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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

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has welcomed the announcement from The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association that the British Piper Band Championship are due to be held in Paisley over the next three years.

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The announcement that the British Piper Band Championships will be held in Paisley over the next three years is fantastic news for the town and will be welcomed by all.”

“Not only will this announcement be welcomed by local businesses – contributing significantly to the local economy – but it will also enhance to the town’s bid to be named ‘City of Culture 2021’.”

“Renfrewshire has had great recent success with the Johnstone Pipe Band having won back to back World Championships over the last two years.”

“I look forward to attending these Championships and supporting all of Renfrewshire’s bands.”

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Renfrewshire kids are gearing up for a fun-packed October school holiday – with a full programme of children’s events planned as part of Paisley’s Spree festival.

The annual extravaganza of music, comedy and more – on between 9 and 17 October – will also include family fun at various venues around the town.

Highlights taking place while the schools are off include daily Let’s Do Robotics with Lego workshops in the specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square.

The free drop-in workshops, a popular feature of last year’s festival –will allow visitors to build and programme creatures which move using the latest Lego robotics technology.

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Also in The Spiegeltent is another set of free daily drop-in workshops based around popular fantasy video game Minecraft, where visitors have to storm a Spree castle in search of treasure.

Other children’s events taking place during The Spree include:

– Jurassic Adventures (Saturday 17 October, Paisley Town Hall, tickets £12) which was created by the team behind Disney on Ice and is set on a magical island, which will transport families back to a prehistoric age;

– Oor Scotland (Thursday 15 October, Paisley Arts Centre, £5), which will see entertainer Andy Cannon retell Scotland’s history with lots of music and audience participation;

– Bookbug (Monday 12 and Wednesay 14 October, The Spiegeltent, free), staff fropm Renfrewshire Libraries lead babies and pre-school children along with nursery songs and action rhymes;

For more information, a full list of dates and times, or to buy tickets for any of these shows, visit www.the.spree.co.uk

Big-name music acts starring at this year’s Spree include Idlewild, the RSNO, Karen Matheson, James Grant, Barbara Dickson, Aidan Moffat, Horse McDonald and the Khartoum Heroes featuring King Creosote.

There will also be comedy from Des McLean as well as two Best of Scottish Comedy nights run with The Stand Comedy Club.

The festival is run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the build-up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Spree programme has something for people of all ages – and I would encourage parents to check out the full programme as there is plenty to help keep kids occupied during the October week.

“The Spree is now in its fourth year and in that time has fast established itself as a must—not-miss date on the area’s cultural calendar.”

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Senior pupils at Gleniffer High have spoken out on issues affecting young people in Renfrewshire at a special community planning meeting dedicated to children and young people.

Speaking on the barriers facing young people, such as employment; health and wellbeing; community facilities and transport; and having a say on local issues, the twenty-three sixth-year pupils – a mix of boys and girls from diverse backgrounds – presented their thoughts and suggestions to the board.

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Topping the list was the pressure to succeed and keeping good mental health, with a call for positive role models and young voices to be heard also a key concern.

Poverty, employment opportunities and transport were also big issues with young people asking for information and advice on programmes and initiatives to be easily accessible to young people.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Chair of the Children and Young People Thematic Board, praised the pupils for their hard work and taking the time to present the issues to the board and said: “Young people have the future very much in mind and listening to their views on issues that will affect them, such as employment and transport, is vitally important. I was delighted to have Gleniffer High senior pupils present their views and suggestions and we are now looking into what we can do about the issues raised.

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“Feedback is a big deal for young people, so we will be getting back in touch with the pupils once we have explored their suggestions and spoken with our partners on key issues.

“I know the pupils got a lot out of the day and I hope to involve more young people in the work of the thematic board in future.”

Headteacher David Nicholls said: “The senior pupils who worked with the thematic board are great examples of what can be achieved in all schools. The demands and expectations on their young lives are substantial but despite these everyday pressures they are fully committed to their school and community. In many ways, they inspire young pupils who will follow them through school so it is really important we listen and work with senior pupils on youth issues.”

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire2023.com.

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Former Paisley Lions speedway riders have begun arriving in the town for a celebration of the sport’s short life at the former St Mirren football ground in Love St, which will take place this coming Saturday in the 5 on 5 Club, the social “arm” of the Pro-Life Fitness Suite.

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Three riders based in the Antipodes, Kiwis Mike Fullerton and Colin Farquharson, and Aussie Burnett (Bernie) Foot will be meeting up with fellow former Lions Sid Sheldrick, Alan Bridgett, and Colin Caffrey, and former promoter Neil MacFarlane, will be meeting up for the first time in almost 40 years to indulge in a night of nostalgia, and they will be joined by numerous fans who still remember the days when the bikes roared around the Love St track.

 

“Yes, it’s been nearly a year in the planning, but the big day is almost here,” said organiser Bill Elliot. “The fact that some former riders are doing a 24,000 mile round trip to be part of the night says an awful lot about what the Lions meant to so many people. I’ve had requests for tickets from people in Spain and from the South of England northwards, so I’m confident it’s going to be a night full of nostalgia, a lot of laughs, and generally one of those nights you really don’t want to have missed. There will be an evening of 70’s music, with particular emphasis on 1975 and 76, when the Lions raced in Paisley, and a slide show with loads of photos of the riders displayed on the big screen during the night, just to help folk remember what it was all about. A couple of riders like Aussies Stuart Mountford and Bob Baker, who can’t be there, have sent messages which we’ll read out to the assembled guests on the night, so we’re hoping that this one and only chance to see and hear all these icons in the one room for probably the last time will be well supported.”

 

“If that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite on its own, when the very nice people at Glasgow Speedway heard about the event, they very kindly offered complementary tickets for anyone attending, to come and watch the Glasgow Tigers take on the Edinburgh Monarchs in the second and deciding leg of the League Cup Final on Sunday afternoon at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, so it’s going to be quite a weekend!”

 

He said finally, “I’m still getting enquiries from folk both locally and further afield, which is very encouraging, but there’s still time for folk to book their spots by either phoning me on 07854 724184, or emailing me at bettens6@talktalk.net, and take up the chance of seeing some live speedway on the Sunday into the bargain. The cost of the evening is only a tenner, which I think is a good deal, so I’m advising people wanting to indulge themselves in a night of pure unadulterated nostalgia to get in touch with me quickly if they haven’t already done so!”

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A 32-strong group of Renfrewshire Council employees set off this week to the East African country of Malawi with a special send-off from Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall.

Provost Hall was on hand to see the team leave from Paisley on a 7,500 mile journey to the village of William where they will build and renovate school and other facilities for the Classrooms for Malawi project.

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The 16-day trip will help over 600 local children currently with little or no access to education.

The group has raised over £70,000 which will largely go towards funding the building materials used.

Provost Hall said: “I’ve been following the fundraising efforts of the Classrooms for Malawi team with great interest and it’s great to be here today and see them with their families as they get ready to set off.”

“It will be a great adventure, one I’m sure they’ll never forget, but one with a real purpose and by travelling all that way and taking their skills and experience to a place where they are really needed, they will transform the lives of so many children.”

Elaine Scott, Building Services Operations Manager and part of the team going to Malawi, said: “Two million children in Malawi are either taught in unsafe and unfit classrooms, outdoors, of cannot go to school because the facilities are not there. We want to do our bit to help end this situation.

“Classrooms for Malawi does this in a very sustainable way so we will be taking our trades skills over there and working with local people on site – as well as building new facilities, we hope to transfer the skills that will help their local workforce.”

The project can be followed over the 16 days of the trip at www.facebook.com/classroomsformalawi

Hundreds of music fans packed into Paisley Town Hall for the Bring it all Home flagship concert – A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting.

The six Scottish songwriters – Dougie Maclean, Justin Currie, Eddi Reader, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock and Paisley’s own Michael Cassidy – wowed the crowd at the sold-out show showcasing the nation’s best-loved hits.

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National treasure Dougie Maclean opened the show with his unique patter before breaking into his first song for the evening. All six artists performed two of their own songs as well as two of their own favourites from other Scottish songwriters.

And the night ended on a high with the audience rushing to dance in front of the stage for the final song – Gerry Rafferty’s Get It Right Next Time.

This year’s festival line-up also featured a star-studded Music Conference with some of the biggest names in the industry and Youth Music Day featuring today’s Scottish music stars – all to boost Scotland’s music scene both locally and nationally.

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And the masterclasses with Horse and James Grant, plus Ricky Ross in Conversation, all proved to be popular with tickets to all three sessions selling out.

Bring it all Home – run by Renfrewshire Council – is inspired by the legacy of Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty. The event – organised in association with Active Events and Hit the Road and Create – is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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And it isn’t the town’s only major musical offering, with tickets on sale now for October’s Spree Festival, which will see nine days of music and comedy, including a now-sold-out collaboration between Idlewild and the RSNO in Paisley Abbey, plus shows from James Grant, Karen Matheson, Kathryn Joseph, Barbara Dickson and more.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “A celebration of Scottish songwriting is always a popular concert for Bring it all Home and it is great to see so many people enjoy the show.

“Scottish songwriting is at the heart of Bring it all Home, a festival inspired by Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty, and the concert brought together six hugely talented Scottish songwriters for a very unique performance at Paisley Town Hall.

“Bring it all Home is just one of many events that Paisley has to offer. The Spree – coming up in October – will be a great celebration of music and comedy. As the town’s bid for UK City of Culture gathers momentum we hope to hold even more events of this calibre.”

For more information, visits www.bringitallhome.co.uk