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Team up with your buddies for Paisley 10K

Renfrewshire’s Jogging Buddies network is just one of the groups leading the race to make this year’s Paisley 10k road race the biggest ever.

And Commonwealth Games hopeful runner Claire Gibson joined the group to officially launch online registration for this year’s event.

Renfrewshire girl Claire, an 800m runner and a strong hopeful for a place in the Scotland Team at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October, is encouraging people to get together with their friends, family and workmates to sign up for the Paisley 10K.

The August 29th event, one of the flattest, fastest and easiest courses on the 10K circuit, is aiming to be the biggest in its 11-year history.

This year registration has been opened up to allow groups to register together and the Fun Run will see even more colourfully costumed runners take to the streets.

Claire said: “The Paisley 10K really is the best of both worlds as it’s a largely flat and fast course. This means it’s easier than many other 10K events for people with less experience but it’s also good for regular runners who are aiming to get a personal best time.

“If you have ever toyed with the idea of trying a 10K then this is the one to try and to make it even easier you can now sign up as a group of friends or colleagues and start training together.”

Almost 200 people have already pledged to take part through the website, and now they can officially register.

The Paisley 10K and Fun Run are key events in the Active Renfrewshire campaign which aims to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunities to lead an active lifestyle.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s sports champion, said: “The 10K has become a really big event with everyone from international athletes from Scotland and beyond to friends and family taking part for a bit of fun and exercise. There is also the Fun Run which is shorter and ideal for families or groups of children who want to get dressed up in costumes and run together. They might even win a prize for best outfit!

“Both events take place right in the heart of Paisley town centre only steps away from Gilmour Street train station and there will be free parking on the day so it’s really easy to get to. There are also changing facilities nearby at the Lagoon Leisure Centre.

“One of the key aims of the Active Renfrewshire campaign is to show that taking part in sports or physical activity is fun. Not only are there massive health benefits but it is also great for your social life so get your friends, or your family, or your workmates and get training. The countdown is on!”

To sign up for the Paisley 10K or Fun Run log on to www.paisley10k.com.

Or to find out more about how to get involved in Jogging Buddies and for support on training for a 10K go to www.joggingbuddies.co.uk or call 01505 810936.

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A sea of 14000 black and white souvenir cards will be held aloft by supporters to welcome St Mirren onto the pitch for this weekend’s Co-operative Insurance Cup Final at Hampden.

Renfrewshire Council and Paisley Vision Board have produced the cards which will be placed on every St Mirren supporter’s seat ahead of the match against Rangers on Sunday.

The cards have been created as a keepsake for supporters and have been signed by the St Mirren team.

They will also provide fans with details of after-match entertainment taking place in Paisley town centre.

Entertainment begins in County Square at 6pm, with live DJ Phil Clark playing all fans’ favourite tunes.

In the event of St Mirren winning the cup an open-top bus is planned to bring the team back to the town via Causeyside Street, Gilmour Street and ending in County Square.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, and Chair of Paisley Vision Board, Derek Mackay, said: “The black and white cards are a memento of the great achievement of St Mirren getting to the cup final. I will be joining the fans to cheer them on at Hampden on Sunday and have no doubt they can go all the way”

Also from everyone at Paisley.org.uk We wish St Mirren all the very best for Sundays Cup Final.. Cmon the Buddies…

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This was sent into us by a local company Safe Bio Cleaning.

Graffiti

Renfrewshire People – We need your input
Where would you like to see Graffiti Removed in Renfrewshire?
I am looking to create a short demo video for the Bio Based Graffiti, Tar and Gun removal products that Bio Safe Cleaning supply and I would like input from residents of Renfrewshire or people who work in Renfrewshire on where we could record the demo DVD.

We would like the help of people of Renfrewshire to identify an area where we could remove graffiti that is unsightly, the best location would be somewhere that has Graffiti in a location with different surfaces covered with graffiti such as stone, plastics, metals etc. We are doing this as an exercise to promote the green product range that is 100% plant based and is much better for the environment than the other cleaners.

I do not want to upset Renfrewshire Council and will approach them to see if they are happy with us doing a Council or publicly owned area, is not we are happy to go to an area that is privately owned and we would be happy to donate the small charge to a chosen charity. If you think of anywhere that you would like to see clean of Graffiti then please feel free to post a comment on the SafeBioCleaning blog post or on one of the community websites such as Paisley.org.uk within the Renfrewshire Graffiti post.

I am happy to have requests from the Third and voluntary sector for removal of Graffiti from their building and simply not charge for the work in return for helping us promote the green products and help change from chemicals over to chemical free 100% plant based Graffiti removal.

Any feedback welcome (as long as it’s not offensive to anyone…) and I look forward to your ideas and images… One area that I noticed before was the Linwood Skate Park which had pretty offensive Graffiti that I was surprised had not been removed, but I am not sure if that would have to be through Renfrewshire Council. We understand that Graffiti removal has a cost associated to it and the people who are making the mess are not necessarily the ones who pay to get it removed through council tax etc and we are clear that the council has many priorities for communities… This is simply to showcase and highlight a product range that can change the process and make it safer to remove Graffiti, Gum and Tar from communities and areas of business and commerce.

Here is a link to the Renfrewshire Council Website about Graffiti and the effects it has on the surrounding community for your information

I look forward to your feedback and ideas…
http://www.safebiocleaning.com/blog/renfrewshire-graffiti-removal-your-ideas/

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Just heard that Patterson’s the auctioneers are moveing from their glasgow base to the Heritage Building at the West End of Paisley. We have a message board post on the Paisley Forum asking what this building was used for “we know it was a funeral home previously” and would like to ask for your help in finding out its past and who designed and built the building which sits half way along Walker street, Paisley

add your comments below or join our message board topic and answer our question in there..

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“Mission X” feature film by local filmmaker screens at the Paisley Arts Centre. For more information please click here.

Video Trailer:

For more information on the Paisley Film Society please click here.

Mission X Blog here

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I am currently helping organise an online auction in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
This appeal is on behalf of a friend of the Paisley website.

I am trying to raise as much as I can for this very worthwhile charity, following their help with an immediate family member in her final stages of life.
I obtained permission from Marie Curie to do the fund raising, and received both a written letter & email letter of authorisation. I have approached various “Celebs” via Twitter, asking if they would be willing to donate something to be auctioned.

Angela says, I have received quite a number of replies with promises of help, so far I have managed to secure 10 signed books, music goodies, a signed limited edition print from an artist, & a one off piece of handmade costume jewellery, along with other bit and pieces being sent to me, (such as signed pics etc) A friend of mine has helped out by enlisting the help of 2 other very well known “Celebs” and I have secured items from them. And may also have secured the rugby ball from the forthcoming Scotland v England 6 nations game.
The online auction is planned for the end of March, once I have gathered everything up to auction, as I want to do one big auction.

I am looking for items that the public might not ordinarily be able to obtain, and as a huge Robbie Williams fan have recently purchased a limited edition of a Robbie Williams Commemorative 2010 Brit award plaque that is limited to 250 copies, which I plan to auction in aid of Marie Curie in my auction.
Any help would be very gratefully received.

If you can help please email Angela Heaney angiebabes999@sky.com

If you cant donate something yourself then please pass this on to someone that can help…
Remember all proceeds will go to a very worthwhile charity, The Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

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Residents of Brediland House, Paisley, 1949 – 1952

Image sent in by two of our visitors Ken and Rita Berry, the picture was taken at Brediland House and show the “Gang” at Brediland’s. The names of the group members were researched by Ken and Rita as the group were scattered worldwide. (thanks for sending this in to paisley.org.uk) if you have any old images you would like to show then please send them in to brian@paisley.org.uk

Back Row
1 Peter Barker Ponteland, Northumberland. Worked in Babcock London office
2 Derek Vigor Surrey, died circa 1980 in Saltdean
3 Denis Hoare Kent, Kuwait, Banchory
4 Alex Geddes Edinburgh
5 Ken Berry Liverpool, New Zealand
Centre Row
6 John Vaughan Regina, Canada.
7 Frank Jones Sites Girawal, Nova Friburgo, Brazil, NE of Rio de Janeiro
8 Cliff? Haynes?
9 John Raby
10 Ian Norris Chislehurst, Kent
11 Roderick Ross W. Highlands, Aberdeen
12 Peter Hurcomb
13 Mike Greaves Bruxelles. Worked for English Electric, Leics.
Front Row
14 Peter Broadbent
15 John Applebe Clapham, London
16 Peter Sheehan Battersea, London
17 Bill Kerr Australia
18 Amar? Singh? India
19 Derek? Johnson?
20 Alexander McKenzie Dr.? S. Africa, Cromarty
21 Fred Rowe
22 Terrence McCabe Bexleyheath, Kent. Died circa 1985. Married a Paisley girl
23 Ian Wood Wick
24 Frank Ireland Paisley. Died circa 2007. Stayed with Babcocks until he retired. Married a Paisley girl
25 Chrighton Wilkinson Glasgow, died circa 1989. Was with Foster Wheeler
Not In Photograph
A Austin Aitken Surrey, Kuwait, Hampshire. Married a Paisley girl. Joined MN Anchor Line? Worked in Kuwait. Lives in Hampshire
B Ken Saunders Merton Park, Tipton
C Geoff Lake Essex
D Rob Herbert Kent. Met him in Kuwait late 1980s he was on his way to Singapore working with Babcock Construction
E Bob Blake ?
F Stan Williams Essex
G Malcolm Cunningham Huddersfield, played rugby for Melrose?
H Tony Shaw-Davis Cheam, Surrey
I Jim Dickson Sorbie, Wigtonshire. Married a Paisley girl
J Ted Liddle N. Ireland, died circa 1970 Met him in Kuwait when he was there on business in circa 1968
K Doug Brazier
L Peter Rogers Surrey
M Reg Granville
N ? Forbes-Gore
O Mike Butcher Babcocks Research 1958, from which retired 1992
Lives in Paisley, married Paisley girl 1956

“Ken adds that, Denis Hoare and his wife Greta (Paisley girl) who met while at Bredilands and are now living out of Aberdeen between them  did 99% of the hard work, with Ken doing  a little recognising of a few of the guys.  He says ” its time to say a little thank you to Paisley for looking after us all.”

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Renfrewshire is celebrating it’s first birthday as a Fairtrade county.

The campaign to make the whole area an official Fairtrade zone got the go ahead this week in 2009 and to mark the occasion the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, who ran the campaign, celebrated with a special Fairtrade birthday cake.

Members of the group, including elected members and staff from Renfrewshire Council, Paisley, Lochwinnoch, Bishopton and Erskine Fairtrade groups, local schools and churches.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the steering group, said: “Everyone in Renfrewshire should be really proud of this anniversary. Supporting Fairtrade gives third world farmers and producers a fairer deal and Renfrewshire over the past two years has proven to be one of the leading areas in Scotland backing Fairtrade.

“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into the campaign to achieve Fairtrade status, mainly by people volunteering their own time and skills to raise awareness, host and staff events. That hard work has continued over the past year to progress the campaign further by encouraging new Fairtrade groups to set, for example in Erskine. We’ve also had great achievements in the past 12 months such as Houston Primary and Nursery becoming Renfrewshire’s first Fairtrade primary and nursery school.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the people in Renfrewshire who have supported Fairtrade, whether it’s by running or attending events, or choosing Fairtrade products as part of their weekly shop.”

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are now finalising plans for the lead up to and during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (20 February – 7 March). Highlights of this year’s programme will include:

– A Fairtrade Tea Dance in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 17 February.
– A Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27th February from 10am.

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

Councillor Lawson added: “Having Fairtrade status doesn’t mean the campaign is over. We will continue to work as a group to raise awareness and keep up the momentum. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight we have a packed programme and we are confident it will be our biggest and best yet.”

Renfrewshire.gov.uk

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A local lady, Freda Barton, from Glenburn Paisley has generously raised over £4,210 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Freda and her friends and family, shown here, have participated in countless activities to raise much needed funds to help support people affected by cancer in the local community. Freda and friends have participated in many events during 2009, from donning their green t-shirts at local fetes, to running the Paisley 10k, to holding a fantastic party night and even with her grandson saving up his pennies in a Macmillan Can!

“I’m delighted with the amount Freda has riased”, Susan Selkirk, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Renfrewshire, says “she’s so enthusiastic and wonderful at encouraging her friends and family into getting involved!”

“Macmillan is funded directly by donations and we couldn’t do the work that we do to help people affected by cancer without the dedication and support from people like Freda and her friends!

Freda has enjoyed her involvement and fundraising so much that she has signed up to continue to support Macmillan throughout 2010 as well – there is no stopping her!

People in the picture attached:
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Steven Logan, John Logan, Nicola Taggart, Susan Selkirk, Aileen Logan, Freda Barton, Gary Urie, Michael Urie

Front Row L to R
Paul Barton, Josh Logan, Jay O’Riley, Matt Barton, Callum Barton, Susan Barton

Press here to visit macmillan.org.uk

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One of our visitors to the Paisley website and long term contributor, has had some problems with a member of his family having to be transferred to The Glasgow Royal Hospital as the RAH runs out of beds… here is a snippet from our message board…

Patients transferred to the Royal in Glasgow as the RAH runs out of beds

The winter toll is taking full effect on the RAH in Paisley countless people attending with broken bones after falling in the snow and ice are facing hours of waiting, its that bad that there isn’t enough operating hours in the day to cope with patient demand never before has Paisley RAH seen scenes this bad.

Tonight i saw for my self the full extent of whats going on behing the scenes as i spent 9 hours at accident and emergency and here is a personal senario i saw for myself tonight.

patient arrives at A&E at before 6pm

seen by doctors, diagnosed and being admited and left on trolley before 7pm

bed finaly got at nearly 2am after 7 hours on a hospital trolley and all this on a pensioner of nearly 90

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