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Here are some cracking Paisley Photographs sent in by one of our visitors, Hugh Craig, You too can send in your photographs of Paisley to be seen by our thousands of daily visitors by sending them with a description to brian@paisley.org.uk 

The photographs Hugh has sent in are as follows:

  • Gabriels gets a facelift. It’s the best pub in town.
  • Cloisters at The Abbey.
  • Arnott’s.
  • PaisleyTown Hall. The sun was behind the Clock Tower lighting up the skeleton of the scaffolding through the dust netting.

Paisley Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build a Town Hall in his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life.

Paisley Abbey medieval Festival

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Festival

Here are some excellent Paisley Photographs sent in of the Paisley Abbey Medieval Festival which took place on September 15th 2012. All photographs are taken by John MacIntyre for www.paisley.org.uk 

Please click on one of the thumbnails below to see the full size image. Images are not to be used without permission.

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair, Saturday 15 September 2012, 10.30 am to 4 pm, the celebration of 850 years continuous presence in Paisley begins on St Mirin’s Day and events will take place in and around the Abbey. There will be a history camp, stilt walkers, birds of prey, a craft fair, an archery demonstration, street performers, face painting, puppet show, a balloon launch, a story teller, a minstrel, entertainers, medieval stocks, games, creative activities, Arbroath smokies, hog roast, and lots of other food. Around 3 pm, Provost Anne Hall will officially launch the year of celebrations. We are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for sponsoring and supporting this event.

Floral Art Demonstration
Jane Gordon, who is a regular demonstrator to clubs across Scotland, and for the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers, will host an afternoon of flowers and tea on Wednesday 19 September 2012, 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased at the Abbey shop.

Car Boot Sale
The choir are currently trying to raise funds for a concert in March 2013 as part of our 850 celebrations.
They will be participating in a series of car boot sales over the next few months. If you have toys, books or bric-a -brac which you are considering getting rid of, they would be delighted to hear from you. Instead of donating to a charity shop could you please contact the office on 0141 889 7654 or on info@paisleyabbey.org.uk or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/events

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Photographs were at the Medieval Fair Paisley Abbey, celebration of 850 years continuous presence in Paisley begins on St Mirin’s Day and events will take place in and around the Abbey. There will be a history camp, stilt walkers, birds of prey, a craft fair, an archery demonstration, street performers, face painting, puppet show, a balloon launch, a story teller, a minstrel, entertainers, medieval stocks, games, creative activities, Arbroath smokies, hog roast, and lots of other food. Around 3 pm, Provost Anne Hall will officially launch the year of celebrations. We are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for sponsoring and supporting the Medieval Fair Paisley Abbey.

 

Floral Art Demonstration
Jane Gordon, who is a regular demonstrator to clubs across Scotland, and for the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers, will host an afternoon of flowers and tea on Wednesday 19 September 2012, 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased at the Abbey shop.

Car Boot Sale
The choir are currently trying to raise funds for a concert in March 2013 as part of our 850 celebrations.
They will be participating in a series of car boot sales over the next few months. If you have toys, books or bric-a -brac which you are considering getting rid of, they would be delighted to hear from you. Instead of donating to a charity shop could you please contact the office on 0141 889 7654 or on info@paisleyabbey.org.uk or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/events or visit the Paisley Abbey official website

Schools Badminton Festival

Active Renfrewshire

12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

Episcopal Church Paisley by Anne Mcnair

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Paisley Photographs of Paisley Episcopal Church taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Anne Mcnair for paisley.org.uk

Church of the Holy Trinity & St Barnabas

The Scottish Episcopal Church is a self-governing province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Within that family our nearest sisters are the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland and the Church of England.

It is called Scottish because we trace our history back to the earliest known Christian communities in Scotland about 400 CE. It is Episcopal (from the word for bishops) because we maintain the three orders of bishop, priest and deacon, dating from the early Church. Women have been ordained as priests since 1994 and legislation passed in 2003 allows women priests to become bishops.

Scotland is divided into seven dioceses or areas that are under the care and leadership of a Bishop. Each diocese has a mother church, called the Cathedral which is the focus of the worshipping life of the diocese at different times in the year.

There are 325 congregations in Scotland and 325 active priests (although only 176 are full-time). We have approximately 52 000 members. Congregations vary in size from 4 or 5 people meeting together in a house on one of the western isles to over 900 on a Sunday in one of the Edinburgh churches. The Scottish Episcopal Church is a lively church; liturgical innovation is encouraged, built around our distinctive Scottish liturgy and influenced by the rediscovery of our Celtic roots.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is an open and inclusive family welcoming all who wish to belong.

Sma Shot cottages taken by Mags MacGee

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Paisley Photographs of Sma Shot Cottages taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Mags MacGee for paisley.org.uk

Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

the cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

Find more information on Sma Shot Cottages on this website and on the Sma Shot website

Paisley Sheriff Court by Anne McNair

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Paisley Photographs of Paisley’s Sheriff Court taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Anne Mcnair for paisley.org.uk

Paisley Sheriff Court

Entering the former County Buildings, one emerges into the palazzo and is confronted by the grand staircase. A 40 feet relief sculpture by John Rhind stands in the panelled County Hall. The bust by James Fillans and the exteriors raised portico by F. W. Pomeroy are further highlights. The building was extended and refurbished extensively in 1997.
Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997
Building Date: 1885-90
Assisted access for the disabled.

St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2HW

 

abbey - taken by Mags MacGee

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Paisley Abbey on Doors Open Day 2012, some Paisley Photographs taken by Mags MacGee for www.paisley.org.uk

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 as a Cluniac Monastery, Paisley Abbey retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir restored in 19th and 20th Centuries. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful 19th and 20th century Stained Glass Windows. Visitors can also view the sacristy exhibition and visit the abbey gift and coffee shop.

Paisley Abbey History: It is believed that Saint Mirin (or Saint Mirren) founded a community on this site in 7th century. Some time after his death a shrine to the Saint was established becoming a popular site of pilgrimage and veneration. The name Paisley may derive from the Brythonic Passeleg, ‘basilica’ (derived from the Greek), i.e. ‘major church’, recalling an early, though undocumented, ecclesiastical importance.

In 1163 Walter FitzAlan, the first High Steward of Scotland, issued a charter for a priory to be set up on land owned by him in Paisley, dedicated to Saints Mary, James, Mirin and Milburga.

Around 13 monks came from the Cluniac priory at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to found the community. Paisley grew so rapidly that it was raised to the status of Abbey in 1219. In 1307, Edward I of England had the Abbey burned down, however it was rebuilt later in the 14th century. William Wallace, born in nearby Elderslie is widely believed to have been educated in the Abbey for some time as a boy.
In 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland and wife of Walter Stewart, the sixth High Steward of Scotland, was out riding near the Abbey. Heavily pregnant at the time, she fell from her horse and was taken to Paisley Abbey where she gave birth to King Robert II. However, Marjorie Bruce died and is buried at the Abbey. In the Abbey itself there are signs which indicate that Marjorie’s baby was cut out of her womb, a caesarean delivery long before anaesthesia was available.

A cairn, at the junction of Dundonald Road and Renfrew Road, approximately one mile to the north of the Abbey, marks the spot where she reputedly fell from her horse.
A succession of fires and the collapse of the tower in the 15th and 16th centuries left the building in a partially ruined state. Although the western section was still used for worship, the eastern section was widely plundered for its stone. Between 1858 and 1928 the north porch and the eastern choir were reconstructed on the remains of the ruined walls by the architect Macgregor Chalmers. After his death, work on the choir was completed by Sir Robert Lorimer.

Monks from Paisley founded Crossraguel Abbey in Carrick, Ayrshire, in 1244.

Media: You can find photographs and video on the Paisley Photographs website

Paisley Doors Open Day 2012 by JMS

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Doors Open Day taken by JMS for Paisley Photographs and community website. If you have any photographs you would like to submit then please send them to brian@paisley.org.uk

 

Paisley Photographs Day

Paisley Photographs Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?

 

By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to brian@paisley.org.uk or via twitter or Facebook.

HAVE FUN!

We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the Paisley.org.uk website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!

paisley town hall

Paisley Photographs

Below is the gallery of images that people in and around Paisley have been taking today, the gallery will grow as the day goes on, if you would like to add an image to our Paisley photographs gallery then send them in to brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given and the photo remains the copyright of its owner. (Please do not use any images without permission)

Paisley Photographs Day

Paisley Photographs Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?

 

By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to brian@paisley.org.uk or via twitter or Facebook.

HAVE FUN!

We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the Paisley.org.uk website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!