Here at ECF Paisley (, we are continually working on ways in which we can serve the community that we are part of. Being based in Paisley Town Centre on Gordon Street, we felt the need put on an event that celebrates Paisley and encourages community.

The TAG Street Party is one of the ways that we love to do this. It includes a BBQ Cafe, a Kids Creative Centre (open 12pm – 2pm), Bouncy Castles and Assault Course, lots of Games, Facepainting, Balloon Modeling and Psalm Reading. The best part: Everything is Free.

Date: Saturday 13th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: County Square, Paisley



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ACCORD Hospice has joined forces with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall to ask you to sign up to her charity zip slide this September.

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent's Hospice, Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Hospice, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

The Provost- and as many willing fundraisers as possible- will fly across East End Park in Paisley on Doors Open Day weekend to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

The money raised will go towards maintaining the extensive and vital service that ACCORD provides in Renfrewshire.

Kenneth Mathie, Accord Hospice Fundraising Manager, said: “Over 1000 members of our community receive care from ACCORD each year and every one of our patients has a unique story to tell.

Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

“We provide specialist palliative care to people in Renfrewshire who are living with a life limiting illness and all the money we fundraise goes towards helping our ACCORD nurses continue to make a difference in our patients lives.”

The charity are part of the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme which has so far raised over £25,000 through a series of challenges- including a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil- for ACCORD and also St Vincent’s Hospice, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Kenneth added: “Our total running costs are in the region of £3million each year and almost two thirds of this has to be raised from our community.

“The Provost’s goodwill towards the Hospice has helped greatly to raise funds to help ensure the on-going stability of our service- along with an enhanced public awareness of what we do within Renfrewshire.

“Please sign up to take part as it will make a big difference to the lives of our patients in Renfrewshire.”

The event coincides with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day which offers the general public the chance to step inside and explore Renfrewshire’s historic and beautiful buildings.

The zip slide will add to the buzz which surrounds the weekend each year and will provide an opportunity for those in the community to raise money for four local charities- while also utilising the day to take in Renfrewshire’s remarkable architecture.

Provost Hall said: “ACCORD provide our community with an important service at a very difficult time in the lives of the patients and their families.

“I am proud that they are one of my chosen charities during my term as Provost and I’m determined to raise as much as possible to help them continue to improve the lives of those who need it in Renfrewshire.

“I’m asking everyone to find the thrill seeker inside them, sign up and join me in taking the leap across East End Park on the 3rd of September this year.”

All the money raised will be split evenly between the two hospice’s ACCORD and St Vincent’s, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 or

Fundraisers can join the event on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest information via:

St Mirren manager Alex Rae and his players swapped balls for bells when they checked in at Pro-Life Fitness Centre as part of a new training regime.


And while the Buddies are getting up to speed on the park the experience left most of them gasping for a breather as they were put through their paces by fitness guru Gayle Brannigan.

Rae hopes the new regime, coupled with the plan he and David Farrell have developed, will supercharge the players fitness levels and give them an added edge when the season kicks off.

He said: “That was tough in there today. We have a young fit team but this is something new for them-another challenge- and I know it will give them added strength both physically and mentally.

“It was a real shock for some of the team and they were surprised at the physical power you need for the class.

“Gayle was really tough on them and that is what I wanted. It is a monster workout and I know some of the lads will feel the pain the next day.

“We will all be coming along to this type of class once a week at Pro-Life where it’s tough and then a second session where the players will get a softer workout out, nutrition advice and their own fitness programme.”

The manager added: “I enjoyed it, they enjoyed it but I know we are all going to feel the pain in a few hours. “However, I honestly believe it will take the players fitness to another level. I’m delighted to be here at a non-profit making gym, a charity which works within the Renfrewshire community supporting our hospices and young rising sports stars.

“I think they do a great job and was surprised and excited at the state-of-the-art facilities and expertise of Gayle and the team here.

“I hope the community support them back. This place and what they do is another thing Paisley has to be proud of.”

Gayle, who is also chief executive at Renfrewshire Sport Charity who run the gym in New Sneddon Street, Paisley, said: “The players were amazing. They were really up for it and when one was struggling their mates spurred them on.

“The camaraderie and support for each other was tremendous. You could see them bonding even more and working as a team.

“As well as their kettlebell training, we incorporated some   Plyometric exercises which will help to improve each players speed, skill and reaction time.

“We were performing football specific exercises, utilising as many muscle groups at the one time and in a very intense way. We are aiming to increase their cardio-vascular fitness, muscular endurance, flexibility, strength and make them into absolute machines!

“Saints are going to be at their fittest ever for the challenges ahead and their bid to get back into the Premier League.

“We are just happy to be doing our part in helping them achieve their goal.”

Lifelong Saints supporter and sports presenter David Currie joined the team for the workout.

He said: “It was tough, very tough and I was struggling in there at the end but it was a real experience. The squad are young, fit athletes and were really working hard but the atmosphere was terrific. I’m just glad I lasted the pace.”




Paisley Arts Centre in New Street

Renowned Irish theatre company, Fishamble will bring their Edinburgh Fringe First award winning show, Underneath to Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 7 July.

Paisley Arts Centre in New Street
Before the show, the audience will also experience a unique tour of Paisley Arts Centre and its grounds, to discover what lies ‘underneath’ the second oldest church in Paisley.

Discover the silk merchants, moulterers and manufacturers that are buried within the grounds and learn more about ex-provost William Carlile and the first Reverend of the Laigh Kirk Reverend Robert Mitchell.

The tour begins at 7pm and is free to attend. It will end shortly before the performance of Underneath begins in the theatre at 7.30pm

Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, Underneath is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface and what lies underneath.

Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Ireland’s Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton.

This new play centres on a woman from Cobh, Ireland, who has been murdered and buried underneath a makeshift tomb. She tells the audience her story, including how her life changed when she was struck by lightning, her love for the rich and privileged Jasper, and her friendship with two prostitutes. It is full of fun and Irish banter with the audience and asks questions about how we judge each other, based on how we look and our perceptions of beauty.

Tickets for ‘Underneath’ are £10 (£8 conc)+ bkg fee* and are available from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or

The local Ferguslie community turned out in their hundreds to support a memorial football tournament for those lost to suicide.

The winning team Lucy’s Angels with Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell

The winning team Lucy’s Angels with Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell

17 teams- including two walking football teams- took to the pitch to battle it out for the trophy which sees 7-a-side teams play in a group stage format- with the top teams in each group advancing to the knock out rounds.

And it was Lucy’s Angels who retained the trophy they have won for the last two years after a nail biting penalty shoot out victory against Adam’s United in the final.

The annual No Substitute for Life tournament was taking place for the fifth time and brings the community together to raise awareness of the issue among men and women of all ages.

The tournament, held at Ferguslie Park Sports Centre, is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

The family friendly event also provided plenty for the kids to get involved with including face painting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts and a magician- while the Street Stuff coaches were on hand to pass on tips to any budding young footballers who weren’t able to take part in the tournament.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost, John Caldwell, said: “I was delighted to see so many people turn out for this event yet again and congratulations to all the teams that took part.

“The tournament brings the community together through the medium of football to discuss what can still be a complex and taboo issue in today’s society.

“We need to challenge this perception and ensure that those who are in need of help are aware that it is available and that there are ways to move forward- meaning suicide never becomes an option.”

The event provides an opportunity for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to remember them and also meet others who have faced similar heartbreak.

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Young Person’s Development Officer, said: “The Choose Life team appreciate the role that community activists like Paul Cardona, Anna Hampson and Kate Sharkey play in helping us to create Suicide Safer Communities in Renfrewshire- and to get across the message that ‘Suicide is everyone’s business’.

“This event takes us into the heart of the community and allows people to see the human face of services such as RAMH’S FIRSTCrisis, Breathing Space and Samaritans- and so hopefully reduces the barriers to people seeking help from them.”

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email

Our Lady of Peace Primary School warmed up for the summer holidays on a class trip to Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Soar at intu Braehead on Wednesday 22nd June.

Our Lady of Peace Primary School at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Braehead

The Linwood primary school’s P6/7 class was selected as the winner of a competition aimed at encouraging creativity amongst pupils.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf launched the initiative to offer schools the chance to swing into summer with an end of term class trip to the mini-golf leisure destination.

Entrants were invited to create a piece of artwork of a paradise island or write a story about a paradise island and pupils from Our Lady of Peace Primary School impressed judges with their artwork of paradise islands.

Louise McGill, P6/7 class teacher, said: “The pupils had a wonderful time designing their entries for the Paradise Island Adventure Golf schools competition. We were so pleased to win an end of term class trip to Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Braehead. The class had a fantastic time and it was a great way to finish the term before summer.”

Set amidst a tropical island paradise, the adventure offers the ultimate mini-golf experience with two bespoke 18-hole golf courses surrounded by exotic wildlife and magnificent stone carvings and statues.

The Tiki Hut Trail voyage is full of twists and turns, designed to send the ball and player on a rollercoaster ride, while Maggie McCaw’s Challenge expedition offers more adventurous players the chance to test their skills through a maze of obstacles and uneven terrain.

Craig Nichol, Marketing Manager at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, said: “We had a fantastic response to our schools competition and Our Lady of Peace Primary School’s entry was excellent.  The initiative aimed to inspire creativity and provided schools with the chance to win a fun outing to reward pupils for their hard work during the year.  It was great to see the class having a ball on the island before the summer holidays.”

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, joined his MP and MSP colleagues last Sunday (26/06/2016) to take part in the Refugee and Solidarity Football Tournament, organised by Scottish Unity Football League and Glasgow Afghan United as a part of Refugee Week, which ran from 20th to 26th of June.


The Tournament took place in Glasgow with the aim of welcoming refuges to the community. The event uses football to promote anti-discrimination by providing a platform which allows interaction between different people, eliminating barriers such as race, religion, nationality, age and sexual orientation. Local and refugee communities came together to play and enjoy football, while having the opportunity to interact and socialise with one another.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I and my parliamentary colleagues wanted to take part in the Refugee and Solidarity 2016 Tournament as a way of showing support to the multi-ethnical environment in Scotland.”

“Scotland has been in the forefront of dealing with the refugee crisis and has been accommodating refugees from war-torn countries for years. This tournament was another way to demonstrate Scotland’s hospitality and welcoming attitude towards refugees.”

“I was honoured to take part in this great event, even though we didn’t win. I would like to congratulate Shawbridge Lions for winning the tournament.”

Paisley is getting ready for one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a bigger and better programme for the town.

Sma Shot Day 111

The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers’ won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.

On Saturday 2 July, the festival kicks-off with the annual parade through the town at 12pm – from Brodie Park to Abbey Close.

An afternoon-long party then starts in Abbey Close from 1pm with live music and entertainment on the main stage – with Pulse FM and performances by PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697.

The event also features kids’ entertainment, craft market and the popular tea dance, ending with the traditional Burning of the Cork at 5pm.

In the evening, the return of the popular Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam starts at 7pm in Paisley Town Hall and the first of two radical plays – From the Calton to Catalonia – begins at 7.30pm in Paisley Arts Centre.

On Sunday 3 July, new comedy on the Sma’ Shot story – Silver Threads – hosts it premiere inside Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

Tickets for both performances are on sale at

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will lead the parade alongside the Charleston Drum, said: “Sma’ Shot Day is a popular event for the town and it’s great to see the event grow this year – with two fantastic plays celebrating Paisley’s radical past.

“The Paisley weavers’ struggle with the manufacturers over the Sma’ Shot is the story behind Silver Threads and it’s great to see this new comedy bring an important part of the town’s heritage to life. It features alongside radical play From the Calton to Catalonia, which looks at Scotland’s part in the Spanish Civil War.

“The Sma’ Shot parade is always a brilliant event for the town and this year will see moths and caterpillars process through the streets – linking back to the origins of thread and Paisley’s textile industry.

“The event is always a great afternoon and we expect thousands of people to come into Paisley for the festival. It’s a great way to showcase Paisley’s cultural offering and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.”

Roads on the parade route will be close to all traffic between 11.30am and 1.30pm. McGills and First Glasgow bus services affected will be diverted during the parade, with normal service recommencing thereafter.

Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Sma’ Shot Day and the parade route, visit, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

John Neilson of Nethercommon (1778 – 1839) had been a successful grocer in Paisley.  He purchased Nethercommon Estate and retired to live in its large mansion.  He died there in 1839, aged 61, and was buried at Paisley Abbey.


Three months before he died, he set up a trust deed to build and endow a school. By 1852 the John Neilson Institution had been built on the site of a bowling green, to the design of Charles Wilson. To gain entry boy pupils had to have lived in Paisley for three years and their parents had to either be poor or dead.

The new school opened its doors on 5th April 1852.

In 1968, the John Neilson Institution, known locally as the “Porridge Bowl”, closed its doors for the last time and moved to new premises.  The old building was converted to flats and the former assembly hall is graced by a statue of the Greek philosopher Diogenes which was made by local sculptor Sandy Stoddart.


mysterious murder case involving 2 lovers.

Beneath the serene surroundings of the John Neilson Institution lies a mysterious murder case involving 2 lovers.

It was known to be the site of a foul murder in 1780. William Waterston a respected house painter began to pay attentions to a Miss Stewart.  Unfortunately, she was already betrothed to Archibald Paisley, a wealthy merchant. One evening Paisley’s drinking friends James Orr and Walter Corse confronted William and persuaded him to take a walk to the bowling green. A fight broke out when William refused to stop seeing Miss Stewart. Corse hit him on the head with a rock, a blow which fractured his skull and from which he died.

When Orr and Corse heard that William had died they fled the area, however, they were later summoned to court on the charge of murder.  There was an outcry from the “working classes” within the town as both men were acquitted of murder. Ironically Orr later became the sheriff of the county and was esteemed as an ‘upright judge’.

In 1780 the year that Waterston was murdered, a stone was carved with the initials ‘WW’, and placed on the edge of the bowling green to mark the spot where William Waterston was attacked.  When the John Neilson Institution was built in 1852 the bowling green was removed but the stone was rebuilt into the new school wall.  The wall forms part of the approach to ‘the cage’.  The stone can still be seen to this date.


Next time you walk past the “cage” look out for William Waterston’s stone and remember the story of romance, scandal, murder and injustice.