Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition Launch Photographs

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is exhibited in the atrium of Anchor Mill, Thread Street, Paisley from 27th April-4th May 2013, weekdays from 2pm-8pm and weekends from 11am-4pm. Free entry.

The exhibition was opened by Paisley MSP George Adam, all photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Brian McGuire.

You can also find a lot more information about Paisley Patter by visiting www.paisleypatter.org.uk and also the Paisley Development Trust by visiting www.thepdt.org.uk

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Paisley Development Trust in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum Present

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition (Please note this event has already happened in 2013)

The home of the thread industry in Scotland is on the map once again as the Atrium in the Anchor Finishing Mill (Anchor Mill) plays host to the world famous

Paisley (BattleTap) posterBattle of Prestonpans Tapestry 

Next week, from 27 April to 4 May, this amazing artwork and heritage resource which has been touring all over Europe, will be on display from 2 pm till 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 11 am till 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE (although donations to support the Prestonpans Tapestry and the Thread Mill Museum will be very welcome).

The Tapestry exhibition is part of Paisley Patter, an intergenerational project from the Paisley Development Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery (All Our Stories) being delivered in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum and the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Bringing the famous Tapestry to Paisley was the ambition of two of the founding members of the Thread Mill Museum, Eleanor McAllister and Ellen Farmer – both of whom have sadly passed away within a month of each other. The Paisley Development Trust is determined to ensure the project goes ahead exactly as they had planned.

“PDT is proud to be supporting the Thread Mill Museum at this difficult time” said Piero Pierachini, Chair, Paisley Development Trust.

The Paisley Patter Project is designed to bring the Museum to life as local “stitchers” (volunteers with some embroidery skills or with an interest in learning them) gather each Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (1 pm till 4 pm) to complete our very own panel: the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry

The group meets in the Thread Mill Museum to share stories and memories of Paisley between the Wars that are then translated into images for the Tapestry. Anyone who is interested, who has family stories or memories of the 1930s or who is young and would like to learn about Paisley’s history from those who lived through it, is very welcome to come along and join us.

For further information about the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition, the Paisley Patter Project or to get involved contact: Marie Connolly on 07743 166098.

Click here for the tour dates poster. (PDF)

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RWH1697 seek volunteers for our shop unit which will be opening in the next month,

Volunteers can participate in a number of activities including costume making, talking to the general public about the history of the Renfrewshire Witches Story and Selling RWH1697 Crafts and Merchandise,

The Shop is number Unit 17 and is based on the top floor of the Paisley Shopping Centre,

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the shop unit please contact Dale Irvine, Shop Manager at dale@rwh1697.co.uk who will gladly assist you,”

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Paisley historian Ellen Farmer MBE – who devoted much of her to improving the town she loved so much – has passed away.

Former mill girl Ellen, 74, died on Friday night and tributes to the woman who “had Paisley in her heart” have poured in.

Ellen Farmer inside the Sma Shot CottagesShe was a well-known face in the town and was a tireless campaigner with Sma’ Shot Cottages and the Thread Mill Museum, and also started Paisley Development Association, which became the Trust (PDT).

In 2004, Ellen, who was president of the Old Paisley Society, was awarded the Fellowship of the University of Paisley for helping to preserve the town’s illustrious heritage, seven years after receiving the MBE from the Queen for services to the town’s history.

To read more please visit the Paisley Daily Express website, where you can read the rest of the article written by Lynn Jolly.. Click here…

 

 

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.


(Image rights of Renfrewshire Council, not to be used without permission)

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.

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/

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Legacy of Gerry Rafferty

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of songwriting inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.

The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who passed away in 2011, is best known for iconic hits like ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which was recorded with band Stealer’s Wheel.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists and some of the best local songwriting talent in the area.

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On Thursday 2 May, Paisley Abbey will play host to a concert from James Grant and Friends which promises to be one not to miss!

On Friday 3 May, the action moves over to the Wynd Centre for A Night at the Wynd featuring Carol Laula and some special guests in what promises to be another must-see event.

Free songwriting events in the town, including one very special James Grant Masterclass in Paisley Museum & Art Galleries on Saturday 4 May, will look to inspire a new generation of singer-songwriters.Watch this space for more details!

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

For more information about Bring It All Home, e-mail us at towncentres@renfrewshire.gov.uk and follow us on Facebook or on Twitter@BIAHFestival

Paisley People’s Archive wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

If you would like to get involved in this project contact Evelyn Laurie on 0141 887 8433 or ev@redmarketing.nePaisley People’s Archive (PPA), a newly formed charity, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create an oral history archive, which will capture the memories of people who worked in Paisley’s threadmill industry and preserve this important heritage for generations to come.

Working with heritage professionals from Strathclyde Oral History Centre, the project will enable local volunteers to be trained in oral history recording techniques in order to interview surviving workers and managers of all of the various mills and finishing factories spanning the decades from the 1940’s to the 1990’s when the last mill closed and recording their stories. The recordings will be digitally stored to form the ‘people’s archive’. A website will be established to provide more information about the background history and also up to date information as the work progresses.

Other outputs from the year-long project will include a short film and an App which will provide a guided walk through the town, identifying mill buildings and other buildings important to the social history of the town and supported by clips from the sound archive. Resource for use by local schools will also be developed. Commenting on the award, Shirley McLean, Chair of PPA said: “We are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to starting work on what we think will be a very valuable asset to the town and contribute to cultural tourism in the area.”

Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said “We are delighted to support this project as these people’s lives are inextricably woven into Paisley’s rich history. Sadly, it is an element which is in danger of disappearing as it slips out of human memory. This project will not only capture those vital memories but in doing so will give different sections of the community the opportunity to meet, forge new friendships and learn new skills. Together they can celebrate, and take pride in their past.”


Video from Tour Scotland of Paisley Abbey