Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

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RESIDENTS at a Renfrew nursing home can now ‘putter’ around the garden thanks to staff from intu Braehead.

Volunteers from the shopping and leisure destination spent the day tidying up the large garden at Craigielea Care Centre, in French Street and creating a golf hole for the residents to play putting.

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The intu Braehead staff were joined by the landscape gardening experts Cardwell Nurseries, based in Gourock to carry out the work at the nursing home.

The gardening was part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take the time from their work schedule to help support a local charity or community work.

Service manager at Craigielea Care Centre, part of he Holmes Care Group, Sheila Inshaw said: “It’s important that our residents get the opportunity to spend time outdoors and they love going into the garden now it has been worked on and improved.

“We’ve had very positive comments from residents and their relatives about the garden and it’s given then place a whole new lease of life. And some of the residents certainly enjoy playing putting in the garden.”

“We can’t thank intu Braehead and Cardwell Nurseries enough for what they have done for us.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “Our volunteering scheme is a good way for us to put something back into the community and help local charities and good causes.”

If any local charities or community groups need help with tasks like landscaping, gardening, painting and decorating, or repairs to damaged property, they should email or call Lydia Brown on 0141 885 1441.

Painting at Ferguslie ELCC, Ferguslie Park, Paisley

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

Ashleigh Carson has worked in the nursery sector for more than 17 years and says becoming a depute head has been the most rewarding experience yet.

Painting at Ferguslie ELCC, Ferguslie Park, Paisley

She said: “I didn’t start out wanting to work in a management role but having been given the opportunity to work in the role temporarily, I soon realised I was made for this.

“Being a leader is about supporting your staff to grow in their roles and giving them the opportunities to develop. Trusting staff to take the lead and to make a contribution is just as important as being open and transparent as a leader. I always want my team to feel like they can have ideas, develop them and see them flourish into great projects and experiences for the children. If I ever need to say no to an idea, I always explain why so the team understand the reason.

“Making sure every member of staff feels part of the team and takes on responsibility within the centre is at the heart of how our management team functions. When it comes to developing the centre’s vision, we sit down with the team and we talk about what we want the nursery to achieve and what it should be like for our children such as engaging, exploring, investigating and fun, and then pull those ideas together to consult with parents and children. The end result means that we are all working together to a shared vision and everyone feels a part of it.

“Motivating people is a huge part of the job, especially on a dreary Monday morning, but the benefits of working as a leader in early years far outweighs any rainy day. Training is a significant benefit to working within a local authority nursery. Since I first joined Renfrewshire Council, I’ve completed a PDA in Early Childhood Education, my BA, post-grad and masters in Childhood Practice and more recently an Aspiring Leaders Programme and a Development Centre to support me as a centre leader.

“I love working with children, it’s what I wanted to do when I left school and I’m glad my career has taken me where it has. I’d recommend taking on a leadership role in a nursery to anyone who is already working in the field and is ready to take that next step, or for anyone with qualifications and a lot of determination to dive in and empower teams to do what they do best create better outcomes for children and families.”

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


The £42m project to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination expected to bring huge volumes of new life and footfall to the town have taken a step forward – after planning permission was granted.

The Category A-listed Victorian building is being transformed into a leading European museum telling the unique stories of a town known around the world for the Pattern which carries its name.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Board today gave the green light to planning permission for an extension and external alterations plus listed building consent – meaning work can start next year.

The reimagined museum is expected to draw audiences of 125,000 people a year – almost four times current numbers – from Scotland, the UK and abroad when it reopens in 2022.


The designs produced by international architects AL_A – led by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete – include:

– a fully-accessible entrance courtyard and dramatic red glazed entrance hall, creating a dynamic and inviting presence on the High Street and a contemporary face for the museum;

– a new wing to the west of the existing building providing step-free access through the museum to the Coats Observatory (the oldest public observatory in Scotland);

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– an attractive outdoor garden, creating a new public space for the town, and opening up previously-hidden views of the observatory while reconnecting it and the museum to the town’s High Street;

– internal renovations to improve accessibility and circulation and extend the museum into the space formerly occupied by Paisley Central Library, allowing the museum to more than double the number of objects on display to 1,200;

– an interactive weaving studio keeping alive the town’s traditional textile skills;


In their response to the consultation, Historic Environment Scotland welcomed the proposal, which they described as ‘very positive, well justified’, and said the plans ‘sensitively respond to the building and the requirement to provide step-free access’.

The Paisley Museum Reimagined scheme is the flagship project within Renfrewshire Council’s £100m investment in cultural venues and outdoor spaces – designed to use the town’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to change its future.


Cllr Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Board, said: “The Paisley Museum Reimagined project is at the heart of our bold plans to transform Paisley town centre in the years ahead – we are delighted it was able to pass this important milestone today.

“The designs which have been produced blend the old and the new – they will create a 21st-century visitor experience while preserving a key part of our fantastic architectural legacy, and ensure this much-loved building can stay at the heart of life in the area for generations to come.

“Paisley’s name is already known around the world – and when the museum reopens in 2022 it will allow us to invite the world to come back to Paisley, providing new opportunities, life and footfall for the town centre and wider Renfrewshire area.”

The project is expected to create a £79m boost for the local economy over 30 years, with 138 jobs supported during construction, and 48.5 jobs per year through revenue and visitor spending.

It already includes Round One funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with funding confirmed from the Scottish Government, and their Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Paisley Museum Reimagined Ltd has been set up as a new fundraising company to oversee the project’s fundraising strategy and capital appeal.

The project is being co-designed in partnership with the community – the project team have already worked with hundreds of local people and groups to capture and help tell their stories.

Paisley Museum was opened in 1871, designed by renowned Glasgow architect Sir John Honeyman. The building was gifted to the town by Sir Peter Coats of the Coats family, whose Paisley-based thread-making empire stretched around the world.

Renfrewshire’s collections are among the best in Scotland and include the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls and pattern books, artwork from the world-renowned Glasgow Boys, one of Scotland’s best collections of studio ceramics, and a unique offering of mediaeval manuscripts dating back to before the Reformation.

Paisley’s collections remain available to the public while the work is happening – at Paisley: The Secret Collection, the only publicly-accessible museum store on a UK high street.

The museum transformation is the flagship project within Renfrewshire Council’s £100m investment in venues and outdoor spaces aimed at using Paisley’s unique and internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to transform the area’s future.

Other current investments in Paisley include turning the town’s Victorian Town Hall into a landmark entertainment venue to preserve its place at the heart of life in the town, a new learning and cultural hub offering library services in a formerly-vacant retail unit on the town’s High St, and an extension and upgrade to the town’s Arts Centre, for which designs have just been released.

Paisley Fireworks 2016

A dazzling display of fireworks will be set off in the skies above Paisley Abbey on Saturday 2 November.

Paisley Fireworks 2016

Crowds will gather in Paisley town centre to watch the magnificent array of Catherine wheels, rockets and sparklers on display backed by a soundtrack of popular 90s classic hits.

Gus from Pulse FM will welcome crowds with music and banter from 6.30pm before the fireworks get underway at 7pm lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Paisley’s winter events programme will continue with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 16 November. There will be plenty of Christmas family fun including the popular Santa Parade in the town centre, Christmas Choir concerts, Santa’s Grotto and much more. Visitors will also be able to enjoy exciting street artists, fantastic performances on the live stage and even head along to the festive roller disco.

The festive fun will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday 23 November and Johnstone on Saturday 30 November. The town centre also sees the return of the WinterFest event from 23 November until 30 December, run by Paisley First, featuring an outdoor ice rink, LEGO Paisley Penguin Parade Trail and plenty of festive fun.

For more information about Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, visit:

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SHOPPERS sitting in the new Chatty Chairs seating area at intu Braehead are in for a pampering treat.

For an hour every Monday in November, staff from the Lush handmade cosmetics store will give a free hand and arm massage to anyone sitting in the special seats.

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The intu Braehead Chatty Chairs are in the upper mall and are configured to make it easy for shoppers to start a conversation with someone sitting next to them.

Signage at the chairs reads: ‘Take a seat if you don’t mind having a chat’ and they were introduced in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation.

The move comes after the Age Scotland charity revealed that 282,000 older Scots feel lonely some or most of the time.

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When the Chatty Chairs were introduced earlier this month, the manager at Lush, at intu Braehead, Roisin Thompson suggested to staff they could give people sitting in the chairs a hand and arm massage while they were talking to them.

The free massage sessions will take place on Monday, November 4,11,18 and 25 for an hour between 11am and noon.

Lush store supervisor, Kimmy Arnold explained: “We thought the Chatty Chairs was a fantastic idea and it’s a lovely way for people to start talking to each other.

“We thought it would be nice if we could add to the experience, so we decided to offer free hand and arm massages to give those sitting in the Chatty Chairs a little bit of pampering while we talk to them.”

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “Our Chatty Chairs have been very well received and this is a wonderful gesture from the staff at Lush.

“I’m sure the hand and arm massage will be appreciated by anyone sitting in the Chatty Chairs along with a bit of chat from the Lush staff.”


TODDLER Charley Haywood melted the hearts of players and fans at a professional ice hockey match.

The two-year-old dressed up early for Halloween after the Glasgow Clan had beaten Manchester Storm 5-2 at the intu Braehead Arena and wandered on to the ice rink dressed as a Zamboni machine.


A Zamboni is used to resurface the ice and give it a smooth finish in between periods of an ice hockey match.

Charley’s dad, Matt Haywood is The Clan’s longest-serving player having played for the team for ten years and is in his Testimonial Year.

When Charlie appeared on the ice as the team celebrated their victory, Matt carried her round the rink so more than 3000 fans at the game could get a better look at her amazing costume.

And yesterday, Charley was back at The Arena to be given a chance to sit in the driving seat of the real Zamboni.


Matt explains: “We were having a special Halloween-themed match night and my wife, Jennifer thought it would be a great idea to make a costume in the shape of a Zamboni machine for Charley to put on.

“Charley loves watching the Zamboni driving round the ice when she’s at the ice rink and says she wants to be a Zamboni driver when she grows up.

“There was a great reaction from the crowd when Charley came on to the ice as a Zamboni with everyone cheering and she absolutely loved it. She did very well and we’re very proud of her.”

Matt adds: “All the credit for the costume must go to Jennifer who came up with the idea and made the costume from cardboard boxes, then painted it and added decals to the side.”

Scott Martin, intu Braehead’s leisure general manager said: “Charley’s costume was fantastic and was just like a miniature version of our own Zamboni machine.

“And if we’re ever short of a Zamboni driver sometime in the future, I’ll know exactly who to ask to take over driving the machine!”

Tannahill Centre

Communities across Renfrewshire have moved a step closer to acquiring assets in their local area as more than £127,000 was awarded from the Community Empowerment Fund.

Tannahill Centre

The fund is designed to support the development of community organisations and build their capacity to undertake potential asset transfers, which can be a building or a piece of land.

Four applications to the fund were approved and include:

  • £50,000 to Active Communities, and to approve in principle a further £50,000, to allow the group to purchase and renovate the old police station in Johnstone into a community hub.
  • £10,000 to the New Tannahill Centre to assist with the second stage of a feasibility study into the proposed redevelopment of the Tannahill Centre.
  • £6,500 to the Western Desert Recce Group to develop a business plan around the potential future use of the Whitehaugh Barracks.
  • £3,800 to Renfrew Victoria Youth Football Club for architects’ plans outlining the refurbishment of the Kirklandneuk Pavilion with upgraded changing rooms.

An award of £6,760 to the Paisley Community Trust for a feasibility study into a High Street Cinema was approved, subject to the updated guidance for the fund being approved by the Leadership Board.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “No one knows what their town or village needs more than those who live there, and I’m delighted that we can provide the funding to help them bring these buildings into better use for the community.

“It’s great see the progress that the community groups are making into acquiring their local assets and I’m looking forward to seeing these buildings reaching their full potential.

“We’ll continue to support them throughout the process, as we will if you have an idea for a building or a piece of land in your area, so please get in touch with the team and make a difference to your neighbourhood today.”

The deadline for the next round of applications to the fund is Tuesday 5 November.

For more information, and how to apply, visit

Veterans at the Cenotaph in Paisley

Hundreds are expected to turn out to pay their respects to the fallen as parades are carried out in towns and villages across Renfrewshire, with services taking place to mark Remembrance Day.

A weekend of remembrance will begin on Friday 8 November as the annual Children’s Remembrance Service takes place at Mossvale and St James Primary in Paisley at 10.30am.

Veterans at the Cenotaph in Paisley

Veterans from the Royal British Legion will visit the school to see a presentation from the pupils on what they’ve learned about Remembrance Day, before speaking about their experiences of having served in Armed Forces.

Veterans marching in Paisley

On 10 November, parades will then take place from 10am to mark Remembrance Sunday, with a two minutes silence at 11am, and all are invited to attend at the following locations:

Start                Finish (Approx)

Houston                       10.00am          10.30am

Kilbarchan                   10.00am          10.30am

Renfrew                      10.45am          11.15am

Paisley                        10.45am          11.30am

Lochwinnoch               10.45am          11.15am

Howwood                    12.15pm          12.45pm

Johnstone                   12.30pm          1.00pm

Elderslie                      2.30pm            3.00pm

Bridge of Weir             3.00pm            3.30pm

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Every year at this time we stop to remember those we have lost, and I would encourage all who are able to attend to come to one of the services taking place across Renfrewshire.

“It’s so important that we pay our respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and I look forward to the community once again coming together to show their gratitude for all that have gone before us.

“Through our Children’s Remembrance Service, we will work closely with our veterans to educate our young people and show exactly why we mark Remembrance Sunday each and every year.”

For more information, visit:

Paisley Halloween Festival 2019

Paisley’s annual Halloween Festival launched tonight with plenty of thrills and chills for visitors.

Paisley Halloween Festival 2019

The two-day spectacular is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK. This year’s event has a Dark Circus theme and promises to be the biggest and best yet with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the entire town centre into the perfect Halloween playground.

Paisley Halloween Festival 2019

The festival continues on Saturday with a whole host of frighteningly fun, free activities for everyone to enjoy including the spectacular Mardi-Gras style parade, with the entire town serving as the stage.

To find out more visit:

Cllr McEwan with Paisley Taxis and Renfrewshire Cabs

Taxi drivers across Renfrewshire have backed the campaign to stop roadside litter blighting the local environment.

Paisley Taxis and Renfrewshire Cabs have both shown their support for the Team Up to Clean Up campaign by pledging that their drivers will give their litter a lift and take it home.

Cllr McEwan with Paisley Taxis and Renfrewshire Cabs (2)

Drivers have been provided with car litter bags to keep their own and customer’s litter in until they reach a bin and air fresheners too to advertise the campaign to their passengers.

Craig Allan, Paisley Taxis, said: “It’s important that all of our drivers are aware of the damage to the environment that littering can do and we are encouraging all of them to use the litter bags provided to give their litter a lift home.

Cllr Cathy McEwan supporting the roadside litter campaign

“We’re happy to support the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and will work hard to ensure we do all we can to keep our streets free of roadside litter.”

Posters on local lampposts will also highlight the issue and two specially-designed funnel bins provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful will be placed in known hotspots for vehicle littering which allow litter to be thrown into them from a vehicle.

Hannah McCulloch, Renfrewshire Cabs, said: “We are committed to helping the community and our fleet of 500 drivers are on the road 24/7.

Cllr McEwan with Paisley Taxis and Renfrewshire Cabs

“We always discourage and sanction any driver found to be discarding litter from their car.

“The council have worked hard on this campaign and we should all do our best to keep our community litter free”

Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign aims to challenge the culture of littering and inspire people to take care of their local area.

John, Renfrewshire Cabs taxi driver (2)

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted that the taxi companies in Renfrewshire have shown their support for the campaign as roadside litter can be a big issue.

“People may think that one piece of litter thrown from their vehicle won’t make a difference, but if everyone does it then it can cause serious damage to the local environment and also puts the road workers who have to clear it up at risk.

Craig Allan, Paisley Taxis

“It’s important that people recognise how important it is to dispose of their litter correctly and I’m delighted that our taxi drivers have made this commitment.”

Roadside litter is a key strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, which has seen a five-year, £2.5million investment to provide an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing and litter picking in Renfrewshire, an enhanced Rapid Response Team and the facilitating of local communities to undertake clean ups within their local area.

John, Renfrewshire Cabs taxi driver

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Roadside Litter campaign encourages road users to give their litter a lift and take it home, countering the alarming statistic that 50 tonnes of litter is abandoned on Scotland’s roadsides every month.

For more information on both campaigns, visit and