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Renfrewshire residents popping into their local library this week enjoyed a free ‘sweet treat’ as part of a Get Online Week campaign.

A cup of tea and a bite of tablet was the draw as the campaign team from Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure hosted free ‘Tea and Tablet’ drop-in sessions across eight local libraries.

Library staff were on hand with tablet devices to demonstrate the ease of accessing the internet.

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The initiative received further support from Sainsbury’s Braehead which donated Fairtrade tea, coffee and tablet for each session.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, dropped into Bishopton Library to watch one of the sessions.

Councillor Holmes said: “Initiatives like this really help to de-mystify the whole process of using modern, mobile technology like tablet devices to access the internet. While going online seems routine to most of us, there are still many people across our communities who aren’t part of the digital world. We want them to have the skills and confidence to use the internet – in the long run, it can save people time and money when they realise how much useful information a few clicks away.”

“Libraries are essential to this as they provide an environment many of our older residents in particular are comfortable in. Our libraries are fully equipped as local digital hubs offering free access to computers and free wi-fi, and our library staff can provide a helping hand in getting started.”

Details of free access computers and online learning across the area are available in Renfrewshire’s Digital Directory which can be picked up in all Renfrewshire libraries.

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Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 has a French connection – with ambitious plans to transform the town’s future to be discussed at a high-level summit in Paris.

A small team from Renfrewshire will attend a Scottish Government reception in the city to celebrate Scotland’s strong cultural and trading links with France, as part of a two-day programme of meetings to help promote Paisley abroad.

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The invite came from Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, who is hosting the reception on behalf of Scottish Development International – the government’s investment and trade promotion body.

While in Paris, the Renfrewshire team will aim to put Paisley’s City of Culture ambitions on the international map, and will meet with the director of the French branch of the British Council, the body which promotes UK interests overseas.

Their schedule will also see meetings with Scottish trade interests in Paris from the textile industry, which will help shape plans for the development of the Paisley Pattern.

They will also meet up with regeneration experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who visited Paisley earlier this year.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “For Renfrewshire to be represented at this level is a real vote of confidence in Paisley’s cultural and heritage offer.

“It shows Paisley’s ambitions are being noticed at an international level and organisations such as the British Council and SDI see us as having something they can help market and promote abroad.

“One of the aims of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid is to help sell the town as a heritage tourism destination.

“Running alongside the bid will be a multi-million-pound revamp of Paisley Museum to turn it into an international-class museum of textiles, drawing on the town’s unique place as the one-time centre of the global thread industry.

“This visit to France will allow us to help sell Paisley at a European level and make links which we hope will bring economic benefits to Renfrewshire over the years ahead.”

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged with the UK Government in spring 2017, with the winner to be announced later that year.

The bid will receive its public launch with a massive outdoor event in the town centre on Saturday 14 November running alongside the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

Renfrewshire’s men donned high heels and walked the length of Paisley High Street to support the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ campaign.

The High Street was awash with red as supporters of the campaign, men and women alike, marched to end sexualised violence against women.

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Supporters signed a pledge to continue to talk about the issue and work together to change attitudes within society. There was also a poetry reading which engaged the audience with a unique, thought provoking take on the issue.

The distinctive approach to the event aims to raise not only a smile but also awareness of sexual violence and encourage discussion over a subject which is often seen as taboo within society.

Men were encouraged to wear high heels to symbolise facing the experiences that women must tackle in modern culture.

One in three women worldwide report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence. The campaign aims to create a stronger and safer society where this will not continue.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall took part in the march and gave a speech about the importance of the occasion: “Our march today will raise awareness that sexualised violence against women is unacceptable in any society and we will not tolerate it in Renfrewshire.

“While the sight of men in high heels may be unusual, it is an extremely visual way of raising awareness and we need to make people understand the severity of the subject matter.

“We must all work to eliminate the risk of violence being a part of any relationship and events such as today help bring the issue to the forefront of people’s thoughts.”

Paisley, Renfrewshire — On Wednesday 14th October Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union staff set up stall in Paisley High Street to celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements worldwide. The credit union Cash Cubs mascot joined in the celebrations and proved a big hit with the young and not so young, who queued for pictures and hugs with the school savvy saver’s champion.The gang

 

Speaking from a marque set up as a credit union base for the day next to the High Street Cenotaph, Alison Dowling, RWCUProject Coordinator said, “credit unions are ‘People Power’ in action. They offer an easy way to save and borrow rather than using more expensive store cards, credit cards and pay day loans which charge far higher rates of interest. Here at Renfrewshire-Wide credit union we also have a real connection with our members, you’re not just a number on a ledger to us, that’s the credit union difference. It’s all about people helping people”.

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Karen Graham, RWCU Manager added “we’ve seen fantastic interest shown by the public today, we’ve had a great time chatting and answering questions while spreading the good news about the credit union and joining up new members. The RWCU is part of the community, myself and all of our staff and volunteers all have roots in Renfrewshire. Today is all about breaking out of our High Street office and having a family day in the community, it’s about making finance fun!”

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan visited the event as the Cash Cub’s special guest and said:  “Credit unions have always been at the forefront of empowering people and communities – and that is particularly the case in Renfrewshire.

 

“Tackling poverty and boosting opportunity are key priorities for Renfrewshire Council.  We have been proud to support credit union services as they evolve through new approaches in education, in communities and online.

 

“Credit unions, and the ethos they embody, have never been more relevant.  We would urge people to get involved to find out the difference they can make to their lives.”

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This is the story of the Barrel and Cart. (Now open opposite Paisley Sheriff Court, St James Street)

Carol Mackintosh and Bart Gormley met and fell in love in 1965 they married on the 1st of April 1967. Bart was a head chef and Carol was a head housekeeper. They had three daughters, Caroline, Michelle and Hayley.

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Carol and Bart always talked about opening their own restaurant they had a name for it but never quite managed to do it. Financially unlucky throughout life this stopped their dream from happening. Carol passed away on the 29th March 2009 and Bart passed away on the 2nd of April 2015.

Hayley the chef of the family listened to this story of the “Barrel and Cart” lots of times as she was growing up, as we all did. Through lots of hard work and financial strain, Hayley has made Carol and Barts dreams a reality. Hayley’s cafe/restaurant opens tomorrow in Paisley and she has called it “THE BARREL AND CART” tomorrow is also a very significant day as it would have been our dads 74th birthday.

 

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SHOPPERS have been getting the lowdown on the latest autumn and winter fashion trends from TV style guru Mark Heyes.

He’s been at the intu Braehead mall over the weekend for a series of fashion shows, which continue today from 11.30am to 4.30pm, on a specially-built stage and catwalk.

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The AW15 Fashion event, featuring top-class models and dancers, has attracted large audiences of more than 2000 over the weekend, who were eager to find out what’s hot and what’s not this autumn and winter.

For the first time, mall owners intu has teamed up with fashion designer, Celia Birtwell who has created an exclusive print tote bag especially for the fashion event. And 250 lucky shoppers are being given one of these fabulous tote bags.

The Boost Juice Bar at intu Braehead will also be giving away 1800 smoothies to shoppers sitting on the fashion show seats during the event.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Once again, our fashions shows are proving very popular with shoppers.
“Our shoppers must be some of the most fashion conscious around as it’s obvious they just love seeing and hearing about the latest trends.”

Paisley, Renfrewshire — this week credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. To celebrate Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union invites its members and the entire community to our family-friendly street stall event on Wednesday 14th October 11am-3pm. The event, located near the Paisley High Street Cenotaph, will feature a visit from our full-size Cash Cub mascot, balloons, fun giveaways and music.

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Alison Dowling, RWCU Project Coordinator said, “credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide ethical affordable credit and savings for over 217 million members in 105 countries worldwide. We’re holding our event to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements, to honour those who have dedicated their lives to the movement and recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give people the opportunity to get more involved. Credit unions throughout the world celebrate with fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics and parades”.

“RWCU launched in Paisley in 2006 and is run by a mix of dedicated volunteers and professional staff. We offers great loan deals and saving accounts to everyone who lives, works or studies in Renfrewshire, and we also support iSave and Cash Cubs financial education initiatives in local schools. RWCU currently manages £2.3million of assets for our 5000 members and operate collection points out of five locations across Paisley, Renfrew, Erskine and Linwood. Our street stall event promises to be a lot of fun, come along and bring the kids!”

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Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme, “People Helping People®,” embraces the longstanding credit union philosophy.

Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations. International Credit Union Day is sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions, the international trade association and development agency for credit unions, as well as numerous national credit union trade associations and federations around the world.

On Oct. 15, credit unions from around the world will join forces to celebrate the day with membership drives, contests and fundraisers to help out their local communities. Credit unions will share their activities with the global community on social media using #ICUDay. For more information about RWCU, visit Website www.rwcu.co.uk /Twitter @rwcreditunion

Pupils sang, played games and ate cakes to promote fair trade and encourage others to support the movement.

St James Primary in Renfrew played host to parents and members of the local community to demonstrate their school’s commitment to fair trade.

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Primary four were in fine voice as they demonstrated their singing abilities with a Fair Trade song to begin the afternoon’s activities.

The children played games and learned different facts about how fair trade affects the products we see on our shelves.

Fairtrade tea, coffee and baking was available for those in attendance as the school displayed their dedication to educating the children on how they can be involved in fair trade and how fair trade affects those in need.

Fair trade allows producers to be paid a minimum price for their products as well as receiving a premium which goes towards improving facilities in their local community.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It is great to see schools being active regarding fair trade. It is essential that we educate the next generation of fair trade supporters so that we can work towards a fairer society in the future.
“The school put on a tremendous event and it is great to see the children so enthused about such an important issue.”

Margaret Convery, St James Primary head teacher, added: “Our school is committed to supporting fair trade and we will ensure that our children are aware of the topic as much as possible.
“We host numerous events like this across the school year to engage the children with fair trade and teach them why it is an issue that is so important.”

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SHOPPERS are being urged to turn over a new leaf with their outfits for autumn and winter.

Television stylist Mark Heyes will be at the intu Braehead shopping centre this weekend for a series of catwalk shows and handing out tips and advice on the latest fashion trends.

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The AW15 Fashion event is being held on a specially-built stage and catwalk in the mall’s central atrium between 11.30am and 4pm today (Saturday), tomorrow and Monday, October 10 to 12 and features exciting performances from models and dancers.

For the first time, mall owners intu has teamed up with critically-acclaimed fashion designer, Celia Birtwell who has created an exclusive print tote bag for the fashion event.

And 250 lucky shoppers at intu Braehead will be given one of these fabulous tote bags by logging on to http://intu.co.uk/braehead/events/aw15-fashion and registering for the event.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re heading into new seasons of the year and that means looking at a new wardrobe of outfits as well.

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“Having style guru Mark Heyes at our fashion shows giving out advice is a great chance for everyone to turn over a new leaf in style and look their best for autumn and winter.

“And what a fabulous prize we are offering shoppers with the Celia Birtwell tote bag. Celia has worked with the who’s who of the fashion industry including world famous Italian fashion house Valentino and having a bag featuring one of her print designs is a fantastic accessory.”

Coming soon to Paisley Arts Centre is the true and extraordinary tale of a very special box, a rediscovered First World War time capsule.  Devised and performed by Alice Mary Cooper, The Box lifts the lid on this unique treasure and finds out what was inside.

In 1921 a group of Dundee postal workers created a unique memorial to those who had died in The Great War. This casket, crammed with papers, lay forgotten for many years on a shelf in a sorting office. This is the story of what was inside.

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The time capsule, also known as The Memorial Shrine, was filled with photos, essays, newspapers and other objects from the time. On the front was a plaque asking that it be reopened on the hundredth anniversary of the start of The Great War. It was then slowly forgotten about, and it was only shortly before the anniversary that the box was found, on a shelf in a sorting office, by a woman tracing her family tree.

What first strikes you when you see the box is its size in relation to its contents.’ says show creator Alice Mary Cooper, ’ The Box is barely bigger than a few shoeboxes and yet the amount of material in there is enough to surface an apartment! Thus it’s a big job sifting through it all, with white gloves of course, and trying to make sense of the contents and start to grasp who the people were who put it all together. There are undoubtedly a lot of serious documents and letters inside but also, there are things that make me smile- like the Baby Show fundraiser they hosted where 161 babies were entered including 11 sets of twins!

Great War Dundee have allowed Alice special access to examine the documents, and the creation of the show has been generously supported by Harlow Playhouse, Essex.

The Box will be performed on Friday 30 October at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets are £10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee and are available from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts. This show is suitable for ages 12 +