M8 Driving School

M8 Driving School.

Worrying what to buy your loved one for Christmas? Why not buy them a gift that last’s a lifetime from M8 Driving School. Want to hear the best bit? As well as being able to buy a gift voucher and help your loved one through their driving test, you can pay up between now and Christmas Eve for the voucher, this way you don’t leave yourself skint in the process.

M8 Driving SchoolWe are also offering on the run up to Christmas 10 lessons for the discounted price of £200, that’s a saving of £40. Have a look at our website and contact us through the site, facebook page, admin@m8drivingschool.co.uk or telephone us on either 01505 345 372 or 07747 600 672. You can also follow us on twitter: @M8DrivingSchool 



Council expands letting scheme to Foxbar.

Renfrewshire Council is expanding its choice-based housing letting service to the Foxbar area of Paisley.

HomeChoice@Renfrewshire gives applicants the opportunity to decide where they want to live and the specific property they’d like to apply for.

Available properties are advertised weekly online and in housing offices, in a similar style to the way estate agents market private properties.


The scheme has proven successful for the people who have recently moved into the newly-renovated flats in Gallowhill. It will now be extended to Foxbar and will include all Council properties available for letting of any size and type.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “HomeChoice@Renfrewshire was introduced earlier this year and has been very successful in Gallowhill, so I’m delighted we’re now able to expand to Foxbar and also involve a wider range of properties.

“Modern applicants want as much choice as possible, and that’s what we aim to give them with this scheme. With more involvement in choosing a property, we’re hoping tenants will be happier with the end result and that they’ll feel settled in their new home for many years.

“Taken together with our multi-million pound investment in new build homes and in bringing our current stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard, it all adds up to a major commitment to making Renfrewshire a better place to live.”

Properties in Foxbar included in the HomeChoice@Renfrewshire – Choice Based Lettings scheme will be advertised from Monday 11 November 2013.

More information about the scheme is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/homechoice.

Hillman Imp Linwood Rally

Linwood car factory immortalised in play.

Linwood No More, a new play created by White Stag Theatre Company, will immortalise the former Rootes / Chrysler car factory near Paisley with two site-specific performances on Thursday 7 November.

The year 2000. As the new millennium dawns, a homeless alcoholic awakens to reflect on the events that changed his life. Recalling his first day at the Rootes car factory near Paisley, Linwood No More is a nostalgic, humorous and often harrowing journey through life in the town of Linwood and a factory that is no more.

Hillman Imp Linwood Rally

Written by Paul Coulter, Linwood No More stars well known Scottish actor Vincent Friell (Trainspotting, Taggart, Restless Natives) in the title role. Playing the part of a former factory worker, Friell’s character is made redundant in 1981 when the factory closes, having worked at the plant since 1965 building iconic cars such as the Hillman Imp, Hillman Hunter and the Talbot Sunbeam over the course of his career.

To complete its tour of Scottish theatres, the final two performances of Linwood No More will take place at the only remaining building of the former Rootes factory, within the St James Business Centre in Linwood. The factory closed after only 18 years of production and lay derelict for many years before being transformed into a retail park in the 1990s.

Playwright Paul Coulter comments:

“2013 is an important year for the Hillman Imp and for the village of Linwood. For many years the story of Linwood has been neglected and it is important that in the 50th anniversary of the factory opening we celebrate the success of the Hillman Imp motor car and the huge contribution the people of Linwood made to Scotland and the UK’s motoring heritage. The Hillman Imp was one of the first cars with a hatch back, automatic choke, aluminium engine, split folding rear seats and pneumatic throttle. The car was way ahead of its time at launch and its achievements need to be recognised.”

Linwood No More will be at the former Rootes car factory, St James Business Centre, Linwood on Thursday 7 November. The 7.30pm performance has now sold out but there are a handful of tickets left for an additional performance at 9pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc). To book please call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

Paisley Fireworks Photographs 2013.

The Paisley Fireworks event this year was on probably the wettest night of the year but luckily the event didn’t become a damp squib. There were rumours on social media of the event being cancelled during the day, so after a frantic flurry of phone calls and social media postings we managed to inform as many people as possible that the event was still on. The referee at St Mirren Park didn’t get the memo though as the game between St Mirren and Ross County was abandoned, just around the same time that Renfrewshire Council officials confirmed the display in Paisley would still go ahead.

Photographers from Paisley on the web were still in town braving the non stop rain to capture some excellent photographs of the days’ events, hosted by Clyde 1’s Gina McKie and including some great young local talent on stage.

Set 2:

The second set of photographs were taken by Alex Slaven for www.paisley.org.uk


Historical Adventures After School Clubs.

We will now be starting two classes at St. Catherine’s Primary School. The first day for the Junior class will be Thursday the 7th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and this will be suitable for 5-7 year olds. The Senior class will be starting on Friday the 8th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and will be suitable for 8-12 year olds.

historical adventureshistoricalahistorical-adventuresOther after school classes that are available are:

  • St Anthony’s Primary School juniors on a Monday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Fordbank Primary School on a tuesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • St. Anthony’s Primary School on a wednesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Please note you must attend these schools in order to attend the classes.


Classes that are open to everyone are:

  • Hunterhill community centre on Wednesday’s
  • Juniors ( 5-7 year olds ) 3.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.
  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 4.30 p.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Foxbar community centre on Thursday’s

  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.

Find out more by visiting facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

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Sisters reunited thanks to Paisley on the Web.

A week ago we were contacted by a lady in England who was looking for family in the Renfrewshire area. We suggested she post on our Facebook group page and see if she got any leads from our thousands of followers.

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Before Stephanie’s grandmother passed away in January she gave her some information that she hoped would help her locate her sister, but without success. Stephanie has never met her sister and her father has refused to tell her anything about her. When she was young her father left the family to go to Scotland where he married a woman, Maggie, in Oban and had another daughter. Her father also left them, and Stephanie was hoping that information from her aunt that Maggie’s parents had a farm in Renfrewshire would help her find her half-sister Jessica.

Almost immediately, Stephanie had messages from people offering help, one of whom provided information which helped her trace her sister! Thanks to the help of Elizabeth Anne, one of our long-time Paisley group members, Stephanie is now chatting to Jessica on Facebook and they are gradually getting to know each other. Jessica had no idea of Stephanie’s existence so they are taking it easy and have a lot of catching up to do. We are delighted that these two young ladies have found each other and hope they can meet outside the virtual Facebook world soon.

You can join the Paisley chat by visiting our Facebook Group or Like our Paisley, Scotland Facebook Page.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the efforts on Facebook.

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George Secures Cabinet Secretary Visit to BASF Plant.

Today, 31st October, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has secured a visit to the BASF plant in Paisley by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP.  George was asking a parliamentary question regarding the troubled plant and asked Mr Swinney to visit the plant along with him to discuss the future of the plant and its workforce with BASF management.

George Adam MSP

Speaking after his parliamentary question, George said, “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has given the commitment to come to Paisley and meet with the management and workforce. This initial decision from BASF is disappointing but we need to do all we can to try and find a buyer for the plant or an alternative use for it.  Every effort should be made to save the jobs of the 141 workers and alternative uses for the site must be fully examined.

‘I was very heartened to hear the positive response given by the Cabinet Secretary on this very difficult matter affecting Paisley. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have been in regular contact with BASF and it is great to hear that the First Minister himself has spoken with a member of the board of directors at BASF.  He set out that Scottish Enterprise would continue to work with the plant to get the best possible outcome for the employees and that PACE assistance would be there for any affected workers.

‘While we are not taking anything for granted and a lot of work needs to be done, I along with my colleagues in government will do all we can to secure the plants future and the workers’ jobs.”

Courtesy of www.paisleysmsp.org


Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on Bus Routes.

The town centre of Paisley will be alive to the sound of Fireworks this year when the annual pyrotechnics display comes to town on the 2nd November 2013. This event is extremely popular with families and if last years Halloween theme event was anything to go by then they just get bigger and better…

Time: Entertainment from noon, fireworks at 6pm

Venue: Paisley Town Centre

mcgillsThere will of course be a change to the routes and pick up points for the bus services through the town centre, please see below for all the relevant changes.

Bus Routes and pick up points

Paisley Firework display Saturday 2nd November and Christmas Lights switch on Saturday 16th November 2013
McGills service alterations & diversions

On the above dates Paisley Town Centre will be closed and some of the McGills services will experience route diversions and slight timetable alterations, please see below for details of your route changes…. Any route number not included is an unaffected service…

Service 7 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, into Gordon St, Mill St then Glasgow Rd and continuing on as normal
Service 7 – To Linwood – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing as normal

Service 10 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 20 – To Gallowhill – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd and continuing as normal…
Service 20 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, left into Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and onwards as normal

Service 26 – To Paisley (part route service) – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St. Left into Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St, Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey to Glenburn
Service 26 – To Glasgow – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd. Return journey to Glenburn (reverse route)

Service 38 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St and Glasgow Rd, continuing route as normal
Service 38 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing route as normal.

Service 54 – To Paisley – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 54 – To Neilston – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and onwards as normal

Service 60 – To Paisley – Will terminate on Witherspoon St, turning left into New St for return journey to Foxbar

Service 61 – To Paisley – Canal St, Left into Causey side St and terminates at Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 61 – To Foxbar – Service will start on Causeyside St (At Cancer Research Shop) right into Canal St and onwards as normal

Service 64 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 66 – To Paisley – Service will terminate on Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 66 – To Dykebar – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and continues on as normal

Service 101 – To Braehead – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St, Smithills St, Central Rd and continues on as normal
Service 101 – To Auchenback – Renfrew Rd, Incle St, Mill St, Gordon St, left into Causeyside St and continues on as normal

Service 904 – To Paisley – Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St and terminates at Weir St
Service 904 – To Largs – Service will commence on Causeyside St and left into Witherspoon St

Thanks to Tracey Clements for this information.

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Observations on a Colony of Adders, Slow-worms and Common Lizards on Loch Lomondside.

Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Chris McInerny, University of Glasgow on Thursday 7 November at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

'Red Squirrel' by Mike CruiseA colony of reptiles on the east shore of Loch Lomond was monitored intensively during 2012 to understand population numbers, distribution, movements and biology throughout the year. Large numbers of European Adder, Vipera berus, Slow-worm Anguis fragilis and Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara were found. This talk will describe these observations and outline an environmental mitigation plan for a proposed hydroelectric scheme for this site.

So if you’re interested in Scotland’s native reptiles and want to find out more about the species and the challenges face by new developments and proposals, this is the talk for you.

This talk is free and open to everyone, just come along.


Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013.

Tinchy Stryder and The View play Paisley

Lights set to twinkle alongside A-list stars

This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.












Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style.

Tinchy Stryder

With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music.

Two years later, they emerged with the Mercury-nominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe.

Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready.

Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself!

Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa.

On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.

Paisley Christmas Lights

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013 button at 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season.

“This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day.

“Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach.

“We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme.

“Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

Information courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.