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7 Zhelaniy – an awe inspiring new show from the most famous circus on earth.
A place where wishes become reality

The Moscow State Circus returns to the Scotland with its latest & greatest production to date, based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or “the flower with seven colours,
” by Valentin Petrovich Katayev where each of the petals represent a wish and is
the perfect back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.

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Professor Wacko & his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva invite’s the audience to a wondrous & mysterious enchanted garden, a place where dreams come true and a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Ireland before.As our Loveable Buffoons guide us through this tantalising tale, granting wishes to the beautiful Kushka Veslovskiy who plays Zhenya, surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking & roller-skating performers

The Wonderful winter Spectacular features:

STYNKA on the horizontal bouncing Russian bar
VESLOVSKIY roller-skating revolutions
ELIZA KHACHUTRYAN Ballerina on the High wire in the roof of the big top
TRIO ATLAS on the floating globes
OLGA ROZHKOVSKAYA devastating low silver thread walker.
TATIANA OZHIGANOVA Beautiful daredevil Ariel diva.

Don’t miss this amazing show, created especially for its first ever visit to Scotland, all housed in there modern state of the art fully licensed new climate controlled luxury theatre big top.
Ticketmaster 0844 856 5555 

Ringside VIP £36. Concessions £32
Grandstand Deluxe £34. Concessions £30
Ringside £32. Concessions £28
Grandstand £30. Concessions £26
Side View £20. Concessions £17
Rear View £10. Concessions £7

Dates & Times:
Thurs 7th to Sun 17th January

Thurs 7th 7.30pm
Fri 8th 5pm & 8pm
Sat 9th 2pm, 5pm & 8pm
Sun 10th 2pm & 5pm
Mon 11th 7.30pm
Tues 12th NO SHOW
Wed 13th 7.30pm
Thurs 14th 7.30pm
Fri 15th 5pm & 8pm
Sat 16th 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

The Moscow State Circus Big Top
Braehead – Glasgow
SOAR at INTU Braehead
Kings Inch Rd

All photographs above taken for by Alex Kyle Photography.


Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has encouraged local constituents to take part in a Scottish Government consultation that is looking at introducing a specific offence to tackle domestic abuse.

Scotland will be one of the few countries in the world to introduce dedicated legislation that would not only capture types of conduct that are already criminal but also other forms of psychological abuse and control which cannot usually be prosecuted under the existing criminal law.


The ‘A criminal offence of domestic abuse Scottish Government Consultation Paper’ was launched yesterday (22/12) and will be accepting responses up until Friday 1st of April.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The Scottish Government has set out their clear commitment to tackling domestic abuse. Earlier this year the Scottish Government provided £20m to help tackle domestic violence against women and girls and this consultation, and potential legislative change, serves as another way that we can try to rid domestic violence from our society.

“There already exists a number of laws that are designed to protect against acts that are clearly defined as criminal and violent. However, it is crucial that we strengthen the existing legislation to take into account other more subtle, but equally damaging, forms of abuse.”

“Ensuring that we have the correct, fit-for-purpose and robust legislation is vitally important, and it’s essential that this is combined with front-facing action that raises awareness of domestic violence.

“This consultation serves as an ideal opportunity to take further action on the scourge of domestic violence. I’d encourage as many people as possible to submit a consultation response and help play their part in tackling domestic violence.”

Jen McKay

We have been reading of the wonderful gesture of Deli Malatso owner Jen McKay who is giving up her Christmas Day to help those less fortunate than others. Jen has decided to invite those who either can’t afford to pay for Christmas dinner or are alone on the day, what a wonderful sentiment from a Paisley business.

Jen McKay


Jen is a true community champion, it shows that what is really a simple gesture of goodwill can and probably will help change the lives of so many people. On the day where lots of families come together and fight over what they want to watch on TV or eat far too much and take family life for granted, others such as pensioners, homeless and those people who really can’t get out much and struggle socially will no doubt be sitting alone and at best would have a microwave meal. Jen will change that and we think she is amazing.
Deli Malatso is situated on 50 High Street, right across from Leisureland: Jen has posted on her Facebook page..

I have had so many messages from such kind people offering to come and help for a few hours during the day that I can’t reply to all of them, I have tried honest so to everyone that has messaged firstly thank you so much and secondly if you fancy popping down then please do so. Its going to be a very informal fun day and if it’s not busy when you arrive we can have a mince pie, pull a cracker and have a chat, I might even pull out the trivial pursuit, I really do hope that it is busy with people who just need company and a nice meal but I’m worried about the lack of transport on the day but we can only wait and see what happens. Thank you again for all your donations which have made the day possible, whatever is left over will be donated out so nothing will go to waste

Malatso is open till Christmas Eve from 9am till 5pm and will open from 12.30pm on Christmas Day. If you’d like to go along, either pop in to Malatso before Christmas Day and give a member of staff your details so that Jen has an idea of numbers or go along on the day from 12.30pm where you’ll be made welcome.


So from everyone at we would like to say well done Jen, we wish there were more people like you, it goes to show that the community of Paisley can, and will, come together to help others especially at times of need.

(photograph courtesy of Daily Record)

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YOUNGSTERS from a Renfrew primary school got really mall excited when they visited Santa’s Grotto at the intu Braehead shopping centre.
The kids from Kirklandneuk Primary 1 class got to meet the big man with a white beard and who wears a red suit.

They were invited along to come and play this Christmas and meet Santa by the kind-hearted team running the mall and as well as being able to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, the youngsters were also given an early present.

kirklandneuk santa visit

The grotto is open from 11am every day until Christmas Eve, when it opens even earlier at 9am and is in the upper mall between Sports Direct and Schuh Kids.
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “The magic of Christmas is all about the excitement and look of joy on the faces of kids when they meet Santa.

“We’re very keen to keep the traditions of Christmas and there’s nothing more traditional than having a Santa’s Grotto which has never been more popular this year.”
Log on to for more information and to book a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

Glasgow Airport exterior 18.12.14

Glasgow Airport is preparing for its busiest festive period in seven years as tens of thousands of travellers take to the skies for the Christmas holidays.

More than 247,000 people are expected to pass through the airport over the next two weeks (21 December – 3 January) to popular destinations including the Canary Islands, Salzburg, Dubai and New York.Many of those who live and work elsewhere in the UK or overseas will also make their way home to celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and relatives.

Glasgow Airport exterior 18.12.14

In the run up to the busy festive getaway, Glasgow Airport is reminding travellers to pack their Christmas gifts carefully, and to place them in their hold luggage rather than hand luggage where possible. Passengers are also being urged to wrap their gifts when they reach their destination, rather than before travelling, as they may be opened during the security screening process.

Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport said: “Christmas and New Year is always a special time of year. It’s also a particularly busy time for the airport as our airlines and baggage handlers gear up for one of the busiest periods.

“Our advice to everyone – whether they are travelling home or jetting off for a winter break, is to double check that all liquids carried in hand luggage are within the 100ml limit – that includes presents such as toiletries and alcohol. To be on the safe side, and to help reduce waiting times at security, we recommend that all of our passengers pack their gifts in their hold luggage where possible.

“We wish all of our passengers a very merry Christmas, and a restful New Year when it comes.”

Over the past 12 months, Glasgow Airport has secured 27 new routes and services. In December, easyJet launched a new route to Milan, British Airways started a service to Salzburg for the ski season, and Blue Air and Wizz Air both launched a new route to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Air France also announced a new daily service to Charles de Gaulle in Paris starting in 2016.



Facebay Fundraising Founder Irene McDonald Presents Alison Of The SSPCA Cardonald Cat And Dog Home With £700 Pounds cash Dog Food and blankets which was raised by the members of the group by buying items thank you all that contributed or bought items over the past two months..


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paisley gilmour street

Paisley Gilmour Street is officially the fourth busiest railway station in Scotland. Figures out this week (15.12.15) show that more than 4 million journeys started or finished at Gilmour Street. Only Edinburgh Waverly and Glasgow’s Central and Queen St Stations see more passengers.

paisley gilmour street
PGS opened in 1840 as a stop on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway. It operated initially with two platforms until a further two were built to cope with the expansion of the town during the textiles boom.

The Grade B listed building has changed little in its 175 year history. The line was electrified in 1967 and locals may remember its roof being replaced in 2011-12. The building’s fortitude might be something to do with the four leaf clovers that decorate the trusses over the platforms.

Today, Paisley Gilmour Street is a key part of the transport infrastructure in the west of Scotland and its role will expand when the new rail connection between Glasgow Central and the airport comes into operation in 2024.

Gilmour St clover

Although two options, a tram-train or a light personal rapid transport system, are being considered, both would include a stop at PGS. The station can, therefore, be expected to get even busier and to feature in the journeys of those flying in and out of Glasgow Airport.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said, “Paisley Gilmour Street is a big part of local life and plays an important role in the town centre’s economy. Its passenger figures also show how pivotal Renfrewshire is to the economic growth of the west of Scotland.”

Despite Paisley Gilmour Street’s impressive history, current importance and future significance to the whole region, its operators, Scotrail and Abellio, have not designated it as one of Scotland’s strategic railways stations or marked it for development.

Councillor Macmillan continued, “Paisley Gilmour Street’s strategic importance should mean that investment in its future is a priority. The new airport rail connection and our town centre regeneration mean that ever-increasing numbers of people will be travelling to Paisley. For many of them, the station will form their first impression of the town – and of Scotland. We will be negotiating with Scotrail and Abellio to guarantee that Paisley Gilmour Street station will be enhanced to offer the type of facilities expected at a station of this scale and importance.”


A woman from Paisley is singing from the rooftops this Christmas having been crowned the winner of‘s Holiday Heroes 2015, in recognition of her outstanding charity work.

16/12/15 - 15121603 - FRANK PR PAISLEY  Holiday Heroes winner - Charlene Gordon

Charlene Gordon, a vocal coach and choir leader who runs the RockUs Choir, has earnt her and her family a place in the sun having emerged as the overall winner in the holiday price comparison site’s inaugural competition, which aims to celebrate individuals who have made a difference in their community. 

The 32 year-old mother-of-two received the most votes ahead of nine other shortlisted contenders vying to be the ultimate Holiday Hero. Emerging as the winner with 13 more votes than her nearest rival during a one month public vote on the website.

“This is definitely one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received. The choir and my other charity projects keep me so busy, my family and I rarely get to travel abroad, but we’ll definitely find the time to enjoy this great treat from!”

Nominated by friend June Craig after successfully hosting a charity concert in Paisley which raised a substantial sum of money for a number of charities, Charlene’s local choir group boasts over 100 members from all walks of life having begun less than five years ago with just four singers.

Chief Marketing Officer at Ross Matthews said, “We firmly believe in not only acknowledging but rewarding the kind-hearted souls who go out of their way to make a difference for other people in the community. The Holiday Heroes campaign is our very own way to champion those inspirational individuals, Charlene being a shining example.”

Paisley sports fanatic Gavin Lemon has cycled from Edinburgh to Glasgow raising £105 for local mental health charity RAMH.

Gavin, who plays community football for Paisley Lions, pedalled 55 miles to raise funds for local mental health services provided by RAMH.

Paisley Lions Team (1)

Physical health coordinator Leanne Connolly said “at RAMH we’re thrilled to have had Gavin’s support. This was a significant achievement for him and furthermore will help us develop the service so that even more people can enhance their mental health by getting physically active.”

The Paisley Lions community football sessions are every Saturday from 10am-12pm in Paisley for males aged 16 or above. Five-a-side matches are played at the individuals’ own pace. Football is used as a means of encouraging people with mental ill health to engage with others and their local community, while improving physical, mental and social wellbeing. It is particularly geared towards men, who are less likely than women to seek support for mental health problems.

Gavin Lemon

Recent research has evidenced that becoming physically fit can lead to improved mental health and a significant reduction of anxiety, depression and a range of other symptoms. Paisley Lions is a RAMH initiative and they recently played at St Mirren as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

New players are welcome, sessions cost £2. Contact Leanne on 0141 618 5547 or to get involved.

RAMH helps 5,000 people across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire with all mental health diagnosis from depression to bipolar disorder. To support mental health services in your local area go to and search for RAMH.

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Plans for a rail connection between the airport, Paisley and Glasgow Central Station took another step forward on Tuesday (15 December) when the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley City Deal Cabinet endorsed plans by approving £1.149 million of funding to progress work on the vital project.

Now, an outline business case will be developed to evaluate two options for the new link. A review of potential options has confirmed that the best performing and most affordable solution is a tram-train. This would operate on heavy rail between Glasgow Central station and Paisley, where carriages would then move on to tram rails and run right to the door of the airport. This scheme will be attractive to travellers because its 16.5 minute journey would involve no change of train.

gilmour street


The second option involves building a light personal rapid transport system (PRT) running between an interchange on the existing rail lines at Paisley and the airport. Although cheaper to build, this system is likely to be slightly less attractive to users as passengers would need to change between the train and the PRT to complete their journey.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said, “The City Deal Cabinet’s approval brings us another stage closer to actually creating this link between the airport, Paisley and Glasgow Central. The rail service will be a key component in the continuing success of the airport which, in turn, will be a vital part of Renfrewshire’s ongoing economic growth. ”

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is an agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments and eight local authorities. It will invest £1.13billion in infrastructure, employability programmes and business growth across the region. The airport rail connection is the biggest of these projects with an expected cost of £144m.

The City Deal will bring tens of thousands of extra jobs to Glasgow and the Clyde Valley over the next few decades through 20 major infrastructure projects; drive innovation and growth through the support of key sectors such as life sciences; and address challenges in the region’s labour market.

Two other infrastructure projects will contribute to Renfrewshire’s long term economic success. The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside scheme will build a bridge over the Clyde from Renfrew to Yoker. This will link to a new road offering an alternative traffic route around Renfrew and avoiding Renfrew Cross. The investment will open up unused land for development, attract business to Renfrew and create new commercial and cultural links between communities on both sides of the river.

Plans for the Glasgow Airport Investment Zone include roads, cycle ways and a bridge. These will join up the Inchinnan, the Airport and Westway Business Parks to create a major growth location with tremendous air, sea and land connectivity.

Councillor Macmillan continued; “The scale of the City Deal projects in Renfrewshire shows just how important this area will be to the economic success of the City Region. This investment, together with our regeneration strategies, will release this area’s potential. We are determined that Renfrewshire’s workers, communities and businesses will benefit fully from the opportunities that City Deal will bring. The airport connection is an essential part of what promises to be a thriving future for the whole region.”

Tuesday’s cabinet also approved funding for the Cathkin Relief Rd and Newton Community Growth Area in South Lanarkshire and for Glasgow’s Canal and North Gateway-Sighthill projects.