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Contact the Elderly provides free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people aged 75 and over who are socially isolated, and has been described by some as a lifeline of friendship.

Eleven local groups from in and around Glasgow, including the group in Renfrewshire, recently joined forces for a tea party to celebrate the charity’s fiftieth year.


Ordinarily a volunteer host welcomes a small group of around six guests and four drivers at their home once or twice a year, and each group enjoys 12 tea parties a year. On this occasion however, the venue was Kinlochard Village Hall and more than 100 guests and volunteers attended.

Tea parties have been held annually in Kinlochard for 43 years and the volunteer who arranged the first one, Saffrey Miller, is still involved today!


Guests were piped into the hall by 11 year old Murray O’May, and enjoyed music from harpist Katherine Harrison and Care for a Ceilidh, a scheme which sees musicians providing short concerts to residents of care homes in and around Glasgow.


Tunnocks also donated a beautiful cake for the Golden Jubilee tea party and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Rance travelled from London for the special tea party. Commenting on the day, she said:

“For me, it was one of the most rewarding tea party events I have attended and so wonderful to see our work in action.

“Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves, guests and volunteers alike. The entertainment was superb and I could see how much work had gone into making it such a success.”

Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers.

To find out how to volunteer with Contact the Elderly, if you would like to become a guest, or know someone who could benefit from this unique charity please contact Caroline McGinlay, Scotland – Volunteer Support Officer on 0141 812 1555


Image 1- Overall view of 11 groups

Image 2- Alex and Mary (Rance – CEO) cutting the cake donated by Tunnocks

Image 3- Katherine playing the harp

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CHILDREN’S telly favourite Peppa Pig was certainly hogging the limelight when she visited Scotland yesterday. (Sunday, May 24)

More than a thousand youngsters turned up at the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination, near Glasgow to catch a glimpse of the little piggy, who is now a worldwide phenomenon.

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Peppa was making a series of appearances throughout the day to entertain the kids as well as teaching them a fun new Peppa song and dance. It was her only Scottish date as part of a nationwide tour of 14 intu shopping and leisure destinations.

At each of Peppa’s five appearances, almost 100 lucky youngsters managed to get one of the free entry wristbands to get close up and meet Peppa, but hundreds more came to the Soar at intu Braehead centre mall just to see their favourite little piggy.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The reaction to Peppa Pig was amazing.

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“It was one of the most popular events we’ve ever staged at intu Braehead with a huge demand for free entry wristbands. Even those who couldn’t get a wristband turned up in their hundreds.”

The Peppa Pig TV show is now screened in 200 countries across the globe and has been translated into 40 different languages.

Last week it was reported that Peppa, who first appeared on British television in 2004, had smashed the one billion dollar barrier for US sales, which is expected to double by 2020.

Preschool show Peppa Pig is co-owned and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne) and created by animation studio Astley Baker Davies. Episodes air daily on Channel 5’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr.



Captions –  Peppa 1 pic: Lucie Edgar, aged three, from Hunterhill, in Paisley meets Peppa Pig when she visited Soar at intu Braehead. Peppa 2 pic: Youngsters visiting Soar at intu Braehead enjoyed meeting Peppa Pig.


YOUNGSTERS got a chance to show of their baking skills at the intu Braehead shopping centre yesterday. (Friday)

The kids were having loads of fun at the mall’s Wee Cookies Bakery – flipping pancakes and decorating gingerbread men with coloured icing.


It was part of intu Braehead’s Big Eat event, which continues today with a festival of food and cookery demonstrations, hosted by Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid.

A specially built kitchen has been set up in the central atrium for The Big Eat, which runs from noon to 5pm and there are be free nibbles for everyone to enjoy.

The Big Eat is part of a series of Big Treat events throughout May, at both the mall and Soar at intu Braehead. These events are also taking place all over the UK at other intu shopping centres.

And there’s another treat for children when Peppa Pig makes several special appearances between 11am and 3pm tomorrow (Sunday) at the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.


With pic of Morvin Okoro, aged five, from Gallowhill, Paisley.

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Johnstone’s new town hall was given a housewarming to remember at the weekend – with an afternoon-long party to which the whole town was invited.

Thousands turned out to enjoy entertainment laid on by Renfrewshire Council designed to celebrate the £14.5m facility in the heart of the town.

The official opening was performed by local MSP Hugh Henry, who unveiled a plaque during a short ceremony for guests from the local community.

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Clyde 1 DJs Gina McKie and George Bowie got the public party started on the main stage in Houstoun Square, with an afternoon of music, dance and more, as well as a funfair.

Acts appearing on the day included Scottish X Factor starlet Emily Middlemas, as well as local rockers Lemonhaze, singer Liam Doyle, McCallum School of Music, Splash Productions, Christine Aitken School of Dance and Johnstone Brass Band.

Johnstone Town Hall

There was also plenty going on for kids, with theatre performances inside the town hall, plus giant inflatables in Ludovic Square.

And local traders were able to show off everything the town has to offer to visitors, with a showcase run by the Johnstone Business Consortium.

The fun continued into the evening with a family ceilidh led by Clamjamfrie in the main hall – showing off the flexibility of the facility.

The town hall will be a hub for life in Johnstone and the villages for generations to come, and contains modern facilities including theatre space, a library, dance studio, ceremony suite, cafe, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The building is also home to offices for council housing, social work, registry and Adviceworks staff, meaning it acts as a one-stop shop for a range of services.

Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support are also due to move into the building later this year.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was there on the day and said: “This town hall is very much for the people of Johnstone – it was designed in partnership with the community and with their needs in mind.

Johnstone Town Hall

“So it was only fitting that we put something on in the town centre on the day of the official opening which would bring the people of Johnstone and the villages into the new building and the area around it.

“The day itself was a great success – it’s always a pleasure to be out and about and meeting people at occasions like this.”

The new Johnstone Town Hall is now available for functions, and will soon be taking its first wedding.

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Ambitious plans for a community-led theatre and cinema development in Paisley town centre have taken another step forward thanks to a council cash injection.

The Paisley 2021 Community Development Trust is working on innovative proposals for a multi-purpose performance venue as part of the wider push to use culture and heritage to transform Paisley’s future, including a bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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And the trust has been awarded up to a maximum of £34,000 from a council fund for social enterprises to help them produce a detailed business case for the new venue.

A feasibility study into a new venue was one of the key strands of the heritage-led regeneration strategy for Paisley revealed by Renfrewshire Council last year.

The flagship project of the regeneration strategy is the plans to turn Paisley Museum into a national museum of textile and costume and an international destination for heritage tourism.

The Paisley 2021 Trust – a charitable organisation formed by local businessmen and including PACE Theatre Group – last year approached the council and offered to take the lead on the study into the new theatre/cinema.

The money for the project comes from a social enterprise grant fund set up last year through the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support business and create employment.

Councillors on the Economy and Jobs Board this week approved the award of an additional £100k to extend the grant scheme for another year until 2017.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are taking forward ambitious and far-reaching plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to transform the town’s future.

“Paisley is due to lodge its bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and crucial to that will be boosting the area’s cultural programme, which means we need to consider our venue capacity.

“That bid process is bigger than anything the council can do on its own – it will need the entire community pulling together, which is why we are delighted the Paisley 2021 Trust has volunteered to run with this element of it.

“The social enterprise grant fund has been a big success since it launched last year, with a number of worthy local causes having benefitted to date, and we are delighted to be able to extend that fund to run into 2017.”

Paisley 2021 trustee Gary Kerr added: “We are delighted with the level of support we are receiving from the council at this stage of the project.

“The feasibility study is an exciting development which we hope will demonstrate the viability of a new theatre and cinema in Paisley town centre.

“Our consultants will be speaking to the local community as well as touring groups, performers and agents.

“We hope by the end to have established a demand for it, what shape it should take, and which of the five sites we have earmarked it should be on.”

Other third-sector projects to benefit from the social enterprise small grants scheme since it was set up last year include Crisis Counselling, Erskine Music and Media Studio, Scottish Huntington’s Association and KipCo Kilbarchan Improvement Projects.

Families First

Hundreds of youngsters are enjoying a packed programme of activities at the Families First clubs held during school holidays.

Over 400 children attended the school clubs during the Easter break when the activity clubs were doubled to five hour long sessions.

Families First

The longer sessions were introduced following feedback from parents whose children attending the holiday clubs during October and December last year.

The Families First holiday activity sessions are offered to P1 to P3 pupils who are entitled to a school clothing grant; to children who attend additional support needs schools; and also to children under five who attend a council pre-five centre during school holidays.

Families First

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, paid a recent visit to a holiday activity camp to see how children are benefitting from the programme.

Councillor Henry, who visited a club in Renfrew, said: “The Families First programme is working hard to improve outcomes for children in their early years across Renfrewshire. Right from the beginning, we’ve listened to families and responded to their needs and that ethos continues to help us shape the programme. That is why we increased the number of hours the children attend the holiday activity clubs each day.

“The clubs have a packed programme of sports and games and children get to have fun at a local venue and while they are there they are provided with a healthy meal, all completely free of charge.

“We also provide a fun programme of activities for nursery children who attend a pre-five centre during the school holidays.

“Many families are facing tough times and some families can find themselves stretched during the school holidays. Our Families First holiday clubs are an important part of offering support to Renfrewshire families while helping our youngest children to thrive.”

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Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

This is Scottish Apprenticeship Week and a chance for 16-19 year olds to investigate the opportunities that a Modern Apprenticeship can offer. Young people who want to learn while they work and are keen to take the first steps on their career ladder can choose from a great range of apprenticeships. In Renfrewshire, there are traineeships in traditional trades and crafts, in leisure and retail businesses, clerical and childcare posts, and in a variety of council services.

Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

Some of Renfrewshire’s current apprentices met with Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, to discuss how they are building careers with local employers.

David Harris, is doing his apprenticeship with Paisley Autocare. He said; “I’ve always loved cars and to work with them every day is a real treat. It’s inspiring when you get the chance to do a specific piece of work on a car. I also value the security of knowing I have a job with people I like for the next four years.

Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

His boss, John Convery is a great believer in apprenticeships. “It’s how we do things in this trade but, more than that, it’s how we like to work. It means we can train staff who’ll help our business grow and we create long term career opportunities for local people.

Claire Crummie is in the second year of her apprenticeship with Napier Hair and Beauty. She was attracted by the opportunity to “earn and learn and work with people who have the same goals. I get to experience every aspect of the hairdressing profession”. Claire would recommend starting a career with an apprenticeship and advises others to “research the industry and employer that you’d like to work with and make sure they can provide you with the training you need to take you to wherever you want to go.

Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

Napier Hair and Beauty is owned by Elaine Napier, who is another firm believer in training and staff development, said, “Hairdressing is a profession that offers great variety and career potential. We make sure that our apprentices get broad training and experience of the highest standard. It pays off for us. We develop great hairdressers for a business where personal skills are vital. It also means that we forge strong, long term links with our clients.”

Also pictured, are Georgia Blair who is an apprentice dental nurse with Foxbar Dental Practice with Declan Hamilton and Connie Lamb who work for Invest in Renfrewshire. They all value learning from colleagues and working towards their future. Georgia says, “You learn a lot quicker and you learn a lot more, I believe that being in the working environment develops your people and personal skills more rapidly.”

Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said, “These young people are inspiring. They are committed to learning and professional development and are already a credit to their employers. They’re building a future for themselves in Renfrewshire and they’re helping businesses to grow.”

Graham McIntyre owns Gormac Coachworks and has employed a succession of apprentices who have stayed on with the business after they qualified. He says,“Our apprentices are part of Gormac’s growth story. We’ve built up a fantastic team over the years and its members are the key strength in this business. To prove the point, we expect to recruit another apprentice later this year.”

Renfrewshire’s Apprentices

Councillor Mark Macmillan believes that apprenticeships are a vital part of Renfrewshire’s potential. “When an employer takes on an apprentice, they invest in that young person, they invest in their own growth, and they invest in Renfrewshire’s future. This is exactly how we want to strengthen Renfrewshire; with real opportunities, sustained business success and cooperation between businesses, residents, the council and our partners in education.”

On Wednesday (20 May), more than 70 young people attended an Information Evening at West College Paisley where they met with potential employers and learned about apprenticeships. To find out more about becoming an apprentice or employing one in Renfrewshire, call 0300 300 1180 or visit


BRITAIN’S Got Talent star, Edward Reid turned up at the food court of the intu Braehead shopping centre and said:
“Geisha plate of that sushi!”


The Scots singer and presenter is preparing to host The Big Eat event at the mall – two days of cookery demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23.
Edward met up with 27-year-old Patricia Silva, who’s a chef at the Yo! Sushi restaurant in the centre, who was dressed as a geisha in traditional kimono and make-up, to find out what tantalises the taste buds in Japan.


But the Big Eat free festival of food will also show shoppers how to make lots of other favourite dishes, as it features chefs from restaurants like the Handmade Burger co, Filling Station, Tony Roma’s, Buffet Kitchen and the Marks and Spencer store along with cocktails from the 360 champagne bar in the mall.

A specially built kitchen is being set up in the central atrium for The Big Eat, which runs from noon to 5pm on both days and there will be free nibbles for everyone to enjoy.

The Big Eat is part of a series of Big Treat events throughout May, at both the mall and Soar at intu Braehead. These events are also taking place all over the UK at other intu shopping centres.
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “Whether you’re a novice Nigella Lawson, a would-be Anthony Worrall Thompson, or a junior Jamie Oliver, our Big Eat event is the place to be this weekend.

“The chefs demonstrating their skills will be passing on so many tips and tricks from the kitchen, you’ll be heading straight home and setting the oven to Gas Mark 6!”



pix of entertainer Edward Reid and Patricia Silva, a chef from Yo! Sushi, dressed as a traditional Japanese geisha.

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A Paisley hairdressing trainee has beaten the cream of Scottish apprentices across all trades to be named Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year.

Reece Phimister, from the town’s Napier Hair and Beauty salon, was announced overall winner of the title on Tuesday evening (19 May) at a swanky ceremony held in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament building.

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Nominated for the award by his training organisation, Ambition Centre for Training, 19-year-old Reece was one of three finalists who saw off tough competition from more than 50 young trainees across Scotland.

‘Hearing my name read out as the winner was beyond perfect. I’ve wanted to be a hairdresser forever, and I can’t express how grateful I am to my employer, Elaine Napier, for everything she’s done and for giving me the chance to fulfil my dream, and to the trainers at ACT for all their hard work and for having faith in me,’ said Reece, who is also shortlisted in the Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards due to be held this Thurs.

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Elaine Napier, who has mentored Reece personally since he started work with her two years ago, said Reece had a professional attitude that would take him far. She said: ‘Reece is already a winner at Napier Hair and Beauty. We’re all really proud of him and I reckon this is just the first recognition of his talents, with many more to come.’

ACT co-director Lynda McGivern said the title was a just reward. She said: ‘We see a lot of young people who put a lot of effort into their training and go on to build successful careers, but Reece is really something special. The win was well deserved and I’m sure he’ll one day be going on to great things nationally and internationally.’

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SHOPPERS at intu Braehead are getting the chance to win a host of prizes –  simply by having a sit-down on the mall’s Big Treat Seat, this weekend.

They are being invited to take the weight off their feet on the giant orange chair and if The Big Treat Seat randomly decides that the lights go on and the siren sounds, then they’ll have won a prize.

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These prizes range from free cups of coffee, cosmetic and perfume gift sets and restaurant vouchers, to free passes at leisure attractions in Soar at intu Braehead, gift cards worth up to £50 and a wine hamper.

The Big Treat Seat will be in the shopping centre between 11am and 5pm today (Saturday) and tomorrow. And the following Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23 it will be in Soar at intu Braehead at the same times during these days.

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The following day, Sunday, May 24, Soar at intu Braehead has a special guest with Peppa Pig making an appearance to entertain the kids.

The Big Treat Seat is part of a series of Big Treat events throughout May, at both the mall and Soar at intu Braehead. These events are also taking place all over the UK at other intu shopping centres.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “Shoppers who win one of our fabulous prizes will certainly be sitting pretty.

“We’re bringing a bit of fun to the mall throughout May and also giving shoppers, the chance to win a treat or two.”

With pic. Caption: Sitting pretty – make-up artist, Fiona Cross, 32, got a sneak preview of The Big Treat Seat when she visited the intu Braehead mall yesterday.