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The Wolfson Foundation has announced Paisley Museum will receive £200,000 in capital funding towards its transformation into a world-class cultural destination.

More than 80 grants were announced by the foundation with Paisley Museum receiving the highest heritage grant outside London.

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When Paisley Museum reopens it is expected to attract 125,000 visits each year from Scotland, the UK and overseas and provide a £72m economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

The £42m redevelopment of the museum is the signature project in Paisley’s radical regeneration which also includes refurbishments of the town’s A-listed town hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the town’s high street.

The redesign of the museum campus, being led by an international team including architects AL_A and exhibition designers Opera Amsterdam, will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 100%.

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Few places of Paisley’s size have had such a global impact, and this is reflected in the museum’s internationally-significant holdings, which include an unrivalled collection of 1,200 Paisley shawls and vast natural history collections. They are currently being held in Paisley: The Secret Collection, the only publicly-accessible museum store on a UK high street.

The Museum’s final phase of fundraising is now under way, with the recently-launched museum website reimagined.paisleymuseum.org showcasing the project’s ambitious vision.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, said:
“We are delighted the Wolfson Foundation is investing in the future of Paisley Museum. The museum has been beloved by generations of Renfrewshire people and this significant sum brings us a step closer to radically transforming this prominent symbol of Paisley’s past into a central part of our town’s future. Investing in our venues is key to our recovery from the pandemic, as it will create jobs, support new and existing businesses in the area, and drive new footfall to our town centre.”

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Eric Grounds, Capital Appeal Director of Paisley Reimagined, said:
“Paisley Museum has remained at the heart of the community since being founded in 1871. This £42m project presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure our world-class collections are safeguarded, and the museum continues to be a source of knowledge, enjoyment and pride for everyone living in or visiting Paisley. We look forward to connecting with others who recognise the national significance of this project and the positive outcomes it will bring to Paisley.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of Wolfson Foundation, said: “The Wolfson Foundation is committed to funding widely across Scotland and so we are delighted to be supporting Paisley Museum, especially at such a challenging time for cultural life generally. The scale of the ambition is extremely impressive – and the new Museum campus will tell a glorious mix of local and global stories, all based on superb collections.”

Paisley Museum Reimagined is supported by Renfrewshire Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Sma shot day 2020

This weekend marks the digital debut of Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations as a series of virtual events and workshops will take place to mark this important date in the town’s calendar.

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The online event will take place on Saturday 4 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally always take their holidays.

The move to take the event online for 2020 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The traditional Sma’ Shot holiday in Paisley takes its name from a famous dispute between the local shawl weavers and manufacturers in the 19th century. In 1856, following a long dispute, the manufacturers backed down and an agreement was reached to pay for the Sma’ Shot, the invisible stitch which bound the Paisley shawls, with a new table of prices published on 1 July 1856.

This year’s event will not only mark this important date in the town’s history but will also celebrate our fantastic key workers.

The event always offers plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and have fun and this year is no exception.

The day will kick-off in style at 12pm as The Charleston Drummer himself, Tony Lawler, will lead a mass online drum-off where the public are being encouraged to make as much noise as they can and share their celebrations on social media.

Aerial dance theatre company, All or Nothing, will be performing dance and music project – Connecting Threads – inspired by the background and history of Sma’ Shot. Everyone is invited to join in and dance along to the new Sma’ Shot inspired music track by Dave Boyd.

In the run-up to Connecting Threads local groups and individuals have been participating in online classes and creative tasks with the group and have submitted videos that will feature in a short film that can be viewed online on the day.

Local theatre company PACE will be hosting live drama workshop sessions created especially for the day – an interactive storytelling workshop suitable for 3-7 year olds and an activity-based session aimed at children aged 7 and above.

Sma’ Shot Day favourite – The Tea Dance – will also take place this year, albeit it from the comfort of your own home, as Renfrewshire Leisure and Paisley FM bring a special Sma’ Shot Day radio broadcast of this popular event.

For those who want to be fully immersed in the day’s events, local upcycled fashion innovators ReMode have put together some online video tutorials to show how people can get crafty and make their own costumes or window decorations to celebrate the day.

It would not be Sma’ Shot Day without the popular Poetry Slam. This year the spoken-word event will be known as the ‘Dooslan Staying Hame’ where people can enjoy some poetry written during lockdown and performed by some of Renfrewshire’s finest contemporary poets and spoken-word artists.

In addition, Renfrewshire Leisure and The Bungalow are partnering up for the Sma’sh Hits Sma’ Shot Special music event, showcasing a selection of local musicians.

For those looking to start Sma’ Shot weekend off early join CREATE Paisley and host Jordan Stewart for an unplugged Live Open Mic night on Friday 3 July featuring young singer/songwriters from across Renfrewshire.

This will be followed on Saturday 4 July by ‘Paisley in Song’ where people can enjoy five songs from young Renfrewshire songwriters in this exclusive online showcase. The youngsters worked alongside Paisley-songwriter Michael Cassidy to develop a set including two new collaborative songs celebrating our key workers and NHS, and three songs exploring Paisley’s incredible history of song writing and poetic legacy, written in 2019 as part of Renfrewshire Council’s THCARS2 project.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “Sma’ Shot Day is such a popular date in the town’s calendar and it’s excellent that we can still celebrate it this year through a series of fantastic online events.

“The digital programme is packed full of fun, interactive and creative activities that the whole family can participate in and enjoy – helping to create the amazing sense of community that is always so present at this event.

“I can’t wait to welcome you all to Saturday’s event and I look forward to logging on and enjoying some of the great activities planned.”

For all the information on what’s taking place as part of this year’s digital Sma’ Shot Day and how you can get involved, please visit www.paisley.is/featured_event/sma-shot-day/.

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Paisley First has launched a new shop local campaign as businesses start to reopen from the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Love Local Love Paisley aims to build on the renewed community spirit as people pulled together to fight against the pandemic which has seen much of the country closed down for the last three months. 

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Most retail businesses will begin reopening in Paisley town centre from this Monday, 29th June. 

Hospitality businesses with outdoor seating areas will be reopening from Monday 6th July. 

Hospitality businesses, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, will then be able to reopen their indoor seating areas from Wednesday 15th July. 

And who doesn’t already know that our hairdressers and barbers will also be reopening from 15th July! 

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Now Paisley First, the town centre Business Improvement District, is hoping that those people who relied on local businesses during lockdown will return the favour and continue to shop local as restrictions are eased. 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local people relied on local businesses during lockdown, businesses have been there when people needed them most. Now we’re asking the public to be here for them! 

“Our town centre businesses have been working hard to get their premises safe and secure to welcome customers back, with social distancing measures all in place. 

“Of course, some of our amazing local businesses have remained open throughout lockdown, in order to serve the local community and we are so grateful to all their hard-working staff! 

“We have a great range of independent retail businesses – food, florists, jewellers, giftware, fashion, homeware and more and they can’t wait to welcome back customers, both regular and new. 

“You can still support your favourite hospitality or hair and beauty business before they reopen by leaving them a good review online or why not contact them via Facebook and see if you can buy a gift voucher, help support a local business now and give yourself a treat to look forward to!” 

Colette added: “My message to the local community is that our local business owners can offer you a safe way to shop. While many things have changed, our town centre remains the heartbeat of our local community. 

“Don’t queue around the block elsewhere, support our local businesses who need you to shop local like never before and together we can make Paisley a stronger and more vibrant town centre. 

“With summer well and truly here, we have plenty of fresh air and wide-open spaces, we look forward to welcoming you back safely to Paisley town centre soon. Love Local, Love Paisley!”

A NEW creative arts project has been launched for children and grown-ups.

It’s aimed at people looking to be part of a creative community, to pass the time creatively in lockdown, or to encourage and motivate friends and family to try new things.

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Called Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire, the initiative aims to encourage everyone to get creative in an easy and fun way and be able to share their artistic endeavours with the wider community.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team and joined with the Fun Palaces – Tiny Revolutions of Connection organisation to engage with the local community and stimulate creativity.

Every Friday Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire will post an activity card on the Renfrewshire Leisure website – www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts-projects – for people to download and complete, with activities such as collage, colouring, animation, singing and dancing.

And when the arts project is completed, those taking part are being asked to share photographs of their creations by emailing artsteam@renfrewshire.gov.uk or posting on social media using #TinyRevolutionsRen.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team is also planning to organise a future display of artwork from the project in Paisley and the wider Renfrewshire area.

The first two weeks’ arts projects have been to create a rainbow from all kinds of everyday items and to make a two-metre long message paper message made from a single sheet of A4 paper to send to family and friends, re-connecting people who haven’t been able to see each other in a while.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Friday is fun time for people of all ages, who like being artistic and trying new things.

“The Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire brings together everyone in our community who like to be creative and it’s an ideal activity during the current lockdown.

“Why not encourage your family and friends to take part and then let everyone see how creative you are by sending us photos of your artistic efforts.”

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A father-and-son golf duo were first off the tee at Barshaw Golf Course when the course re-opened yesterday.

Greig Martin, 48, and his 24-year-old son, Dean, from Renfrew were delighted to finally get a game of golf after the ten-week lockdown forced the course to close.

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John Patton and Alan Scoular were one of the first to take advantage of Barshaw Golf Course re-opening.

But with the Scottish Government easing restrictions and moving into Phase 1 of the route map out of the coronavirus pandemic, Renfrewshire Leisure were able to re-open the popular golf course along with two of its bowling greens at Lochfield and Robertson Park, Renfrew.

After his long-awaited round of golf, Dean said: “We hadn’t played since the day before lockdown began and it was great to get back on the golf course at Barshaw.

“My dad and I are regulars at Barshaw and we play there at least once a week, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there a lot more often.”

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Lawrence Newton gets in the swing of things after Barshaw Golf Course re-opened.

Within hours of an announcement that the course was being re-opened, all 36 tee-off slots on Friday were booked. Saturday is also fully booked and yesterday there were only a handful of tee-off times available for Sunday.

Renfrewshire Leisure has reduced the annual memberships of Barshaw for 2020 to reflect the lost playing period from April 1 and will be valid until March 31 next year.

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Dean and Greig Martin were first to tee off when Barshaw Golf Course re-opened.

The membership fee to play on the course all year round is now £152 for adults, £106 for concessions and £75 for juniors. Family memberships are the total price for all individuals minus a 25 per cent discount.

Renfrewshire Leisure chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “It’s been a long haul through lockdown, but with the Government easing restrictions, we’re delighted to be able to offer people the chance to enjoy a game of golf or bowling.

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“And being able to open our golf course and bowling greens has come at the right time, as it looks likes we’ll be having sunny weather for a good few days.

“I’ve no doubt people will be keen to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a game of golf or bowls.”

Councillor Hughes added: “We are asking players to support our staff and those around them by adhering to social distancing and hygiene rules. Details are displayed at each facility and on our website.

“It’s important for the entire community’s health that everyone makes themselves familiar with the rules – and follows them.”

Go to www.renfrewshireleisure.com for more information on the health guidelines.

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First stage of recovery for Renfrewshire Leisure services closed because of coronavirus pandemic

Renfrewshire Leisure will reopen a golf course and bowling greens tomorrow (Friday May 29) after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today confirmed the first phase of easing Scotland’s coronavirus lockdown can begin.

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Barshaw Golf Club and Lochfield bowling green in Paisley and Robertson Park bowling green in Renfrew will each promote social distancing and strong hygiene measures among players  after the Scottish Government said that non-contact outdoor sporting activities could restart.

Today’s announcement marks the first phase of recovery for Renfrewshire Leisure’s sporting and cultural services, which have been closed since March as measures to protect public health and slow the spread Covid-19 came into force.

Other facilities will reopen – with appropriate safeguards in place – as and when the Scottish Government deems it safe to do so as part of gradual measures outlined in the country’s route map through and out of the coronavirus crisis. Details will be shared when available.

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We are pleased to be able to reopen our golf course and bowling greens from tomorrow. We know how important they are to those who play there and hope this announcement will help their health and wellbeing.

“In line with Government guidance, we are asking every visitor to these sites to ensure they support our staff and those around them by adhering to social distancing and hygiene rules, details of which will be displayed at each facility. It’s important for the entire community’s health that everyone makes themselves familiar with the rules – and follows them.

“All players will be responsible for their own personal hygiene and should provide their own hand sanitiser.”

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure,  said: “The reopening of the golf course and bowling greens is a small but significant step back towards a degree of normality, both for our staff team and the community. It’s important that we get this right and, by working together with the people who use our services to stay in-line with all Government guidelines, we can ensure a positive experience for everyone as these facilities and others are allowed to reopen.

“As the First Minister also confirmed, people will now be able to sit in our parks and meet people from one other household outdoors. While we are all keen to be able to spend time with our friends and loved ones in person, we would echo the Government’s message for everyone to please remain physically distanced.”

While phase one of Scotland’s route map out of coronavirus allows the reopening of the golf course and bowling greens, it does not currently allow for clubhouses or pavilions to return to use. Changing rooms and toilets will therefore not be open until this guidance changes.

Arrangements have already been made for Barshaw Golf Club members to safely collect their equipment, while one-off – carefully-controlled – access is being allowed for bowling club members to collect their bowls. After this, all players must store their equipment and other personal items at home until these buildings are allowed to reopen.

At each bowling green, bowlers will be responsible for the sanitisation of bowling equipment before and after use. Bowls, jacks and mats must be sanitised at the end of each play and before the start of the next playing day. Discussions have taken place with club committee representatives.

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The course will reopen at 9am on Friday, May 29. The pavilion will remain closed to general access, apart from payment. The course will be operated by two members of Renfrewshire Leisure staff, one located at the pavilion to take card and contactless payment for memberships, take tee time bookings and provide support. The second will be located close to the first tee and car park, reminding users of health and safety guidance, social distancing and ensuring golfers begin their round at the correct time. Initially, bookable tee times will be restricted to two-balls at 10-minute intervals from 9am to 3pm. Any rule breaches may result in the player/s involved being restricted from accessing the course. To book golf, call 0141 848 7907.

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No public pay-as-you-play will be available without a sponsoring member. Non-members will require to join one of the three clubs associated with Lochfield and/or be signed on by a member. A storage box with a numerical Digi-padlock will be provided on site for players requiring to borrow bowls, jacks and mats. No members of Renfrewshire Leisure staff will be present.

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No public pay as you play will be available without a sponsoring member. Non-members will require to join the club and/or be signed on by a member. No members of Renfrewshire Staff will be present.

For more details, go to www.refrewshireleisure.com. Members of the public with any queries can email enquiries@renfrewshireleisure.com.

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The Glasgow Clan and Paisley Pirates are jointly delighted to announce a new working partnership that will see both clubs further strengthen their links. 

The Clan, who compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League, and the Pirates, who compete in the Scottish National League, both play out of the 3,500 capacity Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. 

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The new partnership will see the Clan provide the Pirates with commercial and marketing support while ultimately providing a pathway for young Scottish players in the Greater Glasgow area to progress from junior hockey to opportunities to train and play with the Clan.

 

Clan Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers commented: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this new working partnership with the Paisley Pirates.

“It’s something we have been discussing for a couple of years now and will not only benefit both the Clan and the Pirates, but I believe the wider West of Scotland hockey community.

“With the Pirates rich history and the fact they’re right on our door step, this is really something that should have happened a number of years ago, so it’s really exciting to get it finalised.

“We’re looking forward to working with Adam Walker, Jackie & Ian Turley & everyone at the Paisley Pirates.

Pirates Operations Manager Jackie Turley commented: “I’m delighted that we are able to solidify our relationship with Gareth and the Glasgow Clan. This partnership will bring hockey and the local community closer together and provide a platform for our young players to strive for. The Pirates are dedicated to developing top level British players and are excited to see what the future holds for both clubs.”

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THE team at intu Braehead have been going mall out to support doctors and nurses on the frontline, charities and local communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The shopping and leisure destination has donated cleaning supplies, toilet rolls and personal protection equipment to the St Vincent and ACCORD hospices in Renfrewshire and the Ronald McDonald House Glasgow charity, which provides accommodation for parents of seriously ill children in hospital.

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They also organised for the centre’s Hotel Chocolat store to donate more than 100 boxes of luxury chocolates to the critical care team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital as a thank you for the work they are doing during the current health crisis.

Staff from intu Braehead have clocked up almost 300 hours of volunteering in their local communities helping people who are self-isolating and shielding by delivering shopping and collecting prescriptions.

The centre’s operations manager, Paul Lucas has been providing an emergency radio communications system to voluntary groups across the west of Scotland including the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service and Glasgow The Caring City charity who supports vulnerable people in times of need.

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And charities like Ronald McDonald House and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity have been given help with their recent fundraising appeals.

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The NHS frontline staff along with local charities and community groups have been doing amazing work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been doing all we can to help them help others and to create a strong community spirit.

“I’d also give a shout out to our teams who have continued working to keep the centre open and making ensure the essential stores can provide a vital lifeline to our communities. They’re doing a brilliant job.”

Lydia added: “I know lockdown can be hard for everyone, but if we all work together and look out for each other, we will get through this crisis.

“We always try to bring positive change in our local community through strong relationships with charities and community groups.”

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Calls have been made for urgent clarity on job losses at Rolls-Royce – and a promise to sit round the table with workers and unions to plot a way forward.  

 The company announced plans for 9,000 redundancies worldwide but have left UK workers – including those at the Inchinnan plant – in the dark about where and when the axe might fall.  

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The Renfrewshire site employs hundreds directly and hundreds more in supply chains and local businesses, and any reduction in jobs would be a blow to the Renfrewshire economy.  

But so far management have refused to consult with unions and workers about the plans, which could result in job losses at sites across the UK.  

MP Gavin Newlands, whose constituency covers the plant, will continue to engage with the company and the unions as he has done on a regular basis in recent weeks, and called for management to rethink again on their plans. 

 

Gavin said: 

“The workforce at Inchinnan deserve better than the rumour and conjecture that have swirled around since the management’s announcement of job losses. 

“Unions across Rolls-Royce have consistently offered to work alongside the company to find a way through the current situation, and it’s completely unacceptable those offers have been ignored by management. 

“I also understand that the company have failed to make full use of the various government support schemes in place to help business through the Coronavirus pandemic which makes their announcement of job losses in the near future completely bewildering. Situations like this are exactly why these schemes were set up.  

“Moreover, the fact that it is always the UK workforce that bears the brunt of any Rolls Royce “restructuring” is a little galling when the company holds its hand out for UK Government R&D funding. It’s also more than galling that the company seems to be attempting a British Airways style raid on the terms and conditions of those loyal workers lucky enough to survive the cuts. 

“The Inchinnan plant has a well-deserved reputation for high-quality, highly efficient output exported around the world and it would be crazy for Rolls-Royce to throw that global reputation for excellence away.  

“For years the workforce at Inchinnan have shown loyalty to the company, and that loyalty must be repaid by management – at the very least they deserve clarity on Rolls-Royce’s plans and real, meaningful engagement on what the future holds.” 

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During the lockdown, we have all been accustomed to life being on hold whilst this virus is dealt with. Not for Paul, who has turned into a one-man army and decided that he will proceed with his plans to bring kayaking to the Stanley reservoir and let people get close to Stanely Castle.

Paul has started by clearing the woodlands around the perimeter, lifting literally thousands of empty cans, bags and bags (11 on the day I visited) with the help of locals who used their allocated exercise time to lend a hand. Scottish Water had said they had done a clean a couple of years back but I have seen with my own eyes rubbish that had been lying for years.

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Now I know that Paul isn’t getting an easy time of it from some residents and his plans to put kayaks on the water have not gone down well with some, but they think it’s going to be a permanent watersports place. The reality is, if Paul gets a booking he will bring his car and trailer with kayaks taking four people out with two instructors for safety. He has insurance in place, approval from Scottish Water and the appropriate licenses in place, there really is nothing stopping him just going ahead and doing it right now (apart from lockdown).

However, he wants to make a real difference to the surrounding land and is working tirelessly every day to clear up all the mess, glass, cans you name it, he is going more than the extra mile to ensure the place is clean and safe. I spoke to a couple who actually had come by for the first time and had seen the bluebells, deer and sound of singing birds and serenity. This is what Paul is aiming to enhance, improving the area for those who will appreciate it. If the community comes together, and slowly but surely it’s happening (social distancing and safety first) please help, please visit, speak to Paul.

Images after Paul and volunteers got stuck in to clean up the mess, so many bags it’s hard to count now:

 

Now the whole aim is just to take people in a safe manner onto the water and enjoy what we have locally in between two housing schemes. Its a beautiful place and is well used by fishermen, Paul has spoken to loads of them and they are being very supportive and taking their rubbish away with them. It’s refreshing to see such passion and enthusiasm from someone and the rubbish coming out of the woodlands is shocking.

So the facts are simply this:

  • All paperwork and insurance and safety certificates in place.
  • The Reservoir can be used under land access code.
  • Kayaking will be small in numbers and will be properly managed by qualified instructors.
  • The surrounding areas are being safely tidied up by Paul and other willing volunteers.
  • No compound or fixed structures will be in place spoiling the landscape
  • Anything built like seating areas is done by using broken trees, no trees are cut down.
  • Bird boxes, feeders, wildlife encouragement will be in place hence the cleanup.
  • Future upkeep of the site is part of the plan.

One of the things that is required at the moment, and again this is not an encouragement to break lockdown rules, but put your exercise hours to good use by going and helping, enter by the Glenburn side (across from Jet Garage) turn left and follow the trail, Paul will be around and will be extremely thankful of your support and help.