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Historical Adventures Theatre Timetable.

Hey everyone here is the youth theatre timetable.

  • Monday – St. Anthony’s Primary (Juniors) 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday – Fordbank Primary (Seniors) 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday – St. Anthony’s Primary (Seniors) 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday- Hunterhill community centre class (Juniors) 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday- Hunterhill community centre class (Seniors) 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Thursday – St. Catherine’s Primary (Juniors) 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thursday – Foxbar community centre 5.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Friday – St. Catherine’s Primary (Seniors) 3.00pm – 4.00pm

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Please remember that the classes that are open to everyone are the Huntehill community centre and the Foxbar community centre classes. The classes that run from the primary schools, your child has to attend that school. If your childs school is not listed there and you feel the school would like an after school drama class there then please let me know.

If you have any questions or would like to book a place please feel free to email us at info@historical-adventures.co.uk or phone/text on 07812437559

Also find us at:
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Renfrewshire begins primary schools catchment reviews.

Renfrewshire Council is starting a series of catchment reviews for local primary schools and pre-five centres.

The phased series of reviews is expected to take two years to complete and is linked to the council’s agreed £32.5million investment in the primary and pre-five sector.

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That investment will include: an £11m fully refurbished shared campus with extended nursery provision at St John Bosco Primary and Bargarran Primary, both in Erskine, which could open in 2018; a £6m refurbishment of St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone which would include a relocated Spateston pre5 centre and could open in 2019; a £6m refurbishment of St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar which could open in 2018 and would include a relocated Foxlea pre5 centre, and a new £5.35m replacement school on the site of the current St Fergus Primary which could open in 2017.

The initial catchment reviews will focus on three groups of primary schools – St Fillan’s Primary in Houston and Our Lady of Peace Primary in Linwood; St Anne’s Primary in Erskine and the new St James’ primary schools in Renfrew; and St Fergus’ and St Mary’s primary schools in Paisley.

Those reviews are expected to be completed and proposals brought forward by March 2015.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “During the consultation on the schools investment, we made clear to parents that we would come back for further detailed consultation on catchment areas and we are now fulfilling that pledge.

“This is an exciting time for education in Renfrewshire with the massive investment the council is making in schools even in our very difficult funding situation.

“We carried out a lot of work and athered a lot of information in preparing the investment plans and that will help inform the catchment reviews.

“Parents will have plenty time and opportunity to make their views known and we look forward to working with them on the catchment reviews.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Scottish Welfare Fund allocation for Renfrewshire is not enough.

Renfrewshire Council is calling for a fairer allocation of the Scottish Welfare Fund as data shows the area receives 6% of all Crisis Grant applications despite having just 3% of the national population.

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By the end of July the council had already paid out a significant amount of its Scottish Welfare Fund from the government for 2014/15 – that’s despite focusing payments towards high priority applicants who need support the most.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “We need an urgent and full review of the way the Scottish Government allocates its Scottish Welfare Fund to each council. The need in Renfrewshire is much greater than the government’s allocation, meaning our residents are not receiving the support they deserve.

“Last year we had to use our own resources to make sure the Welfare Fund didn’t run out, and it’s already clear that what the government has given us for this year won’t last – and that’s absolutely not good enough.

“We’re doing the best we can with what we have been given, but– even with a focus on high priority applicants who need support the most – it’s clear that what we’ve been given by the Scottish Government is inadequate.

“Local families have been pushed to the brink by harsh welfare cuts and the spiralling cost of living and I call on the Scottish Government to give Renfrewshire Council an adequate and fairer proportion of its overall Welfare Fund resource so that we can continue to offer a crucial safety net to families in crisis for the rest of this financial year.”

During the first four months of this financial year, the council paid out £155,881 in Crisis Grants and £306,290 in Community Care Grants (amounting to 39% of its Scottish Welfare Fund).

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Facebay Fundraising donate £1492.50 to Alzheimers Scotland.

This money was raised with people donating their unwanted items to the admins on www.facebook.com/groups/FacebayFundraising/ on Facebook and also via a Car boot sale which was held at the Storage Vault, Clark St, Paisley. (The Storage Vault sponsor Facebay Fundraising)

When sold the money goes to the various charities on the page.

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In the pic is Kevin Jones (helper) Teresa Martin (admin), IreneMcDonald (founder and Admin), Bronwyn O’Riordan Alzheimers Scotland and Carmela (Kevins Daughter)

A big thank-you to everyone who donated and purchased items, we would like to also thank all the admins and people who helped out.
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Renfrewshire Cab Co (Paisley Cab Co Ltd)

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Cab Co (Paisley Cab Co Ltd) covering the whole of Renfrewshire, with a fleet of 500 vehicles.  We have saloon, estate, executive and 8 seater vehicles.

Our state of the art technology means you can track the car directly to your door via smartphone. 

Free booking apps on Android and iPhones by searching ‘Renfrewshire Cab Co’.  Free text-back, free call-back. 

Renfrewshire Cab Co (Paisley Cab Co Ltd)

0141 889 7770 & 0141 889 0505.

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Warm welcome for return of Grand Fountain.

One of the jewels in Paisley’s architectural crown is back and looking better than ever after a year-long restoration project.

The A-listed Grand Fountain in the town’s Fountain Gardens has been reassembled on site over the past fortnight, sparking a flurry of interest from residents.

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The intricate cast-iron structure – notable for its distinctive walrus sculptures – has been the centerpiece of the park since 1868, but has now been restored to its original deep-red colour and condition.

The £650,000 project – funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland – saw the fountain dismantled and removed to be painstakingly repaired by specialists, before coming back on site at the end of July.

Work is continuing to reconnect the fountain’s water-flow system ahead of its official opening on Saturday 6 September

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Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, paid the fountain a visit to see the work for themselves.

Councillor Kelly said: “The project to restore the Grand Fountain has been a long time in the making but there is no question it was worth the wait.

“The fountain is looking spectacular and when you see it close up you can really appreciate the detail of this magnificent structure.

“I know many of our local residents will have fond memories of the fountain and surrounding park, and I would encourage them to get along and see it for themselves once the work is fully completed in the next week.

Councillor Macmillan added: “The Grand Fountain is a direct link with Paisley’s proud past at the centre of the world’s textile industry, having been gifted to the town by the Coats family.

“Paisley has an outstanding built heritage, with the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland – and the Grand Fountain is one of the finest examples of that.

“The council is working to make the most of those priceless assets – having this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s heritage and culture as the engine to drive a wide-ranging process of regeneration over the next decade.”

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Doors Open Day 2014

The Grand Fountain will be officially opened at a Victorian Garden Party between noon and 4pm on Saturday 6 September, as part of Renfrewshire Doors Open Day.

The event will feature entertainment, family fun and refreshments, with the official switch-on ceremony at 1pm.

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Street Stuff kids are up for the cup

Street Stuff kids got a special treat this week when two of St Mirren’s victorious Renfrewshire Cup-winning team dropped in on a training session.

The young players got to meet Saints stars and local lads Marc MacAusland and Jason Naismith, scorer of the winner in a 1-0 victory over Greenock Morton in the annual clash.

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The surprise visit also gave the youngsters the chance to get their hands on the cup itself.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “I was a happy man to see St Mirren win the cup and I hope it’s the first sign that we’re in for a great season.

“The football club is a huge part of the success of Street Stuff and the senior players really show their support. They are an example to the kids of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication to self-improvement.”

The award-winning Street Stuff programme is designed to divert young people away from possible antisocial behaviour and has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

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Conor gets on his marks for Paisley 10k

Young Renfrewshire runner Conor Thomson is setting the pace for this year’s edition of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

15 year old Conor, an S3 pupil at Gleniffer High School, is aiming to conquer the 10K after being victorious in the last two editions of the shorter Fun Run.

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Conor joined Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, to remind runners to sign up as soon as possible and start training.

The Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club athlete has been running in the event since 2008. This year will be the first time he is old enough to run in the longer race, and it’s a challenge he’s relishing.

Conor said: “This race has always been an inspiration to me – training for the Fun Run was my incentive for first joining the running club.

“My coach John Rodger has taught me so much and helped me improve each year. Now, I want to test myself in the bigger race and see how fast I can finish and how high up the field.

“I’d encourage anyone my age and younger to sign up for the Fun Run and give it a go – you just never know what it might lead to!”

Cllr Harte said: “Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run has been the springboard to success for many local athletes and Conor might just be the next one.

“Their stories can be inspiration to the rest of us, whatever age we are, to look out our trainers and sign up.”

“Even if you’re unlikely to ever be an elite athlete, you’ll get a tremendous amount out of the challenge of training for the race and taking part.”

Anyone wishing to run can enter online at www.paisley10k.com or pick up an application form from local sports centres and libraries. Race entries will be received until 29 August.

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Food Train needs more boxes!

Award winning older people’s charity, Food Train, has entered new fundraising territory… Crowdfunding! It’s aiming to raise £1,000 to buy 200 new boxes by the 15th August on Indiegogo.

Food Train operates a grocery shopping delivery service for older people in Renfrewshire and in five other local authorities in Scotland, who are unable to or have difficulty getting their own shopping.

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Food Train customers complete a shopping list at home, volunteers then pick up the order, shop for it and deliver the order back to the older person’s home for a small charge of £3.

The service plays a big part in tackling the issue of malnourishment amongst older people. A recent report by the Malnutrition Task Force stated that up to 10% of Scotland’s older people could be malnourished, which equates to approximately 90,000 older Scots.

Lack of food access is recognised as one of the main reasons that older people become malnourished, so Food Train’s service is vital to help combat the problem.

In a first for the charity, Food Train is using the Crowdfunding website Indiegogo, to try and raise £1,000 to buy 200 new boxes. The boxes are used by Food Train’s volunteers to store groceries whilst going round the supermarket and then to deliver the groceries to Food Train’s customers.

Without these simple boxes, Food Train would have struggled to complete the near 30,000 deliveries it made to older people across Scotland last year, which is why they’re asking the public to get behind their Crowdfunding campaign and contribute if they can. As little as £5 will help towards buying a new box.

The campaign went live on the 18th July and finishes on the 15th August. So time is of the essence! You can find the campaign on Indiegogo.com by searching “Food Train New Boxes” or by going to the link http://igg.me/at/foodtrainneedsnewboxes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Cycling thrillseekers turn out for Street Velodrome

Paisley played host to a day of adrenaline-pumping cycling action when the world’s only pop-up track cycle race event landed in the town centre on Saturday.

County Square was the venue for the first-ever Scottish visit of StreetVelodrome – a mobile cycle track currently touring the UK.

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Amateur riders had all morning to test their times on the circuit, with the fastest entrants qualifying to be coached by and race alongside professional cyclists in the StreetVelodrome Series final.

The star name among the pros was Scotland’s Ross Edgar, who won a gold medal for the UK at the 2008 Olympics, plus Commonwealth gold for Scotland two years earlier.

The men’s race saw Dave Johnson, Jack Ravenscroft and Rob Nelson take gold, silver and bronze, while the women’s final placed Anne Glowinski, Isla Short and Sarah Bradford on the podium.

The final standings were a victory for local clubs, as both Jack and Isla compete for the Paisley-based Team Thomson’s Cycles, while Sarah races for the Johnstone Jets.

The winning team overall was Ross Edgar, Anna Glowinski, Sam Gay and Catriona Walker.

The whole event took place in front of the TV cameras, with a dedicated programme to be broadcast on Channel 4 and Sky Sports later this year.

Hundreds of residents came out to take in the spectacle – with extra entertainment on the day including giant games and an outdoor spin bike class run by Renfrewshire Leisure.

There was also a dedicated timeslot for members of the public to enjoy some track time.

The event was hosted by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s town centre events programme.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of the council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, was there on the day to take in some of the action.

He said: “We are delighted to be the first and only area in Scotland to host this innovative and exciting event.

“The local area has a really strong cycling scene, with several elite clubs competing at national level – and it was great to see some of their riders represented here on the day among the winners.

“The council is keen to help promote sport and healthy lifestyles, the profile of which is high right now with the Commonwealth Games taking place just up the road. Hopefully today will have encouraged some of the crowd to get on their bikes.

“Holding events like this is a key part of what the council is trying to do, in terms of selling our town centres as destinations.”

The next major town centre sporting event in Renfrewshire will be the Paisley 10k, on Sunday 31 August.

For more information on events, see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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