Hawkhead, Paisley News

Teacher and children walking to class
Royal Enhineers

Family Fun Day with 102 Field Squadron Royal Engineers

Come and join your local Army Reserve unit for a great family day out on the 27th of August 2022!

Royal Enhineers

Face Painting – Glitter Tattoos – Bouncy Castle – Assault Course –
Photo Booth – Airsoft Range – Military Plant – Weapons Stand – WW2

Group – Army & Air Cadet Stands – Burger and Ice Cream Van


Event: 27th August 12.30pm – 4pm
Location: 102 Squadron, Anzio Lines, 63 Hawkhead Road, Paisley, PA1 3NE
Contact: 07733 002121 or 71engr-102-mailbox@mod.gov.uk or linktr.ee/glasgowsappers

Ferguslie Learning Centre - Open Day 2022 Social Media

Pop along to the Ferguslie Open Day on Thursday 18 August (10-2pm) and sign up for a community course starting this month!

Ferguslie Learning Centre - Open Day 2022 Social Media

They’re offering courses in: IT – Media – Wellbeing – Criminology – Early Education – Horticulture – Fashion & Textiles – Creative Writing and MORE!

Take a look at the full range of courses available here: bit.ly/fergusliewcs – alternatively, call Kathleen on 07980 696139 for further info.

Scooters at Modstuff

A scooter spectacular is set to take over Paisley next month as the popular ModStuff event returns to The Spree festival.

Organised and promoted by LNP Promotions, the annual festival-within-a-festival celebrates all things Mod and Mod related culture.

Scooters at Modstuff

This year’s event takes place at the Spiegeltent in the town’s Bridge Street on Saturday 3 September with a full day of music, live entertainment and charity fundraising, as well as the eagerly anticipated scooter ride out.

Scooters from around Scotland and further afield will gather in Bridge Street, close to the historic Paisley Abbey, at 12pm before heading out and around the town. The ride out, run by the Paisley Vespa Scooter Club, has attracted over 100 individual scooters to take part in recent years and fundraising efforts this year will be going to March of the Mods, Paisley, all in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

ModStuff 2022 poster

ModStuff will see two fantastic Spiegeltent music shows on the Saturday with free afternoon entertainment from START!, Berry Tweed & The Chasers, The Absolute Jam and DJ Gerry McGuire from 12pm – 5pm, before a ticketed evening event featuring London-based singer-songwriter Emily Capell and Manchester group The Electric Stars from 7pm.

Tickets for the ModStuff evening show are on sale now and available from https://www.thespree.co.uk/event/modstuff-evening-show/

The Electric Stars will perform at ModStuff

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “It’s so good to have ModStuff back in the Spiegeltent this year on the opening Saturday of Paisley’s The Spree festival. This year, there’s a brilliant mix of local and national, original, cover and tribute acts – and of course Gerry will be there too, to hold it all together. It’s always a fantastic day.”

The Spree music and comedy festival is organised by Renfrewshire Council and will take place from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September. Tickets are still available for ModStuff and other top shows including Tinariwen, The Bootleg Beatles, Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes, Horse McDonald, Altered Images, Sunday Jazz Brunch with Rose Room, Susie McCabe, and The Slow Readers Club.

Emily Capell will perform at ModStuff

Spree for All ‘fringe festival’ events will also take place in venues across Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, Kilbarchan & Lochwinnoch between Thursday 1 – Sunday 11 September.

Kids and families can enjoy the Wee Spree programme of events and activities to coincide with the school holidays from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 October. Tickets for these events are on sale now.

Details of full programmes and ticket information for The Spree, Spree for All and Wee Spree are available at www.thespree.co.uk or from the festival box office at InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley, PA1 1DG.

Chris and Alan



This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce the return of its annual pantomime with festive favourite Cinderella.  A seasonal treat for adults and children alike, this retelling of the classic tale will run from 7 to 31 December in an exciting new pop-up theatre in a transformed former department store in the centre of Paisley.  

Chris and Alan

With the traditional home of PACE’s annual panto, Paisley Art Centre, currently under refurbishment this year’s family panto will take place in The Art Department, a large scale exhibition space run by Outspoken Arts in The Paisley Centre (formerly Allders Store/Co-op).  Panto will be performed in a fully-equipped, pop-up theatre on the third floor, which will be transformed to create a unique and immersive experience from beginning to end.  


Heading up a stellar ensemble cast as the Ugly Sisters are CHRIS ALEXANDER (Smile, Dundee Rep;  Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) who has been donning high heels as dame since his first appearance with PACE in 2017, and panto favourite, ALAN ORR (A New Life and Opening Time, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, The Dolls Abroad and The Dolls: Dragged Up, Scottish tour), whose comic performances have made him a favourite with panto audiences for many years. 


PACE is pleased to welcome back ANDY MCGREGOR as writer; Andy is a playwright, director and composer who is particularly known for his work for family audiences, as well as recent hit productions Crocodile Rock and A New Life (A Play, a Pie and a Pint and tour) and Spuds (in association with Beacon Arts Centre). He has previously written two pantos for PACE – The Snow Queen and Lost in Pantoland.   


Cinderella will be directed by DANIEL CAMERON; Daniel is a director, playwright and BAFTA Scotland award-winning actor, who is an alumnus of PACE. He trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he played the Dame in Beauty and The Beast (2012) and is a regular lecturer at the RCS on the BA Musical Theatre programme. 


Regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN, whose previous designs for PACE include Lost in Pantoland, The Snow Queen and Jack in the Beanstalk, will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. Fraser’s other recent credits include Designer for The Girls of Cartridge Hut No7 (Outspoken Arts), and Art Director for Nature+ Newsroom and Nature Zone (COP26).  


The remaining professional cast will be announced shortly, and they will be supported by over 100 young actors in four teams, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy. 


Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing panto back to Paisley after a hiatus, as we know that the PACE panto is something of an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s especially exciting to be further developing our pop-up space, which we piloted during our summer activities, and we can’t wait to explore the opportunities that creating a panto in a non-traditional venue presents. We’re pulling out all the stops this Christmas and are confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”  


With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000 during the festive season, PACE promises a show you will never forget.   

  1. Tickets will go on sale on the following dates:   
    Group Bookings – Thu 25 Aug, 10am  
    General Bookings – Mon 29 Aug, 10am.   



PACE Theatre Company presents 

Written by Andy McGregor 
Directed by Daniel Cameron 
Original Music by Alan Orr 


Wed 7 – Sat 31 December 2022  
(not Mondays) 


A family pantomime for all ages!  


General Booking: https://www.pacetheatre.com/boxoffice/ 
Group Booking: 0345 130 5218   

Tickets from £11 – £28.00 (booking fee applies)  
Schools and Group bookings – 10% off group bookings of 15 or over (excludes Gala Performance)   


Wed 7 Dec:       7pm (Preview) 
Thu 8 Dec:        1pm and 7pm (Preview) 
Fri 9 Dec:          10am, 2pm and 7pm (Gala Performance) 
Sat 10 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 11 Dec:      11am (Relaxed performance) and 3pm  
Tue 13 Dec:      10am and 7pm (Signed performance) 
Wed 14 Dec:     10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Thu 15 Dec:      1pm and 7pm 
Fri 16 Dec:        10am, 2pm  and 7pm 
Sat 17 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 18 Dec:      11am and 3pm 
Tue 20 Dec:      10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Wed 21 Dec:     1pm and 7pm 
Thu 22 Dec:      3pm and 7pm 
Fri 23 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 24 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 

Tue 27 Dec:      11am and 3pm  
Wed 28 Dec:     3pm and 7pm 
Thu 29 Dec:      11am, 3pm and 7pm       
Fri 30 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 31 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 

Andy McGregor Writer  
Daniel Cameron             Director 
Alan Orr                        Producer & Original Music 
Pauline Ramsay            Production Manager 
Angela Orr                    Youth Theatre Director & Choreography 
Fraser Lappin               Set & Costume Designer 
Grant Mason                 Executive Producer

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

A new group has been set up to focus support for residents tackling the cost-of-living crisis in Renfrewshire.

Depute Leader, Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, will chair the new Fairer Renfrewshire sub-committee which will focus on tackling inequalities and the rising cost of living as well as the issues communities face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

The new group meets for the first time next week (Tuesday 16 August) and will also bring together Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron said: “Tackling the cost-of-living crisis is one of our administration’s top priorities. The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, but the current cost-of-living crisis is adding to the struggle for many with increased costs putting real pressure on all household budgets. Inflation is at its highest level for 30 years impacting on food and fuel costs and the increases to energy bills are a real concern.

“We know the impacts of this are particularly worse for low-income families. Boosting household incomes is vital, both through supporting people to access quality work as well as accessing benefits and support they are entitled to.

“We’re working hard with our partners to respond to the immediate challenges of the pandemic and cost of living crisis, while developing longer term plans to support those on low incomes.”

Councillor Cameron visited Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau yesterday in Paisley to meet advisors who have been supporting people through the current crisis.

She added: “We have invested more than £10 million in recent years helping those most in need in our communities through initiatives, including our Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes. Our immediate focus now is on ways we can reduce the financial pressure on low-income households in Renfrewshire.”

Martin Fotheringham, Chief Executive Officer at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Our advisors have been working hard to support and advise people as best as we can to make sure they get the right support. If anyone is concerned or has any worries either about their situation now or over the coming months, I would urge people to get in touch as soon as they can either by calling us or visiting our website for free, impartial advice. The earlier you seek advice, the more we can help.”

Renfrewshire Council has been working with its partners on a number of initiatives to help support communities during the cost-of-living crisis.

  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Linstone Housing and Renfrewshire Foodbank, it launched a Fuel Insecurity Pilot which provides additional emergency fuel support to low-income families who are struggling with fuel costs.
  • Using funding from the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund, it launched the Financial Insecurity Winter Payment, a referral-only payment given to households who are experiencing financial insecurity, particularly due to rising energy costs.
  • Its £50,000 Community Food Fund was launched to support local organisations who are developing projects to offer food in their communities. It is now accepting applications for a second round of funding which closes on Friday 12 August.
  • Its breakfast clubs provide free breakfasts to children and free food is also available during its Summer of Fun Street Stuff holiday activities
  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, it launched Fair Work Renfrewshire to provide advice on employment and related issues, including benefits entitlement and redundancy
  • It funded the appointment of an Affordable Credit Officer for Engage Renfrewshire to give help and support to people borrowing from high cost and illegal money lenders
  • It supported food pantries run by RAMH, Star Project and Active Communities in Paisley, Shortroods and Johnstone, providing £25,000 funding to each

The new committee will now look at further ways the Council and its partners can support those most in need.

This includes the launch of the Transition Fund for Parents, Skills and Training Grant Programme and Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative which will support people and parents back into work.

The funds were created to improve access to good employment opportunities after data showed one of the main barriers to employment in Renfrewshire was living in a single parent or jobless household with dependent children.

As well as local support, a number of new national support measures have been announced by the Scottish and UK Governments to help, including the Energy Bills Support Scheme which will provide a £400 discount on energy bills to everyone with a domestic energy connection in October, the £20 a week per child Scottish Child Payment and the £150 Council tax reduction.

Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau offers face-to-face appointments as well as advice online or on the phone.

If you are unsure what benefits are available to you or need advice and support during the cost-of-living crisis, contact Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or www.renfrewshirecab.org.uk or Advice Works on 0300 300 1238.

2. 17 Park Mains High School pupils celebrate their exam results outside their school
A previous Beat the Street game

A popular physical activity game that has been played several times in the area is returning – and this time it will be taking place in Paisley for the first time!

A previous Beat the Street game

Beat the Street is a real-life physical activity game that aims to get whole communities moving together by making exercise into a fun competition where participants of all ages can win points and prizes for taking part.

Beat the Street has already successfully been played in Glasgow, Falkirk, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire, and Renfrewshire. Now Paisley residents can join in the fun with a game that takes place from Wednesday, 31st August to Wednesday, 12th October.

Prior to the game, residents will see special sensors called Beat Boxes appearing on lampposts around these areas. Once the game starts, players will hover their card over the Beat Box to start their journey, before walking, cycling or wheeling to the next one to score points. There will be 69 Beat Boxes placed around the town and players can then clock up active travel miles for their team.

The game is free and open to anyone of any age.  Primary school children will be provided with cards and maps via their school and the wider community is invited to collect a free card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/paisley

Players can join a school team, a workplace team, charity team or community and the further that participants walk, cycle or wheel, the more points they will win for their team. The teams that top the leaderboards will be in with a chance of winning vouchers for books and sports equipment at the end of the six-week game, with prizes for average points too, so smaller teams are also in with a chance of winning prizes.


Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener for the Economy and Regeneration Policy Board at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Beat the Street has been played several times around the area, but this is the first time it’s been played in Paisley!


“We’re delighted to have been able to bring the competition to the town and look forward to seeing how far everyone can walk, cycle, and wheel in the six-week game.

“Previous games nearby have shown that Beat the Street is a great way of getting children, families and our communities active. Not only that, but the game enables the community to lower its carbon footprint and also brings the community together which in turn improves wellbeing, increases feelings of safety and reduces isolation.”

Beat the Street Paisley has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

The game was created by Dr William Bird MBE to help tackle the UK’s low levels of activity, to help people incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives, as well also improving air pollution, increasing active travel and reducing congestion.

For more information on how to play, prizes and where to pick up a free card and map, click onto www.beatthestreet.me/paisley or search for @BTSPaisley on social media.

This year’s event, brought to you by OneRen, will take place on Sunday 21st August 2022. The 10K Road Race is suitable for runners of all levels from novices to experienced club and international runners.  For families, friends and youngsters, there is the shorter Fun Run that takes in some of Paisley Town Centre’s most famous landmarks.

In 2019, 3500 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10K road race and Fun Run, and the 2022 event is sure to be another great one not to be missed!

Erskine Hospital return as our race charity this year, with donations being able to be made to them during sign up. Erskine provides unrivalled support to Veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activities Centre, five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Transitional Supported Apartments.

Sign up now!

Climate Cooking Challenge, fashion upcycling and community gardens part of £50,000 award for climate change projects in Renfrewshire

Communities in Renfrewshire will reduce food waste and emissions, recycle old clothes and textiles, and create community gardens, biodiversity areas and food growing areas thanks to funding awards from Renfrewshire Council.

The Community Climate Fund was created by Renfrewshire Council to offer local communities the chance to make environmental changes in their local area that will contribute to the target of Renfrewshire reaching net-zero by 2030.

£50,000 was allocated from the Council’s £1million Climate Change Action Fund, with up to £3,000 available to community organisations for each project – and a total of 18 projects have been successful.

One of a range of innovative ideas was a Climate Cooking Challenge devised by the Tannahill Centre in Paisley, which will reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills with the local community around making the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food.

Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager at the Tannahill Centre, said: “This funding is going to make a big difference to families and individuals in Ferguslie as it will enable us to support local families by helping them to reduce food and energy costs at home at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is hitting really hard.

“Author Lorna Cooper will run workshops for residents from Ferguslie where she will share some of the recipes detailed in her book ‘Feed your Family for £20’ and some of the advice and tips she shares on social media which help families make leftovers go further, whilst also reducing their energy costs.”

Lorna will also work with the local sewing group, The Feegie Needlers, to produce non-electric slow cookers.

She said: “Made from a duvet and some fabric, non-electric slow cookers are a popular way of slow cooking all over the world. After bringing a pot of food to the boil and placing it inside the slow cooker, the retained heat will continue cooking for up to eight hours without any additional energy source.”

Renfrew YMCA SCIO plan to teach young people in the community about the effects of ‘fast-fashion’ on the environment and support them to carry out upcycling of clothes and textiles, with the aim of hosting an eco-friendly fashion show.

Taylor Smith, Renfrew YMCA Youth Development Worker, said: “Our project is an upcycling project that provides children and young people with the skills to take old clothes and make something new as we try to tackle the fast fashion problem and help with climate change.

“We are so excited that we have received this funding and have already started making upcycling hair bands and bangles in our summer programme.”

The Council’s Climate Change Action Fund provides initial funding to pilot new ideas and approaches, to support engagement and partnership working across Renfrewshire, and to accelerate the pace of change already being delivered through existing initiatives.

It is one of a variety of initiatives in place to support Renfrewshire’s aim of reaching net-zero by 2030.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm and creativity from our local communities as they help to tackle the climate change emergency in any way they can – and these projects are a shining example of what can be done.

“As a Council, climate change is considered in every decision we take and we are reducing our carbon emissions at every opportunity, but we know that we need our communities and businesses to do the same.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2030, but I am confident that as a Council we can lead from the front with the initiatives we have in place now and to come.

“Climate Change is a key priority of this administration, and we will continue to do all we can to reduce our emissions and support all of Renfrewshire to do the same.”

Other projects which received funding include food growing initiatives in Lochwinnoch, Williamsburgh Primary; community gardens in Kirklandneuk Primary, Langbank Primary, The Good Shephard Centre in Bishopton, Johnstone Castle Community Centre, Bishopton Community Centre and the Finding Your Feet centre in Paisley; biodiversity improvements in Ferguslie and Lochwinnoch; funding for bike repairs to support active travel; environmental improvements to the Howwood Park pavilion and Ferguslie Cricket Club; ‘Repair, Make Do and Mend’ sewing workshops, videos and a Mending Skills toolkit by Mossvale Community Church; and a community dye garden in Paisley.

All applicants whose projects did not receive funding have been supported by the Council and Engage Renfrewshire to identify other possible funding opportunities.

For more information on climate change projects in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange.

The projects awarded funding were:

The Tannahill Centre (£2,953)

  • Climate Cooking Challenge
  • Reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills to make the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food
  • Reduce energy consumption through more efficient preparation of food
  • Produce non-electric slow cookers using recycled household materials

Lochwinnoch Sustainable Community Garden (£1,000)

  • Rewilding Lochwinnoch
  • Improve biodiversity in the area by sowing wildflower seeds
  • Interactive project aimed to be accessible for all

24th Paisley Boys Brigade (£3,000)

  • Climate Challenge 2022
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Learning how to grow food through a community garden
  • Turning over church lawns to wildflower meadows

Kirklandneuk PS Parent Council (£3,000)

  • ‘Mon the Weans, Mon the Bees, Mon the Community’
  • Outdoor space for pupils to be creative
  • Used for community food growing and preparation
  • Biodiversity area in the school grounds

Own Yer Bike (£3,000)

  • Volunteer Training/Parts for repairs
  • Put five volunteers through cycle mechanics course to allow them to teach young people how to fix and maintain their bikes
  • Purchase of parts to repair bikes for free to support active travel

Friends of Howwood Park (£2,840.60)

  • Howwood Park Pavilion Renovation
  • Renovate the pavilion in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Insulation and low energy electrical fittings
  • Minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency

Langbank Parent Partnership (£3,000)

  • All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today
  • Establish the garden as an extension to the outdoor classroom
  • Growing ground for fruits, vegetables and herbs

The Good Shephard Centre (£2,855)

  • Community Garden
  • ‘Fork to fork’ approach
  • Follows GSC’s Young People’s Climate Change Agenda
  • In partnership with Duke of Edinburgh Award, GSC School and Wellbeing teams
  • Improve horticultural skills

Local Energy Action Plan (£3,000)

  • Diggin’ It Together
  • Food growing initiative for people in their own homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions, promote mindfulness, tackle food insecurity, promote sese of wellbeing, opportunity to bring people together at community events

Renfrewshire Rainbow Buddies (£2,220)

  • Little and Large Explorers
  • Renovate Johnstone Castle Community Centre’s garden
  • Provide active travel equipment
  • Learn new skills, such as planting, making flower beds, food hygiene

Ferguslie Cricket Club (£2,000)

  • Climate Change projects
  • Install LED lighting
  • Creation of a small garden for biodiversity

Ferguslie Community Development Trust (£2,871)

  • Sunshine on Ferguslie (schools project)
  • Improvements to front gardens to encourage interest in nature
  • Learn new gardening skills
  • Create planters and birdboxes
  • Community gardening clubs

Mossvale Community Church (£2,510)

  • Sewing2gether All Nations – Repair Make Do & Mend
  • Sewing workshops for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Create Make Do & Mend videos
  • Produce a Mending Skills toolkit

Williamsburgh Parent Council (£2,897.22)

  • Getting Williamsburgh Growing
  • Support children to grow their own food

Renfrew YMCA SCIO (£3,000)

  • Make Renfrew Green
  • Implement up-cycling into the organisation
  • Teach young people about up-cycling and the effect of ‘fast-fashion’
  • Host an eco-friendly fashion show

Bonnie Bishopton (£3,000)

  • Community Gardens at the Community Centre
  • Regenerate neglected land
  • Create a community garden for health and wellbeing

Finding Your Feet (FYF) (£3,000)

  • Turn an area of disused land into a garden and play area
  • Sensory garden, outdoor children’s accessible play area, nature walks, bee keeping and gardening

Sculpture House Collective (£2,985.60)

  • Community Dye Garden
  • Green spaces used to grow plants and trees that can be used for dying and printing textiles
  • Expand to satellite locations in Ferguslie Park area
  • Engage and educate the local community
  • Improve biodiversity