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UWS are delighted to host Professor Sheila Rowan, MBE, as their next Inspiring Women speaker on the 13th February on their Paisley Campus.  As Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Prof Rowan ensures the Scottish Government has access to the best scientific advice to inform and guide policy across all areas.  Prof Rowan’s research was awarded a share of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her and the member of team’s input into the discovery of Gravitational Waves. An elected Fellow of the Royal Society, Sheila is in good company with the likes of luminaries such as Einstein.

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The UWS Inspiring Women Lecture Series was developed at the request of Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Craig Mahoney, to provide an opportunity for staff, students and members of the public to hear from women who have been successful within their field, be that within science, arts, humanities, business or other areas. The diverse range of speakers has encouraged engagement and discussion, and the series is now a regular and important feature in the University events calendar.  The events this year have been made possible by the kind sponsorship of akp Scotland Ltd.

Their most recent Inspiring Woman, Shona McCarthy, CEO of the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Society said:

“the event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success, creativity and determination of women in leadership.  UWS have created an important platform that helps to shine a spotlight of positivity on what women can achieve and can aspire to be, and I was delighted to be a part of it.  I loved getting the chance to meet with some of the students from UWS and local Colleges, and to hear about their ambitions and focus for the future”.

The event is free but ticketed, with tickets (going fast) available via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-waves-in-science-professor-sheila-rowan-mbe-tickets-53700943969?aff=erelexpmlt

More information about the Inspiring Women lecture series can be found here:

https://www.uws.ac.uk/about-uws/a-21st-century-university/uws-inspires/inspiring-women/

Paisley trust board

Paisley’s leading community focused regeneration charity, Paisley Community Trust has announced the appointment of 6 new Trustees to its board. The organisation behind the ambitious Performing Arts and Film Theatre Project, ‘Baker Street Paisley’, has made the appointments ahead of unveiling its Outline Business Case, due to be publicly revealed in March. It will outline the demand, viability and requirements to deliver the Baker Street Project.

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The new Board brings together a broad range of professionals and students from a variety of sectors and international backgrounds. Joining the existing Trustees – Gary Kerr, Andy Campbell and George Gibson are:

Lisa Sinclair – Senior Legal Counsel, Chivas Brothers Limited

Shannan Flockhart – Design Student, Glasgow School of Art

Marc Frossman – Head of Marketing, Monteleone

Rebecca Kowalski – Compliance Manager, Cornerstone Asset Management LLP

Paul McGrath – Director, Consilium Contracting Services

Helena Lim – Director, HL4 Education Insights

Chairman of Paisley Community Trust, Gary Kerr said “Our Community Trust has been going from strength to strength. We are at a pivotal phase of producing the outline business case for the Baker Street project. We knew it was vitally important to expand the knowledge, skill set, experience and diversity of our Board. We advertised and we were overwhelmed with the high number of quality applications.”

“We met with many applicants and wanted to understand their motivations, what value they could add and most importantly their passion for improving Paisley and providing opportunity to our communities.”

“We are delighted to announce the six new additions to our Board taking the total number to 9. Our board now covers a broad spectrum of backgrounds, skills and experience and all will play a vital role in delivering the Baker Street Project. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our new board through our social media channels and to our members. Please do join us in welcoming them to Paisley Community Trust.”

New trustee Shannan Flockhart said “I am a born and raised Paisley buddie and I’m passionate about the future of the town. Most importantly I am really interested in involving the youth in the growth and development of the town centre. I’m only out of High School a couple of years and studying design at the Glasgow School of Art and I want to do my bit to improve our communities and town for all. Excited to be part of Paisley Community Trust!”

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St Mirren football legend Tony Fitzpatrick’s autobiography is being read in all corners of the globe.

He’s been sent photographs of people reading his book Fitzy – The Story of My Life, in faraway places like New Zealand, the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

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Tony says he’s been “overwhelmed” by the reaction to his autobiography and people have even been stopping him as he leaves church on a Sunday, at St Mirin’s Cathedral, in Paisley asking him to sign a copy of his book they’d brought with them.

Lifelong St Mirren fan, Richard Bradbury works for the Salvation Army, in Bangladesh and he was sent a copy of Tony’s autobiography. He wrote on Twitter:

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“Fitzy was one of my boyhood heroes following St Mirren. The more I read, the more my admiration and respect I have for Tony. Stories are full of inspiration and motivation.”

Paisley Buddie, Martin Wallace was on holiday in New Zealand and sent home a photo of himself reading Fitzy’s book on the other side of the world.

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Martin and Rosalind Carr are well-known Saints fans and when they recently went on holiday to the Caribbean, they packed TWO copies of Fitzy’s book in their cases. That was so they could both read the autobiography at the same time as they soaked up the sun.

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Reviewing the book on Amazon, Stuart Hall said: “A very well written account.

“From the start, it was obvious that Fitzy has lived no ordinary life and the hard upbringing he had brings nothing but admiration for what he has achieved.

“This book is a real mix of tough stuff, heartache and inspiration – so an emotional roller coaster and well worth a read whether or not you’re a supporter of the black and white.”

People who have bought the book have also been in touch with Tony on social media.

Stephanie Hampsey, from Paisley wrote to Tony and said:

“I would highly recommend the book to anyone.

“Your story proves that you can and will be anything you want in life if you believe in yourself, like you did when you were a child.

“A wee boy from the Possil area of Glasgow now a legend and current CEO of St Mirren Football Club.

A lot of humour and football banter and few surprising stories along the way to keep you wanting to read more.”

And a Tweet from the Rays of Hope cancer support group charity Tweeted: “Great read, takes you through all the emotions, happy, sad, joyful, mad and back to happy again.”

Mark Nicholas posted on Twitter: “Reading the Fitzpatrick book and would highly recommend it.”

And Jed McCabe said on Twitter: “Just finished reading the book. 10/10 Fantastic!”

Tony Fitzpatrick said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction to the book especially as people have been saying they have taken inspiration from my life story.

“It’s very humbling to think that by telling my story I’ve been able to help people.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has bought the book and those who have taken the time to contact me and say how much they have enjoyed reading it.”

Fitzy – The Story of My Life is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and is available from www.fitzybook.co.uk for only £11.99.

remembering suicide

Renfrewshire’s annual memorial service to those who have lost their lives to suicide has been held, with more than 120 people paying their respects.

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Local support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) hosted the short service on Thursday 24 January at Renfrewshire House, which was led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

There was a set of readings by Reverend Alan Birss and Father John Eagers, before Choose Life’s Rosemary Mullan read a poignant poem.

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The service was followed by a procession to the memorial tree where Provost Cameron laid a commemorative wreath and people were able to place a purple heart onto the tree with a message to a loved one that had been lost.

Anyone unable to attend the service who wishes a message to be placed onto the tree can visit the council reception at any time to collect a commemorative heart to be placed on the tree.

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Provost Cameron, who helped establish the memorial tree in 2010, said: “This service provides a chance for those who have lost a loved one to grieve, remember and celebrate the person.

“In many ways, it is sad to see the turnout growing at the service each year, but hopefully it shows the taboo around suicide is fading and people are seeking an outlet for support or a chance to remember who they have lost.

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“If you have been affected by suicide in any manner, please get in touch with the Choose Life team. They are available for a chat and can provide you with the support you, or a friend or family member, needs to move forward.”

The memorial tree was first dedicated in 2010 as a permanent memorial to those who have died through suicide and is believed to have been the first of its kind in Scotland.

The service aims to provide an opportunity to remember those who have been lost while providing an arm of support to the survivors. It is an opportunity to connect with others who have faced similar situations.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan’s 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200 or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/sobs.

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Renfrewshire’s newly-named gritters are on the web, as well as the road, this year as part of a drive to highlight the dedicated work of council staff.

The community can now track the whereabouts of the gritters on the council’s website as they tackle priority routes on a 24/7 schedule throughout the winter period.

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All nine of Renfrewshire’s gritters have new names following a successful #NameOurGritters competition, designed to engage the local community in winter preparedness – part of the annual #RenReady campaign.

Ploughlo Grittini, Tony Gritzpatrick, Gerry Raffersleigh and William Wall-ice were famous faces from Renfrewshire chosen as winners, with local places Fridge of Weir, Gleniffer Brrraes and Paisleigh also making the cut, alongside Buddie Baltic.

STV weatherman Sean Batty also has his very own gritter namesake, Thawin’ Batty, and he’s looking forward to finding out where he is throughout the winter.

Sean said: “As a weatherman, it is definitely one of the most interesting times of year but also very challenging. This winter, I have the additional excitement of watching out for Thawin Batty on the roads across Renfrewshire, and with the online tracker that will be even easier.

“We’ll need to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us and whether it’ll turn cold and icy or stay a more mild, wet and windy winter.

“Whatever the weather holds, I’ll be thinking too about our road workers who’ll be keeping us safe.”

The competition saw more than 1600 suggestions submitted and more than 8000 votes cast as the nine winners were chosen to patrol Renfrewshire’s streets this winter.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We prepare months in advance of winter arriving and our teams have been working hard  for months now to keep the roads clear and gritted as best we can.

“Our winter teams work throughout the night and I’m pleased that the community will be able to see our gritting teams out working in all conditions.

“The added bonus of those familiar Renfrewshire names will help keep people interested and I would encourage everyone to check our website for information on how to be prepared for all eventualities this winter.”

Each gritter is fitted with a tracking device and people will be able to follow them as they clear snow and grit the roads in advance of, and during, freezing conditions.

For more information on winter preparedness and to follow the gritters, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/readyforwinter.

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There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the latest programme of shows and events organised by Renfrewshire Leisure during the coming months.

Information about these cultural activities is contained in the newly-published free booklet, The Guide.

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Renfrewshire Leisure will host a variety of theatre performances as part of Puppet Animation Festival. These performances during April include both puppet theatre and animated films.

New venues will be staging shows and events after Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Museum are closed for redevelopment.

The Out of Place programme features the User Not Found theatre performance in the Paisley Arts Centre café, on May 8 and the Dark Carnival Unplugged is performed in the Paisley Arts Centre grounds, on May 17.

The Guide also highlights a series of acting writing and directing workshops from In Motion Theatre Company.

Paisley Arts Centre will host the Scottish Alternative Music Awards on March 15 and 16, featuring live showcases, music industry seminars and workshops.

The Arts Centre will also be turned into a virtual reality, 3D playground as Paisley YMCA presents Synaethesia, on June 29.

Music fans have a variety of concerts to enjoy, including the Acoustic Beatles and Acoustic Eagles, on February 1; singer Mary Ann Kennedy, on April 27 and legendary piper, Fred Morrison, on May 14, all at Paisley Arts Centre.

Victoria Hollows, Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive said: “There is something for everyone in the guide – from comedy acts to family shows, drama performances to traditional music along with interesting and informative exhibitions.”

The Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew and Johnstone Town Halls and Linwood’s Tweedie Hall or it can be downloaded from www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

To book any of the events log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.

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Tickets officially went on sale today for RAMH’s 2019 annual fundraiser.

Join us on Friday 26th April 2019 at The Lynnhurst Hotel (8 Park Road, Johnstone, PA5 8LT) from 7.15pm – 1.00am for the RAMH Dinner & Dance: Proudly Sponsored by Bridge of Weir Leather.

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The evening will begin with a glamourous red carpet arrival and fizz reception, followed by a delicious three course meal and fantastic live entertainment as well as our raffle and auction. We are also delighted to welcome back broadcaster Vanessa Collingridge as host!

Tickets are currently available at an Early Bird Rate of £35pp until Monday 18th February. After this date, they will be full price at £40. Tables of 10 are available for a discounted rate of £350.

fire walk

To mark the end of their 30th Anniversary, St. Vincent’s Hospice are having their hottest fundraising event ever, with a Firewalk on Tuesday 29th January.

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Teaming up with FireWalk Scotland, the Hospice are looking for people to sign up and face their fears, for this exciting challenge to support St. Vincent’s by doing something truly remarkable.

Commenting on the event, Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Linda Campbell, said: “Our 30th Anniversary year has been nothing short of spectacular, with some absolutely incredible events and support from people all across our Community. It only seems fitting that we close our 30th year in the same way, with this very special event, giving you the chance to do something you’d never think possible and literally walk through fire to raise money for a good cause.”

St. Vincent’s is a specialist provider of palliative and hospice care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout Renfrewshire. Taking pride in offering the right care, at the right time, they offer support via their In-patient Unit, Day Services and in people’s own homes throughout the community.
They are also one of the few organisations in Renfrewshire to offer bereavement counselling and support for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a parent or loved one.

Jamie McKenzie, from FireWalk Scotland, said: “We are very excited to be teaming up with St. Vincent’s to put on this Fire walking event.  Not only will this help raise vital funds for the Hospice, and help so many people going through difficult times, but it is your chance to take part in an ancient ritual and rite of passage that is a truly unique experience.

“During the evening, you will learn how to conquer fear and how your minds can be turned to confidence and certainty, in any situation, focus on the future and your goals, rediscover your own inner power and use these new found skills to walk over hot coals, at temperatures of more than 800 degrees Celsius.”

The event begins at 6pm at St. Vincent’s Hospice and costs £37.90 to take part. For more information, contact Info@svh.co.uk.

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People who are worried about post-Christmas debt are being urged to get the advice they need to help them tackle the January blues.

Blue Monday is described as the “most depressing day of the year” as bills from the festive period start coming through doors ahead of many people’s pay day.

A third of all families will have spent more money than they can afford at Christmas, leaving many struggling financially this month.

Organisations like Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau and Renfrewshire Council’s Advice Works provide free and confidential advice on managing debt and what to do if big bills are expected.

Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance, which is made up of a variety of organisations including credit unions, banks and Renfrewshire Council, can also help residents access fair and affordable forms of credit.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Finance, Resources and Customer Services at Renfrewshire Council, said: “January can feel depressing due to the dark days and long nights, but while no one can change the weather, there is plenty of help and support out there to manage debt.

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“I would urge anyone struggling with big bills this January to get in touch with advice services in Renfrewshire as soon as they can. Advice experts will deal with your situation confidentially and provide free and impartial advice to help you manage your debt.”

People can also start saving for next Christmas now at Renfrewshire’s five credit unions, which support people to save a small amount each week or month. For more information, visit www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk.

Councillor Shaw added: “It’s always advisable to start saving now for next Christmas. You can find help to manage your money on Advice Renfrewshire’s website.”

For more information, visit https://advicerenfrewshire.org or call FREEPHONE 0808 164 2922.

To contact Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance visit www.RACA.org.uk.

coats memorial

One of Scotland’s most iconic structures could be saved from ruin – with an expert team of place makers gearing up to raise £1.5million for its preservation.

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Coats Memorial, widely recognised as the exclamation mark of Paisley’s skyline, is looking for a new purpose since holding its last church ceremony in August 2018. Now with the support of a new Steering Group it is hoped it will once again become a cherished place where people will enjoy life’s biggest celebrations.

Led by philanthropist, businessman and Paisley native Ian Henderson, the revival of Coats Memorial could see the building compete with the likes of Glasgow’s Oran Mor and Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair as a multi-purpose venue. But charitable support from communities in Scotland and the rest of the world will be crucial to its future success.

Ian Henderson, Coats Memorial Steering Group, said: “Coats Memorial is an architectural marvel. As proud local people, the team holds a firm belief that if we do not do everything in our power to save this magnificent building then we have failed our ancestors and future generations who have and will go on to create wonderful memories here.

“If we achieve what we have set out to do in the New Year, Coats Memorial will be the exclamation mark in grand gatherings. We have a host of events planned as part of our campaign to safeguard the building, and look forward to announcing those in due course.

I would urge anyone who values their heritage and community values to please get behind this cause. We have the potential to do something really spectacular here, but we need the support of the community.”

Built in 1885 by Hippolyte Jean Blanc in the Gothic Revival period, Thomas Coats Memorial Church has a capacity of 1,000. Its features include a vaulted ceiling, mosaics, stencilled decoration, carved marble and alabaster. Above the chancel, the ceiling is adorned with paintings of angels and has an incredibly rare 3,040 pipe organ designed by William Hill & Sons. This stunning instrument has never been modified.

Sheenagh Gray, Chartered Architect of Framed Estates Limited said: “We are working closely with Historic Environment Scotland and local authorities and are overseeing the plans to ensure that we create a venue that pays homage to Coats Memorial’s heritage but also exceeds the expectation people have in iconic multi-purpose entertainment venues.”

The Coats Memorial Steering Group intends to launch its fundraising campaign, “100 days to save Coats Memorial” on 1 February.