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We are running brand new football sessions for unemployed young people aged 16-29 in various regions across Renfrewshire. These will be taking place in Ferguslie, Johnstone and Erskine, and will be running on Wednesdays with Ferguslie due to start next week.

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CHILDREN can enjoy a fun-packed day of free activities and entertainment being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The annual Summer Family Day is being held at various venues throughout Paisley, on Saturday, July 13.

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Youngsters can journey into space at Paisley Arts Centre with lift off at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm when they join children’s theatre maker, Clare McGarry for a drama workshop that is out of this world. They’ll be taken on an adventure in a homemade rocket to meet the mysterious Mrs Silver, and be back on Earth in time for tea.

Also at Paisley Arts Centre and on a space theme, children can visit the Cosmos Planetarium, which is an immersive cinematic dome. Once inside children will try on a space suit and zoom to outer space in a virtual reality headset. Take off at the Cosmos Planetarium is at 10:15am, 11am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm

Youngsters can also enjoy Unicorn Dance Party at the Arts Centre and meet two unicorns spreading joy through the power of dance. This event is on at 1:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm.

The events at Paisley Arts Centre are suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

At Paisley Central Library, next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre a Storytime session for children aged six and under between 9.15am and 9.45am. There is also a Lego Storytelling activity between 10am and 11.30am for children aged over six. They can build and animate their own story using Lego and an iPad.

The library is also hosting a Bookbug session between 2pm and 2.30pm along with Craft Sessions and Games between 3pm and 4.30pm.

And at the POP! Events space in Paisley’s Piazza Shopping Centre a space-themed Make and Take workshop is being held. This drop-in session is for children of all ages, although they must be accompanied by an adult.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’ve decided to designate Saturday, July 13 as the official fun day in Paisley. And there’s certainly plenty of free activities and entertainment to keep children amused.

“We hope to see lots of children and their families coming down to the various venues in town.”

Sma Shot Day 2019

A crowd of thousands enjoyed an all-day family spectacular of parades, performances and pyrotechnics as one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals took over Paisley town centre on Saturday.

The annual Sma’ Shot Day event turned the town into a hub of activity as the sun shone, with more than 50 events taking place across 20 outdoor stages and venues.

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The event – which celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers in a 19th-century industrial dispute – celebrates the town’s rich textile heritage and had the theme ‘let’s party like its 1856’.

The fun began with the colourful parade – featuring colourful characters, floats and costumes and led by the Charleston Drum – from Brodie Park to the town centre.

This year’s event was taking place in a new event site in the streets around the town’s historic Sma’ Shot Cottages.

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Huge crowds gathered at Paisley Arts Centre for the spectacular pyrotechnic Burning of the Cork, featuring an effigy of one of the middlemen who demanded payment from the town’s weavers for the Sma’ Shot – the unseen thread which held together the Paisley Patterned shawls.

The outdoor stages saw performances from groups including PACE Youth Theatre, Right2Dance, Starlight Music Theatre and a drumming finale from the Charleston Drummers School of Rock.

Families enjoyed kids’ activities including an outdoor beach, circus skills and carnival workshops in the streets around New Street, Shuttle Street and Brown’s Lane

The pubs and clubs along Shuttle Street opened their doors for the day to join in the fun – with The Bungalow hosting a family ceilidh with local group Fèis Phàislig and kids workshops in Faction nightclub.

Local businesses across the town have been throwing open their doors for the Creative Craft Trail, with designers from Renfrewshire’s InCube creative business incubator showing off their skills at various venues around the town today and tomorrow.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who joined the parade on the day, said: “Once again, there was a wonderful family atmosphere along the parade route and at the event itself as we celebrated this important part of Paisley’s heritage.

“The new event site worked really well and helped spread the activity and benefits throughout the town centre.

“We were delighted this year to work with many of the pubs, shops and cafes to make them venues for event activity and drive footfall directly through their doors.”

Sma’ Shot Day is part of Renfrewshire Council’s major events programme which last year brought around 160,000 attendees and an economic boost of around £4.7m to Renfrewshire.

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The Sma’ Shot celebration always takes place on the first Saturday in July – to mark the time of year when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

This year will be no different – everyone is invited to join the annual party this Saturday 6 July from 12 noon to 5pm. And with almost 50 events taking place across 20 different venues, this year’s celebration promises to be the best yet!

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Festivities will get underway at noon as the colourful parade leaves Brodie Park, heading for Paisley Arts Centre led by the tuck of the Charleston Drum. The parade this year will feature local groups, performers, spectacular floats and giant puppets, all co-ordinated by parade specialists Bridgeman Arts.

2019 will also see Sma’ Shot Day return to its roots, quite literally, by moving to the streets around the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley’s town centre; with Shuttle Street, New Street, Witherspoon Street and Brown’s Lane all set to come alive with music, theatre, poetry, crafts and lots of family-friendly activities.

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Amongst these activities there will of course be the Burning of the Cork (1.20pm within the grounds of Paisley Arts Centre) which sees the ‘Corks’ – the middlemen between the owners and the weavers – meet their fate at the hands of the working weavers in spectacular fashion. Right2Dance will deliver a short pre-Burning of the Cork performance with live music in front of Paisley Arts Centre at 1.15pm.

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Plus, there will be lots of opportunities to learn a new craft at a series of artists workshops taking place all over Paisley. Follow the Creative Craft Trail for mural painting, jewellery making, embroidery and loads more.

The Sma’ Shot Cottages will also be open 12 noon til 5pm for your chance to see what life was really like for the weavers in the 19th century. Catch a guided tour and watch live weaving demonstrations with Paisley Museum’s textiles expert, Dan Coughlan. We also recommend a trip to Paisley Thread Mill Museum to complete your weaving experience on the industry’s most celebrated day of the year.

Download the Paisley.is handy event map and start planning your day!

 

YPI 2019 Event at Perth Concert Hall.

The biggest annual gathering of pupils from across Scotland has taken place addressing issues such as mental health, isolation, LGBTQ+ and period poverty.

More than 1000 young people involved in The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) celebrated their achievements at the Perth Concert Hall.

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They were joined by a further 200 delegates from the education, third and public sectors for an afternoon of inspirational talks, performances and music.

More than 15 schools took to the stage to represent the issues they secured YPI grants for and share what they have achieved through the programme this academic year, as well as challenging their peers to consider how they will continue their own philanthropy. The theme of this year’s event was #generationchange, exploring the ways in which young people are impacting the society of today and creating the society of the future.

YPI 2019 Event at Perth Concert Hall.

Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, Chairman of The Wood Foundation, said:

“In this digital world, our generation of young people are undoubtedly ready for change and it is through initiatives such as YPI that we can support them to achieve just that.

“The maturity and confidence shown by the young people at this year’s event was again very impressive.

“The central tenet of philanthropy is caring, using time and skills to make a difference. This was clear to see at the National Event and gives me a great degree of hope for the future.”

The event’s keynote speakers were social justice and human rights campaigner Amal Azzudin and social entrepreneur Alan Mahon. Entertainment was provided by Edinburgh singer-songwriter Callum Beattie.

Amal Azzudin was one of the Glasgow Girls in her school years who campaigned on behalf of classmates facing asylum issues. She has continued to be an advocate and activist and now works in the third sector. She said:

“I believe that it is vital for young people to have a safe space where they can engage, discuss and share ideas regarding issues that they care about through programmes such as YPI. Young people have the ability, courage and bravery to create positive change for themselves and others. They just need the opportunity, platform and determination to do so.

“I hope my story inspired some of the young people at the event; I know that theirs have inspired me.”

The active citizenship programme was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation. Since then, almost £4m has been awarded to grassroots, social service charities championed by young people. In the region of 175,000 young people have been empowered and the programme is currently active in 250 Scottish secondary schools.

This year alone more than 30,000 young people have taken part in YPI with £750,000 being shared among hundreds of charities in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority regions. An entire year group in a school take part. The young people are tasked with researching issues impacting their communities, identifying local charities and creating impactful, creative and convincing presentations. One group from each school secures £3000 for the charity of their choice.

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THIS YEAR a new death-defying and extreme circus is descending on the UK as part of it’s European tour.  A one-of-a-kind performance, that has been five years in the making and features some of the most talented performers in the world.

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

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Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be performing a high wire and double wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with leader of the troop, Mustafa Danger, flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.

 

Just back from its European tour, the extreme FMX team will be bringing you its jaw-dropping stunts to the Big Top as our pilots fly through the air displaying cliff-hangers, nac nacs and supermans to name a few.   Battling for air space, our resident riders are sure to get the adrenaline pumping as they defy gravity with incredible mid-air backflips.

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Our stunt riding team will also be performing the Globe of Death. The most death-defying act ever completed, as the group experience G-force similar to that of a fighter pilot. Watch as they loop vertically and horizontally all while encased in a mesh sphere. This really is one for the petrolheads!

 

Henry the World famous Prince of Clowns, a legendary figure in the circus industry, will be keeping the audience amused throughout the show.

 

On top of this there will be the Cloud Swing flying Trapeze, Whirl Wind Jugglers and lot’s lots more. This really is an event with something for everyone, if you’re a petrolhead, theatre-goer, thrill seeker or wanting to see one of the greatest shows of its time, make sure to get your tickets fast.

VIP Ringside – £36 – Concessions £32

Deluxe Ringside – £30 – Concessions £26

Grandstand – £26 – Concessions £22

Side View – £18 – Concessions £16

Rear View (Restricted) £12 – Concessions £8
 
 
 
 

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Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August.

Performances:-

Thurs 25th 7.45pm

Fri 26th 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 27th 3pm & 6pm

Sun 28th 2pm & 5pm

Mon 29th 3pm & 7.45pm

Tues 30th – No Shows

Wed 31st 3pm & 7.45pm

Thur 1st 3pm & 7.45pm

Fri 2nd 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 3rd 3pm & 6pm

Sun 4th 12 noon & 3pm

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One of Scotland’s best-known Gaelic singers has signed up to help promote the town’s hosting of the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic culture – the Royal National Mòd – in 2022.

Award-winning singer, dancer, journalist and TV presenter Joy Dunlop has joined the Mòd Phàislig Local Organising Committee, which is planning the nine-day festival, due to return to Paisley three years from now in October.

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And Joy is already helping develop Renfrewshire’s next generation of traditional music talent – by tutoring some of the young people involved with Gaelic music group Fèis Phàislig

Fèis runs a year-round programme of activity giving young people a chance to get involved in the Gaelic arts – and will be showcasing their talents with an interactive performance called Stramash as part of the programme for Sma’ Shot Day, this coming Saturday.

Joy took a break from rehearsals with Fèis to look ahead to the Mòd 2022. The event – run by An Comunn Gàidhealach – will be in Paisley for the second time, having debuted here in 2013.

The previous event was the second-largest in Mòd history, with 8,000 people over nine days, a £1.4m economic impact for the area, and a tremendous festival atmosphere around the town.

Joy said: “I’m really looking forward to Mòd Phàislig in 2022. We had a great Mòd in Paisley last time and I’m sure we will have excellent events again.

“Paisley is a central location which will help take the event to new audiences and there is already some really great Gaelic cultural talent in the town, as I know from working with Fèis Phàislig.”

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And any residents looking for a free taster of what is to come should go to The Bungalow in Shuttle Street between 2 and 5pm on Saturday to for Fèis’s first-ever Stramash event.

Some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians will join young up-and-coming talent for a bumper afternoon of music and interactive performances for all ages, with space for dancing.

The Ceilidh Trail group will perform new material ahead of their summer tour and will invite audience members to learn a Gaelic song or two and become part of the band for the afternoon.

Stramash will also return to Paisley later in the year with a free show as part of the Spree festival

Fèis Co-ordinator Grant McFarlane said: “We’re delighted to be part of this year’s Sma’ Shot Day and to bring some traditional music and Gaelic to the event.

“We’ve got a full afternoon of music planned and can’t wait to welcome everyone in for a song, dance or just to enjoy the tunes!”

Sma’ Shot Day is one of the world’s oldest workers festivals and will take place on Saturday between 12pm and 5pm, with around 50 events across 20 different venues in an all-new event site in the area around Shuttle Street, New Street and Brown’s Lane

The parade leaves Brodie Park at noon, led by the tuck of the Charleston drum and throughout the day, the streets around the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages will come alive with music, theatre, poetry, crafts and lots of family friendly activities.

All events are free to attend. More information and full bill – including parade route, road closures, and a detailed FAQ for the event, is at www.paisley.is

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It’s an annual celebration which harks back to the time weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

And this year, alongside all the music, dance and theatre on show, local businesses will be getting involved in Sma’ Shot weekend by opening their doors to members of the public who are keen to learn new skills.

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Bars, restaurants and businesses on the stretch from Gauze Street, onto Shuttle Street and Brown’s Lane, and up to the High Street, are preparing to host bespoke creative workshops and classes from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July.

The classes are pit stops on the Creative Craft Trail – an initiative which gives members of the public the chance to meet designers from InCube, Paisley’s creative business incubator.

The Bungalow, The Lane, Bar Pre, and Faction in Shuttle Street; The Cave in New Street; Bianco e Nero, Blend and Brew; Fairfull Café, Helen’s Haberdashery, and TaTa Bella’s Café on the High Street; and The Workshop in the Old Fire Station, will all be hosting activities across the weekend. Sma’ Shot Cottages and Paisley Abbey will also be involved.

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The venues in Shuttle Street and The Cave will provide food and drink at their events.

Classes and workshops will include jewellery-making, knitting, weaving, embroidery, sewing, painting and pottery.

Textile artist Katherine Pentney (also known as The Canny Squirrel) will be running classes in free motion embroidery at Helen’s Haberdashery on the High Street on Saturday 6 July.

Katherine said: “It’s great to be involved in what’s going on creatively in Renfrewshire at the moment. People are definitely more interested in crafting now and activities that develop creative skills are really making a resurgence.

“To be hosting these workshops in Paisley, home of the famous pattern, and an area with such a rich textile history, is a fantastic opportunity and I’m really looking forward to meeting the students.”

Lynne McGrady, sales assistant at Helen’s Haberdashery, said: “The Sma’ Shot festival is a massive event for Paisley and these creative activities will help shine a spotlight on local businesses.

“It’s so important for us to raise awareness of what Paisley businesses are providing for the people of Renfrewshire, and to encourage people to buy from local entrepreneurs to keep Renfrewshire’s economy healthy.

“We’re very proud to be involved in this year’s activities and look forward to being at the centre of what’s happening on the High Street.”

The main Sma’ Shot Day party will take place on Saturday 6 July between 12pm and 5pm, with around 50 events taking place across 20 different venues.

Festivities will get underway when the parade leaves Brodie Park at noon, heading for Paisley Arts Centre, led by the tuck of the Charleston drum.

As the fun progresses, the streets around the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley’s town centre – Shuttle Street, New Street, Witherspoon Street and Brown’s Lane – will come alive with music, theatre, poetry, crafts and lots of family friendly activities.

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Creative hubs are being established across Renfrewshire as the region bids to be “the place of choice for creative businesses”.

A new Business Development Fund is supporting up to 12 creative hubs to form over the next three years, each hub encouraging creative companies to share premises, collaborate and showcase their products.

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Every hub will have a different creative focus and will receive subsidised premises costs as they offer a range of shared services including studio space, public workshops and networking opportunities.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We want Renfrewshire to be the place of choice for creative businesses in Scotland and our bid for UK city of culture highlighted the breadth of creative talent across Renfrewshire.

“We know there’s a strong demand for creative spaces, which foster collaboration, and this creative hub fund will enable our creative business sector to flourish right across Renfrewshire.”

Hub businesses will receive support through Renfrewshire’s business hub InCube which has already helped more than 100 creative start-up businesses in the last four years, including 50 through InCube Creative which provides tailored support to a wide range of creative companies including artists, jewellers, graphic designers, milliners and textile experts.

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Renfrewshire Council Economic Development Manager Ruth Cooper said: “We have the knowledge and expertise to support creative companies and these hubs will provide the platform for established creative businesses to grow sustainably.

“Each hub will not only see the businesses based there help one another, but also provide space for other designers to exhibit and for public workshops to inspire new creatives to realise their ambitions.

“Importantly they are business led and business managed, with our support to assist along the way and we believe this will appeal to existing businesses based in Renfrewshire and also attract more creative companies to relocate here.”

Mark Newlands, head of partnerships at Scottish Enterprise said: “Co-locating in a ‘hub’ environment is a tried and tested method of fostering collaboration and nurturing business growth.

“This latest initiative by Renfrewshire Council will not only help create valuable space for creative businesses across the Renfrewshire region, but will open up fantastic opportunities for like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners to share their knowledge, experience and networks to support greater business growth opportunities.”

The creative hubs complement Start-Up Street, which is set to open on George Street later this year, providing early stage companies with short-term office space as they make the leap into their first commercial premises.

For more information, please call InCube on 0300 300 1180.

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CASE STUDY: Paisley upcycling hub will boost business and the environment

Angela Poultney isn’t one to shirk a challenge.

As she prepares to open the doors to an upcycling hub in Paisley, Angela reflects on the journey that has brought her back to her hometown to follow in the family footsteps.

Her dad Bill ran renowned Morrison’s Furniture Centre which served the town from its George Street premises for almost 50 years, while her brother Roddy owns Morrison’s Bed Centre on Lawn Street.

“I guess I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades, master of none,” jokes Angela. “It all started out helping dad in his shop after school, but since then I’ve worked in so many industries and done so many things.

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“I left for London aged 16 to study ballet, I’ve sold blinds, drove private ambulances, worked in mental health, ran a delicatessen, been in interior design, even won Territorial Army medic of the year.

“I came home four years ago to take care of my dad, who has Alzheimer’s. He’s now in a care home and I began to think about what I’d do next. As my daughter and son-in-law are passionate about the local environment they got me thinking about the damage we’re doing and about the world we’re leaving behind. That drew me towards upcycling furniture, making old stuff look beautiful and saving it from going into landfill.”

Angela completed a series of courses through Invest in Renfrewshire and tapped into the expertise at Business Gateway before opening a shop on Well Street.

Since then, Angela has teamed up with creative artist Anna Piasecka, and is now ready to move into larger premises as she opens Renfrewshire’s first funded creative hub.

She added: “People love coming into our current shop as it’s so colourful and everything is unique so I’m excited about the next chapter.

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“Anna and I are forming a new business at new premises complete with a display area, space to run workshops, a messy room and four spaces for other ‘upcycling’ people to rent.

“This is so much more than an upcycling business – I want to support people and give them a purpose, empower them, give them a platform to showcase their creative talents and improve their wellbeing.

“Thanks to the council funding support, for everyone renting a workspace, all the overheads like electricity and water are included at a greatly reduced rate

“The creative hub concept is great – helping to set people up in business and giving people with creative skills the chance to come together and produce products you can’t get anywhere else.”

Find out more about Up Hub on FacebookInstagram and Twitter or email info@uphubworks.com

Erskine Visit

VETERANS from Erskine have enjoyed a day out in Paisley thanks to organisers of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

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The visit to well-known attractions in the town was part of the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine being chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s race events organised by Renfrewshire Leisure on Sunday August 18.

Four residents and two members of staff were given a tour of the town’s museum store, Paisley: The Secret Collection and Paisley Abbey, as both are on the route of the 10k and Fun Run.

Runners taking part in the events – sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer Decathlon – are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “As charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019 Erskine was delighted to have our veterans visit part of the travel the route of upcoming Race.  They had a wonderful day.

“Erskine has a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire and we, on behalf of our veterans, would like to thank all each and every one for their generosity and kindness.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our charity partner this year is a very worthy cause and I hope a lot of money is raised to help the good work they do.

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run are two fantastic events for both the serious and not to serious runners, as well as the families and friends who come out to support them.

“There’s still time to sign up to take part in either of the races.”

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.