Hunterhill Paisley News

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Volunteers from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign are set to have access to £40,000 for environmental projects across the area.

If approved by councillors, volunteers will be able to apply for funding to carry out environmental improvements such as sowing wildflowers, installing planters or improving green spaces for local wildlife and would allow them to work with landscapers or purchase small items of equipment to carry out the work themselves.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

It would be allocated from the Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has funded community-led projects worth more than £1.7million since it was created in 2018.

Of the 62 projects supported, 34 have originated from Team Up to Clean Up volunteers and numerous parks, community gardens and nature reserves have benefitted from the coordination of the campaign and the fund.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Team Up to Clean Up campaign continues to be a fantastic example of how we can work together with the community as a Council, as is the Green Spaces Fund which has helped deliver improvements within almost every community in Renfrewshire.

“This funding would give volunteers the opportunity to carry our small environmental projects which they believe would make a significant difference to their local green spaces and I look forward to this being brought forward to the forthcoming board for consideration.”

Tuecheen Woods path

The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign brings the Council and community together to improve Renfrewshire’s local environment, with a £2.5million investment by the Council in additional road sweeping, fly tipping removal, litter picking, and gully cleaning enhanced by litter picking carried out by dedicated volunteers from the local community.

Team Up to Clean Up logo

Since it launched in 2017, the area’s street cleanliness has improved significantly – with the area now being well above the Scottish average and moving from 26th in Scotland to 13th last year.

For more information on the campaign, including how to take part, visit or join more than 3,200 members of the Facebook group at

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The Beat the Street challenge taking place across Renfrewshire has entered its Go Active-themed week on Wednesday, 13th October to encourage participants to find new activities and sports to try out.

Ian Arthur Commercial Photography

This week, players can celebrate Go Active week from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, 13th October at Thomas Shanks Public Park to try out free sporting activities with coaches. There will be a mobile Beat Box for bonus points, and players can also have their bikes checked over by Dr Bike.


The idea of the Go Active themed week is that people will find something that they might not have tried before to help them continue to keep up their new active habits after the Beat the Street competition comes to an end on Wednesday 27 October and to explore the sports and leisure options on offer.


Nearly 6,200 people have signed up to play the Beat the Street Renfrewshire game that is currently taking place across the towns and villages of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch. Together, participants have walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 42,000 miles so far in the competition. This has triggered a donation of £100 to MND Scotland. A further £100 will be donated when players reach a collective active travel mileage of 45,000 miles.


Teams of all varieties, including schools, community groups and workplaces have been battling it out for the past several weeks across the average and total points leaderboards to take home prizes of vouchers for books if they top the leaderboard. There are also prizes for individuals and ‘lucky spot’ prizes just for taking part.


Fordbank Primary School remains at the top of the total points leaderboard and The Wild Girls top the average points leaderboard with Active Communities in second place. One of their players said: “It gets me out even when it’s raining, as I want to help my team and my health is reaping the benefits.”


Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The aim of Beat the Street is to encourage our communities to become more active and to incorporate those healthy habits into their lifestyles over the long-term so they become part of people’s lifestyles. The Go Active themed week is a celebration of all the ways you can get moving in Renfrewshire and a fantastic opportunity to try out something new without any pressure.”


Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.


Anyone of any age is invited to take part and you can still get involved now by picking up a card from one of the distribution points on More information is available on social media @RenfrewshireBTS

You Decide

Having honed his talents on the cycle routes of Renfrewshire, Jack Carlin hopes to inspire a peloton of cyclists to follow in his footsteps after winning silver and bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

You Decide

Born and brought up in Paisley, Jack spent his younger years as a footballer but after an injury put him into the saddle as part of his recovery, football soon became a distant memory.

Using Renfrewshire’s many safe cycle routes, Jack developed his love of cycling and now, thanks to Renfrewshire Council’s new #YouDecide campaign, Jack hopes to inspire the next generation of cyclists and support those who just love getting out on their bikes.

Jack said: “I’ve been using the cycle routes around Renfrewshire since I was young and it’s on them that my love of cycling really started to develop and I believe it’s so important that all cyclists have the opportunity to get out on their bikes.

“Obviously in my case, it has led to a career and ultimately competing at the Olympics, but it’s so important that people of all ages have the chance to cycle safely around where they live ad enjoy cycling for what it brings to their physical and mental health.

“It’s great that this new campaign will give people the chance to put forward improvements to their local cycle route or even suggest new ones and I’d encourage everyone to get involved – it’s our chance to have our say and make a positive difference to our local area.”

The #YouDecide campaign is the first Community Choices project of its kind undertaken by Renfrewshire Council and gives the community the chance to decide how part of the Council’s budget is spent.

A total of £1.2million has been allocated to the campaign from the Council’s Environment and Infrastructure budget and ideas are being sought for possible infrastructure upgrades in Renfrewshire, such as road safety initiatives, new walking or cycling routes, park upgrades or outdoor gym equipment.

The ideas process open until Sunday 14 November 2021 and can be submitted online at or via post boxes placed in libraries, leisure centres and Morrisons supermarkets across Renfrewshire.

Officers will carry out a feasibility study on each idea and, once complete, a shortlist of all viable projects will be put to a public vote in early 2022.

Local people will then have the chance to choose the ones they’d like to see completed in their area, with the Council carrying out the work on the successful projects

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It was incredible to see Jack’s success at this summer’s Olympics, especially knowing that he’d started his journey here in Renfrewshire.

“We’re want to ensure people are able to cycle safely throughout Renfrewshire and it just goes to show the importance of providing safe cycle routes as we may be inspiring the next Olympic athlete for Team GB.

“A new cycle route is just one possible idea though that you can submit as part of the #YouDecide campaign and we want as many and as wide a range of ideas as possible so, if there’s an infrastructure improvement that you would like completed in your area then submit it to us now.

“This is another chance for the Council and the community to work together to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work and visit so don’t miss your chance to have your say.”

For more information and to submit an idea, visit

Spree Mini Manoeuvres

Family fun in October

Wee Spree

Don’t miss Wee Spree activities over the October holidays

There’s lots of family fun to be had over the October holidays as The Wee Spree returns to Paisley.

The popular programme takes place from Saturday 9 – Saturday 16 October.

Music is at the heart of the programme with a Family Silent Disco and thrilling dance classes for early years and older age groups.

The Refs will entertain with fun warmups and obstacle courses, while the Comedy Club 4 Kids brings an exciting workshop to get kids learning hilarious jokes before a show for families from top comedians.

See all the great family events and ticket information on The Spree website.

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Arkleston pupils win gold award

Arkleston Primary School pupils

Arkleston kids are delighted their school has got their second gold UNICEF Rights Respecting School award.

Here’s what some of the pupils had to say.

Zohaib: “I am amazed at how much hard work and time that we put in and we have been recognised for it. I feel proud.”

Olivia: “I was talking to my mum about how I felt. I was writing letters to the council about climate change and now I feel proud of the whole thing.”

Learning about climate change

St Fillan's Primary School pupil

P6 pupils at St Fillan’s Primary School in Houston have been learning how to monitor the health and biodiversity of local rivers.

On a trip to River Gryffe, the pupils tested the water for salmon and invasive species. The samples they collected will be sent to the Smithsonian Museum in the USA to be analysed ahead of the COP26 climate change conference.

Adam, one of the pupils, said: “I enjoyed seeing all of the different species and I learned it is very important to keep fish safe so they can stay in our rivers for many years to come.”

Free school meal payments


By Friday 8 October, we will make two payments to parents and carers of children and young people attending primary or secondary school who are entitled to a free school meal on the basis of low income.

If you’ve already applied for free school meals, you won’t need to do anything. For pupils in P1 to P4, you will only receive a payment if they are entitled and you have applied.

You can find out more about the payments on our website.

Rising gas and electricity bills

Woman on laptop

Gas and electricity bills rose at the end of September and it could put you into debt.

If you are struggling to pay for your gas and electricity, help and support is available from us. Email or call 07958 011104.

You can also get additional help and support from Home Energy Scotland. Call 0808 808 2282 or search for their website.

Energy advice

COVID-19 vaccines for 12 to 15s

Young woman

If your child is aged 12 and older, they can get the coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine.

Information on clinic dates, including any drop-in centres, are available on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.

NHS website

Iona Fyfe

Paisley’s popular music and arts festival The Spree returned last night at the iconic Spiegeltent with Michael Rother and features a bumper line-up across ten days (7 – 16 October). More to come from The Bluebells, The Rezillos, Nick Lowe, Kathryn Joseph and Retro Video Club and other top acts coming to the fast-growing festival, which is now in its ninth year. For info go to

Iona Fyfe

Meanwhile our local venues have put together an amazing amount of gigs together for Spree for All the fringe event that compliments The Spree.  It kicked off last night in big style with The Marley Experience at The Bungalow and Grant Cherry’s Open Mic at The Cave. 


There are loads to get through so let’s have a look at tonight and all the way through to next Thursday then there will be more starting on Friday 15th of October. Tonight David McKendrick will be at The Old Swan from 5pm, March of The Mods which is of course rescheduled from March is at The Bungalow from 7pm: the line up is The Substitutes, The Heeby Jeebies, Skaledonia and Start. There is a live singer at Zambretto from 8.30pm, Midnight Moses will be rocking out at The Cave from 9pm then going late from 9.30pm at The Keg it is Sara ‘n Junbug. 


ModStuff is back with again this year tomorrow from 12pm at The Bungalow. The line up in the free afternoon gig is: The M65s, The Redstarts and Lemon Soul. The evening (ticketed) gig’s bands are: Parliament of Owls, Solid Bond and Absolute Jam.  

Epic are playing at The Old Swan from 4pm followed by Kirk Strachan at 8pm. The Cave has Monkey Business from 6pm and in the later slot at 9pm it is Splendid Suns. Charlie Gorman will be solo at Zambretto from 8.30pm. Thunder Road is at Harvies from 9pm then at 9.30 at The Keg it is Johnny Barr and Firebaws. 


On Sunday, Village Live a youth music initiative will be on stage at The Bungalow from 2pm. Jumbo Gibson is at The Anchor from 4.30pm then later at 6pm Nightly is playing at The Cave followed by The Aftershow with Grant Cherry from 9pm. The Old Swan has Wreckless on at 6pm. You have two great comedy nights to choose from. First it is Scott Gibson at The Bungalow doors 7pm then later at 9.30pm it is Mark Nelson at The Keg.

Iona Fyfe

On Monday The Casual Swans are at The Old Swan from 4pm. The Danny Kyle Night is at The Bungalow with a fantastic line up of: Award winning Iona Fyfe, Watt Nichol and Doreen, Charlie Harrigan and Gavin Paterson’s All Star Skiffle Band which includes Alastair McDonald, Joe Quinn, Lajo Gillette and Iain McRury, doors at 7pm. There is an Open Mic with Dunky Hunter at The Abbey from 8pm and Mya Brown is at The Keg from 9.30pm. 


Tuesday at 2.30pm is a Swing Afternoon at The Old Swan, Hip Hop Night at The Bungalow, doors 7pm. Fire Exit and Support are at CC’s, doors 7pm. At 8pm there is a Special Spree Quiz at The Keg and Andy Lindsay’s Open Mic at The Anchor. 


On Wednesday Zoe Tait will be playing at The Old Swan from 5pm and later at 7pm The Bungalow are having a Choir Night with Rockus from 7pm. 2Sevens and The Kaplans are at CC’s, doors 7pm and Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm to host their open mic.


Thursday Jim Keilt will be fronting the jam session at The Old Swan from 5pm then at 6pm in The Cave it is Chloe McNeil followed by Zoe Tait at 7pm. The Bleeders and Scunnurt will be playing at The Introducing Night in The Bungalow, doors 7pm. CC’s are hosting Folk Wi The Patter with Shaun Moore, doors 7pm. Open Mic at Gantry is 9pm then finally live band TBC at The Keg from 9.30pm.


Check out each venue’s Face book pages for ticket info and start times etc.  

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Young people are counting down the days to the start of the school holidays and Street Stuff will be out and about in communities across Renfrewshire.

Multi-sports gaming and much more will be available for those aged 5 to 16 at venues across Renfrewshire throughout the week, with activities split by age groups across the day.

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A free, healthy meal will be provided at every session so the young people are fully energised to take part and all are welcome to attend.

Monday 11 October
9:30am – 12:30pm (suitable for 5-8 year olds)
1:30pm – 4:30pm (suitable for 9-16 year olds)

Glencoats Primary School, Paisley
St James’ Primary School, Moorpark

Tuesday 12 October
9:30am – 12:30pm (suitable for 5-8 year olds)
1:30pm – 4:30pm (suitable for 9-16 year olds)

Woodlands Primary School, Linwood
St Paul’s Primary School, Paisley

Wednesday 13 October
9:30am – 12:30pm (suitable for 5-8 year olds)
1:30pm – 4:30pm (suitable for 9-16 year olds)

West Johnstone Shared Campus
Woodlands Primary School, Linwood
Bargarran Primary School, Erskine

Thursday 14 October
9:30am – 12:30pm (suitable for 5-8 year olds)
1:30pm – 4:30pm (suitable for 9-16 year olds)

Bargarran Primary School, Erskine
West Johnstone Shared Campus
St Paul’s Primary School, Paisley

Friday 15 October
9:30am – 12:30pm (suitable for 5-8 year olds)
1:30pm – 4:30pm (suitable for 9-16 year olds)

Glencoats Primary School, Paisley
St James’ Primary School, Moorpark

Consent forms must be completed by all participants and will be available on the first day of arrival or can be filled out online in advance.

The October Week clubs will run alongside Street Stuff’s evening programme which hosts activities six days a week at venues across Renfrewshire.

All participants will need to provide contact details for Test and Protect and follow the current guidelines, including wearing a facemask where applicable between games. Hand sanitizer stations and wipes will be available at all locations.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We’re committed to providing sport and exercise opportunities for all our young people and our free October Week camps give our young people the chance to have fun with their friends when they’re not in school.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to brush up on your sporting skills and meet new people so come along to Street Stuff and have some fun.”

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

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire contributing to a reduction in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour by 75 percent over the first five years with a sustained reduction of 65 percent.

Lynsey McLean, General Manager of St Mirren Football Club, said: “We are delighted that the October camps are going to be available to so many local children. It is a great incentive that we are proud to be part of. We hope all the children have the best time and enjoy making memories.”

For more information and to see the October Week programme, visit


A Scottish connection with the Mayflower Pilgrims’ voyage to America will soon be revealed.  Research Through People’s Family History service director, George English also shares the ancestral impact of this sail to the New World 400 years ago.  He launches a new season of monthly meetings for Paisley & District u3a. Members can watch via a Zoom link this Thursday 7 October from 2 – 3.30pm.  

Corporate and lifestyle portraits at Dumfries House

Chair Kathy O’Donnell explained: “There’s a growing interest in genealogy because it’s fascinating to find out who you might be related to.  Discovering your distant relative took part in a key event can make periods of history come alive and become personal for you.  Many American celebrities have researched their family tree and found a Mayflower connection.  People can ask George English about the best way to start a family history.”


Said guest speaker, George English: “2020 was the 400th Anniversary of Mayflower, the voyage that changed the world.  My own ancestor, Richard Warren, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620.  My presentation covers the events during the Reformation which led to the Pilgrims leaving for the New World; the voyage itself and the passengers; and the impact the Mayflower has had on Western civilisation since, including the Act of Union.  I look forward to an enjoyable discussion and helping anyone to explore what made this sail so special.”

Details of local u3a groups and activities at:

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A new service which provides advice on employment issues to low-income households and people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will launch in Renfrewshire today (Friday 1 October).


Fair Work Renfrewshire will give help, support and advice to people who need it on employment matters including redundancy, dismissal and the end of furlough as well as benefits entitlements for those who may have had a change to their employment status.

The two-year project, which is run by Renfrewshire’s Citizens Advice Bureau and funded by Renfrewshire Council, will also work with partners, including the council, to reach people in Renfrewshire who are vulnerable to employment issues, ensuring they receive help and support when they need it.

Anyone who uses the service can also receive help for other issues, like debt and money advice, or be referred to partners and council teams for support on matters which are not related to employment.

Gavin Lovesey, Service Development Manager at Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide the new Fair Work Renfrewshire service which will deliver advice and representation on employment issues.

“At a time when we know employers face difficult decisions, it is vital employees and workers have access to free, confidential and impartial advice.

“Our team is looking forward to helping people understand their rights and what options are available to them. If you think you have been treated unfairly in your workplace or have any other work-related concerns, please get in touch.”

Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau received £100,000 funding for the service in the Council’s 2021/22 Budget.

The funding was part of the council’s Social Renewal Plan, which sets out the work the council will do with its partners to tackle inequality and poverty, and support families and communities in the wake of COVID-19.

Councillors approved £665,000 funding for the next stage of the plan, which focuses on tackling poverty and supporting communities, in June. The money is being used to fund projects which will tackle poverty, support people struggling with rising fuel costs, improve access to benefits and affordable credit, and help community organisations tackle food insecurity.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The pandemic has been particularly tough for people in Renfrewshire who are on low-incomes and facing job uncertainty, and the end of furlough will make things tougher for some households.

“Fair Work Renfrewshire will help support people during these tough times, giving them access to the advice they need on employment issues.

“The service is being funded by our Social Renewal Plan which continues to provide support for projects that help our communities and tackle the issues they are facing as we navigate our way out of this pandemic.”

The Social Renewal Plan will inform the next stage of the council’s successful Tackling Poverty programme, which generated almost £800,000 of additional income for households in 2020/21.

It also supports the council’s Economic Recovery Plan, which will help support Renfrewshire’s businesses and support people into employment and training in the wake of COVID-19.

If you think Fair Work Renfrewshire can help you, call the Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or visit


West Nursery pupils on a litter pick
Renfrewshire Bereavement Network

The Renfrewshire Bereavement Network, comprising local hospices ACCORD and St Vincent’s, as well as the Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Renfrewshire Council and RAMH, has recently launched a new grief and bereavement service for families in Renfrewshire.

The Network aims to provide support to people in the Renfrewshire area who are experiencing loss or dealing with grief – by offering access to the most appropriate advice, guidance and counselling available – all from a single point of access. 

Renfrewshire Bereavement Network

People who need support will be able to self-refer by contacting a new helpline where they can discuss the help they need. After an assessment, staff who have been trained to manage calls, will aim to make sure they receive the most appropriate support for their individual circumstances.


The service is available to adults in the Renfrewshire area, regardless of their gender, social group or location. 


If you know of anyone who needs to get in touch with the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network, they can do so by calling 0800 038 6020 or by emailing:


For more information visit:

Cllr McEwan with Castlehead High pupils
Jess e Ska of Esperanza

Whats on in Paisley This coming week 22nd September

Great to see Esperanza are back at The Bungalow tonight. Esperanza is a nine-piece Ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time. The band has supported some of the biggest names in Ska, including Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Heptones and The Toasters. In support is Rudebeard. Doors at 7pm tickets £9.

Jess e Ska of Esperanza

Tomorrow afternoon the very popular Cosmopolitan Big Band a Glasgow-based 20 piece crew will be playing a mix of swing standards and funk/soul tunes. Starts at 2pm, doors are 1pm and it is Free Entry. In the evening Complete Stone Roses the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most authentic Stone Roses tribute band play another packed out show at The Bungalow. Doors 7pm and tickets are £12

Monday as part of The Tannahill Festival The Well Happy Band kick off things with their up-beat songs about happiness, love, life, laughter and gratitude.  This lot are bound to keep a smile on your face long after the show is over. Expect the band’s unique blend of brass, percussion and keyboards, as well as their signature combination of performance, laughs and audience participation. Doors are at 7pm and it is Free Entry.

The Tannahill Festival continues on Tuesday with a one-act play ‘THE END’ by Karen Herbison. The night is a sort of A Play, A Pub, A Pint or Prosecco and Patter. Doors at 7pm and tickets are £10. Followed by a Q and A hosted by Script to Stage Renfrewshire.

On Thursday The Bungalow Bar and Events staff get a chance to perform both original and cover material in their own gaff. The lineup of this talented Bungalow Crew is Jennifer Leitch, Jamie Welsh, Erin Hephzibah, Katt Kerr, Becca Starr and Scunnurt. Come down, tickets £5 on Eventbrite and the door, and grab a drink and have a listen to the staff you love so much

At The Cave tonight from 9pm is Rheumatoid Rockers, live band tomorrow at 6pm is TBC followed by Blues Mama at 9pm. On Sunday at 6pm it is Midnight Hour followed by Grants After Party from 9pm. 

The Old Swan has the talented Feeva in tonight. Tickets are £10 on the door from 7pm. Saturday Full Hog is in the ‘Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm. Monday is The Casual Swans from 4pm and on Tuesday Mr Smooth himself Lee James will be the entertainment for the Swing and Afternoon Tea which includes homemade banana loaf, scone butter and jam with fresh cream, chocolate mousse with a mint after eight all served with a mixture of fresh sandwiches on tiger bread with tea or coffee. All for £4.50pp. Haud me back big yin.  

The Keg have Fat Lips in tonight from 9.30pm. Zambretto has live acts on at 8.30pm both Friday and Saturday. 

The Paisley Open Mic scene looks like it’s getting back to what it used to be like before all the Covid restrictions crippled what was a very vibrant music scene. On Monday Dunky Hunter will be the host at The Abbey from 8.30pm. On Tuesday it is the first night back for Gantry starting at 9pm, The Anchor Bar is also back on Tuesday kicking off at 8pm and on Wednesday The Patter Bar has its first night back and starts at 8pm. Andy looks like he is having a busy week. He messaged me to tell me that ‘After a regrettably lengthy, yet unavoidable break, the next Columba Club Renfrew Open Mic ‘with Andy Lindsay and Friends’ – is back – this coming Sunday afternoon, 26th September – from 2 pm ’til teatime. All ages are welcome, so it’s great for families. Whether you want to play or just watch and listen – welcome back to live music in a safe, spacious and comfortable environment