Thousands of people turned out in Johnstone on Saturday to see fire engines, past and present, showcased in the town centre.

The day kicked off with emergency vehicles from across the years parading from Johnstone Fire Station into Houston Square, where they remained for the afternoon, giving everyone the chance to climb on board and learn how firefighting has advanced through the years.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service undertook several demonstrations throughout the day, showing people what the impact can be when a chip pan bursts in to flames.

The event was hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Fire Engine Rally is always a highlight of our events calendar and a firm favourite for the people of Johnstone.

“Events like this really benefit the local communities as they bring visitors in to the town and increase footfall to local traders.

Renfrewshire’s packed events schedule continues for the rest of the year, so make sure you check out what’s coming up next!”

For upcoming events in Renfrewshire visit www.paisley.is or www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events.

SHOPPERS must have thought they had walked through the doors of the intu Braehead mall on Saturday and landed in a galaxy far, far away.

They were met with the sight of characters from all kinds of films, TV shows and comics having a look round the shops.

Thousands of sci-fi fans turned out for the Film and Comic Con event being held in The Arena at intu Braehead.

Many fans were dressed in the costumes of their favourite sci-fi characters and they certainly caught the attention of shoppers in and around the malls.

They also flocked to hundreds of stalls set up in The Arena to snap up movie memorabilia and sought-after rare comics.

The event continues tomorrow (Sunday) when even more fans are expected to come along.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Where else but intu Braehead would Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Spiderman and Superman come for a weekend’s shopping when they visit planet Earth?

“This Film and Comic Con is one of the most eye-catching events we have at intu Braehead and we look forward to it every year.

“Shoppers just love to see the fans dressed in their amazing costumes and you just never know who you’re going to bump into!”

Calling all Paisley fashionistas! Following the success of their huge Ripped Up Fashion Show in Paisley in March, ReMode Renfrewshire are delighted to announce the opening of their brand new shop in Storie Street, Paisley, at the UWS Sustainability Hub.

Selling cherry-picked vintage fashions, and clothing that has been redesigned or upcycled in their community workshop in the nearby village of Lochwinnoch, the ReMode Shop will also run practical workshops on upcycling, mending and adapting clothes, and offer practical advice on climate action and sustainability.

The shop launches with one of ReMode’s very popular Swish (or clothes swap) events on Friday 31 August – members of the public are invited to drop off their unwanted clothes in exchange for tokens, and come along for a fun evening where you can pick up a whole new wardrobe for free!

Part of ReMode’s mission is to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and highlight simple, positive actions we can all take, through the clothing we choose, to ease that.

COMMENT

ReMode director Gillian Steel said:

“We’re really excited to be opening our new shop in Paisley after two years based in Lochwinnoch. It represents a big step forward for us, and we’re looking forward to getting our beautiful vintage clothes and brilliant re-made pieces into the hands of a much wider audience! What a lot of people don’t realise is that, after oil and gas, the textile and clothing manufacture is the biggest global polluter – and it’s cheap, disposable fashion that contributes to that.  Simple actions such as extending the life of clothing by altering or upcycling it, and reducing the quantity of brand-new clothes we buy in favour of vintage pieces, can help to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing by 20 – 30%”

LISTINGS

  • The ReMode Shop will be open at the Sustainability Hub, UWS, Storie Street in Paisley, Thursday – Friday 10-4pm and Saturday 11-4pm, from Saturday 1 September.

 

 

  • Launch event and Swish: Friday 31 August, 7pm.  Donations of clothes can be exchanged for Swish tokens at the Sustainability Hub in Storie Street, Paisley on Fridays from 10 – 4 or at ReMode’s MakeSpace in Lochwinnoch High Street (Saturdays 12 – 5) – or just bring them along with you on the night! Further details and free tickets for the launch event are available via www.facebook.com/remodeyouth/ or website https://remodeyouth.org/  

 

 

  • The ReMode MakeSpace is still open every Saturday, 12-5pm, at 39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire and also runs regular workshops in sustainability and fashion design, for young people and the wider community.

As exam results were released across Scotland, Renfrewshire school pupils who attended a leadership programme have revealed how the skills they gained helped them achieve success.

Pupils from Linwood High School who attended an ‘Aspiration Course’ at the Outdoor Education Centre on the isle of Arran returned with an increased sense of self belief and improved problem-solving skills according to head teacher, Gillian Macartney.

One student even found the trip so motivating that it gave her the confidence to put herself forward to become the school’s Head Girl.

Hannah Sloan, who gained four Highers in English, Music, Biology and Chemistry, said: “I am really pleased with my exam results, especially in English where I’ve always lacked confidence and was full of self-doubt.

“Being on the course really helped with that and actually sitting in the exam hall this year I felt much more confident and knew I had the knowledge and skills to achieve what I did.”

The 17-year-old added: “It also gave me the confidence to apply and become Head Girl in S6.”

Fellow pupil Beth Compston, 15, said: “I got six National 5s this year and I’m proud of myself.  I learned how to be far more positive when I was in Arran and deal with things better. I definitely think it helped me to go to my exams believing that if I try my best and work hard, I can do well.”

The trip was funded by the Scottish Government’s Attainment Challenge and 24 senior pupils were helped to develop their leadership skills and build resilience through a mix of classroom and outdoor tasks.

The course also aims to enable young adults to realise their own potential as well as raising attainment.

The head teacher said: “There’s a massive legacy from their time on Arran which can be seen in the school.

“Since we came back I’ve heard a number of pupils saying the course has actually changed their whole outlook.  Many of those who were on the course are the ones now vying for leadership roles within the school.

“If they were tackling something tricky in class they would now think about how they could achieve it.”

The young people, who were a mixture of fourth and fifth year pupils aged from 14-16, initially worked on ‘ice breaker’ tasks. They also worked in teams on problem solving tasks.

Many of the activities at the centre are designed to reinforce a positive mindset, with outdoor activities including an orienteering challenge, building tasks including a rope maze and paddling a canoe while blindfolded.

Another task during the trip last November was moving their team by using only oil drums and planks of wood on land they were told to believe was mine infested.

Gillian Macartney added: “Some got frustrated and some wanted to give up, but you’d be letting your team down so there was that element of responsibility.

“It’s about having the self-belief and the ability to work with others to problem solve and to ensure they are setting themselves aspirational goals.

“Many found the abseiling task the most challenging but some were so chuffed when they got the bottom they burst into tears at achieving something they thought they could never do.

“I’m very proud of them all and it was great to see how the experience helped spur them onto achieving their full potential with this week’s exam results.”

Renfrewshire is one of the nine Scottish Government Attainment Challenge authorities to share a £750m national pot for projects designed to help improve the results of pupils from less-affluent backgrounds.

Since becoming a challenge authority in June 2016, data gathered indicates that the gap between the most and least deprived pupils has been reducing in listening, talking, reading and writing, and numeracy measurements.

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Singer, Harpist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017 Rachel Newton launches her fourth solo album ‘West’ in September 2018.  It was recorded in her late grandparents’ old croft house in Achnahaird, Wester Ross.

Always striving to achieve something different with each release, Rachel decided that she would make a completely solo album this time around, simply featuring her voice and acoustic and electro harps with no guest musicians. The album was arranged and recorded on a beautifully sunny week in July 2018. Rachel’s longtime collaborator and sound engineer Mattie Foulds travelled north to record it all, with Somhairle MacDonald joining them to take photographs and create the artwork. The spectacular views of the landscape from the house have influenced the music, with short improvisations named after the mountains threading their way through the album.

Rachel released solo albums The Shadow Side in 2012 , Changeling in 2014 and Here’s My Heart Come Take It in 2016. Here’s My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017. Rachel was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year in 2017.

Rachel is a member of The Furrow Collective and The Shee as well as projects such as The Elizabethan Session and the upcoming Lost Words Spell Songs.

www.rachelnewtonmusic.com

Playing:

Thursday 4 October – Paisley Arts Centre. Show 7.30pm Tickets £10/£8  Tel. 0300 3001210 https://www.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk

PART of Paisley’s horticultural past is being dug up and brought into the 21st century.
Books of minutes from meetings of the Paisley Florists’ Society dating back to 1797 have been digitised and can now be seen on the paisley.is website.


Claiming to be the oldest horticultural society in the UK, the Paisley Florists was founded in 1782 by the town’s weavers.

David Weir, Heritage Co-ordinator with Renfrewshire Leisure explains: “When the Paisley Florists’ Society was formed, the weavers were at the high point of their trade with stable employment and earnings. This income allowed them to have free time to spend on hobbies.


“Farm produce being sold in towns during the industrial revolution and the weavers spending power also meant they did not have to grow food in their gardens.

“This combination of factors meant they could grow flowers in the weavers’ cottage gardens and the Paisley Florists Society was born.”

Members met every week in a local hotel, exhibiting babs – an old Scots word for a posy – of seasonal flowers to be judged by the society. The florists grew eight show flowers – Auricula, Tulip, Polyanthus, Carnation, Anemone, Hyacinth, Ranunculus and Pink.

In the first minute book, 1797-1833, rule XVII states: “The two flower judges shall be chosen by open vote at a quarter before nine and they are to be ordered down to judge the flowers exactly at nine o’clock.

“It is requested that the landlord will provide a candle and a separate apartment if convenient for the better deliberation of the judges”

And a minute from a meeting in November, 1804 reads: “This night came on the discussion of the important notion of the changing of the place of the meeting. After some discussion, it was unanimously agreed that, as the ale was considerably improved, they remain in the house for some time longer.”
The digitisation project was funded by Arts and Business Scotland and the work carried out by Paisley digital scanning and archiving specialist company, Abergower.

Carl Watt, Head of Programmes at Arts and Business Scotland, said: “We are very pleased to support this partnership between Renfrewshire Leisure and Abergower Ltd through the Culture and Business Fund Scotland.
“Abergower Ltd’s sponsorship of this significant local project to digitise The Paisley Floral Society minute book will help make this unique resource more widely available to the public and raise the profile of the project.
“By matching their sponsorship pound for pound, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland aims to encourage many more businesses in Scotland to sponsor cultural projects in their local community.”
Robin Prior, managing director of Abergower added: “This project was an ideal demonstration of the skill, capability and expertise we have to produce an output of something very delicate and precious. It has allowed the amazing contents of the book to be accessed to a wide community of people interested in this very precious material.

“Each page was physically turned by hand by one of our skilled staff and captured to a very high resolution. The images were then processed through our quality control systems to achieve exact colour matching and crispness of resolution”

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure’s board said: “This project allows people to easily access information about an important part of Paisley’s culture and heritage.
“I’m sure people and especially the many local gardening enthusiasts, will find the digitised minutes of great interest.”

West College Scotland has partnered with Elior UK (one of the UK’s leading hospitality companies) at Ibrox stadium under the guidance of award winning chef Jav Aziz.

We are looking for people with a positive attitude, who are willing to learn in a fast moving environment to take part in a unique and exciting opportunity to develop their professional cookery knowledge and skills.

This opportunity is open to a very limited number and will involve training and working

within the stadium’s hospitality and function kitchens and restaurants as well working

with staff from West College Scotland at Ibrox Stadium.

A recruitment event including interviews will take place at Ibrox stadium in late August

2018 and the 14-week course will commence before the 1st September 2018.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements required, although experience in hospitality would be beneficial.

Want to find out more or apply?

To find out more about this unique opportunity and to apply click here (http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/hospitality-professional-cookery/wcs-and-elior-culinary-development-at-ibrox-stadium)

STAFF at intu Braehead made sure residents at a housing complex for the over 50s will have a bright new garden to enjoy.


Volunteers from the shopping and leisure destination spent a day creating a new garden for the residents at Glentanar Court, in Paisley after intu Braehead agreed to donate £2500 to buy materials for the works.

The volunteer work was part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take the time from their work schedule to help support a local charity or community group.

Along with workers from landscape gardening experts, Cardwell Nurseries, based in Gourock, the intu Braehead team created new flower beds, built wooden planters filled with flowers and plants and gave residents a new garden shed to store their tools.

Residents were delighted with the result of the volunteers’ hard labour and as a thank you, presented the intu Braehead team with a framed stenciled Paisley patterned piece of artwork that had been created by residents during recent art classes they’d taken part in.

Glentanar Court resident, Susan Hill said: “The volunteers from intu Braehead worked really hard weeding and planting and I’m sure the residents here will just love the new garden.

“We’re delighted with what’s been achieved and hopefully we’ll still have some good weather to come so we can sit out and enjoy the garden.”

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “We get involved in quite a lot of projects like this and enjoy coming out into the community to do volunteering work.

“And with the money intu Braehead donates, we can make life just a little bit better for people in the local community.”

Visitors to Paisley are in for a treat this Saturday as the annual Paisley Busking Day takes centre stage.

Organised by Loud n’ Proud and sponsored by Paisley First, there will be bands and solo artists as well as instrumental acts performing throughout the town centre from 10am until 4pm.

So if you are heading to Paisley for the Jurassic Bricks LEGO ® Brick Dinosaur Trail, popping into town before St Mirren’s first home game of the new season, or simply taking time out to enjoy our wonderful shops and cafes, this will be music to your ears!

Paisley Busking Day this Saturday, 4th August from 10am to 4pm!