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Renfrew FC Race Night

Renfrew FC are holding a race night on Saturday 24th March at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Renfrew.

Doors open from 7 pm, races start at 730 pm.

Tickets are £3, includes food and disco.

Prizes for the winning horse owner of each race.

Prize-winning games on the night including incredible 4.5 litre bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky.

Tickets available at New Western Park or from any Committee Member.

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited a new facility in Erskine which aims to provide further employment opportunities for Scottish Armed Forces veterans, enabling them to work and develop new skills.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a social enterprise partnership between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine and is due to open its doors in summer 2018.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company will manufacture a wide array of signs and deliver fulfilment, print, mail and recycling services using the latest technology and equipment. The facility also has bold plans for apartments in their village for veterans needing accommodation as well as employment.

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

“Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a fantastic and exciting innovative and I’d like to thank Michelle for speaking to me about this facility which is due to open later this year.

“The social enterprise is a collaborative project between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine, and is being set-up to help provide career opportunities to our veterans once they’ve left the armed forces.

“Veterans are, unfortunately, more likely to be unemployed compared to the general population through no fault of their own, as the overwhelming majority of them want to continue working after they’ve left the armed forces.

“Our veterans deserve all the support they can get and this new facility is leading the way in helping to prepare veterans for a new career. They have bold and ambitious plans for the future, and I look forward to visiting the facility again once they’ve opened their factory doors in the summer.”

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Paisley Pirates Wekend Preview

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”


“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”


He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”


Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

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Plans to build on Paisley 2021 legacy to go before councillors

Plans to use the momentum of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid to help drive a long-term cultural, social and economic transformation of the area are to go before councillors next week.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners have been planning how the town’s bid journey will continue, by building on the positive platform the bid created, and the widespread community support that drove Paisley’s campaign.

Paisley was the only Scottish place and first-ever town to make the shortlist for the prestigious competition, run by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Feedback from DCMS says Paisley was viewed as ‘a very strong contender’ and the decision to shortlist the bid was ‘an easy one’, while praising the town’s passion and commitment to using culture to tackle social problems, and describing the Paisley bid’s community engagement as ‘exemplary’.

The Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – set up to oversee the bid and bringing together business, cultural, educational, community, health and political representatives – has already confirmed it will continue and will deliver and drive a legacy plan, with some partners intending to maintain their original financial pledges.

That detailed legacy plan will be finalised by the Partnership Board in March – but a report outlining the key points of the local authority’s contribution towards the plan is now going before the council’s Leadership Board

It will continue the ambition to achieve the bid’s original long-term aims to significantly grow Paisley’s creative economy, transform its reputation, see the town recognised for its cultural excellence, lift communities out of poverty, and turn Paisley town centre into a vibrant destination.

And the council will continue to lead on delivering the following:

– the planned £100m-plus investment in venues and infrastructure, including the project under way to turn Paisley Museum into an international-class visitor destination, major internal revamps to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre, upgrading the sporting facilities at St James Playing Fields and creating new space for outdoor events and festivals, a new library on the High Street, and improvements to the town centre streetscape and road system;

– a new Paisley destination brand and website will also be unveiled in the next few weeks to build on the national and international profile created by the bid and promote the area as an attractive place to visit, live and invest;

– an enhanced cultural events and festivals programme over the next four years to deliver the best of what was planned for 2021, attract visitors to Paisley, and strengthen the local cultural sector;

Plans will also be developed to grow the area’s creative economy through a new apprenticeship programme, support for creative businesses and a new volunteer strategy.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We must do everything to build on the impact of bidding for UK City of Culture and the momentum it created.

“The campaign took the town’s profile to new levels – with hundreds of millions of people around the world getting the chance to see or hear something positive about Paisley – transformed our reputation, raised awareness of our unique story, and brought self-confidence back to the town.

“It also generated a town-wide discussion about Paisley’s future – with more than 36,000 people engaging with the bid by the time the final submission was made, and new partnerships and relationships developed locally and nationally which will continue to work in Paisley’s interest.

“And it also firmly established the idea that Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets can be used to transform its future – and not just in an economic sense, but also through social impact, by harnessing the power of culture to boost health and well-being, and help people out of poverty.

“We may not have won the title – but the important point is we are still going to deliver our vision and many of the aspirations that informed our bid.

“The report going to the leadership board offers an initial outline of those next steps, and as chair of the Paisley Partnership Board I look forward to revealing the detailed action plan with our partners.

“With major investment in our cultural venues, a new destination brand and website set to launch, an enhanced events and festivals programme in the years ahead, and new funding to support local artists and help the local cultural sector grow, there is lots ahead to be excited by.”

The council’s leadership board will meet on Wednesday 21 February.

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Paisley retains coveted Purple Flag Status

Paisley town centre has successfully retained its Purple Flag status following an application for interim renewal.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.

The award is seen as the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Recent projects have included the Paisley Purple Flag Student Discount card. More than 60 Paisley First BID businesses have signed up to offer special deals to students in the town with the Purple Flag Student Discount Card accepted at all participating outlets which display the Purple Flag sticker.

Chairman of Paisley First, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great achievement for all those involved in promoting Paisley as a great place to live, work, study and visit. “It’s important now that we continue to work together so that when it’s time for the full renewal later this year, and the assessors visit the town centre again, they can see great things happening in our vibrant town centre.”

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The interim renewal of our Purple Flag status is a fantastic boost for Paisley and recognises that the area continues to be a safe, exciting destination for a night out.

“We are working diligently with our partners to ensure that Paisley continues to offer a diverse range of establishments for people to enjoy, as well as ensuring they are able to travel home safely at the end of their night.

“Paisley’s night time economy is thriving and we look forward to the assessors returning later in the year as part of the full renewal process.”

Purple Flag status was achieved at the beginning of 2017 following an application developed by Paisley First, with partners Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Pubwatch, Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors. The town’s Purple Flag is on display at the town’s County Square.

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In partnership with Pinnacle Training, February’s Shine The Light is Bill Elliot.

Bill Elliot, 64, of Houston was nominated by friend and fellow supporters club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Paisley Pirates. Bill was presented with his award in front of an audience of Paisley Pirates fans, club members, and players, as well as his his wife and son.

Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey club is a non-profit sporting organisation run by the Turley family on a voluntary basis.
Bill is credited with spending his own time producing match reports and promotional material for the club, often working late into the night, as well as having an active role in the Supporters Club as former Chairman and Secretary.

Bill has been volunteering for several years, from the Pirate’s home in the Lagoon Leisure Centre to their new home in Braehead Arena.

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK. As well as receiving prestigious awards such as Volunteer of the Year 2015 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, Team of the Year 2016 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, as well as recently receiving the Provost’s Community Award – Sporting Achievement. They are an asset to Paisley and Renfrewshire, something Bill is keen to see continue, as evident with his volunteering, fund raising and promotional work.

Marie, Paisley Pirates Supporters Club Chairwoman, credits Bill, “Bill does a lot of behind the scenes work. On a personal level, he has been a huge support to me, especially when I was asked to start Paisley Pirates Supporters Club”.

Bill’s interest in the sporting community extends beyond just Ice Hockey, as he was highly involved with the Paisley Lions. Paisley Lions were a motorcycle speedway team that participated in the British National League in 1975 and 1976, based at Love Street in Paisley.

Despite having to take a step back in recent years due to family commitments and personal illness, Bill is still a driving force in maintaining and promoting the club.
Jackie Turley, Paisley Pirates Club Secretary said “Bill is a stalwart of the club and at times has been a vital part of the Pirates’ operation. He has went above and beyond to ensure the club is successful both on and off the ice and there’s no task he won’t undertake. Bill constantly keeps us in the public eye.”

It is because of people like Bill that organisations like the Paisley Pirates flourish, creating opportunity, growth and positive attention to Renfrewshire. It is those inspirational people in our community such as Bill Elliot that we should recognise and we are only too pleased to award Bill the title of Shine The Light – Mr February, as presented by Jim Furie, Managing Director.

Anyone wishing to support the Paisley Pirates can do so by contacting paisleypirates@gmail.com

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MIRREN COURT, RENFREW ROAD, PAISLEY – Near M8 Jct 27 / Glasgow International Airport 

We have just started refurbishment works at Mirren Court, Renfrew Road, Paisley to create five new small offices from 150 sqft with all-inclusive rents from £ 185 pcm + VAT, to meet the needs of our prospective tenants.

The new offices with common tea prep and break out area will be re-carpeted and freshly decorated and ready for occupation at the end of February / beginning of March 2018.

The offices are ideally located near M8 Jct and Glasgow International Airport and benefits from lots of nearby facilities such as: visitor parking, meeting room facility, on-site Management, excellent access to public transport, lots of amenities nearby (PureGym, Frankie & Benny, KFC & McDonalds, Braehead Shopping Centre, Junction Retail Park and much more).

Please find attached examples of our bright and attractive office space in Mirren Business Centres:

We would be delighted to show you around and if you would like to come and see it just let us know.
Call on 0141 843 4211 or visit our website to find out more about our offices to let.

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Mix Equality Events at Paisley Arts Centre

Mix – A New Series of Equalities Work at Paisley Arts Centre

A series of performances has been programmed at Paisley Arts centre as part of Mix – a new season of equalities work, presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland for LGBT History Month.

At A Stretch, is a wordless visual theatre production from Jordan and Skinner aimed at children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre. This show will be performed on Sat 17 February and follows two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

Jumpers for Goalposts is a heart-warming tale about the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test.

And finally Paisley Arts Centre welcomes back Paisley’s own Carol Laula, who will be performing alongside local musicians Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins and Linzi Clark with an evening of music and spoken words to mark International Women’s Day.

Morag Macpherson, Head of Cultural Services at Renfrewshire Leisure states ‘We are delighted to be part of LGBT History Month once again and to work in partnership with Outspoken Arts with these three very different, but equally entertaining performances.’

Steven Thomson, of Outspoken Arts states ‘The Mix event is a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History month and International Women’s Day. We are really excited that this has given us the opportunity to bring these inclusive cultural events to Paisley.’


At A Stretch is on Sat 17 Feb at 2pm. Tickets are £5 (£4 conc) + bkg fee

Jumpers for Goalposts is on Wed 28 Feb at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 conc) + bkg fee

Wicked Women: Carol Laula and Friends is on Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee

All tickets can be purchased online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by phone 0300 300 1210.

Please note that £1 transaction fee is applicable on all tickets booked online.

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Carolyn Thom on 0141 618 5109 or carolyn.thom@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Derek Mackay MSP is encouraging his constituents to use a charity’s new hearing aid support drop-in service in Renfrew.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West visited Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s new monthly Hear to Help drop-in in Renfrew Library to see service coordinator, Lainey McFarlane, and volunteer, Jane Jones, support local people who would otherwise need to go to the audiology department at the RAH.

The Hear to Help service readjusts, cleans and re-tubes NHS hearing aids as well as supplying new batteries. Information about assistive equipment such as amplified phones, TV listeners and vibrating/flashing alarms, which can make life easier, is also provided.


The charity is looking for volunteers in Renfrewshire to come forward help the service for just two hours every month. Training will be provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s audiology department and the new volunteers will also receive an induction by Action on Hearing Loss Scotland.


Derek Mackay MSP said:


“I’ve visited the Hear to Help service in my constituency before, so I’m aware of the valuable support provided in Erskine Library and the Bridge, Bridge of Weir, especially for older people with mobility difficulties who are saved from travelling to hospital for low level hearing aid maintenance.


“I am delighted to see this service is now being delivered in Renfrew Library so that local people struggling to adapt to their NHS hearing aids can find out how to use the volume or loop controls and understand the importance of changing their batteries and getting the tubes cleaned or replaced.


“It is great to see a service making a difference to the lives of local people whilst, at the same time, ensuring that hospital-based NHS audiology staff can focus their resources on diagnosing hearing loss and fitting hearing aids.”


Lainey McFarlane, Hear to Help Coordinator, said:


“We thank Derek Mackay MSP for visiting our new drop-in service in Renfrew Library to see how we help people experiencing difficulties with their hearing aids to hear their friends and family more clearly.


“We are hoping that the service will prove to be popular with local people, so we are looking forward to recruiting more volunteers from Renfrew and surrounding communities to help ensure Hear to Help can meet anticipated increasing demand.”


For more information about Hear to Help, telephone: 0141 341 5330 or email: lainey.mcfarlane@hearingloss.org.uk

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Paisley pirates

Pirates swept the Typhoons aside for the second weekend in a row and, in doing so, racked up their 100th league goal of the season in a match accentuated by bursts of scoring and periods of play in which they dominated, but couldn’t find the net.

The home side were ahead as early as three minutes in when Walker opened Pirates’ account on the powerplay, but they were pulled back within ninety seconds as Typhoons, now with a man advantage equalised through Grant for 1-1. Pirates had the bulk of the play thereafter but the go ahead goals didn’t actually appear when until the eighth minute when, while playing shorthanded on both occasions, they scored twice in under fifty seconds through Guy and Thorp to give their side a cushion at 3-1. They netted a fourth in the 13th minute as Crute was handily places to shoot home, and seconds before the buzzer Walker got his second to give the home side an already comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the first break.


The pattern of play was repeated in the middle session as Pirates beat a steady path to netminder McPherson, but the goalie was having a great night as shots were sticking to his gloves and pads like magnets, until the 27th minute when Martyn Guy neatly took the puck round him to score the 6th. Pirates’ 7th, and their 100th League goal of the season, duly arrived after 31 minutes as skipper Chris Turley fired in an unstoppable effort, and a further pair from Guy, securing his hat trick, and a first from Haydn Bain, took the score to 9-1 by the 2nd buzzer.


The third session continued as the previous two, with Pirates mostly on the offence, with Meechan in goal equal to the occasional shot which came his way, and the goals came early in the session as Haydn Bain scored a double either side of the 45th minute to complete his own hat trick, and take the score to 11-1, and while the hosts continued to press, they couldn’t find another counter, with Thorp coming closest with a shot which came back off the bar with 5 minutes left.


Pirates will be happy to clinch another two points and continue to push Kirkcaldy and Dundee Comets at the top end of the league table..


They are back in home action next Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a league derby (face off 6.00pm).