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Meet the new-look Singing Kettle cast for new show, Rumble in the Jungle.

Anya Scott-Rogers has recently been unveiled as the brand new cast member of the Singing Kettle, joining existing members Gary Coupland and Kevin Macleod just in time for the Singing Kettle’s next show-stopping adventure, deep into the jungle!

Stopping off at Paisley on their busy tour of Scotland, the Singing Kettle will bring their new show, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ to the Town Hall stage on Sunday 12 May. With the new characters leading the way, young audiences will follow the jungle beat on a quest for magical coloured kettles and find clues for songs that will captivate and enthral mums & dads as well as the kids! Bozo the dog will also take to the stage, causing mischief and mayhem with all his monkeying around.

Be part of the action by coming along dressed as your favourite wild animal and join in the fun with Singing Kettle friends both old and new on this wonderful safari adventure.

The Singing Kettle, Rumble in the Jungle show will take place at Paisley Town Hall on 12 May at 1pm and again at 3.30pm. Ticket prices vary, please call the Box Office for more information and to book, or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on the Singing Kettle, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Paisley Town Hall hosts 100 minutes of pure Eagles nostalgia.

Eagles’ devotees and rock fans take note; original Eagles tribute group Hotel California will relive all the classics for one night only at Paisley Town Hall.

Coming to the venue on Saturday 11 May, Scottish group Hotel California have promised music fans a show stopping 100 minute live set, covering all the classics like Tequila Sunrise, Desperado and Peaceful Easy Feeling, not to mention their namesake track, Hotel California.

Formed in 1999, Hotel California started out humbly by playing pubs and clubs in and around their native Edinburgh. After several years honing their craft, the group then took their 2003 smash hit show ‘The Eagles Story’ on tour to large venues throughout Scotland, gradually building up a faithful following along the way. Acclaim for The Eagles Story really picked up speed though when word spread throughout the industry and reached The Eagles themselves – leading to the gig of a lifetime accompanying original member Don Felder at the prestigious Dunhill Cup in St Andrews. Since then, the band have continued to go from strength to strength not just at home, but abroad too, going as far as Australia to play at the Melbourne Music Festival.

Catch the band next month with their brand new show, Hotel California – A Night of Eagles Music, taking place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 each (£13 concession) and can be bought by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking..

For further information on Hotel California, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts..

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Quest4Talent 2013 Finals

Still Game actor and comedian, Alex Robertson plays host to an exciting talent show in Paisley Town hall on the 20th of April. Organised by the towns Rotary Club to help raise money for its charity work, children and schools from across the whole of Renfrewshire and Glasgow have already battled it out through 5 heats of the highly popular competition now in its 6th year.

48 highly talented acts have made it through to the semi-finals with the winners of each going head to head on the night to find this year’s outright champion.Talented youngsters gave amazing performances in 10 categories including musical theatre, glee clubs, dance, vocals, bands and traditional Scottish Music as the town plays host to this year’s Gaelic Mod.

A spokesperson said “The judges faced a very difficult time this year as the level of talent was exceptional and a credit to themselves and their parents”.

Councillor Sam Mullen has agreed to free parking for this event at the council buildings and the entrance is at the new houses just built at the council building.

Tickets for the event are available from the Paisley Arts Centre’s box office on 0141 887 1010 with the finals taking place at 2pm and 7pm on the 20th of April. Photographs and memorabilia are also on sale to commemorate the occasion with profits going towards the charities work. Further details can be found on http://www.quest4talent


All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk

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Renfrewshire Hit with £60 million Welfare Cuts

Renfrewshire is going to be hit with £60 million of cuts through welfare reform each year.  This has been revealed from research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, amounting to £530 for each and every adult in Renfrewshire.  This is a straight removal of money from the local economy.

Speaking on the newly revealed figures, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

‘This is a significant hit against those most in need in Renfrewshire.

‘Eight out of ten households affected by the bedroom tax are the homes of disabled people.

‘This is where we are, the most vulnerable in society being targeted, ‘Bedroom Tax’ being collected from the disabled.

‘We must remember that the UK is the 4th most unequal society in the developed world.  This is the current situation as part of the UK, the gap between rich and poor widening.

‘At the same time there has been a reduction in tax for millionaires, getting a tax cut of £100,000.

‘This is not the fairer society that we want to see.  Times are hard but seeing the disabled being crushed with millionaires getting hundreds of thousands of pounds turns my stomach.

‘I joined the SNP in the eighties after seeing injustice done in Scotland with industry being destroyed and the ‘Poll Tax’ inflicted on Scotland a year before the rest of the UK.

‘’With financial powers outwith our control Scotland is still being hit with policies that we did not vote for.

‘We must recognise that the Westminster Government’s own figures say that if Scotland had full control over finance every man, woman and child in Scotland would be £824 better off.

‘We have the chance to change this unfair society.  We must take it.’

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Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Paisley is gearing up to honour one of its favourite sons with a series of songwriting events in the town this May.

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of song inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.  The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who died in 2011, is known for his iconic hits ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists such as Love and Money’s James Grant as well as a celebration of Paisley songwriters.

James Grant will open the event in Paisley Abbey on 2 May, where he will welcome friends Chris Thompson(Friends Again and The Bathers), Graham Skinner (Hipsway), Monica Queen (Belle and Sebastian collaboratrix), Fraser Spiers and bandmate and producer Paul McGeehan.

Home-grown songwriting talent will feature with Carol Laula and Yvonne Lyon performing in the Wynd Centre on 3 May and Michael Cassidy, local artist and winner of a council-sponsored songwriting prize in 2012, opening the Abbey concert.

In this first year of a new annual event, budding songwriters can join a free ‘masterclass’ in the town in a special session in Paisley Museum with James Grant.

Paisley’s Songwriting Guild will also perform free in The Bungalow Bar on Thursday 2 May and in Hamishes Hoose (just after the masterclass in the Museum) on Saturday 4 May.

Martha Rafferty, Gerry’s daughter, said: “Gerry’s talent is recognised as much today as it ever was and he would have hoped to inspire people from Paisley to pick up a guitar and try writing a tune or two themselves, I’m sure.”

“He was passionate about his music and he was passionate about his hometown – any combination of the two is a great way to remember him.”

Renfrewshire Council is backing the event with Council Leader Mark Macmillan describing it as “another step in promoting Paisley as an exciting cultural venue”.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Paisley music scene has always been incredibly vibrant and we’re doing all we can at Renfrewshire Council to encourage musicians and music fans to the town.

“We’ve been blessed to have talents like Gerry Rafferty over the years and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate what he and his music brought to Paisley.

“This is a huge year for music in the town.  In October, Paisley will take centre-stage as the showcase for traditional and contemporary Scottish culture when we see the return of The Spree festival and we play host to the Royal National Mòd.

“All of these events attract people into the town and that’s what we need as we work to regenerate Paisley after some tough years.”

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought from www.tickets-scotland.com on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

More information about the festival is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bringitallhome

Behind the scenes at Paisley Town Hall – Paisley Photographs

Paisley Town Hall will be ‘an even bigger asset than before’ when it reopens after a £2.36m refurbishment next month.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan scaled the heights of the iconic clocktower for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work.

This was a one-off opportunity to see up close some of the features of the town hall, long regarded as one of the finest 19th-century buildings in Renfrewshire.


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After checking out the restoration work and speaking to the project team, Councillor Macmillan said: “The town hall will become an even bigger asset to Paisley when it reopens in May.

“We are investing in our architectural and cultural heritage as a step towards the economic regeneration of our town centres.

“Aside from the restoration of a much-loved building, the project is also generating work opportunities for young people as apprentices.”

The new venue will be fully accessible for people with disabilities and will be a top entertainment, wedding and conference, venue.

A remodelled foyer, and the creation of new interior space from the existing cloisters, will provide space for customers to relax and access information on what to see and do in Renfrewshire using the new interactive screens.

The restoration work will provide the town hall with a makeover in time to play host to the Mòd in October 2013.

The town hall is currently closed for events, but open for bookings. Customers can have restricted access to view the building prior to making a booking. The new town hall reception number is now 0141 618 5041.

I am sure you will agree that these Paisley Photographs are simply stunning and from a unique angle.

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Easter activities for all the family at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums.

With the Easter Weekend and the school Spring Holidays fast approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained than by paying a visit to Paisley Museum or catching a performance at Paisley Arts Centre.

Starting on Good Friday and running throughout Easter Weekend, Paisley Museum will embark upon its annual Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries and Observatory with help from Museum mascot ‘Easter Buddy’. Plus, visitors can create their very own masterpiece by decorating an egg to be added to our growing Easter Tree or submit an entry for our new Buddy the Lion drawing competition. All Easter activities at Paisley Museum are FREE. The Museum will be open 11am – 4pm on Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday. Open 2pm – 5pm Easter Sunday.

Beyond Easter Weekend, our arts programme at Paisley Arts Centre is jam-packed with eggsellent, boredom-busting performances guaranteed to entertain spring chicks. Easter marks the start of the Puppet Animation Festival, the country’s largest performing arts event especially for children. Paisley Arts Centre will be hosting two events in conjunction with this festival; glow-in-the-dark puppet adventure ‘Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl’ on April 10, plus a matinee showing of the hand-crafted, animated film ‘A Cat in Paris’ on April 13. Then, for ages 8+, we have the swash-buckling superhero adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’ swooping on to the stage on April 4.

The Mark of Zorro is on 4 April at 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 +, tickets cost £5. Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is on 10 April at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+, tickets cost £4. A Cat in Paris (PG) will be screened 13 Apr at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 (£2 concession). Tickets can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

For further information on our Easter events, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

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To avoid clashing with @TroonBeerFest, Paisley Beer Festival has been moved to 11th – 14th September. Again, apologies for any inconvenience

Find out more information here. Twitter @PaisleyBeerFest http://www.paisleybeerfestival.org.uk/

Here is the official information from the Beer Festival website:

Due to ongoing refurbishment works at Paisley Town Hall and the uncertainties they bring it has been decided to move the Paisley Beer Festival to later in the year. It will now run from

Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.

This September, Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating it’s 26th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

We will feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Yorkshire area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe.

Opening Times

Wed 11th 5pm – 11pm
Thu 12th noon – 11pm
Fri 13th noon – 12am
Sat 14th noon – 9pm

 

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£750,000 cash boost to light up the area

Renfrewshire Council bosses hope to bring a little light into the lives of residents after agreeing to invest £750,000 in street lighting improvements over the next year.

Details of where the one-year priority programme of works will be targeted were agreed in a report approved by councillors on the Environment Policy Board.

Schemes have been chosen for investment on the basis of replacing old or unreliable equipment, and reducing maintenance costs and power consumption.

The programme of investment includes the following;

– £135,000 to install new energy-efficient white lights at various sites in Erskine;

– £100,000 to replace accident damaged or corroded columns at various locations;

– £100,000 to introduce more energy-efficient traffic signals;

In addition, areas due to have white light incorporated to the existing system include Houston Road, Bridge of Weir/Houston; Gilmartin Road, Linwood; Glenshiel Avenue and Glenapp Road, Paisley; Woodside Road, Brookfield; and Moss Vale Square, Paisley.

Roads engineers expect these changes to create energy savings of around £16,000 every year.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of the Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This investment of £750,000 is additional to the £5.7m previously announced for road maintenance – a record amount from the council’s own resources.

“The improvements detailed in this programme will help improve safety for residents and drivers at various locations around the area.

“The commitment to introduce energy-efficient schemes will help bring down the council’s power bills by a five-figure sum each year and demonstrates our commitment to making the best use of public money.”

High Street traffic plans get the go-ahead

Plans to re-open Paisley’s High Street to evening traffic have been given the green light by councillors.

Cars and taxis will soon be able to enter the currently-pedestrianised street between 4pm and 10.30am in a bid to inject new life into the town’s night-time economy.

A traffic order already exists allowing access to service vehicles via Moss Street, County Place and Gilmour Street between these times.

Council officials will now begin a statutory consultation process to amend this order, meaning cars could be on the High Street via this route by the summer.

Members of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board also agreed to look into a second phase of the scheme – involving changes to the road layout to allow traffic to enter the High Street from Gauze Street and St Mirren Brae.

It is expected that phase two could be implemented sometime next year.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Over the years, the pedestrianisation of the High Street has been subject to much discussion, and we have listened to that debate.

“These proposals have received broad support from the local business community.

“We are not suggesting that this will solve every issue connected with the High Street – this is an attempt to try something different and see how it works.

“We hope that by opening the High Street up, it will boost the town’s night-time economy by giving cars and taxis easier access to pubs and restaurants and other entertainment venues.

“Our research suggests the experience of other towns which allow access to evening traffic is that the town centre becomes more attractive to investors and more visible to people who may not normally travel through it.

“Ideally, this will give us the best of both worlds – a pedestrianised area dedicated to shoppers during the day which opens up to become a thoroughfare connecting different sides of the town centre in the evenings.”

Paisley High Street was pedestrianised in 1997 as part of a series of changes to the road system in the town.