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Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrew will shine bright this Saturday, 23 November, as the Christmas lights are switched on in the town.

The festivities in the town centre kick off at 12pm and there’s a sleigh-load of free family fun on offer to keep even the littlest elf entertained.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrew Town Hall will be busy hosting free face painting and a balloon artist until 4pm, and you can catch Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre’s performance of Lost Bears’ Christmas at 12pm and 1pm.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carols and Renfrew Burgh Band will be hosting their annual Christmas carol concert in Renfrew Town Hall from 3pm.

Santa will be waiting in his grotto to hear what’s on your Christmas list this year – you can find him inside the Renfrew Christian Fellowship Hall until 4pm. Don’t forget to say hello to Rudolph and his friends!

From 3pm-5pm, local performers will showcase their talents on the main stage – hosted by Pulse FM – before the big switch on.

There’s something for the thrill seekers too, with a funfair located in Charles Avenue car park until 6:30pm.

Research shows around 65p from every pound spent in the local area stays in the local area and Renfrewshire Council are encouraging visitors to the event to take part in the Spend Local campaign and support the wide range of businesses on offer in Renfrew town centre.

At 5pm, the lights will be switched on and the sky above Renfrew will be lit up with a spectacular fireworks display.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost Cathy McEwan will be there to switch on the lights. She said: “Our winter events season is in full swing and it’s brilliant having all this activity in the heart of the town centre.

“There’s fantastic entertainment on all afternoon – with carol singing, face painting, Santa’s reindeer and more, finishing with an unmissable fireworks display.

“This year I’ll be joined by competition winner Mairead from St James’ Primary to switch on the lights and I’d love to see you all there too.”

For more information on events in Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Paisley Christmas Lights 2019

More than 21,000 people headed to Paisley town centre to mark the beginning of the festive season at the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event.

Families enjoyed a full day of free, Christmas-themed fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on alongside Santa and X Factor stars, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie.

Paisley Christmas Lights 2019

They were helped by 11-year-old Taylor McPherson, from St Peter’s Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

Earlier in the day the gathered crowds marvelled as the 300-strong parade, led by Santa himself, wound its way through the streets featuring festive floats, costumed characters and choreographed displays from local community groups and professional performers.

Paisley Christmas Lights 2019

A new addition to this year’s event – the Winter Roller Disco – proved a firm favourite with visitors with hundreds taking a spin on the rink before the day was through.

The live stage offered plenty of music and entertainment with performances from; Funbox, The Swinging Santas, Nickajack Men and this year’s stage headliners, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie. A number of local community and school choirs also delighted visitors with classic carol performances in Paisley Abbey to help make everyone feel merry and bright.

Paisley Christmas Lights 2019

Kids were given the chance to give their wish lists to Santa in his Grotto in The Piazza Shopping Centre. The Coats venue also offered plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained.  There was also a funfair, Creative Craft Trail around the town’s local cafes and businesses and Crafty Christmas Market for people to do a little Christmas shopping.

Paisley Christmas Lights 2019

This year the lights extend to the top of the High Street leading to a giant illuminated Christmas bauble in the grounds of the Coats venue, delivered in partnership with Paisley First. The bauble will be in place throughout the festive season, offering the perfect festive selfie spot.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the big events in the winter calendar and this year didn’t disappoint with a packed programme with something for everyone.

“It was a great way to celebrate the start of the festive season and it was wonderful to see so many families and young people coming into the town to take part in the day.

“I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a peaceful and Merry Christmas when it comes.”

The festive fun continues across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 23 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 30 November.

Paisley First’s WinterFest also opens in the town centre on 23 November and runs daily until December 30, except for Christmas Day and is sure to provide even more opportunities for people to spend local.

To find out more about future events taking place please visit: https://paisley.is/list_event/.

SANTA PAISLEY ABBEY

Step into Christmas in Paisley! We’ll be celebrating all things festive with Santa, his reindeer and a sleigh-load of free, family fun throughout Paisley town centre on Saturday 16 November from noon till 6 pm.

Gus from Pulse FM will kick things off on the live stage shortly before the tinsel-tastic Santa parade gathers, ready to process through the town centre on this year’s new, longer route from 12.30 pm.

SANTA PAISLEY ABBEY

With Santa in his sleigh and his trusty reindeer leading the way, this year’s 300-strong parade will dazzle spectators with its giant festive floats, costumed characters – including ice queens, delectable sweets, gingerbread men and roller-skating candlesticks – plus choreographed displays from local community groups.

Times for Saturday 16th November

12:00-18:00
Crafty Christmas Market @ Piazza Shopping Centre
12:00-18:00
Winter Roller Disco @ County Square
12:00-18:00
Jolly Kids Zone @ Coats Venue
12:30
Santa Parade
13:30-14:15
Visit Santa’s reindeer @ UWS
13:30-18:00
Live Stage @ Gauze Street
13:45-16:00
Festive Choir Concerts @ Paisley Abbey
14:00-17:30
Santa’s Grotto @ Piazza Shopping Centre
18:00
Lights on!

And speaking of roller skates, we’ll also be operating a new Winter Roller Disco over in County Square. With skating sessions running throughout the day, you can test your balance on 4 wheels with a spin around our roller rink.

Coats Venue will be our jolly kids hub this year; a fantastic, free space that’s bursting like a Christmas cracker with things to do for young children. Head here to write your letter to Santa, make Christmas cards, get a glitter tattoo or take a yuletide selfie.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carols either, and where better to hear them than the atmospheric Abbey. Make sure you stop in for a mince pie and a rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer before heading to the Piazza for a spot of shopping – courtesy of the Urban Market – and a visit to Santa in his Grotto!

For music and entertainment, head to our live stage. Here you’ll catch performances from Funbox, The Singing Santas, Nickajack Men and this year’s stage headliners, special guests Reggie ‘N’ Bollie.

With their help (and Santa’s magic!) we’ll countdown to Christmas before lighting up the town with the big switch-on at 6 pm. We hope we’ll see you there!

abbey door 2019

Lisa Kowalski has received funding from Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF) to write and record a song that sings Paisley’s praises. The funding will also cover the production of a music video that will be set in and showcase the Paisley area. 

abbey door 2019

The project will start in November 2019, when Lisa will consult with her Paisley buddies about what aspects of the town they think should feature in the song.  Lisa will then use her award-winning songwriting skills to put together suitable lyrics and music and record the track locally. There will be opportunity for local artists to design artwork for the release of the song. 

 

Once the song is completed, the shooting of the video will take place in and around Paisley, with potential for local people to feature in the filming.  The song and video will be released early in 2020 and Lisa will head off to New York’s Tartan Week at the start of April to perform the song at a ceremony in Manhattan’s Bryant Park. 

paisley steps

19-year-old Lisa started her music career 5 years ago, busking on Paisley High Street. She has always valued the support she has received from local people and organisations, having been named as a “woman of influence” by the Provost and “Paisley’s first lady of music” by Mike Dillon, Celtic FM presenter.  Lisa considers her involvement in the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid and her invitation to New York Tartan Week 2018 to be two of the highlights of her musical journey. Her 2017 “Hearts of Gold” song and video, also about Paisley and also funded by the CHEF grant, attracted the attention of the American Scottish Foundation and resulted in the invite to New York.  She therefore thought it would be wonderful to have a new Paisley song to take with her for her second visit, demonstrating that Paisley’s cultural ambition continues even though the town didn’t win the 2021 bid.

“Hearts of Gold” is a happy, catchy tune that tells the story of Lisa’s busking experiences, but Lisa aims to write her second Paisley tribute song in such a way that everyone can sing along to the lyrics and relate to the message – a real anthem.

Lisa started studying Commercial Music at the University of the West of Scotland this year and continues to pursue a career as a singer song writer. She hopes the music that she plans to release over the next two years will raise her profile as an artist, at the same time elevating Paisley as a town full of talent.

The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund is a cultural grants programme run by Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure. It sets out to raise cultural ambition, enhance participation and unlock creative potential in Renfrewshire.

St John Bosco Nursery

Renfrewshire Council is recruiting for Depute Heads of Centre and Heads of Centre jobs in nurseries across the area.

St John Bosco Nursery

Gillian Kinnear is the Head of Centre for Glendee Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Renfrew and says the job helps her make a difference for children and families.

She said: “I aspired to be a Head of Centre because I wanted to make a difference to the lives of children and their families.

“Nurturing is a key part of the job. Coming into a nursery should be a fun experience and one where people can turn to one another for support if they have something going on in their lives. That’s why I greet parents and children every morning when they come into nursery. It’s about building relationships and making sure I’m there if they need someone that morning.

“It’s the same philosophy I have with my team, making sure their needs are being met, that they have the training in place they need and want, as well as letting colleagues take the lead on initiatives, such as STEM and literacy, so they can learn and grow.

“We have around 100 children in our nursery at any one time and we make sure we have a broad range of quality learning experiences for them, including the outdoor areas that children can access at any time. We also have break-out areas for children to take some quiet time as it can get very busy in the play areas.

“Lunchtime is also an exciting time for children. They get to develop their social skills and have a routine of going to the same table with the same members of staff. They also develop social skills from visiting the local care home once a week and meeting their buddy there.

“Since I started working for a council-run nursery back in 2001, I have benefited from a range of training and development opportunities, including a BA in Childhood Practice and a Froebel Certificate in Early Childhood. It is definitely a benefit of working in this sector that you can learn on-the-job and develop your career.

“My role comes with a lot of responsibility, but I enjoy it and it has given me many opportunities to make a difference for families, and that’s what I really wanted. I’d recommend working towards a management role if that’s what you want to do too.”

To apply for a Depute Head of Centre or Head of Centre job, visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk.

paisley christmas

Paisley will welcome the festive season in style this weekend at the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event.

The family-favourite, free event will begin at 12pm on Saturday 16 November before Santa and his sleigh ride into town at 12.30pm to lead the 300-strong parade that will greet the gathered crowds.

paisley christmas

The parade will have a new, extended route for 2019 and is set to wow spectators with giant festive floats, costumed characters and choreographed displays from local community groups and professional performers. Following the parade there will be a number of street performers entertaining the crowds.

Visitors can take a spin around the Winter Roller Disco in County Square – a new addition to this year’s event it’s sure to be a family favourite with six sessions taking place throughout the day.

paisley christmas

The live stage will offer plenty of music and entertainment with performances from; Funbox, The Swinging Santas, Nickajack Men and this year’s stage headliners, special guests – X Factor stars, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie.

For those looking for a more traditional Christmas celebration there will be a series of local community and school choirs performing classic carols in Paisley Abbey – a sure way to get everyone in the festive mood.

paisley christmas

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained as Coats Memorial will be transformed into the perfect Christmas playground bursting with activities to keep the little ones entertained such as writing letters to Santa, making Christmas cards, face painting, soft play and much more.

Kids can meet Santa at his Grotto in The Piazza Shopping Centre to tell him what’s on their Christmas list, while those looking to do a bit of Christmas shopping can head to the festive Urban Market offering plenty of fabulous gift ideas.

A Creative Craft Trail will be taking place as part of the event in some of the town’s fantastic local cafes and businesses, where visitors can learn to make festive jewellery, decorations and fascinators among other activities.

The big finale moment of the day will be the switch-on moment which will take place at the Live Stage at 6pm.

SANTA PAISLEY ABBEY

This year the lights will extend to the top of the High Street leading to a giant illuminated Christmas bauble, delivered in partnership with Paisley First. The bauble will be located in the grounds of Coats venue offering the perfect festive selfie spot.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron said: “Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is a fantastic family day out with plenty of opportunities to get the whole family in the festive mood.

“This year’s event is even bigger with a longer parade route and children’s activities taking place in the stunning Coats venue.

“It’s sure to attract lots of visitors to the town centre and encourage people to see what fantastic festive goodies they can get their hands on in some of our great local businesses.”

There will also be a funfair at the event located on Bridge Street with smaller rides on Gilmour Street.

To find out more about future events taking place please visit: https://paisley.is/list_event/.

Tickets for the Roller Disco are £2 including booking fee and e-ticket charge and skate hire is included in this charge. Children under 8 years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

Sessions are limited to 40 places.

You can purchase tickets in advance here: https://paisley.is/winter-roller-disco/

A quiet space will be located in POP inside the Piazza Shopping Centre and Coats Venue -this will be an autism friendly space with soft lighting, comfortable seating and noise cancelling headphones.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

Renfrewshire has paid tribute to the Armed Forces as hundreds attended services across the area to mark Remembrance Sunday, with the largest service taking place at the Cenotaph in Paisley town centre.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

More than 200 people paid their respects as military personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy paraded around the town centre before finishing at the Cenotaph.

A short service then saw a series of readings by local ministers, before the Royal British Legion presented their standards.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

A bugler played a moving rendition of the Last Post ahead of the traditional two-minute silence, following which wreaths were laid on behalf of the Armed Forces, schools, local organisations and community groups.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Renfrewshire, said: “This weekend provides us all with an opportunity to pay our respects to the Armed Forces, past and present, for all they do to keep us safe, while remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people turn out to services across Renfrewshire and it shows the spirit within our communities that they want to come together to show their appreciation for our service personnel.

“It’s also great to see the interaction between our veterans and young people each year as we educate the next generation on why it’s so important that we mark Armistice Day and encourage them to continue this tradition in years to come.”

Renfrewshire’s weekend of remembrance began on Friday 8 November as the annual Children’s Remembrance Service took place at the joint-campus of Mossvale and St James Primary in Paisley.

Depute Provost, Councillor Cathy McEwan, joined veterans from the Royal British Legion as they visited the school to see a presentation from the pupils on what they’ve learned about Armistice Day, before speaking about their experiences of having served in the Armed Forces.

For more information, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/RemembranceServices2019.

lagoon

THE fitness suite at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre is to have a £180,000 refurbishment.

There will be 43 new pieces of fitness equipment installed with a larger general exercise area and the gym will be given a fresh new look.

lagoon

The gym will be closed for a week from Sunday, November 24 until Sunday, December 1 to allow the work to be completed.

And to celebrate the new-look and upgraded gym re-opening, an Open Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8.

Anyone can come along to the gym and try out the new fitness machines for free, book a place at one of the fitness classes and take part in an exercise class in the gym being held every hour from 9am until 3pm.

There are also two special offers to coincide with the new-look Lagoon gym. Anyone taking out a monthly membership in December 19 will only have to pay a reduced joining fee of £10 – a saving of £20. And two people can get a  six-month gym-only membership that gives them access to Renfrewshire Leisure’s six fitness suites for only £179.

Call our memberships team on 0300 300 0250 or visit one of our centres to find out more.

Head of Leisure and community services, Mark Tokeley said: “We’re always looking at ways of giving our gym members even greater value for money by providing top-class fitness facilities.

“By refurbishing the Lagoon gym anyone coming along can’t help but be impressed at the standard of the equipment they will have to use.”

Cllr Cathy McEwan, Gail Scoular, the Unpaid Work team, Cochrane Castle Primar, St David's Primary

Pupils are set to get their hands dirty as every primary school in Renfrewshire receives a brand-new mud kitchen.

Designed to inspire imagination and creativity through messy play, the mud kitchens were a huge success with the area’s nurseries after being gifted earlier this year and now primary school children are set to see the benefit.

Cllr Cathy McEwan, Gail Scoular, the Unpaid Work team, Cochrane Castle Primar, St David's Primary

Made from recycled pallets, they provide an immersive, multi-sensory experience for children to get their hands dirty making mud pies and soil smoothies while interacting with their peers.

Gail Scoular came up with the idea while in her role as Renfrewshire Council Senior Warden and fundraised in her own time to ensure there was no cost to the forty-nine primary schools, with the council’s Unpaid Work Team carrying out the work to create them.

Gail said: “I’m so happy that more and more young people will have access to a mud kitchen and have the chance to discover the joy of outdoor play.

“They’ll be able to use their imaginations to create culinary inventions, while bonding and building relationships with their peers.

“It’s a fantastic way to encourage young people to enjoy the great outdoors and who doesn’t like to get their hands dirty once in a while!”

The kitchens will encourage young children to see the benefits of working together and to find enjoyment in the great outdoors, ensuring they appreciate their local environment which is a key tie in with Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide brand-new mud kitchens to each of our primary schools after the brilliant reaction we had from our nurseries earlier in the year.

“A big part of our Team Up to Clean Up campaign is encouraging people to work together while enjoying being outdoors and appreciating our local environment and these kitchens will hopefully inspire our young people to get out in their gardens and green spaces and take care of where they live.”

Donations were made by UNITE, GMB Union and enva which facilitated the purchase of tools for use in the mud kitchens.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

eve spa

A luxury spa in Paisley is celebrating its seventh birthday – by giving every else a present!

Eve Spa, in The Lagoon Leisure Centre is hosting as special three-day birthday party on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 7,8 and 9.

eve spa

Between 10am and 8pm on Thursday and Friday and between 10am and 5pm on Saturday there will be complimentary drinks and nibbles along with the obligatory slice of birthday cake for everyone.

There is also a host of special birthday offers. Clients who book a £30 VIP treatment will get a free gift and £20 back to spend on a minimum of two beauty products.

The VIP treatments people can choose from include a Caudalie Express 30-minute facial; Caudalie Fleur de Vigne 25-minute back massage; Ishga Express 30-minute facial; Ishga salt and oil 30-minute scrub and a Comfort Zone Express 30-minute facial.

The spa’s Thermal Experience can be added on to any of the birthday treatments booked for only £5.

For the whole of this birthday week until Saturday Gel Fingers will only cost £11 and Fake Bake Spray Tans will be £10.

Log on to www.eve-spa.co.uk for more information or call 0300 300 0266. Advanced booking is advised.