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New football facilities, a music library and free bike repairs are just a few of the projects soon to be available for young people in Renfrewshire after the successful applications were announced for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

43 projects were awarded a total of £150,000 in funding after almost 3500 young people cast more than 10,000 votes.

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The successful projects were announced at a celebration event at the Tannahill Centre in Paisley which was attended by more than 100 young people and community partners from across Renfrewshire.

St Mirren Youth Football Club were successful in receiving the maximum £3000 to create a changing facility at the India Tyres park which help to get hundreds of budding footballers out onto the park.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Treasurer, said: “What this funding is going to do is allow our nine boys and five girls teams to be playing out of the Tyres hopefully from 2020.

“It’s really going to boost our club and make sure that more young people are going to be playing at the Tyres in the near future.”

Another successful project that received the maximum award was Erskine Music and Media, a Community Interest Company run by young people, for young people that provides services such as music tuition, PA hires, event filming and photography.

Catherine Coyle, Erskine Music and Media, said: “This funding will help us to create a new music library consisting of vinyl’s and CDs, as well as opening up lots of opportunities to go on trips, see new places and play gigs.

“In general, it is going to open a lot of doors for us and give us more opportunities in the musical world.”

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youth groups across Renfrewshire came together to form a steering group which facilitated the fund, as well as renaming it the ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people’.

It allocated £150,000 to projects which will make a real difference to the local area, such as removing the barriers to participation or the stigma around mental health, with the maximum award to each project being £3000.

The funding was split by population between the seven Local Partnership areas of Renfrew; Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton and Langbank; The Villages; Johnstone and Linwood; Paisley North, West and Central; Paisley East and Gleniffer.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “Through the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund, we’ve been able to give young people the opportunity to shape their communities how they would like to see them.

“If there is an activity or support that they feel is missing, this fund gives them the chance to create it and we will now support all applicants as best we can to ensure that their ideas come to fruition.

“Too often, young people feel they are outside of the decision-making process, but through the fund we have been able to award almost £150,000 directly to young people to help them improve their own and the lives of their peers in Renfrewshire by making the changes they know are needed.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of funding, now is your time to go make a difference.”

The successful applicants will now use their funding to develop their projects and will be provided with the support they need to progress their ideas into reality from the council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams.

For more information and a full list of winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/celebratingrenfrewshire.

 

Adrian McKechnie, Chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “I think this an amazing opportunity for young people to get involved in the decision making behind how money is spent.

“The projects that the funding is going to go towards, whether this is to affect change or put together programmes that they see the value in, I think that’s what’s at the core of participatory budgeting and what was at the core of the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund was that it was young people in control of how that money was spent.”

The full list of winning projects and their funding awards are:

Erskine, Inchinnan, Bishopton & Langbank

Erskine Music & Media Studio – £3,000
Erskine Youth Council – £2,918.90
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Park Mains Community Sports Hub – £3,000
St Mirren Youth Football Club – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £675.39

Gleniffer

Gleniffer High School (sports leaders) – £2,900
Gleniffer High School (gymnastics) – £2,500
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor Group (Club) – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor group (Residential) – £805.69

Johnstone and Linwood

Johnstone High School – £1,890
Johnstone Castle Learning Centre – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Linstone Housing Association – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Linwood High School – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Youth Interventions Sco46578 – £3,000
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £151.69

Paisley East

St Andrew’s Academy PE Department – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £2,964
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Sport for Change – £1,475
Loud N Proud £3,000
CREATE Paisley (cafe) – £2,934
Alba Thistle BC 2003 – £1,500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,567.40

Paisley North, West and Central

Paisley YMCA – £3,000
Loud N Proud – £3,000
Mary Russell Youth Club – £1,100
Own Yer Bike – £2,980.35
Pals of the Privies – £3,000
Cameron Dance School – £2,600
CREATE Paisley (ambassadors) – £2,000
Kibble Education and Care Centre – £2,800
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £652.65

Renfrew

Renfrew High Pupil Leaders – £3,000
Young Ambassadors – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrew YMCA SCIO – £639.66
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,362.03

The Villages

Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £3,000
Johnstone Burgh Football Club – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club – £372
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lapwing Lodge Camp Staff – £2,500
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
The Boys Brigade, Paisley & District Battalion – £1,000
Elderslie Youth Connect – £500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £2,500
Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities – £82.40

Modfest at the paisley Spree 20.10.18-0597

The ever-popular ModStuff Scooter Rideout at this year’s Spree festival is being sponsored by the area’s destination brand Paisley.is…and local businesses are being invited to the party.

As part of the deal for Paisley.is to become headline ModStuff sponsors, event organisers LNP Promotions were invited to pick some local traders to be named as sponsors of the individual awards.

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This year’s ModStuff takes place in The Spiegeltent on Saturday 12 October with a free afternoon show featuring the now-legendary scooter rideout, followed by a sold-out evening show. Paisley Vespa Scooter Club are organising and hosting the Scooter Rideout and Competition in aid of Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

LNP chose the following on the basis of their contribution to the town: Burger and Keg, Castelvecchi, Jewelfare, the Bungalow, the Old Swan, and Café Malatso.

Each one of the businesses will present an award on the day and receive tickets for the sold-out ModStuff evening show or another Spree show for a prize draw for their customers. Pop into each shop or follow them on social media for details of how to enter the prize draws.

The spectacle of up to 100 scooters gathering outside the iconic Spiegeltent before riding off round the town is one of many great reasons to visit Paisley in the weeks ahead as the area’s busy winter events programme kicks in.

Paisley.is was launched last year by Renfrewshire Council to promote everything that makes Paisley and Renfrewshire a great place to visit, live and invest – and www.paisley.is is the go-to place for what’s on in the area.

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “We are delighted to team up with Paisley.is as headline sponsors of this year’s ModStuff – which has allowed us to give something back to a small selection of the many businesses who add value to the town. LNP wanted to recognise their contribution of those businesses to Paisley and highlight the value they place on community and customer service.”

Renfrewshire Council’s head of communications, marketing and events Louisa Mahon said: “Paisley town centre is home to a great variety of shops, cafés and restaurants that provide a wonderful welcome to visitors and locals alike. We want everyone who visits Paisley, or lives or learns here, to Spend Local and support traders who go the extra mile every day and are huge supporters of events in the town.

“Through Paisley Is, we want to recognise their contribution and are delighted to get behind LNP Promotions at ModStuff 2019 and share sponsorship of the Scooter awards. ModStuff is a highlight of the annual Spree festival and attracts a great audience from all over Scotland. This is a perfect platform to highlight what makes Paisley unique and say thank you to some of the traders who make Paisley great”.

Since its launch in March 2018, Paisley Is has achieved almost 500 million opportunities to hear and see something positive about the town through local, national and international media, and our events programme has gone from strength to strength with over 160,000 people attending events in the town.

Renfrewshire Council recently launched a Spend Local campaign to encourage residents, visitors and staff to support businesses based in the area. For more info see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/spendlocal

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For the first time, this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.

Part of the award-winning annual festival, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the open-air silent disco, delivered by Silent Knights, is a family-friendly activity promising plenty of dancing, DJs, singing and a whole lot of Halloween fun.

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Taking place in the heart of the town in Dunn Square, there will be a series of 40-minute sessions for families and festival-goers to head along to over the two-day event. They will be provided with wireless headphones and can select their tunes of choice.

There will also be two relaxed disco slots suitable for those with additional support needs and their families and carers. During these time slots the music will be turned down in the headphones and there will be more room to dance around. These sessions will take place on Friday from 5pm to 5.40pm and Saturday 2pm to 2.40pm. A walk-in Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the festival. This will be a relaxed space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers.

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Event DJs will be spinning tracks over three channels from Halloween hits to classic Ibiza dance anthems and pro-dancers will be on hand with classic dance moves that will keep everyone moving all day long.

The festival is being delivered in partnership with acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to join in the fun with a huge range of Halloween-themed activities including the dark circus style Halloween parade, aerial performances, workshops, street theatre and musical performances, scary movie screenings, live stage acts, creepy installations and a Halloween Fun Fair.

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Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The popular Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bolder and this year is no exception.

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“The Silent Disco is sure to be another exciting addition to the creative programme, drawing festival-goers right into the heart of Paisley town centre and offering a fantastic, fun, family experience.

“The support of partners like EventScotland has helped us grow our ambitious major events programme and establish the town as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years. We look forward to continuing to deliver top class events in Renfrewshire in the future.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate for this year’s event.

The Silent Disco is accessible for all abilities and is recommended for ages 4 and over but all ages are welcome. Under 2s do not require a ticket but cannot be provided with headphones.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 14 years old). A family ticket (two adults and two kids) is available for £14. Prices include booking fees.

To book tickets for the Paisley Halloween Festival Silent Disco please visit: www.paisley.is/discover/silentdisco/.  To find out more about the event please visit www.paisley.is/halloween.

Abbey Drain Concert 6.9.19-5415

A Paisley singer songwriter who is inspired by Renfrewshire’s music and culture travelled underground to play in a unique venue.

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Michael Cassidy has become the first person to ever perform a gig in Paisley’s historic Abbey Drain.

The medieval drain was reopened for tours as part of Doors Open Days (7 and 8 September).

As a prelude to the expeditions, Michael performed a new song, Colour the Darkness, inspired by one of the treasures discovered in the drain – a stone carving of one of the first pieces of polyphonic music.

He said: “I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to perform in such an unusual venue. The Abbey Drain is an iconic part of Paisley and to be able to perform there was just brilliant.

“Kenneth Elliott at the University of Glasgow transcribed the music found on the carving into modern notation and made it possible for me to find the notes that I could use as a stimulus for a new song.

“The lyrics of Colour the Darkness talk about how the drain remained unnoticed for years in the darkness, and that finding out more about what’s underground has added colour to our knowledge of Paisley.

“Paisley has an incredible history of songwriting and it’s easy to be inspired by all the fantastic poets, rockers and artists that Renfrewshire has produced over the years.

“It was a great experience and one that I will never forget.”

Paisley performed two further songs as part of the gig.

Paisley’s Abbey Drain is an ornate underground passageway, around 100m long and believed to be more than 700 years old, which was discovered in the 19th century and rediscovered in the 1990s.

The eight-week Abbey Drain Big Dig – co-ordinated by Renfrewshire Council and led by Guard Archaeology Ltd, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Local History Forum – uncovered a 14th century stone archway marking the exact point the drain and its contents once flowed into the River Cart.

Renfrewshire Council leader Cllr Iain Nicolson said: “The Abbey Drain is now a big part of Paisley’s history and heritage, and it’s fantastic that we were able to use it as a music venue before Doors Open Days.

“The Big Dig was a great community project and it captured the attention of people all over Scotland.

“We would like to thank Michael for his involvement and for celebrating our history and heritage in this way.”

Michael has been hosting a programme of songwriting and music workshops with adults and young people, and will also be appearing at Paisley in Song at Paisley Arts Centre on 17 October as part of The Spree.

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The songwriting programme is funded by the Paisley TH.CARS2 initiative, and The Spree event will be presented in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure and Create Paisley.

For tickets and to find out more, visit https://www.thespree.co.uk/event/paisley-in-song/

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Brand new affordable housing is set to be developed in Ferguslie and Johnstone as contracts were approved to build 140 brand-new homes.

Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board approved works for more than £19million to create affordable living opportunities as part of Renfrewshire Council’s newbuild programme and Strategic Housing Investment Programme.

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The council will build 101 new homes in the Tannahill area of Ferguslie by the end of 2021, and a further 39 properties will be built on Auchengreoch Road in Johnstone by May 2020 – with the detailed designs for the housing now to be finalised with residents within these communities.

The two new developments form part of the council’s commitment to providing high-quality, affordable homes and are being part funded by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Programme.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: ““We are committed to providing homes and communities that encourage people to come and live and work in Renfrewshire.

“I look forward to seeing the communities in both Ferguslie and Johnstone enhanced as we address increasing demand for housing in these areas with two new developments.

“This investment will ensure people can access homes they are proud to live in as we look to create positive, thriving communities throughout the area.”

Following completion of the contract awards, the new homes in Ferguslie will be built by A S Homes (Scotland) Limited and McTaggart Construction Limited will carry out the works in Johnstone.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, said: “It will be fantastic to see these new homes built in Ferguslie and Johnstone and it’s great to see the contracts include vital community benefits for the young people in the area.

“Modern apprenticeships and work experience will be offered to those interested in the trade, as well as visits by the construction companies to local schools to offer advice and guidance.

“We want to help people in Renfrewshire wherever we can, whether that’s providing a step onto the employment ladder or giving a school pupil the moment which sparks their career ambitions, and that is why it so important that community benefits are included in all our contract awards.”

For more information on housing projects within Renfrewshire, contact the Planning and Housing Team via strategyandplace@renfrewshire.gov.uk or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/housing.

Youth Festiva Launch 21.8.19-4057

PAISLEY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FROM 3-15 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Paisley Youth Arts Festival – a brand new multi-arts festival for young people in Paisley – has been launched today (Wednesday 21st August 2019).  The festival will run from 3-15 September 2019 and will feature over 50 events taking place in venues around the town centre, attracting up to 6000 young people from Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond. 

The project is one of the initiatives to come out of the Paisley 2021 legacy’s focus on youth arts events and is an independent project by local partners:  Create Paisley; Erskine Music and Media Studio; Outspoken Arts Scotland, PACE, Renfrewshire Leisure and University of West of Scotland (UWS).

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The festival will feature gaming, virtual reality, workshops for skills knowledge and pathways, podcasts, exhibitions, talent showcases, live music, open mic nights, parties and much more.  There are three strands to the programme: Kids (age 5-12 year olds); Teens (age 13-18) and Young Adults (18-25 year olds).  

Renfrewshire Leisure have programmed an evening of cool new bands and rising talent featuring: Man of Moon, Tiny Murder, Ghost Baby, Lunir + others.  Fresh from a summer tour, taking in Kelburn Garden Party, Belladrum, King Tut’s and the Outwith festival, the formidable Man of Moon bring their juggernaut of sound to Paisley. On the night they will be joined by up-and-coming Tiny Murder, who will bring their unique cinematic dream pop to the audience one of the most talented young groups to come from Renfrewshire, the unmissable Ghostbaby and electronic duo, Lunir.  Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/man-of-mon-tiny-murder-ghostbaby-tickets-67009504231

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Outspoken Arts Scotland’s programme for the festival will celebrate women in music with a full evening of folk, acoustic, singer-songwriters, unique and original talent at UWS.  The event will feature Paisley’s very own Carol Laula, who will perform with her band in this female-focused, variety-packed music extravaganza, presenting a full and fabulous set of her own whilst introducing some exciting women in music showcasing songs old and new. Featuring:  Jordan Stewart; Lisa Kowalski; Mandulu & Hephzibah; Marina Rolink; Erskine Music & Media; PACE Youth Theatre Choir + other acts tba. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carol-laula-band-guests-celebrating-women-in-music-tickets-67457775021

 

PACE Rep Company present four shows:  Little Wings, fresh from Edinburgh Festival; The Diary of Anne Frank; Avalanche and Sad Eyes to Smile With by performance poet, Ink Asher Kemp.  PACE will also be running workshops in acting, directing and performing skills.  All events take place at The Wynd on School Wynd. Tickets available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pacetheatre

POP at The Piazza shopping mall in Paisley town centre will be the festival hub and will feature a variety of events including: a Retro Gaming Zone with a chance to play some of the classic platform games over each weekend;  The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging – a visual art installation by artist, Toby Messenger; a live Scottish video games podcast from The Nearly Men; an Open Mic Session by Erskine Music and Media Studio and a Zero Waste origami wallet/purse making workshop hosted by ReModeCreate Paisley will run a young creators relaunch party and art workshops for:  paper and ipad; poster printing and giant string arts.

Erskine Music and Media Studio will present: ‘Intro 2021‘- a compilation album featuring young up-and-coming artists aged between 12-25 from within Renfrewshire. The album will be launched at Comicrazy in Paisley with vinyl available to purchase at the event. This is a family-friendly free event celebrating the exciting local music scene in Renfrewshire.

University of West of Scotland’s Student Union in Storie Street will host their Freshers’ Finale UV Paint Party; The Big Quiz; A White T shirt party club night; a karaoke night; a ceilidh and whisky tasting and a silent disco.

The Fourth Wall is a virtual reality experience by John M Walter, part of 131st Annual Exhibition of Paisley Art Institute in the old Co-Op unit in The Piazza. 

Quotes from Erskine Music and Media Studio; UWS and Renfrewshire Leisure to follow. 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “The team at Outspoken Arts Scotland are absolutely delighted that Paisley Youth Arts Festival has truly emerged as a shining example of collaboration and partnership with other key youth organisations in the area and as a direct outcome of all of our efforts in the bid legacy from Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture.” 

For further information and to see the full programme: http://youthartsfestival.co.uk/

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:  @pyaf19

Rocco 2019

The Chamber is delighted to announce that Paisley.is has been confirmed as main sponsor of Rocco 2019 for second year. 

 

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “I am delighted that Paisley.is will be the headline sponsor for this year’s ROCCOs event.

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“The ROCCOs are a highlight in the calendar of the Renfrewshire business community and do such a great job of showcasing the creativity and entrepreneurialism putting Renfrewshire firmly on the map as a business destination of choice. 

“We have had great support for the Paisley.is destination brand from the business community and from the Chamber as we look to sell the benefits of doing business in Renfrewshire.

“I’m proud of the strength and the success of our business community, and it is a pleasure to be able to honour the best of the best at the 2019 awards.” 

The ROCCO’s now in their 16th year are open for entry and are Renfrewshire’s premier business event. 

CEO Bob Grant said, “The Chamber is delighted to welcome Paisley Is as returning main sponsor for Rocco 2019. The destination brand has grown since launch and its important role continues to highlight our strengths as a commercial location demonstrating we are open for business. We look forward to building on our key partnerships, encouraging investment and visitors to Renfrewshire. 

Thank you to all our category sponsors, without their support, the ROCCO’s would not be possible. I encourage businesses & organisations from all sectors to consider entering in 2019. Winning a ROCCO is a great achievement and competition is always fierce. Across the 17 categories we have something for everyone; from a sole trader or young entrepreneur & community group to well established SMEs and large corporates. You have plenty of time to enter the Rocco’s however please don’t leave it to the last minute. You can enter as many categories as you wish, and if you are planning to attend please book early, the ROCCO’s sell out every year well before the event.”

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The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. The 17 categories this year are:

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce (West) – sponsored by DYW (West)

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsorship available  

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council / Invest in Renfrewshire

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council 

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Paisley.is 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or less employees – sponsored by intu Braehead

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express (nominations open end of August)

 

The awards are open for entry until the 6th September. Shortlist will be announced end September and the winners announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay.

On the night a charity raffle will support 2 charities including Accord Hospice 

For more info and to enter book a table – please visit www.roccoawards.com

The social medial hashtag is #2019Rocco

Open Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Venues all over Renfrewshire are preparing to throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days – Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new – takes place this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

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More than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will welcome people of all ages, and share interesting stories on Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Activities will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year include – Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police office, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals will also be going underground on a tour of Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Places on this year’s tour were decided by a ballot.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will be visiting a few of the venues on Saturday.

Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a weekend full of learning and fun and it’s always great to see people of all ages taking part.

“To have more than 50 venues signed up to take part this year is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories about our history and heritage that will inform our future.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money locally. I hope that people of all ages take time out this weekend to get involved.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Visitors are being encouraged to share their Doors Open Days photos on social media using  #DODSCOT

A full list of venues can be viewed online at https://paisley.is/featured_event/renfrewshire-doors-open-days/

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

renfrewshire leisure guide

THERE’S something for everyone to enjoy between now and the end of the year in the new series of shows, performances and events being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The latest free edition of The Guide – the indispensible almanac for lovers of music, theatre and all things entertainment locally – has just been published.

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The booklet covers a veritable compendium of comedy, music, family events, thought-provoking theatre performances, dance, talks, film, panto and even Christmas Party nights.

Highlights of the coming months contained in The Guide include a host of events from the upcoming Paisley Youth Arts Festival and the annual Spree Festival.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We have a brilliant independent, dynamic youth arts scene, so expect the best from Paisley’s inaugural Youth Arts Festival in September.

“Young people and their grown ups have some beautifully crafted theatre to look forward to, with Anonymouse and Eaten at Paisley Arts Centre, WhirlyGig, at Foxbar Community Centre, and Stick By Me at Johnstone Town Hall as just a few examples.

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“People can experience the best in touring theatre, including Company Chordelia and Stellar Quines, and don’t miss contemporary dance piece The Box by Julia James-Griffiths.”

The Guide can be picked up from Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew and Johnstone Town Halls and Linwood’s Tweedie Hall, or it can be downloaded from www.renfrewshireleisure.com .

To book any of the events featured in The Guide, log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.

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Paisley Halloween Festival returns for its biggest year yet – and for the first time ever the entire town centre will be the stage!

The Dark Circus rolls into Paisley on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019 with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the town into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The free two-day spectacular, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will cover everywhere from Bridge Street and County Square to the Coats Memorial Church and Shuttle Street, serving up creepy characters and frightening fun at every turn.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will have an extended route for 2019. More than 300 costumed performers including local groups, voodoo acrobats, fire performers and curious creatures, jinxed jugglers and magnificent floats will be led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster to thrilling live music, offering plenty of frights and delights along the way. Don’t miss the Dark Circus Stage on Gauze Street where the ringmaster will be conjuring up spectacular acts from his troupe of possessed performers.

The Saturday will see aerial artists, All or Nothing, perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’ where professional artists will be joined by local performers who will circle and swirl around the haunted carousel suspended over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey. While international fire theatre company, PyroCeltica, will bring their unique performance to the Coats Memorial Church to delight the crowds.

New to the festival this year is the addition of the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in Dunn Square in the heart of the town, the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family. DJs will play a range of floorfillers to the masses covering everything from Halloween favourites to the best of Indie disco, pop and dance classics – making sure everyone gets into the party mood.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic, high-wire walking and hula hoop artists.

There will also be scary movie screenings at Paisley Arts Centre, costume making with sustainable fashion experts Re:Mode, terrifying tales with Village Storytelling Centre and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director at Cirque Bijou, said: “We are delighted to be working on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and to be involved in an event so strongly rooted in the town. We’ve been sourcing the best local talent and working closely with community groups from across Paisley who we’ll be putting centre stage in our Dark Circus parade alongside some of our fantastic professional performers.

“Cirque Bijou specialise in creating unforgettable and exquisitely crafted shows and Paisley Halloween Festival will be no different. We’ll be pulling every trick (and treat!) out of the bag to make this year the most spooktacular yet and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar. Its stellar programme attracts thousands of visitors from across Scotland and beyond each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

“The festival has grown larger each year and this year will see our most ambitious and creative production yet as the entire town will become a circus stage, for professional and community performers to enthral the crowds.

“Events like this are not just great for visitors but for the local economy. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy as the festival hosted 34,000 people who enjoyed the fantastic parade and captivating performances. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to the town and encourage them to spend local.

“Paisley’s programme of major events has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform with the support of our creative partners like EventScotland who continue to work with us to make this event as successful as possible.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from Event Scotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Paisley Halloween Festival through its National Events Programme. The festival was a huge success in 2018 as part of the Year of Young People programme, creating opportunities for the town’s young people to be involved in the co-creation of the event while also driving significant economic impact for the local area.

“It is great to see the festival building on this legacy and delivering its biggest programme yet, with aerial performances, workshops, silent disco and the showpiece Halloween Parade, with the exciting addition of Cirque Bijou’s dark circus set to capture the imaginations of both locals and visitors alike.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival and other events please visit www.paisley.is/halloween