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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year.

Young people in Renfrewshire can kick start the new year with FREE evening activities taking place across the area as part of the award-winning Street Stuff programme.

Street Stuff will be running sessions on Monday to Saturday evenings providing young people aged between 10 and 18 with a range of free activities including Street Football with coaches from St Mirren FC and The Box multi-purpose activity space among others.

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There will also be activities taking place in the fantastic Carbrini@JD Airdome facility at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Christmas holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of fun to be had for young people in Renfrewshire thanks to the Street Stuff programme .

“These sessions are a great way for young people to get out and have fun in a healthy, positive environment with access to high quality facilities and top class coaching from St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable has activities running in lots of locations across the area which I’m sure will be as popular as ever.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project providing young people with an opportunity to have fun, get fit and active and meet other people their age.

The new timetable will run from January to March with activities taking place in Gallowhill, Linwood, Bargarran, Foxbar, Shortroods, Ferguslie, Johnstone and St Mirren Park.

Street Stuff sessions will take place on

Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm at:
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School , Linwood,
·       Shortroods MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone

Tuesdays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood
·       Amochrie Road MUGA, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre MUGA, Johnstone

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley

Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre, Johnstone

Fridays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Saturdays 5.30pm -8.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Street Stuff is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

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Council pledges to use bedroom tax loophole to help local people.

Renfrewshire Council is working flat out to apply the recently-discovered bedroom tax loophole to local residents.

The loophole means those who continuously claimed Housing Benefit since 1996 are entitled to receive the Housing Benefit they lost since the ‘bedroom tax’ was introduced, and have it backdated to April last year.

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Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “I’m not surprised that the UK Government didn’t get its house in order as it ploughed ahead with this ill-thought-out policy, and I’d again like to urge them to do the right thing and scrap the ‘bedroom tax’.

“This loophole demonstrates utter chaos at the heart of benefit reform and will only lead to worry and confusion among benefit claimants who are already anxious about welfare changes.

“We are doing all we can to find the residents this loophole applies to; make them exempt from the unfair bedroom tax and backdate this to April last year when it was introduced.

“We realise this is likely to be a temporary loophole which will no doubt be closed in the near future so I’d like to assure residents that our officers are working as fast as they can to check our systems and find everyone who this may apply to.”

Source: Renfrewshire Council

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Fifth annual service to remember suicide victims.

The fifth annual service to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide in Renfrewshire will be held on Tuesday 21 January.

The ceremony will take place at council HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, where there is a memorial tree for victims of suicide.

The event is being organised by the Renfrewshire support group, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), and will be attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

The service will be led by Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Father John Tormey of St Mirin’s Cathedral.

Provost Hall said: “This annual event is a worthy cause which we are happy to be able to support. I would like to extend the invite to any local people who wish to join us on the day.

“Suicide can affect people of all ages and backgrounds and there are various groups which can offer help. This occasion offers support to those who have lost loved ones and, crucially, highlights the help that is in place to prevent suicide.

“Talking about problems can save lives and there are plenty of people and organisations where individuals or their families and friends can talk and get help.”

Friends and relatives should meet from 3.15pm on Tuesday 21 January in the marriage suite to collect a commemorative purple heart on which they can write a message for their loved one.

At 3.45pm, there will be a procession to the tree, where the Provost will lay a wreath and light the tree, after which visitors can place purple hearts on the tree.

Afterwards, all attending are invited to join the Provost for refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

The event is being supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Anyone wanting more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, can call Choose Life’s Young Person’s Resource Worker Lisa Jane Aitken on 0141 849 2200, or email elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Cash for Kids at Christmas.

Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 annual Cash 4 Kids appeal has had another successful year, which means yet again they are helping thousands of families with a small cash award to help make Christmas that little bit easier and offering grants to many.

Today Cash for Kids was in Paisley, and we were lucky enough to speak to one of the recipient families…

The young mum who wished to remain anonymous said “The money they give may not seem like a lot to some, but when you have children and you are struggling to make ends meet especially at this time of year, it makes a difference. I had to give up my job to care for my partner who has many health problems, I also have 4 young children at home including a disabled child, I cannot thank Cash for Kids enough and of course the people who donate and raise money for the charity..

As part of the Bauer Radio network of charities across the UK, Clyde 1 & 2’s Cash for Kids was established over thirty years ago to provide much needed support to Glasgow and the west of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children in local communities.

With the support of our listeners and corporate partners we aim to help children suffering from the effects of abject poverty, ill-health and disability by providing the support they so rightly deserve.

You can find out more about Cash for Kids by visiting their website https://www.clydecashforkids.com

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Cash boost helps Shopmobility service to run.

Shoppers with limited mobility will be able to get out and about to pick up their Christmas presents thanks to a five-figure cash boost from Renfrewshire Council.

The £12,000 council donation will help fund the Shopmobility Paisley and District service, which operates in the town centre.

Shopmobility provide a range of wheelchairs and scooters, free of charge, to people with mobility issues who would otherwise struggle to get around the shops.

The charity – which is based in the Paisley Centre multi-storey car park in Storie Street – also provides volunteer escorts.

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Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, was on hand to present the cheque to charity staff and service users.

He said: “For many people, even a quick trip to the shops can be a real challenge, and often they will have to rely on friends and family for transport and support.

“Services like this allow people with mobility issues to live with a greater degree of independence and to do so with confidence.

“The team behind Shopmobility do a great a job in their running of this excellent service and we are delighted to be able to help them do that.”

Shopmobility Paisley and District chairman Tommy Porter added: “We are a charity which helps people with mobility difficulties live with a bit more independence.

“This money will be used to meet our running costs and to pay for the maintenance of the scooters. We would like to thank the council as without it we couldn’t function.”

The service runs from 10am to 4pm on a Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on a Saturday.

For more information about the Shopmobility service, call 0141 889 0441 or email info@shopmobilitypaisley.org.

New heritage centre is highlight of ‘Digital December’.

A new digital heritage centre in Paisley Central Library has been unveiled as part of a ‘Digital December’ of online activity from Renfrewshire Libraries.

The Heritage Centre, based in what was known as the Reference and Local Studies Library, is designed to meet the growing demand for access to digital archives and records and to showcase Paisley’s proud history.

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The new centre was officially opened this week by Cllr Stuart Clark, depute convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board.

The opening the new centre is the centrepiece of a month of online activity from Renfrewshire Libraries.

A new website for library members will make it possible to borrow at all hours and access electronic and audio books amongst a wealth of other online resources.

Libraries staff will hold a number of drop-in sessions during the month designed to help local people ‘tame technology’ and get to grips with the growing number of smartphones, tablets and e-readers they possess.

Cllr Clark said: “Shows such as the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” have made research into family history an ever more popular leisure activity. As our libraries do more to tap into that demand, our visitor numbers will only increase.”

“But Digital December shows that our libraries are about so much more than places to borrow books.

“They are places where people can go online for free and access information about the job market. They host Bookbug sessions where parents and children can bond through reading and song. And they are sources of vital health information and advice thanks to initiatives like Living Well @ The Library which we’ve developed together with Macmillan Cancer Support”.

“Libraries are ideal places to bring like-minded people together within a community, or for people to go to get the information and services they need, and that’s why we’re investing in their future.”

A programme of events for Digital December is available in every Renfrewshire Library. More information about library services is available by calling 0300 300 1188 or emailing libraries@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The new Renfrewshire Libraries website is available at www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk.

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Hundreds of parents take part in £30m schools consultation.

The first stage of the consultations on Renfrewshire Council’s £30million plan to improve its schools and pre-five centres has been hailed a success.

Hundreds of parents took part in a series of public meetings designed to help draft initial proposals for the scheme.

More than 340 parents attended the public meetings held in October, 160 completed questionnaires to capture their views and 60 volunteered to take part in focus groups, 40 of whom will now be selected by ballot.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The £30million school investment programme represents a massive commitment to ensuring local children have the best possible environment in which to learn.

“It is gratifying that so many parents took the time to meet us and discuss how they think this money should be used. The focus groups form an important part of the consultation process and they will meet early in the New Year to start the next stage of the process and help refine the proposals that have come forward from the initial public meetings.

“I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered to take part in the focus groups. We have 40 places to fill and it is a sign of parents’ commitment and interest that these we so heavily over-subscribed.”

The starting point for the consultation has been a set of options:

* Creating shared campuses where schools are close to one another but their combined rolls do not support two separate buildings.

* Moving pre-five centres into nearby primary schools when the primary school currently has too much space.

* Reviewing the catchment areas for some schools. To ensure that each school serves its local community and has the best number of pupils according to its size.

Councillor Henry said, “Renfrewshire’s population is changing which means that some of our schools have fewer pupils than they were designed to accommodate. Schools work best, educationally and socially, when they feel full of life and opportunity.

“Some of our school buildings are very costly to repair and aren’t ideal for delivering a 21st century education. We want our children to learn in an environment that supports the modern curriculum and also helps to develop each school’s sense of community. Similarly where schools have too few pupils, it makes sense to reduce the number of buildings.

“Our goal is to ensure that every child and school can flourish and that parents are involved in making the decisions that will inform this investment programme.”

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15 Best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

Following on from our 15 Best places to visit in Paisley we asked the community on our Facebook group where they thought were the best places to eat, drink and be merry. As usual the community did not disappoint and helped give suggestions of various places, which should help when you are either popping into the town for some shopping, going to relax with a coffee, or have a bite to eat with a little aperitif before a night out on the town…

  1. Cardosi’s – This is a fantastic restaurant with a long standing and good name, it has an excellent menu, amazing specials and the staff are very friendly and attentive.
  2. Hamishes’ Hoose – This is a pub, live entertainment venue, restaurant and just a fine place to visit whenever you are in town for a nibble and some great fun, thoroughly recommended.
  3. dinner is servedAlan’s Chip Shop – This is quite possibly the best Fish & Chip Restaurant in Paisley, if not in Scotland (ok so we might be running away with ourselves here). Alan’s Chippie has also been in Paisley for many years, it has a take away counter as well as a seating area for a nice fish tea.
  4. Kwang Tung – One of the best Chinese take-aways and restaurants out there in our opinion and the food is always great, served by friendly staff and the menu is what you would expect from a decent restaurant.
  5. Gabriel’s – Lovely food at good prices with some friendly staff to help you make your choice, a great place to eat, drink and socialise.
  6. Kilty Kilty – A favourite for lunch for families and also a top pub and nightspot in town, well run and with some great entertainment to dance away those nights on the town.
  7. Lord Lounsdale – This is a popular place to go if you are out with the family or friends and looking to eat or drink. It has a regular crowd with a pool table, big screen TVs and a warm atmosphere, certainly popular with people looking to start quietly before hitting the town.
  8. Thai Siam – Great food and friendly staff with pre theatre deals on regularly. To some this is the best place in Paisley and never disappoints.
  9. The BBQ Shack – A newcomer on the food scene in Paisley but judging by the popularity of the place it will be here for a long time to come, portions are big and taste is huge. One word of caution, phone in before you visit to make sure they have what you are looking for as they run out fast.
  10. Multan – This place is amazing for food and it usually comes with a great service and value for money is almost guaranteed.
  11. Mirage – This is a cracking place and well known and popular.
  12. The Last Post – This former GPO in Paisley is now a huge public bar, it has no music so makes an ideal place to chat to friends over a lovely meal.
  13. Cibo – One of Paisley’s newer eateries and quickly establishing itself with people as being a taste heaven. This is right next to Paisley’s Sma Shot Cottages and is lovely for couples and families alike.
  14. Abbey Inn – Another fine bar for lunch, dinner and great refreshments afterwards with excellent staff and decent banter.
  15. Lees Diner – If it’s a decent lunch you’re after when you are out shopping in town, pop to the In-Shops inside the Paisley Centre, recommended and value for money.

Visitor added suggestions.

  1. La Rambla – The old Bungalow Bar just down from Reid Kerr College suggested by John McCarney.
  2. La Mesa – New Street Paisley suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  3. Canal Station – The Old Canal Street Station suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  4. La Dolce Vita – Up there with the best, suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  5. Bella Roma – Suggested by Angie McGregor who was surprised not to see it on the list above. Also Stewart Wilson suggested here. Just out the backdoor of Gilmour Street Train station.
  6. Jam Jar – Shuttle Street, Paisley Family favourite, fab food, friendly staff, balloons for the kids, cocktails for the grown ups, good prices, fab portions, suggested by Joanne Thompson.
  7. East End Tandoori – It’s where Chris Pattison says is the first place he goes when coming back home from Barcelona.
  8. The Grumpy Monkey – in Moss Street for a great place to eat ? Always had lovely food and coffee in there. The home baking is to die for suggested by Paul.

 

This is no way an exhaustive list, if you have an establishment you would recommend then please add it to the comments below and we will add it to the page over time. (For non FB users please email them in)

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to add their comments and help with this list. They are as follows..

 

Andy Campbell, Angie Heaney, Margaret Blair, Kevin Doyle, Stuart Duffy, Sandra Lemetti, Lyndsay Yekaterina, Mary Odonnell, Lesley King, Angela Keating, Lynsey Moore, Lynsey Allan, Alison Jane Richardson, Mags MacGee, Aileen Wilson, Joe Atkinson, Dawn Robertson, Linda Neilson, John Campbell, Judith Walker and Norma Hagan.

Last chance for parents to give views on Renfrewshire nursery provision.

Renfrewshire Council is urging parents give their views on changes to nursery provision.

Currently every three and four year old in Scotland is entitled to 475 hours of government funded pre-school education each year. The Scottish Government is increasing this annual entitlement to 600 hours from August 2014.

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Families in Renfrewshire with children aged four and under have until the end of the week to tell the council what nursery arrangements suit their needs best so the council can plan for this change.

Whether it’s longer days or more days at nursery for their child, parents can register their views online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

The consultation has been running for five weeks and so far more than 550 parents have already had their say.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “It’s necessary that we plan and develop nursery provision that meets the Scottish Government’s commitment, but more importantly, also suits the needs of children and families within Renfrewshire.

“This change complements the work already underway to give children in Renfrewshire a great start in life.

“Our £7 million Families First programme is improving access to early learning and supporting families to deal with the issues that impact on their youngster’s ability to learn and develop or which prevents them for reaching their potential.

“A nursery service that meets the needs of families will give parents the option to participate in work, training or education and the opportunity to build a better future for their family”.

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 1 December. To take part parents can either complete the online survey at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 0300 to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to them.

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15 Best places to visit in Paisley.

I asked the question to members of our Facebook Community recently “Where are the best places to visit in Paisley or where is the best place to go?” We had a fabulous response and some I would not have even thought of, I will thank everyone personally at the bottom of this page.

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I am sure even if you live and work in the town you have been to a few of the places listed below, if you have your own favourite and its not listed then please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to add your very own..

  1. Paisley Museum & Art Gallery – The memory of the interior is a big draw for many as it holds a special place in peoples’ thoughts, so shows how much an impact it can make.
  2. Barshaw Park – The serenity of sitting on one of the benches watching the world go by and having a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a hidden garden which is a real Paisley treasure and often overlooked.
  3. Saucel Hill – Sitting at the top of this hill, which is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life in town makes it seem a million miles away.
  4. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Its a hit with many visitors, the beauty of living in Scotland is you can be in the countryside within 5 minutes and with stunning views of the town and quiet peaceful soundings this place helps most people gather their thoughts for the day.
  5. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area is abundant in fascinating buildings and has a story around every corner, from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its steeple and associated history, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must visit.
  6. The Statues of Paisley – Paisley has many fascinating statues and each tells the story of a segment of the town’s history, from Paisley’s poet Robert Tannahill and The Coats brothers through to modern day Scouts statue and lots more. Don’t miss Witherspoon’s statue at the front of The University of the West of Scotland and also our glorious Cenotaph right in the centre of town.
  7. The Sma’ Shot cottages – This really is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history and also meet some fascinating people. There is so much to see, from the original looms and the cottage set up as a museum of the time, to a relaxing cup of tea from a china cup in the café.
  8. Thomas Coats Observatory – Look outwards towards the universe of which Paisley is of course the centre. This place is astronomical!
  9. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall has recently been refurbished outside and in for the recent visit of the Royal National Mod. You will find helpful information about the town at the main desk, lovely events space and a great venue for any kind of party, of course being Scottish we need no excuse.
  10. Paisley Abbey – Parts of the Abbey date back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is the most prominent building on this list and it is rightly so, this is a must visit.
  11. Anchor Mills – Right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past this building. This now renovated building is the least visited of all our places due to it being a business centre and private housing, this is usually only open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  12. The Hamills Waterfall – Mentioned above, this is a place so close to the town centre with many fishermen trying their luck in a now healthy river. This is an excellent place for photographs and some peace and quiet.
  13. Town Centre Walk – Follow the Heritage trail and you will be guided around most of the buildings and statues of the town, information on this can be had from the Town Hall.
  14. Woodside Cemetery – The resting place for many of our ancestors, the walk around the cemetery is likely to be an informative look at the stories of people who are now at peace. The Beild is just as you enter the cemetery and is home to the 7th Paisley Scouts in their newly refurbished centre.
  15. Thomas Coats Memorial Church – The Baptist Cathedral of Europe also features on our list of favourites and when you see this Gothic Style building you will see just why. If you know someone who studied at Paisley’s University then they probably had their graduation ceremony here, making this another jewel in Paisley’s visitor attractions.

 

When asking for this information from our members one of the group Stuart Duffy, who is a local photographer, posted the following statement which I found fascinating and is actually why I started taking interest in the town to begin with.

Stuart says “Paisley: An enormous resource for photographers

No matter your main hook in photography, Paisley presents itself to you as a golden place to spend a day.

Street: Street Photographers will find the “Buddie” a fantastic subject, they are honest and earthy. They are also more approachable than their cousins in other towns and cities, and in Paisley Town Centre there is a backdrop of historical buildings nestled in the architectural mistakes of the 70’s which are being removed/upgraded. Which leads me into …

Architectural: You could spend a day without having to travel more than a mile from the train station and have a months’ work at the end of the day. Cobblestone roads and paths, architecture running from the early 19th century and an Abbey that is not just old, open and friendly, they are positively welcoming.
Take a trip up the hill and pass the Coats Observatory, graveyards and roads and paths that easily let you experience Victoriana

Nature and Wildlife: I have spent a day in Barshaw Park, regardless of the season, but if you travel further afield you have wide open spaces and wild woods to allow you to capture natural wildlife.

Fashion/Social/Portraiture: There are amazing backdrops, panoramic views and cubbyholes where you can really make the session pop… within 15 minutes walk you can go from a waterfall to an ancient building and on to a leafy avenue.

Best of all, its friendly, it’s greatest asset is that the people of Paisley are friendly … oh, and you are normally only 10 minutes from coffee and cake.

When you leave by train, you might want to give yourself some time… Paisley Gilmour Street Station is worth some time!”

I hope that you have found this list helpful and the next time you are in town you will think differently and visit one of these fascinating places.

You can find more paisley Visitor Attractions listed on our Visitor Attraction Section.

Thanks to: Betty McLatchie, Nic Armstrong, Catherine Steel, Aileen Wilson, Anne McNair, Lynsey Moore, James Murray, Robert Smith, Lyndsay Cameron, David McLean, Andy Campbell, John McCue, William Robertson, Stuart Duffy, Mags MacGee, Scott Manson, Margaret Blair and Roddy Boyd.