Paisley Photographs, official Paisley website containing Photographs of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland with some superb videos of Paisley and the town.

Paisley Farmers Market

Paisley Farmers Market moves to its new location at the Cenotaph.

Paisley Farmers’ Market features a wide range of stall-holders offering quality fresh produce, straight from the farm to the shopping bag, such as meat,fish, cheese, fruit and veg, and chocolate.

The market is operated by Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and Renfrewshire Council, and the decision to relocate came after consultation with traders and shoppers.

Photographs taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk you can find all our photographs on our Flickr page here http://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/

500 tonne jacket barges down the Cart

A 23 m tall, 500 tonne wind turbine jacket passed beneath the drawbridge style Bascule Bridge. The 60 m barge carrying the component had to temporarily stop before the bridge so that it could be accurately lined up before passing under it.

Renfrewshire Council’s vision in restoring Inchinnan’s Bascule Bridge paid dividends today (Saturday 31 August) when it rose up its full 30m height to allow a 500 tonne, wind turbine jacket out into the open sea at the start of its voyage to Methil in Fife.

The 23 metre tall jacket forms the foundation for what will be the world’s largest wind turbine, which in turn forms the heart of Samsung Heavy Industries’ Wind Turbine Demonstrator. The jacket is being transported down the cart on a 60 metre long barge.

The wind turbine jacket was built by Renfrew based, Steel Engineering Ltd. Peter Breslin, Director of Steel Engineering Ltd, said, “We operate in a highly competitive market and we have worked extremely hard to secure the ground breaking contract to manufacture this prototype.

“It is a huge honour that a global giant like Samsung recognises our talent and has faith in our ability to manufacture and deliver. But that ability to deliver depends on the Cart and the ability of the Bascule Bridge to open. Without the Cart and the bridge we would have no way of moving components of this scale.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said, “Creating and maintain jobs is a key goal for Renfrewshire Council. We are the Harbour Authority for the Cart and we actively support the use of the river for transporting heavy goods. The strengthening and refurbishment of the historic Bascule Bridge in 2005 has ensured that the Cart is available as a working economic asset.

“Steel Engineering Ltd is at the forefront of the expanding renewable sector. It is very gratifying that our role in maintaining the vital infrastructure that Steel Engineering Ltd relies on is allowing the company to deliver the goods to global firms such as Samsung.”

Steel Engineering Ltd is one of more than 300 companies signed up to Invest, Renfrewshire Council’s £8m programme to boost the local economy.

The Bascule Bridge is a listed building and was built in 1923. It is just one of 17 drawbridge style structures left in Britain and shares its counter-weight operation with Tower Bridge in London.

Renfrewshire Council invested some £1.4million in rebuilding the bridge as part its commitment to keeping the River Cart open to commercial traffic. In a quirk of fate Steel Engineering Ltd carried out much of the refurbishment work on the Bascule Bridge.

All photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle. You can find more photos from Alex by clicking here.

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Two of the country’s leading jazz artists collaborate for a special gig at Paisley Arts Centre.

Arguably two of Scotland’s greatest jazz musicians, saxophone and piano partnership Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are joining their considerable talents together for an unforgettable live show in Paisley.

Incorporating themes from the Great American Songbook, this intimate live set will see the pair perform tracks from their duo album ‘Symbiosis’.

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums anticipate that jazz fans will travel far and wide to see the partnership’s unique musicality and sheer artistry, as Smith & Kellock’s trip to Renfrewshire is just one of three shows they are set to perform together.

Jazz fans are urged to book soon to avoid missing this unique collaboration live.

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 8 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Doors Open Days unlocks over 1000 doors this September

Knights Templar on horseback, Princess Marjorie, daughter of Robert the Bruce, King Edward, young people from PACE and Spark or Genius, Aberdeen Asset Management’s David Watt, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and some Diabolical Diaries officially launched Doors Open Days 2013, Scotland’s annual celebration of buildings, people and places at Paisley Abbey on Wednesday 28 August.  

(This years Doors Open Day takes place on 14th-15th September)

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Doors Open Days® 2013 introduces a bit of theatrical flair to an already exciting programme of artists studios, castles, caves, houses, factories, riverboats, canal cruises, green doors, early railways and much, much more.

Paisley Abbey and staff hosted the national launch event on Wednesday 28 August, along with national Doors Open Days® coordinators Scottish Civic Trust’s staff John Pelan (Director) and Pauline McCloy (Events and Development Officer) and Renfrewshire Council staff Amanda Moulson (Town Centre Projects and Events Manager) and Donna Gallagher (Town Centre Projects and Events Assistant).

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Aberdeen Asset Management’s David Watt’s joined in the fun in Paisley’s town centre where staff and young people from Spark of Genius donned Knights Templar costumes on horseback to mark the occasion, whilst young people from PACE youth theatre group dressed as famous faces from the Abbey’s past introduced Renfrewshire’s Diabolical Diaries, a specially designed young person’s programme of Doors Open Days events throughout the region. Diabolical Diaries are now available to collect from libraries and participating venues.
To download a copy of the Diabolical Diaries or the Adult programme for Renfrewshire see http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

For the full, national programme of Doors Open Days events see www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Background:

Doors Open Days gives free access to sites normally closed to the public, or which usually charge an entrance fee.  Doors Open Days® is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage Days.

From the first event in 1990 as part of Glasgow’s City of Culture festival the Doors Open Days® event has grown to become of one of Scotland’s most popular and widespread cultural festivals. Now in its 24 year Doors Open Days can look forward to over 1000 buildings and events taking part from the highlands to the borders, more than 5000 staff and volunteers helping organise and run events and venues, and more than 200,000 visitors expected to attend.   For more details see www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said:

 “Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to support Doors Open Days for the third year running.  We decided to remain involved in 2013 and 2014 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.”

 

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said:

“Doors Open Days is a wonderful celebration of buildings and communities in equal measure. It gives people a unique access to places normally out of bounds and spaces out of sight. The Scottish Civic Trust are proud to be the national coordinators of this wonderful festival and of the opportunity it provides to the Scottish public to explore their local surroundings. We are delighted to have the support of Historic Scotland and Aberdeen Asset Management.”

 

Anne Hall, Provost of Renfrewshire, said:
“Renfrewshire very proud to hold the National launch for Doors Open Days which always proves hugely popular. It is a wonderful way for local people and visitors to enjoy and celebrate Renfrewshire’s rich heritage for free. I would like to say thank you to everyone who came along to the national launch event for Doors Open Days, in particular to ‘Spark of Genius’ and Pace Theatre Company for their support.  I feel it’s really important to involve the young people in Renfrewshire and I hope that they not only enjoy Renfrewshire’s buildings, but also its past in the Children’s booklets ‘Diabolical Diaries’ and what a better way to start it than here at the Abbey.  This administration is fully supportive of town centre events to assist with the regeneration of the town centre and Renfrewshire on the whole.”

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Paisley Farmers’ Market is on the move

Shoppers looking for some fresh ideas are being encouraged to check out Paisley Farmers’ Market when it moves to a new location and time this weekend.

The popular twice-monthly market has been a fixture in County Square over the past 12 years.

But it is now moving along the street to Paisley Cross as part of a revamp which will see midweek markets introduced for the first time.

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Markets will take place on the second Thursday and last Saturday of every month, at a new time of 10am to 2pm, slightly later than the previous time of 9am to 1pm.

The first market at the new location will be this Saturday, 31 August. To mark the occasion, the council is laying on children’s entertainment, including face-painting, stilt walkers and balloon modelling.

Paisley Farmers’ Market features a wide range of stall-holders offering quality fresh produce, straight from the farm to the shopping bag, such as meat,fish, cheese, fruit and veg, and chocolate.

The market is operated by Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and Renfrewshire Council, and the decision to relocate came after consultation with traders and shoppers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Town centre regeneration is a big priority for us.

“We hope the new location will improve the visibility of the market and will in turn bring new vibrancy to Paisley High Street.

“The market offers something a little bit different, which complements the range of shops we have already have in the town.

“The feedback we received when we surveyed the public was that they wanted the market to be later in the day and to take place midweek as well as at the weekend

“We took all of that on board, and it would be great to see as many residents as possible check out what is on offer, starting this Saturday.”

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Paisley 10k road race attracts almost 1,500 runners

Around 1,500 runners pounded the streets of Paisley at the weekend as the annual Paisley Vision 10k road race took place.

The event – doubling as the Scottish Athletics West District 10K Road Race Championship – saw serious runners and enthusiastic amateurs alike strap on their running shoes.

Hundreds of residents lined the streets as they turned out to cheer on the runners in the sunshine.

The 10k course started and ended in County Square and took runners through Ferguslie Park on its way to Asda, before coming back through the west end of the town along the Paisley – Kilmacolm cycle track.

Along the way, runners passed local landmarks such as Paisley Abbey and Town Hall, St Mirren Park and the University of the West of Scotland.

The first man home was Callum Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC, in a time of 30:40 and the fastest woman was team-mate Hayley Haining, in 34:28.

The road race was followed by a fun run, which saw a record-breaking entry of around 700 runners tackle the 3km route around the town centre.

The winner was Kilbarchan AAC’s Conor Thomson in a time of 08:47.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who was there on the day to present medals to the winners, said: “Events like this are great for bringing a crowd into the town centre and it was lovely to see so many people turn out to cheer on their friends and family.

“The runners will have had their own reasons for getting involved, whether it be to raise money for charity or just to get themselves fit – but they are all winners.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, added: “The promotion of sport and healthy lifestyles is something the council is very keen to be part of.

“The turnout was up on recent years, which is testament to how well-established this event has become.

“We made changes to the pricing structure for this year’s event in line with feedback from participants, and I am glad people have responded to that.

“I would like to thank all those who gave up their time to help with the organisation of the race, as well as our race sponsors MEPC for their contribution.”

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

George at St Mirren

Gerry Baker – St Mirren Legend

Paisley’s MSP has lodged a parliamentary motion acknowledging the career of Gerry Baker who sadly passed away at the weekend. Gerry was part of the team that won the Scottish Cup in 1959, his first season with the club.

George said:

George at St Mirren‘Although I never saw Gerry Baker play for St Mirren I have been told how he was such an important part of the wonderful 1959 Scottish cup wining team. My Dad and other members of my family would go as far to say we have never had a centre forward of his class since, at St Mirren Park.

‘For me the legacy of men like Davie Lapsley and Gerry Baker and their team mates in that team are that most of us in Paisley still know about their achievements. Paisley’ s thoughts are with his family but we can say that he gave our town so much during his time here.’

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Paisley 10k Photographs 2013 Finishing Line

Photographs from today (Sunday 25th August 2013) of the Annual Paisley 10k Road race.

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tracey Clements. If you would like the full resolution please use our contact page to request the photograph.

Paisley 10k Photographs 2013

Photographs from today (Sunday 25th August 2013) of the Annual Paisley 10k Road race.

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tracey Clements. If you would like the full resolution please use our contact page to request the photograph.

GLASGOW AIRPORT FLIGHTPATH FUND FLIES PAST £550,000 LANDMARK

Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund has reached a significant milestone after awarding more than £550,000 to over 150 community groups, charities and innovative projects since it was established in 2010.

The FlightPath Fund was set up to ensure surrounding communities share in the airport’s success and in 2012 it made awards totalling more than £200,000.

As the FlightPath Fund has grown in scope, an ever increasing and diverse range of organisations are applying for support, from small community-based groups to national charities delivering local projects.

The main focus is on the communities in the four local authority areas of Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Elected representatives from each local authority sit on the FlightPath Fund Board which meets every two months.

While funding is generally targeted in three key areas – education, employment and the environment – exceptions are occasionally made for worthy projects in other areas, such as sport.

The Fund provided £40,000 to the charity Scottish Business in the Community to support a new project which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Both Renfrew High and Castlehead High participated in this project.

The Fund also awarded £50,000 to the community departments of both Celtic and Rangers football clubs to expand educational youth football programmes in Clydebank and Drumchapel. Local schoolchildren were invited for a kickabout on the airport’s runway to launch the initiative.

Archie Hunter, a retired chartered accountant formerly in charge of KPMG’s Scotland practice, is the Chair of the FlightPath Fund. He said: “To reach this milestone in just under three years is a fantastic achievement and it is testament to the hard work of everyone involved. We receive a huge number of applications and it is always a fascinating challenge to find the most worthy projects.

“It is hugely rewarding to watch charities and communities groups prosper and go from strength-to-strength as a result of the funding they have received from the FlightPath Fund.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “As one of the largest businesses and employers in the West of Scotland, we have a responsibility to support the communities we serve. We are grateful for the support of all our board members who work tirelessly to ensure our funding is targeted in the right areas and that it ultimately helps deliver a lasting legacy for the communities around our airport.”

Funding is drawn from the Communities Trust, charity collection boxes in the terminal, and a donation from Glasgow Airport based on annual financial performance.

Other recipients have included:

 

  • Loud n Proud (£7,500) – A Paisley-based youth charity which has established itself at the forefront of the development of young musicians in Scotland. The funding was used to improve access and support for young people from across Renfrewshire to get involved in and participate in the various elements of music by providing a workshop space. Young people now have the opportunity to learn the basics of playing an instrument, how to perform live on stage and work with PA equipment.

 

  • CHILDREN 1st (£4,600) – A charity which helps young victims of domestic, physical or sexual abuse received a cash injection from Glasgow Airport. CHILDREN 1st was awarded £4,621 to support its Paisley-based Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma service, which supports children aged from 5 to 18 who have been affected by either domestic, physical or sexual abuse. The service is funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council and CHILDREN 1st. However the donation from the FlightPath Fund enabled the charity to enhance the service significantly. Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “CHILDREN 1st does outstanding work to help children who need our support. Renfrewshire Council has recognised the importance of the charity’s work and it’s very encouraging that Glasgow Airport’s well-established community programme also contributed significant funding to help young people across Renfrewshire benefit from this vital service.”

 

  • Renfrewshire Schools Dragons’ Den (£1,500) – Budding entrepreneurs from eight nursery, primary and secondary schools competed in the latest staging of Renfrewshire Council’s Dragons’ Den competition. A distinguished judging panel of business dragons, including John McConnell of Glasgow Airport’s commercial team, gathered at the final of the event held at Reid Kerr College to listen to presentations from the competing teams. Each team was trying to secure funding for their ideas from the dragons, with half of the total £3,000 in prize funds awarded by the FlightPath Fund. The team from St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley were overall winners and also took the Secondary Section Trophy for their proposal ‘The Chill Zone.’ Established last August to assist new pupils adapt to the school, the zone provides an area where they can meet new friends, do their homework and play computer games.  

Find out more from the Glasgow Aiport Flightpath Fund by visiting www.glasgowairport.com