is this element which is being increased.
  • For further information or to apply online line go to:
Cllr McEwan, Kevin Dick and his daughter (1)

Volunteers in Renfrewshire are being equipped to help their neighbours and keep their residential street ice-free.

The latest addition to the award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign will see communities become Winter Warriors as a grit spreader, grit and snow shovel is added to the community caddies.

Cllr McEwan, Kevin Dick and his daughter (1)

Volunteers are able to borrow the caddy from the person in their community who stores it to allow them to grit outside their homes if bad weather is set to strike.

The provision of the new equipment forms part of the council’s #RenReady Ready for Winter campaign, which aims to keep people safe and prepared throughout the winter period.

The council has used more than 6700 tonnes of grit on Renfrewshire’s roads this winter already as it strives to ensure emergency, school and main routes are free of snow and ice, as well as providing more than 500 grit bins for residents to use as they wish.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The Team Up to Clean Up campaign is all about listening to our communities and working together to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work and visit.

“We’ve been asked by volunteers to provide them with the equipment to grit their residential areas during the winter period as they recognise that it’s not always possible for the council to reach every street.

“Our gritting teams focus on the emergency and main roads first, so if communities can keep their driveways and pavements clear then it will make a big difference – but we will continue to strive to reach all areas of Renfrewshire wherever we can.

“You’ll be able to borrow the new grit spreader from the volunteer storing the caddy and we hope this will be a further chance for people to meet new friends and help each other.”

The Team Up to Clean Up caddies were established when council employee Gail Scoular pitched her idea to the Lens programme, our intrapreneurship programme which gives staff members the chance to be innovative and change the way we work.

She was awarded £12,000 and used this funding to create 14 community caddies which allow volunteers to tidy up their local area with a hedge trimmer, a leaf blower and shears just some of the items available.

These are embedded in twelve different communities in Renfrewshire, with volunteers storing them and facilitating others to access them.

For more information on staying safe in winter, visit and to borrow one of the Team Up to Clean Up caddies, visit

Cllr McEwan and Howwood CC (1)

The renovation of Howwood Park continues to advance as volunteers aim to create a family-friendly space for the local community.

Following a successful application for £50,000 to Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, which was matched funded by LEADER Renfrewshire, Howwood Community Council has overseen the installation of new play equipment, comprising a zip slide, nest swing, roundabout, climbing frame, swing bars, a new football goal and picnic tables.

Cllr McEwan and Howwood CC (1)

Gillian Whyte, Howwood Community Council, said: “The new equipment is being well-used for this time of year and we expect it to increase greatly once the remaining new equipment is in place and the weather improves!

“The improvements have been a catalyst for the formation of our new group, ‘Friends of Howwood Park’, which brings together a group of local residents whose aim is to look after the park and ensure it is used to its full potential.

Cllr McEwan and Howwood CC (2)

“We hope to take over the currently unused pavilion located in the park under a Community Asset Transfer, with a view to having this re-opened for community use and are working closely with the council to explore this.”

Further improvements are still to be undertaken later this year and include new scooter ramps, an outdoor gym and more play equipment.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities Housing and Planning Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the change in Howwood Park already and it’s been driven by the brilliant volunteers at Howwood Community Council.

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“We want to ensure our parks are inviting places for families to visit for generations to come and this new play equipment, combined with our upgrades to the drainage and paths, are transforming this park for the local community.

“If you’re inspired by the work at Howwood, please get in touch with us and we’ll work with you to access the funding and support you need to make a difference to your local area.”

Thanks to additional investment by Renfrewshire Council, a new perimeter path has also been completed, all other existing paths have undergone improvements, new fencing has been installed and the football pitch drainage has been upgraded.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to make these improvements to Howwood Park and a huge thank you goes to our parks team who have carried out fantastic work in conjunction with the local community.

“We have been working closely with the community council to identify exactly what the park needed to make it more family-friendly and by improving access for visitors and ensuring they have a safe walkway around the park, we’re already seeing visitor numbers increase.”

The £1.87million Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund aims to regenerate and make physical and environmental improvements to areas across Renfrewshire.

Awards from the fund will assist in bringing in external funding, increase community participation in local areas and encourage the process of transferring assets to local communities.

Each application must show it has consulted the local community to ensure there is a need and desire for the project and that it would improve community life.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from the overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages, through the Villages Investment Fund, and applications for this must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

For more information and to find out how to apply, visit

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Children at Houston Early Learning and Childcare Class were the first to dig up the ground in preparation for their new-build nursery.

Beth, Annie and Isla, aged four, and Leo and Jess, aged three, helped contractors Fleming Buildings Limited start work on the site beside Houston Primary School.

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Houston is one of four new-build nurseries that will be built across Renfrewshire, with work also starting on site for nurseries at Dargavel in Bishopton, Lochfield in Paisley and Kirklandneuk in Renfrew.

Major extension work will also start soon at St Margaret’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Johnstone and Kilbarchan Community Nursery, as well as a bespoke centre being created for Inchinnan Community Nursery at Inchinnan Primary School.

The projects are part of a £14million extension and refurbishment programme to support the expansion of nursery provision in Renfrewshire. It will also help the council meet the Scottish Government’s target of 1140 fully funded hours of early learning and childcare for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by August 2020.

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Renfrewshire was recognised for its efforts to close the poverty-related attainment gap in 2019 when it became the first local authority in Scotland to be rated ‘excellent’ by Education Scotland. The early learning and childcare expansion will support much of that work.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Building these four new-build nurseries will help us provide young children with the best possible start in life by creating the best possible learning environment for them.

“We are also carrying out extension work and refurbishments to nurseries across the area and recruiting staff in preparation for the expanded 1140 hours of early learning and childcare in August 2020.

“We are committed to providing the best learning environments for young children and are driven to maintain quality across all early learning and childcare centres and classes. The building work will support this by creating bespoke centres and facilities that will help young children in Renfrewshire thrive for years to come.

“Applications for children due to attend nursery after August 2020 are open, and I’d encourage as many parents as possible to apply now for their preferred choice of nursery placement.”

Ronnie Burrows, Director of Fleming Buildings, said: “We do extensive work in the education sector and are delighted to use our expertise to benefit the very youngest generation.  For us this latest contract is an endorsement of our collaborative approach, focus on quality and strong working relationship with Renfrewshire Council.  We look forward to delivering new buildings in line with local authority’s aim to provide a sustainable estate and accommodation fit for education in the 21st century.”

Houston Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Class Headteacher, Jennifer Murray, added: “We are delighted that Houston will have this brand new, purpose-built centre which will offer our youngest learners continued high quality experiences in a top-quality learning environment.”

To apply for a nursery place or for more information, visit

paisley pirates

Pirates finished their regular season campaign the same way that they had started it way back in September-with a thumping away win at Kilmarnock, scoring seventeen goals without reply in a one sided game


Pirates were ahead in under a minute as Thorp beat Anderson to get the show on the road, and from then on they beat a relentless procession to his goal. McLaughlin doubled the lead less than two minutes later before Thorp score his second with under seven minutes on the clock, and by the interval he had netted his hat trick with further goals from Abercrombie and Duncan taking the score to 6-0.

The pattern remained the same in the middle session as Abercrombie and Duncan both doubled their individual tallies to take the score to eight, but there was no letting up by the visitors took the total to a round dozen by the second buzzer as Duncan completed his treble, Henderson got his second, and Andreucci got on the score sheet.

Thunder may have thought Pirates had run out of gas, as the score remained unchanged at 12-0 until 47 minutes, but thereafter normal service was resumed Harju got in on the act, Kenneth joined in two minutes later, before Andreucci notched his second, Duncan grabbed his fourth, and Spiers scored the final marker to take the final score to seventeen. The action wasn’t over, though, as with barely a minute left no fewer then four players finished the game early after a fracas led to forty minutes in penalties being dished out to Paisley’s Duncan and Thunder’s Paul, Hose and McPhail, and round off a miserable night for the hosts who only managed five shots in the whole game, compared to their visitors’ 62.

council PCT partnership

The ongoing drive to regenerate Paisley town centre will be boosted through a new partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the group hoping to bring a new cinema to the town.

Paisley Community Trust (PCT) are taking forward plans for a new cinema on Paisley High Street as part of their wider aim of delivering community-driven economic regeneration of the town.

council PCT partnership

And the trust has now signed a strategic partnership agreement with the council to formalise the commitment of both parties to work together.

A strategic partnership acts as statement of intent, strengthening the links and communication between two groups.

The council has already piloted this approach elsewhere in Renfrewshire, and last week councillors gave approval to sign a similar agreement with Active Communities, who are building a new community hub in the former police station in Johnstone.

The PCT are evolving their plans for a community-focused cinema in the heart of the town centre, and with funding from Renfrewshire Council and Regional Screen Scotland, are shortlisting suitable sites and carrying out initial feasibility studies to explore their potential.

This would be ‘Project One’ to emerge from the Paisley Vision – an ambitious ten-year blueprint recently revealed by the council, Scottish Government and Scotland’s Town Partnership, which imagines some ideas for what Paisley town centre could look like in a decade.

The Vision considers how vacant retail space could be better used to meet what people will need in future – and suggests ideas including new homes for town centre residents and new community and leisure ‘attractors’ such as a cinema or continental-style food hall.

The agreement was signed by Renfrewshire Council’s leader Iain Nicolson and depute leader Jim Paterson, and the PCT’s chair Gary Kerr and deputy chair Andy Campbell.

Cllr Nicolson said: “The council’s job is help make Renfrewshire a place where communities and businesses can thrive – but we recognise we can’t do that on our own.

“That can only happen by working with community groups who share our aims and by supporting them to deliver on theirs, and there are a number of current initiatives intended to strengthen that.

“The council and the PCT share a common goal to help bring new life to Paisley town centre and their plans for a new High Street cinema could complement the work we are already doing to transform Paisley’s future through investment in our historic venues and outdoor spaces.

“This agreement helps formalise that commitment and we look forward to seeing how we can support the trust to deliver on their ambitions.”

Gary Kerr of the PCT added: “Paisley Community Trust have been working with our local communities for a number of years to deliver community-focused leisure-led regeneration projects to the town.

“’Project 1’, the cinema project is a culmination of these years of work and refinement. We were delighted to be part of the Paisley Vision research and to make a strong case for the inclusion of cinema in the long-term plans and we are delighted to see its adoption as a vital component.

“Community-focused cinema has such an important role to play in the town. It can reconnect socially isolated groups such as pensioners. It can provide accessible, autistic-friendly viewing options for children with autism and their parents.

“It can educate and deliver resources to our young people to allow them to tell their own stories on film. Vitally it can provide considerable footfall in the town, delivering an economic boost for our local traders.”

Renfrewshire Council is currently overseeing a once-in-a-generation £100m investment in Paisley town centre, including the transformation of Paisley Museum into a world-class destination and keeping Paisley Town Hall at the heart of local life as a landmark entertainment venue, bringing huge volumes of new visitors to the town.

bookbug bath

WATER lot of fun there was for the babies and toddlers who came along to Renfrewshire Leisure’s first Bookbug in the Bath sessions.

Instead of the usual setting of a local library, there were four popular Bookbug sessions held in a swimming pool.

bookbug bath

Children had a splashing time when Bookbug came to the pools at Paisley’s Lagoon and the Johnstone Sports Hub. And there was even storytelling, nursery rhymes and songs in Gaelic at one of the sessions.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes explained: “We know that children love coming to our usual Bookbug groups and they also like splashing about in the water at our swimming pools.

“So we thought we could combine the two fun activities and it worked very well, as both the children and the grown-ups had a great time.

“We also staged a Gaelic Bookbug in the Bath session, as there’s a growing interest in the language locally and we already have Bookbug in Gaelic in our libraries.”

The Bookbug in the Bath sessions were held to coincide with Paisley Book Festival.