Are you the next
Paolo Nutini or Leona Lewis?
We are looking for the following under 25s
Solo Vocalists
Solo Instrumentalists
Vocalist Groups (no bands)
Fantastic prizes for the winners!
You MUST be available for the heats:
6 – 9 pm Friday 14th May
1 – 4 pm Saturday 22nd May

Application form right here..


Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the two week festival it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle , row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

As well encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Paisley District Scouts, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshielf Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, and Ingliston Country Club.

The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to

download go renfrewshire  pdf


The sights, sounds and tastes of the Tunisian bazaar come to Paisley from Thursday 15 April till Saturday 17 April

Nearly 30 stalls will have hundreds of exotic offerings on sale from hand made ceramics to spices from the orient. The market is open from 9am till 5.30pm. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy cous cous, crepes and paella as they look around the stalls.

The Tunisian bazaar and continental market has been organised by the Paisley Vision Board as part of the partnership approach to regenerating the town centre. The market is one of a programme of events which has already seen the hugely successful Fireworks Night and Christmas lights switch on draw 20,000 strong crowds.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Celia Lawson, said, “Shoppers will be able to experience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous ceramics when the Tunisian bazaar and continental market comes to town.

“There will be hot food with dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets. There will be Tunisian leather-ware, handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tagines, lamps, pots, carved wooden ornaments, jewellery, art, music and traditional Tunisian clothes. There is even a stall selling slippers – perfect for Grandpa’s Christmas present!”

The following products be available:

  • Handmade leather goods including slippers, handbags and belts
  • Hand made ceramics, pottery lamps, tiles and tagines
  • Fresh olives and spices
  • Olive wood carved ornaments
  • Hand made fashion clothes
  • Silver frames, jewellery, glass ornaments and mirrors
  • Clay drums (tamtam)
  • Hand knitted table covers
  • Freshly cooked cous cous
  • Tunisian cakes (patisseries)
  • Dry fruits and nuts
  • Spanish paella
  • French pancakes
  • Pashminas and scarves.

Press Release by Renfrewshire Council


Just a wee update, for all our existing volunteers and anyone wishing to have their very own email address.

Please contact and tell me you would like a brand new email and I will set you up as soon as I can..


Please read the following below from Jennifer who is championing our town and country to further afield, I think its excellent to see and from all at we wish Jennifer all the very best. (please follow Jennifer’s Facebook group)

Jennifer Welford

Hi there,

My name is Jennifer Welford I am 23 years old. I was born in Paisley and have lived in our town for my entire life. I was a student at Castlehead High School and after years of training at Bonnie and Sharon Barr’s School of Dance at the YMCA in New Street I gained a taste for the limelight and last year decided to enter the international beauty pageant Miss Universe. The contest is owned by American Tycoon Donald Trump and has entrants from all over the world who are not only beautiful but intelligent, aware and ambitious young women who become great role models for a younger generation and ambassadors for charities worldwide.

The selection process is tough. After submitting your original entry and photographs, suitable girls are selected for a semi final interview followed by a regional final. At the interview you are given an opportunity to prove that you are the perfect candidate for the role. After the interview I had to wait for about a week before I knew I had been chosen for Miss Universe Scotland but when the letter arrived at my house I can’t tell you how excited I was, the feeling was incredible, however, I knew I was going to have to work hard to get a top three spot and qualify for the British final. The regional final was held on the 27/2/10 and I can’t say the night went without a hitch as during a catwalk I tripped and landed on the judges table. I knew I had all my friends and family cheering me on and I was willing to let all the hard work go to watse so, in true Buddie style, I picked myself up and got on with it which resulted in my coveted top 3 spot. I am now through to the final of Miss Universe Great Britain where one special young lady will be selected to represent our country at the international final.

In the run up to the contest Miss Universe Scotland Contestants were given the opportunity to work with and raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity which helps grant the wishes of children and young people fighting terminal illness. I jumped at the chance to use my involvement in the contest to make a difference and organised a sponsored 5k held on the 20/2/10 along with Glasgow Parkrun. It was freezing on the day of the race but my group and I soldiered on and for our efforts raises a whopping £1817 for the chairty!! The next round of the contest has chosen the Joshua Foundation as their charity and I have decided to host a Black Tie Dinner Dance at The Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow’s West End to raise funds for them. With a fabulous four course dinner, entertainment from esteemed writer, producer and stand up comedian Phil Differ and one of the best ceilidh bands in the business “The Jiggers” it’s set to be a great night. Tickets are £29 and all proceeds will go to the charity.

The final of the contest will be held in Birmingham at the ICC on the 02/05/10 and on the night one girl will be crowned the “Peoples Choice” and awarded 20 extra points onto the judges score. The way she will do this is by encouraging supporters to vote for her. I would love it if the people of Paisley could get behind me and text a message with the words “JENNIFER WELFORD” to 81118 to register a vote for me and help our town gain yet another successful export! You can also join my facebook support group by following this link and clicking the “join group” button at the top of the page –!/group.php?v=info&gid=282025951365

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mum, Christopher and Evelyn, the Paisley Express and Brian at for helping me so much with my campaign and finally I would like to thank my local sponsor Pro-Life Fitness Centre for chosing to help me through the final. You have all been wonderful.



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

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

st mirren

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 We wish St Mirren all the very best for Sundays Cup Final.. Cmon the Buddies…


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


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 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…


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..


“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