Last chance for parents to give views on Renfrewshire nursery provision.

Renfrewshire Council is urging parents give their views on changes to nursery provision.

Currently every three and four year old in Scotland is entitled to 475 hours of government funded pre-school education each year. The Scottish Government is increasing this annual entitlement to 600 hours from August 2014.

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Families in Renfrewshire with children aged four and under have until the end of the week to tell the council what nursery arrangements suit their needs best so the council can plan for this change.

Whether it’s longer days or more days at nursery for their child, parents can register their views online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

The consultation has been running for five weeks and so far more than 550 parents have already had their say.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “It’s necessary that we plan and develop nursery provision that meets the Scottish Government’s commitment, but more importantly, also suits the needs of children and families within Renfrewshire.

“This change complements the work already underway to give children in Renfrewshire a great start in life.

“Our £7 million Families First programme is improving access to early learning and supporting families to deal with the issues that impact on their youngster’s ability to learn and develop or which prevents them for reaching their potential.

“A nursery service that meets the needs of families will give parents the option to participate in work, training or education and the opportunity to build a better future for their family”.

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 1 December. To take part parents can either complete the online survey at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 0300 to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to them.

Old and young battle it out to be champions.

Opponents from 11 years-old to 80 will be pitting their wits against each other as they compete in the first ever Inter-generational Quiz event on 29 November.

Four teams, each consisting of four older people and four school pupils, will battle it out over a series of challenges including: speed texting, Wii bowling, playing dominoes and hanging washing on a line.

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The schools involved are Gallowhill Primary School in Renfrewshire and Carlibar Primary School in East Renfrewshire. The pupils are being partnered by residents from Glencairn Court Amenity Housing in Paisley, Kirkton Services in Barrhead and some East Renfrewshire residents who have links with Uplawmoor Primary School, Uplawmoor.

In preparation for the big event, teams have been meeting every two weeks to teach each other the skills they need to triumph.

The Inter-generational Quiz takes place on 29 November at Carlibar Primary in Barrhead from 1.15pm till 2.30pm.

The quiz is part of the council’s commitment to reshape care for older people. It enables older people have an active role in their community and helps to break down barriers by getting younger and older people to work together to share information and skills. This has many benefits including reducing isolation, improving mental health and providing structure to an older person’s week.

The event is a partnership between Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils and the East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP). Mary’s Meals is also supporting the event by lending the clothes to hang on the washing line.

It’s hoped the quiz will become an annual event.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, said, “There is so much that young people can learn from older people but there aren’t many opportunities for them to get together in an informal way. There’s a saying that we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.

“There are many benefits to intergenerational working. It creates opportunities for young and old to learn new skills and share knowledge. And this project, in particular, is a positive way to provide a structure and sense of purpose to the older peoples’ lives while also offering a unique social outlet for older and younger generations to mix.”

Sheila Hood, Head Teacher at Gallowhill Primary School said, “Myself and the P7 Class Teacher, Cheryl Gray, have been so proud of how much enthusiasm our pupils have demonstrated in preparing for this event. It has been fantastic to see the two generations working together and fostering a genuine community spirit.

All too often, these two age groups misunderstand each other and this project proves that older people and youngsters can really enjoy each other’s company. The residents from Glencairn Court have been great fun and we hope to maintain these precious links for many years. We are in it to win it though!

Community link worker with the East Renfrewshire CHCP, Alan Stevenson, who set up the project and will be ‘quizmaster’ said, “Changes in all our lives have resulted in many community activities becoming segregated by age and this has resulted in older and younger people having less positive exchanges. This event will be a great opportunity for all those taking part to show the positive outcomes that can be achieved by people of all ages working, learning and volunteering together. I would like to thank all the schools, our partners in Paisley and all the participants for their time and effort in the development of the first ‘IQ Quiz’.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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There is nothing better than knowing your pet is happy and well looked after when you can’t be around.  Just as adults love catching up with friends and socialising, so do dogs, so you can be reassured that when your dog is our care it will be having waggy tailed fun and will be treated with the same love, care and attention as we show to Barney. We are fully insured with Liability Insurance and Care Custody & Care Insurance which also covers us to be key holders.

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Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On Parade Photographs.

Paisley was buzzing all day with families coming to watch the festive lights being switched on in town, up to 20,000 people attended according to the announcer on stage. Festivities started with the Reindeer Parade (photos below)

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

Opening of the Bield Activity Centre.

The Bield Activity Centre, owned by 7th Paisley JNI Scout Group, was officially opened at the weekend by Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland.

The Provost of Renfrewshire, Anne Hall, joined the many invited guests along with the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clarke, who presented Matthew Hesselmann with his Queens Scouts Award. There were presentations of the highest Scouting Youth awards: Chief Scouts Awards, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queens Scouts Awards.

scouts17The UK Chief Commissioner for Scouting Wayne Bulpitt, who had travelled from London, addressed the audience and spent time chatting to the youngest members of the Group.

The JNI Group offers Scouting activities to girls and boys from 6 to 18 years, with 150 members throughout the Group.
The centre has been developed for the wider community over the last 2 years at a cost of £400,000, now boasting 2 climbing walls within the 3 separate halls.

At present there are 15 community groups making use of this great facility weekly, three of which were represented at the opening ceremony. The centre is also available for hire on a one-off basis for parties and wedding receptions. Contact Tom Allan on 01505 814502.

The main funders of the project are The National Lottery, Postcode Lottery, Community Energy Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, and Scouting.

All photographs taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

Paisley set for Christmas Lights Switch On.

Tens of thousands of people are set to pack Paisley town centre this Saturday (November 16) for one of the highlights of Renfrewshire’s Christmas calendar.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View are the headline performers on the main stage in Gauze Street at 4.30 and 5.30pm respectively.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow will be in action from 1pm with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson.

The stage will also feature performances from boyband Mr Meanor at 2pm, YouTube sensation Alexa at 3pm, and a magic show at 1.10pm.

The six –and-a-half hour festive extravaganza  starts at noon with the traditional reindeer parade starting from Gilmour Street which this year will be led by Santa Claus.

Throughout the day there’s lots of family fun including face painting and street entertainers, along with funfair rides and a Christmas market in Paisley Town Hall.

The action rounds off at 6pm with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switching on the town’s Christmas Lights.

People visiting the town might also take the chance to check out the popular Brick City Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:  “It’s been a fantastic year for events in Renfrewshire with Paisley successfully hosting the Royal National Mòd, and The Spree.

“The recent fireworks display in Paisley was well supported despite the wet weather.

“Now we’re looking forward to what has become a massively popular event which last year attracted a crowd of 37,000 to Paisley.

“The council’s events programme aims to support business and boost regeneration in our town centres.

“Paisley’s Christmas Light Show offers a fabulous day of top entertainment and everything is set for another special event.”

Free parking is available at all Renfrewshire Council metered parking bays and car parks in Paisley town centre – as it is every weekend.

Additional free event parking will be available at West College Scotland, Paisley Grammar School, Castlehead High School, Wallneuk Road and Castlehead High School.

Drivers are advised that there will be various road closures around Gauze Street starting from Friday evening.

The event sponsors who have joined Renfrewshire Council in promoting the event are:  The Piazza Shopping Centre, West College Scotland, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Leisure, Lynnhurst Hotel, Bowfield Country Club, Hamishes’ Hoose, Intu Braehead and Clyde Scaffolding.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PASSENGER GROWTH CONTINUES IN OCTOBER.

  • Month sees 2.6% growth in passenger traffic

Glasgow Airport reported its ninth consecutive month of year-on-year growth in October, with 714,000 passengers representing an increase of 2.6% compared to 2012.

It is the first time the airport has handled more than 700,000 passengers in October since 2009.

Domestic traffic grew by 3.2%, with strong demand on London and UK regional services driven by an increase in business travel.

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International traffic rose by 2.1%, with traditionally popular sunshine destinations proving popular with holidaymakers during the school holiday week and a strong demand for North American services.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To record nine months of consecutive year-on-year growth is very encouraging. Our busiest weekend of the year falls in October when thousands fly out for the school holiday week, and this year it was a great success. Our operational teams, airlines, retailers and other business partners deserve huge credit as their effort and commitment is crucial in handling such a large volume of traffic.

“easyJet confirmed in October it will strengthen its route network by adding two new destinations from Glasgow Airport, with flights to the Croatian coastal city of Split and the Greek island of Kos commencing in 2014. We also continue to see the benefits of new capacity which has been added in the last 12 months, like that created by Wizz Air’s Polish services and Lufthansa’s connection to Düsseldorf.

“The second phase of our extensive £17 million investment is now underway, which will transform large areas of the terminal ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. We will extend the international arrivals area, adding new seating and landscaping a new public space at the front of the building. Passengers will also notice changes in the check-in hall where hoardings are in place and retiling work is underway.

“Other aspects of the refurbishment include new flooring in the airport’s domestic pier, the installation of new heating and ventilation systems in terminal two, and general improvements to our road network and airfield.”

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M8 Driving SchoolWe are also offering on the run up to Christmas 10 lessons for the discounted price of £200, that’s a saving of £40. Have a look at our website and contact us through the site, facebook page, admin@m8drivingschool.co.uk or telephone us on either 01505 345 372 or 07747 600 672. You can also follow us on twitter: @M8DrivingSchool 

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Council expands letting scheme to Foxbar.

Renfrewshire Council is expanding its choice-based housing letting service to the Foxbar area of Paisley.

HomeChoice@Renfrewshire gives applicants the opportunity to decide where they want to live and the specific property they’d like to apply for.

Available properties are advertised weekly online and in housing offices, in a similar style to the way estate agents market private properties.

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The scheme has proven successful for the people who have recently moved into the newly-renovated flats in Gallowhill. It will now be extended to Foxbar and will include all Council properties available for letting of any size and type.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “HomeChoice@Renfrewshire was introduced earlier this year and has been very successful in Gallowhill, so I’m delighted we’re now able to expand to Foxbar and also involve a wider range of properties.

“Modern applicants want as much choice as possible, and that’s what we aim to give them with this scheme. With more involvement in choosing a property, we’re hoping tenants will be happier with the end result and that they’ll feel settled in their new home for many years.

“Taken together with our multi-million pound investment in new build homes and in bringing our current stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard, it all adds up to a major commitment to making Renfrewshire a better place to live.”

Properties in Foxbar included in the HomeChoice@Renfrewshire – Choice Based Lettings scheme will be advertised from Monday 11 November 2013.

More information about the scheme is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/homechoice.

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Linwood car factory immortalised in play.

Linwood No More, a new play created by White Stag Theatre Company, will immortalise the former Rootes / Chrysler car factory near Paisley with two site-specific performances on Thursday 7 November.

The year 2000. As the new millennium dawns, a homeless alcoholic awakens to reflect on the events that changed his life. Recalling his first day at the Rootes car factory near Paisley, Linwood No More is a nostalgic, humorous and often harrowing journey through life in the town of Linwood and a factory that is no more.

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Written by Paul Coulter, Linwood No More stars well known Scottish actor Vincent Friell (Trainspotting, Taggart, Restless Natives) in the title role. Playing the part of a former factory worker, Friell’s character is made redundant in 1981 when the factory closes, having worked at the plant since 1965 building iconic cars such as the Hillman Imp, Hillman Hunter and the Talbot Sunbeam over the course of his career.

To complete its tour of Scottish theatres, the final two performances of Linwood No More will take place at the only remaining building of the former Rootes factory, within the St James Business Centre in Linwood. The factory closed after only 18 years of production and lay derelict for many years before being transformed into a retail park in the 1990s.

Playwright Paul Coulter comments:

“2013 is an important year for the Hillman Imp and for the village of Linwood. For many years the story of Linwood has been neglected and it is important that in the 50th anniversary of the factory opening we celebrate the success of the Hillman Imp motor car and the huge contribution the people of Linwood made to Scotland and the UK’s motoring heritage. The Hillman Imp was one of the first cars with a hatch back, automatic choke, aluminium engine, split folding rear seats and pneumatic throttle. The car was way ahead of its time at launch and its achievements need to be recognised.”

Linwood No More will be at the former Rootes car factory, St James Business Centre, Linwood on Thursday 7 November. The 7.30pm performance has now sold out but there are a handful of tickets left for an additional performance at 9pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc). To book please call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.