Whitehaugh, Paisley News

Thousands of food-lovers descended on Paisley as the town held its tastiest food and drink extravaganza yet.

Paisley Food Festival

Paisley Food Festival

The Paisley Food Festival – supporting the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 – got taste buds tingling with a global menu of street foods from as far flung as Mexico, Indian and Africa.

The town’s picturesque Abbey Close – featuring the magnificent 12th century Paisley Abbey and neo-classical Town Hall – saw more than 30 food vendors create a taste explosion of global cuisine for 12,000 people.

Foodies also got the chance to be put through their paces with celebrity chef Nick Nairn – who declared his backing for Paisley’s bid during two packed live cooking demos.

Kids didn’t miss out joining in the food fun – with hundreds taking part in pizza making, cupcake decorating and chocolate treat workshops.

Twinning the bill is Scotland’s biggest real ale festival – the Paisley Beer Festival – which saw record numbers attending this year.

Organisers CAMRA Renfrewshire put on more than 230 cask ales, with the addition of a wine bar and cafe-style foods also helping to boost popularity.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Paisley already has a great reputation for hosting some spectacular events. As momentum builds for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 we are developing bigger and better events that will draw many more people into the town.

“The Paisley Food Festival attracted thousands of people – food lovers, families and people of all ages – who all enjoyed the great variety of global cuisines on offer.

“The festival ran alongside Scotland’s biggest real ale festival – the Paisley Beer Festival – and it was great to see the event become even more popular this year, with many people queuing to get into the event.

“Events like this are a great way to bring people in and show off everything Paisley has to offer as the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 builds momentum.”

Paisley Food Festival is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that is expanding as momentum builds for the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley’s culture bid is due to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport in early 2017.

The bid aims to use Paisley’s unique collection of heritage and cultural assets to change the area’s future.

For more information, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.


Due to popularity of the business, M8 driving school have taken on a new instructor.  Brian Ballantyne will be covering areas like Barrhead, Pollok, Neilston, Cardonald, Paisley. He has many years experience as a driving instructor and we’re happy to have him on board.


Whoosh! Bang! Kapow! Its time to grab those capes and warm up your super powers as FUNBOX returns to Paisley faster than a speeding bullet with their brand new show, SUPERHEROES!

Gary, Anya and Kevin are on a super quest to find their keys, open the locks and release the fun. Crime fighting Funster duo Fluffy and Flossie will be back to help us along the way and Bonzo will deliver his own brand of doggy justice! But who has taken their keys? What are the gang’s superpowers? And will Bonzo find pants that fit?!

FUNBOX is the brain child of Gary, Anya and Kevin (formerly of the Singing Kettle) who admit they were having far too much fun working together and entertaining families of Scotland and beyond to say goodbye. Gary remarked “We wanted to carry on, not just for us but kids who loved coming to see us and the parents and grandparents who wanted to take their children. It seemed like too important a thing to let go”.

When it was made clear that the Singing Kettle was not for sale the trio took their first steps into business. “We knew we could write songs, perform and make music, but none of us had any real experience of running a business. We just went into it head first.” says Kevin. “Our Pirates and Princesses tour was funded out of our own pockets and a Crowdfunding campaign that saw us raise over 20k in 4 weeks thanks to the support of our fans. We have been learning along the way which has been very hard work but so rewarding.”

FUNBOX offers the same traditional songs and silliness known and loved by many but with their own brand of manic humour with a modern twist, and due to popular demand and the success of their first tour Pirates and Princesses last year they have even had to add an extra show onto their Paisley dates. “We’ve been described as fresh and edgier than before and the whole family is getting involved. We had Mummy and Daddy superheroes and even Supergran herself was at our Glasgow SECC DVD recording back in February!” laughs Anya.

There’s favourite family singalongs like “The Quartermaster’s Store” and “Bunny Fou Fou”, brand new songs and silliness and even a chance or two to help on stage. SUPERHEROES is supersonic family fun and an exciting entertainment experience not to be missed. Remember to come dressed as a Superhero or make up your own!

Superheroes – Paisley Town Hall, Paisley. Sunday 8th May, 1pm/3.30pm.

Tickets on sale now!

Available from Ticketmaster and Paisley Town Hall www.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0300 300 1210
For more information go to www.funbox.co.uk or find us on facebook and twitter.

William Phelps butchers are a family run business selling quality dry aged scotch beef pork and lamb.  They can be found at 41 Causeyside Street, Paisley or call 0141 889 6420.

william phelps butchers

The following specials are not to be missed:

round and square slice sausages are on special offer £1.98 lb.
£7.99 for a full lorne
Diced leg of scotch lamb is on offer £4.16 lb.
Support your local butcher by Wiliiam Phelps today.
Glasgow Airport

Thomson and First Choice increase capacity from Glasgow Airport and introduce new route to Cape Verde and Jamaica.

Glasgow Airport

Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Glasgow airport for their summer 2017 flying programme. This includes a new route to Sal, Cape Verde and a new seasonal route to Jamaica which gives greater flexibility to holidaymakers flying from Scotland.

The move to introduce new routes is part of the holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new routes will go on sale today in line with the launch of summer 2017 holidays.

Customers travelling on the new route to Sal from Glasgow will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels, including Thomson’s 5T Sensimar Cabo Verde – which is new for 2016 – where guests can walk out of the pool and straight onto the beach. The hotel’s three a la carte restaurants, two pools and private beach area make for the perfect couples retreat.

The seasonal route to Jamaica will run from 22nd June to 13th July, coinciding with the school summer holidays. Those travelling on the new route can visit the 4Sun+ Premier Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa which sits on a huge stretch of beach and boasts four swimming pools, a total of nine restaurants and 12 bars, making it perfect for all members of the family.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding more capacity from Glasgow Airport with the introduction of a new route to Sal, Cape Verde, and a seasonal route to Jamaica demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the local area.

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”

Paul White, Business Development Manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “We’re very excited that Thomson will be launching Scotland’s first direct flight to Jamaica from Glasgow Airport next summer.  Jamaica is the perfect Caribbean retreat, boasting white sands, delicious food and beautiful natural surroundings including waterfalls, mountains and banana plantations.

“Cape Verde is also a fantastic sun destination and we are confident that both of these announcements will generate a great deal of interest amongst our customers.  We look forward to working in partnership with Thomson and First Choice to continue their growth at Glasgow Airport.”

Paisley is gearing up for its tastiest food and drink extravaganza yet with a global menu of street foods and taste sensations.

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The Paisley Food Festival will set taste buds tingling with a feast of Mexican, Indian, Africa, Italian and Scottish foods coming to Abbey Close on Saturday 23 April.

Top TV chef Nick Nairn will put aspiring cooks through their paces during two live cooking demos – at 2pm and 4.30pm.

Plus, kids can also join in the hands-on cooking fun with free cupcake, pizza and chocolate treat workshops on from noon until 6pm.

Twinning the bill is Scotland’s biggest real ale festival – the Paisley Beer Festival – on from Wednesday 20 until Saturday 23 April in Paisley Town Hall.

With more real ales on tap than ever before, organisers CAMRA Renfrewshire have arranged breweries from A – Z to make it easier to find the beers.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Paisley Food Festival is set for be even bigger and better than before – having been extended into the evening and with more vendors, attractions and entertainment than ever before.

“The cooking demos with Nick Nairn and the kids food workshops are bound to be a big draw for many, so book early to ensure you get your place.

“With the beer festival happening at the same time I am sure it will be a great day out and I would encourage people to come down and support the event.

“Events like this are a great way to bring people in and show off everything Paisley has to offer as the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 builds momentum.”

To book a place at the cooking demos or food workshop, email towncentres@renfrewshire.gov.uk with your name and preferred time.

For full event details visit www.paisley2021.co.uk or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram

PROTECT YOUR CAT AGAINST DISEASES THAT FREQUENTLY KILL. SINCE THE MIDDLE OF MARCH CHAMPION VETS PAISLEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING OUR “CAT VACCINE AMNESTY” as part of our mission to give Paisley’s adult cats the protection from disease they deserve. Whether a pet cat is an indoor cat or goes out, be aware that cat ‘flu and leukaemia virus (FeLV) are prevalent in the community, are potentially fatal and vaccination provides excellent and reliable protection.


For just £39.95 we are pleased to provide a full course of two vaccinations three weeks apart PLUS a prescription worming treatment PLUS a full vet consultation PLUS a 10% discount in the unlikely event that any further treatment or tests are required!


This is a saving of over £25.00 on the vaccines and worming alone and was due to finish at the end of April. However, we simply to not have the consultation spaces to fulfill all the appointments that Paisley people require from us. Therefore, we are going to extend our amnesty until Saturday 7th May.

Please simply call your Champion Vets surgery on 0141 889 7638 to book and check out http://www.championvet.com/special-offers

New registrations are welcome and are free!

A new financial advice service has secured families living with the degenerative brain disorder, Huntington’s disease (HD), an extra £610K of income.


The Scottish Huntington’s Association’s three strong Financial Wellbeing team was set with help from the Big Lottery Fund a year ago and since then has worked with more than 250 families securing extra benefit income of around £2500 per family on average.

The SHA is the only charity in the country supporting HD families.

‘The debilitating nature of the disease means that people need to stop working relatively early with 67% of families affected living on an income below the national average and 33% living below the poverty line,’ said SHA chief executive, John Eden.

“This service is proving vital in helping families get money that they are entitled to, but perhaps didn’t know about.”

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.

It is estimated that there are around 1100 people living with the condition in the country with another 5000 potentially at risk.

The team works with individuals and families living with HD to advise them on benefits and guide them through the complex world of personal and family financial planning.

‘People living with HD have an enormous amount of stress to deal brought on by their medical condition, they should not need to worry about their financial situation on top of this,” added John.

It is not just about day to day finances either, people living with HD know that eventually they will no longer be in control of their own affairs, our team can help them prepare for this to ensure that everything is in order when this time eventually comes.”

More information available at  www.hdscotland.org.

paisley pirates


Pirates won the Scottish Cup for only the third time since they were re-formed in 1992, crushing the Edinburgh Capitals 9-0 in Fife to record a famous victory.

paisley piratesThey opened in fine style, and quickly wiped away the disappointment of playoff defeat the previous weekend, as they went at their opponents with a display of grit and determination which showed their intent, and they were ahead as early as the fifth minute. While shorthanded, they attacked the Capitals, and with Mallinson out of his goal at the Edinburgh end a defensive error gave Blair an open goal and he made no mistake to put the Paisley side ahead. Edinburgh were still very much in the game in the first session, with Mark Paterson having no fewer than three good chances to square the match, but he failed to hit the target with any of them, and with Pirates continuing to apply their own pressure a scoreless remainder to the period sent them in at the first break 1-0 ahead.

They quickly played off the remainder of their fourth penalty of the night and proceeded to put the Capitals to the sword. Skipper McCamley picked his spot for the second goal within a minute, before Thorp added a third with a shot from behind the defensive line, before Orr netted the first of his treble to make it four before the halfway point. The Capitals knew it wasn’t going to be their night when a Mallinson save rebounded to strike Riddell and trickle over the line for five, and before the break Orr took a pass from Miller to skate beyong the halfway line and fire an unstoppable shot past the netminder for a slightly surreal 6-0 advantage at the second interval.

Pirates continued to go forward at speed in the final session and soon made it seven on the powerplay as Orr duly flicked home to complete his hat trick. Caps replaced the shell shocked Mallinson with Rodger at this juncture, but they couldn’t stop the flow of goals and Miller took the score to eight in the final half of the session with a trademark shot from the left side of the zone. With Pirates’ youngsters also getting the chance to enjoy the moment, Haydn Bain duly completed the scoring with under five minutes remaining to round off a memorable evening for the Paisley side, to the delight of a large, not to say vociferous, travelling support, who started their celebrations long before the final whistle was sounded.

Park Mains former pupil, Lauren Lochhead, whose own career in corporate procurement is off to a flying start, has gone back to school to encourage pupils to consider a similar choice of profession. She has also visited, St Andrews, Johnstone High, Paisley Grammar, Linwood High and St Benedict’s to promote careers in procurement and has plans to speak to pupils at Glennifer and Gryffe High Schools.

Jeremi BieleckiLauren left school in 2011 and embarked on an Honours Degree in International Business with Management Science at Strathclyde University. Her studies involved learning about various problem solving and decision-making techniques but she had little opportunity to put her knowledge into practice when, after graduating, she was working part-time in a supermarket.

Lauren Lochead at Park Mains High

Keen to kick-start her career, Lauren applied for an 11 month paid graduate internship with Invest in Renfrewshire and joined the Corporate Procurement Team at Renfrewshire Council.

Of her own specialism, Lauren said; “I had never considered a career in procurement prior to my internship and, in all honesty, did not have much of an idea what procurement even was!”

In fact, procurement involves buying goods, services and works that the council needs to deliver high-quality services to the people of Renfrewshire. The Procurement Team works to get the best value for Renfrewshire’s residents and to generate fair opportunities for suppliers. The team also seeks to secure further benefits – like job opportunities – for our communities.

As a result of her experience, Lauren said; “Now I know that this profession has a lot to offer young people. I have enjoyed my work and have been involved in promoting careers opportunities in procurement; developing a leaflet, networking with professionals at different levels, and engaging with young people at various careers events.

“Procurement offers many exciting and rewarding career options and it was great to into schools and spread the word about these opportunities.”

Lauren is not the only graduate intern working with the Procurement Team. Jeremi Bielecki who attended Paisley Grammar School, James Watt College, and the University of the West of Scotland, graduated with an honours degree in Music Technology. He was working in a pub and developing his career in music when he applied for an internship and now feels that he is firmly on the path to a successful career in procurement. He said; “The best thing about my internship is that it helped me to discover a specialism that I might not otherwise have considered and now I have real professional experience and a strong interest in this growing field.”

The council’s Corporate Procurement Manager, Fiona Hughes said; “Because this is such a fast-growing profession, we have to recruit and develop talented people to meet the demands for our work. Both Lauren and Jeremi have been brilliant additions to our team and I really hope that they will pursue careers in procurement. Graduate internships have proved a really effective way for us to bring people into the profession.”

Invest in Renfrewshire, the council’s employability and business growth initiative runs a graduate internship programme for residents who are younger than thirty and who are unemployed or under-employed in jobs that are unrelated to their degree. Interns work on projects for either five or eleven months and are paid the Living Wage. So far, almost 200 Renfrewshire graduates have completed internships and four out of five of them have gone straight into jobs.

Local businesses interested in employing an intern or graduates who would like to become one can call 0141 618 7490 to talk to t Invest team. People with an interest in building a career in procurement can read Lauren’s ‘Quick Guide to Careers in Procurement’ on the council’s website, www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/jobs