Ralston, Paisley News

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Winners of the competition are as follows:

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

Secondary S4 – S6 runner up – Lucy McKellar, Gleniffer High School[/vc_column_text][us_gallery ids=”32090,32091,32089,32088,32087″ columns=”6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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

DIanne Mitchell

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!

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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