Paisley, Renfrewshire Category


anthony nolan

I will be featuring a charitable organisation every month on the Paisley website “nominate yours now” our first one is one that I am a donor for it is the Anthony Nolan Trust, I have been on their donor books now for about 5 years and it only took a trip to the doctors to give some blood so that they can match your blood type up to possible donors.

This charity is very well organised and make you feel very welcome when you apply to be a possible donor, I would recommend that everyone who can join the register for donating,

Here is some information from the Anthony Nolan trust website news release:

Terminally ill journalist Adrian Sudbury has met Gordon Brown to kick start a national campaign in schools to educate young people about becoming bone marrow donors.

Adrian, aged just 26, has been battling with leukaemia for the past 18 months and in a devastating blow has been told by doctors that he only has weeks to live. Despite his diagnosis, brave Adrian has been lobbying for better education on bone marrow donation and has already met with Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Secretary Ed Balls to discuss the issue.

Adrian said that his 20 minute meeting with Gordon Brown was very productive and the Prime Minister was very supportive of his campaign. Adrian hopes that information on bone marrow donation will be made part of the curriculum.

Adrian commented “The big problem in our country with bone marrow donation is that it’s very poorly understood. It’s believed to be a horrific procedure. But the reality is very different to that’

Adrian’s award winning blog has received international notoriety, and his campaign has touched the hearts of people across the world.

Alex Frazier, spokeswoman for the Anthony Nolan Trust, said:

The Anthony Nolan Trust wholeheartedly supports Adrian’s call to raise awareness in schools and colleges. Currently thousands of patients are anxiously waiting to find a suitably matched bone marrow donor and not enough has been done to educate people about the benefits of donation.

It’s a fantastic and crucial achievement that Adrian has enlisted the support of Gordon Brown, Alan Johnson and Ed Balls. Adrian has shown great courage throughout his illness, and this campaign epitomises Adrian’s fighting spirit and determination to help others have a chance of life.

The Anthony Nolan Trust is currently searching to find bone marrow donors for 16,000 patients worldwide. People waiting for a bone marrow donor have few other options, if any so we urge more young people to find out what’s involved.

LOG on to Adrian’s blog –


Now that the football season is over for the time being we are looking to replace the St Mirren news feed at the bottom of the main webpage whilst the team take a break.

Are you a budding journalist or do you have possibly a weekly story to talk about our town, or have a blog that talks about all things positive in our town (note the word positive) so that it could fill the void left by the St Mirren latest news? If you do then please get in touch and we shall discuss what we can do next..


Apologies about the time was offline this was due to our server people being inefficient at their job and not listening to their customers, if anyone is thinking about hosting with think twice they are useless and are only interested in the big fish not local community websites which they dont care about.


This is an email from one of our volunteers to the Paisley website Mhairi Heron, please take the time to visit the page and donate to a very worthy cause.


I’m taking part in Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK and would really welcome your support.

Please take a moment to sponsor me. It’s really easy – you can donate online by credit or debit card at the following address:

All donations are secure and sent electronically to Cancer Research UK. If you are a UK taxpayer, Cancer Research’s partner Justgiving will  automatically reclaim 28% Gift Aid on your donation at no cost to you – making it worth even more.

Please join me in supporting Race for Life and a fabulous cause!

Thanks and best wishes,


I am trying to find a possible relative of mine, I hope you can help.

Her maiden name is Isabella Ross Wilson and would be 86 years old now. She used to work for a Dr. J.H. Allen in Milton House, Love Street, Paisley.

I would appreciate any information about her or any relatives she might have. Sandy..

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We now have a great bunch of volunteers who help with the Paisley website. All our volunteers have Paisley at heart and are always telling people all about how good Paisley is and that they should visit I would like to thank all our volunteers who work tiresely for the website and dont get enough thanks.

I am still looking for volunteers to help out with this website and it does not matter if you dont know much about computers “or even own a computer” it doesnt matter if your physically able or not either, I just need people who are passionate about Paisley and would like to try to raise the profile of the town.

It could be in many forms i.e pictures, history, stories, local information etc

I especially need someone who is great in these areas of expertise.

  • History of Paisley
  • Funding “or form filling”
  • Old pictures
  • Genealogy expertise
  • Promotion and/or leaflet delivery
  • Sales “advertising”

The funding one is critical for the future development of the website and I would be grateful to anyone who has good knowledge of this area and also if anyone could do a few telephone sales and if they are good they could be paid on a commission basis.

Once again thanks to all our existing volunteers you know who you are..


Womens 10K

Sunday 18th May 2008

Why not take part in this year’s Britannic Asset Management Women’s 10K in aid of Macmillan?

Experienced runners can aim to beat their personal best, while the more laid back among you might prefer to walk the route with friends, giving you a chance to have a good gossip, get some gentle exercise, and in the process help people affected by cancer.

Simply register with the run on the organisers’ website then contact us at the office on 0141 952 0085 – we’ll provide you with a fundraising and training pack, a running vest, sponsor forms, and all the help you need.

Macmillan Cancer relief


Saturday 10th May 2008

Rugby Open Day, Birkmyre Park, Park Road, Kilmacolm, Celebrating the opening of the refurbished and extended Birkmyre Pavilion. The opening will be performed by a Scottish International Rugby Player and there will be a presentation from Glasgow Warriors to mark the occasion. Apart from an opportunity to meet some of the big names in Scottish Rugby it will be the first chance for everyone to have a look under the covers of the new Pavilion. 1pm.

Saturday 10th May 2008

Paisley Farmers Market, County Square, Paisley – next to Gilmour Street Train Station, Get your hands on some of the best fish, seafood, organic vegetables and meat products in the West of Scotland. An early arrival is recommended. Call 01655 770217 for further information. 9am till 1pm

Saturday 10th May 2008

‘Brunch & Browse’, St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled access. £2. 10am till 2pm.

Sunday 11th May 2008

Beer Festival, Fox and Hounds, Houston, Live music, marquee, bbq, kids rides, real ale and cider available from throughout the uk.

Sunday 11th May 2008

Pooches in the Park, Barshaw Park, Paisley, Sponsored walk in aid of Accord Hospice. Registration from 2-4pm. Sponsor forms available from Vanessa Scott on 0141 581 2000. Sponsored by The Pet Shop, Johnstone, 01505 327722.

Sunday 11th May 2008

Gourock Highland Games, The Provost will lead Inverclyde’s major annual event.
Events confirmed for the day include highland dancing, pipe band competition, throwing the hammer, shot put, tossing the caber and tug of war. noon till 6pm

Sunday 11th May 2008

Dog Walk Day, Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, Help raise funds for St Vincent Hospice with a sponsored family friendly dog walk. Contact Lorraine or Jane on 01505 705635 for further information. 10.30am

Sunday 11th May 2008

Glasgow Orchestral Society Concert, Paisley Town Hall, The ‘Oldest Amateur Orchestra in Scotland’ returns to perform a lively programme of Spanish & English music. Tickets £9 (£6) available on the door. 7.30pm

Sunday 11th May 2008

“Pawsitivity” Sponsored Dog Walk, Why don’t you and your four-legged friend do something “pawsitive” for St. Vincent’s Hospice. Join us in the beautiful setting of Castle Semple Park, Lochwinnoch for a lochside day of fun and frolics.
For more information please contact Lorraine Valentine or Jane Cox in the Fundraising Team on 01505 705635 or by email at or

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Piero from Hamishes Hoose, has kindly allowed us to publish his e-newsletter on to the website, so here it is.

Hi Folks,

Time for a ‘summer’ edition of the Hamishes’ Hoose Herald with lots of news about what is happening in the World of Hamishes’.

First off, our new menu is being launched this weekend and as well as the favourites from the last menu we have some new and exciting dishes for you to try and enjoy. A fuller Vegetarian section now contains Mushroom Stroganoff, Mixed Vegetable Kebabs and Broccoli and Cauliflower bake along with Macaroni Cheese and Vegetarian Salad Platter. The mains section has the addition of Fillet of Trout, Chicken and Mixed Pepper skewers, Stir Fried Tiger Prawns, Creamy Haddock Mornay and Mild Chicken Curry. Sweets have grown also with the addition of Sticky Toffee Pudding and profiteroles. Children are also catered for as we now do Real Battered Breast of Chicken strips. There is also a comprehensive Healthier Option Salad Platter section with some new and interesting combinations.

An excellent addition to Paisley’s food scene Hamishes’ Hoose (The Home of Hospitality), continues to give the good folk of Paisley and Renfrewshire what they have for so long been lacking, Fantastic Food at better than Fair Price as we continue to offer our best ever deal: BUY ONE MAIN MEAL AND GET ONE MAIN MEAL ABSOLUTELY FREE, This offer is on every day all day plus we are open till 9pm for food every evening including SUNDAY.

A new summer season opens with a long awaited return visit of Waterloo Sunset this Saturday the 10th May, a well known and appreciated covers band they are always made welcome by the Hamishes’ Hoose Musos’.

Elvis and Neil Diamond are the subjects for this months tribute on Saturday the 31st. A well known tribute act, he is well liked among the Glasgow crowd and takes his highly acclaimed show to all parts of Scotland. We have managed to outbid some prestigious venues in order to attract this fantastic show to Paisley. Tickets for this event are only £5 and are on sale now in Hamishes’ Hoose. The last show we hosted was an immediate sell out, so get in there quick.

Upcoming Gigs include Hidden Agenda 7th June, (a great Northern Soul/Mod Band) Brass Impact, 19th July, (Paisley’s own big band covering all from the ‘Rat Pack’ to the ‘Beatles’) Jamiroquai 26th July (a brilliant Jamiroquai tribute band that will FUNK YER SOCKS OFF) 21 RED and Tigers on Vaseline (dates for which have still to be announced). There has been talk of initiating an OPEN MIC NITE for all you Buddie Talented folk out there, Check the website for details of this.

All our hugely successful current entertainment programme continues with Paisley’s longest running Pub Quiz night each Monday at which there is a considerable prize fund at stake, all you have to do is answer more incredibly hard questions, correctly than your neighbour and you walk with it. Every Thursday we have our ‘Traditional’ Karaoke Night and on Friday we have or BIG MAD KARAOKE DISCO PARTY during which anything goes, Singing, Dancing, having a nibble at the buffet (if there is any left) and enjoying some of our special offer deals. The OLD SKOOL NIGHTS we are famous for continue with our DJ Chris coming up with some new and exciting additions to the evenings RETRO enjoyment, this will be in the shape of VIDEOS and IMAGES that will have you amazed at what we looked like and did ?? back then.

Enough for now, except to say that the winner of this months bottle of Malt (which you enter by filling in a comments card after your meal) is ………Elaine Mc Kelvie, Pop in Elaine and pick up you prize.


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Crimestoppers is here for you anytime of the day or night.

You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111. Talking to one of our advisors helps you provide the full picture and makes sure the best use can be made of your information.

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