ModStuff is always a Spree festival favourite – and this year’s event is now the latest sell-out show on this year’s bill.

The celebration of all things Mod – run by LNP Promotions – returns to The Spiegeltent on Saturday 12 October, and the last tickets for the evening show have now been snapped up.

But if you missed out you can still take in the ModSuff afternoon show – it’s free, no ticket is needed, loads of bands are playing, and includes the spectacle of the annual scooter rideout. Both shows are being run in support of Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “ModStuff has been a big part of The Spree for a few years now and the event has grown in popularity with the festival as a a whole. We are delighted to once again take over the Spiegeltent on the first Saturday of the festival in aid of a great cause.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some incredible bands to Paisley for you to enjoy… we look forward to seeing you all there!”

Spree tickets have been flying out the door this year with ModStuff one of several sell-outs. All tickets are gone for the Gerry Rafferty Songbook, Hue and Cry and Jerry Sadowitz, while The Snuts sold out The Spiegeltent within hours of going on sale in July.

But if you hurry there’s still time to get tickets for other acts including Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart, Hayseed Dixie and our late-night comedy nights on Friday 11th and Friday 18th.

For the first time, this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.

Part of the award-winning annual festival, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the open-air silent disco, delivered by Silent Knights, is a family-friendly activity promising plenty of dancing, DJs, singing and a whole lot of Halloween fun.

Taking place in the heart of the town in Dunn Square, there will be a series of 40-minute sessions for families and festival-goers to head along to over the two-day event. They will be provided with wireless headphones and can select their tunes of choice.

There will also be two relaxed disco slots suitable for those with additional support needs and their families and carers. During these time slots the music will be turned down in the headphones and there will be more room to dance around. These sessions will take place on Friday from 5pm to 5.40pm and Saturday 2pm to 2.40pm. A walk-in Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the festival. This will be a relaxed space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers.

Event DJs will be spinning tracks over three channels from Halloween hits to classic Ibiza dance anthems and pro-dancers will be on hand with classic dance moves that will keep everyone moving all day long.

The festival is being delivered in partnership with acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to join in the fun with a huge range of Halloween-themed activities including the dark circus style Halloween parade, aerial performances, workshops, street theatre and musical performances, scary movie screenings, live stage acts, creepy installations and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The popular Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bolder and this year is no exception.

“The Silent Disco is sure to be another exciting addition to the creative programme, drawing festival-goers right into the heart of Paisley town centre and offering a fantastic, fun, family experience.

“The support of partners like EventScotland has helped us grow our ambitious major events programme and establish the town as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years. We look forward to continuing to deliver top class events in Renfrewshire in the future.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate for this year’s event.

The Silent Disco is accessible for all abilities and is recommended for ages 4 and over but all ages are welcome. Under 2s do not require a ticket but cannot be provided with headphones.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 14 years old). A family ticket (two adults and two kids) is available for £14. Prices include booking fees.

To book tickets for the Paisley Halloween Festival Silent Disco please visit: www.paisley.is/discover/silentdisco/.  To find out more about the event please visit www.paisley.is/halloween.

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Open Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Venues all over Renfrewshire are preparing to throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days – Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new – takes place this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

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More than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will welcome people of all ages, and share interesting stories on Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Activities will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year include – Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police office, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals will also be going underground on a tour of Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Places on this year’s tour were decided by a ballot.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will be visiting a few of the venues on Saturday.

Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a weekend full of learning and fun and it’s always great to see people of all ages taking part.

“To have more than 50 venues signed up to take part this year is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories about our history and heritage that will inform our future.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money locally. I hope that people of all ages take time out this weekend to get involved.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Visitors are being encouraged to share their Doors Open Days photos on social media using  #DODSCOT

A full list of venues can be viewed online at https://paisley.is/featured_event/renfrewshire-doors-open-days/

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

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THERE’S something for everyone to enjoy between now and the end of the year in the new series of shows, performances and events being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The latest free edition of The Guide – the indispensible almanac for lovers of music, theatre and all things entertainment locally – has just been published.

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The booklet covers a veritable compendium of comedy, music, family events, thought-provoking theatre performances, dance, talks, film, panto and even Christmas Party nights.

Highlights of the coming months contained in The Guide include a host of events from the upcoming Paisley Youth Arts Festival and the annual Spree Festival.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We have a brilliant independent, dynamic youth arts scene, so expect the best from Paisley’s inaugural Youth Arts Festival in September.

“Young people and their grown ups have some beautifully crafted theatre to look forward to, with Anonymouse and Eaten at Paisley Arts Centre, WhirlyGig, at Foxbar Community Centre, and Stick By Me at Johnstone Town Hall as just a few examples.

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“People can experience the best in touring theatre, including Company Chordelia and Stellar Quines, and don’t miss contemporary dance piece The Box by Julia James-Griffiths.”

The Guide can be picked up from 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 featured in The Guide, 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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Paisley Halloween Festival returns for its biggest year yet – and for the first time ever the entire town centre will be the stage!

The Dark Circus rolls into Paisley on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019 with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the town into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The free two-day spectacular, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will cover everywhere from Bridge Street and County Square to the Coats Memorial Church and Shuttle Street, serving up creepy characters and frightening fun at every turn.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will have an extended route for 2019. More than 300 costumed performers including local groups, voodoo acrobats, fire performers and curious creatures, jinxed jugglers and magnificent floats will be led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster to thrilling live music, offering plenty of frights and delights along the way. Don’t miss the Dark Circus Stage on Gauze Street where the ringmaster will be conjuring up spectacular acts from his troupe of possessed performers.

The Saturday will see aerial artists, All or Nothing, perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’ where professional artists will be joined by local performers who will circle and swirl around the haunted carousel suspended over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey. While international fire theatre company, PyroCeltica, will bring their unique performance to the Coats Memorial Church to delight the crowds.

New to the festival this year is the addition of the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in Dunn Square in the heart of the town, the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family. DJs will play a range of floorfillers to the masses covering everything from Halloween favourites to the best of Indie disco, pop and dance classics – making sure everyone gets into the party mood.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic, high-wire walking and hula hoop artists.

There will also be scary movie screenings at Paisley Arts Centre, costume making with sustainable fashion experts Re:Mode, terrifying tales with Village Storytelling Centre and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director at Cirque Bijou, said: “We are delighted to be working on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and to be involved in an event so strongly rooted in the town. We’ve been sourcing the best local talent and working closely with community groups from across Paisley who we’ll be putting centre stage in our Dark Circus parade alongside some of our fantastic professional performers.

“Cirque Bijou specialise in creating unforgettable and exquisitely crafted shows and Paisley Halloween Festival will be no different. We’ll be pulling every trick (and treat!) out of the bag to make this year the most spooktacular yet and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar. Its stellar programme attracts thousands of visitors from across Scotland and beyond each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

“The festival has grown larger each year and this year will see our most ambitious and creative production yet as the entire town will become a circus stage, for professional and community performers to enthral the crowds.

“Events like this are not just great for visitors but for the local economy. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy as the festival hosted 34,000 people who enjoyed the fantastic parade and captivating performances. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to the town and encourage them to spend local.

“Paisley’s programme of major events has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform with the support of our creative partners like EventScotland who continue to work with us to make this event as successful as possible.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from Event Scotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Paisley Halloween Festival through its National Events Programme. The festival was a huge success in 2018 as part of the Year of Young People programme, creating opportunities for the town’s young people to be involved in the co-creation of the event while also driving significant economic impact for the local area.

“It is great to see the festival building on this legacy and delivering its biggest programme yet, with aerial performances, workshops, silent disco and the showpiece Halloween Parade, with the exciting addition of Cirque Bijou’s dark circus set to capture the imaginations of both locals and visitors alike.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival and other events please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

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DOORS OPEN – SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

Brediland Allotments

Cardell Drive, Paisley PA2 9EJ

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

Butterfly Room
10a Lady Lane, Paisley

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

Castle Semple Country Park

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Doors Open Day, Limo Style!

J&W Goudie, 10 – 12 Maxwellton Street, Paisley PA1 2UA

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Erskine Community Allotments

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BX

10:30am – 4:00pm

 

Fountain Gardens

Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ

11:00am – 5:00pm

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Heritage Centre

Unit 907, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church

Back Sneddon St, Paisley PA3 2AG

10:00am – 4:00pm

Holy Trinity and St Barnabas

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Inchinnan Parish Church

Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan PA4 9PH

10:00am – 4:00pm (All Hallows Graveyard 11am – 4pm)

 

John Neilson Institution

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE

10:30am – 3:30pm

Greek philosopher Diogenes

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Fire Station

Kings Road, Johnstone PA5 9HW

10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Johnstone Town Hall

25 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8FA

9:00am – 1.30pm

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Lamont Farm Project

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BU

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

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Oakshaw Trinity Church

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley PA1 2DD

10:30am – 3:00pm

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On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club

St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Methodist Central Hall with Paisley Photographic Society

7 – Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP

11:00am – 4:00pm

Paisley Methodist Central Hall

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

11.30am – 5.30pm

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Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

Arts Centre

Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

 

Paisley Sheriff Court

St James Street, Paisley PA3 2HW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Sheriff Court by Anne McNair

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrew North Parish Church

14 Renfield Street, Renfrew PA4 8TT

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrew Police Office

Station Road, Renfrew PA4 8RP

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Town Hall

Hairst Street, Renfrew PA4 8PF

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Renfrewshire Council Chambers

Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1TR

11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

Russell Institute

Sma’ Shot Cottages

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Stanely House – Youth with a Mission

14 Stanely Crescent, Paisley PA2 9LF

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

1 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EG

10:00am–4:00pm

 

St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Oxford Road, Renfrew PA4 0SJ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 7:00pm

Tannahill’s Cottage

Queen Street, Paisley PA1 1TT

11:00am – 3:00pm

Tannahills Cottage

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Trinity Church Scotland

13 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8HJ

10:00am–3:00pm

 

University of West Scotland

UWS Gardner Building, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Wallneuk North Church

Abercorn Street, Paisley PA3 4AB

10:00am – 12:00pm

 

West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane, Paisley PA1 2SL

2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

DOORS OPEN – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Grow in Glenburn

Glenpark, Glenfield Road, Paisley PA2 8TY

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Credit Union

26 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8DU

11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Johnstone High Parish Church

Ludovic Square, Johnstone PA5 8EE

10.30am – 2:00pm

 

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD

12.30pm – 4:00pm

 

On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

 

PACE Youth Theatre

Spires Drama Studios, School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DA

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

12.30pm – 3.45pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

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Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Fire Station

123 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE

2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 6:00pm

 

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Weaver’s Cottage

The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG

1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Wellmeadow Bowling Club

Argyle Street, Paisley PA1 2ER

11:00am – 6:00pm

 

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A total of 31 of Renfrewshire’s 62 schools will be up and running with ParentPay by the end of November.

The system takes money out of the classroom by allowing parents to pay for school lunches, fun days, trips, events, activities and equipment online.

Healthy eating at Johnstone High School 20.6.18

ParentPay originally launched at six schools in Renfrewshire in January 2019, with a further 13 schools moving onto the system in the spring.

The next stage of the roll-out will begin in September, with Gallowhill Primary & Nursery, Arkleston Primary, Ralston Primary & Nursery, Inchinnan Primary, Langbank Primary, Kirklandneuk Primary, Newmains Primary, Barsail Primary, Bishopton Primary, Rashlielea Primary, Park Mains High and Renfrew High all introducing the system by the end of November.

It is expected that all Renfrewshire schools will be live with ParentPay by the end of 2020.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Finance, Resources and Customer Services at Renfrewshire Council, said: “I am delighted we are launching the next stage of our ParentPay roll-out and making even more schools in Renfrewshire cashless.

“This system takes money out of classrooms and lets parents and carers pay for everything from school trips to lunches online, providing them with a record of all the payments they have made.

“We want to make every school in Renfrewshire cashless by the end of 2020. The next stage of our roll-out will bring us a step closer to achieving this and will mean half of all schools have introduced the system by the end of November this year.”

ParentPay, which is already used in more than 9,000 UK schools, allows parents and carers to make payments into their child’s account 24/7. They will also be able to see what their child has ordered for lunch and keep a record of all the payments they have made.

Parents and carers who don’t use online banking can put money into their child’s account at their nearest PayPoint, usually located in newsagents and other local shops.

Activation letters with step-by-step instructions on how to register for ParentPay will be sent out to parents and carers before their child’s school moves into the new system.

Parents and carers will need to set up a MyGovScot MyAccount to use the new payment system.

To register for MyAccount visit https://myaccount.renfrewshire/gov.uk/

paisley museum

The first images showing how Paisley Museum will become a world-class destination telling the town’s globally-significant stories and bringing huge volumes of new footfall to the town centre are today revealed.

The museum is undergoing a £42m transformation into a leading European museum telling the stories of Paisley’s people and Pattern, and home to its internationally-significant collections.

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When it reopens in 2022, the reimagined museum is expected to draw audiences from Scotland, the UK and abroad – almost quadrupling visitor numbers to 125,000 a year.

And today sees the first reveal of images, showing how international architects AL_A – led by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete – plan to restore and reinvigorate the museum, including:

– fully accessible entrance courtyard and a dramatic red glazed entrance hall, creating a dynamic and inviting presence on the High Street and a contemporary face for the museum;

– a new wing to the west of the existing building providing step-free access through the museum up to the Coats Observatory (the oldest public observatory in Scotland), containing learning spaces and with views onto the new museum garden;

– an attractive outdoor garden, creating a new public space for the town, and opening up previously-hidden views of the observatory while reconnecting it and the museum to the town’s High Street;

– internal renovations will improve accessibility and circulation, deliver international environmental standards for gallery spaces, and allow the museum to more than double the number of objects on display to 1,200;

– an interactive weaving studio keeping alive the town’s traditional textile skills;

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The renovated museum and library buildings will be in conversation with the new. Together they create a cohesive museum campus and a visitor experience of international quality.

The project is expected to create a £79m boost for the local economy over 30 years, with 138 jobs supported during construction, and 48.5 jobs per year through revenue and visitor spending.

Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The transformation of Paisley Museum will create a world-class destination right here in the heart of the town, delivering huge volumes of new footfall to our High Street, and boosting local traders.

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“The work is part of a wider investment by the council in Paisley’s venues to transform the town centre, and take the work already making us a key destination within Scotland for culture and events to a new level.

“Paisley is a town whose people and pattern influenced the world – the revamped museum will use our unique – and in some cases untold – stories to put Paisley back on the map.

“The project team have already worked with hundreds of local people and groups to capture their stories. And we will be working closely with neighbours and surrounding businesses to make sure they are involved throughout construction and ready to benefit from the massive boost this will bring.”

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Amanda Levete, principal of AL_A, said: “The brief for Paisley Museum is one of the most radical I’ve encountered. Paisley has a proud industrial past and a history of innovation and radical thinking. We have embedded this into our design to create an extraordinary place for the community of Paisley.”

Professor John Hume OBE, former Chair of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland, said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the thoughtful and sensitive approach of the architects to a remarkable group of buildings in a critical location for this unique place.

“At a time when there is a real risk of erosion of cultural experience, such interventions are of the utmost importance, and it is fitting Paisley should be at the forefront of what will be not just regeneration but also in the best sense, renaissance.”

The Paisley Museum Reimagined project includes Round One funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Paisley Museum was opened in 1871, designed by renowned Glasgow architect Sir John Honeyman. The building was gifted to the town by Sir Peter Coats of the Coats family, whose Paisley-based thread-making empire stretched around the world.

Renfrewshire’s collections are among the best in Scotland and include the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls and pattern books, artwork from the world-renowned Glasgow Boys, one of Scotland’s best collections of studio ceramics, and a unique offering of mediaeval manuscripts dating back to before the Reformation.

The project is being co-designed in partnership with the community – the project team have already worked with hundreds of local people and groups to capture and help tell their stories.

The museum transformation is the flagship project within Renfrewshire Council’s £100m investment in venues and outdoor spaces aimed at using Paisley’s unique and internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to transform the area’s future.

The programme includes turning Paisley Town Hall into a landmark entertainment venue to preserve its place at the heart of life in the town, and finding new cultural uses for former retail units – including a new learning and cultural hub offering library services at the heart of the town’s High St.

Paisley’s collections remain available to the public while the work is happening – at Paisley: The Secret Collection, the only publicly-accessible museum store on a UK high street.

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Glasgow Airport restaurant plates up support for homeless charity

 

It was a case of daylight crockery at Glasgow Airport today (Wednesday 28 August) as big hearted bosses at one of the travel hub’s restaurants donated dozens of dining sets to a city-based starter pack charity.

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Popular airport eatery Frankie & Benny’s recently changed crockery supplier and was left with hundreds of surplus plates, bowls, saucers and cutlery – all brand new and still boxed.

Rather than simply dispose of the crockery and cutlery, the restaurant’s manager Graeme Emslie asked Glasgow Airport’s sustainability team if they knew of any way the dining sets could be put to good use.

The airport’s sustainability assurance manager Kirsty Webster said: “As a responsible business we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and being a good neighbour. We were determined not to just dispose of the cutlery sets as there were so many of them and they were brand new. Luckily, one of my colleagues told me about the charity Starter Pack Glasgow, which is based in Govan.

“The charity helps new tenants, many of whom have been previously homeless, get started with household items they may struggle to afford when moving into a new home.

“It was a win-win situation really. We were really chuffed that staff from Starter Pack Glasgow were happy to take all the items and put them to use and in doing so Glasgow Airport could further cut down on waste.”

The reuse of the Frankie & Benny’s crockery is the latest move by Kirsty and her team to reduce waste and ensure Glasgow Airport continues to build on its green credentials while also supporting local charities and organisations.

In June this year, the airport donated a surplus bus to Help the Homeless Glasgow to be transformed by the city-based charity into a mobile drop-in support unit.

Kirsty also issued more than 5000 branded reusable water bottles to staff across the airport in February to help cut down on single-use plastic. To help get the message across, she enlisted the support of anti-plastic primary school pioneering pupils the Sunnyside Ocean Defenders.

In March, the airport invested more than £200,000 to introduce an eight-strong fleet of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hybrid vehicles and charging stations to its operation.

Gavin Dunbar, general manager at Starter Packs Glasgow, said: “We are so very appreciative of the donation of crockery from Frankie and Benny’s facilitated by the folks at Glasgow Airport.

“We’re supporting 25-30 households a week currently, and with every pack containing a minimum of four place settings to help people settle into their new homes, this is a huge help to us in supporting folks making a fresh start. Thank you so much!”

 

To find out more information on the charity visit: www.starterpacks.org.uk