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CBeebies at Braehead Glasgow Mim Mim the Bunny Buddy

YOUNGSTERS hopped down to the intu Braehead shopping centre and met up with the bunny rabbit star of the popular kids TV show, Kate and Mim-Mim.

They’re all now best friends with giant purple bunny Mim-Mim, who visited the mall yesterday to meet his young fans, teach the kids some bunny hop moves and take part in fun games.

CBeebies at Braehead Glasgow Mim Mim the Bunny Buddy

Mim-Mim and Kate feature in the CBeebies animated TV series that tells of their fun and fantastical adventures in the imaginary world of Mimiloo.
As well as meeting Mim-Mim youngsters were given free CBeebies activity booklets and DVDs.

Lydia Brown, marketing manager at intu Braehead said: “Lots of kids came along to see Mim-Mim and they had a great time meeting their favourite bunny.

“We always like to have something different going on in the mall to keep our shoppers entertained and a giant purple bunny certainly does that!”

CBeebies at Braehead Glasgow Mim Mim the Bunny Buddy

The visit by Mim-Mim is just one of the activities organised by intu Braehead for youngsters over the Easter school holidays.

The shopping mall and Soar at intu Braehead have both created Easter Gardens, with free games and arts and crafts held in both venues every day from 11am to 5pm until Sunday April 19.

There will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, puppet shows and storytelling.

Pix 1 and 7: Giant bunny Mim-Mim takes a walk round the intu Braehead mall with, from left, Amii McGimpsey, aged six, from Renfrew; Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine; Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine and three-year-old Rory Kiernan, from Howwood, Renfrewshire.

Pic 2: Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine hops to give giant bunny Mim-Mim a high five at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 3: Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine meets up with giant bunny Mim-Mim at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 5: Giant TV bunny Mim-Mim entertains kids at the intu Braehead mall.


Four Beaver Scouts from the Oldhall Beaver Colony received their Chief Scout Award Bronze.

During the evening our District Commissioner was able to present a number of badges including nights away awards, gardeners badger and the top award for the 6-8year olds, the Chief Scout Award Bronze. A number of Beaver Scouts also made their journey up to the Cub Pack through a moving up ceremony in front of parents.


The Oldhall Beaver Colony, run by Angela Bell, has been working hard on their Gardner badger. Over a few week period the youngsters have grown plants from seeds and bulbs. Part of their challenge was also to clean up the courtyard. So enthusiastic by their new green hand hobby, the Beaver Scouts have designed a new garden which they hope to plant after the Easter break.

Commenting on their work Beaver Scout Leader, Angela Bell said:
“I am very proud of the work the Beaver Scouts have done over the past few weeks. It is great they are able to get badges for fun and adventurous activities.

“I am sad to see a number of our Beaver Scouts move up to Cubs however I know they will have a great time by continuing their Scouting journey.

“We have seen an increase in the number of Beaver Scouts joining Oldhall and are doors are always open to young girls and boys aged 6-8years.”


Rob Murray, District Commissioner, said:
“It was a great pleasure to award Finlay, Andrew, Archie, Lewis and William with the Chief Scout Award Bronze. Their hard work over the past few months has meant they have achieved the highest award available to Beaver Scouts.


“Taking part in the action packed evening with Oldhall Beaver Scouts was great fun. The opportunities open to girls and boys in the Ralston area is truly amazing and this is down to the hard work of Angela and Anna.

“As we see more 6-8year old girls and boys joining the movement, we will hopefully see more young people reaching their potential and learning new skills for the future.”

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

They were: the UK Placemeaking Award for best use of arts, culture and sport in placemaking; and Best placemaking in Scotland.

PTCHAS is the far-reaching set of proposals taking in a range of projects designed to make the most of Paisley’s heritage offering, described by experts as ‘internationally-significant’.

It includes the following:
– a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021, including an expansion of the town’s existing cultural and events programme
– ambitious plans to turn Paisley Museum into an international attraction based around costume and textiles;
– a Paisley Fashion and Design Centre on the High Street as a production and retail base for creative entrepreneurs;
– work to rebrand the town and retell its story to the world and increase the number of tourists;
– a feasibility study into the building of a new theatre/cinema space in the town.

PTCHAS was launched by Renfrewshire Council last summer, having been produced with the assistance of regeneration specialists SLR Consulting Ltd.

Judges praised the strategy for its ‘town-wide scale’, saying it ‘showed good community engagement, and made good use of economic heritage’.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This pair of awards is great news and is testament to the quality of the work which has been done to date.

“For the town’s regeneration plans to be recognised as among the best of their kind in the UK is a big thumbs-up for everything Paisley has to offer.

“The town is known worldwide for the Paisley Pattern and still has the legacy of its days at the heart of the global textile industry, as well as a thriving cultural scene which will form the basis for the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

“We hope that once these plans come to fruition they will leave a lasting legacy to benefit all of Renfrewshire for generations to come.”

Paul McTernan from SLR Consulting said: “We were delighted to see the team’s work in Paisley acknowledged by these awards.

“The partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the SLR consultancy team has been superb from the outset and together we are continuing to push on with the implementation of a hugely ambitious strategy that will transform Paisley and be an exemplar to other towns and cities in terms of how really good heritage planning can deliver real economic and social change.

“We remain grateful to all of those in Paisley that have helped us to put the project together and who are now engaged in getting it delivered on the ground. That collective effort has now been acknowledged as best in Scotland and best in the UK”.

As part of the wider project, the council is also working to make the most of Paisley’s outstanding built heritage – with ongoing restoration work on the Russell Institute building and Arnotts site, and with £2m of lottery funding lined up for a Townscape Heritage scheme to revamp historic buildings in the area around the High Street.

You can download the full strategy at


A new mobile library service will make it easier for children to read, play and learn in their local area.

The Skoobmobile, which features friendly book monsters known as the Skoobs, will visit schools, nurseries and pre-five centres regularly and communities who live at a distance from libraries during school holidays.


Since their launch last year, the Skoobs initiative has encouraged over 500 children to join their local library.

This new service, which is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Early Years Strategy, will ensure children and families have better access to the library service by taking it into the heart of the community.

As well as Bookbug, storytime and play sessions, children can sign up to the summer reading challenge, get online with iPads and download e-books, and online homework help.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said, “It is so important for our children to have access to a place where they can learn, have fun and develop. The Skoobmobile is great as it travels to places where children are less likely to have access to their local library service, and gives them the chance to explore new books and take part in some exciting activities.”

“Encouraging children to read from an early age puts in place good habits for later in life”, said Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board. “Reading is so important when it comes to language skills and creative development, and we think the Skoobmobile is a great way to get children excited about reading.

“Children will also be able to get help with their homework, learn about online safety and show off their creative side with arts and crafts. There is something for everyone.”

For more information or to join the library, visit

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Construction work has started on a new partnership location for community safety services in Renfrewshire.

The new Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership Hub is being built on the site of the former District Court in Mill Street, Paisley.

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The new facility will be home to the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes officers from Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The partnership coordinates the work of community safety activities such as police, fire, wardens, antisocial behaviour investigators and noise enforcement officers.

The hub will incorporate a new integrated control room for monitoring and analysing CCTV cameras in public spaces across Renfrewshire and is part of a £1.3m programme that includes the upgrading and extension of the current CCTV camera network.

Councillor Tommy Williams, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said:

“Community safety is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and our community planning partners.

“Bringing the council’s wardens, noise enforcement and antisocial behaviour investigations services together in a modern, purpose-built facility alongside our key community planning partners in the police and fire and rescue services will allow us to deliver better, more joined-up solutions for community safety in Renfrewshire.

“We want to build on our strong track record of tackling antisocial behaviour in Renfrewshire.

“We upgraded our public space CCTV coverage to a new state-of-the-art digital system last year.

“The new control room will allow us to provide an even better service to deter crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the way we analyse incidents.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Downie of Police Scotland said:

“Our focus is local policing, serving the public and keeping our communities safe; and we cannot achieve this alone.

“We have achieved sustainable solutions to many local issues through first class partnerships with Renfrewshire Council, the fire and rescue and health services, and other members of Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership.

“The new community safety partnership hub will allow partners to continue to address the community’s concerns, protecting the public and those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

“By working closely together in this way we are helping to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live in, work in and visit.”

The community safety partnership hub is expected to be fully operational by the summer.

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The next generation of savvy savers showed off their financial abilities to Renfrewshire Council’s Leader during his recent trip to a local school to see a new council initiative in action.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Council Leader and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, popped into Gleniffer High School in Paisley to see how the new iSave Credit Union Initiative is being delivered.

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iSave – in its launch year after getting underway in summer 2014 – offers all S1s the chance to open a credit union account complete with a £10 deposit from the council.

So far, 834 super savers have been created thanks to the initiative – more than half of all Renfrewshire’s S1s.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I was delighted to see first-hand how our worthwhile iSave Credit Union Initiative is being delivered. We want to develop strong saving habits that can last into adulthood. And it’s also important for young people to have access to the valuable services that credit unions offer now, and later in life.

“Credit unions have a valuable role to play in our community by ensuring access to affordable credit and offering a reasonable and dependable alternative to high cost lenders.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “It’s wonderful news that in its launch year, more than 800 S1 pupils have signed up to iSave. It was great to see how Gleniffer High School is driving forward the financial education and on-going saving elements of the project.

“We’re about to move into the second year of iSave and parents who currently have a child in primary seven will soon receive application forms. I’d encourage everyone to sign their children up to this valuable initiative.”

Each year, pupils and their parents will be given application forms to open an iSave account as they approach the end of P7. Once they start high school, teachers and local credit unions will work with pupils on on-going savings and financial education.

Parents and pupils looking for more information about iSave should visit or call 0141 618 4416.

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Talented young sportspeople were FAST-tracked to success this week at an awards ceremony in Linwood’s On-X leisure centre.

More than 50 local athletes were awarded FAST card grants by Renfrewshire Sports Network.

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The Funding Athletes Supporting Talent (FAST) programme provides grants or subsidised access to training facilities for athletes living in Renfrewshire or competing for Renfrewshire-based clubs.

The grant awards are organised by Renfrewshire Sports Network in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure.

Young sports stars competing in athletics, gymnastics, basketball, golf, cricket, karate and many more sports received awards.

Ray Nelson, secretary of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “Access to training facilities or funds to buy sporting equipment can make all the difference between a young person chasing their sporting ambitions or giving up their sport. With these grants, we’re giving more than 50 young people a helping hand to develop their sporting talents.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Sport is hugely important in helping our young people live healthy lives and also gain the skills and confidence to take into adult life. Anything that we can do to help them pursue their sporting ambitions has to be encouraged and it’s great to see that Renfrewshire Sports Network is doing just that.”

FAST application forms are available from Renfrewshire Sport Development on 0141 889 1110.

For more information about Renfrewshire Sports Network, contact Ray Nelson on 0141 889 5363.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Award winners celebrated at a special ceremony held in the Tweedie Hall, Linwood.

Five community heroes accepted awards by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and the sponsors for each category.

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Almost 100 people and organisations were nominated for an award in the five award categories, which were revamped last year.

The award winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the event.

This year’s winners were:

Employer of the Year award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Lorna Bradley, Paisley

Sporting Achievement award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Ross Paterson, Paisley

Community Volunteer award (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Arlene Clark, Renfrew

Community Group award (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – I Am Me, Renfrewshire

Carer’s award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Amanda Macdonald, Glenburn

Provost Hall said: “It is always important to recognise and honour the many dedicated people who do so much for others in the community, often without looking for anything in return. The huge number of nominations is a great indicator of the good that takes place daily within our communities, so deciding on five winners is always a hard thing to do.

“The five winners have dedicated much of their own personal time to helping others and are a true inspiration. As I listen to their stories, I am humbled and moved by how they have overcome adversity to make the lives of those around them better.

“I also honoured nine community stalwarts with a Distinction Certificate, who have helped to shape and transform our communities over the years. Their contributions have benefited many in the community.”

Provost Hall awarded Distinction Certificates to nine community champions to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions they have made to Renfrewshire. The certificates were awarded to Maureen Brough, Lesley Compston, Jessie James, Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Elizabeth McLean, Alan Madden, Sheila Patterson and Doreen Polson.

Image captions:

Image 1: Lorna Bradley, manager of Stepping Stones nursery and winner of the Employer of the Year Award, with Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader Mike Holmes

Image 2: Ross Paterson, winner of the Sporting Achievement Award, with Ken Sinclair, Health and Safety Manager, Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services

Image 3: Arlene Clark, winner of the Community Volunteer Award, Glasgow Airport’s Communications Manager, Nicola Macnaughton.

Image 4: Carol Burt, founder of I Am Me project and winner of the Community Group Award, with Maureen Hill, Centre Manager of Paisley’s Piazza shopping centre.

Image 5: Amanda Macdonald, winner of the Carer’s Award, with former Provost Nancy Allison.

Image 6: Community Award winners Back l-r Ross Paterson, I Am Me team – Megan Milligan, Carol Burt and Fiona McIntyre, and Lorna Bradley. Front l-r Amanda Macdonald, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Arlene Clark.

Image 7: Lesley Compston with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 8: Jessie James with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 9: Robert Knox with his Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 10: Margaret Lavery with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 11: Elizabeth McLean with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 12: Alan Madden with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 13: Sheila Patterson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 14: Doreen Polson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 15: Distinction Certificates Back l-r Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Lesley Compston and Elizabeth McLean. Front l-r Sheila Patterson, Doreen Polson, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Jessie James and Alan Madden. Not pictured – Maureen Brough.


YOUNG Owen Macdonald is looking forward to an egg-stra special time this Easter by having a barrow-load of fun at intu Braehead.

The shopping mall and Soar at intu Braehead have organised a host of fun activities for kids in the Easter Gardens that have been created during the school holidays.
And yesterday, the five-year-old from Foxbar, in Paisley got the low down from the Easter Bunny on everything that will be happening there.


The free garden-themed games and arts and crafts are being held in both venues every day between Friday April 3 and Sunday April 19, from 11am to 5pm.
And there will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, puppet shows and storytelling.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We’re really egg-cited about our Easter activities for kids this year.

“There will be loads of fun and games for the youngsters to keep them entertained during the school holidays.”

Log on to for more information on the Easter Garden activities.


Photo Caption: Owen Macdonald, aged five, from Paisley hops along to intu Braehead to find out from the Easter Bunny all the things he can do there during the school holiday.


The team behind Scotland’s only bid for UK City of Culture 2021 are set to ‘sell Paisley to the world’ after the Government ended uncertainty over the contest.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport cast doubt over the process by running a consultation on the timetable – but today confirmed there will be no change to the planned bid deadline of April 2017.


And the leader of Renfrewshire Council has expressed his delight at the news – which came just one day after he publicly called for clarity over the timetable.

The DCMS consultation was announced in December, prompted by concerns over the judging taking place in the same year as UK cities lodge bids to be a European Capital of Culture in 2023

But today’s announcement sees them stick with the status quo, having rejected alternative options of bringing the UK contest forward a year to 2016 to avoid a clash; or cancelling the UK 2021 contest altogether.

Paisley’s bid for the title is a key strand of wider plans being taken forward by the council to use culture and heritage to transform the area over the next decade.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “We are thrilled to hear the UK City of Culture 2021 contest is going ahead as planned, and are now looking forward to pulling together an outstanding bid.

“In our response to the consultation, we urged the DCMS to keep a level playing field for all entrants by sticking to the initial timetable.

“We asked them to look at the transformative and positive change UK City of Culture status would bring to places like Renfrewshire, and are pleased they listened to us.

“Paisley’s collection of cultural and heritage assets – including the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern and our one-time place at the heart of the world’s textile industry – is of international significance.

“We are already working on ambitious plans to retell the town’s story and sell Paisley to the world – and securing UK City of Culture status will turbocharge that effort.”

Paisley announced its intention to bid for UK City of Culture 2021 last year, and has already started to mobilise resources and support from the community.

This week saw the second of three fact-finding missions to the town from members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Local Economic and Employment Development programme, to discuss textiles, creative industries and innovation.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy, launched by Renfrewshire Council in 2014, contains several signature projects, including plans to turn Paisley Museum into an international museum of costume and textiles.

Although Paisley does not currently have city status, the UK City of Culture competition allows entries from large towns and urban areas.