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Eunice Muir and Volunteers

St Vincent’s Hospice, which supports people across Renfrewshire and in neighbouring areas of North Ayrshire, officially launched its new corporate identity this month.

Chief Executive, Kirsteen Murray, said “We had incredibly positive feedback from supporters and team members who saw the new logo and strapline during their development who felt that the new branding exactly reflects what we are as an organisation – the little hospice with the big heart!”. 

Chairman Eunice Muir, seen here at the unveiling of the new logo, said “St Vincent’s Hospice has a proud history and is much loved by the communities we serve in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. The launch of the new identity represents the start of the next chapter in our development”.

Eunice Muir and Volunteers

Scooters at Modstuff

A scooter spectacular is set to take over Paisley next month as the popular ModStuff event returns to The Spree festival.

Organised and promoted by LNP Promotions, the annual festival-within-a-festival celebrates all things Mod and Mod related culture.

Scooters at Modstuff

This year’s event takes place at the Spiegeltent in the town’s Bridge Street on Saturday 3 September with a full day of music, live entertainment and charity fundraising, as well as the eagerly anticipated scooter ride out.

Scooters from around Scotland and further afield will gather in Bridge Street, close to the historic Paisley Abbey, at 12pm before heading out and around the town. The ride out, run by the Paisley Vespa Scooter Club, has attracted over 100 individual scooters to take part in recent years and fundraising efforts this year will be going to March of the Mods, Paisley, all in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

ModStuff 2022 poster

ModStuff will see two fantastic Spiegeltent music shows on the Saturday with free afternoon entertainment from START!, Berry Tweed & The Chasers, The Absolute Jam and DJ Gerry McGuire from 12pm – 5pm, before a ticketed evening event featuring London-based singer-songwriter Emily Capell and Manchester group The Electric Stars from 7pm.

Tickets for the ModStuff evening show are on sale now and available from https://www.thespree.co.uk/event/modstuff-evening-show/

The Electric Stars will perform at ModStuff

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “It’s so good to have ModStuff back in the Spiegeltent this year on the opening Saturday of Paisley’s The Spree festival. This year, there’s a brilliant mix of local and national, original, cover and tribute acts – and of course Gerry will be there too, to hold it all together. It’s always a fantastic day.”

The Spree music and comedy festival is organised by Renfrewshire Council and will take place from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September. Tickets are still available for ModStuff and other top shows including Tinariwen, The Bootleg Beatles, Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes, Horse McDonald, Altered Images, Sunday Jazz Brunch with Rose Room, Susie McCabe, and The Slow Readers Club.

Emily Capell will perform at ModStuff

Spree for All ‘fringe festival’ events will also take place in venues across Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, Kilbarchan & Lochwinnoch between Thursday 1 – Sunday 11 September.

Kids and families can enjoy the Wee Spree programme of events and activities to coincide with the school holidays from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 October. Tickets for these events are on sale now.

Details of full programmes and ticket information for The Spree, Spree for All and Wee Spree are available at www.thespree.co.uk or from the festival box office at InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley, PA1 1DG.

Upile Mary's Meals Superhero

This International Youth Day (Friday, 12 August), children in Renfrewshire are encouraged to find their inner superhero with an amazing free activity pack from school feeding charity Mary’s Meals.

Upile Mary's Meals Superhero

Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals in 20 of the world’s poorest countries, many of which are impacted by conflict and natural disasters. The promise of a nutritious meal attracts hungry children into the classroom where, instead of working or looking for food, they can gain an education and hope for the future. The charity feeds 2,279,941 children every school day.

The Mary’s Meals Superheroes pack is full of activities designed to teach children about life in the countries where Mary’s Meals works, such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and Yemen – making it perfect for International Youth Day!

The pack was inspired by a young girl named Upile, 13, who eats Mary’s Meals at her school in Malawi.

She says: “When I grow up and finish my school, I want to be a nurse. I want to help people.”

The activity pack includes a film featuring Upile – as well as a colouring sheet, a word search and materials for little ones to design their own superhero mask.

Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals, says: “This fantastic pack is full of activities that will keep kids entertained this International Youth Day. Visit our website to download your free copy today!”

It costs just £15.90 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year. Visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/childrens-resources to download the free Mary’s Meals Superheroes activity pack.

Chris and Alan

PAISLEY’S FAMILY PANTO IS BACK! OH, YES IT IS! 

 

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce the return of its annual pantomime with festive favourite Cinderella.  A seasonal treat for adults and children alike, this retelling of the classic tale will run from 7 to 31 December in an exciting new pop-up theatre in a transformed former department store in the centre of Paisley.  

Chris and Alan

With the traditional home of PACE’s annual panto, Paisley Art Centre, currently under refurbishment this year’s family panto will take place in The Art Department, a large scale exhibition space run by Outspoken Arts in The Paisley Centre (formerly Allders Store/Co-op).  Panto will be performed in a fully-equipped, pop-up theatre on the third floor, which will be transformed to create a unique and immersive experience from beginning to end.  

       

Heading up a stellar ensemble cast as the Ugly Sisters are CHRIS ALEXANDER (Smile, Dundee Rep;  Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) who has been donning high heels as dame since his first appearance with PACE in 2017, and panto favourite, ALAN ORR (A New Life and Opening Time, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, The Dolls Abroad and The Dolls: Dragged Up, Scottish tour), whose comic performances have made him a favourite with panto audiences for many years. 

 

PACE is pleased to welcome back ANDY MCGREGOR as writer; Andy is a playwright, director and composer who is particularly known for his work for family audiences, as well as recent hit productions Crocodile Rock and A New Life (A Play, a Pie and a Pint and tour) and Spuds (in association with Beacon Arts Centre). He has previously written two pantos for PACE – The Snow Queen and Lost in Pantoland.   

 

Cinderella will be directed by DANIEL CAMERON; Daniel is a director, playwright and BAFTA Scotland award-winning actor, who is an alumnus of PACE. He trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he played the Dame in Beauty and The Beast (2012) and is a regular lecturer at the RCS on the BA Musical Theatre programme. 

 

Regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN, whose previous designs for PACE include Lost in Pantoland, The Snow Queen and Jack in the Beanstalk, will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. Fraser’s other recent credits include Designer for The Girls of Cartridge Hut No7 (Outspoken Arts), and Art Director for Nature+ Newsroom and Nature Zone (COP26).  

 

The remaining professional cast will be announced shortly, and they will be supported by over 100 young actors in four teams, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy. 

 

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing panto back to Paisley after a hiatus, as we know that the PACE panto is something of an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s especially exciting to be further developing our pop-up space, which we piloted during our summer activities, and we can’t wait to explore the opportunities that creating a panto in a non-traditional venue presents. We’re pulling out all the stops this Christmas and are confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”  

 

With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000 during the festive season, PACE promises a show you will never forget.   


  1. Tickets will go on sale on the following dates:   
    Group Bookings – Thu 25 Aug, 10am  
    General Bookings – Mon 29 Aug, 10am.   

LISTINGS INFORMATION 

 

PACE Theatre Company presents 
CINDERELLA 

Written by Andy McGregor 
Directed by Daniel Cameron 
Original Music by Alan Orr 

 

Wed 7 – Sat 31 December 2022  
(not Mondays) 

 

A family pantomime for all ages!  

 

General Booking: https://www.pacetheatre.com/boxoffice/ 
Group Booking: 0345 130 5218   
                                     
PRICING 

Tickets from £11 – £28.00 (booking fee applies)  
Schools and Group bookings – 10% off group bookings of 15 or over (excludes Gala Performance)   
 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE  

Wed 7 Dec:       7pm (Preview) 
Thu 8 Dec:        1pm and 7pm (Preview) 
Fri 9 Dec:          10am, 2pm and 7pm (Gala Performance) 
Sat 10 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 11 Dec:      11am (Relaxed performance) and 3pm  
 
Tue 13 Dec:      10am and 7pm (Signed performance) 
Wed 14 Dec:     10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Thu 15 Dec:      1pm and 7pm 
Fri 16 Dec:        10am, 2pm  and 7pm 
Sat 17 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 18 Dec:      11am and 3pm 
 
Tue 20 Dec:      10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Wed 21 Dec:     1pm and 7pm 
Thu 22 Dec:      3pm and 7pm 
Fri 23 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 24 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 

Tue 27 Dec:      11am and 3pm  
Wed 28 Dec:     3pm and 7pm 
Thu 29 Dec:      11am, 3pm and 7pm       
Fri 30 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 31 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 
 
CREATIVE TEAM  

Andy McGregor Writer  
Daniel Cameron             Director 
Alan Orr                        Producer & Original Music 
Pauline Ramsay            Production Manager 
Angela Orr                    Youth Theatre Director & Choreography 
Fraser Lappin               Set & Costume Designer 
Grant Mason                 Executive Producer

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

A new group has been set up to focus support for residents tackling the cost-of-living crisis in Renfrewshire.

Depute Leader, Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, will chair the new Fairer Renfrewshire sub-committee which will focus on tackling inequalities and the rising cost of living as well as the issues communities face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

The new group meets for the first time next week (Tuesday 16 August) and will also bring together Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron said: “Tackling the cost-of-living crisis is one of our administration’s top priorities. The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, but the current cost-of-living crisis is adding to the struggle for many with increased costs putting real pressure on all household budgets. Inflation is at its highest level for 30 years impacting on food and fuel costs and the increases to energy bills are a real concern.

“We know the impacts of this are particularly worse for low-income families. Boosting household incomes is vital, both through supporting people to access quality work as well as accessing benefits and support they are entitled to.

“We’re working hard with our partners to respond to the immediate challenges of the pandemic and cost of living crisis, while developing longer term plans to support those on low incomes.”

Councillor Cameron visited Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau yesterday in Paisley to meet advisors who have been supporting people through the current crisis.

She added: “We have invested more than £10 million in recent years helping those most in need in our communities through initiatives, including our Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes. Our immediate focus now is on ways we can reduce the financial pressure on low-income households in Renfrewshire.”

Martin Fotheringham, Chief Executive Officer at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Our advisors have been working hard to support and advise people as best as we can to make sure they get the right support. If anyone is concerned or has any worries either about their situation now or over the coming months, I would urge people to get in touch as soon as they can either by calling us or visiting our website for free, impartial advice. The earlier you seek advice, the more we can help.”

Renfrewshire Council has been working with its partners on a number of initiatives to help support communities during the cost-of-living crisis.

  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Linstone Housing and Renfrewshire Foodbank, it launched a Fuel Insecurity Pilot which provides additional emergency fuel support to low-income families who are struggling with fuel costs.
  • Using funding from the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund, it launched the Financial Insecurity Winter Payment, a referral-only payment given to households who are experiencing financial insecurity, particularly due to rising energy costs.
  • Its £50,000 Community Food Fund was launched to support local organisations who are developing projects to offer food in their communities. It is now accepting applications for a second round of funding which closes on Friday 12 August.
  • Its breakfast clubs provide free breakfasts to children and free food is also available during its Summer of Fun Street Stuff holiday activities
  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, it launched Fair Work Renfrewshire to provide advice on employment and related issues, including benefits entitlement and redundancy
  • It funded the appointment of an Affordable Credit Officer for Engage Renfrewshire to give help and support to people borrowing from high cost and illegal money lenders
  • It supported food pantries run by RAMH, Star Project and Active Communities in Paisley, Shortroods and Johnstone, providing £25,000 funding to each

The new committee will now look at further ways the Council and its partners can support those most in need.

This includes the launch of the Transition Fund for Parents, Skills and Training Grant Programme and Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative which will support people and parents back into work.

The funds were created to improve access to good employment opportunities after data showed one of the main barriers to employment in Renfrewshire was living in a single parent or jobless household with dependent children.

As well as local support, a number of new national support measures have been announced by the Scottish and UK Governments to help, including the Energy Bills Support Scheme which will provide a £400 discount on energy bills to everyone with a domestic energy connection in October, the £20 a week per child Scottish Child Payment and the £150 Council tax reduction.

Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau offers face-to-face appointments as well as advice online or on the phone.

If you are unsure what benefits are available to you or need advice and support during the cost-of-living crisis, contact Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or www.renfrewshirecab.org.uk or Advice Works on 0300 300 1238.

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A SCOTS boxer turned hip hop star dubbed The Brooklyn Scotsman is telling how as a teenager he left home and survived living in some of the toughest neighbourhoods of Brooklyn, New York.
Kieron Achara

Chair welcomes new directors who bring extensive experience to support charity’s mission of improving lives across Renfrewshire

An Olympian and a university executive have joined the board overseeing OneRen, the local charity providing life-change cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities across Renfrewshire.

Kieron Achara

Former professional basketball player Kieron Achara and Elaine Robertson, who heads international student recruitment at the University of West of Scotland (UWS), are looking forward to starting work to help improve the region’s health and wellbeing.

The independent directors join at an exciting time for the charity as it supports communities with the continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and as work progresses on major projects including the £42m transformation of Paisley Museum.

Kieron was a member of the Team GB basketball team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He went on to a professional sporting career with teams in Scotland, Italy, Spain, Greece and Bulgaria.

Since retiring as a player, he has been deeply involved in developing the next generation of basketball players across Scotland and further afield.

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Former Glasgow Rocks star Kieron, who also captained Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, said: “When people reflect on my sporting success they tend to focus on my work ethic and willingness to succeed.

“The reality is without the correct infrastructure and support, it would have been hard to achieve anything.

“I am passionate about creating the right infrastructure and environment for people to reach their full potential.

“I hope that my experiences and expertise in sports development and community projects can help OneRen’s life-improving mission to help continue to create these positive spaces.”

Elaine brings with her more than 20 years’ experience of public service, including working with community organisations. She has held her current role as the Paisley-based Head of International Student Recruitment at UWS since 2016. This has included extensive work in business development.

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Outside of work, she is a lifelong participant in sport, with interests ranging from mountain biking and open-water swimming to dance and martial arts.

Elaine said: “I have a real interest and passion for health and wellbeing and for culture, leisure and sport. OneRen’s mission to use this to create opportunities and improve lives across Renfrewshire is one which resonates strongly with me.

“Working at UWS, directly opposite the site of the Paisley Museum Reimagined regeneration project, I cannot fail to be excited by the work so evidently in progress to enhance community and economic wellbeing in Renfrewshire.

“I am genuinely excited about the increasingly influential role that OneRen has to play in the region’s life.”

The new directors were appointed following an open recruitment process.

OneRen Chair, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kieron and Elaine to the Board and am looking forward to working with them. We have a high-calibre team around the table.

“Both bring a tremendous amount of experience with them, which I am sure will help influence and inspire us as we strive to help improve health, wellbeing and opportunities for people across Renfrewshire. Exciting times lie ahead.”

OneRen is the operating name of Renfrewshire Leisure Limited.

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Renfrewshire charity St Vincent’s Hospice has completed its top team with the appointment of Gillian Green as its new Director of Fundraising and Supporter Relations.

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Gillian’s appointment completes the new line-up at St Vincent’s after the appointment of a new Chief Executive in April 2021 and the appointment of a new Director of Care and Quality in October 2021 when Susan McCallum joined the team after 17 years at Ayrshire Hospice.

With over 23 years of experience in the charity sector, Gillian began her fundraising career at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) in 1999 and during her time at CHAS developed her strategic and leadership skills, rising to the role of Head of Fundraising Operations. In 2019 she joined Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS)  where, as Assistant Director of Fundraising, she used innovative ideas to maximise fundraising opportunities. 

CEO, Kirsteen Murray, said “It is an enormous pleasure to welcome Gillian to the team. Her extensive experience of fundraising in the hospice sector, combined with her deep commitment to developing long-term supporter and volunteer relationships, makes her the ideal person to develop the long-term sustainability of the hospice so that we are here to serve the communities of Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire for many years to come”.

jay semple

BLIND athlete Jay Semple is preparing to take part in his 11th Paisley 10k Road Race and he’s encouraging others to join him racing around the streets of Paisley.

Jay, 43, suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Choroideremia – a genetic disorder that causes a progressive loss of vision – and will be assisted running around the race route by a running guide.

jay semple

But not only is he running in the Paisley 10k Race, Jay will also be taking part in the shorter Fun Run that sets off shortly afterwards, wearing his kilt and accompanied by his nine-year-old son, Tyler-James.

The Paisley 10k and Fun Run takes place on Sunday, August 21 and organisers are welcoming runners of all abilities, – from novice to experienced club and international athletes.

The popular event is organised by OneRen – the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives – supported by Renfrewshire Council and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club.

The Paisley 10k is Scotland’s third largest road race and the official charity partner is the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine.

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10K race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged under seven, eight to 12 year old and 13 to 15 year old.

Jay, from Knightswood, in Glasgow has taken part in more than 300 road races and fun runs since he lost his sight in 2014, but he says the Paisley event is his favourite.

“It’s a fantastic day and it’s definitely my favourite run. It’s very well organised and there are always people cheering me on. I can’t speak highly enough about it.

“And Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron always comes over to give me a hug and I’m treated very well by everyone involved.”

Jay added: “I would urge people to sign up for the event and give it a go. If they’re not confident about doing the 10k, they should do the Fun Run.”

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at OneRen said: “There’s still time to sign up for either the 10k Race or the Fun Run and join more than 2000 people who will be running on the day.

“Those taking part will have a great time and there are always lots of people on the pavement cheering the runners as they go by.

“Getting sponsored to complete either the 10k or Fun Run is a great way to raise money for charity or local clubs and organisations.”

To sign up for the 10k or Fun Run go to www.oneren.org/paisley-10k. Entries close at noon on Friday, August 19 as there are no entries available on race day.