Ralston, Paisley News

Too busy to call?  Can’t make it into the customer service centre? There’s another way.


Renfrewshire Council are encouraging residents to sign up to their new MyAccount service to take advantage of contacting the council online.

Already, more than 3,200 residents have signed up to MyAccount to access the services they want, at a time that suits them.

And to help encourage customers online the council are giving away a brand new tablet each time they reach key customer milestones.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:

“We’re increasing the number of services available online and encouraging people to take advantage of this, if they can.  For council tax, they can set up or change their direct debit, update their address, and apply for a discount all at the touch of a button. By mid-June they’ll also be able to make a new housing benefit claim and apply for council tax reduction too.

Lots more services will be available later in the year so we would encourage people to go online and have a look.  MyAccount is really quick and easy to use and available on a mobile phone, tablet or computer.  All you need to get started is an email address.”

To sign up or find out more about MyAccount go to the council’s website at  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/MyAccount.

Many local libraries and the adult & community learning service offer free wifi and internet access, plus information on a wide range of local computer-based courses to develop your online skills.  Have a look at our online Digital Directory, pop into your local centre or call 0300 300 1188 (libraries) and 01505 382 863 (adult & community learning) to find out more.

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Call: 0141 842 1015 Kathleen Brown, Kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk

Air Transat, the Canadian award-winning leisure airline, launches Scotland’s newest route this bank holiday weekend with a service from Glasgow Airport to Montreal (Pierre Trudeau Airport).

air transatThe new weekly flight, which commences on Monday 30th May and runs until 2nd October, connects the province of Quebec to Scotland for the first time.

Return Economy Class fares from Glasgow to Montreal start from just £300 per person.

Montreal is Canada’s second largest city with a population of just over 3.5 million people.  Its French Canadian culture makes it one of the liveliest cities in Canada, combining old-world charm with contemporary North American energy to create a unique atmosphere.

The new flight starts just in time to connect Scottish travellers with the Montreal Grand Prix (10th – 12th June), Montreal International Jazz Festival (29th June- 9th July) and “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival (13th – 31st July) along with a host of excellent visitor attractions in the city itself.

A trip to Montreal also provides an excellent opportunity to visit the whole province not least the provincial capital, historic Quebec City.

Lesley Kane, Air Transat’s UK & Ireland Sales Director, says: “This is an exciting link for Air Transat as we establish the first ever air link between Scotland and Quebec. Montreal is home to Air Transat and to connect directly to our founding city is an excellent opportunity for developing new leisure tourism opportunities.

“Scotland and Quebec have deep historic links.  Indeed, the first British Governor of Quebec was a Scot, James Murray and McGill University founded from the estate of James McGill – a merchant and politician who emigrated from Glasgow.”

To celebrate the new service, Air Transat and Glasgow Airport have teamed up to offer passengers travelling on the first flight some traditional Quebecois dishes such as poutine and BeaverTails, Canadian Club cocktails, accompanied by a tribute band for Celine Dion – Quebec’s best-known singer.

Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, says: “The addition of Montreal to Glasgow Airport’s line up of Canadian destinations re-affirms the airport as Scotland’s leading long haul gateway. We are especially proud that this is the first time Scotland will have had a direct link to Canada’s second largest city – Montreal.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive at VisitScotland said: “This exciting new Air Transat service from Montreal to Glasgow will give visitors from across Quebec the fantastic opportunity to fly directly to Scotland.

“Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport and digital channels – giving it a louder voice within key markets – and this new route will further strengthen its international reach in North America.

“With 4.7 million Canadians having Scottish ancestry, including around 100,000 in the Montreal area, this new service unlocks the potential for many more visitors with Scots links to discover the Spirit of Scotland in their ancestral home.”

Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “I’m delighted to see this exciting new service between Glasgow and Montreal take off, helping to strengthen the important cultural and historic bonds between Scotland and Canada.

“It will help Scottish businesses by improving their access to international markets and it will also boost our tourism industry by making it even easier for travellers from Canada to get a taste of the fantastic visitor experiences on offer in Scotland.

“I wish Glasgow Airport and Air Transat every success with this new service.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the arrival of Air Transat’s inaugural flight, which will encourage visitors from Montréal and across Quebec to fly directly to Glasgow; representing a historic first for the city and Scotland.

“More than 40,000 Canadian tourists already visit Glasgow every year, boosting our economy by some £14 million. Canada is our fifth largest international market and there will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which has the potential to deliver considerable inbound leisure and business tourism as well as presenting us with the opportunity to increase French Canadian visitors to the city.

“This is another great example of Glasgow’s efforts to continually grow its air links and connect the city to the global marketplace.”

Air Transat is offering a choice of three routes from Glasgow this summer. In addition to the new service to Montreal, Scottish passengers have a choice of five weekly flights from Glasgow to Toronto, along with a weekly direct service to Vancouver.

Further connections in Canada are on offer to Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary through Air Transat’s connecting flights program via Toronto and Vancouver, providing more flexibility on holiday durations.

For information and reservations, call 00 800 872 672 83 or visit  www.airtransat.co.uk

Frank Gillespie cars are a family run business established for over 30 years who have a loyal customer base.

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We stock a range of quality used vehicles from small hatchbacks to MPVs. Appointments are available on a daily basis but please phone first to check availability. This means we can give the best possible service to each customer, but still keep costs down and give the best prices where possible.

We offer very competitive rates on part exchange and various finance options are available on all  used cars.

All cars are prepared to a high standard, are 48 point rac approved with rac warranty and breakdown cover is also available.

For more information on our customer service, please refer to our  customer reviews on Yell.com

There is also a valeting service on the site and both services are open 7 days.

For more information visit our website here

We are always looking to offer the best deals locally to the community and that is where Engine Engineering came across the follow story.  Engine engineering is the largest Engine reconditioning company in the UK, sometimes it’s good to take stock of what is really important and that is helping and giving back to the local community.

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The Brightest Star is run by an inspiring woman called Arlene Smith.

After losing her healthy 5-year-old son Jack overnight to an everyday cold and flu virus, Arlene set up Brightest Star to provide support to other parents who lose a child.

The main aim of Brightest Star is to provide support groups for parents and allow them the opportunity to meet others who have lost a child and also access professional support. Sadly, this after care is not provided to parents in any of our children’s hospitals.

The funding goal was £1000 pounds and funding ended at £301 for online donations. I was able to go down and spend the day at the event on behalf of Engine Engineering and make a donation of £150 towards their goal.

I met the lovely ladies including Arlene (our Local Heroes) at the Brightest Star Stall, they were a bit shocked and surprised when i handed over a donation of £150 towards their goal which im sure will go a long way in helping and support other families.  We wish them all the best in their fund raising and charity awareness.

M8 Driving School
As the waiting times for practical tests get longer and longer around the country and Paisley test centre roughly about 9 weeks it might be a good time to start your driving lessons now before your test date runs into the winter weather and cancellations. There’s nothing worse than having your test cancelled due to bad weather and having to wait for another date.
M8 Driving School
M8 have 3 fully qualified driving instructors with many years of experience behind them and highly graded. They cover the whole of Renfrewshire and more. Give them a call on 07747 600 672 or 01505 345 372 or visit their website here

Generous staff and customers from Paisley’s Bankhouse pub kicked off a full day of fundraising with a football match and at the final whistle raised more than £1000 for a local charity.


Staff and regulars from the Bankhouse work up a thirst in aid of the SHA

The match, at Ralston Community Sports Centre, was followed by an open mic comedy night in the pub, all in aid of the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).

After a close fought contest the Bankhouse staff just edged the punters’ team winning 5-4.

Organised by pub regular Michael Powell, he was keen to show support for the SHA, the only Paisley based charity with a national focus.

“The work the SHA does to support families across the whole country is a credit to the town and we wanted to help out in some way to show our appreciation,” said Michael.

“We are all keen supporters of St Mirren and run the supporters bus from the pub, so a football match seemed like the obvious way to show support.” Its always a good bet down at the bankhouse for a good time.

The SHA is the only charity in the country that works with families affected by the degenerative brain disorder Huntington’s disease (HD) providing lifeline services, including specialist nurses, the world’s only HD youth support service and a financial wellbeing team.

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and long term mental health issues. The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure. The charity works with around 1100 families across Scotland.

“Many thanks to the Bankhouse staff and regulars we really appreciate the support we get from local people,” said SHA fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie. “The money will be put to good use improving the lives of families affected by this devastating disease in Renfrewshire and across the country.”

More information about the SHA at  www.hdscotland.org

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Primary 4 – 7 winner  Abigail Fleming, Bridge of Weir Primary

Primary 4 – 7 runner up – Chloe Brisbane, Auchenlodment Primary

Secondary S1 – S3 winner (overall winner) – Lauren Anderson, Johnstone High School

Secondary S1 – S3 runner up – Lauren McLean, Linwood High School

Secondary S4 – S6 winner – Samantha Miller, Johnstone High School

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WOULD-BE runners in the Paisley 10k Race are being given the chance of specialist coaching for the big event.

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Race organisers Renfrewshire Leisure have teamed up with Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club to provide Paisley 10k Training Camps to get runners fit and ready for the starting gun.

The training sessions – twice a week for 12 weeks from Monday, May 30 – are for people who have never taken part in a 10k race before, or for those who want to improve their time around the Paisley course on Sunday, August 21.

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The coaches from Kilbarchan AAC – Grant Sandilands, Jennifer Rooney and Brian Graham – have helped some of the country’s top young athletes.People taking part in the training camps will be given specialised training schedules, advice on diet, how to improve their running performance, how best to prepare for the race and of course lots of encouragement.

The camps are open to both male and female runners over 16 years of age and the two nights a week sessions on a Monday and Thursday at Linwood’s ON-X Sports Centre cost just £50 for the 12-weeks of training camps. The fee also includes the £12 entry into the Paisley 10k.

The popular Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run is sponsored by Paisley First and the sports and outdoors retailer, Decathlon. Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner for the second year.

Last year, more than 1700 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10k and were quickly followed by 700 fun runners, many taking part to raise tens of thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “This is a great way to get fit and ready for the Paisley 10k Race and get advice from some of Scottish athletics top coaches.
“It’s ideal if you’ve never taken part in the Paisley 10k before and if you have, it’s a great opportunity to train and be coached by experts on how to improve your race time.”

Anyone wanting to sign up for the Paisley 10k Training Camps should email  beginners@kilbarchanaac.org.uk or call 01505 610701.

And if you just want to register for the race, log on to  renfrewshireleisure.com or telephone 0141 842 3000, or pick up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Last Saturday, Paisley & District Scouts held their annual charity duck race. This year’s event was raising funds for the Brightest Star and local Scouting.

Despite the initial rocky weather, the event went ahead with a roaring success. Residents from across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire came to listen to the wonderful performances organised by the McCallum School of Music, support our community stalls and indeed try food from our very own cook team.

This year’s duck race was opened by Paisley legend Tony Fitzpatrick who as always delivered a passionate speech on Scouting and indeed the Brightest Star which is close to his heart.

The corporate duck race winner is the Paisley Natural Therapy Centre who will enjoy a team-building day up at Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre.

The main winners of the community duck race can be found on the Scouts facebook page.

Commenting on the day, District Commissioner, Rob Murray said:
“This years charity duck race was a great success and I want to start by thanking all those who bought a corporate duck or indeed a duck for the community race. Your generosity has once again inspired us.

“There are too many people to thank but a special thanks must go to Stuart Duncan who is the master mind behind the event, Brian Irvine, John Hunter, Brian Kerr, Kenny McLaughlan, Fiona Stewart, Katy McClement, Jeanette Savage and Angela McCallum. They have given up hours of their time to ensure the event went without any problems.

“Scouting provides life changing adventure to girls and boys across Paisley, Barrhead & Neilston. At the heart of Scouting is giving something back to our local community. This year on top of the large amount of smaller community projects we are pleased to support the wonderful work of the Brightest Star.

If you are interested in being involved with us please to get in touch via rob@paisleyanddistrict.org.uk or call 07703732233