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Almost 25,000 turn out for Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on

Almost 25,000 festive revellers turned out for Paisley’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, as the town prepares to hear whether it will be named UK City of Culture 2021 next month.

Headliners were Northern Irish rockers Ash, who marked the start of the festive season with a performance of hit after hit that thrilled the assembled crowds.

The switch-on is the latest event in Paisley’s Winter Events season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Festive fun seekers enjoyed a host of free family entertainment earlier in the day, including the famous Reindeer Parade down High Street.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron pressed the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card.

Provost Cameron said: “It’s great to get out and about and see so many of the community – especially young people enjoying one of the biggest events of the year. Our festive events are always really special and memorable, and this year’s was no exception.”

An energetic performance from Children’s Classic Concert got young music lovers moving before headliners Ash took to the stage for the main event.

The band showcased a string of hits including Shining Light, Girl from Mars and A Life Less Ordinary, before snow cannons blasted confetti across the crowd.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi also added to the seasonal atmosphere by playing Christmas classics from the main stage

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers snapped up the perfect gifts from the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market  while the merry Massaoke band played Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “With a decision on the UK City of Culture title expected within weeks it’s great to see so many people flocking to our unique town centre to enjoy one of the biggest and most popular occasions on our Winter Events calendar.

“It’s also a reminder of how the town is able to host major events such as this latest one.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host the four week WinterFest Christmas spectacular from next week, with plans for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by local business improvement district Paisley First, the plans also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 16 December.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Pupils across Renfrewshire shine a light on respect awareness campaign

Pupils in Renfrewshire are learning what respect means to them and their peers as primary and secondary schools joined in a national awareness campaign – “All Different, All Equal”.

Children and young people took part in a wide variety of activities focusing on respecting individual identity and that people can be different but also equal.

From lip syncing challenges at Johnstone High School to Happy Heroes at Kirklandnuek Primary School in Renfrew; all ages got involved in the week.

Open talks about respect and the use of banter took place at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, while Houston Primary School pupils used respectme resources to talk about what respect means to people of different backgrounds.

The I Am Me Scotland Cine Bus dropped into St Anne’s Primary School, Erskine, with children from all year groups and the nursery getting on board, and pupils at Todholm Primary School, Paisley, got creative by making collaborative poems on what respect means to groups of pupils.

The award-winning MVP youth group at Paisley Grammar School led assemblies with S1-S3 year groups, talking about the importance of healthy relationships, while Trinity High School pupils in Renfrew explored respect with people of other faiths as part of Scottish Interfaith Week.

Gallowhill, Auchenlodment in Johnstone and Howwood primary schools encouraged pupils to discuss being a good friend, using social media safely, and consulting on respect in their school.

“The staff and pupils across the school have welcomed the opportunity, this week, to join in the national conversation on what respect means to them,” said Karen Parker, PT Pastoral Support at Trinity High School.

She added: “Achieving a culture at the heart of our school community that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships involves everyone playing their part. Giving everyone the chance to have their voice heard on this topic throughout this week has been a hugely positive experience for all.”

Lynne Hollywood, Headteacher at Johnstone High School, said: “This is a nationally important campaign that has had a great impact on schools across Renfrewshire. We are all doing a lot of work on positive peer relationships and school values such as respect and friendship.  The ‘all different, all equal’ campaign has allowed us to explore these issues in lessons and through fun events across the week.”

“Auchenlodment pupils have been focussing on Respect as a school value and what this means in how they live their lives,” said Gerry Carlton, Headteacher. He added: “They have participated in various activities and events throughout the week which encourages friendship, kindness and having a positive mindset.

“The pupils, parents and staff have worked together to create their new Respect Me policy which has a clear focus on prevention and support. The week has been a huge success with all members of the school community coming together to promote Respect.

“We are looking forward to seeing the impact that the week has had on the school and in the wider community of Johnstone Castle and beyond.”

Karen Logue, Headteacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School, is very proud of the confidence the Happy Heroes show in leading classes. She said: “Sharing is an important message about treating everyone with respect and supporting classmates.  We couldn’t do it better ourselves.”

Schools also took part in a national social media campaign and posted their activities on Twitter and Facebook using #respectmeans and #allequalalldifferent.

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BACK BAKER STREET PAISLEY AND PAISLEY TO WIN

Paisley Community Trust are delighted to announce Baker Street Paisley has been announced on the shortlist of Scotland’s Towns: FutureTown design competition.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the national agency and ‘go to’ body for towns north of the border, shortlisted entries will go on public display at Paisley Town Hall on November 21st as part of the annual Scotland’s Towns conference.

 

Members of the public will be able to vote for Baker Street Paisley TO WIN via an online public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. And we’re now asking for your support, for the whole COMMUNITY to back PCT to WIN and back Paisley to WIN. (Look out for more news on how to vote over the next few days.)

 

Phil Prentice, chief officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “I’d like to congratulate all shortlisted entries for the initiative and forward-thinking demonstrated regarding the future of their towns. “While Scotland’s towns continue to be impacted by economic, social and technological changes, the applications to this competition show how collaboration and innovation can help communities to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of everything our diverse towns have to offer”. “I wish each applicant the very best in the competition and in making their town vision a reality.”

 

Paisley Community Trust recently revealed their plans and vision for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley on the site to the rear of the old Arnott’s department store.

 

An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed. Plans feature an amazing Performing Arts/ Film Theatre and Performance Academy designed by award winning Architects Stallan-Brand.

 

In 1978, Paisley born singer-song writer Gerry Rafferty launched his greatest hit to date; ‘BAKER STREET’. No other name provides the connection to Paisley’s rich performing arts heritage and acts as a location name for the proposed development.


Baker Street Paisley is a COMMUNITY led proposal with potential to be a catalyst for the regeneration of Paisley Town Centre, improve social cohesion and create a sense of place for all to enjoy. It can become more than just a new building for Paisley and will become a transformational place and destination for the arts, culture, entertainment and education.

 

“We’re really pleased to be shortlisted and intend to go all out to WIN. This competition is a fantastic opportunity to set Paisley off on WINNING ways, to continue the feel-good factor and for Paisley to get into the WINNING habit.

“Let’s turn our community project into an unstoppable juggernaut towards the finishing line for Paisley to WIN the UK City of Culture Title in 2021. Let’s get everyone supporting Paisley Community Trust and Baker Street Paisley, let’s get everyone voting for Paisley to WIN. That’s what this is all about – making Paisley feel good and become a better place. It’s a great habit to form”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Paisley to host British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021

Pipe bands from around the globe will be heading back to Paisley after the town won its bid to host the British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021.

Paisley had already hosted the event in 2016 and 2017, and is due to do so again in 2018.

The announcement sees the winning partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) which runs the event, extended by another three years to cover 2019 to 2021 – meaning it will feature as part of the town’s UK City of Culture programme, should it win the title.

The news comes just weeks before a decision on the winner of the UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced, where Paisley is shortlisted along with Coventry, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.

Next year’s event will be held on 19 May at St James Playing Fields and is set to attract thousands of competitors.

This year’s event saw Paisley welcome musicians from as far as Canada and Denmark as the top pipe bands in the world aimed to be crowned British champions.

The free event saw an estimated 19,000 visitors deliver a £290,000 boost to the local economy.

More than 4,000 pipers and drummers are assessed by RSPBA judges across 11 different categories in one of the biggest events in world piping.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This is a truly international event which attracts huge numbers of visitors to the area, in turn bringing an economic boost to local businesses.

“We’re delighted that it’s been such a success that Paisley will continue to host it up until 2021.

“As we get closer to a decision by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the UK City of Culture 2021 title, an event of this scale demonstrates how Paisley is  now recognised as an established venue for major events.”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA, said: “Our time in Paisley has been really successful so far and has proved a great partnership, which we are delighted to continue.

“Paisley is very well received as a venue and we’re looking forward to returning – and hopefully becoming part of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 year.”

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Health and wellbeing event aiming for Brighter Futures

Renfrewshire residents are urged to head along to a fun-filled community event on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are holding their first-ever public event – Brighter Futures – in Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Thursday 16 November, 2-6pm.

From activities for kids to exercise taster sessions, the free-to-attend event is a chance for everyone to find out more about healthy lifestyles and services in the local area.

HSCP provides a wide range of community health and care services across Renfrewshire and letting the public know about the services they can access is the aim of the event.

David Leese, HSCP Chief Officer, said “The Brighter Futures event offers people a chance to come along, see what we do, find out about our services and activities and even take part in some exercise taster sessions.

“There will be messy play for children and a number of Heartstart demonstrations so that people can learn the basics of CPR, and we’ll also have digital information on all of the community groups that exist across Renfrewshire to support people to live well.

“We hope that all of this will help people to make the most of all the resources available to them, and possibly even consider a career in health and social care.”

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Renfrewshire is a diverse area, with more than 170,000 people living here, who benefit from an integrated health and social care service. It’s been two years since HSCP brought those services together and we want to showcase those services in the community.

“I would urge everyone who wants to know more about local health and care services to come along and find out more at this event.”

For more information on Renfrewshire HSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

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Thousands expected for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Northern Irish rockers Ash will mark the start of Paisley’s festive season with a headline performance at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Thousands are expected to head to the town centre on Saturday, November 18th to enjoy a host of free family fun, including the famous Reindeer Parade.

The switch on is the latest event in Paisley’s winter season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will press the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the procession down High Street at 1.30pm, before he opens his grotto at the Paisley Centre.

A performance from Children’s Classic Concert will provide a seasonal soundtrack from 2.30pm, with audience participation a must.

Twice-voted best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe, percussion superstars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of classical music with a high-energy family concert.

Music headliners Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a performance before the town’s festive countdown officially starts with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 singles including ‘The Girl from Mars’ and ‘Shining Light’ under their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the festive fun by spinning Christmas classics from the main stage.

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers can explore the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market from 1pm, with over 30 stalls to search out the perfect gifts. Face painting and storytelling are among the family fun also on offer. An interactive snow globe in will be in Abbey Close for festive photo opportunities.

Revellers will find it hard to resist embracing the festive atmosphere and singing along with the merry Massaoke band as they play Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On is bigger and better than ever and will bring thousands of people into the town centre which is great for business.

“As we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A winning bid would mean Paisley town centre would be hosting big events similar to this one every weekend.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host a four week Christmas spectacular in the town from November 24th, with plans, subject to approvals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by Paisley First, Winter Fest also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

For more information and timings on the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on go to:http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/paisley-christmas-lights/#whats-on-4826

The event means there will be a series of road closures around the town centre from 12.01am on Saturday morning, including parts of Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Saturday morning until after the event.

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Paisley celebrates two-year anniversary of UK City of Culture 2021 bid launch

In the two years since Paisley launched its bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021, the town has discovered a new found optimism and confidence.

Paisley was shortlisted for the title in July, along with Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea. A decision by competition organisers the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected next month.

Since the town officially declared its title ambitions at Paisley Abbey on November 13, 2015, as part of a wider plan to transform the area, more than 34,000 people have been involved in the conversation around the bid.

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Paisley’s popular events calendar has seen a marked increase of over 34,000 visitor numbers in 2017 so far – with a number of fantastic events still to take place in the town before the end of the year. The town’s major events have also seen a 37% increase in visitors from out with Renfrewshire.

Sharon McAulay from the award winning Paisley-based community initiative, the STAR Project, said: “The impact of the bid so far has been huge.

“When we were shortlisted attitudes literally changed overnight. People believe that we can actually do this, that Paisley is so much more than a bunch of negative statistics.

Diageo are backing the Paisley 2021 bid with special johnnie walker bottles pic shows gavin and Jean

“This bid is a real opportunity for us to show the world that Paisley is ready to be put back on the map.

“Our members have been talking about how winning will not just benefit them, but also their children and their children’s children too, so there is a real sense of future change and opportunity for all.”

More than 200 local businesses and a raft of sponsors have also backed the bid. Companies with international links including Glasgow Airport, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers have pledged funding totalling £260,000 if Paisley wins the title in December.

Major milestones have included the town hosting the British Pipe Band Championships, with Paisley also welcoming the Royal National Mod in either 2021 or 2022.

Home grown star Paolo Nutini hosted a triumphant homecoming concert at Paisley Abbey in October as part of this year’s annual Spree Festival.

Local dance company Right 2 Dance brought internationally renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne company to Paisley to deliver a week-long series of workshops and work with young people in the town.

School children from across Renfrewshire also set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. Using coding game Minecraft, 406 pupils from eight local primary schools were guided through a history of Paisley’s architecture and learned how to create buildings using code.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s connections throughout the UK and the rest of the world have continued to grow and grow in the two years since the bid was launched. We have seen Paisley designers showcase their work at London Craft Week and reach new markets from their base in the town.

“There have also been a number of international link-ups, including the opening concert of this year’s Spree arts festival which twinned with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in India.

“We have initiated cultural conversations at Westminster and thanks to our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, the local creative scene is benefitting from new national partnerships.

“Launching the bid has generated a positive outlook for the future in the town and surrounding areas. Hosting the title could also create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over ten years and provide a £175m economic boost to the local economy.

“We have so much to offer and winning the title will show why Paisley matters, not just to Scotland, but to the UK and the world.”

The Paisley 2021 campaign has also helped boost the town’s global links – and even to outer space when a patch of the Paisley Pattern was sent on board a rocket bound for the International Space Station in July 2016.

Alan McNiven, the CEO of community group Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The bid for Paisley to be City of Culture 2021 has created an atmosphere of energised excitement – and that energy has created countless amazing, emotional moments over the last two years.

“The Paisley 2021 movement has provided fantastic opportunities for local engagement and we’ve heard thousands of Paisley voices describing their enthusiastic support for the UK City of Culture 2021 campaign.

“It has captured the community’s growing confidence in a brighter future for Paisley. “

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Renfrewshire’s Got Talent

Young people who made a positive contribution to Renfrewshire communities were honoured at a special awards ceremony in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew last night.

The Positive About Youth (PAY) Awards, organised by community-based youth charity Renfrewshire Youth Voice, are held to celebrate the remarkable skills and abilities of local young people aged between 12 and 25. More than 250 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, looked on as the winners were announced at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Trophies were presented to prize-winners in eight different categories of achievement, including Young Carer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Youth Group of the Year.

The winners from each of the categories were:

Campaign for change award

Who Cares? Scotland – Young Campaigners Group

Eilish Herron Young Sports Person

Lewis Nicholson

Ferran Hart Young Artist

Sophie Paterson

Literature award

Neave Scott

Unsung Hero award

Aleena Rafi

Young Carer award

Jamie Pizzey

Young Volunteer of the year award

Rebecca Adams

Youth Group of the year award

Paisley Grammar S5/S6 MVP Mentors

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are a great way to showcase the fantastic achievements of young people in Renfrewshire. It’s been a privilege to witness the celebration of talent that young people in Renfrewshire have.

“We have a huge amount of accomplished and committed youngsters in Renfrewshire and these awards demonstrate the great work and results that can be achieved. It is events such as this that continue to build a genuinely favourable image of young people in the area.

“Tonight’s winners and nominees all make a positive difference to their communities and it’s essential that we continue to acknowledge their achievements.”

Commenting on the night, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Mark Dougan said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are evidence that Renfrewshire’s youth have a voice, have talent and have an impact on their local communities. It has been great to celebrate our young people tonight and I hope the award winners will motivate and inspire others.”

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Council customers at heart of new five-year strategy

Renfrewshire Council customers will benefit from services they help to develop and are delivered to meet their needs, through a new strategy approved today (Wednesday 8 November).

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Councillors on the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board have backed the new five-year Customer Strategy 2017-2022.

Each year, customers get in touch with the Council three million times. Customers access a wide range of services from making council tax payments to applying for housing benefit, arranging a special bulk uplift or reporting flytipping.

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The new strategy has been prepared following detailed customer insight research, which identified online access and speed of reply as the two most important features of any service.

Research also showed the Council website, email and phone are the most convenient contact methods, while those with a disability or requiring language support prefer to visit a contact centre in person.

Councillor Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board said: “Our Customer Strategy rightly puts Renfrewshire customers at its heart and has been developed through detailed customer consultation.

“It is vital that we understand who our customers are, the challenges they face and the service they require, involving them in the design of services and learning from their feedback.

“We want to provide easily accessible, simple to follow services which provide a positive experience for all our customers from the first contact through to a successful resolution. At the same time, when we get things wrong, we will acknowledge this and work with customers to put things right again and refine our approach.”

The new strategy will continue to offer face-to-face and telephone contact, and will also make more services available online, developing a single sign-on process and web chat assistance as well as greater use of social media communications channels to contact the Council.

This builds on the success of the Council’s MyAccount platform, which enables online access to a range of services and has seen more than 26,000 customers register since its launch last March.

“More and more customers are looking to communicate, interact and access services through digital channels,” added Councillor Shaw. “MyAccount has proved very popular and we will extend this and adopt more innovative ways of working to ensure we deliver a truly digital service.

“We recognise that not all our customers are able to access services digitally and that’s why we are putting facilities in place like free publically available Wifi across our town centres and self-service customer service areas.

“And we know many people are not comfortable using online services so have invested in training our staff and equipping our community partners with the right skills to support and assist customers.

“Customers will benefit from a joined-up approach regardless of how they contact us and will still be able to contact us face-to-face and by telephone. Customer expectations are changing and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work – we must tailor our services to meet our customers’ needs.”