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Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff programme has served almost 1000 healthy meals to young people already this summer – with three weeks of the school holidays still to go.

The programme has been holding summer clubs every weekday afternoon throughout the summer at venues across Renfrewshire, with every young person who attends receiving a free meal to go along with the activities.

Football, gaming and the Street Stuff Youth Bus have been entertaining the young people as they make new friends, get active and count down the days until they’re back to school.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Street Stuff programme is only becoming more and more popular and I was delighted to visit the Airdome to meet the young people taking part.

“It’s important for many young people to have a place to go during the holidays where they can feel safe, but also where they are given a healthy meal to keep them going as this can be extremely important during the holiday period.

“The programme supports families across Renfrewshire by giving young people the chance to stay active and make new friends so send them along this summer – you’ll have a hard time stopping them coming back once you do.”

Activities are available at venues across the area including the St Mirren FC Airdome, Knockhill Park, Gleniffer High and Our Lady of Peace Primary.

Any young person aged 8 and over is welcome to take part in as many sessions as they would like to attend.

Street Stuff Manager, Stevie Gallagher, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people taking part in our activities during the summer holidays and we’re delighted to have them.

“Our coaches and volunteers are doing a fantastic job of keeping them entertained, while also being there to listen to any problems they’re having and supporting them as best they can.

“We’re only halfway through so I can’t wait to welcome even more to our activities across Renfrewshire and I’d encourage anyone to come along as often as they like for the rest of the holidays – and don’t forget our regular evening programme is still on too!”

The summer clubs will continue every weekday at various venues until the final session at Gleniffer High on Friday 9 August.

For more information, and to download a consent form, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/summerclubs.

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We already knew Scotland’s finest and best-preserved medieval tunnel lies buried beneath Paisley town centre – but the centuries-old mystery of where it ended had never been solved…until now.

A team of experts spent the summer excavating at Paisley’s Abbey Drain – and painstakingly uncovered a well-preserved 14th-century stone archway marking the exact point the drain and its contents once flowed into the River Cart.

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They found the tunnel – believed to be around 100m long – ends around 3m from the banks of the present-day river, which would have been wider and shallower at the time the drain was built.

And while the find is now being covered up again, the discovery could help lead to a more permanent visitor attraction opening up access to the drain in the future.

The eight-week Abbey Drain Big Dig was co-ordinated by Renfrewshire Council and led by Guard Archaeology Ltd, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

More than 6,500 people visited the dig over the eight weeks, which also saw a strong community element, with volunteers from the local history forum taking part, and a series of events and seminars for residents and visitors.

Dig leader Bob Will of Guard Archaeology has described the condition of what the team found as ‘incredible’. He said: “We found more than I was expecting and it is really exciting.

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“We found the end of the drain and what was the boundary wall of the monastery. The river was wider and shallower in those days – much more than in the last couple of hundred years, as the walls now surrounding it are artificial.

“The main parts of the drain date back to the mid-14th-century and are incredibly well preserved. It goes as least as far as the road in front of Renfrewshire House.

“Often these types of drains are in rural areas not urban ones where there will have been pressure on the land above it – but considering the amount of buildings on that site over the centuries, the condition of the drain is quite incredible.”

The Abbey Drain has lain hidden for centuries until it was unexpectedly rediscovered in the 19th century, and in recent years, it has been periodically opened up for visitors.

There will be an opportunity for the public to put their names forward for a ballot to go inside it during this year’s Doors Open Day in September.

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And Bob believes the finds of the past few weeks could help the development of a more permanent attraction opening up a greater degree of public access to the drain.

He said: “What we have uncovered has helped us see what could be done with any future excavation. We now know much more about the medieval ground levels and have a good idea where some of the monastery buildings were.

“Ideally there would be more permanent access to the drain at some point in the future and what we’ve uncovered here makes that much more feasible.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson added: “Paisley is already on the map as a key visitor destination within Scotland and we are already delivering on ambitious plans to use our unique heritage to drive new footfall to the town centre.

“We would be keen to explore any opportunities to build on that by opening up more permanent access to the Abbey Drain at some point in the future – and the findings of the Big Dig mean we now know more than ever about this incredible feature beneath the town centre.

“The Big Dig was a really great community project which has created a lot of interest in Paisley town centre and its history over the past couple of months.

“We would like to thank our funders for helping make it happen, and all who have been involved in the projects – particularly the local volunteers who came out in all weathers to take part.”

Over the course of the Big Dig, the following community benefits were delivered:

– 120 Primary school children from across Renfrewshire visited the Big Dig to learn about their local heritage and archaeology;

– 1,200 hours of volunteer time, and 18 new members for Renfrewshire Local History Forum

– 12 archaeology students gained vocational training as part of their degree, and four Masters students from UWS produced video content;

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Renfrewshire community groups are being invited to take centre stage at Paisley’s Halloween Festival…by joining the spooktacular parade.

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The award-winning festival – the biggest of its kind in Scotland and one of the UK’s must-see Halloween events – will take over Paisley town centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.

The event – run by Renfrewshire Council – is being supported by EventScotland as part of their National Programme funding, which will allow an extended programme of outdoor performances.

Last year’s festival was the biggest yet – with 34,000 visitors to Paisley and worth more than £1.9m to the local economy.

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This year’s event will have a theme of ‘dark circus’ – with the parade co-ordinated by internationally-acclaimed performance specialists Cirque Bijou, who want school and community groups to work with them in the run-up to the event and take part in the parade on the day.

They are looking for people to take part in carnival workshops and street theatre, dance and musical performances. Any interested groups should contact events@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Julian Bracey, artistic director of Cirque Bijou, said: “We are really excited to be part of this year’s celebrations. We have some amazing workshop leaders and are looking for local schools, groups and individuals to work with to make this years festival the spookiest yet.”

Louisa Mahon, Renfrewshire Council’s head of marketing, communications and events, said: “We are proud of how our Halloween Festival has grown to become the biggest of its kind in Scotland and an event with UK-wide profile.

“But we are also proud of the way it allows the many talented community and youth groups in Renfrewshire to work with and be inspired by artists of national standing. Our local groups will love working with the talented team at Cirque Bijou and help make this year’s parade as colourful and lively a spectacle as ever.”

The full programme for this year’s festival is currently being finalised and will be announced in August – along with changes to the event site for this year.

The Halloween Festival is one of the top dates within Renfrewshire’s major events programme, which brought 160,000 attendees and a £4.7m economic impact into the area in 2018 alone.

For more information on Halloween and all local events, see www.paisley.is

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St. Vincent's Hospice Golf Day

St. Vincent’s Hospice is hosting their annual charity Golf Event at the beautiful Ralston Golf Club, Paisley on Friday 16 August 2019. 

Teams of four will be able to enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee in the Club House before heading onto the course for a 9am shotgun start.

St. Vincent's Hospice Golf Day

There will be plenty of prizes to win on the day, including “Nearest the Pin” kindly sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, Nearest the Pin and many more.

After play, teams will enjoy lunch and catch up on the scores of other competitors to see who will take home the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Trophy.

There are still a few team spaces available at £320 per team as well as sponsorship and advertising opportunities so, if you would like to be part of this exciting day and help support St. Vincent’s Hospice please get in touch with our fundraising team on 01505 705 635 or email info@svh.co.uk

Hawkhead Cemetery

An investment of more than £1million in Renfrewshire’s cemeteries is taking place, with Hawkhead Cemetery the latest to benefit from improvement works.

This will include resurfacing of the internal roads, repairing kerbs and upgrading the drainage system to improve the experience for residents visiting their loved ones.

Hawkhead Cemetery

The works will begin on Monday 15 July and will last for a period of 20 weeks, with the work being carried out in two phases of approximately ten weeks.

In the first phase, the main entrance to the cemetery will be closed with visitors asked to use the Scotts Road entrance or the pedestrian entrance further down Hawkhead Road.

The second phase will see the main entrance re-open and the Scotts Road entrance close, as works take place along the Scotts Road boundary to improve the road surface and drainage.

All areas of the cemetery will remain accessible throughout the work with diversions in place for visitors to follow.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We want to ensure that our cemeteries provide a fitting and appropriate place for people to visit their loved ones which is why we have made such a significant investment.

“We’ve listened to residents and recognised that there are areas which needed upgrading and the works taking place, not just in Hawkhead but in all cemeteries, will make a big difference.

“We’ve worked closely with local funeral directors to minimise disruption during the works at Hawkhead and we thank everyone for their patience while we make these essential changes.

“All parts of the cemetery will remain open and we ask visitors to use the signposted diversions until the works are complete.”

Information will be displayed at the entrance to the cemetery and visitors can pick up a map which outlines which areas are closed during the period of works.

For more information, please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/cemeteries.

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We are running brand new football sessions for unemployed young people aged 16-29 in various regions across Renfrewshire. These will be taking place in Ferguslie, Johnstone and Erskine, and will be running on Wednesdays with Ferguslie due to start next week.

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CHILDREN can enjoy a fun-packed day of free activities and entertainment being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The annual Summer Family Day is being held at various venues throughout Paisley, on Saturday, July 13.

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Youngsters can journey into space at Paisley Arts Centre with lift off at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm when they join children’s theatre maker, Clare McGarry for a drama workshop that is out of this world. They’ll be taken on an adventure in a homemade rocket to meet the mysterious Mrs Silver, and be back on Earth in time for tea.

Also at Paisley Arts Centre and on a space theme, children can visit the Cosmos Planetarium, which is an immersive cinematic dome. Once inside children will try on a space suit and zoom to outer space in a virtual reality headset. Take off at the Cosmos Planetarium is at 10:15am, 11am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm

Youngsters can also enjoy Unicorn Dance Party at the Arts Centre and meet two unicorns spreading joy through the power of dance. This event is on at 1:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm.

The events at Paisley Arts Centre are suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

At Paisley Central Library, next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre a Storytime session for children aged six and under between 9.15am and 9.45am. There is also a Lego Storytelling activity between 10am and 11.30am for children aged over six. They can build and animate their own story using Lego and an iPad.

The library is also hosting a Bookbug session between 2pm and 2.30pm along with Craft Sessions and Games between 3pm and 4.30pm.

And at the POP! Events space in Paisley’s Piazza Shopping Centre a space-themed Make and Take workshop is being held. This drop-in session is for children of all ages, although they must be accompanied by an adult.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’ve decided to designate Saturday, July 13 as the official fun day in Paisley. And there’s certainly plenty of free activities and entertainment to keep children amused.

“We hope to see lots of children and their families coming down to the various venues in town.”

sma shot day

Sma’ Shot Day 2019 was a fantastic day out for thousands of Paisley buddies as we watched the parade come down from Brodie Park at the Dooslan Stane to its new finish point right beside Sma’ Shot Cottages themselves, lots to do, great bit of sunshine went down well too as Tony Lawler who has been the Charleston Drummer now for 27 years.

Brian McGuire captured the parade from start to finish and even some bits of the main stage before the finale.

Sma Shot Day 2019

A crowd of thousands enjoyed an all-day family spectacular of parades, performances and pyrotechnics as one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals took over Paisley town centre on Saturday.

The annual Sma’ Shot Day event turned the town into a hub of activity as the sun shone, with more than 50 events taking place across 20 outdoor stages and venues.

Sma Shot Day 2019

The event – which celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers in a 19th-century industrial dispute – celebrates the town’s rich textile heritage and had the theme ‘let’s party like its 1856’.

The fun began with the colourful parade – featuring colourful characters, floats and costumes and led by the Charleston Drum – from Brodie Park to the town centre.

This year’s event was taking place in a new event site in the streets around the town’s historic Sma’ Shot Cottages.

Sma Shot Day 2019

Huge crowds gathered at Paisley Arts Centre for the spectacular pyrotechnic Burning of the Cork, featuring an effigy of one of the middlemen who demanded payment from the town’s weavers for the Sma’ Shot – the unseen thread which held together the Paisley Patterned shawls.

The outdoor stages saw performances from groups including PACE Youth Theatre, Right2Dance, Starlight Music Theatre and a drumming finale from the Charleston Drummers School of Rock.

Families enjoyed kids’ activities including an outdoor beach, circus skills and carnival workshops in the streets around New Street, Shuttle Street and Brown’s Lane

The pubs and clubs along Shuttle Street opened their doors for the day to join in the fun – with The Bungalow hosting a family ceilidh with local group Fèis Phàislig and kids workshops in Faction nightclub.

Local businesses across the town have been throwing open their doors for the Creative Craft Trail, with designers from Renfrewshire’s InCube creative business incubator showing off their skills at various venues around the town today and tomorrow.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who joined the parade on the day, said: “Once again, there was a wonderful family atmosphere along the parade route and at the event itself as we celebrated this important part of Paisley’s heritage.

“The new event site worked really well and helped spread the activity and benefits throughout the town centre.

“We were delighted this year to work with many of the pubs, shops and cafes to make them venues for event activity and drive footfall directly through their doors.”

Sma’ Shot Day is part of Renfrewshire Council’s major events programme which last year brought around 160,000 attendees and an economic boost of around £4.7m to Renfrewshire.