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The Clumps Book

More than 14,000 primary school children will be able to lose themselves in a book as they receive a copy of a new short story written by multi-award-winning children’s author Ross MacKenzie.

Ross has penned ‘The Clumps’ Big Mess’ which will be given to every primary and additional support needs school pupil in Renfrewshire with the aim of educating the younger generation on the damage littering can do to the environment, part of the highly successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

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The book is designed to be read by older primary pupils, with younger pupils able to read the story with their family or through in-class activities.

Interactive versions have been created to allow teachers to use the story as a teaching accessory and an audio version is also available to help bring the story to life for young people.

Ross visited his old school Kirklandneuk Primary in Renfrew to read his creation to the pupils there, two of which share the names of the main characters and just happen to be his daughters, Selina and Molly.

Ross said: “It was great fun to write this book and especially one with such an important message.

The Clumps Book

“Two of the characters are named after my own kids and when I write a book I try and look at it from a child’s point of view, so how would they look at it if the world was full of litter?

“So I hope the book achieves the message that we should look after the amazing surroundings we have and if it plays a small part in that then we’ve done our job.”

Commissioned by Renfrewshire Council as part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the story focuses on the Clump family who deliberately fail to pick up after themselves and their pet dog  Murphy.

Twists and turns occur as Selina and Molly learn more about the damage that can be done if people don’t take pride in where they live, and their carefree attitude leads to a world covered in litter, can they reverse it or is it too late?

Selina and Molly said: “It’s really fun having a dad as an author because we’re the first ones to hear his stories.”

The Clumps Book

The Clumps’ Big Mess has been illustrated by renowned illustrator Neil Slorance and his creations have been brought to life as cardboard cut outs which will tour the schools throughout Renfrewshire.

Neil said: “It was an absolute pleasure working with the Renfrewshire Council team and Ross on the Clumps’ Big Mess.

“It’s such a great story with a really important message and I hope all the pupils around Renfrewshire enjoy it!”

The new book forms part of a drive to educate pupils further on the aims of the campaign in a fun and inspiring way, with pupils having already been involved in litter picks since the campaign began in 2017.

The book is the latest strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, a five-year, £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment, which includes an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted that every primary pupil in Renfrewshire will have the opportunity to lose themselves in a book and learn the important message that Team Up to Clean Up promotes.

“While we want to make an immediate impact to the cleanliness of the area, we know that educating the next generation is just as important and we’re aiming to make binning their rubbish second nature for our young people.

“They are learning all the time in their younger years so it’s vitally important that we ensure they recognise the damage littering can do and let them lead from the front in the future.

“We’ve already seen their enthusiasm to take part in litter picks with their schools and I hope this fantastic new book will further keep the message at the forefront of their minds.”

The investment in the campaign has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove all rubbish following the completion of the community clean up.

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

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

This award-winning company present a show about men, boys and emotion featuring a cast of real-life grandfathers and grandsons focusing on legacy, inheritance, history and ageing

Devised and Performed by a local cast of men and boys from Renfrewshire

 

Paisley Arts Centre

5th and 6TH June

7.30pm

£5

Running time: 1 hr

 

“Utterly life-affirming” ★★★★ The Herald

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

 

OLD BOY is a show which is re-made and performed by a new cast local to each venue it visits. It was originally created at Platform in Glasgow which was then featured as part of the Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It has since toured to Northumberland, will visit Washington DC and London this summer and in June will come to Paisley Arts Centre.

OLD features real-life grandfathers and grandsons aged 2 – 82 as they perform this tender performance about making memories together, exploring what men and boys have meant, might mean and do mean to each other, what has been difficult and perhaps not talked about before. OLD BOY reflects on the legacies passed down through generations, received notions of masculinity and how these ideas impact on real lives lived.

Jess Thorpe, Co-Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be bringing OLD BOY to Paisely Arts Centre as every time we make it in a new place it feels new and we learn loads from the men and boy we get to work with. We are excited to introduce audiences in Renfrewshire to the real-life relationships of three local sets of grandfathers and their grandsons and to share the stories of love, legacy and tenderness in their family relationships. OLD BOY is, amongst its many aspects, a show about love, tenderness and care between men. This is a side of masculinity which we rarely get to see on stage and something that feels important to celebrate.”

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

Glas(s) Performance is an award-winning Glasgow based theatre company run by performance directors Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore. Glas(s) Performance work with real people in the place of fictional characters to tell human stories that resonate with audiences of all ages and experiences. They have been making this work for 14 years now and have produced over 30 pieces of new work inspired by the people they have met.

 

Past shows include: Life Long (2010) a show about love featuring Tillie and Ronnie Jeffrey, a couple who have been married for 55 years. Hand Me Down (2011) about the things women pass down to each other in families with Margaret Hendy, her daughters, granddaughters, sisters, nieces and cousin.

Albert Drive (2013) A large-scale project looking at the idea of neighbours from the perspective of one street in Pollokshields, Glasgow. GLIMMER (2014) The story of two sisters at Christmas with Rosie and Megan Reid. Recent co-production include The Happiness Project (2015) with the Roundhouse and SPOTLIGHT (2015) with Rogaland Teater in Norway.

Glas(s) Performance also produce award-winning Junction 25, a company of young performers aged between 11 -18 based at Tramway. www.junction-25.com.

 

Company

 

Devised and performed by local cast of grandsons and grandfathers from Renfrewshire

Designer Rachel O’Neill

Sound Design Harry Wilson

Lighting Design Kate Bonney  

 

Web and social media links: www.glassperformance.co.uk | @glassperform | #OLDBOY

 

 

Listings information

 

Old Boy  – a coproduction between Glas(s) Performance and Paisley Arts Centre

Paisley Arts Centre

5th and 6TH June

7.30pm

£5

Running time: 1 hr

MFG

Several thousand of the world’s best pipers and drummers today turned Paisley into a sea of tartan as the town hosted one of piping’s biggest and most prestigious events.

 

The British Pipe Band Championships saw huge crowds flock to the town’s St James Playing Fields for the first of the five annual ‘majors’ in the piping calendar.

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A total of 123 bands from across the UK and Ireland took part across the day and in the spectacular final march-past, with individual competitors from as far afield as the USA, Denmark and Belgium.

The big winners on the day were the St.Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band who picked up the top prize in the prestigious Grade One competition

Local interest on the day included the Johnstone, Kilbarchan and Renfrewshire Schools Pipe bands.

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Visitors enjoyed a day of free family entertainment including a Highland Games competition with caber-tossing and a Scottish Open Strongman contest featuring World’s Strongest Man competitors.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. This was the fourth year the championships have taken place in Paisley – with the area contracted to continue to host until 2021.

Previous events had generated more than £300k for the local economy, with half the attendees visitors to Renfrewshire and 7% from outwith Scotland.

Free transport had been organised to and from the event site in partnership with bus firm McGill’s.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We were delighted to welcome the British Pipe Band Championships to Paisley for another year of what has been a really successful partnership.

“Hosting an international event like this generates a massive economic boost for the area and brings huge volumes of footfall into the town. It also helps further cement Paisley and Renfrewshire’s place as one of Scotland’s premier destinations for major events.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “The British Championships are the first of our five major championships taking place throughout the summer and we saw a top-class display of piping and drumming from the world’s best.

“Once again, the people of Renfrewshire came out in numbers to support the event – Paisley is a great location and host venue, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the town over the next two years.”

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Thousands of people soaked up the sound and spectacle of the world’s best pipe bands – as the British Pipe Band Championships takes place in Paisley today.

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The event – one of world piping’s biggest events – has attracted a huge crowd to the town’s St James Playing Fields to see pipers from as far afield as the USA, Belgium and Denmark.

Visitors also enjoyed a day of free family entertainment laid on by organisers Renfrewshire Council.

Provost Cameron with pupils from Linwood, Gleniffer and Johnstone High Schools and members of Pride Paisley

Today (Friday 17 May) the rainbow flag was raised outside Renfrewshire House for the first time, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Provost Cameron with pupils from Linwood, Gleniffer and Johnstone High Schools and members of Pride Paisley

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to raise awareness of the violence, discrimination and repression of LGBTQI+ communities worldwide.

The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Pupils from Johnstone High School's Umbrella Club

Provost Lorraine Cameron was joined by members of the local LGBTQI+ community to mark this special occasion with pupils from local schools also in attendance.

Poems by LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson, were read before Provost Cameron and pupils from Glencoats Primary School raised the rainbow flag for the first time.

Provost Cameron said: “In Renfrewshire this is the beginning of a journey to raise awareness of the hatred and intolerance still faced by many across the world.

“By raising the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBTQI+ community, we hope to highlight that Renfrewshire is an inclusive and caring community and everyone is welcome and respected here, regardless of their sexual orientations or gender identities.”

BPBC Paisley MFG

Paisley is preparing to welcome an invasion from a tartan army this weekend when 4,000 pipers and drummers descend on the town for one of world piping’s biggest events.

 

The British Pipe Band Championships are at the St James Playing Fields on Saturday from 10am until 7pm – with a day of free family entertainment laid on.

BPBC Paisley MFG

The event – the first of piping’s five summer ‘majors’ and second-only in size to the Worlds – will feature 123 bands from across the UK and Ireland, and drum and pipe majors from as far afield as the USA, Denmark and Belgium.

Scottish Power Win BPBC MFG

For the first time the event will feature a Highland Games competition and Scottish Open Strongman contest featuring World’s Strongest Man competitors – including the chance for visitors to test their own strength.

Other free events include Highland dancing, a food village with bar, and family entertainment.

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Event organisers Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association have also teamed up with McGill’s Buses to transport spectators to and from the event – free of charge.

This year’s event chieftain will be poet Brian Whittingham, the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire. He said: “This will be the first time I’ve attended the Championships and it’s an honour to be have been asked to be Chieftain.

“I’m sure the sight and sound of so many world-class pipe bands will make for a tremendous experience. It’s fantastic we’re able to welcome thousands of visitors to Renfrewshire for such a prestigious event and I know they’ll enjoy the welcome they receive.”

Scottish Power Win BPBC MFG

Local interest on the day includes the Johnstone Pipe Band, Kilbarchan Pipe Band and the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band.

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. McGill’s will run the shuttle buses from Paisley Gilmour Street station, West College Scotland and Swift Parking on Greenhill Road, with the latter two offering free event parking.

Other transport options include getting the train to Paisley St James station, which is a short walk from the event site, or a bus to Paisley town centre, and transferring to the free shuttle.

Scottish Power Win BPBC MFG

This is the fourth year the championships have taken place in Paisley – with the area contracted to continue to host until 2021.

Last year’s event attracted 17,000 attendees and generated more than £300k for the local economy, with half the attendees visitors to Renfrewshire and 7% from outwith Scotland.

For more information on the day – including running order and travel info – see www.paisley.is

paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates may be enjoying a well-earned break from their on–ice activities after a season which ended when they won the national playoff title for the very first time, but off the ice the club and its supporters are continuing to work hard to ensure that the club continues to flourish.

paisley pirates

“Yes, it’s a busy time for us all,” said Supporters Club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “We’re holding our AGM in the Priorscroft Bowling Club on Wednesday 29 May at 7.00pm and, on the following Sunday, 2 June, we’re taking part in the Renfrew Gala Day at Robertson Park from 1-5pm, when we’ll have a stall at the event, and I know that Pirates’ Off-Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley is planning to bring our seven foot mascot, Timbers,along to say Hi and have his picture taken with the younger children, and maybe even some of the not so young children too.”

“It’s very important to everyone within the Pirates’ organisation that as members of the local community they get the opportunity to take part in local events such as this Gala Day, and I know we have another couple of similar events already in the diary over the summer before we get back into action of the icy kind.”

“Jackie has very kindly donated a game worn jersey to the Supporters Club which will be raffled on 2 June, meaning that one very lucky person is going to win what is now a piece of local history, a jersey worn on the ice when we beat Murrayfield Racers 5-0 to win the playoff title, and when you add that to all the other goodies we’ll have with us, that makes for a terrific opportunity for people attending to pick up a great prize at our stall. We know the Gala will be a big success at always is, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in making sure that history repeats itself.”

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An ambitious new grant scheme will support local visual artists and craft-makers take their work to the next level.

Renfrewshire Leisure has teamed up with Creative Scotland to launch this year’s Visual Artist And Craft Maker Awards.

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Artists and crafts people can apply for grant awards between £500 and £1500 to help with the cost of developing their creative and professional practices.

Organisers recommend anyone interested in applying for one of the VACMA awards to book a ten-minute one-to-one advice session with an advisor from Creative Scotland.

Would-be applicants should, in the first instance, contact Kate Drummond by emailingkate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk or calling 07483 360714. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, June 4.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “There is an amazing array of creative talent in Renfrewshire and we want to help these artists flourish.

“The awards are intended to support artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a clear progression and development of their skills and have an on-going commitment to their work.

“This is an ideal opportunity for artists to gain much-needed financial support to help them continue their creative work.”

STREET STUFFTHE SIMPLE DIGITAL ARENA - PAISLEY

Renfrewshire’s next generation of footballers have sampled life as a professional after taking to the pitch at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren Football Club.

Part of the celebrations to mark popular youth programme Street Stuff’s ten-year anniversary, aspiring footballers crossed the white line to take part in a five-a-side festival of football.

STREET STUFFTHE SIMPLE DIGITAL ARENA - PAISLEY

More than 170 young people took part as they seized the chance to emulate their heroes on the hallowed turf, with more than 200 spectators creating the matchday atmosphere.

The event was put on for free for all Street Stuff participants, aged 8-16, by the team and a number of volunteers including Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Engage Renfrewshire and the No Knives Better Lives campaign.

Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We’re delighted to give our young people the opportunity to play on the pitch at the stadium and hopefully it inspires them to work towards doing it for real in the future.

STREET STUFFTHE SIMPLE DIGITAL ARENA - PAISLEY

“Even if they aren’t the next players to pull on the black and white stripes, the opportunity for some of our young people to have this experience is so worthwhile and something they may never otherwise had the chance to do.

“Through Street Stuff, we aim to give all young people in Renfrewshire, regardless of their background, the chance to take part in sport and exercise, as well as giving them a place to feel safe and make new friends.”

Since its inception in 2009, Street Stuff has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, as well as hosting four holiday camps throughout the year where a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

A firm fixture of the community for a decade, the programme has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65% in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The Street Stuff programme continues to go from strength to strength and it remains so popular with our young people across Renfrewshire.

“We’re celebrating ten years of working within our communities and we will continue to provide opportunities for our young people to stay on the right path through our activities.

“The football festival was a great success and I’m sure we’ve inspired hundreds of young people to make sure it’s not the last time they step on the field at St Mirren.”

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

For more information on the programme, visit

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