Whitehaugh, Paisley News

Erskine Visit

VETERANS from Erskine have enjoyed a day out in Paisley thanks to organisers of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

Erskine Visit

The visit to well-known attractions in the town was part of the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine being chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s race events organised by Renfrewshire Leisure on Sunday August 18.

Four residents and two members of staff were given a tour of the town’s museum store, Paisley: The Secret Collection and Paisley Abbey, as both are on the route of the 10k and Fun Run.

Runners taking part in the events – sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer Decathlon – are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “As charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019 Erskine was delighted to have our veterans visit part of the travel the route of upcoming Race.  They had a wonderful day.

“Erskine has a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire and we, on behalf of our veterans, would like to thank all each and every one for their generosity and kindness.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our charity partner this year is a very worthy cause and I hope a lot of money is raised to help the good work they do.

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run are two fantastic events for both the serious and not to serious runners, as well as the families and friends who come out to support them.

“There’s still time to sign up to take part in either of the races.”

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Cllr Cameron Recovery Cafe2

A group dedicated to addressing the impact of alcohol and drug use on individuals and families has been set up in Renfrewshire.

The Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership’s Alcohol and Drugs Commission – one of the first of its kind in Scotland – will explore new ways of tackling the issue through hearing first-hand from people who have lived experience of using alcohol and drugs, and their family members, and taking a particular focus on early intervention and prevention.

Comprising key figures from across health and social care, housing, justice, third sector and higher education, the Commission – run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council – will consider policy across areas including the support for people most in need, prevention and early intervention, and recovery.

Cllr Cameron Recovery Cafe2

Building on Renfrewshire Council’s successful Tackling Poverty Commission and ongoing programme, the Alcohol and Drugs Commission will look at all aspects of addiction and its impact, as opposed to concentrating solely on addiction services, and will identify recommendations to help improve the lives of those affected.

Chaired by Cllr Jacqueline Cameron, the Commission also includes Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Dr Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and Jardine Simpson, Chief Executive, Scottish Recovery Consortium.

Cllr Cameron said: “We know the devastating impact that alcohol and drug use has not only on the individuals affected, but also their friends and families and the wider community. We also know we are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg when we support those already in contact with the services available. If we want to make a difference we have to do things differently and as a local authority we are uniquely placed to bring people round the table to help make that difference and find solutions that will work.

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“To continue to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Renfrewshire, and to allow everyone to fulfil their potential, it’s essential for us to identify the people who are in most need of our help. To do this, we need to gain a true picture of how drug and alcohol use is impacting upon the lives of people of all ages and look closely at how we use early intervention and prevention to support people affected by alcohol and drug use.

“The work of the Alcohol and Drugs Commission builds on the work of our previous Tackling Poverty Commission, the findings of which have since delivered real benefits for families across the area.

“By working with partners and agencies across a whole range of services including housing, education, and health and social care, we want to identify key priorities to make a significant difference to Renfrewshire and the people who live here.”

In 2017, there were 934 drug-related deaths across Scotland – 38 of those in Renfrewshire. In the same year, there were 1,120 alcohol-related deaths across Scotland – 44 of those in Renfrewshire.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Alcohol is harming the people of Renfrewshire: not only those with serious alcohol problems but also the many people who are drinking above recommended levels and putting themselves at increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

“At the same time, there are deeply concerning trends in the harm being caused by problem drug use. I am therefore pleased that Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership is taking these issues so seriously and has established this commission to ensure everything that can done to address the problems of drugs and alcohol in this area is being done.”

Jardine Simpson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Recovery Consortium said: “I am excited to be part of the Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drugs Commission. This is an innovative and crucial approach to scoping out how Renfrewshire can enhance its response to problematic drug and alcohol use collectively.

“Under the new Scottish Government Drug and Alcohol Strategy, people with lived experience of problematic substance use and recovery are being placed at the heart of treatment and support responses. The voice of lived experience has much to inform the decision making around problematic substance use and I am encouraged by Renfrewshire’s commitment to this.

“The harms caused by problematic substance use impact on every family, every community and every one of us in Scottish society in 2019. Renfrewshire Council’s whole system approach is commendable and could act as a template for other local authorities across Scotland to improve how they respond to the harms of problematic substance use.”

The Commission is expected to conclude in the new year 2020 and will then report back with a series of findings and recommendations.

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Going by bus in Renfrewshire is now easier and more convenient than ever before due to ongoing efforts to improve information at bus stops.

Renfrewshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) have been working to introduce real-time digital information displays at bus stops, using funding provided by the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme.

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The Paisley – Renfrew – Glasgow corridor is the latest route to benefit from the investment with new displays now live, after similar displays were installed along the A761 Glasgow Road corridor in 2018.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said “It’s great that bus passengers in Renfrewshire will now have high quality information available at more bus stops on when their bus is due.

“We want to ensure that bus services are improved for existing customers and we will continue to work with SPT and McGIlls Buses to make this happen.

“Real time information provides passengers with even more confidence when travelling and will encourage more people to use bus services within Renfrewshire.”

Real-time information gives passengers at the bus stop live updates on the expected arrival of their bus by tracking its actual location and comparing it to the scheduled timetable. If the bus is running late, it will outline how much longer passengers may have to wait.

As well as the system being available at bus stops, real time information can be accessed by the McGills Buses mobile app so passengers can make decisions while on the move or before heading off to the bus stop.

Chair of SPT operations committee David Wilson said: “Having reliable and real time passenger information for passengers is essential.  Quite rightly there is a demand from bus users, local authority colleagues as well as bus operators to ensure up to date service information is available to the travelling public.

“I am delighted we have now established RTPI for bus passengers in Renfrewshire, which should make their experience of using public transport much better, offering a very viable alternative to the car. I’d also remind passengers that for any stops that do not have displays, real time bus information is available via the Traveline Scotland app and website.”

The effectiveness and quality of the new displays will be continually monitored to ensure they provide an accurate, high-quality service for passengers.

bricks in space

We are promising a day out of this world in Paisley town centre this summer with our Bricks in Space Summer Trail!

Following on from the success of Jurassic Bricks last summer, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a space-themed LEGO® Brick Space Trail.

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Running from Saturday 29th June until Tuesday 13th August, there will be seventeen fantastic LEGO® Brick models spread throughout town centre businesses as well as an interactive play zone and a selfie zone.

The town centre will be divided up into different galaxies with special hidden items which will orbit different businesses within each galaxy on a weekly basis.

Armed with their space passports, the mission will be to travel through the four galaxies to find all the Space models, plus there will be stickers, activity sheets and goodies to collect as families make their way around the town.

See our website HERE for more details…

Plus we will also be running our summer Golden Ticket Competition!

Simply make a purchase in Paisley town centre, complete the Golden Ticket postcard you are given and post in one of our Golden Postboxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre or Paisley Shopping Centre for your chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

There will be six lucky winners between Saturday 29th June and Monday 12th August, Good Luck!

Barshaw Gala

More than 8,000 people from all over Renfrewshire made it along to Barshaw Park on Saturday for Barshaw Gala Day.

The Barshaw party is one of the most popular events in Renfrewshire’s events calendar – and this year, it was packed with even more activities and entertainment than ever before.

Barshaw Gala

Talented musicians and dancers from the McCallum School of Music, Vision Dance Academy, Razzamataz, RockUs Choir, Inspire School of Dance, and Spangled Cabaret wowed the crowds from the Community Stage, alongside indie rockers Atomic and Zoe Tait.

Magic Daze and Cheeko entertained with their tricks, and Frog Life – a pond wildlife and conservation virtual reality experience – inspired youngsters.

As well as the usual stalls, there were freestyle football sessions and pirate walkabouts.

The gala day was also a Clean Air event with designated smoke-free zones.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Barshaw Gala Day is a very important part of our summer events schedule and it was great to hear that so many families from all over Renfrewshire were there on the day.

“Thank you to everyone who made it along to celebrate our local area.”

Find out more at www.paisley.is

armed forces day

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde joined forces to celebrate Armed Forces Day with a special service at Paisley Abbey on Saturday.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, the Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron, and Provost of Inverclyde, Martin Brennan, were in attendance to recognise the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, both past and present.

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The Renfrewshire Schools Intermediate Strings Orchestra performed within the Abbey as members of the congregation arrived for the service – which was led by Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, and Canon Oliver Freney from the Diocese of Paisley.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, completed the first reading of the service, and was followed by Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron.

Inverclyde’s Provost, Martin Brennan, then led the Prayer of Intercession and both Paisley Abbey Choristers and Inverclyde Seniors Choir filled the Abbey with music.

The collection at the service will be donated to Scottish charity Bravehound, which provides companion dogs for veterans.

Provost Cameron said: “I was delighted to see such a large attendance of veterans, serving military personnel and members of the public in Paisley Abbey to pay tribute to those who have served, and currently serve in our name.

“Armed Forces Day is a chance to celebrate the members of our Forces and recognise the commitment they make to our safety.”

The service took place in advance of the national Armed Forces Day – which is Saturday 29 June – in order to allow those in attendance the chance to pay tribute at both a local and national service.

The service was preceded on Friday by a short ceremony outside Renfrewshire House which saw the Armed Forces Day flag raised by Former Sergeant Ronnie Scobie of the Royal Engineers Territorial Army.

Former Sergeant Ronnie Scobie is a member of the Scottish War Blinded who have recently opened an activity hub at Hawkhead in Paisley, providing specialist support and activities for veterans who have lost their sight.

The flag flies for seven days in recognition of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women to protect the country.

Armed Forces Day Flag raising at Renfrewshire Council 22.6.18

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde residents are being encouraged to attend a ceremony to celebrate our serving military men and women.

 

Serving troops, veterans and their families will join the Provosts of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, as well as the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, to mark Armed Forces Day with a service in Paisley Abbey on Saturday 22 June.

armed forces day

Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, and Canon Oliver Freney from St Mirin’s Cathedral will lead a short service at 10am in Paisley Abbey to celebrate the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, both past and present.

A collection will be held at the service with donations going to Bravehound, a charity providing companion dogs and support in training them to former servicemen, women and their families.

Following the service tea and coffee will be provided within the Abbey.

Both Provost’s and the Lord-Lieutenant will then move on to Hawkhead cemetery where they will lay wreaths at the memorial.

Armed Forces Day Flag raising at Renfrewshire Council 22.6.18

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I am proud that we continue to recognise the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces each year in Renfrewshire. I have been honoured to speak with many ex-servicemen and women over the past two years who have shared their stories and memories.

“Armed Forces Day allows the communities of Inverclyde and Renfrewshire to come together to celebrate those who have served, and to recognise the contribution being made by members of our Armed Forces today.

“It’s important to show our support and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend.”

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Inverclyde Provost Martin Brennan said: “Seventy five years ago Allied forces invaded Nazi-occupied France. Many of those brave men and women laid down their lives to save Europe and the world from the dark menace of Fascism. We should never forget that their bravery was instrumental in restoring peace and democracy to millions of people across the globe.

“Today our servicemen and women stand constantly ready to protect us from danger just as their grandfathers and great grandfathers did 75 years ago. We should never take for granted their willingness to safeguard us, possibly at the cost of their lives. That is why we recognise and honour them all today.”

As well as the joint service with Inverclyde, Renfrewshire will host a flag raising ceremony on Friday 21 June, at 11am, outside Renfrewshire House.

Veteran Ronnie Scobie, member of Scottish War Blinded, will raise the flag which will fly for seven days. Scottish War Blinded supports blind and partially sighted ex-service men and women and their families. They have recently opened an activity hub at Hawkhead in Paisley, providing specialist support and activities for veterans who have lost their sight.

Inverclyde will host a flag raising service on Monday 24 June, 10:30am, at Clyde Square, Greenock.

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There can be no growth without leaving your comfort zone, they say, well Saturday 15 June 2019 saw 20 of Iconic’s members leave their comfort zones and venture south to Drumlanrig Castle to take part in the Tough Mudder event.
“Tough Mudder is and endurance event series in which participants attempt an 8 to 10-mile long obstacle course tattiest mental and physical strength. It was co-founded by Will Dean, a former British counter-terrorism officer and Guy Livingstone, a former corporate lawyer. the obstacles play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The Tough Mudder organisation values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation.” Wikipedia
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A combination of a cross country run, with extra mud, an assault course with electric fences, and mud, climbing ropes, with mud, cargo nets over mud, monkey bars, with mud, freezing cold water, with mud and mud, with extra mud thrown in.
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Iconic PT James Miller had prepared the team well training way in advance, James is no stranger to Tough Mudder having completed the course last year along with other Iconic members Angela Little, Mia Mortimer andMartin Millar (who used a trip to Uganda to build a school as an excuse to avoid this years event), under James excellent tutelage they were ready to take on any obstacle, no matter how high, how wet, how muddy, how physically and mentally challenging, so forewarned if not forearmed  we set off from Lawn St, in an excellent luxury coach organised by the excellent luxury John Rae, a two hour journey to the dark heart of Dumfriesshire.
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Bit drizzly on arrival we bundled together and got through the registration process, got our team start time of one o’clock and made last minute preparations for the race, wrote letters to loved ones, completed the wills forms that the chaplains passed out, sorry no, that was D-day, we were just running up a hill in the mud.
I’ll get the obstacles out of order but from the start they were a stretch, a rope climb, a ducking under three huge pipes, hurdling over straw bales, and then it got worse! Swinging from ropes, electric shocks, having to be carried for 50 Metres (thanks Mia), you get the idea, it was muddy and wet and cold, weather was nice though I got a lovely beetroot coupon as you can see below, thanks also to our support team Craig, Fiona and Katie who popped up occasionally with cider and chocolate.
Twenty of us started, aged between 16 and 56, and I’m happy to say 20 of us finished after an afternoon of laughter, terror, pain, cooperation that I’ve never seen before, both from team members and from complete strangers, when faced with a 15 foot high barrier to have 2 Edinburgh Bikers say “stand on me” was the one way any of us were getting over!
Money raised for charity at time of writing stands at an amazing £5000, achieved the unacheivable, had one of the most insane days of my life and enjoyed every minute of it.
Would I do it again?
Aye, right, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason!!!
Barshaw Gala Day

People from all over Renfrewshire will be heading to one of Paisley’s prettiest parks this weekend for a gala day for all the family.

This year’s Barshaw Gala Day takes place at Barshaw Park on Saturday 22 June, from 11am until 4pm.

Barshaw Gala Day

The Barshaw party is one of the most popular events in Renfrewshire’s events calendar – and this year, it’s packed with more activities and entertainment than ever before.

Talented musicians and dancers from the McCallum School of Music, Vision Dance Academy, Razzamataz, RockUs Choir, Inspire School of Dance, and Spangled Cabaret will be wowing the crowds from the Community Stage, alongside indie rockers Atomic and Zoe Tait.

Magic Daze and Cheeko are all set to entertain with their tricks, and nature fans will love Frog Life – a pond wildlife and conservation virtual reality experience.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand with a safety demonstration, and youngsters can have a go on the go-karts, take part in freestyle football sessions, and enjoy pirate walkabouts.

And of course, the gala day favourites of inflatables, stalls, and funfair rides will keep everyone entertained.

The park will also have designated smoke-free zones on the day.

Barshaw Park also has play areas, a nature corner, a pond, a BMX area and the ever-popular ride-on train.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people from all over Renfrewshire to Barshaw Park on Saturday to celebrate our local area.

“Our gala days are very important for our communities, as they encourage people of all ages to get together and enjoy some fantastic free activities on this family day out.

“We hope to see people of all ages having fun on the day.”

Find out more at www.paisley.is

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

Renfrewshire business leaders will recommend a strategy to support the region’s future economic success this autumn.

Members of the region’s Economic Leadership Panel have been working together on the proposals which will underpin the approach over the coming years.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

The panel was set up in 2017 drawing from leaders across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

This brings together major local employers including Glasgow Airport, Hillington Park, Intu Braehead and DXC Technology, as well as SMEs and microbusiness, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, West College Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.

“I’m incredibly proud of what Renfrewshire has to offer locally, nationally and internationally,” explains Economic Leadership Panel Chair James Lang, Director of Bridge of Weir-based Scottish Leather Group.

“There’s a strong collective pride in our place across the panel and we are all determined to deliver a bright future for Renfrewshire. The panel has been looking at the key sectors to the region and identifying how we make Renfrewshire a prosperous place to live, visit, work and invest, a place which leaves no-one behind.

“Once we present these plans for the council’s consideration, that is just the beginning. For the strategy to succeed everyone will need to play their part and having this panel ensures we can keep communicating, evaluating and adjusting the strategy as we move forward.”

James Lang

Panel members have been considering how to grow key sectors of the local economy. This includes manufacturing, which already accounts for one-fifth of the area’s economic output and employs 9000 people, with the potential for significant growth to make Renfrewshire one of the largest locations for manufacturing industries in the UK.

The strategy will also set out how Renfrewshire can improve its competitiveness and capitalise on £1.4billion being invested in world-class research and development facilities, infrastructure and skills, while thousands of new homes being built here will support growing the working age population.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We have high levels of employment in Renfrewshire and have committed substantial investment to grow the economy, creating new neighbourhoods to live in, new jobs to work in and new places to visit. Combined with our proud heritage, as a place rich in creativity and innovation, we have fantastic foundations to build upon.

“We face significant challenges and barriers too, not least areas of persistent poverty and we know that the only way to achieve inclusive economic growth is through collaboration and by listening to what our communities tell us they need.

“I look forward to seeing the strategy brought forward for the council’s consideration later in the year and know that working together we can ensure a thriving Renfrewshire.”