Whitehaugh, Paisley News

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Following the recent appointment of Emma Dowson as our Duke of Edinburgh Award Group Leader, Paisley & District Scouts is pleased to announce an open evening for young people and parents to sign up to the award.

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Young People (aged 13years and above) along with their parents are invited to attend our open evening on 7th December at District HQ, Oldhall Road, Paisley starting at 8pm, We don’t envisage it lasting more than an hour or so.

This meeting will be an opportunity for young people across Paisley, Barrhead & Neilston to come along with their parent/guardian to gather information on the Districts plan for Duke of Edinburgh Award and to register their interest in joining our new adventure.

We will outline the different levels and the way in which we plan to run the training etc. over the coming year.

District Duke of Edinburgh Group Leader, Emma Dowson Said:
“The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a great opportunity for young people to further their skills and boost their opportunities to get a job, into college or university.

“We are offering young people across Paisley, Barrhead & Neilston the opportunity to experience the fun and adventure of Scouting whilst completing the award.”

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The PlayTalkRead bus is back in Renfrewshire – giving local families the chance to get creative, sing songs and tell stories.

The big purple bus will call at Ferguslie Library before touring Renfrewshire for two weeks from Monday 23 November, making a total of 10 fun-filled stops.

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The PlayTalkRead bus travels up and down the country to show the positive impact of play. It introduces parents and carers to fun activities they can try at home with their child.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Convener, said: “Often the best play ideas are simple and don’t cost a penny. Interaction with children really helps build the child/parent bond while developing essential social skills and motivation that can make lifelong learning easier. Admission to the bus is free and there’s no need to book. Whenever and wherever parents and carers see the bus, they can hop on board with their children to discover a world of fun and engaging activities to do together.”

The PlayTalkRead bus offers parents and children the opportunity to join in with BookBug storytelling, rhymes and songs sessions with young passengers also receiving a free book or playcube to take home.

  1. PlayTalkRead bus timetable:
Date Venue Timings
23 Nov Ferguslie Park Library, Paisley 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
24 Nov Gallowhill Community Centre 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
25 Nov Foxbar Community Centre, Amochire Road, Paisley 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
26 Nov Tweedie Hall and Linwood Library, Linwood 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
27 Nov Houston Square, Johnstone 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
30 Nov Erskine Community Centre, Erskine 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
1 Dec Renfrew Leisure Centre 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
2 Dec County Square , Paisley 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
3 Dec Bishopton Community Library, Bishopton 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm
4 Dec Glenburn Community Library, Paisley 10am – 1pm, then 2pm – 4pm

 

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Paisley will light up on Thursday 26 November when the Christmas Switch-on will showcase traditional festive fun for children.

Renfrewshire Council employees have worked tirelessly to reschedule the event following the sudden postponement on Saturday.

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And a new event has been arranged with the youngsters of the area especially in mind.

The event will take place in Abbey Close and Paisley Town Hall and will start at 5pm with the big switch on at 7pm.

Santa will be there along with his reindeer while there will also be music hosted by Pulse FM and carols from RockUs Community Choir.

There will also be outdoor food stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, and children’s entertainment including balloon modellers and face painters.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We received widespread support from the local community for our decision to postpone at the weekend.

“Christmas is a magical time so for the rescheduled event we have gone right back to the spirit of the festive season by ensuring this is a great experience for the kids.

“In this very short space of time, an event on the scale of the original celebrations was obviously not possible.

“But we knew that Paisley would want its switch-on to be fun and to be for the youngsters – so that is exactly what we have produced.

“There is a great programme of festive entertainment laid on which will give local families the chance to come together and celebrate the start of the Christmas period. And I want to thank council employees for pulling out all the stops to deliver this.

“We are looking at running a separate public event to get everyone right behind Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 which last week received overwhelming support from the local area and beyond. This will be some time in the new year so watch this space.”

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As part of Book Week Scotland 2015, the national celebration of reading taking place between 23 –29 November, Scottish Book Trust will gift three free picture books to every Primary 1 child in Scotland.

The books, all by Scottish authors or illustrators, will be gifted in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag and comprise the Bookbug shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016. The titles include: Never Tickle a Tiger, by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Marc Boutavant, Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and illustrated by Ali Pye andWanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie.book week

 

The bags also include resources such as an activity book, pencils, whiteboard and pens, to help support learning at home. These resources also contain additional counting and writing ideas for parents and children to explore together, developed through the partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Read Write Count campaign.  The bag will also contain Ziggy and Maggie Start School, a children’s book about road safety created in partnership with Road Safety Scotland.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Primary One is a crucial point in every child’s learning journey, and it is the perfect point at which to begin a lifelong love affair with books. The Bookbug Family Bag has been designed to help teachers, librarians and parents show children how much enjoyment can be derived from books and the possibilities that lie between the pages. This association of books with fun will in turn lead to a more positive educational experience, inspiring children to seek out and devour more books. The bag is also intended to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.’’

For more information about Book Week Scotland 2015, visit www.bookweekscotland.com, where you can find information about all the events taking place in your local area. Take part in Quote Vote, a poll for the most shareable quote from a book or offer your #ThankBooks, a praise to a book, author or person from the world of literature that has inspired you or changed your life.

Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £250,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has criticised the UK Government for presiding over an eruption in the demand for foodbanks in Scotland, after Trussell Trust figures show that foodbank use has increased by 3,473 per cent since 2011.

Trussell Trust figures show that demand for foodbanks in Scotland from April to September 2015 stood at 60,458 compared to 51,647 in the same quarter in 2014; however, only 1,692 people used foodbanks in Scotland in the same period in 2011 – representing a 3,473 per cent increase. The top primary referral causes cited by the biggest foodbank charity are: benefit delays (30.93%); low income (20.29%); and benefit changes (16.97%).

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Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The demand for foodbank use in Scotland has shockingly soared by 3,473 per cent since 2011 under the Tory government’s watch. David Cameron and his cronies have created a contemporary crisis in modern Scotland whereby men, women and children are forced to rely on handouts in order to survive – foodbanks are no mistake, they are a Tory-made tragedy.

“Foodbanks and the thousands of people who support them are doing a phenomenal job and, in doing so, help stop people in our communities from going hungry. However, the undeniable truth is that there should be no food poverty in a country as rich as Scotland.

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“Charities who work day-to-day at the coalface, like the Trussell Trust, tell us that benefit delays, low income and benefit changes are the reasons why people are forced to the doors of their local foodbank. The UK Government’s ideologically-driven assault on our social security system, dressed up as ‘welfare reform’, are to blame and they should be ashamed of themselves.

“The draconian policies of the Tory government – who were given a resounding vote of no confidence by the people of Scotland at the last election – are punishing cash-strapped families. The case has never been clearer for Scotland to be given full powers over welfare to champion a fairer social security system for our people.”

The community of Renfrewshire has come together in solidarity for those affected by terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere at a vigil in Paisley Abbey.
The event was a chance for people to pay their respects to victims of Friday’s incidents in the French capital, as well as those in other global tragedies.

The community of Renfrewshire has come together in solidarity for those affected by terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere at a vigil in Paisley Abbey.
The vigil was a chance for people to pay their respects following Friday’s incidents in the French capital and other global tragedies.
A short service was led by Rev Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey, who was joined by Father Frank Hannigan of St Paul’s RC in Foxbar and Pastor Samuel Yerokun, Chairman of the Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall represented the council at the event and joined members of the community in lighting a candle for all those affected.
Provost Hall said: “Over the weekend, we saw the full horror of the events in Paris, which have shocked and saddened the entire world.

“The people of Renfrewshire were quick to express their solidarity with those affected by the attacks – and we wanted to give them a chance to come together and do so publicly.

“At the same time, we are also considering other tragic events around the world – such as last week’s bombing in Beirut.

“Our community has already demonstrated its compassion following the distressing episodes over the weekend.

“And we look forward to showing the same compassion to the refugees who are arriving here this week after fleeing that terror.”

Rev Alan Birss added: “It was heartening to see the community of Renfrewshire show its support to all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and in other parts of the world.

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The community of Renfrewshire will come together in solidarity for those affected by terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere at a vigil in Paisley Abbey tonight at 7pm (Mon 16 Nov).

The event is a chance for people to pay their respects to victims of Friday’s incidents in the French capital, as well as those in other global tragedies.

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The short service is open to people of all faiths and none. It will be led by Rev Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Father Frank Hannigan of St Paul’s in Foxbar, as well as other community representatives.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will represent the council at the event and – along with others – will light a candle in memory of the victims.

Provost Hall said: “Over the weekend, we have seen the full horror of the events in Paris, which have shocked and saddened the entire world.

“The people of Renfrewshire were quick to express their solidarity with those affected by the attacks – and we wanted to help give them a chance to come together and do so publicly.

“At the same time we are also considering other tragic events around the world – such as last week’s bombing in Beirut.

“Our community has already demonstrated its compassion following the distressing episodes over the weekend.

“And we look forward to showing the same compassion to the refugees who are arriving here this week after fleeing that terror.”

Rev Alan Birss added: “We are welcoming the entire community of Renfrewshire to show their support to all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and in other parts of the world.

“As part of the service they will get the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of all who died in such tragic and awful circumstances.”

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Local mental health charity RAMH has celebrated 25 years of service provision with an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament.

Over 70 guests enjoyed coffee, cake, and congratulatory speeches from Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison and event sponsor George Adam MSP.

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Guests included service users, volunteers, staff, supporters, MSPs and other community organisations. The Parliamentary Reception marks the end of the anniversary year.

Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said “We were delighted to see so many supporters of RAMH present, and of course to have the work we do endorsed by George Adam MSP and Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison.”

He added “We couldn’t have achieved what we have without the exceptional dedication of staff, volunteers and supporters. The development of mental health services locally is testament to a steadfast commitment and belief in a fairer society in which everyone is seen as capable of recovering from mental ill health.”

Among the guests was Allan Dick, Chair of Engage Renfrewshire who said “It was a fitting reflection on the superb work that has been delivered across the last 25 years, and which I am sure will be delivered for the next 25.”

Service user Steven Murray told his own story of the life changing effects of mental ill health and how he recovered with the support of RAMH.

The Holyrood reception was sponsored by George Adam MSP who is a committed supporter of RAMH. Other celebratory events have included an anniversary year launch at St Mirren FC in February, a reception by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall in May and finally the Scottish Parliament in November.

RAMH needs your support. Please donate to local mental health services at www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for RAMH under charity. You will be making a real difference to local people, enabling them to recover from mental ill health.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Backing for Paisley to be UK City of Culture 2021 has poured in just hours after the town launched its bid in the historic surroundings of Paisley Abbey.

Performances from PACE Youth Theatre Company – who delivered a production specially commissioned for the bid launch – as well as the Grant McFarlane Band and the RockUs Community Choir, showed how culture is thriving in the town.

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Broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani, who went to school in Paisley, introduced a group of bid ambassadors which included Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council and Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board; David Wallace, Executive Director of PACE Youth Theatre Company; Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce; Sharon McAulay and Emma Richardson of the local STAR Project; and newly-appointed Bid Director Jean Cameron.

The identity for the Paisley 2021 bid was unveiled by a group of local school pupils who will be aged 21 in 2021.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “There is no single voice for Paisley, we are a community of voices, and that message was delivered loud and clear.

“We are not reinventing Paisley; the bid is utterly authentic. It’s about our historic buildings like the breathtaking Abbey, the famous and the historic cultural figures produced by the town and also the spirit forged on the hard work and enterprise of the women of the mills. Our Paisley 2021 brand encapsulates this, inspired by perhaps the most famous thing we gave the world – the Paisley Pattern.

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He added: “Paisley’s famous weaver poet Robert Tannahill said: ‘When hope persuades, and Fame inspires us, and pride with warm ambitions fires us. Let reason instant seize the bridle’.

“So we are counting on everyone here today to seize that bridle, be Paisley’s ambassadors and to play their part in unlocking Paisley’s potential.”

Backing for the campaign has been flooding in on social media with Twitter users from as far afield as Texas and Thailand following@Paisley2021 and sharing their support with #Paisley2021. A new website outlining the bid went live this morning atwww.paisley2021.co.uk.

Shereen Nanjiani said: “I am a proud Buddie! I am wearing the Paisley Pattern today, and am very proud of the town and its people.”

Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “I grew up in Ferguslie Park, on Tannahill Road, named after Paisley’s famous poet and my belief in the transformational power of culture was nurtured in this town. Now we need to take the message out to the people of Paisley and of Renfrewshire, and our partners further afield, and ultimately, it will be its people who will make it happen for Paisley.”

Sharon McAulay of the STAR Project, one of the bid ambassadors speaking at the event, said: “Paisley is an inspirational, culturally- rich town full of proud people who carry a strong sense of identity and community spirit through good times and tough. A successful bid for City of Culture 2021 will inspire and energise all of our communities.”

Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help Paisley become the great place it deserves to be – great for all businesses, their employees and their customers. Having been part of Paisley for over 50 years, the chamber fully supports the Paisley 2021 bid and encourages businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors to do the same.”

David Wallace of PACE Youth Theatre Company said: “Bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate and to develop the already thriving cultural sector here in Paisley and Renfrewshire whilst creating new opportunities for potential national and international cultural partnerships.”

Further endorsements for the campaign were received from:

“The bid will celebrate the diversity of Renfrewshire’s communities and provide an opportunity to remind the rest of the world what Paisley has done, is doing – and will do next!”
Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire

“Paisley First completely supports the bid for City of Culture status. A successful bid will lead us to re-engage with our prime audience and help us to improve the overall quality of experience in the town centre”.
Sunil Varu, Paisley First

“We can use the process of bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 to leverage social change through cultural regeneration; inspire our artists, musicians and people to tell their stories and demonstrate the depth of cultural engagement we have in the communities we serve.”
Professor Gayle McPherson, Chair in Events and Cultural Policy at University of West of Scotland

“A successful bid from Paisley would highlight the fantastic industrial and commercial heritage that Paisley possesses, how this has contributed to the fabric and skyline of the town and how this business success lives on. Paisley was built on the back of the creative textiles industry and the legacy of this is clear to see in the town.”
Nick Shields, Scottish Enterprise

“Over the years Paisley has raised and taught men and women who have gone on to change the world. Today it remains one of Scotland’s great centres of education, where new generations of young people are equipped with the skills to help them shape the future.”
Audrey Cumberford, West College Scotland

“The announcement of the bid, and indeed the journey and the prize of Paisley City of Culture 2021, is the single most important step that has been made for Paisley. This will put Paisley on the world map where it rightly belongs and will no doubt create a great tourism, education and cultural centre for all to enjoy.”
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Some highlights of Book Week Scotland in Renfrewshire are (click on more information for venue details):

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Bishopton, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Saturday 28 November 2015

11:00 – 12:00

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Johnstone, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Thursday 26 November 2015

15:30 – 16:30

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Lesley Riddoch: What does Scotland Need to Flourish?

Linwood, Renfrewshire

Free, ticketed

Adults

Wednesday 25 November 2015

19:00 – 20:30

The columnist, broadcaster and writer discusses her writing, focussing on her recent book, Blossom, an outspoken analysis of Scotland’s problems and potential in which she recounts the views of ordinary Scots and draws on her own experience of life in Norway, Ireland, Iceland and above all, Scotland. Refreshments will be served.

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Inspiring Stories with a Little Imagination: Lindsay Littleson

Paisley, Renfrewshire

Free, unticketed (turn up on the day before event start)

Children

Wednesday 25 November 2015

15:30 – 16:30

Lindsay Littleson is a local author whose first children’s novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. The novel tells the story of Lily, living with her stressed out family, who starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to a tiny, safe Scottish island – her summer just gets weirder and weirder. Lindsay will talk about the writing process and encourage and inspire children to explore their imaginations and write their own stories. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and upwards.

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Author Talk: Alan Spence

Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire

Free, ticketed

Adults

Monday 23 November 2015

19:00 – 20:30

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat, poetry collectionMorning Glory (with Elizabeth Blackadder) and the play No Nothing which was performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen and imagines poet Edwin Morgan and trade unionist Jimmy Reid meeting up in a kind of afterlife and chewing the fat about life, the universe and post referendum Scotland. Alan will read and discuss extracts from the play and other new work. Refreshments will be served.

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For more information about Book Week Scotland 2015 and for full event listings, visit www.bookweekscotland.com