The Old Firm fans Billy and Tim are back with the hilarious new sequel, Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim 2, written by the award winning Des Dillon.

The show is coming to Johnstone Town Hall on Friday 27 September at 7.30pm. Log on to www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com to buy tickets.

Scotland’s most lovable rival football fans make a bet that backfires in spectacular fashion during the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park. Throw in a wee Gallus ghost on a mission from God and Polish nurse with a short fuse and watch the comedy unfold.

This will be the first ever national tour for the production, having only ever been shown once previously at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. The tour is not only being produced and directed by Chris Taylor but he will also be taking on the role of Tim once again.

Chris says “It’s been a pretty manic few months but I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve got so much faith in Des’s script it helps ease a lot of the pressure. Also, we have a really strong cast with Gary Morrison as Billy, Neil Bratchpiece (The Bam Whisperer/Scot Squad) as the ghost, and the fantastic Zofia Sokolowicz as the nurse. In fact, Zofia is flying all the way from Poland just to play the role.

“I’m really looking forward working with them all and getting this great show out to the masses across the country.  It’s selling really well already and we have been constantly adding more shows, so it’s great to see the love for Billy and Tim is still there.

“And I can say with confidence that if you liked the original then you will be in bits at this one. It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever been involved in”.

Chris and the team will be performing at 16 venues across the country during September.

 

Green Space Funding

Four groups from across Renfrewshire are set to receive £50,000 as part of the first wave of applications recommended for approval from a £1.87million fund created by Renfrewshire Council.

Councillors will consider five applications to the Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, totalling £209,088, to help improve and development community green spaces in Renfrewshire.

Green Space Funding

Upgrading and installing new play equipment has been a key priority for local groups, although the fund does encourage applications for all aspects of green spaces to improve their look, feel and usability.

Applications for the maximum allocation of £50,000 set to be considered are:

  • A brand-new zip slide, outdoor gymnasium, skateboard ramps, football goals and junior play area in Howwood Public Park.
  • New all-inclusive play equipment chosen by local children in Queen’s Road Play Park in Elderslie.
  • An enhanced play area within Glencoats Park as part of the first phase of improvements planned by local group Pals of the Privies.
  • New dynamic, exciting play equipment in Skye Crescent Play Park in Glenburn which will be inclusive for all young people.

Green Space Funding

An application of £9088 from Friends of Knockhill Park will also be considered to install a new expression swing for young parents and carers to use with their little ones, as well as new picnic benches and seating in the park.

Langcraigs Parent Council have been awarded £4875 to establish an all-hours accessible play park within the school grounds which will have a mini football pitch, basketball nets and other playground games.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “These projects will make a huge difference to the local area if they are approved and we’ll continue to work with local groups to ensure their applications fit the criteria required and will benefit their local community.

“The fund gives people the opportunity to shape the development of their local parks and green spaces and carry out improvements that, using their local knowledge, will be of most benefit to the community.

“If you have an idea which fits the bill, please get in contact with the team and we’ll support you to make your application for future awards from this £1.87million fund.”

The Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund aims to regenerate and make physical and environmental improvements to areas across Renfrewshire identified by the local community.

Awards from the fund will assist in bringing in external funding, increase community participation in local areas and encourage the process of transferring assets to local communities.

Each application must show it has consulted the local community to ensure there is a need and desire for the project and that it would improve community life.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from the overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages, through the Villages Investment Fund, and applications must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

For more information and to find out how to apply, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.

paisley arts institute

ONE MONTH TO GO:
PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE

131st ANNUAL EXHIBITION

7th September – 20th October 2019

Unit 43a & 54, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL
Open:  Tue-Sat 11.30am-5.30pm and Sun 12noon-5pm
***** FREE ENTRY *****

paisley arts institute

PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE – 131st ANNUAL EXHIBITION

One of the UK’s longest-running art exhibitions opens with nearly 600 works in an exciting new temporary space, in the Piazza, Paisley for six weeks from 7th September to 20th October 2019.  The Paisley Art Institute was established in 1876 for the encouragement and promotion of art.

paisley arts institute

PAI is one of the highest regarded art exhibitions of its kind in Scotland and the UK.  It will feature, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and for the first time, virtual reality and digital work.  Sourced from artists members and hundreds of open entrants this exhibition truly has something to offer every type of visitor.

PAI is also delighted that leading UK artist, John Walter, will appear as Guest Artist, bring his Virtual Reality project, The Fourth Wall, to Paisley.  Commissioned by theLook Again Festival, this new VR work creates imaginary landscapes where John invites viewers to enter a virtual playground of symbology surrounded by immersive sound, music, text, and highly colourful imagery.  The artist describes himself as a maximalist and his work is both esoteric and profound in his use of everyday objects, symbols, and motifs that are highly recognisable.  He has a particular fascination with pattern, none more so than the world-famous Paisley Pattern which is referenced in this new work.

In recent years, the PAI annual exhibition has featured upwards of 500 works and organisers hope that, alongside painting, drawing, and sculpture, this year’s exhibition will attract an increase of screen-based and installation type entries to fill their new venue.

PAI President Jean Cameron says “We are so delighted to have found a venue right in the heart of Paisley that allows PAI to continue to have the scale and ambition that artists and audiences expect from Paisley Art Institute’s Annual Open Exhibition.  Our venue this year is practically on the site of the old Government School of Design in Paisley from where Paisley Art Institute sprung in the nineteenth century, so this year it feels very much like we are going back to our roots at the same time as having an eye to the future”.

PAI welcomes visitors to Paisley in a busy events season starting with nationalDoors Open Day and leading to The Spree music and comedy Festival.  Visitors can also enjoy our stunning heritage attractions, from the 865-year-old Paisley Abbey, birth-place of the Royal Stewarts, to sight-seeing the dozens of magnificent Victorian architectural masterpieces in our town skyline.

The Exhibition will run from 7th September to 20th October 2019.  
Open: Tue-Sat 11.30am-5.30pm & Sun 12noon-5pm (closed Mondays)
Venue: Unit 43a & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL
The venue is adjacent Paisley Gilmour Street Station with level access throughout.
***** FREE ENTRY *****

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Respectful Funeral

Communities in Renfrewshire will be supported with the cost of a loved one’s funeral thanks to a new service offered by Renfrewshire Council.

The council is working closely with local funeral directors to provide a ‘Respectful Funeral Service’, which enables families to access a tailored funeral package that is dignified, professional and affordable.

Respectful Funeral

Designed to remove any unnecessary pressures after the loss of a loved one, the package will offer savings of up to 63% on the Scottish average cost of a funeral.

The Respectful Funeral Service package would include:

  • collection of the deceased from within Renfrewshire or any NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde property
  • care and preparation of the deceased
  • a choice of coffin ranging from light or dark wood effect, or environmental.
  • a place of rest and viewing facilities
  • a hearse and one family car
  • arrangements on the day of the funeral

Additional services can also be provided and can be discussed with the funeral director directly.

Respectful Funeral

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time and we want to remove the pressures for people, such as cost, as best we possibly can.

“This new service provides comfort for people as they have the guarantee of a dignified and professional funeral, but one which also remains affordable for their family.

Respectful Funeral

“We want to provide our support for our communities at the most difficult of times and this new service takes away some of the burden involved and allows them to focus on celebrating the life of the loved one they have lost.”

Seven partners have agreed to be part of the new service and will offer a Respectful Funeral Service to Renfrewshire residents.

These are:

  • Silver Rose Funeral Directors
  • Kenneth Keegan Independent Funeral Directors
  • John Roach Funeral Directors
  • D Moodie & Co Funeral Directors
  • Beaton Brothers Independent Funeral Directors
  • Co-op Funeralcare
  • Fosters Funeral Directors

Prices for each funeral director will vary, but all will be below the Scottish average cost for a funeral.

Councillor Marie McGurk added: “I’m delighted that this service is now in place for our residents as it will allow friends and families to focus on celebrating the life of their loved one, rather than the cost of their funeral.

“The service will be at an affordable cost, but with the assurance that it will be of a high standard and it’s great that we can help to provide this for our residents in Renfrewshire.”

For advice and more information, community members are encouraged to visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/respectfulfuneral or get in touch via 0300 300 0310 or registrar.cs@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Primary - Lochwinnoch - Twins First Day of School group outside school - 13 Aug 2019 - KC (5)

A Renfrewshire primary school will welcome four sets of twins into its primary one class this week.

Sam and Honor Crosbie, 4, Freddy and Olive Lockwood, 5, Corey and Owain McGougan, 5, and Zoe and Ayden Scott, 5, are all looking forward to starting at ‘the big school’ as they call Lochwinnoch primary school.

Primary - Lochwinnoch - Twins First Day of School group outside school - 13 Aug 2019 - KC (5)

Mums Nicola Crosbie, Jane Arden, Rachael McGougan and Claire Scott are excited for them but also feeling a bit emotional about their first day of school.

Nicola said: “I can’t believe the years have flown by so fast, but it is definitely time for them to move on from nursery. I know I will be emotional as we get to the school gate and see them go inside.”

Claire added: “The twins just want to be grown up like their cousin, who started school last year. Zoe wants to learn to read while Ayden just wants to play in the ‘big’ playground. Despite their differences, they always look out for each other so that stops me worrying too much about them.

“I work as a pastoral care teacher in secondary school helping pupils and their parents transition from primary to secondary, so it’s very interesting being on the other side as a parent. It is hard to let go.”

Freddy, Olive, Corey and Owain already know each other from nursery, but are also excited to meet the other twins.

Jane said: “They are both excited. They can’t wait to use their school bag and wear their uniform. They met their P7 buddies at their nursery graduation, so they feel really good about starting school. I thought it was nice that the P7 pupils sang ‘you’ve got a friend’ as part of the ceremony. That was a nice touch.”

Rachael added: “They have a big sister at school, so they are looking forward to seeing her more during the day and getting to do all the things she gets to do.”

Both Claire and Nicola say twins run in their family. Claire says there is a significant chance of twins or even triplets if they have more children. She said: “That put the fear into us a little bit. We haven’t thought about more yet and are happy with the two of them just now.”

Nicola added: “Twins run in my cousin’s side of the family, so it was probably just a fluke that we had twins.”

Headteacher Julie Bell said she is looking forward to the challenges of having four sets of twins in one-year group. She said: “It is lucky they are non-identical twins as that should make it easier to tell the difference between them. We’re looking forward to having them in the school.”

Funny things the twins have done

 Sam and Honor have only done one mischievous thing when they found the Sudacream from the nappy bag and quickly covered themselves in it.

Freddy and Olive have a code word – baby mash. They shout that and then run around the room for half an hour.

Corey and Owain are very close and if one of them is in a time-out, the other will join them in solidarity even if the reason for the time-out was because they were fighting.

Zoe and Ayden have a secret handshake and also like ‘playing’ the ukulele or singing to George Ezra or Mary Poppins.

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally 10.8.19-2761

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

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally 10.8.19-2761

The day kicked off with fire engines parading from Johnstone Fire Station into Houstoun 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, including a demonstration of a chip pan fire.

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally 10.8.19-2761

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

Junior firefighters also had the chance to piece together their own fire engine during the event by taking part in a special themed Town Trail, collecting puzzle pieces from various local shops and businesses.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Fire Engine Rally is always a highlight of our events calendar and I love seeing all the future firefighters out enjoying their day.

“It’s a firm favourite in the town and continues to bring an increased 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!”

The next event is Renfrewshire Doors Open Days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September. For more upcoming events in Renfrewshire visit www.paisley.is or www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events.

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

MORE than a thousand youngsters turned up at the intu Braehead shopping centre yesterday (Saturday) to meet their TV cartoon heroes.

All 600 tickets that each admitted two children and an adult to the meet and greet event with Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall were snapped up in just three hours.

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

And the lucky youngsters with tickets were shown how to move like their favourite characters by taking part in Pup-Pup Boogie dance masterclasses.

The fun PAW Patrol experience is visiting the shopping centre as part of a tour of intu destinations across the UK.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “You could see how excited the kids were to meet the Chase and Marshall cartoon characters.

“We had an incredible response when we announced the event was taking place.

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

“The characters were at intu Braehead throughout the day and although we had 600 tickets snapped up very quickly, many other familiies came along so their children could catch a glimpse of the Paw Patrol heroes.”

Ope Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Intrepid members of the public are being given the chance to experience a piece of medieval archaeology up close in celebration of Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Ope Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

To mark Doors Open Days 2019, experts from Guard Archaeology will lead guided tours of the historic Abbey Drain on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

Ope Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

The expedition down the drain follows on from the success of the tours as part of Doors Open Days 2018 – and as places on the tours will be in high demand, spaces will be allocated via a ballot.

The 100m long underground passageway, thought to be more than 700 years old, was unearthed in the 19th century and rediscovered in the 1990s.

This summer, an eight-week excavation – the Big Dig – unearthed a well-preserved 14th century archway marking where and how the drain met the River Cart, around three metres from the banks of the present-day river.

Archaeologists can now pinpoint the end of the drain and the boundary wall of the monastery, which informs what we already know about the infrastructure and layout of medieval Paisley.

The dig was managed by Renfrewshire Council, run by Guard Archaeology with help from Renfrewshire Local History Forum volunteers, and supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Abbey Drain tour is a very exciting opportunity for anyone interested in Paisley’s architecture, archaeology and heritage to experience a medieval structure first-hand.

“I’ve been into the inner workings of the drain myself and it was a fascinating experience.

“There will be plenty going on all over Renfrewshire as part of Doors Open Days. I would encourage people of all ages to get out and about across the weekend and support local businesses while learning more about our heritage and culture.”

To be in with a chance of going down the drain, visit https://paisley.is/listing/win-a-tour-of-the-great-medieval-drain-in-paisleys-abbey-close/ and fill out the ballot form. The ballot will close on Friday 23 August.

Tours will run between 10am and 4.30pm on both Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

Participants must be aged 12 or above.

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REMODE EVENTs

ReMode ReLocate – Sale Night

After a fun year at UWS we’re moving on to pastures new as our programme in Paisley grows and develops.  Come along for a Sale Night & Social and pick up some bargains as we say goodbye to the space and share our plans for the future. Take a look at the £1, £2 and £3 clearance rails!

Friday 9th August 6.30pm – 8.30pm   ReMode@SAUWS, Storie Street, Paisley

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Redress Programme Launch 

Old friends or new to ReMode, we’d love you to join us for this event where we’ll be sharing more details about our programme of work for the coming year.  There will be film screenings plus rails of ReMode and Upcycled clothing to browse. And some refreshments too! 

Saturday 31st August  7pm – 9pm, ReMode Lochwinnoch

 

Meddle & Make

A regular set of make, mend and upcycle workshops led by experienced designers and makers. Bring along a garment you would like to adjust to a new size, mend with some beautifying embroidery, adapt a hem or add a new zipper.  Or maybe you have an ambitious make project you’d like some advice about?

Once we’ve helped you get started, feel free to come back and carry on your project at one of our drop in sessions!

Thursday 8th August 7pm – 9pm Brew Paisley, 3 County Place PA1 2BN*

Wednesday 4th September 7pm – 9pm Remode Lochwinnoch

Thursday 3rd October 7pm – 9pm Brew Paisley, 3 County Place PA1 2BN*

 

* The café will be open throughout the workshop

 

Make Workshop: Fashion Jigsaws

Join us for this 2 session course in colourful and creative upcycling.  You will be shown how to design and make a one-of-a-kind garment using ‘jigsaw’ elements from donated garments.  Select from sleeves, collars, pockets and cuffs to combine in your own unique design. I

t’s free to take part.  You can either choose to leave your creation with us to be sold in our shop, or take it away with you for £20. (or use membership tokens as part-payment)

Thursday 22nd & Thursday 29th August 6.30pm – 9.30pm Brew Paisley

 

 

Make Workshop: Bomber jackets

In this 2 session course, you will work alongside our specialist designers to learn how to make an on-trend bomber jacket.

Using upcycled fabrics you’ll be shown how to work with a pattern to create and sew a lined and stylish jacket. 

It’s free to take part.  You can either choose to leave your creation with us to be sold in our shop, or take it away with you for £20. (or use membership tokens as part-payment)

Places limited – booking essential

Thursday 19th & Friday 26th September 6.30pm – 9.30pm ReMode, Lochwinnoch

 

 

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