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Chaplain’s Charity to support two worthy causes this year

Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and Roar in Renfrewshire to benefit in 2018 –

 

Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain’s Charity will support two charities based in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in 2018.

 

Chaplain Keith Banks and his team will be supported by staff from across the Glasgow Airport campus in raising vital funds for Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and the Roar – Connections for Life – throughout 2018.

 

Keith Banks, who has been the airport’s chaplain since 2008, said: “Towards the end of last year I asked my colleagues to nominate a local charity the chaplaincy team and Glasgow Airport could support in 2018.

 

“We received many really worthy nominations for fantastic organisations doing great work. It was really difficult to choose just one beneficiary charity, so we decided to pick two – one from Glasgow and another from Renfrewshire given the airport’s close links with both areas.  

 

“Funding Neuro and Roar are two local charities providing different, yet incredibly worthwhile services and I am determined to ensure that Glasgow Airport make a significant contribution to support their fine work this year.”  

 

Last year the airport’s chaplaincy raised more than £7,600 for British Heart Foundation (Scotland) and Keith and the chaplaincy team are hopeful this record sum can be matched, if not bettered, in 2018.

 

Introduced by Keith in 2010, the Chaplain’s Charity has raised more than £40,000 in total for a number of organisations including The Teddy Bear Foundation, CHAS, Robin House Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Salvation Army, Wish upon a Star and Make a Wish.

 

He added: ‘As always I’m very grateful to my colleagues across the airport – and of course our incredibly generous passengers – who help raise these vital funds each year.”

 

Funding Neuro was founded by Bryn Williams, who himself has Parkinson’s disease, to help fund research and pioneering treatment for devastating neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain tumours prevalent in children.

 

The charity, based in North Street, Glasgow, took the unusual step in 2015 to set up a crowdfunding page to raise £900,000 to finance a clinical trial to treat 18 children with deadly DIPG brain tumours.

 

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Sharon Kane, Funding Neuro’s chief executive, said: “We are thrilled Keith and his team have chosen to support Funding Neuro. This will enable us to continue our work extending the lives of children with brain tumours and support our research into debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease.

 

“As well as raising vital funds we hope that the partnership will allow us to showcase our work to the many millions of people who pass through the airport throughout the year.”       

 

Based in Paisley, Roar provides preventative, health and wellbeing services for older people to connect lives and reduce social isolation and loneliness. The charity provides opportunities to help older people stay as mobile as they can, reducing their risk of falls and encouraging them to socialise in various leisure activities.

 

Nicola Hanssen, Roar’s general manager, said: “Support from the Chaplain’s Charity will enable us to expand our services even further in Renfrewshire in 2018. For example, through the generosity of Glasgow Airport staff and passengers, we’ll be able to expand our falls preventions and companionship services, which are invaluable to many of our elderly service users who perhaps have mobility issues, poor social networks and are at risk of loneliness and depression.”

 

To find out more about the work of both charities visit: www.fundingneuro.com, or www.roarforlife.org

 

If you’d like to support the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity in 2018 contact chaplaincy@glasgowairport.com  

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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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Youngsters get sneak preview of iconic Monarch of the Glen painting

YOUNGSTERS yesterday (Thursday) got a sneak preview of one of Scotland’s most famous paintings before it goes on public display at Paisley Museum.

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Launch of Monarch of the Glen painting exhibition at paisley museum… local school kids from Arkleston Primary school, renfrew first to see the exhibition.

And their verdict was: “It’s stag-nificent!”
The pupils from Arkleston Primary, in Renfrew, were special guests at the launch of an exhibition of the painting The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show.

People can view The Monarch of the Glen for free at Paisley Museum from tomorrow, Saturday, January 20 until March 11.

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

The image of a majestic red deer stag on a mist-covered Highland hilltop was painted in 1851 and has been used in modern times as an advertising tool on everything from beermats, biscuit tins to bottles of whisky.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operates Paisley Museum added: “Having this painting on view in Paisley is a huge coup for Renfrewshire and shows we are at the cultural centre of Scotland.

“Many people will have seen the image used in advertising, but may not have realised it is a painting by such a famous artist.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to see the original version of The Monarch of the Glen and it certainly is, as the pupils have been telling me – stag-nificent!”

Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery said:
“We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland.

“We hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and admire this iconic and world-famous painting.”

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Mhairi Black MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mhairi Black MP commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from across Renfrewshire and Scotland to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Mhairi Black MP for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

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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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OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR TIED PUB REFORM

Over 90 per cent of responses to a consultation on West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby’s proposed Tied Pubs Bill backed a change in the law.

The proposal formally lodged today would create a statutory Pubs Code to regulate the relationship between tied pub tenants and their pub-owning landlords and an independent Adjudicator to enforce the code. Tied pub tenants in Scotland would gain similar rights to those in England and Wales, with restrictions eased on the range of drinks they can stock.

93 per cent of consultation respondents supported the Bill, including 87 per cent who described themselves as ‘fully supportive’.

The Bill is backed by a broad coalition including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association(SLTA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), GMB Scotland, the STUC and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby MSP said: 

“This proposal is about fairness, choice and jobs. Fairness for tied pub tenants, choice for Scotland’s pub goers and jobs in the pub and brewing industries. My Bill would reset the relationship between tied licensees and their landlords, giving tied tenants in Scotland similar rights to those in England and Wales, and it would make it easier to bring locally-brewed products into the tied pub sector.

“Too often tied deals are one-sided and uncompetitive. With a broad coalition behind the Bill and backing from an overwhelming 93 per cent who responded, this consultation has demonstrated very clearly that the sector has to change.

“I have now formally lodged my proposal and I am asking MSPs of all parties to work with me to deliver a much-needed change in the law and a fairer deal for Scotland’s tied pubs and the brewing industry.”

In a statement, licensed trade body, the SLTA said:

“The SLTA echoes the support of the majority of respondents to the tied house consultation who are calling for a statutory Pubs Code and Adjudicator in Scotland to give Scottish tied house tenants the same protection as their counterparts in England and Wales. The status quo is not an option and our message remains the same – ‘there is an urgent need to have parity with the rest of the UK’. It is totally unacceptable for Scotland’s tenant licensees to be left in the very vulnerable position they find themselves in.

“Tied pub reform will end the discriminatory, unfair and uncompetitive marketplace that tied house tenants are locked into and will reverse the serious negative effect on the economy, particularly local economies.”

Sarah Bellis, CAMRA Director for Scotland says: 

“CAMRA welcomes the consultation results which show that an overwhelming 93% of respondents agree with CAMRA that change is needed to protect Scottish licensees tied to the large pub companies.

“Many pubs in Scotland are struggling because pub companies take more than is fair or sustainable from tied licensees’ profits by forcing them to buy their beer directly from them at inflated prices rather than on the open market. Licensees are further hit by paying above market value for rents and consequentially struggling to make a living, contributing to pub closures across Scotland.

“We therefore fully support Neil Bibby’s Pubs Code Bill, which calls for a powerful pubs code to govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants to ensure licensees are treated fairly.”

GMB Organiser Martin Doran said: 

“Neil Bibby’s consultation on tied pub reform has demonstrated the strength of feeling and the breadth of the coalition in favour of change.  The Scottish Government should now move quickly to support legislative proposals which can deliver fairness for tied pubs tenants, give more choice for punters and help create a more level playing field for Scottish brewers who, as they should know, are significant employers.

“GMB Scotland members working in the Scottish brewing industry certainly understand that a fairer tied pubs market will help to sustain good jobs in their industry.  MSPs, of all parties, should be in no doubt that tied pub tenants and brewing industry workers alike support these proposals and now want to see change delivered.”

Colin Borland, Head of Devolved Nations at the FSB said:

“Neil Bibby’s proposed Bill will give the pub industry the New Year boost it needs by giving small businesses the opportunity to be free-of-tie – meaning lower prices and more choice for customers and greater take-home pay for tied tenants.

“FSB is calling on the Scottish Government to back local pub owners, get behind the Bill and call time on ineffective industry self-regulation.”

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Mackay welcomes strategy to target loneliness and isolation

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the developing of a new national strategy to tackle loneliness and isolation.

 

The draft plan, one of the first in the world, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.

 

Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

 

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

 

“Anybody, regardless of age or circumstance, can be affected by social isolation and loneliness. Research also shows there is a link between loneliness and poor physical and mental health and that this can impact on everyday life.

 

“Scotland is leading the way when it comes to tackling this and will be one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation.

 

“As a Government we have an important role to play, but, we want communities and society to lead it. Communities themselves are best places to ensure people who may be at risk of becoming isolated or lonely can access the support they need. 

 

“Now we want to hear from you about what is important in tackling these issues. I would encourage everyone to have a say on this very important issue.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT LAUNCHES PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS TO MODERNISE AIRSPACE

Glasgow Airport has today (Monday 15 January 2018) launched a 13-week public consultation seeking feedback on proposals to modernise the airspace currently used by aircraft to fly to and from the airport.

The airspace change proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), an industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

 

A key element of the FAS involves removing ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground-based navigation aid which Glasgow Airport currently uses to guide aircraft to and from the airfield will be decommissioned in 2019.

The move to satellite-based navigational systems will help reduce the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions.

 

Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in over 50 years and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose. We now need to ensure the way we manage our airspace matches the advancements that have been made in aircraft technology.

 

“Modern aircraft are now equipped to use satellite navigation meaning they can fly more efficient, reliable and direct routes. In moving to this new system, not only will we be able to improve the punctuality of flights, we will be able to reduce the amount of fuel burn from aircraft at Glasgow by over 4,000 tonnes. To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent amount of fuel an A320-200 aircraft would require to operate 1,370 flights between Glasgow and Frankfurt. This in turn will allow us to reduce CO2 emissions by 21% (12,910 tonnes).

 

“It is important to stress we will only make changes to the arrival or departure flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond to the airspace change consultation. We will host a number of drop-in sessions over the course of the coming months and all views will then be presented to our regulator, the CAA, before the necessary approval can be granted.”

 

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Mark Johnston added: “We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would encourage people to participate.”

 

Further information on the airspace consultation, including how to respond, can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/airspace.

 

The airport is also required to publish an updated noise action plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The noise action plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

 

Information on the Noise Action Plan can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/community/noise.

 

The deadline for submissions for both consultations is 13 April 2018

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How to get over being an under – Lisa Kowalski headlines King Tuts on her 18th birthday

As an emerging singer songwriter determined to build a career, a lot of items on Lisa Kowalski’s bucket list are music related.

She has already ticked off a few things – releasing her first EP, playing a festival headline stage, performing on TV, meeting her original inspiration Taylor Swift and supporting a few more well-established artists.  There’s still a big list and a long journey ahead, but one major barrier is about to be smashed.

Having been a performer and a local music fan for the last four years, 17 year old Lisa was getting increasingly frustrated that, as an under, she could neither perform nor go and see her favourite bands and artists at certain gigs and venues. The popular and iconic King Tuts was often the venue for an event Lisa really wanted to attend but wasn’t able to. This situation is all about to change on 6th February when, with the help of Salute Music UK, Lisa is going to celebrate coming of age by headlining King Tuts on the night of her 18th.

Salute Music UK run an innovative new signwriting competition designed to discover under the radar song writing talent from across the UK. Lisa entered their first contest in summer 2017 with a rough demo of a song she had written and had filmed at her fortnightly singing lesson.  Despite competing with more experienced artists and polished and produced tracks and videos, the panel of industry judges selected the song “I do” from thousands of entries to make the top 100.

The public were then asked to vote over several weeks for their favourite songs and the top six made the final, with a £10,000 cash prize paid to each and £50,000 to the overall winner. Lisa was delighted to find out in November that she was a finalist and would be winning a prize that will allow her to realise a lot of musical goals for 2018 and continue to progress her career. The prize also included the arrangement of a “Home Town gig” for each finalist and it was the absolute icing on the cake when Lisa learned that this would not only be in the legendary King Tuts but would also fall on the very night she turned 18. The prize money will be officially presented on the night.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to perform old songs and some new material in a venue that’s so iconic! I also have an incredible artist lined up to support me, Megan D. I’ve been loving her EP and it’s amazing to have a musician that I greatly admire in the line up! ”

Lisa has a lot of other aims and wishes for the year ahead and, as is usually the way for emerging musicians, some will happen and some won’t.  Receiving an invaluable cash sum to invest in her music, as well as a public recognition of her song writing talent, provides a brilliant foundation on which to build. The night at King Tuts is hopefully the start of many things but regardless of what comes next, Lisa will never forget being able to share such an exciting event with friends, family and fans on the long awaited night on which she turns 18.