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Local mental health charity RAMH has celebrated 25 years of service provision with an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament.

Over 70 guests enjoyed coffee, cake, and congratulatory speeches from Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison and event sponsor George Adam MSP.

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Guests included service users, volunteers, staff, supporters, MSPs and other community organisations. The Parliamentary Reception marks the end of the anniversary year.

Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said “We were delighted to see so many supporters of RAMH present, and of course to have the work we do endorsed by George Adam MSP and Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison.”

He added “We couldn’t have achieved what we have without the exceptional dedication of staff, volunteers and supporters. The development of mental health services locally is testament to a steadfast commitment and belief in a fairer society in which everyone is seen as capable of recovering from mental ill health.”

Among the guests was Allan Dick, Chair of Engage Renfrewshire who said “It was a fitting reflection on the superb work that has been delivered across the last 25 years, and which I am sure will be delivered for the next 25.”

Service user Steven Murray told his own story of the life changing effects of mental ill health and how he recovered with the support of RAMH.

The Holyrood reception was sponsored by George Adam MSP who is a committed supporter of RAMH. Other celebratory events have included an anniversary year launch at St Mirren FC in February, a reception by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall in May and finally the Scottish Parliament in November.

RAMH needs your support. Please donate to local mental health services at www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for RAMH under charity. You will be making a real difference to local people, enabling them to recover from mental ill health.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Backing for Paisley to be UK City of Culture 2021 has poured in just hours after the town launched its bid in the historic surroundings of Paisley Abbey.

Performances from PACE Youth Theatre Company – who delivered a production specially commissioned for the bid launch – as well as the Grant McFarlane Band and the RockUs Community Choir, showed how culture is thriving in the town.

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Broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani, who went to school in Paisley, introduced a group of bid ambassadors which included Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council and Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board; David Wallace, Executive Director of PACE Youth Theatre Company; Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce; Sharon McAulay and Emma Richardson of the local STAR Project; and newly-appointed Bid Director Jean Cameron.

The identity for the Paisley 2021 bid was unveiled by a group of local school pupils who will be aged 21 in 2021.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “There is no single voice for Paisley, we are a community of voices, and that message was delivered loud and clear.

“We are not reinventing Paisley; the bid is utterly authentic. It’s about our historic buildings like the breathtaking Abbey, the famous and the historic cultural figures produced by the town and also the spirit forged on the hard work and enterprise of the women of the mills. Our Paisley 2021 brand encapsulates this, inspired by perhaps the most famous thing we gave the world – the Paisley Pattern.

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He added: “Paisley’s famous weaver poet Robert Tannahill said: ‘When hope persuades, and Fame inspires us, and pride with warm ambitions fires us. Let reason instant seize the bridle’.

“So we are counting on everyone here today to seize that bridle, be Paisley’s ambassadors and to play their part in unlocking Paisley’s potential.”

Backing for the campaign has been flooding in on social media with Twitter users from as far afield as Texas and Thailand following@Paisley2021 and sharing their support with #Paisley2021. A new website outlining the bid went live this morning atwww.paisley2021.co.uk.

Shereen Nanjiani said: “I am a proud Buddie! I am wearing the Paisley Pattern today, and am very proud of the town and its people.”

Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “I grew up in Ferguslie Park, on Tannahill Road, named after Paisley’s famous poet and my belief in the transformational power of culture was nurtured in this town. Now we need to take the message out to the people of Paisley and of Renfrewshire, and our partners further afield, and ultimately, it will be its people who will make it happen for Paisley.”

Sharon McAulay of the STAR Project, one of the bid ambassadors speaking at the event, said: “Paisley is an inspirational, culturally- rich town full of proud people who carry a strong sense of identity and community spirit through good times and tough. A successful bid for City of Culture 2021 will inspire and energise all of our communities.”

Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help Paisley become the great place it deserves to be – great for all businesses, their employees and their customers. Having been part of Paisley for over 50 years, the chamber fully supports the Paisley 2021 bid and encourages businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors to do the same.”

David Wallace of PACE Youth Theatre Company said: “Bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate and to develop the already thriving cultural sector here in Paisley and Renfrewshire whilst creating new opportunities for potential national and international cultural partnerships.”

Further endorsements for the campaign were received from:

“The bid will celebrate the diversity of Renfrewshire’s communities and provide an opportunity to remind the rest of the world what Paisley has done, is doing – and will do next!”
Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire

“Paisley First completely supports the bid for City of Culture status. A successful bid will lead us to re-engage with our prime audience and help us to improve the overall quality of experience in the town centre”.
Sunil Varu, Paisley First

“We can use the process of bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 to leverage social change through cultural regeneration; inspire our artists, musicians and people to tell their stories and demonstrate the depth of cultural engagement we have in the communities we serve.”
Professor Gayle McPherson, Chair in Events and Cultural Policy at University of West of Scotland

“A successful bid from Paisley would highlight the fantastic industrial and commercial heritage that Paisley possesses, how this has contributed to the fabric and skyline of the town and how this business success lives on. Paisley was built on the back of the creative textiles industry and the legacy of this is clear to see in the town.”
Nick Shields, Scottish Enterprise

“Over the years Paisley has raised and taught men and women who have gone on to change the world. Today it remains one of Scotland’s great centres of education, where new generations of young people are equipped with the skills to help them shape the future.”
Audrey Cumberford, West College Scotland

“The announcement of the bid, and indeed the journey and the prize of Paisley City of Culture 2021, is the single most important step that has been made for Paisley. This will put Paisley on the world map where it rightly belongs and will no doubt create a great tourism, education and cultural centre for all to enjoy.”
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Some highlights of Book Week Scotland in Renfrewshire are (click on more information for venue details):

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Bishopton, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Saturday 28 November 2015

11:00 – 12:00

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Johnstone, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Thursday 26 November 2015

15:30 – 16:30

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Free To Use - Book Week Scotland 2015 to Celebrate the Transformative Power of Reading

Lesley Riddoch: What does Scotland Need to Flourish?

Linwood, Renfrewshire

Free, ticketed

Adults

Wednesday 25 November 2015

19:00 – 20:30

The columnist, broadcaster and writer discusses her writing, focussing on her recent book, Blossom, an outspoken analysis of Scotland’s problems and potential in which she recounts the views of ordinary Scots and draws on her own experience of life in Norway, Ireland, Iceland and above all, Scotland. Refreshments will be served.

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Paisley, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Wednesday 25 November 2015

15:30 – 16:30

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Author Talk: Alan Spence

Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire

Free, ticketed

Adults

Monday 23 November 2015

19:00 – 20:30

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat, poetry collectionMorning Glory (with Elizabeth Blackadder) and the play No Nothing which was performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen and imagines poet Edwin Morgan and trade unionist Jimmy Reid meeting up in a kind of afterlife and chewing the fat about life, the universe and post referendum Scotland. Alan will read and discuss extracts from the play and other new work. Refreshments will be served.

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For more information about Book Week Scotland 2015 and for full event listings, visit www.bookweekscotland.com

BOOK fans are getting the chance to meet two of Scotland’s best-known authors when they make a personal appearance in local libraries.

The free events – which are part of Book Week Scotland between November 23 and 29 – feature broadcaster and writer, Lesley Riddoch and award-winning author, poet and playwright, Alan Spence.

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Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, who now run arts and cultural services as well as sports and leisure centres locally, Alan Spence will discuss his writing and literary career at Johnstone Library, on Monday, November 23 at 7pm.

And Lesley Riddoch will be at Linwood Library at 7pm, on Wednesday, November 25.

Alan Spence’s most recent books are the novel Night Boat, a poetry collection Morning Glory, with Elizabeth Blackadder and the play, No Nothing.

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This play, which has been performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen, imagines poet, Edwin Morgan and trade unionist Jimmy Reid meeting in the afterlife and discussing the meaning of life and post referendum Scotland. Alan will read and discuss extracts from the play and other new work.

Lesley Riddoch will talk about her writing, particularly her recent book, Blossom, which is an outspoken analysis of Scotland’s problems and the country’s potential, Lesley will recount the views of ordinary Scots and draws on her own experience of life in Norway, Ireland, Iceland as well as Scotland.

Elaine Finlay, Renfrewshire Libraries development co-ordinator said: “Book Week Scotland is about encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy the pleasures of reading books.

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“We want to encourage more people to read books and use the excellent services we have in the network of libraries in Renfrewshire.

“We’re bringing two big names of Scottish writing to our local libraries and I hope lots of people will take the chance to come along and meet these talented authors and ask the questions they always wanted to ask them.”

To book a place at these events, call Renfrewshire Libraries on 033 300 1188.

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On Wednesday 11 November, Renfrewshire Council will honour those who died in the First World War, the Second World War and subsequent conflicts.

At 11am employees will observe the traditional Armistice Day, Two Minutes Silence.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said, “Armistice Day originally commemorated the end of the fighting during the First World War. Now it honours those who died in that conflict and the ones which followed.

“People in Renfrewshire will join with millions of others across the UK in observing the traditional Two Minutes Silence at 11am. I would ask anyone visiting council premises or contacting the council to join us in this mark of respect.”

Customers are being asked not to contact the council during the Two Minutes Silence.

Saturday 14th November – Gates Open 6:30pm

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Paisley Rugby Club are proud to announce the Annual Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 14th November – gates open at 6.30pm.

Admission :
Adult £4
Under 17 £ 2.50
Under 5 £ free…
Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) £12

Get Ready for Winter

With winter on the way, Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has today called on local people to ensure that they are taking advantage of the free help and support that exists with their energy bill.

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

“The nights are starting to get darker earlier and we can all feel the temperatures starting to drop.

“Winter is coming and there is a range of assistance out there that can help keep people warm during the winter months, including assistance that can help people insulate their homes.

“Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is extremely important and I advise all local people to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer to them.”

Christine McGourty, Managing Director of Scottish Gas said: “Winter can be a challenging time for households and many people will be concerned about their winter energy bill. There is help available and we urge customers to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer.

“In the long term, energy efficiency is still the best way to save money on bills. Scottish Gas is pleased to be working with government at all levels to roll out free loft and cavity wall insulation for eligible households, and you don’t need to be a Scottish Gas customer to sign up.

“We’re also proud to be leading the way in the roll-out of smart meters which enable you to see how much energy you are using in pounds and pence and identify where savings can be made.”

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Residents are being asked to don Paisley’s famous Paisley Pattern design when the unwraps its bid for UK City of Culture 2021 on Saturday 14 November.

Thousands of revellers will become part of Paisley’s Pattern during the town’s annual Christmas light switch on which this year will culminate in a spectacular light show to mark the launch of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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More than 30,000 people are expected to turn out and the public will be asked to show their support for the bid on social media in what organisers hope will spark a massive social media campaign when the #paisley2021 is launched.

Before the Christmas lights are switched on, a stunning seven-minute Paisley-themed animated light show will be projected on to the side of Paisley Abbey in a unique experience for the town.

The Christmas Lights event itself will kick off at noon with the traditional reindeer parade – which this year follows a new route, starting and finishing on Paisley High Street and taking in Causeyside Street, Orchard Street, Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

The main stage on Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde 1 DJs and will feature Funbox (formerly the Singing Kettle) as well as local rock band Dogtooth.

They will be followed by S Club Party – featuring Tina, Bradley and Jo from 90s/00s chart-toppers S Club 7 – with reigning X Factor champion Ben Haenow taking to the stage before the UK City of Culture light show at 6pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “We are calling on all residents to become part of Paisley’s Pattern by donning our world famous design. The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire are central to what we are doing in our ambitions to become UK City of Culture. It would be fantastic for the people to come out in force and wrap the town in Paisley Pattern.

“Thousands come to Paisley each year for the Christmas lights switch-on, so it makes sense for the public launch of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture to take place on what is one of the most popular dates in the local calendar with 32,000 attending last year.

“The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to use culture and heritage to transform the area’s future – we want to show everybody what Paisley has to offer.

“We are calling on people to take the opportunity to weave their own thread by showing their support at this major public event and on social media.

“UK City of Culture is awarded to towns and cities with a clear plan to use the title to change things for the better – such as attracting visitors, building pride in the town, changing perceptions of an area and boosting the local economy.

“But the bid will only work if the people of Paisley want and come forward and own it – so Saturday 14th is a chance for them to come out and show their support.”

On the day itself there will be photographers out and about capturing pictures of the crowd, which will be available for download from the soon-to-be-launched bid website at www.paisley2021.co.uk

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government and bids are due to be lodged in 2017, with the winner announced at the end of that year. If Paisley was selected it would be following Hull (2017) and Derry (2013) in holding the title.

All Paisley photographs above taken for Paisley.org.uk by David Weir.

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Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Military representatives past and present will join representatives of Renfrewshire Council and a wide range of organisations and community groups at services.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will be attending Paisley’s Remembrance Service, said: “This is always a time when the whole community comes together to reflect on and to honour the service of our armed forces in military conflicts past and present.

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“The services of commemoration give us all the opportunity to remember with pride those who sacrificed so much for their own and future generations.”

On Friday 06 November, pupils from Brediland Primary and St Paul’s Primary, both in Paisley, will attend a service at Paisley Abbey at 10.25am. The pupils will then walk to The Cenotaph accompanied by the Royal British Legion.

On Sunday November 08, the Remembrance commemorations taking place in Renfrewshire include:
Paisley

10.45am to 12noon

The service will be preceded by a march by the Royal British Legion to the Cenotaph followed by prayers, scripture readings and a wreath-laying.

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9.45am – 10.30am

The Cenotaph, St Andrew’s Cross

Johnstone

12.30 to 1.30pm

War Memorial, Houston Square

Elderslie

2.30 – 3.00pm

War Memorial, Abbey Cemetery.

Howwood

12.00-12.30pm

Howwood War Memorial, Howwood

Bridge of Weir

3.00-3.30pm

Bridge of Weir War Memorial

Houston

10.00–10.30am

Houston War Memorial

Kilbarchan

10.00-10.30am

Kilbarchan War Memorial

fireworks

Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is back with a phenomenal pop-tastic fireworks display in the town centre on Saturday 7 November.

The pop-fuelled display will go up with a bang to the sound of pop music at a new time of 7pm, allowing for an extra hour of spectacular entertainment before the big finale.

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The excitement kicks-off at noon when the Clyde 1 DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment.

The big line-up includes Paisley band Lemonhaze, an experimental indie four-piece band known for their unique sound and Glasgow band The Archers. Local young musicians, supported by Create and Hit the Road, will also perform on the stage from noon.

This year the fireworks will be launched from the top of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters on Cotton Street, with the best views for the public in the area around Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

Other attractions on offer include a funfair, while there will be face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

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Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from early on Saturday morning onwards in the area around Gauze Street, Cotton Street and High Street, with parts of Seedhill Road and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

Mill Street will also be closed temporarily between 6.45pm and 8pm to ensure the safety of the public but with minimal disruption to traffic.

Full details are available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

Paisley Fireworks Spectactular is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and is one of many events in an exciting winter events programme, with the Paisley Christmas Lights and UK City of Culture bid launch the following weekend on Saturday 14 November headlined by 2014 X-factor winner Ben Haenow.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The annual fireworks display is an established family favourite and usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands.

“We have another bill of top-notch entertainment lined up for this Saturday ahead of the spectacular fireworks finale at 7pm. With a new launch pad – on top of Renfrewshire Council buildings on Cotton Street – we hope more people than ever before get a fantastic view of this stunning display.

“The town has a growing events programme – such as the Paisley Halloween Festival which saw over 30,000 people come into the town last weekend. As the town gears up for its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, we hope to hold more exciting events in the future.”