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Gas distribution network company SGN welcomed Gavin Newlands MP at its new Paisley depot earlier today where he carried out an official opening ceremony, unveiling a plaque celebrating the depot’s new location.

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SGN owns and operates the gas distribution network in Scotland, delivering gas to around 75 percent of Scottish households. Our Paisley depot covers the west of Scotland from Garelochead in Argyll and Bute, to Girvan in South Ayrshire. It also includes Scotland’s largest town Paisley, as well as the Isle of Bute and the Cowal Peninsula.

The new build depot and stores provide a new base for 186 employees. During his visit Mr Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met some of the employees who work in the depot’s emergency repair, mains replacement, connections and admin teams. He also saw demonstrations of some innovative gas mains replacement techniques which we use to keep disruption to a minimum for our customers.

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He then spent some time talking to some of the depot’s apprentices during his visit, and was interested in how we develop the careers of our young people.

Gavin Newlands MP said: “I was thoroughly delighted to officially open the new SGN depot in Paisley – it was great to have the opportunity to meet the dedicated staff, be given a tour of the new facility and hear about the exciting plans that are in the pipeline for SGN.”

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SGN General Manager of Paisley depot, Stephen Campbell said: “We’re really pleased to have made the move into this area and are looking forward to continuing our work in the west of Scotland out of our new base. This has been a special day for both Paisley depot and our company.”

An emotional message was yesterday sent out to people with eating disorders – you can beat the illness.

Dance student Nicole Christie had just performed an energetic dance display at the intu Braehead shopping centre in front of a crowd of almost 1000 to show how she is back to full health after recovering from an eating disorder that almost killed her.

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The 20-year old is an ambassador for Beat – a charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders – and she used the experience of her illness, known as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) to make a plea for others to seek help.

Bosses at the shopping mall invited Nicole and her fellow dance students from Clyde College Glasgow and friends to stage dance displays in the mall and at the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination, which was followed by Nicole telling shoppers about her eating disorder nightmare.

Beat charity staff were also on hand at display stands in the mall giving information and advice to people, or their families, who are affected by an eating disorder.

Nicole, from East Kilbride said: “I have a message for everyone here today, but especially for people with an eating disorder, or is currently recovering from one – eating disorders can be beaten.

“You may have seen me dance a couple of minutes ago and that is something I wouldn’t have been able to do a few years ago. I was in an extremely dark place. My eating disorder wasn’t me, it was a monster inside of me controlling everything I did and I nearly killed me.

“This monster was sucking all the happiness from within me and quickly spreading into the loved ones around me as they watched my body become a fragile frame.

“But with help and support I fought to win back my life and I did. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but it was worth the fight. And so can other people who are in the same position as I was.”

Nicole’s JustGiving page raising money for the Beat charity is https://www.justgiving.com/Nicole-Christie4/

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Get set for a week of action and adventure this October half term at intu Braehead.

Watch out as Snoopy and Charlie Brown – stars of the upcoming animated adventure Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – take over intu Braehead. They’ve been busy arranging some fantastic free activities for little shoppers to enjoy.

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Snoopy-style arts and crafts sessions will run from 11am and 5pm between Monday October 12 and Friday October 16 in both the shopping centre and Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

There will also be the chance to take photographs beside models of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s famous red kennel.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said, “The world’s most loveable Beagle – Snoopy, is taking over intu Braehead this October Half Term holiday – and we can’t wait for the action to begin”.

 

Snoopy and the ‘Peanuts’ gang will be taking over kids club activities at 15 intu centres across the UK this autumn, with fun for shoppers of all ages.

 

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN – THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

 

Directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift). The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Produced by Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, respectively Mr. Schulz’s son and grandson, along with Uliano and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy).

 

For more information on intu Braehead’s free kids club activities visit intu.co.uk/braehead

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Paisley has been chosen to host the British Pipe Band Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The prestigious competition featuring over 140 bands will be held on May 21 next year. Big crowds are set to welcome bands from all over the UK, Ireland, and beyond to St James’ Park, known as The Racecourse , in Paisley.

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The May date is the first major championship of the year so this event will attract many of the best bands in the world –

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“Paisley has a fantastic location and we are delighted to be bringing this event to the town over the next three years.Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The announcement that this internationally-renowned event is coming to Paisley is tremendous news.

“Paisley is establishing itself as a top events centre having hosted the Royal National Mòd, cultural festivals such as Bring It All Home and The Spree, and the highly popular Fireworks Display, and Christmas Lights Switch-On events.

“Our expanding events calendar, aligned to our broader regeneration programme for Paisley, will only become more important as we move towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Paisley’s piping links are well known as the town already hosts a popular and successful pipe band competition and that will continue.

“I am sure that people in Renfrewshire will get right behind this fantastic event and we look forward to welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to Paisley next May.”

After a highly successful inaugural event in July, Fèis Phàislig returns in 2016 for children aged 8-18 across Renfrewshire. Gaelic for Paisley Festival, Fèis Phàislig is an opportunity for individuals to come together and develop skills in the Gaelic arts – song, dance, drama, and traditional music on a wide range of instruments. Our aim is to inspire the next generation of children to play traditional music with some of Scotland’s leading musicians and tutors.
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Our 2016 Fèis week takes place from July 19-22 in Paisley and welcomes all children aged 8-18, regardless of their ability. No previous experience of music is required, just an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to take part. From complete beginners to more advanced players, we aim to give all participants something that suits their ability and the opportunity to perform as part of a larger group.

Earlybird registration is now open for 2016 and can be done through the Fèis Phàislig website. Sign up now for first pick of our different subject choices and pay no more than our 2015 event. Earlybird registration will close on Oct 31st with our main registration open in early 2016.

 
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Paisley’s annual Spree festival of music, comedy and more is back for another year – with more than 60 shows taking place across the town over the next nine days.

The Spree runs from Friday 9 to Saturday 17 October at various venues in the town, with much of the action in the specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square.

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The Renfrewshire Council-run festival is now in its fourth year and is taking place as part of the run-up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, which is due to have its public launch next month.

The musical centerpiece is a one-off collaboration between Scottish rockers Idlewild and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey on Friday 16 October.

That show is already sold out, as is James Grant and Chris Thomson in the Spiegeltent on Wednesday 15th.

But tickets are still available for a host of other musical acts – including Karen Matheson, Barbara Dickson, Aidan Moffat, Horse McDonald, James Yorkston and Karine Polwart, and 2015 Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph.

ModStuff – LNP Promotions’ celebration of all things Mod – takes place over two days this weekend in various venues with highlights including a show by top tribute band The Underground Jam on Saturday night.

Expect lots of comedy, with Des McLean playing Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 10th, and two Best of Scottish Comedy nights in association with The Stand Comedy Club, on Friday 9th and 16th.

There will be plenty to keep kids occupied during the October break, with a full programme of events for children, including free drop-in workshop offering Minecraft and Lego robotics at various times during the days.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan did his bit to help promote the festival when he met with some of members of the RockUs community choir, who will be performing in The Spiegeltent on Tuesday 13th.

He said: “The Spree is now a fixture in the area’s ever-expanding events calendar and as Paisley’s flagship cultural event, will only become more important as we move towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“The festival is now in its fourth year and its growing popularity can be seen by the fact some of the shows sold out weeks ago – although if you haven’t got your tickets yet you still can for most of the shows.

“The next week or so is a great chance for residents and visitors alike to have a night out in the town centre and enjoy everything Paisley has to offer.”

The Spree 2015 is sponsored by local business Saporito and by Birra Moretti, with Saporito set to operate a bar-tent and a café-tent in County Square during the festival.

For more information on the festival and to buy tickets for any of the shows, see www.thespree.co.uk or visit the box office at 9b Gilmour Street.

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A contemporary take on Scotland’s history, written specifically for children will be performed at Paisley Arts Centre on 15 October as part of The Spree festival.

Oor Scotland is storyteller Andy Cannon’s re-telling of Scotland’s history – but this is no straight and dusty history lesson. To tell this epic tale Andy will take the audience on a time travelling adventure through Scotland’s past to piece together the myriad of Kings, Queens, friends and foes that make up our nation’s history. This story of Scotland is told in a fun and playful way with live music and lots of audience participation.

 

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Oor Scotland is a condensed version of the two-time CATS nominated Tales of a Grandson, which was created and performed by Andy Cannon. This play was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s 19th century history books, Tales of a Grandfather.

Oor Scotland takes place on Thursday 15 October at 11am and 2pm in Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets are £5 + bkg fee* and are available from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts. Suitable for ages 6 +

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Paisley Museum is hosting a free art exhibition to celebrate the double centenary of the Paisley Art Institute collection and the gifting of the galleries by the Institute.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall welcomed invited guests to the exhibition which includes hundreds of artwork, including 100 Glasgow Boys and their mentors, which are being displayed in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid.

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The collection of art is on display for the first time in forty two years and showcases a variety of new discoveries including one of only two examples left in Scotland of a ‘Reform Dress’.

This dress was made at Glasgow School of Art by the daughter of the Paisley Art institute founder and was a Scottish response to the tyranny of corsetry and bustles. The design concept accompanied Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald to Germany and Austria where ‘Reform Dress’ design was taken up by Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky.

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First gifted in 1922 by James Anderson Dunlop MacKean, the Paisley Burgh Mace is also on display and is a beautiful example of craftsmanship and design.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “It is clear that Paisley has many stunning examples of historic art and I am delighted to help celebrate these in this tremendous exhibition.

“As we move towards our bid for Paisley as City of Culture 2021 this ‘A Paisley Legacy – The Paisley Art Institute Collection’ is an opportunity to look back at the significant achievements and intertwined history of the Paisley Art Institute and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, and also to look forward to many years of future artistic collaboration.”

Michael Durning, artist and President of Paisley Art Institute, added: “The Paisley Art Institute Collection was established to be the pride of the town with Paisley’s artistic heritage being one of the great unexplored areas of Scottish art. I hope that the people of Paisley take the opportunity to experience the exhibition and see the pieces displayed for the first time in forty two years.”

The exhibition runs from October 3 2015 until 24 Jan 2016.

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A DANCE student who won her battle with an eating disorder is to tell her story in the middle of a busy shopping centre.

Nicole Christie aims to show other young people they can recover from the illness with the right help and support when she speaks at an event hosted by the intu Braehead shopping centre.

Along with fellow students and friends, the 20-year-old from East Kilbride will prove she is back to full fitness by taking part in dance performances at the mall’s central atrium on Sunday, October 4 from 1.30pm and later at the nearby Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

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As an ambassador for Beat – a charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders – Nicole is using the experience of her illness, known as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) to help others. Nicole and charity staff will be at display stands in the mall giving information and advice to people, or their families, who are affected by an eating disorder.

Nicole, who now studies dance at Glasgow Clyde College, fell victim to the eating disorder sparked by the stress she put herself under, studying for her school exams.
She says: “Although it’s been such a negative experience for me, what I’ve been through has changed me for the better as a person. I now appreciate a lot more in life and I’m happy and contented.

“I’m going to turn the negative into a positive and use my experience to help others who are going through the nightmare of having an eating disorder. I thought I was going to be living the rest of my life in a big dark hole, but I was able to climb back out and I want to help others do the same.”

Lydia Brown intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “Nicole has shown she’s a real fighter to come through such an awful experience and we didn’t hesitate when she asked us to host the event tomorrow.

“I hope anyone who feels they need help with eating disorder issues will come to the mall and meet with Nicole. Help is there for them.”
Nicole’s JustGiving page raising money for the Beat charity is https://www.justgiving.com/Nicole-Christie4/

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Artist and performer Donna Rutherford is looking for volunteers to help ‘serve up’ her new show Broth at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 8 October.

Part of Luminate – Scotland’s creative ageing festival – Broth explores the experiences of older people in 21st century Scotland with a series of nostalgic, true stories inspired by the tradition of soup making. It explores the rituals and revelations that trace changes in people’s lives, families and wider communities through a series of personal storytelling conversations.

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And, as the performance has been inspired by soup, the audience will also receive a delicious bowl of the Broth that Donna cooks on stage at the end of the show.

5 volunteers are sought to help serve the Broth at the end of the performance on Thursday whilst the post show discussion takes place. Please contact the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 if you are able to lend a hand.

Donna will also host a Storytelling Workshop 2pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday 6 October at Paisley Arts Centre. Workshop spaces are free but should be reserved by calling 0300 300 1210.

Broth will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 8 October 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 concession), available from the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre, on 0300 300 1210 or online atwww.renfrewshireleisure.com/online-booking