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Fountain Gardens Open Day Video

[/vc_column_text][vc_video ratio=”16-9″ link=””][vc_column_text]Saturday was a great day for Paisley when 1,500 people flocked to Fountain Gardens to see the newly restored Grand Fountain flowing again.

The Fountain, which was bequeathed to the townspeople by the Coats Family in 1868, is one of the world’s finest examples of cast iron sculpture. Its unique design is a Victorian extravaganza that includes walruses, cherubs, dolphins, herons and crocodiles and which measures 8.5 metres in height, has the same circumference and weighs 42 tonnes – before the water is added.

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During the renovation, a team of experts painstakingly removed layers of paint to identify the colours in which the fountain was first revealed. The colours were selected by influential Glasgow artist, Daniel Cottier whose stained glass and colour work enjoyed worldwide acclaim and popularity in the 19th Century.

Emphasising the Fountain’s importance, its restoration was funded by Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renfrewshire Council.

But on Saturday, it was all about the Grand Fountain itself and its place in the hearts of Paisley’s people. Provost Anne Hall declared the Fountain flowing and a huge cheer erupted as this much-loved landmark sprang back to life.

In the newly-planted Fountain Gardens, residents and visitors of all ages enjoyed a Victorian party with tea and cake, ice cream from a hand cart, a brass band and a special performance from Paisley’s PACE Youth Theatre Group.

While the younger visitors enjoyed the fun, older residents reminisced about having played by (and in) the fountain decades ago and expressed their delight at seeing it flowing again.

More information about the Fountain and its restoration can be found at

Better still, make a visit this great local landmark. The water will flow every day during daylight hours.


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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Doors Open Days – First events take place tomorrow! 

Scotland’s annual festival of buildings opens up its very first doors tomorrow Saturday 6 September.

Angus, Ayrshire, East Fife and St Andrews, Highlands: In and around Inverness, Moray: Lossiemouth, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders: Kelso and Stirling have hundreds of venues all waiting to welcome you in.

Paisley Abbey interior

There is so much on offer it can be difficult to know where to start, Visit Scotland have created some week one highlights on their Doors Open Days blog HERE

Our local area coordinators have curated lots of thematic links on our inspiration pages HERE

And we have created lots of links to Homecoming Scotland 2014’s themes too, from Food and Drink to Scottish Ancestry, Creativity and Culture or Natural and Active resources there is sure to be something for everyone.

On Friday 5 September Doors Open Days and Visit Scotland launch the 2014 Golden Ticket competitions, offering extra opportunities to get involved in some exciting Doors Open Days events, details on our website competition pages


John Pelan, Director of Scottish Civic Trust, the national coordinators of Doors Open Days said:

‘2014 is an exciting year for Doors Open Days, with more on offer for our visitors than ever before. Our teams have all worked extra hard to make sure that the festival has something for everyone and it will be a year of events I am sure our audiences and supporters alike will be very proud of. We wish everyone a great Doors Open Days experience and hope they enjoy going Through the Keyhole.’
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, national sponsors of Doors Open Days said:

‘Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to support Doors Open Days for the fourth year running. We decided to remain involved this year following the excellent feedback we received from colleagues and visitors who had taken advantage of the wonderful opportunity to tour the buildings covered by this great initiative.’


Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

‘The Doors Open Days are a key part of Homecoming Scotland and a terrific opportunity for people of all ages to explore this country’s hidden gems. I would encourage everyone to make the most of Scotland Through the Keyhole, which celebrates our rich heritage, architecture and culture.’


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Doors Open Day Paisley 2014.

The Annual Doors Open Day Paisley (Saturday 6th September) is nearly upon us and it makes for a fantastic day out with the family, when you can access buildings and places you would never normally be able to see inside.

Doors Open Day in Paisley 2014 will be popular with both amateur and pro photographers out there too, with access to the roof of Paisley Abbey (weather permitting) and hopefully this year there is also access to the roof of Thomas Coats Memorial church.

Below is a concise list of places and times of the buildings which will be open in town.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Paisley Anchor Mill          06.09.14 (10.00-18.00)

7 Thread Street, Paisley,  PA1 1JR


The Anchor Mill stands as a proud reminder of Paisley’s great industrial heritage.  Located at the Hammills on the White Cart River, this landmark Grade ‘A’ listed Domestic Finishing Mill was built in 1886 and is one of the few remaining buildings of the Anchor Mill complex.  At the centre of the building is the elegant, 4 storied, sun-lit Atrium.  This year in the Atrium, The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days and continue through until the 22nd September.  The tapestry depicts the determination, courage and influence of Scots as they journeyed across the world throughout the centuries.


Architect: Woodhouse & Morley

Building Date: 1886


The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days

Children’s Passport Scheme


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery)         06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Former Martyrs Parish Church, 40 Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2NP


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery) – the church was named in honour of two men who were hung at Paisley Cross in 1685 for refusing to renounce the Covenant and acknowledge the King’s supremacy. The building is now the headquarters of the 7th Paisley (JNI) Scout Group.

Building Date: 1835


Paisley – Brediland Allotment Association   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

3 Cardell Drive, Foxbar,  PA2 9AE


The Brediland Allotments were established in 1916, local knowledge states it was gifted by a generous farmer.

There are over 50 plots and 8 pigeon fanciers and Brediland Allotments  hold something for all ages in the community from under 5’s to older adults..

There has been a massive revival of interest in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in

recent years. As a result, Renfrewshire is starting to see the development of a number of innovative community led projects to allow people to start growing their own fresh produce.


Limited access for disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.


Paisley – Grand Fountain ( Grand Re-Opening ) 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Fountain Gardens, Paisley

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Paisley – Grand Fountain – Doors Open Days sees the new restoration and interpretation project completed and today marks the special occasion of the fountain being switched back on.  Come enjoy our Victorian Garden Party and find out about the restoration of this A-Listed, cast iron fountain made by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow in the 1860s.  Adorned with cherubs, dolphins and walruses, it really is one of a kind.

Architect: Sun Foundry, Glasgow

Building Date: 1868


There will be an exhibition on the history of the fountain and gardens,

A Victorian style Garden Party to celebrate the switching on will also take place.

Children’s Passport.


Paisley – Hamishes’ Hoose   06.09.14 (12.30-20.00) – 07.09.14 (12:30-20.00)

45 High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2AH


This venue will host live music.  Simply show your Doors Open Day Booklet to get a free desert with any main meal purchased from the menu. (One desert per booklet).


Paisley – Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Place, Moss Street, Paisley,  PA1 1BG


The only Scottish Episcopal Church remaining in Paisley.  The congregation began in 1817 and merged with St Barnabas Church in 2004.  It is the oldest Episcopal Church Building in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.

Building Date: 1833


Paisley – John Neilson Institute (formerly John Neilson Institution)   06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley,  PA1 2DE


This astonishing addition to Paisley’s skyline is a fabulous distortion of antique classical forms, known to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally a school bequeathed to the town by a local grocer, it has was converted into flats in 1993 and won a prestigious Saltire Award for its conversion.

Architect: Charles Wilson

Building Date: 1852


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre   06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

11 Christie Street, Paisley,  PA1 1NB


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre – A recently refurbished facility providing first class facilities for the people of Renfrewshire in the form of a 6 court sports hall, modern fitness suite and dance studios, a new arena for events, new foyer and cafe together with a free form swimming and teaching pool.  This facility also hosts one of the newest Spa’s in the area.


Paisley – Langs Tannery   06.09.14 (9.00-11.00)

1 Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1JL


The original building dates to around 1830 but the site has been modernised over the years to provide a modern tanning operation to convert raw cattle hides into tanned leather suitable for upholstery and shoe leather manufacturers world wide.  The cattle hides are a by-product of the meat industry and Langs Tannery takes this product, adds value and produces a desirable product much in demand.  Please note non-slip footwear required to take this tour.

Building Date: 1830


Paisley – New Jerusalem Church 06.09.14 (10:00-15:30)

17 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2LB


this is a good example of an early Scottish Methodist chapel. The church was purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in 1860 for £600 and was formally opened and dedicated on 15th September 1861. In 1868 the interior was remodelled and new pews, a pulpit and stained glass windows were instated. The stained glass cost £103 and was designed by the artist Sir Noel Paton RSA, whose parents belonged to the congregation.

Building Date: 1810 and 1868


Paisley – Oakshaw Trinity Church  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley,  PA1 2DD


The church’s steeple is one of the most pronounced on Paisley’s skyline. The Hill organ has been newly restored.  Contains a stunning plaster ceiling together with seven notable stained glass windows: two by Oscar Paterson c. 1918; two by Alec Walker c. 1909 and 1921; and one each by Gordon Webster, 1951; Sadie McLellan, 1973; and John Clark, 1996.

Architect: John White, 1754 & 1767-70; Rennison & Scott, 1877

Building Date: 1750-56, steeple 1770


Paisley – Paisley Abbey & the Place of Paisley  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Abbey Close, Paisley,  PA1 1JG

Paisley Abbey interior

Paisley Abbey, the crowning glory of Renfrewshire’s architectural heritage, is over 850 years old, it was founded as a Cluniac monastery in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, an ancestor of the Royal House of Stewart and a distant relation of our future king, the Duke of Cambridge. Built on the site of a Celtic church established by St. Mirin in the 6th century, Paisley Abbey has been razed and rebuilt several times since then.

Its 25 stained glass windows, designed by 15 different artists, are exquisite   Paisley Abbey is also home to some of the most unique gargoyles, from the traditional to the something a little different see if you can spot the alien.  The cafe will also be open for business as will the tower and upper floors of the Place of Paisley.

Architect: Restoration by Rowand Anderson, Robert Lorimer

Building Date: 1163 with many additions throughout the centuries.


Paisley – Paisley Ambulance Station 06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

15 Craw Road, Paisley,  PA2 6AD


A purpose built Ambulance Station which became operational in 1996 to replace the temporary Ambulance Station.

A selection of Ambulance vehicles will also be on display, along with some short heartstart sessions.

Display of Ambulance vehicles and short heartstart sessions.


Paisley – Paisley Arts Centre  06.09.14 (09.45-16.45)

New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EZ


Built by the Town Council as Paisley’s first post-reformation church, the Arts Centre was a place of worship for nearly 250 years until it was converted to its present purpose in 1987.

This intimate and friendly venue provides an all year-round programme of drama, music, film, comedy and dance, it frequently hosts Scottish & world premiers.

Architect: James Baird & John Hart

Building Date: 1736-38

The Centre will be running drop-in arts session (11.00-15.00).


Paisley – Paisley Central Library 06.09.14 (09.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Reference library by John Honeyman, 1868-71. Lending and Children’s Libraries: Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1904, with extension by Keppie and Henderson, 1933.

An A-Listed building which opened in 1871 and was funded by a donation from Peter Coats.  In 1904 an extension was built by Honeyman, Keppie and MacKintosh.  MacKintosh’s influence can be seen in the use of recessed squares, in bookcase friezes and glazed screens, in the doors with oval glass panels, and in the roof trusses.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie, Macintosh & Henderson

Building Date: 1868, 1904, 1933

The library holds amazing archives of maps, photographs and drawings and additional exhibitions and competitions will run on the day.


Paisley – Paisley Community Fire Station 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Canal Street, Paisley,  PA1 2HQ


The current fire station in Canal Street replaced the old station in Johnston Street in 1972.  The station has two fire appliances, it is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  It has five groups of eleven personnel that attend various incidents like fires, car crashes, incidents involving chemicals, animal and water rescue incidents.


Paisley – Paisley Martyr’s Sandyford 06.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2PP


The union of the Martyrs and Sandyford Churches was formalised in November 2009 and a presence is maintained at both Broomlands Street and Montgomery Road, with the Broomlands church being the one open on Doors Open Day.

Architect: Changes by T G Abercrombie, 1904-05

Building Date: 1835

Organ music will be played throughout the day.


Paisley – Paisley Methodists Central Hall 06.09.14 (11.00-16.00)

7 Gauze Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EP


Paisley Methodists Central Hall was built in 1908.  New to Doors Open Days this beautiful building of note will hold an exhibition of Methodism past and present there will also be guided tours on request and children’s activities including a quiz and a story trail around the Church.

Building Date: 1908


Paisley – Paisley Museum & Art Galleries and Coats Observatory  06.09.14 (11.00-16.00) – 07.09.14 (14.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


The museum houses a wealth of treasures, from ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and natural history.  The pillar gallery has recently been refurbished with original Victorian architecture and double barrelled vaulted ceiling fully restored.

Observatory: A solar telescope, Alexander Stoddart’s bust of Newton and painted glass windows depicting famous astronomers can all be found in the observatory.

Open on Sunday 14.00-17.00 for the collection of prizes only.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh; T G Abercrombie

Building Date: 1868-81, 1902, 1915. Observatory 1883


Paisley – Paisley Sheriff Court & Justice of the Peace Court  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Street, Paisley,  PA3 2HW


The present Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts originally consisted of the court House and the offices of Renfrew County Council.  The extended building now housing the Procurator Fiscals office was re-opened in 1997 and 2011.

Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997

Building Date: 1885-90

Don’t miss the guided tour of the Courts and cells.


Paisley – Paisley Stowbrae Kirk  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

82 Causeyside Street, Paisley,  PA1 1YP


One of the newest buildings to this year’s Doors Open Days.  Stowbrae Kirk will be holding an exhibition of communion plates relating to the 4 churches in it’s history exhibition


Paisley – Paisley Threadmill Museum  06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley,  PA1 1JS

Thread Mill Museum

More than 10,000 people used to wind and bind thread for J & P Coats in this imposing A-listed building. Six tall floors high in red brick, 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building now functions as a business centre and an area of the ground floor has been provided rent free for the development of a museum devoted to the thread industry of Paisley, run by volunteers.

Architect: W J Morley of Bradford for J & P Coats

Building Date: 1899

The ground floor’s museum showcases an archive of photographs that offers a glimpse into the life of a mill worker.


Paisley – Ralston Community Sports Centre 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (9.00-15.30)

Penilee Road, Paisley,  PA1 3AX


Built around 1930 this is a world class example of Art Deco architecture in the style of the world famous Thomas Tait.  In the last few years it has been refurbished into a community sports centre incorporating a dance studio, state of the art gym and synthetic football pitches.  It’s balconies and downstairs reception foyer make it an ideal function space.

Building Date: Around 1930


Paisley – Renfrewshire House  06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street , Paisley,  PA1 1AN


Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s Headquarters building which, in addition to its refurbished open plan offices, features a new Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new Chamber which is suspended over the public service desks and is elliptical to embody the principles of equality and inclusive debate in local democracy.

Building Date: 1985

Customer Services and Council Chambers open.


Paisley – Sir James Clark Building – Studio 14 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Abbey Mill Business Centre, Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1TJ


Built in 1923 this B listed building was part of the former Anchor Mill Complex and is now used for offices and workshops.  All are welcome to come along and meet artist Caroline Watson, who will open her studio for the day to present an exhibition of drawings and mixed media artworks.  The work reflects an interest in landscape and objects of nature as experienced in a social and cultural context.  Also involved in local cultural activities, the artist is part of Weaving Musical Threads and an active member of the Creative Renfrewshire Network

Building Date: 1923

Exhibition of Drawings & Mixed Media Artworks



Paisley – Sma’ Shot Cottage   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley,  PA1 2HG


Sma’ Shot Cottages comprise an 18th Century weavers cottage and loom shop showing living and working conditions of a weavers family in the 1750s and a small row of mill owners cottages from the 19th Century.  The cottages contain many fascinating artefacts and are linked by a 19th Century heritage garden.

Building Date: 1700s-1800s

The Victorian interiors tell the story of Paisley’s 19th century development.


Paisley – St James’s Church of Scotland 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Underwood Road, Paisley,  PA3 1TL


This Gothic revival church of considerable architectural merit has a steeple which reaches for the sky.  It’s one of a limited number of churches in Scotland with eight or more bells.  Certainly, the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plain interior design helped Blanc to win the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. The congregation has very strong musical interests including a quoir, handbell team & orchestra.  Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with a chance to try handbells at 10.30 & 11.30,  choir activities 11.00 & 12.00, Organ & Piano demonstrations 14.00 & 15.00 and the Bell Tower is opening especially for Doors Open Days between 13.00 – 15.00.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1880, 1904


Paisley – St Mary’s RC Church 06.09.14 (10.00 -13.00)

163 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2UN


The picturesque coloured glass is newer than the church, and was a replacement for the original glass which was shattered by a bomb blast during World War II.  See the boy with the football and the lady with the Vacuum cleaner in this beautiful feature. Architect: Pugin. Building Date: 1891Post war stained glass above the choir and in the apse. Church completely restored, including Watt organ.


Paisley – St Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Gordon Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XL


St Matthew’s was built in 1905-1907 in a mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles by Paisley architect W D McLennan, who was a member of the congregation.  The church is regarded by many as Scotland’s most significant Art Nouveau Church.  McLennan originally intended the design to include a massive spire but it was decided late in 1907 to abandon this costly embellishment.

Architect: William D McLennan

Building Date: 1905-1907


Paisley – St Mirin’s RC Cathedral  06.09.14 (15.15-17.15)

Incle St, Paisley,  PA1 1HR


Built in 1932 to replace the 1808 church in East Buchanan Street, St Mirins’ dedicated to the Patron Saint of Paisley, became a cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Paisley in 1948.  It continues to serve as a parish church with recent renovations taking place in 2012.

Architect: Thomas Baird

Building Date: 1930-32


Paisley – St Mirren Football Club 07.09.14 (12.00-15.00)

75 Greenhill Road, Paisley,  PA3 1RU


First established in 1877 and although they moved to a purpose built stadium 4 years ago, the history of the club is proudly displayed within the club for all to see.  For Doors Open Day you will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, why not walk out the tunnel, see the dressing rooms, board rooms, referee room and even the TV interview room with a special competition for children with a chance to win tickets for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Premiership home game on Saturday 18th October 2014.

Building Date: 2008


Paisley – Tannahill’s Cottage  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

11 Queen Street, Paisley,  PA1 2TT


The cottage was built by the father of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” and compatriot of Robert Burns, who lived there for most of his life (1774-1810). Now home to the Paisley Burns Club, one of the oldest in the world, it reopened after a fire in 2003

Architect: James Tannahill

Building Date: 1775

View a display of Burns and Tannahill memorabilia.


Paisley – The Bull Inn 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (12.30-17.30)

7 New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XU


Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy.

Those presenting their Doors Open Day brochure on the Saturday will get 15% off of their  food bill.  No food served on a Sunday.

Architect: William D. McLennan

Building Date: 1900-01


Paisley – The Wynd Centre 06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

6 School Wynd, Paisley,  PA1 2DB


The Wynd Centre opened its doors on 30 Sept. 1984 and is the outreach arm of Oakshaw Trinity Church. When the former St John’s Church became available the centre expanded and the Architect Archie Richmond of Richmond Architects, Dumbarton, Glasgow designed the building as it stands now and it was opened by HRH Princess Anne in 2001. It has a 200 Seater Auditorium, Counselling rooms, varying sizes of rooms and halls.  Come along and see for yourself.  The Wynd Centre 30th Anniversary service on Sunday 7 September, Oakshaw Trinity Church 2.00pm. All welcome.

Architect: Archie Richmond

Building Date: 1984 & 2001


Paisley – Thomas Coats Memorial Church & Paisley Photographic Society 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Built by the Coats family in memory of Thomas Coats, the building is the epitome of Victorian neo-gothic splendour.  One of, if not the most opulent Baptist centres in Britain, the church’s eight arched crown spire is a principal feature of Paisley’s skyline.  The interior abounds with highly carved oak, marble and alabaster.  You will be able to take in the artful surrounds to the sound of organ music.  The Paisley Photographic Society will also be exhibiting their members’ photography.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1894


Paisley – Wallneuk North Church  06.09.14 (10.30-12.30)

Abercorn Street, Paisley,  PA3 4AB


Hailed as the triumph of stylish Paisley architect, this Perpendicular Gothic creation is one of the most powerful compositions to be found in the town.  The Church is built of red stone from Locharbriggs quarry, Dumfriesshire, the inside is mainly Austrian oak.  Various animals and symbols are carved in the wood and stone.

Architect: Thomas Graham Abercrombie

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Salmon fishing a great catch for Renfrew residents.

38 Renfrew residents joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in an historic trip down the Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.

The guests were invited to watch as Renfrewshire’s civic leaders carried out the historic act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.

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The custom goes back as far as 1781 when the town lost the right to the fishing on parts of the Clyde by not fishing in the area.

King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew granting the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

However Renfrew Town Council failed to keep the rights on parts of the river owned by Sir Michael Stewart because they hadn’t fished those areas for some years. From then on it became practise to maintain the rights by having the Provost, Baillies and Town Clerk put out the nets and haul them in every three years. The practise of casting of the nets is still carried on as a tradition.

Provost Hall was also joined by local councillors, MPs and MSPs for the trip from Braehead pier to the mouth of the River Leven.

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Provost Hall said: “I was pleased that so many from the local community joined me on this unique celebration of Renfrew’s history. The historic salmon fishing is a significant tradition and one that’s worth preserving. It’s great that everyone had such a great day.”

The fishing net for the special trip was kindly donated by Gordon from Country Sports, Paisley.

Image captions:

Image 1 – Renfrew residents and civic leaders prepare to board the boat for the salmon fishing trip.

Image 2 – Provost Anne Hall and Renfrew residents on the Clyde Cruises Cruiser.


Image 3 – Sticking your net out: Provost Hall prepares to put her net into the water.


Image 4 – Catch of the day: Provost Hall looking to catch a salmon from the Clyde.


Image 5 – Provost Hall and Captain Thomas Klein, Clyde Cruises


Image 6 – Waving at the Waverley: Provost Hall is joined by Pat Watson, Brenda McEwan, Susan Graham and Effie McGachie.

Image 7 – Under the bridge: Donny Drennan, John Peacock, Susan Adam, Georgina Hunter and Christina Hunter with Provost Hall.

Image 8 – Local resident Effie McgGachie and Provost Hall at Dumbarton Rock, near the River Leven.

Image 9 – Brian Luse, Pastor at Renfrew’s Baptist Church and Deacon John Morrison from the diocese of Paisley.

Image 10 – Provost Hall and Renfrew residents enjoy the views on the boat journey to the River Leven.


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Photograph of The Hamills Waterfall

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The wing-walk, which is raising awareness of armed forces charity Help for Heroes, took place on Strathaven Airfield on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 August.


Provost Hall, who took part in the wing-walk on the second day, started the campaign in March to show support for Help for Heroes, who help wounded service men and women and their families.

Provost Hall said: “The bravery of our service men and women is always one that strikes a chord with me. It’s great that I have been joined by seventeen people who want to help me raise awareness of this much deserved charity.


“I wanted to do something a little bit different. Doing a wing-walk is ideal as it’s so extraordinary and that is exactly what our service men and women do every day. As we begin commemorating WW1 this year, it’s vital we continue to reflect not only on the past, but our present and future too.

“We started the wing-walk mission to raise awareness of Help for Heroes, but many people have generously donated money while we’ve been preparing for this event. So far, over £5,000 has been donated and all monies donated will be given to Help for Heroes.”

Joining Provost Hall on the day was first time flyer, 20 year old Stephanie Bain, from Erskine, who decided to do the wing-walk despite never having flown before and trim Karen Anderson, who lost over 2 stone to take part.


Stephanie said: “I’m delighted that I’ve done a wing-walk before I’ve flown on a plane. It’s another thing to tick off my bucket list. I was inspired by Provost Hall’s challenge to go wing-walking for Help for Heroes and decided I just had to do it.”

Karen added: “I’ve always been a keen supporter of charity and when I heard Provost Hall was doing a wing-walk I knew I had to join in. Last year, I joined Provost Hall in her first big charity event – to abseil from Renfrewshire Council HQ building in Paisley.

“Although it’s been a challenge to make sure I got to my target weight before the big day, it’s really given me a new boost of life and I’m grateful to have been able to do the wing-walk.”

The wing-walk prompted many local people to donate money to Help for Heroes, with over £5,000 donated on the day.

M and C Coaches and Whitestar Luxury Travel kindly donated their services to take the wing-walkers to and from Paisley and Strathaven Airfield.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A crowd of thousands saw vintage vehicles from through the ages when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally made its first appearance in a new home.

The event was taking place in Johnstone for the first time, having been in Paisley in recent years, and fire appliance fans young and old flocked to Houstoun Square.

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The day kicked off with a parade of classic fire engines from years gone by from the town’s fire station to the town centre, led by the 1st Houston Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade Pipe Band

In the square, visitors were able to get up close with the vintage engines, with firefighters providing other entertainment such as chip-pan fire demos.

The event was run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was at the centre of proceedings when she was ‘rescued’ from a car during a demonstration by firefighters.

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She said: “The Fire Engine Rally has always been a well-attended event and it was great to see it proving popular in its new home of Johnstone.

“Our events programme aims to generate a boost for own town centres by bringing in a crowd, and the feedback we had from Johnstone traders was positive.

“The fire engines are always a big attraction for young and old, and the level of attention they get is testament to the hard work of the volunteers from the trust to lovingly preserve and restore the vehicles.

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“It is also a great chance for the firefighters to meet the public and showcase the great work that they do while spreading the fire safety message.

“My thanks go to them for keeping the crowd entertained and for helping to rescue me once again!”

David Adam, chair of the SFRS Heritage Trist, added: “The Fire Engine Rally was a great success – the square was really busy when the parade arrived.

“The new venue helped add something to the event after four years in Paisley and I look forward to repeating that in the years to come.”

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Nineteen Recruits told ‘you’re hired’ at finale.

Nineteen young people heard the magic words of ‘you’re hired’ at a ceremony to mark the conclusion of a popular council youth employment programme.

The group are looking forward to their new careers after taking part in The Recruit – loosely based on TV’s Apprentice – which sees young people compete through a series of business-based and practical challenges.


Now in its fifth year, this year’s summer installment had two groups – one featuring 30 S5/6 school pupils, and another with 17 unemployed young people aged 18 to 24.

The Recruits were joined by family, friends and supporters of the programme for a finale and awards ceremony at Paisley Town Hall, hosted by DJ George Bowie.

On the night, two Recruits were named as Top Recruits for their performance over the six-week programme – Jonathan McCart and Erin Cairns.

Erin, 16, of Johnstone, said: “The Recruit was amazing, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It isn’t just about getting a job, it’s about confidence-building.

“I now feel like a different person – I am much more confident about talking to people and so much more positive.”

Jonathan, 17 of Linwood, added: “This is completely brilliant, I didn’t expect it at all.”

The Recruits’s Choice awards – voted for by their colleagues as the people who made the biggest impact – went to John Shields and Daniel Gronan.

The young people also presented a cheque for £4,122 to St Vincent’s Hospice, for whom they had raised funds over the course of the programme.

The successful Recruits were invited up on stage one-by-one as their new bosses announced employment opportunities at nine private-sector firms.

They were: Blaze Driessen, Martin Ruddy and Sarah Richford (Marks and Spencer); Erin Cairns, Jonathan McCart and Ryan Connelly (Kinder Handl); Wendy Thomson (Little Flowers Nursery); Mark McNicholl (Muir Slicer); Stuart Armstrong (Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce); Charles Fraser (Ecosse Furnishings); Stuart Murphy (Rainbow Technologies); Stephen Howie (BGL Contracts) and Steven Fallon (It’s all Food).

A further four were taken on by Renfrewshire Council – Declan Hamilton, Connie Lamb, Imaan Niven and Christopher Duffin, while Colleen McParland and Daniel Gronan received posts at Renfrewshire Leisure.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan helped present the awards, and said: “Once again, Renfrewshire has produced a batch of Recruits who are a credit to themselves and to the area.

“Although the Recruit has been running for five years now, this is the most job opportunities ever to be handed out in one night – which shows the extent to which the programme is now established among the local business community.

“Creating opportunities for people to find work is one of the biggest priorities of this council and through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme – of which the Recruit is part – we have created jobs for almost 600 young people in just over two years.

“But we couldn’t run this programme without the support – in many cases, long-running support – of the firms who have created job opportunities, provided sponsorship for the finale, and offered time and expertise to run Recruit tasks.

“My thanks go to every one of them, and I am sure they would join me in wishing the Recruits all the best for the adventure that lies ahead.”

The finale event was kindly sponsored by Scottish Leather Group, intu Braehead, Linstone Housing Association, Hillington Park Innovation Centre and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.


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Warm welcome for return of Grand Fountain.

One of the jewels in Paisley’s architectural crown is back and looking better than ever after a year-long restoration project.

The A-listed Grand Fountain in the town’s Fountain Gardens has been reassembled on site over the past fortnight, sparking a flurry of interest from residents.


The intricate cast-iron structure – notable for its distinctive walrus sculptures – has been the centerpiece of the park since 1868, but has now been restored to its original deep-red colour and condition.

The £650,000 project – funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland – saw the fountain dismantled and removed to be painstakingly repaired by specialists, before coming back on site at the end of July.

Work is continuing to reconnect the fountain’s water-flow system ahead of its official opening on Saturday 6 September


Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, paid the fountain a visit to see the work for themselves.

Councillor Kelly said: “The project to restore the Grand Fountain has been a long time in the making but there is no question it was worth the wait.

“The fountain is looking spectacular and when you see it close up you can really appreciate the detail of this magnificent structure.

“I know many of our local residents will have fond memories of the fountain and surrounding park, and I would encourage them to get along and see it for themselves once the work is fully completed in the next week.

Councillor Macmillan added: “The Grand Fountain is a direct link with Paisley’s proud past at the centre of the world’s textile industry, having been gifted to the town by the Coats family.

“Paisley has an outstanding built heritage, with the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland – and the Grand Fountain is one of the finest examples of that.

“The council is working to make the most of those priceless assets – having this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s heritage and culture as the engine to drive a wide-ranging process of regeneration over the next decade.”


Doors Open Day 2014

The Grand Fountain will be officially opened at a Victorian Garden Party between noon and 4pm on Saturday 6 September, as part of Renfrewshire Doors Open Day.

The event will feature entertainment, family fun and refreshments, with the official switch-on ceremony at 1pm.

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