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Paisley Farmers’ Market is on the move

Shoppers looking for some fresh ideas are being encouraged to check out Paisley Farmers’ Market when it moves to a new location and time this weekend.

The popular twice-monthly market has been a fixture in County Square over the past 12 years.

But it is now moving along the street to Paisley Cross as part of a revamp which will see midweek markets introduced for the first time.

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Markets will take place on the second Thursday and last Saturday of every month, at a new time of 10am to 2pm, slightly later than the previous time of 9am to 1pm.

The first market at the new location will be this Saturday, 31 August. To mark the occasion, the council is laying on children’s entertainment, including face-painting, stilt walkers and balloon modelling.

Paisley Farmers’ Market features a wide range of stall-holders offering quality fresh produce, straight from the farm to the shopping bag, such as meat,fish, cheese, fruit and veg, and chocolate.

The market is operated by Ayrshire Farmers’ Market and Renfrewshire Council, and the decision to relocate came after consultation with traders and shoppers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Town centre regeneration is a big priority for us.

“We hope the new location will improve the visibility of the market and will in turn bring new vibrancy to Paisley High Street.

“The market offers something a little bit different, which complements the range of shops we have already have in the town.

“The feedback we received when we surveyed the public was that they wanted the market to be later in the day and to take place midweek as well as at the weekend

“We took all of that on board, and it would be great to see as many residents as possible check out what is on offer, starting this Saturday.”

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Paisley 10k road race attracts almost 1,500 runners

Around 1,500 runners pounded the streets of Paisley at the weekend as the annual Paisley Vision 10k road race took place.

The event – doubling as the Scottish Athletics West District 10K Road Race Championship – saw serious runners and enthusiastic amateurs alike strap on their running shoes.

Hundreds of residents lined the streets as they turned out to cheer on the runners in the sunshine.

The 10k course started and ended in County Square and took runners through Ferguslie Park on its way to Asda, before coming back through the west end of the town along the Paisley – Kilmacolm cycle track.

Along the way, runners passed local landmarks such as Paisley Abbey and Town Hall, St Mirren Park and the University of the West of Scotland.

The first man home was Callum Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC, in a time of 30:40 and the fastest woman was team-mate Hayley Haining, in 34:28.

The road race was followed by a fun run, which saw a record-breaking entry of around 700 runners tackle the 3km route around the town centre.

The winner was Kilbarchan AAC’s Conor Thomson in a time of 08:47.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who was there on the day to present medals to the winners, said: “Events like this are great for bringing a crowd into the town centre and it was lovely to see so many people turn out to cheer on their friends and family.

“The runners will have had their own reasons for getting involved, whether it be to raise money for charity or just to get themselves fit – but they are all winners.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, added: “The promotion of sport and healthy lifestyles is something the council is very keen to be part of.

“The turnout was up on recent years, which is testament to how well-established this event has become.

“We made changes to the pricing structure for this year’s event in line with feedback from participants, and I am glad people have responded to that.

“I would like to thank all those who gave up their time to help with the organisation of the race, as well as our race sponsors MEPC for their contribution.”

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Gerry Baker – St Mirren Legend

Paisley’s MSP has lodged a parliamentary motion acknowledging the career of Gerry Baker who sadly passed away at the weekend. Gerry was part of the team that won the Scottish Cup in 1959, his first season with the club.

George said:

George at St Mirren‘Although I never saw Gerry Baker play for St Mirren I have been told how he was such an important part of the wonderful 1959 Scottish cup wining team. My Dad and other members of my family would go as far to say we have never had a centre forward of his class since, at St Mirren Park.

‘For me the legacy of men like Davie Lapsley and Gerry Baker and their team mates in that team are that most of us in Paisley still know about their achievements. Paisley’ s thoughts are with his family but we can say that he gave our town so much during his time here.’

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Paisley 10k Photographs 2013 Finishing Line

Photographs from today (Sunday 25th August 2013) of the Annual Paisley 10k Road race.

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tracey Clements. If you would like the full resolution please use our contact page to request the photograph.

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Photographs from today (Sunday 25th August 2013) of the Annual Paisley 10k Road race.

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tracey Clements. If you would like the full resolution please use our contact page to request the photograph.

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Major investment planned to help residents through hardship

Renfrewshire Council will invest an additional £200,000 into helping local people who are struggling to pay their rent, if the move gets the seal of approval next week.

Council bosses want to top up a fund that’s in place to help residents receiving Housing Benefit who are having difficulty meeting their housing costs – by £215,648.

If the move gets rubber-stamped next week, it will bring the council’s total investment into the Discretionary Housing Payment fund up to £365,648, following a £150,000 contribution in December.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Mike Holmes, Deputy Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “We know the UK Government’s benefit changes are having an impact on local communities. More people are coming to us for advice, more people are falling into arrears, more are applying for DHPs, and more families are using food banks.

“This latest investment will bring our overall contribution to this key support fund up to more than £365,000 – the maximum we are allowed to contribute to DHP. We want to do all we can to help local residents through these tough times.”

“Our message is clear: if you’re facing financial hardship and are struggling to meet your housing costs, apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment. Help is there and we don’t want local families to struggle. Our Advice Works team can even help you if you need support to fill in the form, so please get in touch.”

Any Renfrewshire resident who is claiming Housing Benefit and having difficulties meeting their housing costs can apply for a DHP.

Application forms are available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/dhp or you can call 0300 300 0204 to ask for one to be sent out to you. If you need help to fill out a form (and for general financial support) please call Advice Works on 0300 300 1238.

The proposed top up of the DHP fund will go before the Finance and Resources Policy Board for a decision on 28 August.

Fire Engine Rally attracts crowds to town centre

Renfrewshire residents turned out in their numbers at the weekend to grab a glimpse of some vintage vehicles during the Fire Engine Rally

Hundreds of people gathered in Paisley town centre on Saturday afternoon for the popular annual event, which is now in its fifth year.

A mixture of old-style and current fire appliances paraded through the town from Canal Street Fire Station before parking in County Square and Gilmour Street.

The event was run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

There was plenty to keep visitors entertained, with chip-pan fire demonstrations and a fire-engine bouncy castle.

Other emergency services who met the public on the day included the Glasgow Airport fire crew, and blood-transfusion motorcycle couriers from the Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service.

Being ‘rescued’ was Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who volunteered to be cut from a car by the fire brigade as part of a safety demo.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrewshire residents turned out in their numbers for one of our town centre events, following on from Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championship last month, both of which were well attended.

“The day carried a serious message in terms of fire safety and was a great showcase for the work of the fire brigade – although I would like to reserve a special thank-you to the ones who rescued me from inside the car!”

“I also have to compliment the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust for their work to restore these magnificent vehicles, as it gives young and old alike a chance to see a piece of our history in action.”

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Council Leader presses Scottish Government for Living Wage power

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader wants private companies to pay a fair Living Wage to any of their staff who deliver work for the local authority – and he has written to the Scottish Government in a bid to turn this into reality.

living wageCouncillor Mark Macmillan has written to the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to urge that powers be added to public contract regulations. These would enable councils to specify that contractors’ employees are paid the Living Wage when they deliver work for local authorities. Currently, when awarding contracts to private sector companies, the council cannot take the rate of employees’ wages into consideration.

This move forms part of Renfrewshire Council’s anti-poverty agenda and links to the authority’s work supporting people affected by the UK government’s Welfare Reform and the £8million Invest in Renfrewshire programme that supports businesses while creating work and training opportunities.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I am fighting to get everyone working in Renfrewshire a fair Living Wage. It’s better for business and it means that people can work their way out of poverty. It is simply the right thing to do.

“The Scottish Government needs to change its legislation to let us specify to contractors that, when their staff are delivering work for the council, they have to pay them our Living Wage. It is simply unjust that a worker doing the same job as a council employee is paid at a lower rate.

“Renfrewshire’s Living Wage is fair, it’s encouraging, it shows that we value our employees and their work, and it’s better for the local economy. I’d urge Nicola Sturgeon to give us the powers we need to make sure anyone delivering work for Renfrewshire Council, receives our Living Wage.”

Councillor Macmillan has asked the Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, to address these legal issues regarding contractors in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill.

He also plans to work with Renfrewshire employers later this year to encourage them to consider applying the £7.50 per hour Living Wage. Already, companies who recruit employees and interns under the Invest in Renfrewshire programme are paid a £1000 bonus.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and employers choose to pay it on a voluntary basis. The current hourly Living Wage outside London is set at £7.45. Renfrewshire Council was one of the first Scottish local authorities to introduce a living wage for its own staff and, for 2013/14, this is set at £7.50 per hour.

The national minimum wage is currently set at £6.21. More information on the Living Wage can be found online at www.livingwage.org.uk

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FIRST HOME GAME

Our first home game of the season will take place on Saturday 17th August 2013 when we play Kilmarnock. To avoid any disappointment you can purchase a Season Ticket or order match day tickets online at  www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

 

The tickets details are as follows:

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Adult – £20

Adult (Padded Seat) – £22

Concession – £10

Concession (Padded Seat) – £12

Under 12 – £5 (£2 in the family stand)

 

Tickets for the next 3 home games against Partick Thistle, Motherwell and Aberdeen are also on sale.

 

The Ticket Office is open as follows:

 

Monday to Thursday 10am – 2pm

Friday 16th 10am – 5pm

Saturday 17th 9am until kick-off

LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND TIE

The Second Round tie will be between St Mirren and Queen of the South at Palmerston Park, Dumfries.

The match, which will be played on Tuesday 27th August with a 7:45pm kick-off,  will be all-ticket.

Tickets for the tie are not on sale yet but once the tickets have been received from Queen of the South we will update the website accordingly. Ticket prices have been agreed as follows:

 

Adult – £16

Concession –£9
Child – £5

 

PANDA CLUB

Why not bring your children along to St Mirren Panda Club on Saturday 17th August 2013 from 1pm to 4.45pm.  It is open to St Mirren fans, both male and female, aged 5-12 years old and membership is FREE!!

A day at the Panda Club is as follows:

·         SFA/St Mirren FC Qualified Coach for 1 hours coaching.

·         Lots of footballing fun within the new St Mirren Dome.

·         1 match day ticket. Children will be accompanied and supervised by Community Coaches to the match.

·         Panda Club members will be seated in the exclusive ‘Panda Area’ in the Family (South) Stand.

·         The cost per child is £3 with a season ticket (displayed upon arrival) and £5 without a season ticket.

Football sessions will take place on the astroturf inside the St Mirren Dome, located behind the North Stand of St Mirren Park. Adults wishing to attend the game can purchase tickets from the St Mirren Ticket Office. Parents should collect their child at the Community Office, located at the North Stand, at the end of the match

 

For bookings and further information about St Mirren in the Community, please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson on 07702 287 693 or email ross.paterson@saintmirren.net.

 

AIRDOME SURFACE

Just a reminder that the new St Mirren air dome indoor football pitch is getting resurfaced with a top of the range FIFA 2 star surface supplied by Fieldturf. Ex St Mirren player Brian Hamilton who runs SGS has won the contract to install the new carpet, work is due to start after the Kilmarnock home match on 18th August and therefore the airdome will be closed for a week to allow the work to be completed. Once the new surface is laid the air dome will be a state of the art first class indoor facility for use not just by the Football Club but for the community in general

YOUTH GAMES

Why not come along this weekend and support the St Mirren Youth Teams. Matches are as follows

17/08/13            St Mirren U11s V St Johnstone U11s      11am Ralston

17/08/13            St Mirren U12s V St Johnstone U12s      1pm Ralston

18/08/13            St Mirren U13s V Dundee United U13s    12 noon Ralston

18/08/13            St Mirren U14s V Dundee United U14s    2pm Ralston

18/08/13            Dundee United U15s V St Mirren U15s    12 noon St Andrews University

18/08/13            Dundee United U17s V St Mirren U17s    12 noon St Andrews University

PHYSIOTHERAPIST VACANCY

St Mirren Youth Academy require a new physiotherapist to work for the academy at weekends. We are looking for an HPC qualified physiotherapist who must have their own transport.If you are interested in this position please email your CV to emma@saintmirren.net. Experience would be advantageous but not essential.

ST MIRREN GOLF DAY – FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER

The SMFC Fans Council are hosting a Golf Day to raise funds for youth development at the Club.

A great day out joining Directors and players past and present from St Mirren Football Club will take place on Friday 6th September at Paisley Golf Club.

The details as follows:

·         Hot Roll, Tea or Coffee upon arrival (9:00am), meet and greet players and staff.

·         Enjoy the live draw for each 3 ball to pair up with SMFC rep (9:30am).

·         Two Tee start 1st and 10th – first tee off 10:00am (8 min intervals) – Team Stableford format, 3 Qtrs of handicap, Off Yellow Tees

·         Sit down two course meal, main meal and dessert followed by tea or coffee (3:00pm)

·         Photo opportunity with League Cup, staff and players from St Mirren FC.

·         Prizes and raffle draws shortly after.

·         All of the above for only £70 per person and we require entries of teams of 3 by e-mail, on a first come, first served basis to ensure your place.

If you are keen to join us on the day, please send on your 3 team members names and contact details to Mr Eric Crossan on eric.crossan@talktalk.net as soon as possible, after which further details will follow.

Please visit www.supportsmfc.co.uk for more St Mirren Fans Council initiatives.

 

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Laughter, Buddy Guaranteed: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for autumn 2013.

Autumn has arrived at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of theatre and dance performances, exhibitions at Paisley Museum, music and stand-up gigs as well as a superb range of regular events and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

Our 50-strong line-up of performances, events and exhibitions falls during a busy time for Renfrewshire, with the arrival of the Royal National Mòd and The Spree arts festival, both of which take place in venues around Paisley in October.

PillarGalleryLaughter, Buddy Guaranteed. This autumn we are most looking forward to launching a new, monthly comedy strand featuring all the big names in Scottish stand-up. ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ is the brainchild of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums and local comedy promoters Dead Sheep Comedy and will see headline acts like Des Clarke, Gary Little & Janey Godley take to the mic at Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall. And, just to add a little more intrigue, we have secured a hugely successful mystery guest for our first show. We can’t reveal who it is yet but comedy fans will know this person well from their impressive run of sell-out world tours and numerous TV appearances.

Fringe Links. A number of our forthcoming plays and theatre productions are currently showing at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. See the critically acclaimed ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, ‘The List’ and children’s performance ‘Head in the Clouds’ straight after their Fringe run at Paisley Arts Centre. Or break out of the theatre for a nostalgic performance of ‘Linwood No More’ at the former Linwood Rootes Car Factory.

Showcasing the best of local heritage. Paisley Museum commemorates a local landmark with September exhibition ‘Abbey 850’ and the museum will be celebrating Gaeldom in October with a trio of displays highlighting Gaelic heritage and culture to coincide with the Royal National Mòd.

Animal mad! Whether your favourite animal is a sheep, a tiger or even a polar bear, we have many funny, interactive and magical events and performances planned for children and families. Plus our talented Outreach team are set to deliver an array of creative activities involving fashion, animation and even horrible histories!

The new autumn Guide brochure, complete with details of our arts and events programme in full, is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Renfrew Town Hall. Or you can see what’s on online, by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

For regular updates on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), Twitter (@RenArtsMuseums) or sign up to our free weekly e-news service, simply email ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk to join the mailing list.