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

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has issued a heartfelt thanks to all Renfrewshire residents for helping to support the continuing waste collection service and the local environment.

Despite operating with a reduced workforce, the Council continues to provide the normal waste and recycling collection service – collecting 141,000 bins a week.

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That includes brown bin collections for garden and food waste, the blue recycling bin for paper and card and the green bin for plastic, cans and glass.

In line with the national guidance to stay at home and help to save lives, our Household Waste and Recycling Centres remain closed and residents are asked to store bulkier items and any excess waste safely.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “I would like to thank the waste collection teams for their incredible commitment and hard work at this really difficult time and I know from the kind messages we’ve received that our residents recognise and appreciate their efforts too.

“We understand people may have more waste than normal and unfortunately we cannot open recycling centres as it’s vital we follow the national public health guidance asking residents to stay home and save lives.

“Thanks to all our residents for their patience and understanding as our teams continue to work through these challenging times.

“Please do your bit wherever possible to assist us by recycling correctly, and you can increase the amount you can get in your bin by flattening cardboard for the blue bin and squashing any plastic bottles, milk cartons or cans going into the green bin.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has issued a plea to residents to store refuse safely, their website highlighting simple measures to protect residents from the risk of fire at this time.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, added: We know it’s the time of spring cleaning, but we’d ask people to avoid activity that results in generating additional waste at this time.

“With your help we can keep Renfrewshire clean and safe for everyone. Use our usual collection service and store any additional items safely away from any heat sources, ideally in a safe locked location or if outdoors, keep it away from your property.

“In line with advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, please do not get rid of garden or other waste by burning bonfires. We want everyone to be able to enjoy their garden during periods of nicer weather and the smoke can pose a risk to people’s health, particularly the vulnerable and those with respiratory problems.

“We haven’t seen an increase in fly tipping and our CCTV patrols continue to visit hot spots and take enforcement action. It is not only illegal; it’s damaging to the local environment and any incidents should be reported by calling 0300 300 0300 or online using our website. Please remember that if you hire a contractor to take away waste, you must ensure they are SEPA registered and ask where they will dispose of it.”

Staff from the Council’s Environment and Infrastructure service are currently deployed in a range of roles to support the ongoing effort to support Renfrewshire residents during the Coronavirus outbreak. This includes teams delivering more than 37,000 meals to residents during lockdown, packing bags and managing the request hotline.

Councillor McEwan added: “I’m so proud of the many teams deployed in different roles to ensure support reaches those most in need at this tough time.

“We are following the national guidelines and staff are only deployed to deliver essential frontline services, which means a number of day-to-day environment and infrastructure services such as road resurfacing have been suspended, but we will still respond to essential emergency repairs.

“Renfrewshire residents have been brilliant in following the vital public health guidance to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. I’d urge everyone to keep up the good work and continue to exercise in open spaces close to home. Visit the council website for all the latest information and top tips to help maintain your health and wellbeing.”

All the latest information, help and advice on Coronavirus is published on the Council website: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Lisa Kowalski and the Accord Hospice are working on pulling together an online music event to raise funds for the hospice. It’s on 25th April and will be called Chords for the Accord.

We have pulled together 10 local artists who Lisa has worked with before to take part and they will be livestreaming their sets into a 5 hour music session with any donations to go to an Accord just giving page.

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Chords for the Accord Rosta

 

Artist Time FB Link
Liv Dawn 4.00 – 4.30 https://www.facebook.com/livdawnmusic/
Liam Doyle 4.35 – 5.05 https://www.facebook.com/liamdoyle22/
Charlene Gordon 5.10 – 5.40 https://www.facebook.com/charlene.gordon.37
Jordan Stewart 5.45 – 6.15 https://www.facebook.com/jostewartmusic/
Graeme Kerr 6.20 – 6.50 https://www.facebook.com/graemejkerrmusic/
Hollie Robinson 6.55 – 7.25 https://www.facebook.com/HollieRobinson22/
Lisa Kowalski 7.30 – 8.00 https://www.facebook.com/lisakowalskimusic/
Alan McKim  8.05 -8.35 https://www.facebook.com/alanmckim123/
Laura Murray 8.40 – 9.10 https://www.facebook.com/LauraMurrayMusic/
Johnny Barr 9.15 – 9.45 https://www.facebook.com/Jbmusic91/

 

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Liv Dawn

Although from the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Liv is a friend of the Paisley music scene and recently wowed the audience with her pop/ country styled set at a gig at CCs – Callums Cavern. 

Liv started off 2020 with a bang by supporting Tom Walker on his U.K Home Run tour and was a finalist in the BBC Scotland Singer/Songwriter competition last year.

Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle graces the streets of both Paisley and Glasgow with his wonderful voice.  His singing ability has won him a number of national awards and a strong fan following. He is also an accomplished song writer, who writes from the heart and has released a charity single for Alzheimer Scotland. 

Charlene Gordon

Paisley based singer Charlene, of Rock Choir fame, is a polished performer and accomplished vocalist. Charlene’s vocal ability means she needs no accompaniment and can hit all notes, genres and eras.

Jordan Stewart

18 year old Jordan has already been a fixture of the Paisley youth music scene for a number of years and is a real rising star. With her flawless voice, impressive work ethic and warm heart, Jordan is sure to continue to grow her audience.

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Graeme Kerr is a dedicated acoustic performer from Paisley. His set list is wide and varied and includes songs that are rarely heard but are instantly recognisable.

 

Hollie Robinson

Hollie is a, fun loving but 100% professional 16 year old singer/songwriter who loves to perform and entertain people.

Hollie represented the UK at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in the summer of 2017 returning home with 3 bronze medals and an Industry award in her vocal categories. Not long after this she won Paisley’s Got Talent 2017, singing her way to the win with ease. 

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Lisa’s music career really took off with the launch of the Paisley 2021 bid in 2017 and the release of her EP and Hearts of Gold video, which was about busking in the town.  Lisa has since been honoured to perform at many great venues, from St Mirren FC to an open top bus on 6th Avenue New York.  As NYC Tartan Week 2020 has been cancelled, this week she sang Hearts of Gold live on Scott Mill’s Radio 5 Live show.

 

Alan McKim

 

Paisley singer-songwriter Alan McKim is a passionate performer. Alan possesses a refreshing back-to-basics and gritty approach ideal for these austere times whilst succeeding to keep his sound wholly new and fit to fill city stadiums. Alan is a past winner of the highly prestigious Best Acoustic Scottish Alternative Music Award and is a fine example of why Paisley is considered to be a richly talented music town.

Laura Murray

Laura is a Paisley born Singer/Songwriter with a pop-orientated, soul twist. 

In November 2018 she was flown to Germany to represent the UK in Project Aloft Star 2018, performing her original music to many industry professionals. A subsequent single was quite a hit on Spotify and in Germany.

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Johnny Barr is a Paisley Singer/Songwriter, Music Teacher and Events Organiser. He is member of the London based singer/songwriter collective Winter Springs (https://www.facebook.com/winterspringsmusic) and is capable of performing a wide mix of songs ranging from Motown to Modern. If you enjoy a musician that is capable of creating a performance totally based on where the mood takes everyone then this is not to be missed. Get your requests in!

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THE world premiere of John Byrne’s new play, Underwood Lane will now take place next year.

The eagerly-awaited performances were due to be staged between Thursday, June 25 and Sunday, June 28.

But due to the restrictions imposed following the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty when theatres will be allowed to re-open, the shows have been rescheduled for Thursday, June 24 to Sunday, June 27, 2021.

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Originally, the Underwood Lane premier – in association with Glasgow’s Tron Theatre Company – was to be held in Paisley Arts Centre, but with the centre due to be closed for a major refurbishment later this year, the venue for next year’s performances has still to be confirmed.

The Arts Centre refurbishment is part of Renfrewshire Council’s cultural capital infrastructure programme.

Box Office staff at Paisley Arts Centre will be contacting everyone who had bought tickets for Underwood Lane to organise transferring the tickets to next year’s performances, refunds or credits.

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Artist and playwright John Byrne set the musical play Paisley telling the story of a young skiffle band trying to make the big time. He wrote Underwood Lane in memory of his close friend and fellow Buddie, singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty who died nine years ago.

Byrne is one of Scotland’s most talented artists and writers and is best known for his paintings, theatrical masterpieces like The Slab Boys Trilogy and the hit TV shows, Tutti Frutti and Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Underwood Lane is part of Future Paisley, the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural story to transform its future.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We are living in unprecedented times and I’m sure people will understand why we’ve had to reschedule performances of Underwood Lane.

“However, the world premier is still coming to Paisley and it’s something we can look forward to next year.”

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More than 37,000 meals have been delivered so far to Renfrewshire residents during lockdown.

Support packs including freshly prepared meals, toiletries and dry goods like cereal and tea bags are being distributed daily to more than 1,200 households by Renfrewshire Council.

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Teams from across the council, which includes redeployed staff, have been prepping and cooking fresh meals, packing bags, procuring items, managing the request hotline and delivering food parcels to the doors of those most in need in the community, all while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The large-scale, seven-day operation to get supplies to individuals and families in need is being undertaken by staff in dedicated distribution sites at Castlehead and Park Mains High Schools. The work being done is receiving an outpouring of support from the local community.

One service-user recovering from COVID-19 was delighted with her parcel. She contacted the team and said: “You can’t believe what a big smile it put on my face.” She added that she felt “very lucky to be looked after.”

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Another service user contacted the helpline with an urgent request for a delivery for her family. The team turned the request around in less than 24 hours and included Easter eggs in the parcel for her three children. The customer offered a very warm thank you to staff saying she was grateful she now had Easter eggs to give to her children.

This represents a combined effort by teams and individuals across the council coming together to provide this vital service to the community.

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Facilities Manager, Seonaid O’Neil, was responsible for setting up the service. She said: “It’s been a combined effort, so many people have been willing to help. Everyone recognises the benefit of what we’re doing.

“It’s challenging but it’s also really rewarding. When we started we didn’t realise how big it would become, but when you get feedback from people in the community it really makes you take notice of the positive impact it’s having. We are so proud of how all our staff have adapted to the new challenges they have been faced with, to ensure these services are delivered ”

BS Joiner, Grant Adam keeping moral up for the workers

The teams at these sites are working hard to deliver this service but are also making the most of their downtime. At Park Mains High School a sponsored charity cycle has been set up to raise funds for Brightest Star that staff can participate in by using exercise bikes from the gym. The more musically gifted team members have been performing songs for the team to keep spirits up.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are proud that our staff are delivering essential food supplies to support vulnerable people across Renfrewshire. Their dedication and support has been incredible and I’d like to thank each and every staff member doing their bit to help those most in need within our communities.

“Across our communities, there are a lot of people going above and beyond to support family members and neighbours through this difficult time. For anyone who doesn’t have this support, they can get in touch with us by calling our local assistance helpline on 0300 300 0230.”

The team continue to respond to growing demand for the service, with a third distribution site set to open next week at Gleniffer High School. The site will be operated by Amey with Renfrewshire Council overseeing the operation.

The local assistance helpline is available to anyone who needs it whether it be for financial reasons or for those currently shielding. Anyone in need of help is encouraged to contact the helpline on 0300 300 0230.

A number of partners have played an important role in supported the service including businesses based locally including Ikea at Braehead and The Range on Renfrew Road.

In addition to the work being carried out by the council, partner organisation Renfrewshire Leisure is helping promote a range of positive health and wellbeing activities for residents to participate in at home. Popular activities include online dance and sports workouts, online Bookbug sessions streamed via YouTube and fun social media challenges. For a full list of all the activities taking place please visit: www.renfrewshireleisure.com/wellbeing-at-home/.

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A WOMAN diagnosed with incurable cancer has told how new online fitness classes are making her feel fit and happy.

Margaret McDermott, 67, from Paisley has metastatic breast cancer and signed up for Renfrewshire Leisure’s Vitality fitness programme for people with health issues.

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She has been attending exercise classes at various sports and leisure centres and is now keeping up her fitness levels by following the work-out sessions that have now gone online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with the Vitality programme, Renfrewshire Leisure has also created online classes for people who normally attend the Live Active and Move More fitness sessions.

The Move More health and fitness initiative is run in association with the Macmillan Cancer Support charity and is for people affected by cancer.

A live video link between participants and a fitness instructor is set up several times a week and already almost 400 people have taken part in 20 virtual exercise classes since they started on Monday, April 6.

Margaret said: “I am so happy to be able to access the online classes.

“I’ve been diagnosed with an incurable cancer and have been very ill for a few years.

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“However, I changed my diet a year ago and started to attend vitality and low impact keep-fit classes at several Renfrewshire Leisure facilities.  I am feeling so much better, healthier and happy.

“Having online classes not only helps keep up my level of fitness, it also brings a structure to my day.

“I am very grateful to the staff for having the technical skills to put this in place and the wonderful ladies who present the classes.”

In a partnership between Renfrewshire Leisure and Macmillan Cancer Support, the Move More programme is for anyone affected by cancer, who would benefit by exercise to help them stay fit and healthy.

The Live Active and Vitality initiatives are for people whose health would benefit by better fitness and have been referred by their doctor.

The newly-launched online programme is a series of 12 classes with varying degrees of exercise intensity and there is even a class showing exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair.

Before anyone takes part in the video fitness class they are assessed to make sure they take part in the correct class for their level of fitness. And because video conferencing technology is being used, participants can speak to the instructor while the class is taking place.

For those who don’t have online access, a home pack that encourages walking is mailed to them. The pack includes a pedometer, physical activity DVD, a diary to record daily physical activity and links to online content and resources to support physical and mental wellbeing. Already 46 packs have been posted to local residents.

Professor Susan Moug, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley said:

 “We believe that increasing activity levels is essential to improve pre-operative, post-operative and long term outcomes for patients. Physical activity as an essential part of the surgical pathway and this hasn’t changed in these unprecedented circumstances.

“Renfrewshire Leisure has allowed us to continue to do this and is empowering patients to guide their own care.

“Offering an online physical activity programme and home-based activity has allowed our patients to keep physically and mentally strong, with an added public health benefit.

“Well done Renfrewshire Leisure!”

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We have been running these three specialised fitness sessions in our sports centres and at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for some time and they have been very successful in helping people back to health.

“We felt it was important that even though we are in the grip of the current coronavirus pandemic, the folks who have benefited from the programmes shouldn’t miss out.

“Our Health Services team have done a great job in putting together this online programme so quickly and I hope everyone who would usually come along to a session will take part in their own homes.”

Anyone wishing to join these fitness programmes should email healthandwellbeing@renfrewshire.gov.uk .

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Renfrewshire MP Gavin Newlands has hit out over the narrow scope of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced on Wednesday.

While many initially welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the scheme would be extended to those employed by 19th March, it is now clear from the detail that the UK government’s strict criteria on Real Time Information (RTI) submissions will prevent many businesses and employees from benefiting at all.

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The Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP has called on the Chancellor to make meaningful changes so anyone with a contract of employment by 19th March is covered.  The SNP is also calling for the Chancellor to reconsider his refusal to introduce a comprehensive financial package, including a guaranteed minimum income, to ensure no one is left behind.

Gavin said:

“It’s now clear from the detail that this announcement is not what it seemed. Thousands of businesses and workers will continue to lose out – unless the UK government makes meaningful changes to fix the serious gaps in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

“SNP MPs have been contacted by many businesses and employees who say the narrow criteria being imposed has dashed their hopes of help. Frankly, that’s not good enough. Further changes are now required so that anyone with a contract of employment by 19th March gets the support they need.

“From the start of this crisis, I’ve urged the UK government to introduce a comprehensive financial package to ensure no one is left behind. It’s vital the Chancellor now fixes the gaps in these schemes, and looks again at introducing a guaranteed minimum income and strengthened welfare protections – so everyone gets the help they need.”

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FOOTBALL fans from Renfrew can relive the glory days of their local club with a new film they can watch online.

Filmmaker Paul Russell has produced a documentary movie about the day in May 1962 when Renfrew Juniors reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup, at Hampden Park.

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He was assisted by Renfrewshire Leisure’s Film Project Producer, Richard Weeks and Paul made the film after the popular Renfrew on Film event, which is held as part of Renfrew Gala Week was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The film, called When Renfrew Roared, features footage of the final and interviews with Renfrew Juniors legendary centre forward, Jimmy Rundell –and fan, Campbell McGregor.

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There were 49,000 fans at Hampden on May 19 1962, for the final between Renfrew and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. The match ended a 1-1 draw, with Jimmy Rundell scoring, but unfortunately, Renfrew lost 1-0 in the replay, which was also staged at the national stadium.

Paul explains: “There’s a risk a lot of people may feel isolated at a time like this, but things like film of local history events can provide a distraction and a conversation piece.

“The Renfrew on Film event always gets a fantastic reaction, but if people can’t come to it, we’ll do our best to take it to them.

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“In 1962, when Renfrew Juniors reached the cup final there was a real community spirit with people putting aside their usual football allegiances to support the local lads.”

Renfrewshire Leisure staff digitised 16mm film footage of the cup final and locals heading to Hampden, so Paul could use that material to produce the film.

Paul adds: “It’s brilliant to be given archive material of this quality to work with. The high-quality 16mm colour film is such a gift and it brings that period back to life.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’re determined to bring back some good memories for local folk – something to bring a bit of cheer.

“I’m sure the film will be very popular, and I can’t wait to see it myself. I wonder how many Renfrew folk who were there on the day will see themselves in it.’

The film, When Renfrew Roared can be seen by going to https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/renfrew-on-film-when-renfrew-roared/

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Coorie Doon in Gallowhill
 
Parents and carers from the Tiny Tiddlers playgroup in Gallowhill write personal heartfelt songs for their children with musicians from Chamber Music Scotland.
 
Coorie Doon is a very special song writing project – where the creative team from Chamber Music Scotland (CMS) worked with families to write personal songs for their own children. Since beginning in 2015, Coorie Doon has involved families at North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Rachel House Children’s Hospice and the Neonatal Unit at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.
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The Coorie Doon project in Gallowhill began in early February – with the musicians joining the families at the Tiny Tiddlers pre-school group each Wednesday morning. Over the weeks, lyrics and music for the songs were written and developed by the mums, dads and aunties at the group alongside the CMS creative team of Kim MooreAlice AllenKatrina Lee and Una MacGlone.
 
The finished songs were due to be performed at a community event in Gallowhill in the last week of March. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 lockdown. Instead, the four beautiful and tender songs made during the project are available to listen to online:https://soundcloud.com/chamber-music-scotland/sets/coorie-doon-paisley. Interestingly one of the songs was given the title Yous Make Us Stronger, appropriate in the current climate that we are faced with.
 
Angela Gilmour, who runs the Tiny Tiddlers group and also took part in the project by writing and performing a song for her family, said: I found it really hard to try put words to paper when we were sitting talking about our wee girls but the ladies from Chamber Music Scotland were amazing as they managed to choose words from us while talking about the kids and when they showed us what they came up with I couldn’t wait to start singing our song for our wee girls. It was very emotional hearing our song finished and I’ve started playing and singing it to the girls in the house.”
 
Coorie Doon is part of a wider Artists & Residents programme in Gallowhill – developing creative community projects with an underlying ethos of warmth, kindness and care coordinated by Kate Drummond, Visual Arts Producer at Renfrewshire Leisure. These Artist & Residents projects in Gallowhill will continue to develop over the next two years and is funded through Renfrewshire CouncilFuture Paisley strategy, developed from the towns 2021 City of Culture bid.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes added: “Music and song is a wonderful way of communicating and touching people’s emotions. Creating a song for your children is something that will last forever and when they get older, the wee ones will be able to look back and know how much they were loved by their parents and carers.”

Future Paisley is the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the towns unique and internationally significant cultural story to transform its future.
  
For more information about Renfrewshire Leisures projects in Gallowhill contact: kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk
 
For more information about Coorie Doon / Chamber Music Scotland contact : Danielle Price: danielle@chambermusicscotland.com
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At Paisley Drinks Company we hope you are all keeping healthy in these unprecedented times. We also wish to thank all the brave and committed people helping to keep our country on its feet. 

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At the Paisley Drinks Company, as with many other businesses, we lost 90% of our customers overnight. However, we knew we were not alone. So, we reached out to other local businesses to see if we could team up to provide a service that would help you all through the long hours of isolation. 

We are all micro businesses in there early years of trading and don’t qualify for any of the Governments grants on offer! We are determined to help each other get through these difficult times and continue to offer you a range of different and exciting tastes and services we can now deliver directly to your doorstep. 

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So, we would like you to use your sense of adventure and try some of our fabulous and pretty unique products. Bring a little excitement to your day with one of 7 great product ranges t choose from. 

Brian O’Shea, Paisley Drinks Co. “Since starting the business in June 2018 there has been a great response from consumers tasting real soda drinks for the first time. The business has grown from strength to strength, and we had big plans for 2020. However, despite COVID-19 stopping the business in its tracks, I am determined to reach out to as many people as I can to share in the joy of tasting a refreshing soda drink made from real ingredients. They also make great cocktails if you need to upgrade you home bar experience!!” 

He added “It’s been great collaborating with some of my favourite Scottish Brands! I hope our platform provides a new opportunity to help them continue to supply customers. I hope consumers team up to support these growing businesses which are so important to the lifeblood of our local community.” 

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We now have over 7 local brands featured on our website and talks are ongoing with more local businesses. Hopefully, with your support this will offer a lifeline to each of the following local businesses. 

https://www.paisleydrinkscompany.com/shop 

https://www.pakoraexplorer.co.uk/ Pakora Explorer – Paisley 

Who is The Pakora Explorer? My parents are originally from Pakistan but moved our family to the Orkney Islands in 1988 (via London!) to run a small croft. We were one of the first Asian families on the island and everyone knows the best way to make friends & meet your neighbours is through food! 

Pakora for us is like serving tea and biscuits, the two always go together. In our home, we always had the ingredients to make fresh Pakora, these golden nuggets of goodness soon became very popular with our friends & neighbours around the island 

https://thenutshack.co.uk/ Nut Shack – Paisley 

The Nut Shack UK is a family run business based in Paisley, Scotland. Since 2015 we have specialised in making uniquely flavoured peanuts. Our peanuts are only sourced from Argentina, Brazil & U.S.A and then blended with some of the best herbs and spices available. Our Bacon flavour are the flavour that started it all. They have a great smokey flavour that builds on the palette and only ends when the bag does. These pair perfectly with a stout or porter. Our Piri Piri flavour combines onion, garlic, basil and cayenne pepper to give all the flavour of a traditional Piri Piri blend without the heat. These pair perfectly with a gin & tonic or a hoppy pale ale. Our Habanero & Garlic flavour are a customer favourite. A blend of Habanero chillies and garlic gives these nuts a 350,000 Scoville’s kick and are not for the faint hearted. These pair perfectly with a cold beer. Our Tikka Masala flavour are our take on the Nation’s Favourite Dish. These nuts are packed full of flavour, with a well balanced level of spice and low heat. These pair perfectly with a cold lager or cider. 

https://www.albacola.com/ Alba Cola – Glasgow Alba Cola is a contemporary cola with soul, inspired by Scotland’s people and culture. Made with natural ingredients from the land, it’s a refreshing take on the traditional. Alba Cola is for those who seek new ways of thinking and new ways of doing. We believe in evolution over revolution. By channeling the progressive spirit of Scotland, we have created a new take on the world’s most ubiquitous soft drink. We don’t take life too seriously, good times with great people is what we’re all about. As for the unicorn, this mythological creature means something different to everyone: it can stand for hope, individuality, even strength. It’s open to interpretation, and it just so happens to be Scotland’s national animal! 

https://www.pureroasters.com/ 

Pure Roasters Dumbarton – Coffee with attitude! 

Good Coffee – Ethical delivery 

We’ve always blended and roasted the finest tasting coffees from ethical sources. Now we can take our 

coffees on the road and provide pop-up coffee shops at your event or workplace. 

We also ship our beans and grounds worldwide, roasted fresh for the best taste. We like our coffee to taste 

like coffee, that’s why we describe Pure Roasters blends as……The best coffee. 

Patter Watter – High Caffeine Light Roast 

Heavy Goth – Dark Roast Ground Coffee 

Mad Wae it – The original blendith none 

Tongue in Peat Glasgow https://www.tongueinpeat.com/ HAND CRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES FROM SCOTLAND, WE NATURALLY INFUSE FRESH TOMATOES WITH PEAT SMOKE FROM THE ISLAND OF ISLAY. Why? Because peat comes from the ground in this rugged island which sits on the atlantic coast. The peat, smokey by nature, grows underground and absorbes the sea salt notes from the atmosphere. We use a traditional smokery (operated by one individual) to ensure the maximum flavours from the dried peat are infused into the fresh, sweet tomatoes. 

The result? A well balanced yet utterly unique batch of sweet, smokey and salty tomatoes which are then blended (by a team of less than eight people) and bottled for your pleasure. 

Sparklingly Sober – Port Glasgow https://sparklinglysober.com/ 

When celebrating or relaxing, no longer feel punished by the limited options of alcohol free drinks with Sparklingly Sober. Proudly Scottish Each batch of Sparklingly Sober is lovingly handcrafted by a team of less than 12 people in a small facility outside Glasgow, Scotland. Want to know more about our roots? Visit The Start-Up Drinks Lab for more information. 

https://www.paisleydrinkscompany.com/ 

Brian launched The Paisley Drinks Company in February this year after spotting a gap in the market for craft soda made using only natural ingredients and processes – not loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners – and blended with pure Scottish water. 

The Paisley Drinks Company produces high quality craft soda proudly made in Scotland, using the best natural ingredients and real fruit flavours. They have created a unique range of products as a delicious and healthier alternative to the sugary and artificially sweetened fizzy drinks of the big brands. Championing the ‘Real Soda Revolution’, their flavours include Very Berry Raspberry Lemonade, Dreamy Strawberry Coconut Soda, Mystical Rhubarb Cream Soda and Darkest Blueberry Ginger Soda. Delicious on their own and superb as a mixer, Paisley Drinks Company premium sodas are locally made, distinctive to taste and refreshing to drink. 

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MEMBERS of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team have created an amazing video showing them juggling a loo roll then appearing to pass it on to each other in their own homes.

They’ve used some clever video editing to create the illusion and then posted it on their @RLSportServices Twitter feed.

Now they are challenging the Active Schools teams from local authorities all over Scotland to match their efforts at the #ASCoordinatorChallenge.

Fourteen of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team took part in the video, which has had more than 4000 views since it was posted on Tuesday evening.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Since most of us are being asked to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s good to have some light relief in our lives.

“I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw the video. Well done to the Active Schools team for coming up with the idea and using some technical wizardry to put the video together.”