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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.

Business Matters in Renfrewshire – your local B2B event

8th & 9th May 2013 Paisley Town Hall

Renfrewshire Chamber has recently announced the details of its annual B2B event, Business Matters in Renfrewshire. Held this year over 2 days in May at Paisley Town Hall, the event is the main business event of its kind in the area.

Day 1, 8th May 09.30-12.30 is a business conference with an impressive speaker line up:

10.00 – Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

10.30 – Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP

11.00 – Dr Walter Boettcher – Director, Research and Forecasting – Colliers International

11.30 – Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Day 2, 9th May 10am-4pm is for exhibitors and seminars. This year the seminars are built around a “How to…” theme and include:

How to Build a Brilliant Brand with Fission Creative

How to Ruin Your Brand on Social Media with NSDesign

How to Grow Your Business with Invest in Renfrewshire

How to be a Great Business Leader with Dr Stuart Paul of UWS

How to Deliver Customer Service the Disney Way with Renfrewshire Chamber Board Director & ex Diageo Supply Chain Director Colin Neill

Bob Davidson, Chamber chief exec’ said “we’ve spent a lot of time building on the event from the last 2 years, with the addition of a business conference with a selection of high profile speakers. The seminars will also for the first time run sequentially allowing individuals to see them all if they wish. All seminars will also be in the main hall to encourage more exhibitor traffic and create more of a buzz at the event. We purposefully choose Paisley Town Hall, to support Paisley, Scotland’s largest town and encourage business people to get back into it”.

The entire event is free to attend and open to all Renfrewshire businesses, organisations, students & schools.

The twitter hashtag for all communications relating to the event is #b2bpaisley

For more info on the event and to book for the conference / seminars / or to book an exhibition space – please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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Hundreds of young people have their say at youth conference

Over 150 people have taken part in Renfrewshire’s first ever Community Planning conference for young people, held at Trinity High School.

The aim of the conference was to give young people a unique opportunity to share their views on vital community issues, and to collaborate on solutions, with the council and its community planning partners.

The conference brought together six groups of young people who had each made a short film reflecting one of Renfrewshire’s community planning themes. The themes are:

  • Children and young people
  • Community care, health and wellbeing
  • Community safety and public protection
  • Empowering communities
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Sustainable Renfrewshire.

The films can be viewed at Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/renfrewshire.communityplanning

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “We are committed to giving young people the opportunity to be involved in the decisions that affect them and to speak out on the issues that they feel strongly about. This conference gave local young people the chance to comment on the themes which will make up the Community Plan and to shape its priorities. This conference is the first stage in our conversation with young people.”

The young people who attended the event were encouraged to tweet to their friends and classmates about the conference in real time. Their comments reflected the enthusiasm the young people brought to the day.

“I’m not sure politics is dead. Young people seem to be willing to talk about it, which is encouraging.”

“Brilliant quote from Jennifer in the Mary Russell video, ‘What makes you feel respected? Friends.’”

“Got to be the first event where I’m allowed to sit on my phone!”

“Bullying and anxiety is no laughing matter. Deep, deep video there. Definitely enjoyed it.”

“It’s wonderful to rant about the problems in the world and actually be listened to!”

“Feel like I’m missing out, not being at yon Youth Conference.”

Community planning brings together all the agencies which provide services to the public in Renfrewshire including: Engage Renfrewshire, the Federation of Local Housing Associations in Renfrewshire, Job Centre Plus NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, SPT, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Strathclyde Police and the University of the West of Scotland.

The new Community Plan will be published in the Spring.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Showcase of star artworks in a ‘Delightful’ new exhibition at Paisley Museum.

A new exhibition, highlighting many of the treasures that make up Paisley Museum’s permanent collection, will be opening on 1 Feb. The exhibition, ‘Delightful’ will feature

Paisley Museumexamples of star artworks, including recent acquisitions that have never previously been presented. From David Roberts’ 19th century painting ‘Church of the Nativity’ to 21st century drawings and sculptures by Glasgow based contemporary artist Alex Frost, there is something to delight every visitor.

Delightful’ will run from 1 Feb to 12 April 2013 at Paisley Museum. Entry to this exhibition is free.

For further information on Delightful, future shows and events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Something for everyone: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for Spring 2013.

Spring has arrived early at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of dance and drama performances, museum exhibitions, music gigs and film screenings, as well as a superb range of regular activities and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

renfrewshire artsOur ever popular array of regular classes kicks off proceedings and places can now be booked for Saturday Art Classes, Creative Art Classes, Fashion Design workshops and Club Animate. Run by our fantastic Outreach Team these classes offer kids the chance to make their own movie, devise a stylish outfit or create their very own masterpiece. Plus, firm family favourites Playdays! @ the museum and themed Baby Discos will be back once again.

Movie time begins in March at Paisley Arts Centre bringing you a great selection of family favourites old and new. Disney and animation fans in particular will enjoy Brave and A Cat in Paris on the silver screen.

On the music scene there will be folk performances from Karine Polwart, Heidi Talbot and the critically acclaimed Southern Tenant Folk Union, a little bit of jazz from Loretta Reid and a tribute to the magic of The Eagles courtesy of Scottish group, Hotel California.

On the stage, hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will test our social conscience with a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale about our beloved iPhones. Or if it’s a laugh you seek there will be plenty to smile about at How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, I Spy Mrs Peery and new comedy show Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway.

This season we will once again be embracing Refugee Week to help celebrate diversity in Scotland and raise awareness of refugee issues. A Refugee Week Film curated by the African Association of Communities in Renfrewshire will be screened at Paisley Arts Centre where you will also be able to view Spirit, an inspiring photography project launched in partnership by the Scottish Refugee Council and Streetlevel Photoworks.

Paisley Museum will also play host to a number of not to be missed exhibitions this season, beginning with a beautiful display of some of our star artworks as part of Delightful in February. Plus our Alexander Wilson exhibition promises to delve into the social and natural history behind the famous Paisley poet and highly respected ornithologist.

The Guide for Spring 2013, complete with details of our arts programme in full is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Museum or can be downloaded online by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts & Museums by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), logging on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or sign up to our weekly e-news service by emailing ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Paisley Town Hall Photographs

As you can see from our Photographs of Paisley Town Hall, the front scaffold has now been removed and our Town Hall looks splendid. Our photographer Alex Kyle was passing today and took some photographs of it, as well as a group of the Invest in Renfrewshire’s recruits..

The Town Hall is being refurbished for this year’s upcoming Mòd festival which should see this beautiful building being central to the music and festivities.

The Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build Paisley Town Hall to his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life. read more…

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Paisley Property Market on the Rise

Paisley town hit the national headlines in18 December 2012 when the Scottish Government rated Ferguslie Park as the most deprived datazone. The damning statistical revelation was published in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 (SIMD 2012). This was not shocking news for Paisley residents because Ferguslie Park topped SIMD’s most deprived datazone rankings in 2006 and was runners up in 2009. However, the news presented major concerns to the town’s administrators and investors alike because of the backlash it was likely to generate in the local business and political circles. Looking at the bigger picture, though, such panic and pessimism was unwarranted. Truth be told, Ferguslie Park is only but a small section of Paisley and its predicaments do not necessarily translate to doom for the entire town. Trends in the town’s real estate sector and other fundamental economic parameters, tell it all.

Paisley Pattern

Paisley PatternReal estate is the bedrock of Paisley’s economy but also the hallmark of its heritage. The mere mention of real estate brings to fore the renowned Paisley Pattern that has dominated the town’s architecture for centuries. Save for the property market glut that was widespread in the town and all over Scotland during the 2009 global economic recession, Paisley’s real estate and housing sectors have remained vibrant over the years. Property dealers in the traditional town centre have been raking in millions of sterling pounds as both residential and commercial property uptake continue to flourish. Property developers, estate agents and commercial property insurance providers are experiencing good business tidings. The Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce has categorically outlined these abundant commercial and investment opportunities in the town.

Property Trends

The recently completed property developments have given Paisley streets major facelifts. One such development was the mega student accommodation facility that was completed at the University of West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus. The building was constructed at a cost of £17.6 million provided an additional 336 bed spaces for Paisley campus. The university’s flats in George Street as well as those that located along the Lady Lane were transformed tremendously with repairs that were worth £4.4 million.

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paisley town hallIndeed, property trends in the town have been changing fast that the Renfrewshire Council issued a directive requiring all privately owned properties to be refurbished or risk demolition. The Council has already commenced repairs on some of its properties, including the Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre. Notably, repairs at the Paisley Town hall will reportedly cost £1.6 million. The Council seeks to conduct thorough repairs on all the public facilities in Paisley that are within its jurisdiction. Private property owners were expected to take cue and ensure their properties met the new architectural benchmarks that have been set in the town.

Progressing and Planned Developments

Paisley has been dubbed Renfrewshire’s fulcrum of property for sale and indeed, it has lived up to the billing. The town has been transformed into a bee hive of constructions activities following the realisation of more and more commercial and public planned developments. Some of the major planned developments that are already underway include the Gilmour House, the Paisley Piazza Multi-Story Car Park and Tesco Superstore, Wallneuk.

Gilmour House was purchased by FreshStart Living in August 2012. FreshStart Living then converted this particular piece of architectural wonder from its initially intended office space facility to an accommodation facility for UWS students in Paisly Campus. The building has a capacity of 235 flats and students would have sufficient number of en-suite rooms to choose from. It was estimated that Gilmour House would be ready for use during the 2013 academic year.

NewRiver Retail, a leading real estate developer in Paisley, acquired the Paisley Piazza Multi-Story Car Park at a record-breaking cost of £68 million in 2011. Paisley 2020 reported that the building was earmarked for extensive renovations that were set to begin in 2013. The planned renovation will significantly improve the town’s parking facilities.

Tesco’s plans to put up a hyper retail store right at Paisley’s entry point, Wallneuk, have been underway since 2009. Tesco has been busy preparing and seeking approval for its architectural plan that will see the construction of giant a 24-hour shopping mall. The old structures and facilities that previously occupied the targeted site were demolished in 2012. The planned development is now at its advanced stages and construction activities were expected to commence in 2013.

Article written by Evelyn Moffat.