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DRIVING BOSSES TOLD TO GET A GRIP ON LORRY SHORTAGE 

Transport chiefs have been told to “get a grip” of the lorry drivers’ crisis, as the shortage of drivers now threatens Christmas.

Renfrewshire MP Gavin Newlands, the SNP’s Westminster Transport Spokesperson, challenged the Government at Transport Questions on Thursday.

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Recent weeks have seen pubs run low on beer, while high street stores like Halfords and Dunelm have reported issues with their supply chains as fears grow the lorry driver crisis could impact Christmas. 

Long-term industry problems, such as driver recruitment and training, have been compounded by the effects of Brexit, which has seen thousands of drivers leave the industry and the cost of transport shoot up as red tape mounts up. 

And despite months of industry groups warning the Government of the driver crisis, it took until yesterday for changes to be made to the testing process to speed up driver testing and licensing.

Gavin said:

“It’s now over nine months since the challenges facing the haulage industry were made crystal clear as border checks caused by Brexit cost Scotland’s industries millions of pounds. 

“I and many others called on the Transport Secretary and the UK Government to get a grip then, yet here we are in the run-up to Christmas and our shops are becoming emptier by the day.

“Industry has been crying out for the Government to take this issue seriously, yet it’s only this week they’ve made some minor changes to the testing process.  That simply isn’t enough to resolve this growing crisis.

“At every step of the way the Government have pretended that Brexit would have no negative effects on our economy, that only sunlit uplands awaited.

“Perhaps if they’d been honest with voters and admitted ditching the EU would mean food shortages and delays in medical supplies reaching this country, Scotland would not have been dragged against its will out of the EU, and the problems caused by Brexit wouldn’t exist.”

David Tennant National Television Awards 2021

What a fantastic night for David Tennant who last night at the National Television awards received an award for Special Recognition for his contribution to the Television industry, especially after his amazing performance in the series Des which could not have been an easy part to play, he is an exceptional actor and we are proud to call him one of our own.

Here is the video of last nights acceptance speech. Well done David from your hometown.

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We’re looking for new steering group members for EVOLVE!

Do you live in Seedhill? Have something to say about the area? Want to be involved in the direction of a community project?

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EVOLVE is an arts and culture project organising get-togethers for Seedhill full of creative activities to celebrate local identity and community pride. It’s running until September 2022 with 2 workshops a week, regular fun days and community events and 4 artists residencies.

We need more community members on our steering group to let us know what would be really beneficial for Seedhill and what the people want.

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This is an unpaid role and you can commit for as long or as little as you like. We meet roughly every 6 weeks for a couple of hours. You’d need to let us know your availability for the meetings, but other than that and coming to the actual meeting, you wouldn’t need to do anything else.

If you’re interested, just email rebecca@rigarts.org or call RIG Arts on 01475 720847.

EVOLVE is an 18 months arts and culture project delivered in Seedhill, Paisley in partnership with Williamsburgh Housing Association and Renfrewshire Leisure. EVOLVE is part of the Culture Collective funded by Creative Scotland.

You can find out more about us on Instagram (@RIGArtsGreenock), Twitter (@RIGArtsGreenock) and Facebook (@RIGArtsInverclyde) and by joining our Facebook Group.

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SECURITY and cleaning staff at the Braehead Centre have issued a message to anyone looking for a job: “Come and join us – this is a great place to work.”

The shopping and leisure destination is hiring new staff and are looking for people to work with both the security and cleaning teams at the popular mall.

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A recruitment drive has been launched and two special events for anyone interested in working at Braehead are being held in the marketing suite, on the top floor of the centre, between 5pm and 8pm on Monday, September 20 and 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday, September 22.

Staff already employed at Braehead yesterday told how much they enjoy working at the mall and encouraged people who are looking for a job, or fancy a career change to apply for one of almost a dozen positions currently available.

Almost six years ago, Louise Reynolds was a hairdresser, but wanted a change of career. She got a job as a security officer at Braehead and since then has been put through various training courses and promoted to security co-ordinator.

Louise says: “Working at Braehead is more than just a job – it’s like we’re all a family here.

“If you want to improve yourself and move up the career ladder, the company will invest in you with all kinds of training.”

Margaret Tazzar is an environmental co-ordinator at Braehead with responsibility for organising the cleaning staff at the mall. She’s worked at Braehead since it opened 22 years ago and says:

“I love my job and every day is different. There’s a great team working here and the morale and the banter between us is really good.”

Hasham Shazad has been a member of the security staff for the past two years. He adds: “This is a great working environment and the job certainly keeps you fit and active.

“I get a lot of job satisfaction being able to help people. A lot of visitors to Braehead are regulars and you get to know them. It certainly makes your day when people come up to you and ask how you are doing.”

Braehead’s Security and Environmental Manager, Paul-Scott Wiggins said: “The aim of our recruitment events is to allow people to drop in and discuss the roles, duties and benefits with the centre’s team leaders in a more casual setting as opposed to a formal interview.

“We’re looking forward to meeting everyone who would like to come and work at Braehead and we’ll answer any questions they have about the jobs available.”

Anyone wishing to contact Braehead before or after the recruitment events directly can send an email to braehead.information@savillspm.co.uk or call 0141 885 1441.

Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign is working to tackle littering outside fast-food outlets and encouraging customers to take responsibility for their packaging once they leave the restaurant.

McDonalds staff joined local volunteers and Renfrewshire Council staff for a litter pick at the Phoenix Retail Park in Linwood – which also has a number of other fast-food restaurants – as they cleared discarded food packaging and aimed to change behaviours of customers.

Ensuring that litter is disposed of correctly and not discarded on the roadside is a key priority for volunteers as part of Spotless September.

The month-long litter picking event encourages local volunteers and businesses to make a difference in their neighbourhoods and help create a cleaner local environment.

Other businesses also signed up to take part during September include Glasgow Airport, Ikea and Morrisons Johnstone, with any others wishing to get involved invited to get in touch.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s so important that as part of this campaign we look at fast-food litter as we know that a lot of what we see is packaging from food bought on the go.

“It’s important that people use the bins provided at fast-food restaurants or shops, or keep it in the car until they get home as littering is not acceptable at any time.

“We’re working hard through our Team Up to Clean Up campaign to change attitudes and behaviours so please think before you throw something away and use a bin instead.”

Spotless September is part of the wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign which brings the Council and community together to tackle environmental issues in Renfrewshire.

Last year, despite the pandemic, an incredible 225 litter picks took place during Spotless September – more than seven a day – and a fantastic 1,072 bags of litter were collected by volunteers and removed by the Council’s StreetScene team.

Volunteers are supported with equipment and collection of the bags from litter picks, while the Council has invested in additional gully cleaning, road sweeping, litter picking as well as fly tipping, dog fouling and recycling campaigns.

For more information and to join thousands of other volunteers as part of the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.

Renfrewshire Leisure to make delivery service available to whole community while essential electrical work takes place

Work will start later this month on essential work at Lochwinnoch Library.

Renfrewshire Council is investing £86,000 in rewiring the popular High Street library, which is operated by Renfrewshire Leisure.

To allow work to take place, the building will temporarily close from Wednesday, September 15. The project is expected to be completed by mid-winter.

To support members and the wider community during this time, Renfrewshire Leisure will be making its home delivery service available to the entire community in Lochwinnoch. People will also be able access services at any of the region’s other libraries, as well as those which are available online at www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk, where a huge range of ebooks, audio books, magazines and newspapers can be accessed.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Skoobmobile will also be in the village one afternoon a week to support parents and children with library access. Details as to when it will visit and where it will be parked will be available at www.renfrewshireleisure.com, as well as at any of the other libraries and facilities operated by the charity.

Joyce Higgins, Digital and Library Development Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “This work is an important investment in the Lochwinnoch Library building – one that’s important to its future – and we are grateful to Renfrewshire Council and its contractors. 

“Lochwinnoch is a well used and much-loved library. While we appreciate that there will be some inconvenience for our regular visitors it’s essential that this work takes place.

“We hope, however, that the temporary extension of our home delivery service to everyone in the community will help. This is a great service. Our brilliant library team will be on-hand to take orders as well as to help people with their book choices if they’re looking for a little inspiration.”

For the duration of the closure, books can be returned to any Renfrewshire library or via the home delivery service.

Meanwhile, refurbishment work is continuing at Lochwinnoch’s community centre, the McKillop Institute. It has seen Renfrewshire Council invest close to £1million in improvement works there. The centre, operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, is also due to reopen this winter.

To register for the home delivery library service, please call 0300 300 1188 or email libraries@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Bungalow

Tonight at The BungalowThe Bungalow are a classic rock covers band from Glasgow called The Audiorayz. I’ve seen them a number of time and they are at the very top of their game. The last time they played The Bungalow one of their fans commented “I was totally blown away by The Audiorayz.

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Best band I have seen for a long time. What a line of amazing talented musicians. I liked their mix of brilliant renditions of rock classics and their own compositions too. Iain Forbes guitar playing was incredible. The venue got the sound balance bang on” They don’t play much in Paisley and this is one not to be missed. Doors are at 7pm and it is free entry.

The Brass Monkeys Big Band return with their brand of big band hits. I grew up with most of the guys in the band from my brass playing days and what an amazing band they are. They are full of life and vigour and create a vibrant atmosphere that is second to none. From the moment they start setting up the atmosphere starts building as the regular fans know what to expect. The last time they played at The Bungalow right before lockdown people rose to their feet and never stopped dancing and clapping. Those that remained seated were tapping their feet and singing along. The Brass Monkeys take you through a journey in music from soul to funk and RnB and also throw in some surprises for good measure. Starts at 2pm and doors are at 1pm.

The much acclaimed Combat Rock Clash Tribute band isplaying tomorrow night. Combat Rock are the UK’s Ultimate Clash Tribute with over 15 years of gigs behind them including support slots with The Damned, The Buzzcocks, SLF and more. Supporting are The Vanities Doors are at 7pm and Tickets are £7.  

Thursday night it is The Bungalow Introducing Night once more with Singer/Songwriter LTH and Band The Perpetual Cants who will be performing their original material in the Bungalow. LTH who is Laura Talbot-Heigh is looking forward to playing. She said “This is my first live gig since both releasing music and since the pandemic started and I’d love to see as many folk there as possible. I’m so excited to share music I’ve been working on during the pandemic with you allThere is a 3rd act to be confirmed. Doors are 7pm and tickets are £5.

David McKendrick is at The Old Swan tonight from 5pm. Tomorrow covers band End of the Century are playing in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm. On Monday Casual Swans are back with their busking style of music tackling anything from pop, rock and jazz from 4pm.

The Cave’s big weekend of live music starts at 9pm tonight with Jumbo Gibson. Tomorrow from 6pm it is Black Triangles followed by Gordon’s Alive at 9pm the on Sundayfrom 6pm Jim Keilt is back with his legendary Blues Jam followed Grants After Party Open Stage for anyone wanting to get onto the stage and sing after the jam session which is around 9pm.

Local Paisley band FreeSpeech haven’t been playing much recently so it’s great to see them back at their best and pounding out some tunes at The Anchor on Sunday from 4.30pm.Tonight at The Keg is Ocean Views from 9pm. If you are looking for a night of good food and good music, there is as always live acts at Zambretto tonight and tomorrow night from 8.30pm.

Open Mic nights next week are The Keg with Johnny Barr at 8.30pm and The Abbey with Dunky Hunter at 9pm. The Anchor Bar started their open mic session last night and will be on the last Tuesday of the month from now on. Well known local Paisley musician Andy Lindsay is playing a solo gig at The Spateside Inn in Johnstone from 8.30pm tonight followed by an Open Mic Session around 10pm.

Brand new local business opened in Paisley.  Let’s say a big welcome to Buddie Good Sweets please follow the links at the base of this post to find more information.

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Anticipation is rising amongst supporters of the Paisley Pirates following the announcement that the club is now looking for squad members to make up the team for season 2021-22, which in the case of the Pirates will commence, for home games at least, in early November.

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Like the Glasgow Clan, Pirates were obliged to delay their season’s start while negotiations were ongoing regarding the ownership of Braehead Arena, but with much of that work now complete, Pirates have been able to finally look for players to bolster their bench for the new season, which will allow them to take to the ice for the first time in 20 months.

“There’s still a few aspects of the new season which are not as yet finalised,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley, “but we have been assured by our new landlords at Braehead that ice will be available so it’s full steam ahead with the job of putting a team together, and which will see us play in the season of our 75th birthday. We know our fans have been patiently waiting for new about the club and it’s really only now that we’ve been able to get the wheels in motion, so now it’s full speed ahead!”

She went on, “There’s one or two aspects regarding the actual formation of the SNL for this season but that doesn’t need to delay us in the task of actually assembling the team. It’s going to be an exciting time with the Clan now owning the arena, and with the Pirates actually hoping to have a junior team on the ice for the first year in a very long time, we’re hoping this will encourage players to snap up a team place quickly and join one of the most successful teams in Scotland at SNL level. They will also play out of a magnificent arena with the best facilities in the country, and receive the best coaching around in the form of Ian Turley and Adam Walker, both of whom are part of the GB and Scotland coaching set ups respectively. Throw in the fact they’ll be playing in front of the best and noisiest supporters who are desperate to cheer on their team after nearly two years of no ice hockey, and you can see that signing for the Paisley Pirates is the best way of improving yourself and enjoying your sport to the utmost.”

Prospective players should contact the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com.

MND Scotland could be a winner when the popular walking, cycling and wheeling game Beat the Street returns to Renfrewshire next week.

The Beat the Street game takes place across the towns of towns and villages of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch. for the duration of the six-week game from 15th September to 27th October, turning the area into a real-life game.

As well as helping local people of all ages to get active, the game will also help MND Scotland to win a donation of up to £500.

A total of 43 Beat Boxes are being installed in locations around the game are which players will use to score points as they travel as far as possible on foot, bike, stakeboard, scooter or in a wheelchair or pushchair around the game area.

Players will simply need to hover their Beat the Street game cards over a Beat Box to start their journey, and can score points for themselves and their team for each Beat Box they swipe in the next hour. Players can join a school, community or workplace team, or can donate their points to MND Scotland who will win £100 each time the weekly mileage target is reached.

Morag McGown, Corporate Partnerships Manager at MND Scotland said: “We are delighted to have been selected as Beat the Street Renfrewshire’s dedicated charity as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. Beat the Street is a great initiative that helps participants get more active, and every time you go out for a walk or exercise, you’ll be doing great things for your health while helping us to raise funds. A donation of £500 could pay for Time Out Grants, helping people access respite care or to go on a last family holiday together.”

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.

For more information including where to pick up a card or fob, click onto www.beatthestreet.me/renfrewshire

Popular book-sharing programme returns for the first time since first Covid-19 lockdown 

Booking opens today (Monday) for the return of the popular Bookbug sessions at Renfrewshire’s libraries.

Children will be able to enjoy the reading programme in-person for the first time in almost 18 months from next Monday (September 13) as the safe return of services in the region’s libraries continues.

As part of on-going Covid-19 safety measures, places must be pre-booked, with slots available seven days in advance of each session. They are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Bookbug sessions will run at Bishopton, Erskine, Ferguslie, Foxbar, Glenburn, Glenburn, Johnstone, Linwood, Paisley Central, Ralston and Renfrew libraries.

Joyce Higgins, Digital and Library Development Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We are delighted to once again be able to offer Bookbug sessions in our libraries.

“While we have had some brilliant videos online, the team can’t wait to welcome children, their parents and carers back – and to enjoy some songs, giggles and smiles. Bookbug’s brilliant. It’s one of the most popular initiatives in our libraries and we know how eager families have been to see it return, as we have.

“To help keep everyone safe, we have had to make a few changes, so I would please ask everyone to work with the staff at their local library to ensure everyone can enjoy being back. It’s another positive step in supporting our communities as they recover from the pandemic.”

Places, which are limited, can be booked at http://bit.ly/BookbugSessions, where details about all of the sessions are available. To help manage demand, people are being asked to book just one session each week.

A family ticket – including one adult and up to three children – can be booked online. If there is more than one adult attending, please book one family ticket per adult. If you are not able to attend a session you have booked, please cancel it via the “manage booking” link in your confirmation or by calling 0300 300 1188.

While libraries staff will not be sharing toys during the sessions, children can take along their own soft toy.

People are asked not to visit a library if they show any symptoms of coronavirus.

Bookbug is the book sharing programme delivered in partnership by national reading charity Scottish Book Trust, local authorities, libraries and health trusts. It encourages parents and carers to share books with their children from as early an age as possible to inspire a love of reading.

Volunteers in Renfrewshire made a flying start to Spotless September as the annual litter picking event began yesterday (1 September).

A mainstay in the events calendar of the award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign, more than 1,000 bags of litter were removed from the local environment this time last year and volunteers are keen to match – and exceed – that this year.

Pals of the Privies were one of the first groups out supporting the campaign, closely followed by pupils from Castlehead High School and countless lone litter pickers across Renfrewshire.

Karen Campbell, Pals of the Privies, said: “We love to litter pick and see the difference it can make to where we live.

“People thank us and offer encouragement, especially to our young people who I don’t think realised how much they’d enjoy it.

“We collected seven bags in just an hour, imagine the difference we can make if everyone in Renfrewshire collects just one bag during Spotless September – get out there!”

The event is part of the wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign which bring the Council and community together to tackle environmental issues in Renfrewshire.

Volunteers are supported with equipment and collection of the bags from litter picks, while the Council are investing in additional gully cleaning, road sweeping, litter picking as well as fly tipping, dog fouling and recycling campaigns.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that Spotless September is back once again and I can’t wait to see the difference that we can make to Renfrewshire this month.

“I know how dedicated our volunteers are as they are litter picking all-year-round and we’re committed to supporting them with whatever they need, as well as investing in our services too to ensure this is a joint campaign.

“If you can spare ten minutes, an hour or any time at all, please get in touch and we’ll provide you with all you need to make your area brighter. Join us and make it a Spotless September.”

For more information, including how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.