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Fun-filled Week where Children can learn to perform ‘MATILDA’ the Musical!!

Throughout the course of the week, The Diane Mitchell Music School will be offering Children the chance to learn to play Matilda the Music on a range of instruments as well as in song!

DIanne Mitchell

A performance will take place at the end of the week to showcase what the children have learnt!

Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August – £90

This workshop is for Children ages 6-12 years.

(Packed lunch is required).

This is expected to be a highly demanded workshop, so booked early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Diane for more details

Musical Tots Fun Day!

On Saturday 6th August 2016, The Diane Mitchell Music School are offering children aged 2-4 years the chance to come along to our workshop and try a range of musical instruments.

The workshop will run between 10am-1pm and we would ask that the children bring a packed lunch along.

Cost of the day will be £30.

This workshop gives children the chance to learn the beginnings of musical performance and rhythm.

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Contact Diane for more information.

Discover if your musical calling is in Fiddle/Violin at our Taster Days this summer.

The Diane Mitchell Music School are running Taster Days for Children who would like to try out the Fiddle and/or Violin this Summer.

Friday 1 July – £30

Friday 8 July – £30

This taster class will run between 10am-3pm and is available to Children ages 6-12years.

(Packed lunch required)

Contact Diane to book a space.

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New help for a new job

New help is at hand for workers in Renfrewshire who struggle with childcare or travel costs in the early days of a new job.

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Renfrewshire Council’s Access to Work scheme is designed to help new workers sustain their employment, with funds available to help with childcare and travel costs in the first few weeks.

Council bosses are urging those who could access the fund to speak with their Job Centre advisor.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Getting into work is one of the best things that anyone can do for their prospects, their health and their lifestyle, and we are determined to break down the barriers that make it difficult for people to start a job.

“The Access to Work fund will make a huge difference to those who find childcare and travel costs a real problem in the first working month.

“It will help to tackle poverty and make sure people throughout our communities get a fair chance at a more prosperous future.”

The fund can be used to help any unemployed resident of Renfrewshire from 16 – 64 years old seeking to return to work after receiving out of work benefits for at least four weeks.

Access to Work is funded by Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty programme, a £6million commitment to addressing the causes and effects of poverty on individuals, families and communities throughout Renfrewshire.

Anyone seeking more information about the Access to Work fund should speak first with their Job Centre advisor.

More information about the fund is also available at  www.investinrenfrewshire.com.

Football enthusiasts are being invited to sign up for a 7-a-side tournament held in memory of those lost to suicide.


The annual No Substitute for Life tournament held in Ferguslie is now in its fifth year and brings the community together to raise awareness of the issue among young men and women.


Hundreds of footballers and supporters have turned out each year and similar numbers are expected again when the competition takes place on Sunday 26 June, 12pm-4pm.

The tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and the closing date to register a team is Friday 10 June.

The event was first created by local Ferguslie resident Paul Cardona who wished to raise awareness of the issue after close friends were lost to suicide.

A working group was created to bring the event to life and the success of the event led to the group winning Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award in 2013.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “This will be the fifth year of the event and it is great to see the community to come together each year in support of the issue. I would encourage everyone to register a team to take part if they can or come along on the day to support.

“We must use the event to ensure people are encouraged to talk about suicide and break down the stigma which remains around it. This can help people seek out the help they need while also helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide.”

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.

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.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

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.

To sign up a team, or for more information on suicide prevention, contact Lisa J Aitken on 0141 849 2200, or email elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey could be extended into a major international tourist attraction if proposals for a fourth cloister and visitor centre get the go-ahead.

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Bosses at the A-listed 850-year-old church produced plans four years ago for a tourist facility based around the Abbey’s status as the cradle of the Stewart royal family – but were unable to progress them at the time.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board will next week be asked to give the go-ahead for officers to work with the Abbey to progress those plans, as part of a wider push to develop Paisley’s tourist economy.

The plans would see a fourth cloister built on to the Abbey to house a new entrance, shop and  visitor centre, as well as work to open up the mediaeval drain forming part of the Abbey complex as a visitor attraction.

If given the green light, council bosses would commit staff and consultant time, to be paid for from an existing Paisley town centre regeneration budget.

That would see the Abbey – currently run by the Church of Scotland – given assistance to develop an outline business case for the project, as well as an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help fund it.

For the project to happen, the Abbey would need to secure a package of funding from various sources. At this stage it is not being assumed the council will be contributing to the cost of that.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Back in 2014 we published an ambitious vision of Paisley’s future as a thriving visitor attraction based around the town’s unique cultural and heritage assets.

“Work to make that a reality is already well under way, with Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 fast building momentum, and work ongoing to develop other big regeneration projects such as the proposed transformation of Paisley Museum.

“The possibility of developing Paisley Abbey into an international visitor attraction was raised within the same strategy – and if our vision is to be reality this will be an important project.

“Those of us who see it every day already know the Abbey is a stunning-looking building but it and the Abbey Drain are both of national historic and archaeological importance and the potential is there to make more of them.

“Running a complex regeneration project of this kind is not something the Abbey’s current management are able to do by themselves – which is why it is proposed council staff and consultants lend their time and expertise.

“In doing so we could ultimately not only be boosting the Abbey’s income and ability to maintain the building, but adding to the overall visitor appeal of the town, with all the benefits that will bring for local traders and the wider community.”

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1245 and its colourful history saw William Wallace educated by monks there, while Marjory Bruce – daughter of Robert – is buried there after dying giving birth to the future Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs and an ancestor of the current Queen.

The Abbey eventually fell into ruin before being extensively refurbished into one of the finest churches in Scotland in the 20th century.

Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board is due to consider the proposals when it meets on Wednesday 25 May.

St Mirren fans have one month left to sign up to a scheme which could see them become the latest Scottish club to move into fan ownership after a fundraising deadline was called.

18/04/16... ST MIRREN PARK - PAISLEY. The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) has had a joint offer with ex-Saints director Gordon Scott for the majority shareholding in the club accepted in principle by the selling consortium.  Gordon Scott, George Adam

The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) has had a joint offer with ex-Saints director Gordon Scott for the majority shareholding in the club accepted in principle by the selling consortium. Gordon Scott, George Adam

The St Mirren Independent Supporter’s’ Association (SMISA) has teamed up with former club director Gordon Scott with a joint offer already accepted in principle by the consortium selling a majority shareholding.

The trust needs to sign up 1,000 members at a minimum of £12 per month for the deal to be viable – and are more than halfway there, having managed almost 600 since fundraising started in April.

But with other bidders on the scene, the deal needs to be completed this summer – and SMISA have now called an end date of Thursday 19 June to hit the target.

The announcement was made last night at a public meeting at The Paisley 2021 Stadium attended by hundreds, at which Gordon and SMISA chair George Adam MSP answered questions from fans.

The joint SMISA/Gordon offer is loosely based on the successful model run by Ann Budge and the Foundation of Hearts.

Gordon is putting up the bulk of the money needed to fund the deal, which would see him become majority shareholder and chairman, while the fans would get a director on the board and a legal agreement giving them exclusive right to buy the shares Gordon buys now within 10 years.

Membership starts at £12 per month, with a £25 per month option, and a premium package offering ten years of membership and other exclusive benefits for a one-off payment of £2,500. For more information, visit www.smisa.net

SMISA chair George Adam MSP said: “We have had a fantastic reaction from fans, with hundreds signing up the first couple of weeks of fundraising, and we want to thank all of those who have done so to date.

“A team of us have been working hard behind the scenes on this bid for a year now – but its success now rests on what happens in the next month.
“We have one month in which to get the numbers we need to make this deal viable. If we don’t we won’t get the chance again.

“For the price of a pint a week, St Mirren fans have it in their hands to take control of the future of their club and everything it means to this community, and preserve it for future generations.”

Gordon Scott said: “The current board deserve a lot of credit for all they have done over the years – but one way or another they are going to sell up and move on.

“St Mirren fans have a simple choice – either be part of what are doing and build the future of our club together, or leave that future entirely to chance.

“It would be a life-defining achievement for me to become chairman of the club I have supported since I was a boy.

“My aim is simple – work with the fans and the community to give St Mirren the fresh ideas it needs, get the club back into the top league where it belongs, and hand it over to the fans to safeguard forever.”

DIanne Mitchell


Every year we take to the stage to showcase all of our achievements throughout the year, using a range of different instruments and singing. With various performances from all ages, this is a once a year event – not to be missed!

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We will be holding our concert in the Methodist Central Hall on Saturday 10th June. Adults £5/ Children £2.

The doors open at 6.45pm, so get down nice and early for a good seat. Everybody is welcome so bring your parents, family and friends!

Hope to see you all there!

Band In a Week is the perfect way for Children to learn to play musical instruments in just under a week and make new friends whilst doing so :)

The Children will learn to Write, Play and Perform songs using a range instruments from Drums to Guitar, Percussion to Keyboards. Or even bring your own! Including an end of week performance with a personal copy of the performance on CD.

Children will get a behind the scenes look at how musicians record music in the studio as they record their own performance at the end of the week.

Monday 4 July – Thursday 7 July – £80

Monday 18 July – Friday 22 July – £90

Classes are for Children aged 6-10 years.

Classes will commence at 10:00 and finish at 15:00.

Children are required to bring a packed lunch for their lunch break.

Limited Spaces, so get in touch quickly to avoid disappointment!

Under The Sea!

The Diane Mitchell Music School is offering Children from 3-10 years the chance to learn and perform songs from their favourite Underwater Disney Pictures.

This will be a fun-filled week of Music & Art, based upon songs from Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid and more..

Monday 11 July – Thursday 14 July – £80

Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August – £80

For ages 3-5 years, classes will run from 10am – 1pm.

For ages 6- 10 years, classes will run from 10am – 3pm.

(Remember to bring a packed lunch!)

This will be a fun way to learn music and meet friends for Children of all ages, so come and ‘sea’ for yourself.

The Diane Mitchell Music School are offering Children the chance to get involved in the Musical Taster Week during summer.

Come along and sample any instruments of choice on their selected days or choose a variety over the course of the week. This allows children to see where their path lies in Music by trying their hand at several different instruments.

Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July – £90

Monday: Piano/Keyboard

Tuesday: Guitar

Wednesday: Djembe Drumming

Thursday: Singing

Friday: Drums and Percussion

This week is available for all children between 6-12years.

Remember to bring a packed lunch!

Sign up soon as spaces are limited

Renfrewshire Chambers annual B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” returns for sixth year.

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 6th consecutive year on Wednesday 8th June at the Lagoon, Paisley.


“Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to everyone interested in business.

With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day.

  1. 10.15-11.00 ‘The WOW Factor’ – Social Media For Customer Service Excellence with NSDesign
  2. 11.15-12.00 “Marketing Scotland in the Digital Age” with VisitScotland
  3. 12.15-13.00 “Paisley 2021/Invest/City Deal” with Renfrewshire Council
  4. 13.15-14.00 “Mastering Selling Skills for your business” with Business Gateway
  5. 14.15-15.00 “Are you a Manager or a Leader?” with UWS
  6. 15.15-16.00 “How to grow your exports” with Scottish Enterprise

Commenting on the event Acting Chief Exec Bob Grant said “B2B is a great way to engage face to face with the wider business community and market your offer.  If you are in business in Renfrewshire I strongly recommend coming along.  It’s a great opportunity to meet new and existing contacts and network with 50+ businesses in one go.  The free seminars are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones.”

For more information and to register please visit the Chamber events page at  www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley


I was visiting a local primary school today – they’re having a World of Work week and I was invited along to chat to them about my occupation.  As well as talking about my work, I love being able to demonstrate just how effective the techniques I use on a daily basis really are and for young school students aged between 10 and 12 years old, acupressure is a great technique to demonstrate to them.  It can be good fun, easy to demonstrate with very obvious and pleasant results!  I’ve listed a few points below that with help you relax, sleep better and generally cope better with everyday stress just by massaging and applying pressure to these tiny points on your ears, hands or body.


Two of these points, Shen Men and Point Zero, are known as Master Points in Chinese Ear Acupuncture  and are so useful and effective that they are used in most treatment protocols. Generally speaking, treating these points brings the body and mind back into balance so I often  recommend to clients that they get into the habit of massaging these points first thing in the morning (to help energise and relax) and just before bedtime (to help balance and relax).

Give it a go! Let me know how you get on.

For everyday stress and anxiety and for helping you sleep.

Shen Men (also known as ‘Spirit Gate’ or ‘Divine Gate’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine) – helps clear the mind and calm the spirit. As one of the Master points and most often used points, Shen Men helps alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, low mood, restlessness and  insomnia. Shen Men is also one of the main ear points used in the detoxification of drugs, alcohol and in the treatment of substance abuse. Shen Men is also located on your wrist so if you’re finding it a bit tricky to find the right spot on your ear you’ll find this one easily!

Point Zero – is often associated with the solar plexus area in the body. When this point is treated it helps calm the mind and body as well as encouraging the body to return to a more balanced state.

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Renfrewshire North and West MSP Derek Mackay has today joined the Scottish Cabinet as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution.


Mr Mackay had served as a junior minister since 2011, when he was appointed Minister for Local Government and Planning, before being moved to Minister for Transport in 2014.

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The SNP MSP takes over the role from Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who was moved to the Education portfolio during Nicola Sturgeon’s reshuffle on Wednesday.

He will have responsibility over a range of issues, including the Scottish Budget, taxation and fiscal policy.

Derek Mackay MSP said:

“I am honoured to have been invited by the First Minister to join the Scottish Cabinet as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution. I am determined to do my best.

“To be promoted to the Cabinet, after four and a half years as a Government Junior Minister, is a great privilege for me, and I will do my upmost to serve Scotland well.

“On May 5th I was privileged to be elected to the Scottish Parliament as constituency MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, my local surgeries and all my commitments to my constituents will continue.”

Paisley is set to welcome a tartan army at the weekend when a record entry of up to 4,000 pipers and drummers descends on the town for one of the biggest dates in world piping.


The 2016 British Pipe Band Championships are starting a three-year run in the town, with a crowd of tens of thousands expected at the St James Playing Fields, better known as the home of local amateur football.


Some of the world’s top pipers, from throughout the UK and Ireland, will take to the competition arena before judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

The event will be open from 9am, with bands competing throughout the day with the final march-past and prizegiving running for an hour from 5.30pm.

And event chieftain – Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall – met with lone piper Alan McGeoch of Johnstone Pipe Band at the venue.

She said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event here in Paisley – being able to attract and host major events like this is another boost for the town as momentum builds on the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“I am sure the sight of 4,000 pipers and drummers lined up for the final march-past will be a spectacular one and I am honoured to be a part of it.

“It should be a great boost for local traders to have so many visitors arriving in town and I would encourage the bands and their supporters to head into the town centre and experience all it has to offer.”

RSPBA chief executive Ian Embelton added: “The British Pipe Band Championships is the first of the five major events we run each summer, including the world championships and we are delighted to be coming to Paisley for the first time.

“This year’s event will have a record entry, which we are really pleased with, and we are looking forward to a great championships.

“Renfrewshire Council has laid on a great day of entertainment and I would encourage anybody looking for a family day out to come down.”

Attractions will include a food and drink village featuring international cuisine and Scottish fayre as well as a fully-licensed bar.

Other free entertainment will include a Highland dancing competition, and sporty activities run by Renfrewshire Leisure and by the Street Stuff youth team, plus face painting, giant games, crazy golf and a bouncy castle.

Designated event parking will be at West College Scotland, the Paisley 2021 stadium, Paisley Grammar School and Castlehead High School.

Visitors should be aware there will be no on-site parking at the St James Playing Fields for the public – this will be for pipe band coaches and event officials only.

Free shuttle buses will run directly to the event site throughout the day from West College Scotland, the Paisley 2021 Stadium, and Paisley Gilmour Street station. Full details are at  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.events

The full running order for the day, showing all bands, grades and timings, is now available at  www.rspba.org