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FF Ferguslie Core Team (12)

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A unique council service to give Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life through increased support for their families has now generated £500,000 in support for local households that they didn’t know they were entitled to.

Advice Works staff based in the First Families teams have been working closely with families to help them access support they are entitled to such as the Warm Home Discount, Tax Credits and other government benefits.

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And more than 250 families have received one-to-one support from member of the Families First teams across the two areas on issues ranging from parenting support and health and well being to maximising household income and budgeting.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, said: “Our Families First Core Teams provide responsive, on-the-ground support for families in Linwood and Ferguslie who have young children. I am absolutely delighted that the teams have helped local families to access a staggering half a million pounds in support that they weren’t receiving because they didn’t know they were entitled to.

“Our multi-million pound investment in our Families First programme is a key part of this council’s drive to tackle child poverty in Renfrewshire and to close the attainment gap between high and low income households. We want to help families thrive.

“I’m pleased that investing heavily in our early year’s strategy and developing it into the Families First programme has had a positive impact. We’ve heard first hand from families who tell us the core team support has been invaluable to them and from parents who say they were barely coping before Advice Works helped them access support. We’ll keep working hard to make sure families are receiving the help that they are entitled to.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Paisley Museum

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The annual children’s art exhibition Inspired opens at Paisley Museum this week, showcasing the very best creative talent from Renfrewshire schools. The exhibition is free, and will run from Saturday 21 February to Friday 17 April.

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The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications. Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them.

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors.

This year’s exhibition also incorporates two unique elements:

Ten Pieces: Ten Pieces is an exciting new initiative for Primary Schools led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity.

This project aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through a variety of art forms, namely; art, music, dance and creative writing.

Pupils from Todholm Primary School, Wallace Primary School and Glencoats Primary School selected paintings from Paisley Museum’s collections which reminded them of the Ten Pieces of music. They were then inspired to create exciting pieces of flash fiction which are displayed alongside the paintings.

National Galleries Winners Exhibition:

An exhibition of the 2014 winners of the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools, as organised by the National Galleries of Scotland. This exhibition features work from pupils across Scotland; Schools from all 32 council areas of Scotland participated in the competition, with 16 areas represented by the eventual winners.

And thanks to the National Galleries of Scotland, Renfrewshire schools who submit to this years’ Inspired exhibition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the Tesco Bank Art Competition for 2015.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Cultural Policy Board states:

“‘It is wonderful to discover the breadth of artistic talent we have in our schools in Renfrewshire and to see how that talent develops from early years to older children. I am delighted that the Inspired exhibition acts as a showcase for children to present their work and hope this encourages others to participate in our annual children’s art exhibition.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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A former fan of the ill-fated Paisley speedway team is hoping to re-unite fans and riders in a unique event which will be held later this year in the town.

Houston man Bill Elliot, who was an active member of the Paisley Lions Supporters Club in 1975 and 1976, when the speedway team raced around the track of the old St Mirren football ground in Paisley, is staging a 40th Birthday Party to celebrate the anniversary of speedway bikes first appearing at the venue.

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He said, “We held a very successful Reunion back in 2011 when we brought together fans and riders for the first time since the track folded in 1976, and a few folk had since suggested that another event would be worth holding, particularly as it’s 40 years in 2015 since the first meeting,” he said. “I’m still in contact with many of the team who are scattered around the world, and these days it isn’t too difficult to get in touch, and I’ve been delighted with the response I’ve had so far, as while it’s a simple enough job for local former followers of the Lions to come to Paisley for a reunion, there’s a slightly more significant logistical problem facing some of the former riders, not to mention the financial implications of coming from the other side of the world!”

“However, the riders within the UK have indicated they’ll be there, a few of our Antipodean Lions have already committed to jumping on a plane and getting here, and I’ve also had other Scottish speedway personalities enquiring about the date who’ve said they’d like to attend the event if they’re free on the night. I’m also hoping that a few of the folk who were maybe on the track staff, or rode in the second halves at Paisley, might take the opportunity to come to the event and, like the rest of us, remember all the laughs and fun we had while the Lions were at Love St. A few have been asking about Allan McCall, who never quite made it into the team, but rode in the second halves, and who one night was obliged to abandon his bike mid race when it split in two, and Johnny Rodger, a local lad who again took part in the second halves, and I’d really like to hear from them and the others who helped make Saturday nights at Love St something special!”

 

Former promoter Neil McFarlane also endorsed the event by commenting, “We had some fabulous times at Love St in the two years that the Lions raced there. We had a terrific reunion about 4 years ago and it was a wonderful night, linking up again with riders, fans, and friends that we hadn’t seen in a very long time, and remember a few of the stunts we got up to then. I’m now domiciled in Spain for a good part of the year but there’s no way I’m going to miss the night, and I’ll be there!”

 

Bill finished by saying,“The last get together was a memory evoking evening as friendships going back forty years were renewed, and this time is going to be no different, particularly with a few of our farthest flung team members already saying they’re booking a few weeks off work, getting their flight booked, and linking up with us again, so there’s every likelihood of it being an even better night than it was first time around. I’m interested in hearing from “Love St Lovers”, as supporters were called at the time, who want to come to the event, and they can reach me by phone on 07854 724184, or by email on bettens6@talktalk.net.”

 

“The Paisley Lions meant an awful lot to a great deal of people in the area, so this is a chance, which might not be repeated, for them to re-live some of the best memories of their formative years.”

Arnotts 11

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The next stage of a landmark development on Paisley’s iconic Arnotts site has been hailed as ‘the latest leap forward’ in the ongoing transformation of the town centre

Work is now under way to turn the distinctive listed frontage of the former store on Gauze Street into 11 luxury apartments, with retail units on the ground floor.

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This marks phase two of a two-part plan – spearheaded by Renfrewshire Council – to bring the historic site back into use.

Phase one takes in the 31 flats currently being built by Link Group on Lawn Street and Gauze Street for shared equity or rent, due for completion in the spring.

The Arnotts site is owned and marketed by a limited liability partnership made up of Renfrewshire Council and Park Lane Developments.

And Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan believes the start of work elsewhere on the site is the latest positive piece in the town centre jigsaw.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Arnotts site represents one of the most visible options for regeneration in Paisley town centre.

“Over the years a lot of work has gone into various attempts to kickstart development and we are delighted that – at last – people can now see real progress.

“This new phase of development is just the latest leap forward for the town centre, coming off the back of several other major regeneration projects.

“It fits perfectly with our plans to use Paisley’s outstanding built and cultural heritage as the engine behind a transformation of the town over the next decade, including a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

“Elsewhere in the town, we are pushing forward with plans to bring the Russell Institute back into use as offices, bringing 80 new jobs into the town from 2016.

“And the area around Arnotts has been transformed in recent years by Westpoint Homes’ Abbey Place development just across the road, with almost all of the flats in there now snapped up, bringing new residents into the town centre.”

Sean Robinson, joint managing director of Park Lane, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council in this exciting regeneration project.

“The apartments and ground floor commercial space will be coming to the market in spring this year and there is already very strong interest in the 11 apartments and available commercial units.”

For more information about phase two of the development, or to register your interest in buying one of the apartments, please call Park Lane on 0141 331 2253.

For more information about the Gauze Street/Lawn Street flats in phase one, you can call Link Group on 03451 400100.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley town centre is in the running for a multi-million-pound transformation after the council cleared the first hurdle on a bid for major investment funding.

Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £113,300 of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to develop detailed plans for a large-scale project to restore some of the area’s architectural treasures to their former glory.

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Almost £2m of HLF money – the joint biggest of 13 awards announced today around the UK – has been set aside should the plans be given the green light.

And the total value of the scheme could rise to around £4m, including a council contribution and money from other funding sources.
The scheme is part of an ongoing ambitious drive to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to lead a transformation of the town over the next decade.

The initial £113,300 will be used for detailed feasibility work on the longer-term plans, and will include repairs to the B-listed walls in Dunn Square.

It is hoped the full project will run until 2021 and will see the extensive restoration of historic buildings which have fallen into disrepair, with priority projects having already been identified on the High Street and in the area around Shuttle Street.

It will also include a series of community engagement events to encourage residents to celebrate Paisley’s rich textile and built heritage in preparation for the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
The project will build on the existing £3.5m Townscape Heritage Initiative/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme in the town’s Causeyside area, which has seen public realm improvements and the restoration of shopfronts and other historic buildings, funded by the council, HLF and Historic Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We welcome this funding, which will give us a platform from which we can deliver on one of the key strands of our ambitious town centre heritage strategy – now gathering momentum.

“Paisley has an architectural heritage worth celebrating, and this money will go a long way towards keeping some of the finest examples of that alive for future generations to enjoy.

“The preservation of that heritage is a central part of a regeneration journey which we hope will build on the town’s existing strengths and turn it into a vibrant international cultural destination over the next decade.

“Part of that is in helping to increasing the Paisley public’s awareness and appreciation of the stunning built heritage which surrounds them, which will be a key feature of this project.

“It will also bring economic spin-offs by bringing town centre buildings back into use, thus opening up opportunities for retail and the night-time economy.

“And this is just the latest bit of good news for the town centre, with 2015 having already brought the start of retail and housing development in the listed frontage of the former Arnotts store, and confirmation of the deal to save the Russell Institute and create 80 new office jobs.”

The latest development funding is from HLF’s Townscape Heritage fund, which has allowed the organisation to target £93million of funding into more than 50 communities across Scotland
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:

“The regeneration of town centres is an obvious way in which we as an organisation can make an important contribution to improving the economy of an area and the standard of living for the people resident there,.

“Investing lottery money to revitalise historic buildings at the heart of a community, not only makes a place more attractive to live, visit and invest in, it also provides jobs and training opportunities for local people.

“We are delighted to make this award to Paisley as part of our ongoing commitment to preserving Scotland’s heritage in a way in which is relevant to the needs of today.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

INTU Awards

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Edward Reid had guests at a posh awards dinner on their feet singing along to his cheeky parody of the Frank Sinatra hit, New York, New York.

The bubbly entertainer had penned a whole new set of lyrics for his version of the classic song especially for the intu Braehead Retailer Awards dinner where he was on stage hosting the event.

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Edward found fame on the BGT show in 2011 by singing nursery rhymes to the tunes of well-known pop songs.

And when he was on stage at the mall’s awards dinner, instead of singing the famous first line of New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today” he sang “Start spending the cash, we’re shopping today”.

And when he got to the chorus of his surprise version, called Braehead, Braehead, instead of “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Edward sang “If I can’t buy it there, I can’t buy it anywhere”.

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As soon as the 200 shop, restaurants and leisure staff at the award bash realised Edward was singing about them and the intu Braehead mall, the dinner suit and ball gown-clad guests were on their feet cheering and singing.

Edward said: “I was really chuffed by the reaction of people at the awards dinner. They were all there in their finery and nobody knew I was going to sing a new version for them, but within a few lines of the song everyone was on their feet cheering and singing along with me.

“I was on holiday in Mexico when I heard New York, New York on the radio and I thought it would be a great idea to write new lyrics for when I was hosting the intu Braehead awards.”

INTU Awards

He added: “I’m not surprised, it went down so well, as New York, New York is a typical Scots party song and when you hear the song being played it seems to evoke memories of having a good time.”

The event, held in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, was the second annual intu Braehead Retailer Awards ceremony and general manager at the mall, Gary Turnbull said:

“I couldn’t believe it when Edward was on stage and started belting out his new lyrics and everyone got to their feet to join in.

“It was a fantastic performance and a clever piece of lyric writing from Edward. It was that good, he should record his Braehead, Braehead version. I’m sure it would be a hit with our shoppers!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE boss at intu Braehead has put three students in the frame as being top photographers.

The trio of snappers doing the photography course at West College Scotland were chosen by the mall’s general manager as prize winners in a competition, which has seen dozens of photographs being put on display in the busy mall.

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First place went to George Plu for his photograph of snow-covered hills at Newton Stewart, in Dumfries and Galloway; and runners-up were Susan Soutar, 48, with a photograph of a sunset in the Isle of Skye and 24-year-old Kirsty Thompson who photographed Royal Exchange Square, in Glasgow.

Head of Photography at West College Scotland, Robert Tabor said: “Students work on lots of different photographic projects and for so many people to see their work is a real boost to them.

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“Recognition for their efforts is going to build their confidence as photographers and we can’t thank intu Braehead enough for displaying our students’ photographs.”

The photographic competition winner received a £100 gift card and £50 gift cards were presented to the runners-up.

Gary Turnbull said: “The standard of photographs from the students is extremely high and the display of their pictures in the lower mall – which is changed every month – has attracted a lot of attention from shoppers passing by.

“The public should get the chance to see a display of the fine work being done by the photography students at West College Scotland and we’re delighted to make this happen.”

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Photo winners pic 1: From left George Plu, Kirsty Thompson, Susan Soutar , with their winning photographs and Gary Turnbull, from intu Braehead.

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Best Bar None Awards

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Six of the best pubs and clubs in Renfrewshire are out to prove they are ‘best bar none’ in Scotland.

The six premises, all winners at Renfrewshire’s own Best Bar None awards last month, have been shortlisted for national awards.

Best Bar None Awards

Six of the best pubs and clubs in Renfrewshire are out to prove they are ‘best bar none’ in Scotland.

The six premises, all winners at Renfrewshire’s own Best Bar None awards last month, have been shortlisted for national awards.

They will learn their fate at a ceremony in Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on 26 March.

The Best Bar None scheme was developed to recognise licensed premises that provide a safe environment for people to enjoy a drink.

In Renfrewshire, the scheme is jointly promoted by Police Scotland and Renfrewshire Council’s Community Resources. This year saw a record number of entries with 20 premises receiving gold, silver or bronze status.

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Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Best Bar None scheme has been a real success in Renfrewshire and we were delighted with the number and the quality of the entrants this year.

“Licensed premises that provide a safe, enjoyable environment are crucial in making our towns vibrant places to spend leisure time.

The six places shortlisted are among our best examples and I wish them all well for the national awards.”

The six premises competing in Edinburgh are:

Lord of the Isles – Pub Category
Kilty Kilty – Independent Bar Category
Glynhill Hotel – Hotel Bar Category
SAUWS Union – Specialist Entertainment Venue Category
Cafuffals – Best Public Health Initiative
Hamishes’ Hoose – Heart of the Community

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RAMH 25th anniversary Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Local mental health charity RAMH today celebrated 25 years of providing services to local communities across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

And they kicked off their special year by launching an appeal to raise £25,000 in their 25th anniversary year, allowing them to move to better premises, where they will be more accessible, more visible and able to bring all their services into one central hub.

RAMH 25th anniversary Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan said “From a small group of mental health professionals cautiously establishing services in 1990, RAMH has blossomed into one of the largest providers of mental health services in Scotland.”

He added “I continue to be immensely proud of the crucial mental health services RAMH provides. Celebrate with me as we applaud our achievements in 2015, and let’s make this the biggest and best year yet.”

The celebrations were attended by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, who has selected RAMH as one of her four nominated charities. St Mirren’s Brian Caldwell also attended as did other local names, including ProLife Fitness Centre and Hillington based building firm Pacific Building.

RAMH 25th anni launch panda, Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

RAMH was formerly the Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, but is now known as just RAMH because it provides services across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire, making it the largest provider of mental health services in the West of Scotland.

RAMH enables people to recover from mental ill health, and to build independent, fulfilled lives. Every single day of the year they provide crisis support, individualised care & practical support at home, day services, counselling for young people and adults, support for carers, and awareness to overcome mental health misconceptions.

To be part of the celebrations visit www.ramh.org or for a FREE fundraising pack contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

 

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Photos show (l-r) Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, St Mirren FC Chief Exec Brian Caldwell, RAMH Chief Exec Stephen McLellan at the 25th celebrations at St Mirren FC[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Plans to bring one of Paisley’s architectural treasures back to life have reached a major milestone with Renfrewshire Council officially taking ownership of the A-listed Russell Institute and signing up a long-term tenant.

Council bosses last week completed the transfer of title deeds for the former health centre from the NHS, having previously agreed to rent most of building to Skills Development Scotland.

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The council will now lead a £4.5m project to turn the iconic building – empty since 2011 and in need of major internal refurbishment – into modern office space.

It is expected that by summer 2016, SDS will move in as anchor tenants of the new training and employability hub, bringing around 80 new jobs into the town centre.

Staff from the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire scheme to tackle unemployment will also move into the revamped building.
The refurbishment work is being funded by the council, the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Scotland.

The council will soon appoint a contractor for the restoration, which will see a number of employment opportunities for local residents.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan was given a tour of the building this week after agreeing a heads of terms agreement which will see SDS lease part of the building for 10 years.

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Councillor Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in a town centre which has no shortage of landmark buildings.

“Council staff have been working away for a couple of years now on a plan to bring it back into use and we are delighted that is now coming to fruition.

“A year ago we unveiled a set of ambitious proposals intended to use Paisley’s outstanding heritage and cultural assets to transform the area’s future.

“The progress on the Russell Institute is one of the first visible signs of that transformation on what will be an epic journey of regeneration for the town.”

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

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