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ready for winter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Businesses and community groups in Renfrewshire are once again being offered shovels to help make sure they are prepared for the possibility of severe weather this winter.

The initiative is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Ready for Winter campaign, which aims to encourage the public to do their bit to make sure they are prepared for the severe weather winter can bring.

Ready for Winter includes a wide range of measures in place to keep Renfrewshire moving over the winter, with gritters being on standby 24/7 to grit the areas 500 mile network of priority roads and pavements and over 400 grit bins available to provide members of the public with salt.

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The public are also being provided with tips and advice to help them prepare for the winter, including how to prepare an emergency pack, avoiding frozen and burst pipes, clearing driveways and paths and how to keep safe when driving in winter.

The shovels will help business owners and community groups to stay accessible to the public despite the weather.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said: “We’ve had a number of mild winters recently, but its vital Renfrewshire is prepared for severe winter weather. The poor weather conditions that winter brings can make it more difficult for people to get around and get on with their everyday business.

“By offering shovels to local businesses and community groups, it’ll be easier for them to keep their doors open throughout winter.

“We’d also like to remind people that severe weather conditions can make things particularly tough for elderly or vulnerable in the community, so we’d encourage everyone to keep an eye on your neighbours and help out if you can, whether it’s by clearing a driveway or picking up some groceries.

“By working together and looking out for each other we can keep Renfrewshire moving this winter.”

Business owners looking for more information on winter safety on their premises should go to

Community groups who want to do their bit during periods of prolonged bad weather should contact Renfrewshire Wardens for salt and grit supplies on 0300 300 0380.

For more information about the Ready for Winter campaign, including information on Winter gritting, useful contact numbers and advice on how to do your bit, go to

Updates on gritting and winter weather advice are also available on Renfrewshire Council’s Twitter @rencouncilnews and Facebook page[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Christmas Fairytale 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was during one of my annual Habitat for Humanity* builds in 2013 (this time to Malawi) that one of my team members revealed that his day job was designing and implementing window installations for shops in Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Obviously he heard about our shop, Rainbow Turtle, in Paisley from me and he said he would come and do our Christmas windows. Believing this to be a bit of a joke I thought nothing would come of it. However, in October 2013 not only Adam, but the whole team I had been working with (18!) landed on me for a weekend, made origami animals, and installed a whole winter wonder land in our windows. This was a real demonstration of team work in action.

Christmas 2013 front


The legacy of that has been realising what a difference a good window display makes to the street and to the interest in the shop. It inspired students from the West College Scotland to design and implement our fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight jungle scene earlier this year to raise awareness of the plight of banana growers with the supermarket battles over lower prices.

Adam had suggested that we should do fairy tale scenes this year – and so linking fairy tales with our fairly traded goods has been the aim. We hope it brings a few smiles to people’s faces as well as spreading a more serious message at this time of year when we should think of those for whom life is a constant struggle. Remembering that every purchase we make has an impact on those who produce them – hopefully for the better if bought in a fair trade way.

Christmas Fairytale 2014

This is a comment from our Facebook page “Comments from our kids about this display when visiting Rainbow Turtle today – ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’!!”
There seems to be a lot of young children stopping to look at the window and it’s really lovely to see the smile appear on their wee faces when they realise what the window is portraying. They love it!

If you would like to know more about Rainbow Turtle and what we do, or fair trade in general, please visit

*Habitat for Humanity is a development charity aiming to eradicate poverty housing in the world. Teams are invited to take part in builds each year. I am recruiting for another Malawi build for 2015. These builds change our lives as well as those of the recipients of a new home. If you are interested in further information contact[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

monte carlo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Glasgow 2014 Judo Gold Medalist Chris Sherrington is gearing up for a fresh career challenge- the world famous Monte Carlo Classic Rally.

The Broxburn-based 31 year old, whose winning performance at SECC will remain one of the highlights of the Glasgow Games, has been shedding kilos for a return to his previous career in the Marines.

Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015
Time: Entertainment from 4pm, cars leave from 6.45pm
Venue: Abbey Close and Bridge Street, Paisley

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However, the lifelong classic car fanatic could not resist the glamour of a drive at ‘The Monte’ after receiving an official drafting to participate.

Sherrington, who joined the Royal Marine Commandos at seventeen, seeing duty in Iraq before starting his London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid, has built his own 1966 Triumph Spitfire Mk2 from a box of bits.

Now the Olympian and car-loving wife, Zoe, will be in one of the first of the 60 classic cars over the ramp in January for the UK start of the rally, in Paisley.

The rally is back in Paisley after a successful debut last year and Renfrewshire Council is hosting it as part the push before Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture, status 2021.

Talks are also on-going to see if the former Team Scotland Judoka, who hung up his robes after the Games, can drive as far as the European entry point at Rheims.
The inaugural ‘Tour to Reims’ has been added to the revamped 104th event, expected to net over £1 million for the Scottish economy.

“At the moment I am in the middle of a military fitness regime to go back on active duty but I was delighted when the idea of driving at ‘the Monte’ came up and we are looking at the possibility of going as far as Reims, if things fall into place,” said Chris, who is raising money for Help for Heroes.

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“The car I will be driving is one I built myself, the first time in three months. The second time I rebuilt the car, with a modern engine and gearbox, I wrote a build thread on the Club Triumph forum.

“My wife Zoe and I used it to complete a non-stop drive for 48 hours in the Round Britain Reliability Run. To complete that was a major achievement and should hold us in good stead. Thankfully being a Vehicle mechanic meant we had zero defects with the car.

“When you’ve done a gearbox change in the desert in Iraq, you know you can handle most extreme things. My biggest problem in timed events is always wanting to help everyone else, if they experience any bother I’m always the first to pull over to offer help.”

Organisers of the rally, which sets off from Abbey Close in Paisley on January 28th, are delighted to welcome the Sherringtons to the event.

Chris, too, believes the lure of the Monte remains strong, 104 years after Prince Albert established it in the sunshine Principality.

“I knew about the Monte mostly through my wife Zoe because she had a Mini and there was always talk about the great Mini years in the event with the likes of Paddy Hopkirk.

“I remember seeing the old photos of cars struggling up icy mountainsides in the Alps. If you are a lover of classic cars, it is definitely something to be a part of.”

Competitors driving the 2600 km to Monte Carlo from Paisley are to get an extra night’s sleep after French organisers bowed to a request for a rule change.
Unlike the other host cities of Copenhagen, Barcelona, Reims and Turin, Scottish starters usually have to drive through the night before reaching Stage Two in France.

Now they will be given an extra night’s rest before the French stages get underway.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “We are delighted to welcome the Monte back for the second year in a row.

monte carlo

“Last year’s event was hugely popular and Paisley Abbey provided a stunning backdrop for the cars departing from the town centre.

“We are fast establishing the town as a key destination on Scotland’s events map as we head towards our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Being able to attract events of the calibre of the Monte is a major thumbs-up for everything the town has to offer.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Civic Reception 01

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over 40 local baton bearers and athletes from the Commonwealth Games were praised by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall at a special ceremony.

Paisley born athletes, Cara Kennedy, Christopher Nelson and Iain Scholefield, joined the dozens of baton bearers in the special celebration event at Linwood’s Tweedie Hall.

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The Renfrewshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay was hugely popular with tens of thousands turning out on the day.

Around 150 specially-selected baton-bearers, many of them grassroots sporting and community champions, carried the baton through Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages on Thursday 17 July.

At the ceremony, Provost Hall thanked the guests for their part in the Commonwealth Games. She said: “The Glasgow Commonwealth Games was a fantastic event for Renfrewshire and I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved.

“The build up to the event was electric, involving many local heroes in our communities both on the Renfrewshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay as well as at the games themselves.

“The baton bearers were an integral part of the celebrations on the run up to the games and I wanted to give them the recognition they deserve.

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“I am honoured to be joined by our local young athletes, who are an inspiration to both the local community and to Scotland. Their dedication to their sport is truly remarkable.

“The legacy of the Commonwealth Games will be to continue to develop participation in sport, being active and getting involved with the local community.”

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Allan Pickan pic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]16 women took the message of violence against women to thousands of football fans last Saturday.

Despite the wind and the rain, the women performed a special dance on St Mirren park at half time.

The Break the Chain dance by One Billion Rising, was performed as part of Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign to end violence against women.

Allan Pickan pic

In 2013, 2276 residents in Renfrewshire were victims of domestic violence, a 44% increase from ten years ago when 695 residents reported an incident of domestic violence.

St Mirren players showed their support by wearing the One Billion Rising t-shirts during their warm-up.

Brian Caldwell, Chief Executive of St Mirren, said, “We are really proud to support Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action campaign. It’s important for us to send out a message that violence against women is completely unacceptable.

“Having the group perform the Break the Chain dance during half time was a great way to send that message. They had clearly been practicing and we were all very impressed.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who took part, their hard work really paid off and everyone at St Mirren appreciated the chance to show their support for this important issue.”

Councillor Iain McMillan said “The Break the Chain dance at half time was a welcome surprise for St Mirren fans.

“We hope that it will encourage people to think about violence against women and how we can begin to stop it.

“Throughout the entire 16 Days of Action it is been great to see so many people committed to raising awareness of these issues which affect so many women in our community.

“All of the women performing the dance were volunteers and gave up their own free time to practice and to come here today.

“It is thanks to volunteers like these that we can have these important conversations and show Renfrewshire’s commitment to ending violence against women.”

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dec 2014 ASN sod-cutting big group

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work has started on a state-of-the-art £18.8m school for children in Renfrewshire with additional support needs.

Pupils, school staff, councillors and contractors recently attended a sod-cutting ceremony on the site of the former St Brendan’s High School on Middleton Road, Linwood.

The new school – scheduled to open in August 2016 – will replace the existing Clippens School, Kersland School and the Hollybush pre-5 centre.

dec 2014 ASN sod-cutting big group

The school has been jointly funded by Renfrewshire Council £10.1m) and the Scottish Futures Trust (£8.7m).

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board , said: “There has been a lot of hard work, discussion and consultation to get to this point and it is very encouraging to launch the final phase of this ambitious project.

“We will provide a school which will maximise the potential of young people, their families and the staff.

“Renfrewshire is building on our existing work with children who have additional support needs and maintaining that same ethos of support and achievement in an outstanding new environment.”

Pre-five, primary and secondary education will all be offered on the one site – the first time in Renfrewshire that children aged up to 2 have been based at a facility which can offer them educational and personal development throughout their school career.

The purpose-built facility will offer improved accessibility for pupils with physical or sensory difficulties, along with better access to sports facilities and IT equipment.

Specialist staff will be located on site widening the range of expertise available to the children.

James McAlpine, managing director of contractors CBC, said: Having recently completed the new St James’ school campus in Renfrew, we are delighted to be helping to deliver this exciting, innovative and inspirational project. The new school will be a huge asset to the local community and CBC are very proud to be bringing it to life.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

St James P1 Renfrew class 1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a busy week of exciting events, it’s clear that Book Week Scotland was a big success in Renfrewshire.

A visit from Alex McCall at Johnstone Library prompted a big turn out and lucky members of the Johnstone Library Book Group got signed copies of Alex’s hit book ‘Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens’.

St James P1 Renfrew class 1

Primary 1 pupils were delighted with their new Bookbug family pack, supplied by their local library and Scottish Book Trust. The special three book package was given out to youngsters to encourage them to keep up the habit of reading, and went down well as kids discovered books, activity packs and colouring pencils in their pack.

And the lucky people who had a ticket to Doug Allan’s sold out event were treated to an inspiring presentation of his stunning wildlife photography as well as the chance to discuss his new book.

Kirklandneuk P1 at Renfrew Library

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “It was great to see so many different events taking place in Renfrewshire for Book Week Scotland.

“Libraries are a valuable community resource for learning and development so it’s important to encourage people to visit them regularly.

“We hope that Book Week Scotland has shown that libraries have lots to offer- whether it’s borrowing a book, going along to a reading group or even getting help to find a job.

“It’s also been great to see so many young people enjoying the events too, getting to meet their favourite author or enjoying their new Bookbug pack. We hope the events have helped to encourage people to pick up a book and get reading.”

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johnstone christmas lights

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Johnstone kicked off its countdown to Christmas in style at the weekend with a day-long party to mark the town’s light switch-on.

A big crowd of from the town and beyond turned out to see Houstoun Square illuminated as the festive display went on.

There was a full afternoon of entertainment with live music on the main stage hosted by DJs from local online station Sugar Radio.

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Closing the show were Scotland’s newest boyband 4th State, who performed a short set after the lights went on.

Other musical acts on stage during the day included girlband Echo, singer-songwriter Lewis Irons and young musicians from Johnstone’s Splash Productions.

johnstone christmas lights

And there was a dance performance from the young people involved in the Johnstone Community Dance Group.

The square also hosted plenty to keep kids entertained, with funfair rides and a personal appearance from Santa himself in the grotto, as well as a marquee featuring the ever-popular face-painters, a magician and circus workshops.

There was also a chance for a sit-down and some retail therapy at the stalls and tea room hosted by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Helping Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switch on the lights was competition winner Michael Wilson, of St Anthony’s Primary in the town.

And Michael showed his caring side by choosing to donate his £50 competition prize to St Vincent’s Hospice.

The event was hosted as part of Renfrewshire Council’s town centre events programme.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was a pleasure to be out and about at such a well-attended family event.

“There was plenty happening on the day to keep families entertained, whether on stage or in one of the marquees.

“The people of Johnstone and the villages always come out in numbers to support the lights switch-on and today was no different.

“It was great to see Houstoun Square looking so busy and I am sure local traders appreciated the boost the event brought them.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Black Friday ‘Weekend’ Portrait Offer!

Yes, we’ve joined in with the black Friday weekend madness.
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Reclaim the Night

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special procession and echo the international call to end to violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night procession in Paisley prompted a huge turn out as local people showed their support for the cause. The procession launched Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign.

Reclaim the Night

Men and women joined the procession, led by Tony Lawler, who bangs the Charleston Drum each year for the Sma’ Shot parade, as they marched from West College Scotland to Paisley Town Hall, where attendees were invited in for an evening of entertainment.

At the town hall, Rosie Kane gave a powerful talk on why society needs to break the silence on violence against women. Local community groups also provided music and entertainment.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see so many people coming along to support such an important cause.

“There was a great atmosphere throughout the procession and the high turnout shows that the people of Renfrewshire are dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who also attended the procession, said: “It was inspiring to see so many people brave the cold and rain to show their support for ending violence against women. Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it’s important to break the stigma and encourage victims to speak out.

“There is always support available and no-one should suffer in silence. Groups like Renfrewshire Womens Aid and Renfrewshire Rising do great work and it is important to continue to support them.”

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

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