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Laughter, Buddy Guaranteed: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for autumn 2013.

Autumn has arrived at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of theatre and dance performances, exhibitions at Paisley Museum, music and stand-up gigs as well as a superb range of regular events and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

Our 50-strong line-up of performances, events and exhibitions falls during a busy time for Renfrewshire, with the arrival of the Royal National Mòd and The Spree arts festival, both of which take place in venues around Paisley in October.

PillarGalleryLaughter, Buddy Guaranteed. This autumn we are most looking forward to launching a new, monthly comedy strand featuring all the big names in Scottish stand-up. ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ is the brainchild of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums and local comedy promoters Dead Sheep Comedy and will see headline acts like Des Clarke, Gary Little & Janey Godley take to the mic at Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall. And, just to add a little more intrigue, we have secured a hugely successful mystery guest for our first show. We can’t reveal who it is yet but comedy fans will know this person well from their impressive run of sell-out world tours and numerous TV appearances.

Fringe Links. A number of our forthcoming plays and theatre productions are currently showing at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. See the critically acclaimed ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, ‘The List’ and children’s performance ‘Head in the Clouds’ straight after their Fringe run at Paisley Arts Centre. Or break out of the theatre for a nostalgic performance of ‘Linwood No More’ at the former Linwood Rootes Car Factory.

Showcasing the best of local heritage. Paisley Museum commemorates a local landmark with September exhibition ‘Abbey 850’ and the museum will be celebrating Gaeldom in October with a trio of displays highlighting Gaelic heritage and culture to coincide with the Royal National Mòd.

Animal mad! Whether your favourite animal is a sheep, a tiger or even a polar bear, we have many funny, interactive and magical events and performances planned for children and families. Plus our talented Outreach team are set to deliver an array of creative activities involving fashion, animation and even horrible histories!

The new autumn Guide brochure, complete with details of our arts and events programme in full, is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Renfrew Town Hall. Or you can see what’s on online, by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

For regular updates on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), Twitter (@RenArtsMuseums) or sign up to our free weekly e-news service, simply email ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk to join the mailing list.

10k hopefuls

Count down to the Paisley 10K underway. Are you registered?

There isn’t long to go until competitive racers and fun runners will take their place at the start line of the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run in Paisley.

Renfrewshire Council is reminding runners they need to be registered ahead of the road race, which takes place on Sunday 25 August at 10am if they’re hoping to secure a personal best.

Online registration closes at noon on Friday 23 August for what is expected to be the biggest ever staging of the event. Paper registrations however need to be received by Monday 19 August to avoid disappointment. Late applications or entries on the day will not be accepted.

Last year over 1,400 people took part in the event, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “Don’t let months or miles of training go to waste because you miss the registration cut-off.

10k hopefuls

“Paisley is one of three British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland. Your participation in the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run has the potential to benefit the charity twice. Not only will you be helping to raise vital funds, by getting physically active you are also reducing your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

“Whether it’s lining up on the start line or cheering from the sidelines on the 25th, we all benefit from getting outdoors and getting active”.

This year the race is sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer MEPC Hillington Park. Demonstrating their commitment to the cause, Marketing & Customer Manager, Alison Clark, and Leasing Manager, Roddy Proudfoot, have registered and will be among those lining up at the start of the 10k.

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

Register online at www.paisley10k.com by noon on Friday 23 August or return your paper application to: Paisley 10K Road Race/Fun Run, Youth and Sport Services Team, West Primary School, Newton Street, Paisley PA1 2RL, by the Monday 19 August with a cheque made payable to Renfrewshire Council.

Paisley gets set for vintage fire vehicle visit

Renfrewshire residents will get the chance to go on red alert with rescue vehicles from yesteryear this weekend when the Fire Engine Rally takes place in Paisley.

The popular annual event is expected to draw a crowd to the town centre as young and old alike gather to get up close with a collection of vintage fire engines from through the ages, alongside some modern appliances.

Fire engine rally 2012Saturday’s event begins with a parade from Canal Street Fire Station, continuing through Causeyside Street and Gilmour Street to County Square.

The engines will then gather in County Square and Gilmour Street for a family fun day, including chip-pan fire demos, kids’ entertainers, a fire-engine bouncy castle and much more.

The parade leaves Canal Street at 11am, with entertainment running until 4pm.

The event – now in its fifth year – is being run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally is the latest in our series of town centre events running through the summer.

“We have already had great crowds for Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championships, and hope to have the same again on Saturday.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust do a great job of keeping these machines operational, and I would encourage residents to come out and see this little bit of history in action for themselves.”

Fire engine rally 2012Paul Tanzilli, Senior Officer for Fire & Rescue Services in Renfrewshire, added: “It’s great to see so many people support this event year after year.

“The range of fire appliances on show at the event will include the very old alongside the latest models which serve the community day in day out.

“The rally is a fun event but there will also be an opportunity for people to get safety advice and arrange a home fire safety visit by fire crews whenever it suits them.”

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Council Leader urges UK Government to give councils new powers over payday loan companies

The Leader of Renfrewshire Council has written to the UK Government to urge that councils be given new powers to regulate payday loan companies.

Councillor Mark Macmillan has asked the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to give councils powers as part of their licensing remit, so that payday loan companies would have to apply to local authorities to set up in the area.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Macmillan said: “The Office of Fair Trading has referred the issue of payday loan companies to the Competition Commission to address some serious concerns at national level and responsibility for monitoring such lending companies will pass to the Financial Conduct Authority in April 2014. So some progress is being made.

“But much more needs to be done at local level – and done now – to stop communities falling victim to these companies that fail to check if customers can afford the repayments, and then hound them with aggressive tactics when they can’t pay back the loan.

“It’s scandalous that at the moment these companies can simply move into areas where there are vulnerable people already struggling financially, with no questions asked. Too many families have fallen into a vicious circle of toxic debt after being caught in the payday loan trap of anything up to 4,000 per cent interest.

“I’d urge the UK Government to do the right thing and give councils the local regulation that’s desperately needed over these companies’ ongoing attempts to suck money out of low-income communities.”

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 already allows councils to regulate several types of business where it’s in the public interest including taxis, second hand dealers and street traders.

Councillor Macmillan’s letter to Secretary of State, Vince Cable MP, is calling for the scope of the Civic Government Act to be widened to include payday lenders, or that an alternative regulatory scheme be established.

Renfrewshire Council has banned access to pay day loan websites from its own PCs including computers in libraries and community facilities.

The council has also created a 45-strong team to help people who are facing difficulties as a result of benefit cuts. Residents who are struggling with debt or who are worried about benefit cuts should call 0300 300 0288.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Universal Credit is “soul-destroying”

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader has called on the UK Government to wise up and open up after a leaked report revealed staff delivering its flagship benefit change branded the programme “soul-destroying” and “unbelievably frustrating”.

Recent media reports about Universal Credit findings, quote one member of staff as saying: “This is the third review in 16 months. No rollout plans, no confidence in going forward and stakeholders losing confidence in our ability to deliver”.

Councillor Mark Macmillan has branded the findings “shocking” and is calling on the UK Government to share the details of its plan to replace six benefits with Universal Credit across the UK.

Councillor Macmillan said: “These shocking findings prove what we have suspected all along – that Universal Credit is in chaos. We’ve now heard directly from people at the heart of this project that there’s secrecy, dishonesty, no rollout plan, and no confidence. Even the people working on the programme don’t know anything about future developments. That’s nowhere near acceptable.”

Universal Credit will replace child tax credits, working tax credits, income-based job seekers allowance, housing benefit, income support and income based employment support allowance.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Macmillan added: “The UK Government should wise up, open up and share all details of planned roll out of Universal Credit. They have a duty to reassure everyone receiving the six benefits that will be replaced by Universal Credit. Families in Renfrewshire will want to know exactly when and how they will be affected.

“The Government is insisting that everyone apply for this benefit online, despite many people not having an internet connection or a PC. They also want those receiving the new benefit to transfer their housing benefit to their landlord themselves, which is ludicrous considering there are many vulnerable residents who need support to manage their finances.

“The public deserve to know more about Universal Credit now so they can start to prepare for the major changes it will bring.”

Thirteen UK council areas were part of the original Universal Credit pilot that started in September 2012 and a recent announcement confirmed that six more places will offer the benefit from October 2013.

True Acts of Goodness Street Party, Paisley

TAG Street Party

Date: Saturday 10 August 2013
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Abbey Close, Paisley

Come on down to Abbey Close and enjoy family activities and food for all the family:

  • BBQ cafeTrue Acts of Goodness Street Party, Paisley
  • Inflatable games and bouncy castles
  • Face-painting
  • Kids Creative Centre (12pm – 2pm)
  • BodyWorks Busting (Glasgow Science Centre)

Everything will be free of charge.

This event is brought to you by Elim Christian Fellowship.

TAG stands for True Acts of Goodness and doing something to make someone else’s day that bit better!

Information from Renfrewshire Council.

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Fire Engine Rally Paisley 2013

Sound the alarm! An impressive fleet of modern and vintage engines (some of which date back to the 19th Century) will leave Canal Street Fire Station and make their way through the town to County Square.

With fire safety demonstrations and prize giveaways, it’s another one not to miss!

The parade starts at 11am, with a selection of fun events to keep the family entertained taking place in County Square throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 17 August
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: County Square

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Photograph taken by Anne McNair.

Information from Renfrewshire Council

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St Mirren F.C Updates August 2013

NEW SEASON

The new season kicks off on Saturday 3rd August with the team travelling to Inverness. St Mirren fans will be located in the South Stand and will be able to pay at the gate.

The tickets details are as follows:

stmirren.pngAdult – £21
Junior/16-25/Concession – £16
Under 12 – £10

SEASON TICKETS – SAVING YOU MONEY
Its just over 2 weeks until our first home game of the season, season tickets are selling well, but there are still some available to purchase from the Ticket Office. If you purchase an adult season ticket, as opposed to buying individual tickets, you could save £75 per season and enjoy every Scottish Premiership Game during the season.

HOSPITALITY
Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy has put together an excellent corporate hospitality package for the St Mirren V Kilmarnock game on Saturday 17th August 2013, kick-off 3pm.
Match day hospitality is available for groups of two upwards (at shared tables) where our corporate dining is the perfect networking platform to entertain guests and clients. A convivial atmosphere is assured, great food is a certainty.

Guests will enjoy the following:
* Private car parking facility.
* Enter through the exclusive Hospitality Suite entrance.
* Champagne on arrival**
* Hostess table service.
* Three course meal complemented by fine wines.
* Accreditation in the match day magazine.
* Exclusive match day competitions
* Match day magazine & corporate team sheets.
* Executive seating in Main Stand.
* Half-time hot & cold snacks served with tea or coffee.
* Post Match presentations by the Match Sponsors Man of the Match
* Inclusive drinks package both pre & post match**

Cost per person (drinks inclusive): £95 + VAT**
Season Ticket Holders (drinks inclusive): £85 + VAT**
Cost per person (pay bar): £75 + VAT
Season Ticket Holders (pay bar): £65 + VAT

For more information or to book your place please contact Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy by tel: (0141) 840-1337 or email:commercial@saintmirren.net or cksmfc@aol.com.

Campbell will also take advanced bookings for any other upcoming matches over the season.

A VIEW BEHIND THE SCENES AT ST MIRREN
Lifelong fan Ally McCrae went back to his roots last week to visit his boyhood heroes at St Mirren to have a week look behind the scenes. You can join him in his tour at the attached link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjW1o7O5vgs

Ticket Office
The Ticket Office is open as follows:
Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm
Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

U20 SPFL League Fixtures
The fixtures for the U20s have now been released. The first 4 games are as follows:

06/08/13 Dunfermline V St Mirren
13/08/13 St Mirren V Ross County
20/08/13 Hibernian V St Mirren
03/09/13 St Mirren V Aberdeen

Full details can be found on the website.

St Mirren in the Community News

Last Summer Camp
There is now only 1 week left of Summer Camps. Why not send your kids along, even for one day. Details are as follows:

5th August to 9th August
St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Goalkeepers Camp, 5 to 14 years 1400-1700 £40
St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Advanced Player Camp 1400-1700 £65 (kit included)
The Advanced Player Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team who are looking to further develop their skills.

For more info please contact Community Coach, Dave Mackay by telephone: (0141) 840-6131 or e-mail: david.mackay@saintmirren.net.

Full details of all the camps can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301.

Music to Paisley’s ears

With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.

The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.

Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:

  • Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
  • The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
  • Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
  • Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 2 August.

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. Tickets for these shows and more are available from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

While the main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances – will also take place.

To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website www.modphaislig.org has more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit http://www.acgmod.org/

Rotary Club sitting pretty on Harvey’s 60th Party

Great news for the Rotary Club of Paisley! Come along to Harvey’s Furniture store in Paisley this Saturday and for every suite sold on the day, £5 will be donated to the club.

paisley-rotaryThere’s already a massive 60th party sale on but now local charities and community groups will also benefit.

The Rotary Club will be there with fun events including face painting from 12 until 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join in

www.paisleyrotary.org.uk