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Renfrewshire now has its own Poet Laureate who will write poems to mark important events in the local area.

Poet, playwright and creative writing lecturer, Brian Whittingham has been appointed the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire.

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The move came after Renfrewshire Council agreed to a proposal by Councillors Eileen McCartin and Andy Doig at a council meeting last year to appoint a Makar.

The Makar – who has been appointed for the next three years – will also visit schools, libraries and local groups to give readings and talks aimed at encouraging an interest in poetry.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Makar will reflect the life of Renfrewshire through formal readings of poetry and will write at least five poems every year to mark moments of cultural importance or local life.”

Brian Whittingham, 68, lived in Renfrew for many years and was a plater and then draughtsman on the Clyde shipyards and it was during this period he became interested in writing poetry while attending the Paisley Writers’ Group. He has had nine collections of poetry published and spent the last 16 years lecturing in creative writing at the City of Glasgow College.

He said: “I would like to leave some kind of legacy by developing a love of poetry in the local community. I hope to get people to be more aware of poetry and appreciate that particular art form.”

Skyline Paisley

A new fund designed to support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector launched this week as one of the legacies of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bidding process.

Skyline Paisley

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund is open to cultural and creative organisations from across Paisley and Renfrewshire, it will provide support to build the resilience and sustainability of organisations, helping them realise their cultural ambitions and fulfil their potential.

The fund will run for the next three years (to 2022) and could support organisations to cover core costs such as staffing, improve their governance and management, and build new audiences and partnerships across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

It is open to Renfrewshire based organisations or groups that have a cultural or creative purpose.

The fund will complement the existing Culture, Heritage and Events Fund which was set up during the Paisley 2021 bid and has supported more than 100 one-off events and projects since 2016.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This new fund is key to continuing our ambitions to support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector to fulfil it’s potential.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

“The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund has already succeeded in increasing the number of people getting involved in creative activity in Renfrewshire and the Cultural Organisational Development Fund will support organisations to develop their capacity and progress with longer term planning.

“The fund will support organisations within Renfrewshire to build and strengthen partnerships both locally and further afield and develop national and international profile.

“The ongoing work to expand our creative capacity goes hand in hand with our £100m investment to transform our cultural spaces, allowing Paisley to attract a wider range of cultural activity and events, and cement our place as a cultural town and as one of Scotland’s key destinations.”

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Renfrewshire Leisure Cultural Services team, who administer the fund on behalf of Renfrewshire Council, before applying.

The first application deadline is 1 March 2019 with funding decisions due to be made in May 2019. Further funding rounds will take place in October 2019 and February 2020.

Advice surgeries will be held in January 2019 to allow organisations who are considering making applications to attend and seek further information and guidance.

To find out more and to view the application guidance, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CODF or email codf-enquiries@renfrewshire.gov.uk

renfrewshire bin lorry

Renfrewshire’s new bin collection service is set to begin next week after every household was provided with a new green recycling bin.

renfrewshire bin lorry

Renfrewshire’s new bin collection service is set to begin next week after every household was provided with a new green recycling bin.

From Monday 3 December, residents will now separate their recycling as part of a drive to improve the quality of material collected and reduce the costs associated with disposing of general waste.

The new green bin provided is for plastics, cans and glass and the blue bin will now be for paper, card and cardboard only.

Those on a sack collection will be provided with a new green sack to separate their waste, with glass continuing to go directly to the nearest recycling centre.

renfrewshire bin

To reduce any potential space issues, some flats and tenements may have been provided with shared bins for communal use with residents sharing responsibility for presenting this for collection.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’ve been working hard to ensure we provide residents with all the information they need to adapt to the new service and we would encourage all residents to read their information pack closely as it outlines what the changes mean for them.

“It’s extremely important that we all consider if our waste could be recycled before throwing it into the grey bin and the new recycling bin should provide extra capacity to help people recycle.

“We’re here to support residents with the new service so if you have any questions then please get in touch with us at the council.”

Due to the overlap of the new service from the current provision, some residents will receive an additional collection to ensure they do not wait longer than they should for a grey bin collection. Letters will be delivered to the affected households outlining the exact date.

Information packs specific to each household in Renfrewshire have been delivered to ensure residents are fully informed of what the new service means for them and include a service guide, a full collection calendar for the next year and details on any change in collection day.

If residents haven’t yet received their information pack then they should report this via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/missinginfopack.

For more information and a full list of FAQs, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins or email mybins@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

tony and paolo

SINGING star Paolo Nutini bumped into his old football coach, Tony Fitzpatrick and asked him where he could buy a copy of the former footballer’s recently-released autobiography.

tony and paolo

The pair met up in Paisley’s Bianco E Nero coffee shop and Paolo revealed his dad, Alfredo had told him about Tony’s book, Fitzy – The Story of My Life being published.

When Paolo told Tony he was looking forward to reading his autobiography, Tony fetched a copy of the book from his car, signed it and handed a complimentary copy over to the singer.

Tony revealed that while he was an SFA community coach in Paisley during the mid-1990s, Paolo would come to his Saturday morning football sessions in the St Mirren FC leisure complex at the club’s former ground at Love Street.

The pair have kept in touch over the years and Tony has looked on with pride, as Paolo became a massive worldwide music star.

Tony says: “It was great bumping into Paolo like that and having a chat with him. I’ve known him since he was a young boy when he was about eight or nine years old.

“I remember him coming along to my coaching sessions all those years ago and like many young boys, he wanted to be a professional footballer when he grew up. As things turned out football’s loss was the music world’s gain and I’m sure his millions of fans would agree with that.

“He was a normal wee boy, very enthusiastic and loved playing football.

“I hope Paolo enjoys reading my life story and maybe one day he’ll get round to writing his autobiography and I’ll get him to sign a copy of his book for me!”

Fitzy – The Story of My Life is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and is available from www.fitzybook.co.uk for only £11.99.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

Johnstone will officially mark the start of the festive season as the Christmas lights in the town are switched on this weekend.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

 

Saturday (1 Dec) will see Houstoun Square transformed in to a winter wonderland with a variety of entertainment to put everyone in the festive spirit.

From 12noon, the Pulse FM DJs will host the main stage – set in the Houstoun Square bandstand – accompanied by a host of local performers including The Logans, Todi and the RockUs Community Choir.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

Santa will arrive in style by vintage fire engine, provided by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust, and will be taking a break from his busy schedule to hear what all the children are hoping to find in their stockings this year. You can find him inside his grotto, run by St Vincent’s Hospice. Don’t forget to say hello to his reindeer friends.

The children’s entertainment doesn’t end there however with free festive face painting and Christmas crafts running all afternoon. Thrill seekers can also take a spin on the funfair rides.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

At 5pm, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be joined by lucky competition winner, nine-year-old Jonathan from St Anthony’s, on stage to push the button and light up Johnstone for the Christmas period.

Provost Cameron said: “The winter events have all been incredible so far and I can’t wait to bring the festivities to Johnstone.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

“The town will be buzzing all afternoon with Santa making an appearance and lots of entertainment to keep young and old entertained.

“I’m looking forward to turning on the lights with our lucky competition winner and I hope to see you all there for the big moment.”

The lights switch-on is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

paisley town hall

Buddies are being invited to have one last look inside Paisley Town Hall today/tomorrow (Thursday, November 29) before it undergoes a £22 million transformation.

paisley town hall

The doors will be open for people to attend a free event which will not only celebrate the rich history of the iconic building, but will present early stage plans on how it might change.

The redevelopment plans for the Town Hall will be explained including the recovery of lost rooms and hidden gems in the building.

The night begins at 6pm with the developing plans being shared with the public. Then between 7pm and 9pm there will a Ta Ta Toon Hall celebration featuring film archive footage, music, song, artwork from local groups and the reading of a poem specially-commissioned from local poet, Jim Ferguson.

Although the event is free, anyone wishing to attend should book a ticket to attend by calling 0300 300 1210 or by calling into Paisley Town Hall or Paisley Arts Centre.

Paisley Town Hall’s £22 million transformation is part of a £100 million investment in the town’s cultural infrastructure. This includes investment to re-develop Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre and the launch of our Library in the High Street, Paisley.

The Town Hall will close its doors at the end of 2018 for work to begin and will re-open in 2021.

Fiona Naylor, acting chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Paisley Town Hall has played a part in the lives of many generations of people living in Renfrewshire.

“It has a wonderfully rich history and we want to celebrate that. We also want to show people what they can look forward to when the transformation is complete in three years time.”

intu braehead

‘Impossible’ inventions created for Christmas shoppers at intu Braehead

who spend 22 hours trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones

 

Some of Britain’s most ingenious inventors have joined with intu, owner of some of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres, to create ‘impossible-to-buy’ gifts for this year’s Christmas wish lists. The impossible gifts include Willy Wonka style sweets that taste like Christmas dinner and turning people into LEGO® characters.

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Following research by the shopping centre owner revealing that one in ten parents (11 per cent) have at least one ‘impossible’ gift to find this Christmas, it has selected five great British inventors to work with and create truly impossible gifts. The gifts will then be won by shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

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Other weird and wonderful inventions available for intu shoppers to win this Christmas include a dress that turns its wearer into a princess at the pull of a string, a real fairy house sprinkled with fairy dust and the opportunity to be turned into a comic book star by the artist behind Dennis the Menace.

intu braehead

The research revealed that Christmas shoppers will spend 22 hours searching for the perfect presents this year, walking 20 miles in the process.

intu braehead

According to the research, the average Brit will spend £425 on Christmas presents this year, up just under one per cent on last year. One in three (32 per cent) say they don’t always find the perfect gift, with socks the most common last resort Christmas present. People in Scotland are the most organized in the UK with 34 per cent saying they will have all their presents wrapped by the beginning of December.

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The five impossible gifts were inspired by some of the most bizarre Christmas gifts parents have received including:

  1. I want to be LEGO®
  2. I want a pencil that does my homework for me
  3. I want a pet dinosaur
  4. I want my Christmas dinner in sweets
  5. I want a trampoline to the moon
  6. I want to be a princess
  7. I want shoes that make me run faster
  8. I want my own comic book
  9. I want to be a fairy
  10. I want a rainbow

 

FIVE IMPOSSIBLE GIFTS TO SOLVE CHRISTMAS CONUNDRUMS

  1. Willy-Wonka style sweets that taste like Christmas dinner by Smith & Sinclair
  2. Being illustrated into an comic book star by Dennis the Menace artist Nigel Parkinson
  3. Being turned into an actual LEGO® character by certified LEGO® Builder Duncan Titmarsh
  4. A dress that turns its wearer into a princess at the pull of a string by Channel 4 seamstress Charlotte Denn
  5. A real fairy house sprinkled with fairy dust by woodcrafter extraordinaire Jonathan Sherwood

 

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon comments: “It’s a lovely truth that children and even adults will sometimes put impossible gifts on their Christmas lists, but at intu Braehead you’ll find all your Christmas presents – even the seemingly impossible ones. While we know we have something for everyone at our centre, we decided to take things a little further and work with some of the brightest minds in the country to make some impossible gifts, possible! So whether you want Santa to turn you into LEGO® or you want Christmas dinner in sweets, at intu we’ll have something that is certain to make you smile!”   

 

The impossible range of gifts follow intu’s Christmas TV advert, which sees a duckling finally able to fly with the help of a brand new drone.

 

To be in with a chance to win one of the ‘impossible’ gifts for Christmas, enter for free online at intu.co.uk/Christmas/win.

Fireworks over Renfrew Town Hall (2)

Thousands turned out for an afternoon full of festive cheer as the new Renfrew Christmas lights were switched on for the first time.

Fireworks over Renfrew Town Hall (2)

 

There was fun for all the family with entertainment put on in the town centre designed to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Santa flew in from the North Pole to hear what the children in Renfrew had on their lists in advance of the big day and there was plenty of opportunity to get the perfect Christmas photo with his reindeer.

There was something for even the littlest elf with puppet shows, face painting and Christmas arts and crafts in the town hall, and funfair rides in the Charles Avenue car park for the thrill seekers willing to brave the cold.

The live stage was hosted by Pulse FM

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron led a Christmas carol service inside the town hall, with Christmas classics expertly played by the Renfrew Burgh Band.

Later in the afternoon, the main stage in the town centre- hosted by the Pulse FM- saw local artists showcase their talents in front of an energetic crowd- before the big switch on arrived at 5pm.

Provost Cameron was joined by lucky competition winner, Ava, 9, from St Anne’s Primary, to turn on the lights and together they set off the spectacular fireworks display from the roof of the town hall.

Provost Cameron said: “I was delighted to see so many people turn out to see the new lights in Renfrew.

“The day was filled with fantastic entertainment for all the family and the fireworks display from the town hall was spectacular.

“It was great having Ava join me to switch on the lights and I hope she had a memorable day.”

The lights switch-on was organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

For more information on events in Renfrewshire visit: www.paisley.is 

diane mitchell music school

Remember we have Christmas gift vouchers which are available for all our lessons!

We offer lessons for ; Piano, Clarinet, Drums, Singing, Keyboard, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin, Fiddle, Flute and Ukulele.

Lessons are Available for all ages and all abilities!

diane mitchell music school

We are also taking enrolments for our popular children’s music classes which are based on Kodaly’s musicianship. Our New Term begins on Saturday January the 12th2019. If your child enjoys singing and would like to learn ukulele, we also have our fun GO KIDS music clubs on a Thursday and a Saturday. We also offer music classes with  for children with additional support needs. We also have one on a Saturday in Paisley at 12 o’clock and are currently taking names for a new class in Barrhead on a Tuesday at 4pm.

 “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

Children having fun with our teacher Anna, at our Musical Adventurers class, held in the in the Life Church in Paisley on a Saturday at 12 noon for children with Additional Support Needs

Renfrew Christmas Lights

A quick wander around the main street of Renfrew by Scottish Photography Productions after the Renfrew Christmas Light Switch on tonight and what an amazing injection of colour the town now has, and it does wonders for the look of the town, great job by all involved.

Renfrew Christmas Lights