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Charities set for boost as Renfrewshire’s Provost pledges her support

Three charities have been given a civic boost after it was announced they will receive the support of Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

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Provost Cameron has pledged her support for MND Scotland, St Vincent’s Hospice and ACCORD Hospice as she prepares to undertake a variety of fundraising endeavours for each charity.

The Provost will focus on a different charity each year during her remaining time in office and will aim to raise as much money as possible by offering her services for the day to local businesses, hosting large events such as a charity ball and setting up fun, smaller events which everyone in Renfrewshire will be encouraged to take part in.

Provost Cameron said: “These charities are very close to my heart and I’m delighted that I will be able to support them throughout my time as Provost.

“The support and care they provide for families throughout Renfrewshire cannot be underestimated and is a vital lifeline for people in their time of need.

“I’ll be working hard to raise as much money as possible to help them continue their work so keep your eye out for upcoming events which you can take part in and play your part in supporting these fantastic charities.”

Provost Cameron will fundraise for MND Scotland in 2018 and 2021 and chose to support the charity after losing her mother to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles and may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, said: ““MND Scotland is very grateful to have been chosen as one of Provost Cameron’s charities and we look forward to working together to ensure everyone in Renfrewshire who is affected by Motor Neurone Disease receives the best possible practical, emotional and financial support.

“Awareness of MND has never been higher with the tragic diagnosis of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, and Celtic’s Jimmy Johnstone, and MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity which provides care and support to people affected by the disease, as well as funding research into finding a cure.”

Following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Provost Cameron will also support two local hospices, St Vincent’s and ACCORD, who provide palliative and end of life care to people with life limiting illnesses.

Helen Simpson, Chief Executive of ACCORD Hospice, said: “ACCORD Hospice is honoured and delighted to be chosen as one of the Charities that Provost Lorraine will support during her term in office.

“The fundraising ventures will financially support ACCORD Hospice in our care for individuals and families living with a life limiting illness in Renfrewshire, while also allowing us to reach more people and raise awareness of the palliative and end of life care services that hospices can offer the community.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kate Lennon, said: “We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to be named as one of the dedicated charities by the Provost, just weeks before we mark our 30th anniversary.

“For three decades, we have provided specialist palliative and end of life care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions all across the community. This is only made possible thanks to the generosity and kindness of our supporters, and we cannot thank the Provost enough for this incredible gesture.”

If you wish the Provost to come along and work in your business for the day, or have an idea for a challenge, please contact Donna or Heather atcivicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost.

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Look Up! event offers Buddies free home maintenance guidance

Home and building owners in Paisley are to be shown how to check and maintain their properties to ensure they are weather tight this winter at a free event led by local building experts and Renfrewshire Council.

The Look Up! event will take place on Saturday 27 January from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Paisley Museum where locally based conservation architect Fiona Sinclair will give a presentation and lead a walking tour around Paisley town centre. During the event she will highlight typical maintenance issues and answer questions from participants.

The annual Look Up! event highlights the main ways to save your home from the impacts of wet weather and damp by doing simple checks such as; checking roofs, gutters, downpipes and drains.

The event is being run as part of Renfrewshire Council’s £4 million Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2), which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council. The project aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest.

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “The Look Up! event is a great opportunity for people to get free expert advice on how to protect their homes and properties from the elements this winter.

“Through the TH.CARS 2 programme we want to help home and building owners repair and improve their premises to help increase business interest. By investing in our built environment we will encourage more visitors and businesses to the area which will in turn increase footfall in the town centre and reduce the number of vacant properties.

“I would encourage any interested parties to head along to the event later this month to find out more.”

Fiona Sinclair said: “Look Up! demonstrates how taking simple steps to keep your building dry will stop expensive repairs and positively impact on fuel bills.

“This event will give people practical advice and guidance on how they can make their properties and homes weather secure and warm this winter and help people identify potential problem areas before they become an issue.”

Numbers for the tour are limited so those interested in participating in the event are asked to reserve their place by emailingTH.CARS2@renfrewshire.gov.uk. All attendees will also receive a free copy of The Tenement Handbook on the day.

More guidance on how to organise common repairs can be found on Under One Roof Scotland www.underoneroof.scot, the free website for flat owners in Scotland.

For more information on the TH.CARS 2 project please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2.

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Buddies asked for views on town’s heritage-led regeneration

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People from across Renfrewshire will have the chance to comment on key documents for Paisley’s rich built heritage at upcoming public consultation events.

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Through these events and an online survey people will be able to review two documents – Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area Draft Character Appraisal and the Draft Management Plan – which set out the town centre’s unique selling points and distinguishing assets.

Exhibitions will take place at the Lagoon Leisure Centre from Monday 22 – Sunday 28 January and at Paisley Central Library from Tuesday 30 – Friday 2 February where members of the public will have the chance to view the exhibition and the consultation documents and feedback their comments.

Members of the project team will be available to answer questions from the public at the following consultation sessions:

Lagoon Leisure Centre

  • Tuesday 23 January – 12pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 25 January – 4pm – 7pm

Paisley Central Library

  • Tuesday 30 January – 12pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 1 February – 4pm – 7pm

Those who are unable to attend the exhibitions or public consultation events can access the same information and provide comment through the online survey which can be accessed via www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZTLVVSV.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “These consultation events give the public a chance to find out more about how we deliver heritage-led regeneration in the town with a view to bringing a range of social, environmental and economic benefits to the town and wider Renfrewshire area.

“This is a chance for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire to help shape how we continue to safeguard the stunning architecture and heritage of our town for future generations.”

To find out more please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2.

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Culture events from iconic painting to puppets and much more

A variety of cultural activities will be taking place in Renfrewshire over the next few months.
Art lovers will be able to see one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings when it is put on display at Paisley Museum.


The town is only one of four places in the country to put the famous Monarch of the Glen painting by Sir Edwin Landseer on show, as part of a nationwide tour organised by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The free viewings will take place at Paisley Museum between January 20 and March 11. Free family activities related to the painting are also being planned by Renfrewshire Leisure to coincide with the exhibition.


The Monarch of the Glen exhibition is just one of a host of cultural events being staged in Renfrewshire during the next six months and featured in the latest edition of the free what’s on brochure – The Guide.

The Guide, published this week shows a diverse range of shows, events, exhibitions and workshops is being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure between now and summer.

There are events that are part of the UK’s Puppet Animation Festival with two shows – Little Light and Conan the Dragon – being staged at Paisley Arts Centre and Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse, at Johnstone Town Hall, in April.

LGBT History Month, in February is being marked with a series of events locally, as is Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, during May.

And a special performance by soprano and piano duo, Voice and Verse that is particularly suited to people suffering from dementia is being held in Paisley Arts Centre, on April 18.

Traditional folk music fans have lots to look forward to with well-known bands like the Tannahill Weavers, Blazin’ Fiddles, Daimh, along with the legendary trio of musicians Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle performing over the next few months.

And on March 2 and 3 the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and festival is being staged in Paisley Arts Centre.

Ballet West bring their enchanting performance of Giselle ou les Wilis to Paisley Town Hall, on February 2 and if you like some rib-tickling comedy of an evening, then former River City star, Gary Lamont brings his Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Dropping the Soap to Paisley Arts Centre, on April 28.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We may have missed out on City of Culture, but we’re not going to be short on cultural activities over the next few months.

“We’ve a hugely diverse range of shows, events and exhibitions going on and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, the town halls at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew or download a version on www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

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Amanda’s getting fit to have a ball with Team GB

An international ball hockey player who trains at The Lagoon gym in Paisley is urging people to set goals when they set out to become fitter and healthier.


Amanda Murdoch knows all about goals, as her target for 2018 is to be selected to play for the Great Britain Women’s Ball Hockey team in the World Championships, in Bratislava, which take place in 2019.

The 40-year-old mum with a teenage daughter was picked to play for Great Britain last year in the 2017 World Championships, held in Pardubice, in the Czech Republic playing against Canada, America, Italy, Slovakia and the host nation.

Ball hockey is a version of ice hockey only played on a dry sports surface with the players wearing trainers instead of skates using a ball instead of a puck.

The GB selection process means Amanda, from Paisley has to play in a series of trial matches later this year before she finds out if she’s again picked as one of the wingers in the GB squad.

She’s now training five times a week with the help of Renfrewshire Leisure gym staff, doing two spin classes and three sessions in the gym with weights and treadmill to build her core body strength and cardio fitness levels.

Amanda, who also works for Renfrewshire Leisure, reckons the organisation’s new What’s Your Goal? campaign is ideal for people who want to get fit and healthy.

Amanda says: “I’ve certainly got my goal for this year and that’s to make the GB team for Bratislava in the World Championships, in 2019.

“No matter what goals you set yourself, it makes the training much easier when you have something to aim for and that’s the case whether you’re a serious sports athlete, or you just want to lose weight and get more fit and healthy.

“I’m quietly confident I’ll make the squad, but I need to be sure I’ve got a high level of fitness, as you’re playing six games in seven days in the World Championships.”
Renfrewshire Leisure’s new campaign has something for everyone; from their Yearly Saver membership, offering 12 months for the price of ten, to six personal training sessions for the price of five.

Once they have joined, members set their goals with trained gym staff who help them create a tailored individual fitness plan.

Then it’s about taking action by heading for the gym and fitness classes for their regular workouts.
The third part is tracking progress and every four weeks gym staff check with members that they’re still on track to achieve their goals and give them any help if needed.

And once they reach their goal, members are encouraged to set new goals, either to maintain their fitness levels, or take it to the next level.

Amanda added: “Everybody needs to set a realistic goal, as that gives you something to aim for and encourages you not to give up. And when you reach your goal, you’ll get a great sense of achievement.”

For more information about Renfrewshire Leisure’s What’s Your Goal? campaign, log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or call 0300 300 0250.

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SAMAs announce new music festival in Paisley this March!

The two-day event will include LIVE showcases, Music Workshops, Industry Seminars, In-store performances and more!

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) will return in March with their first event of 2018 taking place in Paisley, bringing a two-day showcase and celebration of grassroots music to the thriving town.

This will include an array of industry seminars and speakers covering “How to do D.I.Y Music in 2018” and “When is the best time to showcase yourself to the music Industry?” plus live sets across various Paisley venues, including the Arts Centre and record shop Feel The Groove.

The event will provide an insight into the music industry and showcase Scottish talent. The event is being funded by Renfrewshire Council through the area’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund, which was created as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and will continue to form the legacy of that.

Renfrewshire Council deputy leader Jim Paterson said: “Paisley has a rich musical history, a thriving contemporary music scene and is now well established as a key destination within Scotland for music and events – making the town a perfect fit for this event. “We created the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund to boost the local creative scene in the area as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 – and that fund continues as part of the legacy of that.

“That means Paisley can continue to attract well-respected national events such as the SAMAs – giving local talent a platform to show what they can do and meet key industry figures from across Scotland.” Festival manager Richy Muirhead says: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a range of new music events in Paisley this March! The SAMAs Takeover is a great opportunity for people to come and see some of Scotland’s new and exciting artists at the showcases, and learn about the industry at the seminars, and everything else in between from in-store performances and workshops!”

The first act announced are Paisley natives, disco-synth quartet The Vegan Leather who will be hosting their own workshop at Paisley Arts Centre as they unlock the key to their signature pop sound featuring a lesson in songwriting plus Q&A! The full line-up will be revealed throughout January. For tickets visit Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre.

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West College Scotland Launches First Regional Skills Survey

Opportunity for Renfrewshire’s Employers to Help College Build A Modern Workforce

Scotland’s largest college is kicking off 2018 by launching the West of Scotland Skills Survey. The regional employer skills survey, the first of its kind to be conducted by a Scottish college or university, is a new way the College is engaging with businesses in Renfrewshire to help build a modern workforce.

Launching online today, the West of Scotland Skills Survey will gather the views and experiences of employers in the West region – focusing on their skills, workforce and business support needs. The findings of the sector-leading research will then be used to better inform the work of the College and their efforts to tackle the skills gap.

The West of Scotland Skills Survey is open to employers of all sizes in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire – and closes on Friday 9 March. Leaders in education, local government and business are urging employers across Renfrewshire to participate in this opportunity to boost skills and bolster the regional economy.

Audrey Cumberford, the Principal of West College Scotland, said:

“As Scotland’s largest college and a leader in the region we serve, West College Scotland is committed to working with partners and employers to build a modern workforce, sustain a thriving economy and help people achieve their potential.

“The West of Scotland Skills Survey is just one way that we are engaging with employers in Renfrewshire and across our region to ensure that the West is able to overcome the challenges and grasp the opportunities of a competitive global economy.

“I would urge employers across Renfrewshire to participate in our sector-leading research to help us tackle the skills gap and build a modern workforce.”

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:

“We are committed to growing the local economy by creating new job opportunities in Renfrewshire and removing barriers to employment.

“Renfrewshire has the fourth best youth employment rate in Scotland and we are developing a reputation as a place of enterprise, creativity and drive, home to a highly-skilled workforce making a vital contribution to the local and national economy.

“West College Scotland plays a key role in this and we are working closely with the College and with business and education leaders across Renfrewshire to develop a long-term economic strategy. The findings from this innovative skills survey will provide further important information and help inform our collective approach to drive Renfrewshire’s future economic success.”

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, added:

“Getting the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs is one of the biggest challenges facing employers no matter what sector or industry they operate in. Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce welcomes West College Scotland’s latest initiative to support employers across the region.

“The West of Scotland Skills Survey gives employers across Renfrewshire the opportunity to have their voice heard, to shape the College curriculum and to help build a modern workforce. I’d urge all local employers – no matter how big or small they are – to participate in this important work.”

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Paisley Top Pubs for 2017 and older

On the 16th December we decided to find out which pubs you frequent and even call your best pubs, it wasn’t limited to today’s pubs as some folk love their old local.

The outright winner was the Old Swan on Smithhills Street, so they have a wide range of old and new clientele so it just works, we even went to the Hogmanay back and Jacqueline who runs it was very welcoming and the night was fantastic.

Unfortunately, there is no trophies just the fact that it’s been voted by our visitors as best pub of 2017 and we can tell why,

Here is the full list (old pubs could be mentioned and voted for two.

Paisley is so lucky to have so many decent pubs with mine being Hamishes Hoose.

Top Pubs of 2017 (and beyond)

What is your Favourite Pub in Paisley? Add your own too, I will miss loads no doubt.
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‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ new album out February 2018

Born and raised in Texas, USA; Erin Bennett has shaken the UK’s

underground music scene since moving to Scotland in 2010. The award-
winning singer-songwriter/guitarist received positive reviews for her debut

album release, ‘ReFlowered’ in 2015 and stirred audiences with her promo
tour in 2016. Described by Indie Pulse magazine as ‘Music’s Wonderwoman,’

Erin is trying, with her latest offering, to earn that accolade.
‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ features 12 original tracks which take listeners on a
relentless journey of severe self-scrunity. The hard/prog rock musical style
adds an extra degree of intensity which locks listeners in for the 48 minute
duration. Erin’s crunchy Texan guitar style and wide vocal range is woven
wonderfully onto a backdrop of unforgiving and driving bass tones; rumbling
and skilfully played Hammond organs; and tasteful and yet intricate
drumming. All of this is capped with exceptional and surreal vocal harmonies.
Erin, along with the members of her long standing outfit ‘The EB Band’
recorded ‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ at Watercolour Studios in Fort William,
Scotland. Adhering to a more ‘old fashioned’ technique for recording, the
band performed the songs ‘live’ together in the same room in order to capture
the musical atmosphere of their celebrated live shows… including pops,

clicks, creaking springs and mumbles.

Due for release in February 2018, Erin Bennett and the EB Band will kick off
promotions for the album with an acoustic tour of music stores throughout
Scotland as well as a performance at Planet Rock’s ‘Winter’s End Festival’ on
February 24th. Other tour dates in the UK and Europe are to be confirmed.
Digital and physical Publications such as Metal Discovery, Devolution
Magazine, Indie Music Women and Music News Scotland have already hailed
Erin’s live shows and are set to review ‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ upon its

release.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

Paisley Pirates fans rose to the occasion over the festive period as they donated a number of bags of new woollen articles such as hats and scarves to help make Christmas a little bit easier for a number of folk, and bring a little bit of cheer to what might otherwise have been a fairly bleak few weeks for them.

 

Marie Cadenhead, chairwoman of the Supporters Club, explained, “We were in conversation with Susan Niven from the Paisley Citadel just before Christmas, and what we did was put out an appeal to supporters to donate new woollen items to our collection which would take place during our match against Dundee Comets, our last match before the big day, on 17 December.”

 

“As usual, Pirates fans responded in numbers, to the extent that we were able to fill a number of bags with various winter woollens, which Susan, with our assistance, collected on the night, and these, in turn were distributed by the Salvation Army’s Glasgow pastors for distribution to needy individuals and families in the area over the festive period. It says a lot for our supporters that they were able to respond so quickly, and in such numbers, to the most worthy of good causes, and I know the Salvation Army is very grateful for the generosity shown by the supporters. Considering we didn’t really give them an awful lot of time, the response was pretty amazing and it just goes to show how people will happily donate to worthwhile causes when they’re asked.”