Paisley West End News


Getting a new pet is extremely exciting and providing you care for your companion correctly, they could go on to become one of the best friends you have. However, just like a baby human, it’s important you provide your young animal with everything they need early on in life to help them grow into a healthy and happy adult.


Champion Vets in Kilnside Road first launched their now famous Puppy Packs in Paisley in 2003 and (as far as they are aware) were the first vets in Scotland to do so. Their purpose has been to encourage new puppy owners to develop excellent habits of preventative care when looking after their new puppies into adulthood, with the aim that this continues through the lifetime of their pet. This includes the correct vaccinations, worming and flea treatments, optimal nutritional advice, regular check-ups with a professional and careful consideration given to neutering.


Champion Vets wish to make people aware of the re-launch of their Puppy Packs this May in two forms to suit everyone’s budget. The Deluxe Puppy Pack is similar to the original one, but with more services and greater discounts included – such as the inclusion of kennel cough vaccine and a 10% discount on neutering. It costs just £97.50 – now better value incidentally than the original has been since 2003!

The Value Puppy Pack still contains the essential elements of puppy care without the frills and is priced at £49.95 representing outstanding value for money’ although you may find you will have to pay for some additional treatments if required.

So please speak to Dianne at Champion Vets if you are looking forward to a new canine addition to your family. Our number is 0141 889 7638. Check out the full details of the Puppy Packs at and scroll down.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects which aim to help local people learn more about World War I.

Gavin Newlands MP

HLF is making at £1 million per year available until 2019 as part of their ‘First World War: Then and Now” programme for small community grants. It provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000, which enables groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their WWI heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Since April 2010, HLF has awarded over £70 million to more than 1,300 projects – both large and small – that will mark the centenary of WWI. If a group have a project idea to mark the centenary of WWI, an online application pack is available on the HLF website.

Urging constituents to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities in Renfrewshire. Like many areas across Scotland and throughout the UK, the impact of WWI on Renfrewshire was extensive.

“For those who want to find out more about its legacy, or who wish to mark the centenary of WWI in their communities, I would urge them to get in touch with Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, added:

“The impact of the first World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘First World War: Then and Now” programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world”.

THE intu Braehead team stands to attention, hoping to impress the new boardroom executives on a tour of the massive shopping and leisure centre.

he new Heads of Fun at intu Braehead, Lucie Roy and Aidan Smith skip along to their new jobs in the mall.

the new Heads of Fun at intu Braehead, Lucie Roy and Aidan Smith skip along to their new jobs in the mall.

They’re waiting for the presentation about intu’s aims and ambitions, key performance indicators and how important their role is within the centre.  But that’s not quite what happens next.
“Right, everyone,” the new executive says, clipboard in hand and resplendent in his shiny shoes, blue tailored waistcoat and brand new company tie.
For this is no ordinary meeting – this is the first day at work for intu Braehead’s new Heads of Fun.
Aidan Smith, aged seven and six-year-old Lucie Ray beat off more than 100 other youngsters who had applied for the mall’s Head of Fun role.
The shopping and leisure destination had advertised for youngsters between the ages of six and ten to apply for the position and show they had a very important attribute – a brilliant sense of fun.
Now the Heads of Fun will be aiming to bring a smile to everyone who comes through the doors of intu Braehead and make the mall even more child-friendly than it already is.
Their hours of work are school holidays, occasional weekends and the executive boardroom position comes with an attractive remuneration package of gift cards, free toys and entry to the many leisure attractions in the centre and Soar at intu Braehead.
Aidan and Lucie will advise the management team on children’s activities, review the latest toys, restaurants and leisure attractions, help organise the intu Braehead Kids’ Club and meet with Santa and his elves at Christmas.
With so many varied and talented applicants choosing a Head of Fun was a tough decision for the interview panel of television presenter, Jennifer Reoch; Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid; DJ Paul Harper with radio station Heart and intu Braehead marketing manager, Christine Macdonald.

But after much deliberation, they decided to point their fingers at Aidan and Lucie to say: “You’re hired!”
Christine Macdonald, marketing manager for intu Braehead said: “Aidan and Lucie are a valuable and cute addition to our management team.
“They’ll bring a wealth of experience – particularly when it comes to fun and laughter – to the new Head of Fun role and our new team members will ensure that a visit to intu Braehead will now be even more enjoyable for our customers.
“The directive from the boardroom and our new Heads of Fun is for everyone to have an even bigger smile on our faces and make sure everyone has more fun.”
Aidan, from Houston, Renfrewshire said: “The staff here work really hard, so I think they should, have a play break.
“And I’m going to make sure everyone coming to intu Braehead has lots and lots of fun after they do their shopping.”
And Lucie, who stays in Erskine added: “I think we should all have a sing-song every afternoon and everyone could sing my favourite song – Love Yourself, by Justin Bieber.
“I’m also going to suggest we have an intu Braehead panto, which would be about shopping.”

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It was strictly standing room only as the Paisley Pirates held their end of season Player of the Year awards night in Paisley’s 5 on 5 Club, with, of course, the Scottish Cup showing prominently on the presentation table after the Pirates won in record-breaking style only 2 weeks previously.

paisley pirates

In front of a huge turnout, Coach Ian Turley introduced a marathon session of award giving, during which the club introduced each volunteer in turn to receive a commemorative gift as a “thank you” for their help during the season, without which the operation of the club would have been extremely difficult, paying tribute to the army of fans who had given of their time freely to support the club and ensure that all the necessary elements involved in running an ice hockey match were completed throughout the season.

Supporters who had purchased game worn jerseys were presented with them by the player who had worn the strip during the season just ended, and each player received a small award for their services during a year which had seen the club narrowly miss out on the SNL title, finishing in the runners up slot, while in the end of season playoffs they lost agonisingly to the eventual winners, Aberdeen, only on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw, before claiming the Scottish Cup in emphatic fashion, defeating Edinburgh Capitals 9-0.

The coach then paid tribute to two retiring players, netminder Gordon Langford, who had debuted for the Pirates in their inaugural season at the Lagoon back in the 1992/93 season, and utility player Colin McMillan, who had represented the Pirates over a number of seasons both at Braehead and at the Lagoon, both players receiving mementos to mark their time with the club, and thanking everyone for a special time in their careers.

At the beginning of the main award ceremony, there was a moment of poignancy as those present remembered Jim Liddell, one of Pirates’ most fervent supporters, who had passed away two years previously, and whose name was now to feature on the Supporters Club Player of the Year, to be known as the Jim Liddell Trophy, the award on this occasion to being made by his son, Alan.

Thereafter, awards were announced as follows:

Supporters Club Player of the Year Mark Hassan
(for the Jim Liddell Trophy)

Most Improved Player Graeme Meechan

Outstanding Effort & Application Chris Turley

Players’ Player of the Year Graeme Meechan/Mark Hassan (joint award)

Difference Maker Stuart Miller

Most Valuable Player Mark Hassan

There might be championship-winning squash club at the ON-X Sports Centre in Linwood – but there’s plenty room for even more members.


From left – back row, Alan Wright, Ian Armstrong, Craig Wright and Brian Wright. Front row, Graeme Bamford, Russell Forsyth, Blair MIchie, Paul Robson and David Armstrong.

The ON-X Squash Club has had a hugely successful inaugural season with their first team romping home to win Division 5 of the West of Scotland League by 57 points and being promoted. The second team came third in Division 6 and won promotion to Division 5. The club – sponsored by Commercial and Asset Finance Ltd – plays at the ON-X on a Wednesday night and a Saturday morning.

Club captain Blair Michie said: “We’ve had a fantastic first season and we’re aiming to repeat our success next season. “At the moment, we have fourteen members and running two teams. We’re looking for new members to join us and if we get enough new players we’ll get a third team going as well”.
“Playing squash is great fun and obviously, it’s a great work out and excellent for developing your fitness.
“It doesn’t matter what standard a squash player you are we’d welcome you along to the club and we can organise coaching sessions for people who haven’t played much squash or even never played before.”

Anyone who wants to join the ON-X Squash club should contact Blair through the sports centre on 0141 300 300 0250

The call is out for entries for the 6th annual Street Stuff Football Festival which will take place at St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 Stadium on Tuesday 3 May, starting at 5.30pm.


l to r: St Mirren FC’s Barry Cuddihy, Kyle McAllister, Jamie Langfield and David Clarkson.

The tournament is free to enter and is open to teams of five players from Renfrewshire in age-groups 8-11, 12-15, and 16-18 years old.

All of the games will be played on the main pitch, giving youngsters a unique opportunity to show off their skills.

Entry forms can be downloaded from St Mirren’s website at

Teams and spectators will also have the chance to play FIFA Tournaments on the Renfrewshire Youth Buses and take part in dance activities inside the stadium.

Street Stuff is run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

For more information on the Football Festival contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557 281 581,

For more information on Street Stuff, go to

265 residents in Renfrewshire have been reissued with postal voting papers for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary election after a printing error was discovered on the reverse of the peach coloured Regional List Ballot Paper.

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The issue does not affect any of the other 30,124 postal votes issued in the three constituencies in Renfrewshire.

New ballot papers are being delivered today (Wednesday April 27) to all 265 residents involved – just a day after the incorrect papers first arrived by post.

Voters have been reassured that even if they have already returned the ineligible voting paper, the correct replacement ballot paper would count for their vote instead.

All of the 265 residents live in the Renfrewshire North and West constituency.

The postal votes for that group of people were printed in the final run of postal ballot papers being issued to people who applied for postal votes.

The backs of those Regional Ballot papers were inadvertently printed with the same details for the constituency of Renfrewshire North and West rather than referring to the West Scotland Region.

Sandra Black, Regional Returning Officer, said:  “We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the problem has been identified and is being quickly resolved.

“We would also like to thank the residents who took the time to contact us and point out something was wrong.  

“This is a specific problem linked to the last batch of postal votes that was printed and involves only that group of 265 people.  Everyone involved has been written to and also given a number they can call if they have any further enquiries.

“We are doing everything possible to give people all the information and reassurance that they are entitled to and we can confirm that every one of them will have the chance to make their democratic choice.”

Coats Observatory will be the place to be on Monday 9 May to witness the rare astronomical event of the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. The event will take place between 1pm and 6pm and is FREE of charge. Entrance to Coats Observatory will be via Oakshaw Street West in Paisley.

Mercury - First Messenger image
Using special sun filters on the Grubb telescope housed at the Observatory, visitors will be able to witness this rare occurrence. Transits of Mercury are rare and only happen in either May or November when Mercury’s orbit is at its most extreme points. On Monday 9 May Mercury will appear as a small black dot as it slowly crosses the face of our parent star. This event will not be repeated until November 13 2032, although there will be a partial transit visible on November 11 2019 – the November dates will not be as favourable for observation as the Sun will be much lower. The next one to happen that falls in May is not until 2049!

John Pressly, Observatory Officer states ‘This really is a fantastic opportunity to witness an astronomical event which we will not see repeated for several years. Transits of the planets Mercury and Venus have been used by astronomers in the past to determine a number of factors such as the distance from the Earth to the Sun and the sizes of the planets. Whilst we will not be conducting any scientific studies during the event it will still be great be able to say that you witnessed the transit of Mercury for yourself at Coats Observatory.’

In the event of inclement weather, a ‘virtual’ version of the transit will be screened in the Planetarium in the Observatory.

Please note, it is very important that people do not look directly at the Sun with unfiltered equipment.


**CATS Award nominee 2015: Best Music and Children’s Shows
A funny, intimate and delightful dance theatre piece which takes young children on a visual and musical journey of discovery
For children aged 6 month – 4 years


Scottish Tour: 4 May – 4 June 2016

“This production goes a wonderfully imaginative extra mile in its mix of bouncy dance theatre, cunningly versatile design, live music and audience participation.” **** The Herald

Featuring rhythmical text, this interactive performance envelopes children in an imaginatively changing world. They can enjoy the visual, physical and musical energy of the show, identify with the emotions of the characters and even explore the set at the end. The performance is inspired by  Barrowland Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Gilmore’s personal experiences with her own children in terms of what they find funny and how they behave and move.


Poggle is the story of Vince. He wants to explore the forest, but is too scared to go on his own until he meets Poggle, a friendly creature, who takes him on an adventure where he discovers the forest and the magical musical tree. With live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping throughout, children will enjoy a sense of discovery and accomplishment throughout this show as they interact with the characters.

Natasha Gilmore, Barrowland Ballet, Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet and director of Poggle, said: “Poggle was inspired by my young children as I watched the way they explored and played in the world around them. The joy of discovery and accomplishment when new skills are found and obstacles overcome and the wonderment children find in the simplest things, like mud.”

Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow. The company name reflects its unique mix of popular culture and high art. Its name, taken from Glasgow’s famous Ballroom, also shares its belief that dance is for everybody. The company repertoire is built around the artistic work of choreographer, Natasha Gilmore. The work is inspired by her personal experiences and its challenging themes are delivered with wit and humour. The insightful observations of human behaviour and relationships enable audiences to identify with the stories in a multitude of ways, as they resonate with their own experiences. Recent productions, Tiger and Tiger Tale (7+) have toured to great success with Tiger Tale performing at Imaginate and both Tiger and Tiger Tale were part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2014 and toured internationally in 2015. Barrowland Ballet believes dance theatre should be available for everyone and creates professional productions and participatory projects for and with a variety of people. The most recent work was The River, a Festival 2014 event which took place along the banks of the Clyde with a 150 strong cast of dancers, singers and musicians.

Macrobert arts centre is the arts centre for Stirling and the Forth Valley and a cultural hub for Scotland. With a vision to promote and develop participation in and enjoyment of the arts macrobert offers a huge variety of activities with over 400 live performances – drama, comedy, opera, dance, music, musical theatre and art exhibitions – alongside a varied Creative Learning programme throughout the year.The venue is also a producer, co-producer and instigator of new work for young audiences.

Twitter: @barrowlballet | #poggle | |

Age guidance: 6 months – 4 year olds | Running time: 30 minutes plus playtime at the end


Touring dates 

Wed 4 May

Paisley Arts Centre, Witherspoon St, Paisley PA1 1UR

11am & 2pm


0300 3001210


Keen golfers will club together this weekend to raise money in support of Renfrewshire’s Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group.


Elderslie residents Stephen Torrance and Andy Payne have arranged a golf day in memory of Vincent Torrance who took his own life in 2009, aged just 27.

The Vinny Torrance Invitational will see 80 players- playing in teams of four- take part in a Texas Scramble competition- with prizes for 1st and 2nd as well as four feature holes.

Elderslie Golf Club will host the event and have helped keep costs down by subsiding green fees for the tournament which has helped ensure a capacity attendance.

Local companies have also signed up to help with all 18 holes being sponsored on the day which will boost the fundraising total.

The previous hosting of the event raised more than £2500 which was donated to the SOBS group to allow the continuation of support for those who have been bereaved and those who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Stephen said: “We are looking to raise awareness of depression and suicide and to let people know that it’s good to talk about these issues.

“The SOBS group are great as they give support to those directly affected by the loss of someone to suicide and they have a great team in Rosemary and Lisa.

“On the day Andy, Vincent’s best friend, and myself just want everyone to have fun. It’s a fun day and no doubt Vincent would’ve had a ball if he was involved.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The event is a fitting tribute paid by Stephen to his brother and a terrific way to raise money for a worthy cause.

“It is vital that the stigma around suicide is removed and those at risk feel comfortable to discuss what they are feeling. The SOBS group provide an excellent outlet for those bereaved by suicide to speak with people who have faced similar experiences to themselves.

“If you believe you recognise the signs of self harm or suicide, please try and help. It could make a huge difference.”

The SOBS group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 2DB, from 7pm-8:30pm.

Renfrewshire’s Choose Life team can be contacted via 0141 849 2200 or

The SOBS national helpline can be reached on 0844 561 6855, experts at Breathing Space are available on 0800 838 587 and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.