Paisley Photographs, official Paisley website containing Photographs of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland with some superb videos of Paisley and the town.

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Not much to write about this week. At this time of year every venue usually puts on extra gigs and party nights to take you through the bells. The town should be full of live music and throngs of revellers in the streets ready to have fun. The Bungalow have cancelled all their gigs and it looks like things will be back soon but in this climate it’s difficult to tell. One metre distancing, all seated, and table service has made it impossible to operate a pub or venue and those that can stay open. It’ll be a struggle to make it work.

It looked like The Old Swan was having to fully cancel their New Year Party but a bit of moving and shaking by Jac McCaig the owner it looks like it is now two parties instead of one.  I spoke to Jac and here is what she said “Good news our NYE gigs are going ahead. Firstly, I’d just like to apologise for having to refund everyone’s NYE tickets it was the only way as we had sold 180 tickets and as from 27th December the capacity will be reduced down to 79, secondly, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who told me to keep their NY ticket money for the staff that was so so kind, 

I now have another plan for NYE but for us not to run it at a loss, we need to split the day into 2 sessions, and we’ve had to up the ticket price. You know this is the musician’s chance to get a bit more money and quite rightly so as they play for next to nothing. So, I’m proposing two sessions 

An afternoon with Maria McAveety Music & Lori live at 12-5pm with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £5 or an evening with The Dead Flowers 5:30pm- 10pm also with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £8”

She explained to me that this was the only way to come to some compromise and have some sort of celebration. It means that The Old Swan stays open, and the bands don’t lose their gig. If you phone The Old Swan on 0141-562-0908 the staff will issue everyone’s refunds and can sort out new tickets. 

The Cave Hogmanay Bash is full booked tonight. Wreckless are the band taking them into the New Year. I know they will play a blinder in their favourite wee venue and the atmosphere will be great. I might just pass by and peer in the window or that might be torturing myself a bit too much. Black Triangles are playing at Kennedys on Sunday from 6pm till whenever they stop.

The Keg have the perfect Neerday hangover cure and a great start to the New Year of 2022 with some light-hearted comedy compered by host Billy Kirkwood. Headlining is the master storyteller and regular headline act of Scottish comedy, Gary Little. There are more acts TBC and it kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.

It has been a rollercoaster of a year when we were all shut down, then opened, a bit then opened a bit more, then all but shut down again. To be honest I have hated it so much and another year of ups and downs will be torture for people who like me who want to get out and see live music, meet old and new friends and check out new talent. However, I can only look back at some of my best gigs in our Paisley venues of 2021 and here they are:

Wreckless at The Cave, The Dead Flowers at The Old Swan, Proposal at The Anchor, Nightfly at Kennedy’s, Horse at The Bungalow, Johnny Barr’s Open Mic Night at The Keg, Frankly the Smiths at Rocknrollas and Scunnart at CC’s. That’s mine what are yours? I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope it is better than this one.

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A memorial to the 71 children who lost their lives in one of Scotland’s worst ever human tragedies is to be unveiled in Paisley town centre next week.

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The Glen Cinema Disaster of 31 December 1929 remains known as Paisley’s Black Hogmanay – yet until now the town centre did not have a permanent memorial for the victims and survivors.

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther were commissioned to work with the local community on a suitable memorial as part of the 90th anniversary of the tragedy.

And their now-finished statue – entitled Rattle/ Little Mother – will be sited in the town’s Dunn Square, across the road from the site of the former cinema, in Dyer’s Wynd.

The tragedy happened when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee with more than 600 children present.

The metal gates on the main exit doors had been pulled shut, stopping it from opening, leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 were injured.

The memorial will be unveiled at a small ceremony led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron next Tuesday (30 November) at 1pm, joined by members of the local community.

To create the memorial, Kerry and Rachel met with community groups including the STAR Project, Paisley Community Trust, and pupils from Paisley Grammar School, with a working group formed to help drive the project.

An important part of the process was meeting with the two remaining survivors of the tragedy, and their families.

Community activist Tony Lawler – one of the organisers of the annual ceremony to mark the tragedy which takes place every Hogmanay – was a member of the working group.

He said: “It’s important the town centre has a memorial – as it’s about more than remembering the 71 who died, it’s for the survivors and their families too.

“For a long time, people didn’t really talk about the Glen Cinema – the survivors were sent away to convalesce and didn’t get the support they would have if it happened now.

“The existing memorial at Hawkhead isn’t accessible for everyone, so having one in the town centre is important as it will give people a place to go to reflect.

“Since the 80th anniversary we’ve held community-led memorial ceremonies at the Cenotaph but it has a different purpose. This memorial will provide a new focus dedicated to the Glen Cinema.”

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther said: “Having met with survivors Emily Brown and Robert Pope and processed, through research and community engagement, what happened on that terrible day, we wanted to produce something that spoke to and of the children.

“We have tried to create a sculpture that is playful yet serious, that hovers between a nostalgic lost object – a portal to the children of Paisley, 1929 – and a sacred or devotional object, carrying the story of the children as their own protectors.”

The memorial was funded by the Rotary Club of Paisley and through Future Paisley – the council-led programme of events and activity using the town’s unique culture and heritage to transform its future.

Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Glen Cinema remains printed in Paisley’s collective memory as perhaps the darkest day in the history of the town.

“It is important the events of that horrific day should never be forgotten and that’s why this permanent memorial means so much.

“This has been a real community effort – the artists and the groups they have worked with have done a fantastic job to create a sensitive reminder of the tragedy, and all involved deserve praise for their efforts.

“I would invite any members of the local community to join us on Tuesday to see the memorial unveiled.”

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The ROCCO Awards returned with a roar on Friday 19th November at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew. An ecstatic crowd of 400 people cheered 17 winners being crowned at Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its 17th year. The ambitious destination brand PAISLEY.IS returned as main sponsor for a third year signifying their ongoing support for the Renfrewshire business community.

Chamber President Liz Connolly highlighted the chamber’s achievements since Rocco 2019 and focused on the response in supporting the business community during the pandemic. The guests were piped into the Normandy by the talented St Columba’s School Pipe Band.

Mary Crearie Director, Communities, Housing and Planning Services, Renfrewshire Council gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the economic grant support awarded by Renfrewshire Council of over £53 million to the business community.

The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £9,000 supporting St Vincent’s Hospice and Kidney Research UK in memory of much-loved chamber director and friend Elaine Sherlock from Ingliston Country Club & Hotel.

The Rocco favourite host Fred MacAulay kept the audience laughing all evening and the GGC NHS Choir drew a warm and ecstatic response from the guests following their stirring performance with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19.

ROCCO Award for Environmental Sustainability – Sponsored by Paisley Is.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West)
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Creation IP.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport.
Winner: Volantes Technical Recruitment Ltd
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Business Resilience – Sponsored by Invest In Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Right Way Credit Union
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business 2021 – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Squared Insurance Brokers Limited
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Resilience in Tourism – Sponsored by Paisley Is
Winner: Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group
Winner: Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
Winner: Andrew O’Brien J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner: Arnold Clark
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 employees – sponsored by Braehead
Winner: Plush Plans Ltd
ROCCO Award For Outstanding Performing Business 5>25 employees – sponsored by The University of the West of Scotland
Winner: J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Doosan Babcock
Winner: Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group MD, Arnold Clark

Bob Grant chief exec said” Friday’s event marked a crucial step on the road to normality for our business community. The board and team at Renfrewshire felt it was crucial to run Rocco 2021 this year and plant a flag to mark the resilience and recovery underway. We witnessed a fantastic response from all our sponsors, companies entering and our guests on the night.”

“You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2021Rocco. I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 400 guests had a great time. Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley.is, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, the Printbrokers for the program, Gary & Jan from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service. Thanks also to St Columba’s School Pipe Band who welcomed guests in such style.”

“Finally, thank you the GGC NHS Choir. It was a privilege to have them entertain us with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19 from our wonderful NHS. Planning for Rocco 2022 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

View the 2021 ROCCO Awards photo album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RenfrewshireChamberofCommerce/posts/306925744771863

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is searching for community heroes across Renfrewshire as nominations open for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

The 2022 event will see seven categories, including one introduced last year to recognise businesses who have adapted to ensure their survival during the Covid19 pandemic.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can send in a nomination for the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by City Gate Construction)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (donated by the late Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)
  • Ingenuity in Business (sponsored by Provost Lorraine Cameron)

This year’s awards will also see the return of an in-person awards ceremony – due to take place in March – after last year’s was conducted online due to the pandemic.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I am delighted and honoured to be able to open nominations for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

“A quarter of a century on from the first edition, we are living through a time which has brought so many challenges, as the pandemic continues – so it is as important as ever we honour those in our community who go above and beyond to help those around them.

“I know Renfrewshire has more than its fair share of unsung heroes and the awards are a great way for them to be recognised.

“It’s always a pleasure to be involved in and the fact the nominations come from the community themselves makes it extra special – so I’m looking forward to seeing your nominations.

The deadline for entries to all categories is Friday 7 January 2022.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2022, or email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Macmuse

Tonight The Bungalow has a rescheduled event, MacMuse a Muse Tribute and they are looking forward to playing the gig in Paisley after a long wait. The band are made up of Muse fans who decided it was time for Scotland to finally have some Muse music to enjoy at a smaller scale than the real thing. From Showbiz to Simulation Theory, a blistering light and sound feast is guaranteed. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £7 on the door.

Tomorrow afternoon The Blue Mantras are back at The Bungalow for their second time and it would have been more if it wasn’t for the pandemic. So it’s nice to see them back in Paisley to play a set of classic songs from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The quartet comprises vocals, keys, double bass and drums. They will be playing from 2pm and the gig is free. 

After the jazz in the afternoon, The Bungalow has a double bill of rock featuring The Alex Harvey Experience and The Sell Out. The ‘Experience’ pay tribute to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and their original trademark distinctive stage costumes: Harvey wore vaudeville-like clothes and his trademark striped shirt, while Zal Cleminson assumed the identity of a “mime” in full make-up and green-yellow jumpsuit. The set covers a wide range of songs from their succession of highly regarded albums from the 1970s such as Faith Healer, Next and Boston Tea Party. The Sell-Out are a Who tribute band and play all the best The Who has to offer with a few from the renowned operas Tommy and Quadrophenia written by Pete Townsend. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £12.

On Sunday The Bungalow are throwing open their stage to anyone that wants to perform or jam. Organisers Johnny Barr and Erin Hephzibah told me “We’re excited to announce our new Weekly Open Stage and House Band” It starts at 3pm and is Free Entry. All ages welcome to take part. If you’d like to perform, drop The Bungalow a Facebook Message.

The Bungalow Introducing Nights are attracting big crowds every week now. This week they expect over 100 on Thursday night to see Too Red headline, supported by Red Bandit and Torrs. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £5/3.

The ‘Four in a Row’ at The Cave this week is: Midnight Moses tonight at 9pm, tomorrow Sad Ida at 6pm followed by Splendid Suns at 9pm then on Sunday at 6pm it is Blue Horizon.  

Tonight at The Old Swan is Complete Madness. This gig is always popular and as ever it is a high energy bouncing night that is so in demand with the Swan regular’s year in year out. Doors are at 6pm and tickets which are running out are £10. Tomorrow in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm is The Dughoose Ska Band. Lee James presents That Swing Thing on Tuesday at 3pm and on Thursday at the same time he ‘Takes You Through The Decades’. Cammy Miller will be in his usual spot on Monday at 4pm.

Cherry Red 53 are playing at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3pm. If you like a bit of old fashioned rock n roll this is the band to watch. The 3 piece Rockabilly Band play some Rock n Roll, and Swing from the likes of Stray Cats, Eddie Cochran and all the early greats.  The Keg have Axis in tonight from 9pm and tomorrow night at the same time it is The O.T. Sophie is a Zambretto on Saturday from 8.30pm. Open Mic Nights this week are Dunky Hunter at The Abbey on Monday from 8.30pm; Stevie D is at 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. Wednesday is The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr starts at 8.30pm. House guitar and Cajon provided. Also on Wednesday And Lindsay’s monthly open mic at the Patter Bar is on and kicks off at 8pm. As always Andy’s cry is “Come on doon and gie’s a tune”

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Five Carnival super fans will get unlimited access to the biggest show in town

The IRN-BRU Carnival is on the hunt for five super fans to take on the role of ambassadors as the lights go up, the music goes on and all the fun of the fair returns for 2021.

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The IRN-BRU Carnival has, for over 100 years, stood as one of Glasgow’s favourite festive traditions and generations of the same families return year on year to Europe’s largest indoor funfair.

Last year, the Carnival was forced to take a break and close its doors as the SEC became NHS Louisa Jordan. But now, the IRN-BRU Carnival is back with a bang and searching for five of the biggest carnival fans in the country to join them as official ambassadors. 

The five super fans will gain free, unlimited access to Europe’s largest indoor funfair and capture pictures, videos and stories of their visits for the Carnival’s social media and their own personal channels.

Becoming an ambassador will effectively hand the five the keys to the IRN-BRU Carnival – and they will be able to visit the event as many times as they like between Wednesday 22 December 2021 and Sunday 16 January 2022 and go on whatever rides they want*

Greg Cherry, Managing Director of Carnival organisers, QD Events, said: “It seems like so long since we opened our doors for the last IRN-BRU Carnival in 2019 and everyone, from the team behind the scenes to the show-people and staff on the floor, can’t wait to welcome people back from Wednesday 22 December.

“Our ambassadors are an important part of our extended family and help showcase the IRN-BRU Carnival in all its glory. 

“There is no upper age limit for applicants – anyone can become an ambassador. All we ask is that people have a genuine passion for the event and a love for sharing their stories. 

“It’s a great opportunity for a superfan to gain unlimited access to this year’s event and help show what’s magic about the IRN-BRU Carnival.”

People can apply directly to become carnival ambassadors or nominate someone who they think is perfect for the role.

To apply, applicants (who must be 5 or over) should submit a short video of no more than 20 seconds, telling the Carnival team why they or the person they are nominating should become an ambassador. Entries should be sent to carnival@framecreates.co.uk or upload their video to Instagram tagging @irnbrucarnival and using #carnivalambassador before the 3 December 2021.  

The IRN-BRU Carnival returns on Wednesday 22 December 2021 and will be open until Sunday 16 January 2022. Entry tickets are available from £10 (for concessions, aged 60+) and with children under three going free. Tickets are available online now at www.irn-bru-carnival.com.**

* Access for ambassadors is subject to availability

*Any ambassador under the age of 12 must always be accompanied by an adult.

* Closed on Christmas Day. A booking fee applies to online bookings.

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As world leaders meet in Glasgow to take decisions that will shape the future of our planet and ensure we meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, there will a keen observer in Renfrewshire ready to drive forward the decisions made.

Recently appointed as Renfrewshire Council’s Climate Emergency Lead Officer, Roz Smith has spent more than decade developing sustainable solutions to tackle climate change.

As Strategic Energy Coordinator in the Sustainable Development team at Stirling Council, she helped develop the area’s first district heating network which uses low carbon and renewable heat, as well as the creation of a Low Carbon Hub which provides renewable solar energy for 60 electric vehicle chargers, on-site lighting, and a small Council office.

It’s in Renfrewshire though where her future lies as she gets ready to drive forward the region’s ambitious climate agenda, which aims to make the area net-zero by 2030.

Roz said: “As soon as I saw the Climate Emergency Lead Officer post, I knew I would love the opportunity to take forward Renfrewshire’s ambitious and progressive vision of becoming net-zero by 2030.

“In the short-term, we are researching our baseline to see exactly where our emissions are currently and then our Plan for Net-Zero will set out the actions required to reach our goals.

“While the plan is Council-led, we need everyone to participate to achieve our ambitions as there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We need to look area by area, community by community to tailor actions for local people, businesses and organisations to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged, and we all move forward together.”

With COP26 taking place just over the border in neighbouring Glasgow, the profile of climate change has never been higher in Renfrewshire and Roz is determined to take advantage.

She said: “With a global conference being held right on our doorstep, it gives us the opportunity to showcase the incredible work that is going on across the area and engage our residents with the changes we are making to reduce carbon emissions.

“The Council is leading by example with a number of high-profile projects, including the district heating network at AMIDS, the switch to electric for the council fleet, the planting of thousands of trees as part of the Clyde Climate Forest and the diversion of waste from landfill as part of the Clyde Valley Waste Partnership, and this highlights to other local organisations what can be achieved.

“As a Council though, we only contribute about 3% of the area’s total carbon emissions which shows the importance of partnership working, sharing knowledge and facilitating others so that collectively we can achieve our goal of making Renfrewshire a cleaner, happier and healthier place to live.

“I believe COP26 will be a great driver to bring everyone together to work collectively and make positive transformational changes once the summit concludes.”

Renfrewshire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 which recognised the need for real and immediate change to reduce its emissions and Roz will lead the Council’s response to the emergency as it aims for net-zero emissions by 2030.

Roz added: “Declaring a climate emergency outlines the urgency of the situation as in order to preserve a liveable planet we need to take action now. Climate change itself cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed.

“As the world recovers from COVID-19, we have the chance to take action to combat climate change and work together to reach net zero emissions – but doing nothing is not an option.

“Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the planet can regenerate in that year and in 2021, it fell on 29 July.

“We have exhausted nature’s budget and are using nearly double the natural resources we can generate, so for the rest of the year we are running an ecological deficit, depleting resources and accumulating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere – and every year this date gets earlier.

“We need to take a two-pronged approach of mitigation and adaptation, where we reduce our emissions to stabilise the levels of greenhouse gases while adjusting to current or expected climate change by understanding the local risks and developing plans to manage them.”

While admitting that she faces a daunting challenge leading the Council’s drive to reach ambitious emissions targets, Roz is determined to put Renfrewshire on the right track to achieve them and reiterates the importance of partnership working and uniting behind the common goal of reaching net-zero.

She outlined: “Everyone taking part is key and we need to take people with us so that changes are happening with them and not to them.

“We need to realise that people are all on different stages of the journey so we need to put social justice at the heart of what we do and through our Plan for Net Zero, we can improve people’s lives, take people out of poverty, advance equality of opportunity, and create green jobs which are sustainable.

“The pandemic highlighted people’s ability to adapt and change quickly and there is a real opportunity to build on things like the desire to shop local, embracing daily exercise, active travel and the reduction of food waste – all positive behaviours that were seen during lockdown that would be great for us all to continue.

“We need to enable these positive behaviour changes, as well as identifying barriers to change so that we can find solutions. That’s where investment will come in – at local and national levels, public and private and it’s been fantastic to see an initial £1million already committed to Renfrewshire’s Climate Change Action Fund.”

The aforementioned fund was created to support innovative projects and initiatives being developed by Council services in response to the climate emergency, with an initial £1million committed to a range of research, feasibility studies and immediate projects.

It has supported the creation of the Renfrewshire Climate Panel which brings together a representative panel of residents to help shape the direction of decision making around climate change and seeks to identify what actions local communities would take to support the campaign, with the first meeting taking place in early November.

It follows the formation of a climate partnership forum between local organisations and businesses, as well as the Climate Change Sub-Committee which brings together elected members from all political parties to work with officers to advance the climate change agenda.

Roz will be at the heart of each of these forums and panels, listening to the views of all interested parties and helping to drive forward the area’s ambitions and she’s well aware of the task that lies ahead.

“What we can do to make a difference is never too far from my mind, whether in the office or out on the golf course in my free time, but the opportunity to lead the way to net-zero in Renfrewshire is an opportunity I could not let pass me by – and I’m so excited to get started.”

For more information on Renfrewshire’s climate change ambitions, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange.

Remembrance Sunday services are set to return to Renfrewshire for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with parades and services scheduled to take place in towns and villages across the region.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

On 14 November, parades will take place from 9.45am to mark Remembrance Sunday, with a two minutes silence at 11am, and all are invited to attend at the following locations:

Elderslie                      9.45am

Houston                       10.00am

Kilbarchan                   10.45am

Renfrew                      10.45am 

Paisley                        10.45am 

Lochwinnoch               10.45am  

Howwood                    10.45am     

Johnstone                   10.45am     

Bridge of Weir             3.00pm       

For those who are unable to attend a service in person, Renfrewshire Council have commissioned an update to the film ‘Renfrewshire Reflects’ which was released in the absence of in-person Remembrance events in 2020. The video, featuring representatives from communities across Renfrewshire and focusing on the importance of Remembrance, will premiere on the council’s social media channels to tie in with the national two-minute silence on Sunday 14 November and will be available on the council website and Youtube channel immediately after.

In addition to the video, this years Remembrance Day podcast highlights the work of Poppyscotland, celebrating 100 years of the Poppy as the national symbol of Remembrance. Landmarks across Renfrewshire have also been lit in red this week to mark Poppyscotland’s Light Up Red campaign.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Every year at this time we stop to remember those we have lost, and this year everyone will be able to pay their respects in a way that suits them, whether in person or from the comfort of their own home.

“It’s so important that we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and I look forward to the community once again coming together to show their gratitude for all that have gone before us.”

For more information, visit: https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Remembrance2021 

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As COP26 takes place in Glasgow, pupils in Renfrewshire are being challenged to create climate change projects that will make a real difference to the health of their environment.

With the conference aiming to make major changes globally, young people are being encouraged to use the meeting of world leaders as inspiration – with a future generation of activists ready to lead the way in Renfrewshire.

A total of £70,000 is available for young people in schools to apply for and eco-groups within each school will be encouraged to come up with sustainable environmental projects, such as wildflower areas, growing grounds or allotments, or anything they identify that will improve their local environment.

Renfrewshire Council has agreed to allocate the funding to young people from its Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas, and Villages Investment Fund – a fund that has already supported more than 60 community-led projects with more than £1.7million to make improvements to green spaces throughout Renfrewshire.

Council officers will work directly with schools to consider and support potential projects from young people to ensure they align with the climate change outcomes of COP26 and the priorities of the fund.

The funding builds on ongoing work in schools carried out by the Council through the award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign to highlight the effect climate change can have on the environment, nature and our wildlife.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The meeting of world leaders in neighbouring Glasgow is a major milestone for tackling climate change globally and here in Renfrewshire, we want to inspire the next generation to recognise the importance of this event for their future.

“I hope this funding inspires them to think outside the box, come up with innovative ways to improve our local environment in Renfrewshire, but most importantly sparks an interest in a subject that will be part of their entire lives.

“We have declared a climate emergency in Renfrewshire and have allocated an initial £1million in funding for projects which will make a difference, as well as including it as a consideration in every decision made by this Council.

“We will continue to do all we can to reduce our emissions and strive for net-zero and we know that our younger generation will play a huge part in that as they get older, so I hope that they take up this opportunity and start their involvement now.”

In 2019, Renfrewshire Council declared a climate emergency in Renfrewshire and a working group was set up with members of all political parties to make recommendations on how to make Renfrewshire carbon neutral by 2030, which has now been formalised as the Climate Change Sub-Committee.

The Climate Change Action Fund has been created to support innovative projects and initiatives being developed by Council services in response to the climate emergency, with an initial £1million committed to a range of research, feasibility and immediate projects.

For more information on the Council’s work to tackle climate change in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange.

Stipe

Killer Instinct are back after a fantastic night at The Bungalow at the beginning of 2020. If you missed these guys and you like The Killers then you must see them Friday live! Killer Instinct are a collection of local musicians who are all players of the highest calibre and to a man hugely experienced rock musicians. Since they formed they have been in demand all over the country. Their attention to detail is noticeable using authentic sounds and sequenced studio sounds to emulate ‘The Killers’ unique sound. The band creates an energy and atmosphere pounding out The Killers wonderful songs making it a great night out. Tickets are available on the door which opens at 7pm.

Liquid Jazz are described as a jazz quartet playing standards, bebop, funk and latin. The line up includes saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. It’s been a while since they played the Bungalow so it’s good to see them back in the afternoon slot tomorrow at 2pm. Pop in, sit back and enjoy some Liquid Jazz. 

It’s now seven years since they split, R.E.M. With a string of peerless albums running through four decades R.E.M. remain as the band that saved American Rock. Whether playing festivals or on tour across the U.K. and into Europe Stipe is the definitive R.E.M. tribute. A full band tribute, complete with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the original, and acclaimed as “awesome” by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Support from The Recurring Dream a tribute to Crowded House. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are available at the door. On Thursday Introducing Night features Red Bandit, Klaise and The Lines in a three band line up. £5 entry. Doors at 7pm. 

The Cave had a fantastic day of live music all in aid of ‘Classrooms for Malawi’ last Sunday. Jen Sloan of The Cave said “A huge £2538.25 was raised and I need to say a million thankyous firstly to all the bands, thank you all so much, you never fail me in these things. You were all amazing! To Dave Wilson for sound, Del for compering from 12pm to 12 am and keeping the whole day going, Aitch McWade for all you do for us. Lyndsay Jones what can I say, amazing woman. My staff, wow! I love you guys you are the absolute best. Thank you. And to each and every one of you who parted with your hard earned cash. We could not have done it without you all. Thank you” And their ‘Four in a Row’ this week is tonight at 9pm: Tom and Gerry, Tomorrow at 6pm: The Black Triangles followed by Gordons Alive at 9pm then on Sunday from 6pm it is The Rheumatoid Rockers followed by Grant’s After Show Party at 9pm. 

Let your hair down tonight at The Keg and rock out to The Hype playing from 9pm. To keep the weekend party going they have another excellent band called Axis lined up for you tomorrow night from 9pm. The Anchor has a busy weekend in store starting with the return of the fantastic Best Bad Influence at 4.30pm tomorrow followed by The Brassie Lassie then on Sunday they have Thunder Road playing from 4.30pm. Martin James is at Whisky Joes from 8.30pm tonight.  Kennedys start their new programme on Sunday at the early time of 3pm. First band to kick it all off is Wildcard. Dizzy Corner will be at Harvies tomorrow night from 9pm.

The Old Swan have Full Hog in tomorrow at 4pm, Lee James will be playing a swing set on Tuesday at 3pm then on Wednesday it is The Pre Fab Four, Lee James is back on Thursday at 3pm this time with a Through the Decades theme.  Dunky Hunter’s Abbey Open Mic is on Monday from 8.30pm and Stevie D Open Mic starts at 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. The Wednesday The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr starts at 8.30pm. House guitar and cajon provided.

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Natalie Don MSP was delighted to visit the Erskine Community Garden on Friday to discover the valuable work that the team of volunteers are doing to support the local community.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West was welcomed by volunteers Heather Clissett, Chrissie Johnson and Sylvia Sneider to the project which, since its launch in 2018, has flourished into a beautiful area with something for everyone including an eight-seater picnic benches for teenagers, a stick store for four-legged friends and a sensory area will soon be available for children’s play.

The development of the area is hugely appreciated throughout the community, with thanks given in the form of donations which have been integrated into the garden. The trees are decorated with bunting gifted by neighbours and the path is accompanied by benches kindly given by members of the wider community.

As well as providing a safe, relaxed environment for people to meet at any time, Erskine Community Garden hosts organised activities for many groups within the community such as a children’s garden club which entertains and educates local young people about the great outdoors. Sylvia also hosts meditation sessions as part of mental health support as we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Clissett from Erskine Community Garden said: “We were extremely pleased to welcome Natalie to the garden. Knowing her interest in the communities she supports, it was good to tell her of the garden’s openness and inclusivity, what has been achieved and what we hope to achieve in the future in keeping with the garden being a positive resource for all.”

Natalie Don MSP said: “I really enjoyed my visit to this beautiful space and was very impressed by the Erskine Community Garden team offering so much to support people and encourage wellbeing locally.

“It was a real pleasure to learn about all the different areas and features within the garden from the labrynth to the up and coming sensory area and I give my thanks to Heather, Chrissie and Sylvia for showing me around and giving me a great insight into their inspirational work.”

Renfrewshire Council also recognises and appreciates the work that the team at Erskine Community Garden is doing and has provided funding to support the project, which can be found at Barwood Road, Erskine, PA8 6AB.

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Paisley celebrated the return of its award-winning Halloween celebrations as thousands of visitors enjoyed a spectacular Out of this World experience.

Over 17,000 people flocked to the town for the free, immersive trail of intergalactic installations and light displays around some of Paisley’s most famous buildings, with the extravaganza taking place across five nights from Thursday 28 October – Monday 1 November.

Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World also formed part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 celebrations, with the area beside the town’s White Cart River becoming a centrepiece attraction for locals and visitors.

An eye-catching sight on the family-friendly trail was the striking alien invasion of Paisley Town Hall, with an enormous Creature from the Cart bursting out from the front of the iconic structure.

Visitors were left dazzled by the ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ sculptures at the heart of the trail, with many taking the time to capture selfies and photos at the mysterious and enchanting light displays. Meanwhile, ‘Orionids’ echoed the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower across the White Cart River, creating a stunning, luminous effect on the water.

Young people’s hopes and dreams for the future of the planet were showcased on the spectacular Earthship1 installation, with many event goers taking the time to marvel at the spacecraft’s beautiful lighting, music and special cargo of hopeful messages and artworks created by youth and community groups across Renfrewshire.

Cheryl Fraser from Linwood said: “As soon as we pulled up in the car, the kids were saying ‘wow, this is amazing’ because we could see the big tentacles at the Town Hall. We’ve really enjoyed it all, took so many pictures and the kids have had a great time.”

Jodie Murray from Edinburgh said: “It’s been really cool and something different getting to see all the light displays – it’s really lovely. My family come every year and say it’s always amazing, so I thought I’d come and have a look too.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World trail was delivered by Renfrewshire Council and curated by sustainable, not-for-profit creative contractor, Cirque Bijou.

Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome so many visitors to our Halloween celebrations in Paisley once again, as they were greatly missed by all last year.

“The festival is one of the highlights in our events calendar and has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination in Scotland for Halloween.

“We’re delighted to see such a positive reaction to this year’s five-day Out of this World spectacular and we’d like to thank everyone who came along and enjoyed the festival, as well as all of the talented artists involved for making it such a huge success.”

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director of Cirque Bijou, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and make it a truly ‘Out of this World’ experience for everyone to enjoy. It’s been a massive team effort between the Cirque Bijou crew, Renfrewshire Council and the many local people involved.

“We’ve loved working with young people and community groups in the area to be part of the creative process and their contributions towards the artworks and installations have made the whole event really special.”

Paisley Halloween Festival was supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to have supported Paisley Halloween Festival through the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund. It is great to see the event was so well received by those who got to experience the spectacular light displays and installations, with the White Cart River playing a starring role in the trail.”

Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and was named Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals, organised by VisitScotland.