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

The Jogging Buddies Jingle Bell Run took place on Sunday 2nd December in Barshaw Park and we were on hand to take some Paisley photographs of the event. Alex Kyle was there to take photos on behalf of paisley.org.uk

All money raised was for the British Heart Foundation. It was the 10th annual jingle bell run with 230 runners taking part, and 2 dogs! You can receive your copy of a photo by emailing us on brian@paisley.org.uk.

 

Councillor Iain Mcillan, West PS pupils and The Skoobs

Pupils have monster day out at book giveaway

A group of Paisley schoolchildren got their hands on a pack of free kids’ books – and had a brush with some friendly monsters along the way!

The P1 pupils from West Primary were at the town’s Central Library to each receive a family pack featuring the three titles shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

The giveaway, courtesy of the Scottish Book Trust, took place as part of Book Week Scotland and has seen Renfrewshire Libraries gift the pack to every local P1 pupil.

And the event also marked the launch of The Skoobs – Renfrewshire Libraries’ new mascots – a group of friendly creatures who live among the books.

The West Primary pupils were treated to a reading from library staff and also met some giant life-size Skoobs.

They were joined by Councillor Ian McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board.

Councillor McMillan said: “One of the council’s key priorities is to equip the area’s children with skills they will need in life, such as a good level of literacy.

“Getting them interested in reading at an early age is a key part of that, and we are grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for enabling us to give away these great books.

“Renfrewshire Libraries have loads for children of all ages, such as a wide selection of books, a range of computer equipment, and regular events.

“If they don’t already do so, I would encourage pupils, parents and teachers to find out what their local library has to offer.”

Throughout November, any Primary One classes visiting a local library have received a free joining pack for each child.

This contains an ‘I love my library’ fluorescent bag, a leaflet with information on how to join, and a usb device containing videos of top children’s authors reading from their books.

The device also promotes the new website for children, teachers and parents at www.renfrewshirelibraries.info

The three books given away in the Bookbug pack are Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson, Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner, and The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell.

You can also find out what’s on at your local library by following Renfrewshire Libraries on Facebook.

Martha and Mark Rafferty

Baker Street legend gets ‘own’ Drive
Daughter Martha’s delight at home town tribute to Gerry Rafferty

The daughter of legendary singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty today (Thu) told of her pride after a street bearing his name was officially opened in his home town.

Martha Rafferty joined her singer-songwriter cousin Mark Rafferty in Shortroods, Paisley, to mark the formal unveiling of Gerry Rafferty Drive.

The new street is situated within the second phase of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association’s regeneration of Shortroods. Both Sanctuary Scotland and Renfrewshire Council were inundated with suggestions after it emerged the street would need to be named.

Martha and Mark Rafferty

Martha, 41, said: “Being recognised in this way in his home town would have made dad incredibly proud. Pride’s definitely what I feel when I see his name on the street signs.

“Many residents have been telling me they love their new homes through dad’s fan page on Facebook. Many of my family still live in and around Paisley, so that’s obviously nice for us to hear.

“Dad grew up in the old tenements in Underwood Lane about a mile from Shortroods but those buildings were demolished years ago.

“The new homes by Sanctuary Scotland are a fitting and lasting tribute to dad’s memory and musical legacy. He would have been delighted to have his name associated with quality social housing built for local people”.

Today’s event takes place exactly one year after Sanctuary Scotland honoured Gerry’s fellow ‘Humblebum’ Billy Connolly. On 22nd November 2011, the housing association unveiled a mural of the comedian at its £50 million regeneration of Anderston, Glasgow, near to where Connolly was born.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “This occasion effectively completes the latest phase of our regeneration of Shortroods and it’s a wonderful way to sign off.

“The name was ultimately a decision for Renfrewshire Council but they could not have made a better choice. It’s a fitting tribute to a brilliant musician who lives on through his music.

“We are delighted Martha was able to attend and see the warmth of feeling for her father. I never knew we’d get the opportunity to honour both ‘Humblebums’ but I’m delighted our development bears Gerry’s name”.

Sanctuary Scotland has now built 223 affordable homes for local families in Shortroods. Of the 83 houses built in Phase 2, 62 are for rent with 21 being sold on a shared equity basis. Gerry Rafferty Drive’s 34 homes are a mix of two and three-bedroom properties, plus two wheelchair-accessible bungalows. Plans for a third phase of houses are being worked up in partnership with Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The council is committed to providing our community with high quality, affordable housing. We’re delighted to be working with Sanctuary Scotland on the regeneration of Shortroods and in particular the provision of much-needed family homes. It’s also great that Martha Rafferty has leant her support to the initiative in her father’s name”.

To find out more about Sanctuary Housing please click here.

Accord Santa Dash

The Accord Hospice Santa Dash will take place on Sunday 9th December at 10am in Barshaw Park. This was a very successful event for Accord last year with 135 Santas taking part.

The suggested minimum sponsorship is £15 and santa suits will be supplied. There will also be a free kids race thereafter, again with suits supplied for the first 50 entrants.

Accord Santa DashAccord Hospice would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please tell of of your friends. The Rowantree Cafe which is where the registration desk will be sited will also be open for refreshments.

Whilst some participants may take it more seriously than others, this is very much designed as a fun run to suit all levels of ability. Walkers are also very welcome.

Here is a link to the booking page

http://www.accordhospice.org.uk/Fundraising/Sponsored%20Events

Alternatively contact Accord Hospice on 0141 581 2000 or fundraising@accord.org.uk for more information

Accord Hospice would also like to thank Good2 Run who are based in the Prolife Gym in Paisley for their sponsorship and support in organising the run for us. www.good2run.com

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Renfrewshire residents offered support on benefit cuts

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to prepare now for major welfare reforms which could see them lose out on benefits.

Renfrewshire Council is launching a range of measures to help local residents prepare for the impact of changes being made to the benefits system by the UK Government under their Welfare Reform programme.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s Welfare Reform spokesperson, said: “The huge benefit changes being brought in by the UK Government are seriously worrying and what we’re particularly concerned about is that people don’t know about the changes or aren’t going to find out early enough for them to prepare.

“That’s why we’re taking action to raise awareness and provide as much information about the changes as possible, as soon as possible.

“We’re also keen to work with our partners wherever possible to support local residents so the Welfare Reform summit in December will be an important opportunity for local organisations to get together and discuss a joined up approach.”

Working age people in Renfrewshire could lose as much as £22million in benefits as a result of welfare reform.

The council is hosting two events in December, including a Welfare Reform summit with partner organisations, such as housing associations and advice providers, whose clients will also be affected in order to explore ways of working together to help local people.

The second event will be a Make the Most of Your Money Day in Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 13 December which will offer members of the public a chance to come along and speak to a range of experts and organisations about benefits, debt and money advice.

Information about the imminent changes will also be provided on the council’s website and social media sites, and staff training is being carried out to ensure key groups of council employees can advise the public of changes that might affect them and where they can get support.

The customer contact centre within the council’s headquarters is also being revamped to create more space to cope with anticipated increase in demand for services from the public.

In addition, eight young unemployed people have been taken on as trainees to provide further support for housing tenants affected by benefit changes. Over the next few weeks, the council will be sending leaflets to tenants expected to be affected by new housing benefit rules, often known as ‘under-occupancy rules’ or ‘bedroom tax’.

These rules will mean people in social rented accommodation who the government believes have more rooms than they need will have their housing benefit cut. In many cases this means the amount of housing benefit they receive will no longer cover their rent.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “We’re sending leaflets to our tenants who are going to be affected by under-occupancy rules set to come into effect in April.

“This change alone is expected to affect more than 3000 households in Renfrewshire and could see more than £1.8million in housing benefit lost locally so it’s vital that we start to speak to our tenants now about what options are available to them.

The changes being brought in under Welfare Reform are largely aimed at people of working age, rather than pensioners.

To find out more about the changes go to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges

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ROCCO 2012 Winners Announced
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Business Awards

The annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber, The ROCCOs, now in their 9th year, took place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel on Friday 16th November. The sell-out crowd of 480 witnessed 15 ROCCO awards presented on the night and helped raised over £11K for charities and good causes. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, the ROCCOs are known as a positive, feel good event and regarded as one of the best corporate events in Scotland.

The Winners from ROCCO 2012 were:

1) ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Phoenix Car Company

2) ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Fission Creative

3) ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland – The Star Project

4) ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Meso

5) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Life Technologies

6) ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Chivas Brothers

7) ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Gillies Gas Services

8) ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College – Nick Cohen, PCR Business

9) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Braehead – Glasgow Airport

10) ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by The William Tracey Group – Scottish Leather Group

11) ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre – Meso

12) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees sponsored by Phoenix Car – The Malcolm Group

13) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business

14) ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Iain McFadyen, MD Scottish Leather Group

15) Special ROCCO Award to Colin Neill Chamber Director and Supply Chain Director with Diageo retiring after 30+ years’ service

470 ROCCO 2012 v2Commenting on the event chamber president Tom Johnston said “thank you again to all our sponsors and members for supporting our 9th ROCCO Awards. We have received some great feedback, which is great to hear – as ROCCO is a year in the making by the Chamber team. Anyone involved in large events such as the quality of ROCCO knows how much work and effort goes into making it a great night”.

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ further commented “I encourage all winners to maximise the positive PR from winning a prestigious ROCCO. We had our highest ever number of entries and competition was extremely tough, so reaching the final and winning is a great achievement”

“….for ROCCO 2012 we made a number of changes; we refreshed and updated all the categories and increased the number of awards from 11 to 14. We also commissioned a brand new ROCCO award trophy designed and manufactured in Renfrewshire by chamber members and ROCCO winners – Meso”

All the pics from the event can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Chamber facebook page

www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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Loud ‘n Proud last night hosted Who’s Who tribute band in the Union on Paisley’s Storie Street.
They were supported by Rockers Quoing on stage, all Paisley photographs were taken by Jean-Marie Stewart forwww.paisley.org.uk

Visit Loud n Proud for more information.

Paisley photographs of Paisley Christmas lights 2012

Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Christmas Lights 2012

Paisley was transformed into a winter wonderland as the town’s spectacular Christmas lights celebration took place on Saturday.

Chart stars Stooshe were the grand finale to a fantastic day as a record crowd of 38,000 crammed into the town centre.

Cold temperatures and rain showers didn’t put families off enjoying the full day of events, kickstarted by Buddie’s Elf Parade from the Piazza Shopping Centre at noon.

All Paisley Photographs taken by Scott Williamson and has kindly given permission to paisley.org.uk to use them.

1021 photography and paisley.org.uk

Paisley Photography Competition. Win a Limited Edition Canvas Print

Paisley.org.uk have teamed up with 1021Photography to offer all our fans & supporters a chance to win a Limited Edition canvas print worth £79.99, so if you would like to win all you have to do is head over to 1021 Photography Facebook page. Then click the ‘like’ button and comment on their page, saying “I’m a positive paisley winner”.

The competition will run until the 7th Dec ’12 at 8pm when the lucky winner will be picked at random, just in time to hang the canvas on your wall for Christmas. Also as an extra bonus anyone who books a wedding or photo shoot and had entered the competition will receive 15% off. http://www.facebook.com/1021photography

 

Visit 1021 Photography on Facebook.

Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on 2012

Paisley on the web volunteers were in almost every area of the town for photographs, covering everything from the Santa Claus Parade by the Piazza Shopping Centre to travelling on the open top bus, giving a quite unique angle to the town. We also covered all the events on stage and got some unique shots from the Piazza roof later on during the Lights Switch On. All Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk 

You can find more photographs on the Paisley Facebook Page by clicking here, or to find out more about Alex please click here.