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THE Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine is in the running to raise thousands of pounds.

It has been chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

Last year, almost 3500 people took part in both the Paisley 10k and shorter Fun Run through the streets of the town.

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And organisers, Renfrewshire Leisure are expecting a similar big turn out this year on Sunday, August 18.

Many of the runners raise thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes. Now those taking part are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

And previous winners of the Paisley 10k – Derek Hawkins and Gemma Rankin – paid a visit to Erskine to promote the fundraising partnership.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “As well as being a great event for athletes, the Paisley 10k and Fun Run is also great fun for local people to take part in.

“But there’s other benefits to the local community from the event and that is the huge amount of money raised for charities and good causes each year.

“It’s fitting that such a well-known and respected charity like Erskine that has been in Renfrewshire since 1916 has been chosen as our official charity partner.”

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to be the charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019.

“Erskine has a strong bond and a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire.

“As one of Scotland’s largest and most popular 10k races family fun runs, we would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for supporting our veterans.”

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10k race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged seven and under, eight to 12 years old and 12 to 15 year olds.

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean continues to go from strength to strength as another community group took to the streets to show their support.

Volunteers young and old from the Our Place, Our Families community group in Renfrew picked up a litter picker to make a difference to their local area, while spreading the message that littering isn’t acceptable.

More than 35 dedicated volunteers tackled the area around Kirklandneuk Community Centre and collected 25 bags of litter in the process.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

The group is run by volunteers from the local community to provide low cost family fun days and a wide range of family activities to help bring the local community together.

Diane Booth, Project Manager, said: “Our Place Our Families run a sport and play project throughout the main school holidays.

“Within this project, the kids get involved in Team Up to Clean Up where they clean up the local area. Not only does this stop the kids from dropping litter in the community, but it prevents them from sitting about the house on social media and games consoles.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

“We hope to continue this for the foreseeable future and believe it can show that, with the help of the community, kids can make a difference.”

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean, part of the wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign, takes place throughout April and aims to replicate the success of the same event last year which saw more than 1000 volunteers take part over one weekend.

The Our Place, Our Families litter pick is one of more than 50 clean ups arranged so far as community groups, schools and volunteers set out to clean up their neighbourhoods.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, joined the litter pick and was full of praise for the work to the volunteers.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

Councillor McEwan said: “What a fantastic job these volunteers have done to clean up the local area, while also putting forward the message that littering is not acceptable.

“Events like the Big Spring Clean, and our wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign, aim to bring the local community together to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter and more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

“It also aims to show those who litter that their fellow community members are taking action to make a difference and we want to reduce the amount of litter dropped in the first place.

“There’s still plenty of events left during the Big Spring Clean so please go along to any of them or get in touch and we’ll help you arrange your own.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefitted from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove the collected rubbish at the end.

All interested volunteers are invited to any of the arranged litter picks and are free to turn up on the day to take part, as well as being able to arrange their own by contacting the council directly.

For more information on the Big Spring Clean, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean2019 or call 0300 300 1375.

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Paisley Food Festival

There’s plenty of fun on the menu for kids at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with a range of hands-on foodie experiences and amazing live entertainment.

Free cooking workshops will take place at the Festival on Saturday 27 April in Paisley’s Abbey Close where youngsters can learn how to make their own pizza with Glasgow’s Tennent’s Training Academy or create delicious chocolate treats with Ayrshire’s Limetree Larder.

Paisley Food Festival

Families can grab a seat in the stunning surroundings of Abbey Gardens to enjoy top music and entertainment all day on the Main Stage.

Pulse FM will host the free fun from 12 noon until 9pm, including kids’ favourites Sprog Rock, who’ll be performing two interactive rocking gigs specially created for young children.

Sprog Rock have toured across Scotland, creating innovative music and shows for children and adults to get involved and enjoy together.

Katy Wilson, lead singer of Sprog Rock, said: “We love Paisley and we can’t wait to come back and play here again – it’s going to be wild.

“We’re also so excited to have the fantastic Bigg Taj beatboxing with us at Paisley Food and Drink Festival too, so come along and join the fun!”

Also taking to the Main Stage are the fabulous Princesses of Pop, who will pay tribute to the music of Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Steps.

There will be a host of live performances from local bands throughout the day, programmed by Paisley’s famous gig venue, The Bungalow.

Families will be able to dance the day away with top acts, including singing duo Mandulu & Hephzibah and classic rock covers from Audiorayz, before ska sensations Esperanza take the party well into the evening.

Mia Farrell, booking manager at The Bungalow, said: “We are delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council on this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and we hope everyone will enjoy the acts programmed for the Main Stage.

“We have made it a family, feel-good show with a little something extra for the adults later in the evening. We hope everyone has a wonderful time at the Festival and wish all the performers involved the absolute best of luck on the day.”

Children’s entertainer Captain James Tea Cook, vegan pirate of the Carob Bean, will also be at the event to entertain youngsters and adults alike with his unique bundle of food, science, craft and games workshops.

There are even more fun activities to enjoy at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival such as gardening workshops with Renfrewshire Growing Grounds Forum – suitable for all ages with help from a grown-up – face painting in Abbey Close and the PLATFORM on Tour tee-pee tents.

A Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the Lesser Hall of Paisley Methodist Central Hall from 12 noon to 5:15pm. This will be a quiet space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers and will feature arts and crafts, musical instruments and lighting, gentle music and soft seating. Space is limited in this room, so please book a place in advance.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

This year’s line-up will see more than 40 vendors from across Scotland, delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin 71, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and more in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and there’s something for all foodies with a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options also on offer.

With visitors able to enjoy the popular Rum Shack, festival favourites Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Scozzese woodfired pizza, the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and more, it’s set to be a fantastic two-day festival of fun.

The children’s workshops are free to attend but numbers are limited so interested parties are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. To find out more and book a place please visit: https://paisley.is/visit/kids-workshops/

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Renfrewshire’s schools have shown their support for the Big Spring Clean as more than 500 pupils took part in clean ups around their local area.

Litter picks took place at 16 schools on the opening day of this year’s event, with clean ups set to continue throughout the month of April.

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Now a signature event of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the Big Spring Clean is designed to make Renfrewshire a brighter, more attractive place to live, work and visit while educating young people on the damage littering can cause to the environment.

More than 50 clean ups have already been arranged as part of the event with all local people encouraged to go along and take part or arrange their own for others to come to within their area.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of our schools as part of the campaign as we need to ensure that the next generations understand why they should think twice before littering.

“We’re working hard as a council, and as a community, to ensure Renfrewshire is cleaner and by ensuring our pupils are aware of the campaign and what it means, we will help reduce the amount of litter on our streets.

“The work our staff and our community members do to clean up is fantastic, but we want to reduce the need for clean ups by striving to make people think before dropping litter in the first place.

“Thank you to all our pupils and teachers who’ve taken part already in the Big Spring Clean, it really does make a big difference.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefitted from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove the collected rubbish at the end.

All interested volunteers are invited to any of the arranged litter picks and are free to turn up on the day to take part, as well as being able to arrange their own by contacting the council directly.

For more information on the Big Spring Clean, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean2019 or call 0300 300 1375.

Outgoing MSYPs - Maria Alam, Josh Kennedy and Stirling McGee

Renfrewshire returned the highest average votes cast per constituency in Scotland as more than 6000 young people in Renfrewshire exercised their right to vote in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections – the second highest amount nationally and accounting for almost a fifth of all valid votes cast.

Outgoing MSYPs - Maria Alam, Josh Kennedy and Stirling McGee

Thousands of young people from across Renfrewshire have voted to elect their new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) in the 2019 Scottish Youth Parliament elections.

Renfrewshire returned the highest average votes cast per constituency in Scotland as more than 6000 young people in Renfrewshire exercised their right to vote, the second highest amount nationally and accounting for almost a fifth of all valid votes cast.

Following almost three months of campaigning from candidates across Scotland, young people aged 12-25 were asked to cast their vote to elect their local MSYP – with Renfrewshire electing five candidates in total.

The candidates elected for Renfrewshire are:

Lewis Givan (Paisley)
Gary Murdoch (Paisley)
Rebecca McAleney (Renfrewshire North and West)
Josh Kennedy (Renfrewshire North and West)
Gavin Stewart (Renfrewshire South)

The MSYP-elects will officially take up office at the Scottish Youth Parliament’s National Sitting in June 2019.

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm and desire that these young people have as they strive make a difference for their peers in Renfrewshire and I congratulate our new MSYPs on their election.

“The Scottish Youth Parliament gives them an opportunity to have their voice heard on a national level and the next two years will be invaluable life experience for them as they look to pursue a possible future career path.

“My thanks go to the outgoing MSYPs for their hard work and dedication and I’m sure our newly elected members will live up to the same high standards as they take on the role.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. It provides a national platform for young people to discuss issues important to them and affect the change they wish to see.

Speaking after the 2019 SYP election results, Suki Wan MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: “I’m delighted to announce that thousands of young people made their voices heard by casting their vote in the Scottish Youth Parliament’s 2019 national elections.

“Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed fantastic campaigning taking place all over the country, with passionate debates and hustings inspiring Scotland’s young people to get involved in the democratic process by voting in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections. I’d like to congratulate all of the candidates and wish the best of luck to the newly elected MSYPs.

“Through our work at the Scottish Youth Parliament, we know that young people want to be involved in political decision making and want their voices to be heard so that they are at the forefront of shaping society.”

A full list of the newly elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament can be found www.syp.org.uk/elections, with information on Renfrewshire’s MSYPs being available via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SYP.

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Pirates progressed to the SNL playoff final, but not before encountering some late night drama which kept spectators, literally, on their feet.

Kestrels made the better start and were on the board only three minutes as Pitcaithly beat Meechan to put his side ahead. Pirates responded immediately, and with Walker equalising within a minute, and ace sniper Abercrombie scoring with a peach of a flick three minutes later, Pirates were ahead 2-1 before the halfway point in the period. In spite of there being chances at both ends, and with a few niggly hits thrown in for good measure, there was no further scoring and Pirates headed for the dressing room nursing a narrow lead.

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Pirates added to their lead after 26 minutes as Walker score an unassisted goal to stretch the advantage to two, and in spite of several powerplay chances to increase their lead, they were unable to do so, and were hit by a two goal burst from Kirkcaldy in the final two minutes of the session through Simpson, then Floyd, to bring the score back to 3-3 and set the scene for a nervy final 20 minutes.

With both teams going for the crucial go ahead goal, it was Pirates who made the breakthrough after 46 minutes as Abercrombie was again on hand to shoot past Jackson and give his side the vital edge. However, in a match which had already started late, there was further unexpected drama as with less than four minutes remaining, the fire alarm sounded and the building had to be evacuated, with players, officials and spectators alike obliged to stand outside the ice rink until a fire engine arrived. Eventually, after nearly an hour’s wait, the all clear was given, and Pirates safely negotiated the final few minutes to reach the final for the fourth time in the last six years, but still awaiting their first success in the competition.

 

PAISLEY PIRATES   5 MURRAYFIELD RACERS   0 (playoff final)

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On a night which few Paisley fans will ever forget, Pirates swept aside pre-tournament favourites Murrayfield Racers, who had been unbeaten by an SNL side for the entire season, and made history in the process as they picked up the SNL Playoff title for the very first time with their best display of the season.

Underdogs Pirates went for their more fancied opponents from the first whistle, in spite of their semi-final having finished less than 18 hours before,  and were ahead in less than four minutes as Walker beat McGill on the powerplay to give his side a lead that they never lost. Pirates continued on the front foot and were rewarded with another goal in 18 minutes as Martyn Guy scored a trademark second, with assistance from Sarginson and Thorp, to give them a 2-0 advantage by the break, Racers heading for the dressing room in the hope of regrouping.

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With Murrayfield looking for a quick goal to haul themselves back into the game in the middle period, it duly arrived within four minutes, but at the other end as Abercrombie, a Racer at the start of the season, took great delight in beating McGill to increase the lead to 3-0 in front of disbelieving fans in the arena. Pirates continued to control the play, combining sharp attacking play with a “they shall not pass” approach at the back, where Meechan and the defence kept the best efforts of the Edinburgh side at bay.

Pirates came out for the final session in a comfortable position, and with there possibly being an expectation that they would hold what they had, killed off any lingering hopes of a fightback, as first Walker, with his second of the night, and then skipper Chris Turley, on the powerplay, took the score to 5-0 in the first two minutes. A scuffle between Andreucci for Pirates and Richards Grigors for Racers broke up an otherwise scoreless final session, both taking extended breaks in the penalty box, but by that time the match was over as a contest, and the Pirates fans were celebrating in the stands on a famous night.

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After the match, Head Coach Ian Turley commented, ”It’s hugely satisfying to be the first team to beat the Racers this year. We’ve beaten Edinburgh/Murrayfield 3 times in recent years in major finals, all of them without losing a goal.”

Player/Coach Adam Walker said, “It was a fantastic weekend. We knew coming into it we were peaking at the right time, so to come in and get the job done on back to back nights against two of the best teams in the league is a huge achievement. We knew that Murrayfield had a lot of fire power and a solid all round game and to have as much success as we did is a massive credit to the players and the way they carried themselves.”

“History has been made at the club and we couldn’t have hoped to do it with a better bunch of guys.”

 

All Photographs courtesy of Al Gould.