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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:
Back Row L to R
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

Join our discussion forum by signing up and following this feed here.

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Events planned to mark death of poet Tannahill: BBC link

A Scottish poet who killed himself after being rejected by a publisher is to be remembered on the 200th anniversary of his death.
Robert Tannahill, also known as the Weaver Poet, was once viewed as being almost comparable to Burns.
The centenary of his death saw 15,000 people head to Paisley’s Gleniffer Braes, one of his favourite spots, to listen to his songs. It is hoped that Paisley buddies and poetry lovers will again turn out in force to pay tribute to the poet.
New CDs of Tannahill’s work are being released, concerts are being put on and a series of events will take place in May, including walks, talks and a play.
Tannahill was born in 1774 to a weaving family but showed a talent for writing poetry. His song Braes o’ Balquhidder is thought to be the basis for the famous folk song Wild Mountain Thyme.
Valerie Reilly, from Paisley Museum, said Tannahill was inspired by the beauty of nature. read more ..

Discuss this topic on the message board.

Link to Tannahill in Paisley History section.

Link to Tannahill in Famous people from Paisley section.

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Emily brown with the wreath

This morning was a time to reflect on the 71 young lifes lost in 1929 when there was a tragic loss of life at the Glen Cinema in Paisley. Today is the 80th anniversary of this tragic event.

The Paisley Development Trust and Renfrewshire council both laid wreaths at Paisley Cenotaph this morning to commemorate the event, I will upload a video soon of the ceremony and add some images as well.

Welcome and intro:- Father John Tormey

Opening prayer (remembering 80 years ago, the kids who lost their lives in the Glen) Bishop Tartallia

Reading:- Rev Briss

Poem  :- Father Tormey

Moment of Silence (laying of wreath) Martyn R,  assisting first Emily Brown laying wreath on the trusts behalf and then Derek Mackay (leader of council).

Prayers of intercession :- Father Tormey

Our Father:-All

Blessing:- Bishop Tartallia

for more information on the cinema go to www.glencinema.co.uk where you can also buy a DVD commemorating the event too.

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Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Renfrewshire are to benefit from more than £22,000 which was raised by this year’s Provost’s Charity Ball.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson presented a cheque for £22,722.04 to Glenda McKenzie of MS Society Scotland.

The massive total was raised at the ball which was held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, in November.

The ball featured a charity auction which included a full set of Harry Potter books signed by JK Rowling, which alone raised £3,500, a holiday for four, VIP tickets to see Runrig in concert and an overnight stay at Mar Hall.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The ball was a great night but what made it extra special was the knowledge that all the proceeds were going to such a worthwhile cause.

“MS affects a larger proportion of people in Scotland than in many other countries so there are sadly many people whose lives are affected by it. I am delighted that through the generosity of all the guests we have raised such a fantastic amount which will go towards supporting MS sufferers within our community.”

Glenda MacKenzie, Fundraising Manager, MS Society Scotland, said: “The MS Society Scotland is absolutely delighted to accept this cheque following the wonderful fund raising efforts of the Provost and her team. All the money will be used to benefit people in the Renfrewshire area who are affected by MS.”

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There seems to be someone missing from this bunch of Elf’s “maybe hes on the run from the rest of us lol” anyways it made me laugh pretty hard so please enjoy..

Despite the recession hitting paisley bad this year members of www.paisley.org.uk have pulled out all the stops to entertain the people of paisley this year at paisley cross every day at midday http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/CVWUIuquhMkXrGjF

thanks to Westender for this, just superb…  ;-)