Ralston, Paisley News


I would like to introduce you to CalmPoint and its owner Adele Logan. Adele has been working with ear acupuncture for a good number of years and has witnessed many, many times just how effective it can be. Over the years Adele has found that by using just a few acupuncture points you can effectively treat most types of stress, anxiety and low mood.

Sometimes one treatment is all that’s needed to get clients back on track. I believe that this treatment is so effective that Adele calls it ‘1st aid for stress’ because when clients receive this treatment as soon as they feel their stress levels increasing, they cope much, much better with life in general, feel more in control and more relaxed. In fact many clients have said that having a CalmPoint treatment meant they didn’t have to see their GP and probably avoided having to take prescribed medication. That’s a huge achievement; as a Complementary and Alternative Health Practitioner and Life Coach I’m passionate about helping people manage their health and well-being in as natural, safe and side-effect free way where possible.

That’s a huge achievement; as a Complementary and Alternative Health Practitioner and Life Coach I’m passionate about helping people manage their health and well-being in as natural, safe and side-effect free way where possible. Please be aware however, that if you do have a medical condition you should also take advice from your doctor and I may also advise you to do so before agreeing to carry out any treatment.


With almost 20 years’ experience in private practice working mainly locally in and around the West of Scotland including Glasgow, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Adele has spent some time working abroad. Adele also uses a number of therapeutic techniques and treatments – hypnotherapy, EFT, NLP, Motivational Life Coaching – to help clients improve their health and well-being, feel happier, confident and more motivated. If you’d like to find out more about the other techniques and treatments in use then please visit Adele’s other website at www.adelelogan.com.

If you’d like to find out more about CalmPoint or would like to book a free initial consultation with Adele then don’t hesitate to contact Adele on 07757 020592.

Adele Logan

FOOD LOVERS can look forward to sampling Paisley’s finest restaurants and eateries this April with the launch of Paisley Restaurant Week. From 11th-17th April foodie fans can celebrate Paisley’s delicious food scene and enjoy special offers in Paisley town centre restaurants.

Paisley Restaurant Week Abbey

The weeklong celebration of dining is brought to you by Paisley First – Paisley’s Business Improvement District and will give Buddies and visitors the opportunity to rediscover the range of good food that is available in Paisley. Firm favourites and newcomers are getting involved with the event and the town centre businesses are looking forward to showcasing the developing food scene in Paisley.

Paisley Restaurant Week Town Hall

Cardosi’s, Saporito Wine Bar, Trattoria Genova, Hamishes Hoose, Allan’s Snack Bar, Castlevecchi and Grill in the Park are all preparing for a week of great offers to ensure Buddies can sample the best food, drinks and atmosphere Paisley has to offer.

Joining Ian Henderson, Chairman of Paisley First, to launch Paisley Restaurant Week were Gary McCaw and Lyndsey Hyslop from Saporito Wine Bar along with Chris Smith and Besnik Ndoj of Trattoria Genova.

Commenting on Paisley Restaurant Week, Colette Cardosi of Cardosi’s Restaurant said:

“Cardosi’s Restaurant and Allan’s Snack Bar support Paisley Restaurant Week as it allows us to showcase and highlight the high level of restaurants that Paisley has to offer as well as our continued passion for fresh food and commitment to excellent service, giving our customers a memorable and first class dining experience.”

Piero Pieracinni of Paisley High Street’s, Hamishes Hoose is delighted to be involved and said:

“Restaurant week is a great business led initiative that everyone in Paisley should take part in, we certainly will. Visit our town for a wide selection of top quality food outlets and enjoy everything Paisley has to offer”

Paisley First is excited to deliver the initiative which will promote Paisley businesses and the town’s food and drink scene.

To celebrate Paisley Restaurant Week, you can follow all of the action on social media using the hashtag“#PaisleyRW16”. Information of all the week’s offers will soon be available on Paisley First’s website. Please visit www.paisleyfirst.com/paisleyrestaurantweek for updates.

Local girl Stephanie Bain has been selected to compete for a place in an exciting beauty pageant being held in Disneyland Paris!
Stephanie from Erskine has been chosen to represent Scotland by the Face Of The Globe organisation to compete at the Grand World Finals being held between 2nd – 9th April 2016 in London and Disneyland Paris.
The contest has four age categories ranging from 5 years with no upper age limit!, and Stephanie who is 21 years old, will be in the adult category to compete against girls from all over the World!
Stephanie is a very adventurous, bubbly, and ambitious young girl who hopes that the interviews with the judges during the week long contest will show that side of her personality – as the finalists will be judged not just on looks, but also their personalities, and awards such as Miss Publicity and Miss Charity in aid of Rainbow Child Foundation.
Unbelievably Stephanie has only been taking part in beauty pageants for less than a year and the Scottish heat of the Face Of The Globe beauty pageant was her very first pageant. She said, “I only got into beauty pageants last year when I seen the Face Of The Globe beauty pageant advertised online. I have quite a girly princess personality so the thought of being in a beauty pageant with all the fancy dresses and glitter and rhinestones wowed me! I never knew until last year beauty pageants were a thing in Scotland!! I applied for the Scottish heat of Face of the Globe but to be honest I wasn’t even expecting to be offered a place in that so when I was offered a place I was thrilled and to place runner up in my first beauty pageant was a dream come true. I’m so blessed to have been given this opportunity and to have come this far. The reason I want to continue competing in beauty pageants now is to be a positive real role model for girls in my local community – I want to show girls you don’t have to look or act a certain way to achieve something. I want to show girls that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it. I am so looking forward to meeting amazing girls from all over the world and coming away from the world finals with friends for life!”
When not competing in pageants or modelling, Stephanie splits her time working fulltime with Renfrewshire Council and volunteering as a first aider for St Andrew’s First Aid in her spare time.
Stephanie is a very charitable person in the past raising awareness of Help For Heroes by doing a wingwalk, raising money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge and completing her first 10k race.
You can follow Stephanie’s progress in the contest at www.FaceOfTheGlobe.com as full results will be published on their website, or purchase tickets online to come along and support Stephanie at the finals.
Face Of The Globe is organised and managed by Pageants UK Limited registered company number 08049145 in England and Wales. Face Of The Globe registered trademark number: 2634856. Rainbow Child Foundation Charity Number: 1158348
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Pirates duly completed the double over their Tayside rivals and, in the process, not only recorded a 100% record of home wins in a season, but also qualified for the SNL playoffs next weekend, when they will meet Aberdeen Lynx, who defeated Edinburgh Capitals 10-9 on aggregate.

paisley pirates

The home side had the better of the early exchanges, but in spite of most of the play taking place in the visitors’ defensive zone, netminder Balfour was relatively untroubled by direct shots on goal. After eleven minutes, however, the deadlock was broken as Miller got on the end of a movement involving Orr and Wilson to beat the Tigers’ goalie to put his side ahead. Within four minutes the lead was doubled, as the same line combined to allow Wilson this time to finish off and take the aggregate lead to nine. Less than two minutes later Tigers had pulled it back to a one goal game as Reekie beat Meechan to give his side some hope, if not for the overall tie, then at least over the night, to make it 2-1 at the break.

In the second session, play was remarkably flat as Pirates, with the tie well and truly over as a contest, proceeded to see plenty of the puck without actually looking likely to score, and in spite of having several powerplay advantages which they were unable to capitalise on. When they did find a way through to Balfour, they found the Tigers’ netminder to be equal to anything coming in his direction, and the middle session thus ended without any alteration to the score.

With the match, and indeed the atmosphere, in need of a goal, skipper Graham McCamley applied the shot of adrenalin required after 42 minutes as he latched onto a Campbell pass to score, and stretch the lead once again. The Tayside team were also testing Meechan at the other end but it was a further 10 minutes before the scoreboard was called into action again, as Miller grabbed his second to take the lead to 4-1. With Pirates briefly in top gear they scored again with seconds, this time Campbell finishing from McCamley and Turley to finish the scoring for the evening, and ending the Pirates’ home matches on a high note.

Pirates might be a little concerned regarding the flat spells they had during proceedings, but can nevertheless be satisfied by their progress to the biggest successive weekends in the Scottish National League season, which sees them go head to head with Aberdeen Lynx in the first playoff semifinal next Saturday in Kirkcaldy (face off 4.45pm), with the winners of this tie and Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Comets meeting in the final on Sunday (face off 6.00pm). The final of the Scottish Cup, which sees them up against old rivals Edinburgh Capitals, takes place at the same venue on Sunday 16 April, with a 6.45pm face off.

Scorers: Miller (2+1), Wilson (1+2), McCamley & Campbell (both 1+1), Orr (0+3), Turley (0+1)

Penalties: Campbell, Henderson, McCamley & Turley (all 2)


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Sunday 24th April, Paisley.org.uk’s own Danielle Caira steps up to the challenge of the 26 miles of this years’ Kiltwalk, starting at Hampden Park, Glasgow and ending on the banks of Loch Lomond at Balloch.

Danielle was inspired by circumstances close to home when her own daughter was in Yorkhill Hospital (now called Royal Hospital for Sick Children) at an early age and she saw the plight of some of the young kids in the wards which tugged her heartstrings. She also saw the professionalism, warmth and compassion that the staff showed to every young person in the wards.


Danielle Far Right at last years Kiltwalk.

Every year the supporters of the Kiltwalk unite and pay tribute to the amazing, brave children who have touched their lives and the people who are caring for them and their families. Unfortunately some of these children do not return home as healthy. The proceeds of the Kiltwalk go to help the likes of CHAS, A&M Scotland, Calum’s Cabin and many more. This is the first year that every penny raised goes directly to the charities mentioned on kiltwalk.co.uk

You can help these charities by sponsoring Danielle. You can contribute by clicking this link to the Virgin Money Giving Page. Please give generously and remember, it’s not for the person walking, it’s for Scotland’s Kids.

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Renfrewshire Council has confirmed that it will meet on Thursday 3rd March to agree a budget for 2016/2017.

The local authority has previously reported that the grant funding it receives from the Scottish Government has been cut by 3.4% this year.


Councillors met on Thursday 25 February to agree a housing budget for 2016/2017.

Renfrewshire Council has confirmed that it will meet on Thursday 3 March to agree a budget for 2016/2017.

The local authority has previously reported that the grant funding it receives from the Scottish Government has been cut by 3.4% this year.

Councillors met on Thursday 25 February to agree a housing budget for 2016/2017.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It has been well-documented that, like other local authorities, we challenged the financial settlement offered by the Scottish Government and asked for clarification on the many conditions attached.

“This year’s settlement saw the biggest single cut imposed on local government yet, so it has been an especially difficult process this year.

“Sensibly, we have taken as much time as possible to deal with the implications of the settlement before drafting our own budget proposals. I believe we are proposing a budget that protects frontline services, helps our most vulnerable and invests in Renfrewshire’s future, and I look forward to getting the agreement of the full council.

“We have delivered on last year’s budget priorities and we’re starting to see the fruits of that investment.

“People can see for themselves the investment in physical assets like the Arnotts building and the Russell Institute in Paisley. But we’re also having great success with things like Families First, Street Stuff and our various Tackling Poverty initiatives, which are all making a difference in people’s lives and strengthening our communities.”

As part of its drive to create a Living Wage economy in Renfrewshire, the council is inviting local employers to a seminar to discuss how being a Living Wage employer can support business success.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said; “It is clear that the Living Wage is good for people and communities but we really need to focus on its benefits to employers. I envisage a Renfrewshire where calibre businesses can thrive, create quality jobs and sustain economic growth – and paying the Living Wage is part of that.”


An independent study found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of their staffs’ work, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.
Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. A more stable workforce means that recruitment costs are reduced, the value gained from staff training increases and customer service improves.

70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased customers’ awareness of their commitment to being an ethical employer.
Yet there are approximately 16,000 jobs in Renfrewshire that pay below the Living Wage. This suggests that many local businesses could be benefitting from improved employee performance, loyalty and flexibility as well as the reputational boost associated with being a socially responsible employer.

Councillor Macmillan will open the seminar on 17 February. Speakers include: David Faith of the Living Wage Foundation, Fiona Hughes, Procurement Manager at Renfrewshire Council and Bob Grant from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

Councillor Macmillan said; “Employers know that paying the Living Wage is the right thing to do and this seminar is designed to make it achievable for all. Experts will be on hand to discuss the accreditation process, local businesses (including the council) will share their experiences, and Invest in Renfrewshire advisors will be available to offer support for recruitment, training and business growth. We’re delighted with the interest that employers have already shown in Wednesday’s event and so I’d urge anyone who’d like to attend to reserve a place quickly.”

The Living Wage in Renfrewshire seminar will take place at the Abercorn Centre, Paisley on Wednesday 17 February from 8.30 am until 10.30 am. To book a place, call 0141 618 6872 or email invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Renfrewshire residents have been reminded this week of the voter registration deadline ahead of May’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Voters in Renfrewshire will go to the polls on 5 May and must be listed on the electoral register by Monday 18 April to be eligible to vote

16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for Scottish Parliament for the first time and a National Voter Registration Drive was launched this week.


Renfrewshire residents have been reminded this week of the voter registration deadline ahead of May’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Voters in Renfrewshire will go to the polls on 5 May and must be listed on the electoral register by Monday 18 April to be eligible to vote

16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for Scottish Parliament for the first time and a National Voter Registration Drive was launched this week.

Alasdair MacTaggart, Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives.

“I’d urge people living in Renfrewshire to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for the three constituencies of Paisley, Renfrewshire North and Renfrewshire South and Regional Returning Officer for the West of Scotland Region, said: “Everyone involved in preparing for and conducting the elections wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get advice and information and that applies to making sure you are able to vote.

Anyone seeking to register to vote can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Renfrewshire residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 0300 300 0150.

The National Voter Registration Drive will be active on social media from this week and can be followed via the Twitter hashtag #NVRD.


Meal Makers, the project that connects communities through food, has arrived in Renfrewshire and they are on the lookout for new volunteers.

The community food sharing project was launched as a pilot project in Dundee in August 2014 and proved to be an instant hit across the city. It has since been launched in Glasgow, Perth and Kinross and now it being rolled out across Renfrewshire. The idea behind Meal Makers is really simple – they connect people who love cooking and want to be active in their community (‘Cooks’), with older (55+) neighbours (‘Diners’), who would appreciate home cooked food delivered to them every now and again.


So how does this work in practice? Well, when a Meal Makers cook is preparing their evening meal for themselves and their family, they will prepare one extra portion of their home cooking and take it round to an older neighbour at a time which suits both parties. Not only does the project provide a way for older adults to enjoy freshly prepared nutritious home cooking (particularly older adults who might find it difficult to enjoy home cooking otherwise), but it also helps bring communities together and combats the social isolation experienced by many members of the older population. How often meals are shared, and when they are shared is left entirely up to the Cook and Diner to decide between themselves. Meals are most commonly shared on a weekly basis, but they can occur fortnightly, monthly or just now and again.

Since launching the project over 140 Cook and Diner matches have been made, and over 1250 meals have been shared with older people through the project. Diners really enjoy participating in the project as they get to meet friendly neighbours, and get to enjoy their lovely home cooking. Cooks, on the other hand, really enjoy the flexibility the project allows – they like the way Meal Makers turns an everyday activity like cooking into a volunteering opportunity that they can do in their local community, and at a time in which they can fit around their busy schedule.

The Meal Makers team are really excited about rolling the project out to Renfrewshire and they are looking for volunteers now! If you want to do something great with an extra plate, or if you are interested in finding out a bit more about the project please visit www.mealmakers.org.uk. Alternatively you can phone Meal Makers on 0800 783 7770, or email them at hello@mealmakers.org.uk.


Here are what some of their Cooks and Diners say about the project:

Grace (Diner)

“Russell went over and beyond my expectations, the meal was delicious and it was the first meal in ages I actually finished every last bit. I can’t believe that someone could be so kind.”

Lois (Cook)

“Anne made some really sweet comments about Meal Makers such as she looks forward to it all week and it’s the only time she eats green vegetables! We had a great blether – I love Anne’s sense of humour!”

Andrew (Diner)

Andrew on being paired with Mary: ‘I’m incredibly appreciative of Meal Makers and being paired up with Mary. I really enjoy the meals but it is the company that makes the biggest difference’

Pauline (Cook)

“We ate afternoon tea together. Betty remarked that it’s nice to eat in company and it occurred to me that she eats nearly all her meals alone. I introduced her to “youtube” via my mobile phone and I said I can find anything she wants on there. She asked me to show her Susan Boyle first audition, which I did, and she was delighted as she is a fan and has always wanted to see it again.”

The charities Scottish War Blinded & Royal Blind are due to begin construction of a new centre for military veterans for sight loss, and a care home for older people with visual impairments.
And we need your help – the centres need two distinct names which reflects the rich heritage of Paisley!


get involved and name the centres Enter our competition for a chance to have your suggested name chosen by a panel from the two charities. The winning entry for each centre will receive a set of tickets to the Grand Opening event and a £25 John Lewis voucher.

How to enter Use the competition slips and pop your entry in the entries box, or email your idea to events@royalblind.org, with the subject heading ‘Paisley’ leaving your full name and telephone number so we can contact you if you’re shortlisted. You can suggest a name for both or either of the centres, it’s your choice.

We will choose the top entries to be shared on www.royalblind.org/paisley and a winner will be announced by 30 April 2016.