Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

St John Bosco Nursery

Renfrewshire Council is recruiting for Depute Heads of Centre and Heads of Centre jobs in nurseries across the area.

St John Bosco Nursery

Gillian Kinnear is the Head of Centre for Glendee Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Renfrew and says the job helps her make a difference for children and families.

She said: “I aspired to be a Head of Centre because I wanted to make a difference to the lives of children and their families.

“Nurturing is a key part of the job. Coming into a nursery should be a fun experience and one where people can turn to one another for support if they have something going on in their lives. That’s why I greet parents and children every morning when they come into nursery. It’s about building relationships and making sure I’m there if they need someone that morning.

“It’s the same philosophy I have with my team, making sure their needs are being met, that they have the training in place they need and want, as well as letting colleagues take the lead on initiatives, such as STEM and literacy, so they can learn and grow.

“We have around 100 children in our nursery at any one time and we make sure we have a broad range of quality learning experiences for them, including the outdoor areas that children can access at any time. We also have break-out areas for children to take some quiet time as it can get very busy in the play areas.

“Lunchtime is also an exciting time for children. They get to develop their social skills and have a routine of going to the same table with the same members of staff. They also develop social skills from visiting the local care home once a week and meeting their buddy there.

“Since I started working for a council-run nursery back in 2001, I have benefited from a range of training and development opportunities, including a BA in Childhood Practice and a Froebel Certificate in Early Childhood. It is definitely a benefit of working in this sector that you can learn on-the-job and develop your career.

“My role comes with a lot of responsibility, but I enjoy it and it has given me many opportunities to make a difference for families, and that’s what I really wanted. I’d recommend working towards a management role if that’s what you want to do too.”

To apply for a Depute Head of Centre or Head of Centre job, visit

Johnstone shop local

Johnstone residents are being urged to support local traders this Christmas – after members of the local business group signed up to the campaign to Spend Local in Renfrewshire.

Johnstone shop local

Research shows around 65p from every pound spent in the local area stays in the local area – so members of the Johnstone Business Consortium are encouraging residents to help support local jobs and services by doing just that.

Renfrewshire Council launched the Spend Local campaign earlier this year in Paisley in partnership with local business improvement district Paisley First – and is now rolling it out around the area.

The area has lots of independent businesses of all types and sizes – so the council is working with local business groups to promote what they offer and take some practical measures to encourage local trade.

Spend Local posters and window stickers are available to any Renfrewshire businesses for display.

Stacey Thomson, owner of the Pet Shop in Houston Court and a member of the Johnstone Business Consortium, said: “Johnstone has got a variety of different businesses.

“Because we are local to you we know what you are looking for you can come in and chat to us. So it’s like shopping with friends – we get to know your names and what you want.

“It’s important to Spend Local because if you don’t use the shops you will lose them. You can chat to people and get the knowledge and experience they have rather than buying online where you are faceless.

“Money spent in your local community stays in the local community rather than going abroad to some multinational company instead. It helps everything work the way it should – it keeps money here, it keeps jobs here, and it supports the services you need.”

Stacey was joined by the owners of two long-standing family-owned Johnstone businesses – Allan Henderson of Henderson’s Flowers and Carole McLellan of R Brown’s Shoe Repairs and Key Cutting.

If you own a business and would some Spend Local posters or window stickers to display in your own premises, please email

Johnstone residents and visitors to the town will be able to Spend Local in the town in the coming weeks at two big events. First, the business consortium is hosting a Christmas Market from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday 16 November offering free children’s activities and a visit from Santa himself.

Then, on Saturday 30 November when the town’s Christmas Lights switch-on takes place, with an afternoon of family entertainment planned in Houstoun Square.

Before then, Paisley and Renfrew will host their own festive switch-ons, on Saturday 16th (Paisley) and Saturday 23rd (Renfrew) – meaning residents can support businesses there too. See or for more on festive events.

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Residents are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the UK General Election on 12 December.

To vote in the election, residents must be registered on the electoral roll and this does not take place automatically if they pay council tax.

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Anyone over the age of 14 in Scotland can register but to vote in this election, voters must be over 18 and a UK Citizen.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

Kate Crawford, Renfrewshire VJB Electoral Registration Officer, said: “If you’re not already on the electoral register, you need to register to vote by midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to vote in this election.

“It is important that you register as early as possible in case we need to check any details with you, so please register to vote online at”

Anyone unable to visit a polling station on the day of the election can request a postal vote, with the application deadline being 5pm on Tuesday 26 November.

Due to the increased volume of mail in the run up to Christmas, postal voters are encouraged to complete and return their postal votes as soon as possible.

They can also request a proxy vote – where a person votes on their behalf – and the deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

For more information regarding electoral registration, please visit or

paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates are back on home ice this SATURDAY in a mouth watering clash which sees them take on the high flying Murrayfield Racers in their final Stuart Robertson Cup match (face off 6.30pm). They will be looking to put on a show for their supporters after the disappointment of only managing a draw and a loss against North Ayrshire Wild last weekend in the same competition, and know that only a top performance will do against a side which beat them comfortably in the reverse fixture in Edinburgh a few weeks ago.

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Head Coach Ian Turley commented,” We can’t keep using the excuse of being behind other teams when it comes to time spent of the ice. It’s unacceptable to be 5-1 behind on your own ice in front of fans who have paid good money to come and watch you. Sure, we have a couple of injuries but that happens and we really need to decide on our identity this year as so far we’ve been way off the mark and that simply won’t do.”

Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley said, ”The Braehead Centre now in the run up to Christmas we’re hoping festive shoppers might take the opportunity to come along and treat themselves to watching two of Scotland’s top amateur ice hockey teams in action without breaking the bank in the process. With the match facing off at 6.30pm, it means they’ll still get home in plenty of time and we look forward to welcoming them along to the Braehead Arena for an early Christmas treat.”

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paisley christmas

Paisley will welcome the festive season in style this weekend at the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event.

The family-favourite, free event will begin at 12pm on Saturday 16 November before Santa and his sleigh ride into town at 12.30pm to lead the 300-strong parade that will greet the gathered crowds.

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The parade will have a new, extended route for 2019 and is set to wow spectators with giant festive floats, costumed characters and choreographed displays from local community groups and professional performers. Following the parade there will be a number of street performers entertaining the crowds.

Visitors can take a spin around the Winter Roller Disco in County Square – a new addition to this year’s event it’s sure to be a family favourite with six sessions taking place throughout the day.

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The live stage will offer plenty of music and entertainment with performances from; Funbox, The Swinging Santas, Nickajack Men and this year’s stage headliners, special guests – X Factor stars, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie.

For those looking for a more traditional Christmas celebration there will be a series of local community and school choirs performing classic carols in Paisley Abbey – a sure way to get everyone in the festive mood.

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There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained as Coats Memorial will be transformed into the perfect Christmas playground bursting with activities to keep the little ones entertained such as writing letters to Santa, making Christmas cards, face painting, soft play and much more.

Kids can meet Santa at his Grotto in The Piazza Shopping Centre to tell him what’s on their Christmas list, while those looking to do a bit of Christmas shopping can head to the festive Urban Market offering plenty of fabulous gift ideas.

A Creative Craft Trail will be taking place as part of the event in some of the town’s fantastic local cafes and businesses, where visitors can learn to make festive jewellery, decorations and fascinators among other activities.

The big finale moment of the day will be the switch-on moment which will take place at the Live Stage at 6pm.


This year the lights will extend to the top of the High Street leading to a giant illuminated Christmas bauble, delivered in partnership with Paisley First. The bauble will be located in the grounds of Coats venue offering the perfect festive selfie spot.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron said: “Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is a fantastic family day out with plenty of opportunities to get the whole family in the festive mood.

“This year’s event is even bigger with a longer parade route and children’s activities taking place in the stunning Coats venue.

“It’s sure to attract lots of visitors to the town centre and encourage people to see what fantastic festive goodies they can get their hands on in some of our great local businesses.”

There will also be a funfair at the event located on Bridge Street with smaller rides on Gilmour Street.

To find out more about future events taking place please visit:

Tickets for the Roller Disco are £2 including booking fee and e-ticket charge and skate hire is included in this charge. Children under 8 years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

Sessions are limited to 40 places.

You can purchase tickets in advance here:

A quiet space will be located in POP inside the Piazza Shopping Centre and Coats Venue -this will be an autism friendly space with soft lighting, comfortable seating and noise cancelling headphones.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

Renfrewshire has paid tribute to the Armed Forces as hundreds attended services across the area to mark Remembrance Sunday, with the largest service taking place at the Cenotaph in Paisley town centre.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

More than 200 people paid their respects as military personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy paraded around the town centre before finishing at the Cenotaph.

A short service then saw a series of readings by local ministers, before the Royal British Legion presented their standards.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

A bugler played a moving rendition of the Last Post ahead of the traditional two-minute silence, following which wreaths were laid on behalf of the Armed Forces, schools, local organisations and community groups.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Renfrewshire, said: “This weekend provides us all with an opportunity to pay our respects to the Armed Forces, past and present, for all they do to keep us safe, while remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people turn out to services across Renfrewshire and it shows the spirit within our communities that they want to come together to show their appreciation for our service personnel.

“It’s also great to see the interaction between our veterans and young people each year as we educate the next generation on why it’s so important that we mark Armistice Day and encourage them to continue this tradition in years to come.”

Renfrewshire’s weekend of remembrance began on Friday 8 November as the annual Children’s Remembrance Service took place at the joint-campus of Mossvale and St James Primary in Paisley.

Depute Provost, Councillor Cathy McEwan, joined veterans from the Royal British Legion as they visited the school to see a presentation from the pupils on what they’ve learned about Armistice Day, before speaking about their experiences of having served in the Armed Forces.

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THE fitness suite at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre is to have a £180,000 refurbishment.

There will be 43 new pieces of fitness equipment installed with a larger general exercise area and the gym will be given a fresh new look.


The gym will be closed for a week from Sunday, November 24 until Sunday, December 1 to allow the work to be completed.

And to celebrate the new-look and upgraded gym re-opening, an Open Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8.

Anyone can come along to the gym and try out the new fitness machines for free, book a place at one of the fitness classes and take part in an exercise class in the gym being held every hour from 9am until 3pm.

There are also two special offers to coincide with the new-look Lagoon gym. Anyone taking out a monthly membership in December 19 will only have to pay a reduced joining fee of £10 – a saving of £20. And two people can get a  six-month gym-only membership that gives them access to Renfrewshire Leisure’s six fitness suites for only £179.

Call our memberships team on 0300 300 0250 or visit one of our centres to find out more.

Head of Leisure and community services, Mark Tokeley said: “We’re always looking at ways of giving our gym members even greater value for money by providing top-class fitness facilities.

“By refurbishing the Lagoon gym anyone coming along can’t help but be impressed at the standard of the equipment they will have to use.”

Cllr Cathy McEwan, Gail Scoular, the Unpaid Work team, Cochrane Castle Primar, St David's Primary

Pupils are set to get their hands dirty as every primary school in Renfrewshire receives a brand-new mud kitchen.

Designed to inspire imagination and creativity through messy play, the mud kitchens were a huge success with the area’s nurseries after being gifted earlier this year and now primary school children are set to see the benefit.

Cllr Cathy McEwan, Gail Scoular, the Unpaid Work team, Cochrane Castle Primar, St David's Primary

Made from recycled pallets, they provide an immersive, multi-sensory experience for children to get their hands dirty making mud pies and soil smoothies while interacting with their peers.

Gail Scoular came up with the idea while in her role as Renfrewshire Council Senior Warden and fundraised in her own time to ensure there was no cost to the forty-nine primary schools, with the council’s Unpaid Work Team carrying out the work to create them.

Gail said: “I’m so happy that more and more young people will have access to a mud kitchen and have the chance to discover the joy of outdoor play.

“They’ll be able to use their imaginations to create culinary inventions, while bonding and building relationships with their peers.

“It’s a fantastic way to encourage young people to enjoy the great outdoors and who doesn’t like to get their hands dirty once in a while!”

The kitchens will encourage young children to see the benefits of working together and to find enjoyment in the great outdoors, ensuring they appreciate their local environment which is a key tie in with Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide brand-new mud kitchens to each of our primary schools after the brilliant reaction we had from our nurseries earlier in the year.

“A big part of our Team Up to Clean Up campaign is encouraging people to work together while enjoying being outdoors and appreciating our local environment and these kitchens will hopefully inspire our young people to get out in their gardens and green spaces and take care of where they live.”

Donations were made by UNITE, GMB Union and enva which facilitated the purchase of tools for use in the mud kitchens.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit

eve spa

A luxury spa in Paisley is celebrating its seventh birthday – by giving every else a present!

Eve Spa, in The Lagoon Leisure Centre is hosting as special three-day birthday party on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 7,8 and 9.

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Between 10am and 8pm on Thursday and Friday and between 10am and 5pm on Saturday there will be complimentary drinks and nibbles along with the obligatory slice of birthday cake for everyone.

There is also a host of special birthday offers. Clients who book a £30 VIP treatment will get a free gift and £20 back to spend on a minimum of two beauty products.

The VIP treatments people can choose from include a Caudalie Express 30-minute facial; Caudalie Fleur de Vigne 25-minute back massage; Ishga Express 30-minute facial; Ishga salt and oil 30-minute scrub and a Comfort Zone Express 30-minute facial.

The spa’s Thermal Experience can be added on to any of the birthday treatments booked for only £5.

For the whole of this birthday week until Saturday Gel Fingers will only cost £11 and Fake Bake Spray Tans will be £10.

Log on to for more information or call 0300 300 0266. Advanced booking is advised.